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PBS LearningMedia offers resources to strengthen the literacy skills of students from kindergarten through high school.  A nationally popular vocabulary/reading program from the beloved PBS KIDS program Martha Speaks, sport-themed words from The Electric Company, and videos/images for The Catcher in the Rye are all designed to engage students and enhance curricula. (more…)

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indexProject C:  Lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement is a three-year series of free electronic field trips taking place throughout the civil rights fiftieth anniversary years of 2013-2015.  Project C, which also provides a Teacher Resource Guide, focuses on the role of citizenship in a democracy through the study of historical events and the past to teach the importance of civic engagement in a humane, civil and just society.  Archived electronic field trips with classroom resources are also available. (more…)

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macro-beeIf spring’s not quite in the air, perhaps your thoughts are turning to things spring — spring lessons, spring trips, springs flowers!  As we thaw out from winter’s chill, for bees and flower this season is about one thing: feeding and fertilizing.  (more…)

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imagesMany students and teachers return to classes next week — the last week of February, which is Black History Week.   Black history is a vital subject that can extend to various content within the school curriculum.  For example, the lesson plan Understanding Duke Ellington from WNET for grades 1-4 offers a chance to explore subjects like culture, music, people and their relationships.  (more…)

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2EB2B2D51-06E7-6FEB-8C2B511EFBD1BC46We know many of you are on February break, a time for you to relax and refresh.  Without the pressure of daily lessons and the myriad other responsibilities teachers have,  we hope you can also explore new resources to stimulate your learning enjoyment and to motivate  students.  With GREAT PERFORMANCES, produced by WGBH in Boston, you’ll find outstanding works to engage and enlighten you as well as students, especially with the assistance of GREAT PERFORMANCES FOR EDUCATORS. (more…)

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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.


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blended_learning-150x150Proponents of blended learning are like the early settlers forging west — the path is full of unexpected obstacles. So states a report by staff writers in the January 27th issue of eSchool News.  As school leaders consider adopting blended learning to provide more opportunities for their students, the article highlights five key considerations gleaned from the thousands of schools engaged in this approach. (more…)

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wuthering-heightsThis week, PBS LearningMedia celebrates the popularity of the PBS hit shows Downton Abbey and Sherlock with the content theme British Invasion, offering students an insider’s look at London and a deep dive into England’s mysteries and famous literature. (more…)

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100064_01.tifThe 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…)

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indexColorín Colorado, a bilingual site is filled with useful information, strategies, and resources whether for the ESL teacher or content area teacher with one or two English learners in class.  Although many activities have been designed for PreK-3 children, most can be adapted for students through high school, with many strategies applicable to all students, regardless of their primary language. (more…)

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