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Mister Rogers' Neighborhood premiered in 1967.
|Grades||7 – 12|
|Calendar Activity Type||Historical Figure & Event|
Fred Rogers, better known as "Mister Rogers," began developing his ideas for children's programming in the 1950s. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood began in 1967; a year later, PBS began broadcasting the show. The last original Mister Rogers' Neighborhood aired in 2001, making it the longest-running PBS program at the time.
Ask students to think of movies, TV shows, and books they remember from their childhood. Encourage them to identify those from when they were very young. Ask students to choose an item from the list that they have not seen or read in a long time and to describe everything they remember-the plot, characters, and other elements as well as their associated feelings.
Next, ask students to revisit the item or to ask an adult about it. Students can respond by writing what they think about the text now that they are older: Do they still like it? What details did they remember? What did they NOT remember about it? Finally, ask students to explain whether they would share it with a child of their own or a younger sibling.
- Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
This is the official PBS website for Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. It includes many activities designed to stimulate the imagination.
- Remembering Mister Rogers
NPR maintains this collection of articles about and interviews with Fred Rogers. It includes a special broadcast of his 30th anniversary show.
- Fred Rogers' Biography
Family Communications, the producers of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, provides this page devoted to Rogers. Featured on the site are a biography, images, and a timeline of Rogers' life.
- Songs from the Neighborhood
This site features lyrics and samples of the songs from the Grammy-winning Songs from the Neighborhood, a compilation of songs written by Fred Rogers and performed by 12 popular vocalists.
Grades K – 2 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
"Bessie bird lives in a barn" in this lesson in which students create alliterative animal songs to help them learn letter names and consonant sounds and build phonemic awareness.
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students explore what Carol Jago calls the place “where life and art intersect” by reading Nikki Giovanni’s poem, “Nikki-Rosa,” and then writing about childhood memories of their own.
Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students explore the year they were born through interviews and research, and then weave the details into a newspaper or booklet, written from another person’s point of view.
Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students interview family members, and then create graphic family timelines based on important and memorable family events.