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Summer Reading, Math & History – 2018

Summer Reading for Rising 2nd – 9th Graders


Students entering Grade 2
A copy of the summer work for rising 2nd Graders can be found here.

Students entering Grade 3
A copy of the summer work for rising 3rd Graders can be found here.

Students entering Grades 4 & 5
2 books of the student’s choosing are required

Assessment for Grade 4 – Students have three options: write a one-page personal reflection, pass an Accelerated Reader Test, or write a book report using the approved Book Report format.

Assessment for Grade 5 – Students have two options: Pass an Accelerated Reader Test or write a book report using the approved Book Report format.

AR tests may be taken Monday-Friday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. in the Wean Library throughout the summer.  A grace period of one week in September will be given for those unable to access the system over the summer.

Students entering Grades 6-9

Here at PBDA, we are lifelong readers, and our goal is to foster a love of reading in all our students. Students entering grades 6-9 are asked to take the following pledge to guide their summer reading:

  • Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like me or live like me.
  • Read a book about a topic I don’t know much about.
  • Read a book in a format (or genre) that I don’t normally read for fun.

Visit a library, bookstore, or online bookseller and find book titles that interest you and meet these challenges.

Read at least two books. Each selection should meet at least one of the above criteria. In September, we will share what we have read over the summer and respond through writing assignments in English class.


Students Entering Grade 6  – choose one of the following
The Children’s Homer – Padraic Colum, The Last Girls of Pompeii – Kathryn Lasky or Atticus of Rome – Barry Denenberg
Students Entering Grade 7 – choose one of the following
Blood of the River: Jamestown 1607 – Elisa Carbone or Chains – Laurie Halse Anderson
Students Entering Grade 8The Help – Kathryn Stockett
Students Entering Grade 9The Boys in the Boat – Daniel James Brown

Follow up/assessments will be during class in the fall.

Summer Math for Students Entering Grades 4-6 & 9

Students entering 4th-6th & 9th will complete a math workbook that will be distributed to students by their teachers. Students will return to school in September with this completed workbook. (Students in Grades 7 & 8 will not receive math workbooks but will complete SSAT Prep books instead – See below.)


SSAT Summer Prep for Students Entering 7 & 8

Students entering 7th and 8th grade are being asked to purchase the following SSAT book according to their entering grade level.

Entering Grade 7 – Success on the Middle Level SSAT can be purchased Here
Entering Grade 8 – Success on the Upper Level SSAT can be purchased Here

Parents are not required to purchase through Amazon, but please be sure the text is the 2017 Edition


The students will do every math problem in the book, as well as read the material provided on math basics, strategies and SSAT hints. The answers are in the back. After doing all the review sections, they should take the full length practice test in the back of the book, in a test taking situation. Please note, there is no calculator use on the SSAT.

When we return in September, the math teachers will go over this material with the students, prior to the SSAT, answering all questions and concerns.

If you have any questions, please contact Tina Barbieri, Head of the Math Department


Students are encouraged to read the sections on test-taking strategies in the SSAT Verbal portion of the book: analogies, vocabulary, and reading strategies. Aim to complete at least one practice drill in each section. Students will have opportunities to complete additional practice and review strategies during class time in the fall.

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