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

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

Summer’s Architects

The following post was written in collaboration with Jonathan Daly, WGBY intern and recent UMASS graduate:

One of the great things about summer is how lively nature and wildlife becomes.  There is an abundance of ecosystems that thrive during the summertime, and it seems appropriate to study nature now or after students return to school when videos such as this can bring nature alive.

PBS LearningMedia features a multitude of resources on biology and the study of nature.  Birds: Designers, Engineers, and Builders of Nests features clips from the series NATURE — including video clips such as this one from Nature Nuggets — as well as activities, discussion questions and handouts that correspond with their respective lessons.  This resource will help give students insight into how and why birds create their nests and behave the way they do in the wild.

Be sure to check out this resource on PBS LearningMedia as well as the thousands of other resources that you can search by subject, grade, content area and more.

Spreading Awareness During Pride Month

Jonathan Daly, WGBY intern and recent UMASS graduate, writes:

We live in a time where diversity is ever growing and people are engaging in conversations that challenge traditional societal norms about race, gender, and sexuality. With June being Pride Month, it seems more than appropriate to spread awareness about the LGBTQ community, who are more vocal and open than ever in spreading awareness and fighting for equal rights as they still face many challenges daily.

On June 17 at 9:00pm, WGBY will air the first episode of the Masterpiece series entitled Man in an Orange Shirt as part of Pride Month. Set in the UK, the mini-series explores the challenges and changes that people who are gay must face, both now and in the past.

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Diversity in Autism

WGBY Intern and UMASS Senior, Jonathan Daly, writes:

As we learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder, the diversity of autism and the multitude of ways that it effects children become increasingly apparent. As educators (or future educators), we ourselves must learn how to incorporate new techniques that encompass the needs of children with autism into our curriculums.

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