Summer Reading 2017

Used with permission from Scholastic

The 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. Be sure to take advantage of the abundance of resources below.

 

Summer is A-W-E-S-O-M-E for so many reasons but most especially because it allows families and students time to reconnect and to set out on adventures hectic school schedules can not permit. While summertime may offer a break from school, it definitely should not be a break from books. Statistics show that reading less during the summer months can have severe learning setbacks once the school year is back in full swing. Durham Middle will be honoring students by giving them freedom to choose what they read this summer. According to Scholastic 88% of students are more likely to read when they are self selecting material. Be sure to take the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge by logging your reading minutes this summer as we compete with other middle schools throughout the country.

 

Here’s the nitty-gritty:

Students’ unique usernames and passwords have been distributed via homeroom. Upon first login, students should reset passwords to read2017 for the summer. 

USE GOOGLE CHROME!

LOG MINUTES HERE at Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. How to log in: Scholastic Log in Help

HOW TO LOGIN FOR THE FIRST TIME:

CLICK HERE for the COBB SUMMER READING program details including reading resources and access to FREE digital books.

Here are even more reading goodies:

Scholastic’s Open a World of Possible highlights the value of reading and includes stories of how people’s lives have been shaped by reading.

 

Brightly’s The Ultimate Summer Reading List for 9- to 12-Year-Olds — 2017 Edition

 

Want to keep track of your reading minutes while on the go? Use this printable Reading Log. Be sure to record your minutes via the Scholastic website later so they are counted in the cross country challenge.

 

 

Buy One Get One Book Fair Coming Soon!

What: Scholastic Buy One Get One Book Fair

When: Tuesday, May 9th – Thursday, May 11th

Where: Durham Media Center

Why: To stock up on books for summer reading!

Book Fair Flyer

Book Fair Letter

Commercial

Wondering how to honor your favorite teachers at the end of the school year? How about gifting them with a Buy One Get One Book Fair Gift Certificate? Download the BOGO Gift Certificate here and follow the directions. Mrs. Baker will help them from there.

Breakout EDU Mania at Durham

Since the fall of the 2016 school year, the Durham Media Center has been abuzz with Breakouts! Collaboration requests have come from far and wide. All grade levels and a variety of content areas including social studies, science, Spanish, reading and language arts have experienced Breakout EDU through collaborative efforts with the media center. One of the greatest challenges of being an educator is getting students to “buy into” the learning. So often it’s the teachers, rather than the students, who are excited about the topics or subjects of study. That’s not the case with Breakout EDU. This learning concept “tricks” kids into learning. Without even realizing it, students are evaluating puzzles and riddles through thinking critically, calling upon prior knowledge, looking through a variety of different lenses, working with peers, and guiding their learning in a setting where the teacher serves on the periphery rather than as the lead. Students must also persevere through frustration and change what they are doing until they figure out the “problem.” Breakout EDU has been an amazing experience at Durham this school year. Here’s a culmination of the awesomely innovative learning experiences Durham Middle students and staff have had through Breakout EDU.

Students across grade levels and subject areas learned through Breakout EDU.

Students reflect upon their Breakout learning experience.

Extended Resources for Fever 1793 and Terrible Typhoid Mary

Hey 7th graders! I’ve created an awesome list of extended print resources for you to check out while you are studying either Anderson’s Fever 1793 or Bartoletti’s Terrible Typhoid Mary. Hopefully these novels have piqued your interests and have you wanting to learn more. Your media center is always here to help!

Extended Print Resources

Stahler’s World Domination Breakout

So . . . 7th grade Reading teacher Mrs. Stahler is trying to take over the world and send all the kids to boarding school. Will her students be able to stop her? Media staff, Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Webb worked with Mrs. Stahler to ready the media center for this unique Breakout experience. The students worked through a variety of puzzles to unlock boxes that ultimately open the suitcase Mrs. Stahler had been dragging behind her for over a week. What do you think was inside? Here are some snapshots of the learning fun.

Mrs. Stahler’s World Domination Breakout

Spanish Breakout

Media Specialist Mrs. Baker, Media Paraprofessional Tracey Webb, and Spanish teacher Mrs. Fugate collaborated to bring the concept of Breakout EDU to Senora Fugate’s 8th grade Spanish students. These 8th graders are first year Spanish students who were also new to the Breakout experience. In groups, they were taxed with working collaboratively to read Spanish passages and maps and to solve puzzles that opened a variety of locks. This Breakout was adapted from “Un Escape con Abuela” via Martina Bex’s website The Comprehensible Classroom and is also accessible via Teachers Pay Teachers. The students were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Despite frustrations, almost all the groups overcame the challenges and broke into their boxes! Here’s some evidence of how these kiddos surmounted the obstacles.

Spanish Students Breakout

Book Fair Success!

The Scholastic cases have been packed and sent back to the warehouse, the online sales have closed, and the numbers have been crunched. Our annual Scholastic Book Fair was a success! Sales totaled $5,102.07 earning $2,551.04 in Scholastic resources. Through Scholastic dollars earned from previous fairs, the Durham Media Center has added a variety of new books, device charging stations and a multimedia table. The media center has even refreshed its furniture with modern, mobile tables and chairs with Scholastic credits. Throughout the school year, seasonal displays and signage, and special events like trivia giveaways and goody bags for Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge, as well as upcoming Library Week celebrations planned for April, are made possible because of these funds. More importantly, though, the Scholastic Book Fair incites excitement about reading , and there is no other skill that has the power to impact people more than learning to successfully read . WOW! Special thanks to the parents and students who assisted in managing this event as well as to Durham teachers and PTA who advertised, shopped at, and helped with the fair. Keep your eyes on the “New Books” display! Hardbacks purchased from this year’s fair will soon be available for check out. Thanks again Wildcats!

 

Happy Camper Scholastic Book Fair

Used with permission from Scholastic

It’s time for Durham Media Center’s annual Scholastic Book Fair! The book fair is the only fundraiser the media center hosts, and the earnings support 100% of the media center’s trivia prizes throughout the year including this year’s Scholastic Summer Reading goody bags awarded to students who logged reading minutes over the summer as well as the prizes for October’s “Spooky Books Trivia” winners. School supplies like pencils and fun, complimentary bookmarks offered at the circulation desk are also purchased with Scholastic credits as are much of the library’s displays, décor and signage. The media center’s 2016-17 Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl team was also made possible because of Scholastic dollars. Device charging stations, the multimedia table, comfy student seating, and the new interlocking tables were all purchased with monies earned through the Scholastic Book Fair. Every penny of the proceeds benefit Durham students, so please consider shopping the Happy Camper Book Fair March 6th through March 10th.

The Online Scholastic Book Fair is Now Open! Monday, February 27th – Friday, March 17th

Shop the online fair for an expanded selection of books for the whole family and to share your book fair with family and friends by sending wish lists. All orders ship to school for FREE, and each purchase benefits our school. (Note: Online sales orders will arrive within 5-7 business days after March 17th and will be distributed to students via their homerooms.)

 

Take a Chance on a Blind Date . . . with a Book!

Image borrowed from Microsoft Clip Art

There are no awkward questions, no forced conversation, no judgmental looks, no need to call. Just have a blind date with a book! Sure, it might turn out to be a dud, or it could be the diamond in the rough you wouldn’t have given a chance otherwise.

“Blind Date with a Book” is like going on a date without knowing who will show up ; check a book out without knowing its title. Each book has been carefully selected and lovingly wrapped by either Mrs. Baker, Mrs. Webb or students from the Library Media Committee and features a description and genre tags. This is how it works:

1. Read the description label on the front of a package.

2. Select the one you will take home.

3. Check out item at the circulation desk.

4. After check out, unwrap and see what book you have chosen.

5. Fall in love with your book.

 There’s no knowing until you check it out . . . Stop by soon to find your special match. After you’ve read your book, be sure to Rate Your Date and share your rating via the hearts on display in the media center. 

Library Media Committee Members selected their favorite books and dressed them up for Valentine’s day!

The first students to check out Blind Date books received V-Day themed goody bags from Mrs. Baker!

Here are some of the Blind Dates all dressed up!