Social Studies

Social Studies (X) - Primary (X) - Elementary (X)

The Boston Tea Party: The Movie (2004)

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Apprentice reporters Sarah and James witness the Boston Tea Party in this animated Liberty's Kids, featuring the voice of Walter Cronkite as Ben Franklin. From Boston, the children travel to Lexington and Concord to cover the "Minutemen" and the first shot of the American Revolution.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
01:06
The Boston Tea Party: The Movie

The First 4th of July (2004)

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Contains 3 episodes: "The First Fourth of July," "New York, New York," and "One Life To lose." Ben Franklin's young reporters, Sarah and James, sneak into Independence Hall on July 4, 1776, to watch the signing of the Declaration of Independence in this animated Liberty's Kids program, featuring the voices of Walter Cronkite, Annette Benning and Michael Douglas.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
01:06
The First 4th of July

Give Me Liberty (2004)

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Join Sarah and James on their amazing journey through the American Revolution as apprentice reporters in Ben Franklin's print shop. Always in the midst of the action, they cover the remarkable battles, debates and individuals that shaped our nation.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
01:06
Give Me Liberty

Follow the Drinking Gourd (1992)

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Based on the traditional American folksong, this compelling tale recounts the daring adventures of one family's escape from slavery via the Underground Railroad. This touching story captures all the drama of a perilous flight to freedom.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Middle
Length: 
00:26
Follow the Drinking Gourd

Communities of the Past (2006)

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This program explains that monuments and statues remind us of a community's past. Introduces the history of Native Americans in a survey of the homes built by Indians of the Pacific Northwest, the Woodlands, the Plains and the Southwest. Reviews the changes brought by the Pilgrims, how colonists established Williamsburg and how settlers advanced into the West.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:10
Communities of the Past

Community Rules & Laws (2006)

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This program distinguishes between the rules made by institutions such as schools and laws made for everyone in the community. Provides an introduction to the Bill of Rights and the freedoms it preserves for all Americans. Using women's suffrage as an example, explains that unjust laws can be changed. Stresses that new laws are always necessary, particular with major changes in technology.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:10
Community Rules & Laws

Environmental Scientist (2006)

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An environmental scientist providing clean water to the city of Philadelphia explains how this water is used to fight fires and to provide water for our homes, parks, and swimming pools. He shows us that river water provided by rain and runoff from farms is dirty and needs to be purified before human beings can use it.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:10
Environmental Scientist

Family Doctor (2006)

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A family doctor explains that all kinds of people visit him in the medical center for check-ups and referrals to specialists. He recalls that he loved science and math at school and always looked forward to the day when he could make a living helping people of all ages stay healthy.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:10
Family Doctor

Firefighter (2006)

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A fire fighter explains that he often assists in medical emergencies, not just in fires. At the station he puts on his fire gear explaining the purpose of each piece of clothing and the fire station routines that have been developed for a quick response that saves lives.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:10
Firefighter

How Geography Affects Communities (2006)

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This program explains that communities can be classified by their geography; that there are forest, river, mountain, and ocean and valley communities. Provides examples of these communities including forestry in Northern California, wineries in the Napa Valley, Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, Mississippi River communitiesand the port of New york.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:10
How Geography Affects Communities

Pharmacist (2006)

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Jerry, a pharmacist, and Dr. Dermarderosian, a professor of pharmacology, show children the difference between helpful medicines and harmful substances.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:10
Pharmacist

Recycling Coordinator (2006)

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An enthusiastic recycling coordinator steps viewers through the recycling process for cans, plastics and newspapers, emphasizing the useful products and hundreds of jobs that are created by recycling industries. Shows the machinery and processes used at Material Recovery Facilities that produce recycled materials for clothing, benches, chairs, cardboard, and paper products.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:10
Recycling Coordinator

Teacher (2006)

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A Grade Two teacher explains why she loves teaching and observing the changes in her students over the course of the year. Her students return the compliment, explaining why they love her and how she helps them learn.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:10
Teacher

Why People Work (2006)

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In answering the question, "Why do people work," introduces key economic concepts such as wants, needs, money, economy, goods, services, importing, exporting, etc. Provides a contrast between manufacturing and agricultural communities and the representative jobs in each. Explains that Detroit is a typical manufacturing community that exports manufactured products all over the world.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:10
Why People Work

Seven Candles for Kwanzaa

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Kwanzaa is a seven day festival during which time millions of families of African American descent rejoice in their ancestral values.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:10
Seven Candles for Kwanzaa

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