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Monthly 6-8

English Language Arts: Story Map Interactive Tool

Posted on November 22, 2022

A story map is a graphic organizer used to help students learn the elements of a book or story. Students can create their own digital story map with this interactive from the PBS Digital series It’s Lit! To create their story map, students will identify the characters, setting, and point of view of a book […] Continue »

 

A girl painting on the ground.
Monthly 1-2

Arts: Warm and Cool Colors

Posted on November 22, 2022

Two girls explore color palettes in this live-action short video from the PBS KIDS series PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC®. One girl creates a palette using cool colors—green, blue, and aqua—and describes how the colors make her feel. Another girl uses orange, red, and yellow and explains that they can be used to express anger, excitement, or […] Continue »

 

A black-and-white image of the Civil Rights march in Frankfort, Kentucky.
Monthly 3-5

Social Studies: The Place, The March, the Movement

Posted on November 22, 2022

Martin Luther King Jr. was the featured speaker at a March on Frankfort, Kentucky in 1964, where an estimated 10,000 people gathered in a peaceful protest for civil rights. In 2022, researchers Joanna Hay and Le Datta Grimes, Ph.D., recorded interviews with 10 people who participated in that march as teens or young adults. In […] Continue »

 

An image of a man overlayed on a video game background.
Monthly 6-8

Computer Science: How to Make a Video Game

Posted on November 22, 2022

Video games are fun to play, but have you ever wondered how to make one? Carmelo, a grad student in the MIT Media Lab, shows how anyone can start learning how to create video games by talking to machines through programming languages. Continue »

 

Several drawn flowers around the words "Beauty of Jasmine: Chinese music and dance concert".
Monthly 1-2

World Language: Beauty of Jasmine

Posted on November 22, 2022

The performances in this collection were filmed at the Beauty of Jasmine Chinese Music and Dance Concert at the University of Kentucky’s Singletary Center for the Arts in March of 2012. The program was presented by the Chinese Music, Dance, and Arts Program (CMDAP), led by director Hong Shao. CMDAP is an educational performing and […] Continue »

 

A black-and-white picture of Mary Jackson in front of a computer.
Monthly 6-8

Social Studies: Why Are There So Few Women in Computer Science?

Posted on November 22, 2022

Today, we think of computer science as a field dominated by men, but women have a long and important history in the field. Ada Lovelace is considered the first computer programmer, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, and Mary Jackson played a hugely important part in the development of computing during the space race, and Elsie Schutt […] Continue »

 

A cartoon of people at the beach with a seashell mandala.
Monthly Pre-K

Arts: Go with the Flow

Posted on November 22, 2022

In this video from the PBS KIDS series PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC®, Pinkalicious, Peter, and their friends create a beautiful mandala using colorful seashells at the beach. Beachgoers add more shells as the mandala grows and stretches to the water! The kids want to preserve their beautiful mandala and have a party to share it with […] Continue »

 

A checkerboard next to a corresponding matrix of 1's and 0's.
Monthly 3-5

Computer Science: Investigating Pictures and Code

Posted on November 22, 2022

Explore the relationship between a picture and code as foundational knowledge of how digital information is coded, received, and decoded. This GBH lesson plan incorporates a historical context of the first pixelated image sent to space (the Arecibo message) and includes an interactive model in which students work toward the goal of describing how a […] Continue »

 

A visual showing how temperatures can be represented by color
Learning at Home

Arts: Visual Communicators – Superpowered by Color

Posted on November 22, 2022

How do designers know which elements to use when making maps, graphs, and other visual messages? Meet the Visual Communicators—a team of scientists from the Schloss Visual Reasoning Lab who research visual messaging. In these resources, you’ll learn about these scientists and their lab, discover why their research matters in real life, and try out […] Continue »

 

The United States Bill of Rights.
Monthly 9-12

Social Studies: The Bill of Rights

Posted on November 22, 2022

Explore why the Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution and its enduring impact on defining our rights. In this interactive lesson from WGBH, students develop a written argument in response to the question “How does the Bill of Rights establish and continue to define the rights we have as Americans?” They gather evidence […] Continue »

 

A cartoon man holding a guitar.
Monthly 3-5

English Language Arts: Mr. Steve, The Music Man – Idioms

Posted on November 22, 2022

Mr. Steve the Music Man sings a song about idioms. In the song, Mr. Steve gives several examples of idioms along with their meanings. Accompanying this video is a worksheet that can be used to give students the opportunity to both infer the meaning of common idioms based on context and practice using idioms in […] Continue »

 

An image of a woman through a screen.
Monthly 9-12

Social Studies: Coded Bias

Posted on November 22, 2022

This discussion guide is designed as a tool to facilitate dialogue for Coded Bias, a film that sets out to demystify the algorithms that increasingly govern our lives. More specifically, this guide will address the social implications of artificial intelligence, discuss American civil rights and liberties in the context of technology, recognize women and people […] Continue »

 

A snip of Octavia Butler overlayed on images of her books.
Monthly 9-12

English Language Arts: Octavia Butler

Posted on November 22, 2022

If you are a fan of science fiction a name you should be familiar with is Octavia E. Butler (cough especially if you watched our telly award-winning Afro-Futurism video cough) One of the most prolific and important Black authors in the genre, Butler’s storytelling pushed the boundaries of what Black people were allowed to be […] Continue »

 

Representation of A, T, and G genes floating.
Monthly 6-8

Science: Ken Burns – The Gene

Posted on November 22, 2022

This four-hour documentary weaves together science, history, and personal stories to create a historical biography of the human genome. It tells the story of the rapid evolution of genetic science from Gregor Mendel’s groundbreaking experiment in the 19th century to CRISPR, and the hope that newfound powers to alter DNA with pinpoint precision will transform […] Continue »

 

A woman talking in front of a pond.
Monthly 1-2

Science: Shaver’s Creek Virtual Field Trip

Posted on November 22, 2022

Learn how to create sound maps to encourage young scientists to use their senses to explore and connect with the outdoors. The School Programs Director at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center explains how to record observations using a sound map. After watching the video, take your class outside to create their own sound map. Try it […] Continue »

 

A cartoon of a girl in front of a easel painting.
Monthly Pre-K

Math: Paint-a-long Digital Game

Posted on November 22, 2022

Use this art activity from Peg + Cat to understand shape attributes, composition and decomposition of shapes. Children can combine shapes to draw Peg, Cat, and all their friends. Peg can help children every step of the way as they use their paintbrush and different colors to draw snazzy shapes or colorful characters—or, she can […] Continue »

 

A cartoon girl holding a cat.
Monthly 1-2

Social Studies: Rosie’s Rules

Posted on November 22, 2022

Rosie’s Rules is a new PBS KIDS® animated comedy series for preschoolers starring 5-year-old Rosie Fuentes, a Mexican-American girl just beginning to learn about the wow-mazing world. Rosie’s Rules aims to teach children concrete social studies lessons about how a community works, helping them develop an awareness of themselves as individuals and as part of […] Continue »

 

Two women and two children around a table making snacks.
Monthly 1-2

Health & PE: Healthy Eating

Posted on November 22, 2022

This lesson begins with an activity in which students consider two plates of food: one composed of healthy choices and one composed of less healthy choices. Students then learn about the importance of nutrition, watch a video about healthy eating habits, and discuss the role of fruits and vegetables in a healthy diet. Continue »

 

A man in a police officer's uniform.
Monthly 9-12

Health & PE: How Should Schools Educate Teens about Drugs?

Posted on November 22, 2022

D.A.R.E. stands for drug abuse resistance education and is a program that was implemented in schools since the 80’s to prevent youth from doing drugs. The program was widely accepted by schools all over the country, but scientists found it wasn’t really effective. Fast forward to present day and D.A.R.E is still around… sort of. […] Continue »

 

A girl holding out an orange puck.
Monthly 1-2

Math: The OSMU Creates a Code

Posted on November 22, 2022

An Odd Squad gadget has been stolen and is being kept in a warehouse run by robots, forcing Oswald to go undercover as a robot to get it back. Since the gadget is being stored in a room only accessible by actual robots, the team must take control of a robot and use coding to […] Continue »

 

A drawing of fraction modeling on a coordinate plane.
Monthly 3-5

Math: Modeling Fractions with Cuisenaire Rods

Posted on November 22, 2022

Model solutions to the fraction problems given by stacking and connecting your virtual manipulatives. This interactive exercise touches on comparing, simplifying, and basic operations with fractions using virtual Cuisenaire® Rods. Continue »

 

An image of the Earth with satellites around it.
Monthly 9-12

Math: Robot Localization

Posted on November 22, 2022

Explore how a robot keeps track of its position as it moves, and how to update that position with math using ranges to known landmarks, in this 14-minute episode. The goal of this video series is to teach the basics of Robotics: the what, why, and how—with examples—and to provide take-home problems to solve. Continue »

 

Royce Lovett holding a guitar in front of shelves of record albums.
Monthly 3-5

Arts: Royce Lovett

Posted on November 22, 2022

This Opening Nights in Class educational video features musician Royce Lovett conversing with three students about challenges they face in life and how books can inspire discussion, generate unique ideas and help create new music. Continue »

 

A woman and small boy making slime in a glass bowl.
Monthly Pre-K

Science: Make Your Own Slime

Posted on November 22, 2022

Have you ever wondered how slime is made? Join Abby Brown and her friend as she explains the necessary materials and the chemical reaction that creates slime. Follow these simple steps to make slime. Continue »

 

Computers connected overlayed on the Earth.
Monthly 9-12

Computer Science: NOVA Cybersecurity Lab Game

Posted on November 22, 2022

Learn how to keep your digital life safe, spot cyber scams, understand the basics of coding, and defend against cyber attacks with the NOVA Cybersecurity Lab. Players assume the role of chief technology officer of a start-up social network company that is the target of increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks. In the game, players must complete […] Continue »

 

A checkerboard next to a corresponding matrix of 1's and 0's.
Monthly 9-12

Arts: How Code Relates to Images

Posted on November 22, 2022

Investigate the relationship between digital image quality and computer information with this interactive. By evaluating images of varying quality and level of detail, students relate the resolution and number of shades of gray in an image to the information stored in the code. Continue »

 

Three images of a woman holding books and food on her head, people eating in a cafeteria, and a drawn human body showing the digestive system.
Monthly 3-5

Health & PE: Nutrition

Posted on November 22, 2022

In this blended lesson supporting literacy skills, students watch videos that explore why some foods are healthy and others unhealthy, they outline the process our body uses to break down foods into forms it can use, and they explain the role nutrition can play in managing diseases, including diabetes. Students develop their literacy skills through […] Continue »

 

Monthly 6-8

Math: Cryptology Files

Posted on November 22, 2022

Learners take on the role of cryptologists to decode clues using pre-algebraic substitution and order of operations. Can you crack the code and stop an international smuggling ring? The activity integrates geography and mathematics, and is best for grades 8 – 12. Continue »

 

A woman holding a jar of peanut butter on a plate.
Monthly 1-2

Computer Science: Coding without the Computer

Posted on November 22, 2022

In this video from Let’s Learn, Valerie Brock explores computer programming, or coding. She demonstrates this concept by guiding students through a peanut butter and jelly sandwich making game. Continue »

 

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Learning at Home

Science: Paper Airplanes

Posted on October 27, 2022

Watch this 3-minute activity demonstration of Miss Penny and KidVision kids exploring Science through paper airplanes! This fun tutorial details “how to” execute the STEAM activity, step by step, as well as the lesson behind it. Continue »

 

A drawing of an adult and child looking up at the sky
Learning at Home

Art: Arapaho Truths

Posted on October 27, 2022

The Northern Arapaho of the Wind River Indian Reservation are storytellers. In an effort to pass their culture to the next generation, the elders tell the children four traditional stories. Using clay animation, shadow puppets, painting, drawing, and performance, the children make the stories come to life. Continue »

 

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Learning at Home

Math: Skills on Demand Collection

Posted on October 27, 2022

Check out this collection of interactive lessons for math skills on demand including simplifying fractions, the Pythagorean Theorem, finding area and volume. Continue »

 

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Learning at Home

English Language Arts: Time for a Timeline

Posted on October 27, 2022

Randi House discusses timelines and how they are set up. Ms. House also shares a timeline of her own life to demonstrate that, because timelines can cover a long span of time, they should only include the most important events. In the activity that accompanies this video, students will read an informational article and use […] Continue »

 

An image of a boy next to a clipped Tweet of a soldier and cat
Learning at Home

English Language Arts: ‘I Can’t Believe It When I See It!’ A Primer on Spotting Misinformation

Posted on October 27, 2022

Students will learn how misinformation with an image or video is more believable and can lead them to unintentionally share information that is misleading or inaccurate. Use this lesson to introduce students to the nuances of how misinformation spreads around major events, sometimes unintentionally, with a focus on the unintended consequences of sharing even “feel-good” […] Continue »

 

An invasive spotted lantern fly on a wall
Learning at Home

Science: Invasive Plant and Animal Species

Posted on October 27, 2022

Learn about invasive plant and animal species, native species, and non-native species. Although world ecosystems are in danger from a whole host of varied and distinct threats, there are few issues more difficult to tackle or more complex to understand than invasive species control. These species arrive in an ecosystem in which they are not […] Continue »

 

Four imges of puppets in various locations
Learning at Home

Health & PE: TEAMology

Posted on October 27, 2022

Six TEAMology social-emotional activities from their SEL curriculum, plus a coloring and activity book to use with students in grades PreK-5th grade. Continue »

 

An image of a number line for telling time
Learning at Home

Math: Telling Time with Number Lines

Posted on October 27, 2022

Susanna Post teaches students how to tell and estimate time using a number line and an analog clock. Ms. Post shows students how to use the clock and number line to estimate how much time they will need to complete a project or arrive at a destination. Accompanying resources include a handout that gives students […] Continue »

 

A person looking away from the camera out across a desert
Learning at Home

Social Studies: We Are the Water Missing Home

Posted on October 27, 2022

Nestled a few paces from the U.S.-Mexico border in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Quitobaquito Springs are a rare freshwater source in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. Long before the site was National Park Service land, it was a homestead to the Hia C-ed O’odham, a tribe not recognized by the U.S. government that […] Continue »

 

A standing woman presenting to several sitting children.
Learning at Home

World Languages: The Boy Who Loved to Read

Posted on October 27, 2022

Storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar tells a Mexican folktale about a boy whose ability to read enables him to outwit the devil. The story is told in a combination of English and Spanish. Continue »

 

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Learning at Home

World Languages: The Mitten/La Moufle

Posted on October 27, 2022

Storyteller Priscilla Howe tells a story about how a mitten dropped in the snow becomes a temporary home to several animals. The story is available in English and French. Continue »

 

A image of dilations of a person
Learning at Home

Math: Human Tree – Dilations

Posted on October 27, 2022

Watch as the National Museum of Mathematics uses an image of a visitor to create a “Human Tree” using dilations. This video focuses on how similar figures can create dilations and how exponents can be used in an equation to express the proportional relationship in fractals. This video was submitted through the Innovation Math Challenge, […] Continue »

 

A girl and woman sit next to each other talking
Learning at Home

Art: Make a Beaded Necklace

Posted on October 27, 2022

Beading is an Alaska Native art that Molly and Trini enjoy doing together. In the PBS KIDS show MOLLY OF DENALI™, they learn that following directions is important. Follow these directions to make a beaded necklace with your child!   Continue »

 

A man with a mask snipped in front of the Washington Capital building
Learning at Home

Media Literacy: Misinformation Nation Collection

Posted on October 27, 2022

Scientific information is shared through the news, advertisements, and social media platforms by sources with differing intentions and levels of expertise. Unfortunately, science misinformation, information that contradicts what established science tells us to be true, can mislead and confuse people and potentially endanger their health and wellbeing. Learn the science behind why misinformation is shared, […] Continue »

 

A woman dancing in a black top
Learning at Home

Art: Native American Hip-Hop and Freestyle in Albuquerque

Posted on October 27, 2022

Albuquerque’s thriving hip-hop and freestyle dance scene is influenced by Indigenous dancers from many tribes, Pueblos and other communities. A strong sense of solidarity holds it all together, say dancers Anne Pesata (Jicarilla Apache) and Raven Bright (Diné). The couple describes the scene as “Indigenous futurism.” Meet Randy L. Barton, or Randy Boogie, a dancer, […] Continue »