April 16 | Grades 4-8

Programming Highlights

Native America | New World Rising
Discover a little-known empire forged by the Comanches in the American West. Their elders speak of how they transformed the horse — a weapon of conquest — into a treasured ally. And a stunning discovery of a canyon full of rock art reveals incredible new details about the empire’s birth. See how Native America that transforms the entire world with new foods, medicines and cultural contributions.

Plants Behaving Badly | Muder & Mayhem
See how plants can also have their own dark side as we reveal the world of deceit and treachery worthy of any fictional thriller.

NOVA | Mysteries of Sleep
Virtually every animal sleeps. But why? Why do we need to spend nearly a third of our lives in such a defenseless state? See why sleep is so important and why we get so little of it.

At-Home Learning Tips

Help Kids Stay Close to Friends, Online and Offline
As our kids adjust to spending the majority of their time at home for the coming months, it’s understandable they’ll miss their daily interactions with classmates and friends, just as we, parents, miss our colleagues and friends. While our kids may have their own ideas about how to sustain these relationships through online means, such as social media, it doesn’t hurt to introduce them to other creative ways to stay close to their friends online and offline. Here are six ways to do just that — which we parents may find comforting to do as well.

Daily Programming

6:30 a.m. Nova: Mysteries of SleepAmazing Effects of Sleep (And Lack of It): Braincraft – Video
Sleep Quiz: QUEST – Video

7:30 a.m. History Detectives: Airplane Engine Part 

8:30 a.m. Native America: New World RisingThe Comanche and the Horse – Discussion Questions
The Incas of Peru – Images

9:30 a.m. Plants Behaving Badly: Murder & MayhemFour Deadly Carnivorous Plants: Gross Science – Discussion Questions
A Venus Flytrap Works Like Your Brain: Braincraft – Video

10:30 a.m. Nova: Mysteries of SleepAmazing Effects of Sleep (And Lack of It): Braincraft – Video
Sleep Quiz: QUEST – Video

11:30 a.m. The Great American Read: Other WorldsHitchhiker’s Guide – Discussion Questions
100 Years of Solitude, Part 1: Crash Course Literature – Video
100 Years of Solitude, Part 2: Crash Course Literature – Video

Additional Resources

The Indigenous Science of Permaculture
Permaculture is a recent offspring of indigenous science, but we hardly associate it with Native Americans. See how this partly because of the country’s colonial past.

The Potawot Community Garden, housed at United Indian Health Services’s facility in Arcata, California, incorporates elements of permaculture seamlessly into the center's holistic approach to healing the Earth and body. | Still from "Tending Nature" episode "Healing The Body with United Indian Health Services."
The Potawot Community Garden, housed at United Indian Health Services’s facility in Arcata, California, incorporates elements of permaculture seamlessly into the center’s holistic approach to healing the Earth and body. | Still from “Tending Nature” episode “Healing The Body with United Indian Health Services.”

L.A. Photographer Documents Buddhist Life in the City
Don Farber has become well known over the decades for his photographs of Tibetan, Thai and Japanese monks working and praying in mountain temples, on pilgrimages through snowy forests, begging for alms. However, it is arguably in his portraits of Buddhists expressing their devotion in modern urban settings like Los Angeles and in his portrayals of Buddhist teachers striving to preserve their traditions, often among refugee communities, where his photojournalistic skills shine most vividly and where his lens is most compassionate.

Keep a Sleep Diary
A good night’s sleep is important. Keep track of your sleeping habits using a sleep diary and see how some z’s help make better days.

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