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Join KLRN for this month’s Chat & Learn as we feature some of our favorite PBS LearningMedia activities, games, lesson plans, and videos that you can use to spark conversation and keep learning at the forefront in your classroom.

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PEG + CAT | Ramone Shakes It Plenty (Song) | PBS KIDS

Peg and Cat aren't tired, so they have a dance party and watch Ramone and Pig's totally cool music video about the number twenty. Watch PEG + CAT on your local PBS station (check local listings).

'ch' - Music Man (The Electric Company)

Music Man chooses to chill! Click here for more Music Man videos! The Electric Company features animation, music, comedy and celebrities to show how the power of words can solve problems, especially those caused by a naughty group of neighborhood Pranksters! This TV show, online destination, and community outreach experience offers children a hip hop portal into the world of literacy, vocabulary, and phonics, providing an entertaining medium for exposure to crucial curriculum. Subscribe to watch more Electric Company videos! For more videos, games, and other fun go to Find out when Electric Company is on in your town:

What Happens When You Put a Hummingbird in a Wind Tunnel? | Deep Look

Scientists have used a high-speed camera to film hummingbirds' aerial acrobatics at 1000 frames per second. They can see, frame by frame, how neither wind nor rain stop these tiniest of birds from fueling up. DEEP LOOK: a new ultra-HD (4K) short video series created by KQED San Francisco and presented by PBS Digital Studios. See the unseen at the very edge of our visible world. Get a new perspective on our place in the universe and meet extraordinary new friends. Explore big scientific mysteries by going incredibly small. How do hummingbirds eat? With spring in full bloom, hummingbirds can be spotted flitting from flower to flower and lapping up the sugary nectar inside. These tiniest of birds have the highest metabolism of any warm-blooded animal, requiring them to consume their own body weight in nectar each day to survive. By comparison, if a 150-pound human had the metabolism of a hummingbird, he or she would need to consume the caloric equivalent of more than 300 hamburgers a day. But it's not just an extreme appetite that sets hummingbirds apart from other birds. These avian acrobats are the only birds that can fly sideways, backwards and hover for long stretches of time. In fact, hovering is essential to hummingbirds' survival since they have to keep their long, thin beaks as steady as a surgeon's scalpel while probing flowers for nectar. How do Hummingbirds fly? Hummingbirds don't just hover to feed when the weather is nice. They have to keep hovering and feeding even if it's windy or raining, a remarkable feat considering most of these birds weigh less than a nickel. More great Deep Look episodes: Newt Sex: Buff Males! Writhing Females! Cannibalism! Pygmy Seahorses: Masters of Camouflage Banana Slugs: Secret of the Slime -- See also another great video from the PBS Digital Studios! Where Do Birds Go In Winter? - It's Okay to be Smart Read the extended article on how hummingbirds hover at KQED Science: SUBSCRIBE: KQED Science: Funding for Deep Look is provided in part by PBS Digital Studios and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Deep Look is a project of KQED Science, which is supported by HopeLab, The David B. Gold Foundation; S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation; The Dirk and Charlene Kabcenell Foundation; The Vadasz Family Foundation; Smart Family Foundation and the members of KQED.

Giant Anteater

Is that the sound of the Giant Anteater sniffing I hear? Perhaps I'll create a song for this unusual creature using some of my most unusual musical instruments!

All About Memorial Day

Learn about Memorial Day with this look back at the holiday's history. For more FREE resources like this, register at

How to Visit an Art Museum | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios

In which we go to The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri, and give you some pointers on how to visit an art museum. Seems easy enough, but there are ways to maximize your experience. What are your museum tricks and tips? Let's talk about it in the comments! Many thanks to The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art for giving us access to their wonderful institution. Their admission is free, but they can only do this because of donations and memberships. So while we joke that you should always find a way to get in for free, you should also consider supporting your local institutions whenever you can and in whatever way you can. This can be through membership, donations, attending events, or volunteering your time. (And if you happen to have an amazing art collection of your own, you should will it to a museum. Really. Your grandchildren won't appreciate it nearly as much as an entire city will for many generations to come.) Learn more about the Kemper: And find out ways to support it:

I Wanna See The States | PBS LearningMedia

Singer Forrest Kline from HelloGoodbye sings about the 50 States in this video created for PBS LearningMedia. “I Wanna See the States” is more than just a song. Visit and search the song title for an all-inclusive learning module; complete with lesson plan, annotated lyrics, and blank maps. The song is also available to purchase on iTunes.

I Heart Math: Division of Fractions by Fractions

Combining the concepts of division and fractions to demonstrate division of fractions by fractions. This I Heart Math episode via shows how to visualize dividing fractions when problem solving.

Mission US: "City of Immigrants" overview

This short video provides an overview of Mission 4: "City of Immigrants," the fourth in the award-winning Mission US series of free interactive role-playing experiences designed to immerse middle school students in U.S. history. In each mission, players step into the shoes of a peer from the past, interacting with historical and fictional characters, witnessing key events, and making decisions that impact their character’s outcome. “City of Immigrants” put players in the role ofLena Brodsky, a 14-year-old Russian Jewish immigrant who arrives in New York City in 1907. While navigating the streets of the Lower East Side, Lena struggles to support her family and becomes part of the growing labor movement. "City of Immigrants" and supporting materials are available for free at Mission US is aligned to national learning standards and the website includes a vast suite of free classroom support materials including lesson plans, document-based questions, primary source documents, vocabulary activities, background on historical figures, and writing prompts. Mission US is produced by THIRTEEN in association with WNET. Major funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Educational outreach support is provided by The Page & Otto Marx, Jr. Foundation and Atran Foundation. For more on Mission US, visit

In The Mix: Teen Immigrants (Excerpt)

In the Mix is the Emmy award winning PBS documentary series for teens. A record number of immigrants are being naturalized in America, especially Hispanic and Asian groups. However, animosity towards immigrants and tensions over race and customs are often sources of violent confrontations. As one young immigrant described it, America is less of a melting pot and more of a "salad bowl with lots of little chunks." In the Mix profiles five teen immigrants of different races and countries, including the Dominican Republic, China, Russia, Africa and India/Tanzania, to convey a deeper understanding of their motivation in coming to America. We learn about the experiences and challenges they face, as well as their aspirations for the future. In addition to breaking down stereotypes, the program is also supportive and of high interest to teen immigrants. "I'm always on the look-out for resources. I implement training for teachers on how to use effective teaching and support strategies for youngsters who are immigrating." -Melodee, CA Over 60 half hour additional programs on topics of critical interest to teens are available as educational DVDs. Many are closed captioned and have Spanish subtitles. For full descriptions, transcripts, video clips, discussion guides, lesson plans, ordering information, and more, please visit our website A full catalog and free Discussion Guides can be downloaded at For one day shipping orders or volume discounts please call 800-343-5540.

North Korea’s claim of H-bomb spurs wave of condemnation

North Korea declared on state television that it had made its first test of a hydrogen bomb. The announcement was condemned around the world, including by China, an ally of the North. Meanwhile, the U.S. and South Korea expressed skepticism that it was in fact that kind of weapon. Gwen Ifill reports.

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  • KLRN

    The mission of KLRN is to enrich the lives of people throughout South Central Texas through the power of communication—providing quality programs and services that advance education, art and culture, and community.


  • Lisa McGrath

    Lisa McGrath is the Director of School Services at KLRN Public Television. She's taught at the elementary, secondary, and university levels, and has found her home at the station, where she implements projects that enhance both teaching and learning. Outside the office, her passion is pets--as evidenced by her furry brood of dogs and cats.

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