Helping Students Become Critical Consumers of Advertising

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Advertising.  It is all around us- online, in print, on buses, on billboards, on signs- everywhere. How can we help our students navigate their way through it all? Media Literacy lessons using advertising are engaging, fun, and provide real-world experience. They can also prepare students to be better-informed voters and consumers. Media Literacy lessons about … read more »


10 Ideas for Teaching About Flag Day (even if you are out for the summer)

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Flag Day falls on June 14 and it provides opportunities for teaching about American history using the flag as a focal point. If your school is still in session, it is easy to find and plan lessons for Flag Day; however, with many schools on summer break, it is more difficult to reach out to … read more »


Blast Off to the End of a Successful School Year!

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The stars don’t look bigger, but they do look brighter. Sally Ride Sometimes getting through to the end of a school year is difficult. You’ve used up your “bag of tricks” and students are losing their focus. Consider this as the perfect time to try something new. Let’s take a look at how to learn … read more »


International Museum Day, Let’s Go For a Virtual Visit!

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May 18 is International Museum Day; however, not everyone has access to a museum to visit. So what do you do? Take a virtual visit, of course! If you read Ruth Okoye’s recent blog on virtual field trips you already have lots of ideas with places to visit and how to make the most of … read more »


Analyzing Media In the Classroom

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Media is all around us. Students need to be able to analyze media in the classroom and in their daily lives. Analyzing media should be one of the first media literacy activities to be incorporated into the classroom as it is one of the easiest activities to integrate. Teachers use media in the classroom to … read more »