Book Donations

Do you have the book “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio sitting at home on a bookshelf? We are looking for donations of this amazing novel. If you have a copy to donate, please drop it off at the office or send it in with your child. Thanks for helping us put great books in our student’s hands!

 

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Summer Book Swap

The annual fifth grade summer book swap was held just prior to the last day of school.  Over 1,100 books were collected in a month!  Students were able to chose at least 7 books to take home for summer reading.  Thank you to the PTSG for donating  Barnes & Noble gift certificates for the raffle.  Thank you to Mrs. Cunha for organizing this great event. Happy summer reading!​

 

 

Fall Reading Day

Our 5th graders participated in our first ever Reading Day last Friday! Students read in many different capacities; independent reading, partner reading and read alouds to name a few. It was a great day enriched with literary!  We hope this will serve as the building blocks to promote a love of reading in our students.

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Book Fair is here!

20-booksIt’s Mr. Wrobel’s favorite week of the year! The Book Fair is here!

Reading for pleasure inside and outside of school has real and long-lasting benefits. It unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. It will even help them get into college! Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:

  • Set the example. Let children see you read.
  • Have a collection of books in the home. Update this collection routinely to keep pace with changing tastes and reading skills. Talk about books and what your child is reading.
  • Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own books to read.

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read to our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

Book Fair dates: September 12-16

Shopping hours: During School Hours

Special activities: Open During Open House

Before you visit the Book Fair, be sure to download the Book Fairs app to help you find the right books for your child. For more information, visit scholastic.com/apps/bookfairs.

If you are unable to attend in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at scholastic.com/fair. Our online Fair is available from September 7 to September 20.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! All purchases benefit our school, and remember that checks sent in with children need to be made out to Nissitissit Middle School.

 

I Know What You Did (n’t Read) Last Summer

Another great article from my favorite blog, “ReadBrightly.com”.  Enjoy!

I Know What You
Did(n’t Read) Last Summer

by Laura Lambert

Photo credit: Denise Crew, Blend Images/Getty Images

We’re nearing the first day of school and my best laid plans for beating the summer slump have, well, slumped. The bedtime story is well-established; it’s the other 23 hours and 40 minutes of the day that are of concern. With September looming on the calendar, how do you get one kindergartner and one fourth grader back into books? Here are a few easy strategies for kids of all ages:

Take Turns
Sometimes the heft of a book — 25 pages in this chapter?!?!? — can feel overwhelming when you’ve been out of your reading rhythm. One way to change it up is to do what my daughter (and plenty of education folks) calls “popcorn reading.” In our version, there’s no popcorn reward — it’s you do a page, then I do a page. For littler readers, it’s easy to break it down even further — you do a line, I do a line.

Listen Up
I have argued both sides of the debate over books on tape. But if you can get over, for a moment, whether listening is “the same” as reading, you can use long commutes or road trips as a tool. Download something the whole family can get into. Stir the passion for stories and storytelling and the transition back to regular reading will be that much easier.

Get Mobile
Another alternative, should books on tape not do it for you, is to put books where kids are bored — namely, the car. As Mary Ann Scheuer, librarian and book lover behind the blog Great Kid Books, put it: “Research has shown that two elements are key: children’s access to interesting booksand choice of books that they can read.”

Bribe
Truth be told, I’m not above a brazen bribe. For example, my eight-year-old can’t go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood until she finishes Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, simple as that.

Quid Pro Quo
All screen time is earned with reading minutes. This is normally the rule, September through June, but we let everything go to pieces because … summer.

Cram
If the summer reading list isn’t a nice-to-have, which is the case for my kids, but a should-have-done for school, which is often the case for older kids, you can do what tweens, teens, and even adults have done for centuries —cram. A full-blown reading blitz often starts out miserably, but ends momentously, as the anxiety of having procrastinated gives way to the pleasure of having read.

Re-read
Sometimes the inspiration you need is already sitting there on your bookshelf. Grab an oldie but goodie. You can breeze right through it, which is all the momentum you need to feel the feels that a good book offers. The pleasures of re-reading are well-documented, for kids and adults alike. 

Get Thee to a Library
In the spirit of simply making books available — which is a tool we should all employ, 365 days of year — schedule regular library outings for the remaining days of summer. It’s free. There’s low-to-no investment in books that lose your interest. And — bonus! — most are air-conditioned.

Talk It Out
Last but not least — and notable because it probably comes naturally to any book-loving parent: Talk about what they’re reading. As Scheuer points out, “Learning is social — kids will get engaged more if you value their ideas, ask for their recommendations, talk with them.”

Great Books- Lower Grades

Ok, school has been out for one week. It’s time to get reading! Here is a great book list from one of my favorite websites, http://www.readbrightly.com/.  I will share more great books throughout the summer. Please send me pictures of your family reading this summer from wherever you are!

The Ultimate Summer Reading List for 9- to 12-Year-Olds

by Melissa Taylor

Photo credit: Isabel Pavia, Moment Open Collection/Getty Images

What good books will entice your busy tweens (ages 9 to 12) to read this summer? Try one of these kid-favored, adult-approved book selections.

  • Hoot

    by Carl Hiassen

    Roy hates his new home in Florida (and the unwanted attention of the school bully) but that dims when he meets an unusual boy trying to save the tiny burrowing owls threatened by a large construction project. Together they purport to outwit the construction company with clever strategies and a group of like-minded allies.

  • Nightmares!

    by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller, illustrated by Karl Kwasny

    Living in his stepmom’s weird purple mansion gives Charlie horrible nightmares. To make matters worse, the nightmares become real and kidnap his little brother. After discovering his house is a portal between the worlds, Charlie enters the nightmare realm to save his brother. This compelling adventure of courage and fantasy shows readers the power of confronting their fears.

  • The One and Only Ivan

    by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by Patricia Castelao

    Based on a true story, Ivan the gorilla narrates the story of his 27 years in captivity in a small shopping mall cell with two companions: Stella, an older elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. Ivan promises a dying Stella that he’ll help the new baby elephant, Ruby, find a better home. That’s when he starts drawing messages to get the attention of the janitor’s daughter.

  • Holes

    by Louis Sachar, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky and Bagram Ibatoulline

    Ever the underdog, life has gotten even worse for Stanley Yelnats when he’s sent to juvenile detention camp. Life gets dangerous when Stanley realizes the real purpose of the “camp” is to find buried treasure. From an evil camp director to a family curse (and miraculous onions), this coming-of-age adventure will hook readers from the first page.

  • Coding Games in Scratch

    by Jon Woodcock

    Scratch is a free computer language for budding computer programmers. Using this easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide, kids will learn how to make eight different Scratch games including a Halloween game, a puzzle maze, and a racing game — all while developing problem solving, logical thinking, and game design. Talk about a fun, self-paced summer STEM / STEAM activity!

  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

    by E. L. Frankweiler

    Claudia and her younger brother run away from home to the best place she can think of — the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. There, the siblings discover a mysterious woman who knows secrets about an angel statue. Is it a real Michelangelo? And how long can the siblings stay hidden in the museum before they’re discovered?

  • Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics

    by Chris Grabenstein

    Teams have returned to compete in the most amazing library’s first Library Olympiad. New puzzles, mysteries, clues, and adventures make this a must-read sequel that includes disappearing books and nonstop action.

  • Sisters

    by Raina Telgemeier

    Life with a sister isn’t always so great — especially on a car trip across the country. Can’t you just imagine how dreadful and funny that could be? Sisters is a funny yet meaningful graphic novel showing the many sides of a sibling relationship.

  • Dragon Slippers

    by Jessica Day George

    After being “given” to a dragon who doesn’t want her, Creel flees to the big city to find sewing work. Along the way she barters for a pair of beautiful slippers and befriends another, kinder dragon. Once in the city, her slippers stolen and she realizes that her slippers aren’t just magical — they’re dangerous. The first in a trilogy, this is an enchanting adventure story sure to appeal to Harry Potter fans.

  • Rump: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin

    by Liesl Shurtliff

    Rump is elated to find something he’s good at: spinning straw into gold. Unfortunately, he is cursed with each thread spun. To remove the curse, Rump sets off on a quest filled with adventure, friendship, and magic.

  • Big Nate: Game On!

    by Lincoln Peirce

    Nate is up to his usual hilarity — this time with sports. He attempts to trash-talk opponents (with limited success) and tries to find his lucky talisman (smelly socks?) in a variety of different sports: soccer, baseball, and basketball. Guaranteed to make your child laugh out loud!

  • Ultimate Weird But True

    by National Geographic Kids

    The best thing about this book — aside from all the crazy facts — is that you can start reading it from any page. Even kids who are reluctant readers will enjoy surfing through true stories about tornadoes of fire, hamburger motorcycles, and other weird-but-true phenomena.

  • Wonder

    by R. J. Palacio

    Fifth-grader Auggie’s face looks different, and kids at his school treat him cruelly because of it. He and several other characters share, in their own words, perspectives on Auggie’s first year in public school — his struggles, his sense of humor, and how other kids begin looking beyond the surface to see Auggie for who he really is.

Six Great Books for Sixth Graders!

Mrs. Gleason and I love books! We love reading books,  discussing books and buying books! Books are the best gift you can give during the holidays, especially to a middle schooler.  One of the websites we like to check for great book ideas is http://www.readbrightly.com/.

Below is a post from their website that spotlights 6 book titles for sixth graders! Stay tuned for more book suggestions!

6 Books That 6th Grade Girls Are Raving About

by Kari Ness Riedel

  • Goodbye Stranger

    by Rebecca Stead

    The newest book from the Newbery winning author of When You Reach Me has three intertwined storylines about friendship, loyalty, and love. At the center of the book are three seventh grade girls — Bridge, Emily, and Tabitha — who have been best friends since third grade. Their ups and downs with new friends, new interests, and family issues perfectly capture what it’s like to be in middle school. Julia, 11, says, “You have to read this book … it’s a really funny realistic fiction book about friendship. It is SUPER good.”

  • The Thing About Jellyfish

    by Ali Benjamin

    Another great pick for fans of realistic fiction and “sad” books. Suzy learns that her best friend, Frannie, has died. In her attempt to process this horrible news, she develops a theory that Frannie’s death must have been caused by a jellyfish. It’s a story about friendship and change and dealing with hard things in life. Molly, 11, says, “This book is very good, exciting, and sad at times, too. I would recommend this book to any girls in middle school.”

  • Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking

    by Erin Dionne

    For fans of mystery and humor, this is a perfect pick. Thirteen-year-old Moxie is a total rule follower until she finds herself involved in Boston’s biggest unsolved mystery, the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum art heist. Based on a real crime, this fictional story takes readers on a great ride. As Emily, 11, says, “You’ve got to read it to find out what happens.”

  • The School for Good and Evil

    by Soman Chainani, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno

    Mio, 11, highly recommends this modern fairy tale that re-examines our assumptions about what it means to be good or evil. “It is a perfect mixture of mystery and fairy tale. I love it!” There are three books in this popular series about the adventures of Sophie and Agatha who have been selected to enter the prestigious School for Good and Evil and find themselves living in the fairy tales they’ve known since childhood.

  • The Selection

    by Kiera Cass

    Charlotte, 11, declares, “This series is the best. Really, you have to read it.” A great vacation book for those who enjoy stories about princesses and love and glittering balls. In this dystopian romance, the world is divided into “castes” and a group of girls are given the chance to move up in their rank and marry the prince. Most girls see this as the chance of a lifetime, but for America it sounds like a nightmare since it would take her away from her secret love, Aspen. This YA novel is also super popular with teens (and many adults) who are fans of romance, fantasy, and fairy tales with a bit of adventure.

  • by Neal Shusterman

    Bridget, 12, raves, “This is the best series in the entire world … full of mystery, adventure, and a touch of creepiness.” Set in a future world where pro-choice and pro-life proponents compromise that human life cannot be touched from conception to age 13, but from ages 13 to 18 troublesome tweens can be eliminated through an “unwinding”. The series follows three teens who become runaway Unwinds and work to change the system. This twisted dystopian story is definitely best suited to more mature readers due to the subject matter and some violent scenes.