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

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

The Impact of AIDS and The End of Extreme Poverty

December 1st is World AIDS Day, and you can help students (Grades: 9-12) understand the impact of AIDS in countries like Mozambique, where AIDS-related diseases are emerging as a major cause of death among children.

As you can see in this trailer,  FILMS BYKIDS: Home is Where You Find It introduces students to sixteen-year-old filmmaker Alcides Soares, an AIDS orphan who, along with Vovo, survives on the income from their food stand, earning just 20 cents a day and Continue reading

Happy July 4th, Our 241st Birthday

 

A CAPITOL FOURTH, our national Independence Day celebration, kicks off our country’s 241st birthday on Sunday, July 2.  From 8:00 – 9:30pm, WGBY will broadcast the all-star musical broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. With 20 cameras around the city, viewers have a great seat for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation!

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From the WGBY Collection at the Springfield Central Library: Amazing WordGirl in The Rise of Miss Power

0841887016360_p0_v2_s192x300WordGirl teaches how the power of words can help save the world from bullies and other villains.  Alongside this animated superhero, children build their vocabularies and learn to be lovers of language.
In The Rise of Miss Power, WordGirl and her accomplice Captain Huggy Face battle against underhanded foes and bad vocabulary. Continue reading