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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 November 16-20 [PDF]

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

Find BINGO activities and more for young learners here.

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Week of Monday, November 16, 2020
(All Times Eastern, Check Local Listings)
Monday, November 16, 2020
12 pm1 pm2 pm3 pm4 pm
Curriculum/Theme:ScienceScience ScienceSocial StudiesSocial Studies
Grade Band: (Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-12)
Program Title:Prehistoric Road Trip: Welcome to Fossil CountryNOVA: Making North America: OriginsPower Trip: The Story of Energy: WaterThe African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, Episode 1: The Black Atlantic (1500-1800)The African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, Episode 2: The Age of Slavery (1800-1860)
Description:Travel with Emily through billions of years of Earth's history to meet some of its earliest life forms, from primitive bacteria to giant reptiles and many surprising creatures in between.Experience the colossal geologic forces that shaped our continent over 3 billion years.Learn how water and energy are interconnected and how we can make energy “less thirsty” and water less energy-intensive.Beginning a century before the first documented “20-and-odd” slaves came to Jamestown, Virginia, the episode portrays the earliest Africans, slave and free, who arrived on these shores. Black lives changed dramatically in the aftermath of the American Revolution: for free black people, these years were a time of opportunity, but for most African Americans, the era represented a new nadir.
Related PBS LearningMedia Resource Link: NOVA: Making North America | Stromatolites: World's Oldest Living Fossil/NOVA: Making North America - CollectionHoover Dam and Hydroelectric PowerThe African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross - CollectionThe African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross - Collection
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
12 pm1 pm2 pm3 pm4 pm
Curriculum/Theme:MathMathScienceSocial StudiesSocial Studies
Grade Band: (Grade 6 / Grade 7) (Grade 8/ Algebra 1) (Grades 6-12)(Grades 7-12)(Grades 7-12)
Program Title:Illustrative Math Grade 6 Unit 3 Lesson 1 / Illustrative Math Grade 7 Unit 5 Lesson 3,4Illustrative Math Grade 8 Unit 5 Lesson 5 /
Illustrative Math Algebra 1 Unit 6 Lesson 10
Power Trip: The Story of Energy: FoodReconstruction: America After the Civil War (Part 1, Hour 1)Reconstruction: America After the Civil War (Part 1, Hour 2)
Description:Finding the Percentage / Changing Elevation More Graphs of Functions/ Graphs of Functions in Standard and Factored FormsHow can we harness energy to feed our growing population without the downsides of industrialization?African Americans had played a crucial role in saving the Union and now, as the country grappled with the terms and implications of Reconstruction, they struggled to breathe life into their hard-won freedom. For African Americans living in the former Confederacy, Reconstruction was what historian W. E. B. Du Bois once described as their “brief moment in the sun,” but support for the social, economic, and political gains they achieved didn’t last long.
Related PBS LearningMedia Resource Link:Grade 6 video lesson preview / Grade 7 video lesson previewGrade 8 video lesson preview / Algebra 1 lesson previewFood is FuelReconstruction: America After the Civil War - CollectionReconstruction: America After the Civil War - Collection
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
12 pm1 pm2 pm3 pm4 pm
Curriculum/Theme:ScienceScienceScience Social StudiesSocial Studies
Grade Band: (Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-12)(Grades 7-12)(Grades 7-12)
Program Title:Prehistoric Road Trip: We Dig DinosaursNOVA: Making North America: LifePower Trip: The Story of Energy: TransportationReconstruction: America After the Civil War, (Part 2, Hour 1)Reconstruction: America After the Civil War, (Part 2, Hour 2)
Description:The dinosaurs dominated the planet, then suddenly disappeared—find out what happened to them and how other life forms survived.How did massive volcanic eruptions, inland seas, and land bridges pave the way for life?Travel across the centuries to discover the energy that brings us modern transportation that allows us to travel over land and across the sky, changing societies and our sense of place.The years 1877-1896 were a transitional period that saw visions of a “New South” and set the stage for the rise of Jim Crow and the undermining of Reconstruction’s legal and political legacy.At the turn of the century, white supremacy was ascendant and African Americans faced both physical and psychological oppression, but African Americans found ways to fight back, using artistic expression to put forward a “New Negro” for a new century.
Related PBS LearningMedia Resource Link:Tracking Ecosystem Recover After Collapse: Rise of the MammalsNOVA: Making North America - CollectionTransportation's Contribution to Climate ChangeReconstruction: America After the Civil War - CollectionReconstruction: America After the Civil War - Collection
Thursday, November 19, 2020
12 pm1 pm2 pm3 pm4 pm
Curriculum/Theme:Math Math Science Social StudiesSocial Studies
Grade Band: (Grade 6 / Grade 7) (Grade 8 / Algebra 1) (Grades 9-12)(Grades 6-9)(Grades 6-9)
Program Title:Illustrative Math Grade 6 Unit 6 Lesson 1 / Illustrative Math Grade 7 Unit 5 Lesson 5Illustrative Math Grade 8 Unit 5 Lesson 8 / Illustrative Math Algebra 1 Unit 6 Lesson 11Power Trip: The Story of Energy: WealthAfrica's Great Civilizations, Episode 1: OriginsAfrica's Great Civilizations, Episode 2: The Cross and the Crescent
Description:Tape Diagrams and Equations / Representing SubtractionLinear Functions / Graphing from the Factored FormWealth was once tied to land ownership, but today, it is tied to energy and who controls it; learn how energy changes the way wealth is concentrated in the modern world.Journey with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to Kenya, Egypt, and beyond as he discovers the origins of man, the formation of early human societies and the creation of significant cultural and scientific achievements on the African continent.Henry Louis Gates, Jr. charts the ancient rise of Christianity and Islam, whose economic and cultural influence stretched from Egypt to Ethiopia. Learn of African religious figures like King Lalibela, an Ethiopian saint, and Menelik, bringer of the Ark of the Covenant.
Related PBS LearningMedia Resource Link:Grade 6 video lesson preview / Grade 7 video lesson previewGrade 8 video lesson preview / Algebra 1 lesson previewEconomics: It's More than OilAfrica's Great Civilizations - CollectionAfrica's Great Civilizations - Collection
Friday, November 20, 2020
12 pm1 pm2 pm3 pm4 pm
Curriculum/Theme:Math Math ELA ELA ELA
Grade Band: (Grade 6/Grade 7) (Grade 8 / Algebra 1) (Grade 6 / Grade 7) (Grade 7-12) (Grade 7-12)
Program Title:Illustrative Math Grade 6: Unit 3, Lesson 4 / Illustrative Math Grade 7: Unit 2, Lesson 10 Illustrative Math Grade 8: Unit 4, Lessons 13, 14 / Illustrative Math Algebra 1: Unit 6, Lesson 5
Poetry in America: Skyscraper / Poetry in America: The Gray HeronAmerican Masters: Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me (3-5 PM)American Masters: Sammy Davis, Jr. : I've Gotta Be Me (Cont.)
Description:Converting Units / Introducing Graphs of Proportional Relationships Solving Systems of Equations / Building Quadratic Functions to Describe Situations (Part 1)
Travel back to 1914 when Chicago's skyscrapers and Chicago's poets were defining modernist reach and audacity, and then consider how the poet's eye is like—or unlike—that of the scientist, the photographer, or of the small child first rambling around the natural world in these two episodes of Poetry In America. Explore the entertainer's vast talent and journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America.Explore the entertainer's vast talent and journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America.
Related PBS LearningMedia Resource Link:Grade 6 video lesson preview / Grade 7 video lesson previewGrade 8 video lesson preview / Algebra 1 lesson previewSandburg: SkyscraperAMERICAN MASTERS: Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be MeAMERICAN MASTERS: Sammy Davis Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me
Related PBS LearningMedia Resource Link:Kinnell: The Gray Heron