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Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video Collection
Get to know the history and significance behind these U.S. holidays (and more!) with this new collection of resources.
Skill: Identify the national holidays and describe the people and/or events celebrated.
Georgia Standard: SSKH1
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Highlights the following winter holidays that are celebrated around the world: Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and the Lunar New Year. The program focuses on the origins and meaning of the holidays, and teaches about the most-common traditions that are associated with each holiday.
Skill: Identify the national holidays and describe the people and/or events celebrated.
Georgia Standard: SSKH1
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Details the life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The program delves into the history behind the day dedicated to the man who worked for tolerance, equality, and freedom for all Americans. Students then answer questions related to the impact of Dr. King's work in today's world.
Skill: Identify the national holidays and describe the people and/or events celebrated.
Georgia Standard: SSKH1
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Explains how families around the nation celebrate Memorial Day. The program reviews the origin of the day and the importance of remembering the fallen heroes and heroines of the past.
Skill: Identify the national holidays and describe the people and/or events celebrated.
Georgia Standard: SSKH1
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Sid loves celebrating the winter holidays where he lives, because it’s always sunny and warm. But this year, Sid and his family are visiting relatives where it’s chilly and cold. Sid wonders why it can’t be warm everywhere. At school, Sid discovers that temperatures are different all over the world! NOTE: This full-length program is not available. Please select a video clip from the "Segments" tab on this program's player page.
Skill: Identify the national holidays and describe the people and/or events celebrated.
Georgia Standard: SSKH1
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
With the discovery of an old diary, two children learn what drove Columbus to explore the unknown, who helped him with his journey, and what he found once he arrived in the New World. Guided by Columbus himself, the children track how the explorer went from working in his father's weaving shop to discovering the Americas.
Skill: Identify the national holidays and describe the people and/or events celebrated.
Georgia Standard: SSKH1
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Discover how we came to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Skill: Identify the national holidays and describe the people and/or events celebrated.
Georgia Standard: SSKH1
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Abraham Lincoln pulled the nation out of the Civil War by taking matters into his own hands. Learn about some of his greatest moments, from the Gettysburg Address to the Emancipation Proclamation. Honest Abe is honestly one of the nation's greatest leaders.
Skill: Identify the national holidays and describe the people and/or events celebrated.
Georgia Standard: SSKH1
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
As far as Presidents go, none set more precedents than George Washington. From his leadership of the Continental Army, to his bold commitment to founding a strong nation, take a quick look back at the legacy of our very first leader. If you think you know everything about GW, think again!
Skill: Identify the national holidays and describe the people and/or events celebrated.
Georgia Standard: SSKH1
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
The national symbols help to honor our history and think of the United States as a country of hope, freedom, and friendship. Learn about the stories behind the country's symbols and their significance to Americans. Includes the Flag of the United States, the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty, and the Bald Eagle.
Skill: Identify American symbols.
Georgia Standard: SSKH2
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video clip
Short 5 second clip for students to study. Students could analyze the video for a visual representation of patrioitism. This Building Block video features black and white footage that shows a high-angle wide shot of people carrying a huge American flag in a parade supporting World War I.
Skill: Identify American symbols.
Georgia Standard: SSKH2
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video clip
Short 10 second clip for students to study. Students could analyze the video for students to share what the see, think, and wonder. This Building Block video features nine American flags on poles billowing in a strong wind.
Skill: Identify American symbols.
Georgia Standard: SSKH2
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Discusses some of the important symbols of the United States of America and explores their history and meaning. The program includes the American flag, Pledge of Allegiance, Seal of the United States, Uncle Sam, and other symbols that celebrate the United States.
Skill: Identify American symbols.
Georgia Standard: SSKH2
 
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Resource Type: Video
Delivers an accurate history of the American flag, and debunks the myths that surround its creation.
Skill: Identify American symbols.
Georgia Standard: SSKH2
 
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Resource Type: Story Board with videos and questions
In this board, students will learn the history of our national anthem.
Skill: Identify American symbols.
Georgia Standard: SSKH2
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Collection of images
View a variety of images of the Statue of Liberty, a copper statue that stands on Liberty Island in the New York City Harbor. It serves as an enduring symbol of freedom, of those who have come before us, those “who have cared immensely to the depth of their soul to achieve liberty,” explained historian David McCullough. The statue was a gift from France, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel. It was dedicated on October 28, 1886. Liberty holds a torch high above her head and carries a tablet with the date of the Declaration of Independence on it: July 4, 1776.
Skill: Identify American symbols.
Georgia Standard: SSKH2
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Provides true details about how the famous, welcoming poem on the Statue of Liberty was written by poet, Emma Lazarus. The segment also reveals what the Statue of Liberty has come to symbolize.
Skill: Identify American symbols.
Georgia Standard: SSKH2
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Collection of images
This memorial, modeled after a Greek temple, was built to honor America’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. It is located at the west end of the National Mall in Washington D.C.
Skill: Identify American symbols.
Georgia Standard: SSKH2
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video Segment
Short 20 second clip for students to study. Students could analyze the video to share what they see, think, and wonder. In this Building Block video, tourists mill about the Lincoln Memorial and reflecting pool during a hazy day of summer.
Skill: Identify American symbols.
Georgia Standard: SSKH2
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video Segment
Short 6 second clip for students to study. Students could analyze the video to share what the see, think, and wonder. This Building Block video features a long shot of the Washington Monument on a hazy day.
Skill: Identify American symbols.
Georgia Standard: SSKH2
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Introduces viewers to the numerous historical sites and monuments in Washington, DC. The segment also explains the history and dimensions of the Washington Monument.
Skill: Identify American symbols.
Georgia Standard: SSKH2
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Image
A view of the Washington Monument lit up at night, in Washington, DC.
Skill: Identify American symbols.
Georgia Standard: SSKH2
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video Segment
Short 9 second video for students to study. Students can analyze the video and share what they see, think, and wonder. In this Building Block video, the camera moves in for a medium shot of the White House North Portico on a bright day.
Skill: Identify American symbols.
Georgia Standard: SSKH2
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Activity Starter
Learn about the difference between past, present, and future in this video. Then try the hands-on activity in the classroom or at home.
Skill: Correctly use words and phrases related to chronology and time. (Note: These elements should be integrated into discussions about historical events and figures.)
Georgia Standard: SSKH3
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
In this animated video, a child looks at photographs of family members and events, making connections between the images she sees and her own experiences. The video helps young viewers understand and apply the concepts of past, present, and future.
Skill: Correctly use words and phrases related to chronology and time. (Note: These elements should be integrated into discussions about historical events and figures.)
Georgia Standard: SSKH3
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Help kids explore cultural diversity within their own community and around the world, with this guide from Arthur.
Skill: Describe the diversity of American culture by explaining the customs and celebrations of various families and communities
Georgia Standard: SSKG1
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Providing daily exposure to various cultures will enrich your children's experiences. Enable them to appreciate and share their own heritage, in this activity from Arthur.
Skill: Describe the diversity of American culture by explaining the customs and celebrations of various families and communities
Georgia Standard: SSKG1
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
The purpose of this activity is to help your child develop his/her understanding of direction (which way?), location (where?), and representation (what a drawing stands for). These skills will help your child in the future with map reading and navigation.
Skill: Explain that a map is a drawing of a place and a globe is a model of Earth.
Georgia Standard: SSKG2
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
This animation features a child and her father using a simple map to plan their activities for the day. The video introduces children to concepts related to mapping, location, and time.
Skill: Explain that a map is a drawing of a place and a globe is a model of Earth.
Georgia Standard: SSKG2
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
A music video describes how math can be used to read a map.
Skill: Explain that a map is a drawing of a place and a globe is a model of Earth.
Georgia Standard: SSKG2
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Sid identifies the compass rose on a treasure map, and listens to Sid's friends list North, South, East, and West on the map. The program also learns from Teacher Susie about the other points on a compass rose, and navigates around the park using the cardinal directions
Skill: Explain that a map is a drawing of a place and a globe is a model of Earth.
Georgia Standard: SSKG2
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video Segment
A melody about different types of jobs, like farmer and teacher. This resource introduces the concept of work and some of the jobs people can do to earn money.
Skill: Explain that people earn income by working.
Georgia Standard: SSKE2
 
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Resource Type: Video
Reviews the concepts of goods and services, wants and needs, and public and private services.
Skill: Explain that people earn income by working.
Georgia Standard: SSKE2
 
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Resource Type: Video
People work to earn money to satisfy their basic needs and wants. Help students understand the two, as well as the difference between goods and services. Explore a variety of jobs, including production and service workers, and introduce students to banks and the concept of saving money.
Skill: Explain that people earn income by working. Explain how money is used to purchase goods and services.
Georgia Standard: SSKE2, SSKE3
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Exploring our world is fun! Abby Brown loves to help kids have fun while learning! In this segment, Abby explains the different types of bills and coins, and lists a few ways to use money including saving, donating or spending it on things that are needs instead of wants.
Skill: Explain that people earn income by working.
Georgia Standard: SSKE2
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Consumers must make wise choices about the goods and services they purchase, and must sometimes make tradeoffs if they don't have enough money to purchase everything they want.
Skill: Explain that people earn income by working.
Georgia Standard: SSKE2
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
This animation takes young viewers to a playground where three children are trading toys with each other. The video introduces the economic concepts of barter and trade.
Skill: Explain how money is used to purchase goods and services.
Georgia Standard: SSKE3
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
The Healthy Kids Project uses song, movement, and animation in ten engaging lessons that support healthy choices and attitudes--teaching not only successful actions (limiting refined sugar, choosing water as a beverage, choosing fresh foods over processed foods), but also successful strategies (valuing the body, not letting past mistakes impede future success, taking one step at a time toward a goal, helping others to make good choices.)
Skill: Explain that people must make choices because they cannot have everything they want.
Georgia Standard: SSKE4
 
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video Segment
Economic decision-making requires comparing the costs and benefits of different alternatives. Scarcity occurs when wants exceed the ability to satisfy the wants.
Skill: Explain that people must make choices because they cannot have everything they want.
Georgia Standard: SSKE4