MS 51 Summer Learning Guide
Summer reading and more for 2021
Restore Reading Joy and Fight Summer Slide with a Summer Learning Plan!
Never fear, though: Reading teacher and expert advocate Donalyn Miller writes that "reading is the only activity consistently linked to summer learning." The NYSED research brief "The Importance of Summer Reading states "the body of existing research demonstrates the critical importance that the early development of summer reading habits can play in providing the foundation for later success. Free independent reading with access to a broad range of genres, formats, and subjects is the single best method we have to combat summer slide AND rekindle the reading joy that leads directly to an intrinsic love of learning.
Last year, The Washington Post ran a great article about how to encourage teen readers that has tips to break kids AND adults out of their reading slumps. My professional advice to you: keep summer reading fun, light, and social. Volume matters most, and kids read more when they are allowed free choice, so take advantage of a wide range of e-books and e-audiobooks available through the resources below AND get back to the library with public libraries opening more branches for browsing each week. Any reading that your students do this summer will help get them ready for school in the fall, so don't despair if you find them in a giant stack of manga all summer! I hope you and your kids find some great books and resources to share together and I can't wait to see all our returning students back IN PERSON in September!
MS 51 Summer Reading Challenge
Sora: Our Citywide Digital Library
Request an Open eBook Access Code from Ms. Ahart
Free Reading Resource Guide from MS 51 Library
Public Library Summer Reading Program
Starting in June, Summer Reading 2021 launches at Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Library with "Read What You Love/Love What You Read" as the theme at all locations with fun programs and activities for all ages. Join us for live music, story time, scavenger hunts and special performances.
Get some great summer reading recommendations from Brooklyn Public librarians!
Watch some videos to learn how to search for a book and place a hold in the Brooklyn Public Library catalog and how to use BPL's catalog to grow your reading wishlist!
Download Free Audiobooks Each Week All Summer Long
BrainPOP All Summer Long
Our school has a summer subscription to BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr., award-winning educational websites we trust. As part of that subscription, you have access to these resources at home all year!
Looking for ideas on how to extend learning at home this summer? BrainPOP’s got you covered! Sign up at https://go.brainpop.com/home/tips and receive monthly ideas, tips, activities, and more including four upcoming summer learning packets featuring reading, math, writing, and physical fitness.
Newsela Summer Reading Text Sets
Curated Podcasts for Summer Learning
A new search engine, Listen Notes, designed specifically for podcasts, is making it easier to create, curate, and share playlists for on-demand listening on topics from fictional stories and science to history and biography. Here's a curated playlist from School Library Journal, inspired by this year’s summer reading theme, "Imagine Your Story."
History, literature, music, science, and storytelling are some of the subjects featured on this list, which includes such offerings as “The Kid Scientists' Galapagos Adventure” (Tumble Science Podcast for Kids); “Echo and Narcissus” (Greeking Out with National Geographic Kids); “Bigfoot, Unicorns and Dragons” (Brains On!); and "The Magic Seed" (Story Seed). The full playlist contains 20 episodes and approximately six hours of listening. For true podcast buffs, Common Sense Media has a list of even more great podcasts for your summer enjoyment.