Go on an reading adventure each week with KNPB PBS Kids! Each week the class will watch an engaging video clip, listen to a read aloud, and participate in fun hands-on activities that are integrated into each workshop. Workshop topics include: math skills, literacy, science, engineering, financial literacy, and many more!
Example of Weekly Class Topics
We All Sing with the Same Voice: No matter where you live, what you look like, or what you do, we are all the same where it counts—at heart. In our global economy, it is important for children to learn at an early age the ability to accept cultural differences. Children will explore how people look and dress from other places in the world through various activities. They will create a self-portrait adding unique qualities about themselves.
Clouds: In this lesson, children will use science and their imaginations to explore clouds. They will learn about the water cycle and why a cloud “rains.” Then they put this knowledge to the test, by performing a science experiment to try to make their own clouds rain.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Let’s take a journey through the butterfly life cycle. Students will have the opportunity to reenact the four stages of the life cycle; including the egg, larva, pupa, and butterfly. They will also end by making their own diagram of the butterfly life cycle using pasta!
Bones: Let’s take a look at what is inside our bodies. Our bones are amazing. In this lesson, students will get the opportunity to discover what a bone looks like all the way through. They will also be able to explore bone sizes, and their important functions. Let’s make NO BONES about it…your students will have fun learning about their super skeletons!
The Moon in Motion: In this lesson, students will explore how the moon moves across the sky at night and how the moon changes in a cycle that lasts about a month. Through a video clip, read aloud, and scientific exploration, students will be introduced to four phases of the moon. The culminating activity is demonstrating their knowledge by using Oreo cookies. Of course they get to eat the “moon!”
Mirror, Mirror: Using flashlights and mirrors learners explore how light travels. They investigate how light is reflected differently by curved and rough surfaces and why mirrors are the best surfaces for seeing themselves.
Weathering and Erosion: In this lesson, students learn about erosion and weathering through a hands-on Skittle experiment. Students discover weathering and erosion are two different processes but that they can occur at the same time due to water, wind, and air.
Wiggling Worms: Worms are hard at work down in the ground. The lesson encourages students to collect data by measuring and observing live earthworms, labeling drawings, and drawing conclusions about the earthworm’s life. The culminating activity is to write about “a day in the life of an earthworm.”
Toy Chemistry: Is it a liquid or a solid? By mixing two liquids together, kids produce a chemical reaction that results in a stretchy, slippery polymer that appears to be both a liquid and solid. They test and observe what happens when they perform experiments with the “obleck.
Race for Survival: If you could choose any color to be, what color would you choose? A chameleon has the ability to be any color it wants so it can blend into its surroundings. Students will investigate camouflage through a short video clip, read aloud, and hands-on activity. Data will be recorded, analyzed, and interpreted. The culminating activity is a fun art activity.
Eat Like a Bird: The challenge is to collect “food” using different types of “beaks” and to find the food that’s easiest to pick up. Students will discover how the shape of the beak determines what type of food the bird will eat. The lesson includes a video clip, read aloud, and hands-on investigation. Students record, analyze, and interpret data.
Inspiring Acts of Kindness: What is our responsibility in the world? This lesson inspires students to think of small ways to do something for the common good. After listening to the read aloud Miss Rumphius, students will demonstrate the understanding of the word philanthropy through writing. During the workshop, students will explore blending color and create a simple painting.