U.S. Immigration policy, a history
A history of America's immigration laws, who changed them, and why. (Amateur video with old film and interviews)
Weather Barometers : What Does a Barometer Measure?
A barometer measures the pressure of the atmosphere on the earth or the weight of the atmosphere pressing down towards the earth. Learn how high pressure means clear skies and good weather, while low pressure generally means cloudy, stormy conditions with information from a television meteorologist. Video is short and good quality and
Weather Barometers : Why Is Mercury Used in Barometers?
Mercury is used in barometers because when the first barometer was created, mercury was shown to move up or down according to the air pressure. Discover who invented the barometer and how it was invented with information from a television meteorologist. Video is short and good quality and is appropriate for elementary level students
Six Scenes from "Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women"
This video features six selections from the American Masters film " Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women." The selections lead viewers through Alcott's life from her childhood through the writing of Little Women. Features interviews with historians, critics, readings from Alcott's writings, and dramatic re-enactments.
Eureka! shows viewers how a pulley works to lift a heavy object. If you double the number of ropes supporting the weight, you double the mechanical advantage. Eureka was a series of short cartoons on physics that ran on public television in the 1980's. The video explains the concept in simple and well illustrated way. Good for students of any elementary school level.
Historic Footage- New York/Brooklyn Bridge from East River
Historic Footage- New York/Brooklyn Bridge from East River 1903 (Amateur video with old film, slides, music, and text.)
Panama Canal Construction 1934
Video shows the construction of the Panama Canal in 1934.(This video has archival film of the event...no narration or text.)
The Funeral of Queen Victoria 1901
A more sombre but still interesting though very short silent film. Shows the funeral procession of Queen Victoria, but footage is of poor quality.
Aesop's Fable- Saving the Wolf
A simple animated cartoon film of Aesop's fable, "Saving the Wolf." In this story a wolf starts to choke on his dinner. A crane comes along and saves the wolf's life and demands a reward. She learns that greed does not work with gratitude. Good sound and production. (3:10)
An animated film that teaches about Measuring volume,
Democracy: An Overview
This 10 minute video is an overview of what democracy is - Shared Respect & Shared Power - and what makes it work. This 60 year old educational film deals with the same issues and responsibilities that exist today. Signs of Democracy is a good lesson to use as a starting point in this film and for additional discussions.
"Meet Mr. R" - puppet show with many "R" words
In the first 3:30 of this television puppet show, "Mr. R" calls in a pair of funny professionals in to repair a rubber band. The sketch simply has lots of "R" words. In the last two minutes, there is an "R" song with just a cartoon picture of an R on screen.
Facts About Owls
This film was made by a fifth grade teacher for science class. It is a cute, short animated video that uses humor along with sketches of owls and owl facts for kids. This video could also be used with a lesson on owl pellet dissection, animal adaptations, or predators. Run time 03:24.
Baby Barn Owl Ejects Pellet
Although the people filming this video didn't realize what was about to happen (and were arguing over whether or not their camera was even recording) they were surprised at what they caught on film... a baby owl regurgitating his pellet. Students participating in owl pellet dissections will enjoy seeing where this pellet actually comes from. Run time 0:45
Ten Things I Hate About You/Taming of the Shrew
This is a clip from the film remake of the the Shakespeare play starring Heath Ledger. He is serenading Julia Stiles' character and can be used in a unit on persuasion or changes in plot.
Amazing Abacus Math Video
This film clip takes you inside a classroom in Tokyo, Japan where beginning students are using abacuses to learn computation. By the end they are going very quickly and even manipluating imaginary beads in the air to solve their problems. NOTE: The teacher talks about hitting his students (1:57)
Drakensberg: Barrier of Spears - Eland's Deal With Fire
Film trailer for Nature series. In the high alpine meadows of the Drakensberg, eland graze on the lush grasses. The air at these altitudes is so dry that rain evaporates before it hits the ground. A lightning strike ignites a fire that quickly engulfs the mountain in thick smoke, destroying the eland's pasture. Professionally produced movie. Run time 03:01.
Precambrian Shields: Minerals and Mining
Description and video footage of mining exploration and developed in Precambrian shields. Focus is Canada but other areas are discussed. From Planet of Man television series. Provided by mineguy101. Run time 08:59.
Using an animated model of an atom, Eureka! illustrates how electrons whiz so quickly round the nucleus that they appear to form layers. Eureka was a series of short cartoons on physics that ran on public television in the 1980's. The video explains the concept in simple and well illustrated way. Good for students of any elementary school level.