Dear Parents of the 2019-2020 Fourth Grade Students,
Reading is the cornerstone of academic success, and reading for fun has been identified as a crucial factor in building vocabulary and increasing comprehension. Summer vacation is the perfect time to encourage this practice. Students should strive to read each day for a sustained period of time, about 30-40 minutes in one sitting.
Incoming fourth graders must read a minimum of two chapter books during summer vacation. The first assigned book is Island of the Blue Dolphins*, by Scott Dell. The second book is student choice, yet should be a minimum of 100 pages. Students must keep a list of their reading and turn it in at the end of the first week of school. A test will be given and a project will be assigned to accompany Island of the Blue Dolphins.
The reading list must include: the book title, author, illustrator, setting (when and where), a brief description of each main character, a brief summary of the book, and a recommendation or opinion of the book. Brief means 1-3 sentences. Students should record the book information neatly on notebook paper.
The book list and information will be due the end of the first week of school. At that time, I will give a further assignment with specific directions for an assignment based on one of the books your child read over the summer.
Students should choose books from a variety of genres including fiction and non-fiction. They may choose biographies, animal stories, fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, mysteries, graphic novels, adventure stories, and stories about family, friends, and school. The Newbery Award winning books are always a good choice. The local librarians should have suggestions, as well.
Have fun during your summer vacation and enjoy some good books. I look forward to reading with you in the Fall!
*For those who wish, when reading Blue Dolphins, it is acceptable to use the Youtube audio along with reading. It is not meant to replace student reading but may accommpany it. The audio can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEKy3H6_9sY
Mrs. Tina Llorens
Fourth Grade Teacher