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Here are a few things that may interest you, your family or your students.
1) In October a new series, PEG + CAT designed to teach children math premiered on LPB. Traveling through time and around the universe, Peg and her Cat rely on math, critical thinking, and creativity to solve challenges and restore order everywhere from outer space to King Arthur’s Magic Forest. The broadcast series and online video clips and resources can help you teach and reinforce key skills and competencies in children aged 3-6, preparing them for success in school. The program airs at 8 a.m. Monday-Friday on LPB. To access the web resources, go to lpb.org/education and click on the picture of PEG + CAT. You will find video clips, games, and downloadable apps, hands-on activities for small and large groups, and tools that connect home and school, engage parents and caregivers, and extend learning outside the classroom.
2) The Curious George Halloween Boo Fest premieres on October 28th at 3 p.m. George and Allie are determined to find whether the spooky tale of a hat-kicking scarecrow haunting the countryside is true. George also must plan his costume to win the contest at the Boo Fest.
During the week of October 28th other children’s programs such as Thomas & Friends and PEG + CAT feature Halloween programs. Check the schedule at http://www.lpb.org.
3) Every year you have the chance to recognize a student in grades 7-12 who has excelled in the classroom, served their community or shown great courage in overcoming adversity. Nominations are now open for the 2014 LOUISIANA YOUNG HEROES AWARDS. To be eligible students must be enrolled in a Louisiana school or homeschooled and cannot be older than 19 years of age. Students who have been nominated in past years may be re-nominated for this year’s awards; however, previous winners are not eligible.
4) Two upcoming electronic field trips from Colonial Williamsburg are available free through LPB. Register at http://www.lpb.org/etrips. The trips are online and on LPB 2.
• The Balance of Power, November 7th at 9 a.m., explains how the rules in the U.S. Constitution preserve the balance of power between the three branches of the U.S. government: executive, legislative, and judicial.
• Women of the Revolutions, December 12th at 9 a.m., explores the excitement, peril, and individual stories of Deborah Sampson, Mary Perth, Martha Washington, and other women, on both sides of the conflict, who proved their mettle in America's war for independence.
5) Mission 3: “A Cheyenne Odyssey,” debuts October 16th! Players become Little Fox, a Northern Cheyenne boy whose life is changed by the encroachment of white settlers, railroads, and U.S. military expeditions. As buffalo diminish and the U.S. expands westward, players experience the Cheyenne’s persistence through conflict and national transformation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ihLEtPwpXM&feature=youtu.be.
6) Get Your Tech On with PBS LearningMedia. Plug in and incorporate technology in your classroom. Register today for a FREE webinar! WEBINAR - PLUG-IN: Join K-12 tech expert Leslie Fisher as she explores how to successfully integrate mobile technology into the classroom. Leslie will explore top applications, practical tips and solutions for overcoming barriers along the way. Register here! Plus, free How-To Guide to get started! TABLET SWEEPSTAKES: Enter daily for a chance to win a tablet for every teacher in your school - and to become eligible for our weekly tablet giveaways!
7) Fall PBS TeacherLine courses start October 23rd! Browse the catalog and register at http://www.pbs.org/teacherline/catalog/.
8) On November 11th and 12th at 8 p.m. on LPB and WYES the four hour two part series, American Experience’s JFK, commemorates the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. This biography re-evaluates JFK’s strengths and weaknesses and how he navigated some of the most explosive events of the mid-20th century, such as the Cuban missile crisis, escalating conflict in Vietnam, and the urgency of the civil rights movement. New footage provides insights into his private life, his childhood, his relationship with his father, his brothers, his wife, and his own children. His obsessive womanizing is discussed and may not be appropriate for all students. You can record the programs and show just portions to your student, if you wish.
At 10 p.m. on November 11th a one hour program looks at how reporters responded to a national tragedy. At 10 p.m. on November 12th a one hour show looks at Lyndon B. Johnson’s succession of Kennedy. On November 13th at 8 p.m., Nova looks at the Cold Case of JFK. At 9 p.m. SECRETS of the Dead, JFK: One PM Central Standard Time chronicles minute-by-minute the assassination as it was revealed in the CBS newsroom from the moment the President was shot until Walter Cronkite’s emotional pronouncement of his death, one hour and eight minutes later. At 10 p.m. The Kennedy Half Century. Viewers in the New Orleans area should check the schedule of WYES http://www.wyes.org/programs/tv-schedule/.
On November 19th at 9 p.m. Frontline looks at Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald.
9) On the 150TH anniversary of the landmark speech, Lincoln@Gettysburg-- 8 p.m. on November 19TH on LPB and WYES—highlights the significance of several elements: the battle and its aftermath; the genesis of America’s new National Cemetery; the last-minute invitation for Lincoln to speak; the president’s daylong “special” train from Washington; the assembly of thousands of spectators from all across the union to the little town in the hills of southern Pennsylvania; and the ceremony itself — crowned by the 272 words with which our 16th president reaffirmed the meaning and purpose of American democracy, and made his case that preserving the union was the only end that could justify the horrors of the war and the slaughter of 10,000 men in the fields and forests surrounding Gettysburg. The address was the opening salvo in a new battle for the fate of the nation.
10) Ever wonder how much monetary or non-monetary value is contributed by recreational, commercial, and industrial activities on the Gulf of Mexico? The improved Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Service Valuation Database may be interesting for you to review. Check it out at http://www.gecoserv.org/.
11) Trying to teach the difference between weather and climate? What to show how concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth’s atmosphere vary as the seasons change? Trying to show the relationship between climate change and sea-level rise? You can get help from the EPA’s seven new climate science lesson plans for middle school classes, aligned to the National Science Learning Standards are available at http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/kids/resources/lesson-plans.html.
12) Have you struggled for a way to show what the powers of ten actually represent? You may want to watch the video Powers of Ten at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fKBhvDjuy0#t=530. As the point of view changes from a young couple picnicking to the edge of the universe to sub-atomic level, students will get a perspective of what positive and negative powers of 10 represent.
13) Look to Saturday nights for British shows on LPB: Keeping Up Appearances, The Café, Waiting for God, Father Brown, and Dr. Who.
14) Interesting music shows coming up: Elton John In Concert (November 28th at 8:30 p.m.), Preservation Hall Jazz Band (November 28th at 10 p.m.), Great Performances Barbara Streisand: Back to Brooklyn (November 29th at 9 p.m.).