Copy
View this email in your browser

Virtual Learning: Events for Wendesday, May 6th 🌎

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 Feeding America. Feeding America works to support networks of local food banks throughout the country. You can donate here, or use their website to find a local foodbank to support 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 5 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: Adam Smith | Data Science for Bird Conservation 

A scientific study published this past fall showed that since 1970, North America has lost almost 3 billion birds. 3 Billion is a big number, but how do we know this? Did somebody count them? Dr. Adam Smith is Senior Biostatistician with the Canadian Wildlife Service.
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: Explorer Classroom | Rain Forest Biological Station: A Day in the Life 

Take a virtual field trip to Osa Conservation’s biological station in Costa Rica, a bubble of conservation and tropical science innovation. National Geographic Explorer Dr. Andrew Whitworth will show students real life in a remote rainforest research station!
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.
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: Jill Heinerth | The Crystal Caves of the Bahamas ·

Bahamian blue holes are one of Earth’s least explored and perhaps most dangerous frontiers. Cave diving explorer, Jill Heinerth will offer her unique perspective as an expedition photographer.

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: Ripleys Aquarium of Canada | Zebra Shark Training 

Aquarist David Fraser will be demonstrating a behavioural training session with the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada’s two female zebra sharks (Stegostoma fasciatum). Find more information here.
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: 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: Fitbits for Sharks with Julianna Kadar 

Julianna works on finding out more about the activity patterns of the Port Jackson shark using accelerometers that function like Fitbits – but for sharks! 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 http://readingconnectsus.com.
Twitter
Website
Copyright © 2020 Reading Connects Us, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp