Hot off the press! Check out the newly updated Printing Press interactive, which assists students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers. Teachers and students can choose from several templates to publish class newspapers, informational brochures, and flyers announcing class events. And the best news yet? You can now save documents and return to finish them later!
Find other timely ReadWriteThink calendar entries and classroom materials below.
- Gather your team. Dream up your idea. Design your app. Win big! It's the @VerizonGiving Innovative App Challenge.
- Our newest mobile app, Word Mover, takes poetry on the road. Download it and create “found poetry” by choosing from word banks and existing famous works.
- Planning classroom activities for this week? Remember to check the collection of holiday activities from Thinkfinity.
- Learn to mentor independent readers of science and math texts with this on-demand webinar from Doug Buehl.
- Have you tried the Trading Cards Mobile App (for Grades 3–8)? Once you’ve checked the app out, please tell us how you use it with students and leave us a review on the iTunes site.
- Ready for Common Core? Prepare your students for the future with resources from IRA and NCTE.
From the Calendar
- December 16: The Boston Tea Party took place in 1773.Students create a political cartoon for the Boston Tea Party and use the interactive Comic Creator to publish them. (For grades 7–12)
- December 17: The Wright brothers made their phenomenal flight!Students celebrate the Wright brothers’ flight in 1903 by having a classroom celebration that includes a multimedia timeline and comparisons of the Wright Flyer to the planes we have today. (For grades 3–6)
- December 19: Author Eve Bunting was born in Ireland in 1928.Students listen to a news article about the LA race riots and then read Smoky Night to discuss how a younger observer might be affected by these events and their perceptions. (For grades 3–10)
- December 21: It’s Winter in the Northern Hemisphere!Students brainstorm words or images that they associate with winter, select and read a picture book about winter, and compare the two using the interactive Venn Diagram. (For grades K–6)
- December 23: Avi was born in 1937.After reading Nothing But the Truth, students explore a current event topic and write their own short work of fiction in a similar multigenre format. (For grades 5–12)
- December 25: A Christmas Carol was the first book transmitted over radio!Students write a script for A Christmas Carol on a level that primary students can read and perform. Older students record the performance and create a website to showcase photographs. (For grades 7–12)
- December 28: Poor Richard’s Almanack was first published in 1733.Students explore some of the proverbs taken from Poor Richard's Almanack, give their impressions or someone who would write these statements, and choose one saying to paraphrase. (For grades 3–8)
- In January, find lesson plans and activities on the J.R.R. Tolkien, Martin Luther King, Amelia Earhart, the California Gold Rush, and more!
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