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Third Grade Summer Expectations

These activities are highly recommended for our soon-to-be 4th graders to prevent the “summer slide” and to foster continued learning over the break. (PDF of the Summer Expectation is available to download at the end of this page.)


Reading – The Top Priority

  • How Much Reading? At least 30 minutes a day
  • Chapter Books (see choices below)
    • 1-2 over the summer o can also be read together, taking turns with a parent 
      • suggested chapter books found below with Lexile levels and Raz-Lexile correlation
  • Reading for Pleasure – Daily o fun summer reading o chapter books close to their level, magazines, informational texts of interest, graphic novels, poetry books, etc.
  • Writing About Reading – 1 time per week
    • summarize the pages or chapter in a notebook o respond using a reading prompt (Google Slides on Google Classroom for ideas to use in a notebook or on the slides)
  • Conversations about Books
    • discuss characters, traits, feeling, motivations, key details, problems, resolutions o retell what they are learning in an informational text o practice retelling the story
  • Reading Aloud Together
    • encouraged to read aloud to a parent often
    • listen to a parent read aloud
    • especially beneficial for reluctant or struggling readers



  • How often? 3 times a week
  • Journaling
    • write about their experiences, thoughts, feelings, hopes, and more with details and description
    • story and poetry writing also
  • Prompts for Quick Writes o Google Slide Picture Prompts Quick Writes – can be found on our Google Classroom and typed directly onto to or in a notebook/journal


Literacy Apps

  • Lexia
    • work on grammar, phonics, comprehension, and vocabulary at their own pace work toward advancing 2 levels over the summer
  • Raz
    • 1 book and quiz per week recommended
    • on-level reading and practice of comprehension skills such as main idea/details, summarizing, drawing conclusions
  • Epic o books (some with quizzes) including picture books, informational texts, and chapter books o free class subscription ends June 30 o paid subscriptions offer more books



  • ● How often? 3 times per week with exception of X facts
  • Multiplication 
    • XtraMath or other practice 5 times per week until close to mastery
    • memorize 0-12 multiplication facts before 4th grade
    • 1 factor at a time before adding another
    • check which problems are the hardest for your student at the end of an XtraMath session and focus on those
    • flash cards o Multiverse on Mathletics
    • free printables online
  • Review of Concepts
    • addition/Subtraction with regrouping o place value and rounding
    • division
    • telling time 
    • fractions
  • ST Math, Mathletics, and the My Math Workbooks


Math Apps

  • XtraMath 5 times per week if have not mastered x facts yet
  • Mathletics 1-2 times per week
  • ST Math 1-2 times per week


Chapter Book Suggestions with Lexile Levels Fourth Grade

  • Rats by Jerry Spinelli 340L
  • Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping by Peggy Parish 380L
  • Third Grade Angels by Jerry Spinelli 390L
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume 470L
  • The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner 490L
  • The Absent Author (A to Z Mysteries) by Ron Roy 510L
  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli 590L
  • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate 590L
  • Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner 610L
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine 670L
  • Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell 690L
  • I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii AD 79 by Lauren Tarshis 700L
  • No Talking by Andrew Clements 750L
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit 770L
  • The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynn Reid Banks 780L
  • Frindle by Andrew Clements 830L
  • Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary 860L
  • Stuart Little by E.B. White 920L
  • Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning L. Snicket 1010L
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum 1030L
Try to find books by grade level, Lexile level, and interest.


Summary of Summer Expectations
  • minimum of 30 minutes of reading daily
  • 1-2 Chapter books
  • write about reading – 1 time per week
  • 1 Raz Book and Quiz per week
  • Lexia – advance 2 levels
  • reading aloud to a parent - 2-4 times per week (more often if reading below grade level)
  • journal or quick write prompts - 3 times per week
  • memorization of X Facts 0-12 using Xtra Math or other daily until mastered, then 2 times a week
  • ST Math – 1-2 times weekly
  • Mathletics – 1-2 times weekly
  • review of addition and subtraction with regrouping, division, place value and rounding, fractions
Thank you for all of your support in the classroom and during distance learning this school year. The Summer Expectations are ideas for continuing your student’s learning and growth. My prayer for each of you this summer is that you are blessed with many special family moments, good health, and a sense of renewal. Feel free to get in touch any time throughout the summer. I can’t wait to see you all next year!  
Mrs. Lundgren