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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).

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?

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.

Top 5 New Teaching Resources for December

Gg_ecards_1030_2 Celebrate Winter Holidays Online Activity
Celebrate the season by learning about winter holidays from around the world. Explore interactive scrapbooks about Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. Send holiday eCards, listen to holiday songs, and share your holiday stories.

Tf_familyheritage_1124 Exploring Family Heritage
Encourage your students to explore their family heritage and find out how their families are part of America's cultural diversity. Students will have an opportunity to interview relatives and create their own family tree.

39clues_teachertout_484x235 Gordon Korman Is Our December Author of the Month
Watch the December 1 live webcast interview with Gordon Korman at 1 p.m. ET to learn more about One False Note, Book 2 of The 39 Clues series. Start an author study with these teaching resources about Gordon Korman and The 39 Clues series.

Tf_teachadvisors09_080728 Cross-Curricular Math Units From Our Teacher Advisors
Our Teacher Advisors share strategies on how to bring the real world into the classroom and create opportunities for students to interact with each other and integrate math into authentic learning situations.

Tf_talking_science_fossils Talking Science: Fossils Interactive Unit
Join paleontologist Ross MacPhee on the hunt for fossils in Antarctica. Extend tbe learning with a video interview, photo slideshow, and related resources.

The First Thanksgiving Reader's Theater Ideas & More Thanksgiving Activities

Tf_thanksgiving_0806 Bring the First Thanksgiving to life by using these interview transcripts as inspiration for Thanksgiving reader’s theater.

Conducted with expert historical interpreters from Plimoth Plantation, these interviews are a creative entry point into life in 1621. Plimoth Plantation is a living museum of 17th-century Plymouth that showcases the Wampanoag People and the Colonial English community in the 1600s.

Get started with these ideas:

  • Break each interview into short sections and assign small groups to perform the interviews.
  • Have students write a letter as a character portrayed in one of the interviews.
  • Use the interviews as research starters and have students write their own original readers theater skits. Then, stage a Thanksgiving play with your students in the roles of the Pilgrims or Native Americans.

Your students can also conduct original research and participate in live chats tomorrow with a present-day Native American and a Pilgrim interpreter representing a young Pilgrim boy from Plimouth Plantation. Join us for one or all of three live chats tomorrow,  Thursday, November 13 at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. ET. Your class can submit your questions in advance, and then come back tomorrow to ask more questions in real time.

Here are additional lessons, activities, and books to help you teach about Thanksgiving:

Get Out and Vote Today

Grouponstageweb This has been a historic election year, and no one knows this better than the Scholastic News Kid Reporters who have been on the campaign trail from the primaries to Election Day. Yesterday, at Scholastic headquarters in New York City, we invited a panel of Kid Reporters to recap their experiences with the presidential candidates. If you missed the live webcast, you can watch a video of the panel here and see photos here.

Scholastic News Kid Reporters will be working through the night to bring you and your students the latest election updates. Read the Election 2008 blog for their insights into today’s events.

At my local polling place, from students to seniors, from parents to professionals, I think we all felt that we were making history. I felt such a rush of civic pride when I pulled the lever and voted for the President of the United States. I confess I am a lapsed voter; I cast my last ballot in the 2004 Presidential election. But, I made a choice to participate in today’s election.

The kids of America voted last month, and Barack Obama won the Scholastic Presidential Poll. The kids have made their choice, now make yours!

November 3 Live Election Event: Kid Reporters Recap Campaign 2008

El08_flash_110308krevent On Monday, November 3 at 12:00 – 1 p.m. ET., talk to Scholastic News Kid Reporters live as they recap their experiences on the Presidential campaign trail from the primaries to Election Day. Submit your questions now -- the panel of Scholastic Kid Reporters will answer as many of your questions as possible.

For the past 15 months, the Scholastic Kids Press Corps has been filing reports from the presidential campaign trail for Scholastic News Online® and classroom magazines including Scholastic News® and Junior Scholastic®.  On the eve of the election, Kid Reporters will recap this historic year and their first-person experiences on the campaign trail during the live webcast.

Scholastic News Kid Reporters have filed close to 200 news stories about the election and have live blogged from the conventions and the debates.  More than 80 student reporters from Oregon to Florida and points in between have covered campaign events, rallies, town halls, primaries, caucuses, forums, conventions and debates of Democratic and Republican contenders, bringing campaign 2008 to their peers in classrooms across the country.

Eight of the Scholastic Kid Reporters will be a part of a panel at Scholastic’s New York City headquarters and will appear via live webcast on Monday, November 3rd at 12:00pm ET. 

Joining us live at New York City headquarters will be:

Aaron Broder from Tennessee and Mariam El Hasan from California will join via telephone.

“Our young reporters cover the election from their unique and fresh perspectives, which helps millions of kids understand the relevance of current events and the election to their own lives,” said Suzanne Freeman, Executive Editor of Scholastic News Online and head of the Scholastic Kids Press Corps.

Click here for more teaching resources on how to use Scholastic News Online in your classroom.

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