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PBS LearningMedia Basics

Grades PreK-2

  • PBS KIDS Broadcast and Livestream: The 24/7 PBS KIDS Broadcast Channel is available throughout Wisconsin, over the air and on many cable and other pay TV providers. The channel is also available to livestream at pbswisconsin.org and in the PBS Kids Video App.
  • PBS KIDS Video App: On-demand digital access to any of your favorite PBS KIDS shows from any mobile device, tablet, or digital TV device like Roku, Google Chrome TV, Apple TV, and many Smart TVs.
  • PBS KIDS Games Apps: A collection of free, educational games designed to help young students sharpen literacy and STEM skills.
  • NEWPBS KIDS daily e-newsletter: Tips and activities to keep your kids engaged and learning while at home.

Grades 3-5

  • Wisconsin Biographies: Online and print media resources to enrich social studies and literacy curriculums, using the stories of notable people in Wisconsin history.
  • Into the Book: Educational videos and online activities (available in both English and Spanish) to teach students how to use eight reading comprehension strategies.
  • Jo Wilder and the Capitol Case: An online video game that develops historical inquiry and critical thinking skills.
  • NATURE: Discover animals and ecosystems around the world in this show broadcast every Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. on PBS Wisconsin. Also available on the PBS Video App on your phone, tablet, digital TV device like Roku, Chrome TV, Apple TV and many Smart TVs.

Grades 6-12

  • Making Sense of the Coronavirus Through Media and Storytelling | Student Reporting Labs: A journalism curriculum covering the basics of local community journalism, storytelling, scripting and video editing.
  • Above the Noise: Videos and activities to facilitate drawing informed conclusions, while inspiring media literacy and civic engagement.
  • Crash Course: Fast-paced, imaginative videos on science, social studies, history and literature.
  • University Place: Educational lectures covering a range of subjects including science, history, business, arts and culture, and more. Broadcast from 2-5 p.m. daily on the Wisconsin Channel. Plus, an archive of more than 1,000 lectures available to watch on-demand on the PBS app of your phone, tablet, Digital TV device like Roku, Chrome TV and Apple TV and many Smart TVs.
  • NOVA: Stories from the frontlines of science and engineering broadcast every Wednesday from 8-9 p.m. on PBS Wisconsin. Also available on the PBS Video App on your phone, tablet, digital TV device like Roku, Chrome TV, Apple TV and many Smart TVs.
Meet the Helpers

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus

We know it can be a scary time for families as normal routines are disrupted due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This is a great time to talk to children about what is happening, and empower them to be helpers to keep each other healthy.

In the words of Mister Rogers: "Anything that's human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting and less scary.”

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Wearing a Mask Helps Stop the Spread of Germs

You can be a germ buster by wearing a cloth mask. Learn more about how a mask can keep you healthy.

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How an Epidemiologist Helps

Meet an epidemiologist and see how these disease detectives are working to help the spread of the Coronavirus.

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What is Coronavirus?

A doctor helper explains the coronavirus and how children can be good helpers.

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Explaining Social Distancing

Social distancing is necessary to stay healthy from coronavirus, but can be difficult for children to understand.

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How to Talk to Children

Here are some tips for how parents can talk to their children about coronavirus.

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Be a Helper

We can all be helpers. Here are a few tips!

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What is a Virus?

Explaining a virus to children in a way they can understand, can help stop the spreading of germs.

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Coronavirus Dos & Don'ts for Parents

A few do's &don'ts for families during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Wash Your Hands

Be a good helper and remember to wash your hands often!!

Top Three Tips for Families:

  1. Talk about feelings & facts
    Be open and honest with children by sharing age-appropriate facts. Yes, people are getting sick, but it's like a cold or a flu. We have doctors to help make you feel better if anyone gets sick.
  2. Make children feel safe
    Children worry and pick up on emotions from those around them. Make sure they know they are in a safe space and lots of helpers are working to keep everyone safe.
  3. Be germ busters
    The best way to help is to develop and reinforce good hygiene routines. Make sure your family is doing these four things:
Wash Your Hands

Wash Your Hands

Wash Your Hands
  • Hands should be washed before and after every meal and snack.
  • Hands should also be washed after coughing or sneezing and after going to the bathroom.
  • Hands should be washed with soap & water for at least 20 seconds or to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Catch that Cough

  • Try not to have children cough or sneeze into their hands.
  • Make sure children cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw that into the trash.

Rest is Best

  • Daniel Tiger reminds us when you're sick, rest is best.
  • Remind them that it's important we protect ourselves from germs to keep us and our friends healthy, so staying home may be best for now.

Make Others Feel Better

  • This is a great time to get crafty and make get well cards for friends or family.
  • Explore technology like video chats to help children say hello to their friends & family.

Additional Resources

Happy, Healthy Kids

Happy, Healthy Kids is a digital series that teaches kids how to stay healthy. Videos teach children about healthy snacks, different ways to do physical activity as well as how to approach feelings and other ways to stay healthy.

Videos are designed with children in mind. View them now.