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On this MPB At-Home Learning web page we share information, resources and activities focused on parents, students and educators. There is so much information we want to share with you so scroll down to see all of these great resources.

MPB Television programming on our main channel will change from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to educational content for PreK-12 students.

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The public broadcasting station in Kentucky, KET, has created a 15–minute current events program for students that help keep them in the know about current events in the world. News Quiz offers short news stories, a corresponding quiz and other resources. Parents can encourage their children to watch this for enrichment or teachers can make it a part of their weekly class lesson. The host is engaging and students will like it. Give it a try by clicking here.

Voting and elections are an essential part of democracy. PBS LearningMedia has put together an Election Collection to help educators and students keep up with election news, study the history and process of presidential elections, explore voting rights, and engage in classroom debates. This collection includes videos, activities and lesson plans for Grades 4-13+.

Elections and Presidential Campaigns

Learn how elections work, look inside the campaign process, consider the role of interest groups, and give students a chance to try their hand at managing a presidential campaign.

The Party System

Examine the history of political parties in the election process and consider their purpose in present day democracy.

Voting Rights

Explore the history and current controversies of voting rights, learn about gerrymandering, and consider how voter ID laws target and exclude particular groups.

How Voting Works

Learn about the mechanics of voting, the role of the electoral college, how voters decide, and the purpose of big caucuses.

Media Literacy

Help students identify, analyze, and investigate the news and information they find online with materials about fake news, confirmation bias, and hyperpartisan news.

Current Issues & Debate Toolkits

Examine the key issues leading up to the 2020 election: climate, education, wealth disparities, cybersecurity. Then engage students in structured classroom debate activities about current issues.



There's a lot we can do to bolster our children’s feelings of confidence and security as they head into a new year. Here are ways to create and practice routines, cope with anxieties and emotions, and find ways to learn at home.

There are a lot of questions about the new school year during COVID. But whether studying in school or at home, your child will learn and grow this year - here's how to support them.

Waiting for big events like birthdays, holidays, or the start of school are great opportunities to for your child to learn to keep track of days and months. These activities will help your child become familiar with using a calendar.

Routines help children know what to expect and what is expected of them, which is why they help children feel more secure and comfortable. If going to bed is difficult for your child, creating a routine together and making a "My Bedtime Routine" book can help give them some control over the situation.

Try these printable checklists and planner to get in the back-to-school mindset:


Homeschooling Resources

PBS LearningMedia offers insightful, interactive content, lesson planning support, and professional development tools. This collection offers a sampling of videos, interactive games, and lesson plans designed to support one-on-one learning and self-paced, student-driven inquiry.

Art School

Grades K-13+

Art School is a KQED web video series that introduces contemporary artists who discuss their careers and intentions, then demonstrate hands-on techniques or concepts. Art School provides resources for learning how to break dance, draw comic strips, create animations, and much more. Empower folks of all ages to engage with contemporary art, and discover new ideas for creativity from a variety of professional artists through this fun and engaging series.

Explore Collection

The Electric Company

Grades 1-3

Hey, you guyyyys! Get ready for rich learning moments! The Electric Company media and resources entertain and engage children ages 5–9 while teaching four crucial areas of literacy that are challenging for struggling readers: Decoding, Vocabulary, Comprehension of Connected Text, and reading Motivation. Here you’ll find full episodes, clips, games and activity sheets to excite even the most reluctant readers.

Plus, check out more from The Electric Company, including educator resources, activities for building math skills and vocabulary, and lessons for English Language Learners—just browse through this collection page!

NOVA: Making Stuff

Grades 6-12

What will the future bring, and what will it be made of? In NOVA's popular series, Making Stuff, technology reporter David Pogue takes viewers on a fun-filled tour of the material world we live in, and the one that may lie ahead. Get a behind-the-scenes look at scientific innovations ushering in a new generation of materials that are different than anything we've ever seen.

These media resources enable educators to get an inside look at the field of materials science and encourage a better understanding of the scientific innovations that are developing materials that will shape our future.

PBS NewsHour

Grades 7-13+

PBS NewsHour Extra helps teachers and students identify the who, what, when, where, and why-it-matters of major national and international news stories. In partnership with PBS LearningMedia, we are proud to bring you the Daily News Storywhich takes the best of the PBS NewsHour news program and pairs it with discussion questions, lesson plans, and stories developed specifically for students.

Our lesson plans and resources help achieve Common Core State Standards goals and cover core academic subject areas ranging from civics and government to world affairs and education.

Engage your students today with This Week's News.

PBS and Race Relations Resources

In response to recent events in the United States, now is a crucial time to think about how we’re teaching our children – and ourselves – to combat racism. Below is a growing list of resources from PBS and trusted partners, to use as tools to support anti-racist learning and growth.

PBS to address race and racism in America through broadcast and streaming content

Films with historical context by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Stanley Nelson and more will rebroadcast and/or stream across PBS stations and platforms. PBS KIDS and PBS LearningMedia provide resources to support families and educators. PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT invites Americans to share their stories about racism and its impact, past and present.

WUCF TV

NewsNight Conversations | A Question of Race

NewsNight Conversations: A Question of Race: Answers for Kids gives time for experts in child psychology, social justice, and education to discuss how to talk with children about racism and current events. wucf.org/racematters

PBS American Portrait is a national storytelling project that invites individuals to participate in a conversation about what it really means to be an American today. PBS and its partners are collecting photos, videos, and text submissions from across the United States to capture the state and spirit of the nation.

Resources for Younger Children

Alike and Different | Daniel Tiger: Life’s Little Lessons

Certainly children don't have to like everyone. No one does. But with the help of loving grownups in their lives, they can learn to be "neighborly" -- respectful, courteous, and kind.

Children's Books to Celebrate Black Culture

The following are some of our favorite books to celebrate African American history, culture and experiences. Some describe our different histories while others show the joys and challenges that are shared by children of all colors as they learn and grow.

How to Teach Children About Cultural Awareness and Diversity

By helping your child understand and respect similarities and differences you will also help your child to understand who he is in the context of your race, ethnic group, culture, religion, language and familial history.



13 Children's Books About Race and Diversity

Children's books are one of the most effective tools to engage with young children on important issues. To encourage conversations about race and diversity with your children, check out this list of books to read together as a family.

Learning to Appreciate Diversity Through Play

In this activity children will explore similarities and differences between themselves and others.

Since 1969, children and adults alike have flocked to the place where multiethnic and multigenerational residents coexist in harmony. The people on this very special street learn life’s lessons together, provide viewers with strong role models, and teach children that everyone brings a special ability to the community.

How to Talk Honestly With Children About Racism

Seven tips to help parents prepare for difficult conversations and start discussions, using picture books, activities, and asking questions of our children.

Sesame Street In Communities

Empathy

We can talk about kindness, but putting it into action often requires a little teaching.
Sesame Street in Communities brings free video content of everyone's favorite, furry Muppet friends as they help children and the adults in their lives reach their highest potential.

Troubling Times

Answering Kids’ Questions About Community Violence

Helping Children with Tragic Events in the News

In times of community or world-wide crisis, it's easy to assume that young children don't know what's going on. But one thing's for sure -- children are very sensitive to how their parents feel. They're keenly aware of the expressions on their parents' faces and the tone of their voices.

Resources for Middle and High School Students

Please note: This is not an exhaustive list of resources. These educational materials are to be used in conjunction with other resources, conversations, and instruction to provide the most complete context for students. These resources are appropriate for middle and high school students. As with all educational materials, please preview these resources prior to utilizing with students to check for appropriateness.

Confronting Anti-Black Racism

The collection Confronting Anti-Black Racismincludes news coverage of recent protests, videos on the origins of the Black Lives Matter Movement and protests against police brutality within the past decade, iconic PBS documentaries on the histories of race and racism in America, and activities addressing civic engagement and elevating students’ voices.

Civil Rights: Then and Now

While students today may think of the Civil Rights Movement as part of the distant past, it’s clear that many of the problems that fueled that fight are still with us. This collection, Civil Rights: Then and Now, of videos, documents, and primary sources lends context to the events and leaders that defined the Civil Rights Movement’s first three decades (1954-1985).

Confronting Bias: Ethics in the Classroom

The Confronting Bias: Ethics in the Classroom collection is a media and education initiative that aims to amplify youth voice and provide a platform for young people to engage in the important work of building a more ethical world.

For more resources like these, visit the PBS LearningMedia collection Confronting Bias: Ethics in the Classroom.


Looking for creative ways to keep kids and families engaged? Buckle up for a virtual field trip to some amazing and wondrous places without having to leave your home!

When children feel worried, grown-ups can help them feel safer, calmer, and more secure.

Talk about heroes: there are superheroes in movies, shows, and books, but a real-life hero is kind, helpful, and brave, and there are lots of heroes working hard in every neighborhood right now.

When a loved one becomes ill with COVID-19 and is isolated, there are ways to offer comfort and honest explanations, and to stay connected to the person who is sick.

PBS’ first app designed specifically for parents, PBS Parents Play & Learn provides more than a dozen games parents can play with their kids, each themed around a familiar location.

The Daniel Tiger for Parents app empowers parents and caregivers with songs and videos from the hit PBS KIDS series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.

Download fun family activities in English to boost reading, math, critical thinking, and mental health. No materials or preparation required.

PBS KIDS’ new weekday newsletter offers activities and tips you can use to help kids play and learn at home. Sign up here!

Sesame Workshop launched the Caring for Each Other initiative—a commitment to supporting families throughout the COVID-19 crisis. The initiative’s landing page, SesameStreet.org/caring is home to resources designed to provide comfort, manage anxiety, and foster learning at home.

Another piece of this initiative created especially with providers and caregivers in mind: Health Emergencies, a new topic page on Sesame Street in Communities.

Child development experts tell us that play is an essential part of childhood. It’s not frivolous. It’s not an extra. Play supports kids’ cognitive, social, emotional and character development.

Want to make your next video chat with family and friends just a little extra special? Download one of these special backgrounds from your favorite PBS KIDS shows! Pretend that you are imagining with Daniel Tiger in the Land of Make Believe, discovering new animals with the Wild Kratts or playing with Molly in the general store in Alaska!

Printable Resources for Parents

Even though you may be staying inside more, you can still experience the beauty of nature. Check out PBS NATURE at-home learning resources and activities and find ways to stream episodes HERE.

Engage with other teachers from around the world and share resources, insights, materials and more! This is a dedicated page for teachers created by PBS. Read blog posts, articles and find lesson ideas posted by fellow teachers from across the country. You can also find professional development opportunities offered by PBS national.

Mississippi e-Learning for Educators provides high-quality, research-based, online professional development facilitated by exemplary Mississippi educators.

Workshops last for four weeks and emphasize theory-to-practice applications.

Ed Said lives on the internet in webisodes at EdSaid.org, and in animated music video interstitials that broadcast on MPB’s television channel. Ed Said uses his rhyming skills to incorporate fruit and vegetable facts into songs that children can enjoy.

Play and Learn Engineering is an educational, fun-filled app that helps your kids learn through play. Explore and learn engineering concepts with games that grow with your child.

PBS KIDS 24/7 channel offers anytime access to trusted educational series for kids ages 2-8


Go on adventures with Molly of Denali from PBS KIDS! In this app, kids ages 4-8 can play with Molly and friends in her Alaskan village, Qyah. The Molly of Denali app teaches children to use familiar texts such as books, diagrams, and captioned photos to solve problems, accomplish tasks, and help Molly’s friends!

The PBS KIDS Video app is available on mobile, tablet, and connected TV devices and offers on0-demand educational videos, and a live stream of the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel.

With PBS KIDS ScratchJr, kids can create their own interactive stories and games featuring their favorite characters from Wild Kratts, Nature Cat, WordGirl and Peg + Cat! The storytelling possibilities are endless with this creative coding app for children ages 5-8.

The PBS KIDS Games app has nearly 200 educational games, which can be downloaded for offline pay anytime, anywhere.

Put your vocabulary skills to the test and see if you have what it takes to be WordGirl’s sidekick! Create superhero avatars and train with WordGirl in this adventurous PBS KIDS app designed for kids 6 to 8.

PBS KIDS

Wild Kratts | Wear a Mask Like the Wild Kratts! | PBS KIDS

Your favorite Wild Kratt brothers, Martin and Chris, have a special message about wearing your mask to help protect you from germs when you go outside!

Watch and play more games at https://pbskids.org or download the *FREE* PBS KIDS Video and Games app at https://pbskids.org/apps/

Meet the Helpers

Wearing a Mask Helps Stop the Spread of Germs

You can be a germ buster by wearing a cloth mask. Medical masks should be saved for Helpers, like doctors and nurses, who are working to make people feel better. To learn more, go to meetthehelpers.org

The Big Sneeze! | Sid the Science Kid FULL EPISODE | PBS KID

Sid’s parents tell him to wash his hands to keep away germs. But Sid can’t see any germs on his hands, so why should he wash them? Sid and his friends learn that germs are so small that you can’t see them. And they discover that a great way to stay healthy and keep germs away is by washing their hands with soap and water!

Germs Germs Go Away | Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood | PBS KIDS

Daniel imagines that he can make all of the germs on his hands go away.

Watch and play more games at https://pbskids.org or download the *FREE* PBS KIDS Video and Games app at https://pbskids.org/apps/

PBS KIDS

Daniel the Germ-Fighting Superhero | Daniel Tiger's Neighbor

When Daniel is sick, he imagines that he is a germ-fighting superhero that can make all the germs go away!

Watch and play more games at https://pbskids.org or download the *FREE* PBS KIDS Video and Games app at https://pbskids.org/apps/

Easy At-Home Activities for Pre K- 8th Grade

Download fun family activities in Spanish to boost reading, math, critical thinking, and mental health. No materials or preparation required.

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