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At-Home Learning: Summer Session

 

We know that this is going to be an unusual school year, so WETA has partnered with WHUT to help educators and families with the transition. Throughout the fall, WETA will continue to offer educational programming on WETA PBS and WETA World that can supplement and extend children's learning and engagement. Parents and teachers will also be able to find teacher-led instructional programming for grades K-7. Each program will be supplemented with grade level learning resources across subjects.

WETA offers an "At-Home Learning" weekly e-mail that links PBS Kids television shows with books, resources and activities that families can do together. To receive a copy, email outreach@weta.org.

 
 

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Note: At-Home Learning programming on WETA PBS will be pre-empted by live coverage of the Senate Judiciary Committee's Supreme Court confirmation hearings Mon, Oct. 12 through Wed, Oct. 14.

At-Home Learning Supplemental Curriculum Links 

In conjunction with their broadcast offerings, the stations are making available digital At-Home Learning tools from PBS Learning Media designed for parents, caregivers, teachers and children.

 

Week of October 26 - October 30, 2020:

 

PreK-3rd Grade  

Hero Elementary ー Hero Elementary is a school for budding superheroes who learn to master their innate powers while exploring science along the way.  

(Scientific Inquiry, Life/Earth & Space/Physical Science, Engineering & Technology) 

Molly of Denali ー Travel with Alaskan Native Molly Mabray as she introduces viewers to the history and modern-day experience of family life in the heart of the Alaskan tundra.  

(Literacy) 

Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum ーJourney with Xavier and his friends as they travel back in time to meet real-life inspirational figures when they were kids. 

(Social & Emotional Learning) 

Let’s Go Luna! ー Let’s Go Luna takes viewers around the world as they explore countries and cities with Luna the Moon. 

(Social Studies) 

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood ー Join Daniel Tiger and characters from the Neighborhood of Make-Believe as they learn the key social skills necessary for school and for life through imagination, creativity and music. 

(Social & Emotional Learning) 

Clifford The Big Red Dog ー Clifford and Emily explore Birdwell Island and venture through new expeditions.  

(Social & Emotional Learning)  

Sesame Street ー Engage young children through the world of Sesame Street as they learn about STEM, social studies, and more from characters such as Elmo and Big Bird. 

(Social & Emotional Learning, Literacy, Math and Spanish) 

Pinkalicious & Peterrific ー The series introduces students to art and uses interactive videos to encourage creativity.  

(The Arts, Creative Expression) 

Dinosaur Train ー Delve into an exploration of animals and natural history through the eyes of Buddy the Tyrannosaurus.  

(Scientific Inquiry, Life/Earth Science) 

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That ー Follow the Cat in the Hat and friends on adventures that teach children about the wonders of natural and social sciences. 

(Scientific Inquiry, Life/Earth/Physical Science, Engineering & Technology) 

 

Grades 4-8 

Breakthrough: The Ideas that Changed the World: The Airplane – Learn about the history of aviation, from Leonardo da Vinci’s “flying machines” to modern-day commercial planes. 

(Science) 

Breakthrough: The Ideas that Changed the World: The Car  - Explore the 9000-year history of cars beginning with dogsleds leading up to the revolutionary research today behind self-driving cars of the future.   

(Science) 

Breakthrough: The Ideas that Changed the World: The Robot  - Learn about how robots were first conceptualized in Ancient Rome and how they are now are becoming a part of our everyday lives. 

(Science) 

Breakthrough: The Ideas that Changed the World: The Rocket - Understand the origins of rockets in Ancient China and how they transformed science and technology allowing astronauts to get to the moon.   

(Science) 

Breakthrough: The Ideas that Changed the World: The Telescope – Meet the brilliant minds, from Galileo to Edwin Hubble, behind the invention of the telescope and its influence on the world.  

(Science) 

Illustrative Math: - Video lessons highlight critical math content for students in grades 6-9.  

(Math) 

NATURE: Attenborough and the Sea Dragon  – Attenborough examines the extraction of fossils and evidence from animals around the world to better understand fish lizards, also known as “sea dragons”. 

(Science) 

NOVA Apollo’s Daring Mission – The engineers and astronauts of Apollo 8 reflect on the events of the first mission to successfully orbit the moon and return to Earth.  

(Science)  

VA Classroom Continue to Know – The series features teacher-led classroom instruction for students in grades K-7.   

(English and Math)   

 

Grades 9-12 

10 Modern Marvels that Changed America - Take a closer look at the 10 engineering achievements that have made our civilization possible.  

(U.S. History)  

American Experience: The Circus – Examine one of the most popular and influential forms of entertainment in American history. 

(U.S. History) 

American Masters: Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin - The first documentary to explore the life and legacy of the prolific and versatile author, best known for her science fiction and "Earthsea" fantasy series.  

(Literature) 

In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali - Learn about Muhammed Ali’s personal life and experiences both inside and outside the boxing ring.   

(Biography)  

John Lewis – Get in the Way – Follow the journey of civil rights leader and congressman, John Lewis. 

(U.S. History)  

NATURE: Bears – Follow the adventures of eight bear species across the globe and learn about how they adapt to changes in their environment.  

(Science)  

NATURE: Hippos: Africa’s River Giants – Go beneath the surface to meet hippos and the challenges they face to protect their families.  

(Natural History) 

NATURE: Nature’s Biggest Beasts – Discover how some of nature’s largest animals overcome the trials they face in the wild.  

(Science) 

NATURE: The Whale Detective – Filmmaker, Tom Mustill returns to California to recount his traumatic encounter with a humpback whale and what this reveals about humans’ relationship with whales.  

(Science) 

NATURE: Wild Florida - Explore how the human population and Florida’s abandoned exotic pets are threatening the existence of the famous Everglades.   

(Natural History)  

Poetry in America: Fast break -- Edward Hirsch – Join Edward Hirsch, Elisa New, and NBA players as they use the game of basketball to understand poetry.   

(ELA)  

POV: Inventing Tomorrow – In this film, teenagers from around the world create innovative solutions to confront the leading environmental threats we face today.  

(Science/Engineering) 

Reconstruction: America After the Civil War – Henry Louise Gates Jr. explores the 12 years following the Civil War as the US had to rebuild itself after experiencing great loss and profound social change in this documentary series.  

(U.S. History)  

Secrets of the Dead: The Women in the Iron Coffin – Forensic experts investigate the remains of an African American woman from New York preserved in an iron coffin from the 19th century.  

(Science/History)  

The Story of China: The Last Empire: The Age of Revolution – Journey back in time to learn about the rise and fall of China’s last empire which lasted from 1644 to 1911.  

(World History)  

 

 

Week of October 19 - October 23, 2020:

 

PreK-3rd Grade  

Hero Elementary ー Hero Elementary is a school for budding superheroes who learn to master their innate powers while exploring science along the way.  

(Scientific Inquiry, Life/Earth & Space/Physical Science, Engineering & Technology) 

Molly of Denali ー Travel with Alaskan Native Molly Mabray as she introduces viewers to the history and modern-day experience of family life in the heart of the Alaskan tundra.  

(Literacy) 

Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum ーJourney with Xavier and his friends as they travel back in time to meet real-life inspirational figures when they were kids. 

(Social & Emotional Learning) 

Let’s Go Luna! ー Let’s Go Luna takes viewers around the world as they explore countries and cities with Luna the Moon. 

(Social Studies) 

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood ー Join Daniel Tiger and characters from the Neighborhood of Make-Believe as they learn the key social skills necessary for school and for life through imagination, creativity and music. 

(Social & Emotional Learning) 

Clifford The Big Red Dog ー Clifford and Emily explore Birdwell Island and venture through new expeditions.  

(Social & Emotional Learning)  

Sesame Street ー Engage young children through the world of Sesame Street as they learn about STEM, social studies, and more from characters such as Elmo and Big Bird. 

(Social & Emotional Learning, Literacy, Math and Spanish) 

Pinkalicious & Peterrific ー The series introduces students to art and uses interactive videos to encourage creativity.  

(The Arts, Creative Expression) 

Dinosaur Train ー Delve into an exploration of animals and natural history through the eyes of Buddy the Tyrannosaurus.  

(Scientific Inquiry, Life/Earth Science) 

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That ー Follow the Cat in the Hat and friends on adventures that teach children about the wonders of natural and social sciences. 

(Scientific Inquiry, Life/Earth/Physical Science, Engineering & Technology) 

 

Grades 4-8  

American Masters: Margaret Mitchell – Learn about the life of Margaret Mitchell and what influenced her to write Gone with the Wind, one of the best-selling novels of all time.   

(Literature)  

American Masters: Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin – The first documentary film to explore the life and legacy of the prolific and versatile author, best known for her science fiction and "Earthsea" fantasy series. 

(Literature)  

Illustrative Math - Video lessons highlight critical math content for students in grades 6-9.   

(Math)  

NATURE: Undercover in the Jungle – Follow wildlife filmmakers and naturalists as they examine the biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest.       

(Natural History)  

NOVA: Prediction by Numbers – From sports to weather to politics, explore the science of forecasting and the uncertainty that comes with making predictions.   

(Science)  

Poetry in America: Finishing the Hat by Stephen Sondheim – Join host and Harvard professor Elisa New as she explores the work of musical theater composer, Stephen Sondheim.   

(ELA)  

Poetry in America: The Fish by Marianne Moore – Vice President Al Gore, poet Jorie Graham, and scientists from Conservation International dive into Moore's portrayal of the ocean.  

(ELA)  

Poetry in America: This Is Your Home Now by Mark Doty – In Doty's poem, a visit to a barbershop sparks a meditation on home, love, the AIDS crisis, and the satisfactions of getting older.    

(ELA)  

Poetry in America: Whitman – Join host Elisa New along with Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan as they celebrate the powerful work of Walt Whitman.   

(ELA)   

Poetry in America: You and I Are Disappearing by Yusef Komunyakaa – Poet Yusef Komunyakaa went to the Vietnam War as a journalist but came home a poet. This episode explores how things experienced during war can still burn in the memory and on the page decades later. 

(ELA)  

VA TV Classroom: Continue to Know – The series features teacher-led classroom instruction for students in grades K-7                                                                                                         

(English and Math)    

  

Grades 9-12  

American Experience: Emma Goldman – Learn about the controversy surrounding Emma Goldman and her political activism.  

(U.S. History)  

American Experience: The Gilded Age - Learn about the era of the Gilded Age and the events that transformed the American economy and government.    

(U.S. History)  

Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain - Explore the Islamic influences in Medieval Spain which brought on major developments in music, science, medicine, art and technology.   

(World History)  

Future of America's Past: Transcontinental - Join Ed Hyers as he travels to significant places that have defined American history.   

(U.S. History)  

History Detectives – Examine some of the most mysterious events in national history and the historical objects and stories behind them.   

(History)  

NATURE: Okavango: River of Dreams – Inferno – Discover the wildlife and landscape of the Lower Okavango River where the land is baked dry by the scorching sun.  

(Natural History)  

NATURE: Okavango: River of Dreams – Limbo – In the delta of the Okavango River, a hyena and warthog depend on each other for survival.   

(Natural History)  

NATURE: Okavango: River of Dreams – Paradise – Explore the landscape and wildlife of the Upper Okavango River.  An injured lioness, left by her pride, has to survive in the swamp alone, hunting to feed her little cubs. 

(Natural History)  

NATURE: The Serengeti Rules – A group of young scientists head out into the wilderness, driven by an insatiable curiosity about how nature works.   

(Science/Natural History)  

 The Great American Read: Who Am I?  – Dive into some of the greatest coming-of-age stories of characters on journeys of self-discovery.   

(Literature)   

The Story of China: Ancestors; Silks and China Ships - Host, Michael Wood explores the history of China and the momentous events making it a superpower today.   

(World History)  

The Talk: Race in America – A documentary takes a behind the scenes look at a crucial conversation in communities of color between parents and their children about getting stopped by the police.   

(U.S. History)  

The War: A World Without War – It's 1945 and Germany has surrendered to the Allies and American soldiers head into the Battle of Okinawa. Later that same year, the Japanese surrender after the bombing on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.   

(U.S. History) 

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