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A History of the Renaissance (2004)

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Investigates the driving forces behind this brilliant period of artistic and scientific achievement. Discover how humanists like Petrarch pioneered the rediscovery of ancient Greek and Roman culture, sparking an explosion of creativity and innovation. Changes abound in politics and religion as well.

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Elementary
Middle
High
Length: 
00:23
A History of the Renaissance

Everyday Life in the Renaissance (2004)

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What was it like to live during the Renaissance? This program explores the typical homes, diets, and clothing of the period. Examines how due to a surging economy, many people had more money to spend on new household items, spices, and clothing. Witness the changing roles of work, education, religion, art, and family life over three centuries across Europe.

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Elementary
Middle
High
Length: 
00:23
Everyday Life in the Renaissance

Renaissance Art, Music & Literature (2004)

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Explores the newly discovered uses of realism, mathematics, and perspective in art; the introduction of new musical instruments and changes in musical style; and how literature flourished thanks to the innovation of the printing press. Explores Leonardo, Machiavelli, and Shakespeare, whose works continue to be admired and emulated today. DVD divided into chapters.

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Elementary
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High
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00:23
Renaissance Art, Music & Literature

Renaissance Science & Invention (2004)

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Explores the people, ideas, and inventions behind the major scientific breakthroughs in astronomy, physics, anatomy, and mathematics. Examines scientific greats including Galileo, Kepler, and Brunelleschi, and discusses how the life of a scientist often conflicted with existing religious beliefs. DVD divided into chapters. Includes discussion questions and Spanish soundtrack option.

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Elementary
Middle
High
Length: 
00:23
Renaissance Science & Invention

Renaissance Travel, Trade & Exploration (2004)

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During the Renaissance, sailors set off into uncharted waters in search of new trade routes and lucrative luxury goods. Advancements in navigational tools, including lateen sails and the astrolabe, aided explorers such as Columbus and da Gama on their journeys.

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Elementary
Middle
High
Length: 
00:23
Renaissance Travel, Trade & Exploration

New York (2004)

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All aboard! Next stop...New York! On this trip, we will explore New York's landforms, taking a trip under Niagara Falls and up into the Catskill Mountains. We will explore the history, industry, natural resources and culture of the state, especially the contributions of immigrants and native peoples.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:23
New York

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

Daily Pioneer Life (2004)

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"Wagons ho!" Climb aboard your prairie schooner, and get ready to experience America in the 1700s & 1800s! Through reenactments, journal entries and historic imagery, "Pioneer Life for Children" showcases the life and history of American pioneers.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:23
Daily Pioneer Life

The Pioneer Journey Westward (2004)

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"Wagons ho!" Climb aboard your prairie schooner, and get ready to experience America in the 1700s & 1800s! Through reenactments, journal entries and historic imagery, "Pioneer Life for Children" showcases the life and history of American pioneers.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:23
The Pioneer Journey Westward

Westward Expansion in the U.S. (2004)

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In the late 1700s to 1800s, the continental U.S. grew in size from only 13 colonies in the East to stretch across the continent to the Pacific Ocean. Join our players in a Pioneer Life adventure game, and follow events and historical figures during the westward expansion. Learn how the Louisiana Purchase and the Gold Rush encouraged the exploration and settlement of the U.S.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:23
Westward Expansion in the U.S.

Environment & Society (2006)

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Students will explore how society uses the Earth's resources to meet our most basic needs for food, water and shelter, and how those same resources influence how and where we live. Through our use and misuse of technology, students will see how we impact the world around us and conversely, how the forces of the ever-changing Earth shape our lives as well.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Middle
High
Length: 
00:23
Environment & Society

Geographic Perspectives: The United States of America (2006)

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Imagine that someone from another country has asked you to describe the United States in a single sentence -- not an easy task! However, dividing America into regions and comparing and contrasting them can help explain our nation's unique natural, physical and cultural features.

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Elementary
Middle
High
Length: 
00:23
Geographic Perspectives: The United States of America

Human Systems (2006)

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Why do people settle where they do? Why do populations move from one place to another? In Human Systems, students will appreciate the role that the physical characteristics of Earth have played in determining where and how people live, and explore the notion that where and how we live has a huge impact on our planet.

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Elementary
Middle
High
Length: 
00:23
Human Systems

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