MS 51 Summer Learning Opportunities

Summer reading and more for 2019

Fight the Dreaded "Summer Slide"

In a 2009 government webcast, then-Secretary of Education Arne Duncan described summer learning loss as “devastating.” This is what researchers have often referred to as the “summer slide.” It is estimated that school summer breaks will cause the average student to lose up to one month of instruction... 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. --from the NYSED research brief "The Importance of Summer Reading"

Reading teacher and expert advocate Donalyn Miller writes that "reading is the only activity consistently linked to summer learning." School Library Journal & Scholastic provide more updated info from their 2017 reading habits surveys on summer slide.

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MS 51 Summer Reading Challenge

Incoming 6th graders and rising 6th & 7th graders, take our summer reading challenge. Graduating 8th graders, check out our list of 50 great books to read before high school. There's something in our recommendations to keep everyone reading all summer!

Incoming 6th Grade

Class of 2021 (Current 6th Graders Rising to 7th)

Class of 2020 (Current 7th Graders Rising to 8th)

Graduating 8th Grade

About the MS 51 Summer Reading Challenge

MS 51 Summer Checkout

All current 6th and 7th graders who have cleared their library records AND return the signed permission slip by Wednesday, June 12 will be allowed to borrow up to 10 books from our school library over the summer. All books must be returned and late/lost book fees paid by June 12 AND the permission slip must be turned in for students to be eligible for this very special privilege. Students who borrow more than 5 books will be given a tote bag to bring them home, supplies permitting. Permission slips may be left in Ms. Ahart’s mailbox or handed in at the library during lunch or Project REAL.

If you’ve got a truly voracious reader on your hands, even 10 books from our library might not be enough to get them through the summer. Bring a completed MyLibraryNYC card application to any public library near you (Brooklyn, New York, or Queens) to receive a new card or upgrade your old card to a fancy fine-free super library card thanks to MS 51's participation in the MyLibraryNYC program.

Summer borrowing will happen on June 20-25! Invited students will receive a special pass to the library on one of those dates.

Public Library Summer Reading Program

Starting Saturday, June 1st, Summer Reading 2019 launches at Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Library with "A Universe of Stories" 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 the middle school summer reading book list!

Download Free Audiobooks Each Week All Summer Long

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week--pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. SYNC is sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and titles are delivered through the OverDrive app. In advance of accessing the program, download the app in advance to whichever device you anticipate listening on and be ready to go! Sign up to get notifications when the FREE audiobook downloads are available. You can receive alerts by text message, email newsletter, or by visiting Titles change every Thursday at 7am ET when the program is running.

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 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

For our nonfiction readers, check out this great text set in Newsela about summer learning opportunities and spend some time thinking about how your summer can prepare you to be a better learner when we all return to school in the fall... or browse around all of the great text sets on a wide variety of topics and read more about something that interests you!

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, "A Universe of Stories."

History, literature, music, science, and storytelling are some of the subjects featured on this list, which includes such offerings as “Kennedy Announces Plan for Manned Moon Landing” (HistoryPod); “Jupiter’s Moon Total Hits 79” (60-Second Science); “UFOs: What the Government Covered Up” (Science Vs.); and Kelly Barnhill’s The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Book Club for Kids). The full playlist contains 13 shows and approximately four hours of listening.

6th Graders Can Still Participate in Barnes & Noble Summer Reading

This summer, earn a free book through the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program for kids in Grades 1-6.

1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal. Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why.

2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 15th and September 3rd, 2019.

3. Choose a free book from their summer reading collection.