Cognitive Development

Whose Shoes?

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This video features Steve Swinburne reading Whose Shoes?, Pennsylvania's One Book Every Young Child 2011 selection. The photograph concept book for children ages 3 to 6 encourages them to guess Whose Shoes? after seeing a clear color photo of a pair of shoes. Pictures of the owners range from a ballerina to a clown.

The author includes a photo of a multicultural group of smiling children wearing adult shoes. The joy of taking off your shoes, no matter how old you are, is stressed. Finally, the book asks the reader: whose shoes do you want to wear one day?

Discussion about Hibernation

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Observe a kindergarten teacher discussing the concept of hibernation with a diverse group of students. See how she facilitates the conversation in order to elicit their understanding of the concept.

T.D. Tells a Story - Martha Speaks | PBS KIDS Lab

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This Martha Speaks video will help children identify the key elements of a story and build vocabulary. T.D. tells Jakey a story he wrote about Martha.

Este video se centra en ayudar a niños con la identificación de los elementos clave de una historia. T.D. le cuenta a Jakey una historia que escribió de Martha.

Direct Instruction

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Using this two-part video resource group, learn how a teacher uses direct instruction to develop students' strategic reading skills.

Concept of Definition Chart: Prior to Reading the Book

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Observe how a teacher directly teaches the concept of force prior to having students engage with a science text.

DanBot’s Business: A Clubhouse Story | KIDS Clubhouse Adventures

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In this clip from KIDS Clubhouse Adventures, DanBot wants to make $1 million, but there’s another robot in town giving him some competition. Dan Wardell teaches DanBot the basics of entrepreneurship.

Ashley Bryan

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Ashley Bryan is an eclectic artist who uses painting, poetry, music, collage, and prose to tell stories. Bryan fuses these seemingly separate art forms within his books for children. "I try not to accept walls and boundaries and definitions in a strict way," he says. "I would hope that everything I do is interrelated." Bryan is known for retelling African folktales in a distinct, rhythmic prose that is heavily influenced by African-American poetry. In 1981, his collection of Nigerian folktales, Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum, received the Coretta Scott King Book Illustrator Award.

Learning Letters: Emphasis on Letter Identification

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Watch a PreK class engaged in a shared reading of an alphabet book. Notice how the teacher enhances instruction with techniques that develop students' oral language during the reading of the book.

What are Fairy Tales? | KIDS Clubhouse Adventures

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Abby Brown, KIDS Clubhouse Adventures co-host, loves to help kids have fun while learning! In this segment, Abby teaches kids about the components of a fairy tale including characters and settings found only in our imaginations.

Happy Healthy Kids | Take a Book Trip

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In this episode of Happy Healthy Kids, Miss Kelsey illustrates how reading can burst open your imagination. Visiting new places is as easy as turning a page!

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