Resources for Parents and Teachers

Tools to Help Your Child Succeed

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WFSU is available for both parents and teachers providing resources to encourage healthy learning. Through online tools, community events, television programs, learning symposiums and more, WFSU is dedicated to helping you help your child.

Please explore the information available to you on this website and pbskids.org. Also, feel free to contact us with any questions: Kim Kelling-Engstrom (Director of Community Engagement) kkelleng@fsu.edu 850/487-3170 x326 or Tasha Weinstein (Education and Outreach Coordinator) tweinstein@fsu.edu 850/487-3170 x325.

All of the following resources are available for at no cost. Note that some may require registration.

Resource Title Description

Mission US
mission-us.org
wfsu.org/missionus

Mission US is a multimedia project that immerses players in U.S. history content through free interactive games. 

Mission 1: “For Crown or Colony?” puts players in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston. They encounter both Patriots and Loyalists, and when rising tensions result in the Boston Massacre, they must choose where their loyalties lie.  

In Mission 2: “Flight to Freedom,” players take on the role of Lucy, a 14-year-old slave in Kentucky.  As they navigate her escape and journey  to Ohio, they discover that life in the “free” North is dangerous and difficult. In 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act brings disaster. Will Lucy ever truly be free? 

In Mission 3 (Release date… October 16th, 2013): “A Cheyenne Odyssey” focuses on Westward Expansion from the perspective of one Plains Indian tribe. The player is Little Fox, a Northern Cheyenne boy whose life is changed by the encroachment of white settlers, railroad builders, and U.S. military expeditions. As the buffalo herds diminish and the U.S. government enforces the reservation system, players will learn about the persistence of the Cheyenne tribe amid national transformations at the end of the 19th century.

To get started on your journey: step into the world of Mission US: mission-us.org.

More missions are on the way!

Target: Grades 5-8
Curriculum: History

Math Mentors Astoria Park Logo
Math Mentors

wfsu.org/mathmentors

 

The Math Mentors Activity Log is based on the Common Core Standards for Kindergarten. The kindergarten students are mentored one-on-one by students in an upper grade (for example, 4th). Find out more at wfsu.org/mathmentors

Target: Elementary School (K-5); Curriculum is for Kindergarten
Curriculum: Math

In the Grass, On the Reef
wfsu.org/coastalecology

 

Information about North Florida's coastal ecology system and how it affects our daily lives.

Target: All ages
Curriculum: Coastal Ecology/Science

Virtural Pre-K
Virtual Pre-K Lesson Links

wfsu.org/vpk

Lesson links - compiled on one page for your Pre-K leareners.

Target: Ages 3-5
Curriculum: Various

PBS Lab

pbskids.org/lab

Whether it's new apps focusing on math or an augmented reality game using camera phones, you'll be able to find the latest and greatest right here at PBS KIDS Lab. This is where we debut our newest games—including some that are in development in beta testing mode—and show early research results, behind-the-scenes features, and more. Be among the very first to see what's new with beloved characters like Curious George, the Cat in the Hat, Buddy from Dinosaur Train, Sid the Science Kid and more.

Target: Ages 2-8
Curriculum: Various

WFSU/PBS Learning Media
wfsu.pbslearningmedia.org/

PBS LearningMedia™ is your destination for easy, instant access to thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources including videos and interactives perfect for the Interactive Whiteboard, plus audio and photos, and even in-depth lesson plans. You can search, save, and share with ease. Best of all, PBS LearningMedia™ is free for educators. Register today!

Target: Grades K-12
Curriculum: Various

wfsu.org/education/
cyber_safety.php

We want to help you keep the virtual world a little bit safer, for you and your family. There are lots of great games, safety apps and oodles of information for kids, parents and educators to check out! We’ve looked at many cyber safety resources and will attempt to bring you some of the most valuable resources right to this page – if you see something interesting, go ahead and click on it! Our goal is that your whole family will become a little bit more cyber savvy.

Target: 0-16
Curriculum: Online safety

FacePlace
wfsu.org/geojourney

Funded by a grant received by PBS KIDS GO! through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, WFSU was able to conceptualize and create an interactive online game aimed at middle school-aged children. Developed upon the Google Maps API, Panoramio, and a custom-built interface showcasing United States history and geography, the game, dubbed GeoJourney, emphasizes geography education, map use, and digital navigation skills. The core functionality of the game borrows ideas from real-world geocaching and encourages kids and families to engage in the activity at the community level.

Target: 8-12
Curriculum: US Geography, Navigation, US History

FacePlace
wfsu.org/faceplace

PBS Kids Go! FacePlace is a free online site that gives children the chance to learn while engaging in entertaining activities starring their favorite PBS characters. Keeping children's natural curiosity about the adult world in mind, PBS Kids Go! FacePlace begins by giving children the opportunity to choose a face to head their "profile" page, similar to popular social networking sites. Several learning activities are provided including the Word Girl Excercise Your Lexicon antonym matching game, Wishbone's Scene Detective where users can tell stories, Ruffman's Activities, and more! Users can decorate their pages upon completion of the learning activities.

Target: 6-10
Curriculum: Antonym Matching, Storytelling

Kids Club
WFSU Kids Club

Support great PBS programs by joining the WFSU Kids Club! The Kids Club is for children ages 0 to 11. It offers educational information for parents and fun PBS items and events for kids.

Target: 0-11

Raising Readers
WFSU Raising Readers

WFSU has been named a PBS KIDS Raising Readers station, a literacy initiative designed to harness the power of public media content and tools to teach literacy skills to children ages 2 to 8, especially those from low income families.

Target: 2-8
Curriculum: Reading

The Great Word Quest
http://pbskids.org
/wordquest/#/login

The Great Word Quest is designed to improve literacy skills for children six to eight years old. Children can play games with characters from their favorite PBS Kids television programs, like The Electric Company, Word Girl, and Martha Speaks. Children can advance through literacy-based scavenger hunts to earn words, that they can they use to create their own stories. These games help strengthen your child's critical reading skills, such as phonics, reading comprehension and vocabulary. An added bonus is the Progress Tracker; this program is designed for parents and educators to access and evaluate each child's progress. The Progress Tracker also provides customized activities that can help make reading a part of everyday life.

Target:6-8
Curriculum: Reading

The Electric Company
The Electric Company
pbskids.org/electric
company/parents
educators

The Electric Company Outreach Kit is an unbelievable resource for both parents and teachers. All the materials in the kit, including this guide, build upon and extend the goals of The Electric Company. They're aligned with national educational standards, and they're all about having fun-using language and words as a powerful means to a rewarding end.

Target: 6-9
Curriculum: Teaches four crucial areas of literacy that are challenging for struggling readers.

PBS Kids Go!PBS Kids
PBS KIDS and Education Web Resources
www.pbskids.org
www.pbskidsgo.org

PBS's children's content reaches all of America's children – a diverse and growing audience. Because children, parents, caregivers and educators access media in different ways and have different needs, PBS offers a variety of Interactive resources to choose from. Below is a brief overview of the core Internet offerings to further children's development and encourage their growth through exploration and discovery in a safe environment.

These sites offer access to all of PBS's children's series and Web-only games, activities, resources and streaming video, covering all curriculum areas with quick links to Parents and Teachers sections for each program.

  • Each program site allows kids to be immersed in play with their favorite characters and shows.
  • Offers bilingual resources for parents & teachers
  • Offers streaming full episodes and clips for both audiences.

Target: pbskids.org: children ages 2-5; pbskidsgo.org: primarily children ages6-8 although some content skews older

Curriculum: Covers all curriculum areas ranging from math, science, engineering and technology to literacy, health and social-emotional learning

Island
PBS Kids Go! Island
www.pbskids.org/read

This site is specifically designed to build reading skills and aggregates the literacy-based activities, games and resources from PBS KIDS Raising Readers series that include SESAME STREET, SUPER WHY, WORDWORLD and BETWEEN THE LIONS for parents, teachers and kids in one place so it's easily accessible in a cohesive environment. The site is built on a literacy framework, based on the National Reading Panel guidelines and funded by a Ready To Learn Grant from the U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

  • The site tracks children's progress through seven key literacy building skills
  • Features bilingual content for parents, caregivers & teachers
  • Offers dynamic modules, including “Word of the Day”
  • Designed to support all literacy levels

Check out these PBS KIDS Island videos:
For Parents: youtube.com/watch?v=3SxQGEqNDws
For Kids: youtube.com/watch?v=kgeQGJjsCCU

Target: Children ages 2-5, especially those from low-income families (phase two will offer games and content for kids ages six to eight); parents, caregivers and teachers.

Curriculum: Literacy-skill development, with an emphasis on reading.

PBS Parents
PBS Parents
www.pbs.org/parents
  • Visitors can also find information about their children's favorite PBS KIDS programs
  • Educational activities related to PBS KIDS programs
  • Explanations of educational goals
  • Visitors can interact with experts on a wide range of parenting topics through the PBS Parents Expert Q&A.
  • Visitors can share real-world advice and strategies with other parents through the Supersisters blog, authored by three sisters, with eight children among them
  • Sign up for the PBS Parents free e-newsletter

Target: Parents, PBS Parents features extensive information about children's development from birth through the school years, as well as educational resources and activities for children to help get them ready for school.

PBS Teachers
teachersdomain.org

Teachers' Domain is an online library of more than 1,000 free media resources from the best in public television. These classroom resources, featuring media from NOVA, Frontline, Design Squad, American Experience, and other public broadcasting and content partners are easy to use and correlate to state and national standards.

Target: Preschool-12 educators, and beyond
Curriculum: Resources include video and audio segments, Flash interactives, images, documents, lesson plans for teachers, and student-oriented activities. Teachers’ Domain strives to strengthen teacher knowledge by providing innovative teaching methods that incorporate technology in the classroom and inspire students to learn.

Thinkport
Lure of the Labyrinth
labyrinth.thinkport.org/www/

Lure of the Labyrinth is a digital game for middle-school pre-algebra students. It includes a wealth of intriguing math-based puzzles wrapped into an exciting narrative game in which students work to find their lost pet - and save the world from monsters! Linked to both national and state mathematics standards, the game gives students a chance to actually think like mathematicians. If you are already a registered user of Thinkport, you can use your Thinkport user name and password to log on to the game. In all other cases, you need to register.You will have to select a role to play... for example, if you are a teacher and want to use the game in your classes, you should register as a teacher. If you registered as a kid under age 13, you can log onto the game immediately. Just enter the user name and password you picked and you will be on your way.If you registered as any other kind of user, you will receive an email shortly with directions for completing your registration.

Target: Grades 6-8
Curriculum: "There is a quiet river that flows from the game to your curriculum" The mathematics embedded in the game is a core part of any pre-algebra curriculum, based on key standards that guide mathematics curriculum throughout the nation. Lure of the Labyrinth's exploration of number relationships is complex and intriguing, and accessible to all mathematical thinkers.

Nova Science Now
Nova and Nova Science Now
pbs.org/wgbh
/nova/sciencenow/

Since the mid-1970s, NOVA has been unrivaled in bringing authoritative, innovative, and entertaining science documentaries to television. Now the same award-winning producers have teamed up with Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, author, and host, to present multiple stories in a magazine format show. Each hour-long episode of NOVA scienceNOW features Tyson's "Cosmic Perspective" and four fast-paced, timely science and technology stories, including a profile piece on an intriguing personality in the field.

Target: Nova programming is for everyone, teacher lesson plans and resources are geared towards middle school and high school teachers.
Curriculum: Both Nova and Nova Science Now offer amazing variety and
explorations in the fields of Anthropology, Chemistry, Earth & Life Sciences, Math, Physics, Social Studies, Technology/Space and much more.

nature
Nature
pbs.org/wnet/nature
/category/for-educators/

Over more than a quarter-century, NATURE has brought the beauty and wonder of the natural world into American homes, becoming in the process the benchmark of natural history programs on American television. The series has won more than 450 honors from the television industry, the international wildlife film community, parent groups, and environmental organizations - including 10 Emmy Awards, three Peabody Awards, and the first honor ever given to a program by the Sierra Club.

Target: 3rd through 12th grade.
Curriculum: Life Science, Earth Science - Animal behavior, environment, conservation, humans & Nature, living places and wildlife varieties.

reading rockets
Reading Rockets
readingrockets.org

Reading Rockets offers a wealth of reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better. Our reading resources assist parents, teachers, and other educators in working with struggling readers who require additional help in reading fundamentals and comprehension skills development.

Target: Preschool-12 educators, and beyond
Curriculum: Covers reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help
young children learn how to read and read better.

Story Cove
Story Cove
storycove.com

The Story Cove format enables children, families and teachers to explore these stories in a variety of ways. As a result, each child is able to develop a more personal understanding of a story while learning about the world.

Target: Preschool through 6th grade
Curriculum: Activities designed for one-on-one, personal play with interactive puzzles, music fun and hidden pictures.




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