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What’s the difference between dependent and independent clauses? How should you use a semicolon?  A new collection for literacy skills development for grades 1-7, No Nonsense Grammar, guides students — and you — through the intricacies and perils of everyday grammar. You’ll explore a range of commonly taught grammar principles for elementary and middle schoolers with short, fun videos and activities. (more…)

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Earth Day is just around the corner, and you can find creative ways to integrate environmental themes into your lessons with inspiration from PBS LearningMedia with this great collection, Nature Works Everywhere.  Students can explore the amazing ways in which nature works to make our lives cleaner and healthier every day.  In this series of videos from The Nature Conservancy, (more…)

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In recognition of National Poetry Month, we want to share educational resources from the PBS series “Shakespeare Uncovered” to highlight what made The Bard one of the greatest poets who ever lived.  The series combines history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis, and the personal passions of its celebrated hosts to tell the stories behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.  (more…)

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bln12_vid_oilcrisis_thumb_1.jpg.resize.710x399Students have the chance to play the role of an historian for a day with this self-paced, interactive lesson.  Students examine primary source media—specifically, news footage carried on Boston television channels over the last five decades. Like historians who analyze documents, photographs, and other primary sources to learn more about the people, issues, and events of the past, students watch news footage on subjects including the 1979 oil crisis, the 1974 Boston school desegregation controversy, and affirmative action.  (more…)

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Over thirty years ago, an educational television show dared to speak to youth in the voice of their generation. The Electric Company turned on the power of possibility for kids by showing them that learning to read can be fun. In 2009, the power surged back with the all-new The Electric Company.   Its current collection of dance-friendly resources is designed to boost reading comprehension and vocabulary. (more…)

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We thought you’d have a better context for tomorrow night’s PBS LearningMedia webinar Cultivate Creators through Coding and STEAM with this video from MAKERS as Reshma Saujani discusses how Girls Who Code plans to close the technology and engineering gender gap by teaching 1 million girls by 2020.  (more…)

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On April 16 from 7-8pm, you can join an educator webinar entitled Cultivate Creators through Coding and STEAM.  (As you may know, STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, ART, and Mathematics.)  PBS LearningMedia is offering this free professional development session on how teachers are coding and technology to introduce opportunities for creative expression across the curriculum to support learning outcomes (i.e., turning STEM into STEAM).  Attendees will learn how (more…)

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