Social Studies

Social Studies (X) - Primary (X)

Local Businesses (2006)

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This program teaches viewers that there are two basic types of businesses: ones that provide goods and ones that provide services. Examines different types of businesses and and discusses their importance in the community because of the goods and services they provide and as a source of employment. Includes Spanish Language track.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Length: 
00:15
Local Businesses

Library (2006)

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Picture books, biographies, fiction -- what kind of books do you like? The library is a place for people in the community to find books they enjoy, use the computer to surf the Web and gather together for meetings. This show teaches viewers that at the library, they can find all different types of information, from books and magazines to maps and movies!

Grade Level: 
Primary
Length: 
00:15
Library

Post Office (2006)

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Post Office introduces young viewers to this important place in the community. From helping people mail a letter to delivering packages to one's door, the post office enables people to communicate with others in their own community and beyond.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Length: 
00:15
Post Office

Hospital (2006)

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Explores the physical features of the hospital and the describes the jobs of the people who work there. From doctors and nurses to volunteers, viewers will learn how workers care for their patients. Also discusses what happens in different departments within a hospital. Includes Spanish Language track.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Length: 
00:15
Hospital

What is a Community (2006)

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Introduces young viewers to the places that make up most communities, including local businesses, schools, city hall, the library and more! They will discover that while all communities have many things in common, they differ from each other in many ways as well.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Length: 
00:15
What is a Community

Transportation (2006)

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From cars to bicycles to trains and beyond, Transportation highlights the different ways people move about their community. This engaging show explores how transportation can be similar yet different across all communities. The form of transportation people choose depends on how far they need to go and where they live.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Length: 
00:15
Transportation

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

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