Monday, September 26, 2011

Two Webcasts from Scholastic

From the Scholastic OOM blog:

While not every kid “gets” history right away, it’s one of the most important subjects they need to take while in school.  It’s hard sometimes to see how things that happened 10, 20, 100, or 1,000 years ago have anything to do with today’s world. That’s why the upcoming webcasts – Dear America: History Speaks and The First Thanksgiving are so important, because they teach kids the importance of history in captivating, engrossing ways.  “You’ll never know where you’re going, unless you know where you’ve been,” said Jennifer L. aka my mom.

The first webcast, Dear America: History Speaks, takes place on Wednesday, October 26th at 1 p.m. and will feature Dear America® series authors Lois Lowry, Kirby Larson, and Andrea Davis Pinkney.  The award-winning authors will virtually talk to students about the art of writing historical fiction including how to craft compelling stories, conduct research and develop characters. Teachers will have access to tons of useful tools like free classroom discussion guides, whiteboard-ready slides and activities and more.  Visit to register your class today.

The First Thanksgiving, the second classroom event, broadcasts on November 16th at 1 p.m.  The virtual field trip will take students to the Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Mass. where they will meet Colonial and Wampanoag interpreters and learn what life was like during the first Thanksgiving.  Teachers can visit to access the webcast and get free classroom discussion guides, activities and book lists.

Many schools are not able to afford as many field trips as they could in the past, but Scholastic has made it so that students will get the experience for FREE!

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