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.

Resources for classroom and parents can also be found at Continue reading

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

Professional Learning Opportunity for Science & Social Studies Educators

Climate Conversations:  Cross-Curricular Connections is this Tuesday, October 24, at 7:00pm.  It brings science and social studies educators together to address climate change in their schools.

As well as getting a look into timely classroom materials from PBS LearningMedia, educators will have the opportunity to engage in conversation with PBS Digital Innovators, scientists, and film producers.  Led by Continue reading

Emperor Science Awards for Next Generation Cancer Researchers

This video shows a 2016 PBS LearningMedia and Stand Up To Cancer Emperor Science Award recipient, one of 100 high school students named last year.

PBS recently announced this year’s Emperor Science Awards program, designed to empower high school students to become the next generation of cancer researchers. Through a unique mentoring program, each student works with a university-level research scientist on a multi-week cancer research project.

Entries for the 2017-2018 school year are open to 10th- and 11th-grade students Continue reading

Peg + Cat at LittleFest 2017 on Museum Day Live!

As you can see, Peg + Cat will be at LittleFest this Saturday, September 23, bringing their problem-solving panache to Springfield’s annual celebration of literacy and learning.

Hosted by WGBY, the Springfield Museums and the Springfield City Library, LittleFest is free to all WGBY members and Springfield residents.  Because this Saturday also happens to be  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

Empowering Students to be Safe & Savvy Digital Citizens

Many students returning to the classroom this week are likely to have spent hours online over the summer — playing games, watching videos and possibly much more.  While parents and caregivers may try to oversee children’s navigation of the digital world, it’s essential that students are taught how to be safe, responsible digital citizens.

Cultivating digital citizenship can be tricky, but PBS LearningMedia has engaging resources to Continue reading