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Happy back to school! PBS LearningMedia is thrilled to introduce an innovative new experience for accessing and using digital media in your classroom.

What is new?

  • An enhanced user experience that enables you to quickly access the relevant and exciting resources you want to inspire learning in your classroom.
  • Daily features that put timely content in your hands.
  • Thousands of new resources supporting core curricular topics.
  • Educational highlights and happenings from your local PBS station.

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Stay tuned this fall for additional features including new productivity tools and a student experience that will enable students to discover quality resources.

Explore some of our favorite content:

  • Biodiversity Bingo

    In this video from PLUM LANDING, a group of students participate in a scavenger hunt activity to explore and document biodiversity in an urban park. As they walk around in search of various plants and animals, they also find litter and talk about its negative impact on animals.

    Grades: 1-4
  • Habitat Sweet Habitat

    In this video from PLUM LANDING, three siblings talk about where a group of imaginary animals would find food, water, and shelter in their backyard. They make drawings of the imaginary animals, scout out ideal habitats for them in the backyard, and create posters highlighting the habitat and how it meets each animal’s needs. 

    Grades: 1-4
  • Where's Plum From?

    Meet Plum, a friendly purple alien—and video game designer—from the barren planet Blorb, in this video from PLUM LANDING. She's visiting Planet Earth to collect data for a new game for her fellow Blorbians. Plum can’t leave her spaceship, so she befriends a group of kids on Earth and sends them on missions to trek across deserts, plunge over waterfalls, climb mountains, and journey through the jungle, in order to learn all about life on Earth.

    Grades: 1-4
  • Going to the Doctor's Office with Daniel Tiger & Mister Rogers

    Going to the doctor’s office can always seem a bit scary to young children; the new places, people, and tools can create an unfamiliar atmosphere where children feel anxious. Join Mister Rogers and Daniel Tiger as they explore the doctor’s office and learn about why check-ups are important in our favorite select clips from The Fred Rogers Company. Through these episodes, clips, activities and articles, help your children and students gain a much more thorough understanding of what a doctor’s visit entails and, with the help of Mister Rogers and Daniel, feel prepared before they take the trip themselves.

    For more parenting resources on understanding and improving your child's visit to the doctor, find more helpful resources at The Fred Rogers Company website here.

    Grades: PreK-2
  • Starting School with Daniel Tiger & Mister Rogers

    It's the beginning of the school year and there are so many new experiences coming up! Join Mister Rogers and Daniel Tiger as they prepare themselves for the first day of school. Through The Fred Rogers Company episodes, clips, activities and articles, help your children and students gain a much more thorough understanding of what school life will be like.

    For more parenting resources on understanding and improving your child's commencement of school, find more helpful resources at The Fred Rogers Company website here.

    Grades: PreK-2
  • The Hunger Games

    In this video, learn about probability using the lottery system featured in The Hunger Games. In this popular young-adult novel, a lottery is held to determine the participants in a country-wide survival contest. But the lottery has a twist: the older you are, the greater your chance of being picked to participate. In the accompanying classroom activity, students use the criteria from the novel to create their own lottery to explore the idea of probability. They find out that as the size of the community grows, the probability that they will be picked to compete quickly diminishes.

    This video was submitted through the Innovation Math Challenge, a contest open to professional and nonprofessional producers.

    Grades: 6-7
  • Clem Marvels at a Mangrove

    In this animated video from PLUM LANDING, Clem documents the many different animals living in a tree in a mangrove swamp—in the canopy, on the trunk, and among the roots—and discovers that it is like an “apartment house for animals.” 

    Grades: 1-4
  • The Roots of the Carbon Cycle

    Play this interactive to learn how changing conditions in soil may affect the carbon cycle. Like all aspects of our environment, soil is part of our planet’s complex and dynamic energy cycles, including the carbon cycle. Carbon's movement through the environment modifies the temperature of our atmosphere and oceans, provides the structure and fuel for all living organisms, and contributes significantly to the living skin of our earth. This investigation of soil’s role in the carbon cycle illustrates the importance of soil to our ecosystems, and demonstrates how human interactions with soil may affect the carbon cycle.

    Grades: 6-12
  • P.S. Illinois: Strength Through Education

    College costs more and more each year, and many students enter the workforce without the skills necessary to succeed. Paul Simon worked to improve opportunities for students by backing legislation that provides access to affordable student loans and valuable job skills training.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Sodium | Fizzy's Lunch Lab

    These Fizzy's Lunch Lab videos provide an informative overview of the role of sodium in proper nutrition. Students learn how the body only needs a small amount of sodium daily, and too much sodium can cause dehydration, drowsiness and even headaches. Learn how foods with lots of salt and preservatives are also high in sodium.

    Grades: 1-4
  • The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela Teacher's Guide

    Explore issues of leadership, diversity, social justice, and conflict resolution using this guide to FRONTLINE: "The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela."

    Grades: 9-12
  • Predatory Plants: Lure of the Cobra Lily

    Discover one of the most unique hunters of the plant kingdom, and witness how the cobra lily uses deception and patience to trick unsuspecting insect prey into its highly specialized pitcher traps.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • The Life and Research of Stephen Hawking | Hawking

    Not only is Stephen Hawking one of the most brilliant scientists of our time, but one of the most inspirational stories of overcoming adversity and disease to triumph in our society. Having struggled with a crippling disability for the entirety of his adult life, Stephen Hawking defied the odds by excelling in his field and becoming an global icon for a new generation of scientists and theorists. This video, compiled from excerpts taken from the documentary Hawking, shows the life of Stephen Hawking through his adventurous childhood and early education, his adulthood characterized by disease and hardship, and culminating with his publication of A Brief History of Time and his becoming one of the most significant minds of the 21st Century.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Civil War Sabotage | History Detectives

    The steamship Sultana exploded without warning one night in 1865, killing 1,800 people. Was the disaster a result of Civil War sabotage? For additional background and information use the History Detectives Evaluating Abraham Lincoln lesson plan.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Living Systems | Garden Activity Guide

    How does a garden function as a model for natural living systems? Many elements are interconnected and function together to create the natural and productive living system that is your garden. The purpose of this activity guide is to teach students the ecological functions found in any natural system and model how these functions are performed by a natural area like a garden.

    Grades: 4-8
  • Monkey Around

    In this video, use the mathematical idea of rotation to find out the secret behind the puzzling Monkey Around exhibit at the National Museum of Mathematics. In the accompanying classroom activity, students explore a similar puzzle in which congruent shapes are transformed through the process of rotation.
    This video was submitted through the Innovation Math Challenge, a contest open to professional and nonprofessional producers.

    Grades: 8
  • The Agatha Christie Book & Film Club

    Produced for librarians, the MASTERPIECE Agatha Christie Book & Film Club provides everything you need for exciting and engaging library programs, including:

    • • Background information on Agatha Christie and her work
    • • Library programming ideas
    • • Book & film club discussion questions and activities
    • • Resources in print and online
    • • Delicious Death recipe created to honor the 120th anniversary of Christie’s birth
    Grades: 9-13+