Summer Reading & Celebrations!

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Get your Summer Reading List!

by scanning the QR Code below

or Click HERE!  You can also visit our Wikispaces Page!

WARNING: This post contains an abundance of exclamations marks. No characters were hurt writing this post, however, the ! key is giving me the side eye!


Be a Super Hero (cape optional) and Join the Summer Reading Program at your friendly neighborhood Howard County Library, Savage Branch!

You can read anything!

“You may read books, magazines, graphic novels, newspapers, and web sites. You may also listen to audio books. For ideas and suggestions, check out the links below for a list of books for Middle School and High School students developed by Howard County Library System teen specialists in conjunction with the Howard County Public School System.

To get started, register at the research desk at any Howard County Library System branch. We’ll give you all of the materials you need to get started: a reading log, instructions, and even your first raffle ticket just for signing up.  You may then earn raffle tickets for reading and completing other fun, library related activities”

Grades 6+ REGISTER Online!
You can also pick up a Summer Reading List flier in the MHMS front office!
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As always, if you would like to request a book for purchase
for the MHMS Media Center for next year, fill out this Google form!

Field Day 2015!

8th Grade Slideshow Movie!

8th Grade Slide Show Pictures!

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Super Marvel-ous Comics

I spent such a fun week working with Mrs. Michaelson’s amazing students to create Super Marvel-ous Comics!

We used the Marvel create a comic generator and though it had some quirky side-effects – our saved .PDF’s didn’t look the same as what we had on our screen! Some of our backgrounds disappeared and some had extra speech bubbles that I swear weren’t there when we saved them! Maybe we should have just taken screen shots??

We had time after the comic creating & we watched & danced to the latest craze UMD Gangnam Style!


Super Marvel-ous Comic Book Lesson

Our Common Core State Standards Alignment: Standard 3 & 6 for Reading Literature –

Standard 3 for Reading Literature:

Grade 6:
Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward resolution.

Grade 7:
Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).

Grade 8:
Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character or provoke a decision.

Standard 6 for Reading Literature:

Grade 6:
Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.

Grade 7:
Analyze how an author develops and contrast the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.

Grade 8:
Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader create such effects as suspense or humor.


An Animated Library Orientation Daring Library Media Orientation Animation by gwyneth

If you want to learn more about how to create your own animations,  visit my Animation Studios & Sites Wikipage for all kinds of links, articles, blog postings, directions, comic tutorials, & more!
AnimationStudiosWikiW.jpgOn that wikipage you’ll find information about Go!Animate (as shown in this posting) also, Blabberize, ToonDoo, Xtranormal, and more! ALL with Comic Life Comic Tutorials to help you learn how to make your very own animations. Kids: some of these sites require you to sign up for them, if you’re under 13 please ask your parents before registering. Hey! Even better, grab your Mom or Dad & why not learn animation together!
Research Databases & Homework Help

As mentioned in the orientation don’t forget to use our Research Databases for your homework & out of classroom needs! It feels like cheating, but it’s not! Beam Me Up Databases! by gwyneth


FREE! Homework Help from the HCL!
Students, from Kindergarten though college, can interact with tutors in math, science, English, and social studies. Tutors available seven days a week from 2:00 pm until 12:00 am daily. Tutors also available in Spanish. Special thanks to the Howard County Public School System for contributing toward the cost of this service. More about Live Homework Help …