Between the Lions Series

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.

Opposite Bunny: hot/cold, chilly/warm

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In this video segment from Between the Lions, an animated superhero bunny saves the day through the use of opposites. In this segment he tells a hippo who is hot to jump into the water. The hippo then gets cold, so the bunny motions her to come back to shore. Then the hippo is chilly. The bunny wraps a towel around the hippo, and then she is warm. The featured vocabulary words are: hot, cold, chilly, and warm. This video segment provides a resource for Fluency, Vocabulary, and Language and Vocabulary Development.

Between the Lions - Transportation

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Learn transportation vocabulary in this video about vehicles, from Between the Lions: "Roller Coaster." Featured vocabulary includes car, bus, boat, plane, motorcycle, train, and transportation.

Sloppy Pop (o)

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In this video segment from Between the Lions, Sloppy Pop and his band sing to passersby in the street about the letters “o" and "p.” It gets rather messy as they slop around in a pool filled with glop while a cop stands nearby. Featured words include: slop, glop, mop, flop, top, clop, drop, hop, and stop. This video segment provides a resource for Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Letter Knowledge Awareness, and Phonological Awareness.

Between the Lions - The Three-Legged Pot

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Learn "p" vocabulary in this animated story, The Three Legged Pot, from Between the Lions: "The Three-Legged Pot." The story tells of a boy named Pepe who carries a pot with three legs up and down a hill. Featured vocabulary includes pretty, potato soup, peas, peppers, parsley, pot, peeved, pace, pooped, poked, and perfect.

Sven Said Ten Cents (e)

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In this video segment from Between the Lions, monkeys dressed as cossacks sing a tongue twister about how "Sven said, 'Ted, send ten tents.' Ted said, 'Sven, send ten cents.' When Sven sent Ted ten cents, then Ted sent Sven ten tents." This video segment provides a resource for Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Letter Knowledge Awareness, and Phonological Awareness.

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