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 Presidential Inauguration

This episode of Social Studies Shorts explores what happens on this exciting day and looks at interesting moments from past inaugurations.

How do voters decide?

Use this video and lesson plan to learn how voters make the important decision about who should lead their country.

Make your own Magnifying Glass

Magnify the fun with a closer look at the world through a homemade magnifying glass.

Your Vote Counts!

Video reading of the book Your Vote Counts! and a classroom lesson plan for discussing campaigning, voting, and democracy.

Documenting Winter Stories

Create a documentary to inform viewers about the winter in your area.

Bird Journal

Winter is a fun time to watch birds in your yard. Many feathered friends even enjoy the snow, and you can keep track of them with this journal.

Ice Towers

Sneak in some science with these fun ice towers. Simply place them outside to freeze.

STEM Careers Collection

Watch as some people in STEM careers profile their positions in STEM and what it entails.

Encouraging Curiosity With Elinor Wonders Why

Elinor and her friends have fun engaging with plants, animals, and nature, asking simple but probing questions to figure out why and how things work – early STEM skills!

WPSU Women in Science Profiles

The Women in Science Profiles created by WPSU highlight five women in STEM careers and their career journeys.

Building Self Confidence with Goal Setting

Help your child set a goal and work towards achieving it.

New Year’s Eve Origami Popper

To close out the year and welcome a new one, celebrate with some paper poppers! And learn how to say “Happy New Year” in different languages.

Holiday | Craft in America

HOLIDAY embraces familiar and new winter celebrations as part of our American experience with the handmade.

The Gift of Life

Ahmed Khatib was killed by the Israeli army in 2005. Ahmed’s father decided to donate his son’s organs and help the Jewish families who received them.

Kindness Campaign

Watch and listen to these inspiring one of a kind kindness stories. Then download the Kindness Bingo cards to spread kindness in your community!

Make Your Own Thank You Cards

With your help, have your child think about someone who has done something nice or helpful for them. Talk about how one of the ways we can show we’re thankful is by giving thank you cards.

The Detective’s Notebook Game

You get to be a detective! Sort through clues in a story to predict what will happen next.

Cryptology Files

Can you crack the code and stop an international smuggling ring? The activity integrates geography and algebra, and is best for grades 8 – 12.

Word Machine Game

By matching sounds to letters, your child can make the Word Machine function.

Make a Kwanzaa Card with Elmo

Each family celebrates Kwanzaa in its own way, but celebrations often include songs and dances, African drums, storytelling, poetry reading, and a large traditional meal.

Celebrate Japan’s Oshogatsu Holiday with Ozoni

Japanese celebrate Oshogatsu on the first day of the New Year. For this holiday families head over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house.

All About Hanukkah

Hanukkah is a Jewish celebration, but anyone can find meaning in the holiday. Check out the origins of the tradition, and how it is observed today.

Thankful Tree

Celebrate the beauty of fall by creating a festive centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table!

Harvest Shakers

Make it then shake it! Create two to make a musical duo and have twice the fun.

Learn About Relatives

The holidays are a great chance for children to learn about family culture. Encourage them to mingle and learn their family history by having them engage with their relatives.

Who are the Northern Arapaho?

In this video and accompanying lesson plans, students will learn how the Northern Arapaho came to Wyoming, what are the Arapaho values, and why were Arapaho tribal names changed?

Who is Molly of Denali?

Molly of Denali can be your personal guide to learning about Alaskan natives, the Alaskan wilderness, and as a bonus, literacy skills! Check out her podcast.

How does Tribal Government Work?

The Tribal Government on the Wind River Reservation is in a state of flux. In the accompanying lesson plans,  learn how the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes govern their people. What is the relationship between Tribal, State, and Federal government?

Kindness BINGO

Pick a day or a week, and see who in your family can fill out their Kindness BINGO card first!

Being Kind for Kindness’ Sake

In this daily news story, PBS NewsHour Extra looks at the impact and meaning of community service and why the winter break may be a more challenging time for students than many people may realize.

Create a Kindness Tree

Kindness can grow! Create a Kindness Tree in your house to watch your kind acts multiply.

To Vote or Not to Vote?

Students explore the history of voter suppression in the U.S. and arguments for the importance of voting.

Arthur and Francine Go to War

Watch this Arthur episode to learn about the complexities of the voting process. 

Interactive Storybook: The Election Problem

In this interactive storybook your child can watch and count along as the chickens vote for their favorite candidate.

Confronting Anti-Black Racism

Use these materials with middle and high school students to help them understand the long history of anti-Black racism in the United States, and think about ways to address it in their own families and communities.

How to Use Children’s Books to Talk About Race and Racism

Picture books help create a safe place to start when talking to children about race and racism. Use this list of suggested books to start your conversation.

What is Race? Having the Conversation With Young Children

Families should be talking more about race. Dr. Aisha White talks about what race is and how to discuss it with young children.

Strawberry DNA

Can you extract DNA from a strawberry?

Build it From Nature

The natural world serves as inspiration for human inventions, such as scuba fins, the Bullet Train, and VELCRO. Use this worksheet to learn more examples, and then search for more in your neighborhood.

Fun Time Spinners

Sometimes parents need children to play quietly while they work or take a break. Create a Fun Time Spinner with activities your child can do alone. Make a second spinner filled with family-friendly activities you can do as a family after work or on the weekends.

Sweetness: The Botany of Desire

Students consider the nature of sweetness and create a scale that allows them to measure and compare the sweetness of several types of apples, potatoes and soft drinks.

DragonFly TV – Leaves

Why do leaves change color in the Fall? In this video, the students explore to find out!

13 Children’s Books for Celebrating Fall

As we say goodbye to summer, let’s share the wonders of autumn with these 13 fall-themed children’s books.

Doodle Cake Pops

Get creative with these doodle cake pops! Whether you have them ready before the party starts or allow your party guests to decorate as part of a craft, everyone will be delighted with these tasty treats.

Chef Cookie Pops

Create these delightful desserts for your cooking-themed party! Let every little guest enjoy their very own delicious ‘chef’ cookie pop.

Make a Recipe Book

Molly of Denali loves cooking, and has created a recipe book with some of her favorite recipes. Print them out and try them, and then add some of your own. 

Virus Hunter

Jon Epstein is a virus hunter – he chases viruses that can cause outbreaks of infectious disease. Follow Jon as he hunts the path of the Nipah virus from fruit bats to humans in Bangladesh.

Personal Protective Equipment Explained

In this episode of Things Explained, we talk with a Georgia nurse who is caring for coronavirus patients and examine why PPE is in such high demand during the global pandemic.

Meet the Helpers

The Meet the Helpers toolkit is designed to introduce “helpers” and explain the role they play in emergency situations.

Why are your poems so dark?

Linda Pastan’s poems use very simple language and plain statements to describe everyday situations, but she ends up uncovering the dark worries and threats that hide just below that quiet surface of daily life.