1) If you are looking for health, nutrition, and exercise information you may find it on The Arthur Family Health Website. The site features games, videos, and resources designed to help keep families safe and strong. With materials focused on such topical issues as asthma, peanut allergies, nutrition, resilience, and fitness, The Arthur Family Health Website has something for everyone!
2) LPB LearningMedia contains 60 second cameos on The U.S. Presidency. Explore the rich history and the institution of the U.S. Presidency—from George Washington to Barack Obama. Understand the duties and powers of the President of the United States and the First Lady, gather important background information with our Presidential biographies, and engage with videos and primary sources that place you back in time at some of the most pivotal turning points in American history.
3) The new Mission US: "City of Immigrants" history game is now available at http://www.mission-us.org. Students play the game as Lena Brodsky, a Russian Jewish immigrant teen who immigrates to New York City in 1907. As Lena navigates a new country and culture, she becomes part of the growing labor movement. The game is accompanied by extensive classroom materials, including vocabulary activities, discussion questions, document-based activities, and primary sources.
4) Each month a new theme of archived assets are featured from the Louisiana Digital Media Archives at http://ladigitalmedia.org/home/. March will feature Women’s History Month with clips of women’s struggle to attain the right to vote and spotlights on women in politics and arts and culture. April will feature resources for the 5th anniversary of the BP oil spill. Your students will be able to review news stories from the time of the disaster.
5) Congratulations to this year’s Louisiana Young Heroes:
• Melanie Bailiff, 14, a freshman at Airline High School in Bossier City
• Paul Beaman, 19, a junior at Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge
• Lucia Boyd, 15, a sophomore at Loyola College Prep in Shreveport
• Olivia Castellucio, 13, a 7th grader at Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School in Baton Rouge
• Angel Guidry, 17, a senior at Elton High School in Elton
• Hannah Jolivette, 18, a homeschooled 12th grader in Iowa
• Sean Noel, 13, a 7th grader at Mandeville Junior High in Mandeville
• Jacob Waters, 14, a freshman at Sam Houston High School in Lake Charles
For more information go to http://www.lpb.org/index.php/heroes/yh_year.
March 12th, Working Children: In 1775, a young apprentice boy dreams of a better life while working in a Philadelphia print shop. A Mexican-American migrant girl in 1960's California struggles to harvest garlic all day and keep up with her studies. These and other working children help illuminate the evolution of child labor in America from colonial times to today.
April 16th, Research Rescue Squad: Someone is stealing books, removing footnotes, and confusing students with false information. Luckily, the Research Rescue Squad will save the day! Join the Squad as they try to defeat the evil mastermind, Dubious Sources, by helping students do solid research using the library, the internet, and museums.
7) In late 2014 in Lima, Peru, nearly 200 nations pledged to develop their own plans and enact laws to reduce fossil fuel emissions—oil, gas and coal – that cause global warming. The agreement is not legally binding nor are sanctions proposed to force countries to follow-through on their commitments. Each nation has until March 31st, or June at the latest, to outline a plan and enact domestic laws to reduce carbon emissions. A new agreement is planned to be signed in Paris in 2015 based on the countries’ plans. No punishment or fine will be levied if countries fail to submit plans or miss the deadlines. Success depends on peer pressure coercing full participation. It could be interesting for your students to follow the developments seen in the timeline.
8) Students in grades 5-8 have until April 21st to apply critical problem-solving skills in resolving a real-world problem, and create a 1-2 minute video for an opportunity to win the $25,000 grand prize in the 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Get information, tips, and enter at http://www.YoungScientistChallenge.com.
9) Congratulations to Stephanie Durr of Shreveport and Madeline Bethea, of Minden who were named Louisiana's top two youth volunteers of 2015 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) which honors young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.
Stephanie was recognized for the work of the organization “Saving Silhouettes” that raises money to help victims of prostitution and sex trafficking start new lives. Madeline was recognized for spearheading the conation of stuffed animals and refurbishing of more than 15,000 stuffed animals for distribution to nursing homes, children’s hospitals and emergency first responders in seven states.
10) Applications for new members of the Legislative Youth Advisory Council are being accepted until March 15th for the next term which begins July, 2015. The council consists of 21 high school students (9-12 grades) between the ages of 14 and 19 who are interested in facilitating communication between youths and legislature on issues such as education, employment, strategies to increase youth participation in local and state government, safe environments for youth, substance abuse, underage drinking, emotional and physical health, poverty, litter and environmental control, driver's licenses, and youth access to state and local services. Further information and application forms are accessible at http://civiced.louisiana.gov/.
11) Some of this music is bound to get you toe-tapping.
March 12th: A Tribute to Toussaint airs at 7:00 p.m.; Fats Domino: Walkin’ Back to New Orleans airs at 8:30 p.m.
March 14th: He Touched Me: The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley airs 2:30 p.m.; Rock My Soul premieres at 4:00 p.m.; Soundstage: Blues Summit in Chicago premieres at 10:30pm.
March 15th: Pasquale Esposito Celebrates Enrico Caruso premieres at 7:00 p.m.; Zoltan Maga: From Budapest with Love premieres at 8:30 p.m.
March 17th: The Music of Northern Ireland with Eamonn McCrystal premieres at 9:30 p.m.
March 20th: Tommy Emmanuel: Live and Solo from Pensacola premieres at 9:00 p.m.
March 23rd: The Dave Clark Five – Glad All Over, A Great Performances Special airs at 9:00 p.m.
12) Some entertaining series are premiering on March 29th:
Call the Midwife, Season 4 premieres at 7:00 p.m.
Masterpiece Classic: Mr. Selfridge, Season 3 premieres at 8:00 p.m.
Midsomer Murders, Season 9 premieres at 10:00 p.m.
Check the schedule at lpb.org for other shows and times. If you are in the New Orleans area, check the schedule of WYES. Some shows are available for a limited time at video.pbs.org.
I hope you are able to enjoy some of these resources.