Archive for the ‘Lesson Plans’ Category

Just as viewers turn to PBS NewsHour for trusted news and election coverage, teachers and students can now count on ELECTION CENTRAL, an online destination of election-related resources and content.  Its age-appropriate, thoughtfully curated information will teach K-12 students about the political process throughout the year.

Content in ELECTION CENTRAL will be refreshed weekly and when timely events occur (e.g., after debates or after primary elections).  Features include:


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As more whiteboards find their way into classrooms, teachers can benefit from this video in which kindergarten teacher Allison Frometa demonstrates how she prepares for teaching a lesson using online educational games on an interactive whiteboard. She discusses why (more…)

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This behind-the-scenes clip from the new PBS series Mercy Street may leave you wanting to see more.  The second episode of Mercy Street airs on WGBY this Sunday, January 24, 2016, at 10pm — and the first episode is now available on our website.

We also want to share many Civil War related resources (more…)

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Learning how to find peace may be the greatest gift we can give students.  In the New Year, students can gain the perspective of another person and explore the quality of empathy with a middle school exercise that helps them develop core values in video from The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values.
In this lesson plan students choose an actual shoe and imagine (more…)

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MAKERS — a women’s leadership platform that features over 3,000 videos and the stories of more than 300 women — has a rich, recent history with PBS that includes the Emmy-nominated MAKERS documentary series highlighting the stories of women in 6 spheres of influence.

As 2016 nears, you can view MAKERS’ Women to Watch and perhaps add your own choices.  (more…)

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Holidays may find us sharing family stories that can glimpse into our roots.  Yo Yo Ma, cellist and humanitarian, is a man who fails to disappoint, and Professor Henry Gates Jr.’s research on Ma’s family history delivers as well.  In this short video clip, Gates teases Ma a bit before revealing some astonishing facts about his family’s past.

You’ll find video of Gates’ visit to China to speak with Ma’s father, Ma’s reaction to family revelations and supports materials that include a lesson plan to (more…)

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“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” Albert Einstein

For a second time, Albert Einstein has been the subject of these posts.  As “our pal, Al” on Peg + Cat, he shined light on Hanukkah.  This week, NOVA’s Inside Einstein’s Mind airs on WGBY Wednesday, December 16 — TONIGHT — at 8:00pm.  By retracing Einstein’s experiments in thought, NOVA reveals the simple but powerful ideas that reshaped our understanding of gravity and illuminated the theory of general relativity.

Einstein in the classroom can be a source of inspiration, not only because of his brilliant mind but for his humanity.  You’ll find resources (more…)

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