Quality Resource: PBS Learning Media

Are you looking for a free online platform designed to improve not only your effectiveness as a teacher but also the achievement of your students? Check out: PBS Learning Media As the site states, “PBS LearningMedia provides PreK-12 educators with access to free digital content and professional development opportunities designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. PBS LearningMedia was developed in partnership with the WGBH Educational Foundation and is offered locally by 155 PBS licensees, representing 356 stations in 55 U.S. states and territories.” Some of my favorite finds thus far: Waadookodaading: Ojibwe Language Immersion School (checkout theways.org for more videos like this one) What’s the Deal with Fossil Fuels?  Earth Days: Rachel Carson & Silent Spring Happy exploring and happy learning! Your Librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez

Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson is one of my personal heroes. During our time of climate change and the continued assaults happening to our environment, she’s an even more essential historical figure. On January 24, 2017, PBS aired Rachel Carson through the American Experience series. Whether you’re familiar with Carson and her work or not, this documentary will add to your knowledge base. She was a writer, biologist, naturalist, and advocate. She’s someone who stepped outside her comfort zone to speak out for wildlife and the environment. The program is almost 2 hours in length and would be fitting in a middle school or high school science class. It would also be great for an evening or weekend event family event that was for parents and children ages 12 and older. It’s always challenging catering to the interests and needs of our middle school and high school youth. This topic is one many of them are in support of and will get behind. Please email me and I’d be happy to send you the program materials and plan I would use for this type of event! In addition, Carson is one of the scientists featuring in the Scientist Learning Guide. Thanks for reading and […]

Celebrating Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day I thought I’d change it up and create a few cards featuring famous scientists! They’re great for any occasion but an especially nice change for a predominantly commercial-based holiday. The cards feature 12 scientists. They include: Albert Einstein, George Washington Carver, Jane Goodall, Louis Pasteur, Mae Jemison, Maria Mitchell, Marie Curie, Mario Molina, Melba Roy Mouton, Narinder Singh Kapany, Nikola Tesla, and Rachel Carson. Just for visiting, the file is available free for your download via the link below. Scientist_Valentines However, you’re also welcome to support Circulating Knowledge financially by purchasing them on the Circulating Knowledge Teachers Pay Teacher’s site or Etsy by visiting one of the links below. Scientist Cards on TPT Scientist Cards on Etsy In addition, there is now a Scientists Learning Guide available in the Learning Guides tab. Happy learning! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez