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Kids Can Vote for President, Too!

Tf_el08_studentvote0809 Students can cast their vote for President of the United States in the famous Scholastic Presidential Election Poll. Since 1940, the outcome of the Scholastic Election Poll has mirrored the outcome of the general election, with just two exceptions.

In 1948, students chose Thomas E. Dewey over Harry S. Truman and in 1960 more students voted for Richard M. Nixon than John F. Kennedy. In 2004, more than half a million students in first through eighth grades participated in the election poll both online and with paper ballots that were issued in the fall editions of their Scholastic classroom magazines.

Encourage your students to cast their vote and determine who will be the next president of the United States. Kids have predicted the winner in 14 out of the last 16 presidential elections. They may get it right again!

Scholastic Kid Reporters Cover the Conventions

Eight members of the Scholastic Press Corps will be reporting live from the Democratic Convention in Denver (August 25-28), followed by the Republican National Convention in St. Paul (September 1-4).

Scholastic News Kid Reporters have been covering campaign events from their hometowns across the country since last spring. In the past 15 months, they have interviewed and written stories about their experiences with presidential hopefuls, such as John McCain, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton, Mike Huckabee, and Joseph Biden.

Stay tuned to the Scholastic News Election Blog for posts throughout the day with pictures and all the latest behind-the-scenes news.

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Top Ten What Teachers Are Looking At Now

As the school year starts, more teachers are visiting Scholastic.com to find the resources they need to plan for a great first day and a successful year.

We've tallied the results, and here are the top ten articles that teachers were looking at last week (August 11-17):

  1. Back-to-School Printables
  2. Graphic Organizers for Reading Comprehension
  3. Fabulous First-Day Ideas
  4. Get Off to a Smart Start
  5. Help Students Settle Into Your Classroom
  6. Top 5 Ways to Get to Know Your Students
  7. 2008 Beijing Olympics
  8. Welcome to the First Day of School!
  9. Back-to-School Checklist: Organizing for Success
  10. Teaching About Election 2008

Math Maven Speaks

Math_maven_large_3 Thanks to your feedback, we've made our popular Math Maven's Mysteries activity even better by adding audio support and reproducibles to all 27 mysteries.

We visited teachers in Portchester, NY, who showed us how they would use these math word problems on their interactive whiteboards. They asked for reproducibles so that students could follow along as they modeled the problems in whole-class instruction.

Giving Math Maven a voice makes it easier for English language learners and struggling readers to read along and help Math Maven crack the case.

Math Maven's Mysteries lets your students build their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills as they use their math skills in real-world situations.

What math activities or games do you use in your classroom?

Videos: Olympics, Author Read-Alouds

My friend Sonja and I have vowed to avoid all Olympics news bulletins because we want to see for ourselves who wins the women's all-around gymnastics competition tomorrow night.

Our Scholastic News Kid Reporters had a chance to interview Olympic contenders Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin this spring.

 

These are just a few of the videos available in our video resource library. You're only one click from hundreds of free videos: author interviews, author read-alouds, video booktalks, classroom tours, and professional development webinars.

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Great New Books to Start the Year

9780439023481_xlg_4 I can't wait for the release of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, author of The Underland Chronicles. I was lucky enough to get an advance reading copy, and I devoured it in under 24 hours. It was impossible to put down.

If you're looking for the inside scoop on the best new books this fall, look no further than Kid Lit Kit's New Review Tuesdays from Hannah Trierweiler.

Read an exclusive excerpt of Patrick Carman's Stargazer, The Land of Elyon Book 4, on Ink Splot 26, your daily source for breaking book news and juicy behind-the-scenes tidbits on all things book related.

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Back-to-School Interactive Whiteboard Lessons

Smart_backtoschool_593x225_5Scholastic has teamed with SMART Technologies to design get-to-know-you lessons for use on SMART Boards.

Introduce your students to the SMART interactive whiteboards, and work collaboratively to establish classroom rules and set goals for the coming year.

How do you use interactive whiteboards in your classroom?

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Record-Breaking Beijing Olympics

Sn_olympiccollection_banner_07310_2 As Scholastic News Online Kid Reporter Allison Tam writes, the 2008 Beijing Olympics is full of historic firsts: the first time a sitting U.S. President attended the opening ceremonies, the first time 205 nations will compete, and the first time the Games will be broadcast in high definition. It's also the first time I raced home to watch the opening ceremonies of any sporting event -- the fireworks shooting from the Bird's Nest Stadium was well worth the rush-hour crush.

Get up-to-date news on the Summer Olympics from our Kid Reporters, who will be providing daily coverage of the basketball, gymnastics, swimming, and volleyball competitions. Assign your students to  write a news story about the history of the Olympics or a feature article on China, and publish it online. Or, have your students start a travel journal to record their thoughts about China's people, history, and culture.

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Wall Street Journal: Vlad the Impaler Strikes a Chord

Vlad Not sure how to motivate boys to read?

Vlad the Impaler: The Real Count Dracula from Scholastic's "Wicked History" series may be the answer.

Read today's Wall Street Journal to find out how Scholastic and other publishers are appealing to boys.

Find more "Gross Books for Boys" here.

Tour our Teacher Advisors' Classrooms

Tf_teachadvisors09_080728 Welcome to our 2008-2009 Teacher Advisors, and take a video tour of their classrooms. We have an extraordinary team of teachers who will be sharing teaching tips and strategies and photos and videos from classrooms all across the country. Watch how they have used different types of materials, lighting, technology, or learning centers to fit their classes' evolving needs.


Start your tour with Naomi Randolph and Alexandra Savvas, our Kindergarten co-teachers in New York City.

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