From puns to personification, young readers tuning in to the Buttons & Figs podcasts will develop a love of all the amazing things they can do with words. Wordplay helps children make sense of the world by allowing them the freedom to play with meaning, sounds, and ideas. It is a way to inspire children to think critically and express creatively. Each Buttons & Figs podcast features some form of wordplay inspired by a book, song, or poem. Occasionally nonsense artists share writing and wordplay advice for children, but mainly listeners will hear original children’s wordplay writing and be invited to participate in a wordplay recording challenge. Children can listen to the podcasts for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or SoundCloud.
Teaching for Change provides teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write, and change the world. By drawing direct connections to real-world issues, Teaching for Change encourages teachers and students to question and rethink the world inside and outside their classrooms.
The New York Times offers a lesson for students on the life and influence of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on September 18 at age 87. The lesson provides an article and short video that discuss her impact on the law and offers some warm-up questions, along with writing and discussion prompts.
‘Tis the season to be spooky, and what better way to do that than diving into all things Edgar Allan Poe. The Poe Museum located in Richmond, Virginia, provides teachers with informative facts to enhance any lesson plan, a Poe timeline, and adaptable lesson plans designed for middle school and high school classrooms, including “The Black Cat,” “Masque of the Red Death,” and “The Bells.”