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.

At WGBY’s Kids tables, we’ll have fun & learning for not only kids but parents and educators with  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 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.

During our weekly visits we were also able to bridge classroom to home with resources from  Continue reading

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.