Multi-media tools are integral to the MA Framework, with the Literate Person of the Twenty-first Century described as needing “to be ready for college, workforce training and life in a technological society . . . In like fashion, research and media skills and understandings are embedded throughout the Standards rather than treated in a separate section.”
For your tool box of Early Childhood Assessment & Curriculum Resources, you’ll be delighted with parent and educator materials like the weekly science investigations, games and activities designed for PBS Kids’ Sid the Science Kid. Here’s a quick clip of the show to demonstrate how Sid and his friends explore the concept of measurement:
At the Sid the Science Kid Activities Index , you’ll find multi-media, hands-on lessons such as these on the important theme of change and transformation:
Decaying Pumpkins on Decay (From “My Mushy Banana”)
Frozen Fruit on Change Caused by Cold (From “My Ice Pops!”)
Applesauce on Change Caused by Hot (From “The Perfect Pancake!”)
Other themes on topics such as Tools and Measurement, Senses, Health and Simple Machines also have video clips, activities, games and more to enhance your lessons/units or to use in conjunction with Sid episodes, which are available on the site or at WGBY’s Lending Library. For education resources on all PBS Kids programs, visit the spinning wheel at www.pbskids.org.