Summer Reading 2016

Scholastic Summer Reading ChallengeThe Cobb County School District’s Library Media Education Department, in conjunction with Cobb County Public Libraries, Smyrna Public Library and Marietta City Schools, has partnered with Scholastic once again to bring you the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. During the final days of school, Durham’s Media Center staff will be sharing each student’s unique Scholastic password and will be guiding students with their initial log-ins and password resets. For an abundance of resources regarding how you can keep your students reading through the summer, be sure to check out the links below.

 

Reading Impact

There are so many reasons to participate in this summer’s Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Not only can you keep up with how much you are reading, but you can also watch book trailers, play book themed games and participate in fun polls and trivia. You can even learn about new series and authors. Can’t decide what to read next, visit the Scholastic site for inspiration. Be a Reading Superhero this summer! Get started today!

 

And be sure to visit your local Cobb County Library for a variety of super-fun kid and teen-themed events and promotions. Our public library systems have an abundance of FREE resources for patrons. You are definitely missing out if you don’t visit during the summer!

 

COBB SUMMER READING: SCHOLASTIC SUMMER READING CHALLENGE (Link provides details about the partnership and reading resources.)

 

 SCHOLASTIC SUMMER READING CHALLENGE (USE CHROME! Go directly to Scholastic.)

 

WHY READ? THE IMPORTANCE OF SUMMER READING

 

 Cobb Summer Reading Letter 2016 – English (This letter was distributed via homerooms)

 

 Summer Reading Letter-Spanish

 

FAQ for Parents

 

Tip: It may be helpful to utilize paper reading logs to help you keep track of your reading minutes. Then, at your convenience, you can register your reading minutes on Scholastic. To find a reading log that fits your needs, search “printable reading logs” in Google. Have fun searching.

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Summer Reading Infographic

Digital Citizenship Museum Walk

Throughout May, Durham students will be guided by media specialist, Mrs. Baker and counselors, Mrs. Crandall, Mrs. Favors-Parks, and Mr. Wilson through a Digital Citizenship Museum Walk. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to control and mold their digital footprint so that it positively reflects their true character and helps them achieve long-term goals. They will also learn ways to heed caution when posting online, will review copyright and fair use laws and expectations, and will role-play and decode best practices as a youth in the digital age. As students approach a summer very likely filled with an overabundance of apps like Snapchat and Instagram, this will be a reminder from Durham to keep it safe online.

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: How will you safely navigate the digital world?

STATION 1:  Oversharing: Think Before You Post

Watch the Common Sense Media and Flocabulary video, and respond to the corresponding questions in the provided packet.

“Oversharing: Think Before You Post.” Common Sense Media. Flocabulary. Web. 4 May 2016.

Station 2: Copyright and Fair Use

Watch the Common Sense Media video, and respond to the corresponding questions in the provided packet.

“Copyright and Fair Use.” Common Sense Media. Web. 4 May 2016.

Utilize the provided resources at stations 3-6 to meet the objectives outlined in the Digital Citizenship Museum Walk packet.

6th Graders Utilize the New 21st Century Classroom

6th Graders Utilize the New 21st Century Classroom

The Hunt for Sasquatch

Sasquatch

You are going on a hunt in the Durham Media Center . . . for Sasquatch. With Mr. Vedra and Mrs. Baker as your guides, you will visit 5 stations within the media center to complete a variety of activities helping you determine the validity of the Sasquatch.

 

STATION 1: Hunt for Sasquatch

Read Christopher L. Murphy’s article, “Do Sasquatch Really Exist?” via the Simplicity Touch panel and list nine pieces of convincing evidence of Sasquatch’s existence as presented in the article.

STATION 2: Roland Smith and Bigfoot

Visit the Destiny station to find your objective.

STATION 3: “Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know”

At the multimedia table, watch the video clip and respond to the questions on the provided viewing guide.

STATION 4: Vocabulary Puzzles

Visit this station to locate the puzzles featuring important vocabulary from Roland Smith’s novel Sasquatch.

STATION 5: True or False

Visit this station to locate the True/False questions. Be sure you use the textual evidence in Roland Smith’s Sasquatch to determine your answers.

Image Citation

Mythical large ape. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 4 May 2016. http://quest.eb.com/search/132_1321718/1/132_1321718/cite

 

Mr. Vedra's Reading Class Goes on a Hunt for Sasquatch

Mr. Vedra, Mrs. Slade & Mrs. Baker lead students on a Hunt for Sasquatch