Lesson Plans & More about U. S. Presidency & Inaugurations

Perhaps more than ever we can understand the need to educate our young about United States history.  This week, the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden Jr., presents a teachable moment to learn about our presidency and presidential inaugurations.

A curated collection of lessons plans, videos, images, documents and interactives — some in Spanish and some for early grades — is available at PBS LearningMedia to explore the rich history and institution of the U.S. presidency.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. — A Beacon of Hope

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
Martin Luther King, Jr., 21 October 2011
President Barack Obama was said to have had this quotation woven into the rug of the Oval Office.  After these past months, which highlighted racial injustice, greater political polarization, and unprecedented civic unrest, Dr. King’s words may never have been more important for us to hold as a beacon of hope.
Children, who are not impervious to the news, need to learn about our history and to celebrate leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr.  To honor and teach the contributions and sacrifices of Martin L. King, Jr. — around his day and throughout the year — you’ll find a wealth of resources at Continue reading

Hispanic Heritage Month — Local Art & Culture and Beyond

The PBS LearningMedia’s interactive lesson, Diversity in Latino Culture, explores the rich variety found within our region’s Latino food, music, and art — as seen through the lens of Presencia, NEPM’s bilingual, on-air program.

The lesson also introduces students to individuals who have honored and celebrated Latino culture, among them one of Mexico’s great artists, Frida Kahlo, Continue reading

Hispanic Heritage Month — Lesson Plans, Videos and More

As you probably know, September 15 – October 15  is Hispanic Heritage Month.  To teach students the rich history of Latinos and our country, stories of U.S. Latinos inform the broader American narrative, and Latinx experiences illuminate our history.

You’ll find lesson plans, videos, and more classroom resources to support teaching Latinx history for grades 4-12 in a collection that invites teachers and students to Continue reading

In Times of Crisis — Fred Rogers Still Offers Us Good Advice

A recent article in Today entitled, We need Mister Rogers’ video messages after 9/11 now more than ever, reminded me how Fred Rogers’ words continue to calm and instruct — both children and adults.  This video was made when Mister Rogers Neighborhood was no longer on the air, and he was said to doubt whether videos such as this one would do any good.

In this video we hear the simple wisdom needed in the aftermath of 9/11 as well as now — when our country and Continue reading

Webinar Tonight — New Resources for The Battle for the Right to Vote!

“To be disenfranchised is to be told that you do not matter, because the right to vote is about the power that governs your possibilities.” – Professor Marcia Chatelain, The Vote

There’s still time to register for tonight’s webinar at 7:00PM ET, The 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment:  The Battle for the Right to Vote.  You’ll celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment and learn how suffragists ultimately triumphed after one of the longest civil rights struggles in American history!

Professor Marcia Chatelain, featured scholar in American Experience’s The Vote, will speak about the significant contributions of African-American women in the suffrage movement, and other educators will share new resources Continue reading

Celebrating Juneteenth & Teaching About Slavery

Recently, you may have been hearing about Juneteenth — another word for June 19 — which is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the United States.  As we learn in this All About the Holidays video (and much more!), Juneteenth is now celebrated in communities  across the country since its origins in Texas.

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“Brief but Spectacular” Video Lesson Plan

Every Thursday night, PBS NewsHour profiles people and their passions in the series Brief but Spectacular.  In this video author and former monk Jay Shetty has a message for those living alone during the pandemic, encouraging them to strive to do one thing each day that brings them joy — and emphasizing that despite social distancing, we can still nurture essential human connection.

Whether we live alone or with others, we all need some time for solitude and coming back to ourselves, so we can better be there for others — however we’re connecting with them right now.

What’s your “Brief but Spectacular” Take? lesson plan from PBS NewsHour can be found at Continue reading

WILD KRATTS Collection for At-Home Learning

WILD KRATTS is a wildly popular PBS KIDS program.  Geared towards ages 6 to 8 but loved by kids younger and older,  episodes present age-appropriate science inspired by the natural abilities of the animals that the Kratt brothers — and young viewers — meet.

To support the learning goals from each video clip in the PBS LearningMedia collection, a set of graphic organizers can be used while viewing full episodes (available in English & Spanish).  Continue reading