Classroom Connections


PBS LearningMedia

PBS LearningMedia is a dynamic platform offering the best of public media content and produced specifically for PreK-16 teachers. With free access to over 22,000 high-quality resources tied to national standards, teachers can download, save and share exactly what they need for an inspired classroom experience. Visit PBS LearningMedia.


Book Mentor Project

llinois Public Media’s book mentor project, now in its ninth year, gets kids excited about reading, and puts books into the hands of families who otherwise might not have access to books at home. More information about Book Mentor Project here or visit the Book Mentor site for mentors and teachers.


PBS Kids Lab

PBS KIDS is always working on something new—and usually several "somethings" at once! Whether it's new apps focusing on math or an augmented reality game using camera phones, you'll be able to find the latest and greatest right here at PBS KIDS Lab. This is where we debut our newest games—including some that are in development in beta testing mode—and show early research results, behind-the-scenes features, and more. Be among the very first to see what's new with beloved characters like Curious George, the Cat in the Hat, Buddy from Dinosaur Train, Sid the Science Kid and more. Visit PBS Kids Lab.


PBS Kids in the Classroom

Many producers create educational materials to help teachers reinforce the learning goals of PBS KIDS programming. For each on-air or Web-original series, teachers can find information on the educational philosophy of the series, episode descriptions and related online content, and classroom activities or lesson plans to help extend the learning of PBS KIDS programming in the classroom. Visit PBS Kids in the Classroom.


Using Primary Sources to Study School Desegration

In this unit created by Champaign teacher Chris Adrian, students are provided with a rich variety of primary sources in the form of pictures, newspaper articles, official documents, oral histories and documentaries in order to study school integration/desegregation in the U.S. WILL-TV and WILL Radio programs are among the resources used. Read the lesson plans.