Thinkport Newsletter: Autumn Activities

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October 5, 2016

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October is bursting with limitless learning and teaching opportunities! This week we focus on everything from Halloween and the mysterious works of Edgar Allan Poe, to Columbus Day and exercising our civil rights.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Civil Rights

Arguing for Change
Change is a good thing! Especially when the subject is about getting your classmates to stop bullying one another. In MPT’s interactive literacy activity, students use fiction and non-fiction resources and multimedia to prepare a written argument against bullying. (Grade 6)

Research Simulation Task
Help students boost their research and analysis skills using articles, stories and multimedia based on the topic of bullying. (Grades 9-10)  

Columbus Day

Columbus Day

America By Accident
Do your students know why we celebrate Columbus Day? Do they know how Columbus made it to North America by accident, but still got a holiday in his honor? Teach them important history using educational videos and activities from PBS LearningMedia. (Grades 2-6)

Origins of Columbus Day

Did Columbus really discover America? Travel back in time to help your students explore the answer. Resources include videos, articles, speeches and pictures.

Halloween, Poe and Poetry

Edgar Allan Poe

Knowing Poe
Get to know the mysterious Edgar Allan Poe! Explore Poe the person and Poe the writer through imaginative activities that examine everything from his home and his perfectionist editing, to his fascination with cryptograms. (Grades: middle/high school) 


Halloween Activities 

Games, treats, costumes and more! Get ready for some spooky good fun with PBS KIDS new Halloween website. Resources include videos, music, coloring, multimedia and family activities.  


Be My Neighbor Day
Annapolis, MD

Come meet Daniel Tiger Saturday, October 22 and learn what it means
to be a good neighbor!