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Chariho Middle School Library: Summer Reading 2017

Browse our guides below to discover what the CMS library has to offer!

2017 Summer Requirements for Entering 5th Grade through Entering 8th Grade

  • The expectation is that summer reading projects will be brought in on the first day of school.
  • Students are required to read two books over the summer at their independent reading level. Students are not required to read books from their suggested grade level list.
  • Students must complete a project for each book that includes specific criteria from the criteria checklist.
  • Please use the Criteria Checklist for Fiction Books below for summer reading of a fiction book. This document will also list projects that can be done.
  • Please use the Criteria Checklist for Nonfiction Books below for summer reading of a nonfiction book. This document will also list projects that can be done.
  • Students will once again have the option of completing an online Google form for a book report.  The Google form is only one of the project options available. This form does not store on your computer and is not sent directly to your child's teacher through email but the results are shared with them. It is a good idea to open the form and see what is required and prepare answers.
  • If you like, your child can complete the questions on a word document and then  copy and paste the answers into the form.  This will give your child time to reflect on his/her answers and if you save the document it can be printed and brought into school if needed. 
  • There will be a message on your screen when the form has been sent that simply says "Your response has been recorded."  If in doubt you can always submit another form.


Does your child need a little extra motivation to read over the summer? Check out the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.

"The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, a free online and mobile reading program, helps kids discover the power and joy of reading during the summer. As kids log their reading minutes, they will unlock weekly milestones, earn digital rewards, and gain access to fun activities and more." (from Scholastic website)

While this program does have clear commercial ties with Scholastic products being featured it has been proven to be a real motivator for some students. You can participate in this program as an individual family. 

2017 Suggested Summer Reading Lists- These are very short as we want to encourage our students to read books for the Rooster Games and Teen Book Battle.

Students are not required to read books from the suggested summer reading lists. There is a new Rhode Island Middle School Book Award for grades 6-8. Sixth grade students will no longer participate in Rooster Games. There will be a new CMS Book Battle for grades 6-8. These games will replace Teen Book Battle for grades 7 and 8. Students in grades 6-8 will read at least five of the Rhode Island Middle School Book Award nominees to participate in the CMS Book Battle. Fifth grade students will still use the RI Children Book Award (RICBA) nominees for Rooster Games. Fifth grade students will need to read at least five of RICBA nominees to play in the Rooster games.

Board Builder - Discovery Education

One of the options for a project is to use Board Builder on Discovery Education. There are links to Discovery Education off the media center webpage or use the link provided above. Students will logon to Discovery by putting cms in front of their student id number. The password is their birthdate. For students needing assistance with creating boards there is a screencast tutorial on the CMS media center "How To" links. Just scroll down until you see "Creating a Presentation on Board Builder through Discovery Education. Students should not worry over the summer about sharing a board they created with their new teacher in the fall. Students can discuss with their ELA teacher in the fall how to share the board they have created. Students who are entering 5th grade will not have Discovery accounts available until the fall.

Summer Reading Advisory- Please use our Readers' Advisory page to find all kinds of reading suggestions for your child.

  For tips on books to read investigate links on our Readers' Advisory page.

Local Public Libraries

The local public libraries are wonderful resources for our students during the summer!


Check out what is happening at our local libraries:

Ashaway Free Library

Clark Memorial Library

Cross' Mills Library

Langworthy Public Library 

Westerly Public Library

eBook Resources

CMS also subscribes to a K-8 eBook Collection database. This database includes both fiction and nonfiction books. To access this database go to the CMS media center webpage. Under the “Research” column click on “eBooks”. Find the link for the K-8 eBook Collection.There is a “Help” link near the top right hand corner with a link for eBooks if you are unsure how to work with an eBook. Please check your device for compatibility as these books may not play on all devices. Caution: Some of these books contain mature content! The username and password to access this database from home was included in the summer reading brochure.
Students can also access eBooks through Destiny Quest. There is a screencast in the library "How To" section on how to check out ebooks that are on Destiny Quest. Students who are entering 5th grade may not have access to logging on to Destiny Quest until the fall.