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Media Mentor Monday

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Mural created by the Lower School Art Students of Porter Gaud School in Charleston, SC  (Source:  http://www.911memorial.org/talk-children-about-911)

Yesterday was the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the United States.  Many of today’s youth were born after this tragedy occurred.  They will never know the pain and anguish we experienced as we watched the towers collapse, the Pentagon under attack, and learned about the airplane carrying 40 souls that went down in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  My daughter (14-years-old) asked her father and I yesterday, “Are you guys OK?  I mean with the 9/11 thing and all.”  She was genuinely concerned about how we were feeling.  It struck me how we had never really talked about this with her.  We quietly mourned and shed tears each year.  We put a flag out by our mailbox.  We held her and her brother a little tighter on each 9/11 as the years passed.  But we never really talked about it with them.  It was too scary – too awful.  We hadn’t come to grips with it.  How can we expect them to?

So we started talking.  My daughter explained that her class was studying 9/11 in her social studies course in high school.  This truly gave me pause – something I had experienced, witnessed, grieved was the subject of her studies in school now.  Fifteen years.  It is history and always will be for her and her brother because they weren’t even born yet when it happened.  I had to change my mindset to think about it in her terms – as a part of history, as something she didn’t know.

Discussing 9/11 is not easy, but you can do it.  Hopefully, these tools and resources will help:

  1.  Talk to Children about 9/11
    http://www.911memorial.org/talk-children-about-911
  2. Grade-appropriate Lesson Plans for Teachers
    http://www.911memorial.org/lesson-plans
  3. Children’s books about 9/11
    https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/kids-books-about-911
  4. Videos and documentaries on 9/11 for Grades 6-12 in US
    https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/arct14.sci.nv911mem/reflections-on-the-9-11-memorial/
  5. America Responds:  Resources to teach about peace, tolerance, war, patriotism, geography, and other related issues
    https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/pbs_org14_ameresp_soc_1/america-responds-classroom-resources/
  6. Remembering September 11th
    http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/collection/global-awareness/remembering-september-11th
  7. Talking to children about scary news stories
    http://cmch.tv/my-daughter-cant-sleep-because-of-a-scary-news-story-what-can-i-do/

And finally, some encouraging words from Mister Rogers:

http://www.fredrogers.org/frc/news/mister-rogers-message-one-year-anniversary-9-11

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Media Mentor Activity: Ice cream, ice cream, we all scream for ice cream

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream month?  Really!  And, in 2014, Sunday, July 20 will be National Ice Cream Day!  YAHOO!

What does this have to do with children’s media?  Well, when there are different special days and months, you can use those as themes to create experiential learning opportunities with media and activities.

Here are some ice cream media activities:

1.  Martha Speaks Blue Ice Cream Clip:  Do you have an AVERSION to food that is blue?

2.  Martha Speaks “Operation Ice Cream” Story:  Wouldn’t it be fun to have an ice cream party?

3.  Curiosity Quest: How is ice cream made at Ben & Jerry’s?

4.  Max and Ruby:  Max’s Ice Cream Cone

 

Here are some ice cream reading activities:

1.  Ice Cream: The Full Scoop by Gail Gibbons

2.  Icebergs, Ice Caps, and Glaciers by Allan Fowler

3.  Wemberley’s Ice Cream Star by Kevin Henkes

 

And, here are some ice cream doing activities:

1.  Eat some ice cream!

  • Graeter’s is having a special on Sunday, July 20 – $1.44 cones!
  • Check out these deals and freebies for ice cream online!

2.  Makes some ice cream!

3.  Play the ARTHUR ice cream delivery game!

4.  Make ice cream treats!

Enjoy National Ice Cream Month!