Summer Expectations for Students
Coming to 3rd Grade
*There are many things that Allen Academy students can do in the summer to help prepare
them for the year ahead. It is important to continue to strengthen the skills you have learned in
2nd grade over the summer in order to help build on those skills, as well as to increase the
knowledge that you already have. Below is the list of required assignments that all Allen
Academy students coming into 3rd grade must complete to help them become the best they can
be.
1. All students must read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl and complete a
Venn Diagram. Choose a character from your book that reminds you of another
character you’ve read about, because of qualities or experiences they have in common. .
Draw two large circles on a sheet of paper, overlapping in the middle. Label each circle
with the name of one of the characters you are comparing. Write sentences that
describe each character in his or her circle. Write sentences that describe both
characters in the overlapping section. You must include at least 5 sentences in each
circle and 5 in the overlapping circle making for 15 sentences total.
2. In addition to reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, you must also read one book of
your choice from the list below. After you read this book, write at a summary (5-10
sentences). You can tell us what you liked, did not like, found funny, were interested in,
or anything else you want to tell us about the book.
Supplemental Reading: (Choose at least 1)
1. Knights of the Lunch Table #1 – The Dodgeball Chronicles By: Frank Cammuso
In this funny new series from Eisner Award nominee Frank Cammuso, the Arthurian legend is
reborn--in a funny, average-joe, middle-school boy and his pals.
Artie King just wants to ease into life at Camelot Middle School. He’s got new lunch buddies,
Percy and Wayne, and his science teacher, Mr. Merlyn, is pretty cool. But then there’s scary
Principal Dagger and big bad Joe and The Horde, a bunch of brawny bullies who rule the
school.
The real trouble starts when Artie opens a funky old locker that no one, not even Joe, has
ever been able to open — and finds it full of mysterious, but useful stuff. Percy and Wayne
are high-fiving, Joe is fuming, and the next think you know a challenge is laid down: a do-ordie dodgeball game — The Horde Vs. The Knights of the Lunch Table.
2. How to Train Your Dragon (Book 1) by Cressida Cowell
In the first volume of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III's misadventures, ten-year-old Viking
Hero Hiccup tries to pass the initiation test for his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy
Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon. Hiccup becomes involved with more than he
bargained for when two large sea dragons visit his home island of Berk.
3. The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler
For as long as she can remember, twelve-year-old Emily Windsnap has lived on a boat. And,
oddly enough, for just as long, her mother has seemed anxious to keep Emily away from the
water. But when Mom finally agrees to let her take swimming lessons, Emily makes a
startling discovery — about her own identity, the mysterious father she’s never met, and the
thrilling possibilities and perils shimmering deep below the water’s surface. With a sure sense
of suspense and richly imaginative details, first-time author Liz Kessler lures us into a
glorious undersea world where mermaids study shipwrecks at school and Neptune rules with
an iron trident — an enchanting fantasy about family secrets, loyal friendship, and the
convention-defying power of love.
*You can always do more than this to prepare you for 3rd grade and we encourage you to read
all summer and find ways to build on the knowledge that you gained this year. Go online and
find fun science experiments that you can do at home. Play games with your family that
enhances math skills. Read a book to someone else and talk about what happens in the book.
The possibilities are endless! Have a great summer and we cannot wait to see you in 3 rd grade!
 ~Your 3rd Grade
Teachers
Summarizer
Name:______________________ Date: _______________
Title of Book: _________________________
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