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Elementary Education Resources

Mar 26, 2020

Iowa PBS and PBS provide several great resources for elementary students, parents, and educators. Below is a collection of online resources and apps that can be used to engage elementary children in a variety of subjects.

All Elementary Ages

  • PBS LearningMedia: PBS LearningMedia is the destination for high-quality, trusted digital content and solutions that inspire students and transform learning. PBS LearningMedia engages educators and learners at all levels with content from America’s #1 educational media brand.
  • PBS KIDS: PBS KIDS is curriculum-based entertainment. With a 360-degree approach towards learning and reaching children, PBS KIDS leverages the full spectrum of media and technology to build knowledge, critical thinking, imagination, and curiosity. PBS KIDS helps to empower children for success in school and in life.
  • PBS KIDS Apps: Extend the fun of PBS KIDS to your tablet! PBS KIDS has a great collection of apps, albums, episodes, e-books and more!
  • Young Explorers: Abby Brown, along with puppet friends, explore their world through books and outside activities. Each topic addresses developmentally appropriate instructional themes for kids ages 4-9. Academic content is layered in with storylines of fun and adventure! Children of all ages explore and put in their own words each theme, meanwhile gaining an appreciation for people and places they've never known before.

Birth - 3rd Grade

  • PBS KIDS Scratch Jr.: This introductory coding program enables young children to create their own interactive stories and games. Snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters move, jump, dance and sing. The storytelling possibilities are endless with this creative coding app for children ages 5-8.
  • Martha Speaks: The goal of Martha Speaks is to increase oral vocabulary and is designed to help kids understand what words mean when they hear them. Building your child's vocabulary is one way you can make a good reader great.

4th - 5th Grade

  • Mission US: Engage students in the study of transformational moments in American history. Missions consist of an interactive game, curriculum materials, and feature activities. The game immerses players in historical settings and empowers them to make choices that illuminate how ordinary people experienced the past.
  • Iowa Pathways: Explore an online learning environment that challenges students to create their own story of the state as they explore the people, places, events and ideas of Iowa. This award-winning website helps students choose topics that interest them as they examine relationships among Iowa concepts.
  • SciGirlsSciGirls models important science process skills as girls set out to work through the scientific method. The SciGirls TV show, website, and educational activities are rooted in what research has revealed about how to engage girls in science, technology, math, and engineering.
  • Design Squad Global: Empower kids to solve real-world problems and understand the impact of engineering in a global context. Using weekly challenges, videos, and activities, this website is one of the only places on the web where kids can share their engineering ideas with other kids. Adults are provided with the tools they need to help kids develop design process skills and apply them to engineering challenges.

Parents and Educators

  • PBS Parents Play and Learn App: This app provides games that parents can play with their kids, each themed around a familiar location such as the grocery store or in a car. The bilingual app makes it easy for parents to connect math and literacy skills to everyday experiences.
  • PBS KIDS for Parents: PBS KIDS for Parents is a trusted resource filled with information on child development and early learning. It also serves as a parent’s window to the world of PBS KIDS, offering access to educational games and activities inspired by PBS KIDS programs.
  • PBS KIDS Learn: This collection of resources will help you make the most of PBS KIDS and support your child’s or students' learning every day.
  • Splash and Bubbles for Parents AppSplash and Bubbles for Parents is an app that provides families with conversation starters, videos, and activities to explore ocean science together. Developed in collaboration with early childhood and marine biology experts, the app can be used as a second-screen experience while watching the PBS KIDS series Splash and Bubbles.
  • Teaching Tips for Educational Media: Teaching Tips, developed by the Boston University School of Education, enables teachers to successfully integrate PBS KIDS online games into their classroom curricula to enhance children’s early math and literacy development.
  • Play and Learn Science App: Play with shadows, control the weather, roll and slide objects down a ramp, choose the best materials for an umbrella – all while building science inquiry skills and learning core science concepts. As kids play, adults have access to co-learning prompts that offer discussion opportunities that help kids see how science is part of the world around them.