Develop Global Awareness in Early Learners — Free PBS Professional Learning Event

Learning with Littles: Developing Cultural Awareness is the next free event in a virtual professional learning series from PBS.  On December 4 from 7-8pm, you can be part of this professional development created by teachers for teachers so that you can explore strategies that help develop global awareness in young learners.

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As We Prepare to Celebrate Thanksgiving

As students can see in this video clip from American Experience, the first Thanksgiving wasn’t the same holiday we celebrate today — in fact, the Pilgrims didn’t even call it “thanksgiving.”  PBS resources such as this one can capture students’ imagination and open their minds to learning about their history as well as their present world.

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PBS KIDS’ LET’S Go LUNA! Shows Children the World

LET’S GO LUNA! is the newest addition to PBS KIDS’ line up of programs dedicated to teaching and inspiring our youngest viewers.  As The Wall Street Journal reports today in an article entitled In ‘Let’s Go Luna,’ PBS Offers a Global Message, “the new children’s TV series emphasizes appreciation for other cultures . . . ”

Research shows that young children have limited exposure to social studies concepts in school, and LET’S GO LUNA! helps address this gap by encouraging kids ages 4-7 to explore and appreciate cultures worldwide and build global citizenship and social skills.  While LETS GO LUNA! launches tomorrow, November 21, PBS LearningMedia already offers Continue reading

Real-World Relevance in the Classroom: The Daily News Story

The Daily News Story takes the best of the PBS NewsHour news program and pairs it with discussion questions, lesson plans and stories developed specifically for students.  In partnership with PBS LearningMedia, this respected, in-depth programs creates a collection that helps teachers and students Continue reading

Family Fun & Learning at WGBY Kids Fan Day

This year’s WGBY Kids Fan Day on Saturday, November 3, from 10am — 3pm promises to be the best ever!  Along with PBS KIDs characters that children love  — Curious George, Daniel Tiger & the Springfield Museums’ The Cat in the Hat — families will find PBS Kids-themed activity stations with arts & crafts, interactive games, or musical explorations hosted by community partners.  Free, kid-sized iced cream courtesy of Friendly’s will make the celebration even better.

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WGBY Interactive Lesson Celebrates Local Latino Culture

WGBY recently published an interactive lesson, Diversity in Latino Culture, on PBS LearningMedia.  The standards-based lesson is designed to make students aware of the rich diversity found in Latino food, music and art, starting locally with video segments from WGBY’s bilingual, on-air program, Presencia.

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Family Cancer Leads to Nobel Prize

For their work on cancer immunotherapy, James Allison and Tasuku Honjo recently received the Nobel Prize in medicine.  Here on PBS NewsHour, Dr. Allison explains how his road to a Nobel Prize began with cancer in his family.

Do you know that PBS LearningMedia offers classroom resources developed from PBS NewsHour’s in-depth coverage of major national and international news stories

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“This Lovely World, These Precious Days”– Charlotte’s Web & The Great American Read

The love of books may be one reason some people become teachers (and why people are good teachers to their own children).  It’s understandable why E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web is among The Great American Read:  Heroes, which WGBY broadcasts this Tuesday at 8pm.  The book’s protagonist, the spider Charlotte, is patient, intelligent and selfless, saving Wilbur’s life and leaving a legacy of new weavers and friends.

Unlike other classics on the list of favorites, Charlotte’s Web appeals to all ages, thanks in part to White’s precise and tender language.  Here’s how Charlotte  Continue reading