LEARNING AT SCHOOL

Remembering 9-11

WITF

Radio – Flight 93 retrospective:

TV – “9/11 Kids” airing September 9 at 9pm. A documentary about a unique group of Americans: the 16 young people who were with President Bush in a Florida classroom on the morning of September 11, 2001, as the president received the news of the attack.

PBS39-WLVR

Radio – listen to “What You Need to Know” on WLVR.org, the WLVR News App or live from your radio 91.3 FM in the Lehigh Valley on September 10 as Brad Klein interviews News Director, Jen Rehill, about 9/11 and her experience reporting about Flight 93 from Shanksville, PA.

WVIA

TV “Remember. Honor. Ride.” A 30- minute documentary film about the founding and the organic growth of the 9-11 Memorial Ride, a 42-mile motorcycle parade in Lycoming County that draws approximately ten thousand bikers and over 20,000 community spectators. Airing on September 9, 10, and 11.

Online “A Soldier’s Duty: A Reflection of 9/11” – a VIA Short Takes video featuring U.S. Army Colonel Mark Volk who was working at the Pentagon on 9/11/2001. Watch on on WVIA’s Facebook page and on WVIA.org.

TV Programs airing on your local Pennsylvania PBS station this month include:

  • In the Shadow of 9/11“- this film tells the story of the so-called ‘Liberty City Seven’, a group of young Black men accused of assisting Al Qaeda in a plot to blow up buildings within the United States.
  • Generation 9/11” – this documentary marks the 20th anniversary of the attacks by following the children born to fathers who perished in the disaster
  • PBS NewsHour: Segments starting Labor Day including livestream of the 9/11 ceremonies
Welcome Back to School

Back-To-School

As you start this new school year, the Pennsylvania PBS stations are providing a variety of resources to support you, and the families you serve, including:

  • Teachable Moments” from WQED- short vignettes that showcase local educators demonstrating engaging activities, resources and ideas. In addition, WQED’s website has more detailed information on the topic of each teachable moment.
  • Kindergarten-Readiness videos from Lehigh Valley Reads, an educational initiative developed by United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley and PBS39. As part of Lehigh Valley Reads’ third grade reading campaign, they created this collection of short videos that offer tips for parents and caregivers of students entering Kindergarten.
  • PBS LearningMedia offers a vast number of resources including videos and activities that can help with the back-to-school transition, available in English and Spanish.
  • PBS for Parents provides resources and tips for parents and caregivers in English and Spanish.

Working with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units, Pennsylvania PBS has curated free content for you that align to state standards. Here are top resources to help you keep your students engaged and on track.

WEBINARS FOR YOU: GETTING THE MOST OUT OF PBS RESOURCES


PBS Learning Media

PBS is a FREE resource for teachers and students to access video, images, games and more. Search by topic, grade level or standard to find resources to enrich learning for PreK-12 students. It is useful for families too.

Watch PBS Online

PBS programs and films are FREE to stream. Enjoy a robust selection of our educational programming rich with excellent storytelling.

PBS Parents

PBS Kids for Parents

Explore family resources, tips, activities and support for children ages 2-8.

SOS | WQED

WQED SOS (Support Our Schools) is a universally-designed project that engages students for a period of ten days and crosses curriculum areas to address grade level standards in multiple subject areas including; math, science, English language arts, and social studies.


Pre-K through Elementary

PBS KIDS Apps

PBS Kids

These apps are free and aligned to learning goals for literacy, STEM, Social Studies and Social Emotional Learning. Once they are downloaded, most of the apps do not require an internet connection.

Read-Alongs

Wild Dogs and Canines | Wild Kratts READ ALONG! | PBS KIDS

To encourage family engagement and a love of reading at home, PBS KIDS offers families a place to come together and read along with fan-favorites on YouTube.

Read-Along with Pennsylvania First Lady, Frances Wolf


Sesame Street In Communities

Sesame Street in Communities

This site provides both professional development and activities for children and families by age group.

Meet The Helpers

MEET THE HELPERS is a public media initiative designed to introduce children to community helpers and practice emergency preparedness. The information is presented through engaging videos and downloadable emergency plans to use at home.

Design Squad Global

Design Squad Global

DESIGN SQUAD GLOBAL empowers middle school kids to solve real-world problems and understand the impact of engineering in a global context. Lesson plans included!


Middle School through High School

PBS NewsHour Extra

PBS NewsHour Extra

This site is specifically designed for grade 6-12. It features news, can be searched by subject area like civics or math and includes lesson plans and student voices.

Pennsylvania History

ExplorePAhistory

ExplorePAhistory.com provides users with three principal entry points: “Stories from PA History,” “Visit PA Regions,” and “Teach PA History.”

Pennsylvania Environmental History

Rachel Carson at Hawk Mountain

Meet PA conservation heroes who played a key role in protecting the environment in a series of WITF original documentaries and accompanying classroom materials for educators.


Student Reporting Labs

PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs

Includes 10 lesson plans, educator resources and youth reporting efforts.

You can also access a webinar discussing the unit with Q and A from educators across the country.

NPR Student Podcast Challenge

We’re inviting students around the country to create a podcast, then — with the help of a teacher — compete for a chance to win our grand prize and have your work appear on NPR.

Be a part of the NPR Student Podcast Challenge.

Science-U @Home

Science-U @Home

Science-U is a summer camp at Penn State University exploring every inch of the universe! View our hands-on guides and videos at Science-U @Home!


STEM Pals

STEM Pals

This site is designed to provide resources for STEM and Computer Science (CS) for educators, students, parents and caregivers.

The Robot Doctor

The Robot Doctor

WQED and RobotWits are partnering to provide this educational video series that extends robotics and mathematics lessons to high school age students during the COVID-19 crisis.

Confronting Anti-Black Racism

Confronting Anti-Black Racism

Use these materials with middle and high school students to help them understand the long history of anti-Black racism in the United States, and think about ways to address it in their own families and communities.

PBS American Portrait

PBS American Portrait is an ongoing, evolving initiative that asks you, and people all over the country, to submit your individual stories by responding to one of a number of thought provoking prompts. It’s a chance for you to give us a glimpse into your life, and a chance for you to be heard.


Health & Wellness Resources

Safe Secure Kids

SafeSecureKids.org

SafeSecureKids.org provides free resources to help caregivers prevent sexual abuse and harassment by communicating with children about respect and consent.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Suicide Prevention | Youth.gov

Suicide Prevention | Youth.gov

Developmentally, the years between childhood and adulthood represent a critical period of transition and significant cognitive, mental, emotional, and social change.

Preventing Youth Suicide: Tips for Parents & Educators

Preventing Youth Suicide Tips for Parents and Educators

If you or someone you know is suicidal, get help immediately via 911, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or the Crisis Text Line (text “HOME” to 741741).


Library Resources

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Power Library

Find e-resources , books, movies and more in a PA library.

Power Kids

Pennsylvania’s electronic library with e-resources including BookFLIX, CyberSmarts, and TrueFLIX.


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