Posts Tagged ‘PBS’

Virtually Tour the Marshmallow Peeps Factory!

April 15th, 2022

It’s Friday, April 15, 2022, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

MarshmallowPeeps.com: Marshmallow Peeps Virtual & Video Factor

(www.justborn.com/who-we-are/how-our-candy-is-made/)

All Grades, with parental supervision

Marshmallow Peeps are everywhere this time of year. Ever wonder how they’re made? At this website, you can take a virtual video tour to see how these traditional Easter-basket candy confections are manufactured.

While the tour is offered by the Just Born Company that makes Peeps, you’ll find better photos of their Peeps manufacturing process if you CLICK HERE.

PBS offers an educational VIDEO TOUR of Marshmallow Peeps manufacturing that features planning, production, and more. To see it, click on the link below:

VIDEO TOUR OF PEEPS FACTORY!

Adventure Through History with Liberty’s Kids

January 27th, 2022

YouTube – Liberty’s Kids

(https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHeaIWvdbER3Ic90BzhPsH2aJ5KI3UtmM)

Grades 2-8, with parental supervision

YouTube has over 40 episodes of the historically-based cartoon series “Liberty’s Kids” that was aired on PBS Kids back in 2002 and 2003.

What do cartoons have to do with history? Plenty. The primary goal of the “Liberty’s Kids” animated television series was to provide 7-14 year olds with an engaging look at the years 1773-1789 in American history. Although the series ended, each 23-minute episode is on YouTube. When you get to the site, click on any show and the cartoon will begin to play.

Meet famous historical figures through the eyes of two young apprentice reporters named Sarah and James including:

  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Paul Revere
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • John Adams
  • Benedict Arnold
  • Baron von Steuben
  • Patrick Henry
  • and more!

Viewers of Liberty’s Kids will go on adventures in search of the real stories of the American Revolution.

NOTE: All of the videos are prefaced with advertisements, so parents (as always) must supervise Internet use.

Reading & Phonics with Between the Lions

December 22nd, 2021

PBS LearningMedia: Between the Lions Early Reading Collection

(ca.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/btl07-ex/)

Grades PreK-1, with parental supervision

PBS offers a collection of early reading video segments taken from their show, Between the Lions.

When you get to the site, scroll down to the videos that are categorized for K-1 and PreK, sorted by literacy skill:

  • Fluency
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Phonics
  • Text Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Book and Print Awareness
  • Language and Vocabulary Development
  • Letter Knowledge Awareness
  • Phonological Awareness

Below the videos, you can read what the video is about and then look at/download support materials. Be sure to turn on your speakers to hear the stories being read.

Marine Science Videos for Kids

October 5th, 2021

Jonathan Bird Productions: Marine Science Videos, Lessons, & More

(www.blueworldtv.com/)

This was designed for students in grades 6-8, but there is something of educational value and entertainment for everyone, with parental supervision.

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World website is an offshoot of a PBS television series by the same name. The website offers free “webisodes” of the underwater science/adventure series online for free WITHOUT advertising – and it’s all accompanied by free study guides and classroom lessons and activities based on National Science Standards (that can be tweaked for home use by families).

The idea is to generate interest in protecting the underwater world by increasing awareness of this realm and the creatures that live there. The episodes and learning materials are packed with information and presented in a way that makes marine biology fun to learn.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a sliding display that highlights current features. (I watched a fascinating, 7-minute video on “Sea Snakes,” one of the ocean’s most venomous critters.) Use the menu at the top of the screen that includes:

  • Watch Webisodes – View about 75 different videos covering topics such as coral spawning, dolphins, learning to scuba dive, shark biology, crustaceans, venomous fish, sea turtles, stingrays, killer clams, sea cows, whales, and much more. You’ll also find “Extras” that include interviews with cameramen, videos on tools of the trade, etc. While all of the webisodes offer downloadable study guides, in the “Curriculum Based” section, you’ll find six videos (so far) that also offer free, downloadable lesson plans.
  • Behind The Scenes – Meet underwater cinematographer Jonathan Bird and the rest of his award-winning science and research team. Peruse a “Photo Gallery,” read “Sea Stories” about incidents that occur behind the scenes, and explore “Other Resources” that contain links to educational websites.
  • For Educators – Access the free Study Guides and Lesson Plans. Learn about National Science Standards, Ocean Literacy Principles, and find a direct link to the “Curriculum Based” webisodes.

This is a terrific learning resource that the whole family will find educational and entertaining!

Engaging Math Activities with PBS.org & Cyberchase

July 26th, 2021

PBSKIDS.org: Cyberchase Math Activities

(pbskids.org/cyberchase/activities)

Grades 2-7 approximately, with parental supervision

This PBS website is a companion to Cyberchase, the Emmy Award® winning mathematics series for children. The website offers dynamic web games, videos, and printable activities that teach math concepts in a fun way that kids can understand.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the PBS show, the website explains: “In the world of Cyberchase, the dastardly villain Hacker is on a mad mission to overthrow Motherboard and take over Cyberspace with the help of his blundering henchbots, Buzz and Delete. But Motherboard enlists the help of three curious kids, Inez, Jackie, and Matt, and their cyberpal, Digit, to stop him. Their weapon: brain power. In the live-action segment following each animated episode, Harry and Bianca show kids how math can help solve life’s wacky problems in the real world.”

To further help kids explore their world, the hands-on activities include a range of science, technology, engineering and math topics. When you get to the website, you’ll see some featured recommendations. Below that is an icon menu of printable activities that include:

  • Activity Book – Print out a booklet with math puzzles, games, and projects.
  • Batter Up – Track your favorite baseball team’s hits and look for patterns.
  • Bianca’s Body Math – Use math to learn which body parts are proportional.
  • Cool It – Experiment with evaporation to keep something cool on a hot day.
  • Dot Decoder – Decode a secret message.
  • Lifting with Levers – Discover the relationship between the length of a lever and how much weight you can lift.
  • Make a Pinwheel – Make a pinwheel and use it to find out how windy it is.
  • Make Ice Cream – Get an easy recipe to make ice cream at home.
  • Shadow Math – Measure the lengths of shadows to estimate the height of something very tall.
  • Top Flight – Make paper airplanes and judge their flights to choose a winner.

Click on any activity and a new page opens with complete instructions, diagrams, and illustrations to do the activity.

Bookmark this fun resource to help kids learn math, science, and more!

Amazing American History Resource from PBS

July 8th, 2021

WNET (thirteen) – Freedom: A History of Us

(www.thirteen.org/wnet/historyofus/index.html)

Grades 5-12, with parental supervision

Explore American history with this archived website from New York PBS station WNET (thirteen).

This site has so much to offer that we only scratched the surface while working on this review. After reading through the information on the home page, use the upper menu to navigate the site for:

  • Webisode Menu – Select from sixteen webisodes focusing on specific time periods in American history from the Declaration of Independence to the events of September 11, 2001. Each webisode includes informational text, images, audios, PDF documents, research tools such as timelines, glossaries, quizzes, downloadable teacher guides and so much more.
  • Tools & Activities – Enhance your studies with multimedia games, multiple-choice quizzes, Freedom Stories, “History Resource Database to find museums, historical societies, and other opportunities for historical edification in your community” and an image browser.
  • For Teachers – Find teaching guides and background information for all the webisodes, interactive timelines and much more to aid and supplement your studies.
  • About the Series – Learn about the PBS “Freedom” series.

Visitors will want to bookmark this valuable American history resource to come back to throughout all their studies.

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