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Creating Podcasts | Media Arts Toolkit

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As an English/digital media teacher at Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Kentucky, Jason Behler has found that his students become deeply engaged when creating their own podcasts, especially because he allows them great freedom in selecting their own genre and content. His students develop skills in collaboration and time management as well as technical and communication skills. Podcasting does not need to be confined to a class in digital media, and it does not require expensive equipment. Podcasting can be integrated into any content area to add spark to your lessons.

Sofia and Mr. Parrot | Take the Stage

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Learn prepositions (on, under, next to, over and around) by singing a mariachi song with Sofia and Mr. Parrot!

Viewers sing and dance along with Sofia as she learns prepositions demonstrated by Mr. Parrot being on the sombrero, under the sombrero, next to the sombrero, over the sombrero, and around the sombrero.

Learning Objective:
Understand and use the following parts of speech in the context of reading, writing, and speaking (with adult assistance): prepositions and simple prepositional phrases appropriately when speaking or writing (e.g., in, on, under, over).

View the Spanish version of Sofia and Mr. Parrot by clicking here.

Sofía y Sr. Perico | Take the Stage en Español

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¡Aprende las preposiciones (sobre, debajo, al lado, arriba y alrededor) mientras cantas rancheras con Sofía y Sr. Perico!

Los espectadores cantan y bailan junto con Sofía mientras aprenden las preposiciones demostradas po Sr. Perico: sobre el sombrero, debajo del sombrero, al lado del sombrero, arriba del sombrero y alrededor del sombrero.

Objetivo de Aprendizaje:
Entender y usar las siguientes partes del habla en el contexto de leer, escribir y hablar (con ayuda de un adulto): preposiciones y frases preposicionales simples de manera apropiada al hablar o escribir (por ejemplo: en, sobre, debajo, arriba).

View the English version of Sofía y Sr. Perico by clicking here.

Dream Tube | MOLLY OF DENALI

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Molly and her friends use informational texts for a real-life purpose in the 11-minute story “Dream Tube,” the third of three video segments in this episode from the PBS KIDS series MOLLY OF DENALI. (Move the cursor over the video progress bar to locate the story at 14:00.) In order to buy a special inflatable raft, they decide to find and sell beautiful agate stones at the Denali Trading Post. They learn about agates and selling by reading books, consulting with expert Grandpa Nat, and searching online. By asking herself questions as she reads—especially “why?” and “how?”—Molly finds the information she needs. While exploring how to use informational texts, children also learn aspects of Alaska Native life.

For use in the classroom, see Dream Tube Lesson Plan.

Clubhouse Theme: What Is Storytelling | KIDS Clubhouse Adventures

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Abby Brown, KIDS Clubhouse Adventures co-host, loves to help kids have fun while learning! In this segment, Abby teaches kids about storytelling. Whether you’re sharing about your recent adventures, entertaining your friends, or telling a cautionary tale, everyone has a story to tell!

Read Good Books!: Item, Location, Character | KIDS Clubhouse Adventures

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KIDS Clubhouse Adventures kids read and discover more about storytelling. In this feature, kids create story lines given surprise components including people, places, and things.

The Case of the Smelly Backpack | Take the Stage

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Become a detective to solve the case of the smelly backpack!  Act out the clues and draw conclusions to solve the mystery.

When Detective Bentley cannot figure out why his backpack is smelly, he retraces the events in his day to find clues.  Taking on the role of detectives, the viewers act out the events of Bentley’s day and use textual clues to solve the case.

Learning Objective:
Draw conclusions from the facts presented in text and support those assertions with textual evidence. 

View the Spanish version of The Case of the Smelly Backpack by clicking here.

El Caso de la Mochila con Mal Olor | Take the Stage en Español

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Conviértete en un detective para resolver el Caso de la Mochila con Mal Olor! Actúa las pistas y saca conclusiones para resolver el misterio. 

Cuando el detective Bentley no puede entender por qué su mochila huele mal, recorre los acontecimientos de su día para encontrar pistas. Asumiendo el papel de detectives, los espectadores representan los eventos del día de Bentley y usan pistas textuales para resolver el caso.

Objetivo de Aprendizaje:
Sacar conclusiones de los hechos presentados en el texto y respaldar esas afirmaciones con evidencia textual.

View the English version of El Caso de la Mochila con Mal Olor by clicking here.

2nd Grade Explicit Fluency Lesson: Accuracy (Ruth Beals)

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Observe a teacher lead a lesson about reading accurately in her 2nd grade classroom. Emphasis is put on the students trying to sound out words they don't yet know, and improving their ability to recognize words they already do know.

Rishij's Portfolio

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Watch a second-grade student share his writing portfolio with a parent. Consider what purposes portfolios serve for teachers, students, and parents.

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