Lawrence Middle School Library

October Issue Number 41

Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 - October 15

How to wear your mask correctly

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Quote of the Week

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Teacher's Corner

$40,000 in Teacher Prizes

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

17 Tricks for Keeping Your Teacher Desk Organized

These teacher desk organization tips are easy to implement and will help you control the clutter! With a range of solutions, you’re sure to find one that will help keep you sane.

10 great TED Talks for Hispanic Heritage Month

TED partnered with The Mujerista to curate a playlist of their favorite TED Talks by Hispanic and Latinx speakers. For this list, they featured talks covering a diverse range of ideas from identity and personal growth to politics and immigration.

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.

Math at the Core: Middle School

Find engaging media and integrated activities, all aligned with the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. Cool stuff ... Check this out !!

Columbus Day / Columbus Day Alternatives

Columbus Day and the man who inspired it have generated controversy, and alternatives to the holiday have been proposed since the 70s including Indigenous Peoples' Day, celebrated in some U.S. states. Check out and make up your own mind.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day, 2021

A Proclamation from the White House

Social Studies

Explore the past and learn about the present with resources on government, history, economics, and more. Check this out !!

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.

15 Printable Classroom Coupons Students Will Love

You don’t have to spend money to motivate or incentivize your students. Instead, use our printable classroom coupons! With so many choices, you’ll have a coupon for any occasion.

Free Poster

Celebrate Diversity and Inclusion in Your World Language Classroom

K to 5 Wash your Hands

Free Coloring Pages: For Cute and Fun Germ Education

Agent of Change - NASA Astronaut Dr. Ellen Ochoa

Ellen Ochoa: Beyond the Barrier | Emily Key
Read About Dr.Ellen Ochoa

Selected by NASA in 1990, Ellen Ochoa became the world's first Hispanic female astronaut in 1991. A mission specialist and flight engineer, Ochoa is a veteran of four space flights, logging more than 950 hours in space.

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.

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Jason Reynolds Named Honorary Chair of Banned Books Week 2021
What is a Banned Book - Watch & Listen

A great video to open a discussion on the topic.

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.”

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.

NEA Hispanic Heritage Month / K - 12

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month with the following lessons, activities, videos, and more.

Hispanic Heritage Month / K - 5

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated with festivals and community events recognizing the contributions of Hispanics and Latinos in the United States.

✏️ 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.

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.

For students

Study Time

  1. Select a quiet place to study.
  2. Don't wait until the last minute.
  3. Use your daily planner for assignments.
  4. Dedicate a space for every class in your book bag.
  5. Stay organized throughout the year.
  6. Make study cards.
  7. Make your own study guide.
  8. Talk about assignments with friends.
  9. If you are struggling, ask for help.
  10. Make academics a focus in your life.
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Something for Everyone

8 Mindfulness Habits You Can Practice Everyday

So many of us spend our days just running from moment to moment. We are busy, have demands coming from several different areas of life, and simply don’t feel like there is time to stop and smell the roses.

Mindfulness Meditation for Kids

5 Minutes Guided Meditation for Children

Life Is Just Too Short

10 Simple Things You Should Do Right Now Because Life Is Just Too Short - Those words as you know could not be any more truthful. Life is short, very short and we should truly make the best of it.

The Best 15-Minute Beginner Workout

Strength training is key to living a fit life, and we are here to help you master the fundamentals. This is a 15-minute workout we designed for beginners, but anyone will benefit from this full-body sweat session.

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 # 41 Oct. 1 - Oct. 5