Celebrating Juneteenth & Teaching About Slavery

Recently, you may have been hearing about Juneteenth — another word for June 19 — which is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the United States.  As we learn in this All About the Holidays video (and much more!), Juneteenth is now celebrated in communities  across the country since its origins in Texas.

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“Brief but Spectacular” Video Lesson Plan

Every Thursday night, PBS NewsHour profiles people and their passions in the series Brief but Spectacular.  In this video author and former monk Jay Shetty has a message for those living alone during the pandemic, encouraging them to strive to do one thing each day that brings them joy — and emphasizing that despite social distancing, we can still nurture essential human connection.

Whether we live alone or with others, we all need some time for solitude and coming back to ourselves, so we can better be there for others — however we’re connecting with them right now.

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WILD KRATTS Collection for At-Home Learning

WILD KRATTS is a wildly popular PBS KIDS program.  Geared towards ages 6 to 8 but loved by kids younger and older,  episodes present age-appropriate science inspired by the natural abilities of the animals that the Kratt brothers — and young viewers — meet.

To support the learning goals from each video clip in the PBS LearningMedia collection, a set of graphic organizers can be used while viewing full episodes (available in English & Spanish).  Continue reading

From PBS Teachers Lounge — Building High School Lessons Online

“My charge for the foreseeable future is to help my students feel something normal —  to learn and grow and feel supported  . . . My lessons will focus on three things: Clarity, Choice, and Engagement.”

This quotation by David Olson is from an April post he wrote for the PBS Teachers Lounge.  He currently teaches AP U.S. Government and Politics, Criminal Justice, and Modern U.S. History and believes that many of his lessons are best accomplished with digital content.

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PreView WGBH/WGBY On Air Educational Content & Resources

As we’ve previously shared, students can view daily blocks of educational broadcast programming on WGBY and WGBH The World channels.  This programming is designed for students with limited or no internet access or to augment their online learning.

Teachers can register for a  preview on May 6 of what’s planned for the daily blocks scheduled on May 11 – 15.  In addition, you’ll learn about Continue reading

Thanks to Peep and the Big Wide World Lesson on Weather

This post is written by MaiCherish Harris, Elms College student and NEPM Education Intern:

This year as part of my studies, I took a class called “Social Studies and Science Methods.” For this class, I am required to create lesson plans and teach demonstration lessons.  

 

Attempting to create lessons for a subject that isn’t your strong suit is daunting.  I was extremely relieved to learn that PBS LearningMedia has lesson plans structured around 
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Science Learning with NOVA

NOVA, produced by WGBH in Boston, has been enthralling millions of viewers with the mysteries and discoveries of science for more than 40 years.  So it’s not surprising that the The New York Times recently reported how schools are using NOVA to teach science during COVID-19.

Primarily for middle and high school, NOVA Education on PBS LearningMedia, provides Continue reading

PBS LearningMedia 15-Minute Jump Start

One of our top priorities right now is to help parents and educators fill educational gaps while schools are closed.  To this end, we’ll continue sharing PreK-12 resources to serve your present needs.  We hope you’ll share them with colleagues, parents and families who might benefit from them.
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Curious George Goes to Japan!

The following post was written by education intern MaiCherish Harris, ESL major at Elms College:

In the summer of 2019, I spent five weeks studying abroad in Japan.  After staying in a hotel in Kyoto for a week, I went to Kochi to live with a host family.  Having enjoyed PBS KIDS my whole life, it was surprising and comforting to see Continue reading