Assignments Lists English, Math Summer 2018

Summer is a wonderful time to read for pleasure. The ACS Athens English / Language Arts Department, in cooperation with the Elementary Faculty, is asking all our students to take advantage of this relaxing time of year to read, read, read. We would also like to invite parents to read with and to their students.

Please take into consideration these lists of recommended titles for summer reading. We have tried to include books that appeal to various ages, interests and reading levels. Please look over the list for your own grade level and choose at least one book from the list to read over the summer.

First Grade

  • Judith Viorst, Ray Cruz (illus.). Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  • Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain. The Bear's Picnic
  • Russel Hoban, Garth Williams (illus.). Bedtime for Frances
  • Bill Martin, Eric Carle (illus.). Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
  • Esphyr Slobodkina. Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys, and Their Monkey Business
  • Paulette Bourgeois, Brenda Clark (illus.). Franklin Rides a Bike
  • Judy Blume, Sonia O. Lisker (illus.). Freckle Juice
  • Laura Joffe Numeroff, Felicia Bond (illus.). If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
  • Paul Showers. The Listening Walk
  • Watty Piper, George Hauman (illus.), Doris Hauman (illus.). The Little Engine that Could
  • Robert McCloskey. Make Way for Ducklings
  • Peggy Parish, Wallace Tripp (illus.). Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia
  • Audrey Wood, Don Wood (illus.). Quick as a Cricket
  • Theodore Lesieg (Dr. Seuss), Roy McKie (illus.). Ten Apples Up On Top!
  • Mercer Mayer. There’s an Alligator Under My Bed
  • Jon Scieska , Lane Smith (illus.). The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

Second Grade

  • Aliki Books. Choose from many titles
  • Brett, Jan. Choose from many titles
  • Bridwell, Norman . Clifford The Big Red Dog Series
  • Brown, Jeff. Flat Stanley Series
  • Dr. Seuss . Choose from many titles
  • Keats, Ezra Jack . Choose from many titles
  • Lobel, Arnold . Mouse Tales Series; Frog and Toad Series; Owl Series; Uncle Elephant Series
  • Magic School Bus Series. Scholastic Publications
  • Magic Tree Series. Scholastic Publications
  • Minarik, Else Holmelund . Little Bear Series
  • Thaler, Mike . Teacher from the Black Lagoon
  • Van Allsburg, Chris. Jumanji. Polar Express. Zathura

Third Grade

Chapter Books

  • Abbot, Tony – The Secrets of Droon (series)
  • Adler, David – Cam Jansen (series)
  • Barrows, Annie – Ivy and Bean
  • Berenstain – Berestain Bears...
  • Brown, Marc – Arthur Chapter Books
  • Cazet, Denys – Minnie & Moo
  • Christopher, Matt – Sport Stories
  • Dadey, Debbie – Baily School Kids (series)
  • Delton, Judy – Pee-Wee Scouts (series)
  • DiCamillo, Kate – Mercy Watson...
  • Stilton, Geronimo – Geronimo Stilton
  • Giff, Patricia - Mallory on the Move (series)
  • Greenburg, Dan - Zack Files
  • Greene, Stephanie - Moose & Hildy
  • Gutman, Dan - My Weird School
  • Hurwitz, Johanna
  • Klein, Abby - Ready Freddy
  • Kline, Suzy - Pippi Longstocking
  • Mazer, Anne - Sister Magic
  • Meadows, Daisy - Rainbow Magic
  • Montgomery, R.A. -Choose Our Own Adventure
  • Osborne, Mary-Pope -Magic Tree House (series)
  • Park, Barbara -Junie B. Jones
  • Pilkey, Dav -Rickey Ricotta
  • Preller, James - Jigsaw Jones...
  • Prelutsky, Jack - Poetry
  • Rodda, Emily - Fairy Realm...
  • Roy, Ron - A to Z Mysteries
  • Rylant, Cynthia - Henry & Mudge
  • Sharmat, Marjorie - Nate the Great
  • Silverstein, Shel - Poetry

I Can Read By Myself

  • I Can Read Book: Level 1 & 2
  • Brand new Readers
  • Dr. Seuss
  • Freeman, Don - Corduroy ...
  • Green Light Reader: Level 1 & 2
  • Hello Reader: Level 1 & 2
  • Howe, James - Pinky and Rex
  • Lobel, Arnold
  • Minarik, Elise - Little Bear
  • Puffin Easy to Read: Level l & 2
  • Real Kids Readers: Level 2
  • Step into Reading: Level 2 & 3
  • Usborne Young Readers
  • Van Leeuwen, Jean
  • Viking Easy to Read: Level 2 & 3

Light Reading

  • Arnold, Tedd – Hi Fly Guy (series)
  • Keeler, Kathleen – Dare You
  • Cheyette Lewison, Wendy – Silly Milly; The Little Make a Friend; The Little and the Summer Storm; The Littles and the Scary Halloween; The Littles Do their Homework; The Littles Go Around the World; The Little Get Trapped; The Littles and the Big Blizzard; Alien & Possum; Friends No Matter What
  • Dane Bauer, Marion – Alison’s Wings; Nate the Great (series)

Fourth Grade

Fiction - Early Readers

  • Arnold, Tedd - Fly Guy series. RL range: 1.4 – 2.1 - This popular series features “boy” humor
  • Gantos, Jack - Rotten Ralph series. RL range: 2.8 – 3.4 - Rotten Ralph is naughty but loveable
  • Rylant, Cynthia - Henry and Mudge series. RL approximately 2.2 - Henry shares adventures with Mudge, his dog
  • Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman - Nate the Great series. RL range: 1.5 – 3.0 - Nate the great solves mysteries for friends
  • Silverman, Erica - Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa series. RL range: 1.5 – 2.1 - Cowgirl Kate and her loyal talking horse, Cocoa, are best friends
  • Willems, Mo - Elephant and Piggie series. RL range: 0.8 – 1.4 - This is a funny, well-crafted series about two friends. This popular author wrote Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Fiction - Chapter Books & Series

  • Various authors - The 39 Clues; 2008-2010, RL 4.5 (Series) - Amy and her younger brother hunt for the 39 clues that will reveal what really happened to their parents as well as other family secrets
  • Barrows, Annie. Ivy & Bean - 2006. RL 3.2 (Series) - Two unlikely friends share excitement and fun
  • Butler, Dori Hillestad - The Case of the School Ghost, 2012. RL 3.0. (Buddy Files Series) - Buddy, a dog, goes to the fourth grade sleepover with Connor. Strange things happen, and Buddy wonders if the rumor about the school ghost is true
  • Clements, Andrew - We the Children, 2010. RL 5.2 (Benjamin Pratt Series) - This first novel in this series focuses on Benjamin’s efforts to save his historic school from amusement-park developers. Benjamin and his friend discover clues that show something fishy is going on
  • Danziger, Paula - Amber Brown Goes Fourth, 1995. RL 3.3 (Series) - When Amber’s parents divorce and her best friend moves away, she needs to start over in fourth grade
  • Davies, Jacqueline - The Lemonade War, 2007. RL 3.9 (Series) - Evan and his sister learn they will be in the same fourth grade class next year because Jesse is skipping a grade. They battle it out through lemonade stands, each trying to earn $100 first
  • Delton, Judy - Pee Wee Scouts, 1988. RL 2.5 (Series) - The Pee Wee Scouts get involved in doing good deeds for their families and friends
  • DiCamillo, Kate - Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride, 2006. RL 2.6-2.7 (Series) - Mercy, a loveable pet pig, has many unusual adventures including driving a car
  • George, Kristiana - The Secret of Robber’s Cave, 2008. RL 5.0 (Series) - Two brothers and their cousin, Claire, explore Lost Island, where they solve an old mystery and have many adventures. This is a fast-paced story
  • Greenburg, Dan - The Zack Files. RL 2.8 - 4.2 (Series) - Each book is a humorous story about 10-year-old Zach and the strange things that keep happening to him
  • Grimes, Nikki - Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel, 2009. RL 3.6 (Series) - Smart, spunky third-grader Dyamonde has everything going for her – except a best friend. Dyamonde nicknames (the new kid) ‘Rude Boy’ – until she takes the time to get to know him
  • Hicks, Betty - Goof-Off Goalie, 2008. RL 3.3 (Series) - Goose really wants to play goalie for his soccer team, but he has trouble focusing. His friend Henry agrees to train him, but Henry gets grounded. Will Goose make it?
  • Hopkinson, Deborah - Sailing for Gold, 2004. RL 3.4 (Klondike Kid Trilogy) - Davey is determined to leave Seattle to find his uncle in Alaska after his mother dies. Finding gold in Klondike causes much excitement and delays his trip
  • Klise, Kate - Dying to Meet You: 43 Cemetery Road, Book 1, 2009. RL 4.4 - Suffering from writer’s block, author I.B. Grumpy moves into a quiet, creepy old mansion to solve his problem. However, a boy and a possible ghost have other ideas. This humorous tale is told through letters, emails, and newspaper articles
  • Krosoczka, Jarrett - Lunch Lady, 2009. RL range: 1.7 – 2.8 (Graphic Novel Series) - Lunch lady is a secret super sleuth when she’s not serving meals in the school cafeteria
  • Look, Lenore - Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking and Other Natural Disasters, 2009. RL 3.8 (Series) - Alvin’s fears are ignited when his father suggests a camping trip. Alvin’s escapades are hilarious
  • Nolan, Lucy - Bad to the Bone, 2008. RL 2.2 (Series) - Told from a dog’s point of view, Down Girl shares how she and her friend teach their masters to provide more attention
  • Osborne, Mary Pope - Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve, 2003. RL 3.6 (Magic Tree House Series) - Jack and Annie are transported to King Arthur’s time to solve a mystery about a stolen diamond
  • Pennypacker, Sara - The Talented Clementine, 2007. RL 4.0 (Series) - Third-grader Clementine is distressed by the upcoming school talent show; she has no visible talent. The unexpected talent she demonstrates surprises everyone, even her. Spending time with Clementine always means fun
  • Roy, Ron - A to Z Mysteries, 1997. RL 2.8-3.8 (Series) - These 26 books feature a title for each letter of the alphabet. Josh, Dink, and Ruth Rose solve challenging mysteries
  • Salisbury, Graham - Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet, 2009. RL 3.3 (Series) - Being responsible is not one of Calvin’s strengths, and trouble sticks to him like glue. Share Calvin’s adventures, many laugh-out-loud funny
  • Speck, Katie - Maybelle in the Soup, 2009. RL 3.7 (Series) - Maybelle the cockroach and Henry the flea have hilarious adventures

Fiction - Chapter Books - Individual Titles

  • Amato, Mary - Please Write in This Book, 2008, RL 3.8 - Mrs. Wurtz decides to encourage creative dialogue by leaving a blank notebook in the "Writer’s Corner". Because of the journal, a classroom battle erupts between the girls and the boys
  • Bauer, Marion - The Blue Ghost, 2005. RL 2.9 - While visiting her grandmother, Liz is transported back in time and meets the ghost of her great-great-great grandmother
  • Blume, Judy - Freckle Juice, 1971. RL 3.6 - Andrew wants freckles so he buys Sharon's freckle recipe for fifty cents. He learns a very valuable lesson
  • Brown, Peter - The Curious Garden, 2009. RL 4.4 - In a city without greenery, a young boy turns an abandoned railway into a lush garden
  • Clafin, Wily The Uglified Ducky: A Maynard Moose Tale, 2008. RL 3.1 - Hans Christian Anderson might not recognize this humorous version of his tale set in Alaska. This story won the Texas Bluebonnet Award
  • Clements, Andrew - Frindle , Lost and Found, or Extra Credit (Various copyright dates). RL 4.8 – 5.2. - This popular author sets the standard for school stories
  • DiCamillo, Kate - The Adventures of a Chicken, 2009. RL 3.8 - Written in short chapters, this exciting book tells what happens when Louise, a chicken, leaves home and seeks out danger and extreme adventure
  • Grandits, John - Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Bus, 2011. RL 3.2 - Kyle’s older brother is eager to share his rules for surviving the school bus. But the advice about seat location, girls, bullies, and more terrifies Kyle, who breaks all the rules by the end of day one
  • Hartnett, Sonya - Sadie and Ratz, 2008. RL 2.6 - Young Hannah’s hands—Sadie and Ratz—behave like beasts, especially if her four year-old brother is near... In retaliation, Baby Boy begins to blame the pair for his own misdeeds... Australian Hartnett, winner of the 2008 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, writes convincingly of sibling rivalry and imaginative play” (Booklist)
  • Khan, Rukhsana - Big Red Lollipop, 2010. RL 1.6 - This charming story tells about sibling rivalry in an immigrant family
  • MacLachlan, Patricia - Waiting for the Magic, 2011. RL 3.3 - This is a story about how four dogs and one cat help one boy and a sister save their family” (book jacket). An excellent read by an award-winning author
  • Petersen, P.J. - Wild River, 2009. RL 3.3 - Tanner convinces his younger brother Ryan, a non-athletic video junkie, to go on a camping and kayaking trip. Things go seriously wrong, and when Tanner is injured, it is up to Ryan to save them both
  • Polacco, Patricia - Thank You, Mr. Falker, 1998. RL 4.8 - Trisha loves school but has difficulty learning to read and feels dumb. In fifth grade, a new teacher helps her understand and overcome her problem
  • Wissinger, Tamera Will - Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse, 2013. RL 2.0 - Sam can’t wait to go fishing with his father, until his little sister, Lucy, worms her ways into their trip... Wissinger’s novel artfully captures both the thrill of the catch and the aggravation of younger siblings (especially when they’re catching more fish) (Booklist). Black and white sketches complement the poetry

Fifth Grade

  • Avi. Poppy and Rye
  • Babbitt, Natalie. Goody Hall
  • Banks, Lynne Reid. Indian in the Cupboard Series: The Secret of the Indian; The Mystery of the Cupboard
  • Blume, Judy. Fudge
  • Brink, Carol. Caddie Woodlawn
  • Burnett, Frances Hodgson. The Secret Garden; The Little Princess; and The Story of Sarah Crewe
  • Bryan, Ashley. Beat the Story Drum, Pum Pum
  • Byars, Betsy. House of Wings and Summer of the Swans
  • Corbett, Scott. The Lemonade Trick
  • Coville, Bruce. Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher: A Magic Book
  • Creech, Sharon. Walk Two Moons
  • Dahl, Roald. Esio Trot; Matilda; and Witches
  • Fitzhugh, Louise. Harriet the Spy
  • Fleischman, Paul. Joyful Noise
  • Fleischman, Sid. Midnight and Whipping Boy
  • Fox, Paul. The One-Eyed Cat
  • Freedman, Russell. Sharks; The Wright Brothers; and Buffalo
  • Fritz, Jean. The Double Life of Pocahontas
  • Funke, Cornelia. Igraine the Brave
  • Henry, Marguerite. Choose from many titles.
  • Howe, Deborah and James. Choose from many titles.
  • Kellogg, Steven. Sally Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett
  • King-Smith, Dick. Ace and The Very Important Pig
  • Lowry, Lois. All about Sam and The Anastasia Series
  • Mathis, Sharon Bell. The Hundred Penny Box
  • Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. The Grand Escape
  • Newton, Robert. Peck Soup
  • Norton, Mary. The Borrowers
  • Paterson, Katherine. The Great Gilly Hopkins
  • Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet
  • Pinkwater, Daniel. Fat Men from Space
  • Prachett, Terry. Color of Magic
  • Prelutsky, Jack. Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry: How to Write a Poem - (You choose the poetry collection.)
  • Sachar, Louis. Wayside School is Falling Down
  • Scieszka, Jon. Math Curse and Science Verse
  • Sewall, Anna. Black Beauty
  • Snyder, Zilpha Keatley. The Egypt Game; The Headless Cupid; and The Song of the Gargoyle
  • Spinelli, Jerry. Wringer; The Library Card; and Report to the Principal’s Office
  • Spyri, Johanna. Heidi
  • Van Allsburg, Chris. Garden of Abdul Gasazi
  • Wisniewski, David. Rain Player
  • Zubrowski, Bernie. Messing Around with Baking Chemistry


Every year the math department (all teachers JK-12) prepares revision questions for all grade levels in the Elementary School and all courses in the Middle School and the Academy.

Although it is important for students to rest in the summer months, we encourage our students to spend stimulating and productive time working on the summer practice. Solutions are provided so that students may assess themselves along the way. The material attached consists of problems relating to this year’s taught curriculum. Students will be expected to show their summer practice problems in the beginning of the next school year.

Mathematics summer assignments are mandatory and can be found in this section.