Sherlock Holmes and Mary Cassatt - May 22

Elementary (and Middle and High School) Learning, My Dear Watson

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Today is Canadian Immigrants Day, Buy a Musical Instrument Day, Maritime Day, Solitaire Day, Vanilla Pudding Day, Sherlock Holmes Day, Goth Day, and Orienteering Day.

May is Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Today's Birthdays
Songs of the Day
Today's Theme: Sherlock Holmes and Mary Cassatt
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Resource of the Day


  • 1804 - The Lewis and Clark Expedition begins.
  • 1819 - SS Savannah leaves Savannah, Georgia on a journey that will make it the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1849 - Abraham Lincoln is issued a patent for an invention to lift boats, making him the only U.S. president to ever hold a patent.
  • 1856 - Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina beats Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts with a cane in the hall of the United States Senate over a speech Sumner gave about slavery in the South. 
  • 1900 - The Associated Press is formed.
  • 1906 - The Wright brothers are granted a patent for their "Flying-Machine."
  • 1927 - An 8.3 magnitude near Xining, China, kills 200,000.
  • 1968 - The nuclear-powered submarine USS Scorpion sinks with 99 men aboard.
  • 1992 - Johnny Carson hosts his last Tonight Show.
  • 2002 - A jury in Birmingham, Alabama, convicts former Ku Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry of the 1963 murder of four girls in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.
  • 2011 -  An EF5 tornado strikes Joplin, Missouri, killing 158.
  • 2017 - Twenty-two people are killed in a bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.



  • Elvis Costello - Watching the Detectives - LISTEN
  • The Monkees - Mary Mary - LISTEN
  • Elton John - Tiny Dancer (Lyrics by Bernie Taupin) - LISTEN
  • Morrisey - Everyday is Like Sunday -  LISTEN
  • Richard Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries - LISTEN

NHPBS LearningMedia - Asian Americans in the Arts

THEME: Sherlock Holmes

  • Grades PreK-1 - Sesame Street - Sherlock Hemlock Helps Maria (2:43) - VIEW
  • Grades PreK-1 - Sesame Street - Ernlock Holmes (5:13) - VIEW
  • Grades PreK-1 - Sesame Street - Ernie's Half-Eaten Sandwich (3:03) - VIEW
  • Grades 7-12 - NHPBS Video - Lakeshore Classic Movies - Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942) (1:08:04) - VIEW
  • Grades 7-12 - NHPBS Video - Lakeshore Classic Movies - Terror By Night  (1946) (59:33) - VIEW
  • Grades 9-12 - NHPBS LearningMedia - The Hound of the Baskervilles 1: Meet Sherlock Holmes (1:47) - VIEW, READ, DO
  • Grades 9-12 - NHPBS LearningMedia -The Hound of the Baskervilles 2: The Mysterious Moor (2:05) - VIEW, READ, DO
  • Grades 9-12 - NHPBS LearningMedia - The Hound of the Baskervilles 3: The Seance (1:54) - VIEW, READ, DO
  • Grades 6-8 - ReadWriteThink - Expository Escapade - Detective's Handbook Lesson Plan - READ and DO
  • Grades 9-12 - ReadWriteThink - Investigating Genre: The Case of the Classic Detective Story Lesson Plan - READ and DO

THEME: Mary Cassatt

  • Grades K-1 - NHPBS Video - Reading Explorers - Mary Cassatt (14:14) - VIEW
  • Grades K-4 - National Gallery of Art - Art Starters - Mary Cassatt - DO
  • Grades 5-12 - National Gallery of Art - Mary Cassatt - READ and VIEW
  • Grades 5-12 - PBS Learning Media - Kentucky Virtual Art Museum - L'Enfant (The Child), 1905 - READ and DO
  • Grades 7-12 - The Art Assignment - The Case of Impressionism (12:41) - VIEW
  • Grades 7-12 - Mary Cassatt: A Brush with Independence (56:20) - VIEW


NHPBS - 11.1 Comcast (2/802) More Options

NATURE - Wild Ireland: Kingdom of Stone preview
Wednesday, 5/22 from 8-9 pm NHPBS
Follow the story of a pine marten as she takes us on a journey through a desert of gray stones called the Burren, home to some of Ireland's most enchanting wildlife. NATURE Streaming Video

NOVA - Decoding the Universe: Cosmos
Wednesday, 5/22 from 9-10 pm NHPBS
How big is the universe? Will it ever end? Why is so much of it made of mysterious dark matter and energy? See how mind-bending discoveries over the past 50 years have revolutionized our understanding of the universe. NOVA Streaming Video

POMPEII: THE NEW DIG - Escape view online
Wednesday, 5/22 from 10-11 pm NHPBS
A new excavation in Pompeii continues to unearth rich discoveries. Professor Steven Tuck of Miami University joins the team to look for evidence of Pompeiians who might have survived the eruption of AD 79. POMPEII: THE NEW DIG Streaming Video

NH WORLD - 11.3 More Options

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - Surviving the Dust Bowl view online
Wednesday, 5/22 from 2-3 pm NH WORLD
They were called "Black Blizzards," dark clouds reaching miles into the sky, churning millions of tons of dirt into torrents of destruction. For ten years beginning in 1930, dust storms ravaged the parched and overplowed southern plains, turning bountiful wheat fields into deserts. Disease, hardship, and death followed, yet the majority of people stayed on, steadfastly refusing to give up on the land and a way of life. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Streaming Video

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - Citizen Hearst: Part Oneview online
Wednesday, 5/22 from 3-5 pm NH WORLD
Trace the rise of William Randolph Hearst, who built the nation's largest media empire by the 1930s. Born into one of America's wealthiest families, he used his properties to achieve unprecedented political power, then ran for office himself. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Streaming Video

INDPENDENT LENS - Free Chol Soo Leeview online
Wednesday, 5/22 from 7-8:30 pm NH WORLD
Sentenced to death for a 1973 San Francisco murder, Korean immigrant Chol Soo Lee was set free after a pan-Asian solidarity movement of Korean, Japanese, and Chinese Americans helped to overturn his conviction. After 10 years of fighting for his life inside San Quentin, Lee found himself in a new fight to rise to the expectations of the people who believed in him. INDEPENDENT LENS Streaming Video

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PBS LearningMedia

PBS LearningMedia

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Annenberg Learner

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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.

  • Cheshire County Historical Society

  • 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



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  • PBS Teachers' Lounge
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  • PBS KIDS Games app
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