Schoolhouse Daily started and ended the week with some of the best of PBS programming, resources and activities! We discovered some interesting reasons why people confuse weather and climate as we viewed PBS Digital Studios' "Hot Mess” and found out what makes dogs noses more powerful than ours by taking in PBS Digital Studios' "Deep Look." Along the way, we played an ecosystem game that helped us to explore the relationships between sea otters, sea urchins and kelp, and we got some helpful tips on why and how to instill a love of math in your. There were all kinds of fun art, math, and science activities that kept us learning. Take a look below and see what you may have missed this week!
How Beetles Breathe Underwater
Bugs and beetles can't hold their breath, but some aquatic insects can spend their whole adult lives underwater. How do they do it? They carry their air with them – in some cases, for a lifetime. Learn more in this video from PBS Digital Studios' "Deep Look."
Why We Confuse Weather and Climate
Weather and climate are very different. But, our experience of weather can have a big effect on how we view climate change. Why is that? Learn more in this video from PBS Digital Studios' "Hot Mess."
The Bizarre Ways Your Name Affects Your Behavior
We love ourselves, and our names, more than we consciously realize. Research has found this implicit egotism has some pretty interesting effects. Learn more in this video from PBS Digital Studios' "BrainCraft."
How Your Dog’s Nose Knows So Much
Dogs have a famously great sense of smell, but what makes their noses so much more powerful than ours? They're packing some sophisticated equipment inside that squishy schnozz. Learn more in this video from PBS Digital Studios' "Deep Look."
Why Do You Love Your Family?
Why do we love people we're related to? Compared to strangers, why do we feel such a deep sense of connection with our family members? Learn more in this video from PBS Digital Studios' "It's Okay to Be Smart."
Players explore the relationships between sea otters, sea urchins, and kelp in this luck-meets-strategy ecosystem game.
Turn a couple of paper plates and some paint into a great visualization of how chameleons change colors to match their settings.
Explore a little more about Russian culture by making Matryoshka dolls, or Russian nesting dolls, as a fun craft!
Baking with your child is a great way to introduce math concepts like counting, measuring and telling time.
In this activity, like Olive and Otto, your child will practice finding how numbers can be formed using addition.
ADVICE FOR PARENTS
Parents are bombarded with messages to read with their children, but it’s rare to hear about the importance of doing math with them. Here are some helpful tips on why and how to instill a love of math in your children. Learn more in this article from PBS KIDS for Parents.
Fortunately today, you don’t need a plane ticket to learn about the world and can start by exploring and connecting with people in your local communities or online. Learn more in this article from PBS KIDS for Parents.
On "Wild Kratts," the brothers encourage their audience to become animal experts, too – keeping an eye out for animal life and observing it in a way that does not harm creatures or their habitats. Learn more in this article from PBS KIDS for Parents.
Sharing stories is a great way to help children learn more about themselves and the world around them. Learn more in this article from PBS KIDS for Parents.
See how patterns can help your preschool or early elementary school student start building some serious math skills! Learn more in this article from PBS KIDS for Parents.
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