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Working with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the seven PBS stations across Pennsylvania joined together to create Your Learning Neighborhood, your connection to thousands of hours of education and entertaining videos, activities, lessons, and games to support you. You can find out more at pennsylvaniapbs.org, in addition to our resources below.

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PBS Kids Activies Calendar

PBS KIDS Activities Calendar

Classroom Activities

Series Activities

City building along a river at sunset with text overlay 'Repairing the World, Stories from the Tree of Life'.

Film Screening for Classrooms

WPSU is offering a film screening of the documentary, “Repairing the World: Stories from the Tree of Life,” along with classroom resources to support your students in discussing difficult topics and creating solutions for peace.

WPSU Kids Day at DelGrosso’s

Daniel Tiger is coming to DelGrosso’s Park and Laguna Splash! Meet Daniel, play games, make crafts, and go on a scavenger hunt!

Saturday, June 22, from 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

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.

2021 Humphrey Fellows with Lion Shrine

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.

Big Sale Game

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

Cartoon characters from Elinor Wonders Why painting pictures of trees on an easel.

Arts: Exploring Color

Watch the clip from Elinor Wonders Why “A Change of Art” to model conversations about art and colors. Then use the lesson plan to students will observe different colors in paintings, animals, and the world around them.

Reading Rainbow title card.

English Language Arts: Reading Rainbow Stories

The classic Reading Rainbow series, which launched in 1983 and was the most-watched PBS television show in the classroom, not only offers nostalgia but provides high-quality curriculum for children in Grades K-5 that is still relevant today. The accompanying Reading Rainbow activities are theme-based, stemming from the featured book and may include questions for discussion, art projects, or writing prompts.

A drawing of an adult and two children eating at a table.

Health & PE: Enemy Pie

Experience the power of friendship in this story about spending time with others and overcoming our differences. LeVar Burton visits a playground and invites us to think about how we can make friends with people from different backgrounds. After watching, use the provided teaching tips and discussion questions to further explore the topics covered in this book.

Characters from Rosie's Rules with text that reads 'Stu's Super Stunts'.

Math: Stu’s Super Stunts Digital Game

Lyla needs your help teaching Stu new tricks! Stu can do so many surprising things. Experiment with different sequences to see his super stunts at the playground, skate park, and basketball court.

Illustration of the Australian Outback with text that reads 'Feed the Dingo' and a blue 'Play' button.

Science: Feed the Dingo – An Ecosystem Game

Players strive to create a balanced desert ecosystem in which each animal has enough food to survive over a period of 12 days, in this interactive game from PLUM LANDING™. Players see how the different species of plants and animals in a desert depend on one another. They also experiment with how changing the amount of one resource affects the whole ecosystem.

Three grade school kids of various race looking at a book accompanied by text that reads 'What Is Citizenship?'.

Social Studies: What is Citizenship?

Abby Brown loves to help kids have fun while learning! In this segment, Abby teaches kids about what it means to be a citizen in their community. We all have a civic duty, or responsibility to take care of each other.

A man puts a finger against his temple and sings with blue and red puppets.

World Languages: Juanes Sings Muevete

Juanes has a Spanish vocabulary song to get you moving! Follow the steps as you learn the Spanish words for hands, head, and feet. This resource teaches Spanish vocabulary through dance and song.

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Arts: Drawing a Forest Friend

In this episode of Cartoon Academy Quick Draws, Pittsburgh Cartoonist Joe Wos shows how learning to draw is as easy as ABC using the letters O-W-L to create a wise owl character.

Reading Rainbow title card.

English Language Arts: Reading Rainbow Stories

The classic Reading Rainbow series, which launched in 1983 and was the most-watched PBS television show in the classroom, not only offers nostalgia but provides high-quality curriculum for children in Grades K-5 that is still relevant today. The accompanying Reading Rainbow activities are theme-based, stemming from the featured book and may include questions for discussion, art projects, or writing prompts.

Cartoon pill bottle with a face, hands, and feet with a label reading 'see stop say'.

Health & PE: Medication Safety Program – Don’t Keep Rex Around

Learn about medication safety with Rex the RX. Rex teaches simple and easy-to-remember lessons on staying safe around medication. The lessons come to life by teaching the method SEE, STOP, SAY to keep children safe around medicine.

Cast of Odd Squad

Math: Odd Squad

Welcome to Odd Squad: the zaniest, craziest team of kid investigators around! Explore content below targeted at making elementary-level math a fun, imaginative experience, mixing concepts like arithmetic and geometry with fantastical storytelling.

Illustration of the Australian Outback with text that reads 'Feed the Dingo' and a blue 'Play' button.

Science: Feed the Dingo – An Ecosystem Game

Players strive to create a balanced desert ecosystem in which each animal has enough food to survive over a period of 12 days, in this interactive game from PLUM LANDING™. Players see how the different species of plants and animals in a desert depend on one another. They also experiment with how changing the amount of one resource affects the whole ecosystem.

A Black woman in historical dress holds an object up.

Social Studies: Objects and Money from Long Ago

Join Cheyney McKnight from the New-York Historical Society as she shows objects and money used long ago. Learn how she-merchants sold goods in exchange for money made of silver and gold. Compare buying and selling goods in the past to practices today.

Five large puppets reading a book

World Languages: Making Soup

Goldilocks (Ricitos de Oro, played by Niña) returns to the home of The Three Bears (Los tres osos) to redeem herself by making soup. But first she leaves to find her friend, Little Rat (Ratoncito), to help her. Once again the soup turns out to be too hot to eat and the entire group goes for a walk-all except Salsa, who enjoys the soup on his own.

cartoon academy

Arts: Drawing a Forest Friend

In this episode of Cartoon Academy Quick Draws, Pittsburgh Cartoonist Joe Wos shows how learning to draw is as easy as ABC using the letters O-W-L to create a wise owl character.

A woman in Sherlock Holmes gear with a magnifying glass stands in front of a sofa.

English Language Arts: Text Detectives

Randi House shows students how to look for clues in a text to support answers and gives students several examples of sentence starters they can use to introduce evidence from the text. Ms. House tells students a short story about Milly Hilly and then asks questions that require students to make inferences that must be supported by story details. The accompanying activity gives students an opportunity to practice making and supporting inferences with the short story “The Fisherman and His Wife.”

A man dressed as a hedgehog stands in front of a magenta background.

Health & PE: Managing Intense Emotions

Your students will learn to recognize and manage intense emotions without giving in to the urge to act in impulsive ways that can make problems bigger. This video is part of the Healthy Minds, Thriving Kids Project, a series of free, evidence-based video and print resources that caregivers and educators can use to teach their kids critical mental health and coping skills. The project was born of an innovative partnership between the state of California and the Child Mind Institute.

Cast of Odd Squad

Math: Odd Squad

Welcome to Odd Squad: the zaniest, craziest team of kid investigators around! Explore content below targeted at making elementary-level math a fun, imaginative experience, mixing concepts like arithmetic and geometry with fantastical storytelling.

A diagram showing the sun shining on the Earth.

Science: Why Summer Days Have More Daylight

Students use and develop models of the Earth–Sun systems to demonstrate understanding of how the Sun illuminates the hemispheres differently during summer and winter. Visual supports (video, images), data graphs, and informational text provide students with multiple entry points to investigating the phenomenon of the changing duration of daylight. This interactive provides the context and sources of data students can use to gather evidence that supports an explanation of why summer days have more daylight than winter days.

Blue and yellow fish swim in front of sea anemone.

Social Studies: Languages of the Caribbean and Central America

Students will read a description of the languages in Central America and the Caribbean, as well as the history of how these languages were disseminated. They will then complete an essay using this information and practice translating two sentences from English to Spanish and Spanish to English.

A man and a woman hold a dish and smile at the camera.

World Languages: Dishes Inspired by Caribbean Heritage

Relish shares stories of cultural heritage in Twin Cities communities through the universal language of food. This sub-collection includes episodes that feature dishes inspired by Caribbean heritage, including recipes from Puerto Rican, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago.

College-age girl setting up a camera with a large lens on a tripod in an outdoor campus setting.

Arts: Media Academy

Empower the Next Generation of Filmmakers! Dive into the WHYY Education comprehensive video tutorial collection designed to guide teachers and students on an exciting journey into the world of storytelling and video production. From creating compelling news stories to crafting captivating documentaries, each tutorial is packed with practical tips on topic selection, interviewing techniques, crafting interview questions, filming B-roll, and more.

A man in a white shirt stands in front of a map of Central America.

English Language Arts: Why Do We Say “Latino”?

When you hear “Latino,” you probably think of people from Latin America—places like Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, etc. But where exactly did the history of that word come from, and has it always meant Central America and South America as well as the Caribbean? Trace the origin of the term “Latino” and the debates that still surround it as well as the term “Hispanic” and “Latinx” in this Origin of Everything episode.

grid paper with random writing on it.

Math: Probability with Dice

Explore basic probability by visualizing all possible outcomes in the sample space. This video focuses on charting the sample space for rolling two dice and then calculating the probability of rolling an 8 using the charted sample space. This video was submitted through the Innovation Math Challenge, a contest open to professional and nonprofessional producers.

Headshot of Ben Sabori.

PE & Health: Emergency Medical Technician Training

Explore an apprenticeship program that trains future Emergency Medical Technicians. Career Explore Northwest is a community tool that aims to help middle schoolers, high schoolers, and young adults learn about in-demand, living-wage jobs in the Inland Northwest through career spotlight videos and a website featuring job/industry data information.

A diagram showing the sun shining on the Earth.

Science: Why Summer Days Have More Daylight

Students use and develop models of the Earth–Sun systems to demonstrate understanding of how the Sun illuminates the hemispheres differently during summer and winter. Visual supports (video, images), data graphs, and informational text provide students with multiple entry points to investigating the phenomenon of the changing duration of daylight. This interactive provides the context and sources of data students can use to gather evidence that supports an explanation of why summer days have more daylight than winter days.

Social Studies: Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of the PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research.

A man and a woman hold a dish and smile at the camera.

World Languages: Dishes Inspired by Caribbean Heritage

Relish shares stories of cultural heritage in Twin Cities communities through the universal language of food. This sub-collection includes episodes that feature dishes inspired by Caribbean heritage, including recipes from Puerto Rican, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago.

paint pallet with overlayed text reading 'Elements of Art Value'.

Arts: Elements of Art – Value

Value is one of the seven basic building blocks of art along with Line, Form, Shape, Color, Space, and Texture. Through the lens of black and white photography, we look at how artists produce value scales and contrast, and how different kinds of lines change the way we perceive depth and space. Learn how different values can invoke different emotions in this video.

Black and white photo of an empty room with text that reads 'The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe'.

English Language Arts: The Tell-Tale Heart and the Art of Horror

Step into the realm of horror literature with this captivating dramatic reading of Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Tell-Tale Heart.’ Students immerse themselves in Poe’s masterful storytelling as they explore the elements he employs to cultivate an atmosphere of unease and evoke dread in his readers. Through careful analysis of the reading, students dissect each literary technique, unraveling how they contribute to the chilling world of horror.

Shapes including a cylinder, cube, sphere, and cone.

Math: Measurement and Geometry – Finding Volume

Volume can be used to find out how much a container holds. Explore volume, how it differs from weight, and how we can measure it. These resources are part of KET’s Measurement and Geometry collection.

headshot of Angel Knowles along side a sign that reads 'We can help.'

PE & Health: Outpatient Clinicial

Explore the job duties of an Outpatient Clinician and the required training and potential career paths for this job. Career Explore Northwest is a community tool that aims to help middle schoolers, high schoolers, and young adults learn about in-demand, living-wage jobs in the Inland Northwest through career spotlight videos and a website featuring job/industry data information.

Science: A Water System

Learn how New York City’s drinking water travels from watersheds in upstate New York in this segment from the WPSU documentary Liquid Assets. Liquid Assets, a ninety-minute documentary, tells the story of essential infrastructure systems: water, wastewater, and stormwater.

Various images of the same man looking frustrated accompanied by text that reads 'Is Voting Too Hard?'.

Social Studies: Voting Rights and the Youth Vote

To understand democracy, we have to understand voting and voting rights. In this activity, students will examine and share their perspectives on democracy and voting. Students will watch videos from PBS Digital Studios’ Above the Noise, a student centered show that highlights current events and trending topics.

A man and a woman hold a dish and smile at the camera.

World Languages: Dishes Inspired by Caribbean Heritage

Relish shares stories of cultural heritage in Twin Cities communities through the universal language of food. This sub-collection includes episodes that feature dishes inspired by Caribbean heritage, including recipes from Puerto Rican, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago.

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

Grown-ups

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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.