TPT Brings the Classroom Home
With schools closing across the state, kids are at home, and many parents and caregivers have suddenly found themselves taking on the added role of educator in ways that they may not be accustomed to. Fortunately, TPT has free resources and activities that can make your job easier!
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Discover a new activity every day of the month
With the TPT Home Learning Activity Calendar, you’ll be able to plan out your schedule with a new educational activity every day.
Discover kid-friendly experiments, art projects, and spelling games, and find out how to keep the kids active at home. We’ll continue to add resources and activities to this page so you’ll never run out of ideas. Start planning out your schedule today.
Twin Cities PBS is here to provide you with the support you need as you face the growing challenge of keeping your kids active, healthy, connected, and on track for success. We understand how important it is for your children to continue to build valuable skills in reading, math, science, and more outside of the classroom.
Find free, trusted digital resources from PBS LearningMedia and our award-winning educational programming from TPT. You’ll get appropriate resources for students at every level.
Resources by grade
TPT PBS Kids 24/7 Channel is always available
Smart, safe, and entertaining TV that parents trust and kids love – anytime! Every day, thousands of Minnesota families turn to TPT for educational programming on air and online. With the TPT PBS Kids 24/7 channel, your children can watch from home on any device at any time, and you can feel confident that your children are watching a trusted source. Find out where to watch free over the air. Or stream with the PBS Kids Video app.
Learn and have fun
Find games, activities and videos for pre-school through grade 2 at PBSkids.org or the PBS Kids apps. And, visit PBS Kids for Parents for articles, tips, advice and family-friendly activities and recipes.
Free teaching resources on PBS LearningMedia
Learning and teaching at home can seem overwhelming at first. You’ll find free, interactive, standards-aligned videos, lesson plans, interactive tools, and activities at PBSlearningmedia.org! From Pre-K to High School, social studies to language arts to engineering, PBS has curated lots of resources. Here’s a great place to start.
We are committed to curating the best research-driven, curriculum-based content from our nation’s most trusted resources. We’ll continue to add to this list, but here are some top picks to get you on your way.
FROM TWIN CITIES PBS
See the wind at work by making this Cat in the Hat pinwheel! Invite children to observe what happens when they blow on it, run with it, or put it in front of a fan (slow speed and high speed). They can also measure how fast the wind is blowing by counting the number of spins. Available in both English and Spanish.
Use this “Molly of Denali” digital game to extend and expand students’ use of informational text as well as their knowledge of Alaska Native culture. In the game, Molly, her friend Trini and Trini’s dad use an informational book and its features, such as the table of contents, labeled diagrams and pictures with captions, in order to find out how to “catch” salmon with a traditional Alaska Native fish wheel or a canoe, rod and reel. Narrated by Molly, the game is accessible for readers and nonreaders alike.
Detroit Public TV and the Detroit Zoological Society take teachers and students on a virtual field trip inside the habitat of penguins. The interactive experience explores new and innovative approaches to learning and teaching by using 360-degree technology.
Students learn about the giant impact hypothesis for the moon’s formation, and how the Apollo moon rocks have contributed to scientists’ understanding about our closest solar system neighbor. Students evaluate how key pieces of data support the giant impact hypothesis and provide insights into Earth’s early history. A computer simulation helps students visualize the moon-forming impact.
SPARK IMAGINATIVE THINKING ABOUT CIVICS
America From Scratch is a TPT web program that examines American government and American history, and questions – sometimes playfully, other times seriously – the ideas most Americans just assume to be true. Learn more about America From Scratch and find more civics resources.
Play free learning games with your favorite PBS KIDS characters anytime, anywhere. PBS KIDS Games features top shows, including Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Wild Kratts, Super Why, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, Dinosaur Train and more. Get the PBS Kids Games APP.
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