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Exploring Comic Strips

Comic strips are a great way to encourage reading and writing and reinforce key story elements.

Alter Existing Comic Strips
Give your students a creative experience altering the comic strip "On the Rocks."

"Blondie," the Comic Strip
Students read several "Blondie" comic strips and then answer questions about them.

Comic Capers
This writing activity focuses on using complete sentences to explain what will happen in the last box of several comics.

Comic-Strip Challenge
Use comic strips to teach students that there is a beginning, middle, and end to stories.

Comic-Strip Scrapbook
Have students collect their favorite comic strip(s) over a period of time. Have them make a scrapbook to keep the strips organized. Allow students time to share their scrapbooks with other students.

Compare and Contrast Two Comics
Ask students to find the similarities and differences between two comic strips, using a Venn Diagram.

Science and Art: Hello Mr. Smart Heart
In this activity, students draw a cartoon or comic based on a healthy hero that stands before them.

Two Things That Don't Belong Together
The comic strip "On the Rocks" features two animals that don't exist in the same habitat in reality -- a penguin and a polar bear. Assign students the task of writing a story that places two such characters/items together (for example: an orchid in the desert, a monkey on a cruise ship, a giraffe in New York City, a dog in a school, a tent in a house).


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Highlights

Galactic Hot Dogs Reading Marathon
Join the Galactic Hot Dogs Reading Marathon! Read each episode as it's re-released with newly revealed facts, behind-the-scenes illustrations, and the inside scoop. Make it official by pledging on the blog to read each chapter with Cosmoe. Your students will love following the exploits of these space travelers, and you'll love the educational elements that can easily be paired to the stories.

Handwashing Awareness
Kids are especially susceptible to contracting and spreading viruses during the winter months. Prevention starts with proper handwashing. Show students how to keep germs away.

March Calendar of Events
March is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: National School Breakfast Week (3/2-6), World Orphan Week (3/4-11), Boston Massacre (3/5/1770), Daylight Saving Time Begins (3/8), International Women's Day (3/8), Teen Tech Week (3/8-14), Pi Day (3/14), St. Patrick's Day (3/17), Spring Begins (3/20), Make Your Own Holiday Day (3/26), and World Theatre Day (3/27). Plus, celebrate Deaf History Month (3/15-4/15), Music In Our Schools Month, Women's History Month, and Youth Art Month!

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

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Women's History Month
March is Women's History Month. Talk to your students about the accomplishments women have made—as well as the adversity they have faced.

Teaching with Comics
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guide to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series, as found on Funbrain.com, will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stores.