Common Sense Review
Updated July 2014

PBS KIDS Lab: Activities

Exemplary ELA, math activities support learning in and out of school
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  • A short description and a list of targeted skills are provided for each activity.
  • Activities address a variety of mostly math-related skills in fun and creative ways.
  • Each activity details learning goals, supplies, related digital activities, book suggestions, and more.
  • Step-by-step instructions and extension ideas guide teachers.
Mieke VanderBorght
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Common Sense Rating 5
How Can Teachers Use It?

PBS KIDS Lab's Activities section is a directory of hands-on explorations into basic math concepts -- from counting to data analysis -- as well as a few language topics. The activities, organized according to their corresponding PBS shows, offer inspiration for engaging lessons; there are also links to related digital games. Although aimed primarily at parents, with games intended to be played at home, teachers need only follow the activity suggestions -- with perhaps a few tweaks here or there -- to adapt these activities for classroom use.

In the classroom, start by reading the recommended book(s), followed by the recommended hands-on activity; finally, have kids practice with the digital game. Alternately, use multiple activity ideas related to a single learning theme to create a series of exploration centers for kids to rotate through. Or, have students work in small groups to complete different activities and report back to the class about what they've learned.

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