Between the Lions Series

Double o, oo

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In this video segment from Between the Lions, the three female singers of Fonix sing about where double "o" (oo) can be found in the world and things that wouldn't be possible without double "o." They sing about how double "o" (oo) helps a cow moo, how you couldn't say kerchoo without double "o" when you sneeze, how double "o" is a big part of cool, and how happy people couldn't say yahoo without double "o." Featured words include: moo, goo, coo, room, broom, kerchoo, pool, cool, loot, hoot, and yahoo. This video segment provides a resource for Fluency, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Language and Vocabulary Development, Letter Knowledge Awareness, and Phonological Awareness.

Between the Lions - Ethan and the Snow

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Explore winter clothing as a boy named Ethan gets ready to go outside by putting on different articles of clothing, from Between the Lions: "Like a Windy Day." Each time he looks out the window and sees snow, he puts on another article of clothing to keep warm.

My Favorite Word: fabulous

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This video segment from Between the Lions is a table top puppetry song that illustrates synonyms for the word “good” using a stage setting and opera singers. The featured synonyms for the word “good” include: fabulous, marvelous, splendid, fantastic, terrific, and swell. The soloist's favorite from this list is fabulous. This video segment provides a resource for Fluency, Vocabulary, Language and Vocabulary Development, and Phonological Awareness.

Between the Lions - Poem: Doggy Days

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Learn vocabulary through an animated poem about a dog's weekly activities, in this video from Between the Lions: "Just What Mama Needs." The words of the poem are displayed with the animation. Featured vocabulary includes: Monday, wag, Tuesday, bark, Wednesday, wiggle, scratch, Thursday, stretch, fetch, Saturday, Sunday, and dream.

The Ants and the Grasshopper

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This video segment from Between the Lions is an original, animated retelling of the classic Aesop’s fable in which a grasshopper sings and dances while the ants gather food for winter. The grasshopper then has nothing to eat once the cold weather comes. In the end, the ants invite the grasshopper inside for a meal, and they all dance a merry mambo. Featured "m" words include: many, moons, moody, Murray, Marge, merry, Melanie, mangos, melons, mambo, music, moving, mushrooms, macaroni, managed, milk, Myrtle, mind, middle, month, mountains, melt, meanwhile, munched, moment, make, move, motioned, meatballs, mashed potatoes, magnificent, and meal. This video segment provides a resource for Fluency, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Letter Knowledge Awareness, and Phonological Awareness.

Between the Lions - Poem: Little Seeds

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Watch an animated poem, Little Seeds, by Else Holmelund Minarik, in this video from Between the Lions: "Like a Windy Day." The words of the poem are displayed with the animation. Featured vocabulary includes: seeds, sow, spring, robins, sing, carrots, peas, beans, tomatoes, pumpkins, squash, greens, summer, fall, and winter.

If You Were: hippopotamus

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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 hippopotamus." Hippopotamuses are born in Africa, in a river, under water. They live in big families called a pods, eat 100 pounds of grass each night, and weigh about 7000 pounds when they're all grown up. When it comes to protecting their pods and their part of the river, they are tough. The vocabulary term "pod" is explained. This video segment provides a resource for Text Comprehension, Vocabulary, and Language and Vocabulary Development.

Between the Lions - Got a Good Reason to Write

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Hear how a chorus of children’s voices captures dozens of fun and practical reasons to write, in this video from Between the Lions: "The Spider and the Lie." Learn about the importance of writing, and some activities you can accomplish with writing: creating shopping lists, sending postcards, remembering phone numbers, and more.

Seven Selfish Shellfish

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In this video segment from Between the Lions, children and adults alike struggle to articulate the tongue twister "Seven selfish shellfish." This tongue twister illustrates how wordplay draws attention to the different sounds within words.

Between the Lions - Got a Good Reason to Read

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Learn the importance of reading, and all the activities you can accomplish with reading, with this song from Between the Lions: "Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash." Two artists explain the dozens of fun and practical reasons to write: shopping lists, sending postcards, remembering phone numbers, and more. The song and accompanying images are reminders of the importance of writing in everyday life.

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