Summer Reading & School Supplies - 4th Grade

Ocean City Intermediate School

Grade 4 School Supply List

  • 48 count #2 pencils
  • Pink erasers and/or pencil cap erasers 
  • 1 package highlighters
  • 1 package pens (other color than black)
  • 2 packs 24 count crayons
  • 3 glue sticks
  • 1 soft pencil case
  • 4 marble composition books
  • 5 twin pocket folders (1 each red, yellow, green, blue, purple)
  • 2 boxes tissues
  • Cheap headphones


Summer Reading List

The books listed below support and reinforce the concepts and skills taught within the current classroom reading program throughout the school year.

To read a book review and summary, please visit the following websites and enter the book title: Follett Library Resources http://www.flr.follett.com/ for review sources (requires logging in), amazon.com, School Library Journalhttp://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/, or Kirkus Reviews http://www.kirkusreviews.com/kirkusreviews/index.jsp.

Entering 4th Grade:   

The Pepins and Their Problems   - Horvath
Interest level: 3-6
Reading level: 4.5
Kirkus starred (July 15, 2004)
Horvath puts a distinctive and decidedly hilarious spin on the "problem novel" with this chronicle of a family's unusual (to say the least) mishaps. She also carries the metafictional conceits of Allen Ahlberg's Better Brown Stories (1995) and such a step further-for not only does she converse with her characters, she invites readers to chime in psychically from wherever they may be, duly recording any suggestions she "receives," along with their towns of origin. Poor Pepins: if it's not a rash of toads in their shoes, or a cow who's suddenly giving lemonade when it's cheese that's in short supply, it's Mrs. Pepin's latest crying jag, or the mysterious disappearance of all the tableware. Young readers won't be able to turn the pages fast enough to discover the Pepins' newest predicament, to find out its seldom-obvious cause, to check out the reader comments winging in from the likes of Boring, MD, Forks of Cacapon, WV, and other real places-but mostly to meet the Pepins, part Bagthorpes, part fugitives from Chelm, and their fittingly quirky neighbors, all of whom are rendered in Hafner's sunny, simply drawn cartoons. A delight.

Star Jumper    - Asch
Interest level: 3-6
Reading level: 4.1
School Library Journal (June 1, 2006)
Self-styled genius Alex has had it with his little brother. Jonathan is always hanging around-asking weird questions, messing with Alex's stuff, and generally being a pest. Mom says it's all just normal sibling rivalry, but Alex decides there is only one thing to do-leave Earth-and Jonathan-forever. Using his astounding scientific ability-plus lots of grocery boxes, duct tape, and assorted bits of junk, Alex designs the Star Jumper. This advanced cardboard spacecraft will take him across the galaxy to a brother-free planet-if only he can keep the first grader out of the way until liftoff. The first-person narration is lively and realistic, bouncing between mock scientific jargon and exasperated brother-speak. The short text is illustrated with sketches from Alex's invention notebook, including carefully labeled diagrams of the ship and its high-tech, recycling-bin gadgetry. More gently tongue-in-cheek than Dan Greenburg's irreverent "Zack Files" (Grosset & Dunlap), this early chapter book is a good choice for younger science-fiction fans.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Judy Moody - McDonald
Interest level: 3-6
Reading level: 3.6
School Library Journal (July 2000)
Judy Moody is grumpy. She hates the thought of summer ending and dreads starting third grade, until her new teacher asks each student to create a "Me" collage to share with the class. Then she can't wait to tell about her new pet-a Venus flytrap that eats bugs and hamburger, the T.P. (Toad Pee) Club initiation, and how she ate a shark over the summer. Judy's second-grade brother Stink and her friend Rock are major figures in the story as is her nemesis, Frank Pearl. Judy is independent, feisty, and full of energy, a delightful new character for beginning chapter-book readers. Reynolds has captured her personality in his humorous illustrations done in watercolor, tea, and pen and ink

The Charm Bracelet (Fairy Realm Series Book1) - Rodda
Interest level: 3-6
Reading level: 4.4
Publishers Weekly (February 10, 2003)
Rodda (Rowan of Rin series) launches the Fairy Realm series with this taut, engaging fantasy tale. Jessie visits her maternal grandmother, Jessica, at Blue Moon, a rambling old house with a "secret garden" where Jessie feels safe and peaceful. For five years, the woman has lived alone, since the death of her husband, a renowned artist who painted scenes featuring castles, fairy princesses, elves and miniature horses. Jessie shares more with her grandmother than a name: each always seems to know how the other is feeling. Suddenly Jessie becomes aware that her grandmother, who has been weakened by a fall, is in some kind of grave trouble and that she must help her. Following a voice beckoning her to the secret garden one night, Jessie is transported to a fairyland that she recognizes from one of her grandfather's paintings-his last. Rodda deftly fits together the pieces of a creatively complex puzzle whose fragments include a missing charm bracelet, a cloak that renders the wearer invisible and a secret spell that must be used-once in a blue moon-to renew the magic in the land of Jessica's birth. Despite what sound like familiar elements, an intriguing plot and appealing characters make this a sure choice for budding fantasy fans. Readers will likely wish to accompany Jessie on her second adventure, The Flower Fairies, due out the same month.

Miss Daisy is Crazy - Gutman
Interest level: 1-4
Reading level: 4.0
Booklist (September 1, 2004 (Vol. 101, No. 1)
Second-grader A. J. hates school, but he has to admit that Miss Daisy isn't like any teacher he has had before. She enjoys watching TV and eating chocolate just like A. J., and she is always asking her students for help solving problems in math and spelling. She also takes A. J.'s suggestion to turn the school into a video-game arcade seriously. Principal Klutz agrees to "rent out"the school for a night (and wear a gorilla suit) if the children read a million pages. Can they do it? The humorous, simply written story, first in the My Weird School series, gets its zest largely from A. J.'s lively, first-person commentary on school life and legend. Reluctant students will have no trouble relating to A. J., and breezy Miss Daisy illustrates how respecting kids and balancing learning with fun can produce positive results. The occasional cartoon line drawings are a good fit.

Additional Reading Ideas

  • Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls (The Baby-Sitters Club Series #2) by Ann M. Martin
  • The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden, Garth Williams (illus.)
  • Earthquake Terror by Peg Kehret
  • Fudge-a-Mania by Judy Blume
  • The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks, Brock Cole (illus.)
  • Jacob Two - Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien, Zena Bernstein (illus.)
  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary, Louis Darling (illus.)
  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  • My Teacher Is an Alien by Bruce Coville, Mike Wimmer (illus.)
  • Native American Doctor, The Story of Susan LaFlesche Picotte by Jeri Ferris
  • Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade by Barthe DeClements
  • The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog by John R. Erickson, Gerald L. Holmes (illus.)
  • Time for Andrew, A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn