The month of January marks many notable anniversaries, commemorations, and observations of the lives and work of people who have made a difference in the world.
Discovery Education’s January Newsletter features more on change makers, as well as new opportunities for students to engage and be part of big ideas and progress, including cancer and genetics research with Decoding Cancer, and programs to help bring their ideas to life with 3M Young Scientist Challenge.
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Student-to-Student Connection: Don’t miss the opportunity for your students to learn from other students that are taking action on issues from climate change and energy efficiency to giving back to their communities through this virtual student panel discussion.
From leaders for civil justice to inventors and great thinkers, Discovery Education Streaming has the resources and strategies to inspire your instruction and your students.
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Born January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired change by advocating peaceful methods of resistance to protest unfair laws and civil injustices. Explore the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Content Collection for videos, images, and instructional strategies, like conducting an SOS: Poetry Slam using descriptive language from King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Grades 6-8, 9-12
Louis Braille was born January 4, 1852, and was blinded as a boy. Inspired by military “night writing,” he developed a reading system for the blind that is still used today. After students listen to Stuff You Should Know Podcast: How Braille Works, help them focus on key ideas and details by asking them to write three truths and one lie about information gleaned from the podcast, as described in SOS: 3 Truths and 1 Lie.
Grades K-5, 6-8 9-12
Born January 4, 1643, Sir Isaac Newton was one of the most influential scientists of all time, laying the groundwork for classical mechanics through his description of universal gravitation and his laws of motion. With SOS: Shake it Up, students analyze the main points in songs about force and motion from the Motion, Force, and Gravity Content Collection and represent them through movement and dance.
Born January 27, 1832, novelist Lewis Carroll was best known for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, but he also lectured in mathematics and was an inventor and early photographer. After students read Lewis Carroll: Excerpt from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, they work in small groups to describe and analyze the setting, characters, and plot as well as what is realistic and imaginary in the passage they read using this close reading guide.