Discovery Education will release an extensive set of interactive educational materials in conjunction with the premiere of Discovery’s seven-part series “North America.”
North America, narrated by Tom Selleck, will reveal the intimate stories of animals struggling to survive in unforgiving weather and rugged terrain across the continent. Using content and concepts from this epic series, Discovery Education will provide teachers and students across the country with customized educational experiences that transport them beyond the classroom walls and into a journey exploring the majesty of our awe-inspiring continent.
Discovery Education will host a series of virtual field trips that will take students and teachers on a trek through North America’s amazing sights, where they can discover the magic of learning via groundbreaking video, behind-the-scenes access and interactions with the producer of North America. More than 160,000 students participated from across the country in the first of the three-part virtual field trip series which featured scientists and researchers from the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington D.C. The next virtual field trip will occur May 17 and will give educators and students a behind-the-scenes look at the making of North America as the producers and field crew of the series show how they made it come to life.
In addition, Discovery Education will also distribute North America school kits to grade 3-5 teachers throughout the nation. Reaching more than 180,000 students across the country, the kits will provide teachers with a screener of the first episode “Born to be Wild,” a lesson plan that corresponds with the episode and a take-home family engagement guide for each student featuring a poster, trekking map and animal trading cards. Free instructional resources and family discussion guides will provide interactive opportunities for both teachers and parents.
The North America series of content, along with the virtual field trips and North America curriculum, will also be available to teachers and students throughout the year via Discovery Education's award-winning social studies and science digital Techbook offerings, and in Discovery Education Streaming, Discovery's online digital content service.
For more information on Discovery Education’s North America virtual field trips, visit discoveryeducation.com/northamerica/event.cfm. For more information on Discovery Channel's seven-part series North America, visit http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/north-america.
Source: Discovery Education, www.discoveryeducation.com