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March 2018 »

March Madness is here and I'm not referring to basketball either! It's a tough time to teach. There are only a few more months left of school before summer vacation is upon us! I hope you're able to find some resources this month that will continue to engage your students in learning during this home stretch. Don't forget to follow our LPB LearningMedia Facebook page! This way you won't miss any opportunities that might pop up that weren't in the newsletter.

1. Did you know? PBS TeacherLine offers professional development courses specially designed for early elementary teachers! Our expert facilitators will help you tackle familiar teaching challenges with new ideas and proven methods. Use code "LEARNWITHPBS" to save 20% on any full-priced, facilitated TeacherLine course in March & April. Click here for more information.

2. PBS is celebrating Fred Rogers' 90th birthday this month!! On March 20, 1928, Fred Rogers was born! Celebrate his birthday and introduce a new generation to Mister Rogers with this collection of classic full episodes, along with some of our favorite videos from Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood! (Grades: PreK-2)

3. March 14th is Pi Day! Check out these PBS LearningMedia resources. 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!"
Pi Day, Grades K-4: Take students inside the world of π with "All About the Holidays'" overview of this amazing ratio!
Pizza Pi: Circumference and Area of a Circle, Grades 6-8: Teach students how to use the formulas for area and circumference of a circle to solve numerical and real-world problems in this Pi Day-themed interactive!
Pi, Circumference, and Radius, Grades 9-13+: Introduce students to two basic circle formulas and the definition of pi with this lesson from Kentucky Public Television!

4. Check out these PBS LearningMedia resources for Women's History Month. 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!"
Upstate, Downstate:The Women's Movement, Grades Grades 3-5: What rights do women in the United States have today that they did not have in the 1800s? Offer students a lesson in women's history in this video lesson covering the right to vote, reform movements, and the Seneca Falls Convention!
Fierce Women of Art, Grades 6-12: Highlight some fierce women of art, like Artemisia Gentileschi, Mona Hatoum, and Frida Kahlo, with this featurette from PBS Digital Studios' "The Art Assignment"! #WomensHistoryMonth
The Civil War and Women's Role in Society, Grades 7-12: How did the Civil War impact women’s roles in society? This video collection and activity helps students learn about the struggle for women’s equality in the years leading up to the Civil War, during the war, and in its aftermath.
Women's History Month, Grades 9-12: Invite students to explore key issues that women and girls around the world face with this wide-ranging collection, which includes lessons on important leaders in women's history, like civil rights activist Daisy Bates and Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto.

5. The Louisiana Digital Media Archives (LDMA) is also highlighting Women's History Month! Check out some fabulous women of Louisiana that were Louisiana legends, World War II heroes, and strong political figures.

6. The Band is Back with NEW resources to create money, smart kids! From Discovery Education, the Cha-Ching suite of resources pairs rockin' music videos with classroom and family activities, plus educator guides, to give you all the resources you need to teach kids how to earn, save, spend and donate! Geared towards elementary students. Get started now!

7. Come Aboard the USS Nimitz to See Navy STEM in Action--Brought to you by Discovery Education in partnership with America's Navy, this exclusive virtual field trip provides your students with personal career stories from some of Navy's elite Sailors. Board one of the greatest aircraft carriers ever built - the USS Nimitz - and learn what it takes to serve as an Aircraft Handler, Aviation Mechanic, Oceanographer and an F-18 pilot! Watch on DEMAND now! To help connect learnings from the virtual event to classroom concepts, download the standards-aligned Virtual Field Trip Educator Guide complete with before and after activities.

8. Here are some March programming highlights for your enjoyment:
PROHIBITION: Monday, March 19 – Wednesday, March 21 at 8PM, This 3-part, 5 1/2 hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick tells the story of the rise, rule, and fall of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the era it encompassed. The culmination of nearly a century of activism, Prohibition was intended to protect individuals, families, and society at large from the devastating effects of alcohol abuse. But a faith-driven moral code in the Constitution paradoxically caused millions of Americans to rethink their definition of morality.
GREAT PERFORMANCES: The Hollow Crown, Monday, March 19 – Wednesday, March 21 at 10PM
Henry VI: Part 1 - Monday, March 19 at 10PM, England is in crisis. War rages and divisions within the English court threaten the crown. Young Henry VI causes outrage by marrying Margaret of Anjou; the scene is set for civil war. With Tom Sturridge, Sophie Okonedo and Hugh Bonneville.
Henry VI: Part 2 - Tuesday, March 20 at 10PM, Bitter rivalries erupt. The feeble King Henry is overshadowed by Queen Margaret. Edward IV takes the throne, but youngest brother Richard has his eyes on the crown. With Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Sturridge, Sophie Okonedo and Keeley Hawes.
Richard III - Wednesday, March 21 at 10PM, In his quest for the crown, Richard plans the murder of his brother George. After the death of Edward IV, Richard's path to the throne is clear, except for the princes in the tower. With Benedict Cumberbatch,Judi Dench and Phoebe Fox.
INDEPENDENT LENS: Dolores, Tuesday, March 27 at 8PM, Meet the indomitable Dolores Huerta, who tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Cesar Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant – and unheralded – feminist activists of the 20th century.

I hope your March isn't totally mad and you have some great learning experiences. Don't forget to follow LPB's LearningMedia Facebook page for more up-to-date information, timely resources, news, contests, etc. If you have any questions or feedback, please let me know. I'm always here to help and improve on what we do for you!

Take care, Nancy Tooraen
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