Traditional instruments are not necessary to make music! In this episode: an orchestra who plays vegetables, a professor who builds instruments using found objects, and a pioneer of early electronic music, Delia Derbyshire, who would record a seemingly simple sound and then manipulate that tape to create complex music. Plus, WSKG staffers compose a song, but their only instruments are things they can find on their desks! (Produced by Sarah Gager)
Feeling inspired? Check out these activities for at-home or classroom!
Thank you to the 174 students that shared their stories & illustrations with WSKG this year! Our Judging Committee reviewed the entries and have selected the following winning stories. All children who entered the contests will receive their original story back through the mail. Kindergarten
1st Place | Conor Jones | Attack of the Alien Jellyfish
2nd Place | Max Fedin | The Three Amigos
3rd Place | Ella Gasior | A Fishy Story About Lilly
Honorable Mention | Calvin Vongphachanh | Doggo and Ducky’s Great Adventure
1st Place | Norah Thompson | Alex Loves Laura
2nd Place | Alice Abaya | Amazing Animals
3rd Place | Adalyn Bohne | The Happy Cat
1st Place | Amelia Parks | Gordon’s Journey to the Surface
2nd Place | Grace Beirdneau | The Adventures of Tina Taco
3rd Place | Emersyn Jones | The Two Little Deer
1st Place | Frances Miller | The Raven – Chapters 1 & 2
2nd Place | Haven Aylesworth | The Lost Baby Unicorn
3rd Place | Ares Compton | Let’s Go to Space
Honorable Mention | Elle Webb | The Weekend at School
1st Place | William Kappauf | The Night Before Easter
2nd Place | Kyleigh Weiland | Christopher Columbus’ First Voyage: Our Trip to America
3rd Place | Heyan Chung | The History of English
Honorable Mention | Madeline Housel | People of Time
1st Place | Ethan Wentzel | The Most Valuable Mitt
2nd Place | Nehemiah Jahn | Knowing the Notables, Names, and Nature of New York
3rd Place | Katie Costello | The Chocolate Bar
Honorable Mention | Reagan Slocum | The Remote
1st Place | Chloe King | Up in Flames
2nd Place | Alice Clapp | A New Life
3rd Place | Felix Jones-Rounds | Spicy
Honorable Mention | Joseph Gonzales | As It Passes By
Special thanks to the School Librarians of the Southern Tier – EAST, Broome Tioga BOCES, Four County Library System, George F. Johnson Memorial Library, MaryAnn Karre, Lonna Pierce, Sarah Reid, Alicia Sherman, Sara-Jo Sites, Sandy Stiles.
WSKG is pleased to partner for this very special twitter chat in honor of Fred Rogers. Join the discussion May 23, 2019 at 8:30pm EST and follow #143DayEDU. Your hosts for the chat are Sean Gaillard and Dr. Jennifer Williams. Our Director of Education, Jackie Stapleton-Durham, will also be part of the chat and curating input from local educators. HOSTS
Mr. Gaillard is an award winning educator and Principal at Lexington Middle School in Lexington, North Carolina. He founded #CelebrateMonday and #TrendthePositive and is author of The Pepper Effect: Tap Into the Magic of Creativity, Collaboration, and Innovation.
Dr. Williams has worked as a school administrator, literacy specialist, classroom teacher, and currently, as a professor at Saint Leo University.
Regents Review 2.0 prepares learners for the New York State Regents exams.
For each Regents exam there is a one-hour long exam review video. Some of the videos are also broken into shorter clips for those looking for help with a particular topic. The teachers involved in creating these videos formulated lists of recommended online resources for further study – check them out! The video programs are also broadcast by all New York State public television stations – including WSKG. The schedule of air dates for WSKG TV is listed below.
This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces. The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too! This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest (4-6) Entry Form & Flyer
Submissions must be postmarked by May 31, 2019 and mailed to:
PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton-Durham
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850
These contests are supported by volunteers from the School Librarian Association of the Southern Tier East, the George F. Johnson Public Library, and the Four County Library System. Thank you!
In celebration of Autism Acceptance Month this April, we are excited to announce the introduction of Julia’s family for the first time in Muppet form! Julia’s parents, big brother, and dog Rose appear in new digital videos celebrating the importance of families. We’ve also released new resources focused on bullying, which disproportionately affects children with autism. All of these resources are available on sesamestreet.org/autism in both English and Spanish. You can also tune in to an all-new episode with Julia airing Monday, April 8, 2019 on WSKG TV!
Julia was introduced online in 2015 and had her TV debut in 2017.
Won’t you be our neighbor?! Teachers, join us for this three part series where we explore Social Emotional Learning “Core Competencies” (CASEL@2017). With the help from Arthur, Peg+Cat and Daniel Tiger we will dive into how to weave SEL into your everyday lessons. Register for the three part “Live Learning” experience: Cultivating Good Neighbor Skills in the Classroom. Practicing Mindfulness
March 28 @7PM ET
Every day when you’re walking down the street…
HOW IT WORKS / WHERE TO BEGIN / THE RULES / THE JUDGES / CONTACT US
Have something to say? Now is your chance. We’re inviting students around the country to create a podcast, then — with the help of a teacher — compete for a chance to win our grand prize and have your work appear on NPR. Be a part of the first-ever NPR Student Podcast Challenge.
Here’s how it works: Put together a podcast with your class or extracurricular group.
In celebration of Computer Science Education Week from December 3-9, we’re inviting teachers and parents to discover PBS KIDS resources that introduce little ones to coding, storytelling, and creative problem-solving. With PBS KIDS ScratchJr, kids can create their own interactive stories and games featuring their favorite PBS KIDS characters. The storytelling possibilities are endless with this creative coding app for children ages 5-8. Check out the PBS KIDS ScratchJr collection on PBS LearningMedia and splash page on PBS KIDS. You’ll find resources and activities designed for educators to support the use of the app in both formal and informal learning settings.
During a tech rehearsal of the theatre piece “Bitter Banquet” we will hear from Ithaca-based composer/performer Annie Lewandowski who is at home with both classical music and rock. We will learn about the journey from composition to performance, and how many people it takes to present a “one-woman” show. A One-Woman Show? was produced by Bill Snyder and edited by Monica Sandreczki. Additional support comes from Nancy Coddington.