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Ms. Elaine Shapiro                 
Library Media Specialist
Phone: (860) 623-2433

Summer Learning

  Why Summer Learning?


Stay on Top of the Mountain!

Just like exercise keeps your muscles strong, summer learning keeps your brain strong.

 Children who read and do math over the summer

-- stay on top of the mountain or climb even higher   

-- are ready for the next grade

-- expand their vocabulary

-- gain new knowledge that helps them succeed


* Students who participated in Summer Learning will receive recognition in September.

Return Calendar/Bingo by Sept 7 for Gr. 1-4, Sept 14 for Gr. preK-K


Library Classes

Pre K

We read Wave, a story without words, about a little girl playing at the beach. Students helped make up the story. Was that a big wave rising out of the water, or an octopus??


We read Three Bears and a Boat, by David Soman.  It's a story about making mistakes, taking responsibility, and making amends.  When the bear siblings climb on each other's shoulders to sneak some honey, Mom's beautiful blue seashell crashes to the floor. What would YOU do next?

1st Grade

We read Tulip Sees America, by Cynthia Rylant.  A young man and his dog travel cross country, seeing the sights (mountains in Colorado, the desert in Nevada, etc).  Students are locating different states, and drawing in those sights and others, on a map of the U.S.

2nd Grade

 The book Henri's Scissors, about the artist Matisse, inspired students to try their own hand at cut paper collage.  When Matisse, old and ill, could no longer paint, he discovered that scissors is an excellent tool.  He created beautiful pictures from cutting colored paper.

3rd Grade

Students are improving their knowledge of the United States with a map and a list of questions to answer.

4th Grade

After a review of the difference between continent, country, and state, each student looked up a country in the World Book Encyclopedia and answered a few questions about it.

Ms. Shapiro's Book Reviews

Grade 3-4

To read more about these great books (Jennifer Murdley's Toad, Lemonade Crime, Pirates of Crocodile Swamp, The Fairy Tale Detectives) click here:

Book Reviews Grades 3 - 4

Grade 2

Try a new series! Martin Bridge, Mercy Watson, ZigZag Kids, or My Weird School.  To read more about these books, click here: Grade 2 Reviews.

Grade 1

Great Early Reader series: Poppy and Max, Cork and Fuzz, Minnie and Moo, Penny.

Grade 1 Reviews



Resource Links

Research and Information

Summer Learning Fun

Try the links below for learning games about vocabulary, math, geography, and computer coding.

Student Work


Grade 4 Students each researched a different US state, then displayed their findings in a word cloud in the shape of that state.


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In response to the book Henri's Scissors, Grade 2 students made collages in the artist's style.  When Henri Matisse lost the ability to paint, he discovered he could make beautiful pictures with paper and scissors.

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