Parent Involvement Technical Assistance Program

Indicator #8:
Changing Perceptions
Workshop Handouts

Education Videos

These videos are available for checkout to North Dakota residents only. They are not available for purchase from our site.

ABC's of Teaching the ABC's
14 minutes 

This creative, innovative program shows parents and caregivers how they can use various environments to help children learn the ABC's. As parents and caregivers go about their daily activities with children, they can find many opportunities for learning.

Alphabet Pet All About Words
(1998) 15 minutes 

In this video, students learn about compound words, silent letters and homophones. Alphabet Pet, an animated character, makes these concepts fun and easy to understand through games, vignettes and songs. As correct answers are given during the games, Alphabet Pet gets bigger and bigger - growing with knowledge. Students are encouraged to become independent readers and writers through a host of well-researched strategies. Grade level: K-3

Alphabet Pet Making Changes
(1998) 15 minutes 

In this video, students learn about how words can change by adding suffixes and making possessives. How the short I and E can be affected when placed next to an R is also shown. Alphabet Pet makes these concepts fun and easy to understand through games, vignettes and songs. As correct answers are given during the games, Alphabet Pet gets bigger and bigger - growing with knowledge. Students are encouraged to become independent readers and writers. Grade level: K-3

Alphabet Pet Vowel Combinations
(1998) 15 minutes 

In this video, students learn about the vowel combinations oy/oi; ou/ow; ue/ew/oo and the R affected sounds air/ear/are. As correct answers are given during the games, Alphabet Pet gets bigger and bigger - growing with knowledge. Students are encouraged to become independent readers and writers through a host of well researched strategies. Grade level: K-3

Art & Music for Preschoolers
(2001) 20 minutes 

As you begin thinking about art and music for very young children, it�s important to avoid putting an emphasis on the product. It�s not important that the giraffe be brown and that all the notes are correct in a song. This video will show you how to gradually introduce techniques and concepts that will allow the child to experiment and freely express himself.

Baby Einstein
(1998) 30 minutes 

Visual and multilingual experiences to stimulate and delight your baby. Building on cognitive and language development research, this video creates engaging learning opportunities for infants and parents to share.">

Baby Mozart
(1998) 30 minutes 

Visual and musical experiences to stimulate and delight your baby. Baby Mozart is a rich source of stimulation that will delight your child time and again.

Baby's First Impressions: Animals
(1997) 30 minutes 

Children love animals - tall ones, big ones, furry ones and even baby ones. Toddlers will laugh in delight while they see these funny and cute animals from all over the world. This video is a great teaching tool for learning animal names.

Baby's First Impressions: Colors
(1996) 30 minutes 

Identifies all the colors of the rainbow to advance children's early learning skills. The video teaches color association with everyday objects.

Baby's First Impressions: Opposites
(1997) 30 minutes 

This video will inspire and challenge even the most creative minds. Designed to make children think, Opposites is a visual experience that shows differences likes hot/cold, left/right and more.

Baby's First Impressions: Shapes
(1997) 32 minutes 

Identifies four basic shapes to nurture your child's early learning skills. The video utilizes strong, bold colors and black & white patterns matched to interesting visuals, which assist in the development of cognitive abilities. Ages: 8 months - 5 years

Babyscapes: 3-D Black, White & Red Images Move to Classical Music
(1996) 30 minutes 

Babyscapes presents six carefully selected classical music arrangements that accompany computer generated black, white, and red geometric shapes. These high contrast colors and shapes move and dance to the rhythm and beat of each musical piece.

Babyscapes: Celebration of Color
(1997) 30 minutes 

It's no secret that babies love colorful images and are soothed by beautiful music. With seven upbeat celebratory classical musical pieces, your child will be introduced to classical music as well as the primary and secondary colors. Studies have proven that classical music is processed in the same region of the brain that develops language and math skills. That is why child development experts agree that classical music should be part of a total infant stimulation program. Ages: Birth-1 year

Between the Lions - Little Big Mouse
(2001) 30 minutes 

Starring the short "I" sound. Join the Lions for Aesop�s wonderful The Lion and the Mouse fable that proves even little creatures can do big things. Plus the knights form the word "tickle" in Gawain�s word, Dr. Ruth Wordheimer sounds out a very long word, opera star Denyce Graves performs the short "I" sound, and much more! Grade level: PreK-2

Between the Lions - Piggyback, Piggyback
(2001) 30 minutes 

In this episode, Leona decides to ride piggyback on her dad's back forever and ever. The program focuses on the word "back" and the short "a" sound as well as the -ack word family, the words "and", "at", "in" and "out", and more.

Between the Lions - Poetry Day
(2001) 30 minutes 

In this episode, Walter and Clay Pigeon learn all about poetry and rhymes during Poetry Day at the library. The program covers the word "train" and the "ai" vowel combination as well as the -ain word family, the consonants "s", "p" and "h", and more. Grade level: PreK-2

Between the Lions - Red Hat, Green Hat
(2001) 30 minutes 

Starring the short "E" sound. Share in the African folktale about two friends whose disagreement over the color of a hat threatens their friendship. Plus the Vowelles sing their best for short "E", Cliff Hanger makes his own bed, The Great Smartini performs a sensational hen trick. Grade level: PreK-2

Between the Lions - Teacher's Pet
(2001) 30 minutes 

In this episode, Cleo catches the I-can't-hear-or-tell-or-smell-if-someone's-sneaking-up-on-me flu. The program focuses on the vowel pairing "ea" as long e and the word "teacher" as well as the -each word family, -ing, -ed, -er and -y endings, the consonants "t", "p", "b" and more. Grade level: PreK-2

Between the Lions - The Hopping Hen
(2001) 30 minutes 

In this episode, Lionel drives everyone in the library crazy with his sign about the new library rules. The program focuses on the word "hen" and the short "e" sound as well as the -en word family, the words "no", "what", "when" and more.

Between the Lions - The Lost Rock
(2001) 30 minutes 

Starring the short "0" sound. A talking rock with a fuzzy memory suddenly appears in the library. With the help of Cleo and the entire library gang, the lost rock is reunited with his lost book. Plus Dr. Nitwhite researches the short "O" sound, The Great Smartini performs a short "O" trick, and more! Grade level: PreK-2

Between the Lions - The Lucky Duck
(2001) 30 minutes 

Starring the short "U" sound. The feathered hero of the Lucky Duck is out of his book and unhappy. So Lionel writes a special story to make his wishes come true! Plus B.B. the King of Beasts performs "Troubled by Letter Y," NBA star Stephon Marbury makes a special dunk. Grade level: PreK-2

Between the Lions - The Ram in the Pepper Patch
(2001) 30 minutes 

Starring the short "A" sound. In the Ram in the Pepper Patch, a girl from Mexico tries everything to stop a ram from eating all her peppers � until a tiny bee flies in to save the day. Plus Theo and Cleo find out "What�s Cooking?," The Fonix sing "The AR Song," and much more. Grade level: PreK-2

Between the Lions - The Spider and the Lie
(2001) 30 minutes 

It's up to Judge Click the Mouse to find out who's telling the truth - Leona or a shady monkey named Monkey C. Guest starring Al Roker. The program focuses on the long "i" sound and the word "spider" as well as the -ide word family, the consonants "k", "m", "t", "sm" and more. Grade level: PreK-2

Between the Lions - Why the Baboon's Balloon Went Ka-Boom
(2001) 30 minutes 

In this episode, a little bug's sneeze causes a baboon's balloon to bust. The program focuses on the double o vowel sound and the word "ka-choo" as well as the consonants "b", "l", "n" and "d", -y, -er, -est and -s endings, and more. Grade level: PreK-2

Beyond Phonics Vol. 1
30 minutes 

Beyond Phonics uses stories, songs, video animation and classic children's literature to make learning to read effective and enjoyable. Includes instruction on silent "e", dipthongs, blends, diagraphs & bossy "r", plus oy & oi sounds and the ten most used words.

Big Changes, Big Choices - Setting & Achieving Goals
30 minutes 

This program shows kids the benefits of learning to set and achieve goals, and teaches them how to distinguish between actual goals and mere wishes. Video discussion guide included. Grade level: 5-9

Brainy Baby - Left Brain (Volume 2)
(1998) 32 minutes 

Focuses on the left, analytical side of the brain. Demonstrates logic, sequencing, stacking objects, letters and numbers, math, segments, shapes, patterns and language. Ages: 6-36 months

Brainy Baby - Right Brain (Volume 1)
(1998) 32 minutes 

This video focuses on the right, or creative side of the brain. It demonstrates art, drawing, creative thinking, color patterns, spatial reasoning, free form, rhymes and imagination. Ages: 6-36 months">

Buddy Bear in My First Day
(2001) 28 minutes 

Designed to help children overcome first-day jitters, this live-action program follows Buddy Bear through his first day of preschool. Features original songs and real teachers and students.

Clues to Good Reading
(1992) 20 minutes 

A program to teach parents how to help their children to read at home. This video clearly explains 4 main reading clues and demonstrates how you can encourage your child to use them to become a successful reader. Grade level: K-

Developing Minds - Feelings and Motivation
(2002) 45 minutes 

This video explores school situations that may generate negative reactions - such as humiliation, low self-esteem, loss of motivation, helplessness, anxiety and withdrawal - and offers practical strategies that teachers and parents can use to help children deal with their negative feelings related to performance.

Developing Minds - Higher Order Cognition
(2002) 45 minutes 

This video explores the problems that many students face with higher order cognition - or thinking at higher levels - and offers practical strategies that parents and teachers can use to help children become better thinkers.

Developing Minds - Language
(2002) 45 minutes 

This video explores the process of acquiring language abilities - the key to successful communication - as well as practical strategies that parents and teachers can use to help students develop these abilities. Viewers will gain insights into the complexities of language and the critical role language plays in children's success in school and in life."> ">

Developing Minds - Neuromotor Function
(2002) 45 minutes 

A student's school day is filled with physical movement, making neuromotor function critically important. This video is about neuromotor functions, or the connections between the brain and various muscle groups, and how they affect motor performance. Highlighted throughout are many ways that poor neuromotor function can impede performance as well as practical strategies that teachers and parents can use to help children strengthen their neuromotor abilities.

Developing Minds - Social Cognition
(2002) 45 minutes 

This video explores problems that many students face with social cognition or children's ability to relate to others - and offers strategies that parents and teachers can use to help children become more socially successful.

Developing Minds - Thinking with Numbers
(2002) 45 minutes 

This video explores the common problems that many students face when learning mathematics, as well as practical strategies that teachers and parents can use to help children think with numbers.

Dora Saves the Prince
(2002) 49 minutes 

Once upon a time, a mean witch banished Prince Ramon to the High Tower. When Dora and Boots read about it in their storybook they immediately leap into the pages to save the Prince! But they'll need your help to find the High Tower, watch for Swiper, and get past the Witch! Are you ready?

Dora's Backpack Adventure
(2002) 49 minutes 

This interactive, animated program follows Dora, a seven-year-old Latina explorer, and Boots the Monkey on two play-along adventures. Children will learn Spanish language, visual/spatial and physical coordination skills as well as learning and problem solving skills. In Backpack, Dora and Backpack embark on their first adventure together after Dora receives Backpack as a present from her parents. Boots loses a boot in the big river and needs the help of Dora and Backpack.

Education News Parents Can Use: Keeping Your Child Safe in School - Crisis Planning & Emergency Response
(2003) 60 minutes 

This edition of Education News will feature interviews and discussions with Department officials, school safety personnel, mental health professionals, community first responders and activist parents to explain the need for comprehensive crisis planning and to determine what constitutes an effective approach in today�s environment. Throughout, the show will highlight schools and communities that have developed model crisis plans, hear �lessons learned� from officials that have faced crisis in their schools, and highlight tools and resources educators and parents can use to help them with crisis planning and emergency response in their school community.

Franklin and the Tooth Fairy
30 minutes 

Franklin conspires to get a present from the Tooth Fairy even though turtles don't have teeth! Also included: HURRY UP FRANKLIN.

Franklin Goes to School/Franklin Fibs
(1997) 25 minutes 

Covers first day of school jitters and fibbing. Preschool

Grammar for Children - Descriptive Words & Phrases
(2003) 23 minutes 

Descriptive words and phrases spice up the English language! Adjectives are one type of descriptive word; they describe nouns. Adverbs are descriptive words that usually describe verbs. Groups of words called prepositional phrases can describe both nouns and verbs. The use of descriptive words and phrases can certainly make sentences more interesting! Teachers Guide included. Grade level: K-4

Grammar for Children - Nouns
(2003) 23 minutes 

Nouns are words that name people, places and things, and are the building blocks of grammar! There are many different types of nouns, like proper and common nouns, singular and plural nouns, and possessive nouns. Nouns can even be replaced with a special group of words called pronouns. We can use many different tests to help us find nouns, such as looking for clues like articles, or plural and possessive forms. Teachers Guide included. Grade level: K-4

Grammar for Children - Punctuation
(2003) 23 minutes 

Punctuation is the use of special marks to help make our writing more clear. The ends of sentences often have punctuation like periods, exclamation points and question marks. Punctuation like commas and quotation marks are often found in the middle of sentences. Letters we write to our friends and family have special punctuation rules, too. It's important to proofread our writing to make sure that we've included all the proper punctuation! Teacher Guide included. Grade level: K-4

Grammar for Children - Sentences
(2003) 23 minutes 

Sentences are groups of words that can tell a complete thought all by themselves. They consist of two main parts, a subject and a predicate. Incomplete sentences do not tell a complete thought by themselves and are usually missing either a subject or a predicate. A run-on sentence is made up of two or more sentences that should stand alone, and this problem can be easily fixed with the use of a conjunction. There are four different kinds of sentences that show four different reasons for communicating - statements, questions, commands and exclamations. Teachers Guide included. Grade level: K-4

Grammar for Children - Verbs
(2003) 23 minutes 

Verbs are action and being words, and are the part of grammar that makes things happen! Verbs have tenses that tell us when things take place - in the present, future or past. Helping verbs help main verbs show tense, and they tell us if an action is ongoing or completed. To tell if a word is a verb, we can look for certain clues like endings such as -ed or -ing or using a word with will. Teacher Guide included. Grade level: K-4

I Am Your Child - Ready to Learn
(2000) 24 minutes 

The video provides parents and caregivers with information on how to foster a young child�s language and literacy development beginning at birth and continuing through the preschool years. Also available in Spanish � Listos para Aprender

I Can Follow Rules
(2001) 16 minutes 

Following directions is a vital component to being successful in school. It is vital that children develop this important skill at an early age to set a sound foundation for the years ahead. Grade level: K-2

I Can't Do My Homework, Why?
18 minutes 

This program shows kids in actual homework "stress" situations to teach basic homework skills. Kids discover that homework is a useful learning tool that reinforces schoolwork. They learn how to schedule homework into busy days and plan for projects, special events and tests using a homework agenda. The video emphasizes good communication between students, parents, and teachers and that supports the idea that successful homework skills take effort, pratice and time to learn.

I Know How to Listen
14 minutes 

Using rhyme, songs, and games, this lively video introduces youngsters to the skills they need to become good listeners. It demonstrates active listening, how to identify verbal cues, the importance of paying attention, asking questions, and listening for feelings. Viewers learn that knowing how to listen can help them at school, at home, and at play. Grade level: K-2

Kindergarten Here I Come!
(2001) 18 minutes 

Never returned - Upbeat and authentic, this special video generates excitement about starting school. It starts great discussions that help children learn more about their big step to Kindergarten.

Language and Literacy
(2000) 1 hour 

Learning to use language in all its forms is one of the most important areas of development for preschoolers. To develop their language abilities to the fullest, preschoolers need experiences with both spoken and written language. Using the ideas in this video program, you can help preschoolers expand their conversational abilities and encourage them to discover the usefulness and fun of the written word.

Learning Before School - How Parents Can Help
(2003) 19 minutes 

How can a family give a child the best chance to succeed in school? The video shows how to give kids a head start in three key areas: communication, self-discipline, and curiosity. Skills in these areas are far more crucial than getting a jump start on reading or math. The video gives some practical ideas on how to interact with children to help them explore their surroundings while shopping or doing household work.

Look and Learn - Alphabet Soup
(1992) 30 minutes 

Professor Wise Old Owl makes learning letters (capital and lower case) as easy as ABC! Come into his letter laboratory and learn the alphabet through rhymes, music and pictures. Ages: 2-5">

Look and Learn - Hello Numbers
(1992) 30 minutes 

Agent 07734 (upside down, that�s HELLO) makes learning numbers easy and fun. With interactive songs, games, and count-alongs, Hello Numbers teaches his Video Pal to count from 1 to 10 and by 10�s to 100. Ages: 3-7">

Look and Learn - It's a Plus Learn To Add
(1992) 30 minutes 

Learn to add with Agent 07734, the little robot programmed to make numbers fun for everyone. Turn his number upside down and read his name � H E L L O! Filled with song and rhyme, an added bonus to this program is learning to use the Hello Numbers "Add-Along Machine" (a calculator).

Look and Learn - Soup Stories
(1992) 30 minutes 

Professor Wise Old Owl shows us how letters become words! Our Sing-Along Leader of the Letter Laboratory introduces over 200 new words with six entertaining stories. Ages: 3-7

Look What I Grew
(1993) 45 minutes 

In this great video, children are introduced to the world of science and nature with easy plant and water experiments. Grade level: PreK-6

Math & Science in the Real World (2 videos)

Math and Science in the Real World: A Parent's Guide, produced by The Futures Channel, contains the "road map" that parents can follow with their children to ensure success in education. If parents approach their children from this perspective, both can share many discoveries--and open up a dialogue that can lead in many directions.

Math Monsters
(2000) 30 minutes 

The Monsters are going to perform in a circus. This provides a context for exploring doubles and their neighbors. One Monster practices juggling and doubling the balls. Another Monster lifts a barbell with equal, and sometimes unequal, weights placed on both sides. Yet another Monster does magic, doubling birds and currency in her �doubling hat�. Our field trip is to a shop keeper who explains how she uses mental math to help in her calculations.

Math Video Tutor

This program teaches patterns, addition, subtraction, greater & lesser, money, time, measurement and counting. Bright colors and illustrations help students follow and understand material. Available for children ages 3-5(Vol 1); 5-7(Vol 2); & 7-9(Vol 3). Includes a workbook.

Math Video Tutor - Vol. 1

See Math Video Tutor

Math Video Tutor - Vol. 2

See Math Video Tutor

Math Video Tutor - Vol. 3

See Math Video Tutor

Miracle of Mozart - ABC's
(1998) 30 minutes 

Miracle of Mozart--ABCs teaches children the alphabet with entertaining graphics accompanied by carefully chosen classical selections of Mozart. Each musical piece was selected because of its ability to stimulate the brain and accelerate your child's learning process.

Miracle of Mozart - Numbers & Shapes
(1998) 30 minutes 

Miracle of Mozart teaches children numbers and shapes with state of the art graphics while carefully chosen classical selections of Mozart playing in the background aiding your child in learning each number and each shape.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
(1989) 30 minutes 

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish is more than a humorous tale about a school of aquatic creatures. Theodor Seuss Geisel enchants youngsters with a fanciful journey into the world of lumped Gumps, bookish Nooks, and boxing Gox. His fresh use of rhyme celebrates the wonders of language and imagination while infusing a love of reading. In the film version, the original story and zany illustrations are left intact, presented in a moving storybook and narrated by Seuss fans of all ages. As a bonus, the 30-minute program also includes the stories Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! and The Foot Book.

Phonics - Video Tutor - Vol. 1 - Ages 3-5

Dupe - See Phonics Video Tutor

Phonics - Video Tutor - Vol. 2 - Ages 5-7

Like having a tutor of your very watch and learn from at anytime. Fun songs, music, and stories develop and reinforce phonic skills, essential for successful lifelong reading. Reading words with phonics, long & short vowels, word families, diphthongs, digraphs, blends & silent �e.�

Phonics - Video Tutor - Vol. 3 - Ages 7-9

Dupe - See Phonics Video Tutor

Phonics Video Tutor

A combination of stories, songs and animation helps children develop a solid foundation of reading skills. This program teaches alphabet review, sight words, numbers and letter sounds. Designed for children ages 3-5(Vol 1); 5-7(Vol 2); and 7-9(Vol 3). Includes a workbook.

Reading Rockets: Empowering Parents
(2005) 26 minutes 

When children struggle with reading, they're not the only ones who may feel frustrated and alone. Parents can suffer, too, wondering what they can do and where they can turn for help. Through stories of children from Portland, Oregon; Huntingtown, Maryland; and Ann Arbor, Michigan, Empowering Parents will help parents catch reading problems early on, find the right kind of support, and identify good reading instruction. Empowering Parents is hosted by parent, author, illustrator, and Today Show co-host Al Roker.

Reading with Blue
(2002) 60 minutes 

Whether you're reading words or stories, there's nothing like reading with Blue. When Blue brings home a big bag of words, Steve and his friends play lots of word-games . . . and Blues's Clues. Preschoolers help to figure out what Blue wants to do with her words, as they build their vocabulary and begin learning to read! Grade level: PreK-1">

Ready to Learn - Alphabet at the Zoo
(1997) 30 minutes 

In "Alphabet at the Zoo," children get acquainted with the alphabet through interesting facts about the animals present. Ages: 2-7">

Ready to Learn - Colors and Shapes

Two crazy clowns introduce children to the many "Colors & Shapes". Ages: 2-7

Ready to Learn - Numbers and Counting
(1997) 30 minutes 

"Numbers and Counting" takes children on an exciting railroad journey that introduces numbers, number relationships and counting skills. Ages: 2-7

Richard Scarry�s Best Learning Songs Video Ever!
(1993) 30 minutes 

Join Huckle Cat and all his friends as they put on a backyard show that's full of songs and surprises. Children will laugh and learn, and will want to join in the fun as their favorite characters from Busytown sing about letters, shapes, numbers and much, much more! They'll delight in hearing old favorites like "The Alphabet Song" and "If You're Happy and You Know It" as well as equally irresistible new tunes that will have them singing along with Lowly Worm, Bananas Gorilla, and the rest of Richard Scarry's beloved characters.

Rock 'N Learn - Addition & Subtraction Rock
(2000) 40 minutes 

Kids will love these cool songs that teach adding and subtracting by using fun objects. Later, kids enjoy trying to beat the performers by solving facts with delayed answers. Includes both separate and mixed drills for sums and differences up to 18. Develops speed and accuracy for both older and beginning learners. Grade level: 1-3

Rock 'N Learn - Alphabet
(1998) 35 minutes 

Mastering the alphabet is critical to your child�s ability to learn. Let "Alphabet Al" be your child�s guide to this exciting adventure. Live action, animation, songs, and games make learning the alphabet fast and fun. Kids sing along with the cool tunes for each letter, play musical games, and learn old and new alphabet songs. Grade level: PreK-1

Rock 'N Learn - Colors, Shapes & Counting
(1997) 46 minutes 

Join Rollie Roundman, Trollie Triangle, and Rockford Rectangle for an animated, musical adventure where learning becomes part of the fun. With cool songs and colorful action, this video involves young learners and holds their interest time after time. Grade level: PreK-K

Rock 'N Learn - Letter Sounds
(1997) 38 minutes 

Colorful graphics and a cool alphabet song starts things off, followed by the most common sounds each letter makes. Then, kids race the clock to say the sounds before they hear the answers. In another game, learners name the letters that make the sounds heard in silly sentences. Finally, the payoff: kids experience the thrill of combining letters to make words. Grade level: PreK-K

Rock 'N Learn - Multiplication Rap
(1999) 25 minutes 

Kids of all ages love to perform along with D.J. Doc Roc and the Get Smart Crew. A separate music video for each group of facts through 12 holds interest and gets results. Positive lyrics encourage and motivate. Includes delayed answers the second time facts are presented. Grade level: 2-6

Rock 'N Learn - Multiplication Rock
(2000) 30 minutes 

Kids join in with these electrifying videos to develop quick, accurate recall for facts through 12. Positive lyrics, cool music, and colorful animation keep kids motivated. Delayed answers allow learners to check their progress. Grade level: 2-6

Rock 'N Learn - Phonics
(2000) 90 minutes 

Strong reading skills are essential in our rapidly changing world. Too often, inadequate phonics instruction may result in deficient reading and spelling skills. Rock �N Learn teaches short vowels, long vowels, blends, digraphs diphthongs, words with syllables, words that don�t follow the rules and much more. (2 video tapes) Grade level: PreK-1

Rock 'N Learn - Telling Time
(2001) 40 minutes 

In today's fast-paced world, kids need to know how to tell time quickly and accurately with both digital and traditional (analog) clocks. Now, it's a breeze with the help of Timothy Time, "The Clock that Rocks." Grade level: K-2

Schoolhouse Rock - America Rock
30 minutes 

Formerly titled "History Rock," this program contains catchy songs and sketches that make learning about history fun and easy. Includes "No More Kings," "The Shot Heard Round the World," "Fireworks," "I'm Just a Bill," "Elbow Room" and many more to illustrate American History in a lively and memorable way. Part of Schoolhouse Rock! Series. Grade level: K-6

Schoolhouse Rock - Grammar Rock
30 minutes 

Academy Award winner Cloris Leachman and a group of young friends share a lively half hour of catchy songs and sketches that make learning about words and sentences fun and easy. Contents include: "A Noun is a Person, Place or Thing," "Conjunction Junction" and many more fast-paced musical vignettes. Part of Schoolhouse Rock! Series. Grade level: K-6

Schoolhouse Rock - Money Rock
30 minutes 

The SchoolHouse Rock! gang presents a superb way for children to learn important lessons on the value of money. Witty animation and brand-new songs help demonstrate how to get and spend a weekly allowance, how to save and invest money, the history of our national debt, plus an easy-to-understand overview of why taxes must be paid. Part of the SchoolHouse Rock! Series. Grade level: K-6

Schoolhouse Rock - Multiplication Rock
30 minutes 

Multiplication is made fun and easy with this series of lively songs and sketches. Contains "Two Elementary," "My Dear," "Three is a Magic Number," "Four-legged Zoo," "Five, Ready or Not, Here I Come," "Figure Eight," "Naughty Number Nine," "My Hero Zero" and many more. Part of Schoolhouse Rock! Series. Grade level: K-6

Schoolhouse Rock - Science Rock
30 minutes 

Science is not so complicated when it's taught with catchy songs and sketches. Includes "Them Not-So-Dry Bones," "Telegraph Line," "Interplanet Janet" and many more. Part of Schoolhouse Rock! Series. Grade level: K-6

Science as Inquiry for Children
(2000) 23 minutes 

In this exciting program, two young students find themselves trapped in their science classroom after everyone has left for the day. They meet up with George Washington Carver, Benjamin Franklin, & Marie Curie. These prominent figures help the students explore the principles of investigation and help them learn how to use their observations to escape! Grade level: K-4

Science as Inquiry in Action
(2000) 23 minutes 

Attempting to create the ultimate science project, a frustrated student receives assistance from a group of knowledgeable scientists. Through engaging examples, viewers will learn how scientific evidence and explanation play important roles in scientific inquiry. Students will trace the path of scientific inquiry � guided by knowledge, observations, ideas and questions � as they combine scientific reasoning and critical thinking. Grade level: 5-8

Sesame Street: Learning About Numbers
(1986) 20 minutes 

The Count shows why he's the number one host when it comes to numbers. In a wacky way out look at counting, the count and his Sesame Street friends Big Bird, Ernie and Grover count their way from 1- 10 and beyond. Count on plenty of fun and learning, with a Street full of silly songs, hilarious comedy sketches and animation.">

Smart Kids: Phonics Video Tutor

Phonics Video Tutor is a total learning experience. This elementary phonics series teaches younger children key reading and phonics concepts including: alphabet review, numbers, sight words, and letter sounds. Familiar fables and classic children's literature�The methods and structure of this program will teach the early stages of reading without adult supervision. Music, songs and video combine with sound teaching methods to make learning to read fun! Children in early grades will develop and sharpen their reading skills and enhance their confidence. This program provides a bridge for young readers to grasp primary reading concepts, the Activity Book offers a variety of important reading related materials. Children will get a headstart in school. Every parent is their child's first teacher. Phonics Tutor helps prepare your child for a successful life of reading. It exceeds the National Education Standards for literacy, and a great introductory tool to reading development! Includes 2 videos and and activity book, for ages 3-5">

Sound It Out Land - Phonics 1
(2000) 20 minutes 

Turn your child's TV time into reading time! Sing-Along Sam and his friends teach your child to read through phonics as they travel on a musical journey. Phonics 1 helps children begin to sound out words on their own. Teaching content includes the letter sounds, short vowel sounds, and decoding three-letter words. Grade level: K-1

Sound It Out Land - Phonics 2
(2000) 20 minutes 

This video teaches beginning and ending consonant blend sounds (like ch and st), vowel blends (like ea and oo), sight words (like the and a), and how to read sentences. The five original songs, four reading games, and innovative animated words help children to learn the concepts of reading and quickly begin reading on their own. This video will help children begin to sound out words on their own. Covers letter sounds, vowel sounds and decoding 3 letter words.

Sound It Out Land - Phonics 3
(1999) 20 minutes 

This video includes five sing-along teaching songs and four learning games. The program covers Silent E/long vowels, reading multi-syllable long words, advanced vowel blends, and word families / rhyming endings.

Soy Tu Hijo - Listos para Aprender

Listos para Aprender (Ready to Learn) contains information for parents about the importance of communicating with a newborn; establishing reading routines; materials that prepare children for reading and writing; activities to spark children�s interest in learning; the importance of quality child care; and incorporating literacy into everyday activities.

Study Skills for Kids
(2003) 18 minutes 

Students will discover the skills they need to become confident and independent learners with the help of "Buddy, the Study Buddy." Entertaining and upbeat, "Buddy" shows kids how to get organized, read a textbook and develop an outline for writing reports. Students are sure to be encouraged and empowered after their visit from "Buddy, the Study Buddy." Grade level: 3-5.

Talking and Books
20 minutes 

Teaches how to use specific strategies to encourage children to talk while looking at picture books with an adult. Shows examples of interactions between young children and their parents, siblings, and grandparents. Includes training manual.

Talking and Play
20 minutes 

Teaches how to use the language facilitation strategies during play. Shows examples of interactions between young children and their parents, siblings, and grandparents. Includes training manual.

Teaching Beginning Readers and Writers
28 minutes 

This program visits two kindergarten classrooms and one first grade classroom to show how whole language techniques are used to teach beginning reading and writing. The program provides a detailed description of how the three basic "cueing systems" that children use to "decode" text are integrated into every classroom activity.

Telling Time with Blue
(2002) 30 minutes 

Blue has a big surprise planned for two o'clock! What could it be? Preschoolers will learn to count seconds, to distinguish between the minute and second hands, and to tell time. They'll also help Steve figure out the upcoming surprise by looking for Blue's Clues. Grade level: 1-3

Test Video

The Gifted Child
(2000) 24 minutes 

Gifted children are sometimes viewed as odd, different, challenging, rude, or even so bright as to be intimidating to parents and teachers. It is the goal of this video to help students gain a better understanding and insight into gifted children and some of the complex and controversial issues associated with identifying and educating gifted children.

The Magic School Bus - Butterflies
(1999) 30 minutes 

It's time for the big soccer game and the kids need a new mascot, fast! But when Phoebe suggests they call their team "The Butterflies," the others say no way. So it's off to the swamp in search of the mysterious creature Ms. Frizzle calls the Bog Beast! But when the port-a-shrinker zaps the kids to bug-size, they discover the bog's most truly exciting best, as they learn there's no surprise - like butterflies!

The Magic School Bus - Gets Planted
(2001) 30 minutes 

When Phoebe tries to grow a big vine for her school's production of Jack and the Beanstalk, all she ends up with is a stunted little sprout. To help out, Ms. Frizzle turns her into a real vine. But to grow tall Phoebe needs to figure out how plants eat - fast! To unearth the amazing ways plants make their own food, the Friz and the kids shrink down and dig deep in a quest to root out the facts!

The Magic School Bus - In a Beehive
(1999) 30 minutes 

It's a sticky situation when Tim's bike crashes while he's delivering jars of honey. Naturally, the Friz is ready to help out with a really sweet idea: shrink down and buzz off into the intriguing inner world of a beehive. Soon the kids are learning how nectar becomes honey, why bees are great dancers and other unbee-lievably fascinating bee-haviors.

The Magic School Bus - Makes a Rainbow
(2001) 30 minutes 

There's something dazzling in Ms. Frizzle's closet: a magical, light-powered pinball machine! To win at this game, the kids have to light up all six colors of the rainbow. Now the race is on, as the class shrinks down and zooms into the pinball machine. Catch an eye-full of fun as they try to crack the secret code of what makes color so - colorful!

The Magic School Bus - Out of This World
(1999) 30 minutes 

After Dorothy Ann sees an asteroid on a crash course toward their school, the class blasts into space. They discover comets and meteors - but will they be able to divert the asteroid and save the day?

The Magic School Bus - Spins a Web
(1999) 30 minutes 

Carlos and Phoebe can't decide if spiders are cool - or creepy. Then, the kids are all zapped into a drive-in movie about a giant preying mantis - with Liz playing the part of (yikes!) bug bait! As their quest to rescue Liz reveals the many ingenious hunting methods of spiders, the kids gain a new appreciation for the bug-trapping skills of nature's original web-masters.

Travelers: South America
51 minutes 

Viewers join the Travelers-- a lively group of young adults -- on a journey through South America where they participate in some of the continent's wildest celebrations. The journey enables viewers to consider their own familiar culture and traditions in a new light as centuries-old ceremonies and festivities are discovered. Viewers follow 2,000 galloping horses through dusty streets of Chile, dance the night away in Peru on the eve of the Christian celebration of Easter, witness a hair-raising adventure down the Amazon to the Boi Bumba festival on Brazil's Joy Island, and discover Paraguay's pelota tatas event-tossing wire balls wrapped in flaming cloth. From the Discovery Channel School series.

TV Smarts for Kids
(2000) 25 minutes 

TV Smarts for Kids shows children and teens how they can use their "TV Smarts" to ask important questions about what they see on TV. Use these videos to start a dialogue with kids about television, such as: What is the purpose of TV? How does TV affect our lives? How do you make TV a positive and educational experience?

Understanding Underachievers
(2000) 18 minutes 

Most children are inquisitive eager learners. They are just naturally curious. Why is it then that some intelligent children become underachievers in school? "Understanding Underachievers" explores some of the many complicated factors that may contribute to a bright child demonstrating a lack of interest in school and learning.">

Walkabout - Language Arts 3-5

Students will see how a variety of workers � a firefighter, paramedic, teacher's aide, bakery operations manager, and others � rely on skills they learned in language arts classes to perform well on the job. For example, they will see that successful firefighting requires clear oral communication among firefighters at the scene of an emergency. They also witness how the ability to accurately read maps and directions ensures a delivery driver's success.

Walkabout - Math 3-5

Students will see math skills used by workers in a ballpark, at a jewelry store, on a plumbing project, and at a printing company. Robin, a concessions manager, uses math to estimate the size of the crowd on game day and to calculate how much her vendors are paid. Quintin uses math to read blueprints and measure pipes. Kerry knows geometric shapes, which help her describe gems. James uses fractions and percentages to operate a printing press.

Walkabout - Science 3-5

A robotics technician, an ophthalmic specialist, a film developer, and a factory worker show how they use science skills in their work. Subjects covered in the video include the structure of the human eye and how it relates to a camera, electricity, and the similarities between a robotic arm and a human arm.

Weather for Children - Climate & Seasons
(2000) 23 minutes 

Why do seasons change? Why does it rain? What exactly is a cloud made of? These and many other basic weather questions are addressed. Lively footage and simple hands-on experiments will help demonstrate weather concepts in a way kids can understand and remember. Grade level: K-4

Weather for Children - Meteorology
(2000) 23 minutes 

Have you ever wondered how a weather forecaster knows what the weather will be like? In this video, students will see how meteorologists can predict the weather for the upcoming week and even a few months down the road through scientific deduction and high-tech equipment. Grade level: K-4

Weather for Children - Rain, Snow, Sleet & Hail
(2000) 23 minutes 

Precipitation comes in many different forms and is caused by a wide variety of forces. But what makes the sky open up? How is water changed into all of these different forms? Young students will find the answer to these questions and learn about the sky and storm clouds in this engaging program. Grade level: K-4

Weather for Children - Wind & Clouds
(2000) 23 minutes 

Cool breezes or mighty gusts, soft and fluffy, or dark and foreboding. . . wind and clouds are aspects of nature that fascinate us and can help meteorologists predict upcoming weather patterns. This video will take young students on a lively exploration of these everyday weather forms, where they�ll learn more about the various types of clouds and how the wind affects them. Grade level: K-4

Why do giraffes have long necks?
(2000) 23 minutes 

Kids have a lot of questions � especially when they�re learning about animals! In this fun program, some of the most common questions kids have about animals are answered, including why flamingos stand on one leg, why dogs wag their tails, and why giraffes have long necks. Grade level: PreK-2

Word Clue Adventure
(1995) 30 minutes 

An educational and entertaining program on phonics that provides interactive activities for children ages five to eight. Join Ashley and David and their friend Biblio Tech as they follow the secret map and discover five powerful word clues hidden in the library. Helps children develop solid language concepts while entertaining them with original sing along songs. Includes teacher's guide.

Word Pup Discovers Endings
(1998) 15 minutes 

Word Pup takes students on a hunt for "word clues." Through easy to memorize songs, appealing graphics and fun games, students will learn to form plurals in words that end with -s, -ch, -sh, and -x. They will also learn how to add -ing and -ed to verbs. In addition, students will be asked to think about the strategies that help them read and write better, such as looking and listening for patterns in words and using their visual memory when spelling. Grade level: K-3

Word Pup Discovers Middles
(1998) 15 minutes 

Word Pup takes students on a hunt for "word clues." Through easy to memorize songs, appealing graphics and fun games, students will learn the vowel combinations ai/ay; oa/ow; sight words that rhyme with night; and the long E using ea/ie/ee. Students will be asked to think about the strategies that help them read and write better; such as looking and listening for patterns in words and using their visual memory when spelling. Grade level: K-3

Word Pup Discovers Rhymes, Contractions and "R"
(1998) 15 minutes 

Word Pup takes students on a hunt for "word clues." Through easy to memorize songs, appealing graphics and fun games, students will learn the rhymes "ing" and "ink" with beginning blends, contractions and R affected words with ar/or. Students will also be asked to think about the strategies that help them read and write better, such as looking for patterns in words, using their visual memory and listening for differences. Grade level: K-3

WordPlay - Video A
(1993) 30 minutes 

This series consists of 5 brilliantly illustrated stories to give young children a better understanding of words and ideas that will help them associate vocabulary building with fun. Fundamental vocabulary words are woven into original stories and highlighted on screen while the context and illustrations enhance their meaning.. Grade level: PreK-4

WordPlay - Video B
(1993) 30 minutes 

This video consists of 2 brilliantly illustrated stories designed especially to increase your child�s listening, speaking, and reading vocabularies. The sentence-and-story context combines 50 study words with an illustration to convey the definition of each word. Grade level: PreK-4

You Can Succeed in School
(2004) 23 minutes 

This music-filled video workshop with its easy-to-learn tips for academic success demonstrates how to organize homework, manage time, develop their own best ways to study, and prepare for tests and quizzes. Accompanying worksheets provide opportunities for practice in each skill.

< Drugs and Alcohol | North Dakota State PIRC Library | Emotional Issues >