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This is going to be 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 October 12-16 [PDF]

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

Find BINGO activities and more for young learners here.

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Week of Monday, October 12, 2020
(All Times Eastern, Check Local Listings)
Monday, October 12, 2020
12 pm1 pm2 pm3 pm4 pm
Curriculum/Theme:ScienceScienceSocial StudiesSocial StudiesSocial Studies
Grade Band: (Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-12)(Grades 7-12)(Grades 9-12)(Grades 9-12)
Program Title:NOVA: Black Hole ApocalypseNOVA: Black Hole Apocalypse (Cont.)Asian Americans, Episode 4: Generation RisingKen Burns's The War, Episode 3: A Deadly Calling (Nov 1943-Jun 1944)Ken Burns's The War, Episode 3: A Deadly Calling (Nov 1943-Jun 1944)(Cont.)
Description:Join astrophysicist Janna Levin on a mind-bending journey to the frontiers of black hole research.Discover how scientists may soon be able to "see" a black hole and are discovering new clues to the strangest and most extreme objects in the universe.During a time of war and social tumult, a young generation fights for equality in the fields, on campuses, and in the culture and claims a new identity: Asian Americans. In Italy, Allied forces are stalled in the mountains south of Rome, unable to break through the German lines at Monte Cassino. The killing goes on all winter and spring as the enemy manages to fight off repeated Allied attacks.In Italy, Allied forces are stalled in the mountains south of Rome, unable to break through the German lines at Monte Cassino. The killing goes on all winter and spring as the enemy manages to fight off repeated Allied attacks.
Related PBS LearningMedia Resource Link:NOVA: Black Hole ApocalypseNOVA: Black Hole ApocalypseAsian Americans - CollectionKen Burns in the Classroom: The War - CollectionKen Burns in the Classroom: The War - Collection
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
12 pm1 pm2 pm3 pm4 pm
Curriculum/Theme:ScienceScienceSocial StudiesSocial StudiesSocial Studies
Grade Band: (Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-12)/(Grades 9-12)(Grades 9-12)(Grades 9-12)
Program Title:SuperNature: Wild Flyers: Defying GravityH20: The Molecule That Made Us, Episode 1: PulsePoetry in America: To Prisoners (2-2:30 Eastern) /Ken Burns's The War, Episode 4: Pride of Our Nation (Jun 1944-Aug 1944) (2:30-5 Eastern)Ken Burns's The War, Episode 4: Pride of Our Nation (Jun 1944-Aug 1944) (Cont.)Ken Burns's The War, Episode 4: Pride of Our Nation (Jun 1944-Aug 1944) (Cont.)
Description:Explore the basic principles of flight to understand how animals become airborne, and see the special techniques each creature uses to overcome gravity.How did water arrive on Earth and come to underpin every aspect of existence, from dragonflies to deserts in bloom to human life?Learn from Senator John McCain, playwright and activist Anna Deavere Smith, poets Reginald Dwayne Betts and Li-Young Lee, host Elisa New, and four exonerated prisoners about poetry's special resonance for those behind bars. / In the early hours of June 6, 1944, D-Day, the invasion of France begins. It is the bloodiest day in American history since the Civil War, and the Allies succeed in tearing a 45-mile gap in Hitler's vaunted Atlantic Wall.In the early hours of June 6, 1944, D-Day, the invasion of France begins. It is the bloodiest day in American history since the Civil War, and the Allies succeed in tearing a 45-mile gap in Hitler's vaunted Atlantic Wall.In the early hours of June 6, 1944, D-Day, the invasion of France begins. It is the bloodiest day in American history since the Civil War, and the Allies succeed in tearing a 45-mile gap in Hitler's vaunted Atlantic Wall.
Related PBS LearningMedia Resource Link:When Insects First FlewA River in the Sky: H2O The Molecule That Made UsBrooks: To PrisonersKen Burns in the Classroom: The War - CollectionKen Burns in the Classroom: The War - Collection
Related PBS LearningMedia Resource Link:Ken Burns in the Classroom: The War - Collection
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
12 pm1 pm2 pm3 pm4 pm
Curriculum/Theme:ScienceScienceSocial StudiesSocial StudiesSocial Studies
Grade Band: (Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-12)(Grades 9-12)(Grades 9-12)
Program Title:SuperNature: Wild Flyers: Masters of the SkyH20: The Molecule That Made Us, Episode 2: CivilizationsPoetry in America: Whitman(2-2:30 Eastern)/Ken Burns's The War, Episode 5: FUBAR (Sep 1944-Dec 1944)(2:30-5 Eastern)Ken Burns's The War, Episode 5: FUBAR (Sep 1944-Dec 1944)(Cont.)Ken Burns's The War, Episode 5: FUBAR (Sep 1944-Dec 1944)(Cont.)
Description:Many animals take to the skies for a split second, but to stay there, the planet’s strongest flyers have to push the laws of physics right to the edge. Explore the extremes of true flight: power, acceleration, top speed, maneuverability, and endurance.Travel into the past to see how water may have driven our own evolution—and created civilizations.Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, playwright Tony Kushner, and poets Mark Doty and Marilyn Chin celebrate the work of Walt Whitman. / By September 1944 on the Western Front, American and British troops mass on the German border; Allied commanders gamble on a risky scheme to drop airborne troops behind enemy lines; and, in the Pacific, General MacArthur is poised to invade the Philippines. By September 1944 on the Western Front, American and British troops mass on the German border; Allied commanders gamble on a risky scheme to drop airborne troops behind enemy lines; and, in the Pacific, General MacArthur is poised to invade the Philippines. By September 1944 on the Western Front, American and British troops mass on the German border; Allied commanders gamble on a risky scheme to drop airborne troops behind enemy lines; and, in the Pacific, General MacArthur is poised to invade the Philippines.
Related PBS LearningMedia Resource Link:Peregrine Falcon Adaptations: World's Fastest AnimalImpacts of Water Management: H2O, The Molecule That Made UsKen Burns in the Classroom: The War - CollectionKen Burns in the Classroom: The War - CollectionKen Burns in the Classroom: The War - Collection
Thursday, October 15, 2020
12 pm1 pm2 pm3 pm4 pm
Curriculum/Theme:ScienceScienceSocial StudiesSocial StudiesSocial Studies
Grade Band: (Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-12)(Grades 7-12)(Grades 9-12)(Grades 9-12)
Program Title:SuperNature: Wild Flyers: Crowded SkiesH20: The Molecule That Made Us, Episode 2: CivilizationsSecrets of the Dead: Hannibal in the AlpsKen Burns's The War, Episode 6: The Ghost Front (Dec 1944-Mar 1945) (3-5)Ken Burns's The War, Episode 6: The Ghost Front (Dec 1944-Mar 1945) (Cont.)
Description:The sky is a crowded world where survival depends not only on beating gravity or mastering flight, but also on outflying the competition.Earth’s changing water cycle—and a globalized movement toward water for profit—is forcing changes in humans’ reliance on water.Follow a team of experts as they solve the enduring mystery of exactly where Hannibal and his troops crossed the Alps to launch a surprise attack on Rome.After three years of fighting, bad news from the War Department seems endless, and Hitler launches a counterattack in the Ardennes forest of Belgium and Luxembourg.After three years of fighting, bad news from the War Department seems endless, and Hitler launches a counterattack in the Ardennes forest of Belgium and Luxembourg.
Related PBS LearningMedia Resource Link:Peregrine Falcon Adaptations: World's Fastest AnimalDisappearing Groundwater: H2O, The Molecule That Made UsWar and Civilization: Crash Course World HistoryKen Burns in the Classroom: The War - CollectionKen Burns in the Classroom: The War - Collection
Friday, October 16, 2020
12 pm1 pm2 pm3 pm4 pm
Curriculum/Theme:ScienceScienceELA ELAELA
Grade Band: (Grades 6-8)(Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-9) (Grades 6-12) (Grades 6-12)
Program Title:Spy in the Wild 2: A Nature Miniseries: The PolesGenius by Stephen Hawking: What Are We?Unladylike2020: Unsung Women Who Changed AmericaAmerican Masters: Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/ Feeling Heart (120 min) American Masters: Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/ Feeling Heart (Cont.)
Description:Robotic spy creatures meet and observe the hardiest and most charismatic animals in the Arctic and Antarctic circles.Join Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to find out what we really are and how we may have evolved.Explore the stories of pioneering women in American politics who advocated for suffrage and civil rights over 100 years ago, including the first women in the U.S. Congress and state senate and a cofounder of the NAACP.Explore the life and work of the A Raisin in the Sun playwright and activist, who played a significant role in the civil rights movement. LaTanya Richardson Jackson narrates. Anika Noni Rose is the voice of Lorraine Hansberry.Explore the life and work of the A Raisin in the Sun playwright and activist, who played a significant role in the civil rights movement. LaTanya Richardson Jackson narrates. Anika Noni Rose is the voice of Lorraine Hansberry.
Related PBS LearningMedia Resource Link:Engineering Robotic Cameras to Observe Animals in NatureCellsThe Great War: Alice Paul and Women's Suffrage | American ExperienceLorraine Hansberry | American MastersLorraine Hansberry | American Masters

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