How to Test Homeschooling Students
In this clip a home school teacher talks about evaluations and standardized tests. She explains that home school students typically perform standardized tests administered by a non-biased third party to evaluate their performance at the end of the year. She discusses various methods of evaluation for home school students.
Early Portuguese Slave trade
This short video introduces the way in which Portuguese exploration of Africa lead to slave trade.
Whole Brain Teaching: 3rd Grade: Classroom Management
Watch first year teacher, Andrea Schindler, demonstrate features of Whole Brain Teaching's classroom management system with her inner city, third graders! This video is a great example of the whole brain teaching system works easily - even for beginning teachers.
Berlin Wall Falls - News Programme
This video is part of the CBC Archives. It shows the day in 1989 when Germans were finally allowed free access across the divided city. The 28-year-old wall between East and West Berlin was demolished.
DNA Lab Part 1
The story of Otzi the Iceman is used to introduce a DNA extraction lab. Einkorn wheat was found on the cloak of this 5000 year old Neolithic warrior. The second video in this series shows how to extract DNA from wheat.
Making Crystal Ornaments
This video gives step by step directions on how to make crystals using Borax, pipe cleaners, plastic cup, pencil, spool, and boiling water. Although she makes a "holiday ornament" with the pipe cleaners, the experiment could be used at any time of the year. The instructor is making a super saturated solution where the solids are dissolving into the liquid. Eventually you dissolve so much solid into the liquid that the liquid cannot hold the solid any more. Borax is actually a crystal.
How to Harvest & Store Spinach
An organic farmer explains how to harvest and store spinach from his greenhouse. He explains that spinach is a cold-loving plant that should be able to grow year-round, but it is grown best in this spring and fall. Harvest spinach as baby spinach or big-leaf cooking spinach.
The Treaty of Versailles
Nearly one year after President Woodrow Wilson addressed Congress and laid out his Fourteen Points, fighting in Europe had reached its end. In the last weeks of the war, Wilson used the promise of his Fourteen Points to persuade the German people to overthrow Kaiser Wilhelm II and establish an armistice. Under the armistice, Germany had to withdraw behind the Rhine River and surrender its submarines and munitions.
To establish the conditions of surrender for the defeated Central Powers, me
Route of a Bill Through Congress
A bill is a piece of legislation that has been proposed but has not been passed. Bills come from many sources, such as politicians, private citizens, special interest groups, and the president. However, only members of Congress have the right to introduce a bill for consideration. While Congress is in session for a two-year term, its members introduce between 10,000 and 11,000 bills. However, Congress passes only around five or six percent of the bills that are introduced. (Video is narrated wit
House and Senate Elections
The United States Congress is made up of 535 members, 435 Representatives, and 100 senators. The number of House members is not fixed by the Constitution, which states in Article I, Section II, Clause III, “Representatives…shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers…” The Constitution does fix the size of the Senate in Article I, Section III, Clause I, “The Senate of the United States shall be composed of
General elections are the final stage in the presidential election process. General elections are held on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November. By the time of the general election, presidential candidates have campaigned for approximately one year and have raised huge sums of money. (Video is narrated with slides and speeches.)
Holidays You Should Fly the Flag
A flag vendor explains that the American flag should be flown on many holidays, including New Year's Day, Inauguration Day, Martin Luther King Day, Lincoln's Birthday and Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Columbus Day. Fly the flag on about 20 commemorative days if you don't fly all year long.
Investigating Wisconsin History-Cultures in Conflict
Cultures in Conflict - This program highlights Wisconsin history between 1634 and 1832. Series host Angie finds an unusual type of architecture - halftimbering - at Old World Wisconsin. This discovery leads her to investigate how these structures came to be built here. As Angie learns about changes in housing that took place in this 200-year period, she also becomes aware of the changes Wisconsin Indians experienced during that time.
Bobby Kennedy - Announces Run for Presidency
While he was still Attorney General, during his brother’s administration, Bobby Kennedy told journalists that an African-American could be president of the United States within forty years. His observations were printed in U.S. newspapers on the 27th of May, 1961. (Tim Russert gets the year wrong in this “Meet the Press” clip.)
The day after he announced his own candidacy for the U.S. presidency, RFK appeared on television to explain why he was running. This clip feature
The Prohibition of Alcohol in the 1920s
The era of national prohibition began in 1920 with the establishment of the Eighteenth Amendment and was enforced by the Volstead Act passed by Congress that same year. The Act forbade the manufacture and sale of beverages with an alcoholic content greater than .5 percent. Zealous supporters of this law, including many women and parishioners, believed that prohibiting the manufacture and sale of alcohol would eliminate the social problems caused by intoxication.
California is Admitted as a Free State
This video is accompanied by text. "In January 1848, gold was discovered on property belonging to John Sutter in the Sierra Nevada foothills of northern California. Sutter tried to keep the discovery secret, but word leaked out shortly after the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo was ratified. An estimated 100,000 “Forty-niners” from around the globe flocked to the gold fields the following year alone. Seemingly overnight, San Francisco grew from fewer than 1,000 residents to a major port city of 2
Uncle Tom's Cabin and its Effects
This video is accompanied by text. "The most significant response to the Fugitive Slave Act came from the pen of novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom’s Cabin ran serially for nearly a year in an abolitionist newspaper, before it was published as a book in early 1852. It was an immediate and phenomenal success—selling 10,000 copies its first week in print, and 300,000 within a year. By the time of the Civil War, several million copies were in circulation, and many Union soldiers received
Origins of Slavery
The origins of slavery can be traced back much further than the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century plantations in the southern United States. By the time the English had begun to settle permanent colonies in North America, the Spanish and Portuguese had developed a model of slavery to provide labor for commercial agriculture. This model was critical for the development of slavery in Anglo-America.
The development of the slave trade began with the Portuguese exploration of West Africa, prim
I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
Gayla Peevey, from Oklahoma, sang this song in 1953, at the age of 10. She encouraged children to send in their pocket change in order to get her a hippopotamus, which she would in turn give to the OKC Zoo. She raised enough money, $3,000, and on Christmas Eve in 1953 the first baby hippo arrived--Matilda. Many people visited the zoo on Christmas Day 1953 to see Matilda, the first hippo to ever grace the doors of the zoo. Matilda lived at the OKC Zoo with her husband, Norman, who arrived in 1967
Michael Savage Reads Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Michael Savage reads and discusses,The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger. The Catcher in the Rye is a short narrative of a 16 year old boy who failed out of prep school. The novel follows Holden Caulfield through the three days between when he failed out of Pencey Prep School and Christmas. T