Summer Work 2019

To view PBDA’s Summer 2019 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 (’19’-20)

Rising 2nd Grade

Summer Reading: Students entering 2nd Grade are asked to read two books and complete a reading response activity for each book. Suggested activities and book recommendations for students entering Grade 2 can be found here.

Summer Math: Students will also complete a math workbook – distributed to parents at Parent-Teacher Conferences on May 22. To order an extra copy or for new families, please click here to purchase. Please give all completed assignments to your child’s teachers during the first week of school.

Rising 3rd Grade

Summer Reading: Students entering 3rd Grade are asked to read two books and complete a reading response activity for each book. Suggested activities and book recommendations for students entering Grade 3 can be found here.

Summer Math: Students will also complete a math workbook – distributed to parents at Parent-Teacher Conferences on May 22. To order an extra copy or for new families, please click here to purchase. Please give all completed assignments to your child’s teachers during the first week of school.

Rising 4th Grade

Summer Reading: Students entering Grade 4 are required to read two books of the student’s choosing. Students have two options: 1) Write a one-page personal reflection using the guidelines found here; OR, 2) Write a book report using the approved Book Report format.

Summer Math: Students will also complete a math workbook that will be distributed to students by their teachers. To order an extra copy or for new families, please click here to purchase. Please give all completed assignments to your child’s teachers during the first week of school.

Rising 5th Grade

Summer Reading: Students entering Grade 5 are required to read two books of the student’s choosing. Students must write a book report on each summer book that they read using the approved Book Report format. Books must be at a reading level of 3.5 or higher.

Summer Math: Students will also complete a math workbook that will be distributed to students by their teachers. To order an extra copy or for new families, please click here to purchase. Please give all completed assignments to your child’s teachers during the first week of school.

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 must choose one of the following to read over the summer: The Children’s Homer by Padraic Colum, The Last Girls of Pompeii by Kathryn Lasky, or Atticus of Rome by Barry Denenberg. Follow-up/assessments will be held during class in the fall.

Summer Math: Students entering Grade 6 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. To order an extra copy or for new families, please click here to purchase.

Rising 7th Grade
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 must read The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Follow-up/assessments will be held during class in the fall.

Summer Math: Students in Grades 7 and 8 will not receive math workbooks and will instead complete SSAT Prep books. See below.

SSAT Summer Prep: Students entering Grade 8 are asked to purchase the following SSAT book: Kaplan’s SSAT & ISEE PREP 2019-2020. Please note, parents are not required to purchase through Amazon; however, please be sure to get the correct edition (2019-20).

  • SSAT Math Directions: read and answer questions in chapters 10 through 15, chapters 20 & 21. Do the 4 practice tests in chapters 23, 24, 26, & 27 (both the SSAT tests and the ISEE tests).
  • 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 The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. Follow-up/assessments will be held during class in the fall.

Summer Math: Students entering Grade 9 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. To order an extra copy or for new families, please click here to purchase.