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Celebrate Poetry Month with Learn360: 5 Creative Writing Ideas

From Shel Silverstein to Shakespeare, April is the month dedicated to celebrating the words and insights of history’s greatest poets. Explore the prose and musings of your favorite wordsmiths with Learn360’s inspiring videos, audiobooks, and poetry worksheets, including those you can find in Learn360’s Poetry Topic Center. Then get creative and inspire your students to do some creative writing of their own. These five creative writing ideas will help you start. Zoom In Picture Stories Are your students always taking pictures? Engage their curiosity with the images you can find on Learn360. Launch your next lesson by pulling up an image from Learn360. Don’t tell your students what the picture is. Zoom in on the image and then project it for your students. Challenge them to guess what the image is. As students guess, ask your students to share descriptive words connected with the image. Write down all the descriptive words and task students to write a poem, haiku, or story about what the image is. Once all students have submitted their writing, reveal the image. Don’t forget to print out the blurry image and the clear image, and turn your students’ writing into your next bulletin board to engage

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5 Creative Ideas for the Elementary School Classroom

Technology is everywhere. Embrace your creativity with these innovative strategies and make the most of your Learn360 subscription.  1. Classroom Timeline What did you learn today? Any parent or teacher can tell you that this question is often met with a sigh, and then silence. We often remember the first day of school and the last, and in between is a blur of projects, field trips, and spirit days. This year, help your students (and yourself) keep track of all your amazing classroom learning by adding a class timeline to your classroom decor. Start with some masking tape and create a long base for your timeline. I recommend displaying your timeline at your student’s eye level so that they can help maintain and add to the classroom timeline.  During the first week of school, I always discuss with my students what they are looking forward to in the coming school year. Make sure to add students’ birthdays, holidays, and field trips to the class timeline to get it going. Then, at the end of each month, review all of the videos that were viewed and ask all the students to write down the most memorable Learn360 video and a quick

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Information Literacy Starts with Infobase

The first step to becoming a scholar is learning how to find and use reputable sources. But, how do you know which sources to trust and how best to use them? You need to cultivate the critical-thinking, computer, and communication skills necessary to figure out not only which sources you can build your research on, but also how to cite them appropriately and contribute something substantive to the scholarship. In short, you need information literacy. Information literacy (IL) once referred mainly to the abilities to discern an information need and find, evaluate, and use content effectively—how to use databases and other resources, cite sources, avoid plagiarism, etc. In more recent years, however, it has expanded to include media literacy, the ability to analyze and evaluate different types of media, from news articles and books to memes and social media posts. In an era of “information overload” when mis- and disinformation is omnipresent, IL is, along with media literacy, more important than ever. Infobase can help students build their information literacy skills. We have courseware that specifically teaches those foundational skills plus award-winning and renowned databases and streaming video platforms with trustworthy content that can encourage critical thinking.  Information Literacy Courseware

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