Michigan Learning Channel

The Michigan Learning Channel

A new resource for schools, teachers, parents, and students will be available from Michigan's public television stations in early January 2021.

Michigan Learning Channel - Detroit Public Television

Monday will be a very proud moment for Detroit Public Television, as we launch the Michigan Learning Channel. The MLC is one of the biggest projects we’ve probably ever undertaken, accomplished in the shortest amount of time.   Many of you have had important roles to play in making the idea of the Michigan Learning Channel become a reality. And the MLC team thanks you – we couldn’t have done it without you.
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Keep Students Engaged in Learning Over the Summer
The Michigan Learning Channel’s 8-week summer program
has everything kids need to continue building their brains and learning key concepts that will help them succeed in school.

Link to summer learning information

Welcome to Earth Week!    There is Earth and science content scattered across the week this week on the Michigan Learning Channel, with a particular focus on Michigan and the Great Lakes coming on Saturday and Sunday.   Video links and classroom resources are available at https://www.michiganlearning.org/resource/earth-week-2021/.   PBS Learning Media also has a large collection of videos on careers in earth and space science:   https://dptv.pbslearningmedia.org/subjects/science/earth-and-space-science/careers-in-earth-and-space-science/.

If leaving the reality of Earth behind is more to your taste, American Experience will feature the creator of the Land of Oz tonight at 9:00pm on PBS Stations statewide.   “American Oz” tells the story of Frank Baum and how he came to write an American classic.  Please check local listings.  More information at https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/american-oz/?fbclid=IwAR0rqy-Y9lk09EsgTjr-oOCoIn0-NOasQi0NBa6dYSdnocEdveUurwEFdXk.

And if seeing a gifted teacher in action during Poetry Month would make your day, check out the recording of Dwayne Reed in last week’s conversation about rap, poetry and his book Rhymin’ B Simon.   https://www.facebook.com/PBSBooks1/videos/234025608514555.

Several other PBS events of interest can be found below.


The impact of the COVID year on kids and concern about their mental health with be part of a special Well Beings event on Wednesday, April 28th, at 7:00pm.    Michigan students will be speaking out on anxiety, depression, suicide awareness, mental health, and the pain their friends and peers are feeling.  What do they want from teachers, parents and others in their lives?   This virtual event will be available on Facebook Live.   For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/events/d41d8cd9/well-beings-tour-please-listen-students-talk-about-mental-health-suicide-awarene/242162677656702/.

Read, Write, ROAR!   (Episodes 403 and 404).   Activity guides for each episode are online at https://www.michiganlearning.org/english-language-arts/

              Kindergarten:  Looking for rhyming patterns in “Mary Had A Little Lamb”, and reading a book about worms to learn some new vocabulary

              First Grade:   Traits of plants and animals that make them special and learning about long and short vowel patterns in a poem about nature

              Second Grade:    Animals in the Everglades, learning new words to write about them, plus exploring the prefix re-

              Third Grade:      Thinking about how animals survive in their habitats and writing informational text to describe them

Math Mights:  (Episodes 317 and 318).  Educational support materials for each episode are online at https://www.michiganlearning.org/math/

              Kindergarten:   Counting with 10 and some more to figure out “how many?” and representing numbers 11-19.

              First Grade:  Word problems where the are unknowns are in different positions, and writing equations to match.

              Second Grade:   Making different combinations of coins to make a dollar, along with addition and subtraction word problems involving money.

              Third Grade:   Comparing fractions on a number line, and comparing fractions with the same numerator.

Let’s Learn (Pre-School to Grade 2):   Long “e” and long “a” sounds dominate the week.      

5:00pm:   On Monday CAMP TV celebrates Heroes Day and goes to the Beach on Friday.   Curious Crew explores our sense of hearing on Tuesday, while Curiosity Quest goes to an alpaca farm on Thursday.



“Great Performances” presents a new production of Romeo and Juliet on Friday, April 23rd at 9:00pm.  The stars Josh O’Connor (The Crown) and Jessie Buckley (Fargo) as the tragic lovers.   More information at https://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/romeo-juliet-about/12239/    See other interpretations and lessons about Shakespeare’s most famous play at https://dptv.pbslearningmedia.org/search/?q=romeo.

Has your portfolio taken a hit during the pandemic?  Join “When I’m 65” on Friday, April 23rd at 1:00pm for a virtual workshop on Investing:  What’s New and What’s Not.  This free virtual event is a partnership between the Investor Protection Trust, When I’m 65, and PBS Books.  More information at https://www.pbsbooks.org/when-im-65/ or on the PBS Books Facebook Page.


Monday, May 3rd:   The folks keeping the legacy of Mr. Rogers alive with shows like Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood will be reviving another puppet character from the Land of Make Believe.  Donkey Hodie premieres with more social and emotional learning with puppets on PBS KIDS.  Details at https://pbskids.org/donkeyhodie.

The entire May schedule for the Michigan Learning Channel is available for review at https://www.michiganlearning.org/schedule/.

The Michigan Learning Channel Summer is being formulated, with eight theme weeks of learning and a mix of both academic and informal learning experiences.   A flyer with basic information is attached, with more details coming soon!

Please Listen…
Student Talk About Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Flyer

Summer is fun with the Michigan Learning Channel! Flyer

Michigan Learning Channel - February 2021
  • On Wednesday at 5:00 p.m., celebrate Black History Month with PBS Books and ASALH as they host a virtual conversation with Dr. Mae Jemison. During the interview, Dr. Jemison will discuss her newly re-released memoir, Finding Where the Wind Goes, sharing the experiences that have identified her as a trailblazer in outer space, and in life.  Watch it live on the PBS Books Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PBSBooks1/live/.
  • More Black History Month resources are detailed in the attached “look ahead” to the week of February 8th-13th, and in our monthly teacher newsletter, out today.  See a copy of that newsletter here.  (https://pro-bee-beepro-messages.s3.amazonaws.com/186836/163391/306641/5854352.html?modified=1612192398942). I’ve also attached a calendar and resource guide to Black History Month programming on the MLC throughout the month.
  • On Thursday evening, February 4th , at 7:00 p.m., the Kresge Foundation, School Readiness Consulting and Detroit Public Television will be presenting a special virtual professional development webinar on health and safety for early childhood center operators and staff. “Surviving and Recovering from an Epidemic” will be led by the Henry Ford Health System, IFF, and the State of Michigan. Two dynamic child center owners from Detroit will inspire you with their stories of how they adapted to serve families during the pandemic, while Larry Horvath, the Director of LARA, will review the latest information about regulations and state help for center operators.  Register for the Zoom webinar here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/preparing-for-and-recovering-from-epidemics-webinar-tickets-136510828563?aff=erelexpmlt).

Also on Thursday, the MLC will be announcing a “Heart Healthy February” campaign featuring the InPACT videos we are airing on the channel.   More details to come!

If you have been looking for the POP Check social-emotional learning videos we run on the air, they are now available on-demand on the Michigan Learning Channel website at https://www.michiganlearning.org/social-emotional-learning/.

And if you missed any of last week’s “Thank a Teacher” videos, you can see them at the MLC YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFvhCYAzs3c-cn-W4g792pg.

There’s also an updated two minute long video on our YouTube page, explaining the Michigan Learning Channel at https://youtu.be/64hJKVQKo_w.

Finally, the preliminary March schedule for the MLC is attached.   It still has some holes that need filling, but the key focus of the month with be READING, in conjunction with National Reading Month. Programming will include episodes of “Reading Rockets”, “The Great American Read”, and the PBS Special from last fall’s Library of Congress book celebration.

Heart Healthy Activity for February


Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet MLC February Schedule


Watch anytime by live stream or on-demand at www.MichiganLearning.org.

NEXT WEEK-February 15-20

Heart Healthy February continues with exercises to help strengthen your heart, that you can do indoors.   https://www.michiganlearning.org/inpactathome

Let’s Learn focuses on letter sounds and letter combinations that make up words.   This hour-long program, good for Pre-K kids to 8 year-olds, offers a variety of activities with award-winning teachers and their families, at 7am, 12noon, and 6pm Monday-Friday.

Second graders following Read with Me at Home will learn the role of vowel sounds in creating poetry on Tuesday, while on Wednesday, third grade English language learners will explore homophones – words that sound the same, but have different spellings and meanings.

Expressions and equations of all time are featured this week on Illustrative Math for grades 6-8 plus Algebra 1.   Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings beginning at 7pm on the Michigan Learning Channel.

We’re happy to announce that all PBS Stations in Michigan are now live with the Michigan Learning Channel.  Link to map for details

Watch anytime by live stream or on-demand at www.MichiganLearning.org.

THIS WEEK-February 8-13

Ready to get moving?   The Michigan Learning Channel’s Heart Healthy February is getting underway, encouraging you to set goals for improving your physical activity with InPACT@Home.  Download a planning form, find age appropriate activities, and learn more about the initiative here:  https://www.michiganlearning.org/inpactathome.

MichiganLearning.org has added a new “Teacher Resources” page at https://www.michiganlearning.org/teacher-resources/.    On that page, you’ll be able to connect with our compiled list of Black History Month resources.

Get a head start on Women’s History Month in March with a special workshop hosted by PBS on Saturday afternoon, February 13th.  This two-hour event will provide professional development credit.  “Unladylike:  Where are the Women?” explores why women are so rarely featured in K-12 history courses, and what teachers can do to fill the gap..   More details and a registration link here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unladylike2020-where-are-the-women-tickets-136750342957

SUNDAY:  February 14th – VALENTINE’S DAY:   Follow PBS Books as they offer quotes about love all week long from famous authors.  https://www.facebook.com/PBSBooks1