Students in middle school need to be encouraged to read and discover the world around them. Students need to learn how to use a World Atlas to locate any destination.
Books to start the year:
Nobody Was Here: Seventh Grade in the Life of Me, Penelope by Alison Pollet
Great for acknowledging that everything is changing around them, from school to friendships.
Classroom Tip: Read aloud the last five to ten minutes of class.
The Stone Soup Book of Friendship Stories by William Rubel, Gerry Mandel
Finding friends, losing friends, sharing adventures, and discovering what makes a good friend.
Classroom Tip: Have students read aloud the fiction and poetry. Discuss the artwork by youngsters from all over the world.
Books About Hawaii:
From Sea to Shining Sea — Hawaii by Melissa N. Matusevich, P.J. Neri, Maile Davis
An engaging, comprehensive reference about Hawaii.
Classroom Tip: Discuss Hawaii's history and culture, comparing Hawaii to the mainland.
Lord of the Deep by Graham Salisbury
A 13-year-old boy faces some of life's difficult choices.
Classroom Tip: Discuss the difficult choices students are faced with this year.
The Royal Diaries: Kaiulani: The People's Princess, Hawaii, 1889 by Ellen Emerson White
A young Hawaiian princess in boarding school discovers that her father has died and the monarchy has overturned.
Classroom Tip: Compare Kaiulani's life in 1889 to a student's life in 2006.
Scholastic Atlas of the World
Photographs that take readers on a visual journey accompany essays describing the culture and geography of each country.
Classroom Tip: Have students locate Hawaii in the atlas and identify the islands. Use this book in the creation of the travel brochure and itinerary.