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As teachers, students, and families deal with school closures, WPSU and PBS have come together to curate a special collection of educational resources. Whether you are a caregiver working with children or an educator planning distance learning, you’ll find videos, lesson plans, and activities that support learning at home.

Students in Pre-K through 12th grade can now access free, educational PBS daytime programming designated for each grade level weekdays through the following channels:

WPSU Kids 24/7
Grades PreK-3

WPSU World
Grades 6-12 from Noon-6pm

Grades PreK-12

Daily Learning Activities that go with the HD channel

Resilience and Caring for Each Other

  • Sesame Street Caring for Each Other: content and resources from Sesame Workshop that you can use with your family to offer comfort and spark playful learning activities
  • Meet the Helpers: resources to talk to children about what is happening, and empower them to be helpers to keep each other healthy.
  • Arthur Family Health – Resilience: resources, activities, and videos from Arthur to help you and your child cope and build resilience.

Family Learning

Educational TV Programming

  • WPSU-HD: Tune-in to educational programming each weekday, from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • WPSU-HD live stream: Watch WPSU programming on computers and mobile devices.
  • WPSU Kids stream: WPSU offers a 24-hour stream of PBS KIDS programming that can be watched on a computer or through the WPSU app.
  • Check the schedule for information about programs and times.

Resources for Grown-Ups:

  • PBS Parents Website: offers information, activities, and tips for parents, including “How to talk to your kids about coronavirus
  • Sign up for PBS KIDS’ new daily newsletter for activities and tips you can use to play and learn together at home.
  • Science-U @ Home: Created by WPSU, Science-U@Home offers easy to advanced at-home science activities you can do with materials you have at home. Each experiment includes the scientific ideas behind the experiment along with questions to further your child’s scientific thinking.

Educational Games:

Math and reading games created by WPSU

  • Language Arts:
    • Word Machine: practice letter sounds and make words (Grades K-3)
    • Train Game: helps students develop synthesis skills by asking them to group words together to form sentences. (Grades K-3)
    • Fridge Game: read sentences and find the error, requires students to identify confusing words (by monitoring) and to replace them with words from an alternate word pool that make sense in the sentence (clarifying). (Grades K-3)
    • Making Connections: gives students practice in making mental connections between the text and things the reader already knows. These connections can include things readers have read (text-to-text), things they’ve seen or heard (text-to-world), and things they’ve done (text-to-self). (Grades K-3)
    • Questioning Cube: read a short story and answer a question, students practice asking questions about short stories or passages of expository prose (Grades K-5)
    • Detective’s Notebook: you are a detective, look at the clues in a story to predict what will happen next. (Grades K-3)
    • Hamburger Game: Helps students practice attentive reading by choosing the main idea—or “meat”—from a passage of text and dragging it to the center of a sandwich. (Grades K-5)
  •  Math:
    • Big Sale: solve unit rate problems to determine the best deal per ounce of grocery items. (Grades 6-8)
    • Cryptography Files: take on the role of cryptologists to decode clues using pre-algebraic substitution and order of operation (Grades 6-8)
    • What Are The Odds?: answer probability questions. (Grades 6-8)
    • What Are The Chances?: This flexible interactive provides opportunities to practice identifying simple, compound, and/or dependent probabilities using answers in the form of fractions, percentages, and/or decimals. (Grades 7-12)
    • Ninja Escape: Figure out an equation given a set of coordinates and identify the graphs of those functions with this interactive. (Grades 8-9)

Educator Resources

PBS LearningMedia offers standards-aligned educational material and curriculum that can be used by teachers and parents.

Featured PBS LearningMedia resources: