April 14 | Grades 4-8


Programming Highlights

NOVA | Inside Animal Minds – Dogs & Senses
Did you know dogs use their noses to tell time? See what other superpowers dogs have to navigate the world.

Food: Delicious Science | A Matter of Taste
See how chemistry and biology are at the root of all the sensations, tastes and flavors that we enjoy in our food.

The Great American Read | Villains & Monsters
See how books answer the question, “Who am I?” Explore first-person narratives and other ways authors tell stories of characters on personal journeys. From navigating the teen years to discovering our “chosen families,” learn about novels that have helped people find themselves at any age.


At-Home Learning Tips

Focus On What You Can Control
Managing our children’s emotions amid uncertainty requires us to check our own stress levels first. You can start by focusing on what you can control, on a day-to-day level. Make sure you’re eating well, exercising, minimizing speculative news, and creating a routine that is easy to follow; one that includes downtime for your family. Find other simple steps to manage your family’s stress here.


Daily Programming

6:30 a.m. Nova: Inside Animal Minds “Dogs and Super Senses”Sniffing Out Dog’s Senses – Background Reading
Sniffing Out Dog’s Sense – Discussion Questions
How Dolphins Echolocate and Imitate – Discussion Questions

7:30 a.m. History Detectives: WB Cartoons; Galvez Papers; Mussolini’s DaggerAntebellum Agents of Change – Procedure Learning activities
The Rise of Italian Fascism – Interactive

8:30 a.m. Native America: Nature to NationsAgriculture as the Foundation or Early Native Governmental Structures – Discussion Questions
The Relationship Between Humans and Nature – Discussion Questions
Cedar Trees and Totem Poles of the Pacific Northwest Native Americans – Discussion Questions

9:30 a.m. Food-Delicious Science: A Matter of TasteThe Science of Taste – Discussion Questions
Can You Taste With Your Ears? – Video

10:30 p.m. Nova: Inside Animal Minds “Dogs and Super Senses”Sniffing Out Dog’s Senses – Background Reading
Sniffing Out Dog’s Sense – Discussion Questions
How Dolphins Echolocate and Imitate – Discussion Questions

11:30 p.m. The Great American Read: Villains and MonstersAnd Then There Were None – Discussion Questions
Iago: The Ultimate Villain – Handout
Gilead: Symbol or Current State – Interactive


Additional Resources

Take the City Nature Challenge 2020
Download the iNaturalist app and help the folks at the Natural History Museum document the nature in your home, yard or neighborhood. What are the wild plants growing in your backyard? (weeds count!) What observations can you make along the sidewalk in front of your house or apartment complex? (Always be mindful of traffic and safety.) Make sure to practice social distancing by keeping space between people of at least 6 feet. Here’s more on how to participate.

Natick Labs: The Science Behind Military Food
In the frontlines, the quality of food becomes even more important. Not only is it a source of nutrition, it also becomes a morale-boosting activity. Get an insider’s look at the U.S. Army’s Natick Labs. Meet the scientists and chefs working to ensure the health and well-being of our nation’s finest, even as they are challenged by the toughest terrains and harshest conditions in the world.

Jambalaya Risotto and Meals Ready to Eat MRE bags | Carla Choy

How to Create Strong Characters
What makes stories memorable? Often, it is the characters that readers fall in love with or detest. If you’re taking a stab at writing something epic, here’s a few tips to create even stronger characters.

Season of Light: Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir
airs Dec. 12

Season of Light: Christimas with the Tabernacle Choi

Lucy Worsley on the Mystery Queen
aired Dec. 3

Agatha Christie: Lucy Worsley on the Mystery Queen

Pavlo: Live in Santorini
aired Dec. 3

Don’t miss ‘Pavlo: Live in Santorini’

aired Nov. 28

Stewart Udall: The Politics of Beauty

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