Lower School Summer Assignments

Summer Reading Assignments

One of the best ways to instill a love of reading in young children is to share the reading experience with them. Over the summer, each child will keep a Reading Log as part of the summer reading program. One book is required for summer reading, while the others are chosen by the child according to interest and reading level. Click here for the Summer Reading List

As your child completes their summer reading selections, please use the Reading Log to list the books read. The list will be due on the first day of school and must be signed by a parent.

The summer reading program is required for all students who have completed grades K-4 and is also required to earn the end of the year Reading Award.  Reflections on summer reading will be part of the classroom activities during the first week of school.

Rising kindergarten students will be required to participate in a guided reading program which includes five books at the emergent level of reading. Please make a list of the books you read with your child and include the author and title of each book. The list will be due on the first day of school and must be signed by a parent. Completion of this assignment by kindergarten students earns a Certificate of Accomplishment. Click here for the Kindergarten Reading Log.

Rising first grade students will read or be read to ten minutes, five days a week or a total of 400 minutes over the course of the summer.  Required reading will be “Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon” by Patty Lovell.

Rising second grade students will read ten minutes, five days a week or a total of 400 minutes over the course of the summer.  Required reading will be “The Best Seat in Second Grade” by Katharine Kenah.

Rising third grade students will read fifteen minutes, five days a week or a total of 600 minutes over the course of the summer.  Required reading will be “Freckle Juice” by Judy Blume.

Rising fourth grade students will read twenty minutes, five days a week or a total of 800 minutes over the course of the summer. Required reading will be “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” by Judy Blume.

Rising fifth grade students will read twenty minutes, five days a week or a total of 800 minutes over the course of the summer. Required reading will be “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” by Kate DiCamillo.

Required reading books are available for purchase from the school.

Rising second through fifth grade students will write a book report on their favorite three books using the book report form provided to them in their summer packets. Please contact Neal Meyer at nmeyer@carlisleschool.org if you have any questions.

Summer Reading List

Reading Log

Kindergarten Reading Log

Book Report


Summer Math Assignment

In a continuing effort to improve student math proficiency, the lower division faculty and administration are continuing the summer math program. This is a required assignment, and a grade will be given for the completion of this material.  This required program is for rising students in grades 2-5 to assist students with maintaining their memory of math facts and to afford them practice in basic math skills during the summer months. Each student will be recognized for the achievement at the beginning of the new school year. The program is designed for rising second, third, fourth, and fifth grade students.

Guidelines for participating in the program are listed below:

  • Purchase the appropriate workbook from Creative Teaching Press at $16.99.   It can be purchased online at www.creativeteaching.com or by calling 1-800-287-8879.
  • Rising second graders should purchase First Grade Math Minutes.
  • Rising third graders should purchase Second Grade Math Minutes.
  • Rising fourth graders should purchase Third Grade Math Minutes.
  • Rising fifth graders should purchase Fourth Grade Math Minutes.
  • When a student completes a page, the parent should score it and enter the score in the “Minute Journal” which is in the front of the book.
  • When computation is necessary, the student should show their work in the workbook by the problem.
  • Although each activity is designed to take approximately one minute, students should complete the activity taking whatever time is needed.
  • When the student completes the entire workbook, the parent should sign their name under the student’s name on the “Minute Journal” page.
  • Students will be on their honor to do their own work, but they can ask questions for clarification.
  • The student will bring his/her workbook to school on the first school day for 2018-2019 school year. The teacher will check the workbook for completion and record the student’s name for recognition of completion of this book at a Flag Ceremony in September.
  • The book will be checked for completion and a grade will be given for completion.  This is required assignment. If you have any questions about this summer math program, please give me a phone call or contact me via email at nmeyer@carlisleschool.org.

Click here to download a PDF of the Math Assignment.