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February 2016  
Monthly Update  
Language Arts and Literature
Celebrate African American Women Writers

During Black History Month, we pause and reflect on the contributions of great African Americans. Find resources to help you teach about women who have made significant contributions to African-American literature. This blog post features several writers who have contributed to and commented on American culture and history.

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Enliven Literature with Dramatic Tableaux

Watch seventh graders delve into Christopher Paul Curtis's The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963 in Making Meaning in Literature, program 6. See how teacher Jan Currence models and engages students in tableau activities, in which students draw on their experiences to bring the text to life for others.  

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History/Social Studies
Spark Analysis and Discussion About Civil Rights Using Photos  

Essential Lens: Analyzing Photographs Across the Curriculum includes a photo collection titled "Civil Rights Movements Across the Nation" that explores the African American equality movement through the lens of school integration. Find activities, big ideas, and free rights-cleared photos to use with your students. 
Who Freed the Slaves: Using Primary Sources as Evidence

The Emancipation Proclamation was only the first in a series of steps to free enslaved southerners. A convergence of events would ultimately end slavery. Find activities and links to primary sources your students can use to get a deeper understanding of historical events of the Civil War era.

Using Math for Community Development

Show students how mathematics can be used to uncover inequality in public health services. The video "Mathematics in the Real World: An Epidemiologist," from Reading & Writing in the Disciplines, highlights the importance of math in developing quantitative data that will improve public health for African Americans. It also shows the work and processes involved in epidemiology and community development. 
Math for Valentine's Day

Watch a lesson in which young students in a bilingual 4th-grade class work on patterns and reasoning in program 42, “Valentine Exchange,” of Teaching Math: A Video Library, K-4. Note how the teacher guides the students in their mathematical thinking, letting them explore and arrive at their own conclusions. 
Track Spring’s Journey North

Journey North joins classrooms across the continent to track the coming of spring through the migration patterns of butterflies, birds and mammals, the budding of plants, changing daylight, and other clues in their local environment.

With the web and/or a free citizen science app kids can report sightings from the field, view maps, take pictures, and leave comments.

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The Arts

Using Arts to Highlight Themes of Community and Identity

Louisiana elementary students meet with a local artist to explore their "sense of place." Students create a gallery of images and poems to proudly display their cultural heritage. See the project in "Collaborating With a Cultural Resource," from The Arts in Every Classroom.                                                        
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Annenberg Learner Announcements
Upcoming Conferences
Ask about our newest courses Reading & Writing in the Disciplines and Essential Lens: Analyzing Photographs Across the Curriculum at these upcoming conferences:

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), March 31-April 2, Nashville, TN, booth 1517. 

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), April 14-16, San Francisco, CA, booth 635.
Spring Professional Development
Look for Annenberg Learner courses offered for graduate credit and CEU opportunities through PBS TeacherLine, Colorado State, and San Diego State. 
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Inside Iris Nights with Joel Sartore

Joel Sartore is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, conservationist, National Geographic Fellow and a regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine. Go behind the scenes of his Iris Nights lecture at the Annenberg Space for Photography to learn more about his Photo Ark project. Sartore discusses his process for capturing stunning studio images of the world’s endangered species and what we can do to help.

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