Grades 4-8 | Week of March 23

Grade 4-8 Education Programming Schedule and Highlights for the week of March 23.

At-Home Learning:  PBS SoCal | KCET, in partnership with LAUSD and in collaboration with California PBS stations, are offering broadcast programming with digital resources that adhere to California’s state curriculum.

Curriculum-Related Programming

At-Home Learning schedules for educational programming airing on KCET, PBS SoCal, and KLCS are updated weeklyView or Download (pdf) this week’s Grades 4-8 Education Programming Schedule.

Programming Highlights

Africa’s Great Civilizations
Monday thru Friday at 10 a.m. PST on KLCS
In his 6-hour series, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. This is a breathtaking and personal journey through two hundred thousand years of history, from the origins, on the African continent, of art, writing, and civilization itself.

Nova | Back to the Moon
Tuesday at 9 a.m. PST on KLCS
NOVA looks ahead to the hoped-for dawn of a new age in lunar exploration. This time, governments and private industry are working together to reach our nearest celestial neighbor. But why go back? The Moon can serve as a platform for basic astronomical research; as an abundant source of rare metals and hydrogen fuel; and ultimately as a stepping stone for human missions to Mars and beyond.

The Great American Read
Weekdays at 1 p.m. PST on KLCS
This documentary series explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). How and why do writers create their fictional worlds? How are we as readers are affected by these stories? What do these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience?

Related Content

Preserving African-American History: The Legacy of Mayme A. Clayton
A 9-year-old’s visit to her school library sparked a lifelong quest to collect the history and cultural works of African-Americans.

Mayme Clayton in 1973. Photo by Art Rogers, courtesy of the Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive, UCLA Library.
Mayme Clayton in 1973. Photo by Art Rogers, courtesy of the Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive, UCLA Library.

Open Your Eyes: Lula Washington Dance Theatre
The Lula Washington Dance Theatre has gone along a bumpy journey with Southern Los Angeles. Through earthquakes and racial politics, this theater stands strong as a platform to spread an important message to society.

An Illustrated History of Aviation in Southern California (Part I)
Southern California has hosted some of the biggest events in aviation and has been a hotbed of innovation in space travel since the industry’s birth. Its abundant blue skies hold aloft the American dream. We look back at some milestones from the advent of the airplane through the Second World War.


Spin a Spiral Galaxy
With this QuickTime VR, you can manipulate M83’s 100 billion stars with the touch of your fingers. By clicking and dragging within the image, you’ll be able to spin it around and look at it from above and below and many points in between.

Spiral galaxy M74 | NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

Try Making South African BBQ
Christopher Kimball and Milk Street cook Lynn Clark explore the various colors, flavors and textures of South African cooking.

Piri piri chicken in Cape Town | Still from Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Television “South African BBQ”

Poetry Challenge: Paint A Picture With Words
For those who follow poetry challenges on NPR’s Morning Edition, our new one involves a vocabulary lesson: ekphrastic.

Kylaa Prejean paints a mural with her fellow youth members for La Feria de Septiembre, a RYSE annual event celebrating Chicanx, Latinx and Afro-Latinx heritage.

Lesson Plans

Mitochondrial Eve and Homo Sapiens in Africa’s Great Rift Valley | Africa’s Great Civilizations
“Our common ancestry through the Mitochondrial Eve means that our genetic differences are literally skin deep, that at the bottom, we are all descended from the same family,” says Associate Professor Edmund Abaka. See how more things connect us than separate us.

Woman carrying a child | Still from “Africa’s Great Civilizations”

What’s in Space
Observe and read about Earth’s cosmic neighborhood and objects found in space with this annotated slideshow of NASA images. This slideshow can pique students’ interest and provide opportunities to ask questions about various objects found beyond Earth’s surface as they consider what telescopes have revealed.

Image of objects in space | Still from “What’s In Space?”

A Bedroom in Space: Crew Quarters Tour Inside the Space Station
See what an astronaut’s bedroom is like aboard the International Space Station in this video from NASA. Japanese astronaut and Expedition 38 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata narrates a video tour of the crew quarters inside the International Space Station’s Harmony node.

An astronaut shows his bedroom in space | Still from “Living and Working in Space”

To view or download this week’s educational broadcast schedules for KCET, PBS SoCal and KLCS, visit our At-Home Learning page.

At-Home Learning Tips

Make Home Routines Educational
Encourage your kids to take breaks from watching television to engage in other activities, such as helping you cook, sorting and folding laundry, or playing a board game. You can turn everyday home routines into educational conversations about measurement, sorting, classifying shapes and counting. Read more tips about managing screen time here.