posted on March 24, 2014 at 12:00 AM
As Music in Our Schools Month comes to a close, end it on a high note by taking your class behind the scenes of The Electric Company to learn about the pivotal role music plays in the hit series. Music Director Bill Sherman describes his role and the people that he works with, while the rest of the cast describes their experiences with music on the show and their relationship to music. Your students will be fascinated to learn about how some...
posted on February 3, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Teach one of Jane Austen’s greatest novels, Sense and Sensibility with the help of PBS LearningMedia’s MASTERPIECE collection. Within 10 minutes of this adaptation, students learn a great deal about the plot, characters and the meaning of the novel. During the clip, family members share an elegant dinner and the dialogue helps to establish not only each character’s distinct personality, but also the mood, tone and trajectory...
posted on December 26, 2013 at 8:31 AM
Celebrate the New Year with PBS LearningMedia & The Electric Company by exploring words that end with a silent -e- and learn how a silent -e- changes a short vowel sound into a long vowel sound. Fulfill that New Year’s resolution of being more active and entertain your students at the same time while rocking out with the silent -e- music video and teaching them four crucial areas of literacy: decoding, vocabulary, comprehension of...
posted on December 13, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Iowa Public Televisions’ Ready for School Initiative will allow 300 participants in 25 Iowa communities to take the PBS TeacherLine online Raising Readers course, Preparing Preschoolers for Success for FREE over the course of the next year. IPTV is looking for care providers interested in this opportunity.
Participant selection criteria:1. childcare provider2. work with children ages 3-53. work in a formal or informal daycare setting...
posted on November 21, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Mobile Learning Program
Once again PBS KIDS® and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) have joined forces with you and other outreach partners across the country to offer apps to children in low-income communities. The goal is to give preschool and early elementary school children access to PBS KIDS apps for free via community organizations like yours. Powered by a Ready To Learn Grant from the U.S. Department of Education,...
posted on November 7, 2013 at 12:33 PM
Power of the Pen: PBS Kids Writing Contest!
Check out the PBS Kids writing contest and enter your students to write and illustrate their own stories. You can read stories by other students and have students use the story creation tool to write new stories! Support materials include a comprehensive Writing Guide and handouts that teach students the elements of story writing. Click here to start writing today and enter for a chance to win...
posted on November 1, 2013 at 9:16 AM
Adult Learning Spotlight—Kirkwood Community College
Kirkwood Community College offers Adult Education and Literacy programming to students in the Kirkwood Service Area. No student in the Kirkwood Service area is more than thirty minutes away from Adult Education opportunities.
Beginning January 2, 2014, Iowa will begin to offer the HiSET® assessment for high school equivalency, replacing the...
posted on July 31, 2013 at 11:22 AM
Iowa Public Television is launching a new Ready for School initiative with the goal of working with Iowa communities efforts to strengthen the math and literacy skills of children ages 2-8. This work is focused on serving children from low-income families. IPTV will provide access to high-quality educational media resources to families, care providers and educators as well as training to support the effective use of those resources.
posted on September 14, 2012 at 2:49 PM
FRONTLINE is an in depth public affairs documentary series covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. The series never shies away from controversial issues or complex stories. Access full documentaries, background information, and interactive features on a number of current event subjects, all of which affect your students in some way. From Martin Smith’s on-the-ground reporting in Obama’s War to Michael...
posted on August 21, 2012 at 8:16 AM
How do you get a group of students - who don't like a whole lot about school - excited about English class? This question led Karen Kayser-Kemp, from New Hampton High School, to design a new project for her 10th grade Foundations of English class. "Basically I had students who hated English or had difficulty in it," said Ms. Kayser-Kemp. To combat a growing apathy among her students, she ended up designing a lesson encompassing something...
posted on January 19, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Shakespeare’s ability to summarize the range of human emotions in eloquent verse is perhaps one of the biggest reasons for his lasting popularity. If you struggle to find words to express how you feel about a given topic, it seems Shakespeare is there to speak for you. No other author in Western literature has been quoted more, and his stories and ideas have provided an inexhaustible source of inspiration, fueling creativity and the...
posted on October 10, 2011 at 10:15 AM
As an English teacher, it's easy to repeat yourself year after year. You may teach The Great Gatsby, because the novel is an integral piece of American literature that helps your students explore the ideas of the "American Dream" in ways that other pieces of literature cannot. When is it time to reinvigorate your curriculum with new resources, however? When should you exchange that same mimeographed handout from 30 years ago with other...
posted on September 20, 2011 at 1:59 PM
Developed to accompany the Martha Speaks television series, the Reading Buddies program is a cross-age, innovative way for kindergarten and upper-level elementary students to increase their vocabulary, develop their self-esteem and social skills, and enhance their love of reading books.
It works by bringing younger and older students together to watch a Martha Speaks episode, read a related book, and complete an activity. Each session helps...
posted on August 1, 2011 at 4:47 PM
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posted on August 19, 2010 at 11:24 AM
PBS KIDS Island offers free reading games and activities for preschoolers, along with resources and literacy activities for parents and teachers. Geared toward emerging readers ages 2-5, the research-based site guides children through eight different literacy-building levels, including rhyming, letter identification, alliteration, phonics, letter sequencing, phonemic awareness, and reading/vocabulary. Take an island tour today!
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