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Don't miss the SugarFest on October 6th!

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PBS TeacherLine Fall PD Courses Start October 9th

Flexible PD Courses Start October 9Explore PBS TeacherLine's fall courses that can inspire your teaching strategies and possibly earn you graduate credit. PBS TeacherLine courses are online, flexible, and collaborative, making it easy for you to learn around your busy schedule. We know that you need PD credits to stay certified, but we also want to offer a way for you to stay on top of your teaching career. 

Try a free, three hour course!  K-2 Science Tips: Animal Adaptations -- enroll now!

PBS LearningMedia Tricks and Treats!

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

Kindness, Empathy, and Resilience Collection: (All Grade Levels) Teachers, during National Bullying Prevention Month help students forge new friendships and become supportive community members with this PBS LearningMedia collection of resources from @PBSTeachers.

Sharing Halloween Candy: (Grades 3-6) How can three people share 18 pieces of candy evenly? @Cyberchase shows students how to divide things equally in this clip on @PBSTeachers PBS LearningMedia. (Grades 3-6)

PBS NewsHour Presents: The Zombie Autopsies: (Grades 8-12) Use the undead to teach about the living brain with lessons inspired by Steven C. Scholzman, M.D.'s book, "The Zombie Autopsies" on @PBSTeachers' PBS LearningMedia. (Grades 8-12)

Is Poisoned Halloween Candy a Myth?: (Grades 9-12) We've all heard that we need to check our Halloween candy, but is this trick-or-treat dilemma a necessity or just a clever way for parents to steal their kids' candy? @OriginOfEverythingPBS explains.

Helping Children Reach New Heights

Provide learning opportunities to help your child reach new heights! Bright by Text...text LPB to 274448

Take a look back at 40 years of LPB debates on the LDMA!

With Louisianans heading to the polls on October 12thfor the 2019 statewide elections, the LDMA is looking back at LPB’s past gubernatorial debates.  LPB has a 40-year tradition of hosting political debates in order to inform voters before they cast their ballots about the candidates and their views on the major issues.  See how the political candidates of the past approached issues that are still being debated in Louisiana today.

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.

Discovery Education's Back to School Webinars

Does your district or school subscribe to Discovery Education?  If so, check out these upcoming events to help you make the most of your Discovery experience!

NASA Invites Students to Name Next Mars Rover

Red rover, red rover, send a name for Mars 2020 right over! NASA is recruiting help from students nationwide to find a name for its next Mars rover mission. To enter the contest, students must submit by Nov. 1 their proposed rover name and a short essay, no more than 150 words, explaining why their proposed name should be chosen. The essays will be divided into three groups, by grade level – K-4, 5-8, and 9-12 – and judged on the appropriateness, significance and originality of their proposed name, and the originality and quality of their essay, and/or finalist interview presentation. For complete contest and prize details, visit HERE!

October Programming Highlights

10/2 at 7 PM, Nature: Octopus Making Contact: Follow an Alaskan professor as he raises and studies a pet octopus in his home, making remarkable discoveries about its extraordinary intelligence, personality and skills. Octopuses are able to recognize faces and interact with other individuals.

10/9 at 7 PM, Nature: The Serengeti Rules: Explore some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth with a pioneering group of scientists who make surprising discoveries that transform human understanding of nature and ecology. Based on a book of the same name.

10/16 at 7 PM, Nature: Undercover in the Jungle: Go undercover with a film crew on a perilous journey to the untouched wilderness of biodiversity in the Amazon rainforest. Meet some of the most incredible creatures, from pygmy marmosets to pumas, as the wild secrets of the jungle are revealed.

Have a great October and let's hope the temperatures start to get cooler!  

Take care, Nancy Tooraen, ntooraen@lpb.org