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Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum Premiers November 11th on LPB

On Monday, Nov. 11 at 8 AM on LPB or 1 PM on LPBKIDS, meet @XavierRiddleHQ, a new @pbskids show based on the children’s book series “Ordinary People Change the World” by @bradmeltzer and @chriseliopoulous. XAVIER RIDDLE AND THE SECRET MUSEUM follows the adventures of the intrepid Xavier Riddle, his indomitable little sister Yadina and their reluctant, yet determined, friend Brad along with their robot buddy, Berby. In each episode, the trio faces a problem and must turn to the Secret Museum to travel back in time to meet real-life historical figures when they were kids to help them solve it.

PBS LearningMedia -- Gratitude and Courage!

Check out these resources on PBS LearningMedia for PreK-2, Middle and High School students!

Printable Thankful Time Notes from Sesame Street -- (PreK-1) Help your students show appreciation for the special people in their lives with printable notes from @SesameStreet on PBS LearningMedia.

Walter Bresette: Treaty Rights and Sovereignty | Wisconsin Biographies -- (Grades 3-8) Meet Walter Bresette, a Native American who worked passionately to educate others on tribal sovereignty, American Indian treaty rights, and environmentalism. Learn about his work and his impact in these PBS LearningMedia resources from @WisconsinPublicTelevision.

Young Peace Leaders: Cultivating Gratitude -- (Grades 9-12) Teachers, how do you teach gratitude to students? This instructional video from @TheCenterAtMIT shows how one school explores gratitude through the creation of art.

NASA Virtual Career Fair on November 6th

You are invited to attend the NASA Virtual Career Fair on Wednesday, Nov.6 from 2:00 –3:00 p.m., CST. 

PLUM LANDING Resources for the Classroom

Hurricanes on the rise. Melting glaciers. Animals in danger of extinction. As younger students hear upsetting news stories like these about human impact on nature, how do we help them take positive action right in their own back yards?

One source of educational resources comes from the PBS KIDS' multimedia initiative, PLUM LANDING. PLUM's website offers free educational media, games, and hands-on outdoor science activities to get kids ages 6 to 9 feeling more connected to plants and animals and understanding the need to care for the planet. The curriculum is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and designed to offer an understanding of healthy ecosystems and sustainability.

Get ready for your Thanksgiving feast with the LDMA!

As we eagerly anticipate our Thanksgiving feast on November 28th, the LDMA is highlighting our videos related to food during the month of November.  If you want to add a new dish to your traditional Thanksgiving dinner, find a new recipe on one of LPB’s cooking series.  You can also check out LPB’s interviews with famous Louisiana chefs who have helped shape our cuisine.

Cyberchase Text-to-Teacher Program (Grades 1-4)

Looking for free, STEM resources to use with students in grades 1-4? Sign up for the popular Cyberchase Text-to Teacher program from the award-winning PBS KIDS math series. Teachers receive text messages once a week throughout the school year with links to FREE, quality, STEM classroom resources from Cyberchase. Text LPB to 30644 today to receive messages throughout the school year. Message and data rates may apply.

LFEA High School Film Competition

Have any future filmmakers in your class?  Encourage them to create a film that will inspire audiences.  Click HERE for more details.

ARTHUR Civics Resources for Early Learners

Explore and foster civic engagement with this collection of new resources from the PBS KIDS series ARTHUR. Use these specially curated resources to help your students connect with the community, learn respectful dialogue, encourage teamwork, and appreciate diversity with Arthur and his friends.

November Programming Highlights

9PM Friday 11/8, Great Performances: Roger & Hammerstein’s The King & I -- Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe star in a Tony Award-winning revival of the beloved musical about a British schoolteacher instructing the royal children of the King of Siam, featuring classic songs including "Hello, Young Lovers" and "Shall We Dance."

8PM Monday 11/11, The Warrior Tradition -- Learn the heartbreaking, inspiring and largely untold story of Native Americans in the United States military. This film relates the stories of Native American warriors from their own points of view -- stories of service, pain, courage and fear.

9PM Monday 11/11, Seize & Secure: The Battle for La Fière -- Produced by LPB in collaboration with the National World War II Museum to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, this film sheds light on a relatively unexplored, but pivotal battle to secure a critical route inland for allied forces invading Normandy, France on June 6, 1944. The fight for the La Fière causeway and bridge is regarded as one of the bloodiest small arms battles in U.S. military history, fought largely by members of the 82nd Airborne Division.

6PM Sunday 11/17, Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration -- Sesame Street is all ready for its 50th anniversary celebration with host Joseph Gordon Levitt and featuring classic Sesame Street songs sung by some of today's most beloved celebrities. All the muppets and cast members celebrate 50 years of the street where everyone is welcome.

7PM Sunday 11/24, Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors -- Host Lucy Worsley (Queen Elizabeth I's Battle for Church Music) traces novelist Jane Austen's life and career as she explores the homes and holiday apartments Austen lived and stayed. The "Pride and Prejudice" author used houses and property as central themes in her work, and was very much influenced by where she lived.

9PM Wednesday 11/27, The Plastics Problem: A PBS Newshour Special -- With 40 percent of all plastic products used only once, plastic pollution is considered one of the largest environmental threats facing humans and animals globally. This program explores what's being done about our extensive appetite for damaging single-use plastic. Traveling from Boston to Seattle -- and reporting from the Pacific shores of Costa Rica to the rocky beaches of Easter Island -- PBS NewsHour's reporting team uncovered not only the extensive environmental damage plastic has already caused, but also innovations and solutions in plastic management.

7PM Thursday 11/28, Little Women on Masterpiece -- With their father away at war, sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March come to terms with their new life, alongside their mother, Marmee. The girls make friends with Laurie, the new boy next door.

Have a wonderful, peaceful Thanksgiving, but most especially, enjoy your holiday with family and friends!

Take care, Nancy Tooraen,