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Growing Plants — Sid the Science Kid

Growing Plants — Sid the Science Kid

Use this video to teach children measurement and size correspondence, and measurement vocabulary. Students plant lima bean seeds in class and watch them grow. Then they compare and measure the size of their plants.

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Five Senses — Curious George

Five Senses — Curious George

Children explore how people and animals use their senses to learn about the world in this lesson plan featuring a hands-on activity and a video excerpt from Curious George. The lesson begins with children talking about the five senses, using examples from their own experience. Then they watch a video in which Curious George and his friend Bill use their five senses to search for a way to keep deer from eating the garden flowers. Next, children work in pairs to try to identify items at five “mystery tables” using their five senses. They conclude by sharing their observations on a chart and talking about the results.

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Sink of Float — Everyday Learning

Sink of Float — Everyday Learning

Show students how easy it is to experiment while introducing them to the concept of buoyancy, in this fun video demonstration. Students are asked whether they think an item will sink or float, the item is then dropped into a fish tank, and the results are charted.

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Primary and Secondary Colors — Everyday Learning

Primary and Secondary Colors — Everyday Learning

What color do you get when you mix blue and yellow? Children learn about mixing two colors to create a new color in this original animated video from KET.

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20 Second Nursery Rhymes

20 Second Nursery Rhymes

We know that washing hands is so very important, especially now! The recommended time to wash hands is at least 20 seconds. Teaching toddlers and preschoolers to wash their hands for 20 seconds can be challenging. Check out the 20 second nursery rhymes on PBS Learning Media. Selections include the Itsy, Bitsy Spider, The Wheels on the Bus and more! Children will enjoy singing the songs while washing away!

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Baseball Field Trip

Baseball Field Trip

Penny and the KidVision VPK Kids take you out to the ball game! At Marlins' Park, they meet the team mascot, run on the field, pitch in the bullpen, bat in the batting cages, and hang out in the President’s Suite. It’s a home run field trip!

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Horse Farm Field Trip

Horse Farm Field Trip

On this field trip, Penny and the KidVision VPK kids visit Condee Horse Farm and learn the names of horse body parts, feed horses, ride a horse, and run like a horse. Giddy Up!

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Butterfly World Field Trip

Butterfly World Field Trip

Penny and the KidVision VPK Kids learn all about butterflies. They witness metamorphosis, examine live butterflies, float with butterflies in a rainforest cave, and see a museum collection of the most beautiful butterflies in the world.

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Science Museum Field Trip

Science Museum Field Trip

Science is all about discovery! At the Miami Science Museum, Penny and the KidVision VPK kids find out how to mix colors with their own shadows, learn how levers work on a giant swing, compare a real Bald Eagle to a Screech Owl, and much more.

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The Arts

The Arts

Resources in The Arts encourage young students to explore dance, theatre, music, and the visual arts. A lesson plan on creative dance will challenge students to choreograph their own moves after watching a PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC™ perform. Students will think creatively as they put their own lyrics to an old song with Arthur in the "New Lyrics" lesson. A World of Stories is a collection of stories and nursery rhymes that can be used to inspire students to tell stories in their own words, visuals, or actions. Learn about tangrams as students use shapes and colors to create pictures. Additional resources take students on a virtual trip to the theatre, explore a dinosaur exhibit, and encourage students to listen to hip hop beats from San Francisco.

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Physical Development

Physical Development

Resources in Physical Development encourage the growth of gross and fine motor skills, as well as healthy living habits. Teachers can take students on virtual field trips to examine movement at the pottery studio, aquatic complex, or children's theatre using resources such as videos, lesson plans, and student support materials. Curious George encourages students to learn about the movement of air in a video that accompanies a lesson plan and encourages students to use their fine motor skills as they experiment and collect data. Grover and Cookie Monster will help excite young learners as they sort fruits and vegetables of every color. Additional resources encourage good mental, oral, visual, and auditory health in Physical Development.

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Social and Emotional Development

Social and Emotional Development

Resources in Social And Emotional Development encourage children to develop positive peer and adult interactions and to manage self-expression and inner feelings. Many of our favorite characters, such as Daniel Tiger, Super Why, and Caillou, teach lessons on confronting our fears, working together as a team, and welcoming a new member to a family. Kindness is explored in a lesson that also challenges a student's artistic expression by making a Kindness Tree. An interactive activity can be used to encourage and teach appropriate social behaviors. Social problem solving, self awareness, and empathy are also explored.

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Cognitive Development

Cognitive Development

Resources in Cognitive Development encourage the growth of language, math, science, and social studies skills in young learners. Play Spectacular Sounds Bingo to practice rhyming sounds to develop language skills. Children will develop math skills as they practice measuring with Sid the Science Kid. Experiments such as "Gas in a Bag" and "Rainbow Gel" can be previewed to encourage science exploration. In addition, social studies students will study their culture and community with virtual field trips to Biscayne National Park, the post office, and the hardware store. Cultural celebrations, democracy in action, and economics are also explored in Cognitive Development.

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The Cat In The Hat Invents (preschool)

The Cat In The Hat Invents (preschool)

Here is a great app for preschoolers. It’s easy to play and fun!
Build a robot and immerse your kids in STEM learning! Cat in the Hat Invents engages your preschooler in engineering and problem solving. Join Nick, Sally and the Cat in the Hat as they explore the world of science, working through obstacles as they overcome various engineering challenges.

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Daniel Tiger’s My Fish Tank (toddlers-preschool)

Daniel Tiger’s My Fish Tank (toddlers-preschool)

This is a game that can be downloaded to a computer.
How good it is for children to see that fish, like people, are so much alike, yet each one is unique. Just watching as the fish move in different ways can help young children focus their attention, which is an important part of learning.

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Scribbles and Ink

Scribbles and Ink

Scribbles and Ink is a game featured in the PBS free daily newsletter and is fun to play as children create the story and solve the problems. Additional activities are listed on the home page of this game.

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Great "Low Tech" Idea: Storytelling

Great "Low Tech" Idea: Storytelling

Use your phone, tablet or computer to record your made-up stories. Start the story with, “Once upon a time there was a …” and pass the phone, tablet or computer to the next person. Young children might need some help so prompt them by saying things like, “and then…” “after that…” “later”, etc. Continue telling the story until one lucky person gets to say, “the end”. Play the recording in a few days and enjoy the story all over again and then make up another one.

Being a Good Citizen

Being a Good Citizen

In this segment Abby Brown learns from students what it means to be a good citizen at their school. Students demonstrate how taking responsibility for jobs in the classroom is a privilege! We can take it one step further by encouraging children to do a simple chore around the home.

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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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Play and Learn Science

Play and Learn Science (App Download)

Play with shadows, control the weather, roll and slide objects down a ramp, choose the best materials for an umbrella – all while building science inquiry skills and learning core science concepts. The games in the app encourage kids to see the science in their world. They are intentionally designed to serve as catalysts for real-world exploration by modeling real-world locations and experiences. The related hands-on activities and parent notes prompt families to “try it” at home and provide tips for engaging in conversations. Today, we encourage you to explore Ramp and Roll and the associated Parent Resources.

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Sid’s Question

Sid’s Question: "How Can You Measure a Whale?"

Sid has a new ruler and wants to measure the biggest animal in the world: the Blue Whale! So, Sid has just got to know: how can he use a little ruler to measure something so big? (Spanish version also available.)

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