Teachers are among those most moved and affected by the violence and suffering at Newtown one year ago. To honor the anniversary of the Newtown tragedy — December 14 — at 6pm, WGBY airs a tearful yet joyful concert, filled with love and a powerful sense of the Newtown community’s commitment to fulfilling the Sandy Hook Promise — to be remembered not as the place where tragedy occurred but as the place where transformational change began. In addition to this moving anniversary tribute, you can find resources for grades 9-12 to teach and learn about Newtown and its aftermath. (more…)
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Posted in PBS Resources, Teaching Tools, tagged education, grades 9-12, history, learning, newtown, pbs learningmedia, pbs teachers, Sandy Hook promise, social studies, teaching, video on December 12, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Education Policy, Lesson Plans, Teaching Tools, tagged curriculum, education, history, K-12, lesson plan, MA ESE, math, MCUs, media, pbs learningmedia, Pre-K, reading, science, social studies, STEM on December 5, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
As part of a Race to the Top proposal, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) is developing 100+ Model Curriculum Units (MCUs)to help you use the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks (incorporating the Common Core State Standards). They span PreK-12 in English language arts, Mathematics, U.S. History/Social Studies, and Science and Technology Engineering.
Each unit identifies the standard(s) to be taught, big understandings, essential questions, a Curriculum Embedded Performance Assessment (CEPA), an outline of lessons, possible digital resources to use, and detailed lesson plans. As media partner for this project, WGBH in Boston will provide digital resources via PBS LearningMedia.
Units are posted on the ESE website at the link below. Many are in draft form and ready for a Try-Out phase. Follow these steps to access the MCUs for a 2-week period, after which you can continue to request access for an unlimited number of times.
2) Complete the short form. An access link will be sent to your email address.
3) Check your email inbox for a message from “ESE Administration”
4) Open the message and click the link to the website.
5) Select a unit of interest to you.
You can also visit www.mass.pbslearningmedia.org for updates on the units and links to thousands of free digital learning resources.
Throughout history, people have given thanks – sometimes in joyful celebration, often in solemn, even prayerful, ceremony. With this set of primary sources from the Library of Congress, students can discover historical perspectives on American Thanksgiving holiday traditions. Images and documents for grades 3-12 such as the following provide a window into this time period: Landing of the Pilgrims (Massasoit and His Warriors); The First Thanksgiving, 1621; Sarah Hale to Abraham Lincoln (Thanksgiving), 1863; School Children’s Thanksgiving Games, 1911. A Teacher’s Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions can also be downloaded.
At PBS LearningMedia, you’ll find these additional classroom resources with Thanksgiving themes:
Readers’ Theater (8-5, 13+): This group includes two videos highlighting a third-grade readers’ theater group as they perform a reading of the book “Thanksgiving at the Tappletons” (by Eileen Spinelli) to improve fluency.
GPS: Kinetic Sculpture Challenge (4-6): In this video from DragonflyTV, Elly, John, Nick, and Linnea get help from the MIT Museum preparing a kinetic sculpture for the Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction challenge.
With many people thinking and talking about JFK, this time surrounding the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination is a strong incentive for students to learn about his legacy. PBS LearningMedia has a collection of videos and primary sources that will help to engage students in valuable lessons. Here’s a sample:
The Presidents’ Photographer (Grades 3-13+): Students can see that White House photographers serve as archivists for our democracy, capturing the day to day aspects of presidents’ lives, as well as history-changing moments.
The Governor (Grades 6-12): This video segment adapted from American Experience: “Freedom Riders” describes Alabama Governor John Patterson’s refusal to ensure the safety of the Freedom Riders, despite the efforts of President Kennedy and other federal officials. Support materials include Democracy in Action Study Guide.
Cuban Missile Crisis: Three Men Go to War: Communications with Khrushchev, Castro, and Kennedy (Grades 9-12): This video segment, which includes a background essay and discussion questions, describes the communications among Khrushchev and Castro and Khrushchev and Kennedy in an effort to resolve the Cuban Missile Crisis.
When students return from Veteran’s Day, will they appreciate the significance of their day off from school? PBS LearningMedia has plentiful resources to help students learn about those who serve and too often die and this day that honors them.
The Way We Get By: Historical Perspectives: Coming Home From War (Grades 6-12): Students conduct an investigation that compares and contrasts the homecoming experiences of soldiers who served in World War II, the Vietnam War, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
VE Day (Grade 11) : In this KACV educational unit on WWII, students learn about Victory in Europe day through videos, activities, and an audio project.
Facing It, by Yusef Komunyakaa (Grades 7-12) : Fourteen years after the Vietnam War, veteran and contemporary poet Yusef Komunyakaa wrote about facing the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial wall and the memories and images the wall evoked in this video segment from Poetry Everywhere.
Etched in my memory is the ubiquitous footage of President Kennedy being shot and, later, his solemn, stately funeral. To understand the depth of disbelief and sadness from such a tragic time in American history, younger followers of our blog can relate to watching the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers.
Forever enshrined in myth by an assassin’s bullet, John F. Kennedy’s presidency has often defied objective appraisal. On Monday, November 11, and Tuesday, November 12, WGBY airs this new portrait with a fresh assessment of the man, his accomplishments and his unfulfilled promise. Beginning with Kennedy’s childhood as the privileged but sickly second son of one of the wealthiest men in America, the film goes on to explore his early political career, his successful run for the U.S. Senate, and the game-changing presidential campaign that made him the youngest elected president in U.S. history. Watch a preview.
To help bring presidential history alive in the classroom, American Experience offers films from The Presidents collection and additional special features. At PBS LearningMedia you’ll find JFK video and teaching tips for Kennedy’s Flexible Response to Communism as well as film and support materials for Cuban Missile Crisis: Three Men Go to War: Kennedy’s Speech.
Posted in Programming Highlights, Teaching Tools, Uncategorized, tagged american experience, grades 6-8, grades 9-12, H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds, history, pbs, social studies on October 29, 2013 |
On Sunday, October 30, 1938, the night before Halloween, millions of Americans gathered around their radios and heard a news bulletin about strange explosions on Mars, followed by other reports that led them to believe an alien invasion was in progress. The thrill of Orson Welles’ infamous radio dramatization of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds returns 75 years after it set off one of the biggest mass hysteria events in U.S. history.
This American Experience film examines the elements that made America ripe for the hoax: America’s longtime fascination with life on Mars; the emergence of radio as a powerful new medium; the shocking Hindenburg explosion of 1937; and Welles himself, the 23-year-old wunderkind director of the drama and mischief-maker supreme — all subjects to intrigue you and students, especially during this week of Halloween excitement. Watch a preview.
At the American Experience teachers’ area, you can search or browse over 1,500 features from more than 110 American Experience Web sites — including timelines, primary sources, teacher’s guides, maps, galleries, interactives, video, and more — to find history, civics, and other social studies resources for your classroom.
With PBS TeacherLine’s new catalog you can now explore the over 40 facilitated and self-paced courses that range from science, reading, STEM, social studies and math to instructional strategies/technology. As you may know, this flexible, online professional development for PreK-12 educators is also available for PDPs, CEUs, or graduate credit.
Teachers from across the country take these courses and attest to their quality. For example, Liz S., a math educator from N. Andover, Ma., says the course she took was the “best organized and most comprehensive math course I’ve ever taken.” According to Judy D., special education teacher from Norfolk, Va., “because of PBS TeacherLine courses, I became a better special education teacher and touched the lives of so many young children.”
We’d like to hear from you about your experience taking any of PBS TeacherLine’s course.
For National Bulying Prevention Month and anytime you want to focus students on the all-important subject of tolerance, here are resources from the PBS NewsHour’s EXTRA cite for teachers. Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, is a place for educators to find thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in schools.
Start here with their basics about bullying. For a holistic look at bullying that addresses the problem of bullying as a behavior that can be changed, read this Teaching Tolerance article, “There Are No Bullies” and try out their Tool Kit designed to help all students create healthy relationships.
For an in-depth lesson and engaging documentary visit Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case That Made History, which tells the story of Jamie Nabozny- a bullied student who fought back and won. Jamie is also recognized as a human rights defender by the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights and is featured in a lesson plan from Speak Truth To Power .
Teaching Tolerance was a favorite resource when I was in the classroom, where I would receive the Teaching Tolerance Magazine and hang their thought-provoking posters.
Please share your experience with any of these resources or send in some of your favorites.
Posted in Lesson Plans, Programming Highlights, Teaching Tools, tagged classroom, education, grades 6-8, grades 9-12, history, lesson plan, pbs learningmedia, social studies, Syria, Video Lending Library, women's empowerment on October 8, 2013 |
In this highly charged documentary, filmmaker Olly Lambert lives on both sides of Syria’s sectarian frontline, witnessing the devastating effect of a religious feud that, regardless of the outcome of the war, is shaping Syria’s future. The video, from the Frontline collection, is titled, SYRIA – BEHIND THE LINES, (I.D. 2286) The video is in DVD format and runs 60 minutes. Borrow it for a month by clicking here.
Here are some related resources from PBS LearningMedia that you might also want to explore:
Lesson Plan for Syria (Grades 7-12) This lesson introduces students to contemporary U.S.- International relations as well as provides a simulation to put students in the shoes of the important players in the Syrian Conflict.
The Light In Her Eyes: Religion in Culture and Politics: Women’s Empowerment in Syria (Grades 9-13+): In this lesson, students will explore the role of religion in society and politics in Syria.
Coping with Crisis (Grades 9-12) This video from Wide Angle explores the life of an Iraqi refugee in Jordan and examines the challenges faced by host countries Jordan and Syria.
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