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SOMS Summer Reading 2020

Check out this outside of the box thinking to keep kids reading!!!

 

This school year has been an unprecedented time! While some families will be comfortable venturing out to public libraries to borrow print copies of books  other families may choose to self quarantine. Luckily there are options for ALL families!!! eBooks and audio books can be accessed without leaving your home (or getting a drone delivery.) There are several options available! Please read about them here.

The ELA Department of South Orangetown Central School District requires students to read over summer break. Research clearly correlates the amount of reading a student does over the summer to his or her academic growth over the school year. Students entering grade 6, 7 and 8 should read a minimum of two non-fiction and/or fiction books (approximately 500 pages or more) count as two books. This is a minimum requirement. We encourage students to read widely, and they should not limit themselves to two books.

Students will be responsible for demonstrating understanding of the books during the first few weeks of the school year. If you need suggestions or help finding books that are mutually acceptable to students and parents, please explore the following book lists/resources.
Due to the overwhelming number of new titles being published all the time, the ELA department has decided that students may choose to read books not included on these lists.
In addition to these lists, some teachers have recommended books during ELA class and some teachers may have more suggestions on their individual blog pages.
Note: Should your child choose a text that is part of the English Department’s curriculum, please know the student will be required to re-read the selection.

To join in the fun of Summer Reading and Summer Learning, just find your local library website using the links below.

Interested in Joining a Summer Reading Contest? Look at the 11th Annual New York Times Summer Reading Contest here.

TOGETHER, LET’S KEEP READING AND LEARNING…ALL SUMMER LONG !

SOMS Spring 2020 Virtual Book Fair May 17-May 31

The SOMS library was scheduled to host their annual Spring Book Fair. While we aren’t able to physically host the fair this year, we wanted to give you the opportunity to still shop the fair virtually.  Below is a link to the online Book Fair. Enjoy browsing the selections! Books ship to your home.

You may start shopping on Sunday, May 17 until Sunday, May 31st!

SOMS Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

If you have questions or need assistance, please reach out to [email protected]

Limit Screen Time with Audiobooks

Mrs. Landgraff and her son Phineas listening to Bud, Not Buddy through Audible on Alexa!

Think back to those family vacation days. The one’s in the car, a family road trip. There’s a good chance your memory also contains listening to a book on tape or CD. 

If not, you missed out!  Now, is the perfect chance to revisit or acquaint yourself with an audiobook. You could go old school (if your car still happens to have a CD player) and you’re out driving around trying to score some toilet paper or you may find yourself searching out other ways to get your read on!  Besides, listening to audiobooks has many benefits for all types of readers. Read more about that in this Reading Rockets article.

Listening to an audiobook is a good option if you need to get something boring done or maybe something that can allow you to focus your attention on listening and doing at the same time. Perhaps you are doing a chore, exercising , cooking or settling down for the night.  Perhaps you’re cleaning the house and you may come across some outdated material that may still work like CD’s or Playaways. If that’s not happening in your house, don’t worry, there are a lot of modern services you can access. You could listen from your phone, from your computer, from your Alexa or Google Home or from any other speaker system with an Internet connection. It can be an independent activity or you can find a book the whole family will enjoy! Kind of reminiscent of a Fireside Chat or maybe getting tucked in at night for bed. 

My personal experience with audiobooks has been positive. I started listening to audiobooks after my son accidentally purchased one through Audible on his Amazon Alexa. I decided to give it a try and allowed him to try out a subscription for a month. This worked well, because he started to listen to books before falling asleep each night. I then started listening as I walked during the day a couple of summers ago. I then started listening to books in my car. Since I also work in the children’s room of a public library, I was familiar with some other resources and began using Libby (Overdrive) and Hoopla which are free services through the public library. A little known fact is that anyone living in New York State can also apply online for a NYC public library card and then have access to all of their digital materials.

You also have the option of listening to a Podcast rather than a traditional book. Audiobooks and Podcasts have the bonus of being expertly produced. Sometimes the authors themselves narrate their titles or a hired professional will narrate the story. Some books are read with one voice, while others hire multiple voices for each character in the story. You’ll find yourself getting to know the voices coming across your speaker or earphone and they will start to become recognizable and inviting. Music also plays a part in audiobook production. Music adds to the story and helps the reader understand the mood and setting of the story. Other sound effects help paint a picture as well. You’ll start to have a favorite narrator,  just like being a fan of a band, movie or tv star!

Luckily, there are a plethora of choices out there to satisfy your audiobook needs, some free and some come with a fee. During this quarantine period, there are even some pay for companies offering free audiobooks at this time. One of my favorite online resources Common Sense Media  reviews children’s audiobooks and is a great resource. Check out the list below to get you started. You can also do an online search to find even more. If you need help accessing any of the choices reach out to Mrs. Landgraff at [email protected]

 

Resource Notes Free/Paid
SOMS Follett eBooks User your PowerSchool login to access Free
BOCES School LIbrary System Follett/Mackin  On the SOMS Library Page

Ask Mrs. Landgraff for Login information

Only Non-Fiction 

Free
JLG (Junior Library Guild) While schools are virtual Free
Libby and Hoopla Access through your public library-Current & Classics

Blauvelt

Orangeburg

Palisades

Piermont

Tappan

Free
Audible Currently offering some free titles for students Free/Paid
iPhone App Store

Spotify

Pandora

Google Play

Amazon Prime

Some of these currently offering some free titles for students Free/Paid
Lit2Go  Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material for your classroom. Free
Project Gutenberg Classics read aloud Free
Story Nory  Storynory has been giving free audio stories to the world since November 2005. We are a podcast and a website with audio streaming. Some months we serve around a million downloads of our mp3 files (stored on Libsyn). All our content is free. Free
Digital Book  We are a place to find free public domain audio books and eBooks.

You can explore over 100,000 Kindle, ePUB, and audio books using our free bookshelves.

Our powerful search engine not only looks hard for free digital books from great sources such as Librivox, Gutenberg, Google Books, and Open Library, but also includes results from Amazon to give you the best choice.

Free
Sync (summer audiobooks specifically for teens)  Available starting April 30, 2020 Free
Other services  Find other choices here Free/Paid
Publishers/Authors allowing teachers to read recorded books at this time Keep your ears open…maybe one of your teachers has read a chapter or two for you to follow! Free

Summer Reading 2019

The ELA Department of South Orangetown Central School District requires students to read over summer break. Research clearly correlates the amount of reading a student does over the summer to his or her academic growth over the school year. Students entering grade 6,7 and 8 should read a minimum of two non-fiction and/or fiction books (approximately 500 pages or more) count as two books. This is a minimum requirement. We encourage students to read widely, and they should not limit themselves to two books.

Students will be responsible for demonstrating understanding of the books during the first few weeks of the school year. If you need suggestions or help finding books that are mutually acceptable to students and parents, please explore the following book lists/resources.
Due to the overwhelming number of new titles being published all the time, the ELA department has decided that students may choose to read books not included on these lists.
In addition to these lists, some teachers have recommended books during ELA class and some teachers may have more suggestions on their individual blog pages.
Note: Should your child choose a text that is part of the English Department’s curriculum, please know the student will be required to re-read the selection.

To join in the fun of Summer Reading and Summer Learning, just find your local library website using the links below.

As part of Summer Reading at New York Libraries, the State Education Department and myON are partnering to bring thousands of enhanced digital books to children from birth through 8th grade and their families all around the state! The login information is below:
school name: New York Reads
username: read
password: books
The summer is a great time to explore eBooks. Access SOMS FollettShelf eBooks HERE (Username and Password is your PowerSchool Login)
TOGETHER, LET’S KEEP READING AND LEARNING…ALL SUMMER LONG !