Entering 4th Grade Literacy

Welcome to the Literacy Virtual Learning University page! We’re so glad you’re here! Below are some activities to challenge and keep you learning throughout the summer. If you are unable to complete the challenges below for any reason, feel free to adjust the activity to meet your learner's specific needs. Happy Learning!

Challenge 1: Get a Hold of a Good Book and READ!

Pick a book, or two or three, from the Summer Reading Suggestions. Visit the library to check out new books and read! Keep returning to the library all summer to read, read, and read some more!! You can keep a tally or list of the books you read throughout the summer.

Challenge 2: Appreciation Station-ary

Research shows that positive brains have an advantage over brains that are neutral or negative. Focusing on positivity can improve your happiness and overall engagement. With this in mind, create a two-way Gratitude Journal with an adult in your family. Take turns writing a couple of things or experiences each day of summer that you are thankful for and why. As you read each other’s entries, respond and keep the conversation and gratitudes going. (i.e. Student Entry: “I really enjoyed our trip to the zoo because we got to spend time together and see lots of animals.” Parent Entry: “I liked it, too. The best part was when we….)

Challenge 3: Genre Journey

Try reading some new texts or books! Venture out into genres you may not always read. Write a book recommendation for a book you read or share a summary with a family member or friend. Here are a few genre suggestions to get you started:

  • Poetry
  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Graphic Novels
  • Magazines
  • Autobiographies
  • Memoirs

Challenge 4: Lights, Camera, Action

Watch a movie of your choice. Write a review to convince someone to see or not see the movie. What did you like about the movie? In your opinion, what could be improved? How many stars would you give the movie? Share your review with a family member or friend.

Challenge 5: Meals and Memories

Interview your family about their favorite foods or family recipes. Create a menu based on your discussion. Include pictures and descriptions of the dishes. If possible, create the meal and enjoy with your family. Talk about other family food traditions during the meal.

Challenge 6: Superhero Story

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Write a story with you as the main character. Include how you would use your power for good and how it would change your life. Share your superhero story with one of the everyday heroes in your life.

Challenge 7: Explore Your Local Libraries

Libraries are unique to the community around them. They try to create programing and activities that match the needs of the population they serve. Ask a grown up to take you to as many local libraries as you can to explore a variety of free activities. Consider attending a summer class or registering to participate in the summer reading program.

Local Libraries to visit:

Challenge 8: “Who Was” Headquarters

Read a book from the Who Was series. What is something new you learned about the person featured in the book you chose? What did you learn about the time period? Think of someone you know who would be interested in the person you read about. Recommend the book to him or her.

Challenge 9: Yes Day

If you were in charge of planning a perfect summer day for you and your friends, what would your day include? Be creative! Use your imagination to think about where you would go and what you would do to fill a day of fun. To enhance this activity, consider reading the book Yes Day! by Amy Krause Rosenthal

Challenge 10: Explore the Outdoors

Get out and explore the outdoors! Observe and describe the nature that surrounds you! It could be an area as familiar as your backyard or as extravagant as a vacation setting. You can check out natural spaces in the Chicagoland area such as the Morton Arboretum, Chicago Botanical Gardens, Fermilab, local nature centers, Starved Rock etc. Write about your experience.