Sharks and Shores

FullSizeRenderIt’s likely you and a fair number of students heard about the many sharks crusing Cape Code shorelines this summer.  (After sunset on Nauset Beach recently, I saw the heads of two seals emerge from the waves, their large population said to be the cause of the many sharks along our shores.)

You can find an abundance of resources on sharks at   Continue Reading »

Stand Up To Cancer, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, and PBS LearningMedia are proud to announce the Emperor Science Award program — a unique mentoring program that pairs university-level research scientists with high school students in grades 10-11.  The Emperor Science Award initiative is designed to engage students curious about exploring careers in science, specifically cancer research & care, through a unique mentoring opportunity.  100 winning students will receive Continue Reading »

For those who remember Ken Burns’ iconic documentary The Civil War, it may seem surprising that the series was first broadcast 25 years ago.  Aligning with the remastered edition of The Civil War, airing on WGBY September 7 – 11 at 9:00 pm, PBS LearningMedia offers resources, including the new lesson plan, Continue Reading »

local_spot_odd_squadWith help from three awesome interns, WGBY held Odd Squad Camp at the YMCA of Greater Springfield this summer from July 27 – July 30. Children 6-8 years old stepped into the shoes of Odd Squad agents to solve and report a series of odd cases as they engaged in interactive content, games and crafts. Real-world activities enabled the young “agents” to apply specific math skills modeled in Odd Squad, the new PBS KIDS show that garnered 6 daytime Emmy nominations this year.

Odd Squad characters — played by accomplished young actors — challenge young viewers and make them curious.  As with all PBS KIDS characters, they motivate young people to learn and have fun at the same time. Continue Reading »

While a full day’s schedule makes it challenging to visit other teachers’ classrooms, dedicated teachers take on challenges that strengthen their practice everyday.  Visiting other classrooms and observing teachers in action can improve the ability to create constructive, productive environments and plan lessons, which is why administrators can consider time spent in and reflecting on other classrooms worthwhile professional development.

In this video from Making the Case, math teachers Leticia Lopez and Eddie Torres plan lessons together and later will observe one another’s classroom. Continue Reading »

Dance can inspire us to respect our bodies.  Martha Graham, genius of modern dance, said that “The human body is very, very beautiful and very eloquent and must be treasured, honored and disciplined.”   How fluent is your class in the language of dance? As you can see, this video from KQED Art School teaches Continue Reading »

In less than one week, WGBY will broadcast the live three-day premiere of Big Blue Live.  From Monday – Wednesday, August 31 – September 2, at 8pm,  scientists, animal behaviorists and other experts explore the once endangered, now thriving ecosystem of Monterey Bay, California, where nature’s charismatic marine creatures gather to feed on abundant food.

PBS LearningMedia is extending the learning from program to classrooms with its new Marine Science resource collection.   Continue Reading »


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