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Charles Clark: From Rags to Riches - Wisconsin Biographies
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To Charles Clark, success meant finding ways to serve his family, community, and country. Clark is best remembered as a founder of the consumer products corporation, Kimberly-Clark, but his work in Neenah, Wisconsin, dates back to the 1850s when he worked in a furniture factory to help support his family while he simultaneously attended school. His values, hard work, and perseverance formed a life of contributions that inspired others to continue his work even after his death.

This story is from Wisconsin Biographies — a collection of free, educational, online media resources to enrich your social studies and literacy curriculum, using the stories of famous people in Wisconsin history. Educational materials include short animated videos, leveled ebooks and printable books, cross curricular online activities for students, a gallery of historic images, and teaching tips (short, flexible lesson plans) tied to fourth grade academic standards. Students can define, analyze, compare and contrast historical figures, time periods, eras and themes, including westward expansion, slavery, women’s suffrage, innovation, and civil rights. 

This interactive resource is designed for use in elementary and middle schools, and for kids at home.

Discover more at pbswisconsineducation.org/biographies.

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English Language Arts
Social Studies
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PBS Wisconsin Education
Date Added:
05/20/2019
Gaylord Nelson: A Vision for the Earth
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Gaylord Nelson had an idea for a day focused on the environment. That idea would become the internationally recognized annual event, Earth Day. Born and raised in Clear Lake, Wisconsin, Nelson went on to become a state senator, governor of Wisconsin, and a United States senator. All along the way, he made the environment a priority by protecting natural resources through advocacy, policies, and inspiring greater awareness of the need to care for the earth.

This story is from Wisconsin Biographies — a collection of free, educational, online media resources to enrich your social studies and literacy curriculum, using the stories of famous people in Wisconsin history. Educational materials include short animated videos, leveled ebooks and printable books, cross curricular online activities for students, a gallery of historic images, and teaching tips (short, flexible lesson plans) tied to fourth grade academic standards. Students can define, analyze, compare and contrast historical figures, time periods, eras and themes, including westward expansion, slavery, women’s suffrage, innovation, and civil rights.

This interactive resource is designed for use in elementary and middle schools, and for kids at home.

Discover more at: pbswisconsineducation.org/biographies

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English Language Arts
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Social Studies
Material Type:
Other
Author:
PBS Wisconsin Education
Date Added:
04/09/2020
Idea Mapper - Wisconsin Biographies
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Using this interactive, students will create a digital idea map, or graphic organizer, to identify themes and ideas connecting the biographies of one or more Wisconsinites. Students can email, print or create a link of their finished idea map.

This resource is part of Wisconsin Biographies -- a collection of free educational, online media resources to enrich your social studies and literacy curriculum, using the stories of famous people in Wisconsin history. Educational materials include short animated videos, leveled ebooks and printable books, cross curricular online activities for students, a gallery of historic images, and teaching tips (short, flexible lesson plans) tied to fourth grade academic standards. Students can define, analyze, compare and contrast historical figures, time periods, eras and themes, including westward expansion, slavery, women’s suffrage, innovation, and civil rights. 

This interactive resource is designed for use in elementary and middle schools, and for kids at home.

Discover more at pbswisconsineducation.org/biographies.

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English Language Arts
Social Studies
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Activity/Lab
Learning Task
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PBS Wisconsin Education
Author:
PBS Wisconsin Education
Date Added:
12/28/2015
Into The Book: Behind The Lesson Series
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This series of videos feature Wisconsin educators demonstrating effective use of learning strategies-using prior knowledge, making connections, questioning, visualizing, inferring, summarizing, evaluating, synthesizing-with students. Programs combine actual classroom footage with dialogue and teachers' personal reflections on instructional practices.

The Teachers area of the Into the Book website provides additional information about the classrooms featured in each episode of Behind the Lesson. Click on "Teacher Video" to find information and extra video clips from Dr. Mike Ford's interviews of each teacher.

Subject:
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Author:
PBS Wisconsin Education
Date Added:
09/04/2019
Into the Book
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Into the Book is a reading comprehension multimedia resource. Students learn to use reading comprehension strategies including: prior knowledge, making connections, questioning, visualizing, inferring, summarizing, evaluating and synthesizing. This resource includes educational videos, online activities, professional learning videos and teacher tools. Discover more at reading.ecb.org.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Reading
Self Assessment
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PBS Wisconsin Education
Author:
PBS Wisconsin Education
Date Added:
04/05/2016
Jo Wilder and the Capitol Case
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Jo Wilder and the Capitol Case is a tool for students to engage in critical thinking and historical inquiry. As the plot unfolds, players come across primary source materials. Players use the same skills as real historians: investigation, identification, corroboration and contextualizing evidence. To win each challenge, players must piece together the evidence to argue their case. The game was designed by WPT Education, Field Day Lab, and a cohort of 3rd-5th grade social studies teachers. The game was tested by students throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Subject:
Civics and Government
U.S. History
Material Type:
Assessment
Game
Author:
Field Day Lab
PBS Wisconsin Education
Date Added:
11/26/2018
Kindness in the Classroom
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Kindness in the Classroom is a multi-part video series designed to give educators insight into the positive impacts of teaching mindfulness. The series focuses on implementing the Kindness Curriculum; a free 24-lesson mindfulness guide designed for early learning classrooms, researched and developed by the Center for Healthy Minds at UW-Madison.

The Kindness Curriculum introduces techniques to help students self-regulate and improve peer relationships. Participation in the curriculum has been linked to academic achievement and increased performance in areas that predict future success.

The Kindness in the Classroom series provides insights from educators and a guided mindfulness exercise. On the project website, you can watch the series, download the Kindness Curriculum, view the learning standards met and explore research behind the curriculum.

Subject:
Character Education
Early Learning
School Counseling
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
PBS Wisconsin Education
UW Madison Center for Healthy Minds
Date Added:
09/04/2019
Maa Vue | Re/sound: Songs of Wisconsin
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Maa Vue is a singer/songwriter based in the Wausau area of Wisconsin who creates music in the Hmong language. In her journey as a musician, she draws from her emotions while celebrating her culture and challenging expectations.

This resource is part of Re/sound: Songs of Wisconsin; a collection of educational media resources from PBS Wisconsin Education and Wisconsin School Music Association. These resources can be used to explore connections between music, identities, cultures, and emotions. The collection includes video interviews with Wisconsin musicians, performances, audio files, and educator engagement guides designed to help activate the media with learners in grades 4-8.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Other
Author:
PBS Wisconsin Education
Date Added:
08/18/2020
Meet the Lab | Antibiotic Hunters: Superpowered by Students
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Meet the Tiny Earth Network, which discovers new antibiotics through the soil; and students do the hunting!

On this lab’s page you will find:

• A video with a personal story that explains why the lab's research matters in real-life
•  A video that centers youth voice with students asking questions directly to the lab researchers
•  Discussion prompts to go with both of the videos
•  An activity in the form of a slide deck and data sheet that focuses on teaching real-life scientific practices used in the lab
•  A card activity designed to introduce students to scientists in a more personal way
•  An educator guide featuring many more ideas for activating the media in the classroom

Meet the Lab is a collection of educational resources for middle school science classrooms, and a collaboration between PBS Wisconsin Education, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, Wisconsin Alumni Research Association, and the Morgridge Institute for Research.

This collection introduces students to relevant real-world issues, cutting edge research, and the human element—the people working together to research, innovate, and solve problems using science.

The collection supports national and state science standards, and creates opportunities for learners to develop their STEAM identity (“Who do I think I am, who can I be, where do I belong?” in context of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math).

Subject:
Life Science
Biology
Physical Science
Material Type:
Other
Author:
PBS Wisconsin Education
Date Added:
10/13/2020
Meet the Lab | Cancer Detectives: Superpowered by Laser Microscopes
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The Optical Microscopy in Medicine Lab uses high-powered laser microscopes to research cancer cell growth.

On this lab’s page you will find:

• A video with a personal story that explains why the lab's research matters in real-life
• A video that centers youth voice with students asking questions directly to the lab researchers
• Discussion prompts to go with both of the videos
• An activity in the form of a slide deck and data sheet that focuses on teaching real-life scientific practices used in the lab
• A card activity designed to introduce students to scientists in a more personal way
• An educator guide featuring many more ideas for activating the media in the classroom

Meet the Lab is a collection of educational resources for middle school science classrooms, and a collaboration between PBS Wisconsin Education, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, Wisconsin Alumni Research Association, and the Morgridge Institute for Research.

This collection introduces students to relevant real-world issues, cutting edge research, and the human element—the people working together to research, innovate, and solve problems using science.

The collection supports national and state science standards, and creates opportunities for learners to develop their STEAM identity (“Who do I think I am, who can I be, where do I belong?” in context of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math).

Subject:
Life Science
Biology
Physical Science
Material Type:
Other
Author:
PBS Wisconsin Education
Date Added:
10/13/2020
Meet the Lab | Nervous System Engineers: Superpowered by Stem Cells
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Meet the Stem Cell Bioprocessing and Regenerative Biomaterials Lab, where bioengineers make neural tissue to study the nervous system. Brains, spines, nerves, oh my!

On this lab’s page you will find:

• A video with a personal story that explains why the lab's research matters in real-life
• A video that centers youth voice with students asking questions directly to the lab researchers
• Discussion prompts to go with both of the videos
• An activity in the form of a slide deck and data sheet that focuses on teaching real-life scientific practices used in the lab
• A card activity designed to introduce students to scientists in a more personal way
• An educator guide featuring many more ideas for activating the media in the classroom

Meet the Lab is a collection of educational resources for middle school science classrooms, and a collaboration between PBS Wisconsin Education, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, Wisconsin Alumni Research Association, and the Morgridge Institute for Research.

This collection introduces students to relevant real-world issues, cutting edge research, and the human element—the people working together to research, innovate, and solve problems using science.

The collection supports national and state science standards, and creates opportunities for learners to develop their STEAM identity (“Who do I think I am, who can I be, where do I belong?” in context of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math).

Subject:
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Other
Author:
PBS Wisconsin Education
Date Added:
02/19/2021
Milly Zantow: Recycling Revolutionary - Wisconsin Biographies
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When Milly Zantow learned about a problem in her Sauk County community - a landfill closing much earlier than it should - she took action. Seeing for herself that there was too much plastic waste, she thought it should be recycled. At that time, no one was recycling plastics, but Milly worked with others to make it happen. She went on to come up with the idea for the numbering system to identify plastics for recycling used around the world, and she helped with the writing of Wisconsin’s recycling law.

This story is from Wisconsin Biographies — a collection of free, educational, online media resources to enrich your social studies and literacy curriculum, using the stories of famous people in Wisconsin history. Educational materials include short animated videos, leveled ebooks and printable books, cross curricular online activities for students, a gallery of historic images, and teaching tips (short, flexible lesson plans) tied to fourth grade academic standards. Students can define, analyze, compare and contrast historical figures, time periods, eras and themes, including westward expansion, slavery, women’s suffrage, innovation, and civil rights.

This interactive resource is designed for use in elementary and middle schools, and for kids at home.

Discover more at pbswisconsineducation.org/biographies.

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English Language Arts
Social Studies
Material Type:
Other
Author:
PBS Wisconsin Education
Date Added:
02/12/2020
PBS Wisconsin Education
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The PBS Wisconsin Education team creates and curates great educational resources, while connecting with Wisconsin’s most valuable resource – teachers. Our network of resource developers, teaching and learning advisers includes partners like PBS, but more importantly, it includes innovative educators and organizations throughout Wisconsin – a network that grows stronger with every project and idea.

Explore our high-quality, cost-free PK-12 resources at pbswisconsineducation.org.

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Health Science
Early Learning
Health Education
English Language Arts
Life Science
Mathematics
Physical Science
Social Studies
American Indian Studies
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Game
Reading
Author:
PBS Wisconsin Education
Date Added:
09/24/2019
Richard Hildner Armacanqui and Juan Tomás Martínez | Re/sound: Songs of Wisconsin
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Richard Hildner Armacanqui and Juan Tomás Martínez are two musicians based in Madison, Wisconsin who weave together their experiences, travels, and cultures to make their eclectic music.

This resource is part of Re/sound: Songs of Wisconsin; a collection of educational media resources from PBS Wisconsin Education and Wisconsin School Music Association. These resources can be used to explore connections between music, identities, cultures, and emotions. The collection includes video interviews with Wisconsin musicians, performances, audio files, and educator engagement guides designed to help activate the media with learners in grades 4-8.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Other
Author:
PBS Wisconsin Education
Date Added:
08/18/2020
SistaStrings | Re/sound: Songs of Wisconsin
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Milwaukee-based duo, Chauntee Ross and Monique Ross of SistaStrings combine their classical training with gospel and other influences to tell stories of their lives today through music. They connect their own experiences to their ancestors and to the next generation—their young performance students.

This resource is part of Re/sound: Songs of Wisconsin; a collection of educational media resources from PBS Wisconsin Education and Wisconsin School Music Association. These resources can be used to explore connections between music, identities, cultures, and emotions. The collection includes video interviews with Wisconsin musicians, performances, audio files, and educator engagement guides designed to help activate the media with learners in grades 4-8.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Other
Author:
PBS Wisconsin Education
Date Added:
08/18/2020
Trading Card Activity - Wisconsin Biographies
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While completing this online activity, students will create a trading card demonstrate their understanding of the Wisconsin Biographies stories. Cards may be printed or emailed when complete.

This interactive is from Wisconsin Biographies — a collection of free educational, online media resources to enrich your social studies and literacy curriculum, using the stories of famous people in Wisconsin history. Educational materials include short animated videos, leveled ebooks and printable books, cross curricular online activities for students, a gallery of historic images, and teaching tips (short, flexible lesson plans) tied to fourth grade academic standards. Students can define, analyze, compare and contrast historical figures, time periods, eras and themes, including westward expansion, slavery, women’s suffrage, innovation, and civil rights. 

This interactive resource is designed for use in elementary and middle schools, and for kids at home.

Discover more at pbswisconsineducation.org/biographies.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Learning Task
Author:
PBS Wisconsin Education
Date Added:
08/29/2019
Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams (Full Documentary)
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This documentary tells the story of one remarkable woman and the struggles she undertook to build a better community. Discover the story of civil rights activist Vel Phillips, Wisconsin's first African American woman elected secretary of state.

Lesson plans, video segments, and other resources available at: pbswisconsineducation.org/vel-phillips-dream-big-dreams

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
PBS Wisconsin Education
Author:
PBS Wisconsin
PBS Wisconsin Education
Date Added:
11/03/2016
Wade Fernandez | Re/sound: Songs of Wisconsin
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Wade Fernandez is a musician who lives on the Menominee Reservation in Northeastern Wisconsin and tours internationally performing his music. He finds inspiration for his compositions in nature and draws from musical genres from all over the world.

This resource is part of Re/sound: Songs of Wisconsin; a collection of educational media resources from PBS Wisconsin Education and Wisconsin School Music Association. These resources can be used to explore connections between music, identities, cultures, and emotions. The collection includes video interviews with Wisconsin musicians, performances, audio files, and educator engagement guides designed to help activate the media with learners in grades 4-8.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
PBS Wisconsin Education
Date Added:
08/18/2020
Wisconsin First Nations
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Explore a rich collection of educational videos, teacher professional development resources, lesson plans for all grades, and learning tools for your classroom and library!

This collection of resources provides educators and pre-service teachers accurate and authentic educational materials for teaching about the American Indian Nations of Wisconsin.

Subject:
American Indian Studies
Material Type:
Assessment
Lesson
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Textbook
Author:
Act 31 Coalition Partners
PBS Wisconsin Education
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Date Added:
03/28/2018
Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Door County
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Each Wisconsin Hometown Stories program is a celebration of the evolution of a town/city in Wisconsin, its residents and the stories they have to tell that paint the picture of specific communities across the state.

In this episode, historians, local citizens, and experts tell stories of tourism, cherries, art, and geology that capture the history of Door County. Viewers will also explore ethnic heritages that still thrive across the land, its art history, and efforts to preserve both the land and the natural beauty that define one of Wisconsin’s most charming places.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Author:
PBS Wisconsin
PBS Wisconsin Education
Date Added:
09/04/2019