Thinkport Newsletter: ELA and Literacy Resources

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February 17, 2016

English Language Arts and Literacy

Thinkport offers resources for English Language Arts and literacy at all grade levels. Below are just a few of our favorites! Be sure to check out the last story - MPT will be airing an online conversation "Youth Voices Baltimore." Details are below.

Prekindergarten and Kindergarten:


Oscar the Grouch and bumper cars  

Sesame Street: Bumper Cars


Learn letters and play bumper cars with Oscar.

> Go to PBS KIDS learning activity.




Electric Company Mine Cart Crash  

The Electric Company: Mine Cart Mash


Francine’s Prankster Bots have taken over the mines on Prankster Planet.  Use letters like h, r and silent e, to transform words into new words and stop the bots!

> Go to PBS KIDS learning activity.


Middle School:


Windfarms and Maryland

Students view web videos, critique data and conduct online research in order to write an informative article about the use of wind farms in Maryland.

> Go to Thinkport lesson.

High School:

who are you?  

Searching for Identity

Students use fiction and nonfiction resources, art, videos, and multimedia to write a narrative about an event that had an impact on who they are now and who they may become in the future, as part of a larger project.

> Go to Thinkport lesson.

Online Conversation: Youth Voices Baltimore

On Wednesday, March 2, MPT will host a live online community conversation to hear from young people in Baltimore who have experienced difficulties in earning their diplomas. The conversation will also include community organizations whose mission is to help at-risk youth.

The live discussion will be streamed at and broadcast in Spring 2016 as part of MPT's American Graduate initiative. If you are interested in being part of the live studio audience, email


  Youth Voices Baltimore