Archive for the ‘Lesson Plans’ Category

This video of Danica McKellar, formerly The Wonder Years’ Winnie Cooper, has had well over 10 million views on Facebook and YouTube this summer.  “The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers,” an Emmy-nominated web video series and site from the makers of acclaimed PBS science series, NOVA, profiles today’s leading scientists or engineers and reveals one of their “secrets” or passions.

Danica — who found her true identify not as a Hollywood heartthrob but as an accomplished mathematician — is one of many examples that will engage students and perhaps get them thinking about what makes for a meaningful life.

At PBS LearningMedia you’ll find more episodes from  (more…)

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“Those who won our independence . . . .  believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.”  Louis D. Brandeis

In the spirit of Independence Day, here are U. S. presidents, Taylor Swift, Nancy Pelosi, Stephen Spielberg and others reciting the Gettysburg Address, which was a challenge from Ken Burns to all Americans to learn the address when we celebrated its 150th anniversary:

You can find related resources and also watch others such as former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and friends, Bill Gates and (more…)

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Is being outdoors part of your summer plan?  Many of us already know that a walk in the park or the woods can calm our minds.  Now, an article in the NY Times blog “Well,” How Walking in Nature Changes The Brain,” shares a recent study about nature’s effects on our brains and mental health.  The article’s intriguing look at nature and the brain, including differences in anxiety, depression and other mental illness for those living in and out of urban centers, just might motivate you to spend more time in nature’s green spaces.

PBS has long championed nature and the environment with programs and resources such as  (more…)

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PBS has just been honored with two REVERE awards by The Association of American Publishers (AAP) for PBS LearningMedia.  If you follow this blog, you’re no stranger to this digital library of more than 120,000 resources for educators and students.  Election Central, providing educators with curated content to teach K-12 students about the political

process, won for Best News & Current Issues Supplemental Resource while the PBS LearningMedia Student App. took home top prize for Innovation Beyond the Classroom. You can find both (more…)

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MA_Massachusetts_AbbyNewmanIn a March post, we shared Michelle Obama’s invitation to the fifth annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for 8-12 year olds.  Recently, the White House announced that, after careful deliberation, 56 winners had been selected for the 2016 Challenge.

From MASSACHUSETTS the original recipe — healthy, affordable, and tasty — is one for Fit to Run Boston Marathon Cod-Potato Cake HLC2016_MA_Massachusetts_Abby-1by   (more…)

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“Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt.”  St. Francis de Sales

The New York Times blog “Well” posted an article by Norman Rosenthal, M.D. entitled “Using Meditation to Help Close the Achievement Gap.” It offers impressive findings about children’s improved performance when meditation (or sometimes other quiet activities) is integrated into the classroom.   Because these students live in inner-city neighborhoods where high stress levels often impact learning negatively, the success of mediation programs cited in the article is seen as a way to help close the achievement gap.

You can read the entire article that includes studies showing meditation’s benefits (e.g., reduced stress, increased emotional intelligence, improved sleeping, higher self confidence, increased attendance & academic performance) as well as find related resources at (more…)

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PBS recently announced a new series of subject-targeted iBooks geared towards K-8 educators that include curriculum-based videos, lesson plans. The iBooks cover topics in math, English language arts, social studies, and Spanish language and culture.

Each iBook averages 200 pages and contains contextualized lesson plans, professional development resources, and links to curriculum-targeted videos and games from PBS LearningMedia that teachers can use to enrich classroom

instruction. The first four iBooks focus on measurement, holidays, Spanish, and grammar and are all available




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