Plum, our favorite purple alien, comes from a far-away planet named Blorb, but in PLUM LANDING she helps teach STEM concepts and practices in Earth’s great outdoors. This environmental education project from WGBH in Boston invites elementary students to virtually visit ecosystems around the world and then to head outdoors to explore their own ecosystems. A collection of videos, games, and interactive lessons — aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) — immerse students in content topics and science process skills. All resources (more…)
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Healthy eating needs to happen throughout the year, but summer with its abundance of fresh foods can be an opportune time to explore nutrition with children. How different foods provide different kinds of nutrients — with some foods more nutritious than others — is the basis of a multi-media lesson from WGBH Public Television that teaches children the fundamentals of nutrition and how essential it is to health.
The lesson begins (more…)
Educators, parents, and others regularly express concern about the well being of young people and their futures as access to technology and the internet grows greater, sometimes with each passing day. On Monday, July 13, at 10pm WGBY will air Point of View’s (POV’s) Web Junkie, a documentary that follows the treatment of Chinese teenagers — obsessive gamers who prefer the virtual to the real world. PBS LearningMedia also offers many resources (more…)
PBS LearningMedia is teaming up with Share My Lesson — resources by and for teachers — to explore the power of using high-quality digital media to enrich STEM learning while deepening engagement and understanding by students. In addition to this free educator webinar on Thursday, there’s PBS LearningMedia 101 for educators who would like training or a refresher course on how to using PBS LearningMedia in the classroom. Content from NOVA, NASA, Curious George, and other trusted sources (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)