For this week’s Summer Spark we’re thrilled to highlight this episode of Earth’s Natural Wonders. Take a look and then dive deeper with resources about some of the world’s greatest natural wonders on PBS LearningMedia.
In Earth’s Natural Wonders: Extreme Wonders, visit extreme locales, including Mount Everest’s Khumbu Icefall, where sherpas face many dangers; the Grand Canyon, where conservationists try to ensure a condor chick’s survival; and the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, where farmers battle with elephants.
Making North America | Uncovering Layers of the Grand Canyon
Grades 3-12 Follow along with host Kirk Johnson as he explores the layers of rock that make up the Grand Canyon, in this video from NOVA: Making North America: Origins. By analyzing the rock, mineral, and fossil contents of the layers, scientists know that what is today the North American continent was covered by desert sands, shallow seas, and more in its distant past.
School is out for summer, but that doesn’t mean curiosity stops! Mountain Lake PBS’ Summer Spark block runs each weekday from 1-3 PM, with programs ideal for kids in grades 6-12. Encourage creativity with the arts, kick start your imagination with STEM, and expand your horizons with stories from across the globe!
Each week, we’ll highlight a show from our Summer Spark block, and share a PBS LearningMedia resource — great for middle and high school students and families looking to spark curiosity this summer. Follow along on the Learn & Play Blog, or subscribe to our newsletter!