Thinkport Bulletin: A New Season of Learning

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November 7, 2018


The crisp autumn air has arrived and with it comes a fresh new season of learning. During this time of change, imagine all the ways you can invigorate teaching! Here are some activities to get you started!

National Parents as Teacher's Day: November 8


PBS Parents

Your child’s early learning is integral to their ongoing growth and development, both in and out of school settings. Discover an abundance of articles, games and innovative activities to help your children reach their highest potential.


PBS Parents Play & Learn App

Parents, this one is for you! Play & Learn provides more than a dozen games parents can play with their kids, each themed around a real-life location like the garden, a grocery store or a restaurant.  The app encourages dialogue between kids and parents and comes with a note that provides information about the math and literacy skills woven into the game.

Veterans Day: Classroom Activities


Exploring Vietnam War Stories

Explore the Vietnam War in your classroom or at home through the lens of Maryland Veterans that experienced it first-hand. MPT's interactive collection of modules helps students learn about significant events surrounding the war, from the Gulf of Tonkin incident to the Fall of Saigon. 


Public Opinion: America and The War in Vietnam

The war in Vietnam had a tremendous impact on our society and harvested intense public opinion and protests.  In MPT’s online inquiry kit, students will explore this pivotal time in history through a series of topical questions and a correlated set of primary source photographs, interviews and videos from the Library of Congress.

Geography Awareness Week: November 11-17


Conservationism and the Creation of Our National Parks

Explore the history of America’s parks with your students using primary source documents from the Library of Congress. Through the examination of maps, films, and photographs, students deepen understanding around the conservation movement of the Progressive Era, Theodore Roosevelt's contributions, and the creation of the National Parks from 1898-1929.

Land Land Land, From Sea to Shining Sea

Go west, there is land to be discovered! In MPT’s online inquiry kit, students analyze primary source maps and documents to learn about the importance of Westward Expansion in creating a national political system and culture.


MPT and PBS Programs and Events

Virtual Professional Learning Series


Learning with Littles: Nurturing Curiosity and Critical Thinking
Tuesday, November 13 | 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Learn how to integrate media effectively in classroom activities and the best methods to keep students engaged in learning. In this free webinar designed by educators, you will explore several  teaching models and strategies to nurture children's curiosity and critical thinking skills.

Friday Freeview at MPT


RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World
Friday, November 16 at MPT | 7:00 pm

Join MPT as we take a sneak peek at a profound and missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous People. The film shows how these pioneering Native American musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives!      

Visit for free PreK-12 educational media and resources.