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Summer Learning Suggestions

Summer is a wonderful time to be a kid! There are camps to attend, visits to the library and time with family and friends. Summer can be a great time to relax and even learn how to be a little bored!

Each year we have many families wondering what they can do to ensure their child is ready to enter Cascadia and work above grade level. Our biggest suggestion: have a fun summer! Read, play games, get outside and move, do chores, be bored.

Below are listed some skills that students can benefit from entering the grade level with. Do know that our teachers are used to assessing and working with students at varying skill levels, so in no way are all these skills mandatory for success during the school year. We do not wish for families to feel that it is their sole responsibility to guide students’ to the mastery of learning standards, but rather feel informed, prepared, and assured that we’re working on ways to be as resourceful as possible when accounting for all students’ growth and success in preparation for next year.

1st Grade


  • Retell a story in sequential order and identify the main character and setting
  • Five finger retell (characters, setting, problem, events, and solution)
  • Read accurately and fluently to support comprehension
  • Ask questions such as “What is happening in the story?” “What do you think might happen next and why?” “Does the story or character remind you of something or someone?”
  • Have your child read for at least 10 minutes a day to build reading stamina
  • Apply grade level phonics and word analysis skills when reading
  • Have your child practice read to self, read with a partner, and listen to reading
  • When reading with your child, encourage he/she to sound out unfamiliar words. Try not to say the word for them, allow some productive struggle.
  • Read to your child so they can hear a fluent reader
  • If you wish to browse leveled books online, visit this link:https://


  • Write a complete sentence using correct capitalization and punctuation
  • Have your child keep a journal over summer
  • Allow them to write freely or if needed, give prompts
  • Allow time to build writing stamina- student should be able to write for 10 minutes


  • Add and subtract fluently with sums up to 20
  • Fluency looks like: using different strategies to quickly produce an answer within 10—15 seconds
  • Understand place value up to 1,000
  • Practice using number bonds
  • If you wish to practice practice these skills, here is a link to Khan academy:

Life Skills

  • As kids move into the first grade, we work with them on developing independent life skills. These are some skills we will work with your child on in the beginning of the year.
  • Tie their shoes
  • Zip up jacket
  • Organization: putting own things away

2nd Grade

Reading and Writing

  • Daily independent reading (at least 20 minutes)
  • Daily sustained writing (at least 20 minutes journal or response to writing prompts)
  • Ability to sound out and spell third grade sight words

Math and Number Sense

  • Identify place value up to 7 digits (1 million)
  • Multiplication fact familiarity (not mastery)
  • Multi-digit addition and subtraction with regrouping (carrying/borrowing) up to 4 digits
  • Subtraction across zeros
  • Familiarity with rounding and estimation

Social Emotional Learning Practices

  • Familiarity with Growth Mindset
  • Identify/recognize feelings in self and others
  • Use kind words like “please” and “thank you”
  • Share materials and resources
  • Take turns (e.g. raising a hand for a turn to speak, listening without interrupting, etc.)

Developing Independence

  • Tie shoelaces and zip jackets
  • Organize self, materials, and environment (e.g. notebooks in desk, papers/worksheets in folders, trash or recycling in bins, etc.)
  • Keep track of belongings (e.g. go-home folders, library books, lunchboxes and jackets labelled with their name)
  • Wash hands and cover mouth with elbow when sneezing or coughing

3rd Grade

Reading and Writing

  • Read a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction over the summer.
  • One resource for online reading is at  (link posted soon)
  • Summer writing practice can include writing a daily journal paragraph, book review, fiction story, poetry journal, or an opinion piece


  • Addition and subtraction up to 4 digits. Create practice problems to review with your child that include borrowing.
  • Adding and Subtracting decimals.
  • Memorize ‘times 12’ tables.
  • Multiplication up to 2 by 2 digit
  • Division up to 3-digit dividends and 1-digit divisors.
  • Create division practice problems that have whole number answers and answers with remainders. 

Growth Mindset

Help your child practice independence and responsibility at home. Help them to take on challenges to grow their abilities and show them how to seek out help and collaborate with others. Focus on your child’s problem-solving strategies they use to meet the challenges because this will prepare their brain to grow.

4th Grade

Reading and Writing

  • Read for at least 30 minutes silently uninterrupted
  • Be comfortable and confident reading a wide variety of chapter books including realistic fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction, and non-fiction.
  • Be able to provide an accurate retell of the events in text
  • Have a firm grasp on writing conventions such as capitalization of proper nouns and punctuation
  • Write at least a four-paragraph essay with four sentences per paragraph.
  • Essays should have an introductory paragraph, two body paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph
  • Be comfortable re-reading, revising, and editing first drafts of writing
  • Be open to suggestions from peers and teachers on ways to improve writing
  • Practice typing, working on using the proper finger placement on a QWERTY keyboard.


  • Fluency in addition and subtraction of fractions
  • Fluency of multiplication and division facts 1-12
  • Exposure to multiplication and division of fractions
  • Division with 2-digit divisors
  • Operations with decimals to the hundredths
  • Exposure to area and volume

5th Grade

Reading and Writing

  • Be comfortable and confident reading a wide variety of texts including realistic fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction, and non-fiction.
  • Practice typing, working on using the proper finger placement on a QWERTY keyboard.
  • Students make arguments following a format called Claim, Evidence, Reasoning. Students should be comfortable citing evidence from a text and be able to relate the evidence to their claim.


  • Be comfortable and confident with multiplying two- and three-digit numbers as well as using long division to find answers with decimals.
  • Have a strong understanding of the relationship between ratios and fractions and be able to do all operations with fractions and decimals.
  • Students solve multi-step problems that mix addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Incoming students should know and use order of operations to solve these types of problems.