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Monthly Activities for Grades 6-8

September 2022

September is Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), Classical Music Month, and National Courtesy Month. Explore these PBS LearningMedia resources on these topics to incorporate into your classroom or home:

A window display of the Grinch out of post-it notes.

Art: Post-it Picasso

Letcher County math teacher Tyler Watts makes murals from Post-it Notes. His art, often called pixel art, is similar to mosaic art. Instead of using stone, tile or glass pieces and plaster or mortar, the artist uses Post-it Notes. Making an image from tiny pieces of material has a long history. Mosaics have been made […]

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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The words "Get Lit" in a graffiti style with a flame in the middle.

English Language Arts: Get Lit

Arts education can truly be a transformative journey. Get Lit, an education non-profit dedicated to increasing teen literacy through the power of spoken word, is proud to collaborate with PBS SoCal | KCET in order to inspire creative expression, provide culturally relevant narratives, and grow social-emotional intelligence. Through the unique stories of five Get Lit […]

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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A man holding his head with a background of money, coins, groceries, and a gas nozzle.

Family and Consumer Science: What is Inflation?

If it seems like things are more expensive these days, it’s because they are! Inflation is the increase in the cost of goods and services over time. It becomes a problem when wages don’t keep up with the rising cost of things. Myles digs into the current causes of inflation and how it impacts our […]

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Serena Williams holding out a tennis ball.

Health & PE: Serena Williams Legacy

Last month, Serena Williams takes the court at the U.S. Open to compete in what is expected to be the last Grand Slam of her legendary career. No one denies that she’s changed the game and many consider her the greatest tennis player of all time.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Two bowls of beans behind the words "Math Club" and "multiplying positive and negative numbers".

Math: Multiplying Positive and Negative Numbers

Learn about multiplying positive and negative numbers with this eccentric family. This episode of Math Club illuminates the simple rules for multiplying signed numbers.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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A wolf lurking behind tall grass.

Science: Vital Role of Predators

Learn about the vital role predators play in ecosystems. Humans have long had a complicated relationship with native wild carnivores, often with attempts to actively eliminate these animals, leaving behind ecosystems in dire need of that natural control mechanism. With the absence of large apex predators, smaller mesopredators, such as bobcats, foxes, and coyotes, have […]

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Two men in wheelchairs on either side of President George H. W. Bush signing the ADA into law.

Social Studies: Americans with Disabilities Act

30 years have passed since the Americans with Disabilities Act became law. The legislation has been invaluable for what it changed, but significant obstacles remain for Americans with physical or mental impairments.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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A man holding a fake pig head while four women dance around him.

World Languages: Cabeza de Cochino Dance

Cabeza de Cochino translates to pig’s head. This traditional dance is held at a festival as a sign of a productive year. The hog’s head signifies wealth and health for the family that is giving the offering. This version of Cabeza de Cochino was performed by Casa de Cultura Hispana de Lexington at the Festival […]

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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