Remembering What We Have to Be Thankful For

As we learn in this clip All About the Holidays, Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a holiday in 1863, so we would remember to think about what we have to be thankful for (good practice throughout the year).  As students and teachers  approach the holiday, PBS LearningMedia has a cornucopia of preK-12 resources to engage students in Thanksgiving, its stories and its history.

Among the pages of resources that range from understanding early 17th century colonial society to Daniel Tiger’s Thank You song, you’ll find something to capture the spirit of this uniquely American holiday.  Continue reading

Thomas & Friends for Family Night and the Classroom

Parents and educators have shared their appreciation for Thomas & Friends resources in helping children learn.  This week, PBS KIDS Family Night — which offers a fun, educational movie each Friday — premieres Thomas & Friends “Journey Beyond Sodor.”  This new adventure, airing at 7 p.m. Friday on WGBY Kids, shows that friendship is more important than being the favorite engine.

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Halloween Resources that Go BUMP in the Night

This video from PBS LearningMedia is just a taste of the PreK-12 Halloween video and lesson plan treats waiting for you — such as making slime, using math to share candy, studying zombie brains, and exploring the concept of fear.

Don’t be afraid to add the spooky and the scary to learning about Halloween in the classroom Continue reading

The Vietnam War — Only On PBS

WGBY premieres Ken Burns and Lynn Novick new documentary series, Vietnam, this Sunday, September 17, at 8pm.  While a 10-part series might seem daunting to some, David Bianculli’s, NPR’s Fresh Air film critic, calls it a “brilliantly structured documentary series,” noting its powerful use of music such as “Led Zeppelin’s ‘Dazed and Confused’ [which] isn’t just a rock song; it’s a battlefield debriefing.”

As Ken Burns himself remarks in this trailer, the film could only have been made only on PBS.  And even before classroom resources Continue reading

Teaching Tolerance In the Classroom

Recent events in Charlottesville may have you thinking about what more you can do to help students become tolerant and fair-minded adults.  At least as important as your subject matter is the classroom environment you create, one with patience, understanding and love — fertile ground for growing just citizens.

Regardless of age level, the following sites offer resources for both Continue reading

Kindness, Empathy and the Importance of Practicing Mindfulness

                                                                 “Manners are kindnesses.” Audrey Hepburn

Actress and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn’s definition of manners came from her mother.  Learning about kindness, empathy and resilience are among the most important lessons we can teach as parents, educators and citizens.

PBS LearningMedia’s collection for PreK-5 and 6-12,  Continue reading

RARE Creatures & Endangered Species: A Free Family Event/Resources

WGBY invites you to a free afternoon of family fun and learning on July 8 at Northfield Mountain Recreation & Environmental Center.  The event includes advance screenings of an upcoming, new three-part series of RARE: Creatures of the Photo Ark, in which viewers will discover the diversity, beauty and value of thousands of species at risk of extinction and Continue reading

Happy July 4th, Our 241st Birthday

 

A CAPITOL FOURTH, our national Independence Day celebration, kicks off our country’s 241st birthday on Sunday, July 2.  From 8:00 – 9:30pm, WGBY will broadcast the all-star musical broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. With 20 cameras around the city, viewers have a great seat for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation!

To learn and teach about the history of America’s birthday and discover Continue reading