posted on November 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM
It’s Geography Awareness Week, mes chers élèves! Take your class on a virtual trip to France with this set of PBS LearningMedia digital resources – essays, lesson plans, images, videos – examining French history, society, culture and the lives of young people in France today.
This featured Global Learning & Diplomacy Collection explores France’s geography and landscape, government, significant events...
posted on November 13, 2014 at 10:44 AM
As we honor our nation’s veterans this week, bring stories from the battlefront into American history, world history and health classrooms with this selection of videos, images and media-rich lesson plans.
This set of PBS LearningMedia educational materials allows your class to explore the similarities and differences in veterans’ memories of World War II and Vietnam while uncovering how these wars shaped American culture....
posted on October 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM
In the early 1900s, the average American's medicine cabinet was a would-be poisoner's treasure chest. Deadly chemicals such as radioactive radium, thallium, potassium cyanide, and morphine lurked in health tonics, depilatory creams, teething medicine, and cleaning supplies. As industrial innovation increased, the tools of the murderer's trade multiplied. However, the scientific knowledge to detect crime and the political will to prevent it...
posted on October 27, 2014 at 12:23 PM
‘Tis the season for witches, ghosts and magic! In Shakespeare’s time, many people believed in the existence of supernatural elements and witchcraft. The dominant fear of kings and queens in the 16th and 17th centuries was that the devil or antichrist, through the agency of the Pope, would topple the English monarchy.
In this PBS LearningMedia collection focusing on Macbeth, Hamlet and The Tempest, your students will examine...
posted on October 16, 2014 at 7:10 AM
The original Penn Station was considered an architectural jewel of the Big Apple in its heyday, but how did it get built? And why was it ultimately demolished?
“For most people, it wasn’t until that station was torn down that they understood what was taken from them,” said author Lorraine B. Diehl, who was interviewed for The Rise and Fall of Penn Station, the PBS American Experience documentary featured in this series of...
posted on September 16, 2014 at 11:56 AM
Diplomacy is a key concept that students need to grasp as citizens of a global society. Various roles of U.S. diplomats exist in embassies and consulates around the world and at the U.S. Department of State. Yet, their mission is clear — to carry out the foreign policy of the President and to represent the country’s political and economic interests.
Conducting foreign policy is a complex business requiring the hard work of a team...
posted on July 28, 2014 at 2:18 PM
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...
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...
posted on May 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM
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...
posted on April 9, 2014 at 10:21 AM
“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,...
posted on February 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM
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...
posted on February 24, 2014 at 12:00 AM
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...
posted on February 7, 2014 at 12:00 AM
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...
posted on January 30, 2014 at 12:42 PM
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...
posted on December 10, 2013 at 9:38 AM
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...