PBS Teaching Tennessee

Through a partnership with the state’s PBS stations, Tennessee students had access to academic instructional videos that aired on PBS statewide, which included video lessons for Pre-K-3 students and additional grade levels for science and math. Additionally, Starting with Sounds videos aired each Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. CT, which is a Reading 360 statewide awareness campaign to help Tennessee parents and students understand the importance of reading in an engaging and fun way.  

In collaboration with Tennessee PBS, the department created Starting with Sounds to highlight the importance of early literacy and how families and students can practice reading by watching and listening to national and local musicians, athletes, and champions of student success read their favorite books and sing songs to help build these critical skills.  

Families could watch the instructional video lessons created specifically for Tennessee students on all six state PBS stations – WNPT Nashville, East Tennessee PBS, WCTE Upper Cumberland, WKNO Memphis, West TN PBS, and Chattanooga WTCI from 9 a.m. –11 a.m. CT each weekday.   

PBS Teaching Tennessee was available on all six PBS stations:

WNPT Nashville                                                        WKNO Memphis

West TN PBS                                                               Chattanooga WTCI

East Tennessee PBS                                                WCTE Upper Cumberland


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Teaching Tennessee Resources: Student Packets and Teacher Lesson Plans

Teaching Tennessee classroom lessons for 1st-8th grade students can be found on the department's YouTube page. All 320 lessons have companion teacher lesson plans and student packets. 

Here are guides for English language arts and math educators and parents to support the use of these at-home lessons:

The following lessons and videos have been designed for review and practice. They are intended to support students during the time of extended school closure. The department recognizes that students will have limited practice support and activities have been designed to reinforce the lesson rather than extend the learning in the lesson.

Math Grade 1

Math Grade 2

Math Grade 3    

Math Grade 4  

Math Grade 5   

Math Grade 6     

Math Grade 7     

Math Grade 8

Thank you to our PBS Partners!