Summer Reading List -- Middle
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by Cherie Bennett
Book Description: After suffering a concussion while on a class trip to a Holocaust exhibit, Nicole finds herself living the life of a Jewish teenager in Paris during the Nazi occupation.
The Blue Sword
by Robin McKinley
Book Description: Harry, bored with her sheltered life in the remote orange-growing colony of Daria, discovers magic in herself when she is kidnapped by a native king with mysterious powers.
Callahan Cousins: Summer Begins
by Elizabeth Doyle Carey
Book Description: Celebrate family ties, loyalty, and the wisdom of children. Follow four preteen girls who are having the adventure of a lifetime while spending the summer with their grandmother on Gull Island. Take a look at Callahan Cousins: Summer Begins Activities.
Camp Confidential: Jenna's Dilemma
by Melissa J. Morgan
Book Description: Jenna is determined to make camp fun this year, in spite of her parents' separation and the company of her twin brother and older sister. Find teaching activities to extend the book.
Camp Confidential: Natalie's Secret
by Melissa J. Morgan
Book Description: Natalie Goode goes from life in the city to Camp Lakeview, where the secret she's been keeping might get in the way of new friendships. Find teaching activities to extend the book.
Dancing in Cadillac Light
by Kimberly Willis Holt
Book Description: In 1968, 11-year-old Jaynell's life in the town of Moon, TX, is enlivened when her eccentric Grandpap comes to live with her family.
A Diamond in the Dust
by Carla Joinson
Book Description: Despite her mother's objections and the love of an older classmate, 16-year-old Katy is determined to find a better life for herself beyond her family's poverty and sorrow in the Illinois coal mining town where they live.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
by Jeff Kinney
Book Description: Inspire middle-school students with this fun, online reading experience. New daily entries, full of the fictitious Greg Heffley's life mishaps and musings, will carry you through the year. Find teaching activities to extend the book.
Empress of Elsewhere
by Theresa Nelson
Book Description: There are many mysteries behind the grandiose exterior of Grandmother Monroe's mansion, to which Jimmy and his younger sister, Mary Al, have been cajoled to baby-sit a capuchin monkey that keeps escaping which is more than J.D. can do.
by David Clement-Davies
Book Description: Enjoy the retelling of the Paiute legend about the Coyote helping an Indian boy bring fire to his tribe.
Getting Near to Baby
by Audrey Couloumbis
Book Description: Although 13-year-old Willa Jo and her Aunt Patty seem to be constantly at odds, staying with her and Uncle Hob helps Willa Jo and her younger sister come to terms with the death of their family's baby.
A Girl Named Disaster
by Nancy Farmer
Book Description: After the death of her mother, Nhamo is left a virtual slave in her small African village. Upon learning that before her 12th birthday she must marry a cruel man with three other wives, Nhamo desperately decides to run away.
The Hermit Thrush Sings
by Susan Butler
Book Description: After a natural disaster has all but destroyed the earth, the orphaned and "defective" Leora, while searching for her sister, defies the oppressive laws of the land and joins a band of rebels trying to overthrow the government.
Hope Was Here
by Joan Bauer
Book Description: When 16-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from Brooklyn to Mulhoney, WI, to work as waitress and cook in the Welcome Stairways diner, they become involved with the diner owner's political campaign to oust the town's corrupt mayor.
by Peggy Brooke
Book Description: When taken from an orphanage to work on a farm in North Dakota in 1926, 12-year-old Tree searches for a home not only for himself but also for his irrepressible younger brother.
I Am Morgan Le Fay
by Nancy Springer
Book Description: In a war-torn England where her half-brother Arthur will eventually become king, the young Morgan le Fay comes to realize that she has magic powers and links to the faerie world.
Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month
May is Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month! Don't overlook this opportunity to study and enjoy activities about the history and culture of Asian-Pacific American communities.
The recent rash of tornadoes in Oklahoma, which killed at least two dozen people, may have your students wondering why such natural disasters occur, how they may be affected by them, and what they can do to help. Use these resources to teach the geography of Oklahoma and the Southwestern United States, to explain tornadoes, and to discuss the resulting crises with your class.
Top 10 Galleries
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May Calendar of Events
May is full of holidays and events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Backyard Games Week (5/23-29) and Memorial Day (5/27). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Clean Air Month, and Physical Fitness & Sports Month all May long!
Common Core Lessons & Resources
Is your school district adopting the Common Core? Work these new standards into your curriculum with our reading, writing, speaking, social studies, and math lessons and activities. Each piece of content incorporates the Common Core State Standards into the activity or lesson.