# Motivating Middle Schoolers to Read

The holidays are upon us, and students will have several breaks from school. Many parents want to make sure that their children are reading, even when they are not in school. I recently ran across a Scholastic Parents Blog titled, How to Choose Just-Right Books According to Teachers. You may find it interesting to read. Feel free to click on the link below the five recommendations to read the entire article.

Here are five things teachers recommend when you’re selecting new books:

1. Establish a strong starting point.

2. Look for books that inspire self-discovery.

3. Choose books that motivate and interest your child.

4. Give your child the power of choice.

5. Find a series they love.

How to Choose Just-Right Books According to Teachers

Here’s a look at what is happening in each of the classes:

What’s happening in Science?

This week, seventh graders contemplated how technology is essential to science. They considered and discussed how it provides access to outer space and other remote locations, as well as the ability to communicate information. Seventh graders are finishing up their Ted Talks. They began to reflect and correct their presentations by peer reviewing each other’s presentations. They are getting excited about sharing their work with you in a couple of weeks.

What’s up in Math?

After what seems like weeks, we’ve essentially finished up similarity and congruence, and even dilations! (The seventh graders know that they’ll see dilation one more time, on the assessment, because we practiced the problem yesterday.) But hopefully that’ll be the end of it! What takes its place? Lines and slope. Every line that has been or ever will be drawn can be called by a specific name: y=mx+b, where m refers to the slope, or steepness, of the line, and b refers to where it crosses the y-axis. No two different lines will ever have the same name, kind of like no twin snowflakes being alike. The sixth graders seem to have really sunk their teeth into it so far – it feels and looks more like real Math, and the equations are like little riddles. Only 2 more lessons left in the unit, but there’s no chance of getting a review and assessment done before the end of the week. I guess it can wait til after the long weekend.

What’s happening in ELA?

Seventh graders have identified subject openers, prepositional openers, and adverbs. They have also practiced using commas correctly in sentences. Students also worked faithfully on their writings this week. They are at the revision and final copy stages of their realistic fiction writing. I am looking forward to seeing their final draft. Seventh graders will not have a grammar or vocabulary quiz this week, so they will not have a grammar/vocabulary rubric sent home for this week. Their reading logs and rubric for their reading logs will be returned on 10/19/22.

What’s going on in Social Studies?

In seventh grade we finished the causes of the American Revolution. The students looked into the differences between Patriots and Loyalists and created propaganda posters resembling one side or the other. Students also had their first debate in class. This debate was about the topic “Should the colonies break free from Great Britain?”

Next week, the students will be looking at the Revolutionary War as a whole. We will be examining different battles and primary sources to give us a better look at the struggle for independence.

Important Dates:

• October 17-18 – Fall Break (No School)
• October 31st- Halloween Carnival (11:30 Dismissal)
• November 1st- Teacher Work Day (No School)