Movies to Get Brains Moving Linky

Using video clips in the classroom can really bring things to life for kids, especially history. I'm joining up with Brenda at Primary Inspired for

Last week, during our study of Martin Luther King, Jr., the topic of Ruby Bridges came up. I found a wonderful little clip about her told from Ruby herself.  You can find it here on Discovery Education. You will need to create a free account if you don't already have one and search Ruby Bridges. This site has fantastic videos right at your finger tips. It is my go to site when I'm looking for something on the spot. I also like it because the videos are broken down into short clips. I don't always want to show a lengthy video. I was also able to show my class a clip of MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech. Powerful stuff when you can SHOW what you are teaching. Another favorite I find there is Reading Rainbow. My students have not seen these classics with LeVar Burton and I always find them so educational. My students present book commercials and I always show the book reviews at the end of Reading Rainbow episodes as good examples.

Another site I just love is BrainPop.
Now here you do need to pay for a yearly subscription. Thankfully, my school pays for us to have it. The BEST part about it is the kids have access to it at home. I have used this site for homework. I will choose 3-4 videos that compliment a topic we are studying, usually in science or social studies. The students choose one they want to watch at home. After the video they take the quiz and email me the results. Very easy. I do make sure at the start of the year that all students have access to the internet and I do give several days to do this homework. They love it and the scores come right to my email.

Of course, classic DVDs like Schoolhouse Rock NEVER go out of style!
This set has all of the songs and the kids have a lot of fun with them, especially because it's new to them. I love using the American history songs for social studies.

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  1. Love brainpop and Schoolhouse Rock!! Thanks for linking up!

    Primary Inspired

  2. My kiddos know the Reading Rainbow song by heart! I love how Levar not only reads them the story, but then gives them some real-life connections to the subject!


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