Despite frigid temperatures, our planet is turning to spring. This transition — slow as it now seems — can be a great time to teach students about the seasons, and PBS LearningMedia has a popular interactive for grades 3-8 about Earth’s orbit around the Sun and the tilt of its axis that result in our seasons.
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Posted in PBS Resources, Teaching Tools, tagged Benchmarks for Science Literacy, grades 3-5, grades 5-8, learning, NSTA National Science Education Standards, pbs learningmedia, science, seasons on March 5, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
World Languages and Cultures, at PBS LearningMedia was adapted from ¡Arte y más! and originally produced by Kentucky Educational Television (KET) as a complete curriculum for primary-level Spanish instruction. The first of these video resources introduces primary students to Spanish by immersing them in the language—all instruction is in Spanish—and by engaging them in participatory lessons addressing arts and humanities content. (more…)
You can help students make good choices about healthier lifestyles with a new PBS LearningMedia collection from MOVE IT! and Kids in Motion projects, which show teachers how to incorporate movement in the elementary classroom and offers kids exciting wellness activities from calming yoga poses to step-by-step healthy, low-budget after-school snack creation. (more…)
Produced by WGBH in Boston, Martha Speaks is a fantastic PBS Kids program that takes its name from a beloved dog, Martha, who can talk. Why? Because she eats alphabet soup! And with so many letters in her head, Martha effectively teaches children new vocabulary words, some of which will astonish you.
At the start of the holiday season, children will immediately warm to the family-themed MARTHA’S THANKSGIVING, a special episode where Martha searches for her long-lost canine family as her owner, Helen, has an extended family coming together for Thanksgiving. The program airs on WGBY this Monday, November 25, and again on Thanksgiving Day at 6:30am, a time that usually finds kids ready to start their day!
Parents and teachers don’t have to rise early to discover the great learning resources that accompany Martha Speaks. At the Martha Speaks Parent and Teacher’s website, you’ll find expert research and activities as well as curriculum for Martha Speaks Reading Buddies and Martha Speaks Read Aloud Book Club — all great resources that support students oral vocabulary growth.
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.
The following resources can help engage students over this Halloween season of ghouls, ghosts and all things slimy. For our youngest trick or treaters, you can also visit PBS Kids to find videos and activities from favorite characters such as Curious George, Clifford, and Arthur who will be among those celebrating this creepy, fun time!
Halloween Spooky Science Special (Grades PreK-1): Investigate spooky animals, conduct a slimy science experiment, and listen to a song about Halloween parades!
Worm Slime! (Grades 1-3) :Learn all about the characteristics of worms and what makes up their slimy structure! Students learn that worms have tiny hairs, a head with no eyes or ears, are covered in slime, and can have over 100 segments!
PBS NewsHour Presents: The Zombie Autopsies (Grades 8-12): Inspired by Dr. Steven C. Scholzman’s “The Zombie Autopsies,” this series of lessons uses the undead to teach the living about the brain.
Posted in Lesson Plans, PBS Resources, Programming Highlights, Teaching Tools, Uncategorized, tagged American Masters, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, grades 9-12, history, learning, lesson plan, media, pbs learningmedia, video on September 6, 2013 |
While women have come a long way in the United States, they still have a long way to go as do others who can be subjected to violence and injustice. Woman are the focus of several upcoming programs on WGBY. Saturday, September 7 at 7pm, Mary Wilson of the Supremes celebrates the greatest girl groups and solo singers of the 1960s with archival performances. (Watch a Preview.) Monday, September 9, 8pm, viewers can follow the journey of 19thcentury iconic Polish actress Helena Modjeska as she leaves war-torn Poland to become an icon on the American stage through her many commitments. Tuesday, September 10, 8pm, American Masters presents tennis star Billie Jean King, who tells her story in the series’ first profile of a sports figure. (Watch Trailer and check out American Masters site for educators.)
When you go to PBS LearningMedia and search “women,” you’ll many rich, engaging resources aligned to the Common Core such as the following:Single Women Homesteaders (Grades 3-7) This video reveals that despite perceived differences between men and women, women claimed their free land under the 1862 Homestead Act and homesteaded in North Dakota for many of the same reasons that men d. Connections between Texts: Maya Lin and Jane Jacobs (Grades 6-8) In this lesson plan students write and perform a Readers’ Theater script in which two characters, Maya Lin and Jane Jacobs, talk to each other about their ideas about architecture and life. Empowerment (Grades 9-12): This video from Women, War & Peace demonstrates the power of women and suggests that presence of women at peace talks is essential.
Whether you’re a seasoned professional, a new educator or somewhere in between, we hope you trust, value and rely on PBS Education resources. Here are two new and noteworthy ones from Design Squad Nation that may be helpful as you begin to find inspiration for the coming new school year:
Mission Solar System
New Resources | Grades 4-8
NASA and Design Squad Nation have teamed up to inspire a new generation of engineers with this engaging collection of hands-on activities. Explore it here!
Back to School Webinar
Aug. 21 | 10-11AM EST | Free
Looking to incorporate resources from the new Back to School Webinar collection into your classroom or after-school program? Then this webinar is for you! Email Design Squad Nation to sign up (subject: “WEBINAR”).