The 2019 Summer Reading Program is happening again at CMS! Click here for the handout. The handout includes the parent/guardian letter, the book list, information about our upcoming book sale on June 10, information about accessing eBooks and audiobooks, and instructions for accessing Goosechase (option activity – see Book Scavenger below).
Required Question List (Due in the fall)
Students must read one book between now and mid-September, choosing from one of the 35 books on the list. After reading the book, the student should fill out these questions (they can choose File->Make a copy to save to their Google Drive or print them out). You will participate in a reading circle with others who read the same book once we all return to school in the fall.
Book Scavenger (Optional Extended Reading Opportunity)
For those students who might want additional reading opportunities, we are collaborating with the Burnham Memorial Library for an extension activity, an online scavenger hunt called Goosechase. More information can be found at this site.
eBooks and Audiobooks
Many of our summer reading books are available online via our library databases. Here’s a link to the Sora app (scroll down for the CMS Summer Reading List). Here’s a tutorial on how to access those books.
If you have questions about summer reading or need recommendations, please contact Ms. Sofferman via school email.
Many of the 6th grade classes are researching explorers and ancient civilizations (Inca, Maya, and Aztec). Here are several websites that might be helpful:
In addition, we have some database resources for you that might help with your projects. Click here for instructions on using the Research in Context database. Click here for instructions for using Noodletools to support your research.
We have a couple of fantastic databases to help find resources for Mr. Upchurch’s Ancient Rome research project. For instructions on how to use the Daily Life in History database, click here. For instructions on how to use the Vermont Online Library databases (Research in Context), click here.
Sra Tiernan-Fisher’s 8th grade Spanish classes are researching Latin American cooking. Here are some useful resources: https://sites.google.com/colchestersd.org/cms-library/latin-american-cooking
Many awesome local and regional authors and illustrators will be available to meet their fans and to autograph book at this FREE Author Faire event from 2:30 – 3:30 at Hiawatha School in Essex Junction.
Books will be available for purchase (cash, check, charge) from Phoenix Books.
And yes, this event is FREE and open to the public so bring friends, kids of all ages, and teens to meet their favorite authors/illustrators!
It’s down to the final two for our 2019 Book Madness competition! Please vote for either the Harry Potter series or the Maze Runner series using this form. The overall winner will be announced on Friday!
The next round of voting for Book Madness is here! We are down to only four books, so please vote before the end of the day this Friday. Use this link for the voting form. The Hate U Give vs. Maze Runner, and Harry Potter vs. Diary of a Wimpy Kid!
It’s time to vote for this year’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher (DCF) book award winner! If you’ve read at least 5 of the books on this year’s list, you are eligible to vote. Click here for the voting form!
Let Ms. Sofferman know if you have any questions, and stop by the library to check out the new list of DCF books for 2019-20!
The results of Round 1 of the Book Madness tournament are in! 8 books are still in the running. Vote for your favorites to keep them in the tournament by filling out this form!