Learning at Home | Week of 5/17 – 5/21

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

Life From Above | Moving Planet
Monday, May 17, 2 PM

Cameras in space tell stories of life on our planet from a brand new perspective. Our planet is constantly on the move; from individual animals to powerful weather systems. Follow an elephant family struggling through drought and marvel as thousands of Shaolin Kung-Fu students perform in perfect synchronicity.

Learning at Home
Week of 5/17 – 5/21

Monday, May 17

12 PM: Let’s Learn – Speak and Green Both Have Long “e”!

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“Let’s Learn” helps children ages 3-8 with at-home learning. Meet dinosaurs, explore melodies, read “Green is a Chili Pepper,” practice the long e sound.

1 PM: Forces of Nature | Shape

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“Forces of Nature” illustrates how we experience Earth’s natural forces, including shape, elements, color, and motion in each of its four episodes. We can’t directly see the forces that govern Earth, but we can see their shadows in the shapes of nature that surround us. If we understand why these shapes exist, we can understand the rules that bind the entire universe.

2 PM: Life From Above | Moving Planet

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Cameras in space tell stories of life on our planet from a brand new perspective. Our planet is constantly on the move; from individual animals to powerful weather systems. Follow an elephant family struggling through drought and marvel as thousands of Shaolin Kung-Fu students perform in perfect synchronicity.


Tuesday, May 18

12 PM: Let’s Learn – Can You Hear the Short “e” in Head?

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“Let’s Learn” helps children ages 3-8 with at-home learning. Be a plant and feelings detective, read “Saving Granddaddy’s Stories: Ray Hicks, The Voice of Appalachia,” learn about short e.

1 PM: Forces of Nature | Elements

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The forces of nature make Earth a restless planet, but they also turned our ball of rock into a home for life. How did our planet’s ingredients, the chemical elements, come together and take that first crucial step from barren rock to a living world?

2 PM: The Ito Sisters: An American Story

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The Ito Sisters captures the stories of three Japanese American sisters, interviewed in their 80’s and 90’s, as they recount how their immigrant parents struggled to make a life in America at the beginning of the 20th century. The family’s chronicle is set against the backdrop of the anti-Japanese movement in California, a 60-year campaign by politicians, journalists, landowners, labor leaders and others that culminated in the evacuation and incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast during World War II. The Ito Sisters is written, directed and produced by Antonia Grace Glenn, the granddaughter of the middle of the three sisters.


Wednesday, May 19

12 PM: Let’s Learn – Heat Rhymes with Repeat!

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“Let’s Learn” helps children ages 3-8 with at-home learning. Learn how animals stay warm and cool, explore your identity, read “Phyllis Wants to Go to School,” review long e.

1 PM: Forces of Nature | Color

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Earth is painted in stunning colors. By understanding how these colors are created and the energy they carry, we can learn the secret language of the planet.

2 PM: Human: The World Within | Fuel

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Through the worlds of a religious faster, an ultra-marathon runner, a farmer and a young girl beating allergies, go deep into the world of the human gut, which processes the fuel our bodies need to keep going.


Thursday, May 20

12 PM: Let’s Learn – Can You Hear the Long “a” in Way?

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“Let’s Learn” helps children ages 3-8 with at-home learning. Explore shapes and patterns, read “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush,” and “María La Súper Ayudante/ María The Super Helper,” blend and decode long a.

1 PM: Forces of Nature | Motion

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The forces of nature have kept Earth on the move since it was formed billions of years ago. Though we can’t feel the motion, we experience the consequences, from tidal bores surging through the Amazon rainforest to the ruinous power of hurricanes.

2 PM: American Experience: Mr. Tornado

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Mr. Tornado is the remarkable story of the man whose groundbreaking work in research and applied science saved thousands of lives and helped Americans prepare for and respond to dangerous weather phenomena. Ted Fujita was a Japanese-American engineer turned meteorologist. He immersed himself in research on tornadoes and introduced the “Fujita Scale”, a six-point scale to classify degrees of tornado intensity.


Friday, May 21

12 PM: Let’s Learn – Brain and Same Both Have Long “a”!

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“Let’s Learn” helps children ages 3-8 with at-home learning. Use brain powers, create sets that have 1 more, read “Max and the Talent Show,” practice long a.

1 PM: Articulate | Allora & Calzadilla, Balliett, Stevens, Levitin

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Allora & Calzadilla are one of the art world’s most dynamic power couples. Doug Balliett has created a career as diverse as his own musical talents. Veruschka Stevens uses polymer clay to create joyful statement jewelry. Levitin’s lifelong love of music has served him in recordings and on the page.

1:30 PM: Poetry in America: Leaves of Grass

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In 1855 Walt Whitman declared “The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem.” Poetry In America celebrates the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birth with Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, playwright Tony Kushner, hip hop artist Nas, composer Matthew Aucoin, baritone Davóne Tines, poets Joshua Bennett, Marilyn Chin, Christina Davis, Mark Doty, Linda Hogan, and Adrienne Raphel, a chorus of National Student Poets, and others discussing Whitman’s powerful and timeless work.

2 PM: Hippocrates Cafe: Reflections on the Pandemic

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Hippocrates Cafe combines performing arts and medicine. It is a live show that uses professional actors and musicians to explore healthcare topics through story and song. This special focuses on performances by local artists that explore the impact of Covid-19 through music, art, animation, photography, story, poetry and dance. A co-production with the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Center for the Art of Medicine. Hosted by Dr. Jon Hallberg and Dr. Renee Crichlow.

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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