posted on March 10, 2014 at 3:26 PM
Have you ever seen a rat inside of a snake’s body and wondered how in the world it is ultimately digested? We can guarantee that your students have probably seen this image and thought it was so cool! Are there certain things that we as humans put into our bodies that take as much effort to transform into energy? This fascinating video excerpt from NOVA scienceNOW addresses these questions and more about the potential energy contained in food. Correspondent...
posted on March 3, 2014 at 1:45 PM
Iowa Public Television (IPTV) and the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) are looking forward to working together via PBS LearningMedia to support enhanced educational opportunities for educators and students in Iowa. PBS LearningMedia has over 35,000 digital resources available for educational use. This effort builds on the ICN’s dedication to education that the ICN has demonstrated by providing high-speed Internet and data to schools where the Network is connected. Likewise the effort builds on IPTV’s reputation as a producer and distributor of highly trusted and high quality educational content. PBS LearningMedia is a free, on-demand service for educators that provides easy access to classroom-ready learning resources based on multiplatform educational media developed by IPTV and other PBS...
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 events in history (such as slavery and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln), and brief historical introductions to key people, places, and events in U.S. and world history. Who knew that genealogy could reveal so much? This
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 birthplaces of themselves, their parents, grandparents and so on. Next, they plot the names and birthplaces on a world map. More important than establishing the exact detail of their family tree is the process of understanding the migration/settlement story of those that came before them, making this activity inclusive of students who are adopted as well as those who are biologically connected to their parents. Your students will be intrigued as they complete reflective questions that compare and contrast their family’s story of arrival with the rich arrival stories of characters from the documentary. And to top it all off, they’ll be sure to carry these conversations home to the dinner table, making for some quality learning both in and out of the classroom. Their parents will thank you! This
posted on February 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Seeing women who have succeeded in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) helps inspire and motivate girls, especially when they can relate to these mentors as people with lives outside of their job. Twin Cities Public Television brings us the SciGirls, whose bold goal is to change how millions of girls think about STEM. Research shows that, for a variety of reasons, some girls begin to lose interest (and confidence in their abilities) in math and science in middle...
posted on February 17, 2014 at 11:23 AM
Everyone’s favorite monkey and The Man with the Yellow Hat are here to help your students learn all about engineering, building and design! The Curious George STEM Collection is a great way to help young children understand science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts, such as measuring, building and simple machines. This collection of lesson plans with Curious George videos offer hands-on investigations and exciting new learning opportunities that will inspire children to explore the world around them. Take your class on a series of journeys with George as he blasts off into space, builds a wall, sails a boat and more! Watch your students establish the science skills and “habits of mind” that lead to academic success and lifelong learning as they ask questions, predict outcomes, share observations and formulate theories of their own - all with...
posted on January 29, 2014 at 3:33 PM
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 with your students. Check out this