The American Revolution
This is an 11-minute video that explains both the geographical and political causes of the Revolution. This would be a good video to start a study of the war and includes primary document quotes. Best used with a map of the colonies so students could follow the evidence better.
The Day of the Dead (El DÌa de los Muertos)
The Day of the Dead (El DÌa de los Muertos in Spanish) is a holiday celebrated mainly in Mexico and by people of Mexican heritage (and others) living in the United States and Canada. The celebration occurs on the 1st and 2nd of November, in connection with the Catholic holy days of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day which take place on those days. Traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased, and using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the depa
Study Tips On How to Study Spelling
In order to study spelling for a spelling test or for general
knowledge, it can be helpful to read books about commonly misspelled words. The tutor in this video gives several tip on how to study for a spelling test and he explains how to use reference books when studying spelling.
Drag and Biomimetics
This is a NASA Sci Files segment describing how NASA scientists study the natural design of living organisms in order to solve problems in engineering aircraft. Produced specifically for students and is suitable for elementary and older students.
(This is an Emmy award-winning series of instructional programs that introduces students in grades 3-5 to NASA and integrates mathematics, science, and technology through the use of Problem-Based Learning (PBL), scientific inquiry, and the sci
"Endemic" - Definition and Usage
Simply defines and illustrates the word "endemic," with the example of kangaroos in Australia. Vocabulary study in context as a learning strategy. Voice-over, words on screen, cartoon illustrations. (:45)
"Digital storytelling is the modern expression of the ancient art of storytelling. Digital stories derive their power by weaving images, music, narrative and voice together." This slide show gives suggestions for creating digital stories. This is a slide show with no sound.
Thomas Edison: The Light Bulb
Thomas Edison's most famous invention, the light bulb, paved the way for modern life. This is a short video about one invention, the light bulb, but adds little to understanding his life. It is interesting for teachers to use as it shows that the light bulb required electricity and that means even more problems to solve.
Mobilizing for World War One
The many things needed for a nation to go to war. Words such as logistics need to be explained. This would be a good unit of study that ties in agriculture, too. Uses quotes to help explain Wilson's beliefs about getting involved after running on a platform of non-involvement. Propaganda used and examples given. Good video for many issues such as the Supreme Court limiting freedom.
The History of World War One 1914-1918
The History of World War One 1914-1918. This is a very short video that goes over the major events about the war. Real footage provides insights into the conditions. Good for students about the study this time period.
A day in the life in the Nile Delta- Menoufya, Egypt- Iman Satori
This video shows photographs of modern day Egyptians in their everyday life. Elementary age children are featured along with adults of all ages. The photographs are accompanied by Egyptian music.
Breath of Life: Lower Air Pollution Extends Life Expectancy
A 2009 study finds Americans' life expectancy increased by 2.7 years since the late 1970s, with 5 months of that attributable to decreases in air pollution from cars and factories. Run time 02:10
What is a Cloud?
Some amount of the water in lakes, oceans, and even the water we use to cook, clean and drink at home; escapes into the atmosphere as water vapour. When this gaseous form of water cools down, or condenses, around tiny particulate matter like dust in the atmosphere, it forms little ice crystals that aggregate to form clouds.
The study of clouds is called nephology, and different kinds of clouds
are classified according to how ‘high’ they reach, or the length from
Ancient Civilizations: Greek Mythology
A seven minute video that goes into a good amount of detail about famous Greek myths. Needs to be used with word wall and map and additional worksheets. Relates myths to more modern stories. Run time 02:50
Rembrandt was a master of chiaroscuro (the effects of light and light's contrasts) and it shows in these paintings. Many different works are displayed but there is no explanation about the pictures.
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was born on July 15, 1606, in Leiden, the Netherlands. His father was a miller who wanted the boy to follow a learned profession, but Rembrandt left the University of Leiden to study painting. His early work was devoted to showing the lines, light and shade
The War of 1812
This is a short preview of a 45 minute video you can download. It has some interesting insights and facts and shows the true importance of this sometimes overlooked war. A good video to introduce the war or add depth to its study.
From an outsider's perspective, storm chasing might appear to involve hours and hours of boredom, accentuated by a few moments of unimaginable excitement — or terror — depending on one's love or fear of tornadoes. But to tornado researchers, the effort and expense they expend in search of a single tornado-producing storm reflect the importance of these events in terms of their impact on lives and property. This video segment adapted from NOVA follows some of the scientists who study these vi
AJ's Time Travelers -Galileo
In this comical show, AJ and the crew travel back in time to 17th century. They go back to visit Galileo, the father of modern science. In the video learn information about Galileo was the great Italian scientist.
Galileo: Discovering Jupiter's Moons
The telescope forever changed astronomy by providing more detailed views of distant objects than was previously possible. Galileo pioneered astronomy as the first person to study the celestial objects through a telescope. His observations, including the discovery of moons around Jupiter, helped revolutionize the way people thought about the universe. This video segment adapted from NOVA describes some of Galileo's first discoveries with the telescope. Closed captioning included. Run time 03:04.
Women at the Well
The fast-paced development projects that are turning Indian cities into modern metropolises are causing traditional wells to dry up, so many women — whose daily task is to collect water in jugs and bring it home —have to walk longer and longer distances back and forth, often making two trips a day.
Le Voyage Dans la Lune
The first science fiction movie, based on a story by Jules Verne. Called "Voyage to the Moon" in English, it was created by George Melies in 1902. The film is from France and is about a small group of scientists that travel to space on a rocket to get to the moon. Originally, this was a silent film, but this film has a narration which explains what is happening to modern viewers. (11:48)