PBS Teaching Tennessee

Through a continued partnership with the state’s PBS stations, Tennessee students have access to academic instructional videos airing on PBS statewide, which include video lessons for Pre-K-3 students and additional grade levels for science and math. Additionally, Starting with Sounds videos are airing 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 can 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 is 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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PBS Teaching Tennessee Schedule: Summer Break

From Monday, May 30th- Friday, July 29th, the PBS Teaching Tennessee series will pause for summer break on all six statewide PBS stations. Daily classroom lessons will resume in August.  

Monday:

  • 9- 9:30 a.m. CT: Kindergarten Literacy Foundational Skills, Lesson 6  
  • 9:30- 10 a.m. CT: Kindergarten Math, Lesson 6
  • 10- 10:30 a.m. CT: 1st Grade Math, Lesson 8
  • 10:30 - 11 a.m. CT: 2nd Grade Literacy Foundational Skills, Lesson 8

Tuesday:

  • 9- 9:30 a.m. CT: Kindergarten Literacy Foundational Skills, Lesson 7
  • 9:30- 10 a.m. CT: Kindergarten Math, Lesson 7
  • 10- 10:30 a.m. CT: 1st Grade Literacy Foundational Skills, Lesson 3
  • 10:30 - 11 a.m. CT: 2nd Grade Math, Lesson 9

Wednesday:

  • 9- 9:30 a.m. CT: Starting with Sounds
  • 9:30- 10 a.m. CT: Kindergarten Math, Lesson 8
  • 10- 10:30 a.m. CT: 1st Grade Math, Lesson 9
  • 10:30 - 11 a.m. CT: 2nd Grade Literacy Foundational Skills, Lesson 9

Thursday:

  • 9- 9:30 a.m. CT: Kindergarten Literacy Foundational Skills, Lesson 9
  • 9:30- 10 a.m. CT: Kindergarten Math, Lesson 9
  • 10- 10:30 a.m. CT: 1st Grade Literacy Foundational Skills, Lesson 4
  • 10:30 - 11 a.m. CT: 2nd Grade Math, Lesson 10

Friday:

  • 9- 9:30 a.m. CT: Kindergarten Literacy Foundational Skills, Lesson 10
  • 9:30- 10 a.m. CT: Kindergarten Math, Lesson 10
  • 10- 10:30 a.m. CT: 1st Grade Math, Lesson 10
  • 10:30 - 11 a.m. CT: 2nd Grade Literacy Foundational Skills, Lesson 10

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!