March 24 | Programming and Activities | Grades 4-8

Here's what to look out for on March 24 and some fun mapping and science activities to do for grades 4 through 8.

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. Download this week’s schedule.

Programming Highlights

Nova: Back to the Moon
Tuesday at 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. PST on KLCS
On the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon landing, 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. Join the next generation of engineers that aim to take us to the Moon, and discover how our legacy of lunar exploration won’t be confined to the history books for long.

Africa’s Great Civilizations: The Cross and the Crescent
Tuesday at 10 a.m. PST on KLCS
The second hour of “Africa’s Great Civilizations” charts the emergence of two powerful forces of global change, Christianity and Islam. Viewers will learn how pervasively “the Cross and the Crescent” reshaped the landscape and people of Africa between the first and 12th centuries A.D. — and for centuries to come.

Genius by Stephen Hawking: Can We Time Travel?
Tuesday at 11 a.m. PST on KLCS
World-famous scientist Stephen Hawking sets a series of fun physical and mental challenges for three ordinary people. Can they think like a genius? This is a show where as you watch you realize you actually understand concepts that you never thought you would. In this mind-bending episode: Can three volunteers work out if time travel is possible?

At-Home Learning Tips

Managing Family Anxiety
Make sure your kids feel safe by maintaining a positive environment at home. Even at a young age, children can pick up on stressful situations by observing their parents’ or older siblings’ responses. Let children know not to worry because there are plenty of people who are working hard to keep the world safe. Read more tips about how to manage family anxiety during these uncertain times.

 

Daily Programming

Tuesday on KLCS
8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. NOVA: Back to the Moon
Returning to the Moon – Background Reading
Returning to the Moon – Discussion Questions

9:00 a.m.  History Detectives: Hindenburg Artifact
Observing – Interactive Lesson
Helium is Boring – Discussion Questions

10:00 a.m.  Africa’s Great Civilizations: The Cross and the Crescent
The Aksum Kingdom: Trade and Ancient Africa – Discussion Questions
Mapping Early Trade – Activity

11:00 a.m. Genius by Stephen Hawking: Can We Time Travel?
Speed of Light: Time Travel – Interactive
A Brief History of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity – Timeline

1:00 p.m.  The Great American Read: Who Am I?
Scarlett O’Hara’s True Love in Gone with the Wind – Discussion Questions

Additional Resources

The Surprising Origins of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
A Halloween experiment more than 80 years ago became the beginning of JPL, which has helped America lead the way in space exploration.

How SoCal’s Secret Defense Contracts Evolved to Get Mankind on the Moon
Southern California produced two of the three stages of the behemoth Saturn V rocket, the space vehicle that housed the astronauts during the journey to the moon.

Explore Time Travel with NOVA
Boggle your children’s mind with time paradoxes and the length of minutes in this activity laid out by NOVA.