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2024 WPSU Poetry Writing Contest

Share your poetry with WPSU for our annual Poetry Writing Contest! We are excited to read poetry from students across Central PA in grades Kindergarten through 12th Grade.

Submit your entry by Thursday, February 29

WPSU Education

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Career Readiness

In partnership with PA Department of Labor and Industry, WPSU has curated free content for parents, students, and educators that align to state career readiness standards. Here are top resources to help parents, students, and educators explore various careers.

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Explore the World with Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows

WPSU is delighted to have collaborated with the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows Office at Penn State to create a video series presented by the 2021 Humphrey Fellows. These educational videos, suited for classroom and community viewing, feature each fellow talking about their home country, its culture, history, and people.

Finding Your Roots: The Seedlings

“Finding Your Roots: The Seedlings” follows 13 young people in a genetics and genealogy camp as they explore their family history and DNA ancestry with techniques never before used in an educational setting.

Mapping the Pandemic

Geospatial Revolution

The Geospatial Revolution Project, from WPSU Penn State public broadcasting, provides schools with a look into GPS data gathering, which influences nearly everything. Explore these resources here!

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Media Production

WPSU creators share their tips and tricks on how to bring your story to life!

Mission: Materials Science

Materials science is the study of stuff— what it’s made of, how it can be used, and even how it can be changed to create new kinds of stuff. Your mission? To learn how materials science and engineering is at work all around you.

Science U 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.

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WPSU Games

Educational games by WPSU for all age levels.

WPSU Reads

The goal of WPSU Reads is to enrich our community through storytelling and sharing knowledge of Native American cultures through our network of community partners. Click continue to discover educational resources and find upcoming community events.

Virtual Summer Camp

WPSU Virtual Summer Camp

This summer your family can go on adventures to continents around the world and expeditions right in your backyard.

Classroom Activities

Pinkalicious and Peterrific

Arts: Pinka-Perfect Band

Experiment with different instruments, sounds, and rhythms with this PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC® online game. After choosing a drum set, xylophone, or harp, children make changes in order to create their own unique musical instrument, and then play along with the Pinkalicious & Peterrific characters in a musical performance.

An image of Toni Medina holding a book.

English Language Arts: Let’s Share a Story – Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy

Read Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy with author Tony Medina. Discuss parts of a story with students afterward.

Three children with an adult being seen by a doctor.

Health & PE: Childrens Hospital Field Trip

Come with Penny and KidVision VPK children as they experience a lifesaving trip in the ambulance, a vital-sign check-up in the ER, a CT scan in the imaging department, and see what a patient room is like.

Math: Sesame Number of the Day

Math, counting, and number recognition have never been so catchy! Sing along with The Count from Sesame Street as we learn today’s number of the day. (O to 5)

Science: Blast Off in a Cardboard Rocket Ship

Daniel Tiger narrates as a young boy and his mother take out their art supplies and build a rocket ship from a cardboard box – a fun idea for imaginative play at home or at school.

Two cartoon children looking at a bingo sheet.

Social Studies: Learning about Black Leaders

A bilingual, weekly “Learn Along” Bingo card (one for PreK-K, one for Grades 1 & 2) will include a range of thematic learning opportunities for children to choose their own learning adventure. Emphasis will be on the PBS KIDS 24/7 broadcast schedule and related printables that require minimal supplies or adult facilitation. Weekly activities will be cross-curricular but emphasize Social-Emotional Learning, Math and Literacy development.

A cartoon moon walking with several cartoon animal characters.

World Language: Let’s Go Luna

Let’s Go Luna is a PBS KIDS show that follows Luna the Moon and her adventures with Andy, Carmen, and Leo as they travel around the world. Explore cities from all over the globe with these fun videos, and check out the support materials for great classroom activities that connect cultures from around the world to classroom activities.

Pinkalicious and Peterrific

Arts: Pinka-Perfect Band

Experiment with different instruments, sounds, and rhythms with this PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC® online game. After choosing a drum set, xylophone, or harp, children make changes in order to create their own unique musical instrument, and then play along with the Pinkalicious & Peterrific characters in a musical performance.

An image of Toni Medina holding a book.

English Language Arts: Let’s Share a Story – Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy

Read Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy with author Tony Medina. Discuss parts of a story with students afterward.

Magnetic letters spelling "zach lunch."

Health & PE: Funky Fruits

Join Zach Lunch, your funky, fruit-loving friend to discuss fruits. He shows several examples of fun fruits and explains how they are different from vegetables. He also shares the secret to their sweetness. A Words to Know handout is included to support the vocabulary discussed in the video.

A man presenting cards to the camera.

Math: Go Fish!

Joel Lookadoo uses the classic card game Go Fish to teach students diverse ways to add to ten. Mr. Lookadoo models the flexibility needed to successfully add to ten using different numbers. Accompanying resources include all the materials needed for students to practice adding to ten while playing their own game of Go Fish.

Science: Sand Diego Zoo Kids

San Diego Zoo presents a series of short videos all about animals. Learn all about camels, baobab trees, geckos and more!

Two cartoon children looking at a bingo sheet.

Social Studies: Learning about Black Leaders

A bilingual, weekly “Learn Along” Bingo card (one for PreK-K, one for Grades 1 & 2) will include a range of thematic learning opportunities for children to choose their own learning adventure. Emphasis will be on the PBS KIDS 24/7 broadcast schedule and related printables that require minimal supplies or adult facilitation. Weekly activities will be cross-curricular but emphasize Social-Emotional Learning, Math and Literacy development.

A cartoon moon walking with several cartoon animal characters.

World Language: Let’s Go Luna

Let’s Go Luna is a PBS KIDS show that follows Luna the Moon and her adventures with Andy, Carmen, and Leo as they travel around the world. Explore cities from all over the globe with these fun videos, and check out the support materials for great classroom activities that connect cultures from around the world to classroom activities.

A watercolor painting done by Muhammad Ali about his fight against Zora Folley in 1967.

Arts: Zora Folley Fight at Madison Square Garden 1967

In this watercolor painting by heavyweight champion boxer Muhammad Ali, he predicts his victory in his fight against Zora Folley at Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 22, 1967. He gave the watercolor to his friend, the artist LeRoy Neiman.

English Language Arts: Proper Case of Pronouns

Pronoun case is determined by how we use the pronoun in a sentence. There are three ways: subjective, when the pronoun does something; objective, when something is done to our pronoun; and possessive, when our pronoun possesses something.

Magnetic letters spelling "zach lunch."

Health & PE: Protein

Zach Lunch and Doggy Bag discuss the power of protein! Zach shows several examples of foods that have protein and explains that proteins are the building blocks of the human body. They help you get the energy to rock and roll! Accompanying this resource are a review sheet and a worksheet for students to practice identifying and choosing healthy proteins.

A woman standing in front of a board with two blank fraction circles.

Math: Comparing Fractions

Susanna Post uses area models to teach students how to compare fractions with common denominators and common numerators. She also shows students how to compare fractions with different numerators and different denominators with the butterfly, cross-multiplying method.

Science: Thermal Energy Transfer

Explore the three methods of thermal energy transfer: conduction, convection, and radiation, in this interactive from WGBH, through animations and real-life examples in Earth and space science, physical science, life science, and technology.

Jesse Owens

Social Studies: Jesse Owens

Jesse Owens was born in Alabama in 1913 to poor Black sharecroppers. In 1936 he won four gold medals at the Olympics in Germany and showed Hitler and the world that athletic skill, not race, makes winners. Though he was world-renowned after the Olympics, but Owens still faced racism and prejudice.

World Languages: Exploraciones

Exploraciones is a collection of resources for teaching Spanish in the elementary grades. The collection includes the ¡Arte y más! video series, which is designed to take students with no prior experience in Spanish from the novice-low to novice-mid level as defined by the Kentucky World Language Proficiency Standards. The collection also includes themed units featuring a variety of video segments, animations, lesson plans, activity ideas, and other materials for teaching students at the novice-mid to novice-high level.

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Arts: Sammy Davis Jr.

Explore the complex identity of Sammy Davis, Jr. and its impact on his career as a performer in this video from American Masters, Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me. As a black man in a predominantly white industry, Sammy struggled to be accepted by both groups. This resource explores how Sammy persevered in a society where race and culture posed many challenges. Support materials include discussion questions, vocabulary, and an identity map activity where students analyze the many factors that shape who we are as individuals and as members of different communities.

English Language Arts: Reflexive Pronouns and Subjects

Reflexive pronouns reflect the subject of the sentence. A reflexive pronoun is a pronoun that is preceded or followed by the noun, adjective, adverb, or pronoun to which it refers within the same clause.

Two hands holding in front of a green background.

Health & PE: Kindness, Empathy, and Resilience

This collection of videos and lesson plans is about kindness, empathy, and the importance of practicing mindfulness. These resources will help educators foster resilience in students grades 6-12, and include strategies to help teenagers cope with the stresses of everyday life, as well as specific challenges. The collection offers proactive approaches to help students forge new friendships and explore the concepts of self-care, care for others, and the responsibilities associated with being a supportive community member.

Math: Cryptology Files

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.

Math: Slicing Three Dimensional Figures

This animated Math Shorts video helps students understand the two-dimensional figures that result from slicing solid three-dimensional figures. The video demonstrates this using cylinders and right rectangular pyramids as the three-dimensional figures. In the accompanying classroom activity, students create and slice play dough figures and then describe the resulting shapes.

Science: Volcanic Features

Most people will never see the eruption of an active volcano. Even so, evidence of these dramatic displays can be found all over the world. In fact, more can be learned about some aspects of volcanic activity by exploring evidence left by past eruptions than by watching an eruption in progress. This interactive resource adapted from the National Park Service explores eight volcanic features and describes how they form.

Social Studies: Dred Scott Case

Discover how the Dred Scott Supreme Court case became a tipping point, leading to the Civil War. Dred Scott was a slave who sued for his freedom. His case ended up before the U.S. Supreme Court, and became a tipping point, leading to the Civil War.

A woman in a white dress dancing the bomba in a street.

World Languages: Puerto Rico’s Bomba – A Dance of the African Diaspora

Witness the unstoppable joy of dancing bomba, Puerto Rico’s Afro-Puerto Rican dance of resistance. Meet sisters Mar and María Cruz who are dedicated to the dance and its legacy of survival, and trace some of the communities where bomba is at its most vibrant, from the Santurce area of San Juan, to Loíza, the bastion of Afro-Puerto Rican culture across the Rio Grande.

Three people holding a picture sitting on a couch.

Arts: When the Waters Get Deep

When the Waters Get Deep is a short documentary about the Oakland-based hip-hop, soul and jazz ensemble SOL Development and their community-based healing practices supporting Black and Brown families experiencing trauma and grief from gun violence and loss. When MC Karega Bailey loses his own brother in a shooting, his grief makes him sick with revenge and hopelessness, and he is left questioning his own message of hope and peace. Turning to his faith, family and writing, Bailey finds his voice and purpose again. With the collective BE-IMAGINATIVE, the four members of SOL help lead healing circles and musical experiences for mothers whose children have been taken by gun violence. This work prepares Bailey and his wife, Felicia, as they are tested with another profound personal loss.

An actor beating a djembe drum on a stage.

English Language Arts: History of Black Engagement with Shakespeare

This video from Great Performances: Merry Wives, performed after a year of isolation and quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, recreates the typical Shakespearean drama with an all-Black cast who play the role of West African and African American peoples in Harlem. This adaptation is just one example in a long history of Black engagement in the world of Shakespeare, featuring a message that is both radical and inclusive. The video and support materials ask students to analyze the beginning of the play and how the selected instrument and music invite the audience to celebrate Black joy.

A hand on a hospital bed with an IV taped to it.

Health & PE: Health Disparities in the Black Community – Past & Present

You’re probably aware that the United States healthcare system is letting down many Black Americans. Learn about the historic reasons for distrust of the medical establishment in the Black community as well as why these huge health disparities still exist in this Origin of Everything episode.

A woman explaining math in costume making.

Math: Pattern Math

In this edition of STEAM on Stage & Screen – “Pattern Math,” host Stephfond Brunson talks with Bethany Itterly, owner of Bethany Joy Costumes Inc. Bethany is a master draper who has experience with historic period costumes like the dresses worn in Apple TV’s hit series “Dickinson.” She explains how critical math is to her entire process, specifically scaling patterns to fit various body types to achieve duplicate looks.

Science: Cell Membrane – Just Passing Through

At any one time, a dozen different types of materials may be passing through the membrane of a cell. The job of the membrane is to regulate this movement in order to maintain the proper balance of ions, water, oxygen, carbon dioxide, nutrients, and other molecules. This interactive illustrates the movement of some of these materials and describes the structures that make it possible.

Social Studies: War and Nation Building in Latin America

Join host John Green to learn about nation building and nationalism in Latin America. Sometimes, the nations of Latin America get compared to the nations of Europe and are found wanting. However, this comparison doesn’t quite work as the rise of democratic, economically powerful nations in Europe came about under a very different set of circumstances than the way nations arose in Latin America. Naturally, the regions are very different. But why? John will explore ideas, including whether or not a lack of international war could have impeded Latin America’s growth. On the surface, this may not sound plausible, but tune into this episode of Crash Course to hear a lively discussion on the topic!

A woman in a white dress dancing the bomba in a street.

World Languages: Puerto Rico’s Bomba – A Dance of the African Diaspora

Witness the unstoppable joy of dancing bomba, Puerto Rico’s Afro-Puerto Rican dance of resistance. Meet sisters Mar and María Cruz who are dedicated to the dance and its legacy of survival, and trace some of the communities where bomba is at its most vibrant, from the Santurce area of San Juan, to Loíza, the bastion of Afro-Puerto Rican culture across the Rio Grande.

These resources are curated monthly based on new PBS LearningMedia content and recent events.

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Anti-Racism Resources

A growing list of resources from PBS and trusted partners, to use as tools to support anti-racist learning and growth. Free and open for all. (pdf)

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Centre County Services for Children Birth to Five

Centre County Local Interagency Coordinating Council (LICC) resource book, a guide to services and supports for children birth to five (0-5).

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How to Talk to Kids about Race and Racism

Sonia Manzano, known as Maria on Sesame Street, will speak about how parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and those working with children can learn how to talk to kids about race.

PBS Kids Daily Newsletter

PBS Kids Weekly Newsletter

Tips and activities to keep your kids engaged and learning while at home.

PBS Parents

PBS Parents Website

Find parenting tips, hands-on activities, games, and apps for grades PreK-3 to help you raise kind, curious, and resilient children.

Sesame Street in Communities

Sesame Street in Communities

Hundreds of multi-media tools to help kids and families enrich and expand their knowledge during the early years of birth through six.