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Monthly Activities for Grades 6-8

May 2024

May is Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Jewish American Heritage Month. Discover and celebrate the diverse and vibrant cultures and experiences of these people. We’ve curated resources to use in your classroom related to these observances and more. Check out our new monthly activities below!

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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 […]

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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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 […]

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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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.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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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.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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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 […]

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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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.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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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.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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