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This is a very different school year than we are all accustomed to and WMHT has resources to help you and your family!

Whether your child has a hybrid, at-home, or in-the-classroom school model for this school year, we have resources, activities, videos, and other learning materials that are free to use for various curriculum topics and grade levels. Watch educational programs on WMHT WORLD and utilize these supplemental materials.

Click here for the Home Classroom Learning Block for December 28-January 1 [PDF]

For younger children in PreK-Grade 3: Click here for a PBS KIDS Calendar of Activities for December [PDF]

Find BINGO activities and more for young learners here.

Have a specific question? Let us know! Email education@wmht.org or contact us here.

Week of Monday, December 28, 2020
(All Times Eastern, Check Local Listings)
Monday, December 28, 2020
12 pm1 pm2 pm3 pm4 pm
Curriculum/Theme:EngineeringScience Science Social StudiesSocial Studies
Grade Band: (Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-8)(Grades 6-8)(Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-12)
Program Title:NOVA: Decoding the Great PyramidNOVA: The Planets: Inner WorldsNOVA: The Planets: MarsCivilizations, Episode 1: The Second Moment of CreationCivilizations, Episode 2: How Do We Look?
Description:Stunning new archaeological evidence provides clues about the Egyptians who built the Great Pyramid of Giza—and how they did it.Explore how the inner rocky planets of the solar system formed and evolved.Once a water world with active volcanoes, Mars is now a frozen desert planet: Could life ever have existed there?Examine the formative role of art and the creative imagination in the forging of humanity.Explore how we look at the human body in art.
Related PBS LearningMedia Resource Link:Building the Pyramids of Ancient EgyptNOVA: Death Dive to Saturn | Saturn's Dynamic RingsLife on Mars?Treasures of the World | BorobudurArt and Social Studies Collection
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
12 pm1 pm2 pm3 pm4 pm
Curriculum/Theme:ScienceScienceScienceSocial StudiesSocial Studies
Grade Band: (Grades 6-8)(Grades 6-8)(Grades 6-8)(Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-12)
Program Title:Nature: Snowbound: Animals of WinterNOVA: Inside Animal Minds: Who's the Smartest?NOVA: The Planets: JupiterCivilizations, Episode 3: God and ArtCivilizations, Episode 4: Encounters
Description:Travel across the snow globe with wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan to meet animal survivors of winter, from the penguins of Antarctica, to the Arctic fox, to the bison of Yellowstone.Could the skills required to keep track of friend and foe make animals smarter? To find out, go inside the social lives of the smartest animals on the planet.Learn about Jupiter's role in the formation and evolution of the solar system.Consider how religion has inspired art and how art has inspired divine representation.See how art became the great interface when distant cultures met for the first time.
Related PBS LearningMedia Resource Link:Adaptations of Arctic AnimalsDolphins Plan AheadMap a Model Solar SystemThe Core Tenets of HinduismAround the Globe: Japan
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Time12 pm1 pm2 pm3 pm4 pm
Theme, if applicable (e.g., Disaster Monday):ScienceScienceScience Social StudiesSocial Studies
Grade Band: (Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-12)
Program Title:A Year in SpaceBeyond a Year in SpaceNOVA: The Planets: SaturnCivilizations, Episode 5: RenaissancesCivilizations, Episode 6: Paradise on Earth
One-sentence description:Follow astronaut Scott Kelly's record-breaking 12-month mission on the International Space Station, from launch to landing, as NASA charts the effects of long-duration spaceflight by comparing him to his identical twin on Earth, astronaut Mark Kelly.Scott Kelly spent a year in space: What happened when he returned, and how did the time in space affect his body?See the results of Cassini, the spacecraft that spent 13 years exploring Saturn and its moons.Travel east and west—to Renaissance Italy and to the contemporaneous Islamic empires.Explore one of humanity's deepest artistic urges: the depiction of nature.
Related Resource Link:PBS NEWSHOUR: Astronaut Scott Kelly Returns to Earth After Year in SpacePBS NEWSHOUR: Astronaut Scott Kelly Returns to Earth After Year in SpaceHow Saturn's Rings Formed | The Planets: SaturnIslamic ArtRealism: Landscape
Thursday, December 31, 2020
12 pm1 pm2 pm3 pm4 pm
Curriculum/Theme:ScienceScienceScience Social StudiesSocial Studies
Grade Band: (Grades 6-8)(Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-8)(Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-12)
Program Title:Spy in the Wild 2: A Nature Miniseries: The TropicsLife from Above: Patterned PlanetNOVA: The Planets: Ice WorldsCivilizations, Episode 7: Color and LightCivilizations, Episode 8: The Cult of Progress
Description:Robotic spy creatures investigate the wildlife that thrives in the tropics by infiltrating a hippo pod, a nursery of red flying foxes, a gorilla sanctuary, and the secret world of pygmy forest elephants.See what causes the weird shapes on Earth's surface only seen from space.Explore the unexpected discoveries about objects in the farthest reaches of the solar system.Explore light and color in art in the search for greater realism and spiritual ecstasy.Examine the rise and fall of "progress" as an ideology.
Related PBS LearningMedia Resource Link:Engineering Robotic Cameras to Observe Animals in NatureGlobal PrecipitationUranus, The Sideways Planet | The Planets: Ice WorldsCanterbury CathedralProfiles of the American West: George Catlin
Friday, January 1, 2021
12 pm1 pm2 pm3 pm4 pm
Curriculum/Theme:ScienceScienceCivicsCivicsELA
Grade Band: (Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-12)
Program Title:Animal Babies: First Year on Earth: New FrontiersLife from Above: Changing PlanetAmerican Masters: Sammy Davis Jr., I've Gotta Be Me (2-4 PM)American Masters: Sammy Davis Jr., I've Gotta Be Me (Cont.)American Masters: Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin
Description:Join the baby animals as they near the end of their first year of life—it's time for these young ones to branch off from the comfort of their mothers and learn to explore the great unknown on their own.Cameras in space show just how fast our planet is changing.The first major film documentary to examine Sammy Davis, Jr.'s vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th century America.
The first major film documentary to examine Sammy Davis, Jr.'s vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th century America.
Explore the remarkable life and legacy of the late feminist author Ursula K. Le Guin, whose groundbreaking work, including The Left Hand of Darkness, transformed American literature by bringing science fiction into the literary mainstream.
Related PBS LearningMedia Resource Link:Baby Season | UntamedCoastline ChangeSammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be MeSammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be MeAMERICAN MASTERS | Ursula K. Le Guin