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Eco Electronics

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Engineer Erin Gately talks about the environmental aspects of her job with the printer manufacturer Hewlett-Packard, in this video adapted from DESIGN SQUAD. Erin takes apart old printers and recycles nearly all of the parts so that they can be used in new products. She and a work colleague explain how they are designing two new environmentally friendly printers, using recycled plastic and biodegradable material produced from corn instead of plastic.

Eating Healthy Foods

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Learn about the importance of eating healthy foods, in this video adapted from Media That Matters. A group of students present and explain the types of foods that are good for our bodies, the nutrients they provide, and how these benefit our bodies. They then explain what processed foods are, why some people like them, and why they are unhealthy.

Choosing Foods for Your Health

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Learn from Misty and Tim, two teens who have diabetes, about the food choices they make to help them control their condition, in these two video segments adapted from Living With MyType2. Misty is a college student learning to adapt her dietary needs to a new environment filled with options. Tim goes grocery shopping with his mother and explains how he identifies foods as healthy or unhealthy based on their ingredients and location in the store.

Classifying Leaves

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In this video segment from Teaching Elementary Life Science, teacher Gail Gibson works with her first-grade students on an activity classifying leaves according to physical characteristics such as color, relative size, or texture. Gibson explains that in this activity students get to compare, observe, and evaluate their own work and each other’s work. She also says that the skills and attitudes she’s developing in her students are helping to build their confidence in their ability to understand science and learn more about what they don’t already know.

Making Observations of Leaves

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Teacher Gail Gibson assigns each of her first-grade students to draw a picture of the leaf they’ve collected in this video segment from Teaching Elementary Life Science. She also asks them to write down three details about the leaf. She explains her approach to the activity, which emphasizes writing complete sentences and using adjectives to describe exactly how the leaves look. As the students share their observations with one another in small groups, Gibson explains that hands-on activities are effective for children who learn better by doing. In the second part of the video, Gibson reviews some of her students' drawings and emphasizes the importance of including details in the drawings.