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Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Political parties determine their presidential candidates through primaries, caucuses, and conventions. Until the early part of the twentieth century, every state used caucuses to choose a candidate. Caucuses began to lose favor because many of the “political machines” that controlled the caucuses were corrupt and did not necessarily carry out the will of the people. Still, caucuses continue to be used in 12 states. (Video is narrated with slides and speeches.)

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General Elections
General elections are the final stage in the presidential election process. General elections are held on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November. By the time of the general election, presidential candidates have campaigned for approximately one year and have raised huge sums of money. (Video is narrated with slides and speeches.)
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U.S. Electoral System Explained
This video offers a brief description of how the voting process works in the US. The commentator in this video is talking very fast. Suitable for high school students and older. (01:26)

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Incumbency
While the president is limited to serving two terms in office, members of Congress can serve an unlimited number of terms. In the mid-nineteenth century, most congressional representatives served only a single term because at that time politics was not considered a career. However, by the mid-twentieth century, congressional representatives began to view holding congressional office as a prestigious career.  (Video is narrated with slides and speeches.)

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Let's Discover French 1: Se Decrire
This animation, from the Let's Discover French Level 1 course, is aimed at grades 4 and 5, is an introduction to Theme 2, Unit 1. It is Jean-Francois describing himself in French. Jean-Francois introduces himself and tells us his age, his haircolor, and his weight.
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Sock Seeds
The experiment demonstrated in this ZOOMSci video segment--wearing an old sock through a grassy or weedy field, planting the sock, and watching what grows--will not only give young scientists a better idea of the kinds of plants growing in their area, but will also help them begin to think about the evolutionary strategies of plants. Closed captioning included. Run time 03:00.
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CBS News Reports on Front-Yard Gardening
This video discusses how many people are turning their front yards into gardens to grow their own vegetables. (02:10)
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Life Cycle of A Flowering Plant
This is a digital video that explains the process of pollenation and the life cycle of a flowering plant. This is a very informative, but short video.
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Hyacinth Growing - Time Lapse
This is a stop-motion movie showing 4 days of a hyacinth's life. Pictures were taken every 20 minutes. The slight changes in lighting are between the sunlight during the day and electrict lighting during night. No audio. (0:32)
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Abiotic and Biotic Factors
This 1:20 video is about plants and what they require to live. The video carefully gives an explanation of why each of these, abiotic and biotic, are needed.
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Plants with Seeds - by StudyJams
Plants produce seeds in order to reproduce.  Gymnosperm seeds develop in cones, and angiosperm seeds develop in fruit.  When a seed is fertilized, in right conditions, it will germinate, starting the life of a new plant.  This animated video from StudyJams would also be a nice addition to a lesson on fertilization, germination, seed dispersal, or sexual reproduction.
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How to Fold an American Flag
This two-minute video offers explicit directions on the correct (and respectful) way to fold the American flag. (01:59)

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Symbolism in the American Flag
This is an introductory one-minute history of the American Flag and the symbolism behind the stars and stripes presented by two adolescent girls. (well-done amateur video) (01:00)

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Development of the American Flag
This slide show video shows the progression (including dates) of the 28 flags that have been used officially by USA.
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War of 1812 and the History of the Star-Spangled Banner
David Barton gives a brief history of the War of 1812 and the true story behind our National Anthem. (07:45)
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How to Handle and Fold the American Flag Navy Style
Fold a flag in the Navy style using the same method that
commemorative flags are folded, forming a neat, crisp triangle.  Instructions and a demonstration are shown on how to tuck in the ends of a flag folded Navy style. (01:58)

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How to Raise the Flag
Instructions and a demonstration on how to raise the flag in this clip.  A flag store owner shows how to attach each grommet of the flag to the snap hooks of the flag pole and slowly raising it up and tying it off. Avoid letting the flag touch the ground when being raised. (01:33)

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How the American Flag Should Be Treated
A flag store owner talks about how the American flag should be treated.  Treat it respectfully by keeping it from touching the ground, not sewing anything on it, keeping it in good repair and storing it properly. Store the American flag in a plastic bag and in a dry area and other tips on handling the flag. (02:12)

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How to Hang a Flag
A flag vendor demonstrates two ways to hang a flag for display
purposes, with one being horizontal and the other being vertical. The vendor explains how to avoid putting pin holes in a flag. (01:44)

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Holidays You Should Fly the Flag
A flag vendor explains that the American flag should be flown on many holidays, including New Year's Day, Inauguration Day, Martin Luther King Day, Lincoln's Birthday and Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Columbus Day.  Fly the flag on about 20 commemorative days if you don't fly all year long. (01:24)

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