Station Break August 2012
Arkansas History Resource Hub Available Online
The Arkansas History Hub is described as an interactive tool that assembles resources from history institutions across the state into a centralized, easy-to-use website. It allows teachers to exchange ideas, enhance their lesson plans and download classroom materials about Arkansas history.
A short video at http://player.vimeo.com/video/27878665?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0&autoplay=1 will introduce you to the Hub.
Art And Music
Art Beat at School Site
This lesson plan explores the student as artist, researcher, community member and documenter. Students will learn about landscape painting, incorporating life experiences into their art work and using the environment for inspiration.
PBS Teacher Classroom Resource - Making a Clown Mask for Grades 3-8
Help students get in the clown spirit by watching the video, then follow the instructions to create their own clown faces.
National Resources Help Anti-Bullying Efforts
The government has embarked on an expanded anti-bullying campaign. At this site, you will find videos, practical advice, ideas that work and other resources educators can use to combat this threat to our children.
What Do You Know about InfantSEE?
Parents should include a trip to the optometrist on the list of well-baby check-ups between the ages of six to 12 months. Early detection of eye conditions is the best way to ensure your baby has healthy vision now and in the future.
InfantSEE, a public health program managed by Optometry Cares and The American Optometric Association (AOA) Foundation, is designed to ensure that eye and vision care become an important part of infant wellness. Under this program, AOA optometrists provide FREE comprehensive eye and vision assessments for infants within the first year of life regardless of a family's income or access to insurance coverage.
Source: Healthy Families Now Newsletter from the Arkansas Department of Human Serviceshttp://www.infantsee.org/x3423.xml
PBS Parent Resources - PBS Bookfinder
When parents want to find a book to share with a child, this site simplifies the process. Selection criteria include age, book types and themes. Age choices range from babies to third-graders. Book types include read-aloud and read-to-self. It is then possible to select from a list of book themes or do a key word search.
Help For Parents To Help Their Children
Parents can select programs from the list below to help their children learn basic concepts. If a seven year-old child is having trouble with reading and writing, the list will show "Arthur", "Between the Lions", "Electric Company", "Martha Speaks", "Super WHY", "Word Girl" and "Word World" as appropriate resources. By going to the program Web sites, parent and child can play the games, do the activities, color the activity pages and explore the world of reading together.
Programs By Focus Areas
|Arthur||6-9 years||Reading, writing, social skills|
|Between The Lions||4-7 years||Reading|
|Caillou||3-6 years||Social skills|
|The Cat in the Hat||4-6 years||Social skills|
|Clifford the Big Red Dog||4-7 years||Social skills|
|Curious George||3-5 years||Science, engineering, math|
|Dragon Tales||2-7 years||Social skills|
|Electric Company||6-9 years||Reading|
|Fetch with Ruff Ruffman||6-10 years||Social skills, problem solving|
|Martha Speaks||4-7 years||Reading|
|Maya & Miguel||6-11 years||Spanish language, social skills|
|Mr. Rogers||3-5 years||Social skills, self-esteem|
|Sesame Street||2-4 years||Reading, math, social skills|
|Sid the Science Kid||3-6 years||Science|
|Super WHY!||6-8 years||Reading|
|Word Girl||6-8 years||Reading|
|Word World||6-8 years||Reading|
Child Development Tracker
A child's development is unique and complex. Although children develop through a generally predictable sequence of steps and milestones, they may not proceed through these steps in the same way or at the same time. A child's development is greatly influenced by factors in his or her environment and the experiences he or she has.
The information provided by this tool is considered by experts as a representation of "widely-held expectations" for what an average child might achieve within a given year. Please consider this in the context of your child's unique development.
Source: PBS Parents
Grants, Awards And Scholarships
- Arkansas Department of Education grant listings http://arkansased.org/programs/grants.html
- Technology grant information at http://www.vernier.com/grants/fulllist.html
- Forecast of Finding for the U.S. Department of Education http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/find/edlite-forecast.html
- Pen Weekly Newsblast http://www.publiceducation.org/newsblast_grants.asp This site includes grant opportunity, Web links, deadlines, eligibility and maximum grant amounts
- Federal Grants http://grants.gov allows you to search by category, you do not need to register to search for grant opportunities
- Grants Alert http://grantsalert.com/
- These sources will help locate foundation, government and other grant opportunities. It's best to start when you have some time to invest, because one thing frequently leads to another link.
- FREE makes it easier to find teaching and learning resources from the federal government at http://www.free.ed.gov/.
- Grant Writing Tips and Tools
- If you want factual information about grant writing and samples, be sure to visit the Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal by S. Joseph Levine, Ph.D., Michigan State University, at http://www.learnerassociates.net/proposal.
- "Show Me The Money: Tips & Resources For Successful Grant Writing" http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/profdev/profdev039.shtml
Health, Safety And Fitness
PBS Teacher Classroom Resource - Design and Implement a Personal Fitness Plan for Grades 6-12
This lesson plan allows teachers to help students identify and design a fitness plan that provides "an avenue for students to participate in and establish lifetime health and fitness habits and goals."
History And Social Studies
Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips Schedule
October 11, 2012
The Will of the People
The presidential campaign of 1800 was perhaps the most bitter in U.S. history. Thomas Jefferson explains to modern students how negative campaigning, partisan politics, and contested elections have been part of our political system since the republic's earliest days.
November 8, 2012
Emissaries of Peace
During the French and Indian War, the Cherokee people struggled to preserve their independence. Follow Cherokee leader Ostenaco and Virginian Henry Timberlake on their 1762 journey in search of a lasting peace.
December 13, 2012
Colonial Idol Premiere
Vote for outstanding musical performances in Colonial Idol! This exciting talent showcase features 18th-century music, including Native American songs, military tunes, enslaved people's work songs, and much more. As the judges deliberate, discover how music can influence individuals, shape public opinion, and even change history.
January 17, 2013
Research Rescue Squad Premiere
Someone is stealing books, removing footnotes, and confusing students with false information. Luckily, the Research Rescue Squad will save the day! Join the Squad as they try to defeat the evil mastermind, Dubious Sources, by helping students do solid research using the library, the internet, and museums.
February 14, 2013
The Slave Trade
This program explores the U.S. law of 1807 that abolished the transatlantic slave trade. Meet the people involved in or influenced by this pivotal legislation: slaves, plantation owners, slave-ship captains and crew, government officials, navy officers, and antislavery activists.
March 14, 2013
The Global Economy Premiere
What we think of as the modern global economy is actually centuries old! Join Maggie, an adventurous rat, as she boards ships using international trade routes to make her way home from England to the American colonies. Along the way, discover the inner workings of the eighteenth-century mercantile system.
April 11, 2013
The Industrious Tradesmen
Follow the lives of several journeymen fresh from their apprenticeships in trades and business as they learn how skill and opportunity will impact their careers. Who will achieve their dreams and become masters of their own shops?
For information about how to use the field trips in your classroom, visit http://www.history.org/history/teaching/eft/howToUse.cfm.
Monthly Series Addresses Issues in Minority Communities; Sylvester Smith Hosts
AETN's "Minority Matters," a series provides a dedicated forum for discussion and exploration of issues affecting Arkansans from a minority perspective.
"'Minority Matters' is an opportunity to open dialogue from varying perspectives in an effort to educate Arkansans on different viewpoints, enrich our lives through exchange of ideas, and inspire us to embrace and/or explore each other's cultures, views, experiences, similarities and differences," Tanisha Joe-Conway, AETN senior public affairs producer and series producer, said.
"Minority Matters" seeks to create a deeper level of understanding and awareness of minority issues for all Arkansans and to explore the state's current successes, challenges and opportunities. The first episode surveys the Arkansas political landscape from the view of black candidates who have run for high level statewide and federal offices.
Library, Literature And Reading
PBS Learning Media Resource - Newspapers in the Digital Age, Grades 6-12
Examine how stories are covered and delivered in the Digital Age. Explore how the newspaper industry has adapted to stay relevant within the Digital Age by becoming information portals and utilizing social media.
Masterpiece Theatre Summer Mysteries
July 1, 2012
Before his signature red Jaguar, before Inspector Morse, there was the rookie Constable Morse. Shaun Evans (The Take, The Virgin Queen) portrays Endeavour Morse, the low man on the force returning to Oxford with no track record and his future on the line.
In Oxford, 1965, a 15-year-old girl has disappeared, and only the powerless rookie Endeavour Morse is committed to finding her... and the truth.
July 8, 2012
The Soul of Genius
When the body of an obsessive Oxford English professor is found, Lewis and Hathaway are set upon a seemingly impossible quest to uncover the truth.
July 15, 2012
Generation of Vipers
Suspicions abound as Lewis and Hathaway investigate the death of a lovelorn Oxford professor. Was her death caused by an embarrassing Internet leak, or something much more sinister?
July 22, 2012
Lewis and Hathaway are drawn into a darker side of Oxford while investigating the murder of a suburban babysitter. Will the babysitter's secret life help the detectives unravel a tangled web of lies and deceit to find their killer?
July 29, 2012
The Indelible Stain
A controversial American academic is found strangled after a guest lecture at Oxford, leading Lewis and Hathaway to narrow down a list of motives that includes politics, ambition and vengeance, in order to find their culprit.
Sept. 9, 2012
The brooding Swedish cop Wallander (Kenneth Branagh) returns with a new home and relationship, a new sense of possibility, and three chilling new cases with devastating effects.
An Event in Autumn
Wallander's peaceful new start is disrupted when investigations of two murdered, anonymous girls take him far from home... and to the very heart of it.
Sept. 16, 2012
The Dogs of Riga
The gruesome appearance in the Baltic Sea of two corpses floating in a raft prompts Wallander to pursue justice in an eerie post-Soviet Latvia rife with corruption.
Math And Science
Design Squad Nation - Heavy Lifting, Ages 9-12
Activities at Design Squad Nation are hands-on challenges that focus on the engineering design process. They use simple materials, allow for multiple solutions, and are ideal for ages 9-12. For this exercise, students will build a cardboard crane and see how heavy a load it can lift.
PBS Kids Lab
PBS KIDS is always working on something new-and usually several "somethings" at once! Whether it's new apps focusing on math or an augmented reality game using camera phones, you'll be able to find the latest and greatest at PBS KIDS Lab. This is where PBS debuts the newest games-including some that are in development in beta testing mode-and shows early research results, behind-the-scenes features, and more. Visit today at: pbskids.org/lab
Learning - PBS Teacher Classroom Resource - STEM Math Resource Center
The 13th century empiricist Roger Bacon called mathematics "the door and key to the sciences." High-quality lesson plans, games, interactives and video from PBS national programming like CYBERCHASE, DRAGONFLY TV, and NOVA as well as from local programming like MATH CAN TAKE YOU PLACES from public station KERA in Dallas can help your students step through that door.
Online ArkansasIDEAS Course Catalog
The IDEAS staff adds courses weekly. An updated version of this catalog can be found at http://ideas.aetn.org/catalog.