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ELECTION CENTRAL from PBS LearningMedia!

Voting and elections are an essential part of democracy. Keep up with with election news, study the history and process of presidential elections, explore voting rights, and engage in classroom debates with these videos, activities, and lesson plans. Use our interactive Electoral Decoder to explore electoral college results from previous elections, and predict the outcome of the upcoming election. We will continue to add resources to this collection through the 2020 presidential election.

Young voters are turning out in record numbers during early voting. With a week until Election Day, share SRL’s election youth town hall featuring PBS NewsHour’s Amna Nawaz, first-time voters from across the country and teen fact-checkers. 

Individual segments can be found on PBS LearningMedia through a new six-part media literacy resource collection with standards-aligned discussion questions and activities for educators in Grades 6-12.

National Girls Collaborative  Project Free Webinars in November

The NGCP works to strengthen capacity of existing girl-serving STEM projects by sharing exemplary practices, research findings, and program models. One way to achieve this goal is by offering  a series of free webinars in which practitioners and researchers from across the country share effective strategies in STEM. Register here for the first webinar: Exemplary Practices using ‘Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA’ Free Resources 

November 4, 2020, 1:00 pm

This 'Exemplary Practices using ‘Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA’ Free Resources' webinar will explore the free NASA resources, along with accompanying exemplary practices. In addition to the content, there will be time for questions and comments in order for the NASA’s Universe of Learning team to best support your program efforts with the Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA materials.

 Register for the RESCHEDULED -- Louisiana Statewide Virtual Edcamp --  November 14, 2020

You don't want to miss it!  There's still time to register for the  RESCHEDULED  Louisiana Statewide Virtual Edcamp (LSVE) on November 14, 2020 from 9AM - 12PM.  Register HERE

All participants will have a chance at one of six $100 Amazon Gift Cards!

Connect with your peers and talk about the things that matter most to them: their interests, passions and questions. Teachers who attend a virtual EdCamp can choose to lead sessions on those things that matter, with an expectation that the people in the room will work together to build understanding by sharing their own knowledge and questions. This is the (LSVE) originally scheduled for October 10th.

PreK-12 Resources for New School Routines-Teacher Planning Kits from PBS

Watch, teach, explore!

NEW -- Teacher Planning Kits 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.

Make sure you read the Teacher Planning Kits for New School Routines document, for all the details, especially the webinars where peers from around the country will share how they're using the latest kit to plan instruction.  The next webinar will be held at 6 PM CT on November 12th!

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  Computational Thinking Modules

In CYBER.ORG’s Computational Thinking modules, students learn computational thinking skills and processes to solve problems in ELA, Science, and Math which are great for teaching virtually. These modules are available for free to K-12 educators in the US – request access today!

·        Aesop’s Fables (ELA 3rd Grade) 

·        Virus Squad – Coordinate Planes (Math 5th Grade) 

·        Plant and Animal Life Cycles (Science 3rd Grade) 

·        A Fairytale Ending: Creative Writing (ELA 8th Grade) 

·        The Typical Shoe – Data Collection (Math 6th Grade) 

·        Paper Airplane Challenge (Science and Engineering 7th Grade) 

·        Historical Memes (High School Humanities) 

·        Examining Fingerprints (High School Science and Engineering) 

·        App Development – Even or Odd (High School Math and Software Design)

PBS LearningMedia Content Highlights

If you do not have a PBS LearningMedia account, sign up now! 

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.

Finding Ways to Reflect and Recharge During Difficult Times- Anytime we experience change, it disrupts our worlds.  COVID-19 has forced change upon everyone, and the hardest part is that no one chose it and there is no foreseeable end date. This leaves us all with a few choices. How do I choose to respond to the things that I can’t control? How do I choose to show up for others? How do I ground myself in the present moment so I can be present for others? (Teachers)

Apple Picking - Curious George | PBS KIDS Lab - Interactive- Apple Picking. This game from Curious George reinforces, reading, writing, and representing numbers. Numbered apples are floating in the water on their way to the cider press. Help Curious George and Jumpy grab the right ones to fill the gaps in the apple number line.

Claymation | Digital Storytelling -- Learn principles of Claymation storytelling through this digital lesson! Create a clay character, tell a great story, throw in a few animation principles, and your students will be a Claymation pro in no time! (Grades: 4-8)

History of U.S. Voting Rights | Things Explained -- Who can vote today looked a lot different from those who could vote when the United States was first founded. This video covers the history of voting rights, including women's suffrage, Black disenfranchisement, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the various methods American voters can cast their ballots today.

StoryCorps' Great Thanksgiving Listen

Take a tour of teaching with StoryCorps' Great Thanksgiving Listen, the premier fall classroom assignment -- one particularly suited for a virtual or hybrid learning environment. the Great Thanksgiving Listen (TGTL) is an annual conversation collection project perfect for grades 8-12; and this year's assignment can be completed while socially-distanced, over video-chat technology. The collection includes a lesson plan, tips from the field, videos & other teaching resources.

LDMA: Louisiana's Native American Heritage

During November, the LDMA is celebrating National Native American Heritage Month. Louisiana is home to four federally recognized tribes, the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana, the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians, and the Tunica-Biloxi Indian Tribe of Louisiana, as well as the United Houma Nation.  You can explore stories that highlight the unique history and culture of Louisiana’s native peoples.

Discovery Education: Keeping you Connected to Curiosity.

Curiosity. An instinct to explore and make sense of the world around us. A drive from within to investigate wonders, unlock mysteries and reimagine the future. EXPLORE the range of resources and experiences that provide endless opportunities to investigate real-world problems, uncover understanding, inspire innovation and pursue unlimited possibilities keeping you connected to curiosity.

  • Meeting Your Teaching and Learning Needs with Discovery Education Experience
    Tuesdays & Thursdays from October 20-December 17 Join us for a 30-minute live webinar to explore how Discovery Education Experience can meet your teaching and learning needs in remote, hybrid, and in-class learning environments. Learn how to search and integrate digital content to differentiate instruction, streamline planning time with grab-and-go resources, curate content and use instructional strategies to personalize learning experiences, and identify resources that will help you grow as an educator. Learn More here.
  • Download incredible images from the Curiosity Virtual Background Collection with a simple click!

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

Redirecting Grief to Growth | A Trusted Space

As the nation navigates an unprecedented school year, this film and curriculum offers tools to mitigate the effects of grief, trauma, anxiety, and other emotional stressors affecting both students and teachers.

The 43-minute film features teachers, parents, students, and renowned experts including Linda Darling-Hammond and Pedro Noguera, among others. The accompanying research-based SEL curriculum provides a practical, empathetic, and scientific understanding of how trauma impacts behavior and learning, and how to manage it within any classroom setting. Watch this moving film: Redirecting Grief to Growth | A Trusted Space

For more information, please visit A Trusted Space.

LPB's Weekly Top 5 Picks in The Advocate

LPB's Weekly Top 5 Picks -- Each week, The Advocates' websites and social media channels will feature a top five list of resources for students in all grade levels, plus tips for parents and educators. Just click on the grade level and program name to go directly to that resource.

November Programming Highlights

PBS NewsHour Election Night Coverage Tuesday, November 3 at 7PM -- Join the PBS NewsHour team for special coverage of the 2020 Presidential Election.

Nature: Primates: Secrets of Survival NEW MINISERIES – PART 1 Wednesday, November 4 at 7PM -- Advances in technology allowed Nature to film several extremely rare or never-before-seen moments culminating in this compelling 3-part Nature miniseries. Part one is all about survival! From baboons facing down leopards, to lemurs exploiting a jungle pharmacy or rhesus macaques charming their way to an easy life, discover the survival strategies used by primates, often in the most unexpected places.

The Pilgrims: American Experience-Thursday, November 19 at  10PM -- Discover the harrowing and brutal truths behind the Pilgrims’ arrival in the New World and the myths of Thanksgiving. Director Ric Burns explores the history of our nation’s beginnings in this epic tale of converging forces

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise - American Masters Monday, November 23 at 9PM -- Dr. Maya Angelou led a prolific life. As a singer, dancer, activist, poet, and writer, she inspired generations with lyrical modern Africa-American thought that pushed boundaries. This documentary traces her incredible journey, shedding light on many aspects of her life through rare archival photographs and videos…and her own words. 

Nature: Santa’s Wild Home - Wednesday, November 25 at 8pm -- Get an intimate look into life in Lapland, Finland, fabled land of Santa Claus and actual home of tenacious wildlife such as reindeer, wolverines, Brown bears and more.