Category Archives: summer

Summer Reading – Online Reading Resources

This list comes directly from this awesome blog post from the Nerdy Book Club, “Digital Device + Free Texts = Reading All Summer Long”. Check out their post if you want more background, but here are all of the links to free online reading resources!

  1. Storyline Online: Artists from the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists read stories aloud.
  2. Open eBooks: Michele Obama and the Obama White House launched this app to give students and educators access to free books.
  3. Wonderopolis: If you have students who love reading informational texts, introduce them to Wonderopolis. Each day Wonderopolis posts and answers a new question. Readers can search by topic or explore the question of the day.
  4. Just Books Read Aloud: Alma College shares over eight hundred videos of stories being read aloud. You can sort by author, narrator, reading level, language, and topic.
  5. The Poem Farm: The Poem Farm is Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s website and is filled with poems for students to read. Readers can sort by topic or technique to find poems they love.
  6. Dogonews: This site is loaded with articles and videos about current events, sports, and human-interest stories.
  7. Sports Illustrated Kids: Do you have sports fans in your classroom? On this site, students can read about favorite sports and sports teams.
  8. Readworks: When the classroom sets up an account, students have access to so many texts are a variety of topics and interests.
  9. International Children’s Digital Library: Looking for texts from around the world and texts written in a variety of languages? On this site, students can search for books by author, topic, and even country.
  10. YOUR Local Public Library: Don’t miss the digital reading opportunities available at your local public library. So many children’s libraries now give students ways to borrow eBooks and digital audio books without leaving their house. Just look at the digital public libraries available in the United States.

Happy reading!

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Middleboro Wishes Harry Potter a Happy Birthday!

For assignment #7, Potterheads created birthday cards for Harry. Harry would’ve LOVED these!

Payton’s birthday card for Harry:

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John’s birthday tidings for Harry:

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Charlie’s birthday wish for Harry:

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Killian’s birthday greetings:

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Harry Potter Virtual Book Club Assignment #8: The LAST Task

This is it, Potterheads. The LAST chunk of The Sorcerer’s Stone and the LAST assignment. There are only the last three chapters for you to read, and they’re so exciting, I won’t be surprised if you finish them in one sitting. Since I’m posting this a bit late, let’s make sure you’ve finished the book by August 17th.

In this post, I shared one of my favorite quotes from this book: “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” Not only do I love the alliteration, but I also love the message. Whenever I’m reading a book that moves me, I always record meaningful quotes. This is what real readers do! When we find a book we love, we revisit it again and again trying to reveal significant or even new moments. I ❤ reading.

For your LAST assignment I want you to find a quote that means something to you from The Sorcerer’s Stone. The quote doesn’t have to be from the final three chapters (although there are some gems there); it can be from anywhere in the whole novel. Don’t forget to note WHO says the quote: it might be a character or J.K. Rowling. Once you’ve found your quote, send me the following info in an email, blog post comment, a note dropped off at HBB or MKG’s office to be put in my mailbox, a snail mail via the HBB or MKG’s office, whatever:

  • the whole quote
  • who said it
  • your name
  • your new teacher for the the 2015-2016 school year

If you send me all of this info before August 17th, I’ll have a special delivery for you in the first week of school. It may or may not involve an owl. 🙂

Happy final reading, Potterheads!

Harry Potter Virtual Book Club Assignment #7: Happy Birthday, Harry!

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We’re SO close to the end! In fact, if you’ve been pacing yourself with my weekly assignments, I predict you won’t be able to resist finishing the book after you read the next two chapters! Go ahead and devour what remains if you wish! However, I’m only going to assign chapters 13 and 14 for Friday, August 7th.

This week’s assignment deviates from our reading of The Sorcerer’s Stone in order to celebrate Harry’s birthday, which is on July 31st! Make Harry a birthday card telling him why you like having him as a friend. Your card can be in the voice of any Hogwarts character OR simply YOU. Won’t Harry be surprised when owls start delivering these cards to him on Privet Drive (he’ll be there for summer break)?! Let’s make this birthday a memorable one!

As always, send me a photo of your card and birthday message, and I’ll post them on this site next week!

Happy reading!

Middleboro’s Fantastic Beasts

Inspired by the three-headed dog, Fluffy, and the mountain troll that terrified Harry, Ron, and Hermione in recent chapters, Middleboro’s Potterheads imagined their own fantastic beasts that could’ve been guarding the sorcerer’s stone or trolling the hallways scaring Hogwarts’ students. Beware!

CHARLIE’S CHEWGOTHAGON

The Chewgothagon has fangs that are three feet long.  It uses it’s fangs to rip apart it’s enemies.  It’s tail is so fast and deadly it can slice through steel like a laser beam!  It’s wingspan is thirty feet long which makes it a majestic but deadly flying animal.  The Chewgothagon is a carnivore who feasts on sheep, lions and even people!  The mighty horns of the Chewgothagon can make shish-ka-bob out of anything in its path!

Beware of the deadly Chewgothagon!

ABIGAIL’S UNICORN DRAGON

It is a unicorn/dragon that spits flaming acid cookies!

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DAMIEN’S BASILISK

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ANNIE’S MR. EVIL JUMPER

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KILLIAN’S ICE SNAKE

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ZACHARY’S THREE-HEADED ELEPHANT WITH LASER EYES

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PAYTON’S MONSTER DOG

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JOHN’S GAGGLE

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The “Gaggle” is holding a Nimbus 2000 in one of its hands, a wand made out of dragon blood and a Gringot’s heart in the other, and it is wearing a book of spells on a sash around its shoulder. This would be found trolling the hallways.

Harry Potter Virtual Book Club Assignment #5: Fantastic Beasts

Now that we’ve all been sorted into our houses, I’m sure we all feel like we’ve found our place in the magical world of Harry Potter. Next week’s chapters have the most, but not the last, adventures of what we’ve read so far. Read chapters 9 and 10 to meet the first, but again certainly not the last, fantastic beasts in Harry Potter. You may even be inspired to research them further in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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For your assignment, describe or create a fantastic beast that you could imagine might’ve been guarding the trapdoor in chapter 9 or trolling the hallways (see what I did there?) in chapter 10. You can do some descriptive writing, draw a picture with labels, use playdough, paint, whatever! Feel free to email me your creation, and I’ll post them here next week! As always, have fun with these assignments. Happy reading!

Harry Potter Virtual Book Club Assignment #4: Sorting Quiz

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For this week’s assignment you’ll see
that I’m inspired by page 117:
When the Sorting Hat sings
about all sorts of things,
including in which Hogwarts House you’ll be!

So read chapters seven and eight
by a week from today’s even date.
You’ll love them, I trust!
Read through the night if you must
because you simply can’t possibly wait!

But you also have something to do.
I want to know what House I’d be in–don’t you?
Take a Sorting Hat Quiz
(there are all sorts in the biz).
I found out I’m a Ravenclaw–woo hoo!

Once you know where you’d belong,
feel free to sound a gong!
Share your results below–
I’ve made a poll, you know–
and I know we’ll still all get along!