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  • A specimen of a wild cat. Caption: It's a sculpted animal that the skin is then glued to.

    Host Trace Dominguez learns about taxidermy and how museums ensure specimens in collections are preserved. He interviews a taxidermist, and she discusses some of the techniques and procedures used to ensure that the specimen will not decay and remain as realistic as possible.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Coral in the water. Spanish captions.

    Live-action footage conveys basic features of the major invertebrate groups. Special attention is paid to the body structure and physical features of simple animals. Other terminology includes backbone, sponge, sea anemone, radial symmetry, planaria, earthworm, bilateral symmetry, exoskeleton, segmented body, and jointed appendages.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • A large brown bear walking on all fours. Caption: They are bigger than just about any bear

    What do chimpanzees, Kodiak bears, and elephants eat? How do they get their food? Three children explore the similarities and differences between themselves and animals and the foods they eat. Shows closeups of animals eating and drinking, but focuses on chimps, bears, and elephants. Covers other characteristics of these three animals in addition to what they eat.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Honeycomb covered in bees. Caption: As soon as the forager bee returns to its hive,

    How do biologists answer questions and solve problems? Within the context of answering this question, data collection, recording, and analysis are overviewed. Examines two animal behaviors: feeding and communication. Illustrates the different behaviors of lions, alligators, and chimpanzees, and then highlights the "waggle dance" used by bees. Supports the learning of these concepts in tandem with the textbooks also offered by the publisher.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Penguin chick perched on the feet of an adult penguin. Caption: Adults walk with newborns on their feet and under blubber

    Their waddle has made them famous. These flightless marine birds have adapted well to the ice, snow, and frigid waters. Emperor penguins are the largest of all penguins, and they have several adaptations, which help them survive in cold environments.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Two adult birds with one chick who is flapping and demanding attention from an adult. Foliage in the background. Caption: The ibis lays its eggs here each year.

    Observes the animals that make the Nile River their home, such as the baboon, spoonbill, crocodile, hippopotamus, African buffalo, elephant, cheetah, giraffe, lion, vulture, and ibis. Explores what they eat, where they find shelter, and how they live and play. Explains that they can only be found in remote places that are safe, where there is little contact with people, and where they can find food.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • A puppy running across a lawn. Caption: They want to run in the grass.

    A teddy bear and toy bunny serve as guides on a trip to a farm. They see and comment on a variety of baby farm animals: piglets, kittens, rabbits, calves, puppies, colts, ducklings, chicks, lambs, fawns, and kids. They also see a beekeeper fumigating a beehive with smoke in order to harvest the honey.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • A roughly tear-drop shaped object with a thin outer layer, a wider middle layer, and a central space. Caption: A gastrula is an embryo made of three cell layers.

    This video outlines the complementary nature between structure and function. Students will observe specific animals that have structures geared towards a particular function. Topics covered include the structures and processes animals use involved in breathing, eating, passing waste, and moving. Part of the "Biology" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • The head of a horse wearing a bridle, hooked to a tether secured to a post. The horse is leaning down to eat hay. Caption: These are all examples of different kinds of animals.

    Explores the fascinating features of the animal kingdom. The taxonomy of the different invertebrate and vertebrate phyla are the focus of the program, with special emphasis placed on the evolutionary relationships of the various phyla. Each of the major phyla are discussed, going from simple to more complex organisms. Other terminology includes: sponges, cnidarians, flatworms, roundworms, segmented worms, mollusks, arthropods, echinoderms, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Close up of a silver fish. Caption:  - Ectotherms meaning their body temperature goes up and down

    There are millions of different types of animals on Earth, ranging from simple animals, such as sponges and worms, to more complex animals. Students focus on complex animals, specifically the major vertebrate groups: fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Specific examples of vertebrates are shown to illustrate the different characteristics of complex animals. Important terminology includes: vertebrae, backbone, gills, ectoderm, fins, metamorphosis, eggs, scales, feathers, and endotherm.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Lion running with prey in the background. Spanish captions.

    Lorena Gómez visits the Museum of La Salle University and takes a tour with Cristian, an expert on biodiversity. The tour highlights the fastest animals and insects in the world. Students learn about the fastest insect, the Australian tiger beetle, and the cheetah, the fastest animal on the planet.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Illustration of a small rodent-like mammal with a leaf in its hands. Spanish captions.

    Explore the vastly different ecosystems of the rainforest and the jungle. This video discusses the diversity of their vegetation, animals, and insects. From the Kool Books series narrated by Hector Bonilla.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Close up of small, black insects on foliage with holes eaten out of it. A human finger is touching the edge of the leaf and is giant in comparison to the insects. Caption: They're tiny in size but have a huge appetite.

    The garden gets many visitors from insects and animals. Gardeners work hard to keep destructive pests out of the garden, but they also welcome animals that are helpful to the plants in the garden. Part of the "Four Seasons in the Garden" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Close up of a brown and white bunny in a cage. Caption: has been carried out on nonhuman animals.

    Animals have contributed to scientific advancements, but how ethical is it to use them in research? Viewers explore the legal and ethical issues concerning the use of animals in research. Part of the "Core Concepts in Psychology" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Cartoon of a white whale swimming in the water. Caption: How on earth did you guess?

    In each episode, viewers are given clues about a hidden animal inside a magic box. This episode is all about animals that swim. Highlighted animals include: a whale, a crocodile, a dolphin, a frog, a sea horse, a jelly fish, a penguin, a gold fish, a shark, and a turtle. Part of the "Zoobabu" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Cartoon of a camel in the desert. Caption: I travel across the desert.

    In each episode, viewers are given clues about a hidden animal inside a magic box. This episode is all about four-legged animals. Animals highlighted include: a deer, a camel, a dog, a horse, a pig, an elephant, a llama, a sheep, a rhinoceros, and a zebra. Part of the "Zoobabu" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • White fish with black spots and yellow and black fins swims near the ocean floor. Caption: It can be found in the Pacific and Indian oceans.

    The blackspotted puffer fish lives in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. To scare away predators, it puffs its body up like a balloon. However, this fish is poisonous, so it's not safe to eat. Now, that's one weird animal. Part of the "Weird Animal" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Face of a brownish-green animal peeks out of a hollow rock. Caption: I think we can all agree that's one weird animal.

    This giant moray eel likes to hide among reefs and can grow as long as 13 feet. It has a second set of jaws in its throat that grabs prey and drags it into its mouth. Now that's one weird animal. Part of the "Weird Animal" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Roughly diamond shaped animal with fins in the front swims underwater. Manta Ray. Caption: They're the largest ray in the ocean,

    The manta ray is the largest ray in the ocean. They have have cephalic lobes, or flaps, which help the manta funnel food into its mouth. These animals can even leap out of the water. Now that's one weird animal. Part of the "Weird Animal" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Tubular spiny animal in various colors. Caption: There are thousands of different species.

    Sea cucumbers scavenge tiny pieces of food on the ocean floor, and they come in all different sizes. Some species are as small as coins, and others can grow to the size of a person. However, this weird animal does not have a brain. Part of the "Weird Animal" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

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    Resources to teach younger students about animals

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