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    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.

    1st Grade:

    -Add and subtract fluently with sums up to 20 and understand place value up to 1,000

    -Retell a story in sequential order and identify the main character and setting

    -Applies grade level phonics and word analysis skills when reading

    -Reads accurately and fluently to support comprehension

    -Write a complete sentence using correct capitalization and punctuation


    2nd Grade:

     -be familiar with exchanging and regrouping to the 100's.

    -starting to master their multiplication tables through x10.

    -able to write 1-2 paragraphs daily. (We suggest keeping a feelings journal or journal their experiences over summer daily, but any kind of daily writing routine would be great so that they are prepared to be writers in fall!)

    -maintain at least 20 minutes of reading daily.

    -able to summarize texts and tell you the beginning, middle and end.


    3rd Grade:

    -Solid fluency in multiplication tables 1-12 

    -Students should be able to read non-preferred text (at least third grade level) for 15 minutes (at least)

    -Students should be able to maintain independent writing stamina for a minimum of 15 minutes. 


    4th Grade:

    -fluency in addition and subtraction of fractions

    -exposure to multiplication and division of fractions

    -division with 2-digit divisors

    -operations with decimals to the hundredths

    -exposure to volume


    5th Grade:

    -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.