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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  (more…)

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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.

This week’s PBS LearningMedia content theme, Anthropology + Human Migrations, supports this broadcast premiere, featuring new educational content as well as PreK-12 resources. (more…)

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In this video from NOVA’s Evolution Lab, students learn about biogeography, the study of the geographic distribution of organisms, as they imagine a new island being born in the middle of the ocean. In addition to this clip and discussion questions, you’ll find related resources such as NOVA’s Evolution Lab game and lesson plan (more…)

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We hope you’re as enthusiastic as these teachers and know what they do about PBS LearningMedia.  If you’ve yet to discover its full range, this summer could be the time to explore the media-on-demand service.  PBS LearningMedia surveyed thousands of educators to understand how they’re using digital media and technology, as well as what future classrooms will look like.  A recent study conducted by Education Development Center’s Center for Children and Technology investigated the potential impact on student performance when PBS LearningMedia resources were integrated into existing curriculum.  Teachers  in the study overwhelmingly reported that  (more…)

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This DESIGN SQUAD video is just one example of Project Based Learning (PBL), an important instructional strategy that many teachers use to engage students. This week PBS LearningMedia has been featuring resources to help PreK-13+ teachers enhance their PBL lessons and inspire creative, new activities. From A School Project with a Purpose! and Integrating Disciplines in PBL to Learning Environment from PEEP and the Big Wide World, you’ll find scores of resources with real-world relevance

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Chelsey Mattis, an intern in WGBY’s Community Engagement & Education Department, is currently a student at Holyoke Community College.  It’s with great pleasure that we share with you the following post that she researched and wrote:

In February of this year, an episode of Independent Lens entitled “American Denial” was aired for Black History Month. Until Saturday May 23, 2015, you can watch a study of Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a launch to his notable career. As the PBS Video site states, the film analyzes the history and current state of how “unrecognized, unconscious attitudes continue to dominate racial dynamics in American life.”  You can find the full film of “American Denial” on Independent Lens’ website as well as literally hundreds of resources (more…)

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At the beginning of Teacher Appreciation Week, we want to share Transformative Teachers, a collection of videos and lesson plans available on PBS LearningMedia™.  The collection is designed to equip educators with tools and methods for fostering resilience and ethical leadership skills among young people. The resources are accompanied by support materials for teachers, and the lesson plans are aligned to national college and career readiness standards.

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