April 7 | Grades 4-8

Programming Highlights

History Detectives | Andrew Jackson’s Mouth
Could a figurehead of a President Andrew Jackson wrapped in sheepskin once have adorned the U.S.S. Constitution?

Navajo Math Circles
Math is a universal language. See how the country’s most accomplished mathematicians and math educators work with and learn from the children and teachers in the underserved, largely rural Navajo educational system.

Genius by Stephen Hawking | Where Are We?
Can three ordinary people measure the earth, the solar system and even the universe and find out where we really are?


At-Home Learning Tips

Making Memories in a Difficult Time

With schools closed and all families being asked to stay at home, it’s a bit mind-boggling to think that we are actually living in a moment of unprecedented world history. Here are a few ideas that will help you and your family reflect on important events, meaningful people and special moments you have shared together in the past and present.


Daily Programming

6:30 a.m. Nova: The Day the Dinosaur Died

What Killed the Dinosaurs – Interactive
Mammals Get Their Chance – Discussion Questions
Asteroids: Crash Course Astronomy – Video

7:30 a.m. History Detectives: Andrew Jackson’s Mouth, Barton Letter, Spybook 

Civil War Letters – Lesson Plan
Clara Barton – Document
Multiple Perspectives of the War of 1812 – Activity
Crackdown on Civil Liberties in WW1 – Teaching Tips

8:30 a.m. Navajo Math Circles 

US Government’s Education of Native American Children
Up Heartbreak Hill: Factors in a Successful College Experience

9:30 a.m. Genius By Stephen Hawking: Where Are We?

Solar Eclipses Explained – Video
Eclipses: Crash Course Astronomy – Video
Distances: Crash Course Astronomy – Video
The Milky Way: Crash Course Astronomy – Video

10:30 a.m. Nova: The Day the Dinosaur Died

What Killed the Dinosaurs – Interactive
Mammals Get Their Chance – Discussion Questions
Asteroids: Crash Course Astronomy – Video

11:30 a.m. The Great American Read: Grand Finale

Symbolism in Ghost – Interactive
Primary Sources – To Kill a Mockingbird – Webpage Images
The Legacy of To Kill a Mockingbird – Procedure


Additional Resources

The Syuxtun Collective: Restoring Reciprocity with Health and Nature
Modern medicine owes a lot to traditional knowledge. Learn more about a collective of Native American practitioners and how they’re reviving this knowledge of harvesting and preparing plant medicine in participation with nature.

Lost LA | Discovering the Universe
Edwin Hubble, working with the world’s most powerful telescope in the mountains high above Los Angeles, discovered just how vast the universe truly is. Visit the underground vault of the Carnegie Observatories, where paradigm-shifting discoveries are annotated by hand on glass photographic slides; and the historic Mount Wilson observatory.

Make a Dinosaur Handprint
Help your children see the dinosaur right in the palm of their hands with this fun and easy activity.

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Enjoy Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony: S&M2

Join the ultimate heavy metal band as they combine forces with a nearly 80-member orchestra to perform Metallica fan favorites.

Catalyst: Shaping the Future

Planets orbit faraway stars - could some of those planets have the right recipe for supporting life? Plus, we'll look for water on the moon: what is the mission to find that water, and why it matters for getting us to Mars and beyond.

Makers: "Not Done: Women Remaking America"

Not Done Women Remaking America

"Makers" made television history in 2013 with its three-part PBS documentary which told the story of the modern American women’s movement for the first time. But a lot has happened since then.