Character Education

Each Kindness

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Each kindness makes the world a little better.

Chloe and her friends won't play with the new girl, Maya. Maya is different; she wears hand-me-downs and plays with old-fashioned toys. Every time Maya tries to join Chloe and her gang, they reject her. Eventually, Maya plays alone, and then stops coming to school altogether. When Chloe's teacher gives a lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change the world, Chloe is stung by the lost opportunity for friendship, and thinks about how much better it could have been if she'd shown a little kindness toward Maya.

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AD640L
Each Kindness

Mercy Watson #3: Mercy Watson Fights Crime (Unabridged)

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Leroy Ninker is a small man with a big dream: he wants to be a cowboy, but for now, he's just a thief. In fact, Leroy is robbing the Watsons' kitchen right this minute! As he drags the toaster across the counter (screeeeeech) and drops it into his bag (clannngggg), little does he know that a certain large pig who loves toast with a great deal of butter is stirring from sleep.

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390L
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00:21
Mercy Watson #3: Mercy Watson Fights Crime (Unabridged)

Miracles on Maple Hill (Unabridged)

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A father's wounded heart. A mother's patient love. An eager boy, an impetuous girl, and, above all, the healing power of nature. These are the classic ingredients that fill Virginia Sorensen's Newbery Award-winning novel with a tender power and lift it to classic status.

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750L
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04:42
Miracles on Maple Hill (Unabridged)

Mercy Watson to the Rescue (Unabridged)

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To Mr. and Mrs. Watson, Mercy is not just a pig, she's a porcine wonder. And to the portly and good-natured Mercy, the Watsons are an excellent source of buttered toast, not to mention that buttery-toast feeling she gets when she snuggles into bed with them. This is not, however, so good for the Watsons' bed. BOOM! CRACK! Welcome to the wry and endearing world of Mercy Watson.

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450L
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00:19
Mercy Watson to the Rescue (Unabridged)

The Merman (Unabridged)

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While on holiday on the Northern coast of Scotland, Zeta notices that one of the seals is actually a merman. They become friends, and Marinus teaches Zeta all sorts of things, including how to overcome her fear of water.

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790L
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01:32
The Merman (Unabridged)

Real People: Bullying, the Internet and You! (2005)

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The program is designed for educators to empower teens to use the internet without fear, and without resorting to mistreating anyone. By presenting the true stories of real teens who were bullied online, it challenges teens to realize that the person at the other end of the "enter" button is a real human being with the same feelings, hopes and needs as they have.

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Middle
High
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00:22
Real People: Bullying, the Internet and You!

Amazing Kids of Character Series (2008)

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This uplifting five-part series highlights crucial cornerstones of character courage, empathy, perseverance, respect and responsibility by showing real kids who achieved amazing results for themselves and their communities. Each character trait is represented with three different profiles of truly amazing kids and hosted by a diverse, multiethnic group of students from around the country.

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Elementary
Middle
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00:52
Amazing Kids of Character Series

We're In, You're Out: Looking at Cliques (2005)

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Finding their niche in a particular social group can be the most important focus in a youngster's life. The idea of being left out or not belonging to a particular group can make kids miserable. This program helps youngsters look at the positive and negative impact of cliques on both individual groups.

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Elementary
Middle
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00:16
We're In, You're Out: Looking at Cliques

Wise Owl Says: When Telling Isn't Tattling (2006)

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This engaging video or DVD combines animation and live-action segments to help young viewers understand the difference between tattling (which aims to land someone else in trouble) and telling (which aims to help someone solve a problem).

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Primary
Elementary
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00:12
Wise Owl Says: When Telling Isn't Tattling

Making Good Choices: Keys to Good Decisions (2006)

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Kids today have a lot of important decisions to make. Should I drink alcohol or smoke pot? Should I cheat on a test? Should I inform on a friend? This program introduces students to the four hallmarks of good decision-making: does it agree with what I know inside is right, what might happen as a result, might it hurt future goals, and will it hurt me or another person.

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Middle
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00:18
Making Good Choices: Keys to Good Decisions

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