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PBS NewsHour Extra helps teachers and students identify the who, what, where and why-it-matters of the major national and international news stories. The site combines the best of NewsHour's reliable, trustworthy news program with lesson plans developed specifically for students. Standards-aligned resources cover subject areas, including government and civics, STEM, social studies, English, the arts, economics and media literacy. Engaging and thoughtful discussion questions ask students to explore all sides of an issue and extension activities ensure students go beyond just the headlines.

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Lesson Plan: Invent your own device to battle invasive species
  • Multiple Subjects
  • High School
Stunning fish who were once kept as pets are destroying Florida’s coral reef ecosystem. In this PBS NewsHour lesson plan, students will learn how...
Class Debate: Artists Lock Horns Over Fearless Girl and Charging Bull Sculptures
  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS
Two sculptures located in New York City’s Financial District have artists and art appreciators locking horns in a sticky debate about art, commercial...
Lesson plan: Invent an app that helps your community
  • Multiple Subjects
  • High School
How does the food you eat make it to your kitchen table? How has technology made that process easier? In this lesson, PBS NewsHour takes a look at...
Lesson plan: Build empathy with stories about disabilities
  • Multiple Subjects
  • High School
Are you an empathetic person? Use these stories about individuals with disabilities, all conceived of, filmed and edited by middle and high school...
Lesson Plan: How to create a balanced budget — it’s a ‘Balancing Act’
  • Multiple Subjects
  • High School
How do we know that our government is fulfilling its duties to us, the public? How do we decide what those duties are? As efforts to pass the federal...
Lesson plan: What’s your “Brief but Spectacular” take?
  • Multiple Subjects
  • High School
Every Thursday night, the PBS NewsHour profiles people and their passions in the series Brief but Spectacular . Creator Steve Goldbloom and his...
Lesson plan: How new inventions help people with injuries and disabilities
  • Multiple Subjects
  • High School
New groundbreaking technology may help improve the lives of people who are paralyzed or experienced severe limb weakness due to illness or injuries...
Lesson Plan: How renewable energy invention protects the environment
  • Multiple Subjects
  • High School
Picture your nearest river or lake. How do people use it? Are you happy with the way it is treated and its relationship to your community? In some...
10 lesson plans on inventions that will change the world
  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS
These 10 project-based lessons explore inventions saving endangered species, finding renewable energy sources and more. STEM and humanities teachers...
Lesson plan: Pearl Harbor remembered as “A date which will live in infamy”
  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS
On Dec. 7, 1941, the naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii was attacked by Japanese air forces. Watch this short clip about the morning of the attack...