Assignments by Grade (Grades K-8)
Full-Day Kindergarten
- What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know, E.D. Hirsch

Half-Day Kindergarten
- What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know,* E.D. Hirsch
Note to Parents: When you begin reading this summer, start with the Language and Literature section of What Your Kindergartener Needs to Know. Half-day Kindergartners do not have the opportunity to cover all of the core content due to limited time. They greatly benefit from hearing these stories, poems, sayings and phrases along with your guidance. There are many youtube.com videos to complement the What Your Kindergartener Needs to Know content - the videos will also expose them to Full-Day Kindergarten music content.

Throughout the school year you may want to read selections from the History/Geography section of What Your Kindergartener Needs to Know. The information in that section will help students prepare for first grade.

Grade 1
- What Your First Grader Needs to Know, E.D. Hirsch
- The Leader in Me, Stephen Covey

Grade 2
Parents of incoming second graders should pick one or two of the following "Tall Tales" to read with your child:

- Paul Bunyan, Steven Kellogg
- Pecos Bill, Steven Kellogg
- Johnny Appleseed, Steven Kellogg
- John Henry, Julius Lester

AND

Pick one (or more) of the following Magic Treehouse books to read (by Mary Pope Osbourne):

- #16: Hour of the Olympics
- #21: Civil War on Sunday
- #47: Abe Lincoln at Last!
- #10: Ghost Town at Sundown
- #14: Day of the Dragon King
- #37: Dragon of the Red Dawn
- #5: Night of the Ninja
- #23: Twister on Tuesdy
- #18: Buffalo Before Breakfast


AND

Start enjoying our amazing second grade curriculum in this book:

- What Your 2nd Grader Needs to Know, E.D. Hirsch

Grade 3
REQUIRED: Incoming third graders should read ALL of the first three books in the list below.

- Who Was Isaac Newton, Janet Pascal and Tim Foley
- Vacation Under the Volcano, Mary Pope Osborne (or a higher level book on Pompeii or Ancient Rome)
- Pilgrims - Magic Tree House Fact Tracker, Mary Pope Osborne

Additional recommended reading to help build student background knowledge:

- Because of Winn Dixie, Kate DiCamillo
- Falling Up, Shel Silverstein
- The Boxcar Children, Gertrude Chandler Warner
- Magic School Bus Science Chapter Books, Various authors
- Any non-fiction books about the water cycle, animals/plants, weather/climate, and/or geography
- Any non-fiction books about Ancient Rome, Vikings, the Thirteen Colonies, and/or European explorers


Grade 4
REQUIRED:

Crenshaw, Katherine Applegate

AND one of the two following historical fiction books:

- George Washington’s Socks, Elvira Woodruf

OR

- Toliver’s Secret, Esther Wood Brady

Grade 5
REQUIRED: Students will be working with this book and tying in the American Academy Character during the first few weeks of school.

- Bud, Not Buddy, Christopher Paul Curtis

CHOOSE ONE: Please choose one of the following books to enjoy this summer:

- The Watsons go to Birmingham: 1963, Christopher Paul Curtis
- Fablehaven, Brandon Mull
- Black Stallion, Walter Farley
- Doll Bones, Holly Black
- Wonder, Raquel J. Palacio
- The Raft, S.A. Bodeen
- Rules, Cynthia Lord
- Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein

Grade 6
- BOOK: Wonder, Raquel J. Palacio

- READING PROJECT: Download and complete the grade 6 questions for Wonder. The grade 6 questions will help prepare students for the Socratic Seminars at the beginning of the school year.
Download the grade 6 Socratic Seminar Rubric.

Grade 7
- BOOK: The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton  

- READING PROJECT: Download and complete the grade 7 questions for The Outsiders. The grade 7 questions will help prepare students for the Socratic Seminars at the beginning of the school year.
Download the grade 7 Socratic Seminar Rubric.

Grade 8
- BOOK: The Giver, Lois Lowry

- READING PROJECT: Download and complete the grade 8 questions for The Giver. The grade 8 questions will help prepare students for the Socratic Seminars at the beginning of the school year.
Download the grade 8 Socratic Seminar Rubric.

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