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  1. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   1 – 4  |  Activity & Project
    Become a Young Archaeologist
    Want to visit a museum without leaving your computer? Virtually dig for famous historical artifacts from around the world found in the British Museum.
  2. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Activity & Project
    Have You Seen the Movie Yet?
    Before seeing a film based on a book, classic or contemporary, children can learn about filmmaking and create their own scenes based on their favorite moments from the book.
  3. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   K – 3  |  Tip & How-To
    How to Act Out a Story
    Help a child make a more personal connection with a book by acting out the story and exploring different characters' perspectives.
  4. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Tip & How-To
    How to Start a Writer’s Notebook
    Writer’s notebooks allow children and teens to take in the world around them and document their daily lives. Use these tips to learn how to start a writer's notebook with your child.
  5. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   K – 6  |  Activity & Project
    Let the Show Begin! Literary Talent Show
    Children choose their favorite songs, dances, poems, or stories to act out in a talent show for friends and family.
  6. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Activity & Project
    Rate This Movie! Hold a Viewing Party
    High school friends gather together for a viewing party of a movie, at home or the theater, then participate in a salon critiquing the merits of the movie.
  7. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Activity & Project
    Special Memories & Significant Moments: Making an Electronic Scrapbook
    Using a variety of artifacts, mementos, and technologies, teens can create an electronic scrapbook of their most important moments in high school.
  8. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Activity & Project
    Telling Good from Bad in Movies and Television
    In this activity, you can discuss with teens how they can tell the “good” characters from the “bad” ones by watching for clues that the movie makers have left.
  9. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Printout  |  Learning New Skills
    Through the Eyes of the Director
    What makes a movie work or fail? A well-made movie can draw viewers in so completely that they can forget that everything they see and hear was planned out by the filmmakers. This printout prompts teens to look at several distinct elements of a movie and decide on their overall effectiveness.
  10. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Printout  |  Writing It Out
    You’re the Director!
    Children can take a turn in the director’s chair. They can make decisions–and learn the elements–of stories told on film.