Students learn about adaptations of the pink river dolphin through concept mapping, and then they compare pink river dolphins with marine dolphins.
Students are asked to explain what needs to be considered if alternative energy sources are to be used. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.
The theme of this guide is: achieving ocean health and balance through investigation and data collection techniques that show the necessity for marine sanctuaries, the effects of fisheries and the management practices being followed in today's oceans.
This video segment from Between the Lions is an original, animated retelling of the classic Aesops fable in which a grasshopper sings and dances while the ants gather food for winter. The grasshopper then has nothing to eat once the cold weather comes. In the end, the ants invite the grasshopper inside for a meal, and they all dance a merry mambo. Featured "m" words include: many, moons, moody, Murray, Marge, merry, Melanie, mangos, melons, mambo, music, moving, mushrooms, macaroni, managed, milk, Myrtle, mind, middle, month, mountains, melt, meanwhile, munched, moment, make, move, motioned, meatballs, mashed potatoes, magnificent, and meal. This video segment provides a resource for Fluency, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Letter Knowledge Awareness, and Phonological Awareness. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.
Learn about the effects of a changing climate on the Arctic ecosystem and four of its well-known mammals: the polar bear, the walrus, the Arctic fox and the beluga whale.
Students study a population of beluga whales to learn about the environmental issues that the whales currently face. They then work in teams to develop suggestions for how to help protect the population of belugas, which they present in a public service announcement (PSA).
In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan explores risks inherent in one of the most widespread practices in modern agriculture. It's called monoculture, and it refers to cultivation of single or very similar varieties of a food crop on large acreages. In many cases, the variety is one that dominates the marketplace, like the Russet Burbank potato, whose shape makes it a favorite for cutting French fries, or one of the few apple varieties commonly seen in supermarkets. Monoculture may offer economic advantages, but Pollan argues that it brings serious environmental risks.
In this video excerpt from Dinosaur Train, Buddy and Tiny name species of dinosaurs from Apatosaurus to Zigongosaurus when they sing the "Dinosaurs A to Z" song with the help of Mr. Conductor. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.
In this video segment from Between the Lions, Leon Redbone sings a fun alphabet song. In alphabetical order, each letter takes the stage along with a Between the Lions character or image that begins with that letter. Showing the letters and things they stand for helps build alphabet knowledge. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.
In this two-hour program, Jean-Michel Cousteau and his team of explorers travel to both the Northern and Southern hemispheres as they seek out killer whales in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. They discover that people and orcas share surprising similarities, even similar needs, and they relate their findings to the captivity and release of Keiko, from Free Willy fame, who captured the worldĚ˘ĺŰĺŞs imagination and whose survival depended on pioneering efforts to reintroduce Keiko into the wild. The team also learns how some of the threats to killer whales now intersect with human lives. During the expedition, intriguing detours arise, leading to critical examinations of our environment, of the food on our dinner tables, even of our own health.
Career Gates: Manufacturing is discussed by various employees of Rexroth, Just Born Candy, Coca-Cola and Martin Guitars. Steve Morrow, General Manager of the Coca-Cola plant begins the tour, followed by Ross Born from Just Born Candy. Products highlighted are Just Born Peeps, Martin Guitars and Coca-Cola sodas. Technologies highlighted are robotics and the use of AutoCad. The last section highlights what these employers look for when evaluating employees that will be hired. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.
Career Gates: Soft Skills highlights the skills employees need to be successful. These include communication, eye-contact, listening, teamwork, positive attitude, proper handshake, professional appearance and respect. Soft skills are the abilities to get along with others, resolve conflict and work together towards a common goal. These skills can be a strong indicator in why you get a job or why you don't get a job. A desire to learn and an ability to learn, you can advance. Many companies will hire people that have soft skills over someone with more technical skills because technical skills can be taught more easily.
This video segment from Between the Lions is a reading of the heartwarming story Cheesybreadville. In this animated story set in Puerto Rico, a wife bakes a bread overnight to surprise her husband, not knowing that he has hidden a surprise gift for her as well of cheese in the oven. The husband and wife go to bed, only to wake up to the smell of burning bread and cheese. The husband and wife acknowledge that the mishap just proves their love for each other, and they head back to bed. A young girl from the town follows the smell of the cheesy bread, sneaks into the kitchen and tries some. Finding it so delicious, she shares it with others who live in the town. The cheesy bread is such a hit that all the villagers want the couple to keep making more. The town is renamed "Cheesybreadville." This video segment provides a resource for Fluency, Text Comprehension, and Phonological Awareness. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.
Welcome to the CIRCLE OF STORIES lesson plans. These lessons will allow students to examine the complex and rich oral tradition of Native American storytelling, create their own stories to share, explore indigenous and Native American cultures and the issues which face them today, and research and explore their own cultural heritage by recording their unique family stories and heritage. These lessons are directed toward grades 6 through 12, for use in the following subject areas: language arts, theater, history, social studies, multicultural studies, technology, and life science.
View the video Ě˘ĺŰĺĎTrash on the Spin CycleĚ˘ĺŰĺ to discover what causes huge quantities of garbage to end up on the most remote islands in the world and how this garbage affects wildlife.
Students are asked how acceleration, mass, momentum and velocity are involved in mountain boarding. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.
Michelangelo is known as one of the greatest artists to walk the earth simply due to his work on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Join us as we explore Michelangelo’s awkward relationship to Pope Julius II and his skill at painting in the complex and often dangerous Fresco style. But do you know just how difficult a feat this creation was?
Each student team researches and reports on one of the National Marine Sanctuaries and completes a thought-provoking worksheet to compare and contrast their sanctuary with the others.
In this lesson, students will use segments from Nature: Wild Balkans to explore the roles and interrelationships of organisms in the varied environments of the Balkan Peninsula. In the Introductory Activity, students will identify the Balkan Peninsula on a map and hypothesize what natural environments and wildlife might be present there. Students will use an interactive map to identify different regions of the Balkan Peninsula and the wildlife that resides in each region. In the Learning Activity, students will explore the regions of the Balkan Peninsula in more depth by viewing and discussing segments from the episode. Students will explore the habitats and wildlife of each region and the ways in which species collaborate and compete, as well as the role of humans in these environments. In the Culminating Activity, students will explore one species in depth and create a 3-D diorama or computer-generated simulation of the species in its environment. Students will discuss their projects with the class.
In this video segment from Between the Lions, the limerick, "A Fellow Named Sig," is sung and danced to a lively beat. This animated poem is one example of the kind of wordplay that helps promote phonological awarenessthe ability to hear and pay attention to the sounds and rhythms of speechan important factor in learning to read and write. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.
Students create a kelp forest or coral reef food web, then research related shark species to learn about species interactions. Posters illustrate the sharkĚ˘ĺŰĺŞs role as key predator in the ecosystem.
The theme of this guide is the education and investigation of whale adaptations to natural and man-made migration obstacles.
In this lesson, students use segments from Nature: Salmon Running the Gauntlet to explore ways in which humans have impacted salmon populations. In the Introductory Activity, students explore different ways in which human actions have helped and hindered salmon populations, including efforts to artificially produce and raise salmon. In Learning Activity 1, students learn about challenges salmon face after being released from hatcheries into the wild, as well as efforts that humans are taking to restore streams and salmon runs. In Learning Activity 2, students explore issues surrounding dams and conduct research on specific dams in the US northwest. In the Culminating Activity, students review information presented in the lesson and debate the merits of human efforts to save salmon. Students write a critical essay about human impact on salmon and propose ideas for future actions. Students discuss their projects with the class.
Holidays video clip prompts students to write about two of their favorite family traditions. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.
Students conduct an experiment that demonstrates the effects of different fishing methods on bycatch. They use this foundation to create posters and public service announcements to share this information with other students.
Infographics can be useful tools whenever you are trying to convey information with a strong visual approach. Infographics are especially good at making numerical data easy to see and understand. By creating an infographic, your information can take on a life, tell a story, and make a more persuasive argument, which is why you encounter infographics in all kinds of situations from advertising and marketing to educational presentations and publications. Learn how to create an infographic with this video from KQED. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.
In this video segment from Between the Lions, Tammy Lionette (Cleo) and Jasmine Guy sing about the confusing sound of the letter "h" in a Western style while a pelican, chicken, and hound make up the band with monkeys as backup singers. Featured vocabulary includes: hung, hard, hear, hope, heavy, hassled, hold, head, howl, hound, handle, hard, hard, harassed, hackles, huff, hung, had, hung, and had. This video segment provides a resource for Fluency, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Language and Vocabulary Development, Letter Knowledge Awareness, and Phonological Awareness. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.
Students will explore the kelp forest ecosystem by conducting research and by writing imaginary narratives through an activity that integrates science and language arts.
FILM: This lesson plan is designed to be used in conjunction with the film, Inheritance, which illustrates the lasting effects of the Holocaust from the perspectives of both a victim of Nazi war crimes and the child of a perpetrator. Classrooms can use this lesson to explore the responsibility of standing up to injustice and cruelty.
NOTE: This film contains sensitive content related to the genocide of Europe's Jews during World War II. In addition to verbal descriptions of abuses, the complete film includes disturbing concentration camp images, footage of the execution of a war criminal by hanging, and clips from the movie Schindler's List that contain profanity and show the shooting of a Jewish woman. Please preview before using the film in its entirety in the classroom. The clips for this lesson plan, however, are less graphic and contain primarily verbal descriptions of cruelty.
Students learn about the unique adaptations of sea stars and then research and develop a presentation on the adaptations of two other organisms.
In the Web-based game Kure Waste Chase, students take on the part of an Ocean Adventures expedition member volunteering for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and explore various habitats (beach, water surface and underwater) to collect as much harmful marine debris as possible in a limited amount of time. Use the tips and handouts below to turn the Kure Waste Chase game into a structured learning activity for your students.
This website provides the film script, reviews, a discussion forum, and 15 essays on Hasidism.
In this interactive Kindergarten through 5th grade activity, the world of fitness and literacy unite! As the teacher reads the book Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Nowíń by Dr. Seuss, studentslisten carefully and safely jump up out of their chairs with their hands over their heads every time they hear the word go.íń This is a great lesson combining psychomotor, cognitive and affective skills.
How does our sense of taste work, and why did it evolve? What are taste buds, and how do they register the five basic sensations of sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and umami (a Japanese word describing something "meaty")? In this audio interactive, Danielle Reed of the Monell Chemical Senses Center offers a primer on what happens on your tongue, and in your brain, as you eat.
View the video Ě˘ĺŰĺĎNudibranchsĚ˘ĺŰĺ to learn about the adaptations of nudibranchs - colorful sea slugs with a remarkable means of defense