Earth Science

The Rock Cycle (2007)

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What are the different types of rocks and how do they change form? This question is answered by examining the rock cycle. The major characteristics of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks are highlighted through vivid footage and colorful animations.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Length: 
00:15
The Rock Cycle

What is the Water Cycle? (2011)

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This beautiful program illustrates the key components of the water cycle that occurs everywhere around us. Concepts and terminology: condensation, evaporation, precipitation, cloud, rain, snow, sleet, and hail.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Length: 
0:12
What is the Water Cycle?

Plate Tectonics in Action (2008)

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The fascinating geologic processes of mountain building, seafloor spreading and volcanoes are a few examples of the power of plate tectonics. Footage filmed on-location in Iceland, the Canadian Rockies, and Crater Lake help viewers understand the theory of plate tectonics.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Length: 
0:15
Plate Tectonics in Action

Observing Weather (2011)

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Live-action weather footage helps students learn how they can observe the weather. Concepts and terminology: temperature, air pressure, weather systems, precipitation, and wind.

Find the Spanish language version of this video at: Observando el clima

Grade Level: 
Primary
Length: 
0:10
Observing Weather

Rocks (2008)

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This program introduces students to the general characteristics of rocks and discusses the components of rock classification. On-location footage from throughout North America vividly depicts characteristics and origins of the three major rock types: igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks, and metamorphic rocks.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Length: 
0:15
Rocks

Weather on the Move (2007)

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This video program investigates some of the key elements responsible for weather formation. Different types of air masses and their origins are investigated, as are the formation of weather fronts. Specific weather phenomenon including tornados, hurricanes, and thunderstorms are illustrated in detail.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Length: 
0:15
Weather on the Move

Earth's Nearest Neighbors (2008)

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The planets closest to the sun, often referred to as the inner planets, are the focus of this fascinating program. Colorful animations, along with images captured by space probes, illustrate the characteristics of Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars. The fundamental structure of the solar system and the process by which planets revolve around the sun are discussed.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Length: 
0:15
Earth's Nearest Neighbors

Landforms (2008)

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Earth's landscape is made up of a wide variety of physical features referred to as landforms. Characteristics of the major landforms are illustrated through the use of dramatic footage from North America, including the Grand Canyon, Interior Plains, and the Rocky Mountains. Earth's water features are also depicted.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Length: 
0:15
Landforms

Minerals (2008)

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This program covers the major characteristics of minerals, while exploring the roles minerals play in our lives. Crystal structures, which make up minerals, are illustrated, as are examples of the wide range of minerals. Live-action footage from around the world demonstrates the processes by which minerals form.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Length: 
0:15
Minerals

Weathering and Erosion (2008)

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This program illustrates the everyday, real-life processes of weathering and erosion. Easy-to-understand examples of weathering help students differentiate between the processes of mechanical and chemical weathering. Vivid footage of processes such as freezing, thawing, condensation, and rusting help students grasp how weathering works.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Length: 
0:15
Weathering and Erosion

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