GCSS Enrichment Activities for the Week of June 15

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Elementary School

 Grade Level ELA Math Science Social Studies
 Pre-K Bewteen the Lions: Pigs, Pigs, Pigs! & The Three Little Pigs
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: TV Episode

In this video segment from Between the Lions, an animated stick figure dances against a green background and sings about the joys of the "op" sound and different words that can be read "if you can read op." As words with "op" in them are sung, illustrations pop onto screen to match the words: hop, pop chop, flop, stop, mop, top, crop, drop, shop, opting, slop, plop, and bop. This video segment provides a resource for Fluency, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Letter Knowledge Awareness, and Phonological Awareness.
Skill: The child will develop early phonological awareness (awareness of the units of sound).
Georgia Standard: CLL6 Early Reading

Peg and Cat Estimate
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Use this video to help children compare the sizes of objects and learn to estimate. Ramone shows Peg and Cat how to estimate. They make careful guesses of the number of recycling bins they need by looking at the sizes of junk to be recycled in them.
Skill: The child will use mathematical problem solving, reasoning, estimation, and communication.
Georgia Standard: CD-MA7

Bye-Bye, Bottle | Everyday Learning
Source: PBS Learning Media
What happens to recyclables after the truck picks them up? In this short video, follow a plastic bottle from the recycle bin through the recycling process.
Skill: The child will demonstrate an awareness of and the need to protect his/her environment.
GA Standard: CD-SC5

Wash Your Hands
Source: PBS Learning Media
Identifies the importance of and participates in activities related to health and self-care needs
Skills/Standards:HEK.1.a
Name healthy behavior
s.

 Kindergarten The Story of Balto-Martha Speaks
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Streaming

Help children build vocabulary using this Martha Speaks video! Truman tells Martha about the story of Balto, and explains the meaning of the words, "serum" and "dog sled."
Skill: Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts
Georgia Standard: Language - Vocabulary Acquisition and Use - ELAGSEKL7

On the Farm
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive Game

Use this game with children to count, measure, and look for 3-D shapes in a series of adventures on a farm, the Purple Planet, Pirate Island, and in the Magic Forest. Peg’s “Totally Rockin’ Adventures” brings together the collection's many elements into simple, game-like pathways that reinforce interrelated stories and math content. The interface is designed with little kids in mind, allowing them to move from video, to game, to video, to activity, and collect rocks along the way!
Skill: Compose simple shapes to form larger shapes. For example, “Can you join these two triangles with full sides touching to make a rectangle?”
Georgia Standard: MGSEK.G.6

What's a Reptile?
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video (with Support Materials)

Explore our narrator’s backyard to get an up close look at some scaled friends. Students will learn about what makes a reptile a reptile and fun facts about different types of reptiles – turtles, snakes, and lizards.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to compare the similarities and differences in groups of organisms.
GA Standard: SKL2

The Thanksgiving Holiday
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
Discover how we came to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Skill: Identify the national holidays and describe the people and/or events celebrated.
Georgia Standard: SSKH1

 First Grade Whales
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Join Ioda in an exciting 4 part adventure through an amazing talking book. Kids will love learning informational text features like table of contents, chapters, illustrations, captions, charts, labels, and glossary with Ioda's interactive video.
Skills/Standards:ELAGSE2RI7
Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.


Data Saves the Day
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Lesson Plans

Data comes to the rescue! Children will collect, analyze, and represent data as they try to dodge a series of catastrophes faced by characters from their favorite PBS KIDS shows. First, they will save the citizens of Botopolis from a strange sleeping sickness by tallying up the ingredients for the antidote. Then, they will save Professor Fizzy’s melting lunch by sorting and organizing the food in his fridge and freezer. Next, they will use bar graphs and circle graphs to stop The Electric Company’s Francesca from scrambling all the words on Earth. Finally, children will try to help the Cybersquad win the big game against the evil Hacker by using data to predict where his batter will hit the ball.
Skill: Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories; ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less are in one category than in another.
Georgia Standard: MGSE1.MD.4

Magnet Trick/The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Playing and testing is really the best thing for finding out just what a magnet can do! In this short video from The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, the Cat sings a fun song about what a magnet can and can't stick to.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to demonstrate the effects of magnets on other magnets and other objects
Georgia Standard: S1P2

Writing the Declaration of Independence
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
The Declaration of Independence is the most enduring protest document in the history of the free world. Written by Thomas Jefferson, the text of the declaration was approved on July 4, 1776.
Skill: Read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history. Describe how each historic figure in SS1H1a was influenced by his or her time and place. Describe how the historical figures in SS1H1a display positive character traits such as: fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment.
Georgia Standard: SS1H1 SS1G1 SS1CG1

 Second Grade What's Good: Music
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Venture into the private studios of music producers Peter Cottontale and Thelonius Martin to see how they work. Music is scientific: sound is produced when something vibrates, and those vibrations are brought to the ear as sound waves. Learn about the science of sound and discover how good vibes can move you and your kids.
Skill: Use words and phrases acquired from conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts, including using adjectives and adverbs to describe.
Georgia Standard: Language - Vocabulary Acquisition and Use - ELAGSE2L7

Sleep
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Students in grades one and two can learn the basics of telling time with this video from the Abracadabra series. Intermediate, middle school, and adult actors portray characters who discuss the importance of getting enough sleep and help students understand the basics of time.
Skill: Tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes, using a.m. and p.m.
Georgia Standard: MGSE2.MD.7

Let's Discover: Force and Motion/Sesame Street
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Let's discover something about force and motion with Abby and Elmo. Force is a push or pull that makes something move.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to explain the effect of a force (a push or a pull) in the movement of an object (changes in speed and direction).
Georgia Standard: S2P2

Jimmy Carter Virtual Field Trip (Georgia Stories)
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Virtual Field Trip

The Jimmy Carter virtual field trip takes students on a journey through the remarkable life of James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. from his hometown experiences and early years through to his time as governor and president, into achievements post-presidency.
Skill: Describe the lives and contributions of historical figures in Georgia history. (Focus on Jackie Robinson, MLK, Jr., Juliette Gordon Low, and Jimmy Carter in Unit 5 and Unit 6 of curriculum guide)
Georgia Standard: SS2H1

 Third Grade Blue Ribbon Readers: The Questioning Cube Game
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Activity

The Questioning Cube Game is part of WPSU’s Blue Ribbon Readers, a collection of seven interactive games designed to help elementary school students gain reading comprehension competences. In the game, students practice asking questions about short stories or passages of expository prose. The practice of generating and answering their own questions before, during and after reading, helps students actively create solid mental connections.
Skills/Standards:ELAGSEKRI1
With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.


Perimeter: Comparing Areas and Perimeters of Rectangles
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video and Practice

Students compare situations involving area and perimeters of rectangles, find areas and perimeters and solve problems.
Skill: Solve real world and mathematical problems involving perimeters of polygons, including finding the perimeter given the side lengths, finding an unknown side length, and exhibiting rectangles with the same perimeter and different areas or with the same area and different perimeters.
Georgia Standard: MGSE3.MD.8

Build a Better Lunch Box
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Activity

Find out how to create and test an insulated lunch box. Experiment with the design process and conducting heat in this activity from Design Squad Nation.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the ways heat energy is transferred and measured.
Georgia Standard: S3P1 
Henry Hudson | PBS World Explorers
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

English explorer Henry Hudson was born at the height of the age of exploration in Europe, as navigators hunted for new routes to Asia. Hudson's multiple voyages to the arctic in search of a Northwest passage eventually set the stage for British colonial dominance in North America.
Skill: Describe European exploration in North America. a. Describe the reasons for and obstacles to the exploration of North America. b. Describe the accomplishments of: John Cabot (England), Vasco Núñez de Balboa (Spain), Hernando de Soto (Spain), Christopher Columbus (Spain), Henry Hudson (The Netherlands), and Jacques Cartier (France). c. Describe examples of cooperation and conflict between European explorers and American Indians.
Georgia Standard: SS3H2

 Fourth Grade Gullah Tales: What a Friend
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video with support materials

Students will read and listen to Aunt Pearlie Sue’s animated Gullah and English versions of the traditional folktale "What a Friend." Storytellers are important people in most cultures. They entertain, educate and pass on the history of their culture. Often the stories they tell are what we call folktales, traditional stories that have been passed down through the generations. Often, these stories teach a moral or explain the origin something in nature. In “What a Friend” snail learns valuable lessons about true friendship.
Skill: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Georgia Standard: ELAGSERL4.2

Tynker Hour of Code: Trail Blazer
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive

Students apply geometry concepts to create patterns and shapes while they learn computer programming. Enhances STEM learning outcomes as they program their spaceship to race through the galaxy. Estimated time: 40 min. More free coding activities at www.tynker.com/hour-of-code.
Skill: Recognize angles as geometric shapes that are formed wherever two rays share a common endpoint, and understand concepts of angle measurement:
a. An angle is measured with reference to a circle with its center at the common endpoint of the rays, by considering the fraction of the circular arc between the points where the two rays intersect the circle. An angle that turns through 1/360 of a circle is called a “one degree angle,” and can be used to measure angles.
b. An angle that turns through n one-degree angles is said to have an angle measure of n degrees.
Georgia Standard: MGSE4.MD.5

Moon Phases Simulation
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive

Relate observable Moon patterns to motions within the Earth–Sun–Moon system using this digital model from Astronomy Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Linked Earth and space perspectives enable students to recognize cause-and-effect relationships. They can also visualize the spatial and time scales of phenomena such as the Moon’s apparent path in the sky and the Moon’s appearance in the day sky and night sky.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to model the effects of the position and motion of the Earth and the moon in relation to the sun as observed from the Earth.
Georgia Standard: S4E2

The War That Made America: French and Indian War Timeline
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Timeline

"The War that Made America" brings to life a vastly important time in American history, when events set forces in motion that would culminate in the American Revolution.
Skill: Explain the causes, events, and results of the American Revolution.
Georgia Standard: SS4H1

 Fifth Grade Gullah Tales: What a Friend
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Students will read and listen to Aunt Pearlie Sue’s animated Gullah and English versions of the traditional folktale "What a Friend." Storytellers are important people in most cultures. They entertain, educate and pass on the history of their culture. Often the stories they tell are what we call folktales, traditional stories that have been passed down through the generations. Often, these stories teach a moral or explain the origin something in nature. In “What a Friend” snail learns valuable lessons about true friendship.
Skill: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text
Georgia Standard: ELAGSERL5.2

Length, Mass, and Liquid Volume in the Metric System
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Activity
Students learn how to express measurements in larger units in terms of smaller units using number line diagrams and tables. Students apply and practice what they learned by completing an activity in which they measure objects and solve word problems involving conversions within the metric system.
Skill: Convert among different sized standard measurement units (mass, weight, length, time, etc.) within a given measurement system (customary and metric) (e.g., convert 5cm to 0.05m), and use these conversions in solving multi-step, real world problems.
Georgia Standard: MGSE5.MD.1

Erosion and Deposition along Rivers and Seashores, Part 2: Hunting from Space
Source: Georgia Aquarium
Resource Type: Lesson Plan

Students will understand the causes and effects of erosion, deposition and weathering.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to identify surface features on the Earth caused by constructive and/or destructive processes. a. Construct an argument supported by scientific evidence to identify surface features (examples could include deltas, sand dunes, mountains, volcanoes) as being caused by constructive and/or destructive processes (Examples could include deposition, weathering, erosion, and impact of organisms). b. Develop simple interactive models to collect data that illustrate how changes in surface features are/were caused by constructive and/or destructive processes. c. Ask questions to obtain information on how technology is used to limit and/or predict the impact of constructive and destructive processes. (Clarification statement: Examples could include seismological studies, flood forecasting (GIS maps), engineering/construction methods and materials, and infrared/satellite imagery.)
Georgia Standard: S5E1

World War I
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
Provides an overview of World War I, revealing the key countries involved in the war and the overall outcome.
Skill: Describe U.S. involvement in World War I and post-World War I America.
Georgia Standard: SS5H2

Middle School

 Grade Level ELA Math Science Social Studies
Sixth Grade The Columbian Exchange
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive Lesson
In this interactive lesson
supporting literacy skills, students watch video dramatizations that tell the story of the Spanish explorers who arrived in the Americas with Columbus and introduced European, African, and Asian plants and animals to the Western Hemisphere. Students develop their literacy skills through a social studies focus on how the the Columbian Exchange impacted life on both sides of the Atlantic. During this process, they read informational text, learn and practice vocabulary words, and explore content through videos and interactive activities.
Skill: Acquire and accurately use grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
Georgia Standard: ELAGSE6L6

Pearl Diver
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Game

Play a fast-paced video game that involves finding rational numbers on the number line. This game from Math Snacks focuses on using what you know about positive and negative numbers and fractions to place them correctly on the variable number line and retrieve pearls. This resource is part of the Math at the Core: Middle School collection.
Skills: Understand that positive and negative numbers are used together to describe quantities having opposite directions or values (e.g., temperature above/below zero, elevation above/below sea level, debits/credits, positive/negative electric charge); use positive and negative numbers to represent quantities in real-world contexts, explaining the meaning of 0 in each situation.
Recognize opposite signs of numbers as indicating locations on opposite sides of 0 on the number line; recognize that the opposite of the opposite of a number is the number itself, e.g., –(–3) = 3, and that 0 is its own opposite.
Find and position integers and other rational numbers on a horizontal or vertical number line diagram; find and position pairs of integers and other rational numbers on a coordinate plane.
Display numerical data in plots on a number line, including dot plots, histograms, and box plots.
Georgia Standards: MGSE6.NS.5, MGSE6.NS.6, MGSE6.SP.4

What's the Difference Between a Solar and Lunar Eclipse? | Physics Girl
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

What is the difference between a solar and lunar eclipse? How can you tell the difference? Find out how in this episode.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the effects of the relative positions of the sun, Earth, and moon.
Georgia Standard: S6E2

6-8 Lesson Starters
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Lesson Starters
Learn about the structure of Canada's government and its underlying history. From the original indigenous peoples to the arrival of European explorers, explore how Canada was shaped into the nation it is today. Learn about the different indigenous, French, and British influences that can be seen in Canadian culture today, and how they’ve remained in culture.
Skill: Explain citizen participation in the Canadian government.
Georgia Standard: SS6CG2

Seventh Grade Political Commentators on Presidential Candidate Behavior | PBS NewsHour
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video With Support Materials

Find out the Trump and Clinton campaigns are faring as we draw closer to election day with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from October 15, 2016.
Skills: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 7 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Acquire and accurately use grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Georgia Standards: ELAGSE7.L.4, ELAGSE7.L.5, ELAGSE7.L.6, ELAGSE7.RI.4

Square-Wheeled Tricycle: Radius and Circumference
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive Lesson

Uncover the secret behind how a square-wheeled tricycle can work at the National Museum of Mathematics. This interactive exercise focuses on working with the radius of various circles to find the circumference and area as well as challenging you to find the distance a square wheel travels around the track.
Skill: Given the formulas for the area and circumference of a circle, use them to solve problems; give an informal derivation of the relationship between the circumference and area of a circle.
Georgia Standard: 7.G.4

Why are there so many breeds of dogs?
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
Highlights the selective breeding of wolves into dogs, and showcases the genetic diversity of dogs, from Chihuahuas to Great Danes. The program covers a variety of dog features and characteristics, such as floppy ears, and teaches that there are about nine ancient dog breeds that developed separately from the modern wolf-based breeds. The program also discusses artificial selection.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to explain how organisms reproduce either sexually or asexually and transfer genetic information to determine the traits of their offspring.
Georgia Standard: S7L3
What is Democracy? Vote Democracy! Lesson 4
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Activity with supporting documents

Democracy exists in different forms in many countries around the world. Some countries are in the process of transitioning to or developing democracy; in other countries, democracy is more established. Still others may have a different system, yet still be influenced by democracy because it has been strongly promoted around the world by the United States and other Western countries. In this lesson, students examine what democracy looks like and how it plays out in countries with different political, ideological and cultural histories and backgrounds.
Skill: Compare and contrast different forms of citizen participation in government.
Georgia Standard: SS7CG1

Eighth Grade Why Is Fake News So Effective?
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive Lesson

This interactive lesson, based on the series Breaking Views, frames the controversial issues of fake news and trust in the media with the historical context of yellow journalism and sensationalist reporting. In addition to learning more about how fake news has evolved over the years, students will learn strategies for improving their media literacy and will be able to identify both credible and non-credible news sources. After they complete the lesson students will be better prepared to critically analyze media using the Five Key Questions of media literacy, which will become a point of enduring understanding that young people need in order to be better 21st century digital citizens in an era saturated by information.
Skills: Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints.
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced.
Analyze a case in which two or more texts provide conflicting information on the same topic and identify where the texts disagree on matters of fact or interpretation.
Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.
Georgia Standards: ELAGSE8RI1, ELAGSE8RI3, ELAGSE8RI6, ELAGSE8RI8, ELAGSE8RI9, ELAGSE8SL2

Understanding Solutions to Linear Equations
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video & Activity Document

In this video, Students explore linear equations in one variable with one solution, infinitely many solutions, or no solutions. In the accompanying classroom activity, students watch the video and then write and solve three equations: one with one solution, one with infinitely many solutions, and one with no solutions. They trade with a partner and solve each other’s equations.
Skills: Solve linear equations in one variable.
Give examples of linear equations in one variable with one solution, infinitely many solutions, or no solutions. Show which of these possibilities is the case by successively transforming the given equation into simpler forms, until an equivalent equation of the form x = a, a = a, or a = b results (where a and b are different numbers).
Georgia Standards: MGSE8.EE.7, MGSE8.EE.7a

Characteristics of Electrons | Chemistry Matters
Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting
Resource Type: Video and Lab *see lab in Toolkit*

In this segment, students build models of atoms as they learn about characteristics of electrons. They also explore how quantum levels affect fireworks by performing a flame test.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the structure and properties of matter.
Georgia Standard: S8P1

The Legislative Process
Source: GPB Education
Resource Type: Video

Highlighting the various roles in Georgia’s General Assembly, The Legislative Process details what steps are taken to create a new law.
Skill: Analyze the role of the legislative branch in Georgia.
Georgia Standard: SS8CG2

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