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Here are this week's home viewing suggestions selected from online advanced program listings and aligned with state and national K-12 academic standards available online.

Sunday, Mar. 23
1-4 p.m. E/P

Discovery Channel

Subjects: World History

Elementary, Middle and High School

"Jesus: The Complete Story - The Early Years/The Mission/The Last Days"

Airing on Easter, this is a broadcast of all three episodes of a documentary miniseries about Jesus. The series begins with the childhood and early adult years of Jesus using a first century living museum newly opened in Nazareth. Find out why Jesus began his mission and why he chose to live his life the way he did. Jesus: Part 2 covers his ministry as a healer and exorcist and how his taste for parties with undesirable guests became an attack on religious authorities. Follow him to Jerusalem and see how dangerous it was for him during the Passover Festival. Jesus: The final episode looks at the last days of Jesus' life: the Last Supper; the Mount of Olives where he prayed and sweat blood; and the trial where he is condemned for blasphemy. Explore what may have accounted for his resurrection and find out what he may have looked like. Series Rated TV-G

Sunday, Mar. 23
9-10 p.m. E/P

HGTV Channel

Subjects: Science and Geography

Elementary, Middle and High School

"HGTV Green Home 2008"

The HGTV Channel is building and giving away an eco-friendly home in 2008. With a total prize value of approximately $850,000, the HGTV Green Home is a traditionally-styled, low country cottage under construction near Hilton Head. At just over 2,000 square feet, the fully-furnished home includes three bedrooms and two and a half baths and features both construction and design elements that are known to contribute to a healthier living environment. The home has received a significant Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.. Viewers can get their first on air tour of the home on this HGTV Green Home 2008 special documentary . (LEED for Homes, a voluntary rating system, is a project of the U.S. Green Building Council, which plans to launch a nationwide residential LEED certification program later this year.)

Monday, Mar. 24
8-9 p.m. E/P

History Channel

Subjects: Science and Technology

Elementary, Middle and High School

"Modern Marvels - Bread"

It's the basic source of nourishment for half the world. Bake it, roast it, slice it, toast it--it's a wonder that three simple ingredients, flour, water and salt, can be transformed into so many different shapes and tastes. From baguettes to pita, from corn bread to flour tortillas, every culture finds a way to make it and bake it.

Tuesday, Mar. 25
8-10 p.m. E/P


Subjects: Science and Arts

Middle and High School

"Autism: The Musical"

"Autism: The Musical" is intended to bring attention to a modern-day epidemic while celebrating the value of the human spirit in overcoming any challenge. The film introduces Neal, Lexi, Henry, Adam and Wyatt - five autistic kids who, along with their parents, take part in a groundbreaking theatrical workshop. The Miracle Project was started by Neal's mother Elaine Hall with an eye towards helping children with autism express themselves while learning to socialize with other kids. Over the course of six months, viewers will witness the frustrations, challenges and triumphs of the families both on stage and in their home lives as they prepare for the show. The creative process provides a key to unlocking the children's inner worlds. The film also shows how patience, understanding, love and community can be used to help children with autism better adapt to the world at large.

Further information at http://www.hbo.com/docs/programs/autism/index.html

Wednesday, Mar. 26
8-9 p.m. E/P


Subjects: Arts and World History

Elementary, Middle and High School

"Great Performances: Peter & the Wolf"

Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev's fanciful musical tale "Peter and the Wolf" is given new life in this innovative animated film interpretation, which won an Academy Award for best animated short film.

Further information at http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf

Thursday, Mar. 27
8-9 p.m. E/P

National Geographic Channel

Subjects: Science and Technology

Elementary, Middle and High School

"Who Knew? With Marshall Brain: Car, Airbag, Money"

The host of this weekly adventure is Marshall Brain, an expert explainer, teacher, columnist and author of the best-selling book "How Stuff Works," who has earned degrees in both electrical engineering and computer science. He travels across the country to find out what happens when traditional assembly lines collide with cutting-edge technology to build familiar yet extraordinary objects in our everyday lives. This program has reports on who, exactly, is manning the automobile assembly line these days? Also, how do you make an airbag that not only deploys within milliseconds of an accident, but knows how full to inflate depending on the size and weight of the passenger? And, finally, if it doesn't grow on trees, where does money actually come from?

Friday, Mar. 28
7-8 p.m. E/P

History Channel

Subjects: Science and Technology

Elementary, Middle and High School

"Modern Marvels - The Butcher "

This documentary traces the trade's evolution--from yesteryear's butcher-on-every-corner to today's industrial butcher working on a "disassembly" line. We tour the infamous remains of the Chicago Stockyards, where Upton Sinclair, Clarence Birdseye, and refrigeration changed butchering forever; witness high-speed butchering; and travel to a non-stop sausage factory. And if you're still squeamish, a USDA inspector offers the lowdown on HACCP--the country's new system of checks and balances on everything from quality grading to E. coli, Salmonella, and Mad Cow Disease. Finally, we visit the last bastion of old-school butchering--the rural custom butcher, who slaughters, eviscerates, skins, and cuts to his customer's wishes.

Saturday, Mar. 29
7-8 p.m. E/P

Discovery Channel

Subjects: Science and Technology

Elementary, Middle and High School

"Download: The True Story of the Internet - People Power"

This documentary tells the story of how the internet has changed society and how new web-entrepreneurs are shaping our digital futures. Rated TV-G


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