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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.



  1. maya (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

    wasn’t thanksgiving last month

  2. Jack (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

    Thanksgiving is so yesterday

    • Ethan (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

      hey it wasnt so far away

  3. abaigael (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

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

  4. deanalice (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013


  5. Aniston (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

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

  6. Bailey (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

    Where can we do this at?

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

      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!

  7. Abena (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

    I love Thanksgiving

  8. abaigael (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

    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 (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

      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!)

  9. Abby (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

    I think that that would be fun!!!

  10. Kael (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

    I like me some boards.

  11. Claire (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

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

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

      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 (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

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

      • ariana (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

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

        • Jeanette (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

          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.

  12. Carolyne (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

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

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

      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!

  13. Ally (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

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

  14. Abbye (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

    That will be so much fun!

  15. Claire (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

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

  16. Annika (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

    Prizes? I don’t need prizes.

  17. Annika (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

    This will be fun without prizes.

  18. makayla (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

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

  19. Ethan (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

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

  20. Moby (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

    This is exciting! Our class is doing a project!

  21. Raven (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

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

  22. Sarah (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

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

  23. monica (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

    guess what i’m doing for christmas

  24. Serena (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

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

  25. Raven (Reply) on Tuesday 26, 2013

    Did u see this?????