Nature: Viva Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a tropical island infused with unique natural wonders but its native wildlife is threatened with extinction. On Wednesday, April 12, at 8:00pm, WGBY broadcasts Nature: Viva Puerto Rico about charismatic scientists who are dedicated to restoring Puerto Rico’s rich biological heritage — manatees, parrots and turtles.

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Newtown: From Grief, A Chance to Teach & Learn More Mindfully

 

Premiering tonight at 9pm on WGBY, the new documentary Newtown from Independent Lens tells the aftermath of December 14, 2012, when 26 died at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

One teacher at PBS Teachers’ Lounge writes, Newtown is the documentary that no one wants to watch, but everyone needs to watch.”  PBS LearningMedia has developed a collection of videos and lesson plans for grades

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Autism Awareness

As we mark Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd, you’ll find awesome resources from PBS to engage children across the autism spectrum.

Sesame Street And Autism:  See Amazing in All Children recently announced its expanded commitment to the autism community with all-new educational resources that will culminate in a special episode of Sesame Street that welcomes Julia, our new Muppet friend with autism, to the famed neighborhood.  The “Meet Julia” episode Continue reading

Cyberchase Step It Up! for 4 Springfield Schools & Resources for All Grades 2-5

As this clip shows, Cyberchase teaches kids to use their heads when it comes to taking care of their bodies. (Watch more Cyberchase and you’ll see how mathematics fits into the equation:)

Math meets movement in Springfield this month as WGBY leads local students in the Cyberchase Step It Up! program.  Because our bodies and minds are interconnected, we’re grateful to  Continue reading

‘Tis the Season to Celebrate Cultural Diversity

Bringing diverse holidays into the classroom can deepen students’ understanding of and respect for cultural differences.  In years past it could be difficult for teachers to find a Kwanza candle holder, but today PBS LearningMedia gives educators varied holiday resources to engage students.

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Thomas & Friends For the Holidays and Year Round, Including Resources for the ASD Classroom

PBS KIDS has discovered that among Thomas & Friends many fans, children on the autistic spectrum love this program from Great Britain, which had its first broadcast in 1984.  (We’ve posted how an autistic child in our region has been helped by Thomas resources in school. Just search Thomas & Friends here on our homepage.)

Over this holiday season, WGBY is airing seasonal episodes of Thomas & Friends, including these 5 new ones beginning on December 12.   In addition to Thomas & Friends classroom resources from Thomas episodes, you’ll find a wide range of tips and activities for incorporating Thomas into an Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) classroom at Continue reading

Shakespeare Lives in Two Great Performances — 400 Years after his Death

On Sunday, December 11, at 9:00pm, WGBY premieres The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses, which continues the epic saga begun with the BAFTA winning 2013 Great Performances of The Hollow Crown.  Airing to great acclaim on the BBC this past May, one reviewer observed, “What [Director Dominic] Cooke captures is the scope, the daring and the savage headlong rush of the poet’s imagination. . .”

Amid this cast of acclaimed actors assembled for Great Performances: Shakespeare Live! from The Royal Shakespeare Company, Prince Charles makes his entrance in his official capacity as RSC President.  To commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death on April 23, 2016, The Royal Shakespeare Company hosted a glittering jubilee party that WGBY will premiere on Friday, December 23, at 9:00pm.

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A New PBS KIDS Program To Be Thankful For: Splash and Bubbles

“The whole ocean’s waiting right before our eyes.”  This line from the new Splash and Bubbles theme song invites 4-7 year old viewers — and their teachers and parents — to dive into marine biology and ocean science to explore the diversity and spectacle of our natural undersea world. Premiering on WGBY this Wednesday, November 23, 10:00am and 2:00pm, The Jim Henson Company’s latest creation has meaningful themes like one we hear in this video clip: “There’s only one way to get over the fear of the unknown.  Let’s go there and get to know it.”

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