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Summer Reading Live Webcast, April 30 1 p.m. ET


with host Jon Scieszka

What: An interactive reading game show —
broadcast LIVE right into your classroom or home!

When: April 30th, 1:00 PM ET (10:00 AM PT)

Who: YOU, plus kids from around the world —
and hosted by Jon Scieszka, award-winning author and
National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Where: www.scholastic.com/summer

So tune in on April 30th at 1 PM (ET) to participate in the competition for reading game show domination! Then take our summer-long challenge to keep reading:

  • Log your minutes
  • Play games
  • Take quizzes
  • Earn points
  • And help other kids in need

All starting April 30th — right after Summer Challenge LIVE!

Are YOU up for the challenge?

Educators: Check out a guide for bringing Summer Challenge LIVE into your classroom, plus free summer reading teaching resources and printable book lists (PDF).

Scholastic Responds to American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

ARRAstimulus The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) includes more than $100 billion in additional federal funds for PreK-12 education and early childhood programs. Educators can now access up-to-date information about ARRA as events happen at Scholastic's new web site: www.scholastic.com/economicrecovery.

This new information portal for educators provides:

  • Frequently Asked Questions about how ARRA will impact impact schools and districts,
  • Fast Facts about ARRA and how it will directly improve student achievement,
  • Quick Links to resources around the web that provide clear and useful explanations of ARRA, and
  • Programs and Resources that align to funding for Title I (Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged), IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), EETT (Enhancing Education through Technology) and other categories.

For up-to-date information about Scholastic's 21st Century Learning Solutions and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, please visit www.scholastic.com/economicrecovery.

March Live Webcast & Live Chat

Tf_AllieFinkle_webcast The STACKS, Scholastic's community for kids and books, is hosting two live events this month.

Tune in TONIGHT at 7:30 p.m. EST for  Allie Finkle’s Super Sleepover live webcast. Host Caroline Rhea chats with author Meg Cabot.


WHEN: Saturday, March 14, 4-5 p.m. ET
TOPIC: Book-to-Movie Adaptations

Here's a chance for kids to share their opinions with other kids.

Which book-based movies would you give two thumbs up? Which did you like better: the book or the film? Did you miss any characters who were cut from the movie? And if YOU were in the director's chair, which of your favorite books would you make into a movie — and who would star?

Top 5 Teaching Resources for March

March is my favorite month -- it's full of such interesting contradictions. This year, March started with a winter storm that blanketed New York City with six inches of snow. However, by month's end, a blanket of white cherry blossoms will cover the grounds of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

It's no surprise to me that the top five teaching resources for March reflect this study of contrasts:

  1. Iditarod - Race Across Alaska Student Activity
  2. Dr. Seuss Author Study
  3. Women's History Month Lessons and Activities
  4. Spring Favorites
  5. Eric Carle Author Study -- It's the 40th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Enjoy this video of Eric Carle describing how he created The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Become a Teacher Advisor for Scholastic News Online

We are looking for a team of teacher advisors who will use Scholastic News Online as a resource with their students. Then the team will critique the Web site and give advice on content, design, and educational issues. The feedback process will involve answering specific questions about the Web site through email, surveys, and possibly a visit to your classroom from the Scholastic News Online editorial team.


We look for teachers who are willing to share their time and expertise. We also look for teachers who represent diverse school settings, student populations, and levels of experience. If you would like us to consider you as a teacher advisor, please send an email to Laura Leigh Davidson, Associate Editor for Scholastic News Online (ldavidson@scholastic.com) with your information (see questionnaire).

Best Teacher Ideas for Valentine's Day

Valentine_Vennogram Celebrate Valentine’s Day with cross-curricular crafts and lesson plans in math, language arts, and health. Sing a Valentine's Day Song. Find out how our Teacher Advisors are incorporating Valentine's Day into their teaching.

Fourth grade teacher Angela Bunyi combined her love of books and libraries and held a discussion on how our libraries differ compared to 2,000 years ago in Greece. For this month of love, she decided to turn the Venn-Diagram into a Valentine Venn-O-Gram instead.

In Jennifer Atkinson's 1st grade classroom, her students create a “Heart to Heart” display with illustrations of phrases that contain the word "heart." Find "heart" words or phrases you can use on Jennifer's blog.

Sandra Blair, our Middle School READ 180 teacher, uses Valentine's Day vocabulary games to turn her students' distraction with this holiday into a learning opportunity.

Valentine candy writing is an engaging and hands-on writing activity. Marissa Ochoa's ELL students enjoy creating a story using the phrases on the hearts.

Alyssa Zelkowitz, our Special Education blogger, shares her HeartSmart data analysis activity as a way to maximize the Valentine's Day sugar rush. Students act as Quality Control Officials at a candy hearts factory, and they have to complete various data-gathering and analysis activities to help their employer ensure that the factory's candy production stays up to snuff.

Don't forget to send Clifford a Valentine!

Happy 200th Birthday, Abraham Lincoln!

Abraham_Lincoln This February 12 marks the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birthday. Try these 16 activities to honor our 16th President, including three reader's theaters, "The Faces of Abraham Lincoln" slideshow, and more.

Print out a free Abraham Lincoln Mini-Book, Abraham Lincoln: A Great President, a Great American, or sing a classroom song about President Lincoln.

Use these great grab-and-go lessons and books in your classroom tomorrow in celebration of Abraham Lincoln's birthday.

Send a Valentine to Clifford

Clifford_Be_Big_logo Join Clifford's national campaign to BE BIG! It's only takes a little to be big!TM

Everyone, big and small, can help raise awareness for how Clifford’s BIG Ideas (Share, Help Others, Be Kind, Be Responsible, Play Fair, Be a Good Friend, Believe in Yourself, Respect Others, Work Together and Be Truthful) can make the world a better place.

Send Clifford a Valentine Kids can participate this month by sending Clifford a Valentine.

From now until February 28th, for every Valentine's Day Card received, Scholastic will donate $1.00 to the BE BIG Fund at HandsOn Network. HandsOn Network is the largest volunteer management organization in the nation which equips, mobilizes, and inspires people to take action that changes the world. 

Top Ten Student Activities for February

Check out Scholastic.com's most popular interactive, multimedia units so far this February. Share these amazing activities for Black History Month with your students.

  1. The Top Ten African-American Inventors
  2. The Underground Railroad: Escape From Slavery
  3. Clifford Interactive Storybooks in English & Spanish
  4. Immigration: An Interactive Tour of Ellis Island
  5. Building Language for Literacy
  6. Story Starters
  7. Math Hunt: Black History
  8. Computer Lab Favorites
  9. New! Lincoln's Bicentennial
  10. Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights

Find our Top Ten All-Time Favorite Student Activities here.

Fun at FETC 2009

Teacher_share Attending conferences and meeting teachers is my favorite perk of the job. I am always amazed by the enthusiasm and dedication that teachers have for finding and bringing their students the best resources available.

I spent last weekend at the Florida Educational Technology Conference in Orlando, demonstrating Scholastic Teacher Share beta, a new, free resource-sharing tool that allows you to find, create, and share classroom resources with other teachers.

Join our Scholastic Teacher Share beta and let us know how you would describe it in under two minutes.

Our Scholastic bloggers were also out in force on the exhibit floor and at sessions, capturing their favorite moments and products:

Thanks to all the teachers who stopped by the Scholastic booth. If you are in Austin, TX next week for the TCEA Convention, please stop by the Scholastic Booth and ask Kathy Walsh or Mark Barrett for a demo of Teacher Share.

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