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Virtual Learning: Events for Thursday, April 30th 🌎

Authors, illustrators, scientists, and others are stepping in as students around the world face school closures. Each day, I'm sharing a newsletter with a list of live-streams for students, as well as other resources. Please feel free to share this list with other educators and families. They can sign up to receive the list in their inboxes by clicking here.

The knowledge that many students are unable to view these resources due to inequity of access is heavy on my heart. Each day, I'll also feature one organization working to support the basic needs of children during these unprecedented times. Today's organization is Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS' COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund. The fund is helping entertainment professionals support their families during the evolving pandemic. Find more information here.

Today's Virtual Learning Events
Note: If you're looking to plan ahead, I've made my current list of the events for the week available on the Virtual Learning page of my blog, Reading Connects Us. 
4 a.m. EDT: P.E. with Joe 

Yes, you read that right – P.E. with Joe is live from the United Kingdom each day at 4 a.m. EDT. Don’t worry, it will be available for replay whenever your little ones wake up and are ready to start the day. Videos will be live on this YouTube channel.
9 a.m. EDT: Science Education Activities with the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Each morning, the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery will offer a science experiment and a science education video. You can find a supply list here and the livestreams here.
10 a.m. EDT: Interview with Cynthia Wigren

Join an Atlantic White Shark Conservancy team member LIVE for an interview with Cynthia Wigren, the co-founder and CEO of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. Find more information here.
10:30 a.m. EDT: Picture Book Week with Raul the Third 

Join author Raul the Third for a read aloud of Vamos, Let’s Go Eat as part of Kwame Alexander’s Picture Book Week. Join the event on Facebook.
11:15 a.m. EDT: Picture Book Week with Smriti Halls

Join author Smriti Halls for a readaloud of The Little Island as part of Kwame Alexander’s Picture Book Week. The event will be live on Instagram.
11 a.m. EDT: Zoo School Live 

Join the Elmwood Park Zoo Education Team for Zoo School Live each weekday! They will be joined by different animal ambassadors each day. Find more information here.
11 a.m. EDT: Live at the Toronto Zoo | The Hidden Zoo 

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at the Toronto Zoo? Join us as we explore the Wildlife Health Center and learn about how we care for the 5000 animals who call the Zoo home.
Noon EDT to 5 p.m. EDT: Home Learning Programs from California Department of Parks and Recreation 

The California Department of Parks and Recreation will be offering programming every hour on the hour from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. EDT! For the full schedule of virtual field trips, visit this link.
Noon EDT: Nick Caruso | Scientist and Author of ‘Does it Fart’ 

Nicholas Caruso is currently a Research Scientist in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA, where he works with Dr. Carola Haas. Find more information here.
1 p.m. EDT: Notebooking Videos with Poet Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

Poet Amy Ludwig VanDerwater (author of Read, Read, Read! and Write, Write, Write!, as well as hundreds of poems on The Poem Farm) will be sharing notebooking videos daily on her Sharing Our Notebooks website. Videos should be available by 1 p.m. EDT each day.
1 p.m. EDT: Greg Nance | Ultra Runner 

Join in to learn about Greg’s adventures running large distances around the world and the crazy amount of preparation it takes! Greg Recently completed the World Marathon Challenge! He ran 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents, beginning in Antarctica and finishing the seventh marathon in Miami, covering 183.4 running miles, 23,000 air miles, and heaps of logistics!
1 p.m. EDT: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada | Spotted Eagle Ray Feeding 

Join an aquarist who will be demonstrating a feeding session with the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada’s Spotted Eagle Rays (Aetobatus narinari). The session will focus on their ecology and habits, with other tank mates like Cownose Rays and the smallest hammerhead sharks species, the Bonnethead likely to make some appearances.

p.m. EDT: Draw Every Day with Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Every weekday at 2 p.m., Jarrett J. Krosoczka (author & illustrator of graphic novels Hey Kiddo and Star Wars: Jedi Academy) will be holding live webcasts on his Youtube channel. As Jarrett shared on Twitter, “If you can’t watch live, each art lesson will be archived. Get your kids creating, drawing, using your imagination. We will get through this together.”

2 p.m. EDT: Virtual Readaloud with Dan Gutman 

Dan Gutman, creator of the My Weird School series, will be reading each weekday at 2 p.m. To catch previous chapters and to see today’s livestream, check out Dan Gutman’s Facebook page.
3 p.m. EDT: Home Safari with the Cincinnati Zoo

While the Cincinnati Zoo is closed and kids are home from school, the zoo is sharing a Home Safari on Facebook Live each weekday at 3 p.m. EDT. The Zoo will highlight one of their amazing animals and include an interactive activity students can do from home. The Safari will be live on the zoo's Facebook page.
3 p.m. EDT: Kaare Erickson | Arctic Science Liaison 

Kaare Sikuaq Erickson is the North Slope Science Liaison for the Ukpeaġvik Inupiat Corporation in Utqiagvik (formerly Barrow), Alaska. As liaison, he represents hundreds of Arctic researchers to thousands of Arctic residents, and vice versa; he represents thousands of Arctic residents to hundreds of Arctic researchers. Find more information here.

3 p.m. EDT: Read Aloud with Mac Barnett

Each weekday at 3 p.m. EDT, Mac Barnett will be reading one of his books aloud on Instagram Live. You can find the videos on his Instagram page by visiting @macbarnett. Videos will remain up on his page for 24 hours.

7 p.m. EDT: Imagination Library Bedtime Stories with Dolly Parton 

“Goodnight With Dolly” will feature Dolly Parton reading a series of Imagination Library books all carefully chosen for their appropriate content at this moment in time. Find more information here.
Additional Resources
  • Author Grace Lin has officially launched the Kids Ask Authors podcast. The podcast features author interviews as well as questions from kids. Kids can submit a question here, or submit a book review, poem, or joke here!
  • A team of children's authors have come together to offer Tiny Writing Lessons on Youtube. These lessons are less than 5 minutes long and are perfect for the little authors in your life.
  • Newsela is offering free Reading Clubs for all kids during school closures. Readers will receive articles daily about their chosen topic. Want to learn about Amazing Animals, Impressive Youth, Music, or Food? Find the full list of clubs and more information here!
  • This Guide to Virtual Museum Resources features a section with virtual tours and online exhibits just for kids.
  • The #WriteToAnAuthor initiative is allowing students to send letters to authors who promise to write back! For more information, visit this blog post with an author list or follow the #WriteToAnAuthor hashtag on Twitter.
  • Looking for videos and resources available anytime? Author Kate Messner has a list of resources for learning anywhere from authors & illustrators. More read alouds and videos are being added frequently.
  • This great list of virtual field trips takes kids around the world and back. Happy exploring! 🌎
Thank You!
Whether you are a teacher, librarian, parent, or caregiver, thank you for the work you are doing in service of children during these unprecedented times. If you need any additional resources or would like to bounce ideas back and forth, please feel free to reach out on Twitter. If you know of any resources to add to the newsletter, please let me know! 🌎📓✏️📚
Lorraine Brontë Magee is an educator in Larchmont, NY. Her goal is for all children to leave her classroom seeing themselves as readers. She is also passionate about building bridges for her students to become global citizens. You can find her blog at
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