May 20 | Programming and Activities | Grades 9–12

Today, we're taking a close look at tornadoes as we examine how they form and what they do. Plus, we'll meet Mr. Tornado himself, Ted Fujita, get the lowdown on how vaccines work and explore how our ancestors studied the sky.

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.

Wednesday on KCET

9:00 a.m. Les Miserables on Masterpiece Part 1 of 6 (4918) (World Lit)

Forgiveness and Redemption | Les Miserables – Video and Support Materials

The Paris of Les Miserables – Webpage


10:00 a.m. Ancient Skies: Gods and Monsters Part 1 of 3 (101) (Social Studies)

Introduction to Astronomy | Crash Course Astronomy – Video

The Beginnings of the Telescope – Document and Support Materials

A supermassive black hole.
A supermassive black hole. | Still from “Introduction to Astronomy | Crash Course Astronomy” / PBS LearningMedia

11:00 a.m. Influenza 1918: American Experience (1005) (U.S. History)

A Letter from Camp Devens – Webpage

Medical Investigation of Influenza – Media Gallery

The 1918 Influenza Pandemic and COVID-19 – Article

Your Immune System: Natural Born Killer | Crash Course Biology – Video


12:00 p.m. Polio Crusade: American Experience (2102) (U.S. History)

Isabel Morgan – Article Webpage

Teacher’s Resource – Lesson Plan

NOVA: Vaccines–Calling the Shots | Immunity & Vaccines – Video and Support Materials

Illustration of white blood cells in robotic suits with weapons
An army of white blood cells protects us against disease. | Still from “NOVA: Vaccines—Calling the Shots | Immunity & Vaccines” / PBS LearningMedia

1:00 p.m. Blue Sky Metropolis: A Space Odyssey Part 3 of 4 (103) (U.S. History)

Sputnik’s Launch Begins the Space Race | Chasing the Moon – Video and Support Materials

The Road to Apollo: An Interactive Journey – Interactive and Support Materials

Ed Dwight, First Black Astronaut Trainee | Chasing the Moon – Video and Support Materials

Poppy Northcutt, NASA Pioneer | Chasing the Moon – Video and Support Materials


2:00 p.m. NOVA: Deadliest Tornadoes (3910) (Science)

Rate Tornado Damage – Interactive and Support Materials

La Nina and Tornado Outbreaks – Video and Support Materials

How Do Tornadoes Form? – Video and Support Materials

Wednesday on KLCS

1:00 p.m. Mr. Tornado: American Experience (US History)

The Remarkable Mind of Mr. Tornado – Article

Alabama Tornado Aftermath / PBS Newshour – Video and Support Materials

Airplane Turbulence: Is It Dangerous? – Article

Ted Fujita: Mr. Tornado – Video

Black and white photo of a Japanese American man in a suit and glasses
Ted Fujita | Still from “Ted Fujita: Mr. Tornado” / American Experience

2:00 p.m. Little Women Pt. 1/3 (American Literature)

Primary Source Set: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – Webpage

An Iconic Character / Little Women – Video and Support Materials


3:00 p.m. Louisa May Alcott: American Masters (American Literature)

Louisa May Alcott | The Civil War – Video and Support Materials

Louisa May Alcott | Transcendentalism – Video and Support Materials

Louisa May Alcott: A Topsy-Turvy Woman? – Background Reading


4:30 p.m. Orchard House: Home of Little Women (American Literature)

A Tour of the Orchard House, Actor Emilio Delgado, and more – Video

Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House – Webpage Images

PBS Newshour: The historic real-life house that inspired ‘Little Women’ – Video

Masterpiece: The House of Little Women – Video


5:00 p.m. Native America: Cities of the Sky (World History)

Ancient City Planning – Videos

The Mayan Governor’s Palace / Native America: Cities of the Sky – Video and Support Materials

The Inca’s Sacred City of Cuzco / Native America: Cities of the Sky – Video and Support Materials

City Planning Designs – Handout