The original Gettysburg Address: The True Story
A good background before students read this document.
History of Mother's Day on Vimeo
This touching video is all graphics with some image of famous women. Is a good video for Mothers Day or for any study of women in history. Some remarkable information.
Illustrated Rhyming Song Book - HeidiSongs.com
This catchy tune from HeidiSongs.com uses a rhyming book to highlight pairs of rhyming words. The book is a "lift the flap" book and the rhymes are shown by flipping the pages. The beginning and ending of the song describes how to recognize rhyming words. (1:32)
The Rhyme Time Song - Hooked on Phonics
This catchy song tells all about rhyming words. It explains how to know if two words rhyme ("listen to the ending") and presents photos of many pairs of rhyming words. (1:50)
Willy, The Worried Worm
This story is written and illustrated by Jacqueline Osburn, and is read by the author's mother. The verse, with adult vocabulary and sentence structure, begins with Mother worm telling Willy how to decide what to do with his life. (9:18)
Walt Disney Biography
This four minute video is a glowing tribute to Disney's life and how Mickey Mouse paved the way for his success. The video shows some of his accomplishments and his move from cartoons to three dimensional characters to the creation of Disneyland. It does not deal with his politics or personal life.
The Wright Brothers
The story of the Wright Brothers and what they did after the first flight are touched upon in this two minute video. Basic material, but might be of interest to students how think that these inventors disappeared after their great deed.
Samuel Gompers and the AFL-CIO
This 42 minute long video is about the life of Samuel Gompers and his impact on public policy and our society. Mr. Gompers was one of the earliest labor leaders with the AFL-CIO and is considered the father of the modern labor movement. This is done as an interview. The first three minutes of the video are a commercial for other videos. This is an excellent video to tell how the union movement started and why and its battle for worker's rights and the eight-hour day.
How Religious Were the Founding Fathers?
Gordon Brown gives a lecture about this topic. A good insight into the part religion played in the early part of America as the people were religious and how various groups grew. However, some major leaders were not religious. Well worth watching.
Building Simple Machines: A Glass of Milk, Please
Imagine the most complicated process you could go through to simply pour a glass of milk. Then multiply that by 10. The image in your mind is probably approaching the level of complexity the ZOOM cast members achieved with their milk-pouring machine. Watch as they demonstrate all 34 steps in this video segment adapted from ZOOM. Run time 05:05.
In A World Without Wood
This brief video segment is from Bill Nye the Science Guy - Forests episode and discusses all of the things we use wood for in our daily lives. Run time 01:02.
Energy Quest: Interactive Game
A highly entertaining and educational site where the students click on various objects to learn about them and their energy sources. Lots of information, but although the site is designed for younger students, the content is mainly for grades 4 and up.
In this video from Vegas PBS, host Brian Wignall and two butterfly experts discuss butterfly species commonly found in the Nevada wilderness. Among the topics they talk about are the best time of year to see butterflies in Nevada, the means by which they protect themselves from predators, how weather conditions and daylight affect their flight, their longevity, and the distances some travel to and from their wintering grounds. Closed captioning included. Run time 04:35.
Communities and Environmental Laws
This video shows how a community/citizens can work with the environmental laws that are there to protect you. It is a professional video that shows cases where ordinary citizens (mostly minorities) have fought against environmental polluters. (This video is good for showing students how to organize themselves against inequities. )
The Code of Hammurabi: Early Civilizations
This video explains the 280 laws in this code. It does a good job of explaining what the Code was and what made it unique and important. The video opens the way for some excellent discussions including what an eye for an eye means and also do all people have the same punishment based on their social rank. This four minute video goes slowly and has good graphics.
How To Communicate Your Strengths in a Job Interview
This video provides suggestions for highlighting strengths in job interviews such as relating strengths to job requirements, giving concrete examples of attributes, and turning negatives into positives.
URL Performance Art on Vimeo
This short clip uses typing as a performance art form. (o:14)
The Life of Charles Dickens: Charles Dickens Rescues Dr. Samuel Johnson's godchild
Charles Dickens' letter to Richard Greene, November 3, 1855. This video of spoken narrative and carefully-chosen still images tells the story of how Charles Dickens rallied the nation to save the goddaughter of Dr. Samuel Johnson from a life of poverty. Photographs of primary sources (letters), with drawings of the time, photographs, professional narration, choral music and orchestration. (6:30)
Charles Dickens: A Biography
This five minute video is about Charles Dickens and is an animation.
His childhood provoked him to work hard for what he wanted, and he became a journalist. He traveled to Boston in 1842 with his wife, and searched for weird inspirations for his writings. This is an excellent overview of his life and inspirations and his demise.
Shakespeare's Rap - Much Ado About Nothing
Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare's tales of tangled love. The plot is complicated--but that was the point.
This rap breaks the story down for you, with Shakespeare as your very own emcee. Lyrics to the song are also located on the Flocabulary website. (04:20)