Last weekend, author Amy Sklansky (and New Links content provider) had a book reading for her seventh book, Out of This World: Poems and Facts about Space. She shared poems and asked the audience questions about space. Also in attendence was Robert Powell from the Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis (hey, another New Links content provider…. wonder how those two met?!). Robert spoke to the group about the Challenger Learning Centers, about living & working in space, and he too answered questions from the crowd.
It was an awesome event! If you haven’t had an opportunity to meet either Amy or Robert in person, we have the next best thing for you- over a distance. If you want to connect your classroom to any videoconference or Skype session with these two dynamic presenters, contact Rebecca Morrison for more information.
Today over videoconference author Amy E. Sklansky connected to students in Quebec to talk about being an author- specifically being a poet. She’s an author of several books (her latest will be released next Tuesday!) and Amy chose to focus her writing lesson using Out of This World: Poems and Facts about Space, her seventh- and newest- book.
To book a videoconference with Amy for your class, contact Cooperating School Districts’ Rebecca Morrison. (They range in cost from $155 to $195 for 1 hour). If you live in the St. Louis area, Amy will be having an in store appearance at Pudd’nhead Books in Webster Groves on February 18th at 11 o’clock. Learn more here.
Thanks to those who submitted their name to win a free videoconference from Amy Sklansky. Congrats to our winner, who now can bring this bestselling St. Louis author into her classroom via distance learning– at no cost (she will choose a session over videoconferencing or Skype). She will get to select from Amy’s four distance learning programs: Cooking a Book; Author Visit and Eggs-periments Videoconferences; Inside a Poet’s Mind; or Amy’s new program, From Inspiration to Bookstore Shelf. Click on the image to see the video of Amy drawing the winning educator’s name!
Author Amy E. Sklansky gives elementary students in grades second through fifth a peek inside the mind of a poet in her one hour videoconference Inside a Poet’s Mind.
Sharing poems from her own books, (the latest is You Are My Little Cupcake), Amy discusses the various places a poet finds inspiration and a few of the many forms poetry can take. Next, she uses PowerPoint slides to model a process for writing a poem, and then encourages students to use the same process to write a poem on their own during the videoconference. Finally, Amy gives examples of the ways a poet may revise her work – emphasizing concepts such as word choice, line breaks, action verbs, and punctuation. Student volunteers are invited to share their work aloud. The main objective of this program is for students in second through fifth grade to gain a greater appreciation for and understanding of poetry. (If a second grade teacher would like to participate, the program would be shortened to 45 minutes and would not include the writing time for students).
In previous Octobers, Amy has been known to do a more Halloween-focused poetry videoconference, featuring the work in her book Skeleton Bones and Goblin Groans: Poems for Halloween. Interested in signing up? New Links members pay $155, nonmembers pay $195. Contact Rebecca Morrison if you’d like to sign up for this great, interactive lesson – over videoconference or Skype! If you’d like to talk to the author yourself about how she conducts videoconferences, Amy will be at the New Links Open House at Cooperating School Districts on October 18. (See previous blog post).
The 2010-2011 school year wraps up author Amy E. Sklansky’s third year as a content provider for CSD’s award-winning New Links program. Amy’s videoconferences are for elementary students and include themes of poetry and science. She’s “traveled” all across the country, connecting to classrooms for her author visits. Today is connected with students for Inside a Poet’s Mind. To read more about her offerings, click here. Thanks, Amy, for another great year of distance learning programs!