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 »
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 a recently posted Design Squad challenge has closed, here’s another with 25 days left to enter! Design Squad invites students to enter their Build It Better challenge — to design improvements to things that they use everyday. During the month of November, the series is presenting three themed design challenges along with matching photos to get students started. Students can use their sketch-on-sketch feature to sketch designs and improvements on top of the provided photos to show how they would make the original item better.
Approved designs will be shared on the Design Squad website and kids can use stickers to vote for their favorites. Nate and Deysi, the show’s motivating engineer hosts, will also share their top picks for each theme on the website. At the end of the month, the designs with the most votes, plus a few that Nate and Deysi choose, will get special virtual stickers to use on their website!
PBS Kids Design Squad, with its call for students to “Dream it. Build it. Use it.” is challenging students to become a Design Squad Top Builder by designing a structure out of newspaper and masking tape! Students can build any kind of structure they want: a chair, a sculpture, even a building. But whatever they build, it must be structurally sound — that means it’s strong and won’t fall down easily. Watch the video.
Students can enter Design Squad’s Top Builder: Newspaper Power Challenge by logging into Design Squad’s website and submitting a photo of their newspaper structure — one submission per user — using the form at the bottom of this link on or before November 6, 2013. (Please don’t include students or teachers in photos — newspaper structures only. ) Design Squad will highlight their favorite newspaper structure and then students can vote for the best. The builder with the most votes will earn a special sticker s/he can use on the Design Squad website.
Posted in Lesson Plans, PBS Resources, Programming Highlights, Teaching Tools, Uncategorized, tagged brain injuries, classroom, engineering, frontline, grades 5-8, grades 9-12, lesson plan, NFL, pbs, pbs learningmedia, science, technology, video on October 7, 2013 |
This Tuesday, October 8, at 9pm, WGBY airs League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis. In a special investigation, FRONTLINE joins prize-winning journalists Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada to reveal the hidden story of brain injuries and the NFL, which is under assault as thousands of former players and a host of scientists claim the league has covered up how football inflicted long-term brain injuries on many players.
The FRONTLINE investigation details how, for years, the league denied and worked to refute scientific evidence that the violent collisions at the heart of the game are linked to an alarming incidence of early onset dementia, catastrophic brain damage, death, and other devastating consequences for some of football’s all-time greats. Watch a preview.
Here are a few examples from pages of classroom resources about the brain at PBS LearningMedia:
Trends in education are always appearing, such as iPads and online testing (and remember virtual reality classrooms?). With recent developments in national standards and a new federal emphasis on equity, the 2013-14 school year will have a set of trends all its own.
In the August 23 issue of eSchool News, Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor, reports that from issues surrounding Common Core State Standards implementation and flipped learning assessments to the number of tools available to create customized, affordable ebooks, educators and administrators this year will certainly have their hands full adapting to these national education trends. With trends such as these detailed in the article, you’ll also find useful links.
Read the full story by clicking here.
WGBH, our sister station in Boston, is looking for 100 digital resources to add to its middle school math collection, which will be showcased on PBS LearningMedia. This challenge is open to students, educators, producers, gamers, programmers and all creative, curious individuals! Winners will receive $1,000 when selected for creating a winning math game, video, info-graphic, or any other creative digital resources.
You can visit www.wgbh.org/innovationfund to learn more about the challenge and submit your application to be considered for $1,000. The challenge runs from August 5, 2013 until November 22, 2013 and seeks math resources geared towards middle school students that are loosely aligned with the Common Core State Standards. While there’s a particular interest in Statistics and Probability, Functions, the Number System, you’re welcome to create and explore any area you’re passionate about.
We hope you and others you know — like your students — will take up the challenge. Just showing up and trying makes this a win-win situation!
Do you use the power of digital media in your classroom? July 29, 2013 could be the perfect time this summer to join us for a deep-dive into PBS LearningMedia, the digital content library with over 30,000 free resources designed to inspire, educate, and motivate PreK-12 students. While we regularly share PBS LearningMedia resources with you here, this free webinar – co-hosted by PBS LearningMedia and AMLE (Association for Middle Level Education) – will zero in on adolescent literacy strategies and showcase Common Core-aligned resources from the “Inspiring Middle School Literacy Collection.”
If you’ve yet to participate in a webinar, which can be hard to arrange as a classroom teacher, it’s easy to register here: http://bit.ly/12YxjlT. You’ll receive a confirmation and clear directions about how to join the webinar on the 29th at 3:00pm.