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Scientific Method
10/31/2013

Método científico (Scientific Method) - Spanish version only!   (Visual Learning Systems)

We are faced with problems and questions every day of our lives. This video introduces students to the scientific method, which scientists use to solve problems and answer questions they have about our world. Real-life examples are used to outline the various steps of the scientific method, including defining a problem or question, gathering information, forming and testing a hypothesis, recording and analyzing data, and stating a conclusion. Additional concepts and terminology: measuring, experiment, control, variable, data analysis, and graph.



 
Measuring
10/31/2013

Mediciones (Measuring) - Spanish version only!   (Visual Learning Systems)

Everyday we measure things. This video not only discusses how we measure things in our everyday lives, but also describes how observations are made by measuring things in science. Specific ways of measuring length, mass, volume, and temperature are demonstrated using tools common to the classroom. Emphasis is placed on the process and skills of measurement. The use of the metric system in conducting scientific measurements is emphasized. Other terminology includes: unit of measurement, meter stick, metric ruler, balance, graduated cylinder, and thermometer.



 
Earth, Sun, and Moon
10/31/2013

La Tierra, el Sol, y la Luna (Earth, Sun, and Moon) - Spanish version only!   (Visual Learning Systems)

This program explores the shape of the earth, its rotation on its axis, and its revolution around the sun. Students will develop an understanding of day and night, and the different seasons. Animations illustrate how the moon revolves around the earth, resulting in different phases of the moon. Other terminology includes: axis, rotation, revolution, compass, auroras, northern lights, magnetic field, winter and summer solstice, spring and autumnal equinox, moon, waxing, waning, full and new moon, first and last quarter.



 
Light, Sound and Waves
10/31/2013

Serie Olas, Luz y Sonido (Light, Sound and Waves) - Spanish versions only!   (Visual Learning Systems)

Specifically designed for the middle school science classroom, this 4-part series will help instructors teach difficult to understand concepts, differentiate instruction for diverse learners, and inspire the minds of students. Content is aligned to the curriculum and will help students prepare for the standardized science tests. Each 20-minute video includes on-screen questions, vocabulary words, and a 10-question quiz. The time saving teacher’s guide includes student-learning objectives, standards correlations, lesson plans, preliminary and post assessments, laboratory investigations, and vocabulary activities.

  • La Naturaleza de la Luz (The Nature of Light) >>    Students will learn about the different frequencies along the electromagnetic spectrum. Vivid animation is used to explore the visible spectrum of light and the colors it allows us to see everyday. The video also investigates various modes of light production. Other terminology includes: wavelength, frequency, light year, neon, photon, and photoelectric effect.
  • Usando la Luz (Using Light) >>    This video examines the various uses of light and the role of different types of lenses in light refraction. The way in which eyeglasses, contact lenses, and binoculars manipulate light to allow us to see better is illustrated. Other terminology includes: regular and diffuse reflection, plane, concave and convex mirrors, opaque, refraction, angle of refraction, and concave and convex lenses.
  • Sonido (Sound) >>    This program investigates sound, how it is produced, how it travels, its specific properties, and its everyday uses. This video also explores the different interactions between sound waves, including the reflection and combination of sounds. Other terminology includes: elasticity, density, hertz, frequency, pitch, ultrasonic, infrasonic, Doppler Effect, intensity, loudness, and decibel.
  • Las Ondas (Waves) >>    This video explores the characteristics of waves. It explains the speed of waves, how this value is calculated and the four basic interaction between waves. Other terminology includes: vibration, crest, trough, amplitude, wavelength, frequency, reflection, refraction, diffraction, interference; and mechanical, electromagnetic, transverse, surface, and longitudinal waves.


 
Microorganisms
10/31/2013

Serie Los Microorganismos (Microorganisms) - Spanish versions only!   (Visual Learning Systems)

Specifically designed for the middle school science classroom, this 4-part series will help instructors teach difficult to understand concepts, differentiate instruction for diverse learners, and inspire the minds of students. Content is aligned to the curriculum and will help students prepare for the standardized science tests. Each 20-minute video includes on-screen questions, vocabulary words, and a 10-question quiz. The time saving teacher’s guide includes student-learning objectives, standards correlations, lesson plans, preliminary and post assessments, laboratory investigations, and vocabulary activities.

  • La Célula (The Cell) >>    Students will learn about the discovery of cells, the development of the cell theory, and the differences between animal cells and plant cells, Animations illustrate the different parts of a cell. Other terminology includes: organelles, cell wall, cell membrane, cytoplasm, mitochondria, ribosomes, vacuole, nucleus, chromosomes, and lysosomes.
  • Procesos Celulares (Cell Processes) >>    This video highlights the important cell processes necessary for life, including cell growth, cell division and the processes of diffusion, respiration, and osmosis. The different ways cells obtain, use, and release energy are outlined. Other terminology includes: metabolism, active transport, passive transport, mitosis, meiosis, asexual reproduction, sexual reproduction, and fermentation.
  • Protistas (Protists) >>    The diverse groups of microorganisms in the Kingdom Protista are illustrated in this video. Microscopic views compare the main categories of protists. the different phyla of algae are also discussed. Other terminology includes: protozoa, pseudopodia, algae, cilia, paramecium, flagellum, dinoflagellate, diatom, euglena, sporozoan, plasmodium, and amoeba.
  • Virus y Moneras (Viruses and Monerans) >>    Practical examples show how viruses and bacteria are both beneficial and harmful to humans. Animations describe the structure of a virus, and explain how they reproduce and cause disease. Microscopic images illustrate different types and shapes of bacteria. The application of bacteria in our lives today is discussed. Other terminology includes: hosts, parasite, vaccine, fission, mutualism, cyanobacteria, saprophyte, pathogen, and antibiotics.


 
Green Insights
10/31/2013

La serie verde perspectivas (Green Insights) - Spanish versions only!   (Visual Learning Systems)

Specifically designed for the elementary science classroom, this 3-part series will help instructors teach difficult- to-understand concepts, differentiate instruction for diverse learners, and inspire the minds of students. Content is aligned to the curriculum and will help students prepare for the standardized science tests in their state. Each program includes a 15-minute interactive video with on-screen questions, vocabulary words, and a five-question video quiz, as well as a time saving teacher’s guide with preliminary and post assessments, video script, laboratory investigations, and vocabulary activities.

  • Los fundamentos de la ecología (Ecology Fundamentals) >>    This video introduces students to some of the fundamental principles in ecology, the study of how living things interact with each other and with their environment. The different types of living and non-living things found in an ecosystem are discussed. Examples of the interaction of living and non-living factors are provided. Other terminology includes: ecology, ecosystem, community, population, habitat, niche, biotic factors, abiotic factors, producer, consumer, decomposer, predator, prey, energy, and food chain.
  • Problemas ambientales y soluciones (Environmental Problems and Solutions) >>    This video introduces students to the important role the environment plays in our everyday lives. Several environmental problems are highlighted, with a focus on pollution and global warming. The video explains how these problems impact the health of our planet and its inhabitants. Finally, the importance of sustainability is discussed. Additional concepts and terminology: ecology, biological extinction, resource depletion, overconsumption of resources, fossil fuels, global climate change, and renewable and nonrenewable natural resources.
  • Investigar los recursos naturales de la Tierra (Investigating Earth's Natural Resources) >>    This video makes students aware of the important role natural resources play in our everyday lives. It begins by differentiating between renewable and nonrenewable resources, offering examples of both. It also identifies different types of natural resources, including land, air, and water resources. Finally, problems with natural resource are discussed, as is the importance of using sustainable practices to reduce these problems. Additional concepts and terminology: fossil fuels, contamination of natural resources, pollution, over consumption, hydropower, wind energy, solar energy, geothermal energy, resource alternatives, and recycling and reusing natural resources.


 
Genetics
10/31/2013

Serie La Genetica (Genetics) - Spanish versions only!   (Visual Learning Systems)

Specifically designed for the middle school science classroom, this 4-part series will help instructors teach difficult to understand concepts, differentiate instruction for diverse learners, and inspire the minds of students. Content is aligned to the curriculum and will help students prepare for the standardized science tests. Each 20-minute video includes on-screen questions, vocabulary words, and a 10-question quiz. The time saving teacher’s guide includes student-learning objectives, standards correlations, lesson plans, preliminary and post assessments, laboratory investigations, and vocabulary activities.

  • Herencia (Heredity) >>    This program introduces the idea of the inheritance of traits. Attention is given to some of the fascinating features which are heredity-based not only in humans, but also in other plants and animals. The work of the father of modern genetics, Gregor Mendel, is outlined. The inheritance of certain recessive and dominant traits is explored. Other terminology includes: traits, inheritance, genes, dominant, and recessive.
  • Principios de Genética (Fundamentals of Genetics) >>    In this program Mendel's work is explored in greater detail by using probability to make predictions of the inheritance of specific traits. The use of the Punnett Square is illustrated through easy-to-understand animations. Other terminology includes: alleles, homozygous alleles, heterozygous alleles, dominant trait, recessive trait, genotype, phenotype, and hybrid.
  • Genética en Acción (Genetics in Action) >>    This video builds on the genetic work of Mendel and takes the student through additional genetic discoveries made in the twentieth century. The Law of Segregation and the Law of Independent Assortment are plainly illustrated. The notions of incomplete dominance, as well as the effect of multiple alleles are explored. The role mutations play is also discussed. Other terminology includes: multiple alleles, incomplete dominance, genetic disorder and mutations.
  • La Genética en Nuestras Vidas (Genetics in our Lives) >>    This exciting program takes a glimpse at some of the amazing advances in modern genetics. Starting with the discovery of DNA, students will be exposed to advances such as the creation of recombinant DNA, vaccines, the human genome project, and other advances in genetic engineering. Other terminology includes: hybrid, recombinant DNA, plasmid, and genome.


 
Exploring Earth and Space
10/31/2013

La serie Exploración de la Tierra y Espacio (Exploring Earth and Space) - Spanish versions only!   (Visual Learning Systems)

Specifically designed for the elementary science classroom, this 5-part series will help instructors teach difficult-to-understand concepts, differentiate instruction for diverse learners, and inspire the minds of students. Content is aligned to the curriculum and will help students prepare for the standardized science tests in their state. Each program includes a 15-minute interactive video with on-screen questions, vocabulary words, and a five-question video quiz, as well as a time saving teacher’s guide with preliminary and post assessments, video script, laboratory investigations, and vocabulary activities.

  • Explorando la Tierra, el sol y la luna (Exploring Earth, Sun, and Moon) >>    This video takes a scientific look at some of the important characteristics of the earth, moon, and sun. Differences and likenesses between earth, moon, and sun are discussed as well as how scientists explore these bodies. The main phases of the moon are addressed, as is the formation of tides. Terminology includes: gravity, atmosphere, lunar phase, tides, eclipse, high tide, and low tide.
  • La rotación y revolución de la Tierra (Earth's Rotation and Revolution) >>    What causes day and night? Why do we have seasons? Through easy-to-understand animations, as well as live-action video footage, these difficult concepts are easily explained. The rotation of Earth on its axis, and its revolution around the sun are the focus of this video. Colorful graphics vividly illustrate the movement of our planet throughout the course of a year. Important terminology includes: axis, tilt, rotation, revolution, orbit, season, solstice, and equinox.
  • Los vecinos más cercanos de la Tierra (Earth's Nearest Neighbors) >>    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. Special attention is given to the features that make Earth unique in the solar system. Important terminology includes: sun, orbit, revolve, gravity, inertia, rotation, axis, atmosphere, and spacecraft.
  • Nuestros vecinos distantes (Our Distant Neighbors) >>    This program explores the outer planets of the solar system. Vivid, colorful images transmitted by exploratory spacecraft serve as the basis of this video tour of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Often referred to as the “gas giants,” the unique features of these large and distant planets are described. Jupiter's Giant Red Spot, Saturn's colorful rings, and the fierce storms of Neptune are highlights of the program. Important terminology includes: sun, rotation, revolution, orbit, ellipse, gravity, inertia, telescope, Hubble telescope, exploratory spacecraft, asteroid belt, meteoroid, and comet.
  • Estrellas y galaxias (Stars and Galaxies) >>    Using crisp images and lifelike animations, this program introduces students to the intriguing realm of stars and galaxies. The main characteristics of galaxies and stars are discussed. Special attention is given to the features of stars, including size, temperature, and brightness. The life cycle of a star is also highlighted, as are the tools used by astronomers to study space. Additional concepts and terminology illustrated in the video include: universe, telescope, satellites, constellations, star color, spectrum, gas, light-year, and black hole.


 
Motion, Energy and Force
10/31/2013

Serie Energia, Fuerza y Accion (Motion, Energy and Force) - Spanish versions only!   (Visual Learning Systems)

Specifically designed for the middle school science classroom, this 4-part series will help instructors teach difficult to understand concepts, differentiate instruction for diverse learners, and inspire the minds of students. Content is aligned to the curriculum and will help students prepare for the standardized science tests. Each 20-minute video includes on-screen questions, vocabulary words, and a 10-question quiz. The time saving teacher’s guide includes student-learning objectives, standards correlations, lesson plans, preliminary and post assessments, laboratory investigations, and vocabulary activities.

  • El Movimiento (Motion) >>    Students will explore the principles of motion, the basic concepts of speed and velocity and how speed and acceleration are calculated. Numerous examples of common occurrences illustrate the principles of motion. Other terminology includes: frame of reference, momentum, and conservation of momentum.
  • La Fuerzas y la Ley de Newton (Force and Newton's Laws) >>    This video discusses the principle of force and the application of Newton's Three Laws of Motion. Students will witness the effect of friction on force and see how force is calculated. Other terminology includes: inertia, weight, mass, gravity, and the Law of Universal Gravitation.
  • Máquinas Simples (Simple Machines) >>    The various types of simple machines are described, as is their effect on work and power. Students will learn how to calculate work and power, and determine how these principles apply to common activities. Other terminology includes: joule, watt, efficiency, mechanical advantage, screw, inclined plane, lever, fulcrum, wedge, pulley, wheel and axle.
  • La Energía (Energy) >>    This video describes the five main forms of energy and how to differentiate between them. Students will learn how to calculate potential and kinetic energy. Everyday examples illustrate how we work and live with different types of energy. Terminology includes: chemical energy, nuclear energy, electromagnetic energy, heat energy, mechanical energy, and the Law of Conservation of Energy.


 
Tools in Science
10/30/2013

Serie Las Herramientas en la Ciencia (Tools in Science) - Spanish versions only!   (Visual Learning Systems)

Specifically designed for the middle school science classroom, this 4-part series will help instructors teach difficult to understand concepts, differentiate instruction for diverse learners, and inspire the minds of students. Content is aligned to the curriculum and will help students prepare for the standardized science tests. Each 20-minute video includes on-screen questions, vocabulary words, and a 10-question quiz. The time saving teacher’s guide includes student-learning objectives, standards correlations, lesson plans, preliminary and post assessments, laboratory investigations, and vocabulary activities.

  • El Microscopio (The Microscope) >>    While the microscope is one of the most exciting pieces of laboratory equipment, it is also one of the most expensive and fragile. This video illustrates how to safely and effectively use a variety of microscopes commonly found in the school laboratory. Through colorful diagrams the various components of the microscope are illustrated, as is their use. Special emphasis is made on how to prevent accidents, and how to maintain this very useful scientific tool. Other terminology includes: magnification, slide, arm, eyepiece, body tube, nose piece, objective lenses, stage, diaphragm, mirror, coarse adjustment, fine adjustment, and light.
  • Midiendo Masa y Volumen (Measuring Mass and Volume) >>    This program begins by discussing common ways mass and volume are measured in the home. The video highlights how mass and volume are measured with various types of equipment in the school science lab. Some of the different tools used to calculate the mass of objects are illustrated. Accuracy and safety are stressed when conducting measurements of mass and volume. Other terminology includes: balance, spring scale, electronic scale, grams, kilograms, milligrams, beaker, graduated cylinder, liter, milliliter, and cubic centimeter.
  • Midiendo Longitud y Temperatura (Measuring Length and Temperature) >>    This video illustrates how length and temperature are measured using common lab equipment. Students are shown how to accurately measure length using tools such as meter sticks and metric rulers, and how to record their observations. Temperature is also frequently measured in the school lab. The safe use of various types of thermometers is highlighted. Other terminology includes: metric units, meter, centimeter, millimeter, rounding off, glass thermometer, digital thermometer, Celsius, and meter stick.
  • Seguridad en el Equipo de Laboratorio (Lab Equipment Safety) >>    Lab equipment is expensive, and if not used properly it can be dangerous. This video focuses on the safe and effective use of common laboratory equipment. Special emphasis is placed on the prevention of damage to lab equipment, and the prevention of bodily harm. The use of various types of safety equipment found in most school laboratories is stressed. Other terminology includes: glassware, heating materials, chemicals, sharp instruments, safety goggles, lab apron, eyewash station, tongs, and fire extinguisher.


 
Earth in Action
10/30/2013

Serie La Tierra en Accion (Earth in Action) - Spanish versions only!   (Visual Learning Systems)

Specifically designed for the middle school science classroom, this 4-part series will help instructors teach difficult to understand concepts, differentiate instruction for diverse learners, and inspire the minds of students. Content is aligned to the curriculum and will help students prepare for the standardized science tests. Each 20-minute video includes on-screen questions, vocabulary words, and a 10-question quiz. The time saving teacher’s guide includes student-learning objectives, standards correlations, lesson plans, preliminary and post assessments, laboratory investigations, and vocabulary activities.

  • Placas Tectónicas (Plate Tectonics) >>    Students will explore how the discoveries of specific fossils, the geographic fit of the continents, ocean floor magnetic fields, young ocean rocks, and seafloor spreading provide evidence to support the theory of plate tectonics. Exciting footage from Iceland helps illustrate the power of tectonic movement. Other terminology includes: continental drift, Pangaea, tectonic plates, plate boundaries, mountain building, folding, faulting, and landforms.
  • Volcanes y Terremotos (Volcanoes and Earthquakes) >>    Footage of volcanic activity in Iceland and Hawaii, as well as earthquake events in California, illustrate how these dynamic forces affect our world. Through descriptions of actual volcanic and earthquake occurrences, students will discover how these dynamic forces affect our world. The video discusses the nature and causes of earthquakes and volcanoes. Other terminology includes: molten rock, magma, lava, cinder cone, shield volcano, composite volcano, caldera, Ring of Fire, seismic waves, seismograph, and Richter Scale.
  • Las Fuerzas Que Dan Forma a la Tierra (Forces Shaping the Earth) >>    Gravity and erosion are major factors in changing the shape of the surface of Earth. The different types of erosion, and the major types of mass movements caused by gravity are discussed in this video. Other terminology includes: folding, faulting, deposition, creep, mass movement, landslide, surface runoff, alluvial fan, delta, stream erosion, beach erosion, ice erosion, wind erosion, dune, glaciers, glacial deposits.
  • El Intemperismo y los Suelos (Weathering and Soils) >>    In this video students will learn about the two major types of weathering, and the forces that alter the shape and composition of rocks. Students will explore the different types of soils, soil properties and the soil profile. Other terminology includes: mechanical weathering, chemical weathering, oxidation, soil formation, soil texture, horizons, leaching, subsoil, soil conservation, and groundwater.


 
Weather and Climate
10/30/2013

Serie El Clima y el Tiempo (Weather and Climate) - Spanish versions only!   (Visual Learning Systems)

Specifically designed for the middle school science classroom, this 4-part series will help instructors teach difficult to understand concepts, differentiate instruction for diverse learners, and inspire the minds of students. Content is aligned to the curriculum and will help students prepare for the standardized science tests. Each 20-minute video includes on-screen questions, vocabulary words, and a 10-question quiz. The time saving teacher’s guide includes student-learning objectives, standards correlations, lesson plans, preliminary and post assessments, laboratory investigations, and vocabulary activities.

  • La Atmósfera (The Atmosphere) >>    Students will learn about the different layers of the atmosphere. The changes in the atmosphere are explained using examples of contemporary environmental conditions brought about by human behavior. The oxygen cycle and the carbon cycle are described. Other terminology includes: conduction, convection, radiation, lithosphere, hydrosphere, ozone, smog, greenhouse effect, ozone depletion, stratosphere, mesosphere and troposphere.
  • El Clima (Climate) >>    Types of climates and climate zones are explained using familiar examples. This video explores why certain plants and animals inhabit different climates. The influence of temperature and precipitation on climate, and what causes a climate to change over time is discussed. Other terminology includes: topography, prevailing winds, rain shadow, altitude, climate, latitude, polar zone, temperate zone, and tropical zone.
  • La Naturaleza del Clima (The Nature of Weather) >>    This video explores the daily condition of the Earth's atmosphere. The factors that influence the atmosphere and cause weather are discussed. Special emphasis is given to the global processes that generate weather patterns. Other terminology includes: conduction, convection, radiation, thermometer, barometer, air pressure, winds, anemometer, sea breeze, land breeze, doldrums, trade winds, prevailing westerlies, polar easterlies, and jet streams.
  • El Clima En Acción (Weather in Action) >>    This video examines the forces creating weather. The way in which atmospheric conditions and patterns cause changes in the weather is explained. Instruction on how to use a weather map and how we can predict tomorrow's weather is presented. Other terminology includes: evaporation, relative humidity, clouds, precipitation, rain gauge, air mass, front, thunderstorm, hurricane, tornado, weather forecast, meteorologist, and satellite imagery.


 
Biomes
10/30/2013

Serie Los Biomas (Biomes) - Spanish versions only!   (Visual Learning Systems)

Specifically designed for the middle school science classroom, this 4-part series will help instructors teach difficult to understand concepts, differentiate instruction for diverse learners, and inspire the minds of students. Content is aligned to the curriculum and will help students prepare for the standardized science tests. Each 20-minute video includes on-screen questions, vocabulary words, and a 10-question quiz. The time saving teacher's guide includes student-learning objectives, standards correlations, lesson plans, preliminary and post assessments, laboratory investigations, and vocabulary activities.

  • Las Praderas (Grasslands) >>    This program explores the global distribution of grasslands, and the role that temperature, precipitation, soil type, and fire play in this biome. The different grasslands found in North America are described, including California grasslands, intermountain grasslands, shortgrass prairie, mixed prairie, and tallgrass prairie. Many plants and animals found in this biome are described through on-location footage. Other terminology includes: savanna, grass, prairie, nutrients, and bison.
  • El Desierto y la Tundra (Deserts and the Tundra) >>    Vivid footage of the Sonoran and Mojave deserts reveals climate, soils, plants, and animals. Special attention is paid to the adaptations of some desert organisms, which allow them to live in this harsh biome. The climate, plants, and animals of the tundra, or "cold desert" are also discussed. Other terminology includes: Chihuahuan, Sahara, arid, saguaro cactus, permafrost, arctic tundra, alpine tundra, caribou, and ptarmigan.
  • Los Bosques (Forests) >>    Forests throughout the world are described including the northern coniferous forest, temperate deciduous forest, subtropical forest, and the tropical forest. The dominant trees, herbaceous plants and interesting animals that make up these forests are investigated. Other terminology includes: conifer, taiga, spruce, fir, deciduous tree, maple, beech, oak, hickory, canopy, understory, herbaceous, sloth, Everglades, epiphytes, ferns, vines, palmetto, and strangler fig.
  • El Agua (Water) >>    Characteristics of various ocean zones, including variations in ocean temperature, salinity, and depth are discussed. The different groups of marine life and adaptations of plants and animals are highlighted. Estuaries and various freshwater environments, such as streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes are also explored. Other terminology includes: aquatic, sea anemone, benthos, plankton, nekton, intertidal zone, neritic zone, open ocean, running water, standing water, and biological productivity.


 
Observations and Data
10/30/2013

Datos y Observaciones (Observations and Data) - Spanish version only!   (Visual Learning Systems)

One of the most important processes in science is the art of observing. This video highlights different ways observations are made, emphasizing methods by which students can observe their world. Different types of data, how data is obtained, and the display of data are described. Other terminology includes: senses, measuring, instruments, data, recording, data table, data analysis, and graphing.



 
Chemistry in Action
10/30/2013

Serie La Quimica en Accion (Chemistry in Action) - Spanish versions only!   (Visual Learning Systems)

Specifically designed for the middle school science classroom, this 4-part series will help instructors teach difficult to understand concepts, differentiate instruction for diverse learners, and inspire the minds of students. Content is aligned to the curriculum and will help students prepare for the standardized science tests. Each 20-minute video includes on-screen questions, vocabulary words, and a 10-question quiz. The time saving teacher’s guide includes student-learning objectives, standards correlations, lesson plans, preliminary and post assessments, laboratory investigations, and vocabulary activities.

  • La Tabla Periódica (The Periodic Table) >>    This program makes the Modern Periodic Table come alive to students. Numerous real-life examples of elements are exemplified in the table. Animations and graphics illustrate concepts not easily achieved through other instructional strategies. Specific patterns in the periodic table are highlighted. Other terminology includes: atomic structure, atomic number, atomic mass, periods, and families.
  • Enlaces Químicos (Bonding) >>    The process of chemical bonding is described and illustrated through engaging live action footage, and supported by vivid animations. The role atomic structure plays in the process of bonding is described. Examples of chemical bonding including ionic bonds, covalent bonds, and metallic bonds affect the characteristics of matter. Other terminology includes: element, atomic structure, energy level, valence electrons, ionic bonds, crystal lattice, covalent bond, and metallic bond.
  • Reacciones (Reactions) >>    Chemicals interacting with each other are one of the most fascinating topics in chemistry. Fireworks, burning flares, and rusting all illustrate chemical reactions. The different types of reactions are described, as well as the process of balancing chemical equations. Other terminology includes: chemical equations, Law of Conservation of Mass, decomposition and synthesis reactions, replacement reactions, and reaction rates.
  • Compuestos Químicos (Compounds in Chemistry) >>    In this program students will see how chemical compounds are placed into groups so that they may be studied easier. Acids and bases are explored, emphasizing their nature and common everyday uses. Carbon compounds are discussed. Colorful animations, vivid graphics, and live action footage help bring compounds to life for students. Other terminology includes: acid, base, pH, salt, carbon, organic, and hydrocarbon.


 
Ecology
10/30/2013

Serie Ecologia (Ecology) - Spanish versions only!   (Visual Learning Systems)

Specifically designed for the middle school science classroom, this 4-part series will help instructors teach difficult to understand concepts, differentiate instruction for diverse learners, and inspire the minds of students. Content is aligned to the curriculum and will help students prepare for the standardized science tests. Each 20-minute video includes on-screen questions, vocabulary words, and a 10-question quiz. The time saving teacher’s guide includes student-learning objectives, standards correlations, lesson plans, preliminary and post assessments, laboratory investigations, and vocabulary activities.

  • La Biósfera (The Biosphere) >>    This program explores the major features of earth's amazing biosphere. Students are introduced to the biotic and abiotic components found in an ecosystem. Footage from throughout the world illustrates how ecosystems can change over time. Other terminology includes: wetland, forest, precipitation, temperature, soil type, primary and secondary succession, climax community, biome, forest, taiga, ocean, estuary, freshwater, and rainforest.
  • Dinámica de los Ecosistemas (Ecosystem Dynamics) >>    In this program students are introduced to the study of ecology. It discusses the role which producers, consumers, and decomposers play in ecosystems and the exchange of energy between them. Other terminology includes: environment, interconnected, community, natural communities, habitats, energy dynamics, energy laws, stability and biodiversity.
  • Ciclos Naturales (Natural Cycles) >>    This program addresses many of the cycles conducted by animals including those of migration, hibernation, and patterns relating to day and night. The cycles that affect all living things are discussed including the air we breathe and the water we drink. Other Terminology includes seasons, diurnal, nocturnal, lunar rhythm, annual rhythm, migration, hibernation, water cycle, nitrogen cycle, carbon and oxygen cycle.
  • La Gente y el Ambiente (People and the Environment) >>    Students will explore the notion of resource conservation, and identify the differences between renewable and non-renewable resources. Some of the ways our environment may be harmed via pollution, deforestation, species extinction, and habitat destruction are also addressed. Other terminology includes: wildlife conservation, endangered species, treatment plants, recycling, and biodiversity.


 
Energy Fundamentals
10/30/2013

La serie fundamentos de la energía (Energy Fundamentals) - Spanish versions only!   (Visual Learning Systems)

Specifically designed for the elementary science classroom, this 5-part series will help instructors teach difficult- to-understand concepts, differentiate instruction for diverse learners, and inspire the minds of students. Content is aligned to the curriculum and will help students prepare for the standardized science tests in their state. Each program includes a 15-minute interactive video with on-screen questions, vocabulary words, and a five-question video quiz, as well as a time saving teacher’s guide with preliminary and post assessments, video script, laboratory investigations, and vocabulary activities.

  • Calor y energía (Heat and Energy) >>    Students will be introduced to some of the different forms of energy, including heat energy. Students will explore how molecular movement is related to temperature, and how temperature can be measured. Important terminology includes: thermometer, thermal energy, kinetic energy, potential energy, energy conversion, molecules, and heat.
  • Electricidad (Electricity) >>    This video explores the fundamental concepts of electrical energy. Easy-to-understand animations illustrate the concepts of electric charge and electric current. Examples of ways we use electricity are cited. Static electricity and the role it plays in creating lightning is also described. Important terminology includes: protons, electrons, repel, attract, charges, charged objects, electrical discharge, electric field, and electric force.
  • Circuitos eléctricos (Electrical Circuits) >>    This program begins by exploring electric current and the role it plays in electrical circuits. The various parts of an electrical circuit are described. Parallel circuits and series circuits are compared. The program concludes by demonstrating some fundamental concepts of electrical safety. Other important terminology includes: resistance, switch, fuse, circuit breaker, short circuit, ground prong, and electric potential difference.
  • Imanes y electromagnetismo (Magnets and Electromagnetism) >>    This program explores the various properties of magnets and the characteristics of magnetic force. Colorful graphics and real-life footage explain how magnets are used in generating electricity. Electromagnets and their many uses are demonstrated as well. Other terminology includes: magnetic poles, magnetic field, electric motor, generator, solenoid, and electromagnetism.
  • Explorando la energía (Exploring Energy) >>    Every day we use many types of energy to accomplish different tasks. This program uses real-life examples to differentiate between potential and kinetic energy, and to demonstrate different forms of energy, including mechanical, thermal, chemical, electromagnetic, sound, and nuclear energy. Energy conversions and the law of conservation of energy are also discussed.


 
Investigating the Living World
10/25/2013

La serie la investigación de mundo viviente (Investigating the Living World) - Spanish versions only!   (Visual Learning Systems)

Specifically designed for the elementary science classroom, this 5-part series will help instructors teach difficult- to-understand concepts, differentiate instruction for diverse learners, and inspire the minds of students. Content is aligned to the curriculum and will help students prepare for the standardized science tests in their state. Each program includes a 15-minute interactive video with on-screen questions, vocabulary words, and a five-question video quiz, as well as a time saving teacher’s guide with preliminary and post assessments, video script, laboratory investigations, and vocabulary activities.

  • Clasificando a los seres vivos (Classifying Living Things) >>    This video discusses the importance of classifying living things, and some of the criteria scientists use when classifying. The six major kingdoms are explored including Eubacteria, Archaebacteria, Protists, Fungi, Plants, and Animals. Colorful, live-action footage illustrates the important characteristics of living things in each of the kingdoms. Important terminology includes: scientific name, genus, species, photosynthesis, ferns, conifers, flowering plants, vertebrate, and invertebrate.
  • Animales complejos (Complex Animals) >>   There are millions of different types of animals on Earth, ranging from simple animals, such as sponges and worms, to more complex animals. This program explores complex animals, specifically the major vertebrate groups: fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Crisp, exciting video footage portrays the major characteristics of each vertebrate group. Specific examples of vertebrates are shown to illustrate the different characteristics of complex animals. Important terminology includes: vertebrae, backbone, gills, ectotherm, fins, metamorphosis, eggs, scales, feathers, and endotherm.
  • Células (Cells) >>   This fascinating program explores the smallest, but most important units of life – cells. It begins by highlighting the cell theory, including the important discoveries that led to its development. Common cell parts are illustrated through lifelike animations, as are different types of cells, including prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. The video also explores essential cell activities, such as energy conversion and reproduction. Additional concepts and terminology: building blocks of life, animal cell, cell membrane, nucleus, cytoplasm, plant cell, photosynthesis, cell wall, chloroplasts, organelles, and role of cells in the body.
  • Vida microscópica (Microscopic Life) >>   Just about everything we eat, touch, and see contains organisms too small to be seen with the naked eye. This video explores the fascinating world of microscopic life. It begins by discussing viruses and explaining how these cause disease. Bacterial cells are described, highlighting the important roles they play on Earth. The video pays special attention to protists, comparing the structure and function of plant-like, animal-life, and fungus-like protists. Additional concepts and terminology: microscope, vaccine, moneran, decomposition, amoeba, phytoplankton, yeast, algae, paramecium, and protozoa.
  • Animales simples (Simple Animals) >>   This colorful, exciting program explores the fascinating world of invertebrate animals. Live-action footage conveys basic features of the major invertebrate groups. Special attention is paid to the body structure and physical features of simple animals. The following groups of invertebrates are addressed: poriferans, cnidarians, platyhelminthes, nematodes, annelids, mollusks, arthropods, and echinoderms. Other terminology includes: backbone, sponge, sea anemone, radial symmetry, planaria, earthworm, bilateral symmetry, exoskeleton, segmented body, and jointed appendages.


 
The Nature of Living Things
10/25/2013

La naturaleza de los seres vivos (The Nature of Living Things) - Spanish versions only!   (Visual Learning Systems)

Specifically designed for the elementary science classroom, this 2-part series will help instructors teach difficult- to-understand concepts, differentiate instruction for diverse learners, and inspire the minds of students. Content is aligned to the curriculum and will help students prepare for the standardized science tests in their state. Each program includes a 15-minute interactive video with on-screen questions, vocabulary words, and a five-question video quiz, as well as a time saving teacher’s guide with preliminary and post assessments, video script, laboratory investigations, and vocabulary activities.

  • Ciclos de vida (Life Cycles) >>    Living things go through changes in the course of their lives, referred to as life cycles. This program takes a look at the life cycles of living organisms, specifically focusing on plants and animals. Exciting video footage and colorful animations illustrate how living things change as their lives progress. Important terminology includes: egg, seed, growth, metamorphosis, germination, stage, larva, pupa, nymph, and adult.
  • Adaptaciones (Adaptations) >>    Characteristics enabling organisms to survive and reproduce are referred to as adaptations. This program explores the wide range of adaptations humans, plants, animals, and all living things exhibit. Beautiful instructive video footage from throughout the world including the Galapagos Islands, Canadian Rockies, and New England, depicts adaptations for getting food, finding a mate, and escaping predators. Important terminology includes: environment, characteristics, competition, survival, structural adaptations, and behavioral adaptations.


 
Amazing Plants
10/25/2013

La serie plantas sorprendente (Amazing Plants) - Spanish versions only!   (Visual Learning Systems)

Specifically designed for the elementary science classroom, this 3-part series will help instructors teach difficult- to-understand concepts, differentiate instruction for diverse learners, and inspire the minds of students. Content is aligned to the curriculum and will help students prepare for the standardized science tests in their state. Each program includes a 15-minute interactive video with on-screen questions, vocabulary words, and a five-question video quiz, as well as a time saving teacher’s guide with preliminary and post assessments, video script, laboratory investigations, and vocabulary activities.

  • ¿Qué son las plantas? (What are Plants?) >>    This video explores the diversity of plants and introduces the important characteristics plants have in common: photosynthesis, cell walls, and reproducing by seeds and spores. The importance of plants in everyday life is stressed. Terminology includes: oxygen, fruits, vegetables, seeds, and spores.
  • Partes de plantas (Plant Parts) >>    Students will explore the basic parts of a plant including the stem, roots, and leaves. The video describes the functions of each of these plant parts using many real-world examples that students will recognize easily. Important terminology includes: tap root, fibrous root, stem, sap, nutrients, and leaf.
  • Actividades de las plantas (Activities of Plants) >>    Several important activities including photosynthesis, reproduction, growth and germination are investigated in this video. Students will learn how these processes are related to the structure of plants. Important terminology includes: flower, pistil, stamen, pollen, pollination, and reproduction.


 
Living Things
10/25/2013

La serie de los seres vivos (Living Things) - Spanish versions only!   (Visual Learning Systems)

These programs are correlated to the curriculum and specifically designed for use in the Primary classroom. Each program includes a 10-minute interactive video with on-screen questions, vocabulary, and a five-question video quiz, as well as a time saving 15-page teacher's guide with math, reading and writing activities, assessments, skill development lessons and video script.

  • ¿Qué Necesitan los seres vivos? (What Do Living Things Need?) >>    All living things have basic needs that must be met in order to survive. This colorful, easy-to-understand program addresses the basic needs of organisms. By considering specific plants and animals, we see how living things need food, water, air and a place to live.
  • Agrupando a los seres vivos (Grouping Living Things) >>    There are millions of different kinds of living things on the planet. Grouping them is not an easy task. This fascinating program explores this process and investigates some of the major groups of living things.
  • Los ciclos de los seres vivos (Cycles in Living Things) >>    Crisp, vivid video footage illustrates how living things change throughout their lives. The life cycles of plants, insects, and frogs are the focus of this fascinating program.
  • Migración e hibernación (Migration and Hibernation) >>    Geese flying south is a sign that winter is arriving. Through numerous fascinating examples, this colorful program illustrates the migration of animals. Also explored is the amazing process of hibernation.
  • Interacciones de los seres vivos (Interactions of Living Things) >>    Living and nonliving things make up the world around us. This program uses vivid footage to show how these things interact with each other. Special attention is paid to how the living things interact with each other and with nonliving things in an ecosystem.
  • Cadenas alimenticias (Food Chains) >>    It is fascinating to explore the energy relationships between living things. This exciting video investigates the process of living things producing energy, consuming it, and breaking it down. Food chains and food webs visually illustrate these relationships.
  • Nuestra preciosa Tierra (Our Precious Earth) >>    All the people in the world live on the same planet, which we call home. This program explains why Earth is precious and how it is being damaged. Special attention is paid to how we can conserve natural resources and care for the planet.


 
Matter in Action
10/25/2013

Serie La Materia en Accion (Matter in Action) - Spanish versions only!   (Visual Learning Systems)

Specifically designed for the middle school science classroom, this 4-part series will help instructors teach difficult to understand concepts, differentiate instruction for diverse learners, and inspire the minds of students. Content is aligned to the curriculum and will help students prepare for the standardized science tests. Each 20-minute video includes on-screen questions, vocabulary words, and a 10-question quiz. The time saving teacher’s guide includes student-learning objectives, standards correlations, lesson plans, preliminary and post assessments, laboratory investigations, and vocabulary activities.

  • ¿Qué es la Materia? (What is Matter?) >>    In this wonderful introduction to the nature of matter, students will explore how they depend on and interact with matter. The program clearly demonstrates some of the physical and chemical properties of matter. Special attention is paid to the method by which matter is measured. Length, mass, weight and volume of common everyday matter is explored. Students are also exposed to the metric system when describing matter. Other terminology includes: meter, kilogram, gram, liter, water displacement, and density.
  • Sólidos Líquidos y Gases (Solids, Liquids, and Gases) >>    What are the differences between solids, liquids, and gases? In this program students will investigate real-life examples of the various phases of matter. Colorful animations illustrate how these states differ in the movement of particles. The types of phase changes are graphically displayed. Other terminology includes: plasma, crystalline and amorphous solids, viscosity, freezing, vaporization, evaporation, and condensation.
  • Elementos Compuestos y Mezclas (Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures) >>    This video explains the vital role elements and compounds play in making up matter. Vivid animations make hard to understand concepts come alive. Everyday examples of different types of mixtures help students realize the important role they play in our lives. Other terminology includes: elements, compounds, homogeneous and heterogeneous mixtures, colloid, suspension, solution, solvent, and solute.
  • Los Átomos (Atoms) >>    This video helps the abstract concept of atoms become understandable. Many of the major scientific breakthroughs contributing to our understanding of atoms are highlighted. Colorful diagrams and animations describe the basic structure of atoms. Atomic number and atomic mass are also discussed. Other terminology includes: Bohr's model, nucleus, neutron, proton, electron, energy level, electron cloud, atomic mass unit, and isotope.


 
Weather
10/25/2013

Weather Series - English & Spanish versions!   (Visual Learning Systems)

This series consists of four videos which explore hard-to-understand concepts of air, gases, air pressure, layers of the atmosphere, precipitation, and the water cycle. Live-action footage will help students better understand the many ways that they can observe weather as well as different ways to stay safe during hazardous weather. This 3-part series is a great way to introduce students to the wonderful world of science. These instructive videos will describe to students how science is different from other disciplines and explain different science based career options. Students will also be shown practical examples to help understand the components of the scientific method and ways that it can be used. Examples of how to observe and how to record these scientific observations are also depicted with vivid, understandable examples.

  • The Air Around Us / El aire que nos rodea >>    Often hard-to-understand concepts of air, gases, air pressure, and layers of the atmosphere are plainly explained in this fascinating video. Concepts and terminology: oxygen, nitrogen, layers, weather, jet stream, and northern lights.
  • Observing Weather / Observando el clima >>    Live-action weather footage helps students learn how they can observe the weather. Concepts and terminology: temperature, air pressure, weather systems, precipitation, and wind.
  • What is the Water Cycle? / ¿Qué es el ciclo de agua? >>    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.
  • Weather Safety / Seguridad climática >>    Staying safe in all kinds of weather and avoiding weather-related injuries are the focus of this practical video. Concepts and terminology: lightning, tornado, wind, hurricane, and safe shelter.


 
Measuring
10/21/2013

Measuring Series   (Visual Learning Systems)

This four part series illustrates the many ways we measure things everyday and the importance of measuring in science. Students will learn how to measure length, volume and weight along with get an understanding of the common tools that are used to measure. Each program includes a 10-minute interactive video with on-screen questions, vocabulary, and a five-question video quiz, as well as a time saving 15-page teacher's guide with math, reading and writing activities, assessments, skill development lessons and video script.

  • Why Do We Measure? >>    This video illustrates the many everyday ways we measure things, and the importance of measurement in science. Concepts and terminology: length, liquid, mass, scale, temperature, and time.
  • Weighing Things >>    This program explores the interesting and fun process of weighing common objects. Concepts and terminology: matter, mass, weight, scale, and metric system.
  • How to Measure Length >>    Students will learn how to measure length and distance using common tools in this engaging, colorful program. Concepts and terminology: metric ruler, meter, centimeter, and kilometer.
  • How to Measure Volume >>    This useful video program helps students understand the concept of volume and the exciting ways that it can be measured. Concepts and terminology: liquid, solid, liter, milliliter, cubic centimeter, beaker, and graduated cylinder.


 
Seasons
10/21/2013

The Seasons Series - English & Spanish versions!   (Visual Learning Systems)

This 4-part series will help instructors teach the unique features of the seasons and inspire the minds of young students. These programs are correlated to the curriculum and specifically designed for use in the Primary classroom. Each program includes a 10-minute interactive video with on-screen questions, vocabulary, and a five-question video quiz, as well as a time saving 15-page teacher's guide with math, reading and writing activities, assessments, skill development lessons and video script.

  • Spring / Primavera >>    This video explores the features of spring, focusing on the unique habits of plants, animals, and people during this season. Additional concepts and terminology: season, sunlight, warmth, hibernation, migration, revolution, axis, and equinox.
  • Summer / Verano >>    Live-action, colorful footage illustrates the exciting, natural highlights of summer. Activities of plants and animals during the summer season are explored. Additional concepts and terminology include: growth, development, seeds, food storage, recreation, and solstice.
  • Fall / Otoño >>    Crisp, colorful video footage illustrates the beautiful and fascinating features of the fall season. This video also takes a brief look into what causes the fall season. Concepts and terminology: autumn, foliage, seed dispersal, migration, hibernation, and harvest.
  • Winter / Invierno >>    Snow-covered forests, animals foraging for food, and sports provide for an exciting glimpse into the wonders of the winter season. Concepts and terminology include: snow, ice, hibernation, winter sports, and winter solstice.


 
Understanding Science
10/21/2013

Understanding Science Series   (Visual Learning Systems)

This 3-part series is a great way to introduce students to the wonderful world of science. These instructive videos will describe to students how science is different from other disciplines and explain different science based career options. Students will also be shown practical examples to help understand the components of the scientific method and ways that it can be used. Examples of how to observe and how to record these scientific observations are also depicted with vivid, understandable examples. Each program includes a 10-minute interactive video with on-screen questions, vocabulary, and a five-question video quiz, as well as a time saving 15-page teacher's guide with math, reading and writing activities, assessments, skill development lessons and video script.

  • What is Science? >>    This instructive video describes what makes science different from other disciplines, while highlighting many exciting science career opportunities. Concepts and terminology: observing, solving problems, health, career, education, and sharing information.
  • Using the Scientific Method >>    This informative and understandable program uses practical examples to help students understand and use the components of the scientific method. Concepts and terminology: hypothesis, experiment, measuring, data, analysis, and conclusion.
  • Making Observations >>    This fascinating program demonstrates how to observe and record scientific observations. Concepts and terminology: observation, data, recording, data table, tools, safety, measuring, and graphs.


 
Animals
10/21/2013

Animals Series / La serie de los animales - English & Spanish versions!   (Visual Learning Systems)

This 6-part series will help instructors teach the unique features of different types of animals and inspire the minds of young students. These programs are correlated to the curriculum and specifically designed for use in the Primary classroom. Each program includes a 10-minute interactive video with on-screen questions, vocabulary, and a five-question video quiz, as well as a time saving 15-page teacher's guide with math, reading and writing activities, assessments, skill development lessons and video script.

  • What is a Mammal? / ¿Qué es un mamífero? >>    From dogs to squirrels to elephants, we are familiar with many different mammals. This video explores some of the fascinating features of this amazing group of animals. Concepts and terminology: backbone, fur, warm-blooded, milk, and live young.
  • What is a Bird? / ¿Qué es un ave? >>    Vivid, live-action footage of birds from throughout the world illustrate the lives of birds. Concepts and terminology: feathers, wings, skeleton, flight, and eggs.
  • What is a Reptile? / ¿Qué es un reptil? >>    This exciting video uses captivating footage to illustrate the exciting features of snakes, lizards, and turtles in their natural habitats. Concepts and terminology: cold-blooded, scales, shell, and eggs.
  • What is an Amphibian? / ¿Qué es un anfibio? >>    This colorful program explores the fascinating, and changeable features of amphibians. Concepts and terminology: cold-blooded, metamorphosis, frog, tadpole, toad, and salamander.
  • What is a Fish? / ¿Qué es un pez? >>    This lively video investigates the wide, colorful assortment of fish found on the planet. Concepts and terminology: saltwater, freshwater, cold-blooded, fins, backbone, eggs, scales, and gills.
  • What is an Insect? / ¿Qué es un insecto? >>    This fascinating program takes a look at the major characteristics of familiar and unusual insects that swarm the planet. Concepts and terminology: invertebrate, six legs, and exoskeleton.


 
Earth Science
10/21/2013

Earth Science Series   (Visual Learning Systems)

These programs are correlated to the curriculum and specifically designed for use in the Primary classroom. Each program includes a 10-minute interactive video with on-screen questions, vocabulary, and a five-question video quiz, as well as a time saving 15-page teacher's guide with math, reading and writing activities, assessments, skill development lessons and video script.

  • Fascinating Fossils >>    Fossils are windows to the past. This fascinating program takes a look at how fossils are formed and preserved. Special attention is given to the meaning, significance, and use of fossils in telling us about past life on Earth.
  • Soil and Rocks >>    Many of the things we eat and enjoy are grown in soil. This engaging program explores the soil and rocks importance of soil while taking a look at how soil is formed. Different types of soil and their characteristics are explored.
  • Investigating Water >>    Everyday we use water. We drink water, use it to cook our food, and we use it to wash things. This video takes a look at the many important investigating water uses of water, while exploring its basic characteristics.
  • Exploring Landforms >>    This video program takes a fascinating look at the many different features found on Earth. Familiar places are used to help describe key landforms. The importance and characteristics of various landforms are explored.
  • Changes on Earth >>    While it may not always seem possible, Earth is continually changing. This video provides insight into fascinating processes such as the formation of land, erosion, and volcanic eruptions. Other Earth processes are also investigated.


 
What's up in space?
7/10/2013

What's up in space? : the solar system for kids   (Film Ideas Series)

What’s Up In Space? is a refreshing 7-part series that introduces young learners to the solar system. These fascinating topics are presented at a developmentally appropriate level, using a combination of live action, colorful illustrations and computer created animations. Each program answers important questions in space science using the latest research and are in line with the National Science Education Standards.



 
That's Imagination
7/10/2013

That's Imagination   (Film Ideas Series)

Join world renowned artist and stage performer Oistein Kristiansen as he introduces the various approaches to creative drawing. Imaginative, fun and educational, these programs will help develop the imagination and creative thinking of children and adults through drawing. Simple and quick, each program is characterized with fun shapes, bright colors and high energy.



 
Life Skills
7/10/2013

Life Skills: The Working World for Young Adults   (Film Ideas Series)

This latest series designed especially for young adults deals with the all important world of work. Today's young workers will need to be even more dedicated to successfully compete in a global marketplace. Poor work ethics, a careless regard for customer satisfaction and lack of a commitment to the job will only lead to a troubled work history and unhappy careers. In these timely programs we'll take a look at the issues being faced by young workers today and offer in return some solid solutions. We'll discover what makes a person successful in a job now and into the future, as well as important ways to improve their success in the world of work. Viewers may be surprised to learn they don't have to be the very best worker at the job to succeed, if they apply the good work ethics they'll learn in this 4-part series, The Working World For Young Adults.



 
Learn From Nature
7/10/2013

Learn From Nature   (Film Ideas Series)

Young Sophia and her friend Victor colorfully introduce a series of familiar animals (bees, ants, ducks, bears, etc.), whose behavior and natural instincts provide life lessons to children for modeling their own behavior and habits. Examples of engaging vignettes include SHARING DUTIES (bees), WORKING TOGETHER (ants), STAYING SAFE (kangaroos), as smart behaviors for modeling one's own life. From the helpful benefits of good eating to proper hygiene and social behavior, the series suggests when we Learn From Nature, we'll feel better.



 
Green Science
7/10/2013

Green Science : Helping Planet Earth   (Film Ideas Series)

The first step to increase STEM achievement is to increase student interest in STEM fields and in continuing this education. Students often choose fields of study where they feel they can make a positive contribution to society. Knowing that many students are concerned about the world they will inherit, this contemporary series relates how the many fields of science can positively impact today's environmental issues. From mechanical and electrical engineering, to microbiology, meteorology and geo-physics the fields of science are melding and expanding in an attempt to meet growing demands. In addition to highlighting potential fields of study, each program includes peer perspectives and advice, career examples and discussion of volunteer and intern opportunities. Helping students find one's passion early allows for the most success later.



 
Eat Healthy, Be Healthy
7/10/2013

Eat Healthy, Be Healthy   (Film Ideas Series)

Victor and young Sophia colorfully introduce preschoolers and primary aged learners to vitamins, minerals, and each food group of the USDA's MyPlate. Good nutrition, the benefits of healthy eating, as well as the importance of exercise are all presented in engaging age-appropriate vignettes. Recommended daily allowances are also included.



 
Draw Me a Story
7/9/2013

Draw Me a Story   (Film Ideas Series)

Painters, artists, sketchers, and crafters use their unique talents to bring color and motion to a fascinating collection of familiar children's stories from around the world. Using paint, oils, chalk, clay, fabric, and other artistic elements, their creative approach is mesmerizing and captivating. Voice-over narration, thematic music and the artist's hand combine to bring each classic tale to colorful life.



 
Dr. W
7/9/2013

Dr. W   (Film Ideas Series)

Dr. W is here to teach you about things you may think you know, but maybe you don't... you know? He recommends you refrain from getting overly excited, or attempt to laugh or scream too loudly; it won't help. It is the good doctor's wish to reveal amazing things unseen ever before. Dr. W gives kids straightforward answers to everyday questions like how cuts heal, how evolution works and how to prevent illness. A highly educational and entertaining science series that introduces kids to life, physical and earth science topics. Please come in, Dr. W can see you now!



 
Creature features
7/9/2013

Creature features   (Film Ideas Series)

These fun and focused programs are a perfect introduction to some of the most widely studied "creatures" found on the planet. Created specifically for kids, each program provides beautiful, up-close imagery and age appropriate narration. Life science concepts addressed throughout the series include habitats, body parts, adaptation, migration, ecosystems, the life cycle, and more.



 
Biz Kid$ II
7/9/2013

Biz Kid$ II   (Film Ideas Series)

With the economic downturn, it is more important than ever before to educate our young people about personal finance and give them life skills. Biz Kid$ fulfills this need. Produced by the creators of the Emmy Award-winning series Bill Nye The Science Guy, Biz Kid$ is the fun, fast-paced series where kids teach kids about money and business. The Biz Kid$ hosts and young business owners illustrate the importance of using credit wisely, saving, budgeting, investing, giving back to the community and how to be an entrepreneur.



 
Basics of Biology
7/8/2013

Basics of Biology   (Film Ideas Series)

A 30-part series with high production values for just about every student that takes a biology class.




 
Oceans of Plastic
6/18/2013

Oceans of Plastic

The planet's oceans are rapidly becoming the world's trash dump. Every mile of ocean now contains an average of 74,000 pieces of plastic. A "plastic soup” of waste, killing hundreds of thousands of animals every year and as chemicals trickle slowly up the food chain. In California, conservationists are seeing increasing numbers of whales and dolphins die agonizing deaths. Their intestines blocked with plastics and other trash. In Holland, scientists researching the decline of the fulmar bird found plastic in the stomachs of 95% of all samples. In Germany, chemicals leached from plastic have been found to affect the reproductive systems of humans as well animals. What will be the long-term impact of this "plastic pollution?" Can anything be done to clean up our oceans?   watch the video >>



 
Maps of the Great Explorers
6/18/2013

Maps of the Great Explorers   (Landmark Series)

The earliest maps didn't represent the actual land content of the world. Maps were updated as more of New World was explored. The maps of the Middle Ages, were mostly based on conjecture rather than actual discovery. With the expansion of the spice trade between Asian and Portugal and Spain, the maps began to change once again. The explorations of Columbus didn't end up where he had anticipated, but his addition of the West Indies to the maps gave Europeans a fuller view of the world. Vespucci gave mapmakers a solid understanding of what was beyond the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Magellan's expedition circumvented the world discovering a vast ocean and lands beyond America.



 
Locomotion
6/18/2013

Locomotion   (Landmark Series)

Children from around the world describe specific means of transportation essential to their lives. Whether they live in the country or in large cities, each child uses different and fascinating ways of getting around; traveling to school, visiting family, shopping and going anywhere they need. The viewer will get a glimpse of their daily lives, environment and culture. Discover several unusual means of transportation that are unique to the countries visited throughout the series. This beautifully shot series shows how traditional means of LOCOMOTION are specially adapted to the geography, culture and resources of their country. Get ready to take a ride on a tractor, sailboat, horse drawn carriage, snowmobile, rickshaw, seaplane, or simply by car, subway, and of course...by school bus!



 
Inquisitive Minds
6/18/2013

Inquisitive Minds: Energy and Power

Join Dr. Knowledge as he takes young viewers on a fast-paced adventure and learn about energy and electricity. Students will observe real-time demonstrations and scientific exploration in a fun and entertaining way. Inquisitive Minds: Energy and Power will show what tools, appliances, factories and everything from iPods to airplanes have in common. Each needs energy to do their jobs. But, where does that energy come from? We know we can get our power from a wall outlet, but that's only the beginning. Dr."K" and the IM team will trace the electricity from the wall through the "power grid" to its source. Students will learn how power is generated, what makes it travel through wires and learn about the path it takes to get it to where it's needed. How does it work? There's a lot to learn about Energy, come along! Inquisitive Minds was created to help students develop a better understanding of the connections between the environment and energy and providing thought-provoking discussions that just might lead to energy conservation solutions of their own!   watch the video >>



 
Heads Up
6/18/2013

Heads Up! : Space and Astronautic Series   (Landmark)

This series takes "tweens" beyond the classics of the Big Dipper and Moon on an informative and entertaining tour of our solar system, the Milky Way and beyond. Students will explore the mysteries of space, physics and geology, and learn where inside this great galaxy we live. They will also learn that gravity is not just a force on Earth but an all encompassing force throughout the universe. Heads Up visits some of the world's leading science and space centers such as NASA and Jet Propulsion Labs and looks through some of the biggest telescopes on the planet.



 
Future of Water
6/17/2013

The Future of Water   (Landmark Series)

From ancient civilizations to current day metropolitan cities, all societies have been shaped by the struggle to control water. The future of humankind will be shaped by the element of water and this struggle for control will establish the balance between peace and war, profoundly influencing relations between countries and continents. Climate change will also greatly affect water resources in the future. In the next decades huge water projects will radically change the face of the Earth. The future of water is a highly important global issue, which threatens the security of the entire planet.



 
Toni Morrison
6/17/2013

Four Girls And Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison was winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in literature. Her life and work have meant a lot to a whole generation of young African American women. This video reveals a personal portrait of Professor Morrison while analyzing her intentions and techniques of composition. Interwoven are scenes of four students discussing her as a role model. They ponder "The Bluest Eye" and "Beloved," the work for which she received the 1988 Pulitzer Prize. They cite a quote from "Jazz" as revealing much of her authorial intent. The students conclude that part of her significance lies in her being a black thinker and also offering to black Americans a sense of belonging here in America, as opposed to a rootlessness or searching for a vague sense of "belonging" in Africa.   watch the video >>



 
EcoKids
6/17/2013

Eco=Kids Explore   (Landmark Series)

ECO KIDS EXPLORE features different types of “Green Power” which are becoming increasingly popular. This series investigates these energy sources in an understandable way, which will help young viewers learn how to help solve the problems facing our earth today. As our world grows, so does the demand for energy. As pollution increases and our fossil fuels deplete there is a need for more reliable affordable and eco-friendly source of energy - Green Power.



 
Alarm Clock
6/14/2013

The Adventures of Compass & Alarm Clock: Solving the Mysteries of Science   (Landmark Series)

This series makes science lessons interesting and adventurous for students, presenting the concepts of natural sciences, technology, and their practical application in the form of a captivating and humorous animation. Friendly and smart characters teach children necessary skills and knowledge in the modern world. They also teach kids how to use generally accepted rules of interpersonal communication. The distinguishing feature of the series is a harmonious blend of science and everyday life.



 
American History for Kids
5/31/2013

American History for Kids   (Landmark Series)

American History for Kids reveals some of the most significant developments in our country's past. Whether building the first transcontinental railroad, riding the Pony Express, or traveling the Mississippi on a cotton-bearing steamboat, American history is relived by children who tell how everyday people in colonial America pushed back the frontier; what transpired as the Lewis and Clark Expedition explored the Louisiana Purchase; and the griefs and the glories of wagon trains bound for the Oregon Trail. This vivid series captures the minds and the moods of our nation's rich and varied history.



 
last ridge
5/8/2013

The Last Ridge: the uphill battles of the 10th Mountain Division

More than 60 years ago, the 10th Mountain Division did the impossible in the mountains of Italy, scaling a 2000 foot cliff on a cold winter night to knock the Germans from their impenetrable perch. But the 10th Mountain did more than turn the tide for the Allies in Italy. They revolutionized winter mountain warfare abroad, transformed winter sports at home, and blazed a path of honor for generations to come. This is the remarkable story of how the 10th Mountain Division came to be.   watch the video >>