One of artist Janet Echelman's giant, billowing net sculptures.

Learning at Home | Week of 3/29 – 4/02

Take advantage of this week’s Learning at Home broadcast schedule – great for students engaged in hybrid or distance instruction, and families looking to spend some extra, quality time together!

After watching these fascinating programs, explore the PBS LearningMedia and web resources to learn more.

Highlight of the Week

Articulate | Janet Echelman, Arturo Rios, Death, Justin Bettman
Friday, April 2, 1 PM

Janet Echelman’s giant sculptures are the net result of technology, engineering, and civic engagement. Arturo Rios discovered his true passion while working in a hat maker’s mail room. Since time immemorial, we’ve been using art to cope with our inevitable fate. Justin Bettman uses found materials to create public “sets” for his portraits.

Learning at Home
Week of 3/29 – 4/02

Monday, March 29

12 PM: Let’s Learn – Cheer Starts with “ch”!

“Let’s Learn” helps children ages 3-8 with at-home learning. Do a job dance, put numbers together, read “Round Trip,” blend/decode words with ch.

1 PM: NATURE: Hippos: Africa’s River Giants

Go beneath the surface and meet Africa’s river giants, the hippos. Discover an unexpected side of these aquatic mammals that can’t even swim as hippos protect their families, face their enemies and suffer in a drought. Narrated by David Attenborough.

2 PM: Animal Babies: First Year on Earth ⎪ Testing Limits

Learn the new challenges baby animals face once they can get around on their own. Every day brings new trials and tribulations, like searching for food, surviving in harsh environments and bonding with family members.


Tuesday, March 30

12 PM: Let’s Learn – CL and AP Make CLAP!

“Let’s Learn” helps children ages 3-8 with at-home learning. Learn about basic needs for humans and other animals, sing “Bell Horses,” read “Astro Girl,” explore the digraph ch.

1 PM: When Whales Walked: Journey’s in Deep Time

Discover the evolutionary secrets of some of the world’s most majestic creatures. From voracious crocodiles and acrobatic birds to stupendous whales and majestic elephants, When Whales Walked follows top scientists from around the world on a global adventure as they follow clues from the fossil record and change what we thought we knew about the evolution of iconic beasts.


Wednesday, March 31

12 PM: Let’s Learn – Chart Starts with “ch”!

“Let’s Learn” helps children ages 3-8 with at-home learning. Explore beats vs. rhythm, build a raft to carry toy animals, learn about fractions, read “All About Light,” review digraph ch. 

1 PM: NOVA: Saving the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is dying: Since 1976, its level has dropped more than 100 feet, leaving its coastline pockmarked with thousands of sinkholes. But after more than a decade of research and debate, scientists, engineers, and political leaders have come up with a daring plan: connect the Red Sea to the Dead Sea by way of a massive desalination plant. If it’s successful, the project could not only revive the sea, but also help ease political tensions and water shortages in the region. NOVA follows this unprecedented endeavor—perhaps the world’s largest water chemistry experiment—as scientists race to save the Dead Sea and bring water to one of the driest regions on Earth.

2 PM: The Age of Nature: Awakening

Discover how a new awareness of nature is helping to restore ecosystems from Panama to China to Mozambique. See how innovative actions are being taken to repair man-made damage and restore reefs, rivers, animal populations and more.


Thursday, April 1

12 PM: Let’s Learn – Thin and Thick Both Start with “th”!

“Let’s Learn” helps children ages 3-8 with at-home learning. One-hour programs feature instruction by educators and virtual field trips. Learn about facades and community service, read “How Many Stars in the Sky?”, decode words with th & wh.

1 PM: The Age of Nature | Understanding

Explore how a new understanding of nature is helping us find surprising ways to fix it. From the Pacific Northwest to Yellowstone to Scotland, scientists, citizens and activists are restoring the environment, benefiting humans and animals alike.

2 PM: The Age of Nature | Changing

Discover why restoring nature might be our best tool to slow global warming. From Borneo to Antarctica, the resilience of the planet is helping us find solutions to cope and even mitigate climate change, providing hope for a more positive future.


Friday, April 2

12 PM: Let’s Learn – Where Starts with “wh”!

“Let’s Learn” helps children ages 3-8 with at-home learning. Learn about animal shelters, create a dance map, read “Over and Under the Pond,” practice digraphs th & wh.

1 PM: Articulate | Janet Echelman, Arturo Rios, Death, Justin Bettman

Janet Echelman’s giant sculptures are the net result of technology, engineering, and civic engagement. Arturo Rios discovered his true passion while working in a hat maker’s mail room. Since time immemorial, we’ve been using art to cope with our inevitable fate. Justin Bettman uses found materials to create public “sets” for his portraits.

1:30 PM: Poetry in America: Urban Love Poem

In this series opener, host Elisa New brings together acclaimed memoirist Maxine Hong Kingston, tech investor Randy Komisar, and four Bay Area residents on a rooftop in Chinatown to discuss the love of a great city. This episode explores San Francisco’s history from the Gold Rush and early Chinese immigration to the rise of Silicon Valley, through Marilyn Chin’s “Urban Love Poem”.

2 PM: Festival Films: Spotlight on New York Shorts

A trio of short films, highlighting the beauty of upstate New York with drama, whimsy and humor, are presented. The three films were official selections at the Adirondack Film Festival, 2020. This special results from a collaboration between the Adirondack Film Festival and the Mountain Lake PBS series of arts segments Spotlight, produced by Paul Larson.

2:30 PM: Spotlight Special: Creating an Adirondack Folk Opera

Explore the creation of Promised Land: an Adirondack Folk Opera and learn about the creative process, and people, behind the making of the production. The opera relates the story of the 1840’s Adirondack settlement, named Timbuctoo, with themes including civil rights, voters’ rights, and racial issues in the era before the Civil War in America – topics that remain poignant in modern times.

Learning at Home on Mountain Lake PBS is supported by:
Adirondack Foundation
With additional support by:
North Country Behavioral Medicine
Stafford, Owens, Piller, Murnane, Kelleher & Trombley, PLLC

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