Between the Lions Series

It's a p-h!

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In this video segment from Between the Lions, the puppet band Phish performs a rockin' song about the “ph” sound. Some featured words are: photo, phonebook, pheasant, phantom, phony, alphabet, phonograph, catastrophic, paragraph, autograph, philosophic, euphoric, and phenomenal. This video segment provides a resource for Fluency, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Letter Knowledge Awareness, and Phonological Awareness.

Dream Carver

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This video segment from Between the Lions is an animated version of the published book Dream Carver in which a young boy has dreams of carving large animals out of wood instead of the small animals his family has been creating for generations. He pursues his dream even though his father discourages him, but in the end these beautiful carved animals are embraced by everyone, including his father, when they are displayed at the village fiesta. The story focuses on "d" and "dr" sounds and key vocabulary includes: wood carver, carvings, fiestas, quetzal, squirrel, gazelle, frog, and rabbit. This video segment provides a resource for Fluency, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Text Comprehension, Vocabulary, Language and Vocabulary Development, Letter Knowledge Awareness, and Phonological Awareness.

<i>Between the Lions</i> Digital Den in Action

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In this video from Sirius Thinking, Ltd., librarian Lisa Kropp shares a prototype version of the Digital Den software program with young visitors to the Middle Country (Long Island, NY) Public Library’s Between the Lions Reading Den. Lisa is using interactive, animated versions of the trade books Sheep on a Ship and Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, both of which were featured in Between the Lions television episodes that are available to parents and kids in the Reading Den. The video demonstrates how the interactive versions of the books are linked, via the Digital Den software, to an interactive digital dictionary, and to audio tracks of Cleo, BTL’s lioness star, reading clicked-on words aloud to the kids in either English or Spanish.

Verbal Blending with the <i>Between the Lions</i> Knights

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In this video from Sirius Thinking, Ltd., a father and his son take advantage of one of the entertaining literacy activities available in the Middle Country (Long Island, NY) Public Library’s Between the Lions Reading Den. The pair are using library-provided materials to play a verbal blending game based on BTL's "Gawain’s Word" segments, which feature Monty Python-style knights "crashing together at high speed" to make a word. The words the father and son are building are all "short-i" words, particularly relevant because they have just watched a BTL episode in which "short-i" sounds are featured.

Family Literacy Experiences in the Reading Den

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This video from Sirius Thinking, Ltd. presents interviews with parents and kids about their experiences in the Middle Country (Long Island, NY) Public Library’s Between the Lions Reading Den. The families explain how they value the literacy resources available in the Den — a library-based environment that encourages parents and kids to watch BTL episodes together (at home and in the library), to read the books featured on those episodes, and to participate in activities based on the shows and books.

Grubby Pup (u)

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This video segment from Between the Lions is an animated song in the style of Woodie Guthrie's folk music about an older man who reminisces about his childhood stuffed animal, Grubby Pup. His memories appear as flashbacks as the gentleman sings. The man as a young boy hugs Grubby Pup by a birthday cake, tosses Grubby Pup in the air, makes the pup sit, jumps through puddles while holding the pup, hugs the pup, bathes with the pup, and holds up the stuffed ears that have fallen off the pup in the tub. Then Grubby Pup is left in the schoolyard, the boy cries, and Grubby Pup is handed to him. The worn stuffed animal gets repaired by being sewn and patched up and gets its eye glued back on. The song concludes with the elderly gentleman laying next to Gruby Pup playing the guitar and looking at the stuffed animal lovingly. This song is about the short "u" sound. This video segment provides a resource for Phonics and Phonological Awareness.

Between the Lions - Pig and Her House

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Learn relational vocabulary in this animated story about Pig and her house, in this video from Between the Lions: "Pigs, Pigs, Pigs!" Featured vocabulary includes in front, behind, next to, far away, on top, and under.

Amazing Trampolini Brothers: tasty

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In this video segment from Between the Lions, the circus MC introduces the incredible, daring, and animated Trampolini Brothers performing the Tasty Ice Cream High Dive.The first brother dives into a vanila sundae with chocolate sauce, which is tasty. The second brother dives into a sundae with two types of ice cream, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and sprinkles, which is tastier. The third brother dives into a sundae comprised of three types of ice cream, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, sprinkles, candies, and a cherry on top, which is the tastiest. The ice cream-covered MC reviews the comparative and superlative adjectives tasty, tastier, and tastiest as the brothers are shown sitting in large ice cream sundae dishes. Then the MC gets knocked over by the larger-than-life cherry. Featured vocabulary include the comparative and superlative adjectives tasty, tastier, and tastiest. This video segment provides a resource for Vocabulary, Language and Vocabulary Development, Phonics, Letter Knowledge Awareness, and Phonological Awareness.

Between the Lions - The Hungry Coat

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Learn vocabulary through an animated story called The Hungry Coat, in this video from Between the Lions: "The Hungry Coat." The story, about an emperor named Luke who wears his favorite, old, tattered coat to a party, teaches the lesson that people should never be judged based on what they wear. Vocabulary words beginning with "v" including valley, very, villa, viceroy, voila, veal chops, various, vegetables, vanilla, and valuable are featured. 

If You Were: boa constrictor

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This video segment from Between the Lions is a live action, non-fiction piece about what life would be like "if you were a boa constrictor." For boas, life starts with 60 brothers and sisters. After a month, boas go out on their own and swim in rainforest rivers and climb through trees. During the night, they eat animals. They have silky smooth skin and shed it when it gets too snug. After 30 years, boas are super snakes-- 20 feet long. This video places a strong but not explicit emphasis on the "s" sound. This video segment provides a resource for Text Comprehension and Phonological Awareness.

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