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.)

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Home Learning Resources are provided in partnership with:

How to be a SAVINGSUARUS! 

Monday, April 5

9:00 AM: Power Trip: The Story of Energy: Water
Learn how water and energy are interconnected and how we can make energy “less thirsty” and water less energy intensive.
Hoover Dam and Hydroelectric Power
Science (Grades 6-12)

10:00 AM: Power Trip: The Story of Energy: Food
How can we harness energy to feed our growing population without the downsides of industrialization?
Food Is Fuel
Science (Grades 6-12)

11:00 AM: Power Trip: The Story of Energy: Transportation
Travel across the centuries to discover the energy that brings us modern transportation, allowing us to travel over land and across the sky, changing societies and our sense of place.
Transportation’s Contribution to Climate Change
Science (Grades 6-12)

12:00 PM: Holy Silence
During the years leading up to World War II, what was the Vatican’s reaction to the rise of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany? And after the war began, how did the pope respond to the horrors of the Holocaust?
Life During World War II: Using Artifacts to Understand History
Social Studies (Grades 9-12)

1:00 PM: The Registry
Learn about the hidden history of the U.S. Army’s Military Intelligence Service (MIS) during World War II—a story made possible because of a few aging Japanese American veterans with a little Internet savvy and a lot of determination.
Minnesota | Activity 10.4: Japanese-American Translators at Fort Snelling
Social Studies (Grades 6-12)

Tuesday, April 6

9:00 AM: Illustrative Math Grade 6: Unit 3, Lesson 5 / Illustrative Math Grade 7: Unit 2, Lesson 11
Comparing Speeds and Prices / Interpreting Graphs of Proportional Relationships
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 15 / Illustrative Math Algebra 1: Unit 6, Lesson 6
Writing Systems of Equations / Building Quadratic Equations to Describe Situations (Part 2)
Grade 8 video lesson preview / Algebra 1 lesson preview
Math (Grade 8 / Algebra 1)

11:00 AM: Changing Seas: Toxic Waters (11-11:30) / SciGirls: Game Changers (11:30 am -12 pm)
Find out what scientists are learning about algal blooms: their causes, how they impact us, and how we can stop them. / Game on for Jolie and her pals! Teaming up with game designers, they create a hands-on board game adventure and code an app, then share the fun at a professional game design showcase.
Algae Blooms Affect Great Lakes Drinking Water
SciGirls | Game Changers: Identify and Define
Science / Computer Science (Grades 6-12) / (Grades 6-8)

12:00 PM: The Future of America’s Past: A Grave Injustice (12-12:30) / The Windermere Children (12:30-2 PM)
Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the U.S. military and the FBI arrested more than 110,000 American citizens of Japanese ancestry. /
Child survivors of the Holocaust are brought to an estate near England’s Lake Windermere to recuperate with the help of volunteer therapists. Without their families, they find kinship in each other and form bonds that give them hope for the future.

Picturing Japanese American Internment: Dorothea Lange
Meeting Max: A Holocaust Survivor’s Story
Social Studies (Grades 9-12)

1:00 PM: The Windermere Children (Cont.)
Child survivors of the Holocaust are brought to an estate near England’s Lake Windermere to recuperate with the help of volunteer therapists. Without their families, they find kinship in each other and form bonds that give them hope for the future.
Meeting Max: A Holocaust Survivor’s Story
Social Studies (Grades 9-12)

Wednesday, April 7

9:00 AM: Power Trip: The Story of Energy: Wealth
Wealth was once tied to land ownership but today is tied to energy and who controls it. Learn how energy changes the way wealth is concentrated in the modern world.
Economics: It’s More Than Oil
Science (Grades 9-12)

10:00 AM: Power Trip: The Story of Energy: Cities
See how the future of cities—which shape our relationship with the natural and built environment—and energy are closely connected.
Deciding Your City’s Energy Future
Science (Grades 9-12)

11:00 AM: Power Trip: The Story of Energy: War
Discover how energy—depending on how it’s used—can lead to either peace or conflict. 
Connecting Questions: Natural Resources
Science (Grades 9-12)

12:00 PM: American Experience: McCarthy (12-2 PM)
McCarthy chronicles the rise and fall of Joseph McCarthy, the Wisconsin senator who came to power after a stunning victory in an election no one thought he could win.
Communism’s Appeal Grows during the Great Depression | McCarthy
Social Studies (Grades 9-12)

1:00 PM: American Experience: McCarthy (Cont.)
McCarthy chronicles the rise and fall of Joseph McCarthy, the Wisconsin senator who came to power after a stunning victory in an election no one thought he could win.
The Role of the Press in the Rise and Fall of Joseph McCarthy | McCarthy
Social Studies (Grades 9-12)

Thursday, April 8

9:00 AM: Illustrative Math Grade 6: Unit 3, Lesson 11 / Illustrative Math Grade 7: Unit 2, Lesson 12
Percentages and Double Number Lines / Using Graphs to Compare Relationships
Grade 6 video lesson preview  / Grade 7 video lesson preview
Math (Grade 6) / (Grade 7)

10:00 AM: Illustrative Math Grade 8: Unit 5, Lessons 2, 3 / Illustrative Math Algebra 1: Unit 6, Lesson 8
Introduction to Functions and Equations for Functions / Equivalent Quadratic Expressions
Grade 8 video lesson preview / Algebra 1 lesson preview
Math (Grade 8) / (Algebra 1)

11:00 AM: Changing Seas: The Fate of Carbon (11-11:30) / SciGirls: Frog Whisperers (11:30 am – 12 pm)
Learn how the recent increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is affecting the oceans and sensitive ecosystems through a process called ocean acidification. / When St. Louis’ SciGirls find the amphibian population in decline, they hop to it! Alanna and her friends hit urban and rural sites to compare frog and toad calls and report on their amphibian neighbors.
Demystifying Ocean Acidification | Biodiversity Course
SciGirls | Frog Whisperers: Research
Science / Science (Grades 6-12) / (Grades 6-8)

12:00 PM: Korea: The Never-Ending War (12-2 PM)
Shedding new light on a geopolitical hot spot, the film confronts the myth of the “Forgotten War,” documenting the post-1953 conflict and global consequences.
Korea: The Never-Ending War
Social Studies (Grades 8-12)

1:00 PM: Korea: The Never-Ending War (Cont.)
Shedding new light on a geopolitical hot spot, the film confronts the myth of the “Forgotten War,” documenting the post-1953 conflict and global consequences.
Korea: The Never-Ending War
Social Studies (Grades 8-12)

Friday, April 9

9:00 AM: Illustrative Math Grade 6: Unit 3, Lesson 11 / Illustrative Math Grade 7: Unit 2, Lesson 12
Percentages and Double Number Lines / Using Graphs to Compare Relationships
Grade 6 video lesson preview  / Grade 7 video lesson preview
Math (Grade 6) / (Grade 7)

10:00 AM: Illustrative Math Grade 8: Unit 5, Lessons 2, 3 / Illustrative Math Algebra 1: Unit 6, Lesson 8
Introduction to Functions and Equations for Functions / Equivalent Quadratic Expressions
Grade 8 video lesson preview / Algebra 1 lesson preview
Math (Grade 8) / (Algebra 1)

11:00 AM: Masterpiece: Les Misérables, Part 1
After serving a draconian prison term for stealing bread, Jean Valjean is released. He resorts to petty crime, but Bishop Myriel teaches him a valuable lesson.
Les Misérables | MASTERPIECE
ELA (Grade 9-12)

12:00 PM: Masterpiece: Les Misérables, Part 2
Living respectably as a provincial mayor and factory owner, Valjean hires the single mother Fantine. Trouble follows that reunites him with his old adversary, Javert.
Les Misérables | MASTERPIECE
ELA (Grade 9-12)

1:00 PM: Masterpiece: Les Misérables, Part 3
Valjean saves an innocent man at enormous personal cost. Again evading justice, he tracks down Fantine’s daughter, Cosette. Pursued by Javert, they need a miracle to escape.
Les Misérables | MASTERPIECE
ELA (Grade 9-12)

More Resources:

Ruff Ruffman Show (4-8 year old) STEM games, videos and hands-on activities 

OSPI: PBS LearningMedia Webinar