Rainbows and Engineering - April 3

Learning with a Pot of Gold at the End

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Today is Don't Go to Work Unless it's Fun Day, Day of the Engineer, Chocolate Mousse Day, Film Score Day, Paraprofessional Appreciation Day, Pony Express Day, Tweed Day, World Party Day, and Find a Rainbow Day.

Today's Birthdays
Songs of the Day
Poem of the Day - April is National Poetry Month
Today's Theme: Rainbows




  • Reading Rainbow Remixed - LISTEN
  • Judy Garland - Somewhere Over the Rainbow - LISTEN
  • Kermit the Frog - Rainbow Connection - LISTEN


THEME:  Rainbows

  • Grades PreK-K - PBS LearningMedia - Sesame Street - Paper Woven Rainbow Craft - DO
  • Grades PreK-K - NHPBS Video - Daniel Tiger - A Make Believe Rainbow World (0:56) - VIEW
  • Grade PreK-1 - NHPBS Video - Reading Explorers - The Rainbow Fish: Let's Make a Rainbow Fish (14:05) - VIEW
  • Grades PreK-5 - PBS LearningMedia - Everyday Learning - L'Arc  en Ciel/The Rainbow (2:32) - VIEW and DO
  • Grades K-2 - PBS LearningMedia -  Making Rainbows Collection - VIEW
  • Grades K-2 - PBS LearningMedia - The Ruff Ruffman Show - Rainbow Popsicles - DO
  • Grades K-4 - NHPBS Video - Let's Learn - Catch a Rainbow (9:35) - VIEW
  • Grades K-4 - PBS LearningMedia - Nature Cat - Tally Ho! A Rainbow (12:05)  - VIEW and DO
  • Grades K-5 - PBS LearningMedia - Camp TV - Scavenger Hunt Rainbow (2:41) - VIEW and DO
  • Grades K-5 - PBS LearningMedia - Camp TV - Walking Water Rainbow (6:17) - VIEW and DO
  • Grades K-5 - PBS LearningMedia - Rainbow Gel (1:05) - VIEW and DO
  • Grades 6-12 - PBS LearningMedia - Best Music Lesson Ever: What Makes “Over the Rainbow” Work? (6:00) - VIEW and DO
  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS Video - Be Smart - The Science of Rainbows (5:36) - VIEW
  • Grades 9-12- PBS Learning Media - It's Okay To Be Smart - This Is Not a Rainbow (3:17) - VIEW
  • Grades 9-12- PBS Learning Media - Physics Girl - How Rainbows Form (3:38) - VIEW
  • Grades 9-12- PBS Learning Media - Physics Girl - How Rainbows with NO COLOR Are Possible (8:20) - VIEW


  • Grades PreK-1 - Sesame Street - James Marsden and Elmo - Engineering Automatic Spaghetti Server - VIEW
  • Grades PreK-1 - PBS LearningMedia - Sesame Street - Word on the Street - Engineering Collection - VIEW and DO
  • Grades PreK-1 - Sesame Street - Elmo and Abby Investigate: Engineering a Bridge - VIEW
  • Grades PreK-1 - PBS LearningMedia - Sesame Street - Murray Experiment: Build a Bridge (2:01) - VIEW
  • Grade PreK-1 - PBS LearningMedia - The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That - Building Bridges (Available in Spanish (13:43) - VIEW and DO
  • Grade PreK-1 - PBS LearningMedia - The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That - Design Time (Available in Spanish) (11:00) - VIEW and DO
  • Grades PreK-3 - PBS LearningMedia - Curious George  STEM Collection - VIEW and DO
  • Grades K-5 - PBS Learning Media - Teaching NGSS Engineering Design Through Media Collection - VIEW and DO
  • Grades 3-8 - PBS LearningMedia - Dragonfly TV Engineering Collection - VIEW and DO
  • Grades 5-12 - PBS LeearningMedia - NOVA: Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers Collection (Available in Spanish) - VIEW, READ, DO
  • Grades 6-12 - PBS LerningMedia - NASA Physics and Engineering Collection - VIEW and DO
  • Grades 6-12 - PBS LeaarningMedia - Biomedical Engineering - VIEW and DO
  • Grades 6-12 - PBS LeaarningMedia - Aerospace Engineering Collection - VIEW and DO
  • Grades 6-12 - PBS LearningMedia - Quest - Engineering Is... Collection - VIEW
  • Grades 6-12 - PBS LearningMedia - Engineering Your Future Collection - VIEW
  • Grades 6-12 - PBS LearningMedia - Engineering for the Future Collection - VIEW, READ, DO
  • Grades 9-12 - PBS LearningMedia - Engineering Technology: Value Engineer - VIEW, READ, DO


NHPBS - 11.1 Comcast (2/802) More Options

NOVA - Great American Eclipse
Wednesday, 4/03 from 8-9 pm NHPBS
Explore the spectacular cosmic phenomenon of a total solar eclipse. In April 2024, the Moon's shadow is sweeping from Texas to Maine, as the U.S. witnesses its last total eclipse until 2044, and scientists scramble to unlock the secrets of our Sun. NOVA Streaming Video

Wednesday, 4/03 from 9-10 pm NHPBS
Join Ari Wallach on his journey to seek the individuals and ideas that can shape a better, more sustainable future for each generation can build upon. A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FUTURE Streaming Video

NOVA - Secrets of the Forbidden City
Wednesday, 4/03 from 10-11 pm NHPBS
The Forbidden City is the world's biggest and most extravagant palace complex ever built. For five centuries, it was the power center of imperial China and survived wars, revolution, fires, and earthquakes. How did the Ming Emperor's workforce construct its sprawling array of nearly 1,000 buildings and dozens of temples in a little over a decade? NOVA Streaming Video

NH EXPLORE- 11.2 Comcast (11/801) More Options

Wednesday, 4/03 from 3-5 pm NH EXPLORE
Enjoy a powerful and revealing look at legendary, larger-than-life Texas governor Ann Richards, who enriched the lives of her followers, friends, and family, in this critically acclaimed play written by and starring Emmy Award winner Holland Taylor. GREAT PERFORMANCES Streaming Video

NH WORLD - 11.3 More Options

POETRY IN AMERICA - Elizabeth Bishop - One Art
Wednesday, 4/03 from 2-2:30 pm NH WORLD
"The art of losing isn't hard to master," Elizabeth Bishop wrote in her poem "One Art," universally considered one of her greatest. Journalist Katie Couric, media executives Sheryl Sandberg and Yang Lan, singer/songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter, and others discuss Bishop's masterpiece on losses, great and small. POETRY IN AMERICA  Streaming Video

POETRY IN AMERICA - Marianne Moore - The Fish
Wednesday, 4/03 from 2:30-3 pm NH WORLD
This environmental science-themed episode explores Marianne Moore's great poem on marine life, "The Fish." Former Vice President Al Gore, poet Jorie Graham, and scientists from Conservation International dive into Moore's portrayal of the ocean's always-changing history and its future in a warming world. POETRY IN AMERICA  Streaming Video

POETRY IN AMERICA - Mark Doty - This is Your Home Now
Wednesday, 4/03 from 3-3:30 pm NH WORLD
Series creator Elisa New talks with poet Mark Doty, psychologist Steven Pinker, choreographer Bill T. Jones, design maven Simon Doonan, and designer Johnathan Adler about "This Your Home Now," where a visit to the barber show sparks a meditation on love, the AIDS crisis, and the satisfactions of getting older. POETRY IN AMERICA  Streaming Video

POETRY IN AMERICA - Stephen Sondheim - Finishing the Hat
Wednesday, 4/03 from 3:30-4 pm NH WORLD
Stephen Sondheim is widely hailed as the greatest modern American musical theater composer. Series creator Elisa New speaks with Broadway stage actors and writer Adam Gopnik to explore Sondheim's singular ability to blend lyrics and music - using as their case study "Finishing the Hat," from Sondheim's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Sunday in the Park with George. POETRY IN AMERICA  Streaming Video

POETRY IN AMERICA - Yusef Komunyakaa - You and I Are Disappearing
Wednesday, 4/03 from 4-4:30 pm NH WORLD
Yusef Komunyakaa went to Vietnam as a journalist but he came home a poet. Former Secretary of State John Kerry, film and theatre director Julie Taymor, composer Elliot Goldenthal, Komunyakaa himself, and a chorus of veterans discuss the mingled beauty and horror of war-- and the challenge of making art of it. POETRY IN AMERICA  Streaming Video

POETRY IN AMERICA - William Carlos Williams - This is Just to Say
Wednesday, 4/03 from 4:30-5 pm NH WORLD
Just 28 words and mimicking the form of a refrigerator note, is "This is Just to Say" simply the short apology it pretends to be, or something more subtle and passive-aggressive? Join actor John Hodgman, poet and physician Rafael Campo, poet Jane Hirshfield, and a chorus of couples, as they consider what may or may not lie beneath the surface of William Carlos Williams's brief tribute to marital relations. POETRY IN AMERICA  Streaming Video

FRONTLINE - The Discord leaks
Wednesday, 4/03 from 9-10 pm NHPBS
How a young National Guardsman allegedly leaked classified documents onto the Discord chat platform. With The Washington Post, Jack Teixeira's alleged leak of national security secrets, why he wasn't stopped, and the role of platforms like Discord. FRONTLINE Streaming Video

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PBS LearningMedia

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Annenberg Learner

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Storyline Online

StoryLine Online

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Local Learning Resources

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  • Cheshire County Historical Society

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    • 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. 
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  • Strawbery Banke Museum

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