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Talespinners. Collection II: Jaime Lo, small and shy

Written by Lillian Chan, this film follows Jaime Lo, a shy Chinese-Canadian girl, who observes the world around her through her drawings. When Jaime's father is sent to Hong Kong for a year-long work assignment, Jaime must use her creativity to cope with his absence. This story offers us a lighthearted glimpse into a common dilemma that many immigrant families face, where one parent must work overseas in order to provide for the rest of the family back home. (2007 ; 8 min.)

Date/Year: 
2007
Grade Level: 
P-3
Subject Area/s: 
English Language Arts
Course: 
Stories on Film
Running Time : 
8 min.
Price: 1.62 CAD

Talespinners. Collection II: Maq and the Spirit of the Woods

Maq and the Spirit of the Woods is the story of Maq, a Mi'gmaq boy who realizes his potential with the help of inconspicuous mentors. When an elder in the community offers him a small piece of pipestone, Maq carves a little person out of it. Proud of his work, the boy wants to impress his grandfather and journeys through the woods to find him. Along the path Maq meets a curious traveller named Mi'gmwesu. Together they share stories, medicine, laughter and song. Maq begins to care less about making a good impression and more about sharing the knowledge and spirit he's found through his creation. It is only when Maq joins his grandfather that he understands who Mi'gmwesu really is. Maq and the Spirit of the Woods is adapted from stories told to artist Phyllis Grant when she was a child. Her father, Mi'gmaq folklorist Gilbert Sewell, reprises his role as storyteller in this animated tale about Creation and discovering resources within to help build self-confidence and strength. (2007 ; 9 min.)

Date/Year: 
2007
Grade Level: 
P-3
Subject Area/s: 
English Language Arts
Course: 
Stories on Film
Running Time : 
9 min.
Price: 1.62 CAD

Talespinners. Collection II: Mind Me Good Now

Childhood is a land we all share. But when Guyana, Trinidad, Mozambique and Canada pool their talents, the land is pure enchantment. Mind Me Good Now is an animated folktale about Tina and Dalby. When the two children disobey their mama, the consequences are almost tragic. However, Tina's resourcefulness and cunning outwit the wicked cacoya and send them running back into their mama's forgiving arms. Author Lynette Comissiong draws her tale from generations of Trinidadian storytellers. Their stories have built-in moral values to help guide the children. Mind Me Good Now, with its brilliant colours, Caribbean flavour and African score, serves up a useful lesson in bright wrappings - multicultural style. (2007 ; 9 min.)

Date/Year: 
2007
Grade Level: 
P-3
Subject Area/s: 
English Language Arts
Course: 
Stories on Film
Running Time : 
9 min.
Price: 1.62 CAD

Talespinners. Collection II: Oma's Quilt

Oma's Quilt is based in the book written by Paulette Bourgeois and is about love, life and change. Oma's home for half a lifetime is brimming with memories that warm her heart yet bring tears to her eyes. On this day, her house stands empty, all the fragments of her life packed neatly into boxes. Oma is moving from Maple Street, where she lived for most of her life, to a senior's residence where she doesn't know anyone. Watching these events unfold is granddaughter Emily, a young girl full of wide-eyed enthusiasm. She senses that her grandmother isn't sure she will like her new home. Wishing to help, Emily does something to ease the burden of such a momentous change in all their lives. (2007 ; 13 min.)

Date/Year: 
2007
Grade Level: 
P-3
Subject Area/s: 
English Language Arts
Course: 
Stories on Film
Running Time : 
13 min.
Price: 1.62 CAD

Talespinners. Collection II: The Girl Who Hated Books

Books are everywhere in Meena's house - in cupboards, drawers and even piled up the stairs! Her parents love to read but Meena never even opens a book! When her cat Max accidentally knocks down a huge stack of books, heroes, heroines and animals with attitude come to life and pandemonium reigns. Meena finds a unique solution to get the characters back in the books, and nothing, as they say, is the same after that. Based on the story by Manjusha Pawagi. (2007 ; 8 min.)

Date/Year: 
2007
Grade Level: 
P-3
Subject Area/s: 
English Language Arts
Course: 
Stories on Film
Running Time : 
8 min.
Price: 1.62 CAD

Talespinners. Collection II: Tzaritza

Lili misses her grandma, her Baba, who lives near the Black Sea. On the seashore, Lili once found a tzaritza, a magic shell that grants one wish. The little girl soon hatches a clever plan to bring her grandma to Montreal and make her father a happy man... Theodore Ushev combines warmth, humour, magic and reality as he explores Bulgaria through the eyes of a six-year-old girl. The lively, luminous images are complemented by the music of Normand Roger. A fantastic journey set in motion by a magic shell. (2007 ; 7 min.)

Date/Year: 
2007
Grade Level: 
P-3
Subject Area/s: 
English Language Arts
Course: 
Stories on Film
Running Time : 
7 min.
Price: 1.62 CAD

The Drawing

A young boy encounters critics' barbs early when his teacher and classmates ridicule his pencil sketch of a dinosaur. Staying true to his artistic temperament literally takes the 10-year old to society's fringes and makes his re-entry into playground politics an exercise in exile. Beautifully and starkly shot, this stylish drama deftly accesses the intense focus of a child's imagination. (2004 ; 20 min.)

Date/Year: 
2004
Grade Level: 
7-9
Subject Area/s: 
Anti-Bullying and Self Esteem
Running Time : 
20 min.
Price: 1.62 CAD

The Sweater

In this animated short, Roch Carrier recounts the most mortifying moment of his childhood. At a time when all his friends worshipped Maurice "Rocket" Richard and wore his number 9 Canadiens hockey jersey, he was mistakenly sent a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey from Eaton's. Unable to convince his mother to send it back, he must face his friends wearing the colours of the opposing team. This short film, based on the book The Hockey Sweater, is an NFB classic that appeals to hockey lovers of all ages. (1980 ; 11 min.)

Date/Year: 
1980
Grade Level: 
7-9
Subject Area/s: 
English Language Arts
Running Time : 
11 min.
Price: 1.62 CAD

This is Daniel Cook

This series features six-year old Daniel Cook. Inquisitive and intelligent, Daniel explores the world around him through his own candid questions which quickly disarm everyone he meets, resulting in a show that entertains as well as it teaches. Simple, pure, and honest, this is a series that allows children to view everything from Daniel's perspective, seeing what he sees and learning what he learns. Each episode consists of five six-minute segments. Episode 1: At the police station. At the fire station. At the market. Building a sidewalk. On a train. -- Episode 2: At a street festival. At the doctor. At the dentist. At the zoo. With the Earth Rangers (2004 ; 60 min.)

Date/Year: 
2004
Grade Level: 
P-3
Subject Area/s: 
Social Studies
Running Time : 
60 min.
Price: 3.24 CAD

Titanic Child

The sinking of Titanic is probably the most famous marine disaster in the world. Fifteen hundred people lost their lives when the majestic ocean liner struck an iceberg. One such person, an unknown baby boy, was buried in a Halifax graveyard and now, with advances in modern science, he has been identified. (Original Air Date: August 2, 2009)

Date/Year: 
2008-2009
Grade Level: 
7-9
10-12
Subject Area/s: 
Social Studies
Course: 
Atlantic Canada in the Global Community
Canadian History
Series / Other: 
Land and Sea
Running Time : 
23 min.
Price: 1.62 CAD

Understanding and Using Maps and Globes

This two-disc program is designed to present students with explanations of how maps and globes are used to represent key concepts about our planet. Disc one (19 min.) explores maps and disc two (23 min.) presents information about globes. Vocabulary includes terms such as scale, compass rose, cardinal directions, symbols, latitude, longitude, equator, hemisphere, oceans and continents. The segment covering globes also includes material about using charts, graphs, and tables. (1998 ; 42 min.)

Date/Year: 
1998
Grade Level: 
4-6
Subject Area/s: 
Social Studies
Running Time : 
42 min.
Price: 3.24 CAD

Weather on the Move (V2804)

This video program investigates some of the key elements responsible for weather formation. Different types of air masses and their origins are investigated, as are the formation of weather fronts. Specific weather phenomenon including tornados, hurricanes, and thunderstorms are illustrated in detail. Other important terminology includes: air mass characteristics, warm front, cold front, low pressure, storm surge, cumulonimbus clouds, and lightning.

Date/Year: 
2006
Grade Level: 
4-6
Subject Area/s: 
Science
Series / Other: 
The Teacher
September 2015
Running Time : 
14 min.
Price: 1.62 CAD

Weathering and Erosion (V2803)

This video program investigates some of the key elements responsible for weather formation. Different types of air masses and their origins are investigated, as are the formation of weather fronts. Specific weather phenomenon including tornados, hurricanes, and thunderstorms are illustrated in detail. Other important terminology includes: air mass characteristics, warm front, cold front, low pressure, storm surge, cumulonimbus clouds, and lightning.

Date/Year: 
2007
Grade Level: 
4-6
Subject Area/s: 
Science
Series / Other: 
The Teacher
September 2015
Running Time : 
15 min.
Price: 1.62 CAD

Weight of the World : Facing Obesity

It's been called the world's first man-made epidemic, and it's killing us. In this riveting documentary, Dr. Stephan Rossner of Stockholm, an expert on obesity, leads us through startling evidence of how our society has created this toxic environment. Cheaper production, supersized fast foods, and a $12 billion advertising industry are lethal when mixed with a car-dominated culture, urban sprawl and labour-saving technologies. Although North America is the epicentre of obesity, this disease is being exported worldwide as a by-product of western culture. Featuring lively animation and hard-hitting science, The Weight of the World reveals that obesity is not an individual problem, but one that requires changes in public policies and attitudes.

Date/Year: 
2004
Grade Level: 
10-12
Subject Area/s: 
Nutrition
Social Studies
Course: 
Consumer Studies
Food and Nutrition
Global Geography
Sociology 12
Running Time : 
51 min.
Price: 1.62 CAD

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