We 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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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.
Colorín 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…)
Posted in PBS Resources, Teaching Tools, tagged classroom, grades 9-12, Great Expectations, Jane Eyre, pbs, pbs learningmedia, reading, Video Lending Library, writing, Wuthering Heights on December 27, 2013 |
An addition to our Video Lending Library is sure to be of interest to English teachers. The Classic English Literature collection (volume 1) contains three classic stories: Great Expectations, by Dickens; Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte; Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte; and Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austin. You can also find classroom resources (more…)
One of the BIG lessons we can teach students is to be confident in their problem solving, especially when they make mistakes or have undesirable outcomes. Since it’s never too soon to be determined and dauntless in tackling challenges, here are three challenges from Design Squad for budding engineers, even when they don’t think they can be scientists someday.
MAKE A ROBOT:
Teach your students to build their own mini robot out of a toothbrush head, a coin battery and a pager motor. Follow this link to a how-to video and step-by-step instructions.
Challenge your students to design and build an airbag system that can safely land an egg dropped onto the floor. Follow this link to a how-to video and this link to step-by-step instructions.
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!
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:
An article in the N. Y. Times looks at a short video, “An Education in Equality,” that evolved from a feature-length documentary entitled “American Promise,” which was filmed over 13 years, beginning when Idris enters kindergarten at the Dalton School, a prestigious private school in Manhattan. One of only a few black children in a kindergarten class of about 90 students, Idris takes a journey that becomes a study of diversity in New York’s elite private-school world, with themes of identity, race and class emerging from his story.
Created by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, “American Promise” won a Special Jury Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and will be broadcast on the PBS series POV in 2014. Cllick here to read the article and view the 10-minute video.
When you search “identity, race, class,” at PBS LearningMedia, you find a rich assortment of classroom resources, including lesson plans. Here’s just a sample:
A Class Divided 1: A Daring Lesson and A Class Divided 2: Day Two (Grades 3-12) These segments from FRONTLINE: “A Class Divided” profile the first and second day of an experiment in discrimination based on eye color that took place in a third-grade class in 1970, shortly after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.
won’t you embrace me, by Lucille Clifton (Grades 7-12) Explore themes of identity, race, and gender as contemporary poet Lucille Clifton reads her poem, “won’t you celebrate with me” in this video segment from Poetry Everywhere.