Favorite Winter Videos!

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word…. VIRUS?  

I used to think it was Bugbear, Blaster, Nimda… you know — all those pesky computer viruses that drive tech support staff crazy!   By the way… check out the CRSC for help with those nasty bugs!   

This time of year I tend to think of the FLU!   I was one of the lucky ones to get the OTHER type of VIRUS — the flu… early!  Flu_cdc

Pretty ugly… looks almost like an alien infection from some other world!!

Murphy’s Law is my best friend.   It had to hit me on the worst possible days – training days while working with New Berlin, Eau Claire and La Crosse Lincoln MS educators.   Nice of me to make sure they were exposed just before the holidays!

Lucky for them they could tap into a GREAT Discovery Channel School 4-star video program called "Body Story: the Flu" found at www.unitedstreaming.com   Thanks to one of my DEN members for sharing this video with me when I was "down and out!"  (he knows who he is!)

This is a great resource for all of us… even if we are not teaching a just in time lesson on avoiding the ravages of viral infections like the flu.  This great set of clips (grades 9-12) covers everything from transmission of viruses, cloning of the virus, how the immune system goes to work fighting the invasion, symptoms, T-cells, B-cells and more! Hey…it’s a great video to have your substitute share on the day you are spending lots of time at home in bed!  There’s even an excellent teacher’s guide (pdf format) which makes for a very quick lesson plan if you are getting those first signs of the flu!  Who says us teachers aren’t creative!    If you teach elementary or middle school level there are 6 more flu-related videos to check out so don’t feel left out! :-)

Do you have a favorite winter unitedstreaming video?  If you share your favorites via the comment section, your name is entered in this week’s new (and just now announced! :-) sneaky, aren’t I!) contest for WI DEN members and non-members alike –WIN a DEN USB flash drive!  (256MB)   Post your favorite’s unitedstreaming video program titles now and what’s so great about them or how you use them in your classroom!

Comments

  1. Brian Bartel

    Greatest Discoveries in Science with Bill Nye

    First of all, this is an extremely well-done (and RECENT!) set of videos for science curricula (covering a wide range of topics: Astonomy, Biology, Genetics, Medicine, Chemistry, Physics, Evolution and Earth Science), in which Bill Nye tackles the 100 biggest science discoveries. Each discipline can be parsed into segments for viewing (approx. 2-10 minutes each).

    These videos are great ‘teasers’ for students identifying topics for research projects. Students can view a clip that tweaks their interest, and obtain background information to start research. Then, the segments can be used throughout the year as they are curricularly relevant.

  2. Keith Schroeder

    I personally have liked “Leo the Late Bloomer” and have used it with my pre-k kids and had a great discussion surrounding the book.

  3. jgonyo

    Two favorite videos of mine are:

    1. The Body Snatchers – this is an entertaining look into the world of parasites. The photography is fantastic and our narrator, George Benz is a real character. You know its a good video within the first two minutes. It’s listed for grades 9-12 but my 8th graders loved it! 53 minutes

    2. Into the Volcano – this video takes you on a virtual tour inside an active volcano. The photography of Carsten Peter is amazing. The political pitfalls they run into are almost more dangerous than the volcano. Great for science or social studies. 17 minutes

  4. jgonyo

    A few favorite videos:

    1. The Body Snatchers – this is an entertaining look into the world of parasites. The photography is fantastic and our narrator, George Benz is a real character. You know its a good video within the first two minutes. Its listed for grades 9-12 but my 8th graders loved it! 53 minutes

    2. Into the Volcano – this video takes you on a virtual tour inside an active volcano. The photography of Carsten Peter is amazing. The political pitfalls that they run into are almost more dangerous than the volcano. Great for science or social studies. 17 minutes

  5. Lisa Risch

    I passed the Flu video on to our school nurse. She hadn’t thought that United Streaming would be helpful to her, but it shows the power this tool has to reach all staff members in my building!

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