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May 2017 »


I know many of you are wrapping up the school year to enjoy a summer of fun. I hope you can enjoy some of these resources in your classroom, at home and even with your own children as you begin to wind things down for summer. Don't forget, if you’re a Facebook user, LPB has a page just for educators called LPB LearningMedia for timely, daily resources and news in your newsfeed.

1. Lemonade Day is a great opportunity for children that gives them a strategic lesson-based program and walks them from a dream to a business plan, while teaching them the same principles required to start any big company. Inspiring kids to work hard and make a profit, they are also taught to spend some, save some and share some by giving back to their community. For activities and resources go to Lemonade Day Louisiana!

2. Careers that Count: A Virtual Field Trip with the NBA--Join Discovery Education and Jr. NBA for a virtual field trip to the NBA headquarters, Madison Square Garden, and Madison Square Boys & Girls Club in New York for an inside look at how math is brought to life through careers in basketball. Meet NBA basketball players and staff who use math every day to improve the game both on and off the court. Not everyone will be an NBA player, but anyone with a passion for sports and math can pursue a career in professional athletics. Don't miss this special opportunity to open your students' minds to viable and exciting STEM careers. Register your classroom today for this free 30-minute virtual field trip, brought to you by Discovery Education Math Techbook and Jr. NBA.

3. Get to the root of your food! Educate your students on how to read food labels by shopping Discovering Farmland's virtual grocery store with the new Digital Exploration. Students in grades 9-12, can learn how to make nutritious and informed food choices in the grocery store by investigating food label claims while better understanding common product terms. Visit Discovering Farmland now to download activities, interactive lessons and to watch on-demand a Virtual Field Trip, The Smart Farm: Where Technology and Innovation Meet.

4. Children's Book Week is May 1-7. There is no better time than now to set up a "book nook" for your young learners. Get some ideas from Between the Lions. Check out the fun resources from Every Child a Reader for Children's Book Week. ReadWriteThink has some great classroom activities and lesson plans.

5. Teacher Appreciation Week is May 8-12! TED Talks: "Build Relationships with Your Students" is one of the most popular TED videos for teachers. Listen in as educator Rita Pierson calls on teachers to building meaningful relationships with their students. It's a great time to teach PreK-4 students how to express appreciation for others. This activity from "Arthur" offers guides that your students can use to make cards for the special people in their lives!

6. Invite students on a virtual tour hosted by GPB of Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary and the UGA Aquarium in Georgia on May 10th at 9 AM. Experienced divers and marine biology experts will be available to answer students' questions about this important habitat. Students will learn how Gray's Reef was formed, how the seafloor serves as a habitat, and how they can help protect the reef from major threats. Teachers and students can use #GraysReefLive on Twitter to participate in the conversation. The live exploration will be available on demand after May 10th with supplemental classroom resources for grades K-12! Register here.

7. LPB would like to wish all mothers a very Happy Mother's Day! Did you know that Mother's Day has its origins in the Civil War? Find out how it all began from this "All About the Holidays". Moms already know that they make the world go round. But it's nice to have a special day where everyone else acknowledges how special they are, too. Get your kids involved in the celebration by inspiring their creativity with these great activities from PBS Parents. Let their imaginations soar with fun Mother's Day ideas for crafts, e-cards and delicious treats.

8. Digital Adventures: Tech Fun for the Summer--Summer is a perfect time for educators to shake the status quo, and step outside the box for their students. Instead of having to color inside the lines of testing and standards, summer is a great time for educators to encourage students to be creative, experiment, exercise their autonomy, and really appreciate and love learning. This webinar on May 18th at 6 PM will provide top tips, suggestions and fresh ideas to help educators facilitate and promote engaging, fun, and meaningful learning opportunities and activities for students of all ages over the summer break. Register here.

9. Throughout the month of May, PBS TeacherLine will offer educators 30% off the newest reading course, "Developing Passionate Readers in a Digital World." Enroll now with the discount code "PBSREADS". (NOTE: Offer ends on 5/31/17 and applies only to the course starting 6/14/17.)

10. Encourage Students to Think Differently About Energy with STEM Resources from Energizing our Future--Discovery Education and Constellation are working together to develop a series of standards-aligned classroom resources that will leave your students thinking differently about how we use energy and solutions to reduce our carbon footprint. Videos and activities will highlight real-life projects and introduce you to scientists and engineers making it all happen. Go To Videos & Activities.

11. Did you know that Memorial Day was first known as "Decoration Day"? Offer students a glimpse into the history of this day honoring fallen U.S. soldiers. How do you make history more meaningful to students? Learn about one program that takes a personal approach to highlight the sacrifices made during World War II. From the War of 1812 to Iraq and Afghanistan, bring stories from the battlefield into the classroom with the "Soldiers, Veterans, and War in American Life" collection. What does it mean to be a soldier? This activity helps students analyze primary sources and envision what it was like to serve in the Vietnam War.

12. Dive in with Splash and Bubbles! Follow the adventures of Splash, a yellowback fusilier fish who has migrated all over the ocean before settling down in Reeftown! There he befriends Bubbles, a Mandarin dragonet whose vivid coloring matches her personality. Together, Splash, Bubbles and their friends explore the world’s undersea habitats, make new friends and learn about the many different ways life looks and lives in the ocean, celebrating the importance of diversity along the way. Splash and Bubbles encourages kids ages 4 to 7 to explore the natural undersea world. Click here to learn more and to download activity sheets.

12. Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with your students. Explore some of the contributions to American society and culture by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. A large number of laborers from China were instrumental in the construction of the first transcontinental railroad. In this lesson from American Experience, students learn about this effort, as well as the workers' struggles. Do you have any budding artists in your class? Show them this KQED Arts video, illustrating how graphic novelist Thien Pham got started on his career! Help students understand the history of WWII-era Japanese internment camps with this reflective writing activity.

13. Congratulations to LPB's PBS Digital Innovator Winner, Desiree Alexander from Caddo Parish in Shreveport, LA! As an Instructional Technology Supervisor for Caddo Parish Public Schools, Desiree is passionate about helping other educators embrace technology and grow professionally. She believes that students cannot be free thinking, problem-solving innovators unless their teachers are too. She helps train educators to be leaders and to incorporate technology in the classroom so it’s transformative for students. Desiree will attend the PBS Digital Innovators Summit (this year in San Antonio, June 24 - 26, 2017) which includes a day pass to the ISTE Conference. This three-day, all-expenses covered session allows her to connect with fellow Innovators and learn from renowned education experts. We're so proud of you Desiree! Enjoy your summit and bring back lots of ideas to share with your colleagues here in Louisiana.

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