March 25 | Programming and Activities | Grades 4-8

Here's what to look out for on March 25 and some activities exploring the mind of Einstein and discussing the makings of a hero for grades 4 through 8.

At-Home Learning: PBS SoCal and 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 | Inside Einstein’s Mind
Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. PST on KLCS and 2:00 p.m. PST on KCET
What led Einstein to start working on his theory of general relativity? Learn about the simple but powerful ideas at the core of relativity that Einstein recognized before anyone else. Watch a preview here.

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History Detectives: WPA Mural Studies
Wednesday at 9 a.m. PST on KLCS
FDR’s New Deal programs put people back to work including many in various arts projects. But what happened to these important pieces of our nation’s history? This “History Detectives” contributor has inherited some paintings that may be part of this lost work. Created by her aunt, Thelma Johnson Streat, she believes they were mural studies. Did any of these studies become murals and do any of them still exist?

The Great American Read: Heroes
Tuesday at 1 p.m. PST on KLCS
Celebrities, literary experts, authors and everyday book lovers discuss why our favorite heroes are complex and relatable, from the everyday hero to the tragic and unlikely or anti-hero. Hear from George Lopez, Wynton Marsalis, Shaquille O’Neal, Sarah Jessica Parker and James Patterson among others. Learn more here.

Want to see the answer? Click here. Find more At-Home Learning questions below in the Daily Schedule.

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

Wednesday on KLCS
8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Inside Einstein’s Mind
Question | Answer

Inside Einstein’s Mind – Background Reading
Exploring Einstein’s Thought Experiments – Activity

9:00 a.m. History Detectives: WPA Mural Studies
Investigating Art – DocumentDetective Techniques – Activity

10:00 a.m. Africa’s Great Civilizations: Empire of Gold
Explore Africa’s Great Civilizations – Map
The Road to Timbuktu – Document

11:00 a.m. Genius by Stephen Hawking: Are We Alone?
Are We Alone? – Lesson Plan
Detecting Life on Other Planets – Video

1:00 p.m. The Great American Read: Heroes
Question | Answer

The Message of Charlotte’s Web – Discussion Questions
What is a hero? – Discussion Questions


 

Additional Resources

How to Think Like Einstein
It seems like some people have so many great ideas – like Albert Einstein, who as well as changing everything we know about the whole of space and time, also took a stab at fashion. Rest assured there are ways that the rest of us can be more creative, too. We explore some practical tips for boosting your creativity and generating ideas.

Meet Your Local Heroes
For over 20 years, the KCET’s Local Heroes initiative has recognized activists, educators, community leaders and visionaries — the ones doing the critical work in our region that often goes unrecognized. The project salutes the accomplishments and services of men and women who are making a significant impact in Southern California communities. Meet a few people making a difference near you.

A Private Tour of the Griffith Observatory
E.C.Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory, takes viewers on a private tour of this historic, scientific and architectural treasure. The observatory, which opened in 1935, was built as a project of the Works Project Administration (WPA).