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Crusader- Entering 4th

The designated summer reading books for students entering fourth grade are:
  • Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan
  • The Sword in the Tree by Clyde Robert Bulla

These books were included in your book fees at enrollment/re-enrollment and can be picked up in the front office of either campus after enrollment/re-enrollment is complete through Admissions.


Students must complete one assignment for each required book. Students in each grade level are required to read two books and complete one assignment per book.  This year students will be given options for creativity with the assignments: traditional, technological or non-technological. To receive full credit, all work must be submitted to the teachers by the first Friday of the school year, August 12, 2022.




Students entering 4th grade are asked to annotate their books. Students need to make a minimum of 10 notations for each category. The annotations will constitute your child’s first reading grades of the year. A guide to annotating is available below. These books will also be the source of discussion during the first couple of weeks of school.


  • BLACK- Underline POWERFUL words or phrases.
  • GREEN- Underline words or phrases you DON’T UNDERSTAND; vocabulary words.
  • RED- Put a “?” in the margin and write your question in RED.



This new option is for students entering 4th - 6th grade.  It allows students to present what they learned through summer reading in digital format using a Google Doc or in Google Slides.  Both options must meet the literary requirements for their grade level.  *See attached literary requirements by grade level. 

Google Doc:

  1. Type required information in a document using Google Docs.
  2. Literary requirements need to be clearly organized and labeled.
  3. Document needs to include a heading with the student’s name and date completed.

Google Slides:

  1. Present required information in a slide presentation using Google Slides. 
  2. Literary requirements need to be clearly organized and labeled on slides.
  3. Students are encouraged to be as creative as they wish with slide transitions, backgrounds, images, fonts, etc. 
  4. The first slide needs to include the book title, author, student’s name, and date completed.



These options for all students entering 1st - 6th grades can include any of the reports listed below, meeting the literary requirements for their grade level.  *See attached literary requirements by grade level. 

Poster Book Report:  

  1. Use a poster (any color).
  2. Draw a picture of the main. character, or a favorite scene, in the center of the poster.
  3. Divide the poster into sections to organize and present literary requirements for each grade level.
  4. Add the student’s name and date completed to the bottom right corner of the poster.

Mini-book Report:  

  1. Fold multiple sheets of copy paper (any color) in half. 
  2. The book cover must include a drawing of the main character or a favorite scene, title and author of the book, student name, and date completed. 
  3. Title each page of the mini-book with each required grade level detail (example “Literary Elements”, “Vocabulary”, “Biblical Theme”, etc.).
  4. Add creative embellishments to the pages as desired. 

Technological and Non-technological options MUST include the literary requirements listed for each grade level. 


The minimum requirements for 4th - 6th grade students are as follows for EACH book:

  • list the title and author
  • a minimum of 5 literary elements (setting, plot, characters, figurative language, foreshadowing, conflict, climax, resolution of conflict, and theme)
  • a minimum of 10 new vocabulary words with definitions and a memorable sentence
  • 2 biblical themes

Curl Up With a Good Book This Summer!

While we are requiring your child to read two books, we encourage him/her to read all throughout the summer.  Below is a list of grade-level books that your child may enjoy. This will be a great introduction to the reading your child will do throughout the year. 
  • The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
  • Dinosaurs by Design by Duane T. Gish
  • Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
  • The King’s Equal by Katherine Paterson
  • Historical fiction books by Louise Vernon
  • The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White