At Home Learning

Home Learning Resources

As schooling continues to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Northwest Public Broadcasting is partnering with GBH to broadcast At-Home Learning programs for students from 6th to 12th grade.  These programs are available Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

Programs are supplemented with additional resources from PBS LearningMedia, which is partnering with the WORLD Channel. The resources in PBS LearningMedia, which were developed based on feedback from educators, are aligned to curriculum standards in every state and contextualized for educational use. These resources include grab-and-go activities, lesson plans, interactive lessons and media that illustrate specific topics or themes and support materials across subjects.

The programs are available on KWSU 10.1 and on KTNW 31.3 (for viewers who receive our signal with an antenna.)

Monday, January 4

9:00 AM: NOVA: Emperor’s Ghost Army
NOVA investigates how and why the 9,000 life-sized terracotta statues buried with China’s first emperor were made and the technology behind the still lethal and highly advanced crossbows, spears, and swords carried by the clay warriors.
Chinese Artist Creates New Terra Cotta Army
Engineering (Grades 6-12)

10:00 AM: Blood Sugar Rising (10 am-12 pm)
Explore the history and science of diabetes, which affects 100 million Americans and costs over $350 billion annually.
Blood Sugar Rising – Collection
Science (Grades 6-12)

11:00 AM: Blood Sugar Rising (Cont.)
Explore the history and science of diabetes, which affects 100 million Americans and costs over $350 billion annually.
Blood Sugar Rising – Collection
Science (Grades 6-12)

12:00 PM: Civilizations, Episode 9: What Is Art Good For?
Explore the fate of art in the machine and profit-driven world: Should art create a realm separate from the modern world or plunge headlong into the chaos while transforming the way we see and live in it?
Ai Weiwei Asks, “What is Freedom” in New Exhibit
Social Studies (Grades 6-12)

1:00 PM: History Detectives: WPA Mural Studies
A woman inherits six large paintings that she believes were mural studies commissioned by the WPA in the 1930s or 1940s. The color illustrations depict contributions of African Americans in the fields of medicine, transportation, and industry.
Ken Burns in The Classroom: A New Deal for The Dustbowl
Social Studies (Grades 6-12)

Tuesday, January 5

9:00 AM: Illustrative Math Grade 6: Unit 7, Lesson 3 / Illustrative Math Grade 7: Unit 6, Lesson 21
Comparing Positive and Negative Numbers /Combining Like Terms (Part 2)
Grade 6 video lesson preview  / Grade 7 video lesson preview
Math (Grade 6 / Grade 7)

10:00 AM: Illustrative Math Grade 8: Unit 7, Lesson 8 /Illustrative Math Algebra 1: Unit 7, Lesson 12
Combining Bases/ Completing the Square (Part 1)
Grade 8 video lesson preview / Algebra 1 lesson preview
Math  (Grade 8 / Algebra 1)

11:00 AM: Genius by Stephen Hawking: Where Are We?
Join renowned scientist Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to measure Earth, the solar system, and even the universe—and find our true place in the cosmos.
Map a Model Solar System
Science (Grades 6-12)

12:00 PM: Ken Burns’s The Roosevelts, Episode 1: Get Action (1858-1901) (12 -2 PM)
The century-long Roosevelt legacy begins with the birth of Theodore Roosevelt on October 27, 1858.
Ken Burns in the Classroom: The Roosevelts – Collection
Social Studies (Grades 6-12)

1:00 PM: Ken Burns’s The Roosevelts, Episode 1: Get Action (1858-1901) (Cont.)
The century-long Roosevelt legacy begins with the birth of Theodore Roosevelt on October 27, 1858.
Ken Burns in the Classroom: The Roosevelts – Classroom
Social Studies (Grades 6-12)

Wednesday, January 6

9:00 AM: SciGirls: Going Green (9-9:30) / SciGirls: Pedal Power (9:30-10) 
Green: Three girls perform a trash audit for the waste in their school cafeteria, then they brainstorm, design, and engineer a new product using #5 cups, learning in the process the role that science and technology can play in solving societal problems. Pedal: Four friends follow the engineering design process as they design a machine that will churn ice cream while they ride their bikes.
SciGirls: Going Green
SciGirls: Pedal Power
Science / Science (Grades 6-8) / (Grades 6-8)

10:00 AM: Nature: Super Cats, Episode 2: Cats in Every Corner
Discover how cats have conquered the world, thriving in almost every landscape on Earth.
Cat Adaptations: Body Structures
Science (Grades 6-8)

11:00 AM: Battleground Everglades: Algae Explosion (11-11:30 am) / Battleground Everglades: War on Invasive Species (11:30-12 pm)
Charles J. Kropke speaks with scientists, environmentalists, and legislators on all sides of the issue of the 2016 toxic algae outbreak in the Everglades, an unprecedented local disaster with international implications. / Go behind the scenes of the fight against the devastation caused by non-native plants and animals and efforts by retrained military veterans who capture Burmese pythons.
The Value of Wetlands
The Value of Wetlands
Science / Science (Grades 6-8) / (Grades 6-12)

12:00 PM: Ken Burns’s The Roosevelts, Episode 2: In the Arena (1901-1910) (12-2 PM)
After William McKinley’s assassination, Theodore Roosevelt arrives in Washington in 1901 as the youngest president of the United States.
Ken Burns in the Classroom: The Roosevelts – Collection
Social Studies (Grades 6-12)

1:00 PM: Ken Burns’s The Roosevelts, Episode 2: In the Arena (1901-1910) (Cont.)
After William McKinley’s assassination, Theodore Roosevelt arrives in Washington in 1901 as the youngest president of the United States.
Ken Burns in the Classroom: The Roosevelts – Collection
Social Studies (Grades 6-12)

Thursday, January 7

9:00 AM: Illustrative Math Grade 6: Unit 2, Lessons 3, 5 / Illustrative Math Grade 7: Unit 2, Lesson 4
Recipes and Defining Equivalent Ratios / Proportional Relationships and Equations Grade 6 video lesson preview  / Grade 7 video lesson preview
Math (Grade 6) / (Grade 7)

10:00 AM: Illustrative Math Grade 8: Unit 4, Lesson 3 / Illustrative Math Algebra 1: Unit 6, Lesson 1
Balanced Moves / A Different Kind of Change
Grade 8 video lesson preview / Algebra 1 lesson preview
Math (Grade 8) / (Algebra 1)

11:00 AM: PBS NewsHour: The Plastic Problem
PBS NewsHour takes a closer look at this now-ubiquitous material—how it’s impacting the world and ways to break our plastic addiction.
Plastic in the Pacific
Science (Grades 6-12)

12:00 PM: Ken Burns’s The Roosevelts, Episode 3: The Fire of Life (1910-1919) (12-2 PM)
With his election to the New York State Senate in 1910, Franklin D. Roosevelt sets out to make a name for himself in Albany.
Ken Burns in the Classroom: The Roosevelts – Collection
Social Studies (Grades 6-12)

1:00 PM: Ken Burns’s The Roosevelts, Episode 3: The Fire of Life (1910-1919) (Cont.)
With his election to the New York State Senate in 1910, Franklin D. Roosevelt sets out to make a name for himself in Albany.
Ken Burns in the Classroom: The Roosevelts – Collection
Social Studies (Grades 6-12)

Friday, January 8

9:00 AM: Illustrative Math Grade 6: Unit 3, Lesson 1 / Illustrative Math Grade 7: Unit 5, Lessons 3, 4
Finding the Percentage / Changing Elevation
Grade 6 video lesson preview  / Grade 7 video lesson preview
Math (Grade 6 / Grade 7)

10:00 AM: Illustrative Math Grade 8: Unit 5, Lesson 5 /
Illustrative Math Algebra 1: Unit 6, Lesson 10

More Graphs of Functions / Graphs of Functions in Standard and Factored Forms
Grade 8 video lesson preview / Algebra 1 lesson preview
Math (Grade 8 / Algebra 1)

11:00 AM: Shakespeare Uncovered: “Julius Caesar” with Brian Cox
Brian Cox explores how Julius Caesar poses challenges about who or what to trust and gets readers thinking about what values to live by.
Shakespeare: Julius Caesar
ELA (Grades 8-12)

12:00 PM: The Library of Congress National Book Festival: Celebrating American Ingenuity      
Interviews, insights, and artistic expressions from some of the nation’s most significant and prolific literary voices give us a glimpse into their creative processes and environments. Hosted by Hoda Kotb and featuring an impressive group of authors, including Colson Whitehead, Madeleine Albright, Melinda Gates, John Grisham, and many more.
Literary Elements and Techniques
ELA (Grades 6-12)

1:00 PM: The Library of Congress National Book Festival: Celebrating American Ingenuity   
Interviews, insights, and artistic expressions from some of the nation’s most significant and prolific literary voices give us a glimpse into their creative processes and environments. Hosted by Hoda Kotb and featuring an impressive group of authors, including Colson Whitehead, Madeleine Albright, Melinda Gates, John Grisham, and many more.
Literary Elements and Techniques
ELA (Grades 6-12)

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