May 18 | Programming and Activities | Grades 4–8

We're visiting the Mississippi River, looking back on the history of rocketry and learning about humans' most mysterious companions: cats.

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.

Monday on KLCS

8:00 a.m. Nova: Cat Tales (Science)

Cats – Video and Support Materials

Study finds kittens bond with their human caregivers like babies do – Article

Cats: Yesterday and Today – Video and Support Materials

A sculpture of a black cat with earrings and a nosering
A sculpture of Bastet, the Egyptian cat goddess of fertility. | Still from “Cats – Yesterday and Today” / PBS LearningMedia

9:00 a.m. History Detectives: Japanese Characters Carved Into Cane/Wooden Telescope/Gold Nugget Drawing (Social Studies)

Remembering Japanese Internment, 75 Years Later / PBS NewsHour – Video and Support Materials

The Gold Rush – The Media Gallery and Support Materials


10:00 a.m. The Mississippi: Rivers of Life (Science)

Taming the Mississippi – Media Gallery and Support Materials

Minnesota / Activity 1.4: Itasca State Park – Lesson Plan

Hurricane Katrina: Wetland Destruction – Video and Support Materials


11:00 a.m. Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed The World – The Rocket (Science)

Launch It – Activity and Support Materials

Design a Liquid Fuel Rocket Engine – Interactive and Support Materials

NOVA: How Do You Get to the Moon? – Video and Support Materials

Two men stand at the base of a rocket
Two men stand at the base of a rocket. | Still from “NOVA: How Do You Get to the Moon?” / PBS LearningMedia

12:00 p.m. NOVA: Cat Tales (Science)

Cat tongues are covered in hundreds of body-cooling, moisture-wicking quill pens – Article

The Fierce But Forgotten Sandcat Makes a Comeback After 10 Years – Article

Form an Opinion: Cats – Lesson Plan