When planning your lessons, there are two ways to bring something “new” into your classroom—new teaching strategies and new content. Discovery Education and fellow DE educators are bringing you both so you can step into September with fresh ideas!
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Try the Four Corners SOS strategy to encourage students to effectively communicate their ideas. Label the four corners in your classroom with a specific stance or opinion about a thought-provoking statement, then ask students to self-select the corner they most closely identify with and discuss with others who join them. This strategy is a great way to get to know your students’ opinions on different topics and get them comfortable speaking with their classmates. Check out more research-based SOS Strategies in Experience to find new ideas for integrating curriculum resources in meaningful, effective, and practical ways!
Make September memorable with new resources and Virtual Field Trips from Discovery Education!
Engage and deepen PreK-2 students’ phonemic awareness and phonics skills with new resources from The Electric Company! The Sounds and Letters collection progresses from simpler to more complex sound-letter relationships to help students decode and generate words.
Communities across the United States are being impacted by the sharp increase in the use of counterfeit drugs, fake pills, and fentanyl. Premiering September 13 at 1 PM ET, the new Virtual Field Trip An Ounce of Prevention empowers students in grades 9-12 with knowledge they can use to make healthy decisions and become advocates for prevention in their communities.
The American Heart Association and the National Football League (NFL) are teaming up to encourage students to get their 60 minutes of activity each day! On September 21 at 1PM ET, join special guests from the NFL and the AHA as they talk about the importance of good health and well-being and demonstrate fun ways to get up and moving.
Take your VFTs to the next level with a collaborative multi-grade level learning event! See how two DEN STAR Educators, Rita Mortenson and Lisette Venegas, use Discovery Education’s Virtual Field Trips to bring students of all ages together for exciting, hands-on learning.
Keep your lessons timely and celebrate these popular September holidays with grab-and-go, engaging Discovery Education content your students will love!
- College Savings Month: Financially planning for college can be overwhelming. Help your students be prepared and plan for their college goals with financial literacy content from Discovery Education!
- Hispanic Heritage Month: Hispanic Heritage Month starts September 15, and it is a great reminder that Hispanic heritage is American heritage! Between September 15 and October 15, honor the Hispanic cultures that are woven into our country’s colorful history and ingrained into every aspect of our society, values, and culture.
- Teach Agriculture Day: Teach Agriculture Day is September 21, and it’s a great opportunity to dig into the exciting ways of the agricultural cooperative (co-op) business model! Created in partnership between CHS Foundation and Discovery Education, Cooperative Minds shows students how agricultural co-ops can nourish communities.
As you settle into the new school year, here are some fresh ideas on how to build a welcoming classroom community from DEN STAR and Leadership Council Member Jessie Erickson! She recently shared how she uses DE resources to welcome students to the classroom, including how to celebrate International Dot Day on September 15! This month, make magic in your classroom by helping students connect with each other, collaborate, and create friendships!
Discovery Education is here with everything you need to engage students in learning this month, from new strategies to timely holiday resources and upcoming Virtual Field Trips!