Social Studies

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Fall (2011)

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Crisp, colorful video footage illustrates the beautiful and fascinating features of the fall season. This video also takes a brief look into what causes the fall season. Concepts and terminology: autumn, foliage, seed dispersal, migration, hibernation, and harvest.

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Primary
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0:10
Fall

Addicted to Plastic (2007)

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Reveals the history and worldwide scope of plastics pollution, investigates its toxicity and explores solutions. From styrofoam cups to artificial organs, plastics are perhaps the most ubiquitous and versatile material ever invented. No invention in the past 100 years has had more influence and presence than synthetics. But such progress has had a cost.

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High
Professional
Length: 
01:25
Addicted to Plastic

Split Estate (2009)

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Documents the devastating effect that fracking for natural gas and oil is having on the health of families and the environment in the Rocky Mountain West.

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High
Professional
Length: 
01:16
Split Estate

Architecture (1997)

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Build up your science with the “Architecture” show.

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Elementary
Middle
Length: 
00:23
Architecture

Archaeology (1996)

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Bill Nye the Science Guy is talking about archaeology – can you dig it?

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Elementary
Middle
Length: 
00:23
Archaeology

The Ecological Footprint: Accounting for a Small Planet (2004)

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"We can choose to live on a depleted planet or we can choose to live on a rich, biologically diverse, more stable planet' proposes Dr. Mathis Wackernagel, co-creator of the Ecological Footprint. He suggests that an essential step in avoiding depletion is to track ecological assets, allowing us to make more informed choices.

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High
Length: 
00:31
The Ecological Footprint: Accounting for a Small Planet

Thirst (2004)

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A documentary without narration that explores how water and the ownership and control of water figure into community resistance to corporations rapidly buying up local water supplies. Examines the environmental and human rights issues associated with governments and companies making the world's fresh water supply into a commodity at the expense of local communities.

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High
Length: 
01:02
Thirst

DNA: Secret of Photo 51 (2003)

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On April 25, 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick published their groundbreaking discovery of the double helix structure of DNA, the molecule essential for passing on our genes and the ''secret of life.'' But their crucial breakthrough depended on the pioneering work of another biologist–Rosalind Franklin.

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Middle
High
Length: 
00:56
DNA: Secret of Photo 51

Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution (2004)

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How did the universe, our planet, and life begin?

Who would have predicted that a hot spot left over from the Big Bang would eventually lead to our galaxy, the solar system, the Earth—and to us? Origins explores how the universe and our planet began amid chaos and eventually gave birth to the first stirrings of life.

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High
Length: 
04:00
Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution

Choking in the Fast Lane (2006)

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Power Play Series: Part 1

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High
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00:52
Choking in the Fast Lane

Energy (2006)

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Power Play Series Part 2

When man made the first primitive tools that helped him to shape and control his surroundings he discovered an important secret - the value of energy. It would give him power to develop an entire world.

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High
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00:52
Energy

Fossil Fuel (2006)

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Power Play Series Part 3

The western world has built its affluence on fossil fuels. Our addiction to coal and oil is no longer healthy neither for mankind nor the planet. So the question is, how do we replace fossil fuels?

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High
Length: 
00:52
Fossil Fuel

Quake! Disaster in San Francisco, 1906

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Copies: 30

Buildings were weaving in and out. The street pitched like a stormy sea. Bricks were raining down all around him. The ground shook with such violence that Jacob thought the world had come to an end.

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770L
Quake! Disaster in San Francisco, 1906

Predicting Earthquakes

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The San Francisco Earthquake

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The San Francisco Earthquake is a thorough examination of the April 18, 1906, earthquake that is considered one of the first environmental disasters of the modern age. Striking California's Bay Area, the quake and its resulting fires destroyed a rapidly growing, prosperous city and left more than 500 people dead, thousands homeless, and $500 million worth of property damage.

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