Music Legends Raising Awareness of Black Contributions to Arts and Society
Kids Discover has partnered with Rhino Records to celebrate Black History Month by releasing three free units honoring classic recording artists Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and Curtis Mayfield. Designed to shine a light on the lives and impact of these music industry legends, the units engage students in grades 3–8 through music and raise awareness of Black contributions to the arts and society. Educators can choose from three different Lexile levels for use in grades 3–4, 5–6, or 7–8. Each of the units offers three articles of approximately 600 to 700 words each, interactive multimedia resources such as tracks and videos from the artists, and original album art and rights-cleared music provided by Rhino Records. So that the materials are available to as many students as possible, the free units do not require a registered account or login.
The award-winning Novel EffectiPadapp brings stories to life, promotes literacy, sparks imagination, and provides enjoyment for children aged 12 and under. The app follows the voice of users as they read aloud from children’s storybooks, and responds at just the right moment with music, sounds, and character voices.
The Sharon Gewirtz Kids to Concertsfund supports string education by inspiring middle school string students through direct experience with accomplished classical musicians. Mentoring programs and high-level concert experiences are two examples.
Every year the Youth Free Expression Program (YFEP) invites young filmmakers to create a short film on a contemporary First Amendment issue. This year the topic for the Youth Free Expression Film Contest is BODY LANGUAGE: Uncensored Pride.