April 13 | Grades 9–12

At-Home Learning Tips

Make Make Creativity a Fun Family Affair
While many of us are spending much more time with our families during the times of social distancing, don’t let that squeeze the fun out of family time. Dedicate a night to embrace your inner creativity as a team. Throw a themed dinner party inspired by your child’s favorite book, make collages and use them as postcards for friends, or complete the “Recreate a Work of Art” challenge by impersonating your favorite work of art and snapping photos. Check out more ideas on finding new ways to be creative together as a family here.

Daily Programming

Monday on Arizona PBS

1:30 p.m. A More or Less Perfect Union: Part 1

2:30 p.m. Freedom Writers: Stories from the Heart 
3:30 p.m. The Roosevelts: An Intimate History: Part Two


Additional Resources

Breaking Barriers: Reconstruction
Explore the Smithsonian’s collections of photographs, primary source documents, portraits, lesson plans and articles to get a greater sense of what African Americans had to do to overcome racial, economic, and political barriers during Reconstruction.

How the 15th Amendment Came to Los Angeles
At four o’clock on the morning of April 12, 1870, dozens of explosions echoed through the dark and empty streets of Los Angeles. The booming noise might have startled the town’s horses and roused some of its residents, but this wasn’t the sound of violence. It was the sound of freedom. The amendment gave black Angelenos the right to vote, but the county clerk at first refused to register them anyway … why? Read on to find out.

Passed by Congress in 1869 and ratified by the states on Feb. 3, 1870, the Fifteenth Amendment prohibited race-based restrictions on voting. | Courtesy of the National Archives.

Baby Elephants are So Clumsy! | First Year on Earth | BBC Earth
Newborn elephants are the biggest babies on earth, in more ways than one. Watch to find out why.

African Elephant
Did you know elephants are some of the few animals that recognize themselves in a mirror? Read to learn more about elephants like Safina and her family, including how they form bonds, the threats to their survival and what can be done to keep them safe.

Bird Season on Anacapa Island (Photos/Video)
Take a virtual ferry to Anacapa Island to be transported into a scene from inside the pages of “National Geographic,” the month of June on Anacapa Island. Those with ornithophobia, beware!

A chick stands at the edge of a a cliff | Zach Behrens

The Los Angeles River, a Surprising Oasis for Birds
Did you know the Los Angeles River and its environs are home to a wealth of wildlife, including some majestic birds that thrive along the river banks? If you live nearby, take advantage of this fact to do a little bit of birdwatching on your daily walk— respecting social distancing, of course. If you don’t, make it a virtual birding trip!

The Constitution: How Did it Happen?
Did you know that America’s first constitution, the Articles of Confederation, gave the Confederation Congress the power to make rules and request funds from the states, but it had no enforcement powers, couldn’t regulate commerce, or print money? Read on to find out how Alexander Hamilton changed that.

How California Teacher Erin Gruwell Inspired a Generation of Writers
Erin Gruwell took a job student teaching at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, California in 1994. Over the next four years, she found she changed not only her own life but also those of the 150 students that passed through her classroom. Learn more about how she accomplished that and what she’s up to now.

Erin Gruwell with some of her students.
Illustration of columns of a capitol building with text reading: Arizona PBS AZ Votes 2024
airs April 16

Arizona PBS presents candidate debates as part of ‘AZ Votes 2024’

The Capital building with text reading: Circle on Circle: Robert Lowell's D.C.
May 2

An evening with ‘Poetry in America’

Graphic for the AZPBS kids LEARN! Writing Contest with a child sitting in a chair writing on a table and text reading: The Ultimate Field Trip
May 12

Submit your entry for the 2024 Writing Contest

Poetry in America image with photos of four poets and the name of the show
airs April 18

Mushrooms, Weakness and Doubt 

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