February 2016

  • When New York Was New – This non-fiction study is an eight-part history of the early explorers and settlers of our state and their first contacts with the people who lived here. We will feature 1 chapter per week for 8 weeks. It will primarily focus on the 16th and 17th centuries, including figures such as Henry Hudson and Giovanni da Verrazzano in the south and Samuel de Champlain in the north, with discussion of the Iroquois Confederacy and how the coming of
    Europeans and the fur trade impacted the Haudenosaunee’s existing conflict with other indigenous nations. The geographic, cultural and political formation of the state will also be covered, including the sorting out of Dutch, British and French claims and how — beyond the natural borders of the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain and connecting rivers — the borders of the state were established.
    In addition to the story we are offering a teaching guide with graphic organizers, audio podcasts of each chapter, and a virtual
    “Meet the Author”/discussion blog. Students are encouraged to ask questions and post comments after reading each chapter. The blog will be monitored and each posting will be approved before it appears on the site. Teachers interested in setting up a live interactive videocast should contact the author, Mike Peterson at teachup@gmail.com to arrange the details. Audio podcasts allow students who are blind or dyslexic the same ability to enjoy the story as their peers. There is also a student essay contest available online. Details can be found here.
    Students are strongly encouraged to read through the quiz and essay questions ahead of time, write his or her response and then complete their entry online here. Up to 6 regional winners will be selected from all complete entries received by the Friday, May 13, 2016 deadline.
  • Learning to Budget: Students can learn about savings accounts, balancing a check book and creating a personal budget. The key is to teach a concept and allow children to put that concept into practice.
  • Black History Month: From Scholastic – Everything You Need. Meet African American icons, leaders, activists, and inventors with these teaching resources
  • Valentine’s Day: Read, Write, Think has many lessons and classroom activities to celebrate and educate (Grades 3-12) about Valentine’s Day. Here’s their overview about the holiday: ValentinesLike many holidays, Valentine’s Day arose from a confluence of Christian and pagan themes. Originally it was the occasion of a pagan Roman rite called the Lupercalia, on which young men and women were matched by drawing lots. In the fifth century, the Church changed the emphasis of the festival by making it the commemoration of a Christian priest named Valentine, martyred on this day in 289. Nevertheless, the day’s association with romantic love persisted.
  • Valentines Day Newspaper Scavenger Hunt
  • Weekly News Driven Questions in the daily paper every Tuesday: Can be found by logging in to your e-edition account.
  • 23 No Bake Valentine’s Day Treats



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