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Week of August 17-21 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 12pm-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. Learn about what goes on inside an animal's mind, Greenland, former US President Ronald Reagan, and more.

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Observing Melting Glaciers in Greenland
Explore Greenland’s glaciers from the air, the ground, and the sea as a research scientist examines why glacier ice is melting faster than expected, in this media gallery featuring 360° video by FRONTLINE, NOVA, and Emblematic Group, paired with historical satellite imagery.

Above the Ice, an Artist Goes Deep
Artist Justin Brice Guariglia will be collaborating with NASA in Greenland to explore how its icy landscape is changing.

Earth’s Cryosphere: The Arctic
This video segment adapted from NASA uses satellite imagery to provide an overview of the cryosphere in the northern hemisphere, including the Arctic.


Aquanaut at Work
A deep sea geologist explores submarine volcanoes at depths of 12,000 feet.

Brain Fish
William Beebe was a scientist who journeyed deeper into the ocean than anyone before him. Else Bostelmann was an artist who interpreted nature with brush and paint. Together they created images of creatures wholly new to mankind, shining light on the mysteries of the deep.

George Bond: Diving Pioneer American Experience
An American doctor and a navy officer, Captain George Bond studied the bodily effects of deep sea diving. Known as the "father of saturation diving", Bond spearheaded the U.S. Navy's Sealab I, II and III. (digital short)

Scott Carpenter: Astronaut to Aquanaut American Experience
An American astronaut and an aquanaut, Scott Carpenter was part of Project Mercury and operated the Aurora 7 spacecraft, which orbited the earth three times. He also joined the U.S. Navy’s SEALAB project and stayed underwater for a record of 30 days. (digital short)

Ocean Exploration: Inner Space Collection
The Inner Space Center (ISC) is a one-of-a-kind national facility that supports live ocean exploration via telepresence technology. Located at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, the ISC is home to a diverse team of ocean scientists, engineers, education professionals, and video producers. The team works with cutting-edge technology to facilitate, capture, produce, and promote underwater exploration in real-time.


Chimpanzee Deception
Explore how chimpanzees understand and react to what other chimpanzees know in this video from NOVA: Inside Animal Minds: Who's the Smartest?

Elephant Stranger Danger
Explore how elephants can distinguish calls from other elephants in this video from NOVA: Inside Animal Minds: Who's the Smartest?


Reagan Biography: Ronald Reagan
In 1980, the Reagan Revolution began. President Reagan promised to fight Communism and restore the nation's confidence in itself. Learn more about his life and presidency with this biography from American Experience: "Reagan."


Home of Franklin D Roosevelt National Historic Site
Discover the Roosevelts, the family home, the Presidential library, Val-Kill, once a family picnic site it became Eleanor Roosevelt’s cottage and then primary residence.

The Roosevelts Ken Burns in the Classroom
Ken Burns in the Classroom- The Roosevelts

Theodore Roosevelt and the Western Experience examines the 26th president of the United States. TR or Teddy as he has come to be known, balanced his identity of an intellectual from the East with the frontiersman of the West. His love of nature as a boy carried on throughout his life, influencing policy decisions as president that we still see today. “


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


Elements of Art
Explore the seven basic elements of art including Line, Shape, Form, Texture, Value, Space and Color. These are the building blocks of all art and are a good place to start when making, looking at or analyzing works of art.

Art School is a video series for people who want to learn about art. See interviews with contemporary artists working in performing, visual and media art, as well as how-to videos that demonstrate new ways to get creative and explain art-making techniques and concepts.

See how art became the great interface when distant cultures met for the first time. Interactive art experience for episode Encounters and The Second Moment of Creation.


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.

Galileo: Sun-Centered System
Before the 17th century, people generally believed that Earth was at the center of the universe. Galileo, however, was not afraid to challenge existing beliefs.

Galileo’s Thought Experiments
This video from NOVA shows a dramatization of one of Galileo's thought experiments designed to help prove that Earth moves around the Sun at great speed.

NOVA: Galileo’s Inclined Plane
Galileo's use of the inclined plane to study the motion of objects is one of his most important contributions to science. As this video segment from NOVA illustrates, the inclined plane allowed Galileo to accurately measure the effect of gravity on falling objects and develop a universal law describing this effect.

Gravity at Earth’s Center
In this video adapted from NOVA scienceNOW, investigate the hypothetical scenario of a person falling into a hole through the center of Earth.

Solar System Dynamics: Orbits and Kepler’s Laws
Explore how human understanding of planetary orbits has changed throughout history in this video about Kepler's laws of planetary motion.


Animal Babies
Not all animal babies are created equal. Some require years of intensive parental care, while others meet life head-on, capable of taking care of themselves from the start. This slideshow provides a sample of the different levels of dependence of various animal babies.