As we close in on the holidays, here are some things that you, your students, or your own children may find interesting:
1) Two Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips are up-coming. You can register for both at one time at http://www.lpb.org/etrips. The American Revolution on the Frontier will broadcast on Thursday, November 6th on LPB HD at 9 a.m. Discover how the Revolutionary War reached into the West to frontier communities in the Ohio River Valley. American Indians, French traders, British and American colonists, and African Americans faced life-changing decisions about whether to fight—and on which side. The Amazing Trade Shop Science Race! will broadcast Thursday, December 11th at 9 a.m. Root for student contestants as they compete to discover the physics, chemistry and simple machines employed by Colonial Williamsburg's tradespeople to reconstruct an 18th-century coffeehouse. Quirky "Professor Eddie" hosts this engaging science game show! Both trips will be available on-demand by the end of the day after the broadcast at lpb.org/etrips. They will remain accessible through the end of the school year.
4) A new PBS math program, Odd Squad, for children 6-8 years old premieres on November 26th at 7:30 a.m. (encore 3:00 p.m.). Special agents use math to explore odd problems and set them right. Videos and games are found at http://pbskids.org/oddsquad.
5) Space Racers, produced in collaboration with NASA, follows a group of talented young spaceship cadets at the Stardust Bay Space Academy as they soar through the solar system learning about the power of scientific investigation and observation, the wonders of space exploration and the importance of working as a team. Lesson plans can be previewed and downloaded from the “Parents & Educators” section of the Space Racers website at http://spaceracers.org/en/parents-educators. Space Racers airs on LPB Sundays at 7:30 a.m. on LPBHD and Saturdays at 3 p.m. on LPB2.
7) Navy Seals: Their Untold Story, premiering on November 11th at 8:00 p.m., recounts the ticking-clock missions of the “Commandoes of the Deep” through firsthand accounts - including that of a D-Day demolition team member - and through never-before-seen footage, home movies and personal mementoes. Admirals, master chiefs, clandestine operators, demolitioneers and snipers reveal how U.S. Navy SEALs morphed into the world’s most admired commandoes.
8) The week of November 17th is the week of Making Global Connections on LPB/PBS LearningMedia. That week, you will see the resources available on geography, China, France, and the UK. Go to http://www.lpb.org/education and check the theme of the week. While you are thinking globally you may want your students to become Revolutionary Optimists…
9) Inspired by the PBS Independent Lens documentary The Revolutionary Optimists, Map Your World is an online platform that empowers youth to make positive changes in their own communities. Young people everywhere can collect data, map the issues, share powerful stories, and become change agents, for free. Youth in India tracked water points in their slum and convinced the local government to build the first clean drinking water line in over 30 years. In Oakland, California, middle school students are tracking cigarette litter and are lobbying the city to protect their urban wildlife refuge’s ecosystem. In Seattle, youth are mapping incidents of violence and bullying. Joseph S. Clark Preparatory High School a charter high school in New Orleans mapped their work to correct a blighted area of their city. For more information, check the teacher’s guide at http://mapyourworld.org/#/teachers.
To help support young change agents and their projects, Map Your World is offering grants for Nexus 7 tablets, provided by Google, for teachers and facilitators. Applications for tablet grants must be submitted by December 1, 2014.
10) Settle back as we enter the holiday season and enjoy some fun shows:
• In Martha's Holiday Surprise, November 19th at 3:30 p.m. on LPBHD, a blizzard is headed towards Wagstaff City and Mittens the cat and her kittens are trapped in an alley. Martha and Skits trample into the snow-capped city to rescue the endangered cat and her young. In We're Powerless! a blackout renders Helen, T.D. and Truman incapable of playing their favorite videogame, but with a little imagination, a basket of laundry and some salad tongs, they might not be so powerless after all.
• When Martha learns that Helen’s extended family will be coming for Thanksgiving, Martha decides to search for her own long-lost canine siblings. In Martha’s Thanksgiving, Parts One and Two on November 21st at 3:30 p.m. on LPBHD, tails begin to wag as the family reunites, but where is Martha's mother? In part two Martha digs into her past to uncover the reason they were separated. Can Martha and her friends solve the mystery and find her mom in time for the family reunion?
• Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas premieres on November 26th at 7:00 a.m.(encore at 2 p.m.) on LPB HD. Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat are having a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas. There's only one dilemma - neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present! In the end, both gift-giving predicaments are simply and beautifully resolved, revealing the true spirit of the holiday season.
• Did you know that our first nationwide Thanksgiving in the U.S. was at the end of the Revolutionary War and was a one-time event? In Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom Thanksgiving on November 22nd at 10:30 a.m. on LPB3, discover why it took until 1941 for Thanksgiving to be a federal holiday, how the bald eagle won out over the turkey as our national bird, and what stuffing our founding fathers preferred.
• Heirloom Meals' Thanksgiving on November 22nd at 9:00 a.m. on LPB3 shot in scenic Stockbridge, Mass., weaves together heartwarming stories of this beloved national holiday. A direct descendant of the Pilgrims, a newly minted citizen, a Midwestern housewife, a Southern gentleman, an Italian grandmother and other guests share their treasured family recipes and explain what makes the holiday so special. Recipes include: cranberry-stuffed acorn squash, Brazilian cheese rolls, chipotle-spiced pumpkin pie, an innovative and tasty preparation for roast turkey, and wine recommendations for a Thanksgiving table.
• Top 10 Thanksgiving Mistakes and How to Avoid Them covers the essentials of how to buy, defrost, brine, roast and time the bird. In Sara’s Weeknight Meals Thanksgiving show on November 22nd at 7:00 a.m. on LPB3 learn Sara's One-Size-Fits-All Stuffing, how to prep delicious wine-infused Gravy in Advance, and how to keep and re-heat tasty Mashed Potatoes.
• On Friday, November 21st, Great Performances: Cats premieres at 9:00pm. second longest running Broadway musical restaged for video and recorded with a specially augmented 76-piece orchestra with some of the original cast.
• Join Renee Fleming for Christmas in New York on Thursday, December 4th at 8:00 p.m. on LPBHD. The essence of the city is captured in a series of intimate and unique musical performances, interviews and scenes filmed around the city during the holidays.
If you are in the New Orleans area, check the schedule for WYES to see if these programs will be in your area and the times. Some cable providers in the NO area may deliver LPB among higher numbered channels.