03/23/2020
Hey Students! Me again!
I hope you are surviving the quarantine. Virginia's governor is making an announcement this afternoon at 2, so I may be updating this again later. However, I wanted to go ahead and share an additional resource that I think will be super helpful in the midst of your boredom. 

Prince William County Schools is allowing students to sign up for a digital library card that will give you access to the public digital library; in other words, you will be able to check out library books on your devices. If you don't already have a library card, you will need to sign up for one. I did it this morning and it is pretty simple. It will ask you for some information; you may want to have your parents fill some of it out. Once you have a library card, download the app Overdrive. You will need to choose your library/county and then enter your library card information. Then voila! You will be able to download books and read them right on your phone!

If you would rather listen to a book, Amazon's Audible is currently offering free books. You can download books and listen to them.

It is SUPER IMPORTANT that you are reading for at least 30 minutes a day. Feel free to mix it up: read alone, read to a sibling, read to a pet, read to your parents, read out loud. Find a time and space for reading EVERYDAY! 

Here are the links:
If you need a library card, sign up for one here. Follow the steps in the first paragraph. 
Once you have a barcode and password from the digital library card, look for the OverDrive app on your device.
Download Amazon Audible to listen to free books. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or need help with any of the steps.
I'll be in touch again soon! Miss you guys!
Ms. McNair



03/17/2020
 Hey Students!

I hope you are taking care of yourselves and staying healthy. I know you may be getting a bit bored, so I will provide some things you can do. These are not required assignments, but they will keep your brain active and will help you not forget everything you have learned so far this year! As always, try to be reading for 30 minutes a day. I would usually suggest going to the public library if you don't have a book, but most libraries are closed. 

NewsELA 
An excellent resource for reading nonfiction is NewsELA. Login through Clever to gain access. There are articles on almost every topic imaginable. If the article is difficult to understand, try changing the Lexile level at the top of the screen. You can take a quiz at the end of most passages to check your comprehension. There are also articles in Spanish.

Scholastic Magazine
Scholastic also provides excellent articles and videos. These are broken up into daily activities, which is very helpful. Try to pick one activity per day. Each day includes different genres: fiction, nonfiction, debates, etc. Enjoy! 

Lexia Power Up
For my first period, here is a link to Lexia.

I will update this page again soon. Let me know if you have any trouble with the links or if you have any questions. 
Miss you guys! Stay safe!
Ms. McNair
mcnairld@pwcs.edu

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