GCSS Enrichment Activities for the Week of July 6

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 Grade Level ELA Math Science Social Studies
 Pre-K Elephants Can Paint Too!
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
This video segment from Between the Lions is based on an edited version of the published book “Elephants Can Paint Too!” The clip compares the art done by elephants with art done by real kids in Thailand. Each elephant student gets a paint brush, and there are many ways for elephants to hold the brush in its trunk. Some elephants drag the paint on the paper, others dab, some paint for a few minutes, others paint for an hour. Some elephant students like to paint dots, some paint with wiggly lines, some with spots...
Skill: Identify new meanings for familiar words and apply them accurately (e.g., knowing duck as a bird and learning the verb to duck).
Numbers and Counting - Peg + Cat | PBS KIDS Lab
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Below you'll find a variety of resources to help teach children number sense and counting, as well as an educator's guide under the Support section. Join Peg, Cat and their barnyard friends, and get practice counting to 10 and by 10s to 100. This educator unit has two activities, related video clips, and online games to extend learning at home.
Skill: Classify objects into given categories; count the numbers of objects in each category and sort the categories by count.
Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.
GA Standard: MGSEK.MD.3, 
MGSEK.CC.6

Nature Cat | Tide Pool Tough
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

A day at the beach is not so fun for Nature Cat as he watches his pals having tons of fun surfing in the ocean.
Skills:
Observes, explores and describes a variety of animals and plants. Describes their basic needs and life cycles of living things.
Identifies and describes the functions of many body parts.
GA Standard: 
CD-SC3.4a, CD-SC3.4c

Biscayne National Park Field Trip
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Penny and KidVision VPK Kid Ryan go on a scavenger hunt at Biscayne National Park to find national wonders, investigate mangroves, travel through the coral reefs, and become Junior Park Rangers.
Skills: Describe how each historic figure adapted to and was influenced by his/her environment.
GA Standard: SS2G2. c
 Kindergarten Camouflage!
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

In this adventure, little Ioda takes hide and seek to a whole new level! Practice asking and answering questions like who, what, when, where, why, and how. Retell this awesome story with characters, main ideas, and key details.
Skills: With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Georgia Standard:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.K.1
Mental Math: Make Ten
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Here’s a math problem: six plus eight. Your child will learn many mental math strategies to solve this and other problems just like it, instead of memorizing.
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

Science with a Song: Some Animals
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Song
The song instructs students to perform dance moves that reflect the differences between paws, claws, fins, and wings.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to compare the similarities and differences in groups of organisms.
GA Standard: SKL2

Symbols of the United States of America
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
The national symbols help to honor our history and think of the United States as a country of hope, freedom, and friendship. Learn about the stories behind the country's symbols and their significance to Americans. Includes the Flag of the United States, the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty, and the Bald Eagle.
Skill: Identify American symbols.
Georgia Standard: SSKH2

 First Grade Common Core 1st Grade High-Frequency Nouns: Volume 02
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Assists students in memorizing 15 high-frequency nouns through repetition, illustrations, and sentence examples. The program also provides opportunities to practice and review the words through a game called Word Flash.
Skills: Use common, proper, and possessive nouns.
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).
Georgia Standard:
ELAGSE1L1b, ELAGSE1L6


Race Car - Peg + Cat
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive Game

Use this game resource to help children add by ones to get a designated sum, compare numbers, and use ordinal numbers. It's high-speed hijinks on the motorway as Peg and Cat participate in the "Talla-peg-a 20" car race!
Skill: Use addition and subtraction within 20 to solve word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.
Georgia Standard: MGSE1.OA.1

Animals and Plants Can Live in a City!
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive Lesson

Guide students as they explore how animals and plants meet their basic needs in a city, with help from Plum and her friends from PLUM LANDING. In this interactive lesson, students learn that animals need air, food, water, and shelter, while plants need air, sunlight, and water. Students watch videos and engage with drawing and sorting activities to reinforce their learning. This lesson is designed for teachers to present to students.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the basic needs of plants and animals.
Georgia Standard: S1L1

The Lewis and Clark Expedition
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
President Thomas Jefferson ordered an expedition to explore the lands west of the Mississippi river.
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 Discovering Language Arts: Primary: Nonfiction
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
From knowing the characteristics of a variety of nonfiction texts to making inferences to distinguishing between fact and opinion, introduce elementary students to more advanced skills and strategies for understanding and interpreting informational texts. All content is tied to national standards and benchmarks.
The Big Game
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Primary grade students practice addition and multiplication using the scores from baseball and basketball games.
Skill: Use addition to find the total number of objects arranged in rectangular arrays with up to 5 rows and up to 5 columns; write an equation to express the total as a sum of equal addends.
Georgia Standard: MGSE2.OA.4

Butterfly Life Cycle
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive

Students explore how butterflies change and grow throughout their life cycle in this interactive lesson from NATURE. Through captivating video content and interactive activities, students will discover the amazing transformation process from a tiny caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the life cycles of different living organisms.
Georgia Standard: S2L1

Water Woes
Source: Georgia Aquarium
Resource Type: Lesson Plan

Students will examine the state of the Earth’s natural freshwater resources.
Skill: Explain that because of scarcity, people must make choices that result in opportunity costs.
Standard: SS2E1

 Third Grade WordGirl: WordGirl Makes a Mistake
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Follow the adventures of WordGirl and her trusted sidekick, Captain Huggy Face, as they fight off evil villains with superhuman powers and learn new vocabulary words. The program uses plot-specific context clues and word relationships to emphasize vocabulary acquisition, comprehension, and expansion. Vocabulary words featured in this program include flawless, dominate, potent, and mission.
Skills: Distinguish the literal and non-literal meanings of words and phrases in context (e.g., take steps).
Georgia Standards: ELAGSE3L5a
Fractions on a Number Line: The Basics
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video and Practice
Students explore fractions as numbers on a number line.
Skills: Understand a fraction as a number on the number line; represent fractions on a number line diagram.
Represent a fraction 1/b on a number line diagram by defining the interval from 0 to 1 as the whole and partitioning it into b equal parts. Recognize that each part has size 1/b and that the endpoint of the part based at 0 locates the number 1/b on the number line.
Represent a fraction a/b on a number line diagram by marking off a lengths 1/b from 0. Recognize that the resulting interval has size a/b and that its endpoint locates the number a/b on the number line.
Georgia Standards: MGSE3.NF.2, MGSE3.NF.2a, MGSE3.NF.2b

Hot2Cold: Heat Transfer
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video/ Song

Understanding heat transfer is a challenging concept. Hearing and seeing all of the fun examples Mister C uses in this song will help students learn key information about heat energy, and how it transfers from warmer objects to cooler objects.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the ways heat energy is transferred and measured.
Georgia Standard: S3P1

The Pilgrims: The First Winter
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Experience the Mayflower’s arrival in November 1620 and learn about the Pilgrims’ first winter, in this video adapted from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Pilgrims. With passengers and crew weakened by the voyage and weeks exploring Cape Cod, the Mayflower anchored in Plymouth harbor in late December 1620. After ferrying supplies to land, the Pilgrims began building a common house for shelter and to store their goods. The weather worsened, and exposure and infections took their toll. By the spring of 1621, about half of the Mayflower’s passengers and crew had died.
Skill: Explain the factors that shaped British Colonial America. a. Identify key reasons why the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southern colonies were founded (religious freedom and profit). b. Compare and contrast colonial life in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southern colonies (education, economy, and religion). c. Describe colonial life in America from the perspectives of various people: large landowners, farmers, artisans, women, children, indentured servants, slaves, and American Indians.
Describe how physical systems affect human systems. a. Explain why American Indian groups occupied the areas they did (SS3H1a), with emphasis on why some developed permanent villages and others did not. b. Describe how the early explorers (SS3H2a) adapted, or failed to adapt, to the various physical environments in which they traveled. c. Explain how the physical geography of the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southern colonies helped determine economic activities.
Georgia Standard: SS3H3, SS3G3

 Fourth Grade PBS Kids Writers Contest
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Collection

In this interactive lesson, students learn the basics of how stories are structured, gain vocabulary about storytelling elements, and explore how the arts, specifically drawing, can be a valuable way for students to tell stories. By the end of the lesson, each student will have written a story with a clear setting, conflict, and resolution. They will have reflected on the process of storytelling, and are given the (optional) opportunity to create a comic.
Skill: With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
Georgia Standard: ELAGSEW5

Understand and Measure Angles
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Lesson Plan
Students explore how to identify angles, understand angle measure as it relates to degrees in a circle, and use a protractor to measure and sketch angles. Students also explore the difference between parallel, perpendicular, and intersecting lines and find examples of each in the world around them.
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

Sid the Science Kid: The Water Cycle
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
States that the amount of water on earth has not changed since water first appeared on the planet billions of years ago, and outlines the basic steps of the water cycle. The program also listens to Teacher Susie tell Sid and his classmates how water reaches the faucet, and describes the basic process behind plumbing and water treatment.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to demonstrate the water cycle.
Georgia Standard: S4E3

Boston Tea Bailout
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
Reports that the Tea Act lowered the price of tea, and states that its purpose was to bailout the East India Company. The segment also busts other myths of the Boston Tea Party, and explains that those who threw the tea off the ships were wearing disguises not intentionally meant to give them the appearance of American Indians.
Skill: Explain the causes, events, and results of the American Revolution.
Georgia Standard: SS4H1

 Fifth Grade West Virginia PBS Kids Writers Contest
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Activity

This media gallery is designed to assist students, teachers, and parents in successfully completing an original composition. The lesson plan is designed for use with the accompanying PBS Kids Writers Contest Guidebook, and is divided into four flexible sessions, each of which addresses a component of the project — generating ideas, writing, illustrating, and proofreading using a rubric. An official contest entry form is included at the end of the Guidebook.
Skill: With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
Georgia Standard: ELAGSE5W5

What is Volume?
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
Defines volume as the amount of space that something takes up, and compares objects of lesser volume to objects of greater volume. The segment teaches that volume is often described in cubic units, and lists the following cubic units: cubic inches, cubic feet, cubic yards, and cubic meters.
Skill: Recognize volume as an attribute of solid figures and understand concepts of volume measurement.
Georgia Standard: MGSE5.MD.3

How Does a Soda Geyser Work?
Source: PBS Learning Media: Science-U
Resource Type: Activity
Are you ready for a blast? Try the Mentos and cola soda geyser experiment! What is the secret behind the reaction between carbonated cola and these little mint candies that makes such an explosion? Try it yourself with step by step instructions and guided scientific questions available in the downloadable handout, or at the Science U website.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to explain the differences between a physical change and a chemical change.
Georgia Standard: S5P1

Boys Waiting for Soup
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Primary Source Image
Use for photo analysis (observe, reflect, question), or a writing prompt.
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 Straight to the Source: Primary and Secondary Sources
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Lesson Plan

Guide your students in discovering what primary and secondary sources are and how to use them with this interactive lesson from PBS Wisconsin Education. During this lesson, students watch video clips from the documentary "Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Neenah-Menasha," identifying the primary and secondary sources and how the sources provide evidence for events in a story. They also explain where they can locate primary and secondary sources, such as in libraries and historical societies. As a final task, students create an outline for a presentation telling about an event. They use primary and secondary sources as evidence to support the facts in the event’s story.
Skills: Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
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, ELAGSE6RI3

The Number Line: Rational Numbers and Football
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive

In this interactive, students add and subtract plays on a football field to practice working with negative and positive integers on the number line. Each set of randomized drives consists of seven to nine plays and ends with a touchdown. Plays are represented with equations. When students place the football at the correct point for each play, the answer to the corresponding equation is automatically filled in. The accompanying activity suggests ways that teachers can integrate the interactive into the classroom setting. This resource is part of the Math at the Core: Middle School Collection.
Skills: Understand a rational number as a point on the number line. Extend number line diagrams and coordinate axes familiar from previous grades to represent points on the line and in the plane with negative number coordinates.
Understand ordering and absolute value of rational numbers.
Georgia Standards: MGSE6.NS.6, MGSE6.NS.7

Our Blue Earth
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
Water is everywhere: in lakes, rivers, oceans, ice, and underground. Earth is the only planet that we know of that is covered with so much water. Water changes shape as it moves from place to place. Over two thirds of the earth's surface is covered in water. Humans use water for many different purposes.
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 Surviving Winter
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Lesson Plan

In this blended lesson supporting literacy skills, students learn how animals survive the change in conditions that occurs each winter. Students develop their literacy skills as they explore a science focus on varied physical and behavioral adaptations. During this process, they read informational text, learn and practice vocabulary words, and explore content through videos and interactive activities. This resource is part of the Inspiring Middle School Literacy 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
Multiplying and Dividing with Negatives
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive Lesson

Deepen your understanding of multiplication and division of rational numbers. This interactive exercise focuses on the rules for finding the products and quotients of positive numbers, negative numbers, and fractions and then finding the solutions on a number line.
Skill: Understand that integers can be divided, provided that the divisor is not zero, and every quotient of integers (with nonā€zero divisor) is a rational number. If p and q are integers then – (p/q) = (– p)/q = p/(–q).
Georgia Standard: 7.NS.2b

What's in an Owl Pellet?
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Activity

Science-U campers find out what's on an owl's menu when they dissect a ball of bones and fur called an "owl pellet" - a regurgitated chunk of undigested food that is part of an owl's digestive process. Can you determine what an owl eats by dissecting an owl pellet? Try it yourself with step-by-step instructions and guided scientific questions available in the downloadable handout, or at the Science U website.
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 Western and Central Africa
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Sign in with Classlink.)
Resource Type: Video
Explores the nations of Western and Central Africa. The program focuses on the major geographical features of the region, natural resources, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Atlantic slave trade.
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 Beyond the Front Page 2.0: Journalism Yesterday & Today
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

View a brief history of journalism and how it is changing in the in the digital age. This student break out module features interviews with correspondents from PBS NewsHour as well as professional journalists across a range of media.
Skill: Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea
Georgia Standard: ELAGSE8RI7

Thinkport: Basketball and Functional Relationships
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Videos & Activity Documents

Watch three demonstrations that highlight the functional relationships between a ball’s height and distance traveled in this media gallery from MPT. In the accompanying classroom activity, students create graphs to show the trajectory of a basketball as players pass it in different ways: with a linear chest pass, a U-shaped (parabolic) pass, and a V-shaped bounce pass. They then interpret a set of basketball-related graphs.
Skills: Understand that a function is a rule that assigns to each input exactly one output. The graph of a function is the set of ordered pairs consisting of an input and the corresponding output.
Describe qualitatively the functional relationship between two quantities by analyzing a graph (e.g., where the function is increasing or decreasing, linear or nonlinear).
Sketch a graph that exhibits the qualitative features of a function that has been described verbally.
Georgia Standards: MGSE8.F.1, MGSE8.F.5

Heat Transfer | Chemistry Matters
Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting
Resource Type: Video and Lab *see lab in Toolkit*

In segment C, students learn about thermal conductivity and specific heat capacity and see if their predictions for how fast the ice cubes melt were correct. Our host explains how heat capacity affects the earth's climate, and the students begin an experiment using samples of greenhouse gases.
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

Boot Camp Justice for Juvenile Offenders
Source: GPB Education
Resource Type: Video

After the crime rate for those under the age of 17 doubled in a five year period, Camp Stop, a military-style boot camp, was opened. This program aims to deal with juvenile offenders and steer them away from a life of crime.
Skill: Explain how the Georgia court system treats juvenile offenders.
Georgia Standard: SS8CG5

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