Rising 3rd 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, for math practice over the summer, please click the icon for the DreamBox login. 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.
This year, the $15 payment for DreamBox will be processed automatically through students' Smart Tuition accounts.
Choice Books (choose two):
Cleary, Beverly, Runaway Ralph; the Ramona series
Cox, Judy, Third Grade Pet
The third grade class can buy a pet but they want to buy a rat. Rosemary is not comfortable caring for a rat when her turn comes. But Rosemary suprises herself when she begins to like the white hooded rat named Cheese.
McCloskey, Robert, Homer Price
Welcome to Centerburg! Where you can win a hundred dollars by eating all the doughnuts you want; where houses are built in a day; and where a boy named Homer Price can foil four slick bandits using nothing but his wits and pet skunk.
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds,
Beetles, Lightly Toasted
Andy's entering the fifth-grade essay contest stirs his imagination as he competes with his cousin by making recipes with and testing them on unaware friends and family.
One of the Third Grade Thonkers
Jimmy Novak is excited about spring vacation. He and his club are planning to turn the Novaks' garage into a clubhouse for the whole week. But everything changes when Jimmy's cousin David comes to stay after his mother's surgery.
How to Fight a Girl
Joe and Alan's plan to get revenge on Billy backfires when their secret weapon, the prettiest girl in their class, becomes Billy's friend.
How to Get Fabulously Rich
Billy is sure he can come up with the right numbers to win the lottery. But when he does win, it seems that practically everyone he knows wants some of the money.
Silverstein, Shel, Runny Babbit and other poetry books by this author
Smith, Robert Kimmel, Chocolate Fever
Henry Green eats so much chocolate he comes down with chocolate fever.
Banks, Lynne Reid, The Indian in the Cupboard series
A nine-year-old boy receives a plastic Indian, a cupboard, and a little key for his birthday and finds himself involved in adventure when the Indian comes to life in the cupboard and befriends him.
Bullseye Step Into Classics: Robin Hood; Treasure Island; Tom Sawyer and others
Dahl, Roald, any by this author
One morning Harriet finds a space alien in her dad's wheat field, whom she names Wiz. During the course of a wonderful summer, Wiz changes into a snail,a crow,and even a hedgehog!
A quick-witted swineherd and a pig named Lollipop are royally rewarded after they reform a spoiled princess.
Lawson, Robert, Rabbit Hill
All the animals of the Hill are very excited about the new Folks moving in, and they wonder how things are going to change..
LeGuin, Ursula K., Catwings; Catwings Returns; Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings
Mrs. Jane Tabby can't explain why her four precious kittens were born with wings, but she's grateful that they are able to use their flying skills to soar away from the dangerous city slums where they were born.
Osborne, Mary Pope, The Magic Tree House series
Dixon, Frank, Hardy Boys series
Beloved mystery series that continues to draw avid readers.
Keene, Carolyn, Nancy Drew series
Timeless, ever popular mystery series featuring a young female sleuth.
Warner, Gertrude Chandler, The Boxcar Children series
Bulla, Clyde, The Chalk Box Kid
Nine-year-old Gregory's house does not have room for a garden, but he creates a surprising and very different garden in an unusual place.
Bunting, Eve, The Summer of Riley
Shortly after he gets the perfect dog, Riley, eleven year old William must fight for his dog's life after Riley is taken away because he chases and injures an elderly neighbor's old horse.
Byars, Betsy, books by this author other than Trouble River
Christopher, Matt, Sports series; Sports Biography series
Danziger, Paula, Amber Brown series
Amber and her best friend Justin are always together, until disaster strikes, and Justin has to move out of town.
George, Jean Craighead, the One Day In … series
Realistic fiction series with each book set in a different natural habitat.
MacLachlan, Patricia, More Perfect Than the Moon and others by this author
Something new is expected, and Sarah says it will be the perfect gift. Cassie isn't so sure. But just as life changes, people change too. And Cassie learns that unexpected surprises can bring great joy.
Appelt, Kathi, Miss LadyBird’s Wildflowers
A biography of Lady Bird Johnson, who, as the wife of President Lyndon Johnson, reminded citizens about the importance of conserving natural resources and promoted the beautification of cities and highways by planting wildflowers.
Betancourt, Jeanne, Ten True Animal Rescues; Pony Pals series
Tells the true stories of a gorilla that cared for a little boy who fell into her cage at the zoo, a cat that saved an infant's life, and a dolphin that rescued a drowning woman.
Bjork, Christina, Linnea in Monet’s Garden
A little girl visits the home and garden of Claude Monet at Giverny, France, and learns about the artist's paintings and his life. The illustrations include photographs of the painter and his family as well as examples of his work.
Fritz, Jean, And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?
Describes some of the well-known as well as the lesser-known details of Paul Revere's life and exciting ride.
Locker, Thomas, Rachel Carson: Preserving a Sense of Wonder
In this engaging biography, young readers will experience the enchantment of nature as seen through the eyes of the budding naturalist, while learning about her childhood, her accomplishments, and her passion for nature.
Miller, Debbie S., The Great Serum Race: Blazing the Iditarod Trail
Twenty teams braved subzero temperatures and blizzard conditions to run over 600 miles in six days in a desperate relay race that saved the people of Nome. Several of the dogs, including Togo and Balto, became national heroes.
Rumford, James, Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing
Sequoyah knew no English and had no idea how to capture speech on paper. But slowly and painstakingly, he worked out a system that surprised the Cherokee Nation.
Stanley, Fay, The Last Princess: Ka’Iulani of Hawaii
Although this beautiful young princess worked tirelessly to prepare herself to rule, and fought bravely to protect the rights of her beloved people, she would never be queen.
Yolen, Jane, Mightier Than the Sword
This collection of fourteen familiar and little-known stories tells the tales of men and boys united by a common heroism that comes from strength of character, wisdom, and compassion.
The biggest troublemaker at school and the best shot in Georgia, Queenie Peavey feels she has a right to be angry when her father is thrown in jail.
Ida Early Comes Over the Mountain
Tough times in rural Georgia during the Depression take a lively turn when spirited Ida Early arrives to keep house for the Suttons.
Thank You, Jackie Robinson;
Sam and Davy become unlikely friends from different races, religions, and generations. But it doesn't take long before they have a friendship that breaks through the boundaries created by differences.
Told to make a doll like a pilgrim for the Thanksgiving display at school, Molly's Jewish mother dresses the doll as she herself dressed before leaving Russia to seek religious freedom--much to Molly's embarrassment.
Make a Wish, Molly
Excited by the first American birthday party she has ever attended, Russian-born Molly is tempted to eat birthday cake despite the Passover rule that prevents her from doing so.
Connor, Leslie, Miss Birdie Chose a Shovel
Instead of a pretty keepsake as a reminder of her homeland, the practical Miss Bridie selects a shovel to accompany her to a new life in America in 1856.
Hopkinson, Deborah, Billy and the Rebel: Based on a True Civil War Story
This story is based on the life of Billy Bayly, a real boy who lived in Pennsylvania during the Civil War and had an unlikely friendship with a Southern soldier.
Scieszka, Jon, Oh Say, I Can’t See
After arriving in Pennsylvania during the winter of 1776, time travelers Joe, Fred, and Samantha inspire General George Washington to carry out a surprise attack on Hessian troops that will change the course of the Revolutionary War.
Tripp, Valerie, and others, American Girl series
A series that follows young girls as they live through pivotal moments in America's history.
Wilder, Laura Ingalls, Little House series