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Resources for Parents and Teachers

Tools to Help Your Child Succeed

WFSU is available for both parents and teachers providing resources to encourage healthy learning. Through online tools, community events, television programs, learning symposiums and more, WFSU is dedicated to helping you help your child.

Please explore the information available to you on this website and pbskids.org. Also, feel free to contact us with any questions: Kim Kelling-Engstrom (Director of Community Engagement) kkelleng@fsu.edu or 850-645-6056 or Tasha Weinstein (Education and Outreach Coordinator) tweinstein@fsu.edu or 850-645-6062.

All of the following resources are available for at no cost. Note that some may require registration.


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28 Resources Found

Resource Title Description
American and Confederate Flags alongside the Ordinance of Secession

The Civil War

http://wfsu.org/education/civil-war-resources

Accompanying Ken Burns' amazing work, "The Civil War," is the fully redesigned website which highlights significant events and battles with a visual timeline and a vast catalog of maps and photographs.

Target: Kindergarten through 12th Grade
Curriculum: History, Social Studies

Newshour Holocaust photo

The Holocaust

http://www.wfsu.org/education/holocaust-resources.php

Resources to help teach about the Holocaust

Target: 6th Grade through 12th Grade
Curriculum: History

The Homestretch - still from movie

Homelessness

http://www.wfsu.org/education/homeless-resources.php

Homelessness Resources - According to the 2014 Council on Homelessness report done by DCF, in the 2012-2013 school year, there were more than 70,000 homeless students in Florida Schools. Homelessness is, unfortunately, a prevalent issue in today’s world, and as an educator, you are likely to encounter a student who may be homeless. We have gathered a list of groups who are working to end homelessness on the local and state level, as well as compiled educator resources to start discussion in the classroom on homelessness.

Target: Kindergarten through 12th Grade
Curriculum: Social Studies


Cyber Safety

http://wfsu.org/education/cyber_safety.php

We want to help you keep the virtual world a little bit safer, for you and your family. There are lots of great games, safety apps and oodles of information for kids, parents and educators to check out! We’ve looked at many cyber safety resources and will attempt to bring you some of the most valuable resources right to this page – if you see something interesting, go ahead and click on it! Our goal is that your whole family will become a little bit more cyber savvy.

Target: Pre-Kindergarten through 11th Grade
Curriculum: Technology

Black History Month

Black History Month

http://wfsu.org/education/black-history-month-2015.php

February is here as is Black History Month. We have compiled some resources to help you educate your entire family on our country's important history.

Target: Kindergarten through 12th Grade
Curriculum: History

Flamenco lesson

Hispanic Heritage Month

http://wfsu.org/education/hispanic-heritage-resources

To mark Hispanic Heritage Month, PBS LearningMedia will spotlight new Spanish-language resources alongside a rich collection of content about Hispanic history and culture. Explore our available resources.

Target: Kindergarten through 12th Grade
Curriculum: History


In the Grass, On the Reef

http://wfsu.org/coastalecology

Information about North Florida's coastal ecology system and how it affects our daily lives.

Target: Kindergarten through 12th Grade
Curriculum: Science

Thinkport

Lure of the Labyrinth

http://labyrinth.thinkport.org/www/

Lure of the Labyrinth is a digital game for middle-school pre-algebra students. It includes a wealth of intriguing math-based puzzles wrapped into an exciting narrative game in which students work to find their lost pet - and save the world from monsters! Linked to both national and state mathematics standards, the game gives students a chance to actually think like mathematicians. If you are already a registered user of Thinkport, you can use your Thinkport user name and password to log on to the game. In all other cases, you need to register.You will have to select a role to play... for example, if you are a teacher and want to use the game in your classes, you should register as a teacher. If you registered as a kid under age 13, you can log onto the game immediately. Just enter the user name and password you picked and you will be on your way.If you registered as any other kind of user, you will receive an email shortly with directions for completing your registration.

Target: 6th Grade through 8th Grade
Curriculum: Math

Math Mentors Astoria Park Logo

Math Mentors

http://pbskids.org/lab

The Math Mentors Activity Log is based on the Common Core Standards for Kindergarten. The kindergarten students are mentored one-on-one by students in an upper grade (for example, 4th). Find out more at wfsu.org/mathmentors

Target: Kindergarten through 5th Grade
Curriculum: Math


Mission US

http://www.mission-us.org/

Mission US is a multimedia project that immerses players in U.S. history content through free interactive games. 

Mission 1: “For Crown or Colony?” puts players in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston. They encounter both Patriots and Loyalists, and when rising tensions result in the Boston Massacre, they must choose where their loyalties lie.  

In Mission 2: “Flight to Freedom,” players take on the role of Lucy, a 14-year-old slave in Kentucky.  As they navigate her escape and journey  to Ohio, they discover that life in the “free” North is dangerous and difficult. In 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act brings disaster. Will Lucy ever truly be free? 

In Mission 3 (Release date… October 16th, 2013): “A Cheyenne Odyssey” focuses on Westward Expansion from the perspective of one Plains Indian tribe. The player is Little Fox, a Northern Cheyenne boy whose life is changed by the encroachment of white settlers, railroad builders, and U.S. military expeditions. As the buffalo herds diminish and the U.S. government enforces the reservation system, players will learn about the persistence of the Cheyenne tribe amid national transformations at the end of the 19th century.

To get started on your journey: step into the world of Mission US: mission-us.org.

More missions are on the way!

Target: 5th Grade through 8th Grade
Curriculum: History

nature

Nature

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/category/for-educators/

Over more than a quarter-century, NATURE has brought the beauty and wonder of the natural world into American homes, becoming in the process the benchmark of natural history programs on American television. The series has won more than 450 honors from the television industry, the international wildlife film community, parent groups, and environmental organizations - including 10 Emmy Awards, three Peabody Awards, and the first honor ever given to a program by the Sierra Club.

Target: 3rd Grade through 12th Grade
Curriculum: Science

Nova Science Now

Nova and Nova Science Now

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/sciencenow/about/

Since the mid-1970s, NOVA has been unrivaled in bringing authoritative, innovative, and entertaining science documentaries to television. Now the same award-winning producers have teamed up with Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, author, and host, to present multiple stories in a magazine format show. Each hour-long episode of NOVA scienceNOW features Tyson's "Cosmic Perspective" and four fast-paced, timely science and technology stories, including a profile piece on an intriguing personality in the field.

Target: 6th Grade through 12th Grade
Curriculum: Math, Science, Social Studies, Technology

Oh Noah! Logo

Oh Noah!

http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/oh-noah/

Oh Noah!, (formerly known as Noah Comprende) is designed to teach Spanish to children ages six to eight through animated videos with embedded games that help build vocabulary. In each video, a misunderstanding launches a comic misadventure. Kids learn language better when they can put it into meaningful context. Although – like Noah – they may not understand all the Spanish dialogue, kids can comprehend the story told through rich visual storytelling, much like a silent movie

Target: Kindergarten through 2nd Grade
Curriculum: Foreign Languages

PBS Kids Go!

PBS KIDS and Education Web Resources

http://www.pbskidsgo.org

PBS's children's content reaches all of America's children – a diverse and growing audience. Because children, parents, caregivers and educators access media in different ways and have different needs, PBS offers a variety of Interactive resources to choose from. Below is a brief overview of the core Internet offerings to further children's development and encourage their growth through exploration and discovery in a safe environment.

These sites offer access to all of PBS's children's series and Web-only games, activities, resources and streaming video, covering all curriculum areas with quick links to Parents and Teachers sections for each program.

  • Each program site allows kids to be immersed in play with their favorite characters and shows.
  • Offers bilingual resources for parents & teachers
  • Offers streaming full episodes and clips for both audiences.

Target: Pre-Kindergarten through 3rd Grade
Curriculum: English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Technology

Island

PBS Kids Go! Island

http://www.pbskids.org/read

This site is specifically designed to build reading skills and aggregates the literacy-based activities, games and resources from PBS KIDS Raising Readers series that include SESAME STREET, SUPER WHY, WORDWORLD and BETWEEN THE LIONS for parents, teachers and kids in one place so it's easily accessible in a cohesive environment. The site is built on a literacy framework, based on the National Reading Panel guidelines and funded by a Ready To Learn Grant from the U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

  • The site tracks children's progress through seven key literacy building skills
  • Features bilingual content for parents, caregivers & teachers
  • Offers dynamic modules, including “Word of the Day”
  • Designed to support all literacy levels

Check out these PBS KIDS Island videos:
For Parents: youtube.com/watch?v=3SxQGEqNDws
For Kids: youtube.com/watch?v=kgeQGJjsCCU

Target: Pre-Kindergarten through 1st Grade
Curriculum: English

PBS Lab

PBS Lab

http://pbskids.org/lab

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 right here at PBS KIDS Lab. This is where we debut our newest games—including some that are in development in beta testing mode—and show early research results, behind-the-scenes features, and more. Be among the very first to see what's new with beloved characters like Curious George, the Cat in the Hat, Buddy from Dinosaur Train, Sid the Science Kid and more.

Target: Pre-Kindergarten through 3rd Grade
Curriculum: Technology

PBS Parents

PBS Parents

http://www.pbs.org/parents

  • Visitors can also find information about their children's favorite PBS KIDS programs
  • Educational activities related to PBS KIDS programs
  • Explanations of educational goals
  • Visitors can interact with experts on a wide range of parenting topics through the PBS Parents Expert Q&A.
  • Visitors can share real-world advice and strategies with other parents through the Supersisters blog, authored by three sisters, with eight children among them
  • Sign up for the PBS Parents free e-newsletter
Resources include video and audio segments, Flash interactives, images, documents, lesson plans for teachers, and student-oriented activities. Teachers’ Domain strives to strengthen teacher knowledge by providing innovative teaching methods that incorporate technology in the classroom and inspire students to learn.

Target: Kindergarten through 12th Grade

Plum Landing

Plum Landing

http://pbskids.org/plumlanding/

Take your kids on fantastic adventures to explore our world with PLUM LANDING, an exciting environmental science project from WGBH Boston that helps kids develop a love for, and connection to, this amazing and beautiful planet we call home. PLUM LANDING offers children ages six to nine and their families a collection of fun and engaging games, apps, videos and hands-on activities, to do online as well as outdoors. Check out the tips in Get Outdoors with Your Family—And Sneak in Some Science, Too! Now get ready to explore your world!

Target: 1st Grade through 4th Grade
Curriculum: Science

reading rockets

Reading Rockets

http://readingrockets.org/

Reading Rockets offers a wealth of reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better. Our reading resources assist parents, teachers, and other educators in working with struggling readers who require additional help in reading fundamentals and comprehension skills development.

Target: Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade
Curriculum: English

Story Cove

Story Cove

http://www.storycove.com

The Story Cove format enables children, families and teachers to explore these stories in a variety of ways. As a result, each child is able to develop a more personal understanding of a story while learning about the world.

Target: Pre-Kindergarten through 6th Grade

PBS Teachers

Teachers' Domain

http://www.teachersdomain.org

Teachers' Domain is an online library of more than 1,000 free media resources from the best in public television. These classroom resources, featuring media from NOVA, Frontline, Design Squad, American Experience, and other public broadcasting and content partners are easy to use and correlate to state and national standards.

Target: Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade

The Electric Company

The Electric Company

http://pbskids.org/electriccompany/parentseducators

The Electric Company Outreach Kit is an unbelievable resource for both parents and teachers. All the materials in the kit, including this guide, build upon and extend the goals of The Electric Company. They're aligned with national educational standards, and they're all about having fun-using language and words as a powerful means to a rewarding end.

Target: 1st Grade through 4th Grade
Curriculum: English

The Great Word Quest

The Great Word Quest

http://pbskids.org/wordquest/#/login

The Great Word Quest is designed to improve literacy skills for children six to eight years old. Children can play games with characters from their favorite PBS Kids television programs, like The Electric Company, Word Girl, and Martha Speaks. Children can advance through literacy-based scavenger hunts to earn words, that they can they use to create their own stories. These games help strengthen your child's critical reading skills, such as phonics, reading comprehension and vocabulary. An added bonus is the Progress Tracker; this program is designed for parents and educators to access and evaluate each child's progress. The Progress Tracker also provides customized activities that can help make reading a part of everyday life.

Target: 1st Grade through 3rd Grade
Curriculum: English

Virtural Pre-K

Virtual Pre-K Lesson Links

http://wfsu.org/vpk

Lesson links - compiled on one page for your Pre-K leareners.

Target: Pre-Kindergarten

Kids Club

WFSU Kids Club

http://www.wfsu.org/membership/kids_club.php

Support great PBS programs by joining the WFSU Kids Club! The Kids Club is for children ages 0 to 11. It offers educational information for parents and fun PBS items and events for kids.

Target: Pre-Kindergarten through 6th Grade

Raising Readers

WFSU Raising Readers

http://www.wfsu.org/education/RaisingReaders.php

WFSU has been named a PBS KIDS Raising Readers station, a literacy initiative designed to harness the power of public media content and tools to teach literacy skills to children ages 2 to 8, especially those from low income families.

Target: Pre-Kindergarten through 3rd Grade
Curriculum: English, Literature


WFSU/PBS Learning Media

http://florida.pbslearningmedia.org/

PBS LearningMedia™ is your destination for easy, instant access to thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources including videos and interactives perfect for the Interactive Whiteboard, plus audio and photos, and even in-depth lesson plans. You can search, save, and share with ease. Best of all, PBS LearningMedia™ is free for educators. Register today!

Target: Kindergarten through 12th Grade

Women doing chemistry at FSCW

Women's History Month

http://wfsu.org/education/womens-history-month-2015.php

Stemming from celebrations of International Women's Day (March 8), Women's History Month is celebrated in March in the United States. It gives us a chance to reflect on the contributions of women to events in histroy and conetemporary society. We've compiled resources that may help you in your lesson planning for this important topic, beginning with the contributions of our own Florida women.

Target: Kindergarten through 12th Grade
Curriculum: History




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