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Digital Commons Network

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The Digital Commons Network brings together free, full-text scholarly articles from hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide. Curated by university librarians and their supporting institutions, the Network includes a growing collection of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, working papers, conference proceedings, and other original scholarly work.

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.

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Breakout Edu Kit

MN Original | Assemblage Artist Jan Elftmann

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Learn how Jan Elftmann’s penchant for collecting objects shines through in all of her work. She makes art approachable for the every day person in her playful assemblage work and eye-catching art cars.

Elftmann helped found the Minnesota ArtCar Parade after she completed her first art car–a pick up truck covered with 10,000 wine bottle corks. She’s currently working on her third art car.

For more MN Original resources, click here.

Community Garden

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Orville Edwards, an urban naturalist, describes how community gardens can help improve the quality of life in the city. Vacant lots in a neighborhood in Brooklyn are converted into gardens. Edwards works in the largest community garden. Green spaces, like this garden, become a sanctuary for people living in a busy, congested city. They become spaces for people to relax, experience healthy living and socialize with neighbors in a positive way. In this video segment from WILD TV, Edwards shares his hopes that the garden space will be replicated across the United States to bring people together.

States of Matter Fitness

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In this 3rd through 5th grade video, students use their science knowledge and apply it using physical activity! Learning about the stages of matter, solid, liquid and gas, students perform an exercise for each as the teacher calls out an object such as soup or fog. Students must identify each object's state of matter and perform the physical task associated with it. This lesson is great for focusing on cognitive and psychomotor skills.

Between the Lions - Letter Bit: Vegetables

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Learn the words for various vegetables with real kids, in this video segment from the Between the Lions episode "A Birthday for Cow!"

Backyard Bugs | WILD TV

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Do you like insects? In this video from Wild TV, you will see and hear about many different kinds of insects. Some crawl like spiders and centipedes, while others fly, walk on water and even flip and click. You will learn the names of some interesting-looking insects. You will also learn how to be safe around dangerous spiders and how to identify male and female Dobson flies. By listening and watching closely, you can tell how the speakers feel about the various insects by the ways the speakers react to and talk about the insects.

Pourquoi Stories | Jakers!

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This video segment from Jakers features a storyteller who tells a Pourquoi story about a spider. Pourquoi is the French word for "why". Pourquoi stories try to explain in an entertaining way why something happens or why things are the way they are, especially in nature. This lively story is about Anansi the Spider, a popular character in African folklore. We hear an imaginary tale that tries to explain why the lowest part of a spider's body is so big. Could it really be because of the plan the greedy spider Anansi came up with to eat two feasts in one day?

The Big Adventures of Little Ioda: Whale of a Tail

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Ioda ventures through an amazing talking book with Lion, Captain Caption, Humpback, and Mrs. Whale! This video is part of the first grade lesson “Whales!," found in the REACH Parent Engagement Series from Public Media Connect/ThinkTV-CET.

Between the Lions - If You Were: Cat

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Learn vocabulary by imagining yourself as a cat, in this video from the Between the Lions episode "Not Norman." Whether a wild cat or a house cat, all cats use their tails for balance, and their ears to hear very quiet sounds. All cats also have soft paws that they use to sneak quietly around and claws they can use to climb trees. Featured vocabulary words include: cat, house cat, wild cat, eyes, ears, feet, paws, claws, tail, and cat nap.

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.

Nature Nuggets: Tortoise Shares Home

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Watch and find out who the gopher tortoise shares his burrow (underground home) with.

Nature Nuggets are minute-long videos that bring science and animals from PBS’s award-winning series NATURE to early childhood classrooms. Use the support material below to create active science and language learning opportunities for your students.

Professor Monkey Follows the Directions - Martha Speaks

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Help children build vocabulary and understand STEM education concepts with this Martha Speaks video! Professor Monkey follows instructions to make a paper airplane, but accidentally uses paper that has the directions for where he needs to be!

Este video se centra en ayudar a niños para aprender vocabulario y entender los conceptos de educación STEM. Profesor Monkey sigue las instrucciones para hacer un avión de papel, pero accidentalmente utiliza papel con las instrucciones de donde tiene que estar.

Puppy Walker

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In this segment from Zoom into Action, Brett trains puppies to be seeing-eye dogs. He volunteers as a puppy walker for the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind. He is working with a puppy named Arty for one year. His job is to socialize Arty and teach him to follow commands. At the end of the year, Brett has to bring Arty back for more training so he will be ready to work with a person who has a visual imparity. Brett knows his work is for a very good cause. When it’s time to give up the puppy, he isn’t too disappointed.

Read a Good Book: Creature Craft | KIDS Clubhouse Adventures

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Clubhouse friends visit their local library to read and discover more about birds. In this segment, kids take on the role of a bird and create a nest. Working in teams, kids apply their problem solving skills to create birds' nests without using their hands.

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