Kindle Program

ELA Instruction with Kindles

iLearn Schools has made the decision to move to the use of Kindles to allow for the tailored approach of ELA instruction to meet the needs of each student. Kindles allow for numbered pages, table of contents, pictures and graphics, exactly like a printed book. Kindles present many benefits and advantages; books may be downloaded and read anywhere, without an internet connection. Kindles are portable. You can carry a whole library of hundreds of books with you, without worrying about their weight. Kindles are more safely stored and carried from one place to another, than ordinary books. They also withstand time more than books. Fonts in Kindles can be resized, making it easier to read for students with disabilities. With additional software it is possible to turn some of the Kindles into audio books.

On the 2015/2016 supply list, the purchase of the Amazon’s base model KINDLE e-Reader is included for students in grades 4-8. This specific e-reader is a base model, uses e-ink technology to replicate the appearance of printed ink on paper without backlighting, glare, or eye strain.
iLearn Schools purchased the required books that have been pre-selected by ELA department. All students are provided instruction on how to access the books by their teachers. Our goal is to build grade level libraries that will include a wide array of books on various genres. iLearn Schools also welcomes any fundraising ideas that you may have to help build the student library. If there is a family or an organization who would like to make a donation to a classroom book purchase, please let us know how we can make this happen. Donors names will be published on this website and the books will be known with their names forever.

How it Works?

Borrowing Books from a Public Library

Students and parents are encouraged to borrow Kindle books through the website of their local library and have them sent directly to your child’s Kindle device or the Kindle reading app. Kindle books borrowed from a public library are available to you for a specific period of time, just like with physical library books.

These books are offered through a digital service called OverDrive: (www.overdrive.com).

Check Out a Public Library Book

Direcions on how to check out a book from the local library for your Kindle:

  1. Confirm whether your library branch is eligible and carries Kindle books by visiting www.overdrive.com, or the website of your local library.
    Local Library Websites:
    Bergen County Cooperative Library System: (overdrive.ebccls.org)
    Passaic Public Library: (palsplus.lib.overdrive.com)
    Paterson Free Public Library: (palsplus.lib.overdrive.com)
    For other town and counties please check www.overdrive.com/libraries to find a library nearest you.
  2. Obtain a library card and a PIN from your local library. It is important that you get the PIN which will be required at the check-out.
  3. Go to the website of your local public library and search for Kindle books / eBooks.
  4. At checkout, sign in to your Amazon account Kindle device to send the book to.
  5. Connect your device to Wi-Fi and download the title from the Archived Items or Cloud.

Available ELA Core Novels and Readings

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

FAQ on Kindle e-Reader Program

Q: Why did iLearn Schools choose this program?
A: iLearn Schools has made the decision to move to the use of e-readers to allow for the tailored approach of ELA instruction to meet the needs of each student. E-readers allow for numbered pages, table of contents, pictures and graphics, exactly like a printed book. EBooks present many benefits and advantages; books may be downloaded and read anywhere, without an internet connection. In the end, we want students to be able to ready anywhere and anytime.

Q: Which grade levels does the program apply to?
A: It applies to all 4th through 8th grade students.

Q: Which Kindle are you requesting parents to provide for your child?
A: We are asking parents if they can purchase the base model at an affordable price.

Q: Is the Kindle a mandatory to purchase for your child?
A: No it is not mandatory. Should you choose not to purchase the suggested Kindle, you will need to provide the full length text of the selected reading material for your child. He or she will have access to the full length text on our Google Chromebooks that will be at the school as well.

Q: Who will provide the selected reading material for download?
A: iLearn Schools will make the purchase for all required reading material. iLearn Schools will provide the information so that you can download the selected reading material.

Q: Will my child be able to bring in another device to use at school, such as the Barnes and Noble Nook, an iPad or Kindle Fire?
A: No, they are not permitted to bring in other e-reader devices because of the Internet accessibility and camera features on those devices. However, if you do have a Kindle Fire or an iPad we can provide you with information on how to download the selected reading material and use that device at home. Unfortunately, the Nook by Barnes and Noble, and other tablets will not be compatible with the digital library. Our digital library will be purchased through Amazon.

Q: Does iLearn Schools provide Financial Aid to help parents who may need it?
A: Should your child qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, financial assistance may be available. The application is made available at the beginning of the school year which needs to be submitted by the given deadline. Should you qualify, you will be notified by iLearn Schools with a letter sent in the mail to your home.