Thank you for Playing: Lesson Plan

Explore a lesson from Thank You for Playing, a thought-provoking portrait of one family’s determination to respond to an impending tragedy through artistic expression.

Election Central

Get your students engaged in the political process with timely content, virtual field trips, and special promotions from PBS! Explore Election Central here.

Spooky Science

Discover how bats are helpful creatures that catch mosquitoes, spiders are expert web builders, and cats have fantastic leaping abilities! 

This Day in History

On this day in 1967, The Vietnam War protesters marched in Washington, D.C.


Is it Irrational to Believe in Aliens?

Explore some of the most popular theories that scientists use to rationalize their support or skepticism of the existence of aliens.

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  • Paleo Sleuths - Creating Fossil Field Jackets

    Students, as preparators, will make a fossil field jacket using a seashell fossil. Seashells are used because they are larger to manage for this activity and can be ordered in a larger quantity.  Other fossils or rocks can be used depending on the size.  Palm size is recommended.  They will only cover the topside of the seashell fossil or other fossil in this activity.

  • Paleo Sleuths - What's In the Box?

    This is an introductory inquiry activity where students carry out investigations, record data, and ask questions to build relationships between evidence and explanations.   This activity can be used to build background knowledge about science and engineering investigative processes.

  • What is an Aquifer?

    Aquifers are bodies of saturated rock and sediment through which water can move, and they provide 99% of our groundwater. Humans rely on aquifers for most of our drinking water. However, we are not only depleting this supply but are its biggest polluters as well. This infographic provides facts and illustrations to explain the process.

    Grades 6-8

  • Groundwater Beneath the Surface

    This lighthearted animation takes us beneath the surface to see groundwater in action. Watch anthropomorphized drops of groundwater travel through this system. A smiling character with a shovel digs us down to the water table, allowing us to flow through the water cycle and thus making the process much easier to understand.

    Grades 6-8

  • The Groundwater Term Game

    This Groundwater Game tests your knowledge of major terms used to describe parts of the aquifer systems, from groundwater to permeability to saturated zone. Drag and drop the correct term into a sentence to make it accurate and to match the illustration. Can you score 12 out of 12?

    Grades 6-8

  • The Cost of Water!

    This slideshow visually compares the costs of bottled water to tap water. The up-front bottle costs run high, but the post-costs to the environment are even more expensive.

    Grades 6-8

  • Antarctica Today

    Take a trip to Earth’s freezer – the coldest, windiest, driest, place on Earth. How long has Antarctica been like it is today? That’s what polar researchers want to find out. Meet ANDRILL, the Antarctic drilling team in this video.

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