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February 2015 – New Content on TeacherVision®

*Updated February 5, 2015

Galactic Hot Dogs Reading Marathon

Snow days can disrupt lesson plans. Keep students on track with daily reading. Assign a chapter from Galactic Hot Dogs each night for homework. Read each episode with your students as it's re-released with newly revealed facts and behind-the-scenes illustrations. Reluctant readers will enjoy following the exploits of Cosmoe and his friends as they travel the universe on a mission to make the galaxy a better place.

Track students' reading progress at home or school with a printable reading log. We've put together Galactic Hot Dogs teaching resources you can easily pair with the stories. To get started, browse our Galactic Hot Dogs teaching guides, vocabulary reviews, and activities for writing and illustrating comics.

In March 1965, protesters began a historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. They were met with violent resistance by segregationists and state and local authorities. Granddaddy's Turn and Seeds of Freedom share stories of ordinary people overcoming the constraints of racism that were particularly prevalent in the South during the 1960s. These picture books are an excellent starting point for teaching elementary students about the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Download a new teaching guide with Common Core-aligned language arts activities, book discussion questions, and vocabulary instruction for each book.

Find more teaching resources for Black History Month on TeacherVision. For more February lesson ideas, visit our 2015 Educators' Calendar.

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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.

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