PBS Kids Resources

PBS Kids Resources
March 17, 2020 paperlesslion

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Learning Resources and Activities:

App of the Day: 
Play and Learn Science App from PBS (free on iOS and Android devices) offers learning games for the family. Play with shadows, control the weather, roll and slide objects down a ramp, choose the best materials for an umbrella — all while building science inquiry skills and learning core science concepts.

Pigeon Trouble from Sesame Street
Learn to follow directions by helping Bert to clean up his house. Put objects in, next to or on other objects to help things look tidy. (This game is only compatible with desktop computers.)

Grades K-2:
Fish Camp Game | Molly of Denali
Use this “Molly of Denali” digital game to extend and expand students’ use of informational text as well as their knowledge of Alaska Native culture. In the game, Molly, her friend Trini and Trini’s dad use an informational book and its features, such as the table of contents, labeled diagrams and pictures with captions, in order to find out how to “catch” salmon with a traditional Alaska Native fish wheel or a canoe, rod and reel. Narrated by Molly, the game is accessible for readers and nonreaders alike.

Grades 3-5:
St. Patrick’s Day | All About the Holidays
You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and Irish culture and heritage. There might not be as many festivals and parades this year, but you can still wear green and learn all about St. Patrick (who wasn’t, incidentally, born in Ireland) and all the traditions that go along with his special day from this fun video.

Grades 6-8:
Digital Adventure 360° Interactive Experience: Penguins
Detroit Public TV and the Detroit Zoological Society take teachers and students on a virtual field trip inside the habitat of penguins. The interactive experience explores new and innovative approaches to learning and teaching by using 360-degree technology.

Grades 9-12:
Moon Formation and Earth | Interactive Lesson
Students learn about the giant impact hypothesis for the moon’s formation, and how the Apollo moon rocks have contributed to scientists’ understanding about our closest solar system neighbor. Students evaluate how key pieces of data support the giant impact hypothesis and provide insights into Earth’s early history. A computer simulation helps students visualize the moon-forming impact.

Was Monday tough? With Michigan schools closed and many people working remotely until at least April, we’re all trying to figure out how to cope.

You may find some of the resources on this page helpful, as you and your family settle into new routines. Thanks to our partners at the Macomb ISD for sharing this with us!

One way to cope — MOVE! MSU is offering a family yoga class at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday through Zoom and through their Facebook page.

Need a refresher on using your PBS LearningMedia account or need to create one? Until the end of March, our partners at public media station KQED are providing a twice-daily, 15-minute walkthrough via Zoom, with the opportunity to ask questions at the end. 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. ET (note that on the sign-up page these are presented in Pacific Time).

Haven’t used PBS Learning Media? Sign up for a free webinar to learn all the tricks. Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Things that make you smile:
Want more Penguins?
With Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium closed to people, a penguin named Wellington had a chance to see what the aquarium looks like on the other side of the glass.