Welcome Back to School

PBS LearningMedia Back to School Collection

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Get ready for the start of school with some of PBS LearningMedia's favorite back-to-school resources! This collection features activities and video resources to help students get to know each other and their new school routines, and lesson plans to help you get your new class off to a great start.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Game, Interactive, Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Get Ready to Go Back to School

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Teachers and students come to school bringing a wide range of backgrounds, languages, abilities, and temperaments. Get things off to the best start by asking them to respect their differences and make the most of their similarities. By sharing information on their lives and dreams, students and teachers can build community in the classroom that will support literacy instruction throughout the school year.

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Education World Back to School Resource

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Check out these articles on everything from preparing for the first day to dealing with homework woes, coping as a new teacher and ensuring smooth sailing for substitute teachers. Be sure to explore our 12 volumes of icebreakers and first day of school activities that help students and teachers get to know each other.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Swinging Pendulum (for High School)

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This activity shows students the engineering importance of understanding the laws of mechanical energy. More specifically, it demonstrates how potential energy can be converted to kinetic energy and back again. Given a pendulum height, students calculate and predict how fast the pendulum will swing by using the equations for potential and kinetic energy. The equations will be justified as students experimentally measure the speed of the pendulum and compare theory with reality.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Authors: Chris Yakacki, Denise Carlson, Janet Yowell, Malinda Schaefer Zarske

Common Sense Education

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Identify the best teaching tools for your classroom. Engage students and families around positive tech use. Support students' emotional development as they use media for learning and life. Check out the resources below, or bookmark them for when you're ready to dig in.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy