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Visiting Ellis Island, the port of entry for millions of immigrants who came to America with hopes and dreams for a better life, is a trip back into the past. LeVar explores the purpose of the island and then visits the Statue of Liberty where he climbs to the top to see how this important symbol is...
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A few very special walls help us remember the past. LeVar visits the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to find out about monuments. Maya Lin, the young architect who designed the Memorial, describes her vision and the process of creating this special place. Other momuments explored include Mount Rushmore -,...
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A treasure hunt is exciting and fun, and there are many kinds of treasures to discover. A hurricane off the coast of Florida in 1662 caused the Atocha, a Spanish galleon, to sink. This book describes the many-years-long search for the treasure believed to be on it. What could be left of a ship that...
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Squishy fun is jumping in the mud and creating figures from clay. LeVar discovers how artists worked with clay animation to bring this feature book to life. He finds out how the characters and the puddle are sculpted and painted, and helps with the painstaking process of filming the action frame by...
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Trees are vital to the existence of all living things, as they serve numerous practical and aesthetic functions. This feature book beautifully weaves together the important relationship among all living things, and primarily our dependence on trees to provide food, shelter and the air we breathe....
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Technology can help us learn more about people and cultures from the past...like ancient Egypt. This book describes the techniques and the reasons for the use of mummification in ancient Egypt.Just what is a mummy and where do mummies come from? At the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston we join LeVar to...
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Environmental responsibility is a lesson in many Reading Rainbow episodes. And Still the Turtle Watched is a story about a turtle carved in rock that watched ecological changes in sadness. LeVar takes students watching Reading Rainbow DVDs on a historical journay. In this episode, he takes them on a...
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Reading Rainbow episodes offered here are designed to add another layer of learning to the classroom experience. Educational DVDs can reinforce lessons and further exemplify concepts taught during teacher instruction. The story of Archibald Frisby explores the world around us and answers questions...
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How dinosaurs evolved, lived and disappeared over 65 million years ago are still intriguing scientists. This is a whale of a tale about a butcher who yearns to be a fish and turns into a salmon. It inspires LeVar to go on an exploration of exotic marine life, tide pools and dolphins while he...
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"There's a whole different world beneath the sea, especially where there's a living coral reef. This feature book describes the formation of coral reefs and the many plants and animals that live in and around these underwater communities. LeVar is inspired by the book to learn more about the world...
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Through letter writing, people can communicate with others no matter where they are. Based on a true story of the eruption of Paricutin Volcano in Mexico, a volcano is born in a poor farmer's corn field. At Volcano National Park in Hawaii, LeVar is only 2-000 feet from a major eruption of Kilauea...
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Everyone needs a home-a place to eat, sleep, take shelter, even raise a family. When Hermit Crab outgrows his old house, he ventures out to find a new one. Finding it becomes particularly humorous when that home is carried on the crab's back! LeVar builds a house for the flying friends in his...
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It's up to each of us to keep the ocean clean and free from pollution. Jack spends his days sailing the sea and taking in nets full of half-dead fish, ignoring the polluted condition of the water. He finds an ailing seal and receives a message from the sea itself about its sorry state. The feature...
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There is a cycle of seasons which has an impact on the weather, plants and animals. Baby animals spend the summer growing, playing and learning from their parents. No matter where you live, there is a cycle of seasons which impacts on the weather, plants and animals. In some locations it is extreme,...
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Everyone loves cars, whether imaginary or real. The Popsnorkles decide they need a new car and can't believe their eyes when they test drive the amazing Tooth-Gnasher Superflash. The car is a real hit when it has the ability to change its shape into several different animals. This book inspires...
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Weather affects all our lives; severe weather requires special precautions. A girl provides a lighthearted account of her family's adventure during the spring floods at her rural home. Floods are only one of the many types of severe weather described in this program. LeVar also talks about...
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Reading Rainbow episodes teach students the importance of their surroundings for a better appreciation for their environment. Reading Rainbow DVDs like Alejandro's Gift is no exception. In this episode, Alejandro learns the importance of water and how it impacts his environment. LeVar explains the...
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A rainy day offers opportunities to explore creative pastimes and to appreciate the wonder of weather. A cumulative rhyme relating how a young African boy brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain. LeVar talks about rainy day activities including an aerial chase of a thunderstorm and...
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Learning to respect and conserve our natural resources is the first important step toward enjoying their beauty and wealth. LeVar joins Smokey Bear for a trip to Maine, the legendary birthplace of Paul Bunyan, where he takes part in forest firefighter training. He also visits a reforestation area...
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