Bookopolis provides a safe and fun online place for elementary and middle school students to connect with other young readers about books and reading. Teachers and librarians can use Bookopolis to help build a community of readers in their classroom. Students can connect with friends to share book reviews and swap book recommendations. Students can also practice persuasive writing, comprehension, and typing skills by completing reviews, reports, and reading logs online. Educators can sign up with a “teacher” account and then set up one or more classes and accounts for their students. While the main goal is to ignite a lifelong love of reading, the features and activities on the site also align to several Common Core reading and writing standards for students in grades 2–7.
K–12 students in US public, private, and home schools can enter NASA’s Mars 2020 Name the Rover essay contest. One grand-prize winner will name the rover and be invited to see the spacecraft launch in July 2020 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Nancy Drew Codes and CluesMystery Game sparks an interest in coding, especially for girls, through a fun and engaging story. The mystery adventure also builds critical thinking and reading skills, as students read along with story dialogue. As members of Nancy Drew’s De-TECH-Tive crew, players choose disguises, find clues, and program a robot puppy to solve the mystery of a missing project at the Tech Fair.
The 1619 Project,inaugurated with a special issue of The New York Times Magazine, reframes US history by marking the year when the first enslaved Africans arrived on Virginia soil as the nation’s foundational date. The Project is a collection of essays and literary works observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery.