Here are some great opportunities to learn about mammoths and mastodons right here in Indiana:
Ice Age Giants: The Mystery of Mammoths and Mastodons
Exhibit at The Indiana State Museum: Nov. 16, 2013 – Aug. 17, 2014 Underneath Indiana’s soil lies a hidden graveyard of Ice Age giants. Entombed for thousands of years, the remains of these ancient elephants continue to be uncovered by Hoosiers across the state. The Indiana State Museum has been hard at work for decades – discovering, digging, studying and preserving the remains of mammoths, mastodons and other Ice Age animals.
Mastodon Skeleton at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Picture Books:It’s not often that you find the remains of a prehistoric animal right in your own backyard. That’s what happened on the Christensen farm, near Greenfield, Indiana, in 1976. As workers used machinery to create a pond, they accidentally scooped up the skull, teeth, and some rib bones of a mastodon. The mastodon is an extinct relative of the modern elephant that roamed the earth more than 10, 000 years ago. The bones were excavated by a cooperative effort of the IUPUI Department of Geology, the Indiana Amateur Archaeological Society and The Children’s Museum.
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The Children’s Choice Book Awards is the only national book award where the winning titles are selected by children and teens of all ages. Voting for the 7th annual Children’s Choice Book Awards started March 25, 2014. You can vote right now!
Winners will be announced on a live video broadcast during Children’s Book Week (May 12-18, 2014).
Author of the Year: Vote Right Here!
Vote in the other categories:
Illustrator of the Year Vote
Oliver Jeffers, The Day The Crayons Quit (Philomel)
Victoria Kann, Emeraldalicious (HarperCollins)
James Dean, Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus (HarperCollins)
Anna Dewdney, Llama Llama and the Bully Goat (Viking)
Grace Lee, Sofia the First: The Floating Palace (Disney Press)
Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year Vote
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers (Philomel)
Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos, illustrated by Joy Ang (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Alphabet Trucks by Samantha R. Vamos, illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke (Charlesbridge)
Bear and Bee by Sergio Ruzzier (Disney/Hyperion)
Chamelia and the New Kid in Class by Ethan Long (Little, Brown)
Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year Vote
Bean Dog and Nugget: The Ball by Charise Mericle Harper (Knopf)
Cougar by Stephen Person (Bearport Publishing)
The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline (Candlewick)
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams)
Bugs in My Hair! by David Shannon (Blue Sky/Scholastic)
Fifth to Sixth Grade Book of the Year Vote
Prince Puggly of Spud by Robert Paul Weston (Razorbill)
Lawless: Book 1 by Jeffrey Salane (Scholastic)
National Geographic Kids Myths Busted! by Emily Krieger, illustrated by Tom Nick Cocotos (National Geographic Children’s Books)
Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli (Knopf)
Battling Boy by Paul Pope (First Second)
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The Doodle 4 Google competition encourages young artists to get creative, and let their imagination and curiosity roam free. Students K-12 from across the U.S. are invited to submit their original doodle based on this year’s unique theme, “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place…”
The national winner will:
- have his or her doodle displayed on the Google homepage, for 24 hours
- receive a $30K scholarship and $50K Google for Education grant for a tech lab in their school, along with other goodies
- and, for the first time ever, the winner will travel to Google’s headquarters in California to spend a day with the Doodle team to bring their doodle to life through animation.
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Today’s honoree in the seventh annual 28 Days Later campaign, a Black History Month celebration of children’s book creators of color, is Higgins Bond.
The campaign will run February 1-28, 2014.
Tamika finds strength in her family, her friends, and herself as she copes with the murder of her father by drug dealers.
The Brown Bookshelf blog is designed to push awareness of African American voices writing for young readers. A major program of theirs is 28 Days Later, a month-long showcase of the best in Picture Books, Middle Grade and Young Adult. Read more about the founders of The Brown Bookshelf here.
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The Indianapolis Public Library has a digital collection full of digital images that will give you a good look at black history in America and right here in Indiana. These items are the real thing. The collection includes photographs, photographs of artifacts and documents which would be great resources for school reports.
Artifacts at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – A digital collection of 1,000 artifacts from the museum collection. Selected objects range over school subjects from Social Studies to Science to Geography with a particular emphasis on Indiana. You can visit the whole collection or you can see just the African-American artifacts on the IndyPl Kids Pinterest Board: Black History.
Free Soil Banner – The Free Soil Banner was a newspaper published in Indianapolis from 1848 to 1854 published by the Free Soil Party. The main plank in the Party’s platform was that slavery should not be extended to the territories newly gained in the war with Mexico, but should be “free soil”, worked by free (as opposed to slave) labor. They stopped short at advocating the abolition of slavery, preferring to contain it to the areas where it was already allowed, believing that it would eventually die out. “Free soil, free speech, free labor, free men.”
African American Firefighters – On May 19, 1876 Fire Chief W. O. Sherwood appointed the first black men to the Indianapolis Fire Department on Hose Company 9, located at 31 West Saint Joseph Street. This station, eventually renumbered as Station 1 and relocated to 441 Indiana Avenue, grew to become an all-black double company firehouse, with approximately 24 firefighters who rotated through two 24-hour shifts.
Black firefighters remained segregated from the rest of the Fire Department until the practice was officially ended on Jan. 1, 1960. Hired before integration in 1955, Joseph Kimbrew became the first black Fire Chief of the Indianapolis Fire Department on January 19, 1987.
The Indianapolis Postcard Collection - This postcard is a photo of the 1943 Negro League Indianapolis Clowns. The postcard collection is a great resource for Indianapolis history, especially if you have to know about a landmark in the city. The collection is mostly made up of postcards of buildings, but I didn’t want to miss pointing out this one. For more information about the negro leagues and black athletes take a look at Black History: Athletes. Especially don’t miss We Are the Ship by Kadir Nelson
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