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HKMS Summer Reading Challenge

Are you ready for the summer reading challenge at HK Middle School?

  • You choose the books you want – fiction, non-fiction, your choice!
  • Okay, you do have to keep track of the books you read and share them with Dr. Olsen, Mr. Mackenzie, and your Language Arts teachers electronically. What’s the benefit?

  • Become our HKMS expert on topics that interest you.
  • Travel to worlds different from your own.
  • Build your vocabulary and thinking skills.
  • See if you can get lost in the “reading zone!”
  • Reading is a gateway skill. It opens the door to all other learning. And, yes, you will prevent “summer reading loss.” If you stop reading over the summer, you will lose some reading skills and about two months of reading growth.

    Here’s the plan:

  • Choose books that you want to read. Get three or more at a time, so you can move from one book to another. Build your book stack!
  • Every time you finish a book, let us know.
  • Use the Google Form that Dr. Olsen will send electronically to your home. Respond to the five questions, which will take you no more than 60 seconds to answer! (It may take you another minute or two if you want to write about why you would recommend or not recommend a book.)

    We’ll keep track of all the books HKMS students are reading this summer and send you highlights. For example, what’s the most popular book 6th graders are reading? How many books have all 7th graders read to date? How many books have all HKMS students read this summer?

    Need some book suggestions? Look to the right and you will see links to lists to get started. Also, visit your local library and ask the librarian for his or her suggestions. Another great list is one compiled for students by students from the Center of Teaching and Learning, Edgecomb, ME.

    HKMS also will participate in the 2015 Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge. Many schools in the State of Connecticut will be involved. We will send information to the Commissioner of Education such as the total books read for our school and the average number of books read by each student. Let’s work together so we can be recognized as a top school with the highest books-per student count and highest participation!

    Reward!
    The grade level that reads the most books will get copies of the five most popular books for the school library. We also will recognize our summer reading achievements during the September Town Meeting.

    Here are the questions that you will be asked to answer electronically to log your reading. Simple, right? We can’t wait to see what you will be reading this summer!

    1. What is the title of book of the book you just finished?
    2. Who is the author of this book?
    3. What is your name?
    4. What is your grade in September?
    5. Would you recommend this book to others? Briefly explain why or why not. (School appropriate language, please.) OPTIONAL

    "At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever, for the better." ~Barack Obama (from a speech to the American Library Association June 25, 2005)

    Copyright Frequently Asked Questions

    Fair Use Frequently Asked Questions

    Public Domain Frequently Asked Questions

    You can conduct search with the History Content Gateway. Results will filter out materials not related to U.S. history and returns educational resources first.

    Anything created before 1923 is in the public domain and therefore copyright laws do not apply. Find more than 1,000 Civil War photographs by Matthew Brady.

    More copyright free images can be found at: National Archives
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    Experiment of weekly Common Core Practice Prompts

    What is a Primary Source?

    Primary sources are materials from a topic's time period (firsthand accounts) or was created by a direct witness of an event or time. These materials include letters, speeches, diaries, newspaper articles from the time, oral history interviews, documents, photographs, artifacts, or anything else that provides firsthand accounts about a person or event. Quotes from original sources are primary sources, but quotes found in secondary sources (such as your text book are not primary sources). An interviews with Judith Altmann, who lived during the Holocaust, is considered a primary source but an interview with a Holocaust expert who did not actually have firsthand knowledge is not a primary source.

    Places where you can find primary source material:

  • Museums
  • Schools
  • Churches
  • State Archives
  • Town Hall Records
  • Corporate Archives
  • Community Residents
  • Town Planning Offices
  • Town and County Historians
  • Public and school Libraries
  • Local and State Historical Societies
  • Community Groups, such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Daughters of the American Revolution, Ethnic Organizations, etc.

  • Resourses

    American colonies: Mrs. Rick's American Colonies.

    Bill of Rights Project: Mrs. Ricks's Bill of Rights web page.

    Bully Game: An interactive game.

    Author & Illustrator Websites: A list of author and illustrator websites.

    Bellsouth Digital project: A project-based learning activity where students video taped interviews with veterans from WWII and the Korean Wars.

    Best Online Reference Sites:

    Citation Maker: Enter a number between 1 and 9 into the text box highlighted in yellow and you will see the links on the left-hand side activate. Click on they type of material that you want to cite and then enter the information requested.

    Citation Machine MLA will already be selected, now enter the ISBN # (include the dashes) and click on the SUBMIT button. If your book does not have a citation then it will allow you to interactively create it.

    Citation Maker by EasyBib: Interactive bibliography composer.

    Cite those sources: An interactive tutorial that explains copyright, fair use, public domain, and answers other copyright questions. It is fun and easy to understand!

    Citing Sources - Plagiarism: A quick review of plagiarism.

    Copyright Detectives: Taking the mystery out of copyright

    Copyright in detail: Copyright laws, etc.

    Defragmenting your hard drive

    Electricity How electricity works

    Energy Websites

    Guide to the Internet: Just getting started with E-mail, WWW, FTP, etc.

    Google Lit Trip for Middle GradesUsing Google Earth, discover where places within the story are.

    Graphic Organizer: Venn diagram, story maps, persuasion map, goal-reasons web, timeline, and lots of charts.

    iCONN.orgThrough iCONN, a core level of information resources including secured access to licensed databases is available to every citizen in Connecticut. In addition, specialized research information is available to students and faculty.

    Information Literacy: Online resources for librarians and teachers focusing on information literacy and research skills. Includes the Big6, evaluating information, evaluating websites, and lesson plans for learning and teaching with the Internet.

    Internet Public Library: Online library for kids.

    Libriarian help: Ask a librarian for help online.

    Librarian's Internet Index: Websites selected and organized by librarians.

    My teacher hates me: Really?

    National Educational Techynology Standards for Students

    Note-taking: Ms. Valley's Note-taking PowerPoint

    Plagiarism: Ms. Valley's plagiarism web page.

    Privacy-What's the big deal?CyberSmart Curriculum

    Privacy Information Center: includes the latest and archived news about Internet privacy.

    Privacy-Frequently Asked Questions about the Children's Online Privacy: Protection Rule clarifies the U.S. Federal Trade Commission rule for protecting the privacy of children online, including how it affects schools and libraries.

    Privacy - Kidz: developed by U.S. Federal Trade Commission, explains rules for protecting children's privacy online and provides information about the 1998 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

    Privacy Seal Program: TRUSTe provides information on the Children Privacy Seal Program, which endorses and provides a seal of approval for Web sites that protect the privacy of children online.

    Privacy-Common Concerns: Practice safe computing

    Reading Level Correlation Chart

    Searching Strategies:This tutorial presents an easy-to-follow process on using search engines and subject directories for finding what you need on the World Wide Web.

    Searching by keyword & subject KidsClick

    Weekly Reader for Teens: Blogs, games and contests for teenagers.

    Website Evaluation: Mrs. Rick's website evaluation page.

    Website Evaluation PPT: Mrs. Ricks's PowerPoint on website evaluation.

    Website Evaluation: An interactive tutorial on how to evaluate websites.

    Writing book reviews: How to write a book review.

    Writing Science Fiction & Fantasy

    Writing paragraphs and Topic sentences: How to write a paragraph and topic sentence.

    Summer Reading Suggestion Lists

    Grades 5 and 6 2015 Summer Reading Challenge

    Grades 7 and 8 2015 Summer Reading Challenge

    2016 Intermediate Nutmeg List

    2016 Teen Nutmeg List




    You can read eBooks online! Turn off popup blockers. More than just pages on a screen – Follett eBooks are dynamic teaching tools that enhance learning, in the classroom. Bring a grammar lesson to life when you diagram sentences with a graphic novel, use the built-in dictionary introduce (highlight) new vocabulary words, easily search for and take notes on important information with the eBook’s embedded tools, and best of all access them online from your Kindle, Nook, iPad, Sony Reader or your computer with an Internet connection!

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    Reading Conversion information and Chart: Using grade level, DRP scores, Lexile levels and words read per minute.

    Leveled Reading:
    Research has shown that students’ reading skills grow fastest when they select books that challenge them appropriately—introducing new words, more complex sentences and more abstract concepts—without being too difficult or frustrating. Reading Program Services such as Lexile® and Fountas & Pinnell helps schools in our district provide visibility and easy searching of books and materials that match students’ reading and comprehension levels by directing them to books in their optimal reading zone, encouraging literacy and the love of reading. Destiny allows students to be more self-directed and empowered to find the books they want quickly and easily.

    TitlePeak from Destiny (OPAC):
    After logging into our OPAC and finding your book, click on the title to see bibliographic information, a brief summary and more. From there, double-click on the cover image to go to TitlePeak (if you do not see an image of the cover, right-click and select "Refresh"). Appealing cover images make title recognition and identification easier, so your students can quickly find the titles they need. Each search result displays the book cover along with varied additional content such as title profile, table of contents, brief summary, author notes, first chapter or excerpt, published reviews and more. With more than 2.5 million available book jacket cover images, TitlePeek lets you create a more engaging library experience, encouraging greater library use and fosters the love of reading.
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