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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 5-9 [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 5, 2020
(All Times Eastern, Check Local Listings)
Monday, October 5, 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 6-12)(Grades 6-12)
Program Title:Plants Behaving Badly: Murder & MayhemPlants Behaving Badly: Sex & LiesKen Burns's The Roosevelts, Episode 7: A Strong and Active Faith (1944-1962)Ken Burns's The Roosevelts, Episode 7: A Strong and Active Faith (1944-1962) (Cont.)The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, Episode 5: Rise! The Road to Civil Rights (1940-1968)
Description:Examine the extraordinary behavior of carnivorous plants, a feature of many a sci-fi film over the years, where the reality turns out to be far stranger than the fiction.See how the shape of exotic flowers evolved to attract pollinators.President Roosevelt wins reelection but succumbs to a cerebral hemorrhage at age 63; after his death, Eleanor crusades for civil liberties and the United Nations.President Roosevelt wins reelection but succumbs to a cerebral hemorrhage at age 63; after his death, Eleanor crusades for civil liberties and the United Nations.Blacks returning from World War II continue to face racial violence on the homefront; Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a city bus in 1955; Martin Luther King Jr. promotes a nonviolent approach to integrate blacks and whites.
Related PBS LearningMedia Resource Link:Do Plants Behave Like Animals?How Plants Defend ThemselvesKen Burns in the Classroom: The Roosevelts CollectionKen Burns in the Classroom: The Roosevelts - CollectionThe African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross - Collection
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
12 pm1 pm2 pm3 pm4 pm
Curriculum/Theme:ScienceScienceSocial StudiesSocial StudiesSocial Studies
Grade Band: (Grades 6-8)(Grades 6-12)(Grades 7-12)(Grades 7-12)(Grades 6-12)
Program Title:Spy in the Wild 2: A Nature Miniseries: The IslandsGreat Yellowstone Thaw, Part 1Asian Americans, Episode 1: Breaking GroundAsian Americans, Episode 2: A Question of LoyaltyThe African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, Episode 6: A More Perfect Union (1968-2013)
Description:Explore the islands of the South Pacific with creatures like the spy koala, who captures breeding behavior in Australia, or the spy crab, who joins an army of red crabs on their march to the sea to deposit their eggs.Learn whether the brutal winter weather will favor predator or prey.New immigrants arrive from China, India, Japan, the Philippines and beyond to become America’s first “undocumented immigrants,” even as they build railroads, dazzle on the silver screen, and fight for equality in the U.S. Supreme Court.An American-born generation's loyalties are tested during World War II, when families are imprisoned in detention camps and brothers find themselves on opposite sides of the battle lines.Class disparity threatens to split the black community in the late 1960s as economic and political forces isolate the black urban poor. Many issues remain unresolved, despite the election of America's first black president in 2008.
Related PBS LearningMedia Resource Link:Engineering Robotic Cameras to Observe Animals in NatureNature: The Good, The Bad and The Grizzly Bear NecessitiesAsian Americans - CollectionAsian Americans - CollectionThe African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross - Collection
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
12 pm1 pm2 pm3 pm4 pm
Curriculum/Theme:ScienceScienceSocial StudiesSocial StudiesSocial Studies
Grade Band: (Grades 6-8)(Grades 6-12)(Grades 9-12)(Grades 9-12)(Grades 9-12) / (Grades 7-12)
Program Title:NOVA: Eagle PowerGreat Yellowstone Thaw, Part 2Ken Burns's The War, Episode 1: A Necessary War (Dec 1941-Dec 1942) (2 - 4:30 Eastern)Ken Burns's The War, Episode 1: A Necessary War (Dec 1941-Dec 1942) (Cont.)Ken Burns's The War, Episode 1: A Necessary War (Dec 1941-Dec 1942) (Cont.) / The Future of America's Past: A Grave Injustice (4:30-5 Eastern)
Description:Researchers put one eagle to the test to find out what makes these birds special; stunning up-close footage reveals her incredible strength, eyesight, and flying skills.See how spring brings new life and a break from the brutal winter temperatures.After a haunting overview of the Second World War, an epoch of killing that engulfed the world from 1939 to 1945 and cost at least 50 million lives, the inhabitants of four towns recall their communities on the eve of the conflict.After a haunting overview of the Second World War, an epoch of killing that engulfed the world from 1939 to 1945 and cost at least 50 million lives, the inhabitants of four towns recall their communities on the eve of the conflict.After a haunting overview of the Second World War, an epoch of killing that engulfed the world from 1939 to 1945 and cost at least 50 million lives, the inhabitants of four towns recall their communities on the eve of the conflict. / Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the U.S. military and the FBI arrested more than 110,000 American citizens of Japanese ancestry and moved them to desert camps, where they were confined for months or years.
Related PBS LearningMedia Resource Link:Nature: American Eagle FledglingsLiving Near Grizzlies and Wolves: Ecosense for LivingKen Burns in the Classroom: The War - CollecitonKen Burns in the Classroom: The War - CollectionKen Burns in the Classroom: The War - Collection
Related PBS LearningMedia Resource Link:Internment of Japanese Americans in the Inland Northwest
Thursday, October 8, 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:Nature: Arctic Wolf PackGreat Yellowstone Thaw, Part 3Asian Americans, Episode 3: Good AmericansKen Burns's The War, Episode 2: When Things Get Tough (Jan 1943-Dec 1943)Ken Burns's The War, Episode 2: When Things Get Tough (Jan 1943-Dec 1943)(Cont.)
Description:Discover the white wolf, one of the most hardened predators on the planet, in the unforgiving ice and snow of Ellesmere Island, deep in the Arctic.See how the soaring summer temperatures affect the Yellowstone ecosystem.During the Cold War years, Asian Americans are both heralded as a model minority and targeted as the perpetual foreigner while many aspire for the first time to national political office.On daylight bombing missions, American airmen gamble their lives against preposterous odds to bring the war to the heart of Hitler's domain.On daylight bombing missions, American airmen gamble their lives against preposterous odds to bring the war to the heart of Hitler's domain.
Related PBS LearningMedia Resource Link:Climate Change is Disrupting Arctic Food WebsN/AAsian Americans - CollectionKen Burns in the Classroom: The War - CollectionKen Burns in the Classroom: The War - Collection
Friday, October 9, 2020
12 pm1 pm2 pm3 pm4 pm
Curriculum/Theme:(Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-9) (Grades 6-9) (Grades 6-9)
Grade Band: EngineeringEngineeringELAELAELA
Program Title:NOVA: The Impossible Flight (12-2)NOVA: The Impossible Flight (Cont.)Masterpiece: Little Women, Episode 1 Masterpiece: Little Women, Episode 2Masterpiece: Little Women, Episode 3
Description:Follow two intrepid pilots who take on the greatest aviation adventure of our time, overcoming countless challenges as they construct and fly the first solar-powered airplane around the world.Follow two intrepid pilots who take on the greatest aviation adventure of our time, overcoming countless challenges as they construct and fly the first solar-powered airplane around the world.With their father away at war, sisters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March come to terms with their new life alongside their mother, Marmee. The girls make friends with Laurie, the new boy next door.The March family fears the worst when Mr. March falls ill. As circumstances change for Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, the family must come together to face their most difficult challenge yet.A year has passed and there are new additions to the March family, but there is worry all around as Beth’s health and spirits flag.
Related PBS LearningMedia Resource Link:Overcoming the Challenges of Solar Powered Flight: The Impossible FlightOvercoming the Challenges of Solar Powered Flight: The Impossible FlightMASTERPIECE: Little Women - CollectionMASTERPIECE: Little Women - CollectionMASTERPIECE: Little Women - Collection

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