Here’s a timely video for teaching the little folk about the multiple holidays that are celebrated this time of year. Plans are under way in Elwood City for the best holiday ever! Arthur Read, the world’s most famous aardvark, and his friends are making preparations for the perfect holiday season to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. But Arthur and his friends discover that holiday joy isn’t found in the artificial vision of “perfect”, but in the wonderfully messy imperfect world they live in. Borrow this delightful and informative DVD (Arthur’s Perfect Christmas), by clicking here.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged common core, grades 6-8, health and nutrition, history, lesson plan, literacy, math, National Standards, pbs learningmedia, reading in the content areas, writing in the content areas on December 2, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Common Core State Standards set requirements not only for English language arts but also for literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects — making content-area reading more important than ever.
Because students usually need practice with content-area reading, PBS LearningMedia provides ways to boost literacy using the Middle School Literacy Initiative, which is funded by the Walmart Foundation and supported by other PBS LearningMedia resources. With these self-paced online lessons, perfect for blended learning environments, students can read, review vocabulary, and practice writing in the content areas.
You can visit any of the following individual lessons:
Science: On the continental drift, students learn how an idea that started with a man looking at a map of continent became a scientific theory.
Mathematics: On unit conversion, students figure out how much water various activities use and also learn about water conservation.
Health: Should I eat this? Students learn about nutrition values of different foods and meet two students with diabetes.
Social Studies: Students meet four teen immigrants and learn about the challenges they face as they adapt to American culture.
To use the lessons, students simply need to register for an account on PBS LearningMedia, or use their existing account.
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.
As schools begin implementing the Common Core State Standards, experts say that this could be an opportune time for districts to explore eBooks, specifically because eBooks’ technology features can help fulfill many Common Core requirements. So reports Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor, in the November 14th issue of eSchool News. As schools face shrinking budgets, eBooks could well be one solution. The article lists six ways in which eBooks can help implement Common Core Standards.
Read the entire article by clicking here.
A related site to this issue that you may find of value is PBS LearningMedia can help support Common Core Standards.
Posted in PBS Resources, Professional Development, Teaching Tools, tagged education, history, K-12, literacy, math, pbs learningmedia, professional development, reading, science, teacher, Video Lending Library, WGBY on November 12, 2013 |
Just one week ago, teachers from the Granby MA. Public Schools participated in WGBY workshops at the junior/senior high during their professional development day. JoanVohl Hamilton, a dedicated ELA teacher there, was a great help in making these workshops happen. (Here’s a photo of one group with Joan first in the top row and myself front row, fourth from left:). These K-12 teachers came into the junior/senior computer lab enthusiastic to learn about the rich resources that WGBY’s Community Engagement and Education Department has to offer. During our two afternoon sessions, they were able to sign up to receive WGBY’s Education Blog and learn about PBS TeacherLine online courses and WGBY’s Lending Library. One teacher regretted that she had just asked her school librarian to purchase a Ken Burn’s film she could have borrowed for free, and another began checking off TeacherLine courses she can take to support her students’ needs and fulfill her PDP certification requirements.
But the highlight of each workshop was PBS LearningMedia with its now 34,000 — and growing — resources. After seeing the site’s user-friendly functionality and registering for free, teachers were able to search resources by grade level, content area, standards, and collections. Some teachers even began saving favorite videos, interactives, and lesson plans to later examine, share, and organize in folders. While some had to contend with a few tech glitches such as slow computers and blocked sound, teachers’ feedback showed their appreciation for this hands-on opportunity, with many wishing we’d had more time to explore this vast resource!
Supernatural Elements in Shakespeare
Grades 8-12 | Media Gallery | Literature
What role do ghosts and witches play in Shakespeare’s most notable works? Ask students to support their responses using evidence from these video segments.
DIY: How to Make a Clown Face
Grades 5-8 | Video | Theater & Performance
Theater teachers: Show students how to create their own Halloween costume (or stage persona) using a little makeup! Use this one-on-one session with a professional clown to enhance your tutorial.
Haunted House: The Tuhhhh
Grades 1-3 | Video | Reading
Mummy and Werewolf are having a hard time reading a message left by their friend, Bat. Invite young learners to play along as they practice the letter sound “t.”
Halloween Spooky Science Special
Grades PreK-1 | Media Gallery | Science
Teach learners about spiders, bats, cats, and skeletons while celebrating the tradition of dressing in costume for Halloween.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month by joining WGBY and our many community partners this Friday, October 25, for Presencia, an evening of music, culture, food, and dance to benefit the Latino Youth Media Institute and North End Center for Literacy and Learning (NECLL) at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (directions). We’ve been practicing our salsa and would love to teach you, or perhaps you can teach us a few new steps!
And thanks to PBS LearningMedia, we have more resources to add to those we shared in an earlier post this month:
Hispanic Exploration | Library of Congress | 4-12: This set of primary resources from the Library of Congress provides a window into this time period, as well as a Teacher’s Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.
Baseball & Social Change | WGBH | 5-8: In this blended lesson supporting literacy skills, students learn about baseball legend Roberto Clemente, his early years in the U. S. during segregation and changes in the 1960s that made the culture more open to Clemente’s Latino culture.
Revolutionary Art | LPB | 9-12: In this lesson accompanied by a film clip from the documentary ‘The Storm that Swept Mexico’, students examine the use of art as historical narrative and social commentary, and create a mural inspired by the Mexican Muralist movement.