Between the Lions Series

Cheesybreadville

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This video segment from Between the Lions is a reading of the heartwarming story Cheesybreadville. In this animated story set in Puerto Rico, a wife bakes a bread overnight to surprise her husband, not knowing that he has hidden a surprise gift for her as well of cheese in the oven. The husband and wife go to bed, only to wake up to the smell of burning bread and cheese. The husband and wife acknowledge that the mishap just proves their love for each other, and they head back to bed. A young girl from the town follows the smell of the cheesy bread, sneaks into the kitchen and tries some. Finding it so delicious, she shares it with others who live in the town. The cheesy bread is such a hit that all the villagers want the couple to keep making more. The town is renamed "Cheesybreadville." This video segment provides a resource for Fluency, Text Comprehension, and Phonological Awareness.

Between the Lions - Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

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Learn to "make something from nothing" with Joseph as he re-uses his overcoat in new ways, in this video from Between the Lions: "It's Red! It's Green!"

Cliff Hanger Sings the Blues

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In this video segment from Between the Lions, Cliff spots Simon and Paula, two talent scouts, walking below the cliff looking for red hot new singers. Cliff extracts his trusty survival manual and reads that he should let the scouts hear him sing. He sings a little blues number for the scouts. The scouts think Cliff's song is lovely, but they like the people singing in the helicopter better. The scouts then fly away in the helicopter. This video segment provides a resource for Fluency, Text Comprehension, and Phonological Awareness.

Between the Lions - Cliff Hanger and the Nightingales

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See Cliff Hanger disguise himself as a baby nightingale in order to fool nightingales into rescuing him, in this video from Between the Lions: "Bear Snores On." Cliff is nearly successful until the nightingales nudge him out of their nest. This video featuring the letter “n,” introduces the vocabulary words nightingale, neat-o, nudge, and nuts.

My Favorite Word: humongous

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This video segment from Between the Lions is a table top puppetry song that illustrates synonyms for the word “big” using a stage setting and opera singers. The featured synonyms for the word “big” include: big, huge, tremendous, stupendous, humongous, very very big, monumental, gigantic, massive, jumbo, whopping, not little, not teeny, not weeny, mammoth, gargantuan, enormous, colossal, and dinosauric. The soloist's favorite from this list is humongous. This video segment provides a resource for Fluency, Vocabulary, Language and Vocabulary Development, and Phonological Awareness.

Between the Lions - Mighty Star Lion

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Hear Cleo, Leo, Lionel, and Leona sing a song about a meteor shower, in this video from Between the Lions: "A Shower of Stars and Two Moons." Featured vocabulary includes mighty, star, lion, flight, darkness, night, sparkling, light, marvelous, dream, sight, bright, alone, magical, and meteors.

The Two Sounds Made by g

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This video segment from Between the Lions is a mixed-media song performed by Fonix about the two sounds made by the letter "g." Words that feature the letter "g" and appear on screen are: gypsy, guppy, goat, galaxy, gentle giant, goo, giraffe, glue, Gina, George, Gene, Gail, Goldie, gossip, strange, gaga, garbage, luggage, grunge, grange, gadget, and gigantic. The "g" is highlighted in a different color. The song also explains the "g" sound when "g" precedes the letters e, i, and y. This video segment provides a resource for Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Letter Knowledge Awareness, and Phonological Awareness.

W Trouble

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In this video segment from Between the Lions, Cleo plays country western singer Tammy Lionette and sings about the difficulties she has with the tricky letter “w.” Featured words include: wasted, woeful, wilted, worried, weep, worn, weary, won’t, and will. This video segment provides a resource for Fluency, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Letter Knowledge Awareness, and Phonological Awareness.

Cliff Hanger Sells His House

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In this video segment from Between the Lions, a real estate agent tells Cliff he’d like to help him sell his house. Naturally, when someone buys the house, the real estate agent's crew will move the house to any place the buyer chooses. Cliff asks, “If I stay in my house while it’s moved, will I get moved, too?” and is told yes. The problem: Cliff doesn’t have a house. So he consults his manual that tells him to build a house. Three people bid on the house and the winning bidder asks that the house be torn down so that they “never have to look at it ever again.” This video segment provides a resource for Fluency and Text Comprehension.

Oh, Yes, It Can!

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In this video segment from Between the Lions, storyteller Karen Kandel tells an African tale about some surprising speakers. An introduction sets the stage. Props and sound effects help build word knowledge, a catchy refrain encourages the audience to chime in, and the short "a" sound is highlighted throughout the story.

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