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What are Your National Poetry Month Plans?

April is National Poetry Month. Second to fifth grade teachers, take some time away from state testing and celebrate the art in an one hour interactive distance learning program with author Amy E. Sklansky! Amy has written seven children’s books during her career, and poetry is a medium she often uses. Amy connects to elementary classes over H323 videoconference or Skype — whichever set-up works better for you, the classroom teacher. This videoconference is $195 for non-New Links members, and for New Links members, it’s just $155. To schedule a distance learning program with Amy in April, or at any other time, please contact Rebecca Morrison.

More about Inside a Poet’s Mind:  Amy E. Sklansky gives students a peek inside the mind of a poet. Sharing poems from her own books, she discusses the various places a poet finds inspiration. Then she gives examples of the ways a poet may revise her work – emphasizing concepts such as word choice, line breaks, action verbs, and punctuation. She encourages students to write a poem on their own during the videoconference using the same process. If a second grade teacher would like to participate, the program would be shortened to 45 minutes and would not include the interactive poetry writing.

Just some of the Common Core Standards met by this program:
• RL.2.4. Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
• W.2.5. With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.
• SL.3.3. Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.
• RL.4.2. Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
• SL.5.1. Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners

St. Louis Author Carolyn Lesser Continues to Connect

All of author Carolyn Lesser’s videoconference programs are available upon date request, but preferred connection times include: Teacher sessions at 4 pm CT | Student sessions at either 9 or 11 am CT. She works with third grade and up.

Carolyn, a former classroom teacher and veteran presenter over distance learning, is the author of books including Great Crystal Bear, a lyrical natural science book that follows the polar bear through all seasons and reveals his wisdom and resilience in a stark and beautiful Arctic environment (illustrated by Bill Noonan) and Spots: Counting Creatures from Sky to Sea, a natural science book about spotted creatures and the ten biomes they inhabit. It’s an early counting book with a glossary to spark the imagination of older readers (illustrated by Laura Regan).

She offers three-part interactive sessions which include professional development for participating teachers; the last two sessions are with the students. Selections include:

•  Custom-designed writing program   •  Writing Nonfiction Prose or Poetry
•  Writing Nature Prose or Poetry   •  Multi-genre Nonfiction Writing

Each session is full of inspiration, enthusiasm, and positive feedback! Carolyn Lesser will engage students with enthusiasm for her nonfiction process. For more information, including scheduling & program fees, contact Rebecca Morrison.

Out of this World, but Into Your Classroom!

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.

Space, the Next Frontier: Inspiring Students through Distance Learning

In partnership with Cooperating School Districts, Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis offers two interactive videoconferences: A Day in the Life of an Astronaut, and The Body in Space. Both videoconferences are available upon request on Tuesdays and Thursdays (please submit requests with at least three weeks notice). New Links members get a discount. Click here to learn more about CLC-St. Louis’ videoconferences.

…And if you are attending the Midwest Education Technology Conference in February, you can hear Robert Powell talk about his experiences with distance learning during his session on Tuesday, February 14th  entitled Space, the Next Frontier: Inspiring Students through Distance Learning.