Scholastic has launched a new free website for classrooms, Teaching with Brian Selznick, with a virtual field trip to the American Museum of Natural History, the setting for Selznick's newest bestselling children's book, Wonderstruck. The virtual field trip, which is also available in closed caption, is hosted by Selznick and museum president Ellen V. Futter, and takes students on a tour through three exhibits in the museum: the Wolf Diorama, the Ahnighito Meteorite, and the Giant Anopheles Mosquito, all prominently featured in Wonderstruck. Students will also learn about the museum's history, exhibits, and collections from a museum curator, an exhibitions manager, and a senior scientist. Paired with the virtual field trip are activities for each stop on the tour to help students and teachers further explore the subject matter through science, language arts, social studies and art resources and activities.
Additionally, the new Teaching with Brian Selznick site includes classroom resources for The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Selznick's Caldecott Award-winning book and the basis for the celebrated film, Hugo, by Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese.
Teaching with Brian Selznick offers teachers and students easy access to Brian Selznick interviews, book reviews, and discussion guides for both books. The site adds even more rich classroom resources to the more than 100,000 pages of free content, lesson plans, activities, and videos available on Scholastic.com.
Brian Selznick's newest release, Wonderstruck, expands upon the genre-breaking form he invented in his debut novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. With 460 pages of original artwork, Wonderstruck is another multi-layered reading experience that weaves together two compelling, independent stories-one told in words and the other in pictures-set fifty years apart.
Source: Scholastic, www.scholastic.com