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imagesFew, if any, poets appreciated life and its wonders more than Walt Whitman.  In addition to a concise video biography of one of America’s premier poets, part of the Famous Authors Series produced a few years ago, you’ll find teaching and learning resources  Continue Reading »

Short clips such as this one about Thanksgiving can be an engaging way to begin or punctuate a class discussion or activity.  Familiar traditions such as Halloween, Thanksgiving and Valentines Day can have fascinating and sometimes surprising origins.  To learn the history and significance behind these U.S. holidays and more, a new collection Continue Reading »

Top math collections from PBS LearningMedia offer teachers creative ways to apply lessons in math, especially when students may need help focusing as they anticipate upcoming holidays.  From Peg + Cat (grades PreK-2) to Khan Academy (grades 3-12),  Continue Reading »

A NY Times article in September,”‘Sesame Street’ Widens Its Focus” by Elizabeth Jensen, looks at Sesame’s focus on nature, science, math and engineering for pre-readers.  Now in its 45th year, Sesame Street has long respected the intelligence and ability of young minds and has earned 159 Emmy Awards and 8 Grammy Awards – the most of any other children’s show.

The parent of a former student who immigrated to the United States from Lebanon once shared with me that she learned English by watching Sesame Street.   For kids and parents, this special neighborhood makes learning a joy.  To see Sesame Street’s Kindergartners’ Skills at School Entry Report and Sesame Street Framework for School Readiness
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Tell Us Your Story

Stories can be the best way to learn and share.  If you’re a Massachusetts’ educator using PBS LearningMedia™ resources with students, WGBH in Boston wants to hear your stories.  You don’t need to send in a video, just a paragraph or two with details about which resources you use, how you use them, and the impact they have on student learning — all of which will help WGBH to shape future resources.

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Tonight at 10:00 WGBY airs Independent Lens Happiness, which looks at how television may affect Peyangki, a Bhutanese child, when his remote village is connected to electricity.  How will the images coming from access to 46 television stations for 13 hours every day shape him?  A PBS NewsHour classroom resource looks at how poetry Continue Reading »

This video of Michelle Obama that we shared here almost a year ago continues to be relevant, especially during Geography Awareness Week beginning November 17.   Throughout the week PBS LearningMedia will showcase a series of resources focused around global literacy and diplomacy, including several whole collections. Continue Reading »

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