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Monthly Activities for Grades 1-2

April 2024

Poetry has been around since the dawn of written and spoken languages. We’ve curated resources to use in your classroom related to this observance and more. Check out our new monthly activities in the buttons below!

Arts: Mask Making & The Ketchup Catastrophe

Make a mask that shows off something special about you. After a mortifying ketchup-related accident, Freddie vows to never show her face again. She joins a mask-making workshop at Asian Arts Initiative expecting to be able to hide her face, but quickly learns that masks aren’t just about concealing something—they can also reveal things that […]

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Arts: Music Arts Toolkit

Videos in the Music Arts Toolkit collection explore the history and elements of music. Through live performances and interviews, the collection represents a wide variety of cultures, periods, and styles of music.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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English Language Arts: Ashley Bryan

Ashley Bryan is an eclectic artist who uses painting, poetry, music, collage, and prose to tell stories. Bryan fuses these seemingly separate art forms within his books for children. “I try not to accept walls and boundaries and definitions in a strict way,” he says. “I would hope that everything I do is interrelated.” Bryan […]

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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English Language Arts: Molly of Denali

Informational text and Alaska Native culture form the basis of the groundbreaking MOLLY OF DENALI™ series and its educational resources. The MOLLY OF DENALI™ collection offers videos, digital games, lessons, teaching tips, and activities so that educators can utilize the series in the classroom. Set in a rural Alaskan village, and featuring the adventures of […]

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Health & PE: Bullying & Problem Solving

TEAMology characters treat the topics of bullying and problem-solving! Amelia demonstrates the power of the bystander, while Philo helps with a puzzling pet predicament.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Health & PE: Power up with Bravery!

Meet the GIRL!: Hiba is 11 years old and has deemed her girl power to be bravery. She used to be afraid of snakes but with a little bit of inquiry and trust she overcame her fear and now loves all things reptile. She is a great student as she studies the language Arabic with […]

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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A man in a pink shirt sings and plays the ukelele.

Math: Add and Subtract to Twenty

Join Joel Lookadoo as he models some mathematical thinking. Practice using a ten-frame and decomposing numbers to find missing parts of an equation. Use the included resources to practice these strategies in the classroom.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Math: Lyla in the Loop

Lyla in the Loop is a PBS KIDS animated series for kids ages 4-8. The show stars Lyla, a dynamic 7-year-old Black girl, her close-knit family, fantastical blue sidekick Stu, and a host of relatable and quirky characters living in her city community, who together spotlight creative problem-solving and critical thinking skills while working collaboratively […]

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Science: Fish Force Game

Use science inquiry to predict and investigate forces and motion to help rescue Ruff’s plushie from the penguins’ ice rink in this sports science game from The Ruff Ruffman Show.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Science: Make a Mangrove

Players strive to create a balanced mangrove ecosystem in which each animal has enough food to survive over a period of 12 days, in this interactive game from PLUM LANDING™. Players see how the different species of plants and animals in a mangrove swamp depend on one another. They also experiment with how changing the […]

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Social Studies: Cambodia

The Around the Globe: Cambodia collection allows students to take a virtual trip to Cambodia to learn more about Cambodia’s society and culture, as well as the art of Cambodia through the centuries. Explore significant events in Cambodian history, and the experiences of Cambodian Americans through videos, images, documents, and lesson plans.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Social Studies: Mummies Made in Egypt

Explore mummification in this book about the reasons for and techniques behind this ancient Egyptian practice. LeVar Burton meets a camel outside of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The featured book, Mummies Made in Egypt, is read by actress Corinne Orr. LeVar visits the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to see their […]

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Several drawn flowers around the words "Beauty of Jasmine: Chinese music and dance concert".

World Language: Beauty of Jasmine

The performances in this collection were filmed at the Beauty of Jasmine Chinese Music and Dance Concert at the University of Kentucky’s Singletary Center for the Arts in March of 2012. The program was presented by the Chinese Music, Dance, and Arts Program (CMDAP), led by director Hong Shao. CMDAP is an educational performing and […]

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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World Languages: Give Me Some Direction!

In the online game, Lost and Found, children go on virtual scavenger hunts with Noah and Nell to collect items that Coco lost on her way to a pool party and a picnic. It’s a good thing that they have some friendly neighbors to help them with Spanish directional clues along the way! In this […]

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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