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Jun 21, 2021

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Iowa PBS Wander & Wonder

Iowa PBS Wander & Wonder Young Explorers

Multiple Subject Areas

Grade: Prek - 5

Iowa PBS’s digital first series, Wander and Wonder helps kids to ask questions, observe their world and investigate with some kitchen science and crafts. Come wander and wonder with Abby Brown. What adventures will you go on today? Have fun with it!

Iowa PBS Performances

Iowa PBS Performances

Fine Arts

Grade: Prek - 5

Iowa PBS Performances visits stages and venues across Iowa, showcasing diverse performing arts events, from musical concerts to theater productions, and gives viewers a dynamic and entertaining look behind the curtain.

George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life

George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life

History

Grade: 5-12

These segments from Iowa PBS’s documentary George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life tell the story of Carver’s life through footage and interviews from people who knew or were influenced by him. Interviews took place at Iowa State University, Simpson College and Tuskegee University.

Young Explorers

black and white image of George Washington Carver

Multiple Subject Areas

Grade: PreK-5

Each topic addresses developmentally appropriate instructional themes for kids ages 4-9. 

Carrie Chapman Catt: Warrior for Women

Carrie Chapman Catt: Warrior for Women

History

Grade: 5-12

Segments in this collection are from Iowa PBS’s documentary Carrie Chapman Catt: Warrior for Women, which tells the compelling story of the Iowa suffragist and her role in the women’s suffrage movement.

Move to Include 

The Life Autistic

Multiple Subject Areas

Grade: 5-12

Included in the Move to Include collection are segments from Iowa PBS’s online series The Life Autistic, which explores the challenges and successes of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder at different stages in life and ranges on the spectrum.

Iowans Remember the Vietnam War

Iowans Remember the Vietnam War

History

Grade: 6-12

Segments in this collection are from Iowa PBS's Iowans Remember Vietnam documentary includes archival footage and an interview with an Iowa veteran of the war. Additional segments from Iowa Experience: Vietnam, a panel discussion recorded at Iowa PBS in Johnston, IA on September 10, 2017.

Tinker v. Des Moines Schools Decision

John and Mary Beth Tinker

History

Grade: 5-12

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. These interviews were recorded on February 21, 2019 at the Iowa PBS studios in Johnston, Iowa.

Iowa Land and Sky

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Science

Grade: K-13+

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 1980's Farm Crisis

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History

Grade: 8-13+

Segments in this collection are from the Iowa PBS documentary The Farm Crisis, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s, when thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight. Additional resources to support this collection can be at http://www.iowapbs.org/mtom/classroom

 

ELA Strategies for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

ELA Strategies for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

Professional Development

Grade: PreK-6, 9-13+

This collection features strategies for comprehensive literacy instruction for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The collection was developed through a collaborative partnership with the Iowa Department of Education; the University of Northern Iowa; the Center for Literacy Disabilities Studies, UNC Chapel Hill; and general and special education teachers across Iowa.

Experiences of Freedom Summer Volunteers

 

Iowans Return to Freedom Summer

History

Grade: 6-12

In the summer of 1964, hundreds of predominantly white college students answered the call from civil rights leaders to volunteer to participate in voter registration, teach in freedom schools and work in community centers in racially segregated Mississippi. The Iowans Return to Freedom Summer documentary was produced by Keeping History Alive Foundation. Educational resources published by Iowa PBS.

Alexander Clark and an African-American’s Fight for Civil Rights

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History

Grade: 4-13+

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.

The History of the Iowa Caucuses

Caucus Iowa: Journey to the Presidency

History

Grade: 6-12

This collection from Iowa 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.

 

Experiences of Orphan Train Riders

History

Grade: 4-12

This collection of video segments from the West by Orphan Train documentary, provided courtesy of Colleen Bradford  Krantz and Clark Kidder, 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.

The West by Orphan Train documentary was produced by Colleen Bradford Krantz and Clark Kidder. 

Iowa Soldiers Remember Afghanistan

Iowa Soldiers Remember Afghanistan

History

Grade: 7-12

These collection of video segments come 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.

Rural Midwest Farm Life During the Great Depression and Early 20th Century

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History

Grade: 5-12

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.

Iowa's World War II Stories

Iowa's World War II Stories

History

Grade: 5-12

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.

Market to Market Classroom

Market to Market Classroom

Science

Grade: 8-13+

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. Additional resources to support this collection can be at http://www.iowapbs.org/mtom/classroom

 

Explore More

Explore More

Science

Grade: 5-12

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.