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PBS KIDS Writers Contest
The annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest is a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. Partnering with PBS stations nationwide, the Contest encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original work.
The Contest is structured the same as the Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest of past years. Children in grades kindergarten through third are encouraged to write and illustrate stories and submit them to their local stations, which will select winners and award prizes. These winners will then be entered into the national level of the Contest where a panel of judges will select the national winners. National winners will be announced and prizes, including tablets, e-readers and MP3 players will be awarded during summer 2015.
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Don't forget WNED's annual classroom character visit prize! Any class that has 5 or more students enter the Contest will be automatically entered in the random drawing for a character visit pizza party in your classroom! More details here.
In addition to this year's national Contest, there will be a Classroom Sweeps. Any class who enters the Contest, meets the requirements, and fills out the Classrroom Sweeps entry form will be entered to win a collection a Little Brown books for your classroom! Classroom Sweeps rules and entry form below.
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The deadline for all entries for the 2015 Contest is: Monday March 30, 2015
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The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is a perfect fit for exercising Core Curriculum guidelines in ELA. The contest naturally provides teachers several of the criteria in the ELA Core Curriculum Standards. Not only will teachers be meeting Core Curriculum Standards, but students will have fun in creating something special of their own with a possibility of winning a national writing and illustrating competition. What is needed in order to enter the contest is nothing outside of ordinary ELA lessons.
Even short stories are complex, and require students to work on a number of elements: characters, plot/story structure, climax/resolution, and setting. This worksheet is intended to help your students expand upon their story idea(s) to develop a strong story.
This worksheet is intended to help your students start to form ideas for potential stories. The activity provides your students with a blank page to freely develop story ideas through text and illustration. Serving as a precursor to the Brainstorming sheet, this is a place for the child to draw or write topic ideas for their story.
This supplementary worksheet is designed to help children think about the relationship of images and illustrations to text, or captions. The worksheet provides a few examples of pictures and captions. You can leave the rest of the worksheet blank for your students to draw pictures and write captions for each picture, or you can pre-populate some of the spaces with images to help your student relate current lessons to the story writing project.
This worksheet is intended to help your students practice making thoughtful, engaging illustrations for their stories. Students can practice making an illustration in the box labeled “School.” Then, they can choose seven additional words to illustrate in each of the remaining boxes. We’ve provided a few examples of words, if they need ideas. Once they’ve completed the illustrations have them review and explain their words and illustrations to a classmate.
This worksheet is intended to help your students develop self-criticism skills so that they can refine and improve their stories.
There are two versions of this worksheet, this one has blank questions and answers for you to fill out based on the reading and writing skills of your students.
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WNED ǀ WBFO to Begin Multifaceted Initiative Focusing on Area Waterways “If Our Water Could Talk” seeking photos of local waterways for television event and website.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – More than 22 percent of the city of Buffalo is water and the region lies within the largest fresh water system in the world. The abundance of fresh water is one of Western New York’s greatest resources. WNED ǀ WBFO Buffalo-Toronto is introducing a multimedia project, “If Our Water Could Talk,” which will go in-depth into our area’s most valuable resource – water.
“Very few cities in our country have the rich waterfront heritage that Buffalo is fortunate to have,” said Donald K. Boswell, WNED ǀ WBFO president and CEO. “The goal of this initiative is to bring vital topics of information and conversation surrounding water resources to the forefront.”
“If Our Water Could Talk” will include a television documentary and additional discussion on WNED-TV airing Monday, May 12 at 9 p.m., radio reports on WBFO-FM 88.7, educational materials, an extensive companion website and community engagement. WNED ǀ WBFO plans in-depth coverage over a period of time about critical water issues including conservation, environmental cleanup, community and public access, commercial and industrial development and economic growth.
“Our water defined our history and it will define our future,” said Jill Jedlicka, executive director of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.
WNED ǀ WBFO is currently seeking area water photos from the public to possibly be used in the upcoming television event and on the project website, wned.org/ifourwatercouldtalk. Photos can be submitted through social media using the hashtag #wnywater.
“People love the renaissance,” said Peg Overdorf, executive director of Buffalo River Fest Park, LLC. “Everybody’s got a new hope for Buffalo and it’s all about water.” Funding for “If Our Water Could Talk” is provided by HSBC and Honeywell. With additional funding from The Joy Family Foundation and Lawley Insurance. SUGGESTED SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS/TWEETS:
Facebook: Send your best photos of area waterways for WNED ǀ WBFO’s “If Our Water Could Talk” using the hashtag #wnywater! http://bit.ly/1lhqzNu
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More than 22 percent of the city of Buffalo is water and the region lies within the largest fresh water system in the world. The abundance of fresh water is one of Western New York’s greatest resources. WNED ǀ WBFO Buffalo-Toronto is introducing a multimedia project, If Our Water Could Talk, which will go in-depth into our area’s most valuable resource – water.
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