Thinkport Newsletter: War, History and Human Rights

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November 30, 2016 edition

War History Final

December is filled with exceptional teaching opportunities. This week we explore the war that shocked a nation and learn about brave women and men who fought for human rights. Additional activities include digital STEM resources and upcoming programs on MPT. 

Pearl Harbor and the War

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It presents unlimited opportunities to enhance your students’ knowledge around significant moments in history.

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Pearl Harbor: PBS LearningMedia
Teach your students about a day that will live in infamy, December 7, 1941. Explore the war through videos, images and website content using quality resources from PBS LearningMedia. (Grades 1-12)

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Comparing the U.S., Soviet Union and China During WW2
Help your students make connections between ideas and details. In MPT’s social studies interactive, students integrate quantitative and qualitative sources and answer research questions about the U.S., Soviet Union and China during World War II. (Grades 9-10)

Human Rights Month

December is Human Rights Month. In order to cultivate positive change, we need brave leaders and pioneers to stand up and speak out. Learn more about these determined change agents using MPT's literacy activities.  

Women Crusaders

Women Crusaders for Rights
Many notable women in contemporary history led the charge for equality, human rights and democracy. In MPT’s literacy-building module, students read about the opinions of four important women in history and work to separate facts from opinions. (Grades 6-8)

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The 1960’s: A Decade of Human Rights Struggles
The struggle for human rights is a struggle that individuals and groups have fought over time and throughout modern history. MPT’s literacy interactive uses excerpts from civil and human rights speeches to help students analyze and evaluate an author’s use of reasoning. (Grades 9-10)

STEM Activities

Weather, water and the environment come to life in your classroom and homes with interactive learning activities from MPT and PBS.   

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Water, Water, Everywhere?
Students study global access to clean water and then apply the engineering design process as they research, design and build a water purification system. (Grades 9-12)

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Sid the Science Kid: Weather Surprise
Help Gerald match the correct items in the environment with the right temperature and appropriate weather conditions. (Ages 3-6)

Spotlight on MPT & PBS

Chesapeake Bay Bridge: Spanning the Bay
Thursday, December 1, 8:00 pm MPT2/Create
Capture the physical majesty of the bridge and its distinct personality. 

Conowingo Dam: Power on the Susquehanna
Thursday, December 1, 10:00 pm MPT
MPT explores the many stories that have swirled around the Conowingo Dam for decades. 

Potomac by Air: Our Nation’s River
Saturday, December 3, 7:00 pm on MPT2/Create
Experience the nation's history through an aerial trip along the striking curves of the Potomac River.

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Pearl Harbor - USS Oklahoma - The Final Story
Explore what happened to the USS Oklahoma as the ship foundered and capsized in this compelling PBS program, now available online.