1) Ever wonder what role women played in America’s war of independence? Register now for the Colonial Williamsburg electronic field trip, Women of the Revolution. Your students will learn about Martha Washington, Deborah Sampson, Mary Perth and others on both sides of the conflict who showed bravery and loyalty in adversity. The trip will be broadcasted at 9 am on December 12th on LPB2. The trip will be ready to stream on-demand any time after noon on December 12th. Preregister at http://www.lpb.org/etrips and you will receive access information by email the day before the field trip.
2) Check out the new web series “PBS Math Club” which is designed to teach critical pre-algebra concepts to middle-school students using the style and techniques of web video. Five student cast members use everyday examples and teen-culture references to illustrate the math concepts such as integers and negative numbers. Each episode includes related material for use by parents and classroom teachers - including innovative interactive-video quizzes; lesson plans; illustrations suitable for use on classroom interactive. Other math resources are available at Math Landing http://www.mathlanding.org/linkupandlearn/webinar .
3) The Weather Channel is hosting Connect with Weather: A Virtual Field Trip on December 11, 2013, at 12 Noon Central. This is a unique opportunity for your students to meet meteorologists from The Weather Channel. Students will get a first-hand look at the science and technology used by meteorologists to predict, track and report hurricanes, tornadoes and winter storms/ice, while also learning how to create a preparedness plan. Register at https://connectwithweather.eventbrite.com.
4) With the new digital resource, Little Discoverers: Big Fun with Science, Math and More! , children ages 3-5 can be inspired to incorporate STEM concepts and skills into everyday moments. Games, videos and fun hands-on activities featuring the Sesame Street Muppets encourage children to investigate six STEM topics: Experiments, Sink or Float, Measurement, Properties of Matter, Force and Motion and Engineering. Resources for teachers and parents are also provided.
5) You can receive the free 2014 4-H Youth Wetlands Program’s curriculum binder with new lessons correlated to the Common Core Standards and GLEs.
This year’s edition includes hands-on lessons for grades 3rd-12th with step by step procedures, student worksheets, assessments and many materials you may need to complete the lessons.
Sign up now with your local 4-H agent or online at http://www.lsuagcenter.com/yww. Binders and kits will be delivered to schools in March 2014.
6) Each week a new topic highlights resources available to you for your classroom through LPB LearningMedia. Review the topics at http://www.lpb.org/education. The first week in December focuses on the Science of Winter. Free resources in the Polar Sciences Collection (grades K-12) help your students explore the Polar Regions, learn about the fourth International Polar Year (IPY) and an international campaign to advance polar science and better understand global climate change through an interdisciplinary approach. Snowflakes (grades 6-8) – Are all snowflakes truly unique? What are the physical forces that drive snowflakes to come in so many shapes and sizes? In this lesson, students build an apparatus that creates conditions similar to a winter cloud and produce their own snow crystals indoors. By watching the snow crystals grow, they learn about the molecular forces that shape ice crystals, and gain a deeper understanding of the states of matter.
Dec. 9-15—Computer Science Education Week
Dec. 16-22—Planning for the New Year: Professional Development
Dec. 23-29—Planning for the New Year: Budgeting and Finance
Dec. 30-Jan. 5—Staff Picks: Our Favorite Resources
7) You have until December 17th to enter The Verizon Innovative App Challenge. The challenge provides an opportunity for middle school and high school students, working with a faculty advisor, to apply their STEM knowledge, ingenuity, and creativity to develop an original mobile app concept that incorporates STEM and addresses a need or problem in their school or community. For more information about the contest and prizes go to http://appchallenge.tsaweb.org/
8) Over the holidays you may want to see Christmas in Yellowstone on December 25th at 8 pm and at 9 pm marvel at the Building the Great Cathedrals. On December 29th Call the Midwife Holiday Special is at 6:30 pm repeating at 11 pm.
9) Remember in the New Year:
• Sherlock Season 3 begins on January 19th at 10 pm on MASTERPIECE.
• Downton Abbey season 4 begins January 5th at 8 pm. Missed the previous years? Catch up with Return to Downton Abbey on Sunday, December 1, 08:00 pm & 11:00 pm on LPB to watch all of season 3 on December 22nd from noon until 10 pm on LPB HD.
10) Here are just a few of the music programs for the holidays. Check the schedule at http://www.lpb.org for other programs and times.
• Elton John in Concert on November 28th at 8:30 pm (repeats 12/1/13 at 9:30) and at 10 pm Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
• Barbara Streisand: Back to Brooklyn on November 29th at 9 pm (repeats 12/1/13 at 5 pm at 12/1/13 at 8:30 pm)
• Lawrence Welk’s Holiday Special Great Moments and Memories on November 30th 5 pm.
• Happy Holidays: The Best of Andy Williams Christmas Shows on November 30th at 7:30
• Burt Bacharach’s Best on November 30th at 9 pm (repeats12/3/13 at 10:30 pm)
• 60s Girl Grooves November 30th at 11 pm.
• Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas December 3rd at 7 pm (repeats at 11:30)
• Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii on December 7th at 8:30 pm.
• National Christmas Tree Lighting on December 24th at 7 pm followed by Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at 8 pm
• A Christmas Carol: The Concert on December 25th at 9 pm.
• Finally ring in the New Year on December 31 at 7 pm with Live from Lincoln Center the New York Philharmonic Gala with Yo Yo Ma. On January 1st at 7 pm enjoy From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration.
We at LPB hope you have a happy and safe holiday season!