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Educator Resources

Use our free, teacher-vetted lessons to help your students understand the power of words and take full advantage of a field trip to Planet Word. Resources were designed based on feedback from a council of local educators, are standards-aligned, and include in-the-moment teaching and facilitation supports. The ready-to-go Google Slides format allows our resources to be instantly implemented in your classroom or easily customized to meet your students’ needs. Lessons are available for elementary, middle, and high school students.


Field Trips

Virtual Field Trips

Virtual field trips bring the magic of Planet Word into your online classroom. All offerings are Common Core standards-aligned.

*New Payment Policies Effective September 15, 2021*
$125 per workshop/FREE for DMV Title I schools and DMV non-profit organizations serving disadvantaged populations. DMV is defined as D.C., Maryland (Anne Arundel, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s counties) and Virginia (Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Falls Church, and Prince William counties).

Sounds Like Poetry! Virtual Field Trip

Delight in sprightly “i”s and “e”s or wallow in long, mournful “o”s as we explore the role of sound in poetry! In this approximately hour-long interactive workshop, a Planet Word educator will show students (grades 5–12) how poets play with the sounds of words to evoke specific feelings and tones in their work. Students will learn how different vowel sounds make a poem sing, and use those techniques for their own expression in a short writing activity.

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I’m Sold! Virtual Field Trip

In this approximately one-hour-long interactive virtual workshop, a Planet Word educator will guide your students (grades 7–12) through advertising copywriting techniques that make ads memorable and persuasive. The program will finish with students writing their own copy, while discussion centers the idea of being a savvy consumer.

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Go Bananas for Idioms Virtual Field Trip

Unleash the creative and comic potential of idioms as a Planet Word educator teaches your students (grades 3–5) about the difference between literal and non-literal meanings. The program features a matching game, an opportunity to create and share an idiom drawing, and plenty of idiom-based humor — all delivered in 45 minutes.

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On-Site Field Trips

Watch books come to life, sing your favorite song, and learn why words matter at Planet Word! Planet Word is pleased to welcome groups for on-site, self-guided museum visits. Title I schools are free, always.

For more information, visit our School and Youth Group Visit Resources page.

Educator Workshops

Planet Word virtual educator workshops are designed to demonstrate Planet Word’s vetted and standards-aligned resources through interactive participation. Workshops model activities and museum-based teaching techniques that you can implement with your students, grades 3–12. Connect with a network of fellow educators who care about empowering their students with a love of words and language.

Join us monthly to learn more about what Planet Word can offer you and your students.

Commitment to Literacy

Every child has a right to read. However, not every kid in our hometown has equal access to age-appropriate, culturally relevant reading materials. Planet Word works within a network of community partners to help address this need, making appropriate reading materials available to young people who need them.

Own Your Story Project

As part of our ongoing commitment to getting books to kids, in September 2020, Planet Word partnered with Shout Mouse Press to deliver books by and about District youth to District youth — for free. In January, Planet Word worked to distribute more books to more kids in conjunction with a virtual program for the mentors and mentees at Turning the Page.

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