FIVE LIONNI CLASSICS: 5- 5 min lessons, grades K-3: Classics are magically brought to life through the animation of Giulio Gianini. Can be programmed as a half-hour special or individually as five 5 minute films. Lessons included:
Fish is Fish
GATHER ROUND: 16- 15 lessons grades K-2: Introduces youngsters to the lively art of storytelling through fairytales, legends and folklore collected from around the world. The series presents classics as well as less frequently heard tales from Africa and Latin America. Lessons include:
GENTLE GIANT: 17- 15 min lessons, grades K-3: Each week the Gentle Giant welcomes his wee guests to his castle for the telling of tales and classic stories from around the world. The series is designed to explore other cultures and to develop listening skills. Lessons include:
GHOST WRITER: 6 Stories. The series features a group of New York City teenagers who solve mysteries with the help of an invisible ghost, who can communicate with the kids only by manipulating whatever text and letters he can find and using them to form words and sentences. Stories include:
Ghost Story: When Jamal inherits his sister’s computer, he discovers that someone- or something- is trying to communicate with him! Jamal and his friends soon learn that an invisible being, which they call Ghostwriter, is sending them messages that only they can see. When a string of baffling robberies strikes the neighborhood, Ghostwriter helps his new friends crack the robbers’ secret code and solve the crimes.
To Catch a Creep: Alex is running for class president, but his campaign is set back when malicious fliers revealing embarrassing secrets about him appear in school. The Ghostwriter team goes into high gear. They produce a video to improve Alex’s image and hatch a plan to smoke out the author of the smears.
Into the Comics: The Ghostwriter team enters a scavenger hunt sponsored by Cosmic Comics. The games turns serious when the kids receive threatening letters and discover that someone is trying to make sure that they won’t win the race. Can Ghostwriter and the team unmask the cheater in time?
Over a Barrel:A mysterious illness sweeps the neighborhood. The Ghostwriter team investigates and discovers that barrels of toxic waste buried in the community garden are to blame. Join Ghostwriter and his friends as they set off on a campaign to protect the neighborhood and track down an unscrupulous polluter.
Building Bridges: The school talent show is about to be cancelled because of vandalism. Suspicion falls on rising track star Victor Torres, a former street gang member. While the Ghostwriter team circulates petitions to save the talent show, Rob blunders into a perilous confrontation with the gang when he sets out to prove Victor’s innocence.
A Crime of Two Cities: What starts out as an easygoing vacation for Jamal and his family (and Ghostwriter!) in London turns deadly serious when Jamal accidentally stumbles on a kidnapping plot. A secret code, a children’s book series, and a newspaper advertisement offer critical clues in this spine-tingling mystery. Ghostwriter provides the trans-Atlantic link between Jamal in London and the team of super-sleuths in Brooklyn.
GRAMMAR FOR CHILDREN SERIES: 5- 23 min lessons, grades K-4: Using stories and letters submitted by children from across the country, editors of the magazine Wordwork attempt to solve the riddles of the English language by cracking the complex code of nouns, verbs, descriptive words & phrases, punctuation, and sentences. Lessons include:
Descriptive Words & Phrases
GRAMMAR ROCK (School House Rock Series)DVD & VHS: 30 min, grades 2-5: Charming memorable songs teach your students the basics of grammar. Some of the wonderful tunes include “Unpack your Adjectives”, “Conjunction Junction”, “Verb, That’s What’s Happening”, “A Noun is a Person, Place or Thing”, and “Busy Prepositions”.
GREATEST AMERICAN TALL TALES & LEGENDS DVD: This is an animated 10 part series that cleverly captures the humor and relevance of the folklore tradition. Throughout American history, people have written and told humorous stories of larger-than-life fictional and legendary heroes from across the country. Featuring exaggerated characters, embellished details, unique problems and challenges, and often outlandish solutions, tall tales and legends are constantly evolving as they are passed on from generation to generation. Lessons include:
Creating A Tall Tale
Regional Tall Tales
GREEK MYTHOLOGY FOR STUDENTS: 10- 23 min lessons, grades 4-8: An Animated video series that captures the wealth of compelling stories that the Ancient Greeks created to explain the mysteries and complexities of the world around them. These myths were embellished and changed by storytellers over time to include the legends of heroes, monsters and God that continue to fascinate and inspire us today. Lessons include:
Defying The Gods
Gods of Olympus
Jason & the Golden Fleece
Journeys of Odysseus
Labors of Heracles
Perseus & Medusa
Theseus & The Minotaur
The Trojan War
HOBOKEN CHICKEN EMERGENCY: 60 min, grades K-5: When the Bobowicz family asked their son Arthur to pick up a turkey for Thanksgiving, they weren’t expecting him to bring home a 266 pound live chicken named Henrietta!
HOME AT LAST: 60 min, grades 4-8: Billy, s streetwise kid from New York City, is sent to Nebraska and is taken in by a Swedish farm family. Initially fearful and resentful, Billy doesn’t fit in and he clashes with his new family and adoptive father. Not until a terrible crisis occurs does Billy realize that for the first time in his life, he truly belongs and is “Home At Last”.
I-LAND TREASURE: 15- 15min lessons, grade K: The programs give children practice in listening for sounds, listening for the placement of sounds, and in imitating sounds. An extensive set of suggested classroom activities is available for use with the series and is included with the teachers guide. Lessons include:
Listening, Discrimination, Association, Memory, Description, Part II
Listening, Discrimination, Association, Memory, Description, Part III
JOHN HENRY: 20 min, grades K-4: By Julius Lester, this story tells of the legendary contest to the death between a spirited man with a hammer and a steam drill to build a tunnel through the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia.
JOHNNY APPLESEED: 18 min, grades K-5: John Chapman was his real name, but almost everyone remembers him by his legendary name- Johnny Appleseed- the man who sprinkled apple seeds & planted trees all across the Midwest. His legacy remains strong today- not only for his botanical achievements, but also for the stories that he shared with children, presented here at their very best in verse & art. Narrated by Mary McDonnell with music by Randy Scuggs.
JOHNNY TREMAIN: 80 min, grade 8: An introduction of the people, events and origins of the Revolutionary War. This tape is to accompany the book read in Middle School.
KING SOLOMON’S MINES: 50 min, grades 3-7: Adventure and excitement as an unlikely trio land a safari into darkest Africa in search of ancient treasure-filled diamond mines. The H. Rider Haggard classic in animation.
LAND IN LITERATURE: 31- 15 min lessons, grade 3: The title has two meanings. “Land” refers to the many different, unusual settings in the features books, and “Land in Literature” is an invitation to students to immerse themselves in books. Lessons include:
Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day
Learn to Read at the Storybook Factory:DVD; Ages 3-6; 35 min: When Mr. Websley builds a Storybook Factory to create talking storybooks, Leap, Lily and their friends act out “The Three Little Pigs”, while professor Quigley captures the scenes and words for the book! As narrator, Tad learns chunking and inflection and gains reading confidence. Children develop confidence along with him, reading highlighted text that appears during the scenes. Join this magical adventure and build a lifelong love of reading! Ready for school skills: love of reading, chunking, matching written and spoken words, punctuation, story comprehension, understanding character and plot.
Talking Words Factory:DVD; 35 min, ages 3-6: Leap, Lily and Tad journey to the word factory where the Word Whammer, Sticky-Ick-O-Rama and more amazing machines take letters and make them into words. Humorous rhyming songs and an out-of-control word machine add to the fun.
Talking Words Factory Part 2: Code Word Caper:DVD; ages 3-6, 30 min: when Mr. Websley is accidentally silenced by the Silent E Machine, Leap, Lily and Tad must journey throughout the Complex Word Complex to solve the code needed to return his voice. Guided only by the “Absent Professor Device” the kids learn how to build the complex words needed to solve the code and save the day. Humorous songs add to the fun and help teach the rules for advanced word building. Teaches silent E, long vowel sounds, consonant blends, vowel blends, word building.
Math Circus:DVD; 3-6 years, 35 min: Step right up to the Math Circus! Watch the Wuidget Family and the Subtractobats perform high-flying feats of mathematics! In this astounding story, Leap, Lily, Tad and wacky Professor Quigley train numbers to count, add and subtract in a series of amazing circus acts. Numbers and Quidgets fly from trampolines, trapezes and cannons as they teach early mathematical concepts. As with all LeapFrog DVDs, humorous songs add to the fun and help reinforce educational concepts.
Math Adventure to the Moon:DVD; ages 3-6 years, 36 min: Tad and Lily need the perfect collection of things to take to school for their math assignment. When they finally decide on moon rocks, there’s just one problem-how will they get them? With some magical help from their firefly friend, Edison, they board a rocket ship to start their quest. Soon the twins learn that math is everywhere, even in outer space! Watch as they use their skills in counting, sorting, skip counting and recognizing patterns to overcome obstacles, find new friends and make the trip back to Earth!
A Tad of Christmas Cheer:DVD; 48 min: It’s Christmas Eve and everyone in the Frog Family is busy getting ready to celebrate the holidays and the arrival of a new baby! Tad is more excited than anyone, but all of the attention is being given to the new arrival. Then a “magical fairy god-bug” arrives and takes Tad on a journey through a world in which he never existed. Tad gains a new appreciation and love for everyone in his family. But will he make it home in time for Christmas? Encourages empathy, self awareness, self confidence and responsibility.
Letter Factory: DVD & VHS; 35 min: LeapFrog characters spring to life in this engaging and educational video. Popular LeapFrog characters, Leap, Lily and Tad go on a wild adventure to the Letter Factory. Led by wacky Professor Quigley, Tad joins Js jumping on trampolines and Ks practicing karate kicks as new letters learn their sounds. Fun songs will have kids singing letter sounds in no time.
Let’s Go to School:DVD; ages 3-6 years, 35 min: School starts tomorrow, and Tad and Lily are nervous! Join Tad, Lily and their magical firefly Edison as he gives them a tour of the classroom and shows them that the classroom is more nervous than they are! As the twins reassure the blocks, globe, clock and more talking “teachers”, they learn the key lessons about phonics, counting, days of the week and animals.
LEARNING TO READ WITH READ-ALEE-DEED-ALEE: 16- 15 min lessons, grades K-1: An early reading series designed to introduce young children to the alphabet and to related sounds and rhyming patterns that unlock words and the meaning of words. The programs will enable students to recognize and use the letters and sounds of the alphabet, identify a set of basic sound-spelling patterns, appreciate that written language is made up of these patterns, use the patterns to unlock words and participate in written language, and understand the power of the fluent use of written language. Lessons include:
THE LEGEND OF THE BLUEBONNET: 20 min, grades K-5: Based on the book by Tomie dePaola. A live action program about a girl who gives away what is most important to her so that others can eat.
THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW: 49 min, grades K-8: When the bumbling schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane falls in love with the wealthy Katrina, rival suitor Brom Bomes frightens the superstitious Ichabod with a spirited tale about “The Headless Horseman”.
LETTER TV SERIES: 51- 5 min lessons, grades K-1: Build skills and excitement for reading with this witty new series for emergent readers! Letter TV is a collection of five minute programs that build basic phonemic elements and models reading in context. Visit the Letter TV web site at www.lettertv.net for free access to the teacher’s guide, standards correlations, and on-line learning activities for kids. Lessons include:
Homophones, Part I
Homophones, Part II
When two vowels go walking part 1
When two vowels go walking part 2
Vowels at the end
Diphthongs, Part 1
Diphthongs, Part 2
Long & Short
Alternate sounds of A
LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI: 115 min, grades 7-12: The glorious, golden days of riverboats in the 1850’s come to life in this tale based on Twain’s own experiences before the Civil War. Robert Lansing as veteran riverboat pilot Horace Bixby of the Paul Jones who gave young Sam the chance of a lifetime when he takes him on as an apprentice. But the apprenticeship is an arduous one: Sam faces several emotionally charged, life or death tests that pit him against the unpredictable river and his own untested emotions.
THE LIGHT IN THE FOREST: 92 min, grades 6-8: The year is 1764 when a peace treaty between the Delaware Indians and the British requires that all white captives be returned to their people. Johnny Butler kidnapped by the tribe when he was a child and renamed True Son is forced against his will to return to his white family in Pennsylvania. His escort, frontiersman Del Hardy and Shenandoah, a beautiful servant girl try to help the boy adjust to his new way of life. But the white man’s injustice and cruelty drive him back to the Delawares where even greater dangers await him!
THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD: 11min: This delightful animated film is based on the children’s classic which tells of the little engine that pulled a train load of toys to the children on the other side of the mountain. Teaches that there are many things anyone can do if people only say “I think I can!”
MADELINE: 7 min: Irrepressible Madeline, creation of humorist-illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans, embarks on another adventure. The little French girl makes a triumphant trip to the hospital to have her appendix removed and manages to arouse the envy of all her classmates.
THE MIRACLE WORKER: 107 min, grades 6-12: Annie Sullivan, a determined teacher, helps the blind, deaf and mute Helen Keller overcome her seemingly insurmountable disabilities. The drama of their struggle and relationship can be used to stimulate discussion on the needs of the handicapped, perseverance, caring, education and the nature of human communication.
MOLLY’S PILGRIM: 24 min, grades K-4: This program is based upon the book by Barbara Cohen. Molly, a young Russian-Jewish emigrant, learns about the first Thanksgiving while teaching her classmates about modern day pilgrims.
THE NIGHTENGALE: 16 min: This enchanting new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story of the Emperor who finds a treasure in his own garden, the nightingale, whose sweet music brings him joy. He replaces it with a jewel-encrusted mechanical bird.
OLD YELLER: DVD: 84 min: Walt Disney’s first and quintessential film about a boy’s love for his dog is now an American original as much as it is a Disney classic. No film better portrays the powerful emotions of hope, courage and friendship. When his younger brother adopts a frisky lop-eared stray, 15 year old Travis (Tommy Kirk), acting “man-of-the-house” tries to shoo him away. But Old Yeller soon proves he is anything but “yellow” when he protects the family farm and saves Travis’ life. From its charming simplicity to its gripping conclusion, the drama, humor and heart of Old Yeller belong in everyone’s collection. Also on the DVD is Savage Sam.
ONCE UPON A TIME: DVD & VHS, 33- 15 min, grade K. While developing reading skills, this series brings to the child some of the best examples of creative writing.