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Join World Read Aloud Day
and Plan a Family
Reader's Theater Night

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World Read Aloud Day, promoting world literacy, takes place March 6, 2013! Participate by holding a family reader's theater night or simply doing reader's theater with your students. Engaging parents in reading with their children is one of the most important ways to support literacy in youth. (Additional ideas for activities can be found here.)

Invite your students' parents to come to school and read a reader's theater story in small groups with their children. Parents get to play a role in a reader's theater play right in the classroom! No practice or preparation needed, just give parents the easiest roles! Parents can gain insight on how to help their children improve reading skills at home, and both parents and students may love a chance to show off their acting abilities! Giving parents an opportunity to read aloud with expression may spark an interest in reading this way at home with their children.

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"The 10 Commandments"
Inspired by the Sermons of
Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church

Faith-based organizations, including YMCAs, will find this engaging and funny reader's theater story a powerful tool for Biblical education and daily living.

New Installment in the Playbooks® Roleplay Reader™ Faith Series!

In this fun and entertaining fictional story, five modern-day characters encounter each other as they show up first in line for a big event. Several agree that what, or who, they are waiting for is extremely important to them and definitely on their "Top 10" list in life.

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When one of the characters, who is simply tagging along to help a friend, reminds them of God's Top 10, The 10 Commandments, they realize they could be breaking two of the commandments just by being there. What follows is a riveting discussion and interpretation of the 10 most important laws of the Bible. Together they explore and interpret each commandment and learn a fun mnemonic to help remember them. With contemporary and amusing dialogue, this story makes an inspiring and engaging performance. The story comes with discussion questions and includes more than 40 Bible references, making it a perfect Bible study project for teens and adults. Look for more Roleplay Readers™ in this series including The Lord’s Prayer Playbook®.

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Resources to STOP Bullying Now

The Bully Games (Grades 5-8)
from Playbooks® Roleplay Reader

Sends Anti-Bullying Message
Where it Has the Most Impact, Turns
Bystanders into

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Story Synopsis: Filled with the most up to date anti-bullying ideologies, this story shows through the experiences of average teenagers how bystanders have the power to stop a bully in a matter of seconds simply by standing up for the victim with a few words! It also addresses the growing problem of cyber bullying.

from the U.S. Department
of Health & Human Services

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This official federal web site provides many tips and tools for preventing bullying in schools and beyond, including how to respond to bullying when it happens and how to prevent it from happening in the first place.

The site highlights the amazing power of the bystander to change bullying outcomes and stop future incidents from occurring!

In a mysterious journey through cyberspace, five teenagers from across the country are sucked into their smart phones and transported to a small, white room, with only one object: a gigantic cell phone. Bewildered, they soon discover they are playing a real life video game! As they select options from the phone's menu, they are sent into five different bullying scenarios, where each person finds him or herself playing a different part: bystander, victim, or bully. As they decipher the meaning behind the game, the characters learn about the often misunderstood dynamics of bullying how becoming a "forstander" by standing up for the victim destroys the "Bully Games.”

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Beyond School Hours - Jacksonville, February 20-23

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These ten lucky educators will get to try Playbooks® for free with their students for 90 days.

Linda Gobran
Lee County Schools - Caloosa Middle School
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Chapin, SC

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Oklahoma City Public Schools
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Littleton, CO

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Rhinelander, WI

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Educational Horizons Charter School
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Leander Independent School District
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Hamilton Jr. High School
Hamilton Independent School District
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Miami Children's Initiative, in Partnership With The Children's Trust,
Hosts Black History Month Event With International Speaker, Geoffrey Canada

Black History Month

We are proud of our customer, The Children's Trust, and their involvement in helping to celebrate Black History Month. As a multi-site Playbooks® customer who has approved our materials for its 200+ providers, they must be honored to host Geoffrey Canada, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Harlem Children's Zone, as their featured speaker. Children and youth from cultural and school organizations will also showcase their talents with live performances. Keep up the good work, TCT!

Plan your own Black History Month event or lesson plan including a performance of the Playbooks® script, The Great Rhyme Travel Machine II: African American Heroes!
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