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Elms College has a BioBlitz at Chicopee Memorial State Park from 9-3pm this Saturday, April 30, 2016, in which scientists, naturalists, and volunteers will conduct an intense survey to find and identify all living creatures (birds, plants, insects, and mammals) in that particular region on that one day.

In addition to information about how students, teachers, parents, and friends as well as those able to act as experts can contact Elms College about the event, we want to share classroom resources about (more…)

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“In wildness is the preservation of the world.”  Henry David Thoreau

Not only does highway travel pollute our air but, as this preview suggests, roads cut our wildlife sanctuaries in half.  On Wednesday, April 20, at 9pm, WGBY airs NOVA: Wild Ways, which explores how newly established wildlife corridors offer hope to our planet’s endangered species from Yellowstone to the Yukon, to Southern Africa’s elephant highways stretching across five nations.

You’ll find many resources on subjects like


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National Library Week | All About the Holidays

This week is National Library Week and beyond this video All About National Library Week, we are celebrating with literary resources and lesson plans dedicated to some of our favorite people — librarians.

You’ll find rich resources for poetry, middle school literacy, folktales and storytelling when you (more…)

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“When they study American civilization 2000 years from now, Americans will be known for only three things:  the Constitution, baseball, and jazz.”  Gerald Early, African American Scholar

It’s enlightening to hear filmmaker Ken Burns reflect on his series “Jazz,” the story of this quintessential American art form.  WGBY begins re-airing the 10-part series, which follows the growth and development of jazz music from its beginnings to the present, tonight and the next consecutive Fridays at 9pm.

Because jazz is part of America’s history and music a way to stimulate students’ learning, you’ll find vast resources for grades 1 – 13+ (more…)

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On TED Talks: Science and Wonder, bright scientific and artistic minds can take students on a journey to answer the riddles of the universe that keep scientists awake at night. We know that TED talks are popular with our readers here and were surprised to discover that somehow this latest PBS TED Talks program, which WGBY recently aired, slipped by without mention on our blog.

Happily, you can view the full program or excerpts   (more…)

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Ken Burns’ new film Jackie Robinson — no other title needed — provides inspiration from this American legends’ challenges and accomplishments on and far beyond the playing field.  Premiering on WGBY Monday, April 11 & Tuesday, April 12, at 9pm, the Ken Burns’ film examines the life and times of the man who in 1947 lifted a nation and an entire race on his shoulders when he crossed baseball’s color line.

Heroes can motivate young and old, and in our own times of racial controversy and tension, you can find classroom resources (more…)

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“I am a woman and I am powerful.”  Motto for this day by a young woman from Istanbul, Turkey

These articulate, young women from many lands appear empowered to take on the challenges of their generation.  Whether growing up in privilege or oppression, girls need at least one person in their lives who listens and helps them navigate the challenging, often confusing road to womanhood.

Among her comments in a recent interview with National Public Radio’s Fresh Air host, Terri Gross, author Nancy Jo Sales stresses the need for parents to talk with their teenage girls about the damaging words and images they can encounter online every day.  In her new book,  American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers, Sales discusses a new sexism she’s discovered on the Internet that’s especially harmful to teenager girls.

Educators, too, need effective resources to influence young peoples’ positive attitudes and choices about themselves, their relationships and their world.  (more…)

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