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Don’t Look!  It’s a Solar Eclipse!
The 2017 Solar Eclipse will be here August 21st!

This will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States in 38 years. The last total solar eclipse visible to the US was in 1979. The last time a solar eclipse went all the way across the continental US was 1918! WGBH has developed a variety of resources as part of a NASA-funded project Bringing the Universe to America's Classrooms to explore and have fun with the eclipse.

States in the Path of Totality are: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina. Even though Louisiana is not in the path of totality, WGBH has provided tips, activities and resources to make the eclipse a meaningful learning experience. A comprehensive eclipse toolkit is available full of resource links, teaching tips, ideas and input from educators. A folder is available of all the PBS LearningMedia resources. Information flyers for both teachers and families are available for the events.

What happens when the Sun, Moon, and Earth all align? A solar eclipse! Solar eclipses are not uncommon, but it is rare to experience a total solar eclipse. Learn more about solar eclipses and what it takes for them to occur. Watch an Eclipse Animation.

Learn more about outer space and the world around you with this collection from NASA. Discover the depths of space with a telescope, go on a ride though space with a satellite, or look up and see a shooting star. Discover More!

What's the difference between a solar and lunar eclipse? Could you tell them apart? Watch this episode of Physics Girl to test your eclipse knowledge! Discover More!

What kind of equipment do you need to watch a solar eclipse and do you also need it for a lunar eclipse? Learn the difference and explore tips on the tools you'll need to view the solar eclipse. Discover More!

Read the PBS Teacher's Blog, A Celestial Experience that Eclipses the Classroom.

Plum Landing
NGCP Webinar PLUM LANDING: Digital Support For Exploring Your Local Environment
August 22, 2017 at 1 PM CT

Resources include Next Generation Science Standards-based outdoor, hands-on STEM learning activities, cutting-edge apps, games, webisodes, and online drawing tools, all centered around a loveable alien named Plum who sends kids on missions to explore and report on their outdoor observations. Register HERE!

To check out Plum Landing's Educator resources, click here.

Hometown Heroes Service Learning Project
Hometown Heroes Service Learning Project

Students will have an opportunity to learn about local veterans who served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War. They will hear and record personal stories from veterans and their loved ones; and they will have an opportunity to plan a commemoration to honor their Hometown Heroes. Through this project, history will be given a human face.

This initiative is part of the national Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund's Hometown Heroes Project, called "Preserving Veterans’ Personal Stories." This activity encourages students to preserve the oral histories of local veterans who served in Vietnam through research and personal interviews. You can find a downloadable teachers guide at: http://www.vvmf.org/hometown-heroes.

Tips and instructions for recording oral histories for everyone can be found at LPB's The Vietnam War: Louisiana Remembers Site. Students who record, document, and submit oral histories will receive a special certificate and recognition from LPB for participating. Upload your stories here: http://www.lpb.org/vietnam.

Splash & Bubbles

    Developed with an advisory panel of top marine biologists, digital innovators and educators, SPLASH AND BUBBLES:

  • Encourages kids ages 4 to 7 to explore the natural undersea world.

  • Focuses on themes of diversity, individuality, interconnectedness and the celebration of learning and discovery.

  • Shows the importance of taking care of the ocean.

  • Printable Activity Sheets:
    Catch a Current!
    Draw a Deep Sea Fish
    Explore the Deep
    Ocean Friends Forever
    Meet Tidy

    PBS Kids
    PBS Kids is your access point to videos and online resources designed to teach children essential content, skills, and behaviors for school and life success. PBS Kids offers extensive resources related to the beloved children’s programs like Clifford, Curious George, SuperWhy!, Peg + Cat, Cat in the Hat, Sid the Science Kid, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and more.

    PEEP and the Big Wide World
    What can a flock of birds teach children about the world? Lots if it is PEEP and the Big Wide World. Through the PEEP science videos and resources, preschoolers actively investigate their world by exploring water, sound, plants, color, shadows, and movement.

    Plum Landing
    How can children learn to be thoughtful caretakers of the earth? Leave it to an alien to help children six to nine and their families see the earth in a whole new way on the Plum Landing webisodes. Games, printable activity sheets, free apps and more.

    Printable Activity Sheets:
    Biodiversity Bingo Cards!
    Biodiversity Bingo Hands-On Activity Sheet
    Sound Safari Hands-On Activity Sheet
    Sound Safari Chart
    Roots and Shoots Hands-on Activity Sheet
    Pin the Moose on the Mountain Hands-on Activity Sheet
    Pin the Moose on the Mountain Cards
    Habitat Sweet Habitat Hands-On Activity Sheet
    Habitat Sweet Habitat Creature Cards
    Evaporation Station Hands-On Activity Sheet
    Catch Me If You Can Hands-On Activity Sheet
    Build a Watershed Hands-On Activity Sheet

    Space Racers!
    Preschoolers blast off with the Space Racers, young spaceship cadets at the Stardust Bay Space Academy, to explore the Solar System. Children learn about the power of scientific investigation and observation, the wonders of space exploration, and the importance of working together as a team. Videos, free apps, parent/teacher resources are available online.

    Peg + Cat Resources
    Things count and add up in the world of Peg + Cat where math rules the day. Children 3-5 years of age learn pre-math skills like measurements, shapes, and patterns through the adventures and games of the charming duo.

    PBS Kids Lab
    Whether it's new apps focusing on math or an augmented reality game using camera phones, you'll be able to find the latest and greatest at PBS KIDS Lab!

    LPB Raising Readers
    LPB Raising Readers resources help build reading skills at home, at school, in child care, and in the community.

    LPB Kids
    LPB Kids Club provides members birthday announcements, games, activities, coloring sheets and more.

    LEAP 21: Making the Grade
    LEAP 21 - Making the Grade
    Video help with the LEAP test.

    Mission US
    Middle and high school students step into U.S. history through the four Mission US interactive games. What better way to learn history than to be there! Teacher guides included.

    PBS Math Club
    Does math homework make you laugh? It will if you are part of the PBS Math Club. A collection of fun webisodes and instacram clips aligned to 6th- 9th grade Common Core Standards illuminate topics such as adding and subtracting integers, equations, ratios and proportions, and statistics.

    Biz Kid$
    The public TV series where kids teach kids about money and business.

    PBS NewsHour Extra provides educational resources related to current issues and events to help high school students answer the question “Why should I care?” about the news.

    Webinar: How We Can Protect the Air We Breathe
    In this lesson students learn about pollutants, mitigation and how to monitor air quality. In the first activity students apply what they have learned to identify sources of pollution in their neighborhood, city or state. Students strategize how to reduce pollutants and protect air quality. The final product is a written plan or a creative work such as a flyer, commercial, multimedia presentation, or illustrated journal. In the second activity students learn how to read and interpret air quality data. In the third activity students identify how they or their school may be contributing to air pollution through their own activities and suggest ways to mitigate their pollution. In the fourth activity students research occupations in which they are interested and identify how they contribute to pollution, cope with the effects of pollution, or work to reduce pollution.

    Louisiana Bicentennial Information
    Louisiana: 200 Years of Statehood is a one-hour documentary that looks back at the first 200 years of Louisiana’s history produced in partnership with the Louisiana State Bicentennial Commission. Download the Teacher Desk Reference.

    PBS Parents
    PBS Parents is a trusted resource that’s filled with information on child development and early learning. It also serves as a parent's window to the world of PBS KIDS, offering access to educational games and activities inspired by PBS KIDS programs.

    If you want to strengthen your life skills like reading, writing, vocabulary, math, science, and finance then check the TV 411 videos, web lessons, and activities.

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