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Week of April 27-May 1 Learning Materials

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We know it isn't easy keeping an at-home routine of educational lessons and activities and we are here to help!

Each weekday from 8am-6pm on WMHT WORLD, watch a robust suite of PBS programs with your family - right at home. After viewing programs, ranging from NOVA to American Masters, you can utilize the supplemental PBS LearningMedia materials below. Check out an Influenza 1918 Teachers Guide, get a lesson plan about living and working in space, and more.

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Visit this collection from NASA Planetary Sciences to learn about Inner Worlds and Mars, Jupiter and Saturn and Ice Worlds.

What is a Planet?
Learn about the debate over the definition of a planet in this video from NOVA scienceNOW.


Explore the Andes
The resources in this gallery provide more information on the Andes and the Incas who once ruled there. As you review these resources, think about how lives and culture of the Inca were influenced by their environment.

Ecuador and Bolivia: Music of the Andes
Fernando Moya, a musician from Ecuador, and Xenon Llusko, a musician from Bolivia, demonstrate a variety of Andean instruments and perform three pieces from the region.

Climate Change Affects Glacial Water Source
This ThinkTV segment demonstrates the effect of climate change on the coastal population of Peru. As climate change forces the mountain glaciers which provide fresh water into retreat, the quality of the freshwater supply is negatively affected.

Himalayas Facts
Learn facts and information about the highest mountain range on the planet using this fact sheet.

Tectonic Motion: Making the Himalayas
The Himalayas are a prime example of how tectonic plate motion can manipulate the earth in extraordinary ways. These colliding plates resulted in the formation of the highest mountain range on the planet.

Cave People of the Himalaya
National Geographic Television’s Cave People of the Himalaya features American archaeologist Dr. Mark Aldenderfer’s expedition to explore burial sites of the Upper Mustang region of Nepal.


Space Chase USA
Space Chase USA explores the transformative events residents of Cocoa Beach, Florida, found themselves engaged in as the future of space exploration arrived on their sleepy shores.The full Space Chase USA documentary is broken down into 20 chronological segments.

Moon Memories
The Space Coast history is especially rich because of the collective memories of the citizens. During the hectic space race days, the engineers were fueled by passion as they worked to accomplish Kennedy’s goal. Retired NASA employees and contractors share how they didn’t work a day in their lives.

Living and Working in Space Collection
This collection includes videos and digital media that have been selected to help bring the stories of human space exploration and its early history to you.

Voyager: Humanity’s Farthest Journey
In 1977, The Voyager program sent two spacecraft to explore the solar system and travel to interstellar space. In this video from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, learn how Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 are now the farthest any spacecraft has traveled from the Sun, and are still making discoveries in the outer reaches of the solar system.


Get the Math is about algebra in the real world. See how professionals use math in music, fashion, video games, restaurants, basketball, and special effects. Then take on interactive challenges related to those careers. Watch this intro video before trying one of the challenges below.


C.M. Russell and the American West explores the life of Charlie Russell including his art, writings, and legacy. Videos are accompanied by lessons and projects to help educate students about C.M. Russell's life, work, and legacy.


Achievements of Stephen Hawking Lesson Plan
Learn about Stephen Hawking - his personal history, his struggle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), his thought processes and how he developed his groundbreaking ideas about Black Holes, the Big Bang, and the discovery of Hawking Radiation.

Do Events Inside Black Holes Happen?
Join Gabe on this week’s episode of PBS Space Time as he debunks popular black hole misconceptions, and rethinks what the term, ‘black hole’, even means. Thought you knew what a black hole was? Think again!


Lessons from the Dust Bowl
With better weather, the suitcase farmers returned and the same process that caused the Dust Bowl started again in the 1940s. What lessons can we take from what happened in the Dust Bowl?


In September of 1918, soldiers at an army base near Boston suddenly began to die. The cause of death was identified as influenza, but it was unlike any strain ever seen.  It was the worst epidemic in American history, killing over 600,000 — until it disappeared as mysteriously as it had begun. Teacher’s Guide and related content including articles, clips and more.

Materials and Content from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) on the 1918 influenza pandemic.


Clips and support materials to enhance the American Masters program on Maya Angelou.


Treasures of the World: Taj Mahal, building and visiting the Taj Mahal.

View this video clip and image gallery of Islamic art objects related to the theme of color and consider how they are reflective of Islamic culture. View a fritware bottle from Turkey, a Huqqa base from India, a glass bottle from Iran, a silk textile from Spain, a page from the Tahmasp Shanamah, and a hexagonal table from Afghanistan.

Alhambra Nights and All the Flowers are for Me
Inspired by a visit to the Alhambra and her efforts to connect traditional Islamic art and architecture with contemporary technology and Western audiences.


Explore educational materials from the series Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise, clips, lesson plans and more.


Clips and support materials for the American Masters programming on N.Scott Momoday.


Collection Planet H20
Learn about acid rain, where water is, water pollution, bottled versus tap, water supply and demand, and the aquatic food chain with these videos produced in partnership with McWane Science Center.


Amelia Earhart’s Birthplace Museum
See where Amelia grew up, read news clips about her various achievements, learn about Amelia’s childhood and more.

Amelia Earhart, Aviator, Record-breaker, and Activist
Through two primary source activities and a short video, students will learn about Earhart’s passion for flying and determination to succeed as a female aviator.

Amelia Earhart Letter Archive
Analyze and interpret the letters of Amelia Earhart to understand her role in shaping her own image, and the image of 20th-century aviation, in this video from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.

Hot Shots and Hot Jobs: Pilots Enjoy Breathtaking View and Plentiful Job Options
The possibilities for trained pilots are varied—from piloting huge passenger jets across the ocean to guiding small aircraft for police, fire and medical operations.

Milestones of Flight: The Lindberghs
Charles Lindbergh is probably best known for making the first solo flight across the Atlantic in the Spirit of St. Louis. However, Lindbergh and his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, also reached other milestones in aviation.

Copters, Choppers and the Phrog
This episode of STEM in 30 will explore helicopters: their design, how they work, and the functions they play in our society.


Zeppelins Resurrected
In 1935, the USS Macon went down in 1,000 feet of water off the coast of Monterey, California. In this resource from KQED's QUEST, learn about how, as scientists study the recently-discovered wreckage.

Locating Zeppelins by Sound
Learn how the British used sound mirrors to detect enemy aircraft in this video from NOVA: Zeppelin Terror Attack.

Learn more about what it takes to operate some of the world’s largest blimps in this video from Design Squad Nation.

Buoyancy Basics
This illustrated demonstration from NOVA uses blocks of wood in water to explain the connection between the amount of water displaced by an object and the object's density.

Buoyancy Brainteasers
Which way do you think a helium balloon inside an idling car will move when the driver puts the pedal to the metal?


Native America: Cities of the Sky
Native America: Cities of the Sky explores the creation of some of the ancient world’s largest and most impressive cities. An archaeologist explores some of the world’s largest pyramids in Central America, scientists 3D-scan a lost city of monumental mounds on the Mississippi River, and native elders reveal ancient powers of the sky in modern-day Missouri. Modern research suggests these ancient urban centers are more than just great feats of engineering and artistry. They are heavenly cities—aligned to and inspired by the movement of the sun, moon, and stars.

Celestial Sphere
This animation is a simple model of the apparent motion of the stars in the night sky. Ancient people described the motions as if the stars were all attached to a vast globe, or a Celestial Sphere, centered about the Earth.


And Then There Were None
Writers Gillian Flynn and Christopher Bollen explain why And Then There Were None is Agatha Christie's most compelling mystery. It's an example of how thrillers are so effective when talking about villains and monsters. Christie's masterpiece doesn't rely on a detective to solve the crime, and explores an obsession with both murder and justice.

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Ignatius J. Reilly is the unlikely, and unforgettable hero of the Pulitzer prize-winning A Confederacy of Dunces.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream:The Love Potion
This media gallery from Shakespeare Uncovered examines how and why the love potion is used in William Shakespeare's comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream. Students will learn what inspired Shakespeare to incorporate the love potion into the play and how it impacts the plot and dialogue.

Looking for Alaska: The Great American Read
Looking for Alaska is a young adult novel about first love, unrequited love, tragedy, and the intense experiences during the teenage years.