Between the Lions Series

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.

Between the Lions - Monkey Cheer: Jog

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Learn the word "jog" with the Magnificent Monkey Cheerleaders as they jog around Leona, in this video from Between the Lions: "It's Red! It's Green!"

Yesterday I Had the Blues

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In this video segment from Between the Lions, a boy tells us about how colors correspond to feelings and members of his family. The boy states that yesterday he had the blues, but that today he has the greens. The boy explains that his dad claims he has the grays, Sasha has the pinks, Talia has the indigos, Gram has the yellows, and Mama has the reds. The boy wonders if tomorrow he'll have the silvers. He concludes that his family is the type of family that makes you feel like it's all golden. Featured vocabulary includes: blues, greens, grays, pinks, indigos, yellows, reds, silvers, and golden. All words appear on screen. This video segment provides a resource for Fluency and Phonological Awareness.

Are You a Snail?

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In this story from Between the Lions, colorful illustrations introduce young children to the world of snails—slimy, slow-moving creatures that live in a shell, prefer damp places, eat leaves, and have one foot but no legs. Based on Are You a Snail? by Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries.

Ten More Little Words

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In this video segment from Between the Lions, a large dinosaur puppet teaches a class of monkeys about ten little words through a song. These words promote reading fluency and include: I, he, they, with, was, his, are, on, as, and for. This video segment provides a resource for Fluency and Phonological Awareness.

Poem: Four Seasons

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In this video segment from Between the Lions, the Lions recite a poem describing the seasons. All words are shown on screen. Featured vocabulary includes: spring, summer, fall, and winter. The featured phonics is the "y" ending of adjectives. This video segment provides a resource for Fluency, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Language and Vocabulary Development, Letter Knowledge Awareness, and Phonological Awareness.

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