posted on July 8, 2014 at 8:48 AM
The 4th of July was fantastic and chances are it involved eating and grilling. Ever wonder why we cook our food? We do it because it tastes good, of course, and because our customs and traditions are built around it. But we also cook our food for some basic biological reasons. Some scientists think that figuring out how to cook actually MADE us human.
Check out this video from PBS Digital Studios and share with the students in your life. If conversation gets a little dry around their table, now they'll have some awesome scientific knowledge to impress their friends and family with! (Grades: 6-13+)
posted on June 30, 2014 at 1:07 PM
The 2nd United Way of Siouxland Active Kid’s Day was held at Cook Park in Sioux City on Friday, June 20, 2014. Almost 600 children from Kindergarten to grade 5 were present for the celebration. Participating summer programs included Stella Sanford CDC, Beyond the Bell’s Unity, Spalding Park and Liberty programs, Mary Elizabeth Child Care Center, Mary J Treglia Community House, Girls, Inc. and Boys Club. IPTV made it possible for each child to take home a book and summer reading activities following the event!
United Way hosted Friday’s event with many community volunteers. Think of a giant field day at a local park with kids enjoying dancing, 3-legged races, tag and tug-of-war. Each child wore a bracelet that boasted, “Stop summer slide, read a book.” What better way to promote healthy living and reading other than a field day and book donations? This is a great example of how IPTV can do outreach in your community to provide great opportunities for Iowa’s youngest citizens! Share with us any upcoming events similar to this for us to participate.
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posted on June 30, 2014 at 10:02 AM
Use the summer heat as a chance to make cooking fun! The sun continuously provides earth with tremendous amounts of solar energy, most of which comes in the form of visible light. Sunlight, when transformed into usable heat, can be a practical source of energy for everyday tasks such as cooking food, heating water, or warming houses. A solar cooker is an insulated box that traps the heat of the Sun for cooking food. What better activity for students to engage with during the peak of June’s sunny days?
In this video segment adapted from the PBS KIDS’ series ZOOM, the cast tests two homemade solar cookers to determine which one can cook a s'more faster. Both designs exploit the fact that heat flows in three ways: by conduction, convection, and radiation. Though one cooker performs better than the other, they both outperform the experiment's control setup. Find out who the “winner” is and then make some sweets of your own with your students today! This resource is great for kids in K-8.
posted on June 26, 2014 at 11:30 AM
Now that summer is here, it’s time to get gaming! The time: May 1906. The place: The mythical town of Eureka Falls. Reach into a piece of American history with PBS LearningMedia’s Past/Present, an interactive desktop computer game and website designed to impart decision-making and critical thinking skills. Your students will impersonate one of two protagonists: Anna Caruso, a young Italian immigrant worker, or Walter Armbruster, the mill’s young manager. Set against the backdrop of growing labor struggles in an economically harsh climate, Past/Present transports your students to a tense time where labor unrest is on the rise.
As they play, Anna or Walter will make choices that determine their next action. They’ll be asked to accomplish a series of goals and objectives, solve mysteries and collect evidence to answer three big questions that will support pro and con views on key issues that can be discussed in the classroom post-game. At the game’s conclusion, they commit themselves to a position on a volatile topic: for Anna, to strike or not? For Walter, to negotiate or not? Their choices result in an epilogue tailored to their experience. Students will actually look forward to playing this creative game and the accompanying teaching materials will make your life a whole lot easier too!