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While a field trip to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans may not be in your lesson plans for next week, you can take students on a virtual field trip there with a special streaming event that allows them to explore museum artifacts related to the attack and hear witnesses recall the raid they experienced as children.

Live on December 7, 2016 at 10:00am and again at 2:00pm, WYES-TV/New Orleans commemorates the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by hosting this virtual field trip recommended for grade 5-8 students.

You’ll also find many resources on this pivotal day in history at PBS LearningMedia, where a search of  Continue Reading »

 

Whether the Big E — the Northeast’s largest fair and country’s only multi-state fair — is an annual tradition or a source of regional pride, you’ll find much to learn from 100 Years on the Avenue:  The Story of the Big E, airing tonight on WGBY at 8pm.  WGBY’s production team, led by Dave Fraser, worked tirelessly to craft this important, new local documentary.

We can hear the dedication behind the film’s production in Fraser’s words:  “I wanted to create a documentary that really told the story of The Big E from the perspective of each of the six New England states.  The Big E is much more than amusement rides and corn dogs; it’s about industry and agriculture. It’s about our livelihoods and our food supply.”

For resources that take a broader look at industry and agriculture in the U. S., Continue Reading »

Can you remember the teacher or teachers whose enthusiasm and love of learning made an indelible mark on your memory — and possibly even influenced the direction of your life?

Last night on the BBC radio, a long-time journalist discussed her decision to leave her current work (while at the top of her career) to become a mathematics teachers.  Knowing that teachers worked hard, she was enthusiastic and terrified, but confident that teaching impoverished students could make a real difference.

We also know that inspired teaching — keeping enthusiasm and love alive — is hard work, and we Thank You for all the good work you do.  We’ll continue to do our best to support you with ideas and resources that help to ignite imaginations.

 

 

 

“The whole ocean’s waiting right before our eyes.”  This line from the new Splash and Bubbles theme song invites 4-7 year old viewers — and their teachers and parents — to dive into marine biology and ocean science to explore the diversity and spectacle of our natural undersea world. Premiering on WGBY this Wednesday, November 23, 10:00am and 2:00pm, The Jim Henson Company’s latest creation has meaningful themes like one we hear in this video clip: “There’s only one way to get over the fear of the unknown.  Let’s go there and get to know it.”

You’ll find plenty of resources to explore the wide oceans at Continue Reading »

The start of the holidays can accelerate our lives until we forget to appreciate what this time means to us, but if you make time to listen to this recent TED Talk by Dave Isay, Thank You, Grandpa, you may slow down enough to be present and thankful.

As Isay revisits The Great Thanksgiving Listen (TGTL) of 2015, he includes clips of students interviewing grandparents and the growth of TGTL — a national education project of StoryCorps & Goggle that empowers high school students to interview an elder over Thanksgiving weekend  and submit it to the Library of Congress using the StoryCorps App.

This video about The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a resource available at PBS LearningMedia along with Continue Reading »

The voyage, landing and settlement of 102 colonists who sailed on the Mayflower from England to Cape Cod can be especially meaningful for students living in New England.  American Experience’s Pilgrims Collection, which includes this video clip, features historical reenactments and expert interviews to tell the story from both European and Native perspectives.

The Collection at PBS LearningMedia also offers strong support materials for students Continue Reading »

As oftewwslideshowgwenaschildn happens with the death of a loved one, old photos are taken out and studied.  This one of Gwen Ifill shows her as a child, wearing the smile that would bring warmth to her keen-eyed reporting.

Growing up, she lived with her family in various places, including Massachusetts, as her pastor father took on various assignments.  While PBS can take pride that Ifill was one of its own, our region can also take pride in knowing that she graduated from former Classical High School in Springfield.

A 2013 MassLive article, Continue Reading »