Betty Zigler de la Cruz Library
Fun and Active Resources for Middle and High Schoolers
By Juan R. Davila-Reyes, Librarian
Harry Potter at Home
Harry Potter at Home brings together a great collection of resources of the famous boy wizard. You can find an “audiobook” of the first novel of the series, notes on J.K. Rowling’s magical world, and much more
Create a board game
Board games are back in style! It has become the new craze in social gatherings and family night. Now you can build your own and add your own ideas to the project.
For the techie student, try your hand on creating an online version of the board game.
Start a short story project
Everybody likes a good story, especially now in this time where we desire to know stories of triumph against adversity. Write a short story based on your experience during the quarantine.
Create a video blog
The audio visual medium is the best way to document this historical moment of our society. Record yourself and your family through this experience and what activities are you implementing to handle the quarantine.
Create your own backyard orchard
This is a great activity to include your family and can become a continuous project after the quarantine.
Note: Be sure to be safe - no risky dance moves!
Learn a New Language
Beat the boredom by expanding your linguistic knowledge. Learning a new language will not only be a nice challenge but will help you expand your horizon.
Host a Backyard Olympic Games
One way to get teens interested in the Olympic Games of 2021 is to host your own Olympic Games event in the backyard. You can have a competition with your friends through Zoom.
Start doing Yoga
Kids love yoga! Search YouTube and you will find many great videos, some of which are created specifically for kids.
Host a Favorite 80’s Movie Night
The 80’s was a great decade for movies, and this is a great time to join together as a family and share together some of the best movies of all time. Movies like The Goonies (1985), Back to the Future (1985), Ghostbusters (1985), The Breakfast Club (1985), among others, are part of our pop culture and many are available to rent on Amazon Prime. Perhaps each evening one member of the family can choose a favorite film in rotation. Much can be known about a person based upon their favorite films, so intentionally ask why a certain film strikes a heart chord. You can also host a viewing party with your friends through Zoom.
Write a film review
Put your writing skills to the test by reviewing all the movies or tv shows you have been binge-watching during study breaks.
Write a Fanfiction:
Fanfiction refers to a type of fiction using the settings or characters of an existing work, in tribute to it. If you're a big fan of a certain fictional universe, you may choose to write about some of its characters yourself, either expanding the official story or changing it altogether. Write a fanfiction, set in your favorite movie, tv-show, or video game.