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Jack Frosty

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Learn the history behind the classic children's songs "Frosty the Snowman" and "Peter Cottontail" through the eyes of lyricist Jack Rollins.

Pretend Puppy Play | PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC™

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To help Pinky the puppy feel more at home, Pinkalicious™ and her brother, Peterrific™, pretend to be dogs in this video excerpt from the PBS KIDS series PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC™. As Pinkalicious and Peterrific try to understand what it might be like to be puppies, they enjoy crawling, howling, and "chasing" a cat. Role playing and make-believe are two essential elements of dramatic play, an important part of children's creative development. This resource is part of the PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC™ Collection

For use in the classroom, see Pretend Puppy Play Lesson Plan.

Art Adventure | PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC

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Art can be made from a variety of materials, as Pinkalicious™ and her family reveal in this video excerpt from the PBS KIDS series PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC™. When a rainstorm interrupts their backyard camp out, Pinkalicious and her brother, Peter, recreate the outdoors in their living room. They use their imaginations and, with their parents' help, combine drawing, painting, and found objects to make a new environment for a "camp-in." This resource is part of the PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC™ Collection.

For use in the classroom, see Art Adventure Lesson Plan.

Derby Ram | Early America

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Folksinger Mike Seeger performs the English-American song “Derby Ram” for a group of students who sing, stomp, and clap along. Seeger explains, “Exaggeration is the core of this English-American song reputed to be one of George Washington’s favorites. I’ve been singing this version since I was about 12.” The guitar and harmonica are featured instruments.

Shady Grove/Bandyrowe | Kentucky/Appalachian Culture

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In this video folksinger Jean Ritchie performs the Appalachian tune “Shady Grove,” a traditional song she learned from her family. Then she performs “Bandyrowe,” a song for which she made up verses to help get her two sons to sleep when they were very young. Ritchie accompanies herself on the lap dulcimer.

Elephants Can Paint Too!

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This video segment from Between the Lions is based on an edited version of the published book “Elephants Can Paint Too!” The clip compares the art done by elephants with art done by real kids in Thailand. Each elephant student gets a paint brush, and there are many ways for elephants to hold the brush in its trunk. Some elephants drag the paint on the paper, others dab, some paint for a few minutes, others paint for an hour. Some elephant students like to paint dots, some paint with wiggly lines, some with spots. The elephants paint in bright colors. Most elephants don't paint real things, but some paint trees and flowers even if it takes them a year to learn. Praise helps the elephants. Each elephant art student has their own style. Then they clean up. Elephants love the water. The clip ends with a paint-covered elephant getting its head patted. Featured vocabulary includes: city, jungle, hands, trunks, art class, brush, paint, dots, colors, flowers, and style. This video segment provides a resource for vocabulary, language and vocabulary development

ZOOM | Experimenting with a Glass Xylophone

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The cast investigates how the pitch of sound changes when they strike a variety of glasses filled with different amounts and types of liquids in this video segment adapted from ZOOM. When you hit an empty glass with a spoon, both the glass and the air inside it vibrate. You hear these vibrations as sound through the air.

Geometry and Spatial Relations: It's a Perfect Fit (Part 2)

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In this resource group, teachers can focus on the topic of geometry and spatial relations by having students identify and describe numerical relationships found among pattern block shapes. Students learn to join pattern block pieces together to cover a region. This resource group is part of the Mathline Elementary School Math Project.

Kerry Laitala: Visual Arts (Film)

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, meet experimental filmmaker, Kerry Laitala. Laitala hand-builds her films, manipulating the surface of the celluloid and exposing each frame individually to create works that stand at the edge of film and art.

All About Opera with Jennifer Cherest

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Meet opera singer Jennifer Cherest, an award-winning soprano who has performed at an array of opera companies in this media gallery from Art School produced by KQED. Jennifer discusses her approach to singing, and her connection to pop singers like Christina Aguilera and Mariah Carey. Jennifer is part of the San Francisco Opera's Adler Fellowship program, which is a two-year artist residency for the most advanced young artists. Jennifer demonstrates how she warms up her voice for a day of rehearsals or performances.

Check out the entire collection of KQED Art School videos!

Behind The Scenes: Making of a Music Video Swizz Beatz

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In this segment, Electric Company Executive Producer Karen Fowler and Director Ryan McFaul discuss the making of the music video "It's All Connected." Students will learn about the creative and editing process behind the finished product.

 

Daniel McCormick: Visual Arts (Sculpture)

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, follow environmental artist Daniel McCormick as he creates temporary sculptures in the creek beds of West Marin.

Gregory Gavin: Visual Arts

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Gregory Gavin is an artist with a social cause. In this Spark video produced by KQED, explore his project called "Riveropolis," which was born out of his interest in bringing inner-city people together in a man-made environment reminiscent of nature.

Joe Mangrum: Visual Arts (Instillation)

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, see how natural found objects are juxtaposed with pieces of technology in Joe Mangrum's design sculptures. Since the mid-1990s, Joe Mangrum has been making temporary installations from found objects. Often exhibiting his designs in public spaces, Mangrum hopes to catch his viewers off guard, inserting something unexpected into their everyday routines. Spark visits Mangrum as he works on a large-scale piece for Red Ink Studios on San Francisco's bustling Market Street.

Glass Frog | Songs for Unusual Creatures | PBS Digital Studios

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Q: What do the GLASS FROG and the GLASS ARMONICA have in common? A: They're both in this video from Songs for Unusual Creatures in association with PBS Digital Studios! The glass frog is called so because it has see-through skin on its stomach! How crazy is that? You can see just about all of its inner organs, including its beating heart. The glass armonica, on the other hand, is one of the rarest and most exotic musical instruments and it was invented by Benjamin Franklin! Join Michael on a visit to the "Frog Pod" at the Atlanta Botanical Garden and then check out Michael Hearst's friend Cecilia Brauer play a tune for the glass frog on a glass armonica.

 

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