Monthly Archives: August 2013

WGBH Innovation Math Challenge

MC900436129Do you or your students have a great idea for a digital math game or video for middle school students? If so, you should enter WGBH’s Innovation Math Challenge for a chance to have your video/game featured as a learning resource on PBS LearningMedia and to win a prize of $1,000 dollars!

WGBH is looking for around 100 resources and wants the videos/games to align to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. All the information you need to know is on the challenge website, including official rules, content specifications and a sample entry.

This is a perfect opportunity to organize a fun class project that will get your students engaged in the math content and give them a chance to win a prize for their efforts!

Daniel Tiger Neighbor Day – September 2nd


This September 2nd, Labor Day is also Neighbor Day! Help Daniel Tiger celebrate being a good neighbor with suggestions for fun activities from PBS KIDS including a neighborhood scavenger hunt list and a super duper door sign. PBS Kids will also be putting Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood content and games on iTunes for families to download and enjoy. One great way to say you care is with a special card. Children can make a card on the PBS KIDS website.

Be a Good Neighbor:

  • Have a neighborhood clean-up day – pick up litter, pull weeds, etc. – around the neighborhood or in a local park
  • Help each other with yard work, planting flowers, or making small repairs
  • Volunteer to help at your local animal shelter or soup kitchen

Get to Know Your Neighbors Better:

  • Organize a neighborhood scavenger hunt
  • Have a neighborhood game day:  fly kites, play hopscotch,  jump rope
  • Create a neighborhood time capsule
  • Have a potluck at a park or central location
  • Have a sidewalk chalk art contest
  • Arrange a neighborhood book swap/swap meet

Sesame Street’s 44th Season Starts September 16th!

cookie2Ready, Set…Wait! Sesame Street’s newest season is all about self-regulation — getting a grip on eager impulses and quick emotions. Fun new additions include a segment titled Cookie’s Crumby Pictures and a brand new character, Mando. See below for a more detailed description of what’s to come, courtesy of Sesame Street. Plus, check out Cookie Monster’s hilarious spoof of Icona Pop’s hit song “I Love It.”

Season 44 Curriculum

But don’t get too excited! Season 44’s curriculum focus is all about helping children get a grip on eager impulses and quick emotions. Or in more technical terms: they’ll be training their ability to ‘Self-Regulate’ (e.g. identifying and managing emotions, self-control) and improving their ‘Executive Function’ skills (e.g. working memory, cognitive flexibility). These all-important skills are fundamental to school readiness.

Cookie’s Crumby Pictures

While restraint does not necessarily come easy to Cookie Monster, our hero will help kids master these skills in a new parody-style segment. Cookie bravely attempts to selfregulate his way through a series of blockbuster adventures, including ‘The Spy Who Loved Cookies’ and ‘Cookies of the Carribbean.’ It’s the role of a lifetime!

Hispanic Heritage

Children will be excited to learn about Latin culture as they meet “Mando,” Sesame Street’s newest resident, played by Ismael Cruz Córdova. Mando, a writer from Puerto Rico, will join Maria, Luis, and Muppets Rosita and Ovejita as part of Sesame’s bilingual community.