Media Matters

Chatham Middle School Media Center - Volume 2, Issue 3

Read it Forward!

Read it Forward is up and running! Thank you for your support and participation! Once you finish reading the book, please sign your name to the poster outside of the downstairs copy room. Please encourage the kids to come down to the library when they have finished reading the book for a prize and they will also be able to sign the poster (with one of us!).

Books that have an audio component

ScienceFlix, TrueFlix and FreedomFlix all contain books that have the ability to be read aloud. You can also adjust the speed on the audio, which is nice feature for struggling learners.

Great Resources

Storybird is a free website that "lets anyone make visual stories in seconds. We curate artwork from illustrators and animators around the world and inspire writers of any age to turn those images into fresh stories." The site has attracted millions of writers, including students and teachers, who have created more than 5 million stories - making this site one of the world's largest storytelling communities. If you'd like a tutorial, contact Jackie Chirico and she would be happy to show you around!


OpenEd is a k-12 resource library that integrates with Google Classroom. If you find a resource that you want to use in OpenEd, you can assign it to your students in Google Classroom. You can search by standards in OpenEd as well.

Beyond Powerpoint...

Haiku Deck - You can sign up for a free account (which doesn't have all of the features of the paid version, obviously, but is still great). Haiku Deck allows users to create "breathtaking slides" with very little effort. This web-based site is appropriate for even very young users. The image library contains over 35 million images and all images are licensed under Creative Commons and automatically cites the images on the bottom of the slides! Once a deck is complete, it can be embedded on a website, emailed, shared on social networks, printed as a PDF or exported to PowerPoint.


Thinglink - If you or your students are looking to create interactive presentations, Thinglink is a great tool. The teacher account provides 500 images. Thinglink allows users to "create interactive news photography, maps, posters, family albums, infographics, and more.


PowToon - Students can create an animated video clip that is up to 5 minutes in length for free!

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books will start up in November! Please encourage your students to put together a battle team and join! Teams can visit the circulation desk in the library at any time during the day to sign up!


6th Grade Battle Books

The Underdogs by Mike Lupica

How Angel Peterson Got His Name by Gary Paulsen

A Dog's Life: An Autobiography of a Stray by Ann M. Martin

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesel Shurtliff

My Teacher is an Alien by Bruce Coville

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The Dark Stairs by Betsy Byars

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan

Ungifted by Gordon Korman

Escaping the Giant Wave by Peg Kehret

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass

Because of Winn DIxie by Kate DiCamillo


7th and 8th Grade Battle Books

The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John Ritter

They Cage the Animals at Night by Jennings Michael Burch

Marley: A Dog Like No Other by John Grogan

Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

Shabanu by Suzanne Fisher Staples

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliet

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Sleeping Freshman Never Lie by David Lubar

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

October's Top Circulated Titles

1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

2. A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

3. The Recruit by Robert Muchamore

4. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

5. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

6. Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family & Fighting to Get Back on the Board by Bethany Hamilton

7. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

8. Divergent by Veronica Roth

9. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

10. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Rebecca Zarabi

The PTA at my daughter's school is organizing a book club for The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. This is a variation on other books with a similar hypothesis. However, the difference is that this book is also written with the perspective of a middle school teacher. The author frequently refers to weaknesses that she sees in her middle school students that can be attributed to overprotective parenting styles.

Jackie Chirico

I Just finished reading Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan, a mystery about an ancient secret book society and 21st century technology. It was super cute and I enjoyed the read, though I did feel that the ending was a bit rushed. All in all, a fun mystery!