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September 19, 2012

Teacher Guides for Shows AISD-TV Airs

Fairfax Network Program Resource Guides
Each year The Fairfax Network creates programming for educators to use in the classroom, and for public television stations and cable systems. The lineup includes quality K-12 enrichment, parenting, and staff development programs. Many of the shows come with additional resource information, teacher guides, and classroom activities created to fit seamlessly into the curriculum.
NASA’s journeys into air and space have deepened humankind’s understanding of the universe, advanced technology breakthroughs, enhanced air travel safety and security, and expanded the frontiers of scientific research. These accomplishments share a common genesis: education. As the United States begins the second century of flight, the Nation must maintain its commitment to excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education to ensure that the next generation of Americans can accept the full measure of their roles and responsibilities in shaping the future. NASA will continue the Agency’s tradition of investing in the Nation’s education programs and supporting the country’s educators who play a key role in preparing, inspiring, exciting, encouraging, and nurturing the young minds of today who will be the workforce of tomorrow.

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Film Ideas


From its inception, the Fairfax Network’s Meet the Author series has served to promote literacy, and an interest in reading and writing, by giving students direct access to authors who share their personal stories, offer their writing tips, and encourage students to “keep reading, keep writing, keep dreaming.”

During the half-hour interactive program, authors describe their approach to the writing process, talk about character development, and sometimes share a sneak peek at their books not yet published.  During live programs, students call in with questions, inspiring lively and impromptu responses from the authors.

The connection established between authors and students brings the process of reading and writing to life.  As a result, students are motivated to read new books, write their own stories, practice the art of illustration, and find and establish their places in a reading and writing world. 

Resource Guides

Colonial Williamsburg’s classroom materials and programs are developed by teachers, museum professionals, and historians. Electronic Field Trips are designed to meet grades 4–8 state standards in social studies, language arts, arts education, and library/technology literacy, and science (when applicable). These materials and additional Colonial Williamsburg classroom resources are also correlated to National Standards in History Education, National Standards for Civics and Government, and 21st-Century Skills.

Educational Connections

Among explore's founding principles are “Share What You Know” and “Never Stop Learning.” The films profile issues facing the environment, education, human rights, public health, philosophy, animal welfare, spirituality, and disabilities.

The lesson plans accompanying explore’s films are written for use in the K – 12 classroom and are connected to grade level national standards. Background information about the non-profit organizations is provided along with questions for guided discussion about the films. The questions are intended for students to connect to the people and issues profiled by exploring and developing their own viewpoints and opinions.

Enjoy exploring the minds of the people who will solve many of the issues profiled in these films.