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Here are a few resources that you might want to consider as you begin planning for next school year and a few fun things to do this summer.
1) Double the fun and double the learning this summer with back to back episodes of favorite children shows. Check out the special summer schedule at http://www.lpb.org/education. Two new shows are added LPB's offerings.
• Space Racers, an animated exploration of the solar system, airs every Sunday starting May 11 at 7:30 a.m. Preschoolers follow young spaceship cadets at the Stardust Space Academy to learn about the power of scientific investigation and observation, the wonders of space exploration, and the importance of working together as a team. Check http://www/lpb.org/education for the curriculum.
• A lively purple plum leads an exploration of planet earth on Plum Landing. Children 6-9 years of age explore the earth through webisodes, online games, free apps and hands-on science activities and learn to be caretakers of the planet. Each Plum Landing curriculum pathway provides a set of activities and media resources arranged in a thematic sequence and aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. Go to lpb.org/education to explore Plum Landing.
2) We’d like your feedback! We’re afraid that you may be missing programs that could be useful in your teaching. So we’re thinking about quicker ways to inform you when programs are coming up. Please fill out this quick, 2-question survey to let us know which form of social media you prefer and use most often and if you’d be interested in a just-for-teachers LPB social media page to provide you with real-time information about LPB/PBS resources.
3) I didn’t think I’d enjoy learning about civics, but the engaging games at http://www.icivics.org are fun ways to learn about the branches and levels of government, Supreme Court decisions, running for office, balancing the challenges of local government, and more. Teacher resources are available.
4) Perhaps the mystery of the Renaissance-constructed landmark dome on the Basilica Santa Maria del Fiori in Florence will spark your students’ interest in engineering. Engineering—The Great Cathedral Mystery NOVA, available online, investigates the mystery surrounding the dome’s design and shows how an American team of bricklayers helped solve the puzzle.
5) Alive! In America's Delta Black Bear Comeback Wednesday, May 14, 07:00 p.m. on LPB tells of the effective effort to reestablish the endangered bear and restore its habitat through improved land management. Just about everything you ever wanted to know about the black bear is now available on a new black bear education portal from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Once registered at http://blackbearinfo.com/teachers, teachers will receive access codes to view 29 lesson activities and related classroom support materials.
6) The LearningMedia theme for the week of May 19 is visual literacy and for the week of May 26th is Honoring Veterans Past & Present. Check http://www/lpb.org/education to see the various resources available for these themes. Register for the free LPB LearningMedia Digital Library at http://www/lpb.org/education in the middle of the page. Thousands of videos, games, interactives and more are available to enhance your classroom teaching. Resources are available for pre-K to 12+ and across subject areas.
7) New to LPB LearningMedia is the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood collection of full-length episodes for Pre-K learners. Help introduce a new generation of early learners to this all-time classic educational series. Register to access the LearningMedia at http://www/lpb.org/education (in the center of the page).
9) If you are teaching about sustainable farming, you may want your students to watch the five minute video that shows ways one person created a business to help use all parts of animals and help sustain the economy of small farms http://www.nytimes.com/video/dining/100000002833344/food-curated-brooklyn-bouillon.html?emc=edit_ur_20140422&nl=nyregion&nlid=62219771.
10) Fashion design reality shows have helped make careers in the fashion industry hot. This exhibit http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2014/charles-james-beyond-fashion may spark the interest of some of your students in textiles and fashion design. Take a few moments and just enjoy some really lovely, creative evening gowns and dresses and excellent photography.
11) Looking for a fun way to improve your spelling and vocabulary over the summer? http://www.merriam-webster.com has some very effective quizzes to test your vocabulary and commonly misspelled words. (Check under quizzes on the left side of the web page.) The quizzes give bonus points for speed. You can also see the most frequently looked up words and the word of the day.
12) How is the 2014 job market for new graduates, returning veterans, and long-time job hunters? Which employment sectors are expected to grow? Are Louisiana job seekers prepared for the jobs of the future? On Wednesday, May 28th, at 7 p.m. on LPB HD Louisiana Public Square “Job Market 2014” looks for answers to these questions. An encore presentation airs Sunday, June 1st at 11:00 a.m.
13) Each year millions, billions, even trillions of creatures from butterflies to wildebeest gather. They swarm to breed, migrate, for protection, or to keep warm. In the process, a kind of super-organism is created in which individual intelligence is superseded by a collective consciousness that shares information and moves with a single purpose for the benefit of all. Nature: The Gathering Swarms explores swarm intelligence, essentially a living embodiment of social media in the natural world. Airs Wednesday, May 21st at 7:00 p.m.
14) Music shows to look forward to:
• On Friday, May 23rd, an encore presentation of In Performance at the White House: Woman of Soul airs at 9:00 p.m.
• On Sunday, May 25th, the National Memorial Day Concert (2014) premieres at 8:00 p.m. (Note: An encore presentation airs at 9:30 p.m.)
• Great Performances at the Met on LPB 2: Aida, June 1st, Tosca, June 8th, Falstaff June 15th, Rusalka, June 22nd, La Bohème June 29th. All at 7 p.m.
15) Here are some tips for summer with children.
• Hitting the road for a vacation? Then you may want to review the reading activities to be done in a car http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/reading-language/reading-activities/reading-activities-in-the-car/
• Having children at home all summer can really test your mettle. You might prepare by looking at suggestions for positive ways you can talk with your children http://www.pbs.org/parents/talkingwithkids/.
• Suggestions for reading activities throughout the day http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/reading-language/reading-activities/.
• Looking for a great way to teach parents how to help their children read. This short piece suggests simple ways that parents can work with their children throughout the day to learn to read. http://lincs.ed.gov/publications/html/big_dreams/big_dreams.html/.
Have a safe summer. We will join up with you when the school year begins again!