Summer Reading/Activities

Dear Fourth Graders and Guardians,

Welcome to 4th Grade! We’re so excited to be working with you! Here’s a bit of information that will help you to be better prepared for 4th Grade.  

First, you’ve been given the book, The Chocolate Touch. Please store this book in a safe place because you need to return it on the first day of school. If it’s lost, you must pay for its replacement. Enjoy reading this book at your own pace. If you read it at the start of the summer, you should revisit it for facts. While reading, think about what this story reminds you of. Are you like one of the characters? What text connections did you notice? Did you make predictions? Was anything confusing? You can write down any thoughts that you have while reading to share with us in discussion.

Next, multiplication fact memorization is a MUST. You cannot divide with fluency without knowing your facts. Rainy days can be flashcard days. Travel with your flashcards on long drives. Ask an adult to quiz you while waiting in a line. Use a timer to see how many facts that you can do in a minute. You need to be able to recite the product from memory without the use of fingers and counting on. Practice, practice, practice, so that you do not struggle.

A wonderful part of Fourth Grade is that we get to learn about NY and its history. If you’re looking for something to do with your family...we have put together a list of fun places to visit:

  • Corinth Landmark signs

  • Lake George- Ft. William Henry and Ft. Ticonderoga

  • Saratoga Battlefield

  • The Erie Canal (There is a Museum in Syracuse.)

  • Niagara Falls

  • Letchworth State Park

  • NYC- The Hudson River

  • Lock 7- Mountain Bike/walking Trail and NYS Canal Park Lock 7

  • Moreau St. Park

  • Lake Champlain

  • The Adirondacks

  • Grant’s Cottage


The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

The One and Only Ivan   

Close to Famous

The Penderwicks     

Fairy-tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm series)

Lily’s Crossing

Charlie & the Chocolate Factory and other Dahl books       

Fashion Kitty graphic novel series  

Babymouse graphic novel series               

Turtle in Paradise, and Fourteenth Goldfish      

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, Detectives Extraordinaire   


The Popularity Papers     

Windsnap series      

Amulet graphic novel series    

The Gallant Pig

Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

Lunch Lady graphic novel series     

Ella Enchanted

10 Rules for Living With My Sister      

The Kid in the Red Jacket

Big Nate series       

How to Eat Fried Worms                              

The Invention of Hugo Cabret


I Survived series

Charlotte’s Web and Trumpet of the Swan

Laura Ingalls Little House on the Prairie


Other Recommended Authors: Andrew Clements, Bruce Coville, Jake Maddox, Ann M. Martin

*These titles are just suggestions, any reading your child enjoys is beneficial.