General Announcements for the 4th grade

Did you know that every 4th grader and their families are invited to visit any of the National Parks for free? http://www.nationalparks.org/ook/ekiap-signup Now you do!

From Mrs. Guarini:


Each student entering fourth grade is asked to practice your math skills by working in a math skills book (You may purchase one from www.summerskills.com or you may purchase  any math practice book at any bookstore.) or any math website.  Your IXL account is open through the summer, so you may work on that.  Bring the book with you on the first day of school, and I will give you credit for your summer work! If you work online, bring in some of the certificates/awards you earned. Also, keep practicing your math facts and times tables.

But, even more important:

Play outside - bike, swim, shoot baskets - whatever is fun for you!

Read a book you want to read.

Go outside on a beautiful warm night and look at the stars, catch some lightning bugs, listen to the sounds of the night.

Make a great s'more.

Watch the fireworks.

Jump some waves and build something in the sand.

Run around in the rain (no lightning, though).

Play on a playground - swing on the swings, climb like a monkey, slide down every slide.

Eat your lunch outside.

Experience nature - walk in a creek, watch some ants, listen to the birds, study the clouds.

Make something.

Challenge yourself.

Try something new.

Do a good deed and don't tell anyone.

Invite a friend over to play.

Play a board game like checkers, Chinese checkers, or chess.

Put together a jigsaw puzzle.

Visit the public library - borrow books, browse DVDs, page through magazines that interest you, check out their special programs.

Help cook a meal, make dessert for everyone, make lemonade or iced tea.

Talk with someone older or younger than you.

Make a new friend.


Feel the sun on your face.

Smell the cut grass and the flowers.

Dance in the sprinkler.

Blow bubbles.

Roll down a hill.

Fly a kite on the beach.

Have a "lazy day" that has nothing scheduled.

Better still, grab a parent and have him/her do these with you, so they can enjoy summer too!  See you in September!

Fourth Grade Summer 2017 Reading List

Required Reading:
The Wild Robot – Peter Brown

Please also read at least 2 of the recommended books from the suggested reading list below.

  • Data; March of the Mini Beasts -- Ada Hopper

  • Gabby Duran and the Unsittables -- Elise Allen

  • Mistakes that Worked -- Charlotte Foltz Jones

  • Real Friends --by Sarah L. Thomson

  • The Eureka Key -- Sarah L. Thomson

  • Pax-- Sarah Penny Packer

  • The Zero Degree Zombie Zone
    -- Patrick Henry Boss

  • Timmy Failure -- Stephan Pastis

  • Star Thief -- Lindsey Becker

  • Abel’s Island – William Steig

  • Beezus and Ramona – Beverly Cleary

  • Bud, Not Buddy – Cristopher Paul Curtis

  • Bull Run – Paul Fleischman

  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
    – Chris Gabbenstein

  • Everything on a Waffle – Polly Horvath

  • Gone Away Lake – Elizabeth Enright

  • Homesick – Jean Fritz

  • Hope was Here – Joan Bauer

  • Keeping Score – Linda Sue Park

  • Shoeshine Girl – Clyde Robert Bulla

  • A Single Shard – Linda Sue Park

  • Sounder – William Armstrong

  • Summer Ball – Mike Lupica

  • Superfudge – Judy Bloom

  • The Castle in the Attic – Elizabeth Winthrop

  • The Great Brain – John D. Fitzgerald

  • The Secret to Freedom – Marcia Vaughn

  • The Tale of Despereaux – Kate DiCamillo

  • Trumpet of the Swan – E.B. White

  • A Year Down Yonder – Richard Peck

  • Lunch Money – Andrew Clements

  • No More Magic - Avi

  • Prairie Songs – Pam Conrad

  • Phoebe the Spy – Judith Griffin

  • Shades of Gray – Carolyn Reeder

Hello 4th graders,

This summer one of the books you will be reading is The Wild Robot written by Peter Brown.


As you are reading the book, you should take notes on either post-it notes, loose-leaf paper, or a typed document (if written or on a document, you can use bullet points).

In your notes, please focus on the following things:

  • Roz, the main character, is challenged to survive in the wilderness. Make note of all the different ways she survives.

  • Some of the book is scientifically accurate and some is not. Make notes about what animal behavior is accurate and what is fictional.

Bring your book (with the completed notes) with you on the first day of school.

Part Two: CREATE

When you have finished reading the book, design your very own Roz! Use any material(s) of your choosing to create a physical robot. Your design should be between 6-12 inches tall (no taller!).

Before designing your robot, consider the following things:

  • How is Roz described in the book? How does she change as time goes on? Which version of Roz will your design represent?

  • How does Roz survive in the wilderness? Can you show any of her survival techniques in your design?

Please also read at least 2 of the recommended books from the suggested reading list and be prepared to write/tell about them.

Enjoy and happy reading!! :)

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