StationBreak March 2015

Irish American Heritage Month and Women's History Month

It's March, which means that spring is near! As March is Irish American Heritage Month and Women's History Month, this edition of StationBreak highlights resources for teaching about the ways in which Irish Americans and women have influenced our country and forged a place in its history.

Featured resources this month include professional development courses from the Arkansas History and Social Studies libraries; relevant AETN programming, such as the Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trip series, and 2014 "Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase;" and relevant AETN PBS LearningMedia resource collections, which include engaging lesson plans, media galleries, and video clips that you can use in your classroom.

March 1 - Peanut Butter Lovers' Day
March 2 - Dr. Seuss' Birthday & Read Across America Day
March 6 - Employee Appreciation Day
March 8 - International Women's Day
March 12 - Girl Scouts Day
March 14 - National Pi Day
March 15 - Ides of March & Incredible Kid Day

March 17 - Saint Patrick's Day
March 20 - Won't You Be My Neighbor Day
March 22 - National Goof Off Day
March 23 - National Chip and Dip Day
March 25 - Waffle Day
March 30 - Take a Walk in the Park Day

StationBreak informs you about upcoming AETN programming, professional development opportunities from ArkansasIDEAS, and educational resources from AETN and AETN PBS LearningMedia.

News from the Arkansas PBS

AETN reaches out to Arkansas through programs and partnerships across the state to share resources that offer lifelong learning opportunities.

Women and Girls Lead
Women and Girls Lead is designed to celebrate, educate, and activate women, girls, and their allies across the globe to address the challenges of the 21st century. In addition to offering a wide range of information and outstanding videos, the initiative also offers an expansive toolkit for classrooms and individuals interested in sharing the project with their communities. For access to the classroom toolkits, which contain resources for high school teachers, visit

2015 AETN Student Selects

"AETN Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase" 2015 - Call for Film Entries
We are now accepting entries for "Student Selects" 2015. The entry deadline is Wednesday, April 8.
"Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase," which is now in its ninth year, is a program for kindergarten through 12th-grade students that was created to highlight the bright future of Arkansas's youngest filmmakers. The Arkansas PBS will premier selected student films on AETN and on in order to extend the life of the films and allow audiences from across the state and beyond to access the work. Additionally, AETN hosts corresponding youth filmmaking events and screenings at the Little Rock Film Festival, the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and the Spring Creek Festival. We encourage all types of submissions, including documentaries, narratives, animation, and music videos.

This will be the first year that we award an Arkansas Historic Film Prize, which will be presented to the best student documentary about any historically significant place in Arkansas. Prizes will be awarded based on the geographical location of the subject matter, and there are five categories: the Ozarks, the Ouachitas, the Arkansas River Valley, the Timberlands, and the Delta. Winners in each of these categories will receive $100, and there will be an overall prize winner who will receive $200. To compete for this prize, students simply check the box on the entry form indicating that the film should be entered into the Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Prize.

Our main stipulation is that students play key roles in the development and production of each project.

If you know a student whose media project meets these criteria, please submit it for consideration! For more information, please contact project director Casey Sanders at 501-682-4190 or mail to: or

PBS KIDS Writers Contest

PBS KIDS Writers Contest
Through Friday, April 10, AETN is accepting entries for the PBS KIDS Writers Contest, and we want your students to participate! Students in grades K-3 may submit their own original stories and illustrations, which will be judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations. Fact or fiction, prose or poetry, hand-drawn illustrations or original photography, we encourage all creative young minds to submit whatever sort of tale they choose.

Each entrant will receive a participation certificate, and 12 winners - three from each grade - will receive an AETN prize pack. For contest rules and information, as well as easy-to-follow brainstorming activities to help your children get started, visit

Stories must be postmarked by Friday, April 10, and mailed to: AETN - Writers Contest, 350 S. Donaghey, Conway, AR 72034. Signed entry forms must accompany each submission.

Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

AETN is a media and outreach resource partner in the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-level Reading, which aims to have all Arkansas children reading at grade level by the end of third grade by 2020. Visit the site for great resources and to find out how you can help your community reach this goal.

News from ArkansasIDEAS

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IDEAS: The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture - Dr. Kay Bland (2)
This course is hosted by Dr. Kay Bland, K-12 education coordinator from the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. Dr. Bland provides an overview of resources available to educators through the Butler Center and demonstrates how to use the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. She also includes Arkansas book talks and correlations to the Common Core State Standards.

Annenberg Media: Social Studies in Action: Exploring Unity and Diversity (2.5)
Who do we teach? Because themes of unity and diversity surface within both academic content and classroom climate, this session focuses on strategies for teaching provocative issues in social studies as well as methods of addressing a diversity of learners. You will examine national documents for themes of unity and diversity and explore Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Then you will develop a lesson using a mini-lesson on immigration and citizenship as a model.

Annenberg Media: Primary Sources: Workshops in American History - Workshop 3: The Lowell System - Women in a New Industrial Society(3)
In the earliest days of American industry, the Boston Manufacturing Company created an innovative single-location manufacturing enterprise at Lowell, Massachusetts, that depended upon the recruitment of women millworkers. Using primary source documents, you can examine the changing face of gender, class, and labor in the 1830s and 1840s through the lens of the Lowell System in order to determine if Lowell was a beneficial opportunity for workingwomen or a just a dead end.

Annenberg Media: Primary Sources: Workshops in American History - Workshop 6: The Census - Who We Think We Are (2.5)
Beginning in 1790 and every 10 years since, American citizens have gotten a new perspective on who they are through the census mandated by the U.S. Constitution. Reformulated racial and ethnic categories reflect both policy priorities and changes in how we think about ourselves, as well as how the government allocates its resources. In this workshop, you can explore your identity through historic census forms and analyze recent data to formulate spending priorities for a sample community.

Annenberg Learner: Democracy in America: Workshop 5 - Civil Rights: Demanding Equality (2.5)
This course looks at the nature of the guarantees of political and social equality, and the roles that individuals and government have played in expanding these guarantees to citizens commonly afforded lesser societal protections, such as people of color, women, and the disabled.

These professional development resources and more can be found at

Featured PBS Resources

PBS KIDS Island provides free reading games and activities for children, parents, caregivers, and teachers to use at home or in the classroom. It is built on a literacy framework, scaffolded to preschool reading curriculum, and tracks a child's progress, helping parents, caregivers, and teachers identify areas where a child may need additional support.

PBS KIDS Raising Readers
PBS KIDS Raising Readers is a national literacy campaign focused on building reading skills at home, at school, in child care centers, and in the community. PBS KIDS Raising Readers utilizes reading-focused PBS KIDS multimedia content, including television programming, Web content and games for parents and teachers, professional development for caregivers and teachers, and curriculum for preschool and kindergarten settings.

PBS KIDS Lab is built on the belief that every new technology is an opportunity for learning. PBS works closely with researchers and advisers every step of the way, from building curriculum frameworks to ensure that content aligns to state and national standards, to testing early prototypes with kids. PBS KIDS Lab shares the latest and greatest in digital learning for the classroom and at home.

PBS KIDS Apps help children practice their skills as they play. With parental guidance, kids can download educational games and watch PBS KIDS shows on a wide variety of mobile devices.

AETN Programing

The Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trip Series
Since 1995, Colonial Williamsburg has produced award-winning educational programs, known as electronic field trips, which combine live broadcasts with online classroom resources. This is a very popular and free viewing experience that is also available via live stream. Additionally, a number of related downloadable PDFs and other documents are available on the website for classroom use.

The electronic field trip series airs monthly on AETN from October to April at 9 a.m. and noon.This month's episode, "Working Children," premieres March 12. You can download the 2014-2015 broadcast schedule here.

The extensive library of history resources created for the electronic field trips is also available for on-demand, year-round access by subscription to HERO, the paid subscription service for Colonial Williamsburg's online multimedia library and e-learning environment for teachers and students. It features video, student Web activities, and lesson planning resources aimed at grades 4-8. Additional opportunities for exclusive interaction are also available to HERO subscribers.

Nature: "Ireland's Wild River"
The Shannon is Ireland's greatest geographical landmark and longest river. It is both a barrier and highway - a silver ribbon holding back the rugged landscapes of the west from the gentler plains to the east. On its journey south, the Shannon passes through a huge palette of rural landscapes, where, on little-known backwaters, Ireland's wild animals and plants still thrive as almost nowhere else. For a year, wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson lives on the river - camping on its banks, exploring its countless tributaries in a traditional canoe, following the river from dawn to dusk through the four seasons - on a quest to film the natural history of the Shannon as it has never before been experienced. Airs Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m.

NOVA: "The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies"
Orange-and-black wings fill the sky as NOVA charts one of nature's most remarkable phenomena: the epic migration of monarch butterflies across North America. To capture a butterfly's point of view, NOVA's filmmakers used a helicopter and a hot-air balloon for aerial views along the transcontinental route. This wondrous annual migration, which scientists are just beginning to fully understand, is an endangered phenomenon that could dwindle to insignificance if the giant firs that the butterflies cling to during winter disappear. Airs Wednesday, March 18, at 8 p.m.

"2014 Student Selects: A Young Filmmaker's Showcase"
This annual event invites K-12 students across Arkansas to create videos - on their own or as part of a class - and enter them for a chance at broadcast on AETN and screenings at the Little Rock Film Festival and the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, as well as earn the opportunity to win THEA Foundation scholarships and more. This particular program shows the 2014 winners' films. Airs March 19, 20, 26, and 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Programming Schedule

Date and Time Program
Sundays - 1 p.m. Agri Arkansas
Sundays - 6 p.m. Globe Trekker
Mondays - 6:30 p.m. Exploring Arkansas
Tuesdays - 6:30 p.m. Cooking on the Wild Side
Wednesdays - 7 p.m. Nature
Wednesdays - 8 p.m. NOVA
Thursday, March 12 - 9 a.m. & Noon Colonial Williamsburg
Wednesday, March 25 - 7 p.m. Nature: "Ireland's Wild River"
Wednesday, March 18 - 8 p.m. NOVA: "The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies"
Thursday-Friday, March 19 & 20 - 6:30 p.m. 2014 Student Selects: A Young Filmmaker's Showcase
Thursday-Friday, March 26 & 27 - 6:30 p.m. 2014 Student Selects: A Young Filmmaker's Showcase

News from AETN PBS LearningMedia

AETN PBS LearningMedia has been updated with a new interface featuring a new student learning portal and a suite of productivity tools for teachers. Be sure to check it out!

Baseball: The Tenth Inning - Women in Baseball - Webpage
In this lesson, student groups role-play as sports marketing firms looking to match female baseball players with product endorsement deals. To sell the promotion to a client, groups must present multimedia projects highlighting the accomplishments of their athlete, as well as examples of how they would market the player, such as with baseball cards and cereal boxes. GRADES 6-13+

Women's History Activities - Document
This document contains standards-aligned activities related to the media clips in the Women's History library. GRADES 3-5

I Want to Be a Scientist - Sid the Science Kid: Games
Investigate what it takes to be a scientist with this Flash interactive game based on Jim Henson's Sid the Science Kid. GRADES 1-6

Pizza Pi: Circumference and Area of a Circle - Interactive
In this interactive, develop an understanding of circumference and area of a circle and practice with formulas and an interactive tool. They use the formulas to solve area and circumference problems drawn from real-life contexts. To get the most from the activity, students should have some experience with the formulas. GRADE 7

Pi, Circumference, and Radius - Video
This explanatory video demonstrates the properties of circles. A circle is a flat figure in which every point is the same distance from its center. A circle has no angles or sides, but we can still measure the distance it around it and the surface within it. GRADES 9-13+

Add One - Peg + Cat - Video
This music video emphasizes adding and helps kids understand what happens when you add the number one. During the video, the Electric 11 sings their hit song Add One! GRADES PREK-2

Social Studies and World History through Music and Dance - Collection
While students are learning about world cultures and global issues, infuse some engaging art content into your lessons with this collection of videos that focus on folk music and dance from around the globe that either maintains a tradition or adapts customary traditions with contemporary styling. GRADES 5-13+

Super Duper Antibodies - Interactive
In this interactive Sid the Science Kid game, players must fight viruses by launching antibodies at them. This resource teaches students how vaccines work. GRADES PREK-1

Going to the Doctor's Office with Daniel Tiger & Mister Rogers - Media Gallery
Going to the doctor's office can always seem a bit scary to young children; the new places, people, and tools can create an unfamiliar atmosphere where children feel anxious. Join Mister Rogers and Daniel Tiger as they explore the doctor's office and learn about why check-ups are important in our favorite select clips from The Fred Rogers Company. Through these episodes, clips, activities, and articles, help your children and students gain a much more thorough understanding of what a doctor's visit entails and, with the help of Mister Rogers and Daniel, feel prepared before they take the trip themselves. GRADES PREK-2

NOVA: Immunity & Vaccines - Video
Learn how vaccines help the immune system protect people against diseases in this video from NOVA: "Vaccines−Calling the Shots." The immune system is a natural defense system that uses biological processes to fight invaders such as germs. Vaccines introduce a weakened germ to the body so that the immune system learns how to fight it and is prepared for a future invasion. Animations illustrate how white blood cells and antibodies fight germs, and show how vaccines arm the immune system with memory cells. Vaccines prevent disease epidemics and are especially important for babies, whose immune systems are immature and vulnerable to infection. GRADES 6-12

Captain Planet's Learning Gardens Program - Project Learning Garden - Video
Captain Planet's Learning Gardens Program provides schools with strategies for building effective and long-lasting garden-based learning programs. Gardens can provide a context for multidisciplinary learning, ranging from nutrition and science to social studies, math, and language arts. Students benefit by expanding their palates, taste-testing healthy foods, and learning about food origins; engaging in authentic science field investigations; manipulating the environment to understand math in real-life applications; recreating historical activities; and writing across all these disciplines. GRADES K-13+

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