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Booster's costume creator: it's a scream!

It's officially October, and that means it's time for putting up spooky decorations, carving pumpkins, and best of all—dressing up in costumes. Deciding on a costume can be downright scary when there are so many options to choose from, so we invite you to try Booster's Costume Creator. This interactive site will allow you to try several costumes and see which one works best for you. And because it’s both fun and educational, you can dress up Imagine Learning characters in fun costumes, both hysterical and historical. Learn about Cleopatra, Blackbeard, or Einstein as you craft your creepy creation. Choose a background, pick a message, and then witch your friends a happy Halloween by sending your masterpiece to them as an e-card. Here’s how Booster’s Costume Creator works: 1. Pick a Person. Always wanted to be a brilliant scientist? Fond of famous pilots? With Booster’s Costume Creator, you have your choice of dressing up as a pirate, a vampire, an emperor, or several other options. 2. Choose a Costume. Want to add Shakespeare’s puffy shirt with Blackbeard’s silly pantaloons? No problem. Using three interchangeable panels, you can easily mix and match your favorite items from each character’s outfit plus a unique background to create a truly spook-tacular costume! You can even click the info buttons to learn about each character—from fearsome Blackbeard the pirate to disappearing pilot Amelia Earhart. 3. Share … and Scare! Now that you’ve picked the perfect costume, it’s time to scare somebody with it. Email an e-card of your boo-tiful character to friends and family, or simply print it off and hang it up somewhere. It’s a scream come true!
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2014 Limerick contest winners

This year, we were lucky to receive more limerick entries than ever before! Our judges were amazed at how many creative limericks were submitted. We would like to thank everyone who participated, and announce this year's winners. First place: Lorena Sanchez Prize: $25 Amazon gift card There once was a bilingual teacher Who had a unique and rare feature When homework was missing Her hair would start hissing A gorgon she was- what a creature! Second place: Emma, 5th Grade Prize: Booster bobblehead figurine In orchestra we all strum, and in choir we all hum, music at school, is totally cool just wait ’till the marching bands come! Third place: Stephanie, 2nd Grade Prize: Mike the Microphone talking plush toy There was a girl from the west she found a pretty bird in his nest with beautiful colored eyes it picks up food when he flies and she took it home like a guest. Honorable Mention: Geniene Delahunty Prize: Imagine Learning stickers and pencils There once was a school named Yealey Where learning was a priority– daily! Imagine Learning’s a hit Our kids don’t mind to sit As their English is growing greatly! Please join us next March for another rousing round of limerick writing!
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Write a lucky limerick

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up quick. Grab a pen and write a limerick. Be a rhyming rockstar, you’re sure to go far, and a lucky winner we’ll pick. Want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? You have something clever to say? Join in the fun, add in a pun, And encourage your friends to play. Try writing your own limerick. Write it down with a leaded stick. Make it divine, and submit it online. Your limerick we’re sure to pick. Join in the St. Patrick’s Day fun by entering our annual limerick writing contest. To help you along the way, we've created a fun little video about writing limericks, hosted by Nick from the Imagine Learning software. Nick teaches students how to write limericks step-by-step, and explains the process by sharing his own limericks. Teachers, get your students involved! This video is the perfect way to begin an engaging lesson plan on limerick writing. You can also watch the video on Vimeo. We hope you have fun trying your hand at poetry writing! Submit entries in the comments section below. We will award prizes to the top three limericks. Prize Pot-o-gold: 1st prize: a $25 Amazon gift card 2nd prize: a Booster bobblehead 3rd prize: a talking Mike the Microphone plush toy We’ll accept submissions through end-of-day Monday, March 17th. Special consideration will be given to limericks with an educational flavor, and also to student submissions. Check back often to see the entries—and the lucky winners. You’ll be green with envy. Good luck (o’ the Irish) to everyone! Nick's Limerick Video Lyrics: Hello! How are you? I’m Nick. Here to teach you a fun little trick. To have a good time when writing a rhyme try writing your own limerick! There are limericks of all different kinds. So how do you write one that shines? You’ll see that it’s cool if you follow the rule: a limerick is made of five lines. So listen close to this song. Lines one, two and five are all long. And in poems of this sort make lines three and four short and I promise you’ll never go wrong. You need to be sure and contrive to rhyme lines one, two, and five Then do it once more with lines three and four and your limerick surely will thrive! So let these pointers take hold And if you’ll write as you were told at the rainbow’s end you’ll find there my friend your own limerick pot o’ gold!
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We're head over heels for Booster's Valentine Creator

Share the love with your friends and family by using Booster's Valentine Creator. Booster's Valentine Creator is an interactive webpage that helps you create customized valentines—all with just a few clicks of the mouse. Here's how to put a little pizzazz into your valentines this year: Choose a character. All the Imagine Learning stars are here, from loveable Pete the Prairie Dog to chatterbox Mike the Microphone. Select a colorful background. Roses are red and violets are blue; we've got a color that's perfect for you. Pick a memorable message. Using the arrows above the card, select the perfect sentiment. Once you've completed your creation, download and print it, or email it to a lucky recipient. Teachers, be sure to share the love with your class, as they will be absolutely smitten by this fun, interactive activity. So put some heart into it and make a sweet valentine for that special someone. Happy Valentine's Day from all your friends at Imagine Learning!
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Happy Holidays from Imagine Learning

At this holiday season, we express profound gratitude for our dedicated partners in education. Thanks for making a difference.   Click on the card to see how doors are opening for children everywhere. (And you might want to grab a tissue.)
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