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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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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 December 14 - December 18, 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 

Changing Seas: The Future of Seafood – Discover sustainable ways to increase fish production for the world's growing population.   

(Science) 

Changing Seas: Toxic Algae: Complex Sources and Solutions – Florida’s Lake Okeechobee was once pumping freshwater to the Everglades but is now contaminated with blue-green algae resulting in problems for the environment and the health of the residents in Martin County.   

(Science) 

Climate Change: The Facts – Sir David Attenborough explores the impacts of climate change and potential solutions to prevent further damage to the environment. 

(Science) 

Follow the Water – Join photographer Mike Forsberg and filmmaker Peter Stegen as they travel through three states to understand the flow of water through streams, rivers and other channels.  

(Science) 

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

(Math) 
NOVA Wonders: Can We Make Life? – Advances in genetic engineering and synthetic biology gives researchers the ability to create DNA.  

(Science) 

Retro Report on PBS – New YorkerHumorist Andy Borowitz provides historical context to today’s headlines.

(Civics and Government) 

The National Park: America’s Best Idea: The Scripture of Nature (1851-1890) – This documentary looks at how Yosemite Valley became America’s first protected land and National Park.  

(U.S. History) 

 

Grades 9-12 

Great Performances: Much Ado About Nothing - View a performance of one of Shakespeare’s comedic masterpieces, featuring prominent actors, directors and choreographers.   

(Literature)  

Himalaya: Kingdoms of the Sky – Explore the highest mountain range on earth and the people and animals that call this place home. 

(Science, Natural History) 

Poetry in America: I Cannot Dance Opon My Toes by Emily Dickinson – An examination of Dickinson’s ballet-themed poem through dance and other forms of art. 

(ELA)  

Retro Report on PBS – New YorkerHumorist Andy Borowitz provides historical context to today’s headlines.

(Civics and Government) 

SciGirls: Aquabots – Join the SciGirls as they learn about artificial oyster reefs in the Chesapeake Bay and underwater robotics at the U.S. Naval Academy.  

(STEM) 

The Andes: Kingdoms of the Sky – Explore the variety of landscapes that make up the longest mountain range in the world. 

(Natural History) 

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea: The Empire of Grandeur (1915-1919) – The government establishes one unified agency to oversee all the parks, leading to the establishment of the National Park Service. 

(U.S. History) 

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea: The Last Refuge (1890-1915) – President Theodore Roosevelt dedicates the final days of his presidency to create five new national parks, bird sanctuaries, national monuments and national forests to protect the parks from being over-grazed or even killed.  

(U.S. History) 

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea: The Scripture of Nature (1851-1890) – In this episode, Yosemite Valley becomes America’s first protected land and National Park.  

(U.S. History) 

The Rockies: Kingdoms of the Sky – Get a closer look at the animals and people that live in the Rockies and how they have adapted to the ever-changing weather patterns.  

(Natural History)  

 

 

Week of December 7 - December 11, 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 

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

(Math) 

NOVA: Cat Tales – This episode looks at the mysterious behaviors surrounding felines, their domestication and their relationship with humans.  

(Science) 

NOVA: Day the Dinosaurs Died – Scientists discover new clues about the asteroid that struck Earth 66 million years ago, thus ending the existence of dinosaurs.  

(Science) 

NOVA: Rise of the Mammals – A major discovery of fossils hidden in ordinary-looking rocks reveals how mammals began to evolve into the vast array of species that rule our planet today.  

(Science) 

NOVA: The Planets: Jupiter – Jupiter's gravitational force made it a wrecking ball as it barreled through the early solar system, but it also helped shape life on Earth as it brought comets laden with water and possibly the asteroid that put an end to the dinosaurs. 

(Space Science) 

NOVA: The Planets: Mars – The dry, red planet Mars was once a blue water world studded with active volcanoes and may have even had the ingredients to support life. 

(Space Science)  

NOVA: The Planets: Saturn – NASA’s Cassini spacecraft explores the icy rings and moons on Saturn.  

(Space Science) 

NOVA Wonders: Can We Make Life? – Advances in genetic engineering and synthetic biology gives researchers the ability to create DNA and edit it into existing genomes with more ease and less cost. 

(Science) 

NOVA Wonders: What’s the Universe Made Of? – Powerful telescopes peer deeper into the cosmos, allowing scientists to better study dark matter and dark energy.   

(Space Science) 

 

Grades 9-12 

American Experience: Test Tube Babies – The world's first successful in-vitro fertilization takes place in Great Britain, resulting in a live birth in 1978.

(U.S. History) 

American Experience: The Eugenics Crusade – Tracing the movement to breed a "better" American race, which turned the science of heredity into an instrument of social control that led to forced sterilization campaigns.  

(U.S. History) 

American Masters: Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin – The life and legacy of science fiction and fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin, whose work transformed American literature by bringing science fiction into the literary mainstream. 

(Biography) 

Breakthrough: The Ideas that Changed the World: The Airplane – A look at inventions that gave humans the ability to fly, from Leonardo da Vinci's flying machines to modern commercial planes. 

(U.S. History) 

Breakthrough: The Ideas that Changed the World: The Telescope – Meet the brilliant minds behind the invention of the telescope and how the invention reaches the universe 13 billion light-years out. 

(U.S. History) 

Latino Americans: Peril and Promise – A debate over undocumented immigrants leads to a call for tighter borders.  

(U.S. History) 

Latino Americans: Prejudice and Pride – Labor leaders organize farm workers in California as activists push for better education opportunities.

(U.S. History) 

NATURE: Okavango: River of Dreams: Inferno – Explore the wildlife and landscape of the Lower Okavango River, where large herds of zebra and wildebeest migrate to the dry plains in search of salt.  

(Natural History)   

NATURE: Okavango: River of Dreams: Limbo – In the delta of the Okavango River, a hyena and a warthog family share neighboring dens and help each other by watching out for threatening predators.

(Natural History)   

NATURE: Okavango: River of Dreams Paradise – A look at the landscape and wildlife of the Upper Okavango River centers on an injured lioness abandoned by her pride, who must survive in the swamp alone, hunting to feed her clubs.

(Natural History)   

Poetry in America: Harlem by Langston Hughes – A discussion of the poem "Harlem" by Langston Hughes with President Bill Clinton, Sonia Sanchez and others.  

(ELA) 

Poetry in America: Fast Break by Edward Hirsch – Poet Edward Hirsch, Shaquille O'Neal, Shane Battier and Pau Gasol use basketball to understand poetry and poetry to understand the game of basketball.   

(ELA) 

SciGirls: Dolphin Dive – Izzie, Serena and Ceci bond with bottlenose dolphins, exploring their behavior at the Dolphins Plus Research Center. 

(STEM) 

SciGirls: Habitat Havoc – The SciGirls investigate the impact native and non-native trees have on the ecosystem in Southern California.  

(STEM) 

Shakespeare Uncovered: Much Ado About Nothing with Helen Hunt – Exploring the relationships between Claudio and Hero and Beatrice and Benedick, and what the ultimate "ado" about "nothing" really means.   

(Literature) 

Spy in the Wild: A Nature Miniseries: Meet the Spies – Filmmakers reveal what goes into making the '"Spy in the Wild" episodes. 

(Natural History) 

Spy in the Wild 2: A Nature Miniseries: The Islands – Explore the islands of the South Pacific where some of the most unique creatures on Earth have evolved.  

(Natural History) 

Spy in the Wild 2: A Nature Miniseries: The North – This episode explores how animals move, feed and fight.

(Natural History)  

Spy in the Wild 2: A Nature Miniseries: The Poles – The spy creatures meet and observe the most charismatic animals in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. 

(Natural History) 

Spy in the Wild 2: A Nature Miniseries: The Tropics – Exploring wildlife that thrive in the tropics, including a hippo pod, a nursery of red flying foxes and pygmy forest elephants.

(Natural History)  

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