Exploring Oceans: Bermuda
The waters around Bermuda host a liquid jungle of creatures that exist in floating forests of golden brown sargassum seaweed. Deep within its waters live bioluminescent deep-sea creatures, reminiscent of comets, suns, and stars. (03:30)
Google Ocean, Anyone?
Ocean explorer Robert Ballard takes us on a mindbending trip to hidden worlds underwater, where he and other researchers are finding unexpected life, resources, even new mountains. He makes a case for serious exploration and mapping. Google Ocean, anyone? Run time 18:17.
Great Barrier Reef Wildlife
The largest living structure, the Great Barrier Reef spans more than 1,200 miles of islands and submerged reefs. A plethora of coral thrives here, along with a sweep parrotfish, sugeonfish, barracuda, and sharks. Run time 4:11.
Coral Reef Ecosystem
This video shows a close up of a coral reef. Coral reefs are the most biologically diverse marine eco-systems on earth, rivaled only by the tropical rainforests on land. This video shows many different plants and animals close up. Run time 03:49.
Conservation in Ecuador
Volunteers are teaching local farmers to use their land and to protect it at the same time. In northern Ecuador farmers and loggers have cut down almost all the trees in this once forested area. This troubled landscape only has about 2% of what used to be there only decades ago. These volunteers are trying to strike a balance with locals on how they can meet their needs but also save the land. (3:39)
A program in Minnesota is encouraging farmers to turn their farmlands into wetlands. This movie discusses the Reinvest in Minnesota program which encourages farmers to keep farming their profitable land, but to sell back their marginal land and allow it to turn back into wetlands to save wildlife. Run time 02:50.
Coffee - the most dangerous drink in the rainforest
What's the most dangerous drink in the rainforest? If you guessed "coffee" you'd be right! Coffee is grown primarily in the rainforests. Bill explains how sustainable shade-grown coffee can help save the rainforests! Run time 06:39
"The Sound Of The Trees" Poem by Robert Frost
This non-narrated slideshow presents photographs and drawings of trees in both color and black-and-white. The words to Robert Frost's poem "The Sound of the Trees" are shown in script, somewhat difficult to read, as piano music by David Nevue plays gently but clearly in the background. (2:50)
"Daddy" Poem by Sylvia Plath
This desperately angry and coldly bitter poem is read by the poet Sylvia Plath herself (1932 - 1963) in this video, accompanied by film and images, including family and personal photographs. Powerful. (3:56)
"LoveSong of J. Alfred Prufrock," A Poem by T. S. Eliot c. 1915
The classic poem by T.S. Eliot is read, while amazingly rendered colored and sketchy animated graphics accompany the words. (4:02)
T. S. Eliot Reading "The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock"
This is a reading of T. S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" read by Mr. Eliot himself. It is accompanied by a slide show of pictures of T. S. Eliot. Its always nice to hear a poem read by the original author because it can help students get a better idea of the cadence of the poetry.
"Her Voice" Poem by Oscar Wilde
"Her Voice" by Oscar Wilde read by Sean Barrett. A still image of a honey bee and orchid flower is shown on screen while the poem is read by an adult male with British accent. (2:12)
The Cask of Amontillado - Rap Song
A fun rap about Edgar Allen Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado." You can watch the remix video or read the original short story by Poe. Many of Poe's best stories were his simplest, and "The Cask of Amontillado" is no exception. Imagine yourself for a moment in Fortunato's shoes: about to taste your favorite rare drink, instead you are buried alive in a wall. Wow. Flocab artist Dillon Maurer gets on the mic and sticks close to the original text to bring Poe's tale dramatically to life. Lyrics
"Woman to Child" Poem by Judith Wright
A photographic interpetation of Judith Wright's poem, "Woman to Child." The video is also set to music while the words of the poem cross the screen, with selected images. (2:09)
"Double Image" Poem by Judith Wright
A photographic interpretation of "Double Image" by Judith Wright accompanied by music ("The Finish Line" by Snow Patrol) and the words of the poem fading, too quickly, in and out. (2:11)
Robert Louis Stevenson - "Whole Duty of Children"
Presents a still photo of a young boy from the era, accompanied by the reading of this short 4-line poem for which Stevenson is famous.
Story Time | Poetry / Interpreting Figurative Language
Reading Comprehension | Listen to this poem about a child riding on a train written by RL Stevenson, a Scottish poet, over 100 years ago.
There are no moving images in this video; it just has narration. (01:47)
Phillis Wheatley - A documentary
Who was Phillis Wheatley? - American slave and poet. A documentary presented by a man who is directly sharing the information. You see the man on the screen as he shares information about Phillis Wheatley and her poetry. Some of the information he shares scrolls across the screen. (4:11)
Toot and Puddle: Trip to the Beach
This brief animated cartoon video shows book characters Toot and Puddle enjoying time at the beach. Incomplete. Prefaced and followed by advertisements. (1:04)
Weather Phenomenon - Halo with multiple Sun dogs
A halo (also known as a nimbus or Gloriole) is a ring of light that surrounds an object. Halos, also known as icebows, are optical phenomena There is no commentary, just music.