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March 2012 »

Here are a few things that might interest you, your own children, and your students.

1) If you haven’t heard LPB has launched LPB LearningMedia, a new digital resource library that is free to all teachers and homeschoolers statewide. More than 18,000 research-based digital videos, interactives, images, audio files, lesson plans, worksheets and more are available to use in your teaching or homework assignments. LPB LearningMedia is a robust library aligned to Common Core Standards and available to all preK-16 classrooms.

Register now at http://www.lpb.org/education (look for the log-in box with the small LPB LearningMedia banner) and your name will be entered for a chance to receive one of twelve gift bags from LPB. The drawing will be held on March 30th. Hurry and check LPB LearningMedia….it is a gift in itself!

2) Another live electronic field trip, Remember the Ladies, takes place on Thursday, March 15, 2012, at 9:00 a.m., on LPB 2 and online. In 1776, Abigail Adams requested that her husband, future president John Adams, "remember the ladies" when establishing the government and laws of the new nation. Examine the roles, responsibilities, and daily activities of early American women. Pre-register to participate at http://www.lpb.org/education. Access instructions will be mailed to you after your pre-registration is received.

3) How good is your child’s monkey dance? Enter a video of your child’s best monkey dance into the Curious George Dance Contest. The winning dance will be included on a Curious George DVD. Submissions are due by April 2. For more information about how to enter go to http://curiousgeorgedancecontest.com/.

4) Be inventive…that’s Word Girl’s word for the month of March. Watch the new episode on March 23rd and see how Word Girl can be inventive and beat the Learner who is learning all her moves. Watch on LPB at 3:30 p.m. on LPB HD.

5) While you are at it, you might want to see Sid the Science Kid’s New Rock and Roll Easter that premieres on April 3rd at 10:00 a.m. LPB HD and 12:30 p.m., and repeats on April 6th at 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and 9th 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. While hunting for Easter eggs Sid finds a shiny mystery rock that leads to a special Easter themed investigation where the kids don bunny ears to find and sort different kinds of rocks on an Easter Rock Hunt!

6) If your children are a little older then they may enjoy The Adventures of the Electric Company on Prankster Planet, an animated television story that builds math and literacy skills and segues with games and resources online. Each episode that airs between March 19th through March 30th (4:30 p.m. on LPB HD) will end with a cliffhanger that can be picked up in the online game in which the players must stop the pranksters from stealing all the words on earth.

7) If you are looking for a fun way to ramp up your afterschool or summer reading programs for 4 and 5 year olds, you might want to consider the SuperWhy Summer Reading Camps. The cost of a camp includes all materials and teacher training. For more information contact Lenora Brown at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

8) Are your students up for a financial challenge? Louisiana Jump$tart Coalition invites all high school teachers, not just math and personal finance teachers, from all types of school systems – public, private, parochial, and home schooling – to register their students to participate. Test their financial knowledge in the 2012 Financial Capability Challenge. It takes about 30 minutes to administer online, but the lessons your students will learn in preparing will last a lifetime. Comprehensive lesson plans and sample test questions are available in the Educator Toolkit to help you prepare your students. Educators and top-scoring students in each school will earn personalized award certificates. It kicks off MARCH 12th and ends APRIL 13th. REGISTER TODAY at http://www.challenge.treas.gov. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Treasury in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education.

9) Speaking of money, that’s what students can win in the 2012 “Young Millionaires”
Poster and Video Contest presented by the Louisiana Jump$tart Coalition. Use the lesson plan on saving and investing to jumpstart your students’ creation of posters on the theme “Investing in Me.” New to the contest is the video category open to high school students. Poster winners will be chosen from the following categories: elementary (grades 3-5), middle (6-8) and high school (9-12). Deadline for posters and videos is Friday, March 16, 2012. The First Place Video wins $500. The First Place poster wins $100. For entry information and the lesson plan go to http://www.louisianajumpstart.org/. Questions can be sent to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

10) Congratulations to Shonda Brooks of Lawtell Elementary in Lawtell, LA who is Louisiana’s Mission US Educator of the Year in recognition of her outstanding efforts to use the innovative multimedia online game, MissionUS, to enrich the teaching of American history with students at her school. She is one of six educators across the country to be selected as a local Mission US Educator of the Year. Mission US is a series of free, innovative role-playing games developed to transform the way middle school students learn U.S. History. Go to lpb.org/education to play the game. Ms. Brooks’ students’ activities will be posted at http://www.lpb.org/missionus for everyone to see.

11) March, National Women’s History Month, is a good time to take stock of the hard won achievements of women. Only in 1920, with the passage of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, did women in the US gain the right to vote. With the 1972 passage and 1977 enactment of Title IX of the Education Codes of the Higher Education Act Amendments gender discrimination by federally funded institutions was prohibited. An eye-opening test of women in history is available at http://www.nwhp.org/whm/test.php.

12) We don’t necessarily hear about the achievements of women in other countries, but women and girls world-wide are precipitating change. Now until March 31st you can watch online documentaries of women and girls on the frontline of change at http://itvs.org/women-and-girls-lead/film-festival.

13) Now is the chance to do something for the environment. Volunteers are needed to assist with a Cypress Marsh Restoration Project near the Caernarvon Diversion in Plaquemines Parish, LA on Friday March 9, from 9:00 a.m. to no later than 4:00 p.m. Volunteers must register with the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) in order to participate. All planting equipment (gloves, shovels, etc.), lunch, and refreshments will be provided. Volunteers will be planting 250 three-gallon pots of cypress trees and wrapping the trees with protectors to shield them from predators. Volunteers will be transported to the planting site by boat. Physical fitness is required. If you are interested in volunteering and/or have a flat bottom boat to lend, please email Hilary Collis at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

14) Finding Your Roots premieres on Sunday, March 25th at 7:00 p.m. on LPB HD. The turbulent and contradictory history of the city of New Orleans is traced through the family stories of Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis. Their European immigrant ancestors blazed unconventional trails in America, from capturing British ships for the American Revolution to crossing racial barriers in slave-era Louisiana.

The second episode, which follows, features two African-American politicians from different generations and opposite backgrounds. John Lewis grew up in a sharecropping family in rural Georgia, while Cory Booker was raised in an affluent, all-white New Jersey suburb. Although both men have devoted their lives to the betterment of African-American people, neither knows much about his own ancestors. In this episode, Booker is introduced to his white great-grandfather, a man he never knew, and Lewis is moved to tears over the extraordinary ambitions and accomplishments of his slave ancestors.

15) Looking for STEM information? You might want to check out a new website STEMconnector http://www.stemconnector.org/ that serves as a national gateway to “who is doing what” in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. The website is the result of a nationwide collaboration of companies, nonprofit associations and professional societies, STEM-related research and policy organizations, and academic institutions concerned about the plight of STEM education in the United States.

16) If you love Downton Abbey then you will enjoy going behind the scenes of this wildly popular series on March 18th at 7:00 p.m. on LPB HD. Downton Abbey: Behind the Drama reviews the action-packed storylines of the first two seasons of Downton Abbey, relives pivotal moments from the series, and gets insight into the characters from writer Julian Fellowes and the actors who bring Downton Abbey to life.

17) Love music? On March 20th at 7:00p.m., Oscar Hammerstein - Out of My Dreams celebrates the most acclaimed lyricist of the 20th century who changed the American theatre forever with
Rose Marie (1924), Show Boat (1927), Oklahoma (1943), Carousel (1945), South Pacific (1949), The King and I (1951) and The Sound of Music (1959).

At 8:30 p.m. on March 20th Under the Street Lamp is an electrifying concert of classic hits from the recent leading cast members of the Tony-Award winning musical, Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on LPB HD.
I hope you find time to enjoy some of these resources.






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