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Study Jams! Mosses and Ferns

For Students 5th - 9th Standards
Mosses and ferns are some of the world's oldest types of plants. Here is a quality 10-slide presentation set to gentle background music for beginning botanists to view and enjoy. Accompanying captions explain that these are both...
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Study Jams! Biomes

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Do you know the difference between a biome and an ecosystem? Teach elementary ecologists exactly what a biome is with this captivating cartoon! It discusses six biomes: taiga, tundra, deciduous forest, desert, tropical rainforest, and...
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How Breathing Works

For Students 5th - 12th Standards
The ins and outs of breathing are explained in this fresh film. Simple and straightforward narration accompanies colorful animation to show how breathing is controlled and how it can be altered. This would not only be useful during a...
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Study Jams! Aquatic Ecosystems

For Students 5th - 9th Standards
Mia's friends are fish-sitting while she is away on vacation. Zoe divulges to Sam that different animals need different habitats, and that there are both freshwater and saltwater ecosystems. Examples of the kinds of organisms found in...
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Study Jams! The Circulatory System

For Students 5th - 10th Standards
The topic of this video is sure to get hearts pumping! Mia and Zoe just finish racing and discuss what is going on in the circulatory system. They expound on the capillaries, veins, arteries, the structure of the heart, and the...
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Study Jams! Heredity

For Students 6th - 9th Standards
Mia wishes her blue hair was inherited so that she wouldn't have to dye it, but Sam explains that eye color is. The video does not expound upon the concept of alleles. It does, however, describe inherited traits vs. learned behavior, and...
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Study Jams! Plants with Seeds

For Students 5th - 9th Standards
Are your blooms doomed? Not if you plant your seeds in the proper condition! Cartoon character teenagers explore seed-bearing plants, germination, and seed dispersal. They compare gymnosperms with cones, angiosperms with flowers. They...
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Study Jams! Angiosperms: Seeds in Fruit

For Students 6th - 10th Standards
Flowers are lovely, but they are also very practical if you are a plant! In this video, kids learn that without a flower, there would be no seeds. They also find out about the two types of seeds: monocots and dicots. Pollination and...
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Study Jams! Plant Adaptations

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Mia video chats with Sam from Hawaii! They talk about plant adaptations that allow them to live in particular environments. Examples include the flexible stems and leaves, or floating seeds and flowers of aquatic plants. The adaptive...
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Study Jams! Food Webs

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Rhinozilla is back to take your lesson plan on trophic levels a step higher! After showing the video on food chains (available through the See All Related Jams button), add to it by showing this one. It deals with omnivores and food...
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Study Jams! Photosynthesis

For Students 4th - 7th Standards
One friend explains to another that plants combine water and carbon dioxide with the energy of the sun to produce sugar and oxygen. She mentions the roles of the roots, chloroplasts, and stomata in an engaging video that reviews how...
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Study Jams! Flowers

For Students 5th - 9th Standards
RJ hangs out in Zoe's garden as she explains pollination, flower anatomy, and fertilization. This cartoon-styled feature is sure to stay in your botanists' minds! Follow it with the dissection of large flowers, such as the lily. 
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Study Jams! Gymnosperms: Seeds in Cones

For Students 5th - 9th Standards
Two very hip teenagers walk through the forest collecting evergreen cones. One teaches the other about gymnosperms: cycads, ginkoes, gnetophytes, and conifers. He tries to convince his friend how amazing cones are, while she defends...
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Gravity and the Human Body

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
How does the absence of gravity affect the human body? The skeletal system, circulatory system, and the sense of balance are all impacted. With a very casual tone, an astronaut explains the changes to these body systems and also an...
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Life of an Astronaut

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Veteran orbiter, Gerald P. Carr, relates his experience as an astronaut in this worthwhile video. He is never pictured, but creative animations support his personal narration. Include this little treat with your lesson on space...
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What on Earth is Spin?

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
If your head is spinning when you consider teaching the action of spinning, this video is sure to settle things. First, the motion is defined and described. The conservation of angular momentum, the Coriolis effect, and the air pressure...