Wow! October is a month packed with activities. Here are some that may interest you, your children, and your students.
2) If you think about it, life really is cool….now you can see just how cool. Log in to the streaming video service at http://www.lpb.org/cyberchannel and look for the 1-4 minute video segments of the series Life is Cool!...Pass it On! Using the analogy of a car and animated illustrations, these videos for upper elementary students show how organs, body tissues, and transplants work. Tips for protecting one’s body, nutrition hints, and healthy lifestyle choices for all ages are suggested. Personal stories about successful transplants make the videos engaging. These videos will help you teach students:
• What do different organs and tissues do in the human body?
• How should we take care of them?
• What can cause them to stop working?
• Can donated tissues and organs replace them?
These small clips are packed with a lot of information. Check them out!
If you don’t know how to log in to the service, check with your tech coordinator or librarian.
3) It is humbling to think about the sacrifices people made to create our country. On Thursday, October 13, at 9 a.m., you can witness the conflict and compromises that accompanied the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. In A More Perfect Union, a live electronic field trip, join young eighteenth-century observers, unseen by convention delegates, as they travel from state to state tallying the vote. Learn about the ratification process and Americans' growing interests in their fledgling nation's new government. This field trip produced by Colonial Williamsburg is for grades 4-8. To register go to http://www.lpb.org/etrips.
4) Do you ever think how today’s technologies could have changed the outcome of history? In 1812, America fought what was essentially a second “war of independence” against the British. A peace treaty between the British and the Americans had been signed on Christmas Eve, two weeks before the Battle of New Orleans. Word did not reach the generals in time (cell phones would have helped!).
On January 8, 1815, General Andrew Jackson—known as “Old Hickory”— commanded an army of riflemen from Tennessee and Kentucky, volunteers from the Louisiana militia, Acadians and Indians, Creoles and free people of color. In an unlikely partnership, Pirate Jean Lafitte and his band of Baratarians, joined in what would be in Lafitte’s words “… the turning point of my career and the best moment of my life when I decided once and for all to drive the English beasts from American soil.” When the smoke cleared, 2037 British soldiers had been killed; only 7 of Jackson’s troops died.
The war was more than this one battle, you can see the entire story of the War of 1812 when it premieres on October10th on LPB at 8:00 p.m. on LPB-HD.
5) You may also want to visit the Chalmette Battlefield, one of the six sites in Jean Lafitte National Park. The park hosts an annual event—January 6-7, 2012—at Chalmette Battlefield commemorating the American victory. The event is free and open to the public. Friday is School Day, for classes wanting to take part in the annual commemoration. Registration information can be found at http://www.nps.gov/jela/chalmette-battlefield.htm.
6) Mark your calendar because on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 9 a.m. your class can join the electronic field trip, War of 1812. A generation after the Revolution, Americans were once again plunged into war with Great Britain. Why? Join Henry Clay, Tecumseh, Andrew Jackson, James Madison, and others as they struggle to determine what course the United States will take. Register at http://www.lpb.org/etrips.
7) Did you know that there are four different deserts in the United States? In a live electronic field trip, Desert Diversity, visit Saguaro National Park to learn more about the Sonoran Desert and its exceptional desert biodiversity. The trip will focus on the most unique and important species living in this desert, which is visually defined by the Saguaro cactus. These cacti can live to 100 years of age and grow 45 feet tall! The trip is on Friday, October 21, 2011, at Noon. Pre-register at http://www.lpb.org/etrips.
8) If you missed the live electronic field trip, Think Again: Restoring and Protecting the Gulf Coast, you can access it anytime now at http://www.lpb.org/etrips. See how important the Gulf Coast is to all of us. Then “think again” about what you can do to help restore and protect it.
9) The USDA estimates that 17 million American children — nearly 1 in 4 — don’t have enough food to eat. A Sesame Street Primetime Special, Growing Hope Against Hunger, features Brad Paisley, Kimberly Williams Paisley, and the Sesame Street Muppets, raises awareness of the widespread issue of hunger in the United States. This special will air October 9th at 6 p.m. and again October 15th at 3 p.m. on LPB-HD. It provides simple, empowering strategies to families who aren't sure where their next meal will come from - and to the others who want to help. You too can help by donating non-perishable food in the orange food barrels that will appear in grocery stores and other locations across the state.
10) Martha Speaks premieres a week of animal adoption-themed episodes starting Monday, October 3rd at 2:30 p.m. on LPB-HD. In addition to teaching new vocabulary, MARTHA SPEAKS has another important mission: to help children and families understand animals, animal safety, and the importance of ending animal cruelty and homelessness. Many of the show's episodes incorporate information about how to treat animals humanely, be a responsible pet owner, and support animal shelters.
Watch a teaser for the episode "Carolina Picks a Lily" at http://youtu.be/vVG--JjrFwE. Are you thinking about getting a pet? Here are some you resources that you might need http://www.pbs.org/parents/martha/helpinganimals/index.html.
11) Can you believe it has been 42 years? Sesame Street’s 42nd year focuses on a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum. Other season highlights include original songs and street stories; a brand new segment “Murray’s Science Experiments;” new “Super Grover 2.0” stories and new “Abby’s Flying Fairy School” animations. Also in season 42 are many humorous celebrity moments featuring Elmo, Oscar, Abby and their friends making keen observations and showing their interest in hands-on investigation...all of which reinforce and encourage preschoolers to say: “Let’s find out!” Airs 9 a.m. Monday-Friday on LPB-HD.
12) If your children like the spookiness of Halloween, then they will enjoy Sid the Science Kid’s “Spooky Science Special” that airs Monday, October 17 at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on LPB-HD. When teacher Susie comes to school disguised as a silly mad scientist, she helps the kids discover that Halloween can be spooky and scientific! The kids investigate how bats catch pesky mosquitoes, spiders are expert web engineers, cats are leaping aerial acrobats, and skeletons help hold up our bodies! This show repeats on October 25, 28, 30 and 31.
13) Even Dinosaur Train is into spookiness with a visit to the “Haunted Roundhouse” where they meet a strange new natural creature named Vlad Volaticotherium. They celebrate “Gourd Day” and see their first pumpkins in the “Big Pond Pumpkin Patch.” Airs on October 20th at 8:30 a.m. LPB-HD. This show repeats on October 24, 28, 30 and 31.
14) If your 4th -8th graders enjoy competitive spelling, then they may want to enter the Scripps National Spelling Bee. It is not free, but for $109 your school can gain access to all the official spelling bee materials and guidelines. Start by registering at the Scripps National Spelling Bee website by 10/17/11.
15) Millions of children in low-income neighborhoods are at risk of school failure before they even start kindergarten. Jumpstart's Read for the Record®, is a national campaign to involve adults to close the early education achievement gap. On October 6th join millions of others by reading Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney. Sit down to read in your community. You'll be standing up for children everywhere! Go to http://www.jstart.org and register to participate in the project. No book? No problem! You can participate in Jumpstart's Read for the Record by reading Llama Llama Red Pajama for free online at http://www.wegivebooks.org/.
16) We all know that it is best to establish healthy eating and activity patterns early in life. That’s why in September LPB will launch a new web site called STEP IT UP! for teens and tweens. The site http://www.lpb.org/stepitup, developed by LPB and funded by a grant from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Louisiana, will help teens and tweens control and reduce their weight. It will provide information from health professionals to motivate and encourage young people to get active and eat healthier. It will have handy excerpts from LPB’s program Kids: Trying to Trim Down and our series Step by Step: Kids Trimming Down. Students will also be able to ask questions on the site that will be answered by health professionals. Tips will be provided to help tackle the problem of childhood obesity. You don’t have to be a teen to benefit. Everyone is welcome to log on to the free site http://www.lpb.org/stepitup and take part in the program. It might be great to start the new school year by doing something nice for yourself. We can all Step It Up!
17) Are we alone in the universe? Scientists are on the verge of answering one of the greatest questions in history. Combining the latest telescope images with dazzling animation, NOVA Finding Life Beyond Earth immerses audiences in the sights and sounds of alien worlds, while top astrobiologists explain how these places are changing how we think about the potential for life in our solar system. Powerful telescopes and unmanned space missions have revealed a wide range of dynamic environments—atmospheres thick with organic molecules, active volcanoes, and vast saltwater oceans. This ongoing revolution is forcing scientists to expand their ideas about what kinds of worlds could support life. If we do find primitive life-forms elsewhere in the solar system, it may well be that life is common in the universe—the rule, and not the exception. NOVA Finding Life Beyond Earth premieres Wednesday, October 19 at 8 p.m. on LPB-HD.
18) A little taste of cool fall weather has drifted in—just right for testing a few apple recipes. Fill your home with the fragrance of apples and cinnamon with delicious apple desserts from Cook's Country from America's Test Kitchen which airs on LPB HD Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. on LPB 2 (27.2)
• Baked Apple Dumplings
• Best Baked Apples
• Skillet Apple Crisp
I hope you find something here to enjoy.
Ellen W. Wydra, Ph.D.
Director, Educational Television and Technology
Louisiana Public Broadcasting
(800) 272-8161, ext. 4453