To support continued student engagement anywhere during the winter holiday breaks, Discovery Education and leading social impact partners are introducing new flexible and engaging learning resources. Designed to connect students to their innate curiosity and unite communities around learning, the dynamic array of no-cost content spans all K-12 disciplines. Discovery Education is the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place.
Aligned to applicable learning standards, the new curated content supports educators’ work to bring the world to life while also connecting the classroom to careers and uniting families around learning. Among the resources from Discovery Education and educational initiatives created in collaboration with leading social impact partners are:
Virtual Field Trip
Premiere: December 9th at 1 PM EST
In the Making a New Life: The Courage of a Refugee Virtual Field Trip students will walk along with Mona Golabek as they hear from three different individuals on the refugee experience. Taking on a lens starting with the historical refugee experience to the modern-day experience, students learn how refugees adjust to their new homes and cultures and celebrate the strength people can have in times of great change. This experience is suitable for upper elementary and middle school students.
This virtual experience comes from Teaching with Testimony, an educational program from Discovery Education and the USC Shoah Foundation that unlocks the powerful classroom potential of testimony. Drawing upon USC Shoah Foundation’s vast library of audiovisual testimony from survivors and witnesses of genocides, Teaching with Testimony empowers students to find their voices and take action for a better future. In addition, explore resources from The Willesden Project that extend the impact of narrative to captivate and engage students in the ability to overcome hatred.
Providing inspiration and serving as a launchpad for teacher planning, the Activity Center will offer 500 daily ready-to-use activities are designed by Discovery Education to be quickly integrated into instruction no matter where it is taking place. Divided by K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 grade bands, the ready-to-use resources support weekly instructional goals and were created based on the most searched terms during each month of the school year. These engaging daily activities include Daily Fix-Its, Background Builders, Writing Prompts, and more to address specific learning needs.
The monthly release of educator-informed activities provide fun, engaging, standards-aligned instructional supports that connect teachers across the country in a shared experience of learning. These resources are available at no-cost to all educators until June 2022 and educators who have access to Discovery Education’s award-winning K-12 platform will find these resources pre-populated in the service’s Activity Center.
STEM Activities for Hands-On Learning
Designed for students in grades K-12, these activities bring science, technology, engineering, and math to life inside and outside the classroom. A new selection of 10 activities empowers students to discover key STEM topics like manufacturing, energy, and information technology.
This resource is made available by Siemens STEM Day, a program from The Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education that offers an extensive library of free, standards-aligned activities that bring science, technology, engineering, and math to life inside and outside the classroom.
Financial Literacy Lessons
Get the entire family involved in creating a strong financial future with at-home financial literacy lessons. Designed for family fun, these activities offer engaging and informal learning opportunities that provide the tools and knowledge for kids to grow up knowing how to earn, save, spend, and donate.
Created by Jackson Charitable Foundation and Discovery Education, the Cha-Ching™ Money Smart Kids! content prepares kids in grades K-6 with the knowledge, tools and practice they need to make informed decisions that help them reach their goals and dreams.
“In navigating the changes in education, I love knowing I can turn to Discovery Education to find educational, and engaging, content of all kinds,” said Becky Goddard Plotkin, a social studies teacher at Pine Lake Preparatory in North Carolina. “From social studies and financial literacy to STEM careers and grab & go activities, all these no-cost resources help me support my students in their learning journey.”
Discover more digital resources in the Discovery Education K-12 learning platform. Connecting educators to a vast collection of high-quality, standards-aligned content, ready-to-use digital lessons, intuitive quiz and activity creation tools, and professional learning resources, Discovery Education provides educators a recently enhanced learning platform that facilitates engaging, daily instruction in any learning environment. Discovery Education’s team continues adding, contextualizing, and organizing exciting new content and timely and relevant resources to the platform each month in response to current events and the ever-evolving needs of educators. These resources, sourced from trusted partners, are aligned to state and national standards, and help educators bring the outside world into teaching and learning every day.
“As educators continue to heroically show up for their students, we are proud to support teaching and learning with diverse, high-quality, and standards-aligned resources all at no cost to communities,” said Lori McFarling, President of Social Impact at Discovery Education. “It takes all of us working together to ensure equity of access in education so students can live to their full potential. Discovery Education is proud to provide educators critical resources and partner with leading organizations to help take learning even further.”
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The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the "Equity & Access" journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.