While students and teachers often need a bit of a reset during the summer months, it is important for the children to at least actively keep reading so their literacy skills maintain or improve during this time. The old adage that if you don’t use it, you lose it, is definitely true when it comes to educational skills learned during the previous months. Here is a solid 4th-grade reading list to keep the students reading even during their time away from the classroom.
Little House on the Prairie
Known as well as a beloved television series, the novel Little House on the Prairie was written later on in life by Laura Ingalls Wilder with the whole series totaling eight books. Based on her own family’s dealings, it depicted the hopes and dreams of homesteading and the struggles of a family trying to survive. It should be an eye-opener for children to see how living out on the prairie in the late 1800s is quite the adventure!
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Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Is there any novel more appropriate for a 4th-grade student than Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing? There certainly will be plenty of the book they can identify with. Written by the adored author Judy Blume, her books have sold more than 82 million copies around the globe.
Another book written by Judy Blume and is very suitable for today’s issues at hand, Blubber is about a student that is being ostracized and teased for her overweight appearance. The old saying that sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me has never been true to begin with, and Blubber proves this.
Who hasn’t thought that they were born into the wrong family? That something just didn’t seem right and you may be better off somewhere else. In Matilda, the author Roald Dahl takes these feelings and puts them to life. Matilda’s only escape is her classroom teacher that she adores. However, she does have to be careful of the headmistress that seemingly despises all children to ridiculous degrees!