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DE Essentials Presents: Board Builder Collaboration!

Discovery Education has recently made a big change to one of our most popular features: it’s now possible for users to collaborate on Board Builders!   These new sharing features allow teachers to view and make edits to their own copy of other users’ Board Builders, meaning that they can build on other teachers’ work

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Calendar of Cool: Plague of Grasshoppers

July 27, 1931 isn’t likely to be forgotten by citizens of several states in the American west. It was on this day that thick swarms of grasshoppers descended upon Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, destroying thousands of acres of crops. Residents described the insect swarms as so thick that they could be scooped up by

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DENSI2015 Resources: Unconference

A few weeks ago, educators from around North America and the United Kingdom packed their bags, said good byes and traveled home after a week at the DEN Summer Institute. The week was full of sessions presented by STAR Discovery Educators, the Discovery Education team and some special guests. In addition to learning from keynote and

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Getting Your Students in Top Shape With Performance Tasks

As teachers, we’re inundated with flash-in-the-pan jargon and lingo. I never heard of “performance task” before I became a content specialist and curriculum writer a few years ago. At first, it might seem like it’s just a fancy way of saying a “lesson.” But a lesson could describe anything a teacher does in class with students–watching a

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Lively Lessons: ELL Resources

Several new titles from Visual Classroom have been added to Discovery Education Streaming to support ELL students. Each program from the English Language Learner Series targets grades K-2 or 3-5, is available in English and Spanish, and comes complete with a teacher’s guide. Each episode highlights specific vocabulary and presents words in conjunction with animated illustrations. Repetition is used to

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Fun Fact Friday: Mount Rushmore

Did you know that when Mount Rushmore was originally planned, the sculpture was intended to depict the presidents all the way down to their waists?? It’s true! The monument, featuring the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln, was carved by Gutzon Borglum and 400 other workers, working under Borglum’s direction.

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