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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, July 6
8-9 p.m. E/P


Subjects: World History and Geography

Middle and High School

"The Survival Project: One Child At A Time"

CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta hosts this special documentary about children at risk around the world -- and what we can do to help. UNICEF experts explain how to make a difference.

Log on http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2008/survival.project

Sunday, July 6
9-9:30 p.m. E/P


Subjects: US History

Elementary, Middle and High School

"Coming Home: When Parents Return from War"

By the end of July, 20,000 U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan will have come home - and today nearly half (43%) of all deployed U.S. troops are parents. This news documentary, hosted by Linda Ellerbee, honors the bravery and sacrifices of those men and women by honoring the bravery and sacrifices of their kids. Viewers are introduced to kids from around the country whose parents have been deployed. When parents go to war, their kids must be as brave as any soldier. But what happens after the parent returns? On this program, airing on this 4th of July weekend, Nick News takes the opportunity to say to all the soldiers - and all their families, "Thank you.?

Log on http://www.nick.com/all_nick/tv_supersites/nick_news/?_requestid=246719

Monday, July 7
9-10 p.m. E/P


Subjects: US History

Elementary, Middle and High School

"History Detectives"

This edition of PBS's popular history program investigates stories of a flag that may have been carried into battle by one of the few African-American infantry regiments in WWI; a painting that may be the work of Seth Eastman; and a two-story building that may have housed a Chinese Tong.

Log on http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives

Tuesday, July 8
9-10 p.m. E/P


Subjects: World History and Geography

Middle and High School

"Wide Angle: Japan's About Face"

Granted unprecedented access to Japan's "West Point" - the National Defense Academy - the producers of this documentary have captured a remarkable view of the military's shifting role in post-war Japanese society. Since WWII, Japan's pacifist constitution has mandated a strictly defensive force. But the line between defense and offense has blurred, and Japan's military budget is now the fifth largest in the world. With troops in Iraq and sophisticated new fighter jets, Japan is reconsidering its rules of engagement. This program follows Academy cadets preparing for possible overseas deployment and meets a group of peace demonstrators - including atom bomb survivors - on a two-month march dedicated to keeping Japan's troops at home.

Log on http://www.pbs.org/wideangle

PlanetGreen Channel

Subjects: Science and Geography

Middle and High School

"G Word: Earthships"

This environmental documentary takes viewers to the desert of New Mexico, to visit a group of architectural wonders known as "Earthships," energy efficient homes entirely constructed from recycled materials. Rated TV-PG

Log on http://planetgreen.discovery.com/home-garden/green-design-our-favorite-site.html

Thursday, July 10
8-9 p.m. E/P

National Geographic Channel

Subjects: Science

Elementary, Middle and High School

"Man Made: Into The Deep"

Deep down on the seafloor lies a largely unknown world waiting to be explored. To get to these sunless depths, deepwater explorers have to overcome crushing pressures and deadly currents, but the deeper they go, the more dangerous the challenge. This documentary examines the revolutionary gear, cutting-edge technologies and ambitious projects that keep pushing the frontiers of deep sea knowledge, including a high-tech diving suit that would allow humans to swim to record depths, hitch a ride on nuclear submarine and visit the world's first underwater laboratory to see for yourself the wonders under the sea. TV-G.

Friday, July 11
9:30-10 p.m. E/P

Animal Planet Channel

Subjects: Science

Elementary, Middle and High School

"Extraordinary Animals: The Super Sonic Dolphin"

Luna, a bottlenose dolphin, can tell her handlers what she wants for lunch using her sonar to point at an acoustic touch screen. This documentary shows how her incredible abilities are changing our understanding of dolphin communication and helping to protect them in the wild.

Friday, July 11
10-10:30 p.m. E/P

The N Cable Channel

Subjects: Health and Science

Middle and High School

"The N's Student Body"

This is the initial episode of an eight part reality series, brings together two rival Chicago high schools in a life-changing mission to get into shape and live a healthy lifestyle. Competition is tough. Change is tougher. Host Laila Ali challenges twelve out-of-shape students from the rival high schools to change their bodies, their nutrition, and their attitudes. Getting healthy isn't the only incentive -- the winning school and the winning individual each take home $25,000. In this episode the MacArthur and Eisenhower high school teams meet their trainers, size up the competition, and climb to the top of the Sears Tower in Chicago.

Log on for episode descriptions, airtimes and health advice http://www.the-n.com/ntv/shows/index.php?id=722

Saturday, July 12
8-9 p.m. E/P

Discovery Channel

Subjects: Science and Technology

Elementary, Middle and High School

"China's Mega-Dam"

The Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River in China is the largest public works project in the history of mankind. Its size, scale, and potential are unprecedented in engineering history. The dam is in its final stages of completion. This documentary asks the question, "Will it work?"


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