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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
Middle
High
Length: 
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

Breakout Edu Kit

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The Breakout EDU kit includes everything you need to play over 350 games created for the classroom environment. The kit includes access to the new BreakoutEdu Platform to be used while using the kit.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Middle
High
Professional
Content Area: 
ELA
Math
Social Studies
Science
Fine Arts
Health/Phys. Ed.
LOTE
Computer Science
Special Education
Family/Consumer Science
Business/Technology
ELL
Library
Other
Play Time: 
30 min.
Breakout Edu Kit

Gospel Train | The Civil War Era

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In this video, students learn about "Gospel Train". “Gospel Train” is a code-word song used in the Underground Railroad by slaves, often sung just before an escape in an attempt to let all who wished to go know that the time was near. In this segment, folk singers Rhonda and Sparky Rucker perform the piece on harmonica and guitar.

 

Fabulous, FUNctional Furniture Like Dan Pleska's

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Practice using a maquette to design furniture in the style of Dan Pleska.  This demonstration video accompanies the video The Artistry of Dan Pleska

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.

Stephanie Syjuco: Visual Arts

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In this video, viewers learn about conceptual artist Stephanie Syjuco and her counterfeit crochet project. Often dealing with issues of globalization and outsourcing, Syjuco believes that politically engaged art can also be fun.

Zany Portraits in the Style of Charly Hamilton

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Learn to create your own art in the style of Charly Hamilton by following the steps modeled in this demonstration video.

Taiko Dojo: Music

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, hear the taiko drumming of Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka and the San Francisco Taiko Dojo. This art form is being performed in San Jose's Japantown as the Taiko Dojo troop seek to keep this musical form and piece of Japanese heritage alive.

Stained Glass in the Style of Chris Dutch

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Use glue, chalk, and paper to create "stained glass" art by following the steps in this demonstration video.

Geometric Quilts in the Style of Martha Osborn

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Use geometry skills to create quilt patterns by following the steps described in this demonstration video.  You may also want to view the program Martha Osborn - Fabric Artist to see more examples of her work.

Scandinavian Traditions | Music and Tradition

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Traditional music and dance is one way that North Dakotans celebrate their Scandinavian heritage and find part of their own identity in their ethnic background. “No tree grows strong by cutting off its roots.” Understanding where we come from helps us know who we are. North Dakota’s largest demographic is people of Scandinavian descent. Many people in North Dakota are aware of their roots, know who they are, and take an active role in keeping those traditions alive.

Gator Farm | America's Heartland

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Cattle, horses, or pigs are usually what you think of when you think of livestock. Well, in Florida this farm raises Alligators. Take a look at this unique niche farm and how they operate. 

Niche Farming | America's Heartland

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Learn how agriculture is feeding the demand of the country's growing diversity. Visit one of the county's successful niche farming operations. Over 3-dozen varieties of crops are grown here, tailored to a fast growing ethnic market. 

Walnuts - Health & Harvest | America's Heartland

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Come along for the California walnut harvest. Learn all about the harvesting process, and about the nutritional benefits of this healthy nut!

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