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When Whales Walked: A Dorudon swimming deep in the ocean
When Whales Walked: A Dorudon swimming deep in the ocean
Twin Cities Public Television

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 new 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 September 7-11 [PDF]

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

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

Week of Monday, Septemeber 7, 2020
(All Times Eastern, Check Local Listings)
Monday, September 7, 2020
12 pm1 pm2 pm3 pm4 pm
Curriculum/Theme:Engineering / EngineeringScienceSocial StudiesSocial StudiesSocial Studies
Grade Band: (Grades 6-8) / (Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-8)(Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-12)
Program Title:SciGirls: Insulation Station 12 - 12:30 / Project Asteroid: Mapping Bennu 12:30 - 1Nature: Hotel ArmadilloCivilizations, Episode 1: The Second Moment of CreationNative America, Episode 1: From Caves to CosmosLatino Americans, Episode 1: Foreigners in Their Own Land (1565-1880)
Description:SciGirls: Greta and her sixth-grade pals use passive solar heat and bubble-wrap insulation to warm up an ice shanty on a frozen Minnesota lake. Asteroid: Go behind the scenes to see how a team of scientists and engineers builds an instrument to be taken on a mission to explore the asteroid Bennu.Welcome to the "Hotel Armadillo," where the giant armadillo digs a daily hole deep in the Brazilian rain forest and leaves behind a suite for 25 species of jungle clientele.Examine the formative role of art and the creative imagination in the forging of humanity.The very first Americans spent millennia developing their unique culture and beliefs as a single community before spreading rapidly across North and South America. One hundred years after Columbus's arrival in the Caribbean, Spanish conquistadors and priests push into North America in search of gold and to spread Catholicism.
Related PBS LearningMedia Resource Link:Resource Link: SciGirls, Insulation StationResource Link: Benefits of Beaver PondsResource Link: Treasures of the World: BorobudurResource Link: Native America CollectionResource Link: Latino Americans Collection
Related PBS LearningMedia Resource Link:Resource Link: Asteroid, Solar System Formation/
Tuesday, September 8, 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:When Whales Walked: Journeys in Deep Time (12 - 2 PM)When Whales Walked: Journeys in Deep Time (Cont.)Civilizations, Episode 2: How Do We Look?Native America, Episode 2: Nature to NationsLatino Americans, Episode 2: Empire of Dreams (1880-1942)
Description:Discover the evolutionary secrets of some of the world’s most majestic creatures with scientists as they follow clues from the fossil record and change what we thought we knew about the evolution of iconic beasts.Discover the evolutionary secrets of some of the world’s most majestic creatures with scientists as they follow clues from the fossil record and change what we thought we knew about the evolution of iconic beasts.Explore how we look at the human body in art.Explore the rise of great American nations, from a history of monarchies to modern democracy. Beginning in 1880 and continuing into the 1940s, the U.S. population is reshaped by an influx of Cubans, Mexicans, and Puerto Ricans who start to build strong Latino American communities in South Florida, Los Angeles, and New York.
Related PBS LearningMedia Resource Link:When Whales Walked: Journeys In Deep Time CollectionWhen Whales Walked: Journeys In Deep Time CollectionPBS LearningMedia: Art and Social Studies CollectionNative America CollectionLatino Americans Collection
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
12 pm1 pm2 pm3 pm4 pm
Curriculum/Theme:Science / ScienceScienceSocial StudiesSocial StudiesSocial Studies
Grade Band: (Grades 6-8) / (Grades 6-8)(Grades 6-8)(Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-12)(Grades 6-12)
Program Title:Butterfly Town, USA (12-12:30) / SciGirls: Pedal Power (12:30-1) Nature: Super Cats, Episode 2: Cats in Every CornerCivilizations, Episode 3: God and ArtNative America, Episode 3: Cities of the SkyLatino Americans, Episode 3: War and Peace (1942-1954)
Description:Butterfly Town: See how seemingly small changes in habitat can have a large effect on wildlife and consider the challenges of balancing the needs of society and nature. SciGirls: Four friends follow the engineering design process as they design a machine that will churn ice cream while they ride their bikes. Discover how cats have conquered the world, thriving in almost every landscape on Earth.Consider how religion has inspired art and how art has inspired divine representation.Explore the creation of some of the ancient world’s largest and most impressive cities, including the world’s largest pyramids in Central America and a lost city of monumental mounds on the Mississippi River.During World War II, hundreds of thousands of Latino Americans served their new country yet still faced discrimination and a fight for civil rights back in the United States.
Related PBS LearningMedia Resource Link:Butterfly: Migration of The Monarch and Habitat HavocCat Adaptations: Body StructuresThe Core Tenets of HinduismNative America CollectionLatino Americans Collection
Related PBS LearningMedia Resource Link:SciGirls: Pedal Power
Thursday, September 10, 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:Follow the WaterPBS NewsHour: The Plastic ProblemCivilizations, Episode 4: EncountersNative America, Episode 4: New World RisingLatino Americans, Episode 4: The New Latinos (1946-1965)
Description:Join photographer and author Michael Forsberg and filmmaker Pete Stegen as they follow a mythical drop of water 1,300 miles through three different states and journey through the Platte Basin watershed.PBS NewsHour takes a closer look at this now-ubiquitous material—how it’s impacting the world and ways to break our plastic addiction.See how art became the great interface when distant cultures met for the first time.Examine Native Americans' efforts to preserve cultural traditions in the face of conquest and warfare, such as a little-known empire forged by the Comanches in the American West and detailed manuscripts written and painted by Aztec writers and artists committed to keeping their beliefs alive. Learn about increasing immigration from Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic that stretches from the post-World War II years into the early 1960s, as the new arrivals seek economic opportunities.
Related PBS LearningMedia Resource Link:Photographs of the Nebraska SandhillsPlastic In the PacificAround the Globe: Japan CollectionNative America CollectionLatino Americans Collection
Friday, September 11, 2020
12 pm1 pm2 pm3 pm4 pm
Curriculum/Theme:ScienceScienceELAPublic Affairs Public Affairs
Grade Band: (Grades 6-12)(Grades 9-12)(Grade 6-12) (Grade 9-12) (Grade 9-12)
Program Title:The Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild FloridaThe Gene DoctorsPoetry in America: Skyscraper / Poetry in America: The Gray Heron The Talk: Race in AmericaThe Talk: Race in America (Cont.)
Description:Join three friends as they follow in the footsteps of the Florida black bear, traveling the land and beginning to understand the landscape from an animal's point of view.See the treatments that scientists and doctors are devising to target the root causes of hereditary diseases.Edward Hirsch’s poem “Fast Break” captures a single slow-motion play on a basketball court. Join Hirsch, host Elisa New, NBA players Shaquille O'Neal, Pau Gasol, and Shane Battier, and a group of pickup basketball players as they use basketball to understand poetry—and poetry to better understand the game of basketball. / In this environmentally themed, visually splendid episode, Elisa New is joined by evolutionary biologist E. O. Wilson, poet Robert Hass, environmental photographer Laura McPhee, naturalist Joel Wagner, and kids at a Mass Audubon Society summer camp on Cape Cod in a wide-ranging discussion of Galway Kinnell’s “The Gray Heron.”This documentary, made up of six stories filmed by six different producers, focuses on the troubled relationship between people of color and law enforcement in America. The film chronicles how families of color protect their children's lives with "The Talk"—what to do and how to behave if you are stopped by the police.This documentary, made up of six stories filmed by six different producers, focuses on the troubled relationship between people of color and law enforcement in America. The film chronicles how families of color protect their children's lives with "The Talk"—what to do and how to behave if you are stopped by the police.
Related PBS LearningMedia Resource Link:Nature: Springs Eternal: Florida's Fountain of Youth-life-in-floridas-spring/When New Treatments Come with Big Hopes and a Big Price Tag: Spinal Muscular AtrophyFast Break Civil Rights: Then and Now CollectionCivil Rights: Then and Now Collection
The Gray Heron