Social Studies

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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.

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Primary
Elementary
Middle
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00:26
Follow the Drinking Gourd

Greater Washington, D.C. National Parks: For the People (2005)

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Examines some of the attractions of Washington D.C., looking at things to see and do outside the metropolitan area, exploring the history of the national parks surrounding the city, touring some of the capital's major monuments and memorials, and describing alternative entertainments

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Primary
Elementary
Middle
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00:20
Greater Washington, D.C. National Parks: For the People

I Could Do That!

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At a young age, Esther Morris began to do things that her parents and others doubted that she could do.

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Primary
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00:17
I Could Do That!

Rosa

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On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks boarded a Montgomery, Alabama city bus and refused to give up her seat to a white man, an act that ignited a movement that changed modern history.

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Primary
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00:14
Rosa

Tales of Wonder I and II: Traditional Native American Stories for Children (2004)

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Replaced VHS copy with this DVD. Tales of Wonder I and II is a two hour enchanting collection of Indian stories and legends handed down from generation to generation. Entertainment for the whole family. 18 stories in all!

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Primary
Elementary
Middle
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01:20
Tales of Wonder I and II: Traditional Native American Stories for Children

What's on Your Plate? (2009)

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What's On Your Plate? is a witty and provocative documentary about kids and food politics. Over the course of one year, the film follows two eleven-year-old multiracial city kids as they explore their place in the food chain.

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Primary
Elementary
Middle
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01:16
What's on Your Plate?

Around the World Through Holidays

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Around The World Through Holidays: Cross Curricular Readers Theatre includes scripts for twelve plays adaptable for any of the reading or performance methods of Readers Theatre presentation. Each play introduces students to a specific world culture by looking at holidays celebrated in that culture. The structure of the book introduces holidays chronologically throughout a calendar year—one play per month. The focus is on literacy and social studies, so the book is not tied to the traditional nine-month school calendar.

Around the World Through Holidays

1906 San Francisco Earthquake

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A huge earthquake rocked the West Coast on April 18, 1906. Worst hit was the city of San Francisco, where buildings collapsed and fires raged for days. Thousands of people died, and many more were left homeless. The disaster was just one of a long series of earthquakes triggered by the San Andreas Fault. It taught scientists valuable lessons about preparing for earthquakes.

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When the Slave Esperanza Garcia Wrote a Letter

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In 1770, the slave Esperança Garcia bravely penned a letter to the governor of Piauí state, in Brazil, describing how she and her children were being mistreated and requesting permission to return to the farm where the rest of her family was living. Before she wrote her letter, Esperança Garcia lived on a cotton farm run by Jesuit priests, where she learned to read and write — a rare opportunity for a woman, especially a slave.

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When the Slave Esperanza Garcia Wrote a Letter

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine

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Ada Lovelace, the daughter of the famous romantic poet, Lord Byron, develops her creativity through science and math. When she meets Charles Babbage, the inventor of the first mechanical computer, Ada understands the machine better than anyone else and writes the world's first computer program in order to demonstrate its capabilities.

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine

The Mexican Celebration of The Days of the Dead: Food for the Ancestors (1999)

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Each fall, Mexicans celebrate a weeklong holiday called Days of the Dead. The festival honors the memories of loved ones who have died. No celebration describes the Mexican culture as this one: sad, joyful, and satirical all at the same time. FOOD FOR THE ANCESTORS explores this fabulous festival as it is done in the culturally rich state of Puebla.

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Primary
Elementary
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01:00
The Mexican Celebration of The Days of the Dead: Food for the Ancestors

Cinco de Mayo (2004)

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Each year on the 5th of May, Cinco de Mayo celebrations are held in cities throughout the United States. And yet, few people outside of Mexico are fully aware of the holiday's true significance.

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Primary
Elementary
Middle
High
Length: 
00:50
Cinco de Mayo