We hope you’re familiar with the long running PBS KIDS program, Arthur, with its warmly drawn settings and even more heartwarming themes. Now there’s a new Arthur site with games, videos, and resources designed to keep families safe and strong.
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Posted in PBS Resources, Programming Highlights, Teaching Tools, Uncategorized, tagged civil rights, classroom, Classroom tips for memorizing, education, Gettysburg Address, grades 5-8, grades 9-12, history, learning, literacy, pbs, video, WGBY on February 12, 2014 |
THE ADDRESS, Ken Burns’ 90-minute documentary, airing on WGBY April 15, 2014, tells the inspiring story of the Greenwood School in Putney Vermont, where students are encouraged each year to practice, memorize, and recite the Gettysburg Address. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s oration and remind us of its principles, WGBY challenges everyone in our region — especially students — to join others across our country who are video recording themselves as they read or recite these enduring words.
While students might initially be uncomfortable when first encountering certain themes in The Color Purple, virtually all of them are drawn into this compelling novel with its transcendent ending. Most famous for this, her seminal novel, writer/activist Alice Walker soon will be 70 and to celebrate, WGBY airs American Masters’ Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth on February 7 at 9pm.
The Catcher in the Rye has long been at the top of lists for favorite novels read in high school. In addition to the text, students are often intrigued by the mystery of its elusive author, J. D. Salinger. Filmmaker Shane Salerno’s 10-year investigation culminates in the first work to get beyond J. D. Salinger’s impenetrable wall of privacy and seclusion. On Tuesday, January 21, at 9p, WGBY airs AMERICAN MASTERS: Salinger, an exclusive, never-before-seen director’s cut of Salinger featuring 15 minutes of new material. View a preview and learn more about the film and classroom resources. (more…)
The largest outbreak yet of the “nightmare bacteria” CRE is fueling alarm among public health officials across the country. This superbug is resistant to virtually all antibiotics on the market today. Get the backstory with Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria, FRONTLINE’S 2013 investigation into the rise of superbugs like CRE — and why there aren’t new antibiotics to stop them — as well as great related classroom resources from PBS LearningMedia. (more…)
On Wednesday, January 8, at 9pm, WGBY airs NOVA: Alien Planets Revealed where viewers explore strange worlds and possible creatures in the thousands of exotic new worlds far beyond our solar system that NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler Telescope has discovered. You can see a preview and find classroom resources at NOVA’s website and at PBS LearningMedia. (more…)
WGBY airs a perennial favorite, Arthur’s Perfect Christmas, on December 10 from 4:30- 5:30pm and on December 25 from 7:00 – 8:00am. Children and fans of all ages can watch the plans underway for the best holiday season ever as Arthur’s family and friends make preparations for perfect gifts, parties, and traditions for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. But, as things begin to fall apart, Arthur learns that the joy in Christmas is found in the wonderfully messy, imperfect world he lives in.
In Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas, George and The Man with the Yellow Hat worry about what to give each other for Christmas and in the process they, too, discover the true spirit of the holidays. WGBY will air this heartwarming hour-long special again on Saturday, December 14 at 7:00am, and Wednesday, December 25 at 7:00am and 4:00pm. In addition to the broadcast of the Christmas special, the Curious George website has been transformed into a winter wonderland. Highlights include: Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas preview, Present Time, an online Christmas-themed game, and Christmas coloring sheet in the Printables section.
WGBY will air “At the Edge of Space” on Wednesday, November 20, at 8:00pm. This NOVA episode takes viewers on a spectacular exploration of the earth-space boundary zone, home to some of nature’s most puzzling and alluring phenomena: the shimmering aurora, streaking meteors, and fleeting flashes that shoot upwards from thunderclouds, known as sprites that flicker into existence for a mere split-second — 40 times faster than an eye blink.
NOVA rides with scientists in a high-flying weather observation plane as they hunt for sprites and finally succeed in snaring them in 3D video, gaining vital clues to unravel their mystery. NOVA also combines advanced video technology with stunning sequences shot from the International Space Station. Preview.
NOVA’s Beta site offers many related links, including stunning images galleries. And at PBS LearningMedia you’ll find nearly 2000 digital resources for space — videos, lesson plans, interactives and more — for grades 6-12 (and younger). With easy to use search filters for grade, specific content and standards, you can explore, save and file favorites for teaching and learning about this infinite subject.
Posted in PBS Resources, Programming Highlights, Teaching Tools, tagged classroom, environment, environmental science, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, math, pbs learningmedia, problem solving, science, video on November 4, 2013 |
Cyberchase is the Emmy award-winning animated math mystery show that features a team of curious kids who use their math and problem solving skills to outwit and outsmart the villain Hacker in their quest to save Cyberspace. Adventure, environmental science, and math join forces on Monday, November 4, when all-new episodes of Cyberchase build on the epic struggle of good vs. evil with environmental themes relevant to today’s kids and lets kids be the heroes as they master math concepts to solve life’s wacky problems.
For teachers of grades 3-8, Cyberchase will make lesson plans and video clips available for free download through PBS LearningMedia. Right now, you’ll find live-actionFor Real segments exploring the show’s math topics in everyday life. Here are sample Cyberchase resources with support materials:
Hugs and Witches (Grades 3-5): A full episode in which Hacker captures Dr. Marbles and Lady Ada Lovelace, and the kids and Digit must decipher a series of poems to save them.
Balancing Equations with Multiple Terms (Grades 3-6): In this video segment, Digit and Inez must balance two number sentences to save the bunnies of Cyberspace.
Railroad Repair Using Decimal Addition (Grades 3-6): In this interactive game, students are challenged to use decimal addition to repair a series of train tracks with spare tracks that range in length from 0.1 to 1.0.