Classroom Resources for 9/11

Teaching high school classes in 2001, I can clearly recall September 11, first turning on the television in my classroom where students and I remained transfixed as we watched planes crashed into twin towers with the backdrop of a clear blue sky — surreal then and now.

In the days and weeks that followed, it was evident that students needed to think, talk and learn about what they had witnessed.  As we approach September 11, 2021, Continue reading

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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Remember Zoom — the PBS Show?

Today, Zoom is synonymous with the platform we rely on for video and audio conferencing and much more.  But the Seattle Times recently reminisced about another Zoom — the PBS show Zoom from WGBH that was among the innovative television programs created in the ’90s.

Zoom’s cast of diverse, preteens had fun with science in everyday settings that can still excite young learners today!  With engaging activities that students can do by themselves or with others, Zoom resources can be found on Continue reading

K-2 Professional Learning on Social-Emotional Learning Strategies

Beginning August 31, PBS KIDS is offering a week of virtual professional learning — free, of course! — where you can explore strategies for naming, rating, and regulating emotion.

Given the complicated experiences children have experienced since Covid-19, such as limited time with friends, lost learning and much more, the series will help you to prepare Continue reading

Children — Old Enough to Start Learning What’s Fair

Teaching the importance of being fair and caring about others  — especially by example — must start early in children’s lives.  First teachers are in the home, in early learning classrooms, and in the media children watch.  The quality of their engagement with viewing experiences can make a difference in the quality of their characters.

This Arthur video provides age-appropriate ideas related to racism and takes inspiration from civil-rights leader John Lewis who said, “If you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you just have to speak up.”  Continue reading

Grades K-12+ Multi-Language Resources from Khan Academy

Since we first shared Khan Academy, its free library of lessons to support students, teachers and parents has grown to include:  mathematics, grammar, science, history AP courses, SAT preparation and more.  And Khan Academy is available in 40 languages!

You’ll find Khan Academy offered under STEM resources at the MA Department of Early & Secondary Education website for Educational Resources for Students and Families during COVID-19.  Also included is Continue reading

Mondays with Michelle Obama!

Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books, and PBS KIDS recently announced a special collaboration with former First Lady, Michelle Obama, in support of the recently announced “Read Together, Be Together” Penguin Random House literacy initiative and PBS KIDS’ “Read-Along” effort on Facebook and YouTube.
Mondays with Michelle Obama” is a four-week series of videos that will feature

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413Families Learning @ Home + Other Resources for Home

This wonderful slideshow is composed of photographs from families in response to a recent  413 Families/Familias request to share how they’re learning at home.  From these images, we can see that families are finding ways to learn together during this challenging time away from school.

As we’ve been doing here, we’ll continue to share resources for distant learning, including 413 Families/Familias, which is

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