Learning How to Write
Learning to write involves fine motor skills that are developed in children at different ages. Find out how to advance beyond teaching a child to hold a pencil with help from a former classroom teacher. (1:49)
How to Teach Non-Fiction Writing
Non-fiction writing is informational writing that requires
organizational skills and brainstorming. Develop powerful writing skills
with tips from a credentialed teacher in this free video on writing
Henry David Thoreau and Walden Pond
A film documentary showing video footage of his home at Walden Pond, with selections of the book read by a male narrator, with woodwind instrumentation (just a little too loud) in the background. Includes illustrations from primary documents of the time. Relates this work to contemporary philosophers and peacemakers. (4:12)
The Planet Neptune
A look at the planet Neptune. It gives some simple historical information, number of moons, layers of the planet, its atmospheric makeup, the surface temperature, mass of the planet and what it compares to, diameter size, why the color of Neptune is blue, and a series of images over time. Gives information on the wind, temperature differences on the planet. The pictures are great in this video, it is set to music and there is no voice. Run time 08:49.
Why Isn't Pluto a Planet Any More?
Dr. Robert Hurt, astronomer, explains why Pluto got "de-planetized" in this video. He gives a great explanation that is accompanied by video to show a visual of that explanation. Dr. Hurt also provides a historical explanation as to why pluto doesn't really fit the description of a planet.
Inferences: Knowing Text Structure
Video explains what inference is and how students can use inference to be a better reader. Inferences can help you with cause and effect, chronological order, compare and contrast. Using inference skills is used to help figure out the progression of ideas and text structure of a narrative. Video gives a reading and student has to find which inference is used, it then explains why that is the answer. Good quality video for understanding inf
Inferences: Knowing text structure
Use inferencing skills to help figure out the progression of ideas and text structure of a narrative. Inference, cause and effect, chronological order, compare and contrast, and many other skills help a reader to better understand a story. This video is led by an educator, and the thought processes are explained clearly.
SteveSongs 5 Smiles Song
This song from SteveSongs uses changing a frown into a smile to practice counting, basic addition, and subtraction skills. Scenes are shot in a playground. (1:41)
Children's Subtraction Numbers 0-10
This children's educational video teaches kids basic subtraction
skills. The concept is presented simply with numbers and picture
representations of numbers 0 though 10.
Historical Basis of the Trojan War
BBC documentary that reviews the historical reasons for the Trojan War. It uses the modern discovery of a sunken ship's treasure to explain the possible reason that the Mycenaeans went to war with Troy. 3:51 min. Color video with sound.
Relationships Between Literature and Historical Period Using Concept Maps
This sample lesson uses an Inspiration concept map to provide 9-12 grade students a workspace to explain the relationships between literature and historical periods, cultures and society. An example of a concept map is presented in this lesson. While there are attempts to zoom in on individual slides, it is very difficult to read the concept map. The video does describe a good way to help students connect concepts visually through concept maps.
United Nations for Kids
Created and directed by Andreas Sandre von Warburg, "United Nations for kids" is a short cartoon documentary about the UN and its mission. The first episode is a general introduction and includes a little historical background and details on the principal bodies of the UN.
King Charles I - Lecture
This video is the monologue/ lecture by historian George S. Stuart as part of an exhibit of his Historical figures. He begins by describing Charles I physical appearance and he talks about his family. He narrates the way in which the king defended himself at court but he does not enumerate the reasons in detail. There is a description of the day of the execution. He illustrates the drama of the scene very clearly.
Leavening: How it Works When Baking
This five minute video is very good for life skills class. It shows why some cookies stay flat and some rise? This video is about chemical leavening agents. An excellent video. Run time 05:17.
History of Epilepsy
Doctor explains what epilepsy is and basic historical evidence of the disease, tracing back the disease to Hippocrates in 400 B.C. and the Bible. Traces the path of the disease and modern treatments and how they work. Professional produced. Grades 5-12. 3:41 min.
Edgar Allan Poe Biography, Part 1
Part 1 of the life of the literary great, Edgar Allan Poe. Who was Poe, the man both blessed and cursed by genius? Arts and Entertainment television program audio track, without video, played over a still image of Poe. Well documented, well written historical biography includes some parts of primary documents, e.g. letters, read by professional actors. Includes portions of interviews with Poe scholars. (9:19)
Richard III by William Shakespeare, Part 1 of
A historical tragedy -- the villainous Richard, the duke of Gloucester, schemes to inherit the crown, ruthlessly eliminating anyone who hinders his progress. This animated version of the great classic by Shakespeare brings his words to life. Animation brings these stories to younger students. It uses Shakespeare's words and has the words at the bottom of the screen. Educators can pause the film to discuss the different passages. Suitable for older middle school and high school students. (8:44)
Story Time | Third Grade | A Steel Drum Summer
This is a story about two brothers and what they learned from their grandfather. There are no moving images in this video; it just has narration. (02:42) Great for improving listening skills.
Beluga Whales | Fact and Opinion
First, the narrator reads a non-fiction passage about Beluga whales. Then, the narrator pulls sentences from the story and asks if the sentences are fact or opinion. The narrator asks two general comprehension questions. The image is a still image only. Great for improving listening skills. (03:33)
New Orleans is famous for the Mardi Gras celebration held there. Learn how this colorful festival got started. Mardi Gras literally means fat Tuesday. This festival is known for parades, purple, green, and gold.There is historical background for Mardi Gras as well.