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 Fun & Learning with WGBY

Many of these snapshots capture four interns from Springfield’s Putnam Technical-Vocational Academy and one from the University of Massachusetts as they engaged children during WGBY’s 2018 Summer of Fun & Learning.  Throughout the summer, WGBY interns and staff visited Pre-K classrooms at the YMCA and Head Start where we read with children, played PBS KIDS digital games with our mobile media lab and participated in other fun, hands-on learning.

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Hurricane Maria: One Year Later

WGBY has been dedicated to sharing the aftermath of Hurricane Maria through both our week-night program, Connecting Point, and our summer project, “The Hurricane Maria Project: Negotiating Diaspora in Western Massachusetts,” with youth producers like Iraliz Suárez, who created this video.

WGBY continues to explore the hurricane’s aftermath with a new, half-hour Connecting Point special, “Hurricane Maria:  One Year Later,” which will be broadcast on Thursday, September 20, at 8pm.  The special will Continue reading

Find More to Explore on PBS LearningMedia

PBS LearningMedia has an amazing amount of rich, preK-13+ free, standards-aligned resources in all content areas. You can have a “Wow!” experience when searching the site for specific materials or discovering unexpected resources that  will enhance your curriculum.

With an average of 1 million users per month during the school year, PBS LearningMedia now has sharper navigation to optimize your experience with a new platform design that reveals Continue reading

Researched-Based, Free Family Science Apps from PEEP Family Science

Peep and the Big Wide World, the Emmy Award-winning series that teaches STEM to an early childhood audience, has an all-new series of free digital apps in Spanish and English—along with extensive supports for educators who work directly with families.

Research shows that media can enhance children’s learning—especially when used with an adult and as a springboard for hands-on exploration. The new  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.

Join Us for WGBY Clifford Dog Days at the Springfield Museums

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

With the school year at an end and temperatures climbing, what better time to celebrate the “dog days of summer” than with WGBY and the Springfield Museums?  Since the expression “dog days of summer” refers to the sultry time of summer when Sirius, the Dog Star, rises with the sun — July 3 to August 11 — and WGBY Tuesdays run from July 10 – August 14, we’re pretty much on time! 

As part of the Springfield Museums’ Summer Spectacular — which includes its special Clifford Exhibit — WGBY staff and summer interns will be in a cool spot

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July 4th — Alternative Perspectives in U. S. History

The following post is written by Jonathan Daley, WGBY intern and recent UMASS graduate:

The 4th of July is one of the most popular holidays in American culture, which is understandable considering that it symbolizes America’s independence as a sovereign nation. On July 4th, 1776, America declared its independence from Great Britain, solidifying an eleven-year war that won the thirteen colonies their freedom and ultimately establishing the United States of America. However, just because Continue reading

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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