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Teachable Moments Webinar

Join us for our fourth Teachable Moments Webinar on December 8th, Wednesday! This is a short engaging workshop surrounding our mini-series, Teachable Moments. Engage in activities and have a chance to ask educators questions! Hosted by veteran teacher and longtime WQED Education partner, Denice Pazuchanics. The first 100 registrants receive a Jazz/Music Exploration Activity Toolkit and book* 

*To receive your activity kit before the webinar, please register by 12/1/21. You will still receive one after this date, but delivery is not guaranteed in time for the webinar. While supplies last. 

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Date: December 8th, 2021 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM


Books & the Pursuit of Dreams

Children's Literacy expert Dr. Nosakhere Griffin-El finds power in books, especially in helping youngsters explore their dreams for the future.
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Intro to Jazz

One cool component of jazz is "composing on the fly," says Howie Alexander, artistic director of the Afro-American Music Institute. You need to listen and practice every day.
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Painting with Nature

Make a beautiful painting - with just the materials you find at hand outside! Amber and Lydia from the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy show us how to draw using outdoor objects!
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An Active Adventure

Can you follow instructions to get to Fen and Ivy’s house for a tea?  Let’s Move Pittsburgh’s Sarah Cullo from Phipps Conservatory gives us some strenuous and fun activities that get us to our destination.
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Signing the Alphabet

There are many ways to recite the alphabet -- and in this Teachable Moment, Delaney Gara, shows us how to do it with our hands.
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Your Voice Tells a Story

Pittsburgh Festival Opera singer Emily Gallagher gives us a "melodious" lesson on the many ways you can use your voice!
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Coding Step by Step

Stem Coding Lab Program Director Jason Hivner explains what the term "algorithm" means. He uses an "algorithm" to teach his partner to complete a simple task.
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Acting Out Your Feelings

Jim Scriven from the Pittsburgh CLO Academy explains how to use all your emotions in an acting game called, "These pretzels are making me thirsty."
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A Thyme-ly Lesson

Gardener Boaz Frankel shows us common herbs found in our gardens and explains some more unusual uses.
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Make a Dance

Attack Theatre dance company members Sarah Zielinski and Allison Popieski show us how to choreograph a dance that reflects our own personalities.
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Collage Creations

Nora Peters, director of the Millvale Community Library turns catalogs into colorful, original pieces of art by creating collages.
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Your Voice, Your Vote

It’s all about choices: Joe Harmon, a civics teacher at Redbank Valley High School, teaches us how to prepare to vote by using the game “Cast Your Vote.” The more you learn, the better informed you are!
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A Photography Lesson

Charlene Foggie-Barnett, community archivist at the Carnegie Museum of Art, shows us how to take exciting family portraits. Charlene takes her hints from Teenie Harris -- one of Pittsburgh's top photographers who chronicled the Black community for decades.
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Staying Fit Indoors

Take common items around the house and transform your home into a sports arena. Mike Schall, a phys-ed teacher from the Bethel Park School District, shows us how to use items for sport, while staying fit and having fun!
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What's Up? Finding Polaris

Science communicator Ralph Crewe takes us on a trip "up". In this Teachable Moment, "Up" is the night sky and Ralph teaches us how to always locate Polaris, the North Star.
Stars & Space Activity

A Tangram Puzzle

Do you like stretching your mind? How about a neat way to learn shapes AND construct dozens of different puzzles? Try making a Tangram with help from Integrative Media Artist and TEKStart owner Shimira Williams.
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How to Draw a Rabbit

Cartoonist Joe Wos takes you through the process of drawing a rabbit, using only a few letters of the alphabet!

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Building a Survival Shelter in your Backyard

Lo Zemanek, an educator with Venture Outdoors, shows us how to build a survival shelter using materials scattered around outside like sticks and leaves. And even if there isn't enough to build one for a human being, you could still create one for a furry little stuffed animal!
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Searching for Critters

Are there are exotic critters in your backyard? Andrea Redinger is a biology teacher “extraordinaire” at Greensburg Salem High School. Mrs. Redinger, AKA Mrs. Frizzle, gives us a “hands-on” look at two exotic critters that can be found in her classroom, and encourages you to look for other wild life in your own backyard.
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A Paper Workout

Can a piece of paper hold up a stack of books? Melissa Unger, South Fayette Elementary School STEAM teacher, gives it a try. Basic concepts like building and distribution of weight are demonstrated in this fun lesson that can easily be done at home.
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Create an Obstacle Course

Amanda Stein, a summer camp counselor at South Hills Interfaith Movement, builds an obstacle course in her driveway using chalk and some items she found around her house.
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Learning to Sort

Will Tolliver Jr., Early Learning Expert and PBS Kids Early Learning Champion, takes a walk outdoors to find and gather natural materials.
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Science and Slushies

Jasmine Hamilton, a middle school science teacher at Propel McKeesport demonstrates a cool scientific phenomenon using a bottle of water and a homemade freezer.
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Home Alphabet Lesson

Joe DiLucente and Susan McKeever, from the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit, select a letter of the alphabet and then find things around their homes that start with that letter.
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History and Street Names

Joe Welch, North Hills Middle School American History and Social Studies teacher, shows how a neighborhood walk observing street name signs can lead to a history lesson.
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