While Cookie Monster’s consumption of all Ernie’s cookies is unlikely to lose him a friend, the sum total of zero cookies did cause the beloved Monster to trend on Twitter Tuesday.  It appears that the night before, Siri was asked, “What’s zero divided by zero?” and the equation “0÷0 = indeterminate” appeared on the iPhone screen.  You can try asking Siri this question as I did and, in addition to seeing this equation, Siri will tell you:

“Imagine that you have zero cookies and you split them evenly among zero friends. How many cookies does each person get? See? It doesn’t make sense. And Cookie Monster is sad that

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From a young age, children traditionally recite “I pledge allegiance…” at the start of their school day.  In this lesson plan, you’ll find a wealth of resources for students to explore what Nationalism means as well as the symbolic features of a nation such as a flag and anthem. They also get a close look at the story of Francis Scott Key and create  Continue Reading »

I hope this Sesame Street clip made you smile as it did me.  Truth be told, few children at school may feel as sad as Burt about losing something.  I once stumbled across my son’s winter jacket in piles of lost and found items lining the hallway where my classroom was located  and, not only was my son not sad (or angry) at the lost, but he seemed not to have even noticed its loss.   A recent NY Times article, “Lost and Found Yields Trove of Treasures at End of School Year,” considers the absence of logic in items traditionally found but rarely claimed by school’s end and the useful purpose many of these “spoils” Continue Reading »

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of two men responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people, was formally sentenced to death on June 24. In the courtroom, he apologized to the victims’ families and said he was sorry for all the suffering he caused.  While this important subject and its related issues can be complex to address with students, at PBS NewsHour EXTRA —  News for Students and Teacher Resources 7–12 Grade Level — you can find discussion questions Continue Reading »

Michael Keaton’s tribe to Fred Rogers and his neighborhood helps us to understand why Mr. Rogers’ legacy endures.  Over the years, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood has stood at the forefront of preschool and childhood education with resources imbued with gentleness, wisdom and humor. The Fred Rogers Collection at PBS LearningMedia includes favorite themes

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200,000 years ago we took our first steps on the African savanna. Today there are 7 billion of us living across planet Earth. Tonight’s premiere of First Peoples on WGBY at 9pm explores how our ancestors spread from continent to continent and how the mixing of their prehistoric human genes allowed us to survive and thrive around the globe.

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Is it any surprise that this composed and articulate girl, Rain Adams, is one of the winners of the fourth annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge that we shared with you back in April?  When WGBH teamed up with First Lady Michelle Obama and the U.S. Departments of Education and Agriculture to host the Challenge, kids and parents were invited to create original recipes that could be served at The White House this summer.  As we learn in this video clip, almost 1000 entries were received, and Rain Adams  Continue Reading »


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