Even if you are having a “staycation” there are plenty of places to explore in New York City. The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens has a great exhibit about Jim Henson. Didn’t know he was so ahead of his time with his ideas about cartooning and visual thinking. The museum is a great place for a rainy day. It is also an eye opener for teens. There are so many careers available in the world of movie making. The museum also exhibits all the details of creating a script and students could see the hard work that must go into even a “8 second” commercial!!!
Did you know students can take a tour of the New York Times factory in College Point, Queens? The papers go to press at 6:00 pm each evening. Students can see tomorrow’s paper today, and may even preview the Sunday magazine section several days ahead. This summer lucky teachers, including me, got to tour the New York Times factory and meet the editors of the Learning Blog, a great resource for teachers. I met Katherine Schulten, the creator of the learning blog, who shared some great ways to teach critical reading skills. For more great lesson plans, visit the Learning Network Blog from NYTimes.com.