Lawrence Middle School Library

October Issue Number 42 v.2

Quote of the Week

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LMS Attention Please - "Say Cheese"

Get ready to have your Professional Portrait taken. October 26 or 27. Your picture will be taken on the day that you have Phys. Ed. These are your yearbook photos too !! So plan ahead and dress to impress. Eighth Grade will have their large group picture taken on the steps that day as well.

Teacher's Corner

TED ed - Lesson Plans - All subjects & age groups

Discover video-based lessons organized by age/subject. Check them out !!

Flipgrid live event - With Amanda Gorman

Thursday November 4th. In this special Flipgrid Live Event, learners from around the world will be inspired and empowered to become change-makers and share their voices. 10am Pacific time = 1pm Eastern time. Sign- up here.

Resources for Educators

Use this guide to help you keep growing as an educator. Find inspiration for encouraging struggling students, writing assessments, and establishing trust with parents so that both you and your students can succeed.

Agent of Change

Langston Hughes: Leading Voice of the Harlem Renaissance | Biography
Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was an African American writer whose poems, columns, novels and plays made him a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. Learn more about him here.


Halloween Curriculum Connections

From books to early readers and free printables, we have it all to help you bring the Halloween spirit into your classroom.

History of Halloween

Halloween 2021 will occur on Sunday, October 31. The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. Learn more here !!

More Halloween

Some cool Halloween ideas and soooo much more - Check out this We Are Teachers webpage !!

Día de los Muertos

Top 10 things to know about the Day of the Dead

Here’s one thing we know: Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is not a Mexican version of Halloween.

What is Day of the Dead? | National Geographic
Day of the Dead - November 1st

Learn more about this celebration of life here. Check it out !!

National Geographic - What is Day of the Dead?

Día de los Muertos, is a celebration of life and death. While the holiday originated in Mexico, it is celebrated all over Latin America with colorful calaveras and calacas. Learn how the Day of the Dead started and the traditions that make it unique.

27 Picture Books to Celebrate Fall

Whether or not teaching about the change of seasons is in your curriculum, cozying up with a fall-themed read is one of our favorite ways to ring in the season. Here are 27 favorite fall books for kids.

It's Fire Prevention Month

An awesome choice board fire prevention month

Check out The Library Voice Blog - I was able to access everything by downloading her choiceboard and going to present in Google Slides

Meet Sparky the Fire Dog

Learn about Fire Prevention with Sparky the Fire Dog.

Lesson Plans Pre-K to 5

Find Lesson Plans here on Fire Prevention that go with the Sparky the Fire Dog

7 Call-and-Response Ideas to Reinforce Health & Safety

This takes five minutes and can be a great back-to-school activity or something to do after a holiday break to build a sense of community and get kids ready to learn again.

K to 5 Wash your Hands

Free Coloring Pages: For Cute and Fun Germ Education

$40,000 in Teacher Prizes

Stock Your Classroom for Back-to-School !! Check out We Are Teachers & win BIG !!

The Big List of Fast Finisher Activities

“I’m finished! What do I do now?” There’s nothing worse than having a speedy student who doesn’t have anything else productive to do. Use this big list of fun, engaging fast finisher activities to keep your students on track and in the zone.

The 25+ Best Typing Apps for Students

More than ever, typing is an essential part of learning. Developing this skill doesn’t have to be boring, though! Here is a helpful list of some of the best options for elementary, middle, and high school kids! Check this article out !!

16 Banned Books to Read Before 12th Grade

Banned Books Week began after the 1982 Island Trees School District v. Pico Supreme Court case, which ruled that school officials cannot ban books in libraries simply because of their content.

15 YA Books You Should Be Reading Right Now

Bookriot suggests there is value in returning to these books as adults. To remind “ourselves what it’s like to be a kid, gain a different perspective on the world, and to expand our understanding of different experiences and communities.”

Use your Lawrence Bookmarks to access our School Databases

✏️ Research ✏️

Access our School Library Databases using the link in our Lawrence Bookmarks on your ChromeBook or use the link offered here. Locate Lawrence Elementary/Middle School in the menu. The Username and Password = broadway

😎 Word of the Day 😎

Learn a new word everyday. Impress your friends & teachers. Improve your vocabulary and SAT/ACT scores.

📖 This Day in History 📖

Encyclopedia Britannica brings you this day in history. Check out the option to find out what happened in history on your birthday.

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Something for Everyone

Horror Books for Kids and Teens

These horror stories are deliciously spooky without being too terrifying -- perfect for a fall night by the fire! These gripping tales full of zombies, haunted houses, and other supernatural scares will keep kids turning pages late into the night.

Kids Love Scary Books too !!

Don’t fear the popularity of scary books with young readers. Interest in age-appropriate frights can be an exciting milestone on the way to kids developing as life-long readers and exploring the boundaries of their independence.

For Students and Parents

No matter what stage of school you or your child is in, find resources on test-taking and study habits, insight into admissions processes, plus guidance for dealing with roommates, managing workloads, and finding new extracurricular activities.

10 Tips to Help Your Child Fall in Love with Reading

Here are 10 ways parents can help build and support a child's love of reading.

What Is a Mindset and Why It Matters

Could what you believe about yourself impact your success or failure? According to Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, your beliefs play a pivotal role in what you want and whether you achieve it. Check out this article !!

Secret Study Hacks

Studying doesn't have to be hard. In fact, there are plenty of simple methods that exist which simplify the entire process.

Tips for effective, efficient studying

This site is SAT focused however they can be applied to any area of study. Check it out !!

Mindfulness Meditation for Kids

5 Minutes Guided Meditation for Children

Walk Your Way to Fitness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that at least 30 minutes of brisk physical exercise is good for your health, and walking is one of the easiest forms of exercise to get. Check out this article !!

WNET Education

Discover free at-home learning resources for grades preK-12

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Find a book in Sora - It's in your Google waffle.

See the document below for directions.

Using SORA

It’s in your Google Waffle - adding Lawrence Public Schools, Nassau BOCES School Library System & your Peninsula Library Card


  • Sora is found on your chrome books in your Google waffle.

(It is the very last icon)

  • Click on the Green button which says Find My School - Sign in

using Lawrence School District 195 Broadway Lawrence NY USA

(Lawrence Elementary/Middle School)

  • Click on your email and BAM !!

You are in! You can now download ebooks & audiobooks to your Chromebook

Adding Your Peninsula Public Library Card & Nassau BOCES School Library System

  • In Sora, there are three lines in the upper right corner (the hamburger)

  • Click on ‘Add a Library’

  • In ‘Find Your Library’, type in Peninsula Public Library

  • It should display as 280 Central Avenue, Lawrence NY

  • Click on green button This is my library

  • Do it all over again this time type in Nassau BOCES School Library System

  • You do not need a library card to borrow from Lawrence School District or Nassau BOCES School Library System

  • You are now able to search & borrow from all three virtual libraries!

  • You must have a library card to borrow from Peninsula Public Library

Issue # 42 Oct. 15 - Oct. 31