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THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! will feature two brand new episodes. “Rumbly Tumbly / Planet Name Game” features a super shrunken trip into Thing One's stomach as well as a whirlwind trip to each of the eight planets, and “Top of the Sky / Jiggle Bones” follows the Cat, Nick and Sally as they travel to Audrey the Astronaut’s space station and visit Dr. Giggles to see why bones are important.
The celebration will continue online and on mobile. Video clips from both episodes will be available for free online at pbskids.org/video and on the PBS KIDS Video App starting March 1.
Viewers will also have a chance to interact with the Cat in the Hat with the new “Swirly Whirly Pearl Hunt” game. In this game, the Swirly Whirly Ocean is filled with aquatic creatures of all colors, shapes and sizes, and players can catch a ride on the Thinga-ma-jigger to travel deeper and deeper through silly, Seussian schools of fish. The Swirly Whirly Pearl is waiting somewhere far below, along with the chance to create a personalized school of mix-and-match sea creatures. “Swirly Whirly Pearl Hunt” will be available on pbskids.org/catinthehat on March 1.
Illinois Public Media and the Stratton Leadership & MicroSociety Magnet School are sponsoring a free online movie night for families in the Unit 4 School District and anyone who wants to participate. You can watch from home and chat with others who are watching, too! We'll be watching the PBS Nature program "Animal Odd Couples" as well as chatting in real-time with each other! Please sign-up for an account BEFORE the screening. If you have questions, email Kimberlie Kranich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit this page to sign up for an account and watch and discuss the movie.
More about the movie: Love apparently knows no boundaries in the animal kingdom. A lion befriends a coyote. A goat guides a blind horse. A goose romances a tortoise, and so on. The growing anecdotal evidence of unlikely animal pairings has sparked scientific interest in data about interspecies bonds and animal altruism. Do animals express compassion beyond their own kind? What’s the motivation behind these unconventional friendships? Watch a preview.
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Illinois Public Media is teaching students at Stratton Leadership and Microsociety Magnet School how to produce video newscasts for their Strattonville microsociety.
The case of the missing corn snake headlined the first school newscast in December. Student newscasters Lihi and Terry reported that the snake was assumed to be loose in the school after its cage door was accidentally left open. Although the snake was harmless, “it would still be helpful—to the snake—if it were found,” Lihi said.
The newscasts are part of the “media venture” project of the school microsociety, named Strattonville by students. WILL received a grant from Unit 4 Schools to provide training for both students and teachers.
A team of 10 students produced the news show, which premiered during a school assembly in December, after other students reported stories, wrote scripts, and filmed and edited video. It also featured weather and a video story about the media venture project. Each time a new newscast is done, students upload it to the Web, where teachers in each classroom can access it and play it for students. It’s also available for parents and others to see at strattonsociety.org/.
Illinois Public Media’s Henry Radcliffe and College of Media intern Alison Marcotte are teaching the students TV studio production; Kimberlie Kranich shows them how to interview, report and research; and Molly Delaney teaches them media literacy skills. Stratton teachers Erin Uppinghouse and Monty Rose are working with the students.
Students spent two months learning their jobs, and becoming familiar with the equipment. At first, they didn’t know that “stand by to cue the talent” meant “get ready to cue them,” not “go ahead and cue them.” Learning to read the teleprompter without moving their heads left to right was another challenge. And camera operators were still working during the first taping to remember to hold the cameras still.
As they crowded around a monitor to watch the playback after completing the taping, students had big smiles on their faces as they saw themselves and heard their voices. “You’ve really come a long way,” Henry told them. “You should be proud.”
Kids in Illinois Public Media's Book Mentor project found out that it's okay to dig in dirt if you're a dirt detective. Book mentors visited classrooms to help students examine soil with a magnifying glass and to read aloud the book Wonderful Worms to the children. The students also watched a video clip of Sid the Science Kid, who learned with the children that dirt is important because it helps things grow.
Illinois Public Media's Book Mentor Project gets kids excited about reading, and puts books into the hands of families who otherwise might not have access to books at home. The project recruits and trains volunteers come from local businesses, community service organizations, student associations and parent groups.