KLRN strives to provide valuable educational content to every family in our viewing area, from great drama, world-class music, in-depth news, fascinating "how-to" programs and, best of all — non-violent educational programs for your children.
During these uncertain times, KLRN is adapting and creating educational resources in an easy-to-follow format. We aim to provide educational content and resources that support every family in our community.
We have added a new 4 PM time slot that aims at providing educational content for older school age students. You will find resources tied to each of these programs aired daily with lessons from our PBS LearningMedia site. With this weekly blog we hope that getting a sneak peak of what is airing the following week will help you as you plan lessons. We are also including Lesson plan ideas for you to use!!
We hope that this will help you as you plan your lessons for your students to Learn at Home.
All the best,
KLRN’s Education Team
Nova: Ice Worlds
Monday, April 20 at 4 PM
In the far reaches of the solar system, Uranus and Neptune dazzle with unexpected rings, supersonic winds and dozens of moons. And NASA's New Horizons gets a stunning up-close view of Pluto before venturing deep into the Kuiper Belt.
All objects emit infrared radiation -- the hotter an object is, the more intensely it radiates infrared wavelengths. Human eyes cannot see these wavelengths, but with the help of false-color imaging, temperature differences become visible and invisible features are suddenly illuminated. In this interactive gallery produced for Teachers' Domain, see what hydrothermal features and other objects look like in both visible and infrared light.
Using telescopes tuned into wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum other than visible light, astronomers are able to see the universe in greater detail. The Spitzer Space Telescope, formerly called the Space Infrared Telescope Facility, studies stars and planetary systems in infrared wavelengths. In this interactive resource from NASA, learn about how infrared light can help us better understand the origins of the universe.
Feud: American Experience
Tuesday, April 21 at 4 PM
Discover the real story behind the most famous family conflict in U.S.history - the battle between the Hatfields and McCoys. Much more than a tale of two warring families, the film goes beyond the myth to show the forces that ignited the feud.
Examine the events surrounding the Hatfield and McCoy Feud along the border between West Virginia and Kentucky.
Andes: Kingdom of the Sky
Wednesday, April 22 at 4 PM
Experience the astonishing natural life found in the world's longest mountain range, where pumas hunt guanaco, shape-shifting frogs hide in remote cloud forests and descendants of the Inca build bridges of grass.
Not all animal babies are created equal. Some require years of intensive parental care, while others meet life head-on, capable of taking care of themselves from the start. This slideshow provides a sample of the different levels of dependence of various animal babies.
The resources in this gallery provide more information on the Andes and the Incas who once ruled there. As you review these resources, think about how lives and culture of the Inca were influenced by their environment.
History Detectives #707
Thursday, April 23 at 4 PM
Hindenburg Artifact- A Hoboken, New Jersey, man has a palm-sized, army-green metal box that looks like an instrument panel. Family lore says that a distant relative was among the many bystanders plucking souvenirs from the wreckage of the terrifying disaster.
John Adams Book - A woman in Littleton, New Hampshire, inherited her husband's aunt's belongings, which include a curious late-18th-century book titled Trials of Patriots. It contains what appears to be President John Adams' signature in three places, and includes an inscription, "Charles Adams from His Father, 1794."
Birthplace of Hip Hop - A hip-hop enthusiast from New York City has always heard that 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx is the birthplace of hip-hop.
Family stories are a rich window on the past. They can paint pictures of an important period in history through the experience, perspective, and memories of people who lived during that time. These lesson plans and videos, based on artifacts and family heirlooms featured in History Detectives episodes, offer students opportunities to dig deeper into their own family history. Through activities that emphasize genealogical research and oral history interviews, students can begin to discover and access new information about themselves—as well as acquire the skills required to become history detectives in their own right.
Students learn about the creative concepts and technological practices on which Hip Hop music was constructed, investigating what it means to “sample" from another style, and who has used sampling and how.
American Epic: The Big Bang
Friday, April 24 at 4 PM
Travel to 1920s Tennessee as the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, and the Memphis Jug Band make their first records with producer Ralph Peer on a revolutionary portable recording machine, creating the first recordings of R&B and country songs.
The Juggernaut Jug Band from Louisville, Kentucky, performs “San Francisco Bay Blues” and “Coney Island Washboard,” showcasing the eclectic mix of influences and instruments that make up “jug band music.”
Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed the World
Monday, April 27 at 4 PM
Meet the brilliant minds throughout history, from Galileo to Edwin Hubble, responsible for creating the telescope. Today, their invention allows humanity to reach the furthest limits of seeing 13 billion light-years out.
Ready for a little redecorating? In this clip from Ready Jet Go!, Jet and his friends give their treehouse a makeover and turn it into an observatory. Sydney and Sean also teach Jet what a telescope is, and how it's used by scientists to observe space.
Since its launch is 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has provided scientists with a vast amount of quality data and has contributed to a number of important discoveries. One of the best-known images — the Hubble Deep Field — shows some of the earliest and faintest galaxies ever seen. In this video segment adapted from the Space Telescope Science Institute, learn how the Hubble Space Telescope created this amazing picture of the early universe.
American Experience: Fight
Tuesday, April 28 at 4 PM
Explore the 1938 world heavyweight championship bout between Joe Louis and German Max Schmeling, who, in the shadow of war, became reluctant symbols of equality and supremacy, democracy and fascism.
Grades 3-7, 13+
Students will learn about the remarkable athletic achievements and advocacy of Muhammad Ali. After watching a biographical video, students will analyze a photograph taken during the height of the controversy over Ali’s refusal to fight in the Vietnam War, and they will read the transcript of a revealing interview Ali gave and answer questions about it. To conclude the lesson, students will choose a quotation to use for a motivational poster.
Kingdoms of the Sky: Himalaya
Wednesday, April 29 at 4 PM
Witness the extraordinary wildlife and remarkable people of Earth's highest mountain range, where Tibetan monks perform ancient rituals, snow leopards prowl the mountainsides and bizarre snub-nosed monkeys survive in frozen forests.
The Himalayas are a prime example of how tectonic plate motion can manipulate the earth in extraordinary ways. These colliding plates resulted in the formation of the highest mountain range on the planet.
History Detectives #710
Thursday, April 30 at 4 PM
Stalag 17 Portrait - A Tempe, Arizona, woman has an intriguing memento of a sobering World War II experience: a portrait of her father sketched while he was held inside the German prisoner of war camp, Stalag 17B.
Seadrome - A Rochester, New York, man inherited three photos of a Seadrome model from his grandfather.
Black Tom Shell - A woman in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, has an explosive artifact in her possession: a large, intact artillery shell,along with a note in her mother's handwriting that reads "Black Tom Explosion of 1914."
- Detective Techniques: Preservation | History Detectives
Use these History Detective techniques for preserving papers, books, photographs and textiles. When it comes to preserving and maintaining your family's treasures, the guidelines are very simple. It's putting them into action that takes a little work. You can't turn back the clock, but you can protect your treasures for the future.
- Patent and Invention Research | History Detectives
This History Detectives media gallery features a collection of resources illustrating research methodology for investigating patents and inventions.
American Epic: Blood & Soil
Friday, May 1 at 4 PM
Travel to the rural South as Elder Burch, Charley Patton and others record early Delta blues, gospel and protest songs. The Great Flood of 1927 devastates Mississippi River communities, leading to northern migration and Chicago Blues by Howlin' Wolf.
Born to an aristocratic white Mississippi family, Will Percy witnessed a seismic shift in his community following the 1927 flood. Read excerpts from his memoir, from American Experience: "Fatal Flood."
Training opportunity for teachers
- PBS LearningMedia Ongoing Training Opportunities
At PBS, we are gathering FREE resources on PBS Learning Media to help the learning continue at home. You can choose from videos, interactive games, activities and TEKS-aligned lesson plans to teach your child from home. You can also use it with the Remind app, Google classroom, and you can even create folders for your own reference and to share with your students, colleagues, and families! To help navigate PBS Learning Media and this transition to digital learning, KLRN will be holding 1-hour online training sessions. Check our Event Page for a list of upcoming trainings!
- Watt Watchers Training Wednesday, April 22
The Watt Watchers Program is a smart energy education program with Bilingual TEKS-aligned lessons for K - 12th grade. We will host a Watt Watchers on Earth Day from 10-11 AM register here for the session.