Teaching Tips for Educational Media

Teaching Tips developed by the Boston University School of Education enable teachers to successfully integrate PBS KIDS online games into their classroom curricula to enhance children’s early math and literacy development. The Teaching Tips provide teachers with step-by-step lessons for using educational media to enhance standards-based teaching and learning.

Each Teaching Tips module offers 20-minute lesson plans for three to five games and suggests ways to use the games in teacher-led, whole-class activities, and for independent learning.

Each module includes the following downloadable files:

  • Teaching Tips aligned to CCSS and the ISTE technology standards
  • Interactive Whiteboard Activities that build background knowledge, vocabulary, and math skills
  • Parent Letters for each lesson to extend the learning at home

Also available to help teachers prepare their lessons:

  • Video Clips show a teacher modeling the Teaching Tips in the classroom
  • Lesson Plan Template for creating lessons similar to those in the Teaching Tips

  • Shapes and Spatial Sense (Kindergarten)

    Lessons using games from Dinosaur Train and The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! help children learn the names and attributes of different shapes, identify shapes regardless of orientation or size, and combine shapes to make new shapes.

    INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARD ACTIVITIES
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    • Buddy's Gem Hunt PDF
    • Great Shape Race PDF
    • Huff-Puff-A-Tron PDF
    • Sketch-a-Mite PDF
  • Counting, Cardinality, and Addition (Kindergarten)

    Lessons using games from Curious George and Sid the Science Kid help children recognize three representations of a number, practice counting, connect counting to cardinality, estimate and compare quantities, and solve addition problems.

    INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARD ACTIVITIES
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    • Apple Picking PDF
    • Bug Catcher PDF
    • Flower Garden PDF
    • Hide and Seek PDF
    • Vegetable Harvest PDF
  • Measurement, Sorting, and Data (Kindergarten)

    Lessons using games from Sid the Science Kid and Curious George help children describe and compare measurement attributes such as weight and length, use non-standard units of measurement, sort objects, and use a pictograph to compare quantities.

    INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARD ACTIVITIES
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    • Crystals Rule PDF
    • Hat Grab PDF
    • Pan Balance PDF
    • Sorting Box PDF
  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking (Kindergarten)

    Lessons using games from Curious George, Cyberchase, and The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! help children solve addition and subtraction problems, write number sentences, and learn number facts for pairs of numbers that equal ten.

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  • Counting and Operations (Kindergarten)

    Lessons using games and video clips from Peg + Cat help children recognize numerals up to 10, count up to ten objects in a scattered configuration, write number sentences, figure out how many more are needed to make ten, count by tens and twos, make sense of patterns, and persist in solving problems.

    INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARD ACTIVITIES
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    • Counting Lesson 1 PDF
    • Counting Lesson 2 PDF
    • Counting Lesson 3 PDF
    • Counting Lesson 4 PDF
  • 2-D and 3-D Shapes (Kindergarten)

    Lessons using games and video clips from Peg + Cat help children draw 2-D shapes, recognize shapes in different orientations, identify basic shapes within a larger more complex shape, combine shapes to form larger and different shapes; differentiate between 2-D and 3-D shapes, and name and describe the attributes of 2-D and 3-D shapes

    INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARD ACTIVITIES
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    • Shapes Lesson 1 PDF
    • Shapes Lesson 2 PDF
    • Shapes Lesson 3 PDF
    • Shapes Lesson 4 PDF
  • Measurement and Data (First Grade)

    Lessons using games from The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, Wild Kratts, and Fizzy’s Lunch Lab help children use non-standard measurements to determine length, sort objects in multiple ways, add and subtract numbers within 20, and compare quantities.

    INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARD ACTIVITIES
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    • Beaver Homes PDF
    • Freezer Burn PDF
    • Frog Fish PDF
  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Number and Operations in Base Ten (First Grade)

    Lessons using games from Cyberchase and Fizzy’s Lunch Lab help children gain fluency in addition and subtraction, practice adding three numbers within 20, write number sentences with three addends, understand place value, and count by tens, fives, and ones to determine quantities.

    INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARD ACTIVITIES
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    • Count Melon PDF
    • Ergomania PDF
    • Milk Bottles PDF
  • Fractions (First Grade)

    Lessons using games and video clips from Peg + Cat help children understand that shapes can be partitioned into two, three, and four equal shares, and these shares are described as halves, thirds, and fourths or quarters; recognize and use fraction notation; and describe fractions using precise language such as one-half, one-third, one-fourth, denominator, and numerator.

    INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARD ACTIVITIES
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    • Estimating PDF
    • Fair Sharing PDF
    • Fractions PDF
  • Deductive and Inductive Reasoning (First Grade)

    Lessons using games and video clips from Odd Squad help children use deductive and inductive reasoning to solve problems, use addition and subtraction equations to solve word problems, determine the unknown whole number in an addition or subtraction equation, make conjectures based on patterns, and understand subtraction as an unknown addend problem.

    INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARD ACTIVITIES
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    • Deducing PDF
    • Fact Families PDF
    • Patterns PDF
    • Word Problems PDF
  • Measuring Length (First Grade)

    Lessons using an online game, an app, and video clips from Odd Squad help children express distance, or length, as a whole number of length units; measure length in standard units by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers and yardsticks; and understand that different length units are used to measure and that using different units results in different measurements but doesn’t change the length being measured.

    INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARD ACTIVITIES
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    • Length/Distance PDF
    • Measuring Tools PDF
    • Rulers PDF
  • Animal Adaptations

    Lessons using online games and video clips from Wild Kratts help children build concept knowledge about animal adaptations and how these adaptations help animals meet their needs and survive. Children also learn about ways in which humans can improve their performance and solve problems by mimicking the ways animals use their physical characteristics to meet their needs and survive. Children then use the creative coding app , PBS KIDS ScratchJr , on tablets to report and share what they learned about animal adaptations.

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