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This Month at DE: August

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It’s a new year and we’re ready for a new beginning! Start fresh this school year with August resources that showcase new partners like Peripheral Vision/N*GEN, and new content from some of our long-time favorites like Child Mind Institute. From weather and wildlife to new professional learning and interactives, find what you need to support your back-to-school transition and prep for an amazing school year.

Air Jaws: Going for Gold

Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Excite students right away with brand-new 2021 Shark Week content! Share this video to see how high a great white can fly. Meet Rocket, the juvenile white shark and current record holder who was discovered in last year’s Air Jaws Breach Off, and see if he can beat his epic 15-foot jump—or if another shark will swipe his title.

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Anti-Bias Lessons Help Preschoolers Hold Up a Mirror to Diversity

Grades 6-8, 9-12

Demonstrate the importance of diversity with this new video from NewsHour Productions. This segment introduces the anti-bias programs that educators like Cindy Acker, founder of The Child Unique Montessori, have developed. See the importance of anti-bias education at preschools as children begin to recognize differences.

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Back to School Channel

All Grade Levels

Welcome students back to the classroom with immersive new assets in our refreshed Back to School Channel. Explore resources that help students of all ages adjust to school and gain perspective of various student experiences around the world.

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DE Staff Picks Channel

For Educators

Search our revamped DE Staff Picks Channel to find content chosen by real Discovery Education team members. Get a peek inside the minds of DE by browsing favorite professional learning resources, hand-picked strategies and fun, must-see videos.

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Make the most of August with timely content, tools, and events! View the latest updates and featured content in our This Month at DE Studio Board.

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Dramatically Change the World Grab & Go

Grades 6-8

Amp up activism this August with this ready-to-use lesson from Ignite My Future. Students will collaborate as members of a theater company planning a production focused on activism and current social issues. Groups will use computational thinking strategies and creativity to see how theatre and drama can impact school activism and local change.

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Educator Supports Center

For Educators

We have a NEW Educator Supports section! This collection replaces the Professional Learning Center and covers everything from getting started to hot topics to helping leaders maximize DE for their schools. Access it from your DE homepage and find a wealth of professional learning resources, real examples of DE in action, and much more.

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Elephant Toothpaste

Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8

Jumpstart student interest in science with this new video from 3M Science at Home. Join Camille Schrier, a scientist who was also crowned Miss America 2020, as she shows students how to many a chemical reaction so big it’s fit for elephants!

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Getting Better Together: Eva, Alex, and Nancy

Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Find engaging social-emotional learning (SEL) support with Getting Better Together, a new series from Child Mind Institute. Get started with the video of Eva, Alex, and Nancy, three fourth graders from New York who explain how they maintained their mental health during the pandemic and bring up the value of personal time.

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Interactive Courses

For Educators

Take advantage of updated interactive courses that help you navigate our newly updated platform and maximize all of the game-changing enhancements. Take the “What’s New with Discovery Education?” course to get ready for this school year, and find the full catalog in the Getting Started tab of the new Educator Supports collection.

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Introduction to Start with the Heart (SWTH)

Grades K-2, 3-5

Encourage students to “start with the heart” this school year with this audio clip from Inner Explorer. Hear how the heart is a big muscle that sends messages to the brain before guiding students to practice filling their hearts with loving feelings and sending them to someone else.

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N*GEN: Bees

Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8

Peripheral Vision International is an award-winning media organization that uses media, technology, and popular culture to catalyze social change. N*GEN, their science television program aids this mission by promoting curiosity and discovery, modelling holistic learning and development, and fostering positive gender norms. In this episode, learn all about bees’ anatomies, communication methods, and colony lifestyles, as well as how scientists are using bees to develop technology.

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Social-Emotional Learning: Welcoming New Friends

Grades 3-5

Use this ready-to-use health activity to help younger students learn about the importance of making new friends and showing kindness to kids who may be new to their school or community.

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Enjoy these new resources and be sure to join us here next month as we dive into our September theme: Student Voices!