It's hard to believe it's December! LPB wishes you and your students joy and peace during this holiday season. I hope you enjoy these resources and are able to find something that will make this holiday season fun and engaging.
Please be sure to follow our LPB LearningMedia Facebook page
for daily curriculum resources, fresh news, and upcoming virtual field trips and professional development events that are coming your way! Sometimes events pop up that don't make it into the newsletter at the beginning of the month and I want to make sure you have every opportunity to take advantage of these events such as e-field trips, webinars and contests!
1. December 4-10 is Computer Science Week and the Hour of Code
?! Check out these resources to help your students flex their creative coding and programming skills:
• PBS KIDS Scratch Jr.
, Grades K-3: Introduce your class to creative coding by challenging them to create their own stories, games, and animations with the PBS KIDS ScratchJr tablet app!
, Grades 5-8: Change how your class thinks about STEM with this SciGirls collection, featuring fun + challenging lessons focused on the engineering design process!
• The Art of Creative Coding
, Grades 9-12: Coding is not just for functional problem-solving – it's also for creative expression!
• Do an Hour of Code
, Grades 9-12: How can you cultivate the innovators of the future? With a hour of code! Introduce students to computer programming or take their coding skills to the next level with this set of fun activities that enhance STEM learning outcomes.
has launched it's latest digital game, Watts of Trouble
. This game
, geared for ages 8-11 allows players to use thier math skills to power up amusement park rides and fix any obstacles Hacker creates. It's loads of fun and your students will love it!
3. Celebrate the Christmas season
Louisiana-style with the Louisiana Digital Media Archive (LDMA)! Throughout the month of December, celebrate the Christmas season Louisiana-style with the LDMA! Explore the unique holiday traditions
from around the state and plan your holiday meal with the help of Chef John Folse!
4. Registration is NOW OPEN
for teachers in north Louisiana and in Baton Rouge to engage in peer-to-peer learning to elevate your voice and empower you professionally. EdCamp
is the "un-conference" model, free to attendees
, and open to those who work in various learning environments, including informal and childcare settings. EdCamp is open to all teachers
; however, sessions will available for early childhood educators
to have the opportunity to share in professional experiences and discuss best practices for fostering early childhood development and kindergarten readiness. Edcamp’s personalized, participant-driven approach gives educators control over what they learn and fosters a strong sense of community among attendees. Participants propose topics they want to discuss or learn more about, build the agenda and then choose sessions to attend based on their interests and experiences. All attendees are encouraged to share ideas and methods that will enhance their practice. Breakfast and lunch will be provided and lots of prizes will be given!
to register for EdCamp in north Louisiana on January 27th
and click here
to register for EdCamp in Baton Rouge on February 24th.
5. Discovery Education
has a lot to offer in December. Check out these events!
• Ignite My Future in School
webisode series: Register
for the December 7th
webisode Transforming the Future by Leading the Pack
in which Steve Dembo explains why it is so important to be an early adopter of computational thinking and the long-term edge it will provide the students learning through this process as they face the opportunities of the future. On December 13th
for Going Viral
. Watch and learn as you walk through a model transdisciplinary lesson from Ignite My Future in School that applies computational thinking concepts to real-world situations for today's students. Visit http://ignitemyfutureinschool.org
to explore additional 21st century curriculum and professional development materials.
• Prepare Your Students for their Financial Futures: Introducing Pathway to Financial Success in Schools
, an exciting new program from Discover Financial Services and Discovery Education designed to empower high school students to achieve better financial futures. Explore comprehensive financial literacy curriculum through classroom activities and family extension activities. Throughout the website, educators, students, and their families can explore standards-aligned resources to give them the skills they need to make good financial decisions and achieve their personal goals.
• Mars Base Camp Experience
, a new digital exploration from Generation Beyond delivering the wonder and complexities of deep space travel directly to your students. Showcasing the work of scientists and engineers from around the world, Mars Base Camp walks students through past milestones of the space program and provides an interactive look at all of the innovations required to make the challenging trip to Mars a success. Learn about the journey to Mars, how engineers work to keep astronauts safe and what they expect to encounter along the way through a simulated walk through the logistics required when planning for the ultimate trip.
6. Check out these PBS LearningMedia resources
for the holiday season
. Don't have a PBS LearningMedia account yet? Go to LPB's Education Page
and scroll down to the LPB LearningMedia login box. Click on "Not yet a member, Sign Up now!"
• Sid's Holiday Adventure
, Grades PreK-1: The holidays – Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa – are Sid the Science Kid’s favorite time of the year! Since Sid is traveling to Minnesota to celebrate the season, he decides to investigate the science behind cold weather.
• Mrs. O Naughty or Nice? Odd Squad
, Grades K-3: Ms. O is on Santa's "Naughty List"! Find out how Santa came up with the nice-versus-naughty equation in this "Odd Squad" segment.
• Twelve Days of Fitness
, Grades K-5: Get your fitness on this Christmas with a holiday-themed workout that encourages students to exercise while singing along to a traditional Yuletide song!
• Is Santa Real? A Scientific Analysis
, Grades 6-12: In this episode, It's Okay to be Smart unravels some our most vexing holiday mysteries, including: "How is Santa able to circle the Earth and deliver presents to the good little children of the world in less than 24 hours?"
• Circuit Analysis
, Grades 6-12: Have you ever wondered what it would take to figure out the current required to power all of the tiny bulbs that make holiday lights glow? Crash Course has the physics lesson.
7. Don't forget the LPB Louisiana Young Hero Awards --Nominations Now Open!
A Young Hero can be defined in many ways, but to those who know them they are exceptional students who devote their time, talents, and energy to make a difference! Now in its 23rd year, the LPB Louisiana Young Hero Awards
, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge, annually honors students in grades 7-12 who excel in the classroom, serve their local communities, and sometimes demonstrate great personal courage in overcoming adversity. Nominations are now being accepted for our 2018 Louisiana Young Heroes (Click here to nominate.
)! The deadline for entries is January 31, 2018
8. Just For Kids: PBS KIDS Holiday Month
celebrates the season with one hour holiday movies during the week of December 11-15th! WILD KRATTS: A CREATURE CHRISTMAS
on 12/11 at 6:30 AM and 3 PM, CURIOUS GEORGE: A VERY MONKEY CHRISTMAS
on 12/11 at 7:30 AM, THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT CHRISTMAS
on 12/12 at 5:30 AM, PEG + CAT HOLIDAYS
on 12/11 at 2 PM, and ONCE UPON A SESAME STREET CHRISTMAS
on 12/11 at 10:30 AM. Watch new holiday episodes of READY JET GO!, HOLIDAYS IN BOXWOOD TERRACE
on 12/11 at 6 AM and SPLASH AND BUBBLES, WHITEBEARD/CORAL DAY
on 12/11 at 9:30 AM. Check our program schedule
for additional times on LPB and LPBKIDS.
Here are some LPB programming highlights that you might enjoy this month, including some great music:
60s POP, ROCK, AND SOUL
on December 1 at 7 PM - lassics from the decade of peace, love, and profound social change sung by performers including: Paul Revere & The Raiders, Gary Lewis & The Playboys, The Kingsmen, Jefferson Starship, and more.
FATS DOMINO: WALKIN' BACK TO NEW ORLEANS
on December 4 at 7 PM - LPB pays tribute to the late Louisiana music icon and native son.
CHRISTMAS AT THE MANSION
on December 5 at 7 PM - Holiday celebration hosted by Governor John Bel and First Lady Donna Edwards featuring the artistry of Zachary Richard, who performs with the Myrtle Place French Immersion Children’s Choir, with accompaniment on piano and accordion by David Torkanowsky. Following will be , a show that chronicles the epic journey of the Acadian people from Nova Scotia to Louisiana and that will be seen on PBS across the country in 2018.
NOVA: Bird Brain on Wednesday, December 20 at 8PM - Witness the brainpower of birds. Long mocked as empty-headed, our feathered friends hide surprisingly acute intelligence. But how smart are they? Watch as scientists test avian aptitude and challenge our basic notions of intelligence.
MAKING A NEW AMERICAN NUTCRACKER on Sunday, December 24 at 6PM - Join narrator Neve Campbell and the creative team behind The Joffrey Ballet’s new production of Chirstopher Wheeldon’s The Nutcracker, a bold re-imagining of the Christmas classic that places Marie in the humble home of a 19th Century immigrant family where she falls asleep and dreams of a journey through the Chicago World’s Fair.
CHRISTMAS AT BELMONT on Monday, December 25 at 9:30PM - Join Grammy-winning host Sheryl Crow and nearly 700 student musicians, Belmont School of Music faculty and Nashville Children’s Choir for a production of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites.
NOVA: Day the Dinosaurs Died on Wednesday, December 27 at 9PM - Investigate how an asteroid vanquished the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. Join scientists as they drill into the impact crater and, for the first time, reconstruct the hell on earth that unfolded in the minutes, hours and months after the impact.
I hope you all enjoy your Christmas holiday! I know it's a great time off for teachers and students. I hope you're able to enjoy some of these exciting resources before you leave for the holidays. Don't forget to follow LPB's LearningMedia Facebook page for more up-to-date information, timely resources, news, contests, etc.
Take care, Nancy Tooraen
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