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What is Groundhog Day?
From watchmojo.com, produced by WatchMojo
Groundhog's Day is  celebrated in United States and Canada on February 2nd. In weather lore, if a groundhog, also known as a woodchuck, marmot or ground squirrel, emerges from its burrow on this day and fails to see its shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end. If the groundhog sees its shadow, it will return into its burrow, and the winter will continue for six more weeks. This video reviews the history of this day. (00:58) *There are ads that run on the side of the website.

 
Found by freealan in Groundhog Day
January 9, 2011 at 02:05 PM
 
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The Progressive Era
From YouTube, produced by mediarichlearning
Video discusses the Progressive Era in the United States. It was a period of reform which lasted from the1 890s to the 1920s.  The video discusses the presidents during this time period, the muckrakers, political reform, and amendments established.  This is a great video that gives a lot of information. (09:57)
 
Found by Barb in Progressive Era (overview)
November 18, 2009 at 10:22 PM
 
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Our World: Honeybees
From YouTube, produced by NASA
Join NASA scientists and beekeepers in a citizen science project to collect important data about climate change. Learn how honeybees pollinate over 130 crops in the United States each year and what NASA is doing to help study the decline in bee populations. (05:47)
 
Found by teresahopson in Honey Bees
June 28, 2010 at 09:13 PM
 
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Spanish Mission System
From hippocampus.org, produced by University of California
As the Spanish empire spread over the southern portion of the present-day United States, the mission system was developed to facilitate colonial expansion and to pacify the Indians. Catholic priests and friars ventured into remote areas to build missions where they worked side-by-side with the Indians planting crops, hunting game, and preaching Christianity. The missionaries also taught the Indians about Spanish culture, including language, arts and crafts, and politics.
Each mission typically included a chapel for religious services; housing for the Indians, missionaries, and guests; merchant shops; and storage buildings. Protective walls were constructed around the premises to guard against attacks. Outside the walls, the mission owned thousands of acres of land for farming or pasturing herds of cattle and sheep.
The mission system also included a presidio, or fort, to protect those associated with the mission from hostile Indians or European rivals.
 
Found by helpingnorth in The Spanish Influence
December 8, 2009 at 09:06 PM
 
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Thomas Jefferson
From YouTube, produced by Discovery Education
Discovery Education Video. Thomas Jefferson was one of the Founders of the United States of America. He wrote the Declaration of Independence. He was the Third President of the United States of America. He advanced America in many ways. He purchased the Louisiana area. He did many great things. This video takes a look at some of those things.
 
Found by Barb in 3rd Thomas Jefferson
August 10, 2009 at 05:34 AM
 
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Electromagnetic Spectrum
From YouTube, produced by US DOD
Overview of the uses of the electromagnetic spectrum in daily and military life. Many nations around the world, including the United States, are facing a challenge regarding the use of the electromagnetic spectrum. Wireless devices in our modern world work because of a powerful resource called the electromagnetic spectrum.  The spectrum includes radio waves, infrared, visible light, ultraviolet light, x-rays, gamma rays, and cosmic rays.  Countless examples are given of things in our world that rely on electromagnetic spectrum.  Run time 7:51
 
Found by etorgerson@d15.us in Electromagnetic
April 4, 2010 at 09:01 PM
 
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The Market Revolution: Crash Course US History #12
From YouTube
In which John Green teaches you about the Market Revolution. In the first half of the 19th century, the way people lived and worked in the United States. (14:11)
 
Found by shanonwhite in Social Studies
April 3, 2014 at 09:04 AM
 
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History of Labor Day
From history.com, produced by History Channel
This videos explains the origins of Labor Day, the American holiday which served to honor its workers. Learn how Americas unions came together to take the day off from work and march to celebrate the accomplishments of the working men and women in the United States and Canada. Should be shown every Labor Day as well as a unit of study on the impact of unions in history.
 
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September 6, 2010 at 06:41 PM
 
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American Experience - The Crash of 1929
From pbs.org, produced by PBS
The 1929 Stock Market Crash is well known as the most devastating crash in United States history. This video provides an extensive look at this historic event, which marked the beginning of the Great Depression. Based on eight years of continued prosperity, presidents and economists alike confidently had predicted that America would soon enter a time when there would be no more poverty, no more depressions -- a "New Era" when everyone could be rich. This professionally-made video from PBS is part of the series American Experience.  (54:21)
 
Found by begamatt in Great Depression
February 9, 2011 at 06:57 PM
 
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The Golden Door - Immigration Documentary, Part 1
From YouTube

Part 1 of 2.  Documentary on immigration to the United States in the late 19th century and early 20th century.  Video is hosted by a group of students.  In this video the narrator discusses the early immigration into the United States.  They also discusses why people left their home country, how people came to America, Ellis Island and what happened there, movement of people into the cities and how they lived, and they discuss the Jacob Riis who was an immigrant himself and became a police reporter for the New York Tribune.  Video shows some historical pictures and some students acting.  Video is of good quality and contains good information.  Video is appropriate for middle elementary and middle school students.  (08:56)

 
Found by Barb in U.S. Immigration
August 11, 2009 at 06:26 PM
 
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The New World
From havefunwithhistory.com
[NOTE:  Some of this information is outdated, but it is nonetheless useful to see how the information was presented 40 years ago.]  Europeans begin to travel to North America, "The New World," to claim its vast riches and establish colonies. Over time, Great Britain's influence on the eastern side of the continent grows to 13 colonies which would become the United States. Video production is old but information is good. Run time 29:00.
 
Found by begamatt in Early Explorers
September 8, 2010 at 07:48 PM
 
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U.S. Geography and Mapping Skills - Class Centers for Week of 8/9/10
From WatchKnow, produced by Kerry Matthews
Each week, Mrs. Matthews students participate in 6 centers that are related to the topic they are studying.  Each center lasts 15 minutes.  The teams rotate through all six centers by the end of the week.  This week the class is studying US Geography and mapping skills.   Centers for this week include:  several books on the topic, 4 United States puzzles, an online game from kidsgeo.com, an art activity to help remember the difference between latitude and longitude, a mapping activity applying latitude and longitude, and an online cartoon video. The students are also learning the song "Fifty Nifty United States" (another video that is found on Watchkknow.) Students will be tested on these skills at the end of the week. (02:07)
 
Found by begamatt in Mrs. Matthews - 5th grade
August 10, 2010 at 07:03 PM
 
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The Annexation of Texas
From hippocampus.org, produced by University of California
This video is accompanied by text. "When Mexico gained its independence from Spain, Texas was a sparsely settled frontier province bordering the United States. Texas, explored by the Spanish as early as the 1500s, was largely neglected in the centuries that followed. Only a few thousand Mexicans—known as Tejanos—lived in the province by the early 1820s, most of them clustered around the mission at San Antonio. The Mexican government encouraged Americans to emigrate to Texas in an effort to create a military buffer between marauding Indians and the more southern provinces. The Americans were required to give up their citizenship, convert to Roman Catholicism, and become Mexican citizens. In return, they were granted huge tracts of land in the region bordering Louisiana, along the Sabine, Colorado, and Brazos Rivers..."  (Professionally produced material with scholarly ideas and arguments.)
 
Found by helpingnorth in The Mexican-American War
December 26, 2009 at 09:19 PM
 
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The Lost Boys of Sudan: A Cultural Study
From nationalgeographic.com, produced by National Geographic
The Lost Boys of Sudan are a group of Dinka youth who fled civil war in their native country, spent a decade growing up in a Kenyan refugee camp, and were eventually resettled in the United States and faced many challenges while adapting to their new lives and trying to maintain their cultural identities. This five minute video shows insights into their experiences. Would be a good start for a discussion about some of the insights they provide.
 
Found by freealan in African Cultures
March 21, 2012 at 02:51 PM
 
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Post Civil War Industrial Expansion - 2nd Industrial Revolution in USA
From hippocampus.org, produced by University of California
This video is accompanied by text. "In the final decades of the nineteenth century, the United States experienced an industrial transformation. Over the course of approximately 30 years, America became an industrial and agricultural giant and the world’s greatest economic power. By 1894, the U.S. ranked first among the manufacturing nations of the world. Several factors contributed to this second American Industrial Revolution and the birth of modern America. An abundance of natural resources were discovered and exploited, creating new industries as well as opportunities for established industries to grow..." (Professionally produced material with scholarly ideas and arguments.)
 
Found by helpingnorth in U.S. Industrial Revolution
December 29, 2009 at 12:34 PM
 
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Vietnam War: History and Key Dates
From answers.com, produced by WatchMojo
This 5:53 minute video reviews the main causes and events in the Vietnam War,  the longest and one of the most unpopular wars in the history of the United States. Good insights are images are provided. Also shows the escalation of the war by the support of the United States. It does not mention the intervention by other countries. At best an overview.
 
Found by freealan in Vietnam War
July 24, 2011 at 01:58 PM
 
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Animaniacs - Presidents
From teachertube.com
This is a brief cartoon clip that shows the characters of Animaniacs singing a song to identify the United States Presidents in order.
 
Found by SRScott in So You Want to be President?, by J. St. George
November 22, 2010 at 10:26 PM
 
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The Great Depression
From veoh.com
This twenty-eight minute video provides a very complete look at the causes of effects of the Great Depression. The Great Depression started from 1929 and ended in the late 1930s to the late 1940s.  The Depression officially began on on October 29th, the event is now known as Black Tuesday, when the market took a huge tumble.
Unemployment rates rose to 25% in the United States.  Worldwide the
unemployment rate rose up to 33%. The video explains how greed and the ignorance of facts and government lack of action helped cause the event. Students need to know how the stock market works to understand this video as well as supply and demand.
 
Found by freealan in Great Depression
November 20, 2011 at 11:43 PM
 
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North To Alaska ~ Johnny Horton
From YouTube, produced by onetruemedia
This video tells the story of the Klondike Gold Rush. The Klondike Gold Rush was a frenzy of gold rush immigration to and gold prospecting in the Klondike near Dawson City in the Yukon Territory, Canada, after gold was discovered in the late 19th century. The gold rush remains an important event in the history of the city of Edmonton, which to this day celebrates Klondike Days, an annual summer fair with a Klondike gold rush theme. Among the many to take part in the gold rush was writer Jack London, whose books White Fang and The Call of the Wild were influenced by his northern experiences, and adventurer "Swiftwater" Bill Gates.  Video is good quality and has information for students studying this area of the United States. (03:06)
 
Found by Barb in Klondike Gold Rush
August 5, 2009 at 05:21 PM
 
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Weird US Plunges Into Bonne Terre Mine
From YouTube, produced by History Channel
From the History Channel (produced by KPI) in which they explore the strange subterranean world of a vast flooded lead mine. The Bonne Terre Mine was originally a lead mine, during the late 19th century. Now the mine is open for tours and is also known as a Scuba diving attraction. Video is good quality and has information for students studying these areas of the United States.  
 
Found by Barb in Missouri
August 7, 2009 at 04:11 PM
 
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The Jamestown Colony
From YouTube, produced by MITEHippoCampus
In spite of themselves, some of the first colonists in the United States survived many hardships. (04:59)
 
Found by teresahopson in Jamestown Settlement
March 14, 2010 at 12:58 PM
 
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Weird US-Seattle Underground Tour
From YouTube, produced by History Channel
In this video, the History Channel series tours the city BENEATH the city of Seattle, Washington. In this video they visit the Farmers Market, underground tour (history of the underground and tour) , and the history of Seattle. Video is good quality and has information for students studying this area of the United States.
 
Found by Barb in Washington
August 7, 2009 at 04:24 PM
 
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Uncle Sam - Who Was He?
From discovery.com, produced by DiscoveryNews
Uncle Sam is a national icon in the United States, but where did he come from? Was he a real person? This video tells the history of this figure and how it spread from Troy, New York. (02:00).
 
Found by freealan in American Symbols
September 25, 2010 at 11:30 PM
 
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Biography of George Washington for Kids: Meet the American President - FreeSchool
From YouTube, produced by FreeSchool
You probably know the George Washington was the first president of the United States of America, but there's a lot more to learn about this American President. (04:55)
 
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February 12, 2015 at 10:07 PM
 
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Faces of America
From YouTube, produced by History Channel
The United States is an immigrant nation full of diverse people. In this free nation a person can grow up to be anybody he or she want to be. In this video clip, prominent Americans talk about what makes America unique. (02:36)
 
Found by CourtneyMorrison in U.S. Immigration
February 21, 2012 at 03:24 PM
 
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