Booked for the Week
Information Literacy and Activities for BHMS Families
Meet Author Kenneth Oppel
Ever since Star Wars broke the barrier all those years ago, Sci-Fi has become an increasingly more popular genre for kids and adults everywhere. Everything from aliens and robots to dystopian worlds have graced screens, populated books and even created challenges for players in video games.
Join us on Tuesday, December 1 at 3pm ET (that's 2:00 our time) for a launch party of Kenneth Oppel's newest book, Hatch (sequel to Bloom). Ken will treat us all to a live reading and then we'll sit down to talk about everything from his new book to his experience writing science fiction and fantasy for middle graders and the importance of the genre to transport youth to new worlds and foster their love of reading. Register here: https://tinyurl.com/y3ox3tgd
Perfect for students grades 5-8, but all are welcome.
Mystery, horror, sci-fi, realistic graphic novels and more! This year’s list of nominated books has something for everyone. Take part in book discussions and activities by joining Maud Squad today. We’ll also have special guests like a man whose father was a member of the Resistance during WWII and our own Ms. Riffe, who will teach us some sign language.
The access code to join Maud Squad 20-21 is RFNF-HTHN-Z92B7
Get a summary of all the titles by clicking on the link. https://tinyurl.com/y68b3fuf Even if you don’t want to join the club, you are welcome to read the books!
Get Creative & Celebrate Books
Don't sit around the house being bored. Here's your chance to be a published photographer and build a culture of reading in our BHMS family. Look through the list of ideas below, take your photo, and send it to Ms. Ninteman. mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. The photo will be in one of our future publications.
1. Take a picture of yourself or your family reading in a favorite place in your home, yard or park trail
2. Take a picture of yourself reading with a pet
3. Using materials found around the home, take a photo of yourself/family reenacting a scene from a picture book
4. Using materials found around the home, take a photo of yourself as a character from a book
5. Other ideas that you have to celebrate reading!
*All photos need to be appropriate for school audiences. (Example: No weapons.)
Scroll down to take a look at what some of our staff members have created.
New Book + Cuddly Guest = Happiness
Summer reading with the Herem family
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
Have You Met These Books?
Many people are familiar with the Laura Ingalls Wilder stories of pioneer life in the Little House books (especially if you're around my age). For another perspective, try Birchbark House. It's a touching and captivating story of family, community, love, and strength---especially during difficult times.
Summary: Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847. (There are currently five books in the series.)
* Is social studies your favorite subject? This book connects to Minnesota studies.
Summary: Spanning more than 400 years, this history examines the legacy of Indigenous peoples' resistance, resilience, and steadfast fight against imperialism.
Going beyond the story of America as a country "discovered" by a few brave men in the "New World," Indigenous human rights advocate Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz reveals the roles that settler colonialism and policies of American Indian genocide played in forming our national identity.
The original academic text is fully adapted for middle-grade and young adult readers to include discussion topics, archival images, original maps, recommendations for further reading, and other materials to encourage students, teachers, and general readers to think critically about their own place in history. - Goodreads
* This book connects to 7th grade social studies.
Black Hawk Middle School and Thomas Lake Elementary