Posted in Lesson Plans, PBS Resources, Teaching Tools, Uncategorized, tagged exercise, health, K-12, lesson plan, pbs learningmedia, science, video on May 16, 2013 |
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Springtime offers the perfect backdrop for promoting physical activity and engaging students in immersive learning experiences. Use these resources from PBS LearningMedia to explore the science of movement and to highlight the importance of exercise in their daily lives:
Mixie’s Boogie Buffet (Grades 1-4) What better way to kick off a lesson on exercise than to get students up on their feet with this “Fizzy’s Lunch Lab” interactive?
Power Your Body with Exercise (Grades 5-8) Invite students to examine the changes that occur in the body in response to physical activity.
Increasing Physical Activity in Schools (Grades 13+) High levels of physical activity support learning on-task behavior and the development of life-long wellness. Learn how to increase the activity level at your school using this self-paced lesson.
Titanium Chairs & Cheetah Legs (Grades 6-12) Introduce students to the specialized wheelchairs, prosthetics and other high-tech tools that allow Paralympic athletes to compete.
The Truth About Exercise (Grades 6-13+) An obesity expert proposes that the best way to lose weight and improve health is to increase your “NEAT” level. Ask students to investigate his theory.
PBS LearningMedia is honored to be counted among this year’s recipients of the 2013 SIIA CODiE Award for both “Best Education Reference Solution” and “Best K12 Solution” in the Education Technology category!
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Here are two mathematics lessons from PBS LearningMedia for grades 5 – 8. The first, Multiplying Fractions of the Form a/b of c is from Cyberchase, the PBS Kids program that shows kids that math is everywhere and everyone can be good at it! Students study fractions and practice writing arithmetic sentences using multiplication and specific proportions. In the Cyberchase activity, Harry gets a job in a candy store. Customers request boxes containing different types of truffles in differing proportions. This activity extends the problem into the case where there are a variety of numbers of candies in each box and students learn to multiply the fractional part times the number of candies per box to produce the number of candies of each type.
The second lesson, Percentage of Population with Diabetics, is from TV411, the Emmy Award-winning program that focuses on parenting, money matters and health, employing subjects like practical mathematics. Students learn about percentages in relation to the study of diabetes and look at a nutrition label and apply various skills to answering questions about the label. The video clip in this activity explores how to tally the amount of carbohydrates one consumes each day. Students then learn to calculate the percentages of people who have diabetes.
Both lessons provide Quick Time videos, handouts, assessments and support materials.
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Posted in Lesson Plans, PBS Resources, tagged classroom, Common Core Standards, grades 7 - 10, lesson plan, literacy, PBS NewsHour Extra, poetry, reading, video on April 24, 2013 |
PBS NewsHour Extra offers this wonderful lesson for grades 7-10 from The Academy of American Poets, which presents a series of activities for the classroom that allow students to explore and interact with poetry by writing letters to poets. Aligned with the Common Core Standards, activities address the three literacy areas of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. You can use the series of activities one right after the other, or separate them as you integrate poetry with other areas of your curriculum. The activities are designed to reach diverse learners, but if you need to adapt them further, you can feel free to do so.
Sections include video, pre-activities, whole class, as well as individual/small group activities, and vocabulary. Here’s a sample of objectives just for Activity 1: Selecting Favorite Poems from Historical Poets of Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, Pablo Neruda and William Carlos Williams
Identify poets whose poetic voices speak to them
Select one of these poets and his or her poem to consider more deeply
Provide verbal explanation/evidence about why they have chosen this poem and poet to their peers
As an added bonus, in conjunction with the Academy’s celebration of letter writing and correspondence this National Poetry Month (April 2013), you are invited to submit your students’ letters to the Dear Poet project for a chance to receive handwritten responses from poets.
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Posted in Lesson Plans, PBS Resources, Teaching Tools, tagged classroom, environment, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, grades 9-12, lesson plan, pbs learningmedia, science, Video Lending Library, Water Cycle on April 12, 2013 |
With the spring thaw, here’s a lesson for grades 3-5 from PBS LearningMedia to teach students that water is a crucial ingredient for life on Earth. They’ll also come to see that the water cycle is Earth’s natural mechanism for transporting, cleansing, and recycling water between the surface and the atmosphere. In this lesson, students recognize the different forms that water takes and learn about where it exists in the environment. Through class discussion and experiments, students model the water cycle and explore how it can be used to create fresh water.
- Understand that water exists in the environment in different forms
- Identify the ways that water moves through the environment
- Recognize that most of Earth’s surface is covered by water but that only a small amount is fresh water
- Produce fresh water from salty water by distilling it
Resources include great images of Water Phases (for grades K-5) and an interactive on Global Water Distribution (for grades 3-12) as well as many short, engaging videos.
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Posted in Lesson Plans, PBS Resources, Teaching Tools, tagged grades 3-5, grades 6-8, grades 9-12, lesson plan, pbs learningmedia, Robots, science, Video Lending Library on April 8, 2013 |
Celebrate National Robotics Week (April 6-14) by bringing the incredible world of robots, rovers, and bots into your classroom! Let PBS LearningMedia support your efforts with this collection of featured resources:
What is a Robot? (Lesson Plan, Grades 3–5) Customize this 3-part lesson plan to deepen students’ depth of knowledge as it relates to the world of robots.
Wearable Robots (Video, Grades 5-13+)Although the idea of wearable robots is not new, students will be fascinated to see how far this technology has advanced.
Newton’s Third Law: Action-Reaction (Blended Lesson, Grades 7-8) Astronauts constantly use robots and robotic tools to assist with tasks. Find out how they use them in this online lesson for blended learning from the Walmart Middle School Literacy Initiative.
Robot Race (Video, Grades 3-12) Follow 2 teams of engineers as they put their robots to the test in a 132- mile race through the Mohave Desert.
The Intelligent Robot (Video, Grades 6-12) Invite students to hear from NASA researchers as they discuss the Mars Rover and demonstrate its ability to learn.
RoboSnail (Video, Grades 6-12) See how this MIT students used a snail’s movement as inspiration for a new machine.
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Posted in Lesson Plans, PBS Resources, Teaching Tools, Uncategorized, tagged grades 3-5, grades 9-12, lesson plan, Native American women, Native Americans, pbs learningmedia, Video Lending Library, WGBY on April 2, 2013 |
There’s still time to watch the second of a two-part series, Kind Hearted Woman on WGBY tonight, April 2, at 9:00pm. This unforgettable portrait follows Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Reservation. Watch a Preview.
Here are other classroom resources on Native Americans from PBS LearningMedia:
Miss Navajo (Grades 6-12) This video segment from Independent Lens documents a young woman’s experiences as she competes in the Miss Navajo Nation beauty pageant. Instead of concentrating on a young woman’s outer beauty, the pageant’s focus is on her knowledge and understanding of Navajo culture and her ability to spread this culture as an ambassador of the Navajo Nation.
La’ona DeWilde: Environmental Biologist (Grades 5-12) This video profiles an Athabascan and doctoral student who chose her career because of her traditional belief in respecting animals and caring for the environment. Her work involves helping local villagers record observations that can be used collaboratively with Western science to help solve problems that affect Alaska Native peoples.
Native American Culture: Little Deer and Mother Earth Marilou Awiakta, of Cherokee/Appalachian heritage, tells a traditional Cherokee story in which humans are killing too many of their animal relatives, threatening the delicate balance of nature. Little Deer leads the animals in taking action, teaching the lesson that people should take “only what you need with respect and gratitude.” Support materials include Native American Culture: Cherokee People and Their Stories Lesson Plan (Grades 3-4).
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