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Our 2017 Limerick Contest Winners

Every year, Imagine Learning holds a limerick contest for budding new poets--and every year, the contest is harder to judge! Our 2017 Limerick Contest was no exception; we read so many wonderful and creative limericks that it was hard to choose a winner. In the end, our judges voted for entries that best captured the distinctive rhyme and rhythm of a limerick, along with those that were especially creative in following this year's theme: "My Favorite Subject." Congratulations, students--your limericks were amazing. The Winning Limericks Top prizes this year went to students of Carolyn S--by far the most entries received. Great job, students!
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Black History Month Activities for the Classroom

During Black History Month each February, K-12 teachers across the country take a special look at their lesson plans. Will it be a guest speaker this year, or a lecture on Harriet Tubman? Although some prominent black Americans question the need for a Black History Month, Americans as a whole think it's worth commemorating. And all cultural backgrounds can benefit by learning about the black experience--then, and now. But to really engage students, this occasion requires thoughtful planning. Here are six ideas for making black history come alive in the classroom. Move Beyond Familiar Historical Figures Alonzo Herndon While names like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. are important, they shouldn't eclipse the names of unsung black Americans. The recent success of the movie "Hidden Figures" illustrates this point well. Depending on the ages of those you teach, why not craft a lesson around black inventors--or ask students if they have a lesser-known hero they'd like to discuss? Ask a local historian for further ideas. You can even talk about and play musical excerpts by black composers. Or profile black musicians in general. The point is: get creative. Learn More About the Underground Railroad Make history come alive by seeing how former slaves escaped to freedom via the Underground Railroad.
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Holiday Wishes from Imagine Learning to Educators Everywhere

The holiday season is a busy time for educators. One day it could be an intense new project for the first-graders; the next day it might be a food drive that involves the entire school. During times like these, exhaustion hits hard--and the holiday break can't come soon enough. But every now and then, a word of encouragement to a struggling student can make all the difference. Who knows--that extra boost might just help a struggling student triumph over a hard math problem. Or help a shy student speak up in class. Or help an English language learner read at grade level for the first time. To all who work so hard to nurture the minds and hearts of kids, please enjoy the video below--and happy holidays!
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