Innovative new site, Educade, features StoryBots with teacher-created lesson plans

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Exciting news! StoryBots has just been featured on Educade.org, a new and completely free site where teachers can share lesson plans, ideas and learning tools for a variety of subjects and grade levels.

Educade is a portal designed to “meet the needs of teachers and parents everywhere by providing the largest online library of free, ready to use lesson plans paired with engaging and innovative learning tools, enabling teachers to maximize their impact on student learning.” Since Educade’s launch, teachers have been posting the innovative ways they’re using technology in the classroom.

Here’s a look at a couple of the amazing educators who have created lesson plans based on the StoryBots learning tools!

Featured Lesson Plan: The Letter J

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Nina photoNina Neulight is an experienced educator with a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology from UCLA, and in-classroom experience having taught grades K through 12. She has created a lesson plan all about The Letter J, based on StoryBots’ ABC Videos and ABC Lyric Sheets. Check out her ideas on introducing the letter and new vocabulary words, using props and encouraging kinesthetic learning!
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Featured Lesson Plan: Biggest Pizza Ever

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deborahraphaelDeborah Raphael works in the LAUSD Arts Education Branch and is an advisor on Educational Technology and the Arts. Using Starring You Books, her lesson featuring The Biggest Pizza Ever uses a dynamic cross-curricular approach, integrated with multiple English Language Core Standards and Common Core 21st Century goals. This lesson not only brings stories alive using theater concepts, but is also a very creative use of the Starring You Books by StoryBots, that can be adapted for K-5th grades. It focuses on a wide range of skills including speaking, listening, estimating, collaboration as well as pantomime, tableau, problem solving and improvisation. As we were lucky enough to see first-hand, Ms. Raphael’s lesson kept her students super engaged and excited to learn!

Check out the StoryBots learning tools on Educade here!

Happy Hallo-wallo-ween!

Halloween is quickly creeping up, and we’ve got a trick-or-treat bag FULL of fun ways that you can celebrate the spooky season.

First, Halloween Friends, our new Starring You Book for October, is out! This unearthly story tells the tale of a mysterious group of friends trick-or-treating, showing off their unusual tricks to earn their treats. Download in the Starring You Books app.

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We’ve also launched a brand new page just for Halloween activities, which you can find at StoryBots.com/halloween. Here, you can make your very own StoryBots Hallo-wallo-ween video, as the StoryBots call Halloween, where you can cast up to 5 faces! Your family can dance Hallo-wallo-ween night away as a werewolf, mummy, vampire, ghost, and Frankenstein. Make your own here!

You can also cast this video on the go, using the StoryBots Halloween iPhone/iPad app, completely free to download in the App Store.
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Lastly, we have a wide variety of Halloween activities, including coloring pages, letter tracing practice, mazes, recipes, and word searches! Download the entire packet for free here.

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Have a safe and happy Hallo-wallo-ween!

Fun Writing Practice to the Tune of Our Rockin’ ABC Videos!

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Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 11.57.43 AMOur fans asked, and we’ve answered! By popular demand, we’re happy to debut a free 26-page worksheet packet featuring the lyrics from our ABC Video series. In addition to the song lyrics, each page includes areas to practice tracing and writing key words from each letter song. The toe-tapping songs cover a wealth of rich vocabulary words, and now your kids can practice reading and writing as they listen, to increase their command of language.

Download for free here!