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Building the Pyramids of Ancient Egypt

posted on July 28, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Building the Pyramids of Ancient Egypt
For nearly everyone, traveling to Egypt and seeing the Great Pyramid – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – is a ‘bucket list’ must-do-and-see. This summer, PBS LearningMedia has your front row ticket! Egypt was one of the first civilizations; a society with a large population that used writing, lived in cities, had a system of religious beliefs and was ruled by a government. In 2700 BCE, the Egyptians built... Read More

Experience History from the Inside Out with PBS LearningMedia's Past/Present

posted on June 26, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Experience History from the Inside Out with PBS LearningMedia's Past/Present
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... Read More

This Summer, Dig Across America with PBS LearningMedia!

posted on June 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM

This Summer, Dig Across America with PBS LearningMedia!
Explore the sights, sounds and history of the U.S.A. in celebration of the July 4th holiday! But, you’ll probably need a virtual tour guide, right? Meet Wilson and Ditch, two funny, energetic and talkative gopher brothers who are in a van – an eco-powered one – driving around America. Wilson, the older brother, loves learning and teaching facts and reading about each new location. He drives the van while Ditch, the younger... Read More

This Memorial Day, Instill an Appreciation for Service

posted on May 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM

This Memorial Day, Instill an Appreciation for Service
Memorial Day is so much more than just a day to honor those who have served our country. We are grateful every day for the bravery and loyalty they have shown in the face of danger. Use this week as an opportunity to share with your students personal stories of service that will inspire them for years to come and truly engrave in their minds what it means to serve. Start by breaking down D-Day with new PBS LearningMedia content from D-Day... Read More

Can Your Class Recite the Gettysburg Address?

posted on April 9, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Can Your Class Recite the Gettysburg Address?
“Four score and seven years ago…” To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, have your class join a national effort to encourage everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the famous speech. Then, on April 15, tune in for the premiere of The Address on PBS, a 90-minute feature length documentary by Ken Burns that tells the story of the Greenwood School, a tiny school in Putney,... Read More

Is Genealogy the Key to Understanding U.S. and World History?

posted on February 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Is Genealogy the Key to Understanding U.S. and World History?
Did you know that genealogy can help your students build an emotional connection not only to their past, but to our nation’s history? Take your classroom on a revealing journey back in time with this collection of resources from the PBS program Genealogy Roadshow. Resources include an introduction to genealogical research from two prominent genealogists, clips from the show demonstrating how personal stories connect to larger... Read More

Getting to the Roots of Family Trees

posted on February 24, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Getting to the Roots of Family Trees
Family trees can be more than just a grid displaying who your relatives are. In this activity created by WETA and drawing on material from the PBS documentary series Latino Americans, students are challenged to reflect on their own family’s arrival to America and learn new facts about their cultural history. Inspired by clips from the documentary, students research and fill in as much information as possible on the names and... Read More

Educating the Whole Child in a Segregated Society

posted on February 7, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Educating the Whole Child in a Segregated Society
The demands of the 21st century require a new way of approaching education policy and practice; a “whole child” approach to learning, teaching, and community engagement. What if policymakers made decisions about education policy by first asking: what works best for children? Answering that question pushes us to redefine what a successful learner is and how we measure success. For a 70-year period, when America cared little about the... Read More

Celebrate Black History Month with the Cultural Contributions of the Harlem Renaissance

posted on January 30, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Celebrate Black History Month with the Cultural Contributions of the Harlem Renaissance
February is Black History Month and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than by enjoying the groundbreaking artistic and cultural contributions that came out of the Harlem Renaissance. Writers such as Counted Cullen and Langston Hughes, painters including Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden, and musicians and composers such as Duke Ellington and Bessie Smith, became widely known during this time as leaders of artistic innovation... Read More

Discover the Secrets of Underground London

posted on January 29, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Discover the Secrets of Underground London
Are you as obsessed with the new seasons of Downton Abbey and Sherlock as we are? Then join PBS LearningMedia in unveiling aspects of London’s past which are now hidden underneath the city in Secrets of Underground London. From the ruins of a Roman amphitheater to human bones preserved under the foundation of the Museum of London, you will not believe your eyes! Uncover the past of one of the world’s most famous cities and share... Read More

Global Makeover: Discover the Effects of Modernization

posted on January 22, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Global Makeover: Discover the Effects of Modernization
Teach students to understand how modernization may impact society, politics, the economy and the environment in places like China and India. In the year 2008 China hosted the Olympics, now China is a member of the WTO (World Trade Organization), these two factors set in motion a Communist country to transition to a market economy. Meanwhile, foreign investments by multinational companies to India's technology sector have had rippling... Read More

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Starts Off the 25th Season

posted on December 10, 2013 at 9:38 AM

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Starts Off the 25th Season
The New Year is just around the corner and with it comes new AMERICAN EXPERIENCE films premiering in January and February. Continuing its 25th anniversary season, new episodes kick off on January 7th with The Poisoner's Handbook—an in-depth look at how New York’s first medical examiner transformed forensic chemistry, followed by 1964 on January 14th—an exploration of a year that defined an era (Beatlemania, the passage of the... Read More

150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

posted on November 19, 2013 at 9:02 AM

150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address
“Four score and seven years ago…” Often referred to as the most important 272 words in American history, November 19, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s landmark Gettysburg Address.  PBS LearningMedia has a wealth of content available to help commemorate this event, including this clip from Lincoln@Gettysburg, which explores how in a troubled time... Read More

Mission US Adds Mission 3

posted on November 15, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Mission US Adds Mission 3
Iowa Public Television and THIRTEEN announce the launch of “A Cheyenne Odyssey,” the third interactive game in the Mission US series of captivating, digital role-playing games created to engage middle grade students in the exploration of U.S. history. “A Cheyenne Odyssey” debuted on October 16, 2013, and supports the study of westward expansion in the middle grade American history curriculum. The game engages... Read More

MAP THIS!

posted on November 14, 2013 at 12:25 PM

MAP THIS!
Map This! History of Geography Discover what experts have found out about the history of geography from clay tablets during Babylonian times to mapmaking from horseback in the 1800's to digital maps produced by computers in the 60's! Jack Dangermond, the co-founder of a Geographic Information Systems notes that digital geography has enabled people to think about geography in abstract ways using databases and visualization. Click here to... Read More
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