A Web of Summer Learning

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Today is National Mahjong Day, National Mustard Day, National Play Outside Day, Sandcastle Day, Spider-Man Day, US Air Force Day, and  World Wide Web Day.


  • 1774 - British scientist Joseph Priestley discovers oxygen.
  • 1790 - The first U.S. census shows that the U.S. has a population of 4 million, but slaves were only counted as three-fifths of a person.
  • 1936 - Adolph Hitler oversees the opening ceremony of the Berlin Olympics.
  • 1952 - The U.S. and Canada form NORAD - North American Aerospace Defense Command, and tracking Santa on Christmas Eve becomes much easier.
  • 1985 - Frank Herbert's novel, Dune is published.
  • 1981 - MTV begins airing with the Bangles' song," Video Killed the Radio Star."
  • Song of the Day - The Who - Boris the Spider - LISTEN


  • 1779 - Author Francis Scott Key,
  • 1819 - Author  Herman Melville
  • 1942 - Musician Jerry Garcia
  • 1963 - Rapper Coolio


  • Grades PreK-1 - Sesame Street - The Itsy Bitsy Spider with Jordin Sparks
  • Grades PreK-1 - Sesame Street - Spidermonster, The Musical - VIEW
  • Grades PreK-1 - PBS LearningMedia - Sesame Street - Jim Parsons: Arachnid - VIEW
  • Grades PreK-2 - PBS LearningMedia - Nature Nuggets: Spiders at Work
    - VIEW and DO
  • Grades PreK-4 - PBS LearningMedia - Wild Kratts - Make a Web - VIEW and DO
  • Grades K-4 - PBS LearningMedia - Wild Kratts - Tarantula Time - VIEW
  • Grades 1-5 - PBS LearningMedia - Wild Kratts - Designer Spider Silk - VIEW and DO
  • Grades 3-4 - PBS LearningMedia - Wild Kratts - Orbit Makes a Web - VIEW and DO
  • Grades 3-6 -  PBS learning Media - Garden Spiders - VIEW and DO
  • Grades 4-6 - NHPBS Wildlife Journal Junior -Arachnida - Spiders, Scorpions, Mites, Ticks - READ
  • Grades 6-8 - PBS LearningMedia - Great Job! - Spider Biologist
    - VIEW and DO
  • Grades 6-12 -  PBS LearningMedia - Lens of Time: Spider Seduction - VIEW, READ, and DO
  • Grades 6-12 - PBS LearningMedia - Spider Silk  - VIEW and DO
  • Grades 6-12 - PBS LerningMedia - It's Okay to Be Smart - Why I'm Scared of Spiders - VIEW
  • Grades 6-12 - PBS LearningMedia - Deeper Look - For These Tiny Spiders, It's Sing or Get Served - VIEW
  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS Video - Turret Spiders Launch Sneak Attacks From Tiny Towers - VIEW
  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS Video - It's Okay to Be Smart - 20 MILLION-Year-Old Spider!! Unweaving Spider Silk-VIEW
  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS Video - Magical Land of Oz - Peacock Spiders Mating Rituals -VIEW


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National Remote Learning Resources

PBS LearningMedia

PBS LearningMedia

NHPBS and PBS have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for educators. You can also create your own lessons and assignments to meet the needs of your students.


Annenberg Learner

Searchable online video courses and interactives across the curriculum and grade levels in areas like chemistry, literature, music, the visual arts, social studies, world languages storytelling, spelling and lots more.



Features over 1,000 animated shorts and quizzes for students in grades K-12 covering science, social studies, English, math, the arts, health, and technology.  The service is free to schools closed due to COVID-19.


Scholastic Learn At Home

Everyday Scholastic will feature four learning experiences, built around a story or video.

Storyline Online

StoryLine Online

A series of imaginatively produced videos featuring celebrated actors reading children's books.

Local Learning Resources

The best of NH learning resources from around the state.

  • McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

  • New Hampshire Public Radio:

    • Civics 101 -  Tons of great (and free!) audio, activities, resources, and lessons to help you stay engaged with civics.
    • Ask Sam - Ask Sam features Outside/In host Sam Evans-Brown answering listener questions about the mysteries and quirks of the natural world.
  • Seacoast Science Center in Odiorne Point State Park

    • Learning Connection - Even though their doors are closed, we’re still here to connect you to the inspirational powers of nature and engage you in learning. 
  • Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

  • Strawbery Banke Museum

    • Online Learning - Virtual Tours, the Virtual Classroom, artifacts of the week, featured items from the Collections, Horticulture Learning Center materials, and more.
  • Tiger Takes On



PBS Kids for Teachers/Caregivers/Parents

  • PBS for Parents
    A guide of PBS resources targeted for parents teaching kids, features a great activity finder
  • PBS Education
    The greatest teachers ignite a love of learning and a sense of possibility that motivates students to reach their full potential.
  • PBS Teachers' Lounge
    This site has great teaching tips, ideas, resources and support for teachers.
  • PBS KIDS Games app
    Offers nearly 200 educational games, which can be downloaded for offline play anytime, anywhere. 

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