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The Geography of Canada (2004)

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Discusses how Canada's geography shaped its history and culture. Looks at land formations, rivers, climate, wilderness areas, and natural resources. Examines cities lie Vancouver and Ottowa, and small farming and fishing communities.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:23
The Geography of Canada

The Culture of Canada (2004)

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Viewers will learn about traditional Canadian symbols, contributions of Canadians, food, holidays, crafts, folktales, and Canada Day.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:23
The Culture of Canada

The History of Mexico (2004)

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Examines the ancient civilizations of the Olmec, Aztec, and Maya; Spanish conquest of the Aztec; the impact of Catholic missionaries; the wars for independence. Looks at Mexican leaders such as Benito Juarez, Father Hidalgo, and General Santa Anna.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:23
The History of Mexico

The Geography of Mexico (2004)

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Looks at how the geography of Mexico has shaped its history, society, and culture. Examines a variety of regions including the Sonoran Desert and the rainforests of Chipas. Discusses major industries like silver mining and tourism.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:23
The Geography of Mexico

The Culture of Mexico (2004)

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Viewers will learn about the rich cultural heritage of Mexico. Looks at the influences of indigenous people and Spanish rule in clothing, folktales, foods and holidays. Includes a sample day in the life of a fisherman's son and a young girl in Mexico City. Also looks at Tejano bands, artwork of Diego Rivera, and Talavera pottery.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:23
The Culture of Mexico

Writing Resources (2003, 2004)

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Students will learn about resources they can use to improve their writing. They will discover that they can look at the work of other writers, use books like a dictionary or thesaurus, use writing techniques like rhyme, alliteration, and onomatopoeia, organize ideas and facts with outlines or story maps. Proofreading tools are also discussed.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:23
Writing Resources

Types of Writing (2003, 2004)

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Professor Plot, the zany publisher of Wordswork, has given his editors a unique challenge: Showcase four different types of writing, each with its own purpose and audience, in the upcoming issue of the magazine.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:23
Types of Writing

Expository Writing (2003, 2004)

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Expository writing emerges as the theme for this issue of Wordswork, and the editors are on a quest to fill the magazine with writing that informs or provides facts. The team quickly realizes that expository writing can be anything from a school science project to a letter to the president!

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:23
Expository Writing

The Writing Process (2003, 2004)

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Viewers learn the importance of prewriting (thinking and planning), how to transform ideas into a written draft, different types of sentences (lead, topic, etc.) editing, proofreading, and publishing.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:23
The Writing Process

Story Writing (2003, 2004)

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Viewers will learn about the story-writing process. Discusses character, setting, plot, the ending, and looks at ways to organize ideas through the use of character webs and story maps. Examines character and plot development, diologue, and descriptive details as a tool for making a story interesting.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:23
Story Writing

DNA: The Secret of Life (2003)

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Fifty years ago, two unknown scientists ran into an English pub shouting that they had found the secret of life. Jim Watson and Francis Crick were not exaggerating. Narrated by Jeff Goldblum, this series looks back on the achievements that launched a new era in biology and human life itself.

Grade Level: 
High
Length: 
00:57
DNA: The Secret of Life

DNA: Playing God (2003)

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This program tells the story of genetic engineering's pioneers and the controversy surrounding it. Focuses on the race to synthesize insulin and genetically modified crops. Includes interviews with leading biochemists and molecular biologists.

Grade Level: 
High
Length: 
00:57
DNA: Playing God

DNA: The Human Race (2003)

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Examines the Human Genome Project and tracks the progress, including the scientific innovations which lead to its completion. Includes a discussion of its political and economic impact of the project. Includes interviews with scientists involved with the project.

Grade Level: 
High
Length: 
00:57
DNA: The Human Race

DNA: Curing Cancer (2003)

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Tells the story of how a small group of scientists have developed radical new ways of treating cancer on the genetic level. Focuses on two pioneering efforts: one that isolated the gene linked to breast cancer, and the other which eventually lead to the anti-cancer drug Gleevec, used in the treatment of Chronic Myeloid Leukemia.

Grade Level: 
High
Length: 
00:57
DNA: Curing Cancer

DNA: Pandora's Box (2003)

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Nobel Laureate Jim Watson gives a guided tour of the future of genetic engineering. Looks at the eugenics movement and genetic selection for families with children that have disabilities. Discusses scientists that speak out in favor of to the manipulation of DNA to benefit humans, and those scientists who fear the risks of losing genetic variation and "playing God."

Grade Level: 
High
Length: 
00:57
DNA: Pandora's Box

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