In the second half of the 20th century, racial tensions rose in the US as African Americans began to challenge unjust laws that supported discrimination and segregation. This movement found its leader in the patient and inspiring minister, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Students will watch a short video and engage in two primary source activities in order to explore how King’s deep-seated commitment to nonviolence contributed to the expansion of social justice in the United States, particularly for African Americans.
KSPS PBS is committed to bridging educational gaps in our region by providing free learning resources directly to children and families in our highest needs communities through our school and community programs.
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Your students are their own changemakers. This resource provides vocabulary, critical thinking questions, and discussion prompts to engage students through poetry. Discover workshops that center student voice and exploration with robust educator guides.
This eight-minute video illustrates the achievements of the civil rights movement, as well as the enduring challenges facing black Americans, by focusing on the small community of Gee’s Bend, Ala., a town that attracted the attention of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the 1960s. The video helps students draw a line between the battles fought by King’s movement nearly five decades ago and the barriers to equality and opportunity that residents of Gee’s Bend face today.
Lessons for students grades K-5, presented by Spokane Schools classroom teachers. Curriculum includes literacy, math, science, art, music, and physical education. Each lesson is under 20 minutes.
Stay organized this school year using this editable teacher planner from PBS KIDS including: A monthly calendar with timely resources aligned to early learning themes and skills for PreK-2 students. A weekly planning page to schedule tasks and organize day-to-day activities for each of your blocks and/or subject areas. A lesson plan template (aka Idea Sketchpad) to purposefully plan for a lesson using media.
MUHAMMAD ALI RESOURCES
This eight-hour documentary brings to life one of the most indelible figures of the 20th century, a three-time heavyweight boxing champion who captivated millions of fans across the world with his mesmerizing combination of speed, grace, and power in the ring, and charm and playful boasting outside of it. Ali insisted on being himself unconditionally and became a global icon and inspiration to people everywhere.
All of us have memories to reflect upon which reveal insights into how we became who we are today. More often than not these are remembered as brief moments. Muhammad Ali came into being through such a defining moment that it completely changed the course of then twelve-year-old Cassius Clay’s life.
Based on the biography by Jim Kershner of the same name, KSPS's Carl Maxey: A Fighting Life is the inspiring life story of a man who changed attitudes about civil and gender rights in Eastern Washington. He was a tireless fighter for racial equality and justice on the state and national level.
During WWII, almost the entire population of Japanese Americans on the West Coast were forcibly removed from their homes and incarcerated. Their only crime was looking like the enemy. Featuring the inspiring stories of people in our community, this one hour documentary focuses on Japanese Americans during WWII, both inside and outside the evacuation zone; chronicling their struggles and perseverance.
CareerExploreNW is a community tool designed to help middle and high school students explore college and career pathways through job spotlight videos and an informational website.
KSPS is honored to be one of six PBS stations across the nation selected to participate in a special community project for families: Parenting Minutes. All summer long, in partnership with the Spokane County Library District, NEWESD 101, and Thirteen WNET New York, KSPS will share short videos from the Parenting Minutes series that focus on key topics related to early childhood learning . Each video page contains research-based tips and facts, in English and Spanish, as well as links to more FREE resources and information.
At every stage of life, money plays an important role. We’ve teamed up with STCU to share how we can all handle these big moments with financial savvy. For more resources and financial tips, check out the link to learn more!
This collection features over 100 locally produced video and curriculum resources that support the teaching of history and culture of the Inland Northwest.