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PBS LearningMedia: Iowa PBS Collections

Jun 23, 2016

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Grade Level Collection Description Links
PreK-13+ English Language Arts Strategies for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

This video collection features strategies for comprehensive literacy instruction for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The purpose of the collection is to support educators and families in understanding how all students can learn and make progress in Common Core English Language Arts standards.

In each video, classroom educators demonstrate research-based instructional strategies in literacy, language and communication including the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems. The videos feature students in both inclusive general education classrooms and self-contained settings.

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4-12 Experiences of Orphan Train Riders Between 1854 and 1929, nearly a quarter of a million children from the East Coast of the United States were resettled under what came to be known as the Orphan Train Movement. This collection of video segments from the West by Orphan Train documentary explores the origins of the movement and the experiences of the young riders through archival photographs, historical re-enactments, expert interviews and first-person accounts from Orphan Train riders. PBS LearningMedia, YouTube
4-13+ Alexander Clark and an African-American's Fight for Civil Rights In the 1860s, shortly after the Civil War, a teenager from Muscatine, Iowa, tried to enroll in the local high school. She was denied admission because she was black. Her father sued and won. And when the school board challenged the decision in the Iowa Supreme Court, he won again. Because of the actions of Alexander Clark, Iowa's schools were desegregated more than 85 years before the rest of the nation officially outlawed school segregation. This collection of video segments from the Lost in History: Alexander Clark documentary explores Clark's historic court victory, his prominent anti-slavery role, his recruitment of black soldiers for the Union side in the Civil War and his appointment as a U.S. ambassador to Liberia.

PBS LearningMedia, YouTube

5-12 An Oral History of the Tinker v. Des Moines Schools Decision Mary Beth Tinker was a 13-year-old junior high school student in December 1965 when she, her brother John, 15, and their friend Christopher Eckhardt, 16, wore black armbands to school to protest the war in Vietnam. That decision led the students and their families to embark on a four-year court battle that culminated in the landmark 1969 U.S. Supreme Court decision that defined free speech rights for public school students, Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District. This collection features interviews with John and Mary Beth Tinker, as they recount their experiences and motivations during this important milestone for first amendment rights. PBS LearningMedia, YouTube
5-12 Rural Midwest Farm Life During the Great Depression and Early 20th Century These segments from Iowa PBS's documentary The People in the Pictures: Stories from the Wettach Farm Photos feature original photography and first-person accounts of farm life in rural America during the Great Depression and early twentieth century. PBS LearningMedia, YouTube
5-12 Explore More Explore More is a multimedia project designed to engage students in problems they can relate to, provide compelling content for investigation, and give students opportunities to form their own points of view. The project features engaging topics, an issue-driven approach, and a variety of technology resources. The Future of EnergyPBS LearningMedia, YouTube; Working Landscapes: PBS LearningMedia, YouTube; Water Quality: PBS LearningMedia, YouTube
5-12  Iowa’s World War II Stories More than 276,000 Iowans went into military service during World War II. 8,398 never returned. Thousands more who remained at home played major roles in winning the war. The sacrifices of each of these Iowans helped determine the political and social conditions that would exist once the war ended. Iowa PBS's production of Iowa's World War II Stories preserves some of the memories of those who put their lives on hold in the fight against the Axis powers. PBS LearningMedia, YouTube
6-12 Iowans Remember the Vietnam War The Vietnam War Stories collection examines one of the most turbulent times in American history from the perspective of those who were there, both on the battlefield and at home. Produced by Iowa PBS as part of the Iowans Remember Vietnam documentary, each segment includes archival footage and interviews with veterans and citizens of the era. PBS LearningMedia, YouTube
6-12 The History of the Iowa Caucuses This collection from Iowa PBS’s Caucus Iowa: Journey to the Presidency documentary explores how Iowa became the political epicenter and first major electoral event for the United States presidential nomination process. Since 1972, the event has drawn increasing media attention and has become a test of candidates’ abilities to attract and organize supporters. This political rite of passage is an early indication of which candidates might gain the support of their political party for the nomination. The collection includes recent interviews with political leaders, campaign staff and journalists from across the country on their memories of caucus campaigns in Iowa. PBS LearningMedia, You Tube
7-12 Experiences of Freedom Summer Volunteers In the summer of 1964, hundreds of predominantly white college students answered the call from civil rights leaders to volunteer for the Freedom Summer Project. They participated in voter registration efforts, taught in freedom schools and worked in community centers in towns throughout racially segregated Mississippi. Iowa PBS's new PBS LearningMedia collection of video segments from the Iowans Return to Freedom Summer documentary features first-person accounts from Iowa participants in this historic civil rights event. PBS LearningMedia,YouTube
7-12  Iowa Soldiers Remember Afghanistan

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 sparked a response that came to be known as the Global War on Terror. This included military operations in Afghanistan to dismantle terrorist networks, disable enemy forces and help Afghan leaders take control of their country. Led by full-time U.S. Military soldiers, the coalition of international forces assumed primary responsibility for engaging a largely unseen enemy in Afghanistan. The coalition was supported by Army National Guard and reserve units from every state in the Union, including Iowa. In July of 2010, Iowa mobilized nearly 3,000 soldiers. This was the largest, single deployment of Iowa’s troops since World War II.

These segments from Iowa PBS's documentary Iowa Soldiers Remember Afghanistan feature first-hand accounts from military and civilians who were on the ground in Afghanistan. Participants reflect on their wartime experiences and tally the emotional toll.

PBS LearningMedia, YouTube

Market to Market Classroom

Market to Market Classroom connects your curriculum with stories about the science, technology, culture, and business of agriculture from the nation's longest-running agribusiness television program. PBS LearningMedia, YouTube
8-13+ The 1980s Farm Crisis The Farm Crisis is a 90-minute film produced by Iowa PBS that examines the economic and personal disasters that afflicted the agriculture sector in the 1980s. PBS LearningMedia, YouTube
6-12 Iowa Land and Sky Iowa Land and Sky brings viewers a unique perspective of the state's landforms, rivers and towns. The collection presents an entertaining and educational exploration of Iowa’s natural environments and environmental challenges. The visuals and stories created through the project help students better understand and appreciate the ecological and geological diversity of Iowa.

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