How to Choose a Musical Instrument to Play
How to Choose a Musical Instrument to Play. Choose a musical instrument to play by assessing your skills and talents in relation to that instrument is recommended in this rather simplistic approach, but it might help motivate students. 01:19 run time
The Summer Constellations
A slideshow presenting the (northern hemisphere) summer constellations, together with conceptual/historical background. Pronunciations given. No narration. Aimed at small children. Run time 05:20.
Becoming a Buddhist
This video shows an interview to Kristin Schieble. She talks about the main elements of Buddhism and what holds them together despite the diversity. She gives historical background and talks about the three most important beliefs.
School House Rock - Fireworks - July 4th
This is a classic School House Rock animated video of the celebration of the Fourth of July. (03:02) The lyrics to the song give a little historical background. The video has good sound quality.
July 4, 1776: U.S. Declares Independence
This day in history explains what happened on the Fourth of July in America. Very short video that briefly talks about the more interesting historical events that occured on the Fourth. Best used as an introduction to this day in history type assignments or as a timeline assignments
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.
Rosa Parks: Taking a Stand
This video is a documentary about Rosa Parks. It was the winner of LMC-TV Short Video Contest 2006. It clearly discusses the historical importance of Rosa Parks in the Civil Rights Movement. (8:27)
The tragic, yet true tale of Sitting Bull, the leader of the Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux tribe who led his people's resistance against the United States, sung by musician and artist Jeffrey Lewis using cartoon book type art. Good for students as it explains this important historical figure and what happened at Little Big Horn. An inspiring video about standing up for your rights.
John Adams: A Life in Letters
In celebration of the HBO Films miniseries John Adams, the Massachusetts Historical Society is mounting the exhibition "John Adams: A Life in Letters" through May 31, 2008. Join Peter Drummey, Stephen T. Riley Librarian, on a tour of the exhibition's highlights, including examples of Adams's extraordinary correspondence with his "Dearest Friend," soul mate, and closest political adviser, Abigail Adams. These letters were the basis for David McCullough's Pulitzer prize-winning biography of Adams.
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.
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
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.
Making Paper Mache with Curious George
The children use newspaper strips, glue, water, and flour to make paper mache bowls. The two teams used two different recipes to make their bowls and then compared the results. The students measured using 1 cup, 1/3 cup, and 1/4 cup so the art activity could also be used for a measurement unit.
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.
John Basilone sells War Bonds
This historical footage, from the National Archives, depicts Sgt. John Basilone with New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia. In the days before television, people saw newsreels (and war updates) at movie theaters. In this clip, Basilone and La Guardia are creating such a piece.
Always hesitant to talk about himself, Basilone shares the credit of his heroic deeds at Guadalcanal (which won him a Medal of Honor) with other Marines. Move the video forward, to 0:44, 2:11 and 2:
Daniel Boone Home in Missouri
This video shows a tour of the historical area (including the outside of the home) where Daniel Boone spent the later portion of his life. There is reference to part of his biography.