Symbolism in the American Flag
This is an introductory one-minute history of the American Flag and the symbolism behind the stars and stripes presented by two adolescent girls. (well-done amateur video)
Development of the American Flag
This slide show video shows the progression (including dates) of the 28 flags that have been used officially by USA.
War of 1812 and the History of the Star Spangled Banner
David Barton gives a brief history of the War of 1812 and the true story behind our National Anthem.
How to Raise the Flag
Instructions and a demonstration on how to raise the flag in this clip. A flag store owner shows how to attach each grommet of the flag to the snap hooks of the flag pole and slowly raising it up and tying it off. Avoid letting the flag touch the ground when being raised.
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.
About the Evolution of the U.S. Flag
The U.S flag evolved from the first flag in 1777, which had 13
stars and 13 stripes and was commissioned by the Continental Congress and George Washington. In this clip learn facts about the U.S flag and how additional stars were added to flag as more states joined the Union.
Why Is the American Flag Red, White & Blue?
This short video clip explains why he American flag is red, white and blue. It is red, white, and blue because these colors symbolize inherent American values. The American flag is red for heartiness and valor, white for purity and innocence, and blue for vigilance, perseverance and justice.
The Empire State Building
On a beautiful May morning, Emma (age 12), leads the viewer on a tour of the Observation Deck of the ESB. Included in this video is a brief history of the building. Children are encouraged to videotape the
tallest building in their town explaining when it was built and why it
is important to their community and send it to MMATC.(Professionally produced video with both history and present-day
Learn about the Empire State Building
Learn about the Empire State Building in New York. This short video describes the construction of the Empire State Building. (00:40)
Lady Liberty Tells Her Story
The Statue of Liberty (a woman dressed up as Lady Liberty) tells elementary-level students how she was made, etc.
The Little Match Girl - Filmed in 1902
Watch what happens to this poor little girl after she loses her slippers on New Year's Eve. She how she chooses to use her precious matches, and what great wonder she discovers with them, in this classical holiday tale. No narration, accompanied with nice song.
History of New Year's Eve Celebrations
In a History of the Holidays video, discover the origins of New Years Eve and learn how the celebration did not always take place on the same date; in fact, some cultures celebrated New Years Eve in spring and fall. This video traces this custom from 1200 BCE. Run time 03:29
Common French Phrases for the Mail
Learn common French phrases for mail. Stephanie Hourie Morrow is a native French speaker and has been giving language lessons for 10 years. Each sentence is pronounced in English and French while the French phrase appears on the screen. For beginning to intermediate learners. Good sound quality.
Cinco De Mayo Day
The significance of Cinco de Mayo and why it is celebrated is the focus of this video.
U.S. foreign policy vis a vis the middle east
An amateur video with a great deal of information through slides, film, and narration. It is critical of U.S. policy towards the area, saying that it has led to conflict rather than the peace it claims to seek.
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates
Find out about the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, one of the most fascinating periods in the life of Abraham Lincoln in this video. The Lincoln-Douglas debates on slavery are recreated with animation in this video. Each side's arguments are capsulized.
How to Determine If a Graph Represents a Dilation
Students learn that when the dimensions of a figure are
increased or decreased to create a new figure that is similar to the
original figure, the transformation is called a dilation. Students are
then asked to determine whether a given transformation on a coordinate system represents a dilation. Students are also asked to graph a dilation of a given figure on a coordinate system by multiplying all of the coordinates of the vertices of the figure by a given number. E
Finding Area of a Triangle
Students learn the formula for the area of a triangle, and are asked to solve problems using this formula. Note that right triangle formulas and trigonometry are used extensively in the problems in this lesson.
Parasitic Wasps & Aphids
Black wasps have their own tactics and methods when it comes to pest control. In this vdeo, the plants send out a chemical message to wasps when attacked by aphids. The wasps lay eggs in the aphids, and the larvae kill the aphids. Grades 5-12. 2 min.
How to Grow an Herb Garden Indoors
In this clip a gardener explains that in herb gardening, the most important aspect of having an indoor herb garden is to have access to a sunny window. She demonstrates how to grow an herb garden
inside a house and explains it is important to plant them in a place that has a lot of natural light.