Jackie Robinson, Leonardo da Vinci, and American Sign Language - April 15

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Monday, April 15, 2024

Today is Anime Day, the Boston Marathon, Jackie Robinson Day, McDonald's Day, ASL Day, Laundry Day, Patriot's Day, Rubber Eraser Day, Take a Wild Guess Day, Titanic Remembrance, Tax Day, and World Art Day.

Today's Birthdays
Songs of the Day
Poem of the Day - April is National Poetry Month
Today's Theme: Jackie Robinson and American Sign Language




  • Natalie Cole - Did You See Jacky Robinson Hit That Ball? - LISTEN
  • Bessie Smith - St. Louis Blues - LISTEN
  • Don Henley - Dirty Laundry - LISTEN
  • Celine Dion - My Heart Will Go On - LISTEN
  • Nat King Cole - Mona Lisa - LISTEN



  • Grades PreK-2 - Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum - Baseball is for Everyone  (0:50) - VIEW
  • Grades 3-7 - PBS LearningMedia - American Icons - Jackie Robinson: Athlete and Activist Video (4:06)  - VIEW
  • Grades 3-7 - PBS LearningMedia - American Icons - Jackie Robinson: Athlete and Activist Lesson - DO
  • Grades 6-12 - PBS LearningMedia - Ken Burns Baseball - Crossing the Color Line: Jackie Robinson’s Early Career (10:25) - VIEW, READ, DO
  • Grades 6-12 - PBS LearningMedia - Ken Burns in the Classroom - Jackie Robinson Collection - VIEW, READ, DO
  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS Video - Jackie Robinson (Full Program and Extras) - VIEW
  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS Video - Breaking Barriers - Jackie Robinson as a Player on the Montreal Royals (6:43) - VIEW
  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS Video - Metrofocus - How Jackie Robinson Impacted More Than Baseball (5:47) - VIEW
  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS Video - Metrofocus - The Other Boys of Summer (6:00)  - VIEW
  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS Video - PBS NewsHour - The Long Influence of Jackie Robinson, On and Off the Field (7:42) - VIEW

THEME:  American Sign Language

  • PreK-K - PBS LearningMedia - Circle Time At Home - Learning Sign Language for "Itsy Bitsy Spider" (2:57) - VIEW and DO
  • PreK-K - PBS LearningMedia - Sesame Street - Sign the Sing-A-Long Song (0:42)) -VIEW and DO
  • PreK-1 - NHPBS Video - Reading Explorers - Sigh Language ABC (26:09) - VIEW
  • PreK-1 - NHPBS Video - Learning to Read - Sigh the Alphabet and Colors (1:04) - VIEW
  • Grades PreK-1 - Sesame Street - Signing Exercise  (1:25)  - VIEW
  • Grades PreK-3 - NHPBS Video - Full-Time Kid - Sign Language Alphabet (2:37) - VIEW
  • Grades 3-12 - Gallaudet University - ASL for Free - VIEW and DO
  • Grades 4-6 - PBS LearningMedia - DragonflyTV - Sign Language Translator Glove (2:37) - VIEW
  • Grades 4-6 - NHPBS Video - Learning Live - ASL: Language & Community - Amy Andersen - Fifth Grade (55:26) - VIEW
  • Grades 4-6 - NHPBS Video - Learning Live - Signing with Ms. Somer - Somer Stanley - Fifth Grade (57:15) - VIEW

THEME: Leonardo da Vinci

  • Grades PreK-1 - Sesame Street- Leonardo da Crunchy's "The Muncha Lisa" - VIEW
  • Grades K-3 - PBS KIDS - Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum - Drawing with Leonardo da Vinci - DO
  • Grades: K-3 - PBS LearningMedia - Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum Leonardo da Vinci booklet - View, READ, DO
  • Grades: 3-6 - Kimball Art Center - Leonardo da Vinci: Sketches and Inventions Lesson Plan - DO
  • Grades: 6-8 - EDSITEment - Leonardo da Vinci: Creative Genius Lesson Plan - DO
  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS Video - Nova - Decoding da Vinci (53:31) - VIEW
  • Grades: 6-12 - NHPBS Video - PBS Newshour - The Uncommon Mastermind Behind Mona Lisa’s Smile (8:17) - VIEW
  • Grades: 6-12 - Louvre - Mona Lisa - VIEW
  • Grades: 6-12 - National Gallery of Art - Ginevra de' Benci  - VIEW and READ
  • Grades: 6-12 - Museum of Science, Boston  - da Vinci the Genius - VIEW and READ


NHPBS - 11.1 Comcast (2/802) More Options

Monday, 4/15 from 10-11 pm NHPBS
Travel from New England to Costa Rica and Jamaica to meet some of the most colorful and melodic migratory birds and the people who are dedicated to saving them, including Vermont students helping to re-forest the mountains of Costa Rica. SAVING SONGBIRDS Streaming Video

NH WORLD - 11.3 More Options

INDEPENDENT LENS - Children of Las Brisas
Monday, 4/15 from 3;0 pm NH WORLD
In an impoverished Venezuela neighborhood, the power of music is put to the test for El Sistema national youth orchestra. INDEPENDENT LENS Streaming Video

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