News Stories Series
Real students report the news from on-location in each unique video. Examining such high-interest topics as Clothes, Games, Schools, Wildlife, Traditional Arts, and more, eight segments per tape explain what kids really want to know about these cultures. Offers countless opportunities for compare & contrast exercises and a springboard for studying customs and history. Grades 4-12. Leader's Guides.
$89 per tape ~ $825 for all eleven News Stories videos
Video Librarian calls the series "... chockfull of great social studies insights and geography facts, with an unmistakable student perspective. Definitely recommended."
Japan News Stories 26 min. Japan is a study in contrasts, with a history that reaches back thousands of years and a hi-tech industry that is one of the most competitive in the world. High school students from the U.S. report from Otaru, Kyoto, and Hiroshima.
Australia News Stories 26 min. Discover what makes this huge island continent unique. In a series of seven 3-minute news segments, students report on everything from native arts to the harsh Outback to its history as a British penal colony and current status as a surfer's paradise
Peru News Stories 28 min. The Inca temples of 15th century Peru have been compared with Egyptian pyramids for their masterful stonework and engineering. High School students report how this ingenuity lives on today from the capital city of Lima to the Amazon rainforest.
Russia News Stories 29 min. Capitalism has taken root in Russia, but will it blossom? Join nine high school students from the United States as they report a kids-eye-view of the daily life, the people and the challenges of Russian culture almost 15 years after the fall of communism.
"Professionally shot, well-edited....this unique program gives students an understanding of both the history and current struggles of Russia." — Booklist
China News Stories
23 min. Looking for an easy way to introduce students to Chinese culture? Shot and reported by kids on location in Chengde & Beijing, this video contains eight 3 minute segments, each exploring a different part of Chinese life
"easy to incorporate into any social studies or geography curriculum. Warmly recommended." – Video Librarian
Vietnam News Stories
25 min. The contemporary culture of Vietnam is influenced by a thousand years of history. Traveling in the midst of this ancient culture, American middle school students created eight 3-minute news segments on modern day Vietnam.
"…easy to integrate into classroom instruction…. A good introduction to a unit on Vietnam." – School Library Journal
Thailand News Stories
29 min. The growing stature of Southeast Asia is fueled, in part, by a growing Thailand. Its economy is one of the fastest-developing in the world, yet the Thai people still embrace fascinating age-old customs. Our student reporters go “on-location” to explore this East-meets-West dynamic in eight 3-minute, kid-made news segments.
Ghana News Stories
25 min. Ghana News Stories offers another fresh way to compare and contrast world cultures. American students report from Ghana, West Africa on everything from traditional customs to medicines to modern schools.
India News Stories (3 videotapes)
India, the world’s largest democracy, has many powerful stories to tell. Reported on location throughout India, each program consists of 6-minute news segments that take students into the streets, temples, and history of this important nation.
Volume 1 History – 15 min. – traces early trading economies starting with the Portuguese in 1600’s, through British colonialism, to present-day rural and urban life. Includes Gandhi’s leadership toward independence, the partitioning of Pakistan, and the ancient origins of Buddhism.
Volume 2 Customs – 14 min. – teaches students the caste system and its influence today, urban versus rural living, foods, farming, and “eating meals India style”.
Volume 3 Religion – 23 min. – teaches students about the practices, Gods, and ever-present nature of India’s dominant religion – Hinduism. Additional segments explore reincarnation beliefs, sacred burial rites, and the peaceful integration of minority religions.
US Geography: The Great American Odyssey Grades 3-6 ~ 24 min. ~ Leader's Guide
Geography is everywhere. It influences what you eat, the clothes you wear, how you work and what you do for fun. This introductory video to the Five Themes of Geography for grades 3-6 makes these connections and gives kids a strong foundation for classroom discussion and study.
Join Emma and Evan as they travel cross-country, videotaping places like the site of the Johnstown Flood, Crystal Caves in Kentucky, the Mississippi River, a Pony Express outpost in Nebraska, Hoover Dam in Nevada, and the Pacific Ocean in California.