Instructional Television - Catalog

Subjects: Ohio History, Social Studies
Grade(s): 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 8th Grade

Season three of Our Ohio: Exploring Our Heritage includes five 7-10-minute video segments which take students to historic locations around the state.  The videos are aligned to the Ohio Academic Content Standards for grades 4, 5 and 8 and each includes accompanying lessons.  The videos and lessons explore the Underground Railroad and abolition movement in Ohio, the Fort Ancient Indians of Serpent Mound, as well as the Ohio National Road and the War of 1812.


Subjects: Physics, Science
Grade(s): 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

This program is targeted towards middle and highschool-age viewers and K-12 physical science teachers. Using live action, “extreme” demonstrations, and the series intends to showcase the excitement and fun of science, demonstrate real-world applications of physical principles and engage viewers in the concepts and processes of science.


Subjects: American History, Professional Development, Social Studies
Grade(s): 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

Twelve high school teachers explore the use of primary source documents in the research and interpretation of American history. The programs feature informal lectures by prominent historians on pivotal events from the settlement of Jamestown to the Korean conflict and the Cold War. The teachers are led in discussions, debates, interviews, and role-playing as they investigate the original documents that “transmit the voices of America’s past.” Teachers will find the activities in this workshop can be adapted and used in their own classrooms.


Subjects: Social Studies
Grade(s): 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Producing Ohio is a multimedia economics curriculum for Ohio's fifth and sixth grade students. The cross-curricular lessons help teachers provide their students with the tools and knowledge necessary to succeed on the Ohio Proficiency Tests.


Subjects: American History, Social Studies
Grade(s): 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

In an exercise of enlightenment, a group of high school students was transformed into citizens of 18th century America and staged a day of intellectual and enlightening conversation at Mount Vernon, the estate of George and Martha Washington.  Dressed in colonial costumes and conversing in character, students discussed government, culture, and plantation life.  This program offers highlights of the day’s activities.


Subjects: Mathematics, Reading/Language Arts
Grade(s): 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade

QuizBus: Dealing with Data will help students in Grades 4-8 have practice with collecting data, presenting it in an understandable fashion, analyzing the data through graphing, identifying ways data can be distorted and looking at both arithmetic and geometric probability (area models). This multimedia package contains five videos, a teacher guide and a Web site, http://WesternReservePublicMedia.org/quizbus. QuizBus: Dealing with Data is patterned loosely after the TV program “Cash Cab.” The actual quiz show takes place in a school bus. At the start of the program, the bus arrives at a school and agents exit it in search of “contestants” — four math teachers. The contestants are led from the classroom to the QuizBus, which has an on-camera quiz master and an announcer/sidekick, the bus driver. The game begins on the bus, where the quiz show host asks a preliminary question or poses a problem that each of the four contestants tries to answer.


Subjects: American History, Social Studies
Grade(s): 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

An exciting program featuring a sneak preview of the many treasures in the galleries of the new Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center and the Ford Orientation Center at the George Washington’s Mount
Vernon Estate & Gardens. This state-of-the-art exhibition space reveals the complex and multifaceted man that was the real George Washington.


Subjects: Science, Social Studies
Grade(s): 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

This program explores the bicycle’s unique history and technology. The velocipede achieved great popularity almost immediately when it was introduced more than a century ago. Countless inventors were inspired to make bicycles more efficient and comfortable, and bicycle innovation continues today. Students will see historic bicycles and some amazing prototypes for the future. Program highlights include “high wheelers,” hand-powered cycles for the disabled, mountain bikes, and even a bicycle that rides on snow


Subjects: Ohio History
Grade(s): 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

Saddle up with over 200 Civil War re-enactors, as they ride across southern Ohio, reliving General John Hunt Morgan's historic raid into the North.


Subjects: Science
Grade(s): Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade

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.


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