At-Home Learning

Our Permian Basin schools are closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), causing students to be without the same quality and quantity of access to educational instruction they would receive at school every day.

As part of the public media mission to ensure all kids, regardless of their capabilities, have access to continued free educational resources at home, Basin PBS is offering broadcast programming and accompanying digital resources that adhere to Texas state curriculum to provide continued at-home learning.

Below you'll find resources to expand learning and family engagement with our At-Home Learning on-air programming and digital assets.

You can also read our press release here.

Take a look at our At-Home Learning Toolkit here.

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Grades PreK-K
What's the Difference?
Peg+Cat | PBS KIDS Lab

Tuesday, April 7 — Peg+Cat (6:30am)
Activity: Peg's Pizza Place | PBS KIDS Lab
Us this game resource to help children foster the skill of counting objects and placing different objects on halves and quarters of a circle. They will help Peg feed all her hungry customers by counting the right number of yummy toppings to pile onto each pizza.

Wednesday, April 8 — Peg + Cat (6:30am)
Activity:Adventures - Peg + Cat | PBS KIDS Lab
Use this game with children to count, measure, and look for 3-D shapes in a series of adventures on a farm, the Purple Planet, Pirate Island, and in the Magic Forest.

Thursday, April 9 — Wild Kratts (6am)
Activity: Kingdoms of Life: Explained, Sort of
Scientists have a system to group all the living things so they can study them. One of the ways of grouping or classifying them is called the Kingdoms of Life.

Friday, April 10 — Wild Kratts (6am)
Activity: Seeing Sea Turtles | Wild Kratts
Come explore the underwater habitat, including the inside of a sponge. Aviva checks in with the guys to see what they have discovered while exploring the sea turtle's habitat.

Grades 1-3
Migrating Monarchs
Wild Kratts

Tuesday, April 7 — Cyberchase (7am)
Activity:Robot Retriever
Make a simple list of commands for a "robot" to do a job. Learn about counting, teamwork as well as giving and receiving instructions.

Wednesday, April 8 — Cyberchase (7am)
Activity:Equal Amounts of Gold
In this video segment from Cyberchase, the CyberSquad must help Pin and Pan divide fifteen gold bars equally between them. Many of the bars are different sizes, however, and the CyberSquad must add up fractional parts of the gold bars in order to give both Pin and Pan their fair share of gold.

Thursday, April 9 — Peg + Cat (6:30am)
Activity: Race Car - Peg + Cat | PBS KIDS Lab
Use this game resource to help children add by ones to get a designated sum, compare numbers, and use ordinal numbers. It's high-speed hijinks on the motorway as Peg and Cat participate in the "Talla-peg-a 20" car race!

Friday, April 10 — Peg + Cat (6:30am)
Activity: Chicken Dance - Peg + Cat | PBS KIDS Lab
Use this game resource to help children recognize and continue a pattern. The chickens want to get their groove on, but one of them keeps getting confused. After seeing the dance moves of the other chickens, use the pattern to help them figure out the missing move, and enjoy the show!

Grades PreK - 1
Use your words & say how you feel
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

Tuesday, April 7 — Peg + Cat
Activity:Flipbooks | PBS KIDS Lab
This activity will help children count by ones up to 24, and sequence numbers from 1 to 24. They can make Peg and Cat dance using just the pictures in these little books. Just print out the pictures, put them in the right order and flip through them really fast to make the action happen!

Wednesday, April 8 — SciGirls (7:30am)
Activity:Habitat Havoc: Mentor Moment
Seeing women who have succeeded in STEM helps inspire and motivate girls, especially when they can relate to these mentors as people with lives outside of the lab. The SciGirls talk with a mentor working in the field of ecology about her project comparing native willow trees and non-native palm trees. They also get some ideas about what they can study.

Thursday, April 9 — Cyberchase (7am)
Activity: How Many Jelly Beans?
In this video segment from Cyberchase, Inez is baking 50 cookies for her class and each cookie has to have four jelly beans on top. Inez has a jar full of jelly beans. She knows she needs at least 200 jelly beans, but rather than count all of the jellybeans, she decides to estimate to see if she has enough.

Friday, April 10 — SciGirls (7:30am)
Activity: SciGirls | Turtle Mania - Identify the Problem
Great science starts with good questions. How better to make a compelling case than with plenty of sound scientific data? A prime example of how an open question inspires a full inquiry investigation.


Tuesday, April 7 — NOVA: The Planets (8am)
Activity:The Sun and Planets
Observe the dynamic Sun and the rotation of the eight major planets in our solar system in this visualization from NASA. Use this resource to stimulate thinking about how the motions of the planets are related to day/night and seasons or to develop and use models of planetary axial tilts, rotation and orbits.

Wednesday, April 8 — NOVA: The Planets (8am)
Activity:Jupiter: The Largest Planet
Explore our solar system's largest planet, Jupiter, including its role in the evolution of the solar system in this video from NASA. This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Thursday, April 9 — NOVA: The Planets (8am)
Activity: Death Dive to Saturn | Introduction to Saturn and
Its Atmosphere
Learn about Saturn and its turbulent atmosphere in this video from NOVA: Death Dive to Saturn.

Friday, April 10 — NOVA: The Planets
Activity: NOVA: Extreme Ice | Ice-Core Record of Climate
In this video excerpt from NOVA: "Extreme Ice," learn about the historical record of climate changes captured in ice. Scientist Jim White discusses how ice cores store information about global climate and how scientists can study them. Graphs constructed from ice-core data illustrate the correlation between increases in greenhouse gases (such as carbon dioxide) and rises in global temperatures and sea levels.

Grades 5-8
Why did I become a scientist:
Clint Hobart, Mechanical Engineer

Tuesday, April 7 — History Detectives (9am)
Activity:Atomic Bomb | History Detectives
The decision to drop the atomic bomb caused political, social, and environmental changes that had unintended consequences for years to come. Group includes video interviews with three veterans and a lesson plan.

Wednesday, April 8 — History Detectives (9am)
Activity:Looking for Lincoln | Abraham Lincoln's Words
In this video segment, from the PBS documentary Looking for Lincoln, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. cites several of Lincoln's most famous lines of oratory from different points in his political career, noting the "seemingly simple but profoundly eloquent language" he used "to express and ennoble his cause."

Thursday, April 9 — Africa's Great Civilizations (10am)
Activity: Mitochondrial Eve and Homo Sapiens in Africa's
Great Rift Valley
Lesson from hour one of Africa's Great Civilizations.

Friday, April 10 — Africa's Great Civilizations (10am)
Activity: The Aksum Kingdom: Trade and Ancient Africa
Lesson from hour two of Africa's Great Civilizations.

Habitat Havoc 04: Share

Tuesday, April 7 — Breakthrough: The Ideas that Changed the World (11am)
Activity:Dragonfly TV | Model Airplanes
Meet two model stunt plane pilots. There are many models available and they want to know which plane features allow for the best stunts. Their question is: How does wing shape affect the plane's performance?

Wednesday, April 8 — Breakthrough: The Ideas that Changed the World (11am)
Activity:Robo Arm Challenge
In this video from Design Squad Nation, learn how you can create a rich, multi-faceted learning experience for kids by integrating a hands-on design challenge with a challenge video and an engineer video profile.

Thursday, April 9 — Breakthrough: The Ideas that Changed the World (11am)
Activity: Balloon Car
Make 4-wheeled, air-powered cars that jet across the floor. Experiment with the design process and thrust in this activity from Design Squad Nation.

Friday, April 10 — Breakthrough: The Ides that Changed the World (11am)
Activity: NASA Ames Rocket to the Moon
NASA scientists in Mountain View built a spaceship that they deliberately crashed into the Moon in 2009, sending up a 40-mile high cloud of debris. In this video from QUEST produced by KQED, learn about the goal to find water. Students learn why NASA is looking for water on the Moon, how the mission will work, and what data they are looking to collect. Students will also explore what scientists are doing to replicate the LCROSS mission on Earth and why.


Tuesday, April 7 — American Masters
Episode: Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women (1pm)
Activity:Louisa May Alcott | Transcendentalism
Explore the impact of transcendentalism on the life of Louisa May Alcott and American society in this video from the American Masters film Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind 'Little Women.' Engage students with discussion questions, a close reading of quotes from Emerson and Thoreau, and connections to the movement in popular culture today.

Wednesday, April 8 — American Masters (1pm)
Activity:Scarlett O'Hara's True Love in Gone with the Wind | The Great American Read
One of America’s best-loved books is Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind. But it's not an easy novel to understand or discuss.

Thursday, April 9 — Shakespeare Uncovered (1pm)
Episode: Much Ado About Nothing
Activity: Much Ado About Nothing and the Roots of Romantic Comedy
Learn how Shakespeare invented the structure and character types we have come to love in modern romantic comedies in this video from Shakespeare Uncovered. In the play Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare’s Beatrice and Benedick banter back and forth as sparring partners who seem to hate each other, but underneath it all, are actually in love.

Friday, April 10 — American Masters (1pm)
Activity: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise | Maya and Malcolm
Learn about the connection between Maya Angelou and Malcolm X, and their work in Ghana, in this video from American Masters | Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.

Engineering Design & Practices
Grades 9-12
Off-road Engineering

Tuesday, April 7 — Anne Morrow Lindbergh: You'll Have the Sky
Activity: Powerful Words, Part 1 | Ken Burns: Mark Twain
Students identify and describe the influence slavery had on Mark Twain's writing, and then determine the status of race relations and ethnic differences in their lives.

Wednesday, April 8 — Little Women on Masterpiece
(parts 2 & 3) (2 & 3pm)
Activity:An Iconic Character | Little Women
Experience one of the most dramatic scenes in Little Women, the beloved American classic by Louisa May Alcott, in this video excerpt from Little Women | MASTERPIECE.

Thursday, April 9 — Shakespeare Uncovered (2pm)
Episode: The Merchant of Venice
Activity: Acceptance and the Merchant of Venice
In these videos from Shakespeare Uncovered, explore what it means to be an outsider and the impact of persecution. Support materials engage students with contemporary connections through discussion questions and a handout analyzing Shylock’s speech.

Setting in To Kill a Mockingbird
(Interactive Lesson)
Grades 9-12
American Masters

Tuesday, April 7 — Reconstruction: America After the Civil War
Activity: Reconstruction: The Black Codes
The end of the Civil War brought about the freedom of four million slaves. The era of Reconstruction that followed the war sought to remedy the inequities of slavery while readmitting the Southern states back into a reunified nation. Ultimately, Reconstruction was not a success; it was succeeded by a backlash that sought to restrict the freedom of African Americans.

Wednesday, April 8 — Black American Since MLK: and Still I Rise (4pm)
Activity:Students Reflect on "I Have a Dream" Speech
Hear students' thoughts on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and examine the state of equality in the U.S. with videos from Student Reporting Labs and a discussion guide.

Thursday, April 9 — Shakespeare Uncovered (3pm)
Episode: Measure for Measure
Activity: Measure for Measure and the #MeToo Movement
At a time when the #MeToo Movement and stories of sexual harassment and abuse by those in power dominate headlines, you might be surprised to discover that Shakespeare addressed this very issue 400 years ago in his play Measure for Measure.

Friday, April 10 — The Greeks (4pm)
Activity: Greek Guide to Greatness: Athletics
In America today, we worship athletes like superheroes. But the Greeks originated this tradition as the founders of the Olympic Games. Athletic fitness was intended to prepare soldiers for war, but evolved into sporting culture where team loyalty and commonality became the focus.