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PBS NewsHour Extra helps teachers and students identify the who, what, when, where and why-it-matters of major national and international news stories. In partnership with PBS LearningMedia, this stellar news program brings the Daily News Story into the classroom.  Taking the best of the PBS NewsHour news program, the Daily News Story pairs it with discussion questions, lesson plans and stories developed specifically for students.  With top news stories of the day, lesson plans and resources help achieve Common Core State Standards goals and cover core academic subject areas ranging from civics and government to world affairs and education.

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I’ve long been drawn to Eleanor Roosevelt.  Whether you’re an admirer, an historian, or simply curious about this influential American family, you can sample the upcoming Ken Burns documentary THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY on WGBY tonight at 8pm in an exclusive PBS Preview. Patricia Clarkson hosts this behind-the-scenes look at the seven-part series, as filmmaker Burns describes how he brings the story of Theodore, Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt to life. (more…)

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Educators work hard to nurture young peoples’ futures, but what happens when some of those futures are lives spent behind bars?

Does sentencing a teenager to life without parole serve our society well?  On Wednesday, August 4 at 10pm, WGBY airs 15 to Life:  Kenneth’s Story on POV, acclaimed Points of View documentary from TV’s longest-running showcase of independent nonfiction film.  This story follows a boy’s struggle for redemption in a place that routinely condemns children to die in prison. The United States is the only country in the world that routinely does so. (more…)

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On Wednesday, July 23, 8pm on WGBY you can delve into the incredible story of Chantek, the orangutan raised as a human child on an American university campus during the 70s and 80s. (more…)

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A new study by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that reading daily to young children, starting in infancy, can help with language acquisition and literacy skills. But, the report says, many children are missing out.  Last night, PBS NewsHour ran a segment that looked at the study and the benefits of reading aloud to young children.  (more…)

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This recollection from one of our most beloved singer/storytellers is among many riveting moments from American Experience’s Freedom Summer, airing on WGBY on June 24 at 9p.  The film documents 10 memorable weeks in 1964 when more than 700 student volunteers from around the country joined organizers and local African Americans in an historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.  For educator resources (more…)

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WGBH’s MARTHA SPEAKS has been celebrating summer learning with a week of fun and vocabulary in three all-new episodes and a new, meaty online game, MARTHA’s STEAKS.  During the special themed week, “MARTHA SPEAKeth Weeketh,” fans can watch their favorite canine linguist “speaketh” in questions, in Polish, and even in Elizabethan English! (more…)

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Teachers can have a strong impact on students’ happiness in their classrooms, and much can have to do with how happy teachers themselves are.  Tonight, Wednesday, June 4, at 9:30 pm, WGBY airs Happy, a compelling global journey in search of what makes people happy. (more…)

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We are happy to unveil new PBS LearningMedia content from D-Day 360, a documentary premiering TONIGHT, 5/27 on PBS that commemorates the 70th Anniversary of D-Day (6/6/2014). PBS LearningMedia not only has the full program available, but it is also broken down by chapters and video clips for easy use in the classroom. (more…)

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On Monday we shared THINK WEDNESDAY’S on WGBY.  This Wednesday, April 9, Your Inner Fish explores how the genetic legacy of a fish can be seen in our own DNA. This cutting-edge scientific adventure reveals the startling truth that hidden within the human body is a story of life on Earth and the legacy of animals that lived hundreds of millions of years ago.  To bring these discoveries alive in the classroom, PBS LearningMedia provides a lesson guide for grades 6-12 on Your Inner Fish, which includes National Standards. (more…)

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