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As the holiday season approaches here are some things that may interest you, your students, or your own children.
1) If you know an adult who needs resume assistance, technology and employment skills training or job placement… please let them know about LPB’s adult education project in partnership with the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Special services are available for seniors seeking employment.
Adults who reside in East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Point Coupee, Tangipahoa, and Washington Parishes can receive free technology and employment skills training and job search assistance through the Employment Services program offered by Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge. This program would be useful for adults entering or reentering the workplace or immigrants who need skills to function within a new work environment.
To sign up for training… become a volunteer trainer… or to learn more information about this exciting program… call (225) 336-8700, ext. 364. http://www.lpb.org/success. Funding for this project is provided by the Walmart Foundation.
4) Coming in December: Help celebrate LPB’s 40th anniversary at the LPB Family Fest featuring Thomas & Friends at the LSU Parker Coliseum on Saturday, December 5th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. While there, meet Thomas the Tank Engine and snap a picture of your child with him. SuperWhy, Curious George, Clifford, and Princess Presto will be there too. Lots of fun-filled booths, petting zoos, a children’s costume contest, door prizes, and more for the whole family. Food trucks will be available.
Fest admission is $5 per person – children under 1 are admitted free. Admission to the Thomas & Friends Meet and Greet is free upon entry to the Fest. Tickets will be on sale for a VIP Breakfast with Santa and the PBS Kids characters at 9:30 a.m. which includes a Speed Pass to meet Thomas directly following the breakfast. For ticket information and more details go to http://www.lpb.org/fest.
5) Be watching! In January, LPB is planning to host a Day of Discovery in Rapides Parish—open to teachers statewide–with national speakers and fun, informative sessions throughout the day. Days of Discovery are extra special with presenters from Discovery Education who offer great strategies for using the streaming service in innovative ways. Space will be limited so you will want to register early. Check our website http://www.lpb.org/education for information as it becomes finalized.
6) Wow! If you teach science then you want your students to see the three part NOVA series Making North America. This bold and sweeping epic 4-billion-year old story of the continent hosted by Kirk Johnson, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, contains amazing footage and special effects. This spectacular road trip tells a great story: how the continent was built, how life evolved here, and how the continent has shaped our lives today. It’s astonishing to see palm trees in Alaska! November 4th explores how the continent was built. November 11th examines how life evolved here. November 18th questions how the spectacular landscape has shaped human lives and destinies. All air at 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on LPB HD. If you miss it or want to view it online, go to http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ (program available for approximately 2 weeks after air date) or to http://www.wgbh.org/programs/NOVA-16 (available long-term).
7) If you want a global perspective, then you may also be interested in how natural wonders on six contents evolved. Earth’s Natural Wonders, which airs on November 4th, 11th, and 18th at 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., explores extreme locales and the rarely told stories about the challenges inhabitants face. November 4th students will learn about Mount Everest's Khumbu Icefall and its dangers to sherpas; the Grand Canyon, where conservationists try to ensure a condor chick's survival; and the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, where farmers battle with elephants. November 11th explores wonders created by water, including Victoria Falls, where men risk death to reach fishing pools; the Camargue, where man vs. bull; and ocean reefs, where a guardian seeks a manta ray to help save the species. November 18th episode will venture to the Amazon where boys face fierce animals in a rite of passage and then to Bangladesh where a father and son brave killer bees and man-eating tigers to find honey.
8) Want to get a sneak peek at the two new episodes of Bob the Builder and help fight childhood hunger at the same time? You can if you come to LPB’s studios 7733 Perkins Roads in Baton Rouge, on Monday, November 23rd for either the 9 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. showings. Children will make crafts to take home and receive stickers and coloring sheets! Admission for each child is a donation to Mighty Moms’ Full Tummy Project to help provide bags for 500 children who receive meals at school but may not have food at home on the weekends.
This season Bob the Builder is packed with humor and fun, new characters and locations, and charming stories to foster social-emotional growth and introduce age-appropriate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts to preschoolers.
9) Register now at http://www.lpb.org/etrips for the upcoming free Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trip, The Freedom Quest of Oney Judge. Airs on November 19th at 9 a.m. on LPB2. The trip will be archived and available later that day at http://www.lpb.org/etrips for viewing anytime. How did a young woman escape slavery and evade the most powerful man in the nation? Learn about the dangers Oney Judge faced when she left her life as the enslaved servant of George and Martha Washington. Oney's quest was threatened by her former owners, the law, and poverty. How was she able to live as a free woman?
10) A WYES electronic field trip, We’re All in This Together, takes a look at how students during WWII aided in the war effort by buying War Bonds, collecting scrap materials to be repurposed to make equipment, rationed food, and grew Victory Gardens. Tour The National WWII Museum with guides who were themselves students during the war. Their recollections bring the World War II home front experience to life. The live trip is on November 4th at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The trip will be archived and available for you to use anytime. Register and view the archived trip http://www.wyes.org/electronic-field-trips/.
11) Just in time for Thanksgiving “The Pilgrims” arrive on AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. Filmmaker Ric Burns explores the converging forces, circumstances, personalities and events that propelled a group of English men and women west across the Atlantic in 1620. With distinct and riveting personal histories, passionate religious beliefs and the will to survive — even through violent means — these first immigrants reveal the history of our nation’s beginnings. Discover the harrowing and brutal truths behind the Pilgrims' arrival in the New World and the myths of Thanksgiving. Airs November 24th at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on LPB HD.
12) For the third year, PBS encourages teachers to GET YOUR TECH ON! Tools, support and professional development will help you succeed in the digital age of learning. Favorite technology-themed resources have been compiled to enhance your lesson plans and drive student achievement. Complete a one-time entry form and you automatically will be entered to win tech themed prizes including local PD trainings, a trip to Austin to attend TCEA and Chromebooks and a document camera for your class. The more "Get Your Tech On" and "Flipped Learning" collection resources you click on and webinars you participate in, the more chances to win. For more information go to http://to.pbs.org/getyourtechon.
13) Students looking for comprehensive data on costs and student outcomes at nearly all post-secondary institutions in the United States can find it at the new College Scorecard available at https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/. Search the earnings of students who attended an institution, along with the most up-to-date information about a college’s quality, including the percentage of students who graduate or repay their loans, cumulative student debt of students who complete their degree, and students’ success in repaying their loans.
14) It could be a miserable Christmas for the Wild Kratts because around the globe all their favorite creatures are disappearing. Their holiday party turns into a rescue mission. Will they be able to travel to the ends of the earth and return baby animal friends home for the holidays? Tune in to see! The Wild Kratts, A Creature Christmas movie airs on November 25th at 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. and repeated at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Check LPB schedule for other times http://www.lpb.org.
Immediately following at 7 a.m. is the newest children’s series, Nature Cat, who along with his friends Squeeks, Hal and Daisy track down a runaway hamster, plan a visit to the moon, and investigate why their friend’s marsh home is flooding.
15) Preparing for Thanksgiving? You’ll want to see the slew of holiday cooking shows on Create, LPB’s third digital channel available on most cable networks and over-the-air by digital antenna. Starting November 21st at 5 a.m. shows like Heirloom Meals’ Thanksgiving, Home for Christy Rost, Katie Brown Workshop Best of Holidays, Sara's Weeknight Meals Thanksgiving 101, Farm Holiday Special with Ian Knauer, Cooking with Julie Taboulie Thanksgiving Traditions Take A Twist, The Jazzy Vegetarian Giving Thanks, America's Test Kitchen from Cook's Illustrated, Revisiting Julia Child's Roast Turkey. You are bound to find something to spice up your dinner.
I hope you have the chance to enjoy some of these resources.