Students go behind the scenes at the National Zoo for a look at the world of animals. Not your typical visit to the zoo, this four-part series shows students where and how animals live and why it’s important to protect them. Through the animal world, students learn more about our own ecosystem. These programs give information on bird habitats, food, songs, identification, and migration. Students will learn why animals form herds, the advantages and disadvantages of forming herds, and where herds live, learn about animals native to North America, some of which are endangered, and all about it from the tallest animal to the biggest primate, spider, lizard, and bird—and everyone’s favorite, the giant panda.
Instructional Television - Catalog
Grade(s): 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
SciGirls, a new PBS KIDS weekly series and website, is out to change how millions of tween girls think about science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM! In each episode, animated characters Izzie and her best friend Jake find themselves in jams only science can fix. To set things right, Izzie calls on smart, curious real- life SciGirls, who put STEM to work and save the day. Izzie also invites viewers to hang out on the website, a totally safe social networking environment where girls can connect, create personal profiles and avatars, share projects and watch every episode.
Subjects: American History, Reading/Language Arts, Social Studies
Grade(s): 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
Interpreting stories and imagining the past are important aspects of historical thinking. Searching for Slave History: A Digital Storytelling Project will engage students in the study of early African American history and slavery in this country through the art of storytelling. Students will also conduct research just like historians, analyzing primary source documents and audio recordings while mastering the technology required to create multimedia projects.
Subjects: Science, Social Studies
Grade(s): 7th Grade, 8th Grade
Curious about women inventors? Designed for use in the classroom or at home, this video features women and girls who share a common creative spirit and have won invention prizes and awards. Many have appeared in the Lemelson Center's "Innovative Lives" series for middle school students.
Subjects: Ohio History, Social Studies
Grade(s): 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
Silent Testimony is about people who lived in the Ohio Valley 2000 years ago. They used the sun and moon to guide them in building earthworks and to plan their lives. The program highlights various mounds and mound builders in the Ohio Valley which include Fort Ancient, Serpent Mound Newark Earthworks and Sun Watch Valley.
Subjects: American History
Grade(s): 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade
Mt. Vernon reflected George Washington’s Status in society and his accomplishments in establishing and leading a new nation built on the ideals of “liberty and justice for all.” However, by the late 18th century, Mount Vernon was home to an enslaved community of over 300 men, women, and children. House servants, field hands, and craftsmen built, maintained, and supplied many of the services needed to house, clothe, and feed the equivalent of a small townh
Subjects: Affective Education, Health/Physical Education
Grade(s): 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade
A group of teens has a candid discussion with Henry Winkler about underage alcohol use. Those who use and abuse alcohol discuss the wide range of consequences while hop-hop star Bow Wow and other young people share their reasons for staying SMART & SOBER.
Subjects: Reading/Language Arts, Social Studies
Grade(s): 10th Grade
Using historical footage and narration, this series focuses on the social, economic, political and scientific events of each decade - from the 1920s to the 1960s. Teachers can use either the simulation section for an overall approach to the decades or they can use the lesson plans that address each topic in the standards individually. The videos are an overview of each decade, with an emphasis on the topics listed in the educational standards.
Subjects: Art, Ohio History
Grade(s): 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade
These programs showcase arts and culture in Ohio. Each episode takes the viewer on a journey through the exhibit and includes interviews with curators and artists.
Grade(s): All Levels
Inspired teaching, like any great art, should be seen. The Teaching Channel sets out to just that with a series of videos that showcases teachers’ inspiring and effective teaching practices in America’s schools. The show features a variety of topics -planning, class culture, behavior, differentiation, Common Core, assessment and much more. The Teaching Channel lifts the curtain
on inspiring classrooms not only at the above website, but also on their YouTube and Facebook channels. Be sure to check out this series, along with the website and social media avenues for inspiring insight into what your colleagues around the country are doing!