A few months ago I was contacted about doing a review of Heroes of the City. Heroes of the City is a children's television program that is popular in Sweden and making its debut in the U.S.. The show is geared for children aged 2-6. It features animated rescue vehicles interacting in a small town. They teach children about community helpers, friendship, cooperation and good citizenship.
Heroes of the City also has 2 new Apps available on iTunes. Both the movie and the book apps are colorful, engaging and fun. My 2 year old toddler enjoyed listening to the sounds that the different rescue vehicles made, and following along in their adventures. The apps can be purchased on the Heroes of the City website, or directly through Google Play or Apple iTunes.
Thanks to Ruta Ett, the company that created Heroes of the City, I have a prize pack to giveaway. The winner
will receive a book, DVD, and toy cars as pictured above. To enter the drawing, please complete the Rafflecopter below. The winner will be
announced here, and the prize will be mailed to your home. The contest will run until the end of the month.
Download this invaluable 10-page resource on "10 Things Kids Can Do to Help the Earth"
for Earth Month, this 10-page curriculum packet includes a "How a
Bottle Gets Recycled" infographic, 10 unique ideas for how kids can make
a difference, and an extensive resource list to help continue the
lessons for both students and kids at home.
Dr. Jane Goodall at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT on April 3 for a very exciting
live-on-YouTube Google+ Hangout birthday party. The program will
feature projects from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots groups completed
in Dr. Jane's honor, birthday wishes from around the globe and a
special message from Dr. Jane herself.All you need to do to tune in is click here on April 3
at the time above. A YouTube box will appear at the top of the page
and all you will have to do is click play to tune in. You can join the
hangout by posting questions on Google+, Facebook or Twitter using the
More fun than a solo shopping trip and more informative than a
library full of parenting books, The Mom Conference is a week of FREE
online classes from our greatest resource: each other!
The Mom Conference is a FREE week-long online event packed with 30
inspiring interviews and videos with some of the top bestselling
authors, parenting experts, fitness gurus and DIY pros!
No mom is perfect, that’s why we share our strengths. You know, the
whole “I’ll fold your laundry if you do my dishes” idea. The Mom
Conference will inspire mothers with new ideas to SIMPLIFY life. And
that will allow more time for dancing in the living room with the kids,
because there’s nothing more perfect than mommy dance parties!
The Mom Conference is FREE, online from April 7 – April 14, 2014.
John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925). Pomegranates,
1908. Opaque and translucent watercolor with graphite underdrawing, 21
1/2 x 14 3/8 in. (54.6 x 36.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by Special
Years ago when I taught Kindergarten I invested in the LeapFrog DVD series. My favorite DVD by far was the Letter Factory. The storyline is that the frogs visit a factory where letters are made that are trained to say their sounds. Children who came into school not knowing their letters quickly learned how to recognize them & the letter sounds by watching this DVD during indoor recess on rainy days. Of course I was also teaching letters & letter sounds in the classroon, but I have no doubt that this DVD helped children remember their letters better. It's such a fun, interactive DVD with a cute cartoon storyline & songs.
I haven't taught Kindergarten in years, so when I was cleaning out a closet & found my LeapFrog DVDs I decided to bring them home to see if my toddler would be interested in them. After just a few times watching the Letter Factory, my almost 2 year old now recognizes about 8 letters & knows their sounds. I don't know if these letters are easier to recognize than others, but he knows - O, M, D, Y, E, A, N, R. There are a few other letters that he sometimes knows, but not consistently.
Today I recieved an e-mail that LeapFrog has re-released the Letter Factory in stores & there's now an App. If you'd like to get a jumpstart on letter acquisition, or your school-aged children need some help, I highly recommend the Letter Factory. I can't wait to download the app too.
Join us for a free, live interactive webcast featuring climatologist and Climate: Seas of Change curriculum Host Researcher Diane Stanitski!
uses a network of NOAA ocean buoys to track long-term patterns and
changes that can impact climate all over the world. But when she was 15
she thought she wanted to be a radio DJ! Find out what got her on a STEM
career path LIVE on Thursday, February 20th at 1:30pm Eastern.
We're currently accepting pre-submitted text and video questions for this event!
Sending in a question in advance increases the likelihood that
we'll include your question in the live program. Just use the form on
the event page to get it to us.
Can't watch the event live?
of JASON's live events are recorded, archived, and posted to their
respective event page soon after the event ends, so you can watch at
your convenience. If you know you'll be watching later, be sure to
pre-submit questions -- you'll still have a great chance of having your
question answered in the program!
And there's more where that came from...
A listing of all of our upcoming and archived live events can be found at www.jason.org/live.
As always, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, comments, or feedback on our programs!
The Holiday Train Show®
is back with plenty of holiday fun and new surprises for the whole
family! This year features: more trains than ever before, including a
new G-scale Metro-North Railroad train that winds its way around a
display of Hudson River Valley mansions in the Palms of the World
Gallery pool; Holiday Adventures
in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden, where kids can embark on a
journey through a variety of activity train station stops; and a new holiday dining experience inspired by the historic streets of New York.
Marvel at model trains zipping around New York landmark replicas made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. The Artist's Studio
provides an insider's look at how the building replicas are constructed
and—new this year—features a fascinating showcase of trains in a
variety of model train gauges and uses.
Explore the exhibition in the warmth of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory,
enjoy hands-on holiday fun for the entire family, and get your holiday
shopping done too—it's a full day of fun! View the full list of programs and activities.
Empower your students to make a difference with the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, the nation's premier K-12 environmental sustainability competition from Discovery Education and the Siemens Foundation, and you could win great prizes including a Discovery assembly, a $5,000 school grant, prize packs and more!
Register today at www.wecanchange.com and start creating your team(s). Visit the K-5 Getting Started section to find helpful Challenge resources including a project timeline, process updates, and a detailed checklist.
Utilize additional classroom resources including lesson plans (updated to address Next Generation Science Standards), virtual labs, reading passages and more.
Become a fan of our Facebook page where you can interact with fellow participants, ask questions, share your story and more!
Register for any of our upcoming events to speak with Challenge experts and find more tools and resources to guide you through the Challenge. The next virtual event is on Wednesday, November 13 at 7pm EST.
Are you ready to change the world and win? Application Deadline = March 4, 2014 @ 8pm EST
Primary Source is offering an opportunity for district and school administrators to travel to China as part of a team of influential educators who will examine the triumphs and challenges of the Chinese school system. Comprised of superintendents, school leaders and global education experts, this professional delegation will consider the similarities and differences between the Chinese and US educational systems, while exchanging ideas about how to bring a global perspective home to US classrooms. Together with academic lead Shiping Zheng of Bentley University and educational leaders from Primary Source, participants on this 10-day study tour will be able to network and share best practices with other educational experts from around the country. The study tour will take place from July 15 to July 24, 2014. Seats will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Deadline: December 6, 2013, for applications. Visit the link for more information: http://primarysource.org/chinatour2014
Story maps combine intelligent web maps with web applications and templates that incorporate text, multimedia and interactive functions. Esri’s interactive Real Pirates of the Caribbean map tracks the adventures and travels of the scoundrels that operated in the Caribbean Sea between the late 1500s and mid-1700s. The interactive map lets students explore the travels and exploits of five real pirates of the Caribbean: William Parker, François l’Olonnais, Calico Jack Rackham, Henry Morgan and Edward Teach (Blackbeard). Students simply click through the tabs to track the adventures of each pirate overlaid on Spanish ports and pirate strongholds in the area. They can also zoom into the map to see additional details. Click Here to Access Free Interactive Story Map
WNET THIRTEEN has launched A Cheyenne Odyssey, the third interactive game in the Mission US series of digital role-playing games created to engage middle school students in the exploration of United States history. The game engages students as they take on the role of a 12-year-old Northern Cheyenne boy in the 1860s. As they play A Cheyenne Odyssey, students gain insight and understanding of westward expansion and its impact on America’s native peoples, the economy, the landscape and the environment. They interact with traders, railroad workers, soldiers and settlers who forged their way west to expand the United States. Accompanying curriculum activities and supplemental resources, including maps, visuals and artifacts, deepen students’ understanding and perspectives about the historical context of the period. The game also includes embedded “smartwords” to build vocabulary and support learners’ growing historical literacy. Content for A Cheyenne Odyssey was developed by historians and educators at the American Social History Project (ASHP)/Center for Media & Learning, a research center at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, in close collaboration with representatives of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe at Chief Dull Knife College, a community-based and tribally managed institution located on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in southeastern Montana. The game is informed by standards-aligned curriculum concepts and deeply grounded in scholarship. Click Here to Access Free Digital Game
latitude of a place is its distance north or south of the equator,
while lines of longitude run the length of Earth from the North Pole to
the South Pole. Demonstrate the concept of latitude and
longitude for kids with this downloadable one-page lesson sheet, perfect
for the classroom or home.
are often presented with a menu of learning opportunities for talented
kids. From special accelerated classes and dual-enrollment college
programs, to homeschooling and online courses, the decisions about
quality learning opportunities can seem endless.
Carol is a parent and has been involved in gifted education as a teacher and administrator for more than 25 years. Her blog, Peak Educational Resources, highlights the best resources for parents and teachers of students with high learning potential.
Carol touches upon a wide range of learning options for gifted kids and
ways that parents can become involved in sorting through those options.
Are crickets scared of the dark? Are flying insects differentially
attracted to certain colors? How do the patterns on butterfly wings
develop? Not only are these questions that might inspire students'
curiosity about insects, but they're also the titles of previous winning
entries in the Entomological Foundation's Science Project Contest.
The contest seeks to identify the top 5 to 10 science project ideas
for grades K–12. Winners will receive $100 for each winning project. The
foundation is especially eager for project ideas submitted by K–12
educators and entomology student clubs. Any project idea related to
insects, spiders, or related arthropods may be submitted.
Winning project ideas will be posted on the Entomological Foundation's
website, with authorship credit cited for each project. To learn more,
consult the contest website. Entries will be due on August 31.
Looking for other ways to have your project and lesson plan ideas recognized? Explore the many awards and competitions on the NSTA Calendar.
The MAVEN mission—the next mission to the Red Planet—will study Mars’
climate and climate history. Mars was once a world with oceans, rivers,
and lakes, but at some point in its history the atmosphere and flowing
water disappeared. What happened is a mystery: How did the atmosphere
escape, and how long did that take? MAVEN will launch in the fall of
2013 and arrive at Mars in 2014 to seek answers to such questions.
Join us for a one-day workshop on the MAVEN mission, and our accompanying program for grades 3-5, Red Planet: Read, Write Explore!
About the workshop and lessons: A suite of six
standards-based lessons combines science, literacy, and art to help
students understand planetary habitability and the MAVEN mission.
Students learn about Mars science, planetary habitability, and future
exploration. Students read, write, and listen to both fiction and
non-fiction about Mars, conduct research, and share ideas through
discussion. Accompanying the lessons are science experiments and
demonstrations.The workshop, offered by the MAVEN
education team, will introduce you to these lessons and concepts. The
workshop will also have a session devoted to Spanish speaking ELL and
ESL students. You will receive free classroom materials, including a
copy of Dr. Jeffrey Bennett’s Max Goes to Mars.
Registration fee: $15.00 by check to the University of Colorado (includes continental breakfast and lunch) Registration and payment deadline is July 24th— but space is limited, so register early!
Listen to an interview
with edWeb founder and CEO, Lisa Schmucki, and her special guests Saad
Alam and Lee Jokl, Co-founders of Citelighter, the winner of the SIIA
Innovation Incubator Educator's Choice Award.
edWeb.net hosts professional learning communities
(PLCs) that offer free webinars and CE certificates. Join one of our
online communities to get advice from experts, exchange ideas and
resources with peers, ask questions/get answers, and discover ways to
improve teaching and learning.
is a social network and professional learning community that makes it
easy for teachers and all educators to connect and collaborate with
peers, share information and best practices, and spread innovative ideas
to improve teaching and learning.
A unique, week-long, intensive film camp for teachers
July 22-26, 2013 Earn 30 CPDUs
"The speakers offered scholarly expertise and practical classroom applications. I attended many workshops over the past 18 years, and this is my favorite so far."
-high school English teacher
Now accepting applications for the third annual Facets Summer Film Institute. It's a summer experience that will transform you (and your students) for a lifetime!
The Institute runs from July 22-26, 2013. It is ideal for social studies, art, English, history, and all teachers who want to use media more effectively to achieve lesson plan goals. It offers expert instruction on:
The Impact of Film Editing
Learn the language of film for Media Literacy.
Lighting, Camera Angles, and Sets
Impart how visual style interacts with story for Fine Arts.
Narrative in Cinema
Treat film as a text, and compare and contrast to Literature.
History of World Cinema
Put film in context, and use as a specialized source for History.
Classic Hollywood Movies
Appreciate film as a cultural artifact for Social Science.
The Growth Mindset and Stereotype Threat Tuesday, May 14 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Eastern Time (90 minutes)
NAGC is pleased to present “The Growth Mindset and Stereotype Threat,” a FREE video webcast
on Tuesday, May 14, 12:00 – 1:30 pm (Eastern). Moderated by NAGC Past
President Ann Robinson and featuring Joshua Aronson, Associate Professor
of Applied Psychology, New York University, this event was inspired by a
project developed by the National Research Center on the Gifted and
Talented that resulted in a book collaboration with psychologists,
cognitive neuroscientists and gifted education researchers from the NRC
Center, NAGC, and the American Psychological Association.
Malleable Minds: Translating Insights From Psychology and Neuroscience to Gifted Education
shows us what current research in psychology and neuroscience means to developing talent.
is one of the most widely cited social scientists in the past decade.
His research in minority student achievement offers a strong challenge
to traditional genetic explanations of why these groups perform less
well on tests of intelligence than their White counterparts, and why
women trail men in hard math and science. Aronson's work seeks to
understand and remediate race and gender gaps in educational achievement
and standardized test performance. His studies have revealed that
threat engenders a number of interesting psychological and physiological
responses, many of which interfere with intellectual performance and
academic motivation. A particular focus of his recent work is on
creating scalable interventions that any teacher can use to improve the
performance and learning of their students.
An infographic is a visual representation of information. Come learn tips and tricks for using student-created infographics as an authentic assessment.
The presentation will showcase how infographics are created and concentrate on the student literacy skills necessary to research, critique, summarize, and communicate information in a visual way to reach their audience.
You're invited to our exclusive Big Event Warehouse Book Sale. 25% to 80% OFF EVERYTHING!
Register now and receive a valuable coupon for an extra $10* or $25* off!
Visit our special book sale exclusively for school and district employees, homeschool directors and teachers, Book Fair chairpeople, and school volunteers. You'll find deep discounts on selected hardcovers, paperbacks, and school supplies.
Take an extra 50% off permanently reduced red tag items!
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Great way to refresh school, home, and classroom libraries!
Save more with Build-a-BOX!** Fill a box with books from a specially selected collection. Pay only $24.95 plus tax for each box you build.
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**Participating locations only. While supplies last. Locations participating in Build-a-BOX are identified with a symbol. Preferred payment methods: credit cards, checks, purchase orders, and Scholastic Dollars. Note: Items purchased with Scholastic Dollars do not qualify for further discount pricing and will sell at the full cover price.
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have been finalized and are now available online. The standards, which are the result of a 26-state collaboration over two years, identify science and engineering practices and content that all K-12 students should master to be fully prepared for college and careers. The NGSS were built on a vision for science education established by the Framework for K-12 Science Education, published by the National Academies of Science's National Research Council in 2011.
"The Next Generation Science Standards are going to pull together inquiry and practice, and recognize the role of engineering. Pulling together the cross-cutting concepts is going to be a challenge, but it's really effective pedagogy," said Ellen Ebert, Washington State's Director of Science for Teaching and Learning at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Recognizing that the NGSS will require instructional modifications for advanced and gifted learners in the classroom, volunteers at NAGC are developing a book with sample differentiated learning experiences that will be released at the NAGC Convention in Indianapolis, Nov. 7-10.
It's almost time to nominate your favorite teacher or colleague, students, or even yourself for one of our distinguished honors. On Monday, April 15, we will debut the NAGC awards online nomination system. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, June 25. Take a few minutes to nominate someone and give recognition to a person who has given so much to our field! Award winners will be honored at the annual NAGC Celebration of Excellence on Nov. 8, during the NAGC 60th Annual Convention in Indianapolis. Check out www.nagc.org on Monday for a link to the new awards submission site.