Are our day’s numbered? Here is a thought-provoking video. Last Days of Man is a scientific examination of the top ten disasters that have the capacity to annihilate the human race — and it’s not just the usual threats from nuclear weapons, climate change, and meteorite impacts. (more…)
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Posted in Lesson Plans, PBS Resources, Teaching Tools, tagged animal hibernation, classroom, environment, lesson plan, nature, NOVA, pbs learningmedia, preK-13+, science, snow and ice, video on December 3, 2013 |
Snow is likely to become a part of our landscape before long. This week PBS LearningMedia features resources to dig into the science beneath the ice and snow to better appreciate the wonders of the winter season. You and students can explore hibernation, snowflake physics, and the ecosystems of Earth’s polar regions with:
Joy Learno: snowman (PreK-1) : Talk show host, Joy Learno, interviews a snowman who likes to crack jokes about snow and ice . Then the snowman starts to melt. This video segment from Between the Lions provides a resource for language and vocabulary development.
Why Do Snowflakes Come in So Many Shapes and Sizes? (Grades 6-8): In this lesson students build an apparatus that creates conditions similar to a winter cloud and produce their own snow crystals indoors. They learn about the molecular forces that shape ice crystals, and gain a deeper understanding of the states of matter.
Inspiration from Hibernation (Grades 6-12): From NOVA scienceNOW’s “Can We Live Forever?” this video teaches how research on animal hibernation may lead to the successful development of drug therapies for humans.
Life on the Ice (Grades 9-13+): In this video from the National Science Foundation and the Desert Research Institute, learn about WAIS Divide, an ice core project on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and hear from the people involved in the hard work and light-hearted fun that typifies day-to-day life in the WAIS Divide camp.
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.
If you care for plants, have a garden or simply enjoy Nature’s flora, then you may sense the kinship we share with the infinite varieties of plants on the planet. Now you can take a video journey into the secret world of plants as teams of scientists look at how plants behave, revealing a world where plants are as busy, responsive and complex as we are. One thing is for sure — plants are a lot less passive and a lot more intelligent than you think! The title of this fascinating DVD is What Plants Talk About (I.D. 2378. Borrow it for a month by clicking here.
Posted in Lesson Plans, PBS Resources, Teaching Tools, Uncategorized, tagged environment, grades 1-4, grades 6-8, grades 9-12, health, lesson plan, nutrition, pbs learningmedia, video on July 8, 2013 |
eSchool News recently reported on new rules that look like they’ll go a long way toward eliminating unhealthy foods in schools. The report refers to an Associated Press article by Mary Clare Jalonick about upcoming Agriculture Department regulations on high fat, calorie, sugar and salt foods sold during the school day, including those in a la carte lines, often the culprit of beige foods (e.g., fries, nuggets).
Weighing in on this news in the AP article is Michelle Obama, who has dedicated her efforts to childhood obesity, saying, “’. . . as a mom myself, I am so excited that schools will now be offering healthier choices to students and reinforcing the work we do at home to help our kids stay healthy.’”
Here are just a couple of the wide-ranging resources with support materials you’ll find:
Balanced Meals (Grades 1-4) “Fizzy’s Lunch Lab” videos & related lesson plan with informative overview of food and nutrition topics; emphasize a positive change in the current state of childhood nutrition by promoting a balanced food pyramid
Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (Grades 6-12) Video segment adapted from American Experience: “Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring,” about the lethal impact of the pesticide DDT on wildlife
We’d be happy to hear your thoughts about current conditions of nutrition in schools or any resources you may have to share on these subjects.
Here is a four-part series that take an incredible Australian journey to learn about some of the most iconic animals found in this breathtaking country. The series comprise: Survivors of the Firestorm; Outback Pelicans; Cracking the Koala Code and Kangaroo Mob. DVD format. Borrow this video, Australia: Animals Down Under (I.D. 2375) for a month by clicking here.
Tornadoes, hurricanes, floods… In addition to all the recent rain, New England has had its share of more violent weather! WGBY has 50 videos and DVDS devoted to these more violent aspects of our weather. Some of these programs cover historic events, such as big floods and hurricanes during the late 1930s, as well as more recent storms like Katrina in 2005. Check out our lending library by going to our lending library site and entering keywords, such as hurricanes, floods or tornadoes. You may borrow up to three titles for a month, with the option to extend the loan period if necessary.
This Wednesday, May 29, at 10:00 pm WGBY will broadcast NOVA’s Oklahoma’s Killer Tornadoes. On May 20, 2013, a ferocious EF5 tornado over a mile wide tore through Moore, Oklahoma, inflicting 24 deaths and obliterating entire neighborhoods. It was the third time an exceptionally violent tornado had struck the city in 14 years. Yet predicting when and where these killer storms will hit still poses a huge challenge. In this NOVA special, you’ll meet scientists in the front ranks of the battle to understand these extreme weather events. You also meet storm survivors whose lives have been upended and learn how we can protect ourselves and our communities for the uncertain future.
At the NOVA Beta site, you can watch a preview and find related links such as Hunt for the Supertwister, Rate Tornado Damage, Tornado Country, and Killer Tornado of 1928. NOVA Teacher resources include the videos How Do Tornadoes Form? to learn how scientists use computer simulations to explore the question of how supercell thunderstorms produce tornadoes and Chasing Tornadoes to follow scientists on their hunt for tornadoes using Doppler radars to gather data and solve how tornadoes are formed.
With red buds popping, this season can be a great time to arouse students’ curiosity about garden miracles, and Think Garden – one of PBS LearningMedia’s great new content collections – has just the video resources you’ll need! This engaging video collection produced by KET (Kentucky Educational Television) helps teach elementary students about the art and science of growing food, with an emphasis on biological and environmental concepts. It also addresses topics related to nutrition and economics.
One of the videos, Think Garden: Cool Crops explores the possibilities of gardening in the cooler temperatures of spring and fall. Students learn about which vegetables like cool weather and what techniques help plants, like raised beds and hoop houses, grow in these conditions. They’ll also find out why cool crops are ideal for school gardens.
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