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    New DCMP Titles for May

    Brand new titles include: 1) It's A Dog's Day, which will be enjoyed by younger students as they view the Palo Alto Humane Society using puppets and circus art to tell the story of a compassionate and caring community that rides to the rescue of a sad and lonely dog; 2) the America's National Monuments: The Geologic West series, which takes viewers on a journey to eleven spectacular national monuments throughout America’s Pacific Northwest; 3) the Great African American Authors eight-part series, which brings to light the accomplishments of over 40 brilliant writers, who against all odds wrote great novels, plays, and poetry; and 4) the Science Video Vocab (Spanish), which contains over 100 clips, 3-8 minutes in length, dynamically defining and exploring science terms.

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    Saluting Our Military

    A search of DCMP’s collection of World War II titles will help students understand the European Theater, as you prepare to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) on May 8th. Or titles such as Willa Brown: An American Aviator, Dogfights: Tuskegee Airmen, or War Code: Navajo pay tribute to the men and women who serve in the United States’ armed forces (celebrated on May 16th). Finally, Memorial Day is May 25th, and these accessible titles (PDF) will help students reflect upon the ultimate sacrifice of the men and women who gave it all for their country.

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    Honoring Mom and Learning Life’s Lessons

    Mother’s Day is the perfect time to introduce great books and important life lessons to young readers: 1) Only a mother could love the ugliest of ducklings, as Hans Christian Anderson told us; 2) Goldilocks reminds us what can happen when we disobey mother’s instructions; 3) Leo’s mother, in Robert Kraus’s book, knows there is really nothing wrong with him when he lags behind in reading, writing, talking, and other skills--his is just a late bloomer; and 4) Gary Soto’s book features a Hispanic girl who helps her mother in the kitchen, but also learns why it's better to tell the truth than to panic and try to cover up a problem.

New Media Releases

  • Image from Huffing: The Latest Facts About Inhalant Abuse

    Huffing: The Latest Facts About Inhalant Abuse - 2007 - 21 minutes

    Teens share unforgettable real stories of their abuse of inhalants, and two families, who lost children to inhalant abuse, share their tragedy of losing a loved one. One of the fathers is an Ohio police officer whose son died after a brief experiment with inhalants. One of the recovering teens recounts a first-hand tale of huffing inhalants that quickly lead to other types of drug abuse. In between the real stories, a group of teens talk directly to viewers addressing the addictive nature of inhalants and clearly outlining the damage these toxic chemicals cause to the brain, heart and lungs.

  • Image from Making the Most of Middle School

    Making the Most of Middle School - 2014 - 20 minutes

    This documentary-style program challenges middle school students to start thinking about their academic futures. It asks the question, “What do I need to do today to build a strong foundation for success in high school?” A bright academic future depends on organization and study skills, setting goals, optimizing resources, recognizing opportunities and avoiding negative behaviors. Six highly successful high school students share their personal stories and model how to make the most of middle school.

  • Image from Nutrition Myths and Facts

    Nutrition Myths and Facts - - 24 minutes

    Today's teens are bombarded with confusing messages about nutrition. This program debunks the top ten nutrition myths and offers solid facts. By using a mix of real kid interviews, humorous fake commercials, and interviews with registered dietitians in an actual food lab, viewers learn the truth about food, health, and good nutrition.

  • Image from Five Essential Habits of Healthy Teens

    Five Essential Habits of Healthy Teens - - 18 minutes

    All teens will benefit from learning these five “essential habits” based on recent wellness studies from top-ranking universities. Viewers follow Dr. Mohr, a Registered Dietitian and Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, as he explores the five essential habits that promote health: eating a nutritious diet, starting each day with breakfast, exercising daily, getting enough sleep and staying drug-free. Filled with helpful hints, easy recipes and lots of encouragement, this program will motivate students and set the foundation for life-long good health.

  • Image from When You Feel Left Out

    When You Feel Left Out - 2013 - 20 minutes

    All kids feel hurt when they are ignored or excluded whether at home, at school, on the sports field, or within a group. Students learn specific skills to use when they feel left out, how to express their emotions using "I" statements, and how to take positive actions to help them feel better.

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