GCSS Enrichment Activities for the Week of June 29

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Elementary School

 Grade Level ELA Math Science Social Studies
 Pre-K Sesame Street; Super Why!; Word World; Between the Lions;
Source: PBSKids.org
Resource Type: TV
Episodes
Video clips can be sorted by skill.
Skill: The child will demonstrate increasing knowledge of the alphabet.
Georgia Standard: CLL7 Early Reading 
Picking Up Chickens - Peg + Cat | PBS KIDS Lab
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive Game
Use this video to help children count objects and compare quantities. Peg and Cat must get chickens back in the coop before the farmer sees.
Utiliza este juego para ayudar a niños a contar objetos y comparar cantidades. Peg y Cat deben traer gallinas al gallinero.
Skill: MGSEK.MD.3
Classify objects into given categories; count the numbers of objects in each category and sort the categories by count


What is Money? Young Explorers
Source: PBS Learning Media 
Resource Type: Video

Exploring our world is fun! Abby Brown loves to help kids have fun while learning! In this segment, Abby explains the different types of bills and coins, and lists a few ways to use money including saving, donating, or spending it on things that are needs instead of wants. 
Skill:  CD-SS4.4a Completes jobs to contribute to his/her community and communicates why it is important. 


 Kindergarten Malaya and Friends!
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive Game

Join Malaya and other real kids as they say sounds and words made by the letters: Mm, Kk, Pp, Jj, Bb, Ii, Ff, Uu, and Rr. Watch funny videos and play games while learning and practicing the alphabet!
Skill: Demonstrate basic knowledge of long and short sounds for the given major vowels
Georgia Standard: 
ELAGSEKRF3b

Giant Hide and Seek - Peg + Cat
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive Game

Use this game with children to count and add the number of Peg and Cat's friends. Play hide and seek with giants! Find hiding places for Peg, Cat, and friends.
Skill: Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings , sounds (e.g., claps), acting out situations, verbal explanations, expressions, or equations.
Georgia Standard: MGSEK.OA.1
Sid the Science Kid Shorts: Classifying Animals
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
Classifies a chickadee as a bird because it has feathers, wings, and lays eggs, and teaches Sid and his friends about animal classification. The program also classifies a squirrel as a mammal and a goldfish as a fish.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to compare the similarities and differences in groups of organisms.
GA Standard: SKL2

George Washington | 60 Second Presidents
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

As far as Presidents go, none set more precedents than George Washington. From his leadership of the Continental Army, to his bold commitment to founding a strong nation, take a quick look back at the legacy of our very first leader. If you think you know everything about GW, think again!
Skill: Identify the national holidays and describe the people and/or events celebrated.
Georgia Standard: SSKH1

 First Grade Common Core 1st Grade Reading: High-Frequency Nouns: Volume 01
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Teaches 16 high-frequency nouns, and presents sentences and illustrations that help viewers learn and remember how to read the high-frequency nouns. The program also includes an introduction to high-frequency nouns, and concludes with a review of the program.
Skill: ELAGSE1L1b - Use common, proper, and possessive nouns.
ELAGSE1L6 - Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts, including using frequently occurring conjunctions to signal simple relationships (e.g., I named my hamster Nibblet because she nibbles too much because she likes that).

Understanding Place Value
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

A very important concept your child learns in 1st Grade is place value. Let's look at the number 13. What does 13 really mean? We can write 13 in a place value chart. Now we see that 13 is 1 ten and 3 ones. But what does "one ten" really mean?
Skill: Understand that the two digits of a two-digit number represent amounts of tens and ones. Understand the following as special cases: a. 10 can be thought of as a bundle of ten ones – called a “ten.” b. The numbers from 11 to 19 are composed of a ten and one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or nine ones. c. The numbers 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 refer to one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or nine tens (and 0 ones).
Georgia Standard: MGSE1.NBT2

Animals, Maps and Habitats, Oh My!
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive Lesson

The map of the bike path is introduced and the problem of animals being separated from their habitats and water sources is discussed.A solution must be found to ensure the animals' needs are met.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the basic needs of plants and animals.
Georgia Standard: S1L1

Journals of the Expedition
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Learn about the importance of the journals that members of the Corps of Discovery kept during the Expedition, and hear an excerpt from Meriwether Lewis’s journal.
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 Common Core 2nd Grade Reading: Sight Words: Volume 02
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Explores fifteen commonly used words, called sight words. The program aids students in memorizing these words by repeating them, using them in a sentence, and providing opportunities for practice and review.
Skill: ELAGSE2L6 - Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts, including using adjectives and adverbs to describe (e.g., When other kids are happy that makes me happy).
Counting by 10's - Peg + Cat
Source: PBS Learning Media
Use this video with children to count along with Peg, Cat, and friends as they collect and count space rocks by 10s. While collecting space rocks for NASA, Ramone has time to show Peg, Cat, Richard and Pig how to count by 10s to 100.
Skill: Count within 1000; skip-count by 5s, 10s, and 100s.
Georgia Standard: MGSE2.NBT.2

Life Cycles of Frogs, Dragonflies, and Butterflies
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Lesson Plan
Students explore similarities and differences in the life cycle of organisms and are introduced to the process of metamorphosis.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the life cycles of different living organisms.
Georgia Standard: S2L1

Bartering & Opportunity Cost
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
Trading without money to exchange goods and services is called bartering. Money is the normal medium of exchange, but when money is not available, people barter for essentials or wants.
Skill: Explain that because of scarcity, people must make choices that result in opportunity costs.
Georgia Standard: SS2E1

 Third Grade Writing Kids: How to Write a Great Book Report
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Explains the importance of writing a great book report using the book Charlotte's Web by E. B. White as an example. The sections of a book report include the introduction, the body, and the conclusion.
Skills: Introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons.
Georgia Standard:
ELAGSE3W1a 

Rounding: Examples - Rounding to the Nearest 10 and 100
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video and Practice
Use these examples to practice rounding up to four-digit numbers to the nearest ten and hundred.
Skill: Use place value understanding to round whole numbers to the nearest 10 or 100.
Georgia Standard: MGSE3.NBT.2

Reading a Thermometer
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video with Support Materials

In this video segment from Cyberchase, the CyberSquad has a birthday gift made for their pal Digit. It's a chocolate "Digit" sculpture. As they make their way to the party, the desert heat threatens to melt the treat. When the special refrigerator suddenly breaks, the CyberSquad must figure out how to read a thermometer and determine the temperature in order to keep the chocolate sculpture from melting.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the ways heat energy is transferred and measured.
Georgia Standard: S3P1

John Cabot | PBS World Explorers
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Five hundred years after the viking exploration of North America, Italian explorer John Cabot became the first known European to reach its mainland. Honing his sailing skills in the Meditteranean, Cabot followed in Columbus's footsteps to explore the Atlantic in search of a route to Asia.
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 Advice on Writing - Video Production: Behind the Scenes with the Pros
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video with support materials

In this online book from the International Children's Digital Library, a lonely cat lives in a car with a kitchen on the dashboard. He delights in his work cleaning the highways. When he helps someone with car trouble in a traffic jam he makes a new friend. They then enjoy creative music together with a car horn. Author and Illustrator—Thacher Hurd.
Skill: With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
Georgia Standard: ELAGSEW6

Introduction to Angle Measure
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Lesson Plan

Students are introduced to angles as turns, learn their definitions, and how to name them. They are also introduced to the notion of the measure of an angle, learning the number of degrees in a circle, a half circle, and a quarter circle, and the terms right, straight, acute, and obtuse. This CYBERCHASE activity is motivated by an episode in which the CyberSquad has to navigate with angles and distances to locate a treasure chest.
Skill: Recognize angles as geometric shapes that are formed wherever two rays share a common endpoint, and understand concepts of angle measurement
Georgia Standard: MGSE4.MD.5

A Raindrop Roadtrip
Source: Siemens STEM Day
Resource Type: Activity

In this activity, students will “become” water droplets and travel among the different storages of water. Students will roll a die to determine which station in the classroom they will go to: the atmosphere, ocean, forest, or glaciers. They must answer a question correctly to roll the die again and continue to another storage in the water cycle. As students journey around the water cycle, they will keep track of their travels and also name the process that allows them to travel from one water storage to another. *Users can scroll down to any of the Resource Titles or search them at the top right*
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to demonstrate the water cycle.
Georgia Standard: S4E3

John Adams | 60 Second Presidents
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

John Adams had his hands full when he took over the presidency from George Washington. Find out how he dealt with the feuding political parties and attacks on U.S. merchants from France and Britain. Being the leader of a young nation isn?t as easy as you might think.
Skill: Explain the causes, events, and results of the American Revolution.
Georgia Standard: SS4H1

 Fifth Grade Advice on Writing - Video Production: Behind the Scenes with the Pros
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

KET producer, writer, and host Renee Shaw discusses the importance of good writing skills in production.
Skill: With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others
Georgia Standard: ELAGSE5W6

U.S. Standard and Metric
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
Investigates the different units of measurement used in the U.S. Standard and the Metric System of measurement.
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

WGBH: Substance and Chemical Reactions
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Lesson Plan

Students gain experience in distinguishing between solids, liquids, and gases and how you know when a chemical change has occurred.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to explain the differences between a physical change and a chemical change.
Georgia Standard: S5P1

The Great Depression
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
Describes the social and economic conditions of the United States during the Great Depression.
Skill: Explain how the Great Depression and New Deal affected the lives of millions of Americans.
Georgia Standard: SS5H3

Middle School

 Grade Level ELA Math Science Social Studies
Sixth Grade How Do Different Social Media Platforms Affect Your Mood? | Above the Noise
Source: PBS Learning Media
Do a quick Google search on how social media affects your mood, and the results make it seem like all the social media platforms will plunge you into depression. Facebook shows everyone’s perfect life and exotic vacations. Expertly curated selfies abound on Instagram. But, if you look at the actual research, the results aren’t that simple. In this Above the Noise video, host Myles Bess breaks down the science and cuts through the hype about the link between depression and social media use, and looks at how different social media platforms may affect your brain in different ways.
Skills: Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).
Georgia Standards: ELAGSE6RI1, ELAGSE6RI2, ELAGSE6RI3
Logical Leaps | Rational Numbers on the Number Line
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive

In this interactive, use logic to solve riddles involving a wallaby jumping contest. Then, place each contestant’s jump—a fraction, mixed number, or decimal between –5 and +5—at the correct point on the number line. Backward jumps are represented by negative numbers and forward jumps by positive numbers. Numbers are randomized so that riddles can be solved and wallabies placed on the number line multiple times. The accompanying classroom activity includes a fraction/decimal concept review and a response sheet to accompany the online work. This resource is part of the Math at the Core: Middle School Collection.
Skill: 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.
Georgia Standard: MGSE6.NS.6

Oceans
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
This clip explains how oceans hold most of the world's water. They are filled with salt water that drains off of the land. Oceans help to control weather and climate, and move energy and heat around the earth's surface through currents. Oceans also provide food and transportation. Many creatures live in the oceans, and scientists who study oceans are called oceanographers.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to recognize the significant role of water in Earth processes.
Georgia Standard: S6E3

Economic Systems
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Economic systems have driven nations to both prosperity and collapse. This video follows these systems, and outlines why each flourished or failed.
Skill: Analyze different economic systems.
Georgia Standards: SS6E1, SS6E4, SS6E7, SS6E10

Seventh Grade Random Sampling: How Many Fish?
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video With Support Materials

Experiment with random sampling methodology using goldfish crackers. This video focuses on making inferences based on a set of data, finding averages, and using a ratio table to demonstrate statistical procedures used by scientists when estimating populations in the real world. This video was submitted through the Innovation Math Challenge, a contest open to professional and nonprofessional producers. This resource is part of the Math at the Core: Middle School Collection.
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: ELAGSE7.L.6

Thinkport: Multiplying a Positive Integer with a Negative Integer
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive

Explore integer multiplication by considering the trajectory of a hot air balloon as it rises and falls in this interactive from MPT. In the accompanying classroom activity, students play a game in which they find the product of two integers and move a button the corresponding distance and direction along a number line. Next, they use the interactive. To get the most from the lesson, students should be comfortable using a number line to add positive and negative integers, and they should be familiar with the notion that numerical opposites sum to 0. For a longer self-paced student tutorial using this media, see "Multiplying a Positive Integer with a Negative Integer"on Thinkport from Maryland Public Television.
Skill: Understand that multiplication is extended from fractions to rational numbers by requiring that operations continue to satisfy the properties of operations, particularly the distributive property, leading to products such as (-1)(-1) = 1 and the rules for multiplying signed numbers. Interpret products of rational numbers by describing real-world contexts.
Georgia Standard: 7.NS.2a

Oh Sea Lions!
Source: Georgia Aquarium
Resource Type: Lesson Plan

Students will discuss how limiting factors such as predation, resource availability, and competition impact California sea lion populations.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to examine the interdependence of organisms with one another and their environments.
Georgia Standard: S7L4

The Geography and People of East Africa
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
Presents the geography, history, cultures, and people of the nations of East Africa. The program explores the East African Rift, the Maasai people, and the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem.
Skills: Analyze how government instability in Africa impacts standard of living.
Describe factors that influence economic growth and examine their presence or absence in Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya.
Explain environmental issues across the continent of Africa.
Explain the impact of location, climate, and physical characteristics on population distribution in Africa.
Analyze the diverse cultural characteristics of the people who live in Africa.
Georgia Standards: SS7CG2, SS7E3, SS7G2, SS7G3, SS7G4

Eighth Grade Comparing and Contrasting - Grassland, Desert, and Forest Elephants
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Lesson Plan

Students use a T-chart to take notes on the similarities and differences among elephants. With partners, they organize their notes and construct a Venn diagram with illustrations.
Skills: Analyze in detail the structure of a specific paragraph in a text, including the role of particular sentences in developing and refining a key concept.
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.
Georgia Standards: ELAGSE8RI5, ELAGSE8RI6

Thinkport: Systems of Equations
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video & Activity Document

Students will learn about the role of math in architecture in this media gallery from MPT. In the accompanying classroom activity, students design a triangular roof and find equations for the lines that include the sides of the triangle. They verify that the point at which the two lines intersect satisfy both equations.
Skills: Analyze and solve pairs of simultaneous linear equations (systems of linear equations).
Understand that solutions to a system of two linear equations in two variables correspond to points of intersection of their graphs, because points of intersection satisfy both equations simultaneously.
Georgia Standards: MGSE8.EE.8, MGSE8.EE.8a

Build a Better Lunchbox
Source: PBS Learning Media Design Squad
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 law of conservation of energy to develop arguments that energy can transform from one form to another within a system.
Georgia Standard: S8P2

The Judicial Branch
Source: GPB Education
Resource Type: Video

When you get into an argument with someone, how do you settle it? Sometimes it takes a teacher or a parent to help settle it, but if that problem involves a law, that’s when the court system of our judicial branch is called into action.
Skill: Analyze the role of the judicial branch in Georgia state government.
Georgia Standard: SS8CG4

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