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ARTSEDGE: Disney Musicals



Walt Disney exported the musical to cartoons in the 1930s and returned it to Broadway by Disney in the 1990s


Age range: 15 to 18


Estimated Time: You can view all the videos in this series in about 30 minutes, but you may want to allow some time in between to reflect on what you hear.


Key Technology: This multimedia resource is bandwidth-intensive, requiring a high-speed Internet connection. Users should be equipped with speakers (or headphones in a lab or classroom setting) and will need iTunes or Quicktime installed on their computers


This is part of a 6-part series that introduces middle and high school audiences to the many aspects of musical theater. Heather Nathans, Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Maryland makes it easy to listen to and learn about musical theater in America. Using examples from Broadway, she talks about the history, structure and elements of musical theater, musical theater's role in making social commentary, its legacy and how you too can create a musical.

Wonderopolis logo2.jpgWhat is your family wondering about? Wonder is all around us — a question from a child, a new exhibit at a favorite museum or just something you’ve always wanted to know.  Wonderopolis wants to know, so click here to nominate your Wonder of the Day®.


You will be required to enter you full name, city, state, what you wonder, and where the inspiration came from.


Check out previous wonders at the following link.  Wonders

goodnight-ipad-giveaway_001.jpgWe Give Books is celebrating reading, both online and off, they are giving their readers the chance to win a hardcopy of Goodnight iPad by "Ann Droyd" (David Milgrim) every day from now through the end of January! Each day we will hold a drawing to select 10 winners to receive a print copy of the book. 


To enter, read any book in our online library and tell us what you read, either by posting on our Facebook wall or tweeting with the hashtag #WeGiveBooksContest once a day. We will randomly choose five winners from Facebook and five winners from Twitter each day. You can enter up to two times a day by posting on both Facebook and Twitter!


This contest is open to all We Give Books members, so please sign up for your free account if you haven't already.

Health at Every Size (HAES) is a lifestyle that encourages healthy eating and enjoyable physical activity as a way to feel better and live longer. Unlike other programs, it does not believe weight loss through dieting is the way to become healthy. 


NGE NAES.jpgArticle: Health at Every Size

By Mary Schons

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Health at Every Size (HAES) is a lifestyle that encourages healthy eating and enjoyable physical activity as a way to feel better and live longer. Unlike other programs, it does not believe weight loss through dieting is the way to become healthy.


Scientific evidence supports this idea. In a 2006 study by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 78 obese women were placed into either the Health at Every Size program or a traditional weight-loss program. Women in the weight-loss program were instructed to eat less, count calories, and exercise more.


The Health at Every Size group was encouraged to eat when they were hungry and to appreciate the feeling of fullness, to make healthy food choices, and to find a style of physical activity that was most enjoyable for them. They were not given a list of "forbidden foods," nor were they told to exercise to lose weight. They were also given techniques to build their self-esteem and to increase the confidence they had in their bodies.


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Logo - the kennedy center.pngThis fellowship program is designed to provide approximately 10 international arts managers with an intensive four-week arts management program for three consecutive summers. Selected managers will come to Washington, D.C. to study at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. International fellows participate in seminars, group projects, individual mentorships and practical rotations supervised by Institute faculty and Kennedy Center senior staff. Arts managers with a minimum of five years experience in an administrative capacity will be selected for the program. Fellows receive round trip air transportation, lodging during the duration of the program, per diem, program materials, and visa fees.


To apply, click here.  The application deadline is December 1, 2011.


To view Frequently Asked Quesions, click here.


Mission:Explore - Geography Awareness Week


Geography Awareness Week (GAWeek) is an annual public awareness program that encourages citizens young and old to think and learn about the interconnectedness of our world.


Celebrate GAWeek this year by discovering the adventure in your own community!  Challenge friends, classmates, and family members to complete missions and earn badges in photography, storytelling, mapping, and taking action.  Attached to this blog is this year's poster for your classroom or bedroom wall to inspire you and then get started!


GAWeek was established by Presidential proclamation in the United States in 1987 and is organized by National Geographic Education Programs (NGEP). Each year more than 100,000 people actively participate in GAWeek through activities, events, lessons, games, and challenges.  Download and print the PDF version below that contains the missions in the form of a fun activity booklet.  Also below is an educator's guide to the missions.



Click here if you would like to download these files directly from the National Geographic Education website.

RWT - Thanksgiving.bmpRead-Write-Think has several classroom activities and other web resources to get you started.  Below are just a few featured lesson plans.


America celebrates Thanksgiving Day today.

Use Sarah's story as inspiration for students to think about things they can urge others to do to make a difference in their communities. With students, brainstorm a list of ways that you can make the community better. Use Read-Write-Think's interactive Letter Generator tool and its additional tips to have students write letters urging action, just as Sarah Hale did 140 years ago.  This lesson plan is geared toward grades 5-12. 


For grades 6-8:

Myth and Truth: The "First Thanksgiving"

By exploring myths surrounding the Wampanoag, the pilgrims, and the "first Thanksgiving," this lesson asks students to think critically about commonly believed myths regarding the Wampanoag Indians in colonial America. Students will begin by considering the difference between myth and historical truth by reading "Of Plymouth Plantation" by William Bradford.  They will then, in a full-class discussion, reflect on common myths related to the first Thanksgiving.  By using a "myth-breaking" process, groups of students will further explore one myth commonly believed about the Wampanoag and the pilgrim settlers.  Finally, students will share their findings in group presentations.


For grades K-2:

Packing the Pilgrim's Trunk: Personalizing History in the Elementary Classroom

This theme exploration helps students explore who the Pilgrims were, learn about their trip aboard the Mayflower, think about what it was like to move to a new world and discover how they adapted and built new lives at Plymouth Colony. But more importantly, it helps students discover connections between their own life experiences and those of the Pilgrims, making history interesting, meaningful, and relevant. Students us a KWL chart, books and Websites to learn about the Pilgrims, complete hands on activities to role play and compare their lives to Pilgrim children's lives and plan a Thanksgiving friendship feast to celebrate their learning.

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From the National Geographic Education Program:


Help celebrate geography worldwide by planning events in your own community, school, or neighborhood. On this page, find tools to plan Geography Awareness Week events, organize geography outreach in your local community, and guide students in ways to document their experiences.


Geography Awareness Week Tool Kit 2011

Win a $500 Apple retail store gift card when you "Get Engaged" in the International Reading Association (IRA) Participation Contest. 


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If you already are an IRA member, you have an Engage profile.  If not, you are required to sign up for a membership along with a yearly fee.  Click here to join.


Use the following link to take you to the site to enter the contest.

Get Engaged Participation Contest


Next, log on to Engage and enjoy the benefits of our teacher-to-teacher online community!

  • Earn Participation Points by joining in the conversation on Engage.
  • Write a discussion post, comment on a blog, and add a resource to the Lesson Link-up Library–they all add to your point total.
  • The more you contribute, the more points you earn.


The member who earns the most valid and verified Participation Points by the close of the contest period WINS! The Winner of the Prize (the Apple Gift Card) will be determined and announced on/or about December 22, 2011.

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Each Entry consists of an entry form, a single image, and an entry fee. The entry fee is US$15 per entry. To enter, visit www.ngphotocontest.com; complete an entry form with the required information, including your name, address, telephone number, email address, and photo caption; and submit along with your photograph and fee in accordance with the instructions that follow.


The Categories for entries are: (1) People, (2) Places, and (3) Nature (the "Categories"). There is no limit on the number of entries per person.  It is $15.00 entry fee per photo entry.


For the official rules, click here.


The Grand Prize Winner will receive $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2012: A behind-the-scenes experience like none other.

From National Geographic Education:world map.jpg


Build a personalized and beautiful map today with the National Geographic Education MapMaker Kits! Great for art, geography, and history teachers AND fun for the whole family! Maps range in size from 1 page print outs to MEGA maps that can cover an entire wall!


MapMaker Kits offer K-12 students the opportunity to work with key mapping concepts at a variety of scales and to see the world in new ways. Unique large-scale maps allow students to immerse themselves in the exploration of dynamic environmental and cultural aspects of the world. MapMaker Kit activities engage students in the manipulation and analysis of a variety of geographic information sets, helping them build skills in critical thinking, the representation of data, and mental mapping.


Each kit enables the user to download, print, and assemble maps of the world, individual continents, and the United States in a variety of sizes. Mega maps occupy a large wall, or can be used on the floor; projector maps give you some flexibility about sizing; the tabletop map is good for small group work, and the one-page outline maps are perfect for individual work.


Choose from MapMaker Kits such as the continents, polar regions, United States, and more.  Or select from the MapMaker activities such as Energy Use, Rivers, Endangered Animals, and more.  Click here to get started.

Make a Star FinderNASA star finder.gif


Learn your way around the night sky by finding some of the constellations. Click on the link above, download and print the Star Finder for this month. Next color or decorate the Star Finder and follow the simple directions to put it together.  Now you are ready to learn the Star Finder game!


While you are downloading the file, check out the articles on "What ARE Constellations Anyway?" and "What else are constellations good for?"


Click here to visit NASA's Space Place homepage.

NCFL Logo.jpgDo you have a program practice that is working well for you? What initiatives would you like to share with others? How have you positively impacted the families you serve? Showcase your success at the Literacy Showcase Poster Session during the 21st National Conference on Family Literacy.


Part of the 2012 National Conference on Family Literacy in San Diego, California, the Literacy Showcase Poster Session will take place Monday, March 26, 2012, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This valuable opportunity offers participants the chance to interact with conference attendees and discuss their initiatives and practices that are making an impact on family success.


Learn more about this opportunity, and submit your proposal today! The deadline is Friday, November 18, 2011.

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Wonderopolis® is on the hunt for families and teachers to become the voice of Wonderopolis for a Wonder Year. Applications are due by Saturday, October 22, 2011


Click here to apply today!  You'll need to provide basic information such as name, address, and household members; along with answering a few questions related to how your family learns, plays, grows, and wonders together as well as how educators bring this wonder to classrooms.


Below is the link for more information about

What is America’s Wonder Year Adventure 2012?

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From the International Reading Association (IRA), the following four research grant proposal deadlines have changed from January 15, 2012, to November 1, 2011:


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