Teaching Tips for Educational Media


Teaching Tips, developed by the Boston University School of Education, enable teachers to successfully integrate PBS KIDS online games into your classroom curricula to enhance children’s early math and literacy development. The Teaching Tips provide step-by-step lessons for using educational media to enhance standards-based teaching and learning.

Each Teaching Tips module offers 20-minute lesson plans for three to five games and suggests ways to use the games in teacher-led, whole-class activities, and for independent learning.

Each module includes the following downloadable files:

  • Teaching Tips aligned to CCSS and the ISTE technology standards
  • Interactive Whiteboard Activities that build background knowledge, vocabulary, and math skills
  • Parent Letters for each lesson to extend the learning at home

Also available to help teachers prepare their lessons:

  • Lesson Plan Template | Teaching Tips

    This Lesson Plan Template is an easy way for teachers to create lessons similar to those in the Teaching Tips. The Teaching Tips developed by the Boston University School of Education enable teachers to successfully integrate PBS KIDS online games into their classroom curricula to enhance children’s early math and literacy development. They provide teachers with step-by-step lessons for using educational media to enhance standards-based teaching and learning.

    Grades: PreK-2,13+
  • Animal Adaptations | Teaching Tips

    Use these teaching tips from the PBS Kids LAB to help children make connections between an animal's physical characteristics and its survival strategies. Together with a collection of fun games and activities featuring PBS KIDS characters from Wild Kratts, these resources make elementary math more fun within and outside of the classroom!

    Grades: PreK-1,13+
  • Counting, Cardinality, and Addition (Kindergarten) | Teaching Tips

    Use these teaching tips from the PBS Kids LAB to help children recognize three representations of a number, practice counting, connect counting to cardinality, estimate and compare quantities, and solve addition problems. Together with a collection of fun games and activities featuring PBS KIDS characters Curious George and Sid the Science Kid, these resources make elementary math more fun within and outside of the classroom!

    Find accompanying interactives, SMART board activities, and other teaching tips at the collection page here.

    Grades: PreK-K,13+
  • Counting and Operations (Kindergarten) | Teaching Tips

    Use these teaching tips from the PBS Kids LAB to help children recognize numerals up to 10, count up to ten objects in a scattered configuration, write number sentences, figure out how many more are needed to make ten, count by tens and twos, make sense of patterns, and persist in solving problems. Together with a collection of fun games and activities featuring PBS KIDS characters from Peg and Cat, these resources make elementary math more fun within and outside of the classroom!

    Grades: PreK-K,13+
  • Deductive and Inductive Reasoning (First Grade) | Teaching Tips

    Use these teaching tips from the PBS KIDS Lab to help children make sense of problems and persevere in solving them, determine the unknown whole number in an addition or subtraction equations, use addition and subtraction within 20 to solve word problems, and look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning. Together with a collection of fun games and activities featuring PBS KIDS characters from Odd Squad, these resources make elementary math more fun within and outside of the classroom!

    Grades: PreK-1,13+
  • Fractions (First Grade) | Teaching Tips

    Use these teaching tips from the PBS Kids LAB to help children partition circles and rectangles into two and four equal shares, describe the shares using the words "halves," "fourths,” and "quarters," and use the phrases "half of," "fourth of," and "quarter of." Together with a collection of fun games and activities featuring PBS KIDS characters from Peg + Cat, these resources make elementary math more fun within and outside of the classroom!

    Grades: PreK-1,13+
  • Measurement and Data (First Grade) | Teaching Tips

    Use these teaching tips from the PBS Kids LAB to help children use non-standard measurements to determine length, sort objects in multiple ways, add and subtract numbers within 20, and compare quantities. Together with a collection of fun games and activities featuring PBS KIDS characters from Wild Kratts and Fizzy's Lunch Lab, these resources make elementary math more fun within and outside of the classroom!

    Grades: PreK-K,13+
  • Measuring Length (First Grade) | Teaching Tips

    Use these teaching tips from the PBS Kids LAB to help children understand that the length measurement of an object is the number of same-size length units that span it with no gaps or overlaps, and measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tape. Together with a collection of fun games and activities featuring PBS KIDS characters from Odd Squad, these resources make elementary math more fun within and outside of the classroom!

    Grades: PreK-1,13+
  • Measurement, Sorting, and Data (Kindergarten) | Teaching Tips

    Use these teaching tips from the PBS Kids LAB to help children describe and compare measurement attributes such as weight and length, use non-standard units of measurement, sort objects, and use a pictograph to compare quantities. Together with a collection of fun games and activities featuring PBS KIDS characters from Curious George and Sid the Science Kid, these resources make elementary math more fun within and outside of the classroom!

    Grades: PreK-K,13+
  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking (Kindergarten) | Teaching Tips

    Use these teaching tips from the PBS Kids LAB to help children solve addition and subtraction problems, write number sentences, and learn number facts for pairs of numbers that equal ten. Together with a collection of fun games and activities featuring PBS KIDS characters from Curious George and Cyberchase, these resources make elementary math more fun within and outside of the classroom!

    Grades: PreK-K,13+
  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Number and Operations in Base Ten (First Grade) | Teaching Tips

    Use these teaching tips from the PBS Kids LAB to help children gain fluency in addition and subtraction, practice adding three numbers within 20, write number sentences with three addends, understand place value, and count by tens, fives, and ones to determine quantities. Together with a collection of fun games and activities featuring PBS KIDS characters from Cyberchase and Fizzy's Lunch Lab, these resources make elementary math more fun within and outside of the classroom!

    Grades: PreK-K,13+
  • Shapes and Spatial Sense (Kindergarten) | Teaching Tips

    Use these teaching tips from the PBS Kids LAB to help children learn the names and attributes of different shapes, identify shapes regardless of orientation or size, and combine shapes to make new shapes. Together with a collection of fun games and activities featuring PBS KIDS characters from Dinosaur Train, these resources make elementary math more fun within and outside of the classroom!

    Grades: PreK-K,13+
  • 2-D and 3-D Shapes (Kindergarten) | Teaching Tips

    Use these teaching tips from the PBS Kids LAB to help children draw 2-D shapes, recognize shapes in different orientations, identify basic shapes within a larger more complex shape, combine shapes to form larger and different shapes; differentiate between 2-D and 3-D shapes, and name and describe the attributes of 2-D and 3-D shapes. Together with a collection of fun games and activities featuring PBS KIDS characters from Peg and Cat, these resources make elementary math more fun within and outside of the classroom!

    Grades: PreK-K,13+

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