Summer Reading and Math for Upper and Lower School Students

Do not forget the summer reading and math assignments to be completed by the first day of school!



Information for Students Entering 1st Grade
Each NCS student leaving senior kindergarten was given a summer packet to practice reading and math skills. If you are a new incoming 1st grader and would like a copy of the packet, please email Mrs. Lucka at
Read, Read, READ! Summer reading is vital to help your child maintain and grow as a reader! Reading with your child during the summer also helps students foster a love for reading and lifelong learning. This will also help your child in the area of comprehension! Ask key questions from the book using the words: who, what, when, where, and why. When a child reads out loud it also helps a parent monitor fluency and self-correction.
*Attached is the Summer Reading Log Page. Click here for printable summer reading log.
Information for Students Entering 2nd Grade
Reading for students entering 2nd Grade
Read, Read, READ! Summer reading is vital to help your child maintain and grow as a reader! Reading during the summer also helps students foster a love for reading and lifelong learning. Keep reading over the summer to help maintain the reading level you have worked so hard for in 1st grade! We encourage students to read 30 minutes a day. We also suggest students spend time reading aloud to parents; this helps with fluency and self-correction. Make a list of the books you read over the summer so you can test on them in the fall. Look for books that are between 2.0 level and a 3.0 level.
*Attached is your Summer Reading Log Page. Click here for your printable reading log.
Math for Students Entering 2nd Grade
Below is a list of essential skills for your child to practice at home this summer:
  • Number Sense- understanding greater than/less than, 10 more and 10 less than a number
  • Place Value- Understanding how many tens and ones in a number
  • Two-Digit Addition and Subtraction (no regrouping or “carrying”)
  • Telling Time to the Half Hour
  • Counting Coins
  • Addition and Subtraction Facts- Practice facts up to 20
  • Practice your addition and subtraction facts with flash cards or online. We will have weekly timed practice tests on addition and subtraction throughout the year in which they will need to complete 25 problems in 2 ½ minutes.
Information for Students Entering 3rd Grade
Math for Students Entering 3rd Grade
During the summer months, study your 1-5 multiplication facts. Students will learn all the multiplication facts and test on them next year. There are a lot of apps/websites that can help with practice. A timer can be used to encourage focus and preparation. We will have timed tests for addition/subtraction by the end of August. Students will have 2 ½ minutes to complete 40 problems.
Practice, practice, practice!!! We will expect students to use cursive with the first spelling test. The majority of your work will be written in cursive.
Information for Students Entering 4th,5th, and 6th Grade
Practice and review basic facts such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Review place value, add and subtract fractions, word problems (addition and multiplication), compare money amounts, and review decimals and fractions.
Students entering 5th and 6th grade: be able to find factors and multiples of numbers (GCF & LCM)
Recommended Websites for Review
Mathdrillslite (app)
Practice your cursive handwriting
Summer Reading Requirements for Students Entering 3rd-6th Grades
Below you will find a list of titles that teachers have selected as a required list of summer reading. We have chosen titles that we believe will be of interest and enjoyment to your child!
Research shows when a student continues to read during the summer, a loss of reading skills from year to year is better prevented. Summer reading is vital to help your child maintain and grow as a reader! Reading during the summer can also help students foster a love for reading and lifelong learning!
Students will complete assignments within the first two weeks of school based on the grade level required reading as well as take an AR test for bonus points. These books may be purchased through sites like Amazon or checked out from your local public library. Your child is not required to have a copy of the book at the beginning of the school year. However, we strongly recommend that your child keeps a journal, takes notes, or makes notations in the book they read in order to enhance comprehension and help them review the material before the beginning of the school year.  Your child may also read the optional books and take the AR test within the first two weeks of school for a jump start on their AR reading goals for 2022-2023! It is important that your child has the required book completed by the first day of school, Tuesday, August 9th, 2022.
Students Entering 3rd Grade
Required Summer Reading- Afternoon on the Amazon By: (Magic Tree House)
Complete Summary Sheet for Afternoon on the Amazon
 Optional Reading
Any book from The Boxcar Children
Any book from A to Z Mysteries
Students Entering 4th Grade
Required Summer Reading- Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing By: Judy Blume
Optional Reading
Indian in the Cupboard By: Lynne Reid Banks
The Secret Garden By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
Students Entering 5th Grade
Required Summer Reading – The City of Ember By Jeanne DuPrau
Optional Reading:
Daddy Long Legs By: Jean Webster
Two Minute Drill By: Mike Lupica
Students Entering 6th Grade
Required Summer Reading- Restart By: Gordon Korman
Optional Reading:
Wish By: Barbara O’Connor
Wonder By: R.J. Palacia