Rising 4th grade summer learning
Summer reading is an important part of the curriculum at Athens Academy. Students will be responsible for the contents of the required readings when school convenes in August. Students should also select two books to read from the Choice List. Finally, please make sure to click the link for DreamBox for math practice over the summer. Parents, please print and sign the signature form at the bottom of this page, and your student will turn it in the first week of school.
Required Math Program:
This summer Athens Academy students will continue to use DreamBox, a rigorous, adaptive, and engaging online math program to help students reinforce their math proficiency over the summer months and smoothly transition back to school in August. Please know that we have spent time working with DreamBox in an effort to make this year’s summer learning even better. We were able to work with DreamBox and your child’s teacher to best identify an initial student placement for their summer work this year.
Please use this form to order subscriptions for each of your children who are currently enrolled in pre-first through seventh grade. We ask that orders be completed by May 4, 2018. If your child will not have internet access this summer, please contact your child's Division Director to explore the traditional option of Math Minutes.
Choice Books (choose two):
For Freedom, the Story of a French Spy by Karen Baker Bradley
The thrilling true story of one of France's youngest spies during World War II.
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr
Hospitalized with the dreaded atom bomb disease, leukemia, a child in Hiroshima races against time to fold one thousand paper cranes to verify the legend that by doing so a sick person will become healthy.
Homesick: My Own Story by Jean Fritz
The author's fictionalized version, though all the events are true, of her childhood in China in the 1920's.
Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse
In letters to her cousin, a young Jewish girl chronicles her family's flight from Russia in 1919 and her own experiences when she must be left in Belgium for a while when the others emigrate to America.
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.
A Boy at War series by Harry Mazer
While fishing with his friends off Honolulu on December 7, 1941, teenaged Adam is caught in the midst of the Japanese attack and through the chaos of the subsequent days tries to find his father, a naval officer who was serving on the U.S.S. Arizona when the bombs fell.
Snow Treasure by Marie McSwingen
This is the story of the Norwegian children who helped their country during World War ll by sneaking the country's gold bullion passed the enemy to a place of safety, so it could be kept out of the hands of the Nazis.
Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Velchin
In the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union, ten-year-old Sasha idolizes his father, a devoted Communist, but when police take his father away and leave Sasha homeless, he is forced to examine his own perceptions, values, and beliefs.
Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan
When thirteen-year-old Koly enters into an ill-fated arranged marriage, she must either suffer a destiny dictated by India's tradition or find the courage to oppose it.
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
A story about a homeless boy and his imaginary friend that proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary.
Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.
George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl
George, who is tired of his Grandma's grouchy mood, brews up a special grandma medicine as a remedy for everything. George gets a big surprise when he sees the magical, marvelous results of his mixture.
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Matilda is a genius, but unfortunately her family constantly criticizes her. Matilda is sweet and patient with her critics until Miss Trunch, the ex-Olympic hammer thrower and headmistress of Matilda's school, tries to terrorize sweet Miss Honey, the one teacher who believes in Matilda.
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
A young boy escapes from two wicked aunts and embarks on a series of adventures with six giant insects he meets inside a giant peach.
Upside Down Magic by Emily Jenkins, Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle
Nory, Elliott, Andres, and Bax are just four of the students in Dunwiddle Magic School’s Upside-Down Magic class.
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
The adventures of Despereauux Tilling,a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.
Half Magic by Edward Eager
Faced with a dull summer in the city, Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha suddenly find themselves involved in a series of extraordinary adventures after Jane discovers an ordinary-looking coin that seems to grant wishes.
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
When Kendra and Seth go to stay at their grandparents' estate, they discover that it is a sanctuary for magical creatures and that a battle between good and evil is looming.
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
After being forced to give up his pet fox Pax, a young boy named Peter decides to leave home and get his best friend back.
Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff
Relates the tale of Rumpelstiltskin's childhood and youth, explaining why his name is so important, how he is able to spin straw into gold, and why a first-born child is his reward for helping the miller's daughter-turned-queen.
Nick and Tesla mystery series by by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith
After moving in with their eccentric uncle, Nick and Tesla encounter strange occurrences in their new neighborhood and build gadgets using simple household objects to help them solve the mysteries.
Carole Marsh mystery series
Educational mysteries take place at real places across America.
Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff
Sam is almost 11 when he discovers a locked box in the attic above his grandfather Mack’s room, and a piece of paper that says he was kidnapped.
Bunnicula series by James Howe
Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.
Rainforest Rescue and other Wild Rescue series
Adventure series set in remote locations, featuring endangered animals and their rescuers.
Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly by Gail Carson Levine
Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine shares her secrets of making magic with your writing.
Favorite Norse Myths by Mary Pope Osborne
From the creation of the universe, to its heroic battles for order, the fourteen intriguing myths in this collection come together to tell one powerful story.
Bill Peet: An Autobiography
The well-known author and illustrator relates the story of his life and work.
Two sisters travel three weeks in a car from their home in San Francisco to a family reunion in Colorado.