A Few of Our Favorite (Discovery) Things

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Welcome to a new series written by the Discovery Educator Network’s Blog and Social Media Team! In this series, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite Discovery Series and how we’re using them in classrooms.

This week, we’re looking more into animated versions of classic children’s stories  published by Weston Woods.  To find these videos, when you’re in your Discovery Ed account, click on Advanced Search.   Once there, select Publisher and scroll down until you find Weston Woods.

 

Finding Weston Woods

 

The great thing about Weston Woods videos is the variety of offerings–234 full videos (as well as some offered  in Spanish, French, Chinese and Japanese).   They very effectively support English/Language Arts (ELA) Common Core Standards and many have Teacher Guides to accompany them.

Some of my favorite movies:

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type

Johnny Appleseed

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears

Where the Wild Things Are

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?

Martin’s Big Words

Make Way for Ducklings

Chato’s Kitchen

Ralph S. Mouse

Arnie the Doughnut

Seven Candles for Kwanzaa

There are also some great videos that support history content. Among these:

And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?

Shhh, We’re Writing the Constitution

Where Do You Think You’re Going, Christopher Columbus

The Pilgrims of Plimouth

One of the things we love to do in my tech lab is to pause the videos, and make predictions about what might happen next.  We also like to project the videos on our Interactive White Board, pause the videos and then “annotate” (character traits, story elements, etc.)  However, the most popular use of these videos at my school is to integrate them into Builder Tools.  Kids can use these videos for retell, sequencing, inferring, writing prompts–the possibilities are endless!

So, spend some time checking out these great videos.  I promise you’ll find countless ways to support your curriculum.

Coming in two weeks (9/15/13)  Elaine Plybon will be sharing more information about the series “What Are the Odds”

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