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Martin Luther King Jr. Day (2003)

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Two students from different ethnic backgrounds are brought together as they learn about the life of America's foremost civil rights leader. This program will grab your students' attention as they learn about Dr. King's contributions to the people of the United States and those living throughout the world.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:15
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Presidents' Day: Washington and Lincoln (2003)

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With the help of a colonial Presidential crier children come to understand why we celebrate Presidents' Day and what makes it so special. They learn about George Washington and the important role he played in the formation of our country. Next, they learn about the life of Abraham Lincoln and his resolve to keep our country unified, making him one of our great civic leaders.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:15
Presidents' Day: Washington and Lincoln

Columbus Day (2003)

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With the discovery of an ancient diary, two children learn what drove Columbus to explore the unknown, who helped him in his journey, and what he found once he arrived in the New World. Guided by Columbus himself, the children see how the explorer went from working in his father's weaving shop to accidentally discovering the Americas.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:16
Columbus Day

Thanksgiving Day: America Celebrates (2003)

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See the story of the Mayflower's passage and the Pilgrims' first year in the New World. Learn about the Wompanoag Indian tribe and a game they may have played during the first harvest celebration—Thanksgiving. Learn many different ways that Americans celebrate this important day. Teacher's Guide available in disk and online: www.schoolvideos.com

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:15
Thanksgiving Day: America Celebrates

Understanding & Making Maps: An Introduction (2004)

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Combines live action and animation to introduce maps and understand map reading. Describes how maps and globes are drawn to scale to reflect a larger physical geography. Identifies the signs and symbols found on maps and defines key concepts such as scale, relative position, direction, and legends.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Length: 
00:20
Understanding & Making Maps: An Introduction

Using Maps & Globes (2004)

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Building on studentsÂ’ basic understanding of maps and globes, the more complex concepts of latitude and longitude are introduced. The equator, north and south hemispheres, tropics of Cancer and Capricorn are defined and located down to minutes and degrees. The prime meridian, east and west hemispheres, time zones, and the international dateline come to life on a world cruise review.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:21
Using Maps & Globes

How Location Affects Life: Different Areas, Climate, Latitude, and Longitude (2006)

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Students examine geographical and human factors that affect personal and societal ways of life. Physical components such as climate, landform and relative location are discussed, expanding a learner's understanding of characteristics within northern and southern hemispheres, differing latitudes and longitudes.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:23
How Location Affects Life: Different Areas, Climate, Latitude, and Longitude

The Five Themes of Geography (2000)

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Join five enthusiastic students in their high-tech "Social Studies Lab" to learn about the five themes of geography: Location, Place, Human-Environment Interactions, Movement, and Regions. Visit locations around the world to understand how geographers study the earth and the people who live here.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:18
The Five Themes of Geography

The Oregon Trail (1998)

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Discover why thousands of Americans left their homes in the East to endure months of hardship to settle in the West. Describes life on a wagon train. Learn about the special challenges of the trip, as well as the day-to-day routine, via re-enactments of the entire trip between Missouri and the West Coast.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:16
The Oregon Trail

Causes of the Civil War (2003)

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This compelling program reveals how the interests of the industrial North and the agricultural South (the Cotton Belt) came to clash over critical issues such as plantation slavery, and how these issues eventually led to the secession of the southern states.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:14
Causes of the Civil War

The Expedition of Lewis and Clark 1804-1806 (2001)

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Witness Lewis and Clark's exploration of the West, complete with diary excerpts, encounters with Native Americans, the beautiful and threatening landscape, and a summary of their objectives and accomplishments. Teacher's Guide available in disk and online: www.schoolvideos.com

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:16
The Expedition of Lewis and Clark 1804-1806