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WILL - Education Highlights - April 16, 2014

Plum-Landing offers Web-centric programming for kids

Premieres April 18, Earth Day, with animated webisodes, online games, free apps, hands-on science activities

On April 18, PBS Kids premieres PLUM LANDING, a brand new Web-original series that uses animated webisodes, online games, free apps, hands-on science activities, live-action videos—plus a curious alien named Plum—to help connect 6- to 9-year-olds to nature, teach them about ecosystems, and get them excited about their role as caretakers of the planet.

The adventure begins on Earth Day 2014, when a friendly alien named Plum lands at pbskids.org/plumlanding. Plum, a video game designer from the desolate Planet Blorb, longs to experience nature. So she commandeers a space ship, zooms down to earth, befriends five eager kids—Clem, Oliver, Gabi, Brad, and Cooper—and launches them on missions as diverse as ‘find a lake in the desert!’ and ‘search for a cow that lives under water!’ Zeroing in on four ecosystems—the Australian desert, the mangroves of Belize, the Canadian Rockies, and the jungles of Borneo—Plum discovers many fascinating, puzzling and profound things about this gorgeous planet and uses what she learns to create fantastic explorer games for 6- to 9-year olds.

On the PLUM LANDING website, kids can play these games and explore each of these exotic ecosystems – everything from tracking a thorny devil across the Australian sands, to going face-to-face with a tree snake in Borneo. Plum also encourages kids to investigate their OWN worlds. Moving between digital platforms and the natural world, kids can:

•Watch five compelling animated characters bushwhack, float, trek, and “bubble” their way across four ecosystems while modeling scientific investigations.

•Explore the same ecosystems, wild creatures, discoveries, and science concepts in the webisodes through an array of rich and exciting online games.

•Investigate nature closer to home, aided by live-action videos and hands-on activities designed to get kids thinking like scientists.

•Document their investigations via a free mobile app, Plum’s Photo Hunt, that lets kids take photos, describe what they have found, and send their findings back to Plum.


WILL - Education Highlights - March 18, 2014

Supercharge Your Math Class with AWESUM Resources

Use this jam-packed, NEW collection of videos, lesson plans, and interactive games to help your students engage with curriculum and tap into the true power of numbers.



WILL - Education Highlights - February 28, 2014

Motivate your child to practice

Don't resort to the failed tactics of your childhood. Try tips from PBSParents.



WILL - Education Highlights - September 26, 2013

PEG + CAT, New Preschool Series

The series follows the spirited Peg and her sidekick, Cat, as they embark on adventures, solve problems and learn foundational math concepts and skills.

Peg and Cat

PBS KIDS and WILL-TV have a new animated  a new animated preschool series, PEG + CAT, that follows the adorable, spirited Peg and her sidekick Cat as they embark on adventures and learn foundational math concepts and skills. The program airs on WILL-TV weekdays at 8 am and 2 pm. It also airs Saturdays and Sundays at 7 am.

Co-creators Billy Aronson (Rent, Postcards from Buster) and Jennifer Oxley (Little Bill, The Wonder Pets!) have teamed with The Fred Rogers Company to bring young viewers a new way to experience math through Peg and Cat’s relatable, and often hilarious, adventures.

Each episode features fascinating stories in which Peg and Cat encounter a problem that requires them to use math and problem solving skills in order to move forward. To learn more, visit pbskids.org/peg.


WILL - Education Highlights - August 20, 2013

Digital Resources for Teachers

If you had one wish for your classroom – what would it be? How about hundreds of free, interactive lesson plans? Wish granted! Illinois Edition of PBS LearningMedia provides over 500 customizable lesson plans ready for the picking. Sign up and find out more.


WILL - Education Highlights - August 05, 2013

100 Must-Reads for Kids 9-14

NPR combined audience favorites with expert choices to come up with 100 must-reads.

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