• 2021-22 Virtual Field Trip Edventures 

    What's an edventure?

    Edventure are a series of virtual field trip experiences focused on a seasonal theme or unit of study. Think of Edventures as virtual one day conferences designed for PK-12 students. These involve virtual author visits, guest speakers, walking tours of special locations, and career explorations. Most of our field trip sessions are 30 minutes and recorded so classrooms that could not attend a live session can access them on demand the next day.

    We value enrichment and deeper content explorations for all students. While a few Edventure Days are targeted for specific grade levels, we design most for PK-12 with individual sessions for early childhood, intermediate, middle, and high school students.

    NOTE: Our EdTech Team designs the Edventures for the Wichita Public Schools, but all districts and classrooms from anywhere are welcome to join in. Great learning experiences are for everyone.


    Upcoming Edventures

     

    NOVEMBER 12 - Watermark Books and Cafe Author Visit - Kate DiCamillo

    Author Kate DiCamillo and her new book The Beatryce Prophecy

    Grades 6-8 are invited to join us Friday, November 12 for a chance to hear from Newbery Author Winner Kate DiCamillo as she shares her newest title The Beatryce Prophecy.

    The theme of hope and belief amid impossible circumstances is a common thread in much of Kate DiCamillo’s writing. In her instant #1 New York Times bestseller The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, a haughty china rabbit undergoes a profound transformation after finding himself facedown on the ocean floor—lost, and waiting to be found. The Tale of Despereaux—the Newbery Medal–winning novel that later inspired an animated adventure from Universal Pictures—stars a tiny mouse with exceptionally large ears who is driven by love to become an unlikely hero. And The Magician’s Elephant, an acclaimed and exquisitely paced fable, dares to ask the question, What if?

    Kate DiCamillo, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2014–2015, says about stories, “When we read together, we connect. Together, we see the world. Together, we see one another.” Born in Philadelphia, the author lives in Minneapolis, where she faithfully writes two pages a day, five days a week.

    For more information and the link to the live event, please visit our USD 259 Virtual Author Visit Website.


    NOVEMBER 17 - Watermark Books and Cafe Author Visit - Tracey Baptiste

    Author Tracey Baptiste photo with her books African Icons and Looking for a Jumbie

    Grades 3-5 are invited to join us on Wednesday, November 17 for a chance to hear about Tracey Babptiste's newest titles African Icons:Ten People Who Shaped History and Looking for a Jumbie.

    Tracey Baptiste was born in Trinidad, where she grew up on jumbie stories and fairy tales, and decided to be a writer at the wise old age of three, after her mother bought her an oversized illustrated Grimm’s Fairy Tales. “It was so spellbindingly beautiful, I thought I wanted to live in its pages my entire life.”

    Her debut, a young adult novel titled Angel’s Grace, was named one of the 100 best books for reading and sharing by New York City librarians.

    For more information and the link to the live event, please visit our USD 259 Virtual Author Visit Website.


    DECEMBER 14 - Winter Wonderland Edventure for Grades PreK-12

    Snowman inviting PreK-12th grade classrooms to join our Winter Wonderland Virtual Field Trip Day, Tues Dec 14, 2021

    Tuesday, December 14th we will host our 2nd annual Winter Wonderland Edventure with several seasonal connections to classroom content. 
     
    More Details Coming in December 2021

    DECEMBER 14 - Watermark Books and Cafe Author Visit - Adam Wallace

    Author Adam Wallace and his book How to Catch a Gingerbread Man

    Grades PK-5 are invited to join us on Tuesday, December 14 for a fun and festive virtual author visit with Adam Wallace.  Adam will dial in from his home in Australia to read his book How to Catch a Gingerbread Man, create some illustrations with students, and share holiday traditions in his home country. 

    Adam Wallace is a New York Times, Amazon and USA Today Bestselling author who loves writing stories that make children laugh and get excited about reading and drawing and writing. He also love taking naps and listening to music. but not at the same time. He has over 80 books published and out in the world, and love each one as if it were his own child...except if that child is like really naughty and always breaks his favorite things and writes bad words on the walls of his house.

    For more information and the link to the live event, please visit our USD 259 Virtual Author Visit Website

    Being Rescheduled - Watermark Books and Cafe Author Visit - Amy Timberlake

    DUE TO TECHNICAL ISSUES, THIS SESSION WILL BE RESCHEDULED

    Amy Timberlake photo

    Grades 2-5 are invited to join us on Thursday, September 23rd for a chance to hear about Amy Timberlake's newest book, Egg Marks the Spot (Skunk and Badger Book 2).

    Amy Timberlake has received a Newbery Honor, an Edgar, and a Golden Kite Award. One book was chosen to be a Book Sense Pick, another was reviewed in The New York Times Book Review. Her books have made several "best books of the year" lists, and she loves it whenever her books are chosen to be part of a state reading list. Chicago's Lifeline Theatre has adapted both One Came Home and The Dirty Cowboy for the stage. She's received residency fellowships from Hedgebrook, and The Anderson Center. (For a complete list of awards & recognition, click here.) Amy’s work is represented by Steven Malk at Writers House. She is a member of Authors Guild.

    For more information and the link to the live event, please visit our USD 259 Virtual Author Visit Website

     
     

     

    2021-22 Completed Edventure Recordings Now Available

    RECORDINGS NOW AVAILABLE  - Digital Citizenship Edventure for Grades PK-12

    This image features five students using technology along with the words Digital Citizenship: A PreK-12 Edventure. 9-22-21

    Highlights include:

    • Personal balance with technologies
    • Tips and tricks for online searching
    • Interviews with local human resource representatives on what companies look for in digital footprints
    • Financial literacy with online shopping
    • Securly Internet Filter 101 - How we keep students safe
    • Careers in cybersecurity
    • And more

    For More Details and links to all the recordings can be found at our Visit the Digital Citizenship Edventure Website

     


    RECORDINGS NOW AVAILABLE  - Animal Safari Edventure Day for Grades PK-12

    This is a picture of a lemur inviting PreK-12th grade classes to join us for a virtual field trip day September 30, 2021

     

    We're excited to partner with our friends at The Sedgwick County Zoo and the Great Plains Nature Center for the 2nd annual Animal Safari EdVenture Day. Thursday, September 30th, we will feature over 15 virtual field trips

    • Edventure Schedule
      9:30 Sessions
      • Great Plains Nature Center Animal Program (Grades PK-2)
      • Let's Make Waves and Motion with the Humboldt Penguins (Grades 3-8)
      • Animal Hospital Tour (Grades 6-12)
      10:30 Sessions
      • Great Plains Nature Center Animal Program (Grades PK-2)
      • It's Time to Feed the Animals - a Visit to the Zoo Commissary (Grades 3-12)
      • Animal Enrichment with Dr. Hall (Grades 4-12)
      11:30-12:15 LUNCH AND LEARN Session
      • Golf Cart Safari at the Zoo (All Grades)
      1:00 Sessions
      • Scat Chat (Grades 1-12)
      • You Can Have a Positive Impact on Climate Change (Grades 4-12)
      • Great Plains Nature Center Animal Program (Grades 6-8)
      2:00 Sessions
      • Children's Farm Feeding Encounter (Grades PK-2)
      • Leopards and Other Big Cats (Grades 3-12)
      • Great Plains Nature Center Animal Program (Grades 6-8)
      3:00 Sessions
      • The Tortoise and the Hare: Giant Aldabra Tortoise Encounter (Grades PK-2)
      • Zoo Boat Habitat Tour (Grades 3-5)

    Links to all the recordings can be found at our Animal Safari EdVenture Website


    RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE  - Watermark Books and Cafe Author Visit - Michelle Robinson

    Author Michelle Robinson and her book Red Truck, Yellow Truck

    Pre-K-2nd grade classrooms are invited to join us on Thursday, September 30th to hear from author Michelle Robinson.  Michelle will be dialing in from her home in the United Kingdom and reading her picture book Red Truck, Yellow Truck.

    Michelle Robinson's many picture books include bestsellers, ‘The World Made a Rainbow’ and the ‘Goodnight Tractor’ series. Her books are popular in homes and classrooms all over the world, and include ‘Ten Fat Sausages’, winner of the Laugh Out Loud Book Awards, and 'There's a Lion in my Cornflakes', winner of the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award.

    For more information and the link to the recording, please visit our USD 259 Virtual Author Visit Website


    RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE - Watermark Books and Cafe Author Visit - Celesta Timberlake

    Celesta Rimington Virtual Author Visit

    Grades 3-5 are invited to join us on Tuesday, October 5 for a chance to hear about Celesta Rimington's newest book, Tips for Magicians.

    Celesta Rimington is the author of the middle-grade novels The Elephant’s Girl and Tips for Magicians. She is a musical theater performer and an active participant in her local writing community. She lives in Utah with her husband and two children, where they have a miniature railroad with a rideable steam train.

    For more information and the link to the recording, please visit our USD 259 Virtual Author Visit Website.


    RECORDINGS NOW AVAILABLE - Holocaust Remembrance 

    Hands holding a Jewish Star of David along with wording inviting grades 8-12 to join our virtual learning connections Oct 7

     

    Thursday, October 7, we invite grades 8-12 to join us for a day of guest speakers and virtual learning connections on the Holocaust. 

    On Demand Opportunities available all day:

    • Friends University Fine Arts Department Honors Holocaust Composers
    • Survivor Stories
    • Self-directed virtual field trips

    Live Sessions Schedule:

    • 9:00-9:45a Live Tour of the Irena Sendler Story Exhibit located at The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes
    • 10:30-11:15a Virtual Author Visit with Sharon Cameron presented by Watermark Books and Cafe
    • 1:00-1:45 - Found Voices: Anne Frank and the Power of Writing with the Indianapolis Children's Museum

    For more details, resources to download, and links to the live calls, visit our Holocaust Virtual Learning Event Page


    RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE - Watermark Books and Cafe Author Visit - Sharon Cameron

    Sharon Cameron Virtual Author Visit

    Grades 8-12 are invited to join us on Thursday, October 7 for a chance to hear Sharon Cameron as she shares the story of her new WW2 novel Bluebird and her critically acclaimed Holocaust true story The Light in Hidden Places.

    Sharon Cameron's debut novel The Dark Unwinding was awarded the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Sue Alexander Award for Most Promising New Work and the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, and was named a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection. Sharon is also the author of its sequel, A Spark UnseenRook, which was selected as an Indiebound Indie Next List Top Ten selection, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection, and a Parents' Choice gold medalist; and The Forgetting, a #1 New York Times bestseller and an Indie Next Pick of the List selection, and its companion novel, The Knowing
     
    For more information and the link to the live event, please visit our USD 259 Virtual Author Visit Website.

    RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE - Watermark Books and Cafe Author Visit - Elizabeth C. Bunce

    Author Elizabeth C. Bunce smiling next to her book Premeditated Myrtle

    Grades 6-8 are invited to join us on Tuesday, October 12 for a virtual author visit with Elizabeth Bunce.  Elizabeth will share her new title, Premeditated Myrtle, which won the prestigious Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery from the Mystery Writers of America.

    Elizabeth C. Bunce is a fan of all things fantastical, mysterious, spooky, and old. She writes historical fantasy, mysteries, and ghost stories for young readers, and discerning not-so-young readers. Her books are inspired by real places and cultures of the past, often with otherworldly or magical elements.

    For more information and the link to the live event, please visit our USD 259 Virtual Author Visit Website.


    RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE - Watermark Books and Cafe Author Visit - Hope Lim

    Author Hope Lim photo alongside her book My Tree

    Pre-K-2nd grade classrooms are invited to join us on Wednesday, October 13 to hear from author Hope Lim who will be sharing her picture book My Tree.

    Hope has always loved language. She majored in English Literature and earned a Master's degree in Conference Interpretation. For many years, she navigated the world of diplomats, working as a conference interpreter for the US State Department. Then motherhood ushered her into the world of children's literature, where she discovered the power of picture books, which transcends time, place, and language.

    For more information and the link to the live event, please visit our USD 259 Virtual Author Visit Website.


    RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE - Watermark Books and Cafe Author Visit - Varian Johnson

    Varian Johnson and his book Playing the Cards You're Dealt

    Middle School classrooms are invited to join us on Wednesday, October 13 to hear from author Varian Johnson and hear about his newest book Playing the Cards You're Dealt.

    Varian Johnson is the author of several novels for children and young adults, including The Parker Inheritance, which won both Coretta Scott King Author Honor and Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor awards; The Great Greene Heist, an ALA Notable Children’s book and Kirkus Reviews Best Book; and the graphic novel Twins, illustrated by Shannon Wright, an NPR Best Book.

     For more information and the link to the live event, please visit our USD 259 Virtual Author Visit Website


    RECORDINGS NOW AVAILABLE 

    A smiling pumpkin and a Day of the Dead sugar skull invite PreK-12 grade classrooms to our Fall Festival Virtual Field Trip

     

    Fall Festival Virtual Field Trip Edventure 

    Our 2nd Annual Fall PK-12 Virtual Field Trip Fall Festival #Edventure is a series of live and on demand learning opportunities that support current content

    • Science (Animal and Plant Science, Physics)
    • Social Studies(Geography, Culture Studies, History)
    • Languages (Cultural Connections)
    • ELA (Literature, Drama, Writing)
    • Art (Sculpture, Drawing, Painting)
    • Career Connections (Writing and Performing Arts, Culinary Arts, Aquaculture, Agriculture, Entrepreneurship)

    Visit the official Fall Festival Edventure Website for more details


    RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE - Watermark Books and Cafe Author Visit - Eric Geron

    Author Eric Geron and his book Poultrygeist

    Grades PK-3 are invited to join us on Thursday, October 14 for a chance to hear from author Eric Geron as he reads his book Poultrygeist. 

    Eric Geron earned a creative writing degree from the University of Miami, and spent many years as a children’s book editor for Disney, acquiring numerous New York Times bestsellers, such as Gravity Falls: Journal 3 (#1), Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel (#1), and Lost Legends (#4). He is the writer of the #3 New York Times bestseller, Descendants: A Novelization (under his pen name Rico Green), among other titles. Originally from Summit, New Jersey, Eric Geron now lives in Los Angeles, California.

    For more information and the link to the live event, please visit our USD 259 Virtual Author Visit Website.