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  • Painting of pilgrims and Indians celebrating Thanksgiving outdoors.

    More Learning At Thanksgiving

    Middle school and high school students will enjoy host Dave Stott’s retelling of the Pilgrims' decision to leave England and find a place free from religious persecution in Drive Thru History: The Pilgrims of New England. And they will learn new respect for the Pilgrims surviving the perilous Atlantic crossing and unimaginable hardships encountered in the new land in Desperate Crossing: The Untold Story Of The Mayflower.

  • Outer space view of earth with a red dotted line drawn through the center.

    It’s Fall! But Why Do We Have the Seasons?

    Elementary and middle school students can learn why we have season change and why we have day and night from the easy-to-understand animations in Earth's Rotation and Revolution. The rotation of Earth on its axis, and its revolution around the sun are the focus of this video. Colorful graphics illustrate the movement of our planet throughout the course of a year. Important terminology includes: axis, tilt, rotation, revolution, orbit, season, solstice, and equinox.

  • Hello, November. Country road with colorful fall trees.

    Your Brand New DCMP Titles for November

    If you’re fortunate enough to live in a climate where the seasons change, you get to watch the beautiful changes in nature’s colors! DCMP changes more often than the seasons, by continually adding new accessible media to our library collections. These brand new DCMP titles for November will bring color to your students’ learning!

    Our members and their students may view our media online or by DVD. And for free! Not a DCMP member? Register now, and use these new November videos along with thousands of others in our catalog.

  • A male and female wild turkey.

    Preparing Younger Students for the Day of Thanksgiving

    Your students will love these titles: Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message (Grades K – 4), Molly's Pilgrim (Grades 3 – 6), and Thanksgiving Shared: Native Americans And Pilgrims (Grades 1 – 6).

New Media Releases

  • Image from The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree

    The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree - 2013 - 18 minutes

    Working in the islands of the Caribbean, biologist Jonathan Losos has discovered the traits that enable dozens of anole species to adapt to different vertical niches in the forest. Differences in limb length, body shape, and toepad size allow different species to flourish on the ground. However, lizards living on thin branches or high in the canopy have different characteristics. These varied adaptations have played a key role in reproductive isolation and the formation of new species.

  • Image from Great Discoveries in Science: The Double Helix

    Great Discoveries in Science: The Double Helix - 2013 - 17 minutes

    James Watson and Francis Crick collected and interpreted key evidence to determine that DNA molecules take the shape of a twisted ladder—a double helix. The film presents the challenges, false starts, and eventual success of their bold chase. Watson relates what those early days in the Cavendish Laboratory were like, including his friendship with Crick and their shared ambition and passion. Rarely seen archival footage is combined with interviews with some of today’s leading scientists to bring this landmark discovery and all of its implications to life.

  • Image from The Making Of The Fittest: Got Lactase?  The Co-evolution of Genes and Culture

    The Making Of The Fittest: Got Lactase? The Co-evolution of Genes and Culture - 2013 - 15 minutes

    Human babies drink milk; it's the food especially provided for them by their mothers. Various cultures have also added the milk of other mammals to their diet, and adults think nothing of downing a glass of cows' milk. But worldwide, only a third of adults can actually digest lactose, the sugar in milk. Human geneticist Spencer Wells tracks down the genetic changes associated with the ability to digest lactose as adults. Combining genetics, chemistry, and anthropology, this story provides a compelling example of the co-evolution of human genes and human culture.

  • Image from The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory

    The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory - 2013 - 31 minutes

    British naturalists Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace both set out on epic adventures to study various species and their development. They gathered evidence on the variation among individual members of a species, the relationships among species, and the patterns of geographic distribution across many species. Based on such evidence, they independently came to the same revolutionary conclusions: species change over time by means of natural selection, and species descend from other species.

  • Image from The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch

    The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch - 2013 - 16 minutes

    Over the past four decades, evolutionary biologists Rosemary and Peter Grant have documented the evolution of the famous Galápagos finches. They track changes in body traits directly tied to survival, such as beak length, and identify behavioral characteristics that prevent different species from breeding with one another. Their pioneering studies have revealed clues as to how 13 distinct finch species arose from a single ancestral population that migrated from the mainland 2 million to 3 million years ago.

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