May/June 2020

Can't-Miss Teaching Extras

Keep the learning going with additional videos, book recommendations, discussion starters, and more! 

A New Kind of Firefighter

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Goats aren’t the only way to prevent wildfires! Discover the ways (human) kids can prevent wildfires with this website from Smokey Bear.

 

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Check out some fire-fighting goats in action in this charming video from Business Insider.

 

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Meet another type of goat, the cliff-scaling ibex, in this short video from PBS.

 

From Our Archives

Goats aren’t the only animals on the job! Learn about a pig with an important airport job in this short but sweet story from our archives.


How Candy Conquered America/ The Future of Candy

Candy has a sweet history in America—and a fascinating future!

From Our Archives

This 3-minute video walks your students through the history of chocolate and shows how chocolate is made from the cacao bean. 

 

Fun Facts

Check out this interactive map of the most popular Halloween Candy by State. 

 

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For more candy knowledge, take a look at this fascinating 4-minute video on how chewing gum is made.


The Pigeon Hero of World War I

The incredible true story of the bird that saved nearly 200 American soldiers during World War I

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Pigeons aren’t the only animals that have helped humans in wartime! This exciting 4-minute video will give your students a glimpse into the extraordinary lives of elite soldier dogs.

 

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This engaging animated 5-minute video will help your students dig even deeper into the fascinating world of World War I pigeons—why they were necessary, how they worked, and the challenges they faced (like dangerous hawks released by German soldiers!). 

 

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Turn the article into a lesson on World War I with this photo-packed interactive website, which breaks down this vast and sometimes confusing topic into digestible chunks.

 

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Learn more about author Lauren Tarshis’s research and writing process with this 4-minute author visit video!


Should You Invite Everyone to Your Birthday Party?

Sofia says no, but her mom disagrees. Whose side makes more sense to you?

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Figuring out which friends to invite to a birthday can be tricky, but it’s important for students to learn how to be inclusive. These classroom activities from Teaching Tolerance will help your students understand what cliques are and how to avoid making others feel left out.

 

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How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed your students’ perspectives? Ask your students if being unable to attend school with their classmates because of the pandemic has had an effect on how they would answer the debate question. Are they more or less likely to agree with Sofia now than they would have been at the beginning of the school year?

 


Silver Dollar Dreams

How will Alex ever earn his orange belt in karate? With a lot of practice—and some dreaming too.

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This Korean team displays an impressive mastery of Tae Kwon Do, a form of martial arts from Korea. Watch from 12:52 to 15:52 to see awe-inspiring board breaking.

 

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Encourage students to reflect on their own dreams and goals with these hands-on activities from Scholastic Teachers based on the book Dream: A Tale of Wonder, Wisdom, and Wishes by Susan V. Bosak.

 

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Did you know that there’s actually a lot of physics involved in karate? This article from HowStuffWorks explains the science behind this martial art.

 

Learn More

Karate is just one kind of martial art. Read about other martial arts from this Wonderopolis article.


My Life without Hair

After a condition took away Ariah’s hair, she learned to find her confidence again.

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Ask your students to think of questions they would want to ask Ariah if they got the chance to meet her. Then, share this engaging and informative 7-minute video where Lennox, a model with alopecia, answers children’s questions about the disease.

 

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Students can learn more about alopecia at the Children’s Health Network website.

 

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Wigs for Kids is another organization that makes hairpieces for children who have lost their hair. Your students will love this video, which follows the wig-making process from start to finish.    

 


The Emperor's New Clothes

Who will tell the truth about the Emperor’s new outfit?

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Share this template of a classic stage with your students, and ask them to draw the stage for one scene of the play. Which will they pick? How will they imagine the palace or the streets of the kingdom?

 

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Learn about the life of Hans Christian Andersen on the Scholastic Book Wizard site. Then explore many of the master storyteller’s 168 stories on here

 

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In the play, almost everyone is afraid to speak up. Help your students learn about peer pressure and the importance of speaking up with this video.

 

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Your students will love seeing this classic story come to life in this 12-minute animated version. After watching, make a list of how the video version is different from the play. Do you think the Emperor learns the same lesson?


Awesome Olympic Facts

Practice using its and it’s correctly while you learn all about the 2020 Olympics!

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Although the Summer Olympics have been postponed to 2021, students can meet the athletes who qualified for Olympics’ Team USA on this website. Challenge students to find athletes who hail from your state! 

 

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Bring the ancient Olympics to life with this webpage from DKFindOut.

 

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Meet Skye Brown (and check out her impressive skateboarding skills) in this inspiring video from The TODAY Show.

 

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This video montage of Olympic opening ceremonies will spark your students’ curiosity about Olympic history and get them excited for Tokyo 2021!


A Circle of Sun

A poem that celebrates the joy of being alive

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Want more Rebecca Kai Dotlich? Share this 2-minute read-aloud of another of Rebecca’s pieces called “One Day, The End,” where she tells some of the shortest stories ever written. In fact, each of them is only two sentences! Ask your students to choose one of the stories and write the middle part, using the sentences as the beginning and end.                       

 

From Our Archives

You have access to another Rebecca Kai Dotlich poem, “Wild Home” from the September 2019 issue. Re-visit this poem to compare and contrast the two. 

 

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Get to know more about Rebecca Kai Dotlich and her journey to become a poet here

 

Meet the Artist

At the website of Jarrett Lerner, you’ll not only meet the cartoonist who illustrated the poem, but you’ll also find more of his fun comics along with great kids’ activities.