Multilingual Public Media Resources

Multilingual Public Media Resources

WXXI Education created a list of public media resources that are available in multiple languages.

This list of resources has been curated by WXXI Education and is a working list. Our team will continue to add resources. The list includes multilingual resources available from PBS, PBS KIDS, and public media partners. We have categorized the resources into a few groups, click the links below to navigate to each section:



Parenting/Grownup Resources | Preschool/Early Childhood Resources | Elementary Resources | Middle/High School Resources | All Grade LevelsSecondary Audio Programming (SAP)



Parenting/Grownup Resources

  • Bright By Text - Free texting service with activities, videos, and resources to support children. Bright By Text is for parents and caregivers with children ages prenatal to 8 years old. Families receive 2 to 4 text messages per week, and each message includes a link to short videos, simple activities, and related resources. Bright By Text is available to families in WXXI's viewing area in Rochester and across the Finger Lakes. All of the content is available in English and Spanish.

  • PBS Parents Play & Learn App - This free app is designed specifically for parents and caregivers. It provides more than a dozen games grownups can play with their kids, each themed around a familiar location – including in the garden, at the grocery store, a restaurant, the kitchen, and many more. The bilingual (English/Spanish) app makes it easy for grownups to seize upon those daily “teachable moments” through theme-based interactive games and simple hands-on activities that connect math and literacy skills to everyday experiences.

  • Daniel Tiger for Parents App - This free bilingual (English/Spanish) app empowers parents and caregivers with songs and videos from the hit PBS KIDS series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Is your child learning about sharing? Struggling with trying a new food? Working on what to do with mad feelings? Daniel Tiger for Parents has a song for these important social-emotional skills – and many more of life’s little lessons! Featuring over two dozen Daniel Tiger songs, supporting videos from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and helpful hints for parents about the important skills children need to be ready for school and life.

  • Parenting MinutesWNET’s Parenting Minutes are short videos that focus on key topics related to early childhood learning and raising children. Each video page contains shareable tips and facts, as well as links to more FREE resources and information. Videos are available in English, Spanish, Bengali, and Chinese.

  • How to Talk to Your Kids about Coronavirus - In this PBS Parents article, families receive tips for speaking to their young children about the coronavirus.
     
  • PLUM Landing Parent Materials Section - Explore nature with your kids. Using these tips, activities, and printables to explore the outdoors with your child - explore: seeds, trees, habitats, wind, sounds, and more. (for Grades 1-4) 

  • Digital Resources for Parents and Teachers - This PBS LearningMedia video tutorial introduces parents, caregivers, and educators how to create an account and how to find and save resources in Spanish in your digital library. (for All Grades)

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Preschool/Early Childhood Resources

  • PBS KIDS Learn Along BINGO PacketsThese bilingua (available in English and Spanish)l, weekly Learn Along Bingo packets  include a range of thematic learning opportunities for children to choose their own learning adventures. (for Grades PreK-2)

  • Daniel Tigre in Español YouTube - Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood videos and songs have been uploaded in Spanish in their own YouTube collection. 

  • PBS KIDS Play & Learn Science App - Play with shadows, control the weather, roll and slide objects down a ramp, choose the best materials for an umbrella – all while building science inquiry skills and learning core science concepts. The games in this free, blingual (English/Spanish) app encourage kids to see the science in their world. They are intentionally designed to serve as catalysts for real-world exploration by modeling real-world locations and experiences. The related hands-on activities and parent notes prompt families to “try it” at home and provide tips for engaging in conversations. (for Ages 3-5)

  • Ready Jet Go! Space Explorer App - Kids can explore the solar system and visit planets, stars and constellations with Jet and his friends. Ready, Jet, Go, Excelsior! Go on a galactic journey with Jet, Sydney, Sean, Mindy and Sunspot from their backyard in Boxwood Terrace through space! Explore, paint, and play, as you learn about planets, stars and constellations. This free app can be toggled into either English or Spanish. 

  • The Cat in the Hat Builds That App - This free app introduces pre-k kids to science inquiry and engineering (STEM) concepts through games tailored to their learning progress. Kids can build bridges, explore friction through slides and sort fun objects and tools in fantastical lands along with the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally. Includes simple and fun hands-on activities that grownups and kids can do together, extending the STEM fun to home and everyday materials. The app can be toggled into either English or Spanish.

  • Oh Noah! Online Games - These online games are fo children who are learning Spanish as a second language. There are four games that teach simple vocabulary to kids. 

  • The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! Online Games - The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! online games can be toggled between English and Spanish. There are 6 Spanish games. 

  • PEEP & the Big Wide World - The animated series Peep and the Big Wide World gives wings to the innovative idea of teaching science and math to preschoolers. Wry and distinctive visual humor, charming plotlines, and lovable characters combine with a comprehensive science program to attract and engage kids three to five years old. The website offers providers a full Science curriculum, activities, digital games, and parenting resources in both English and Spanish. (for Ages 3-5)

  • Sesame Street in Communities - Hundreds of English/Spanish multi-media tools to help kids and families enrich and expand their knowledge during the early years of birth through six, a critical window for brain development. Includes videos, songs, activities, articles, digital storybooks, and more to engage kids and adults in everyday moments and daily routines—from teaching early math and literacy concepts, to encouraging families to eat nutritious foods, to serious topics such as divorce and food insecurity. (for PreK-2)

  • Curious George's Busy Day Online Games - 16 mini learning games on topics such as: hide and seek, groups of ten, fair sharing, counting, catching bugs, and more. Games are available in English and Spanish.

  • Elinor Wonders Why - Be curious with Elinor and her friends, Ari and Olive, in the PBS KIDS series Elinor Wonders Why. Find an array of resources in this PBS LearningMedia collection —including interactive lessons, playlists, viewing guides, and printable activities—to encourage your students to ask questions, make observations, and bask in the wonderment of nature’s amazing answers! (for Grade PreK-K)

  • A World of Stories - A PBS LearningMedia collection of stories from around the world, presented in English, English/Spanish, and English/French. 

  • Family & Community Learning with PBS KIDS Play & Learn Science - Get ready to dive into the world of science inquiry and the engineering design process! On this page, you will find everything you need to create an engaging Family & Community Learning (FCL) experience using the Play and Learn Science! app, a free bilingual (English / Spanish) mobile app that includes 15 games to teach children scientific inquiry. From a Facilitator Guide that gives a breakdown of the whole four-session family engagement experience to supplemental materials such as take-home materials and fun graphics, these resources expand the games into hands-on learning opportunities for families in your community. Materials are available in English and Spanish. (for Grades PreK-K)

  • Family & Community Learning with The Cat in the Hat - Create an engaging Family & Community Learning (FCL) experience using these high-quality resources based on The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! and the The Cat in the Hat Builds That app. Use the facilitator guide to get a breakdown of all four sessions of curriculum and share the handouts with families to promote learning science inquiry and the engineering and design process. Materials are available in English and Spanish. (for Grades PreK-K)

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Elementary Resources

  • PBS KIDS App SheetThis Spanish printable page shows all available FREE PBS KIDS apps, what age/grade level they are for, and what the learning goals they meet. (for Grade PreK-3)

  • Let's Go Luna! Friends Around the World - This printable page shows children how to say "friend" in multiple languages - Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French, Swahili, Japanese, Turkish, German, and Hindi. 

  • Cyberchase At-Home ActivitiesA series of PBS KIDS Cyberchase at-home activities, including "Habitat Mapping Game", "Design Your Own Play Superhero", "Temperature Scavenger Hunt", and "Create a Family Water Conservation Plan". All of these activities are available in both English and Spanish and as downloadable PDFs. (for 

  • The Ruff Ruffman Show: Science - This science resource collection from The Ruff Ruffman Show features teacher's guides, YouTube-inspired videos, digital games, and student activities in English and Spanish starring canine host extraordinaire, Ruff Ruffman. Ruff, along with his trusty assistants Blossom the cat and Chet the mouse, answers questions from kids, takes on challenges, and learns the value of failure—all while modeling science inquiry skills and learning about core science concepts. Bring the fun of Ruff's scientific investigations into your classroom and use the letters to families to extend the learning at home! (for Grades K-2)

  • Family & Community Learning with PBS KIDS ScratchJr. - Join a learning adventure using the PBS KIDS ScratchJr app that will get the whole family involved! This collection contains everything you need to create an engaging Family and Community Learning (FCL) experience. From a Facilitator Guide that gives a breakdown of the whole four-session experience to supplemental materials such as Family Design Journals and ScratchJr How-To cards, these resources will help provide a comprehensive learning experience for families in your community that will explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and core coding concepts. Materials are available in English and Spanish. (for Grades K-2)

  • Exploraciones - Exploraciones is a PBS LearningMedia collection of resources for teaching Spanish in the elementary grades. The collection includes the ¡Arte y más! video series, which is designed to take students with no prior experience in Spanish from the novice-low to novice-mid level as defined by the Kentucky World Language Proficiency Standards. The collection also includes themed units featuring a variety of video segments, animations, lesson plans, activity ideas, and other materials for teaching students at the novice-mid to novice-high level. (for Grades K-5)

  • Decouverte - Découverte is a PBS LearningMedia collection of resources for teaching French. The collection includes a variety of video segments and animations.  (for Grades K-6)

  • SciGirls - Both the PBS LearningMedia collection and the SciGirls website offer English/Spanish resources. The LearningMedia collection offers downloadable videos in both English and Spanish, and the SciGirls website offers activities and videos in Spanish. (for Grades 2-5) 

  • Take the Stage - This PBS LearningMedia collection includes videos and lesson plans that teach academics through the arts. Aligned to science, social studies, math, and language arts standards. Videos and materials in English and Spanish. (for Grades K-5)

  • The Healthy Kids Project - The Healthy Kids Project uses song, movement, and animation in ten engaging lessons that support healthy choices and attitudes--teaching not only successful actions (limiting refined sugar, choosing water as a beverage, choosing fresh foods over processed foods), but also successful strategies (valuing the body, not letting past mistakes impede future success, taking one step at a time toward a goal, helping others to make good choices.) Each lesson contains a 60-second video (available in English and Spanish) and is accompanied by an overview, lesson plan and student activity. (for Grade K-2)

  • Joe Bee Xiong: War to Peace - In this PBS Wisconsin Education resource, learn how Joe Bee Xiong moved to Eau Claire, Wisconsin as a refugee in the 1980s after fighting as a child soldier in Laos during the Vietnam War era. He dedicated his life to serving the community, including on the city council, making him the first Hmong-American in Wisconsin elected to public office. He also taught others about Hmong culture and Hmong-Americans about US customs. This story's animation and books are available in both English and Hmong. (for Grades 3-8)

  • Artsville - This PBS LearningMedia collection provides all of their video content in both English and Spanish. Welcome to Artsville, where learning about art takes center stage! Learn dance, drama, music, and visual art concepts by watching these fun animations. (for Grades 4-8)

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Middle/High School Resources

  • Design Squad Global ClubsThe Design Squad Global clubs model connects kids ages 10–13 in informal education programs around the world. Kids explore engineering through - fun packed, high-energy, hands-on activities—and they partner with a DSG club from a different country! This collection includes resources (two club guides, connected videos, and trainings) to support a 6-week or 12-week program. All resources are in Arabic and English. (for Ages 10-13)

  • How to Make a Video Game - From MIT's Science Outloud collection. Video games are fun to play, but have you ever wondered how to make one? Carmelo, a grad student in the MIT Media Lab, shows how anyone can start learning how to create video games by talking to machines through programming languages. This video is presented in Italian. (for Grades 6-12)

  • Abenteuer - Abenteuer is a PBS LearningMedia collection of resources for teaching German. The collection includes animations. (for Grades 6-12)
     
  • Latino Americans Series On-Demand with Educational Resources:  Resources from the PBS Latino-Americans, a three-part documentary series chronicling the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos over the past 500 years. Watch Online in English or Spanish

  • Dropping Back In features half-hour programs which introduce people that left school and are now reconnecting to education and training opportunities. The stories show the issues they face and the people and programs helping them to succeed in continuing their education and furthering their work opportunties.  

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All Grade Levels

  • Watt-Watchers of Texas - Created by PBS station KLRN, Watt-Watchers is an energy efficiency program designed to help schools and families save energy and money, by learning about energy conservation efforts.These student activities supplement an energy conservation and energy efficiency curriculum. These exercises reinforce teaching and learning and are designed to increase awareness of how conserving energy, water, and materials is achievable in our everyday life. The activities are divided into six themes, but many are cross-curricular and cross-topic. The whole site is able to be toggled into either English or Spanish. (for Grades K-12)

  • PreK-12 Resources for New School Routines - This PBS LearningMedia collection of resources includes interactive lessons, videos, printables, media galleries, and more) in English and Spanish. (for Grades K-12)

  • PBS LearningMedia Subject Area One-Sheets - These downloadable one-sheets provide an overview to each subject area and any subcategories available in PBS LearningMedia. They are available in English and Spanish. (for Grades K-12)

  • Alternate Language Filters on PBS LearningMedia - In PBS LearningMedia, users are able to filter content searches based on language or culture: Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Arabic, Italian, Navajo. Use this tutorial to learn how to filter for alternate language.

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Secondary Audio Programming (SAP)

A number of PBS KIDS series have episodes available in Spanish. If Spanish language tracks are available, users can access this audio using the SAP function on the television. PBS KIDS that have seasons and episodes with secondary audio programming include:

  • The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! - Seasons 1-3
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog - Seasons 1 and 2
  • Clifford's Puppy Days - Select episodes in seasons 1 and 2 
  • Cyberchase - Seasons 1-12
  • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood - Seasons 1, 2
  • Dinosaur Train - Seasons 2-4
  • Hero Elementary
  • Peg + Cat - Season 1
  • Ready Jet Go! - Season 1
  • Sid the Science Kid - Season 2
  • WordGirl - Seasons 1-8
  • SciGirls - Season 4 (Spanish Primary Audio with English subtitles)

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