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The Case of the Smelly Backpack | Take the Stage

The Case of the Smelly Backpack | Take the Stage
(Reading/ELA - Grade 2)

When Detective Bentley cannot figure out why his backpack is smelly, he retraces the events in his day to find clues. Taking on the role of detectives, the viewers act out the events of Bentley’s day and use textual clues to solve the case.

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Ruff Ruffman's Monumental Mini Golf (Math - Grade 2)

Ruff Ruffman's Monumental Mini Golf (Math - Grade 2)

This game teaches children measuring, geometry, spatial reasoning, and early multiplication skills. Ruff is on a mission to build the tallest, longest, and heaviest mini-golf course in the world and he needs help! Once they have completed a series of math challenges, they can play the mini-golf course they've helped create.

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Mangroovin' - Plum Landing (Science - Grade 1)

Mangroovin' - Plum Landing (Science - Grade 1)

Players take on the role of baby groupers, fish whose young grow up in the shelter of mangrove roots, in this interactive game from PLUM LANDING™. Their goal is to swim into open water to find food like shrimp—without falling prey to hungry predators like sharks and herons.

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Speaking Out - Arthur (Social Studies - 2nd Grade)

Speaking Out — Arthur (Social Studies - 2nd Grade)

Discover how to overcome obstacles in order to take civic action for a cause you care about, in this video from the PBS KIDS series ARTHUR. When Francine discovers chemicals from lawn fertilizer are causing fish to die in a nearby creek, she is determined to raise awareness about the dangers of poisoning the environment. When an ordinary school presentation goes poorly, she isn’t sure she can overcome her stage fright to speak at an Earth Day rally. Will Francine’s passion give her the courage to speak out? After watching the video, students explore the steps involved in creating a campaign for change.

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Around the Block Activities (Social Studies - 1st Grade)

Around the Block Activities (Social Studies - 1st Grade)

Explore how people are alike and different in these ARTHUR activities. From interviewing classmates to establishing local pen pals to creating neighborhood maps, the activities will help children understand and appreciate what we share in common and what makes each of us unique.

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Enough with the Sea Shells - Sid the Science Kid (Math - Kindergarten)

Enough with the Sea Shells — Sid the Science Kid (Math - Kindergarten)

In this episode of Sid the Science Kid, Sid uses a new strategy called estimation for making his best guess how many seashells he has.

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George Washington Carver (Reading/ELA - 2nd Grade)

George Washington Carver (Reading/ELA - 2nd Grade)

Learn about George Washington Carver with this video clip, printable biosketch reader, and support materials. In this clip, Yadina has a problem: she accidentally crushed a flower with a soccer ball. She wants to help the flower, so Yadina, Xavier, and Brad travel back in time to meet George Washington Carver.

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Busterfield Library - A-Z (Reading/ELA - 1st Grade)

Busterfield Library - A-Z (Reading/ELA - 1st Grade)

In this video segment from Between the Lions, Leon Redbone sings a fun alphabet song. In alphabetical order, each letter takes the stage along with a Between the Lions character or image that begins with that letter. Showing the letters and things they stand for helps build alphabet knowledge

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Evidence of Weather (Science - Kindergarten)

Evidence of Weather (Science - Kindergarten)

Observe and annotate various images of weather phenomena in this interactive drawing tool produced by WGBH. Weather is the combination of various factors—snow or rain, wind, sunlight and clouds, and temperature—that happen in a specific location at a specific time. As the combination of factors constantly shift, the condition changes and leaves behind evidence that shows how the weather has changed. Students can use the images in this interactive tool to observe weather conditions and document evidence of weather that happened earlier in the day.

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Pienado! Odd Squad (Math - Kindergarten)

Pienado! Odd Squad (Math - Kindergarten)

This game from Odd Squad will help children with identifying two-dimensional shapes, such as rectangles, squares, and triangles, and combining shapes to fit a pattern. They will manipulate 2D shapes by rotating, slicing, and re-combining simple shapes into increasingly more complex ones.

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Letter Book (Reading/ELA - Kindergarten)

Letter Book (Reading/ELA - Kindergarten)

It's crafting time with your students! Introduce new vocabulary words to your students with this DIY letter book.

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An Artist in the Family (Social Studies - Kindergarten)

An Artist in the Family (Social Studies - Kindergarten)

Manuela is a little girl who moved to Kentucky from Colombia, the home country of her grandmother, Miriam Llamas. Miriam is a painter. During a visit to Kentucky, she showed Manuela some of her paintings and taught her some of the songs and dances of Columbia. This video segment takes young students into Manuela’s home for a close look at these paintings to learn some of Miriam’s techniques and to find out about life in Columbia.

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Deep Sea Follow Me - The Cat in the Hat

Deep Sea Follow Me - The Cat in the Hat (Math - 1st Grade)

Use this Cat in the Hat game resource to help children describe, name, and interpret relative positions in space using position words such as under, over, next to, and behind. Head to the bottom of the Swirly Whirly Ocean with Sally, Nick, and the Cat in the Hat to help Gari Garibaldi search a very unusual coral reef for a new place to live. The player follows directional clues to find just the right reef homes for Gari and his fish friends.

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Counting by tens song - Peg + Cat (Math - 2nd Grade)

Counting by tens song - Peg + Cat (Math - 2nd Grade)

In this clip that corresponds to the activity Chicken Feed, Ramone and Peg sing a song about counting by 10's while they save the chickens from Big Mouth.

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Exploring Number Patterns to Discover Common Factors (Math - 3rd Grade)

Exploring Number Patterns to Discover Common Factors (Math - 3rd Grade)

In this Cyberchase activity, students explore different repeating patterns to predict when two or more events will occur at the same time. In the video segment, the CyberSquad examines patterns and beats in music. Students are encouraged to create patterns and draw conclusions. In doing so they learn to predict the least common factor of up to three numbers.

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Rounding to the Tenths Place (Math - 4th Grade)

Rounding to the Tenths Place (Math - 4th Grade)

Only numbers with tenths can get in to the number line party, what's a decimal with hundredths to do? This interactive exercise focuses on using what you know about number lines and rounding to the tenths place and then asks you to think about what numbers could be rounded to get a certain decimal.

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Make a Web - Wild Kratts (Science - Kindergarten)

Make a Web - Wild Kratts (Science - Kindergarten)

Use this Wild Kratts video to teach children how spiders make their webs, the types of silk they spin, and how they capture prey. Chris and Martin show us how to build a spider's web while talking about all the different kinds of spider silk. Use the activities as you build your observation and writing skills when you see what is outisde your front door.

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Sorting it Out (Math - Kindergarten)

Sorting it Out (Math - Kindergarten)

This large or small group activity from PBS KIDS Lab encourages students to observe carefully, analyze, and make comparisons and predictions based on data they gather. Students will sort shoes by different attributes, such as how they fasten, color, size, and type of shoe (i.e., sneaker, boot, sandal, etc.). They will then record their findings on a chart made from a shower curtain and count the shoes in each attribute category. Students will also collaborate with their peers to answer questions about their findings.

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Cupcake Math - Super Why (Reading/ELA - Kindergarten)

Cupcake Math - Super Why (Reading/ELA - Kindergarten)

Cooking with children is a great way to teach them about measurement and help them learn the language of math. This Super Why! inspired activity, uses the creation and completion of patterns to help them learn important problem solving and mathematical reasoning skills.

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Cultural Rhythm - Drums - Sesame Street (Social Studies - Kindergarten)

Cultural Rhythm - Drums - Sesame Street (Social Studies - Kindergarten)

Introduce different instruments from across South America and explore the music of a different culture.

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Animals and Plants can Live in the City (Science - 2nd Grade)

Animals and Plants can Live in the City (Science - 2nd Grade)

Guide students as they explore how animals and plants meet their basic needs in a city, with help from Plum and her friends from PLUM LANDING. In this interactive lesson, students learn that animals need air, food, water, and shelter, while plants need air, sunlight, and water. Students watch videos and engage with drawing and sorting activities to reinforce their learning. This lesson is designed for teachers to present to students.

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Butterfly Life Cycle (Science - 1st Grade)

Butterfly Life Cycle (Science - 1st Grade)

Students explore how butterflies change and grow throughout their life cycle in this interactive lesson from NATURE. Through captivating video content and interactive activities, students will discover the amazing transformation process from a tiny caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly.

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The Dirt on Dirt (Science - Kindergarten)

The Dirt on Dirt (Science - Kindergarten)

In this episode of Sid the Science Kid, Sid and his friends lean that dirt is really important to the Earth because it helps things grow, and it's also filled with tiny rocks, pieces of leaves, and even living things like bugs and worms!

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Highlight Zone - Peg + Cat (Math - Kindergarten)

Highlight Zone - Peg + Cat (Math - Kindergarten)

Use this game resource to help children learn how to recognize shapes, count to 10, and compare shapes and sizes. Everything is black and white in the Highlight Zone! Shapes and sizes have changed, too. Peg and Cat have to spot ten differences in the Highlight Zone to get things back to normal.

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Let's Tell a Story - Everyday Learning (Reading/ELA - Kindergarten)

Let's Tell a Story - Everyday Learning (Reading/ELA - Kindergarten)

This brief animation shares the story of a hamster as imagined by children. Hammie is a classroom hamster that finds new opportunity when his cage door is left open. Hammie does some exploring around the classroom and ultimately sneaks into a backpack looking for food. Three different children tell the story adding new parts and passing the story to another friend. When Hammie is in the backpack, the viewer is asked to tell what happens next.

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The Four Seasons (Social Studies - Kindergarten)

The Four Seasons (Social Studies - Kindergarten)

Learn about the Four Seasons. Spring, Summer, Fall, Summer. Why do we have seasons? Learn more about how the tilt of the earth affects climate in different parts of the world.

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Martha Speaks - How to be an Inventor (ELA - 2nd Grade)

Martha Speaks - How to be an Inventor (ELA - 2nd Grade)

In this Martha Speaks interactive story, learn about how new devices are developed. After inventors come up with an idea to improve life, they need to try it out, make changes as needed, and then work to perfect it. When used as a part of Martha’s True Stories Buddies Program, buddy pairs engage with the interactive story, then talk and create an Inventor’s Workshop to describe their idea for a new invention that will solve an everyday problem.

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Friends

Friends (Reading/ELA - 1st Grade)

True friends come in all sizes! Enjoy a fresh take on an old story about a lion and a mouse. Learn to retell stories with a beginning, middle and end, and recognize characters, setting, major events, moral, and key details.

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Agent Obfusco's Challenges | Odd SquadThe Latino Festival Song | Sesame Street (Social Studies - Kindergarten)

The Latino Festival Song | Sesame Street (Social Studies - Kindergarten)

There are so many different people who speak Spanish, and they are not so different from each other. Mando sings about many different Spanish-speaking countries in the world like Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Argentina, and more!

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Violet's Music (Reading/ELA - Kindergarten)

Violet's Music (Reading/ELA - Kindergarten)

In this video segment from Between the Lions, Cleo reads the Lion family a story of a little girl named Violet who loves music and searches for people just like her.

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Do You See My Seahorse - The Cat in the Hat | PBS KIDS Lab (Math - Kindergarten)

Do You See My Seahorse - The Cat in the Hat | PBS KIDS Lab (Math - Kindergarten)

Use this Cat in the Hat game resource to help children recognize numbers and count and add groups of objects. The baby seahorses have become separated from their fathers! Use the number clues to ensure a happy reunion for all. Count groups of babies to find the groups with the same number of babies as the numerals on each seahorse father.

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Whatever Floats Your Boat: Teacher Guide | The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! (Science - Kindergarten)

Whatever Floats Your Boat: Teacher Guide | The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! (Science - Kindergarten)

The Cat in the Hat helps create engineering adventures for you and your students! In Whatever Floats Your Boat, the Cat invites you and your students along to help solve a problem.

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Agent Obfusco's Challenges | Odd Squad

Agent Obfusco's Challenges | Odd Squad
(Math - 2nd Grade)

Olive and Otto have to solve a series of challenges to keep their Odd Squad badges. Olive and Otto become concerned when they find out that the test they have to take to keep their Odd Squad badges is being administered by Agent Obfusco, a mysterious agent who speaks only in word problems. They create number sentences to figure out the answers.

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Pattern Recognition | Cyberchase Games (Math - 1st Grade)

Pattern Recognition | Cyberchase Games (Math - 1st Grade)

Identify the patterns using addition, subtraction, and geometry to solve the puzzle and crack Hacker's code.

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Meet the Helpers | Doctors are Helpers: In-Depth (Social Studies - Kindergarten)

Meet the Helpers | Doctors are Helpers: In-Depth (Social Studies - Kindergarten)

Dive deeper into a doctor's career and find out how this Helper assists in emergency situations. Make A Plan: Download, print and complete these resources to practice emergency preparedness in your home or classroom.

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A Tale of Two Soup Cans - Martha Speaks | PBS KIDS Lab (Reading/ELA - Kindergarten)

A Tale of Two Soup Cans - Martha Speaks | PBS KIDS Lab (Reading/ELA - Kindergarten)

In this Martha Speaks interactive story, students learn how the choices we make about our trash have different consequences for our environment. A discarded soup can can end up in a landfill, whereas a reused or recycled can could become something new! When used as a part of Martha’s True Stories Buddies Program, buddy pairs engage with the interactive story, then create an Advice Column that offers ways to reuse, repurpose, or compost old things.

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Peg + Cat - Balancing Nature | Science Crafts for Kids (Math - Kindergarten)

Peg + Cat - Balancing Nature | Science Crafts for Kids (Math - Kindergarten)

Share a science adventure! Peg and Cat use math every day to solve problems and answer questions. Make a balancing scale with your child at home to compare the weights of objects found in nature.

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Fish Force Game | The Ruff Ruffman Show (Science - Kindergarten)

Use science inquiry to predict and investigate forces and motion to help rescue Ruff's plushie from the penguins' ice rink in this sports science game from The Ruff Ruffman Show.

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Peep and the Big Wide World: The Very Big Rock (Science - 2nd Grade)

Peep and the Big Wide World: The Very Big Rock (Science - 2nd Grade)

Explore landforms and water bodies in this animated video from PEEP and the Big Wide World. Three adventurous friends—Peep, Chirp, and Quack—have a firsthand encounter with a very big rock stuck on the steep slope of a hill. Students can use the video to observe, identify, and describe characteristics of a landform (hill) and two bodies of water (pond, stream).

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Light Sources - Explore natural and human made light sources (Science - 1st Grade)

Light Sources - Explore natural and human made light sources (Science - 1st Grade)

Explore natural and human made light sources in the environment in this live-action video. The video can help children observe and identify light sources and describe objects that are visible in the light’s path.

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First Fish | MOLLY OF DENALI™ (Social Studies - Kindergarten)

First Fish | MOLLY OF DENALI™ (Social Studies - Kindergarten)

Explore Alaska Native culture and values using "First Fish," an 11-minute animated story from the PBS KIDS series MOLLY OF DENALI™. (Move the cursor over the video progress bar to locate the story at 01:00.) Before Molly catches her first fish, a childhood milestone that is as important today as it was in the past, she researches facts about salmon to help her. When Molly finally succeeds, she follows the tradition of honoring one's elders by offering her prized catch to Grandpa Nat. As students examine values, such as sharing with others and respecting elders, they learn social-emotional skills as well as the importance in Alaska Native culture of connecting to all living things.

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Upper and Lowercase (Reading/ELA - Kindergarten)

Upper and Lowercase (Reading/ELA - Kindergarten)

This video segment from Between the Lions stars an Elvis-like singer singing about upper- and lower-case letters. The song explains that upper-case letters start sentences and names and also that upper-case letters are larger than lower-case letters. This video segment provides a resource for Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Letter Knowledge Awareness, and Phonological Awareness.

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Bathtub Splash | Peg + Cat (Math - Kindergarten)

Bathtub Splash | Peg + Cat (Math - Kindergarten)

How many buckets of water will it take to fill the tub for Peg and Cat? First, make an estimate. Don’t worry, it’s just a guess. Then let’s try it to find out! Dump the containers of water into the tub as Peg counts aloud, and watch it get sudsier and sudsier until it’s full and super-sudsy!

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Peep and the Big Wide World: Weather Factors (Science - Kindergarten)

Peep and the Big Wide World: Weather Factors (Science - Kindergarten)

Students can make observations of weather conditions on a windy day and identify evidence of wind in this animated video from PEEP and the Big Wide World.

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I Wanna See the States

I Wanna See the States (Social Studies - 2nd Grade)

Pop band HelloGoodbye sings about the 50 States of America. All 50 states are mentioned in one song that focuses on the people, culture, or geography of each region; use the lesson plan and worksheet to bring this video into your classroom today!

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The Case of the Smelly Backpack | Take the Stage

The Case of the Smelly Backpack | Take the Stage
(Reading/ELA - 2nd Grade)

When Detective Bentley cannot figure out why his backpack is smelly, he retraces the events in his day to find clues. Taking on the role of detectives, the viewers act out the events of Bentley’s day and use textual clues to solve the case.

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Plum Island Explorer: Land and Water

Plum Island Explorer: Land and Water
(Science - 2nd Grade)

Students must follow a map of the island to explore various landforms and bodies of water in this interactive game.

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Cultural Connections

Cultural Connections (Social Studies - 1st Grade)

Providing daily exposure to various cultures will enrich your children's experiences. Enable them to appreciate and share their own heritage, in this activity from Arthur.

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Friends

Friends (Reading/ELA - 1st Grade)

True friends come in all sizes! Enjoy a fresh take on an old story about a lion and a mouse. Learn to retell stories with a beginning, middle and end, and recognize characters, setting, major events, moral, and key details.

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Pattern Recognition | Cyberchase Games

Pattern Recognition | Cyberchase Games
(Math - 1st Grade)

Identify the patterns using addition, subtraction, and geometry to solve the puzzle and crack Hacker's code.

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Changing Position of the Sun in the Sky

Changing Position of the Sun in the Sky
(Science - 1st Grade)

Observe how the Sun appears to rise in one side of the sky set in the opposite side. Put together a puzzle to show the path of the Sun in the sky.

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Arthur’s Park Game

Arthur’s Park Game

Practice taking action to improve your world by playing Arthur's Park, a digital game from the PBS KIDS series ARTHUR. In order to create a new park in an empty lot, Arthur has to make a speech to raise awareness, hold a bake sale to make money, and then equip the park. As children play each round, set in a board game format, they accumulate stars that they use to “buy” what they need for a new park. They also recognize the importance of making a plan to achieve one’s goals. Find out more about ARTHUR on the series website.

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Digital Skills

Equivalent Fractions (Grades 1-3)

Students will explore making equivalent fractions using on online interactive tool.

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Supporting Instructional Videos

Music Integration

Music Integration

In this episode of NJEA’s Classroom Close-up, Fort Lee’s School No. 1 is using music to extend concentration among general and special education students in kindergarten through second grade. In addition, working one-on-one using dials to analyze a student’s response to various genres of music, educators are studying the impact the music has on a student’s ability to focus, which will help to improve and enhance student learning.

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Pinkalicious & Peterrific

Art Adventure | PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC™

When a rainstorm interrupts their backyard camp out, Pinkalicious and her brother, Peter, recreate the outdoors in their living room. They use their imaginations and, with their parents' help, combine drawing, painting, and found objects to make a new environment for a "camp-in."

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Pinkalicious & Peterrific

Cloud Art | PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC®

When Mom invents a machine that transforms drawings into clouds, they are all eager to try it out. Peter learns about shapes as he draws a flower out of circles and ovals. Pinkalicious decides to make her favorite animal, a unicorn.

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Pinkalicious & Peterrific

Art Adventure Lesson Plan | PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC™

In this lesson plan, children use their imagination, creativity, and visual arts skills to create a new indoor environment. After watching a video excerpt from the PBS KIDS series PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC™, they explore different arts and crafts supplies, then work together to transform a classroom space into a whole new world.

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Peg + Cat

Rock Art - Peg + Cat | PBS KIDS Lab

Use this Peg + Cat game resource with children to count along as they pick up rocks and turn them into works of art. They can put the rocks they've won into a fabulous photo. Be creative, and have fun!

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Curious George

High Five - Curious George | PBS KIDS Lab

Use this game resource to help children make some great art with George. Monkey-hand painting: what better way to learn how to count by fives!

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Friction Racing

Friction Racing

Ruff Ruffman loves to explore the world through science and engineering. You and your child can explore the concept of friction by conducting an investigation using a toy car and ramp. See what you need to get racing!

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PBS Kids

Operation: Data Saves the Day

Data comes to the rescue! Children will collect, analyze, and represent data as they try to dodge a series of catastrophes faced by characters from their favorite PBS KIDS shows. First, they will save the citizens of Botopolis from a strange sleeping sickness by tallying up the ingredients for the antidote. Then, they will save Professor Fizzy’s melting lunch by sorting and organizing the food in his fridge and freezer. Next, they will use bar graphs and circle graphs to stop The Electric Company’s Francesca from scrambling all the words on Earth. Finally, children will try to help the Cybersquad win the big game against the evil Hacker by using data to predict where his batter will hit the ball.

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