Posts Tagged ‘nature’

As you may know, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 with events held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection.  We have resources that span preK-12 — from PBS KIDS programming with themed on-air programming and online and mobile content to a WGBY Lending Library video on Earth Day’s history, and more to come! (more…)

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On Monday we shared THINK WEDNESDAY’S on WGBY.  This Wednesday, April 9, Your Inner Fish explores how the genetic legacy of a fish can be seen in our own DNA. This cutting-edge scientific adventure reveals the startling truth that hidden within the human body is a story of life on Earth and the legacy of animals that lived hundreds of millions of years ago.  To bring these discoveries alive in the classroom, PBS LearningMedia provides a lesson guide for grades 6-12 on Your Inner Fish, which includes National Standards. (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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ipy07_int_arcticecosys_lI have the sad memory of long ago watching the polar bear at Springfield’s Forest Park walking back and forth in his small cage, rubbing against its black bars Tragically, he lived far from his native land, the earth’s polar regions.  While these regions may seem remote, they’re an integral part of the entire Earth system. (more…)

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7_slideshow 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.

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51rUubdk4KL._SY300_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.

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imagesHere 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.

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wttw_1340903013This 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.

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nova_vemomFrom Emily Dickinson’s poem “Narrow fellow in the grass” to the story of Adam and Eve, snakes are likely to get our attention as they will this Wednesday, May 8, at 9:00pm when WGBY airs NOVA’s Venom:  Nature’s Killer. 

Over the millennia, thousands of creatures have developed that most sophisticated of biological and chemical weapons: venom. These complex chemicals can scramble our brain signals, paralyze muscles, puncture blood cells, even begin digesting us from within. But nature’s most potent toxins might also contain the keys to a new generation of advanced drugs to help doctors treat serious illnesses such as heart attacks, cancer and diabetes.

Follow NOVA crews as they join scientists on a dangerous quest to track down and capture the world’s most venomous animals—to find out both how they can kill us, and how they can save us. Watch a preview.

You can find classroom resources on venom and snakes at NOVA’s Beta site for teachers and at PBS LearningMedia.

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exploreSpring is finally here!  PBS KIDS is celebrating the outdoors with some of your favorite PBS KIDS series.  Find fun activities, games and TV schedules that encourage a love of nature at Explore the Outdoors.  On this specialized section of the PBS KIDS website, you’ll find dozens of games that related to learning from the environment and the animals that live there.  Here’s just a sampling of the activities you’ll find there:

  • In the Park with Skits from Martha Speaks
  • Wilson and Ditch’s Junior Ranger Game
  • The Cat In the Hat Knows A lot About That’s Huff-Puff-a-Tron

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