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PreK-12 Resources for New School Routines-Teacher Planning Kits November- January

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NEW -- Teacher Planning Kits for New School Routines | November - January available for PreK-12! Like you, we are figuring out the “new normal” in real time. The kits are intended to help you plan for up to eight weeks ahead of time, based on themes and content relevant to what you're teaching in the classroom.

Our second planning kit is filled with relevant resources to inform your lesson planning, and aligned to the theme of Inigenous People, Experiences, and History. Find free professional learning opportunities and support for your students’ families. And follow along as we review the materials in an accompanying one-hour webinar.

As a PBS LearningMedia registered user, you will receive an email with the latest planning kit approximately every eight weeks. To make sure you’re registered, sign up here. (Scroll to the very bottom)


CYBER.ORG’s- Cyber Fundamentals introduces students to the foundational concepts of security, coding, and robotics through project-driven, hands-on modules. By integrating the micro:bit and the cyber:bot, students learn the basics of block-based and text-based programming and how they interact with sensors and robots. Cyber Fundamentals also explores the idea of a cyber society through liberal arts and technology crossovers.

What you will teach:

  • Grades: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6-Students will use the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 robotics platform to simulate a fact-finding mission on a newly discovered planet. View Unit Overview
  • Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10-Students will learn drag and drop block-based Microsoft MakeCode programming language for the micro: bit. View Unit Overview
  • Grades: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12-Students utilize Python programming language for the micro:bit. View Unit Overview

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PBS LearningMedia Content Highlights

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It's not too late to sign up for a PBS LearningMedia Informational Webinar! Webinar dates/times are always posted at the top of the LPB Learning@Home website.  Sign up today and learn how easy it is to search for quality lessons and fun activities that your students will enjoy! You can also watch an archived webinar HERE.

Celebrating Winter Turn your classroom into a winter wonderland with these festive activities, videos, and interactive games for grades PreK-12. Explore different winter holidays, investigate snowflakes using math and science, create winter-themed crafts, and boost your students’ energy levels during the colder months!(Teachers)

Missing Reindeer | The Odd Squad -Learn about plotting coordinates with the Odd Squad. Two of Santa's reindeer are loose and flying all over the world! By graphing coordinates on a map, Olive and Otto try to locate them. (Grades K-3)

Oh Christmas Tree- Students learn how scientists are studying what effect a warming climate will have on North Carolina's Christmas tree industry. NC ranks 2nd in the country in Christmas tree sales. There are 1600 growers producing 50 million Fraser fir Christmas trees.  It's a $75M industry. (Grades: 4-8)

NOVA Polar Lab The interactive NOVA Polar Lab uses 360° videos, interviews with scientists, and mini-games to send students on an immersive quest to understand how the poles are key to understanding Earth’s climate—past, present, and future. (Grades 6-12)

LDMA: Holiday Cooking in Louisiana

Holiday Cooking in Louisiana

Get ideas for your holiday feast from Chef John Folse and Ms. Lucy!  Throughout the month of December, the LDMA is highlighting Holiday Cooking in Louisiana.  See Chef John Folse’s five Christmas specials and start planning your own holiday feast.  You can also travel around Louisiana with MISS LUCY'S CLASSIC CAJUN CHRISTMAS .

To see more videos about Christmas celebrations from around the state, you can view the entire Christmas in Louisiana topic.

And to see more recipes, check out A TASTE OF LOUISIANA WITH CHEF JOHN FOLSE & COMPANY and Ms. Lucy’s Classic Cajun Culture and Cooking.

Discovery Education:  Discovery Educator Network and Virtual Fieldtrips

* Discovery Education understands the role vibrant professional learning communities play in supporting educators. To help facilitate learning events that work with your schedule, we host in-person, virtual, and blended events, all offered at no-cost for community members at all levels. Check out the Upcoming Events- from the Discovery Education Community.

Virtual FieldtripsNo permission slips required. These virtual events let educators take students to amazing places and give them remarkable experiences, without ever leaving the classroom. Join us live for our new Virtual Field Trips or watch them on demand later. Each no-cost Virtual Field Trip comes with a companion guide packed with standards-aligned, hands-on learning activities!

Your school/district must have a subscription for the current school year to access these resources.  For more information, contact Nancy Tooraen at LPB,  

KQED Youth Media Challenges

Empower students through media making and authentic audience.  Join a Youth Media Challenge to engage student voice and choice and foster civic engagement. Ideal for distance or in-person learning. Challenges are open to middle and high school students across the U.S.Challenge your students to get more civically engaged and media literate this year. These standards-aligned projects, for multiple content areas, come with ready-to-use curricular supports for self-directed learning. All student media submissions will be published on the online nationwide showcase. Select challenge submissions will be aired on KQED broadcasts and shared with partner PBS and NPR stations. Read: How to participate in a challenge

December Programming Highlights

Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 - Thursday, December 3 at 7:00PM .  Celebrate the legendary musical with a stellar cast including Alfie Boe, Nick Jonas, Lea Salonga, Colm Wilkinson, Norm Lewis and Ramin Karimloo. Staged by producer Cameron Mackintosh, the concert was filmed at London's O2 Arena.

Art Rocks! The Series: Holiday Special - Friday, December 4 at 8:00PM.  On Art Rocks! The Series: Holiday Special, the spotlight is on Louisiana artists! Explore the legacy of prolific sculptor, Frank Hayden; meet Madeline and Dawson Ellis, a couple who have created the flourishing jewelry line, Mimosa Handcrafted, known for its Louisiana-inspired designs; visit with Mia Kaplan, painter and sculptor from St. Tammany Parish, whose work is driven by her interest in the transformational qualities found in nature; and get creative with face masks adorned with the original art of Baton Rouge Gallery’s 65 artist members, and more!

Stevie Nicks: 24 Karat Gold Tour Saturday, December 5 at 8:30PM.  Grab a front-row seat for the Grammy Award-winning artist’s epic concert, captured at two sold-out arenas. Featuring smash hits from her Fleetwood Mac and solo careers, with introspective stories about her personal and professional lives. 

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir Featuring Kelli O’Hara and Richard Thomas  - Monday, December 14 at  8:00PM .This special was filmed during The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square’s Christmas concerts in 2019 and features Tony Award-winning star Kelli O’Hara and renowned actor Richard Thomas. 

Louisiana Public Square: Children’s Health Matters - Wednesday, December 23 at 7:00PM  According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2020 Kids Count report, Louisiana ranks 43rd for the health of its children. Contributing to the low ranking are the percentages of low birth-weight babies, accidental deaths and obese children, which exceed the national average. Louisiana also has among the highest death rate for pregnant women in the U.S.  So, how is the state addressing these issues among one of its more vulnerable populations? And how is the state handling the mental health challenges of children and families dealing with poverty, natural disasters and the pandemic? Louisiana Public Square brings together members of the medical community to answer these questions and more. The broadcast will feature a dynamic interactive viewer survey.