Summer Assignments 2021
PreK through Grade4 have recommended summer work. Grade 5-8 have a required novel and math work to complete.
Recommended PreK Math and Language Arts
Recommended for Rising Kindergarten through Grade 2
Check out the Virginia Beach Public Library website. VBPL is offering age-specific Summer Reading Challenge goals and incentives, along with some creative activities. Parents can participate in our Reading Road Trip to read for pleasure and model reading as a family.
Scholastic Home Base: A free digital destination that offers stories, characters, games, and a
community of readers. Home Base is moderated for safety 24/7.
Recommended Math Sites
Summer Practice Packets
Rising Kindergarteners, first and second graders will be given a review summer practice packet.
Encourage your child to work on the packet throughout the summer to keep their skills sharp.
“Today a reader, tomorrow a Leader!”
Rising Kindergarteners are encouraged to listen to or read daily with an adult.
1st grade daily reading is encouraged (approx. 15 minutes).
2nd grade daily independent reading is encouraged (approx. 20 minutes).
Recommended Summer Reading & Math for Rising 3rd Graders
Second grade does not have assigned reading for the summer, however, it is highly recommended that your child continues to read over the break. Please have your child read 20-30 minutes daily to keep those reading skills sharp! The Virginia Beach Public Library is a great place to start!
Check out the Virginia Beach Public Library website
Math is important! Please have your child practice with these IXL exercises. Aim for 80% accuracy! Students should be practicing their multiplication facts over the summer.
H) Subtraction - 2 Digits
#2 Subtract two two-digit numbers - without regrouping
#4 Subtract two two-digit numbers - with regrouping
I) Addition - 3 Digits
#3 Models to add 3 digits without regrouping
#4 Models to add 3 digits with regrouping
#6 Addition word problems - up to 3 digits
J) Subtraction - 3 Digits
#4 Subtraction word problems - up to 3 digits
#3 Fact Families
L) Mixed Operations
#11 Two-step addition/subtraction word problems - up to 100
N) Estimation and Rounding
#3 Round to the nearest ten or hundred
#14 Addition/Subtraction - up to $1
#5 Read clocks and write times
#9 Make one half, one third, and one fourth
#12 Which shape illustrates the fraction
#15 Fraction of a whole - word problems
Recommended Summer Reading & Math for Rising 4th Graders
Recommended Reading: Choose one of the following
- The Tale of Despereaux By Kate DiCamillo
- Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate Di Camillo
- Cricket in Times Square by George Seldon
- Amelia Earhart Adventure in the Sky -Biography by Francene Sabin and Joanne Mattern
- Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
- Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
- Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
- Helen Keller Girl of Courage Biography by Francene Sabin and Joanne Mattern
- The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
- Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind by Margaret Davidson
Check out the Virginia Beach Public Library website.
Recommended Math for students entering 4th grade
Earn at least an 80% on each to help you prepare for 4th Grade. If these are too easy, find
the same skill at a 4th Grade Level- the numbers will not match.
● 3.L8 - Divide three-digit numbers: word problems
● 3.D11 - Divisibility rules for 2, 5, and 10
● 3.D12 - Divisibility rules for 3, 6, and 9
● 3.D13 - Divisibility rules for 4 and 8
M: Mixed Operations:
● 3.M1 - Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts
● 3.M5 - Multiplication and division facts up to 12: true or false?
● 3.M7 - Add, subtract, multiply, and divide
● 3.S9 - Add and subtract money amounts
● 3.S10 - Add money amounts - word problems
U: Data and Graphs
● 3.U7 - Use bar graphs to solve problems
There are some really good apps out there as well, including Rocket Math, Math Racer, and Manic Math or students can continue to play on Prodigy. They will have access to Reflexmath.com and MobyMax until August. Of course, there is nothing wrong by going “old school” with traditional flashcards. Continue to work on memorizing all multiplication and division facts by the end of the summer!
Required Summer Reading & Math for Rising 5th Graders
Required Reading (Choose one novel)
- I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 by Lauren Tarshis
- The Million Dollar Shot by Dan Gutman Matilda by Roald Dahl
- The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate
- Ida B. by Katherine Hannigan
- Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
- From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L Konigsburg
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
- The BFG by Roald Dahl
- My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
1. One of the things we notice each school year is that instant recall of multiplication facts has a direct bearing on a student’s success in mastering fractions, algebra, and basic math in general. There is nothing wrong with going “old school” by using traditional flashcards to practice, or students can continue to play on reflexmath.com. The expectation is for each student to know all of their multiplication facts. Be sure to practice his/her multiplication facts through the 12’s at least once a week this summer.
2. Please see khanacademy.com for comprehensive preparation for rising 5th graders. Creating an account is free! Students should select the course “Get Ready for 5th grade” or use the link https://www.khanacademy.org/math/get-ready-for-5th-grade
Students should follow along with the course at their own pace. Students can click on “Practice” for each skill. There is always a video tutorial that can be referenced before or during the skill practice. There are 30 different content topics total with about 5-7 questions each. These could be split into about 3 lessons a week. There are checkpoint quizzes throughout the course to help assess mastery of each topic.
3. 4th graders took home their “Progress in Mathematics” workbook at the end of the year. This workbook contains excellent practice to retain information learned in 4th grade. While we completed some exercises in class, there are still many that can be completed over the summer! It is recommended that students complete a page or two each week in the Progress workbook.
Required Summer Reading & Math for Rising 6th-8th Graders
Hello Middle School Math Parents,
This year for summer skills review, I will be using Khan Academy. The students have opened free accounts that are linked to my class. They will use their school google email address and password.
Khan Academy is completely free and can be accessed by app on Apple or Android or from a desktop. We have discussed what the expectations are for their summer review. It is a student-paced review and has videos and short quizzes. I ask that students log in a few times a week, fifteen minutes or more a session, over the summer to brush up on their math skills so that we can hit the ground running next year. I will begin checking in on students starting in July, I can see their progress remotely and will be able to communicate with them through their school Gmail addresses.
It's never fun to cram for a due date. If students pace themselves throughout the summer, they should be able to get the most out of this online platform.
Thank you for your support,
MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
Rising 6th Grade - EVERY STUDENT IS REQUIRED TO READ ONE NOVEL
- The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis
- A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park
- Echo, by Pam Munoz Ryan
- Ghost, by Jason Reynolds
- Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan
Rising 7th Grade - EVERY STUDENT IS REQUIRED TO READ ONE NOVEL
- Fever 1793, by Laurie Anderson
- The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne
- Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech
- Echo, by Pam Munoz Ryan
- Tangerine, by Edward Bloor
- Do the Math: Secrets, Lies, and Algebra, by Wendy Lichtman
Rising 8th Grade - EVERY STUDENT IS REQUIRED TO READ ONE NOVEL
- The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
- Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens
- Crispin’: The Cross of Lead, by Avi
- Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson (approx. 300-page version)
- Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
Enjoy your summer reading!
VB Library 2021 Summer Reading
Summer is a great time to enjoy fun, family, and friends; however, if you are also looking to improve any of your language arts skills, consider practicing cursive, writing legibility, sentence diagramming or vocabulary Greek and Latin roots, along with the required Language Arts IXL listed below.