Learning about Maps with Curious George
The children head to a museum to learn more about maps. Each team makes a map and then gives it to another team to try to follow. The children label landmarks throughout the museum to give the teams clues to follow.
About Spelling Rules
A teacher shows how to improve spelling skills by learning spelling rules, but remember that many rules have exceptions. Basic spelling rules include putting "I" before "E" except after "C," doubling the final consonant in words where the last syllable is stressed and proceeded by a single vowel, and dropping the final "E" when adding a suffix to a word.
When to Double Consonants
Having trouble trying to figure out when you double your
consonants? In this spelling lesson a few simple rules are looked at that are guaranteed to remove any confusion, and to quickly improve writing skills.
EarthDay Videos: A Variety of Issues
This collection offers an excellent one on the history of Thoreau as well as vidoes on global warming, authors, getting active, EarthDay, and more. All of them are excellent in quality, but some are long and all of them need ancillary materials to make the messages more useful. Maps, a word wall and other aids are recommended. Walden was the best one I found for older students. All videos together are 1 hour run time.
How Does Your Memory Work? Pt.3
See how mental time travel (via our memories) is a critical part of the human experience. Memory gives us the ability to plan and think in abstract ways.
The States' Plans - The Virginia and the New Jersey Plans
This video about the Philadelphia convention is accompanied by text. "Since the delegates at the Philadelphia Convention decided to throw out the Articles of Confederation, the floor was opened to suggestions for the basic structure of the new government. Edmund Randolph, representing Virginia, proposed a plan largely devised by James Madison. Madison, who felt that Randolph was a more powerful speaker and would be better able to gain support for the plan, suggested a bicameral, or two-house, le
The Great, The Commerce and The Three-Fifth Compromise
Video accompanied by text. "The discord among the states’ delegates regarding the plans submitted by Virginia and New Jersey eventually subsided, and a negotiation—called the Great Compromise—for the new governmental structure was reached. This compromise was heavily promoted by Connecticut’s Roger Sherman, and the terms “Great Compromise” and “Connecticut Compromise” are used interchangeably. Under Sherman’s compromise, a bicameral legislature would combine elements of both Vi
Subtracting: No More Regrouping (Borrowing)
This video clip shows an alternative to regrouping or borrowing when subtracting. In this method, use estimation, counting, and mental math instead, which are skills normally learned before your learn how to regroup or borrow.
Hepatitis C Virus
Silent 3D Animation of the components and genomic map of the Hepatitis C Virus. The first part shows that the virus infects the liver. Then all of the virus' parts are labeled. The viral RNA is pulled out to show that it is transcribed to DNA, and then all of the nucleotides in the DNA are shown. The last part of the animation maps the regions of the RNA/DNA that encode for specific proteins, i.e. one segment codes for the envelope proteins, another for the core, etc. Grades 9-12. 51 sec.
Madison is Elected President
This video is accompanied by text. "Jefferson tired of the rigorous demands of America's highest office and left the presidency after two terms. During the election of 1808, he supported the nomination of Secretary of State James Madison. The two Virginians shared many characteristics and ideals. Both men relied more on their intellect and writing skills than on their speaking abilities, and both favored negotiating techniques over military supremacy. Although the embargo was unpopular with Amer
The History of the War of 1812
The War of 1812 is a 20 minute video that explains the war
between the United States of America and the British Empire (particularly Great Britain and British North America), lasted from 1812 to 1815. It was fought chiefly on the Atlantic Ocean and on the land, coasts and waterways of North America. Good use of maps. Shows the steps made to evade war before incidents and political actions made it inevitable despite the nations poor preparation.
Teaching Reading Literacy Skills, Grade 3
Teacher presenting a language arts lesson from the Language
strand of SRA Reading Mastery Signature Edition. The program uses
language arts activities including passage writing and editing to
improve student literacy and reading comprehension skills.
How Old Should Kids Be When Learning to Read?
There are a wide range of ages for children to start learning how to
read, but children usually start learning how to read in the first
grade. Discover ways to teach pre-reading skills to children who are
four or five years old with help from an English specialist in this video.
The Earth's Landforms
This is a powerpoint presentation by a teacher about the landforms of the Earth. Continental drift is a featured idea. (References to a textbook are made throughout but it doesn't hurt the quality of the video.) Google maps are included.
Gift of Music
At the Kiran Centre in Varanasi, music classes for differently-abled
people serve to unlock their talents. Students not only discover a new
form of artistic and emotional expression, but many turn their new
skills into a way to support themselves.
Education and personal growth can come in many forms. The Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation brings dogs into schools to help children break through their shyness, especially the developmentally challenged. Children with ADD, autism, and other developmental disabilities improve their speaking and social skills with the help of the program.
Kalarippayattu is an ancient martial art originating near the state of
Kerala in southern India. It incorporates strikes, kicks, grappling,
choreographed martial arts sequences, and weaponry. Here, see two young initiates hone their skills with long flexible sticks in a complex and dynamic series of leaps and rhythmic strikes.
Science Fiction-Science Fact
Science fiction has always provided inspiration and ideas for the scientists and engineers who design and build real spacecraft. Many of our current technologies were predicted long ago in science fiction stories. Arthur C. Clarke, scientist turned writer, wrote the screenplay for 2001: A Space Odyssey. The narrator descibes space stations, spaceships, and the influence of Jules Verne's story From
"Julis Caesar" Play by William Shakespeare
Brutus, Cassius, and the other conspirators plan the death of Caesar. Performed in authentic language and period costume. Color and sound. Introduction to the play, with narration as well as acting. (1:58 min.)
Columbus First Voyages
During the Middle Ages, Europeans knew little, if anything, about the existence of the Americas. Columbus became caught up in the excitement and read many books on navigation and geography. He eventually devised a plan to find a westward route to Asia. In 1484, he presented his plan to King John II of Portugal but was denied financial support. He spent years asking the rulers of various countries, including France and England, for assistance before Spain’s Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand fin