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More Back to School with PBS LearningMedia!

Check out more back to school resources on PBS LearningMedia for PreK-2, Middle and High School students!

Back to School Bingo: (Grades 1-2) "Can you find a classmate who can... tweet like a bird? Roar like a dinosaur?" This @PBSTeachers back-to-school BINGO is the perfect "get to know you" activity for your students!

Random Coin Toss: (Grades 4-7) Flip a virtual coin to introduce or explore the concept of probability. This interactive exercise focuses on determining probabilities associated with repeated coin tosses and building tree diagrams to take math out of the classroom and into the real world. 

Exploring the Drive to Create in Frankenstein: (Grades 10-12) This interactive lesson allows students to work on activities addressing the first three chapters of the novel. Students will close-read sections of the novel and make a critical analysis of the text, summarize and make predictions, compare similarities and themes between the work and Percy Shelley's "Ozymandias," and complete a vocabulary building exercise.  

PBS TeacherLine Fall PD Courses Start September 18

Explore PBS TeacherLine's fall courses that can inspire your teaching strategies for the new year. These courses are in an online, flexible, and collaborative format to make it easy for you to do when you have time. We know that the year can get busy and want to offer a way for you to stay on top of your professional development needs.

Try a free, three hour course!  Thinking and Making Media with a PreK-2 Classroom -- enroll now!

Enter Now into Knock Knock's 3rd Annual Cardboard Challenge Arcade

Knock Knock Children’s Museum is organizing its 3rd annual Knock Knock Cardboard Challenge Arcade. The event will take place at Knock Knock Children’s Museum on October 26, 2019. Knock Knock is located at 1900 Dalrymple Drive in Baton Rouge. The cardboard arcade will include approximately 15 games created by children. Space is limited, so cardboard games will be submitted by the school or group and selected by Knock Knock staff. The public will be invited to visit Knock Knock Children’s Museum on October 26 to play the games showcased in the arcade.  Intent to Particpate is due by September 27th!  If your school/class is interested click HERE!

Instruction Manual for Parenting

Finally!  Children DO come with instruction manuals.  Let your parents know about Bright by Text.

Year of Governors on the LDMA - Bobby Jindal

This month, we’re concluding our series with Governor Bobby Jindal (b. 1971).  Jindal, a native of Baton Rouge, represented Louisiana’s 1st Congressional District from 2005-2008.  He served as Louisiana’s 55th Governor from 2008-2016.  Jindal holds the distinction as the first Indian American governor in the United States.

Country Music in Louisiana on the LDMA

The LDMA is highlighting country music in Louisiana during September in honor of the premiere of Ken Burns’ Country Music on September 15th on LPB.  In a state rich with diverse musical talent, it is no surprise that Louisiana has produced a number of legendary country music performers.  Louisiana is also the home of the famous Louisiana Hayride show at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium and several other well-known country music venues around the state.

Register now for LSU's Early Childhood Edcamp

Register now for the 2nd LSU Early Childhood Edcamp on September 21st from 9 AM-12PM at the LSU Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool on 4001 Gourrier Lane in Baton Rouge!  Network with your peers, share your expertise and learn from others.  If you haven't expereienced an Edcamp, try it!  You'll love it!  Regiser HERE.  For more information about statewide Edcamps, visit

Online PD for Early Educators

September 24 @ 4:30 PM

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn ways to enhance your classroom learning center and offer kids multiple learning pathways—e.g., hands-on investigations, digital experiences, art, drama, books, etc. This edWebinar will be of particular benefit to preK-2 teachers, school leaders, guidance counselors, and school psychologists.  Register NOW!

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!

September Programming Highlights

9/8 at 7 PM, Country Music Live at the Ryman: A Concert Celebrating the Film By Ken Burns: Join celebrated musicians for a concert celebrating the film by Ken Burns. Hosted by Burns and featuring performances and appearances by Dierks Bentley, Rosanne Cash, Rhiannon Giddens, Vince Gill, Kathy Mattea, Marty Stuart, Dwight Yoakam and more.

9/13 at 8 PM, Cradle of the Stars: The Story of the Louisiana Hayride:  This documentary explores the musical roots of Shreveport, Louisiana, where some of country music's most venerable stars, including Hank Williams Sr, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Kitty Wells, George Jones and others performed at the Louisiana Hayride. The special features old photographs, film clips and radio show recordings from the period. Hank Williams Jr. narrates.

9/15 at 7 PM, Country Music (9/15-18 & 9/22-25): Explore the history of a uniquely American art form: country music. From its deep and tangled roots in ballads, blues and hymns performed in small settings, to its worldwide popularity, learn how country music evolved over the course of the 20th century. The series, directed by Ken Burns, features never-before-seen footage and photographs plus interviews with more than 80 country music artists.

Here's to a great new school year!  We hope these resources will inspire you and your students.  

Take care, Nancy Tooraen,