Bird Watching in Central Park
More than fifty million Americans enjoy bird watching every year, and
why not? Birds are beautiful creatures and there are so many different
kinds of birds that you’ll never be bored. Glenn Phillips, of New York
Audubon, gives some suggestions on birding.
Animal Mothers: Newborn Gators
Watch how this protective alligator mother uses her "Jaws of Love" to protect her newborns from danger in the Florida Everglades. Unlike crocs, the gator babies stay close to mom for their first year because they are a common food source for predators. Run time 02:24.
Scientists are working on a sensor that might help save manatee lives. On average 100 of these animals are hit by boats each year. This movie discusses how scientists are trying to help this number shrink. Addresses endangered species. Run time 2:08
Don't Fear the Essay
Reminder of the challenges of writing. Song with video from Saturday Night Live. Would make a good introduction to writing at the beginning of the school year. Grades 5-12. 2:29 min.
Ursa Major - The Big Dipper
This video shares a brief description of Ursa Major and instructions for using this important constellation to help you find Polaris, the North Star. Addresses the movements of the constellations throughout the year and Polaris. Run time 03:35
History of Cinco de Mayo
The video explains the history of Cinco De Mayo. Cinco De Mayo is about a battle that happened May 5 in 1862 in Puebla, Mexico. French soldiers, with better equipment, outnumbered Mexican soldiers but against all odds, were defeated by the Mexican Army, led by Ignacio Zaragoza
Days of the Week and Months of the Year - Ice Cream Song
This simple song talks about loving ice cream each day of the week and month of the year. The song lyrics appear on each cartoon slide. It repeats two times for extra practice. (2:26)
Months of the Year
Learn how to say the months of the year and practice pronunciation. Also learn a few phrases that deal with talking about the months including how to use numbers and months to talk about dates. Run time 04:50.
Traveling South America
This is a video of a two year world trip in South America. On this movie it travels from Brazil, Peru, Bolivia to Argentina. Note: There is no sound on this video.
The Solar Sea
Geologists investigate an 800-million-year-old rock record of sun activity in an ancient Australian lake bed, and fabulous ground and satellite photography of the aurora borealis all contribute to an understanding of earth's relationship to the yellow dwarf star we know as the sun.
Plastics Go Green
ChemMatters is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with its second episode, which highlights how scientists are trying to make plastic, one of the world's most abundant man-made materials, more environmentally friendly. In this episode, find out how scientists are developing more environmentally friendly plastics using plant materials. By 2020, these “bioplastics” could provide an alternative for about a fifth of the estimated 200 billion pounds of plastics manufactures produce eac
Washington’s Farewell Address
This video is accompanied by text. "By 1796, President George Washington had served two consecutive four-year terms in office. The ongoing battle between Federalists and Democratic-Republicans contributed to his decision to retire following his second term.
Washington delivered his Farewell Address via newspapers. In this communication, he conveyed his concerns regarding alliances—both international and domestic. Washington felt that no alliance should be permanent, but rather limited t
The "XYZ Affair" that Adams had to Face
This video is accompanied by text. "The signing of Jay’s Treaty, which settled violations of the Treaty of Paris and averted the threat of war with England, induced angry reactions from both American and European politicians. Democratic-Republicans believed the treaty was a humiliating surrender to the British. French leaders, meanwhile, viewed it as a step toward forming a union with their enemy, a flagrant breach of the Franco-American Treaty of 1778. However, an unexpected consequence of th
The Alien and Sedition Act, 1798
This video is accompanied by text. "The feud with France created bad blood between the political parties in America. Democratic-Republicans and Federalists took advantage of every opportunity to undermine each other. In 1798, the Federalist-controlled Congress exploited the anti-French sentiment sweeping through the colonies to pass a series of laws that, on the surface, promoted American safety but actually were designed to quiet their Democratic-Republican counterparts. The Alien and Sedition
Juvenile Court: A Judge's Guide for Young Adults and Their Parents, book trailer
Each year, there are over 100,000 teens cited to court in Los Angeles County, United States, alone. Juvenile Court: A Judge's Guide for Young Adults and Their Parents uses real-life examples to show the court process. What happens when we don't follow the rules? The book includes tools to prepare for your court hearing. Music: "Roxxsteady" by the Noisemakers. (1:30)
The Works of Claude Monet
Claude Monet was a founder of the French impressionist art movement. View Claude Monet's portfolio in a series of well-paced still images. No explanations are given, pictures are not labeled. Presentation set to the music Bolero. Claude Monet was born in Paris on November 14, 1840 but all his impressions as a child and adolescent were linked with Le Havre, the town to which his family moved about 1845. His father had a grocery store there. In his youth he painted caricature portraits and ex
Gwich'in Tribe Protects Caribou and Culture
In this video adapted from Bullfrog Films, Evon Peter, chief of Arctic Village, explains the significance of the Porcupine caribou herd to the Gwich’in people. Over a 10,000-year relationship, the caribou have become part of the Gwich’in nation's social fabric. Peter discusses the importance of the caribou calving grounds, which the Gwich’in treat as a sacred place, and the threat that exists to caribou from proposed oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Closed capt
How To Hold Drumsticks In German And French Timpani Positions
DRUM! Magazine music editor Wally Schnalle explains and demonstrates live how to properly hold drumsticks in German and French timpani positions. His explanations are very detailed and thorough. This is more appropriate for high school students. Mr. Schnalle is sitting at a drum.
Tracking Amy: How the Internet is used by predators.
Hear the true story of a 15-year-old girl who left home to meet in person with a man she first "met" online. Read "Amy's Story" — the story from her mother's perspective. More of an illustrated audio story, but well worth having older students reviews as it shows how easily the Internet can be used to track a student and the sad result. More for middle and high schoolers. run time 3:48