Homeschool Collection


PBS LearningMedia extends a warm welcome to our homeschool students, parents, and educators across the country! We encourage you to make this service your go-to destination for insightful, interactive content, lesson planning support, and professional development tools. This collection below offers a sampling of videos, interactive games, and lesson plans designed to support one-on-one learning and self-paced, student-driven inquiry. Select your favorite resources to begin building your own personalized digital collections.

  • Ann Weber: Visual Arts (Sculpture)

    For more than a decade, cardboard has been Ann Weber's material of choice. It's lightweight, plentiful, and free. Armed only with a stapler, Ann has transformed discarded boxes into large-scale sculptures with round, organic forms. She started her career by running a fine porcelain business in New York City where she made plates and bowls. Transitioning from ceramics to working with cardboard has given Ann the freedom to create on a monumental scale. Original air date: April 2003.

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    Grades: K-13+
  • David Kuraoka: Visual Arts (Ceramics)

    David Kuraoka throws enormous pots weighing 100 pounds and more, a process that requires an In this Spark video produced by KQED, watch him at work in his studio.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Josephine Taylor: Visual Arts (Drawing)

    In this Spark video produced by KQED, find out what Josephine Taylor is really thinking when she creates her psycho- dramatic drawings.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Daniel McCormick: Visual Arts (Sculpture)

    In this Spark video produced by KQED, follow environmental artist Daniel McCormick as he creates temporary sculptures in the creek beds of West Marin.

    Grades: K-13+
  • Stencils on the Street with Mike Shine

    Meet Bay Area artist Mike Shine, who discusses his carnival-inspired paintings, and his recent large-scale stencil murals. He makes art for people to enjoy, both superficially and in depth, and condemns much of modern art because of the context needed for interpretation. He wants his art to be able to be interpreted, regardless of how it is interpreted. He wants it to transcend cultural and language barriers. Check out how his art is made in this video.

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    Grades: K-12
  • David Ireland: Visual Arts (Conceptual)

    In this Spark video produced by KQED, celebrate a lifetime lived on the cutting edge of conceptual art with David Ireland.

    Grades: K-13+
  • Joe Mangrum: Visual Arts (Instillation)

    In this Spark video produced by KQED, see how natural found objects are juxtaposed with pieces of technology in Joe Mangrum's design sculptures. Since the mid-1990s, Joe Mangrum has been making temporary installations from found objects. Often exhibiting his designs in public spaces, Mangrum hopes to catch his viewers off guard, inserting something unexpected into their everyday routines. Spark visits Mangrum as he works on a large-scale piece for Red Ink Studios on San Francisco's bustling Market Street.

    Grades: K-13+
  • Viola Frey: Visual Arts (Sculpture)

    Artist Viola Frey has handcrafted hundreds of larger-than-life clay sculptures during the last few decades of her life. She continued to produce new work with the help of her studio assistant Sam Perry, even when she was faced with serious physical challenges after suffering a series of devastating strokes. The studio has always been her home and her solace. Viola began producing on this monumental scale almost 30 years ago, at what is now called the California College of the Arts (CCA) where she both studied and taught ceramics. While there, she engineered new ways of working with clay. Original air date: February 2004.

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    Grades: 9-13+
  • A Fistful of Confetti

    It’s Neighborhood Record Day, and everyone in town is trying to break silly records. But Francine and Jessica are both trying to break the same record – filming the most broken records on record day. When Francine tries to get in Jessica’s way by giving her fake tips, The Electric Company works together to lead Jessica to victory. This resource teaches vocabulary.

     

    Grades: 1-3
  • Victor Cartagena: Visual Arts

    In this Spark video produced by KQED, see how Victor Cartagena draws on memories of the Salvadoran Civil War to create a haunting body of work. Visit with Cartagena as he guides viewers through his artistic process.  

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Gregory Gavin: Visual Arts

    Gregory Gavin is an artist with a social cause. In this Spark video produced by KQED, explore his project called "Riveropolis," which was born out of his interest in bringing inner-city people together in a man-made environment reminiscent of nature.

    Grades: K-13+
  • Bill Dan: Visual Arts (Nature Art)

    Bill Dan has become a well-known local figure in San Francisco, creating vertical sculptures using carefully balanced rocks that seem to defy gravity. In this Spark video produced by KQED, meet the artist behind the art.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Tips from the Playground: ER/EST

    Reggie explains the uses abilities of the suffixes "er" and "est." This resource verbally and visually demonstrates to students how these two suffixes function. 

    Grades: 1-3
  • Comic Cam: News Desk

    Before going on air, the fill-in news and sports anchor spills ketchup on his script. The ketchup covers key words, so he must use context clues to figure out the covered words and deliver the news. This resource teaches students how to use context clues to figure out how to read words they don't know.

    Grades: 1-3
  • Pets Home Alone: Hamster Ball

    Nuggets interrogates Petunia, Tom, and Donny about the rocks in his hamster ball. This resource teaches question words.

    Grades: 1-3
  • Revenge of the Zeros

    Upset about their score of zero points in the banana sculpture contest, Danny and Annie decide to ruin Paul’s banana festival party by scrambling The Electric Company's party supply orders. The Electric Company catches on, and does everything they can to stop The Pranksters and save the party. This resource teaches vocabulary, basic math, and how many zeros it takes to make large numbers.

    Grades: K-3
  • Comic Cam: Expressive Reading

    Jennifer Barber introduces the different characters she created for her stories when she was seven years old. She reads one of her stories using different voices to differentiate between the three characters. This resource teaches students the basics of character creation, narrative structure, and presentational reading.

    Grades: K-3
  • Wordball Games

    Right before the yearly Wordball Games, Hector sprains his ankle. With Hector unable to compete, The Electric Company may not have enough players to participate!  But when Manny also gets hurt the numbers are even once again. But can Marcus handle Hector’s event, the Word Obstacle course? The goal of this resource is vocabulary.

     

    Grades: 1-3
  • Behind The Scenes: On the Set of a Fistful of Confetti

    Actors Ashley Austin Morris (Francine) and Carly Rose Sonnenclar (Gilda) discuss their experiences filming the show. They discuss the nature of shooting in New York City, the acting profession, and other aspects of their careers.

    Grades: PreK-8
  • Symbolism: Keely's Mountain

    In this blended lesson supporting literacy skills, students are introduced to Keely, who feels that her identity as a Nipmuc Native American is weakened because there is no strong Nipmuc community around her. The video Keely made when she was young and felt discouraged is countered by her positive thoughts about identity when she is older. Students develop their literacy skills through an English language arts focus on symbolism. During this process, they read informational text, learn and practice vocabulary words, and explore content through videos and interactive activities. This resource is part of the Inspiring Middle School Literacy Collection.

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    Grades: 5-8

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