Summer Work 2021

To view PBDA’s Summer 2021 work for your child – including summer reading, math, history and SSAT prep – please select the below tab that corresponds with the grade your child will be entering this Fall.

For all math workbooks, these serve as a review so please purchase the level of the grade just completed (Rising 4th Grade should purchase the 3rd Grade book, Rising 5th Grade should purchase the 4th Grade book, etc.)

Summer Work by Grade (’21-’22)

Please select the tab of the corresponding grade of your child.

Rising 1st Grade

While there is no formal summer work for students entering First Grade, PBDA encourages you to take time each day to practice “academic activities” with your child. A little bit goes a long way!

Summer Reading & Writing: Reading for 15-20 minutes a day can greatly improve fluency and comprehension. This can be a time for independent reading or shared reading between you and your child. Practice reading and spelling the sight word flashcards. Your child may also want to keep a summer journal. 

Summer Math:  Practice math facts on a daily basis. These can be written or you may choose to purchase flashcards. Count and write from 1-100 and back. Practice skip counting by 2’s to 20, 5’s, and 10’s to 100. Identify and count coins using pennies, nickels, and dimes. 

Rising 2nd Grade

Summer Reading & Writing: Reading for 20-30 minutes a day can greatly improve fluency and comprehension. This can be a time for independent reading or shared reading between you and your child. Practice reading and spelling the sight word flashcards. Your child may also want to keep a summer journal. 

Summer Math: The Summer Solutions workbook is designed to help a student retain and reinforce concepts covered in the grade level just completed. To receive the best benefits from the summer work, it is recommended that the student do three pages a week over a ten-week period during the summer. To do the book all at the beginning of the summer or all at the end defeats the purpose of the review. Each book has Help Pages and Answers at the back of the book. Students should do their best, circling unfamiliar problems and move on. If more space is needed to show thorough work than the space provided, extra paper is recommended. Completed workbooks should be given to your child’s teachers during the first week of school. Students should work on addition/subtraction fact fluency if time allows. 

Rising 3rd Grade

Summer Reading & Writing: Reading for 30 minutes a day can greatly improve fluency and comprehension. This can be a time for independent reading or shared reading between you and your child. Practice reading and spelling the sight word flashcards. Your child may also want to keep a summer journal. 

Summer Math:

The Summer Solutions workbook is designed to help a student retain and reinforce concepts covered in the grade level just completed. To receive the best benefits from the summer work, it is recommended that the student do three pages a week over a ten-week period during the summer. To do the book all at the beginning of the summer or all at the end defeats the purpose of the review. Each book has Help Pages and Answers at the back of the book. Students should do their best, circling unfamiliar problems and move on. If more space is needed to show thorough work, than the space provided, extra paper is recommended. Completed workbooks should be given to your child’s teachers during the first week of school. Students should work on addition/subtraction fact fluency if time allows. 

Rising 4th Grade
Summer Reading: Students entering 4th Grade should explore all of the options in finding books that excite their interests and passions for reading. Students will read at least two books.  Selected books should be on or above grade level. After reading, students have one of two options:
Option 1: Write a one-page personal reflection (a sketch may be included). Personal reflection guidelines:
  • What about the book kept you reading?
  • Would you recommend this book? Why or why not
  • Is the plot exciting and unpredictable?
  • Is the book part of a series?
  • Did the story make you laugh while you were reading? Why?

Option 2: Write a book report using the PBDA approved Book Report format.

Summer Math: The Summer Solutions workbook is designed to help a student retain and reinforce concepts covered in the grade level just completed. To receive the best benefits from the summer work, it is recommended that the student do three pages a week over a ten-week period during the summer. To do the book all at the beginning of the summer or all at the end defeats the purpose of the review. Each book has Help Pages and Answers at the back of the book. Students should do their best, circling unfamiliar problems and move on. If more space is needed to show thorough work, than the space provided, extra paper is recommended.

Rising 5th Grade
Summer ReadingStudents entering 5th Grade should explore all of the options in finding books that excite their interests and passions for reading. Students will read at least two books.  Selected books should be on or above grade level. After reading, students have one of two options:
Option 1: Write a one-page personal reflection (a sketch may be included). Personal reflection guidelines:
  • What about the book kept you reading?
  • Would you recommend this book? Why or why not
  • Is the plot exciting and unpredictable?
  • Is the book part of a series?
  • Did the story make you laugh while you were reading? Why?

Option 2: Write a book report using the PBDA approved Book Report format.

Summer Math: The Summer Solutions workbook is designed to help a student retain and reinforce concepts covered in the grade level just completed. To receive the best benefits from the summer work, it is recommended that the student do three pages a week over a ten-week period during the summer. To do the book all at the beginning of the summer or all at the end defeats the purpose of the review. Each book has Help Pages and Answers at the back of the book. Students should do their best, circling unfamiliar problems and move on. If more space is needed to show thorough work, than the space provided, extra paper is recommended.

Rising 6th Grade

Summer Reading: 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.

Summer History: Students entering Grade 6 are to read one of the following assigned books over the summer. Follow up/assessment of the book will be discussed in September in each of the history classes.  The required history selection is in addition to any selections for English.

Summer Math: The Summer Solutions workbook is designed to help a student retain and reinforce concepts covered in the grade level just completed. To receive the best benefits from the summer work, it is recommended that the student do three pages a week over a ten-week period during the summer. To do the book all at the beginning of the summer or all at the end defeats the purpose of the review. Each book has Help Pages and Answers at the back of the book. Students should do their best, circling unfamiliar problems and move on. If more space is needed to show thorough work, than the space provided, extra paper is recommended.

Rising 7th Grade

Summer Reading: 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.

Summer History: Students entering Grade 7 are to read Chains by Laurie Hals Anderson over the summer. Follow-up/assessment of the book will be discussed in September in each of the history classes. The required history selection is in addition to any selections for English.

SSAT Summer Prep: All rising 7th grade students will purchase the SSAT review book named below. Students will read all instructional material regarding math and complete all math problems and practice tests in the book. Students will check answers with the answer keys provided in the book.

SSAT English: 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.

Rising 8th Grade

Summer Reading: 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.

Summer History: Students entering Grade 8 are to read one of the following assigned books over the summer. Follow-up/assessment of the book will be discussed in September in each of the history classes. The required history selection is in addition to any selections for English.

SSAT Summer Prep: All rising 8th grade students will purchase the SSAT review book named below. Students will read all instructional material regarding math and complete all math problems and practice tests in the book. Students will check answers with the answer keys provided in the book.

SSAT English: 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.

Rising 9th Grade

Summer Reading: 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.

Summer History: Students entering Grade 9 must read Spies: The  Secret Showdown Between America and Russia by Marc Favreau. Follow-up/assessment of the book will be discussed in September in each of the history classes. The required history selection is in addition to any selections for English.

Students in Grade 9 History Honors must read Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice by Bryan Stevenson. Follow-up/assessment of the book will be discussed in September. The required history selection is in addition to any selections for English.

Summer Math: Students enrolled in the below classes will purchase the corresponding workbook.