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June 2017 »

Summer time is here! Time for teachers to relax and rejuvenate. During the summer months, I'll keep it short and simple for you, but hopefully you'll find a few resources that are useful, inspiring and fun. I hope all of you have a wonderful and safe summer.

1. Celebrate Ocean Friends Forever Day 2017 with Splash and Bubbles on June 8th! Several children's museums across Louisiana will be hosting events that will give kids and families the opportunity to celebrate World Oceans Day. Check their websites for what's happening near you! The theme for World Oceans Day this year is “Our Oceans, Our Future,” with the goal to encourage solutions to plastic pollution and prevent marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future. "We all Live in One Big Ocean!"
Bayou Country Children's Museum in Thibodaux, LA
Louisiana Children's Museum in New Orleans, LA
The Children's Museum of Lake Charles, LA
Children's Museum of Acadiana in Lafayette, LA

2. LPB invites families to join us for a summer filled with Adventure! Summer is just around the corner and LPB is bringing kids more of their favorite shows all summer long! Our adventure kicks off with a screening of NATURE CAT on Tuesday, June 27 at BREC’s Highland Road Park in Baton Rouge from 6:30-9:00pm. Join us for activities for the kids, followed by a movie under the stars! Don't forget your blankets or chairs. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to take a picture with one of their favorite PBS characters, NATURE CAT! To get tickets, click here.

3. The new Kids' Inclusive and Diverse Media Action Project—Kidmap—presents a research-backed checklist designed to help reviewers, educators, librarians, and caregivers find and create digital media that is high quality and relevant to families with a variety of experiences. The extensive checklist, made possible with the support of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, includes sections addressing digital media’s content, art, audio, audience, purpose, functionality/navigation, support materials, and creative teams. The checklist can be used as a rubric or guide in both selecting digital media and designing it.

4. New enhancements to Discovery Education Streaming are coming soon! Discovery Education has been dreaming up new content, features, and 21st-century tools for educators and students alike. Realize your dreams of students deeply engaged in critical thinking with the cool new look and tools. They’ll be rolling out many enhancements to Streaming over the next few months that are designed to deepen student engagement, extend critical thinking, and save teachers time. Be on the lookout!

5. Happy Father's Day! Father's Day is a special holiday where we honor the fathers in our lives. Each year we celebrate all of the dads, grandfathers and father figures that make us who we are. Did you know it wasn't a national holiday until 1972? Check out the All About Holidays video about Father's Day.

6. You might want to take a look at ThinkCERCA--it's a free site that boosts critical reading skills using high-interest texts. It's literacy platform is built around self-paced and collaborative learning, freeing teachers to truly personalize instruction for individuals and small groups. Common Sense Education rated is 4 out of 5 stars. See what you think!

7. Summer Fun! is filled with ideas to keep kids reading-ready for the next school year. These cool activities For K-2 will blend reading into everyday play for kids ! Reach for more summer family fun whether you spend the summer indoors or out!

8. In this Summer Learning Program from The Electric Company, educators will use a six-week program curriculum to help build students' literacy and math skills. Educators will learn how to use hands-on activites,engaging videos, and interactive computer game resources to engage students. Feel the power as you learn specific strategies for integrating Electric Company content into your unique classroom setting.

9. Summer Learning Adventures 2017! Join Alabama Public Television’s IQ Learning Network for these exciting streaming events hosted in partnership with OVEE and PBS video. OVEE is an online interface which allows multiple users to watch a video together, send in questions, comments, participate in polls and more. We will be viewing Our Nation's Capitol (Grades 5-8), Experiencing Shakespeare: Up on Your Feet (Grades 6-12) and Gulf Detectives: Animals of the Northern Gulf of Mexico (Grades 5-8). This series is a great resource for Summer Day Camp, homeschooling, and parents/students looking for educational activities for the summer. Educational enrichment resources are provided.

10. What could be better than a fresh frozen treat in the summertime? In this unit, Fizzy’s Lunch Lab – Summer Treatwave, children will investigate a variety of math topics as they learn how to make a healthy frozen snack. First, they will learn about the five food groups and practice sorting foods into different categories. Then they will use their spatial skills to search for the ingredients they need. They will also shop at a virtual grocery store, using their knowledge of addition and subtraction to buy additional ingredients. Finally, children will learn about measurement as they mix up the ingredients for a refreshing summer snack.

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