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October 16, 2018


Enrich Classroom Learning in ELA


For the Love of Lit
Virtual Professional Learning Series
October 17, 25, November 7, 14

ELA teachers! Invigorate classroom learning and teaching in a four-part professional learning series that highlights techniques for engaging students through a connection to literature. The series emphasizes fun, accessible, and free tools for classrooms and was developed by teachers for teachers from the PBS Digital Innovator All-Star teams.

Creating Text-Dependent Questions for the Classroom

Get students to think more deeply about what they are reading with MPT's professional development initiative. By utilizing this resource, you will learn to demonstrate a process for generating text-dependent questions for use with literature and informational text at all grade levels.


Develop Children's Early Literacy Skills

Discover a variety of ways for kids to have fun with literacy using great tips, activities and resources from PBS Parents. 


Expand Students' STEM Skills


Home Tweet Home

In MPT's online lesson activity, students conduct research to learn about endangered birds in Maryland and use an interactive tool to build a virtual nest box for a bird. An integrated engineering portfolio will help guide students through the collection of web activities. (For middle school grades)


Designing a Healthier, Happier Meal 

Help students start thinking about the role of fast food in our nation's diet as they use the engineering design process to design, build and test a healthy fast food meal for children. (For high school grades) 

Plan Ahead for Halloween...In Class and at Home


The Black Cat

"The Black Cat," written by Edgar Allan Poe, is a tale of horror told from the perspective of the man who lived it. In MPT's literacy interactive, students explore the story of The Black Cat to become more effective readers and learn how to "see" a story in their mind. (Please note, the story may not be suitable for younger learners) 


Fun, Crafts and Games

Get some great ideas for making it a memorable and well-planned Halloween with pumpkin carving templates, no-sew costumes, creepy crafts and fun activities from PBS Parents. 


Halloween Resource Collection

Halloween dates back thousands of years to a time when people wore masks and costumes to fend off roaming ghosts. In this Halloween collection for PreK-12 audiences, you can do everything from making slime and using math to share candy, to studying zombie brains and exploring the concept of fear.

MPT Programs and Community Events

Season Finale: The Great American Read: October 23, 2018


Tuesday, October 23 at 8:00 pm on MPT

The final countdown to revealing America’s most treasured novel from a list of 100 is winding down while the excitement is gearing up! During the season finale of The Great American Read, viewers will learn which novel won the coveted first place spot! 

It’s also a great time to extend learning at home or in the classroom. Many novels that made the list have become classics in schools. Instill a love of reading using engaging activities aligned to books from The Great American Read.
> Access educational activities 

Maryland STEM Festival: October 26-November 11, 2018


Celebrate STEM everywhere in Maryland with over 500 events happening across the state. You and your family can explore everything from STEM robotics, drones and maker spaces to rainforest challenges and kinetic sculptures.

The festival helps students gain exposure to potential STEM careers and applicable skills that could lead to jobs in the future. 
> Learn more and explore 

Access more free PreK-12 activities on Thinkport!