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Fourth Grade Summer Expectations

The recommendations below are highly encouraged for your soon-to-be 5th graders in order to keep their skills sharp and to continue growing. (PDF of the Summer Expectation is available to download at the end of this page.)


Reading – The Top Priority

  • How Much Reading? - Students are strongly encouraged to read for at least 30 minutes a day
  • Chapter Books (see choices below) – Students are encouraged to read at 2-3 (or more) chapter books during the summer. Chapters books can also be read together, taking turns with a parent. Below, you will find suggestions with Lexile levels and a Raz level-Lexile correlation.
  • Reading for Pleasure – Students are encouraged to always have a text they are currently reading. This could be a chapter book at or close to their level, magazines, informational texts on their interests, graphic novels, poetry books, etc.
  • Reading Notebook – After reading, students can write a summary about the book. It is recommended 2-3 times a week that the student writes a line or two from each chapter, rather than after every reading the entire book. This will provide them note taking skills and prepare them for the end of the book summary.
  • Reading Aloud – Families are encouraged to read aloud together often. This is especially beneficial for students who are reluctant or struggling readers to model expressive, fluent reading and to give your child practice at reading fluently with expression.
  • Conversations about Books – Talk with your student often about what he/she is reading currently. Questions to discuss with your child:
    • What is happening with characters in a chapter book?
    • Where did it take place?
    • What are they learning in an informational text?
    • What is your opinion of the text?



  • Daily Writing – Students are highly encouraged to engage in some type of writing at least 3 times per week (journaling, story writing, quick writes/writing prompts, poetry, research, etc.)
  • Journaling – In a notebook, composition book, or diary, students are encouraged to write about their experiences, thoughts, feelings, hopes, and more. They may want to use their journal for story and poetry writing also. A great idea is for them to record what is happening during the summer with a pandemic. This is having them record their history of 2020 and what has happened, what is happening, their observations, and their feelings.


Literacy Apps

  • Lexia – Students work on grammar, phonics, comprehension, and vocabulary at their own pace. Students are encouraged to work toward advancing 2 levels over the summer.
  • Raz – Read books
  • Epic – Books (some with quizzes) including picture books, informational texts, and chapter books



  • My Math Volume 2 - Try to complete a lesson each day.
  • Multiplication - Memorize all multiplication facts 0-12 before 5th grade. Each child is different and this may take daily practice for several minutes each day. After mastery, continue to practice during the summer to keep up speed and accuracy.
    • Xtra Math
    • Flash Cards
    • Multiverse on Mathletics
    • Drills (see other attachments)
  • Addition and Subtraction with Regrouping – This is a very important skill needing review before 5th grade.
    • Create problems by rolling several die
    • Mathletics lessons
    • STMath lessons
    • Worksheets found online or in workbooks
  • Rounding and Place Value
    • Mathletics lessons
    • ST Math lessons
  • Fractions Review Mathletics ST Math

Math App Recommendations

  • Xtra Math 3-5 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

Go to Put in your child’s Lexile Level on Report Form and check what are they interested in and this will generate a list of titles that your child can read independently.


Newsela: Read articles - students can change the level of the reading skill higher or lower as needed. They can reread the article multiple times at different reading/comprehension levels. Discuss the topics with your child. .


Classic Novels

  • Swiss Family Robinson
  • Treasure Island
  • Robinson Crusoe
  • Gulliver’s Travels
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Oliver Twist
  • Nicholas Nickelby
  • The 3 Musketeers
  • David Copperfield
  • Little Women
  • Little Men
  • The Secret Garden
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Pollyanna
  • The Velveteen Rabbit
  • Winnie The Pooh
  • Ballet Shoes
  • The Sword in the Stone
  • Pippi Longstockings
Summary of Recommendations
  • Work on one lesson of My Math each day.
  • Minimum of 30 minutes of reading each day
  • 2-3 chapter books
  • Write about reading - summary or use a prompt 2-3 per week
  • Raz/Quiz 1-2 times per week depending on reading level (see above)
  • Lexia - work toward advancing 2 levels
  • Reading aloud to a family member 2-4 times per week
  • Journal or quick write prompts 2-3 times per week (Quick Write Picture Prompts on Google Classroom Google Slides for students to access, type on, or view and write in a notebook)
  • Memorization of X Facts 0-12 several times per week until memorized, then 1-2 times to maintain
  • ST Math or Mathletics 2-3 times per week
  • Additional review of addition and subtraction with regrouping