This is a video clip from "Adaptations", a 14-minute award-winning elementary life science video produced by the Visual Learning Company. This brief clip gives an overall view of what animal adaptations are, and how they are different for different species of animals. Examples include herbivores with flat teeth, carnivores with sharp teeth and claws, and plants with broad leaves to capture sunlight. Run time 01:43.
Exchanges in the New World
Columbus’s famed voyage in 1492 joined two very different worlds. For thousands of years, Europeans and Native Americans lived completely separate lives, unaware of the others’ existence. When Columbus stepped onto the rocky soil of San Salvador, he started a historic chain of events that affected the lives of millions of people on both sides of the Atlantic.
Columbus and later explorers discovered a land unlike anything they had experienced. They encountered neatly patterned park-like
Garden safety for children
It can be fun to let young children play in a garden but experts warn of some of the dangers to look out for. Tools, chemicals and water are the biggest hazards; and certain plants and flowers also must be avoided. This video shares this important information.
Magic School Bus "Gets Eaten"
Join Ms. Frizzle and the class as they search for a connection between pond scum and tuna fish. Scum is a kind of algae and algae and tuna are part of the same food chain! This Magic School Bus episode will cover the following two concepts: (1) Living things are linked by what they eat and what eats them. and (2) Almost all food chains begin with plants. Run time 22 minutes.
Learn Why Animals Eat Other Animals
Crazy Chris shows you a real life food chain you can do right at home with your exotic pet. Chris uses lettuce, a cricket, and a tarantula to demonstrate a food chain. He then explains why some animals eat plants (herbivores) while others eat meat (carnivores.) Run time 03:00.
A Bamboo Garden
Almost 30 years ago, Jerry Burton got rid of some mute swans from his pond and in return received a few bamboo plants. It was the start of a lifelong love of bamboo, which is now a full-time business. Run time 05:16.
Hoover found himself pitted against Democratic nominee Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR), governor of New York State. Besides being a Democrat, which in this election was a benefit, Roosevelt was blessed with charm, wit, intelligence, and self-assurance. He was also a mesmerizing speaker, which in this era of the radio was crucially important. Roosevelt had a resonant voice and a gift for employing phrases that struck a strong chord with his listeners. In a campaign speech, he used the term "forgo
Role of the Sarcoplasmic Reticulum in Muscle Cells
The instructor in this video, Sal Khan, discusses the role of the sarcoplasmic reticulum in controlling calcium ion concentrations within the muscle cell. Mr. Khan uses the Paint Program (with different colors) to illustrate his points. Sal Khan is the recipient of the 2009 Microsoft Tech Award in Education.
Anti-Semitism: A History
An excellent video that goes through the history of the term, the treatment of Jews through the years, and the Jewish culture. Relates to both Christians and Muslims. Needs a word list, map, and could benefit from a timeline. Very well done. Good for most grade levels and is one of the best videos on this topic
Children's Choice afterschool enrichment program: Life's a Lab - Science Club. In this lesson we explore the science of the colors of both white light and black ink, chromatography, super absorbent polymers, and the water and soil nutrient uptake function of root systems of plants.
Setting Up a Chemistry Experiment to Test Ph of Acids & Bases
Setting Up a Chemistry Experiment to Test Ph of Acids & Bases. Part of the series: Chemistry Lesson: Ph Tests for Acids & Bases. When conducting a chemistry experiment on the acid level of various household substances, begin with a hypothesis on whether or not a substance is acid-based. This two minute video goes rapidly and students would benefit from a word wall and to have the experiment in front of them to practice after the video is shown.
Busy, Busy, Bees! Honey Bees and Drones
We all know of honey bees! These insects are famous for two things:
when they are angry, they sting, and it hurts! And they convert nectar
which they collect from different plants into a sweet, thick, golden
liquid we know as honey!
Bees live in hives composed of hexagonal spaces and their colonies
have clear hierarchies. The most important member of the hive is the
queen bee. The other kinds of bees are female worker bees which nurse
the eggs and
Parasitic Wasps & Aphids
Black wasps have their own tactics and methods when it comes to pest control. In this vdeo, the plants send out a chemical message to wasps when attacked by aphids. The wasps lay eggs in the aphids, and the larvae kill the aphids. Grades 5-12. 2 min.
The Language of Mathematics (10): Finding Prime Factors
The instructor continues in his series by discussing prime numbers and rational and irrational numbers. How many numbers are there between 1 and 20. This instructor says there are only nine numbers between 1 and 20. Watch this video and find out why. He assumes his audience is a high school audience, but middle school and upper elementary may benefit from this video as well.
[Vocabulaire] La Maison
Learn French by learning vocabulary words concerning the outside of the house. As the native French speaker recites the words, an area is highlighted in red as the French words appear on the screen. There is no English spoken. Each French phrase is spoken once. For beginning to intermediate learners. To better see where the highlighted area is pointing, the viewer may benefit from opening the video 'full screen'.
The Arts in Every Classroom: Working With Local Artists
Students and teachers at P.S. 156 (The Waverly School of the Arts) in Brooklyn, New York, benefit from the school’s established relationships with artists from local organizations. This program focuses on a first–grade class creating original works with visiting artists — a dancer and a writer.
Pairs of second-graders explore subtraction, based on the number of
plants sprouting from the bean-seeds they have planted. The importance of context for student understanding, and various approaches to problem-solving, are exemplified. NCTM Standards: concepts of whole number operations, reasoning, problem solving, communication.
Conversations With Student Writers
The program demonstrates how teachers incorporate conferences with students into their writing instruction. Viewers will see how teachers structure conferences, choose a teaching focus for the conference, and keep records of their interactions. The emphasis is on practical strategies and on the fundamental benefit of responding personally to student writing.
Biology: Why Are Some Ideas So Difficult?
Focuses on the need for conceptual understanding and examines the scope of student ideas by exploring the central idea of photosynthesis, that the substance of plants comes mostly from the air. This innovative workshop for teachers explores the reasons why teaching science is so difficult and offers practical advice to help you teach more effectively.
Introduction to Journey North
This program introduces the three sets of investigations that are featured in the Journey North program: Seasonal Migrations, Plants and the Seasons and Sunlight and the Seasons.