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In these segments, artist Mark Ecko discusses what motivates him to create his art, and what "creativity" means to him. This resource teaches students what "motivation" and "creativity" mean, and empowers students to create their own art.
Unmuffins | The Electric Company
Learn about the vocabulary words unsure, unbelievably, undo, unfriendly, and unusual with The Electric Company in an undeniably exciting adventure. Something funny is going on. The Pranksters are being very helpful and The Electric Company is being awfully unfriendly.
Get your students up and moving in this Kindergarten through 5th grade activity that connects literacy, creativity and movement! Students act out different animals in the book “Waddle” as the teacher reads aloud.
Minute to Win It
This Kindergarten through 5th grade activity is based on the popular game show, Minute to Win It! Students form into groups of 4-5 and perform various exercises for one minute in order to gain points.
This activity is similar to traditional bingo. Each student gets a fitness bingo card. Creating space between them and their peers, students will act out the exercise if they have it on their bingo card.
Chinese Folktale: The Little Rabbits
This video features the Chinese story "The Little Rabbits" in both English and Chinese. The story has elements of the Western stories “Little Red Riding Hood” and “The Three Little Pigs.”
Commercial: Big Word
This commercial for "Bite Sized Word Bits Bar" teaches students how to break up large words into easy, syllable-based pieces. This resource teaches children spelling, decoding, and sight-reading habits and skills.
Charlotte and Henry play a game comparing words which use the "oo" letter combination and the different sounds they make. This resource teaches reading, sight-reading, speeling, pronunciation, and decoding.
Tips from the Playground: Mad at -IE-
Reggie gives advice on how to sound out words using the "ie" vowel combination. This resource teaches decoding and reading strategies.
Tips from the Playground: OU/OW
Reggie discusses the pronunciation of "ou" and "ow," and how to figure out which one goes in which word. He uses the phrase "oh you go first" to demonstrate that "ou" will be used when the sound appears in the first syllable of the word
Road Trip—Long E
In the car with their father, Henry and Charlotte play a game collecting words containing the "ee" and "ie" vowel combinations from signs and billboards along the road. This resources teaches reading, sight-reading, and decoding.
Road Trip—Short A & Long A
In the car with their father, Henry and Charlotte play a game collecting words containing the long and short "a" vowel sounds from signs and billboards along the road. This resources teaches reading, sight-reading, and decoding.
Charlotte and Henry play a game collecting and comparing words which use the "oi" and the "oy" letter combinations. This resource teaches reading, sight-reading, spelling, pronunciation, and decoding.
Road Trip—N Blends
While in the car with their father, Charlotte and Henry play a game comparing n-blends in words like "around" and "bang" on billboards and signs along the road. The goal of this resource is decoding.
Tips from the Playground: X
Reggie explains that while the letter "x" usually makes the "ks" sound, it also sometimes makes the "z" sound.
Tips from the Playground: QU
Reggie explains the relationship between "q" and "u," and the sound "qu" makes. This resource teaches reading, phonics, and decoding.
Comic Strip Activity
This activity will motivate spatial intelligence learners by allowing students to create their own Wilson and Ditch comic strip, and will challenge them to take Wilson or Ditch's point of view.
Nature Cat | Let's Explore With Maps! | 3
Nature Cat and friends learned some map skills as they searched for treasure in the story segment The Treasure of Bad Dog Bart. Now learn about compasses, landmarks, and maps with Nature Cat, Squeeks, and more. Finally, help Hal remember exciting new words from the reader and episode.
Mixed-Up Headlines—Martha Speaks | PBS KIDS Lab
This activity will help children build vocabulary and writing skills and understand the different components of a newspaper. Explore a newspaper with them, and have them give its headlines a creative makeover.
Using this activity, teach to many learning styles by having students design, create, and discuss a diorama of a particular location from Wilson and Ditch, and then create a Wilson and Ditch script about that location.