PBS KIDS Lab's Educator Resources section has three top-notch components, each with a specific focus: Classroom Activities, Out of School Activities, and a selection of edtech teaching tips. Teachers are bound to love the lessons found within the Classroom Activities section. The clear plans come with short videos of an actual class engaged in each lesson -- it's a great idea to watch as part of your prep process. Just be sure to gather your (listed) materials and a few adult helpers.
The Teaching Tips for Integrating Technology section spotlights kindergarten-level geometry concepts through PBS's online games (Dinosaur Train, Cat in the Hat). Use the PDF packet for implementation tips, and introduce the made-for-your-notebook files to your kids. For after-school or summer programs, the Out of School link supplies a complete curriculum. Videos from the show Electric Company (via YouTube) provide the anchor for engaging math and literacy activities targeted at 6- to 9-year-olds. Facilitators can simply print the packets and begin.Continue reading Show less
Key Standards Supported
Analyze and compare two- and three-dimensional shapes, in different sizes and orientations, using informal language to describe their similarities, differences, parts (e.g., number of sides and vertices/“corners”) and other attributes (e.g., having sides of equal length).
Model shapes in the world by building shapes from components (e.g., sticks and clay balls) and drawing shapes.
Compose simple shapes to form larger shapes. For example, “Can you join these two triangles with full sides touching to make a rectangle?”
Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to.
Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.
Identify shapes as two-dimensional (lying in a plane, “flat”) or three- dimensional (“solid”).
Key Standards Supported
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on kindergarten reading and content.
Identify new meanings for familiar words and apply them accurately (e.g., knowing duck is a bird and learning the verb to duck).
Use the most frequently occurring inflections and affixes (e.g., -ed, -s, re-, un-, pre-, -ful, -less) as a clue to the meaning of an unknown word.
With guidance and support from adults, explore word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
Sort common objects into categories (e.g., shapes, foods) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.
Demonstrate understanding of frequently occurring verbs and adjectives by relating them to their opposites (antonyms).
Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., note places at school that are colorful).
Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs describing the same general action (e.g., walk, march, strut, prance) by acting out the meanings.
Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts.