On this MPB At-Home Learning web page we share information, resources and activities to keep students learning at home.
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.
July 4th Resources
This collection of books brings history and festivity to kids ages 0-12.
Get ready for the Fourth of July with these fun Independence Day rocket decorations using some basic supplies and recyclables.
Make these mini American flags at home for a great Fourth of July craft that kids will enjoy.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Answering Kids’ Questions About Community Violence
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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/
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.