Our Thanks to You: A New Challenge

As we head into Thanksgiving, maybe you’re wondering what you’re going to do with all the free time you have over the long weekend. Well, you could get started on Discovery Education’s new Board Builder Challenge: Holidays around the World. The car, a plane, a train, or a couch are all good places for thinking up plans for a board….

The challenge is open to students in all grades. The prize-winning board will be selected based on the most interesting content and the best use of the features of Board Builder. The prizes are a New Year’s Gift for the board creator and a New Year’s Gift Pack for his or her classroom. (Prizes will be wrapped in paper and mystery, like all good holiday gifts.)

Deadline = December 20, 2013. Teachers must submit the boards, so give them enough time to review, approve, and submit.

Here are the directions:

1. Create a board with a theme of Holidays around the World.

2. Create a unique title for your board and include the word “holiday” or “holidays” (i.e. “Globular Holiday Extravaganza” or “Musicalicious Holidays”).

3. Submit your board to your teacher for approval. Then, ask your teacher to 1) share it to the DE Community and 2) submit it for the challenge here.

Here are some hints:

Get creative: take some time to think about a theme that interests you and would be interesting to others. Focus on one holiday and the different traditions it brings in various cultures; highlight unique holiday foods; dig into the origins of a particular holiday — all of these and many more ideas would be fine.

Use the features of Board Builder: make sure you take advantage of the variety of things you can include on a board. Board Builder lets you include images, video, audio, and documents. You can use resources directly from Discovery Education, resources saved on your computer, or you can create your own photos, videos, songs, etc. and upload them right onto the board.



37 comments… add one

  • maya November 29, 2013, 4:00 am

    wasn’t thanksgiving last month

  • Jack December 2, 2013, 1:24 pm

    Thanksgiving is so yesterday

    • Ethan December 11, 2013, 10:08 pm

      hey it wasnt so far away

  • abaigael December 2, 2013, 2:36 pm

    yes, yes it was but people weredoing things on thanksgiving break so they are doing it after thanksgiving break!

  • deanalice December 2, 2013, 2:39 pm


  • Aniston December 2, 2013, 7:06 pm

    I hope the teachers do look into this… I really think it is cool….

  • Bailey December 2, 2013, 10:15 pm

    Where can we do this at?

    • Jeanette December 4, 2013, 10:10 pm

      Hi Bailey. You can create the board right in your Discovery Education student account, then your teacher has to approve and submit the board through the links included in the post above. Good luck!

  • Abena December 3, 2013, 2:00 pm

    I love Thanksgiving

  • abaigael December 3, 2013, 2:28 pm

    me too its a cool experiece to chalenge one another against making a board LOL but it still doesnt seem like its worth it :( well maybe if you do it as a team it might just mighrt be a big hit!

    • Jeanette December 4, 2013, 10:11 pm

      Hi Abaigael. Why isn’t it worth it to you? What would make it worth it? (Keep it reasonable, so we can really consider it!)

  • Abby December 3, 2013, 4:29 pm

    I think that that would be fun!!!

  • Kael December 3, 2013, 8:01 pm

    I like me some boards.

  • Claire December 4, 2013, 2:08 am

    i so agree…I think its a cool way to eduacte.
    fell nerdy writing this…but…who’s judgin’?

    • Jeanette December 4, 2013, 10:14 pm

      Hi Claire. Nerdy is cool! As for judging, we have a team at Discovery Education that judges the boards. They’re a great mix of people with wildly differing opinions, so just be your own curious self and do something that you think is fun and interesting… maybe it’ll get picked. #noneedtofeelinsecure

      • Claire December 6, 2013, 10:40 pm

        Thanks. Thats encouraging. Made me smile. :) #happy

      • ariana December 10, 2013, 10:17 pm

        Hello jeanette you say that we get judge for our boards in discovery education

        • Jeanette December 10, 2013, 11:39 pm

          Hi Ariana. Only boards that are entered into the challenge get judged. If it’s not part of the challenge, your board does not get judged by Discovery Education. Your teacher needs to approve and share it, but we don’t judge it. Hope that answers your question.

  • Carolyne December 4, 2013, 2:16 am

    I sit just me or is the captcha code you have to put in hard #worried

    • Jeanette December 4, 2013, 10:18 pm

      It is not just you, Carolyne. I have been thinking the same thing. This site’s Captcha code is the hardest I’ve ever seen. Keep trying, though, we want your comments!

  • Ally December 4, 2013, 2:31 am

    hello world!!!!!!!!!! :):):):):):)

  • Abbye December 4, 2013, 9:57 pm

    That will be so much fun!

  • Claire December 8, 2013, 7:37 pm

    oh…i so agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They need to make it easier!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Annika December 10, 2013, 4:29 am

    Prizes? I don’t need prizes.

    • Raven December 17, 2013, 8:05 pm

      Ya I know right.

  • Annika December 10, 2013, 4:31 am

    This will be fun without prizes.

  • makayla December 10, 2013, 2:55 pm

    this is an awesome thing to do I hope the teachers look into it to

    • Raven December 19, 2013, 4:14 pm

      Did u see this?????

  • Ethan December 11, 2013, 10:07 pm

    Sounds fun I mean a board builder challenge I`ll have to look deeper into that.

  • Moby December 13, 2013, 3:29 pm

    This is exciting! Our class is doing a project!

  • Raven December 17, 2013, 8:02 pm

    This is an awesome way to learn and I’m confident I did good!

  • Sarah December 19, 2013, 3:18 pm

    I did it but I can’t turn it in. D-:

  • monica December 25, 2013, 1:00 pm

    guess what i’m doing for christmas

  • Serena November 21, 2014, 6:03 pm

    Hi. Umm… Jeanette when is this due? I have a LOT of things I’m thankful for…


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