Social Studies

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Primo Cubetto Playset

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Cubetto is the friendly wooden robot that will teach your child the basics of computer programming through adventure and hands-on play. Montessori-approved, LOGO Turtle inspired.

Breakout Edu Kit

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The Breakout EDU kit includes everything you need to play over 350 games created for the classroom environment. The kit includes access to the new BreakoutEdu Platform to be used while using the kit.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
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ELA
Math
Social Studies
Science
Fine Arts
Health/Phys. Ed.
LOTE
Computer Science
Special Education
Family/Consumer Science
Business/Technology
ELL
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30 min.
Breakout Edu Kit

Urban Planner

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A professor and graduate student talk about the use of math and technology in city planning.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

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This video segment from Building Big highlights the Clifton Suspension Bridge, one of the earliest of its kind. Though it was completed in 1864, when pedestrians, animals, and horse-drawn carriages were its main forms of traffic, its iron chain-link cables and stone piers today carry four million cars and other vehicles a year.

World War I: Legacy, Letters and Belgian War Lace | STEM in 30

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In this STEAM inspired STEM in 30, we will look at some of the technological advances of World War I that solidified the airplane’s legacy as a fighting machine. In conjunction with the Embassy of Belgium, we’ll also dive deep into how the war affected the lives of children in an occupied country and how lace makers helped feed a nation.

Designing the Mall | The National Mall - America's Front Yard

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Learn about the evolution and design of the National Mall from its inception and explore the early considerations made by its designer, Pierre Charles L’Enfant. The design of the capitol city involved converting tidal flats, forests, and farmland into the major landmarks we see today. L’Enfant placed major landmarks on high points, placing the Capitol Building on the highest spot. Other design elements included a space for the President's house, the Washington Monument, and a grand promenade, lined with buildings and a broad canal, better known today as our National Mall.

A New Medium | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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Learn how Jim Henson’s childhood in rural Mississippi influenced his career and his passion for drawing and building things in this excerpt from the video In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. See how 12-year old Jim is drawn to the new medium of television and the art of ventriloquism, particularly that of Edgar Bergen.

Puppet Partnership | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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Explore the early years of Jim Henson and puppeteer Frank Oz’s unique creative partnership in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. The puppeterring duo first met in 1960 when Oz was just 17-years old. Their pioneering work in early 1960s television, including the network variety series The Jimmy Dean Show, reveals the complexities of their relationship.

Fraggle Rock | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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See how "Fraggle Rock" introduced a new generation to Jim Henson's creations in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. The fantasy film "Dark Crystal" was not a box-office success, but later became a cult classic. Technologically groundbreaking, Henson was disappointed with ticket sales, but he was really proud of the film as a piece of art.

Spokane's 21st Century Fox | Local Landmark

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Spokane's Fox Theater has been "The Place to Go" since it opened in 1931. Lines formed around the block to view the latest feature and famous performers graced its stage. Even during its decline, the theater has retained its vestiges of elegance in its faded murals and dusty chandeliers. 

Threatened by demolition, the Fox survived the wrecking ball thanks to the efforts of the Spokane community. The KSPS documentary Spokane’s 21st Century Fox explores the history of the Fox Theater, from its grand opening in 1931 to the renovation process that led to the grand-reopening of the theater in 2007.

These video segments and accompanying learning guide will help students define and analyze “city” vocabulary words, research local historical landmarks, and examine the history of the Fox Theater, a significant cultural landmark in Spokane, Washington. Visit KSPS Education for additional educator resources.

Lubin Photos | History Detectives

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History Detectives examines century old photos that may have captured the dawn of American movie-making--nearly 3000 miles from Hollywood. One of the books holds many Western scenes, including a cowboy character captioned, "Herbert Lubin." Other captions refer to the Siegmund Lubin Studios. Who was Siegmund Lubin? And was Herbie Lubin a movie star? History Detective Tukufu Zuberi goes on an excursion through an early movie mogul’s dramatic rise and fall.

Introduction | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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Explore the creation of Kermit the Frog and the highlights of Muppet creator Jim Henson’s life and career in this video from In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. Henson's determination to be more than a children’s entertainer led to his foray into moviemaking and the enduring characters he created. The blockbuster premiere of “The Muppet Show” in 1976 brought Henson's dream of prime time Muppet success, a dream that began in the early years of television.

Sesame Street | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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See how the formation of The Children’s Television Workshop in 1966 launched Sesame Street in this video excerpt from In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. Led by Joan Ganz Cooney, The Children's Television Workshop was born amid social upheaval. Henson joined the CTW’s “Sesame Street” though he was reluctant to be lableled a little kid's producer. The show was a huge success.

Kermit’s Legacy | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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See how the legacy of the Muppets lives on after Jim Henson's death in 1990 in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. After Henson's death, his family and colleagues agree to continue their life’s work with the Muppets. An emotional Muppets TV special airs six months after Jim’s death.

The Muppet Show | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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Discover how the Muppet Show got it's start in 1976 in this exerpt from In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. This biography of Henson shows how the weekly variety format starring Kermit the Frog became the #1 show in America. Jim Henson's growing cast of characters of both puppets and humans became a sensation.

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