Clifford’s Really Big Movie Gets PBS Television Premiere December 14

Clifford's Really Big Movie PosterThe BIG movie about everyone’s favorite BIG red dog is coming to the small screen! Clifford’s Really Big Movie premieres December 14 on PBS KIDS!

In the PBS television premiere of this Warner Bros. 2004 animated feature film, Clifford the Big Red Dog (voiced by the late John Ritter) runs away to join a traveling carnival when he mistakenly believes that he has become a burden to his human family. The movie follows Clifford, Cleo and T-Bone on a fantastic voyage as they join Larry’s Amazing Animal Show and go on a quest for a life-time supply of Tummie Yummy dog treats. As he seeks his fortune in food, Clifford helps his new animal buddies overcome their fears, saves the carnival from going bust, and finds his way home to his real family. Wayne Brady, Jenna Elfman and John Goodman also lend their voices to the movie.

~ Watch ~ Friday, December 14th at 6 am ET, Saturday, December 15th at 7 am ET and Sunday, December 16th at 8 am ET Click for more info.

Sid the Science Kid™ Premieres Four New Episodes for a Week All About Living Things

Emmy® Award-Winning Actress America Ferrera Returns to Guest Star as Voice of “Dr. Rosalinda Cordova” 

Sid Living Things Week

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Sid’s “Living Things Week” will kick off with the premiere of “Sid’s Pet Project” featuring EMMY award-winning actress America Ferrera as the voice of marine biologist Dr. Rosalinda Cordova.

SID THE SCIENCE KID is an educational and inspiring preschool series that has been a prominent resource for fostering early childhood development while entertaining millions of 3-6 year olds since its premiere in 2008. The series mission is to introduce all kids to the joy of discovery, and Sid’s “Living Things Week” has a special focus on life cycles. The four-episode arc begins with Sid preparing to babysit Grandma’s dog Philbert, in hopes of proving to his parents that he’s ready for a puppy of his own. Gabriela’s mom, Dr. Rosalinda Cordova (Ferrera) helps Sid and the class investigate how to take care of a pet by bringing them their very own pet…a praying mantis! Throughout the week the series will also explore the topics of sleep, allergies and life cycles. As always, Teacher Susie is at the forefront of each show taking the children on academic journeys and leading them to a better understanding of scientific concepts.

  • Sid’s Pet Project
    Premieres Monday, November 12. Sid is very excited because he’s going to babysit Grandma’s dog Philbert for the weekend. This is a great way for Sid to show his parents that he’s ready to take care of his own puppy. But there’s only one problem…how exactly do you take care of a pet? Sid heads to school to investigate more, and is delighted to see a special guest. It’s Gabriela’s Mom, Dr. Rosalinda Cordova! She brought the class their very own pet…a praying mantis! And now the kids have to learn how to take care of it. That means investigating what the praying mantis needs to eat, drink, and what kind of home it needs. As Sid quickly discovers, taking care of a pet is a big responsibility!
  • Sleep? Who Needs It?!
    Premieres Tuesday, November 13. Sid is ready to stay up all night so he and his stuffed animals can pretend to fly into space on a rocket ship! When his Mom insists that he can’t stay up, Sid ventures to school to investigate more. He and friends explore how the body needs sleep to properly function, and most important, we need sleep to grow and stay healthy! Understanding that sometimes we feel too excited to sleep (like before an adventure into space), Susie presents a special Super Fab Lab where the kids practice calming down, and preparing their bodies for sleep. Susie lowers the lights, turns off all the sounds in the room, and teaches the kids how to breathe slowly to relax…and sleep! After school Sid heads to Gabriela’s house where her mom Dr. Rosanlinda Cordova is ready for a nap after being up all night.
  • Seed the Science Kid
    Premieres Wednesday, November 14. At breakfast, Sid discovers seeds in his apple, and decides that seeds really get in the way when you’re trying to eat the apple! This leads Sid to investigate seeds with his friends at the Science Center, where they learn that many living things grow in life cycles. And while many fruits start out as seeds, many animals start out as eggs. The kids investigate frog eggs, butterfly eggs, and chicken eggs, and then see the fully-grown animals they grow into. The kids are elated and empowered with their newfound knowledge about life cycles, and can’t wait to get back to school so they can plant Sid’s apple seed and watch it slowly grow into an apple tree!
  • The Reason Sid’s Sneezin’
    Premieres Thursday, November 15. Sid wakes up and can’t stop sneezing. He makes his way into the kitchen where he finds his Dad in the middle of a similar sneeze attack. Sid soon discovers that just like his Dad, he might be allergic to pollen! This leads Sid on a mission to learn more about allergies. Mom can think of someone who knows a lot about allergies…Grandma—she’s a nurse! At school, Grandma helps the kids discover that sometimes our bodies can react strongly to something we touch, smell, or eat, so our bodies try to fight it off—and that’s an allergy. Gerald tells everyone that he has a food allergy–he can’t eat strawberries. Wanting to help their friend, Sid, May, and Gabriela decide to make their class a Strawberry-Free-Zone! Gerald is touched, and Susie suggests a special Super Fab Lab survey to discover if other people they know also have allergies.

Sid the Science Kid airs at 11:30 am ET weekdays on WFSU-TV.

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Lead Away newsletter

Lead Away! A New Took Kit from Sesame Street…

Lead is a kind of metal that can be found in some common items. If lead gets into the body, it can make people sick, especially young children whose bodies are growing. When lead gets into the body, it is called lead poisoning. Learning about lead can help your whole family stay healthy. Lead might not be something you can easily see, but everyone in your family can work together to keep the lead away.

Grant Opportunities from the Community Classroom Consortium

WFSU would like you know to know about a wonderful grant opportunity sponsored each year by the Community Classroom Consortium (CCC). The Teacher Grant program has been in existence since 2008. Teachers must submit an online application for the program by November 15th. Five $300 grants will be awarded. The application must be completed online and can be found at:

The applications are judged by a committee consisting of CCC general and board members on the following criteria:

  • Number of students who will benefit;
  • Creativity of project or innovative approach;
  • Potential for sustainability and/or replication;
  • Cost effectiveness and realistic budget;
  • Engage a CCC member organization in the project;
  • Potential to enhance instructional skills; and
  • Description of measurable objectives.

The following are eligible to apply for the grants:
K-12 teachers from public schools or accredited private schools who

  • teach during the traditional school day;
  • are located within a 50 mile radius of the Tallahassee/Leon County area (area includes Monticello, Greenville, Madison, Perry, Carrabelle, Bristol, Blountstown, Chattahoochee, Gretna, Quincy, and Havana, Florida as well as Bainbridge, Pelham, Cairo, Thomasville and Quitman, Georgia);
  • are directly involved with the project and agree to act as the responsible party and contact person; and
  • comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and ordinances, including but not limited to those that bar discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disabilities.

The applications are due by November 15th and teachers will be notified by December 15th. The award must be spent within the 2012-2013 school year.

To read the full description of the grant please go to:


School is Cool Sesame Street Style!

Elmo in school

Ready, set,…school! It’s the start of the school year and there are lots of ways that you can help your child get ready for the classroom. On your child can practice the alphabet, learn new words, and develop early math skills. But ABC’s and 123′s are just part of the equation for school success. You’ll also find tips, videos, games, and activities about getting a good night’s sleep, eating healthy foods, taking turns, and other habits of super students. Visit: for a wealth of fun and useful information… for parents and for teachers too!

You and Your child can visit Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood… virtually of course!

Tiger_family_72_dpiChildren can visit Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood online at where they can play games and watch videos.

The site’s social-emotional themes give children the chance to learn about everyday experiences and feelings. They will role play with Daniel as he gets ready for bed, plays “doctor,” or washes, brushes and flushes in his bathroom! Kids will have creative fun and find ways to express their feelings with music and artwork.

And they’ll drive Trolley around the Neighborhood where they can pick up Daniel and his friends. While they’re having fun, they’ll be learning a little bit more about their place in the world.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood will air on WFSU beginning September 3rd, 11:00 am ET Monday through Friday. 

American Graduate Classroom Resources

This new American Graduate website section highlights the best of public media’s interactive resources and educational projects for use with middle school and high school students, multimedia productions created by youth, and professional development videos for educators.

The 800+ resources featured here are designed to bring educational content to life in engaging and innovative ways, and include games, activities, quizzes, quests, and other interactive experiences. The materials span the curriculum, exploring the arts, careers, ESL, health & sports, language arts, math, media production, science & engineering, and social studies in ways that capture students’ interest and imagination.

We invite educators, students, and parents to use these resources in the classroom and beyond. Visit the resources by clicking here!

Do you know about Reading Rockets?

Reading Rockets brings the best research-based strategies to teachers, parents, administrators, librarians, childcare providers, and anyone else involved in helping a young child become a strong, confident reader. As their website states, “Our goal is to bring the reading research to life — to spead the word about reading instruction and to present “what works” in a way that parents and educators can understand and use.”

The Reading Rockets project includes PBS television programs (also available online and on DVD); online services through the websites and; professional development opportunities; and a robust social community on Twitter and Facebook. The project is guided by an advisory panel made up of leading researchers and experts in the field of reading. Visit their website when you get a moment, and sign up for the e-news! It has great information for parents and teachers:

Teaching reading is a complicated task…so much so, that reading expert Louisa Moats titled her influential article about the skills and knowledge educators need to teach reading well “Teaching Reading IS Rocket Science.” That’s how Reading Rockets got its name!

What Makes a Champion?

Jim Bob Bizzell sprints to a silver medal in the men's T44 200m.

Is it a person’s skill? Perhaps his or her hard work? Maybe, technology makes champions? Is the support he or she receives from family and friends? Or is it something more?

Medal Quest is a new web-only series and online project that follows top American athletes on their quest to bring home the gold from the 2012 Paralympics in London, England. This inspiring series shows how these individuals have overcome their physical disabilities to become incredible athletes. The athletes come from all different backgrounds including veterans wounded in recent wars, and young adults competing with disabilities they have had since birth. Each episode leaves you with a sense that anything truly is possible.

This series, produced by WGBH Boston, will be following U.S. Paralympic Team athletes now through the Paralympics in August, and continue into October. Medal Quest will consist of weekly videos and monthly spotlights featuring biographies, pictures and blog entries written by the athletes themselves.

Start watching now! Click here to view all episodes.

To learn more visit

Watch “My goal – gold for my country!” on PBS. See more from Medal Quest.

Get Interested in the Elements – Plus Local Opportunities for Young Scientists

NOVA Hunting the Elements

Salting popcorn the hard way: Theo Gray mixes pure chlorine gas with explosive heated sodium. The result: table salt. Courtesy WGBH

In NOVA: Hunting the Elements, David Pogue spins viewers through the world of weird, extreme chemistry on a quest to unlock the secrets of the elements. This special NOVA scienceNOW program will air Wednesday, April 4th at 9 pm ET on WFSU.

What are things made of? It’s a simple question with an astonishing answer. Fewer than 100 naturally occurring elements form the ingredients of everything in our world — from solid rocks to ethereal gases, from scorching acids to the living cells in our body. David Pogue, lively host of NOVA’s popular “Making Stuff” series and personal technology correspondent for The New York Times, spins viewers through the world of weird, extreme chemistry on a quest to unlock the secrets of the elements.

Why are some elements, like platinum and gold, relatively inert, while others, like phosphorus and potassium, are violently explosive? Why are some vital to every breath we take, while others are potentially lethal? Punctuated by surprising and often alarming experiments, David Pogue takes NOVA on a roller coaster ride through nature’s hidden lab and the compelling stories of discovery that revealed its secrets.

If you are looking for science-related activities locally for your kids, try the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science. They are accepting applications for their summer camp beginning April 1:

If you know a middle or high school-aged girl interested in science, WFSU and the FSU Mag Lab host SciGirls each summer. Application deadline for this exciting and educational program is April 1, 2012. Visit for details.