International Literacy Day is about focusing attention on worldwide literacy needs. For this International Literacy Day, the International LiteracyAssociation (ILA), formerly the International Reading Association, has compiled a kit of creative classroom ideas and student activities centered on the collective action theme The Power of the People: Start a Literacy Movement. Several activities in the kit encourage teachers to connect their students with another classroom across the globe. ILA’s partners at ePals.com provide an easy platform that teachers can use to find one another. Teachers can share their stories and photos with ILA on social media using the hashtag #ILD15.
Plus: This year ILA is working with Little Free Library to encourage the construction of community libraries around the world. Download the special kit with instructions on how to build and maintain a Little Free Library.
Budding young artists, photographers, or digital experts will appreciate the Master Class offerings that are part of Smithsonian Summer Virtual Adventures. Designed for students in grades 6–11, these weeklong studio courses help students develop specialized skills as they create personal projects inspired by Smithsonian collections.
On June 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (ET), children can join educators from the National Gallery of Art and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for an enjoyable hands-on Art Tales Live: Online Storytime program.
Fans of Jane Austen can visit her House from the comfort of their home, or wherever they are. They can stroll through the House, now a Museum, on a 360-degreevirtual tour, wander through the gardens with the Museum cat, or take in an online exhibition.