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I hope your school year has been going great! Fall is upon us and I hope the temperatures begin to reflect the season. Well so much for a shorter newsletter...there is a lot of exciting things going on in October. I hope you find some useful resources this month to supplement your curriculum. Don't forget to follow our LPB LearningMedia Facebook page for daily curriculum resources, fresh news, and upcoming virtual field trips and professional development events that are coming your way!

1. Teachers! Join PBS LearningMedia for the upcoming three-part “Climate Conversations” virtual professional development series. Although the first session kicked off Sept. 26th, you still have time to join the conversation. You’ll hear from fellow educators, scientists, and film producers and gain vital insights on how to integrate the new climate-related Next Generation Science Standards in your classroom. This series is presented with @ITVS, @FRONTLINE, and @WGBH Education. Read more about the virtual PD series here – and register now!

2. Celebrate Space Week with the Generation Beyond Virtual Field Trip LIVE from Lockheed Martin's Sites in Silicon Valley on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 from 12:00 - 12:45 PM. Exploring deep space helps us solve problems in our daily lives here on Earth, and Lockheed Martin scientists make it possible. Join Lockheed Martin and Discovery Education for an exclusive, all-access Virtual Field Trip to meet the experts operating first-of-a-kind space technologies and paving the way for a better future using generation-after-next research.

Don't miss this exciting opportunity to connect STEM concepts with real world applications and inspire the next generation of space explorers. Register TODAY!

3. We’re looking for the next generation of cancer researchers! PBS LearningMedia and Stand Up To Cancer have officially launched the 2018 call-for-applications for the Emperor Science Award, a unique opportunity for 10th and 11th graders to work with a mentoring scientist on a real-world cancer research project. Students from across the U.S. are invited to apply! Applications are due by November 1. Last year, Joshua Devier of Covington and Gabrielle Fontenot of Ville Platte were selected as two of 100 high school students from across the U.S. awarded for their passionate essays detailing the need to find a cure for cancer! CONTEST DETAILS: http://to.pbs.org/emperorscience18 #EmperorScienceAward

4. Have you been watching THE VIETNAM WAR - A FILM BY KEN BURNS & LYNN NOVICK? Check out this lesson on PBS LearningMedia for grades 9-12 that help students analyze the forces that fueled the Vietnam War. Also view the collection, Teaching the Vietnam War. This collection of videos and lesson plans can help students explore the social and political dynamics of the Vietnam War. Students will examine why, how, and by whom the Vietnam War was fought, how it affected U.S. citizens at home, and how factors shifted over the course of the war. Students will identify the Vietnam War’s legacy and lasting toll on veterans.

Be sure to check out the collection of Louisiana Vietnam War Oral Histories on LPB's The Vietnam War: Louisiana Remembers. There is also a link to more educational resources for the Vietnam War.

5. Check out these PBS LearningMedia resources for October. Don't have a PBS LearningMedia account yet? Go to LPB's Education Page and scroll down to the LPB LearningMedia login box. Click on "Not yet a member, Sign Up now!"

Earth Science Week is October 8-14th: Grades K-2, Celebrate Earth Science Week with this collection of NGSS-aligned educational resources from WGBH highlighting Earth's systems! http://to.pbs.org/2y9tSPM
National School Lunch Week is October 12-16th: Grades 1-4, Tap into the Fizzy's Lunch Lab collection to entertain AND educate your kids with practical and positive examples of healthy eating and regular exercise. http://to.pbs.org/2yl3u6P
National Chemistry Week is October October 22-28th: Grades 9-12, For National Chemistry Week, offer students a historical perspective on the creation of the science of chemistry, from Crash Course! http://to.pbs.org/2xbRFzi
Bully Prevention Month: All grades, Explore videos + lesson plans from "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood", "Sesame Street", and "The Bad Kids" for teaching tips and tools that reinforce kindness, empathy, mindfulness, and community. http://to.pbs.org/2x9U54h

PBS LearningMedia 101 Webinar: Expand your digital toolkit! Find out how PBS LearningMedia and its collection of over 120K standards-aligned resources can be integrated into meaningful learning experiences for your students! REGISTER NOW for the Oct. 3rd webinar.

PBS LearningMedia Webinar on Class Rostering and Advanced Tools: SIGN UP NOW for our Oct. 11th webinar, in which we'll discuss how you can use PBS LearningMedia's free tools, including the new class rostering tool, to bring lessons to life for students!

6. From differntiating lessons to leveraging social media in the classroom, there's courses for everyone on PBS TeacherLine! Courses begin 10/11. Enroll today!

PreK-2 Teachers: Check out our NEW online course, "Teaching Animal Adaptations in the Inquiry-Based Classroom". This highly collaborative, 15-hour course will give you a chance to explore teaching practices and examine PBS KIDS Teaching Tips (detailed lesson plans to help you integrate informational texts). See full course details here.

7. Don't forget about the 8th Annual Boot Camp: Financial Fitness for You and Your Classroom - Presented by Louisiana Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, on Friday, October 13th, Conference Center, 3113 Valley Creek Drive in Baton Rouge. This Financial Education Boot Camp is designed to equip Louisiana Educators with the knowledge, tools and free classroom resources to teach students to become financially savvy and take control of their financial futures. If you teach principles of personal finance in any setting; traditional academic coursework, career track courses like Journey to Careers, CTE, etc., or even if you want to learn more about infusing personal finance concepts in your classroom with content-crossing, standards-based, engaging curricula, then this Boot Camp is for YOU! Join us for a one-day, FULLY INTERACTIVE, workshop where you will “test drive” hands-on activities for your classroom. Subject matter experts will facilitate your exploration of programs designed to engage and motivate students as they develop critical thinking and decision-making skills in the areas of: Earning, Spending, Saving, and Investing. REGISTER NOW! The cost is only $75 for a full day. Limited scholarships available. Make request by the 10th or 11th when registering online. Participants may earn up to 5 continuing learning units (CLUs) for attending.

8. The new THE RUFF RUFFMAN SHOW premiered September 28th! This all-new short-form animated digital series is designed to help kids ages 4-8 learn core science concepts through videos, game-play and hands-on activities. The PBS KIDS series stars canine host extraordinaire Ruff Ruffman, who, along with his assistants Blossom and Chet, answers questions from real kids, takes on challenges and learns the value of perseverance—all while modeling science inquiry skills. All 20 videos of THE RUFF RUFFMAN SHOW are available on PBS KIDS digital platforms, including the free PBS KIDS Video App and pbskids.org.

9. Who will be America's 2017 Top Young Scientist? Tune in October 17 at 2PM to find out! The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is the nation's premier science competition for students in grades 5-8. This spring, ten national finalists were chosen to work one-on-one with a 3M Scientist Mentor to bring their innovative idea to solve a real-world problem to life. On October 17, these brilliant young minds will face off in the final challenge, as they present their extraordinary innovations LIVE from the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, MN before an acclaimed panel of judges, including a special guest, Abigail "Astronaut Abby" Harrison. The winner will walk away with $25,000, the prestigious title of "America's Top Young Scientist," and a lifetime of memories! Don't miss this unique opportunity to inspire your students with amazing feats of STEM innovation accomplished by students just like them. REGISTER NOW!

10. Join Discovery Education for Fall VirtCon 2017 on Saturday, October 21st from 8AM-2PM! Your peers from the Discovery Education Community will present the very best of their practice, share ideas and instructional tools, and demonstrate the latest resources available to you. This virtual learning experience brings our community together for professional development, conversation, and inspiration. Click HERE to learn more and REGISTER now!

11. Discovery Education's The Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids Contest is officially open! Take a financial literacy pledge for your chance to EARN $10,000 for your school and DONATE $1,000 to the charity of your choice! Tell us how you are teaching your students to become #MoneySmartKids through earning, saving, spending, and donating, and ENTER the contest today.

12. #CelebratewithDE Live from the Tundra...Watch live on October 26, 2017! Join Discovery Education as they return to Churchill, Manitoba, Canada for the annual polar bear migration. Since 2010, Discovery Education has teamed up with Polar Bears International to bring students a series of webcasts during the annual polar bear migration. Find out about these extraordinary animals and learn more about the careers open to you on the tundra.

This year they are hosting two events, each targeted to a specific age range, although all ages are welcome to attend both live broadcasts. Visit the event page for full details, classroom activities and related-content, and to register for one or both of the experiences:

Paws Up for Polar Bears
Thursday, October 26th - 11:00AM (ET)
Content tailored for elementary school students

Cold Careers: Working with Polar Bears
Thursday, October 26th - 1:00PM (ET)
Content tailored for upper elementary through high school students

13. Attention Preschool Educators, Sesame Workshop (the creators of Sesame Street) is looking to have discussion with preschool educators across the country to learn more about the issues that are facing young children today. These conversations will either take place through a webinar or a phone conference and will last approximately 1 hour. If chosen to participate and you take part in the discussions you will receive a $25 Amazon gift card for your time. If you are interested in participating in one of the groups, please fill out the following survey and someone will get back to you to let you know if we have space available. Here is the link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/educatorsurvey123

14. Halloween Program Highlights for the Children--

CURIOUS GEORGE: A HALLOWEEN BOO FEST: Monday, October 23 at 7:30 & 11AM, Wednesday, October 25 at 7:30AM, Friday, October 27 at 7:30AM, Saturday, October 28 at 8AM, Sunday, October 29 at 8AM, & Tuesday, October 31 at 7AM. It’s George’s first Halloween in the country, and Bill tells him and Allie about the “Legend of No Noggin” – a spooky tale about a hat-kicking scarecrow who haunts the countryside on Halloween. But is the legend real? George and Allie are determined to find out by taking a picture of No Noggin in hat-kicking action. But first, George needs to figure out what he’s going to be for Halloween so he can win the costume contest at the town Boo Festival and give the prize to the Man with the Yellow Hat. Will George be able to put together the perfect costume and find out the truth about No Noggin? Only the curious will find out!

ARTHUR & THE HAUNTED TREE HOUSE: Monday, October 23 at 6AM, Wednesday, October 25 at 4PM, Friday, October 27 at 6AM, Monday, October 30 at 6AM, & Tuesday, October 31 at 6AM & 2PM. This Halloween is sure to be the spookiest ever for Arthur and his friends. While trick-or-treating, Francine meets an elderly woman with a very mysterious past, while Binky finds himself at Mr. Ratburn's amazing haunted house (that's scarier than math class!). And as for Arthur, Buster, and Ladonna? Their tree house sleepover seems to be haunted? But by what?

THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT HALLOWEEN!: Tuesday, October 24 at 8AM, Monday, October 30 at 11AM, & Tuesday, October 31 at 8AM. The Cat in the Hat takes Nick and Sally on the craziest Halloween ride filled with howlers and shockers and scary fandangles, big laughs and music and fun from all angles! Their fright-filled adventure takes them deep into the Oooky-ma-kooky Closet where Nick and Sally discover the very best Halloween costumes ever!

So much going on! I hope you find the time to enjoy some of these resources. Don't forget to follow LPB's LearningMedia Facebook page for more up-to-date information, timely resources, news, contests, etc.

Take care, Nancy Tooraen
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