PBS LearningMedia and Other Resources

PBS LearningMedia and other resources 

Matched to AT Home Learning TV programming grid 

 

April 20 – April 24, 2020

 

Monday, April 20

 

(Grades PreK-3)

 

6 am: Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum (History/Language Arts)

I Am Leonardo da Vinci – Leonardo da Vinci helps Xavier realize it’s ok to try many different after-school activities. Xavier gets caught in a tailspin when he can’t decide which after-school activity to sign up for. Basketball? Dance? Robotics? It all sounds fun; how can he possibly pick just one? Our heroes are sent back in time to meet the ultimate renaissance man: Leonardo da Vinci. During their playdate, we discover that Leonardo is interested in a lot of different things, too – just like Xavier! And he wouldn’t have it any other way. What he learns doing one thing helps him with another! He helps Xavier to see that it’s okay to try many different activities. 

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Teacher’s Guide

Printables: Biosketch; Sentence Starter; Venn Diagram

Video: What Are Inventions?

Video: Mixing Colors

Backgrounder: Leonardo da Vinci
Backgrounder: the Renaissance

 

Related Resource: PBS KIDS

Printable: Drawing with Leonardo

Game: Invention Engine

Game: Marbleous Marvel Coaster
PBSKIDS.org Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum Games, Videos and more

 

I Am Amelia Earhart – Amelia Earhart shows Brad that if there is something, he wants to do he should do it. There’s a bike rodeo coming up and Brad can’t wait to sign up, until he realizes that the course isn’t training-wheel friendly. Uh oh. Brad can’t possibly ride his bike without training wheels, can he? Xavier takes his pal back in time to meet someone who never backed down from a challenge: Amelia Earhart. Watching Amelia boldly chase her dream of soaring through the clouds as the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo convinces Brad that when there’s something you really want to do, even if it seems impossible, you just have to go for it.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Teacher’s Guide

Printables: Biosketch; Sentence Starter; Venn Diagram

Video: Amelia Earhart | Aviator, Record-breaker, and Activist

 

Related Resources: PBS KIDS

Printable: Coloring Sheet, Amelia Earhart
Printable: Word Find, Amelia Earhart

 

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6:30 am: Peg + Cat (Math)

The Robin Hood Problem – Robin Hood can’t tell how to redistribute the goodies! Peg and Cat must teach him more and less. (Primary Content: Strategies for determining “more” and “less”, counting, estimating and weighing; Secondary Content: Using a pan balance)

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Video: More, Fewer, Same

Video: Song – More Than, Less Than

Video: Peg and Cat Estimate

Game: Bubble Bath

Video: parts 1-5e, Sid the Science Kid, Enough with the Seashells

Collection: Peg + Cat

Collection: K-8 Mathematics

Related Resources: PBS KIDS

Game: Bug Catcher

Activity: Balancing Act

Adventure Pack: Cleo and Epidermis

Game: Pan Balance

Game: Brachio-Balance

PBSKIDS.org Peg+Cat Games, Videos and more

 

The Owl and the Pussycat Problem – The Pig will only give Cat the hat he needs to warm his ears, if Peg and Cat will give him “infinity”. Peg and Cat sail off in search of infinity. (Primary Content: Infinity; Secondary Content: Counting by 10’s, more than)

 

Related Resource: PBS LearningMedia

Video: Counting by 10’s

Video: Song – Counting by Tens

Video: Picking Up Chickens

Activity: Chicken Feed
Collection: Peg + Cat

Collection: K-8 Mathematics

Related Resources: PBS KIDS

Game: Museum of Tens

PBSKIDS.org Peg+Cat Games, Videos and more

 

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7 am: Cyberchase (Math)

Totally Rad – The team challenges Hacker to a skate-off in order to dethrone him as the king of Totally Rad. (Perimeter/Area Relationship)

Related Resources: PBS KIDS

Video: Totally Rad, Act 1

Video: Totally Rad, Act 2

Video: Totally Rad, Act 3

Video: Totally Rad, For Real

PBSKIDS.org Cyberchase Games, Videos and more

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Collection: K-8 Mathematics

Collection: Cyberchase

 

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7:30 am: SciGirls (Science)

Horsing Around – Izzie joins Zoe and her friends as they “pony up” some science to select the best horse for a riding competition.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia and SciGirls Connect

Video: Part 1, Mentor Moment

Video: Part 2, Research

Video: Part 3, Plan

Video: Part 4, Experiment

Video: Part 5, Test

Video: Part 6, Share

Video: Full Episode

Collection: SciGirls


Related Resources: PBS KIDS

PBSKIDS.org SciGirls Games, Videos and more

 

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(Grades 4-8)

 

8 am: NOVA: Meteor Strike (Science)

A blinding flash of light streaked across the Russian sky, followed by a shuddering blast strong enough to damage buildings and send more than 1,000 people to the hospital. On the morning of February 15, 2013, a 7,000-ton asteroid crashed into the Earth’s atmosphere. According to NASA, the Siberian meteor exploded with the power of 30 Hiroshima bombs.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Meteors | Crash Course Astronomy

Sublimation of Comets | Comet Encounter

Our Solar System Lithograph Set

 

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9 am: History Detectives: Chandler Tintype, Hollywood Indian Ledger, Harlem Heirs(Social Studies)

What is the relationship behind the two men in this photo? Both wear Confederate uniforms, one is white, the other black. Did slaves fight in the Confederate army? What will this ledger tell us about how Hollywood treated Indian actors? And who are the Harlem Heirs, and what stake does this 1892 stock certificate give them in Harlem real estate?

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

The Estancia Press

Civil War: Blacks on the Battlefield | History Detectives

Actors Brush Up on Their Shakespeare

 

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10 am: Africa’s Great Civilizations: Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations (Pt 6/6) (Social Studies)

In the series’ final hour, host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. brings the story of Africa’s Great Civilizations into the nineteenth century, when a fierce competition for resources and trade stimulated ingenuity, while also enticing European powers and inciting conflicts that would threaten the stability and wellbeing of the continent.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Trade and Commerce

Africa | Teacher Tools

Primary Source Activity: The Impact of European Trading on West African Societies

 

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11 am: Breakthrough – The Ideas That Changed the World (Pt 6/6): The Smartphone (Science)

Dial in to the fascinating history of the smartphone, from its roots in Morse Code to 2007, when Apple unveiled the first-ever iPhone. Plus, see how the next generation of smartphones will allow us to communicate through them just by thinking.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Inside Science | Turn your Smartphone into a Science Lab

Gross Science | See Microbes with This DIY Phone Microscope

Science Spotlight: How Your Smartphone Knows Where You Are | Engineering is

 

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12 pm: NOVA: Meteor Strike (Science)

A blinding flash of light streaked across the Russian sky, followed by a shuddering blast strong enough to damage buildings and send more than 1,000 people to the hospital. On the morning of February 15, 2013, a 7,000-ton asteroid crashed into the Earth’s atmosphere. According to NASA, the Siberian meteor exploded with the power of 30 Hiroshima bombs.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Meteors | Crash Course Astronomy

Sublimation of Comets | Comet Encounter

Our Solar System Lithograph Set

 

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(Grades 9-12)

 

1 pm: Masterpiece: Little Women (Pt 1/3) (American Literature)

Set against the backdrop of a country divided, the story follows the four March sisters on their journey from childhood to adulthood while their father is away at war. Under the guidance of their mother Marmee, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from gender roles to sibling rivalry, first love, loss and marriage.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Becoming a Writer | Little Women

Louisa May Alcott | Transcendentalism

Teaching Guide: Exploring Little Women

 

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2 pm: A More or Less Perfect Union: A Constitution for All (Pt 3/3) (Government)

Discover how the Constitution is under assault today and how all three branches of government – and we the people — are contributing to the problem. See how Americans have fought for more than two centuries to establish, expand and preserve liberty.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Constitution USA: Teaching the Constitution

What’s in the Constitution?

Civic Engagement in a Changing America | America by the Numbers

 

Related Resources: Houston Public Media

How the Constitution Gets Tested in Times of Crisis, Like A Pandemic

 

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3 pm: American Experience: The Feud (US History)

The feud between the Hatfields and McCoys is perhaps the most famous family conflict in American history. As legend has it, two neighboring families in the backwoods of Appalachia waged a crude and bloody war against each other over a stolen hog, an illicit romance, and longstanding grudges.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

January 1 | Hatfield and McCoy

The Hatfield and McCoy Feud in West Virginia

Who Protects Public Lands? | PBS NewsHour

 

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4 pm: The Roosevelts: An Intimate History – The Storm (Pt 4/7) (US History)

Franklin Roosevelt runs for vice president in 1920 and seems assured of a still brighter future until polio devastates him. He spends seven years struggling without success to walk again, while Eleanor builds her own personal and political life of. FDR returns to politics in 1928 and acts with such vigor during the first years of the Great Depression that the Democrats nominate him for president.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

The Powers of the Presidency: Theodore Roosevelt to Franklin D. Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt – Biography: Theodore Roosevelt

TR: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt – Teacher’s Resources: Teacher’s Guide

 

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Tuesday, April 21

 

(Grades PreK-3)

 

6 am: Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum (History/Language Arts)

I Am Lou Gehrig – Xavier, Yadina and Brad are having the worst day ever. Xavier’s hoodie has a hole in it, Yadina and Dr. Zoom won’t speak to each other, and Brad’s favorite crayon broke. The kids go back in time to meet Lou Gehrig, who teaches them to focus on the good stuff.

 

Related Resource: PBS LearningMedia
Teacher’s Guide

 

I Am Marie Owens – Marie Owens shows Xavier, Yadina and Brad how to solve problems in a positive way.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Teacher’s Guide

 

Related Resource: PBS KIDS

PBSKIDS.org Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum Games, Videos and more

 

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6:30 am: Peg + Cat (Math)

The Poetry Problem – Peg and Cat lead Emily Dickinson far and wide in search of a rhyming pattern for her new poem. (Primary Content: Patterns; Secondary Content: One thousand)

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Video: Song – Rhyme Time

Video Storybook: Bee-bim Bop

Printable: Patterns Worksheets

Video: Place Value Chart
Activity: The Place Value House

Collection: Peg + Cat

Collection: K-8 Mathematics

 

Related Resources: PBS KIDS

Game: Sounda-Pa-Looza

Game: Music-Maker

PBSKIDS.org Peg+Cat Games, Videos and more

 

The Disappearing Art Problem – It’s a nightmare for art museum guards Peg and Cat: Shapes are being stolen right off the paintings! (Primary Content: Identifying flat shapes; Secondary Content: Assembling shapes to make new shapes)

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Game: Shape House

Activity: What’s in the Bag?

Collection: Peg + Cat

Collection: K-8 Mathematics

 

Related Resources: PBS KIDS

Game: Magical Shape Hunt

Game: The Highlight Zone

Game: Paint Along

Game: Chicken Blast Off

Game: Sketch-a-Mite

Game: Super Peg

Video: From 2D to 3D

Printable: 2D to 3D Shapes

PBSKIDS.org Peg+Cat Games, Videos and more

 

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7 am: Cyberchase (Math)

Harriet Hippo and the Mean Green – Thanks to Hacker, Wicked puts a spell on Motherboard to turn all the Cybersites mean and green. The kids gather ingredients to break Wicked’s spell and prevent Motherboard from doing this. (Topic: Equivalent Fractions)

 

Related Resources: PBS KIDS

Video: Harriet Hippo and the Mean Green, Act 1

Video: Harriet Hippo and the Mean Green, Act 2

Video: Harriet Hippo and the Mean Green, Act 3

Video: Harriet Hippo and the Mean Green, For Real

Game: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Half

PBSKIDS.org Cyberchase Games, Videos and more

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Video: Song – Many Ways to Make a Whole

Video: Relationship of Division and Fractions

Collection: K-8 Mathematics

Collection: Cyberchase

 

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7:30 am: SciGirls (Science)

Blowin’ in the Wind – Izzie’s off the grid with Hannah and her friends, who design and build their own working miniature wind farm.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia and SciGirls Connect

Video: Part 1, Research 1

Video: Part 2, Test

Video: Part 3, Research 2

Video: Part 4, Data Collection

Video: Part 5, Mentor Moment

Video: Part 6, Problem Solve

Video: Full Episode

Video: Wind Power

Activity: Build a Windmill

Collection: SciGirls


Related Resources: PBS KIDS

PBSKIDS.org SciGirls Games, Videos and more

 

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(Grades 4-8)

 

8 am: NOVA: Inside the Megafire (Science)

From the front line of the Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in California history, NOVA tells the stories of residents who had to flee for their lives during the 2018 fire season. Scientists racing to understand what’s behind the rise of record-breaking megafires across the American West take to the forest, and even a fire lab, in search of answers. They investigate how forestry practices, climate change, and the physics of fire itself play a role in the dramatic increase in wildfires in recent decades.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

The Science of Fire

Fighting Fire with Fire: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

The Lowdown | After the Fires: North Bay Teachers and Students Talk Disaster Prep Lesson Plan

 

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9 am: History Detectives: Bob Dylan’s Fender Stratocaster (Social Studies)

At the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, Bob Dylan stepped on stage, plugged in his Stratocaster electric guitar and forever changed Rock ’n’ Roll. Now, 47-years later, Dawn Peterson thinks she may have that very guitar, left on her pilot father’s plane after the show. Elyse Luray and Wes Cowan team up to investigate what could be the most valuable item since the show began.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Charlie Christian and the Introduction of the Electric Guitar | Soundbreaking

Bob Dylan and the Transition to FM Radio | Soundbreaking

Going Electric: How Electricity Helped Bring the Guitar to the Forefront of Popular Music | Lesson Plan | Soundbreaking

 

Related Resources: Houston Public Media

The Engines of Our Ingenuity: Dylan’s Education

Skyline Sessions: Dylan LeBlanc

 

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10 am: The Great Yellowstone Thaw: Winter (Pt 1/3) (Nature)

Surviving winter can be tough for the wildlife of Yellowstone, and will this year’s weather favor predator or prey? Will the grizzlies that emerge early survive, and why are the wolves and Great Gray Owls in danger of starvation? Plus find out how Yellowstone’s unique geology affects the mighty bison.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Volcanism at Yellowstone

A Visit to Yellowstone

GPS: Geysers

 

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11 am: Independent Lens: Hottest August (Climate Change)

Brett Story’s critically acclaimed documentary The Hottest August raises the specter of climate change without ever mentioning it, spotlighting ordinary New Yorkers as they share their anxieties about what the future holds while bracing for what could be one of the hottest months on record.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Climate Change

Global Warming: The Physics of the Greenhouse Effect

FRONTLINE: Heat | Global Warming Threatens World Water Supply

 

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12 pm: NOVA: Inside the Megafire (Science)

From the front line of the Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in California history, NOVA tells the stories of residents who had to flee for their lives during the 2018 fire season. Scientists racing to understand what’s behind the rise of record-breaking megafires across the American West take to the forest, and even a fire lab, in search of answers. They investigate how forestry practices, climate change, and the physics of fire itself play a role in the dramatic increase in wildfires in recent decades.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

The Science of Fire

Fighting Fire with Fire: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

The Lowdown | After the Fires: North Bay Teachers and Students Talk Disaster Prep Lesson Plan

 

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(Grades 9-12)

 

1 pm: Masterpiece: Little Women (Pt 2/3) (American Literature)

Set against the backdrop of a country divided, the story follows the four March sisters on their journey from childhood to adulthood while their father is away at war. Under the guidance of their mother Marmee, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from gender roles to sibling rivalry, first love, loss and marriage.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Becoming a Writer | Little Women

Louisa May Alcott | Transcendentalism

Teaching Guide: Exploring Little Women

 

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2 pm: VPR interview with John Lewis and Andrew Aydin: The Story of March (US History)

This interview by VPR was part of Vermont Reads: March – Book One. A visit with Congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis and co-author Andrew Aydin at Burlington’s Flynn Center for the Performing Arts on October 7, 2019. Presented by the Vermont Humanities Council and sponsored by the University of Vermont and Middlebury College.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

John Lewis | Civil Rights Movement

How the Civil Rights Movement Transformed the South

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights

 

Related Resources: Texas Originals

James Farmer, A Pioneer in Civil Rights Movement

 

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2:30 pm: Independent Lens: Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities (US History)

Though much of its history was eclipsed by the explosiveness of the 1960s, the essential role the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) played in shaping black life, creating a black middle class and dismantling segregation cannot be overstated.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

The Road (Clip 1) | Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities

An Audacious Plan (Clip 6) | Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities

Lesson Plan: The Real Cost of College

 

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4 pm: Reconstruction: America After the Civil War (Pt 2/2) (US History)

Reconstruction: America After the Civil War explores the transformative years following the American Civil War, when the nation struggled to rebuild itself in the face of profound loss, massive destruction, and revolutionary social change. The twelve years that composed the post-war Reconstruction era (1865-77) witnessed a seismic shift in the meaning and makeup of our democracy.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Reconstruction – The Second Civil War – State by State

The Role of President Lincoln in Reconstruction, 1863-65: A Simulation Activity

Interpreting Reconstruction Cartoons | A Biography of America

 

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Wednesday, April 22

 

(Grades PreK-3)

 6 am: Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum (History/Language Arts)

I Am Catherine the Great – Catherine the Great eases Brad’s fears about going to day camp without his best friends. Brad shows up ready for day camp with a pep in his step and a smile on his face, until he finds out that he’s going without Xavier or Yadina. Uh oh. Brad can’t possibly go without his best friends! To the Secret Museum! Our heroes go back in time to meet someone who made all kids of friends: Catherine the Great. They find Catherine wandering outside her castle walls, simply so she can make some new friends to play with. Watching Catherine meet new kids, and ask them questions about themselves, shows Brad that getting to know people is a great way to make friends. 

 

Related Resource: PBS LearningMedia

Teacher’s Guide

 

I Am Tomioka Tessai – Yadina is unsure about bringing an old quilt for show and tell, but artist Tomioka Tessai helps her realize the best items are ones connected to family. Yadina isn’t sure if she should take her old family quilt in for show and tell; she loves it and all, but it’s old and has a lot of holes – what if she feels embarrassed to show people? To the Secret Museum! Our heroes go back in time to meet someone who was deeply connected to the stories of his ancestry: Tomioka Tessai. They find the young artist as he’s trying to decide what he should paint to share with his art class. While thinking it over, Tomioka takes our trio on a tour of his family’s garden, and proudly tells the story of the cherry tree he planted there with his father and grandfather, helping both Tomioka and Yadina realize they should each present their class with something that’s special to their family, because sharing stories about their family makes them feel proud.

 

Related Resource: PBS LearningMedia

Printables: Biosketch; Sentence Starter; Venn Diagram

Teacher’s Guide

 

Related Resource: PBS KIDS

PBSKIDS.org Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum Games, Videos and more

 

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6:30 am: Peg + Cat (Math)

The Compost Problem – By mixing different types of compost just right, Peg and Cat turn garbage into a garden. (Primary Content: Simple ratios, portions; Secondary Content: Sorting, classifying objects)

 

Related Resources: PBS KIDS

 

Game: Sorting Box

Game: Tricks and Treats

Game: Snowflake Match

Game: Sorta-Ma-Gogo

PBSKIDS.org Peg+Cat Games, Videos and more

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Video: Dinosaur Train Classification 

Activity: Sorting at Home

Collection: Peg + Cat

Collection: K-8 Mathematics

 

Raiders of the Lost Arch – Peg and Cat head into a deep, winding cave in search of the famous Lost Arch. Primary Content: The shortest distance between two points is a straight line; Secondary Content: Using a map; arch

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Activity: Go on a Length Hunt

Activity: Map It

Video: What Are Maps?
Video: Creating Maps
Collection: Peg + Cat

Collection: K-8 Mathematics

 

Related Resources: PBS KIDS

PBSKIDS.org Peg+Cat Games, Videos and more

 

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7 am: Cyberchase (Math)

True Colors – Hacker becomes a good guy! Can this possibly be true? A new, reformed Hacker runs for election against Motherboard, claiming to have done five good deeds, and promising to turn over a new leaf. Can the kids find a counter example that proves his claims to be false – or will Hacker be elected the new ruler of cyberspace? (Topic: Counter Examples)

 

Related Resources: PBS KIDS

Video: True Colors, Act 1

Video: True Colors, Act 2

Video: True Colors, Act 3

Video: True Colors, For Real

PBSKIDS.org Cyberchase Games, Videos and more

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Collection: K-8 Mathematics

Collection: Cyberchase

 

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7:30 am: SciGirls (Science)

High Tech Fashion – With Project Runway fashion designer Diana Eng, Izzie wires up an electrifying gown with Hallie and her friends.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia and SciGirls Connect

Video: Part 1, Brainstorm and Research

Video: Part 2, Mentor Moment

Video: Part 3, Design

Video: Part 4, Problem Solve

Video: Part 5, Share

Video: Full Episode

Activity: Make a Fashion Tech Accessory

Collection: SciGirls


Related Resources: PBS KIDS

Game: Code Quest
PBSKIDS.org SciGirls Games, Videos and more

 

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(Grades 4-8)

 

8 am: NOVA: Rise of the Superstorms (Science)

In just one devastating month, Houston, Florida, and the Caribbean were changed forever. In summer 2017, three monster hurricanes swept in from the Atlantic one after another, shattering storm records and killing hundreds of people. As the planet warms, are these superstorms the new normal? How well can we predict them?

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Tools for Hurricane Forecasting | Rise of the Superstorms

Warmer Oceans, More Frequent Hurricanes? | Rise of the Superstorms

Superstorm Sandy One Year Later

 

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9 am: History Detectives: Bird of War, Lincoln Oath and War Spoils of a Peace Chief (Social Studies)

In this episode we investigate an evocative symbol of a bird dropping a bomb. Did these patches belong to a World War II unit? Then, Gwen connects a swatch of tattered red fabric to a pivotal moment in U.S. Civil War history. And, did this neckpiece and these leggings once belong to Chief Black Kettle, long known as a Cheyenne Peace Chief? Finally, did President Lincoln actually sign this oath?

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Victory in the Pacific – Biography: Yoshiko Hashimoto

Epaulettes, 1861 | A State Divided

The Bozeman Trail | Who Was Red Cloud?

 

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10 am: The Great Yellowstone Thaw: Winter (Pt 1/3) (Nature)

Surviving winter can be tough for the wildlife of Yellowstone, and will this year’s weather favor predator or prey? Will the grizzlies that emerge early survive, and why are the wolves and Great Gray Owls in danger of starvation? Plus find out how Yellowstone’s unique geology affects the mighty bison.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Volcanism at Yellowstone

A Visit to Yellowstone

GPS: Geysers

 

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11 am: Wild Weather (Science)

Nature takes simple ingredients like wind, water, and temperature and transforms them into something spectacular and powerful. Wild Weather reveals exactly how this happens. The only way to truly understand the weather is to get inside it. This program features scientists from around the globe who are creating their own weather in an attempt to examine the secret processes at work.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Stormy Weather!

Severe Weather

Interactive: Evidence of Weather

 

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12 pm: NOVA: Rise of the Superstorms (Science)

In just one devastating month, Houston, Florida, and the Caribbean were changed forever. In summer 2017, three monster hurricanes swept in from the Atlantic one after another, shattering storm records and killing hundreds of people. As the planet warms, are these superstorms the new normal? How well can we predict them?

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Tools for Hurricane Forecasting | Rise of the Superstorms

Warmer Oceans, More Frequent Hurricanes? | Rise of the Superstorms

Superstorm Sandy One Year Later

 

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(Grades 9-12)

 

1 pm: Masterpiece: Little Women (Pt 3/3) (American Literature)

Set against the backdrop of a country divided, the story follows the four March sisters on their journey from childhood to adulthood while their father is away at war. Under the guidance of their mother Marmee, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from gender roles to sibling rivalry, first love, loss and marriage.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Becoming a Writer | Little Women

Louisa May Alcott | Transcendentalism

Teaching Guide: Exploring Little Women

 

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2 pm: American Masters: Louisa May Alcott (American Literature)

Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women, is an almost universally recognized name.  Her reputation as a morally upstanding New England spinster, reflecting the conventional propriety of mid-19th century Concord, is firmly established.  Raised among reformers, iconoclasts and Transcendentalists, the intellectual protégé of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, Alcott was actually a free thinker, with democratic ideals and progressive values about women – a worldly careerist of sorts.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Louisa May Alcott | Transcendentalism

Louisa May Alcott | The Civil War

Teaching Guide: Exploring Little Women

 

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3:30 pm: Orchard House: Home of Little Women (American Literature)

Step inside the 350-year-old home in Concord, Massachusetts where Little Women was written and set in 1868. With a nurturing, talented family as owners and literary giants Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Nathaniel Hawthorne as neighbors, Orchard House uniquely inspired Louisa May Alcott to create a book that has never been out of print and has been translated into over 50 languages.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

An Iconic Character | Little Women

Mapping Thoreau Country | Interactive Map

Patriots Day – Primary Sources: “The Shot Heard Round the World”

 

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4 pm: Latino Americans: Pride and Prejudice (Pt 5/6) (US History)

In the 1960s and 1970s a generation of Mexican Americans, frustrated by persistent discrimination and poverty, find a new way forward, through social action and the building of a new “Chicano” identity.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Collection: Latino Americans

Latino Americans Share Their Experiences

NOVA scienceNOW: Franklin Chang-Díaz: Rocket Scientist

 

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5 pm: Latino Americans: Peril and Promise (Pt 6/6) (US History)

From Cuba a second wave of refugees to United States – the Mariel exodus – floods Miami. The same decade sees the sudden arrival of hundreds of thousands of Central Americans (Salvadorans, Guatemalans, and Nicaraguans)

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Collection: Latino Americans

Latino Americans Share Their Experiences

NOVA scienceNOW: Franklin Chang-Díaz: Rocket Scientist

 

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Thursday, April 23

 

(Grades PreK-3)

 

6 am: Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum (History/Language Arts)

 

I Am Julia Child – Watching Julia Child follow a step-by-step recipe encourages Xavier to do the same to build a model airplane.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Teacher’s Guide

Video: Cooking School Field Trip

Video: Making Banana Swirl, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

Video: Trying Veggie Spaghetti, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

Video: Making Dumplings, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

Video: How to Make a Vegetable Sushi Roll

Video: Healthy Eating, Cooking Across Generations

Video: Let’s Eat Dinner, Everyday Learning

Video: Model Airplanes

Lesson Plan: Model Airplanes

 

 I Am Neil Armstrong – Neil Armstrong inspires Yadina to try new things.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Teacher’s Guide

Printable: Moon Landing Game

Video: The Moon

Video: Apollo 11 and Beyond

Video: Where Did “The Eagle Has Landed” Come From?

Video: What Does It Take to Become an Astronaut?

Video: Journey to the Moon

Video: Apollo 14 Astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell

Video: Journey to the Moon, Ready Jet Go!

 

Related Resource: PBS KIDS

PBSKIDS.org Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum Games, Videos and more

 

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6:30 am: Peg + Cat (Math)

The Magic Uke – Peg must trek through the Kingdom of Night to reach Cat. To cross the star-shaped 14 steps, Peg needs to find lines of symmetry with the help of a magic ukulele. (Primary Content: Understanding day and night; Secondary Content: Finding lines of symmetry)

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Video: Song – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Video: The Morning Routine

Video: Storytime

Video: Song – The Bedtime Song

Video: Finn’s Bedtime

Video Storybook: Night Shift

Collection: Peg + Cat

Collection: K-8 Mathematics

 

Related Resources: PBS KIDS

Game: Symmetry Painter

PBSKIDS.org Peg+Cat Games, Videos and more

 

The Rocking Out Problem – When Baby Fox makes a spectacular musical instrument out of junk, Peg and Cat get stuck in it! To get out they must use up, down, around and 3/4 time. (Primary Content: Up, down, over and around; Secondary Content: Musical patterns)

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Video: Up, Down, All Around

Video: Treasure Hunt in Your House

Activity: Up, Down, All Around (Location Words)

Collection: Peg + Cat

Collection: K-8 Mathematics

 

Related Resources: PBS KIDS

Game: Deep Sea Follow Me

Game: Music-Maker

Game: Sounda-Pa-Looza

PBSKIDS.org Peg+Cat Games, Videos and more

 

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7 am: Cyberchase (Math)

Mother’s Day – It’s Mother’s Day in cyberspace – and Hacker is determined to ruin it for everyone, especially Motherboard, by derailing the train that picks up the rare and colorful Madre Bonitas. This beautiful flower symbolizes Mother’s Day, and it must be harvested on this one day only. It’s a race against time, as the kids and Digit try to repair the breaks in the line and save Mother’s Day. (Topic: Decimals)

 

Related Resources: PBS KIDS

Video: Mother’s Day, Act 1

Video: Mother’s Day, Act 2

Video: Mother’s Day, Act 3

PBSKIDS.org Cyberchase Games, Videos and more

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Collection: K-8 Mathematics

Collection: Cyberchase

 

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7:30 am: SciGirls (Science)

Science Cooks! – Izzie cooks up a taste test with Claire and her friends who make comfort foods more nutritious without sacrificing the delicious.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia and SciGirls Connect

Video: Part 1, Identify the Problem

Video: Part 2, Mentor Moment

Video: Part 3, Brainstorm and Experiment

Video: Part 4, Share

Video: Full Episode

Activity: Science Cooks!

Activity: This Bitter Be Good

Collection: SciGirls


Related Resources: PBS KIDS

PBSKIDS.org SciGirls Games, Videos and more

 

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(Grades 4-8)

 

8 am: NOVA: Killer Floods (Science)

All over the world, scientists are discovering traces of ancient floods on a scale that dwarfs even the most severe flood disasters of recent times. What triggered these cataclysmic floods, and could they strike again? In the Channeled Scablands of Washington State, the level prairie gives way to bizarre, gargantuan rock formations.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Killer Floods | Ancient Waterfalls

The Great Flood of 1993

Stormwatchers Predict Flooding

 

Related Resources: Houston Public Media

‘100 Boats’ Documents Volunteer Rescue Efforts During Harvey

 

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9 am: History Detectives: Titanic Picture Frame, Woolworth Signs, Nazi Spy Toys (Social Studies)

In this episode, was this picture frame was crafted from wood from the Titanic, the Lusitania, or neither? Were these Woolworth signs at the 1960 Winston-Salem lunch-counter sit-ins? And, for 70 years the owner of these toy soldiers has wondered if the father of his childhood friend was a Nazi spy.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

The Ship Titanic Sinks in the North Atlantic | Teaching with Primary Sources

Diane Nash and the Sit-Ins

Using Primary Sources: Nazi Spy Ring Busted | History Detectives

 

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10 am: The Great Yellowstone Thaw: Winter (Pt 1/3) (Nature)

Surviving winter can be tough for the wildlife of Yellowstone, and will this year’s weather favor predator or prey? Will the grizzlies that emerge early survive, and why are the wolves and Great Gray Owls in danger of starvation? Plus find out how Yellowstone’s unique geology affects the mighty bison.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Volcanism at Yellowstone

A Visit to Yellowstone

GPS: Geysers

 

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11 am: H2O – The Molecule That Made Us: Flow (Pt 1/3) (Science)

The Molecule That Made Us will take viewers on an incredible journey celebrating our relationship with one of the most essential molecules in our universe, water.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Collections: Planet H2O

Heating H2O: The Chemistry of Sea Level Rise

Water – Liquid Awesome | Crash Course Biology

 

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12 pm: NOVA: Killer Floods (Science)

All over the world, scientists are discovering traces of ancient floods on a scale that dwarfs even the most severe flood disasters of recent times. What triggered these cataclysmic floods, and could they strike again? In the Channeled Scablands of Washington State, the level prairie gives way to bizarre, gargantuan rock formations.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Killer Floods | Ancient Waterfalls

The Great Flood of 1993

Stormwatchers Predict Flooding

 

Related Resources: Houston Public Media

‘100 Boats’ Documents Volunteer Rescue Efforts During Harvey

 

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(Grades 9-12)

 

1 pm: American Masters: Margaret Mitchell (American Literature)

Discover the Pulitzer Prize-winning author behind “Gone with the Wind.” No ordinary writer — or woman — Margaret Mitchell was a charismatic force who challenged the stifling Southern social order and struggled with the changing role of women.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Scarlett O’Hara’s True Love in Gone with the Wind | The Great American Read

Funding the Statue of Liberty | Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People

Pulitzer and the Roots of Modern Journalism | Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People

 

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2 pm: The Story of China: The Last Empire / The Age of Revolution (World History)

Journey back in time to see the splendor of the last Chinese dynasty, the Qing. Then, witness the fateful First Opium War, which sparked the fall of the empire, and, after the 20th-century revolutions, the birth of today’s China.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Silk Roads and Trade | The Story of China

Know Your Dynasties | The Story of China

Inventions and Science: Movable Type | The Story of China

 

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4 pm: Secrets of the Dead: Cleopatra’s Lost Tomb (World History)

Join Kathleen Martinez, criminal lawyer turned maverick archaeologist, as she searches for Cleopatra’s lost tomb. Very little evidence remains of Egypt’s last queen, but a radical new theory has led Kathleen to look where no one else has dared — and her hunch is paying off as she stuns the archaeological establishment with her discoveries of incredible artifacts, a network of mysterious tunnels, and even a vast city of the dead dated to the time of the Queen and her Ptolemaic dynasty. 

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Syrian Woman sometimes identified as Cleopatra, first century BCE

Lesson Plan 2: Tombs and the Afterlife | Empires: Egypt’s Golden Empire

Tutankhamun’s Hidden Treasures | Egypt’s Treasure Guardians

 

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5 pm: Secrets of the Dead: Scanning the Pyramids (World History)

The only one of the seven wonders of the world still standing, the Great Pyramid of Khufu has fascinated people for centuries. Tracing the origin of the legends of secret chambers hidden in the heart of the pyramid, Secrets of the Dead will show what lies within, solving a 4,500-year-old mystery, by following the first scientific mission in 30 years to be authorized by the Egyptian government to examine the pyramids of Egypt.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

How the Ancient Egyptian Pyramids Were Built

Pharaoh Khufu

Collar in the form of the vulture goddess Nekhbet, from the tomb of Tutankhamun

 

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Friday, April 24

 

(Grades PreK-3)

 

 

6 am: Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum (History/Language Arts)

 

I am Isaac Newton – Isaac Newton shows Xavier that when it comes to solving something tricky, it’s best to slow down and think through the problem. Xavier tries mini golf for the first time, and things don’t exactly go as planned. No matter how hard and fast he swings, the ball never goes in the hole. To the Secret Museum! Our trio is sent back in time to meet an expert in the laws of motion: Sir Isaac Newton. Isaac is in the middle of his own problem, trying to figure out how he can out jump boys who are clearly bigger than him. Instead of attacking the problem hard and fast, Xavier style, Isaac takes a much calmer approach with the use of a thinking tree and a thinking kite. When he finally solves his problem and wins the long jump competition, Xavier realizes how much better it is to slow down and think through problems.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Teacher’s Guide

Printables: Biosketch; Sentence Starter; Venn Diagram

Related Resource: PBS KIDS

Printable: Memory Matching Game, Isaac Newton

 

I am Golda Meir – Golda Meir shows Yadina that she should tell people when there’s a big problem, so it can be solved together. When Yadina finds turtles crossing the bike path in the park, she becomes very worried about them. She wants to help them stay safe, but what can she do? This problem seems way too big for her. To the Secret Museum! Our heroes go back in time to meet an expert problem solver: Golda Meir. They find Golda in the midst of a big problem herself: a bunch of the kids at her school don’t have access to the books they need! This is another toughie. But Golda, undaunted, comes up with the idea to hold a community fundraiser to get money for the books, showing Yadina that she should tell people when there’s a problem so you can solve it together.”

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia and Milwaukee PBS

Teacher’s Guide

Reference Timeline: Golda Meir

 

Related Resource: PBS KIDS

PBSKIDS.org Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum Games, Videos and more

 

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6:30 am: Peg + Cat (Math)

 

The Peanut Problem – George Washington Carver will have a total of one hundred peanut-based inventions – if Peg and Cat can catch the tiny tricksters who keep swiping them. (Primary Content: Counting in the 90s; Secondary Content: Counting by 10s)

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Video: Counting by 10’s

Video: Song – Counting by Tens

Video: Picking Up Chickens

Activity: Chicken Feed
Collection: Peg + Cat

Collection: K-8 Mathematics

 

Related Resources: PBS KIDS

Game: Museum of Tens

PBSKIDS.org Peg+Cat Games, Videos and more

 

More Adventures of Robin Hood – When a greedy Pig shows up next door, Peg and Cat summon Robin Hood to their neighborhood. (Primary Content: Greater than, less than;

Secondary Content: Seconds and minutes)

 

Related Resources: PBS KIDS

Game: Ribbit

Interactive Story: The Election Problem

Printable: Curious Clock

PBSKIDS.org Peg+Cat Games, Videos and more

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Video: Eid-Al-Adha Adventure
Printable: More Than (>) and Less Than (<)

Video: A World Tour of Clocks

Collection: Peg + Cat

Collection: K-8 Mathematics

 

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7 am: Cyberchase (Math)

The Eye of Rom – Hacker steals the powerful Eye of Rom from Binky the Cat’s pyramid, placing the Ancient Egypt cybersite in jeopardy. The kids and Digit set out to retrieve the Eye from Hacker, but the journey is packed with a maze of exciting, action-filled gambits that force them to first do and undo a series of complicated steps. (Inverse Operations)

 

Related Resources: PBS KIDS

Video: The Eye of Rom, Act 1

Video: The Eye of Rom, Act 2

Video: The Eye of Rom, Act 3

Video: The Eye of Rom, For Real

PBSKIDS.org Cyberchase Games, Videos and more

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Collection: K-8 Mathematics

Collection: Cyberchase

 

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7:30 am: SciGirls (Science)

Underwater Eco-Adventure – Izzie takes the plunge with Elle and Meg, scuba diving to protect the biodiversity of their favorite Catalina reefs.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia and SciGirls Connect

Video: Part 1, Mentor Moment

Video: Part 2, Plan

Video: Part 3, Data Collection

Video: Part 4, Analyze

Video: Full Episode

Collection: SciGirls


Related Resources: PBS KIDS

PBSKIDS.org SciGirls Games, Videos and more

 

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(Grades 4-8)

 

8 am: NOVA: Lethal Seas (Science)

A deadly recipe is brewing that threatens the survival of countless creatures throughout Earth’s oceans. For years, we’ve known that the oceans absorb about a quarter of the carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. But with high carbon emissions worldwide, this silent killer is entering our seas at a staggering rate, raising the ocean’s acidity.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

The Mystery of the Eocene’s Lethal Lake | Eons

Sea Creatures

Managing Carbon Dioxide: The Geologic Solution – More Fuel Less Carbon

 

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9 am: History Detectives: Vietnam Diary, Bootlegger’s Notebook and a Hollywood Ledger (Social Studies)

Can History Detectives return the diary of a fallen North Vietnamese soldier to that veteran’s family? Then, a notebook full of recipes for large volumes of liquor makes an Indiana man wonder if his rich uncle was a Prohibition-era bootlegger. And what can an old ledger tell us about how Hollywood treated Native American actors?

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

The Sixties: Notes from the Ho Chi Minh Trail | History Detectives

The Roots of Prohibition

Native American Veterans | Wyoming’s Native Americans

 

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10 am: Kingdoms of the Sky: The Rockies (Pt 1/3) (Nature)

The Rockies stretch 3,000 miles up the length of North America and are one of the great mountain ranges of the world. These mountains are home not just to cougars, wolverines, wolves, and grizzly bears, but also daredevil wingsuit flyers, who jump from high peaks, and Native Americans, competing in breakneck horse races.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Contaminating the Rockies

The Physics of Skydiving | MIT’s Science Out Loud

Making North America | Formation of the Ancestral Rockies

 

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11 am: Climate Change: The Facts (Climate Change)

Scientists explore the impact of climate change and what could happen if global warming exceeds 1.5 degrees. Discover how the latest innovations and technology are posing potential solutions and what individuals can do to prevent further damage.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Climate Change

Great Ocean Conveyor Belt: Part I

Where’s the Beach: Investigating Protecting Coastlines from Erosion Lesson Plan | Nature Works Everywhere

 

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12 pm: NOVA: Lethal Seas (Science)

A deadly recipe is brewing that threatens the survival of countless creatures throughout Earth’s oceans. For years, we’ve known that the oceans absorb about a quarter of the carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. But with high carbon emissions worldwide, this silent killer is entering our seas at a staggering rate, raising the ocean’s acidity.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

The Mystery of the Eocene’s Lethal Lake | Eons

Sea Creatures

Managing Carbon Dioxide: The Geologic Solution – More Fuel Less Carbon

 

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(Grades 9-12)

 

1 pm: Shakespeare Live! from The Royal Shakespeare Theatre (British Literature)

From the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, David Tennant, Catherine Tate and guests mark the life of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

All the Globe’s a Stage: Shakespeare’s Theater | Shakespeare Uncovered

Othello with David Harewood

The Inspiration for Romeo and Juliet | Shakespeare Uncovered

 

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3 pm: American Experience: The Poison Squad (US History)

By the close of the Industrial Revolution, the American food supply was tainted with frauds, fakes, and legions of new and untested chemicals, dangerously threatening the health of consumers. Based on the book by Deborah Blum, The Poison Squad tells the story of government chemist Dr. Harvey Wiley who, determined to banish these dangerous substances from dinner tables, took on the powerful food manufacturers and their allies. 

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

Food and Drink Labels Get New Look, More Information | PBS NewsHour

The Trouble with Antibiotics | Impacts of Treatment Strategies on Farms

Food, Inc.: The Dollar Menu

 

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5 pm: American Experience: The Man Who Tried to Feed the World (Science/History)

The Man Who Tried to Feed the World recounts the story of the man who would not only solve India’s famine problem but would go on to lead a “Green Revolution” of worldwide agriculture programs estimated to have saved one billion lives.

 

Related Resources: PBS LearningMedia

In Defense of Food

Food Miles

PBS Food

 

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