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  • A young boy playing baseball slides to the base with his face in the dirt and his feet flying up behind him.

    Parents: Avoid Your Child’s Summertime Learning Loss

    The Summer Slide is not a new attraction at the water park; it’s a term to describe the documented slip in children’s academic skills over the summer months. The good news? Studies also show that parents can help their kids keep this slide to a minimum during this time by engaging them in activities to promote learning.

    This engagement of children, according to the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), can also lead to higher graduation rates, teach them new skills, allow them to develop previously unseen talents, and foster their creative potential. DCMP helps parents develop opportunities for education and enrichment through interesting video experiences. For example, summer reading is one of the best antidotes to the summer slide. But also check out all the wonderful new titles in different subject areas that DCMP has to offer you over the summer!

  • In a rectangle is the word New, along with icons for described (a D in a word balloon), and captioned (a white C in a black rectangle).

    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.

New Media Releases

  • Image from Living with Genetic Disorders

    Living with Genetic Disorders - 2013 - 19 minutes

    Four young adults with genetic disorders describe their personal struggles and triumphs and how cystic fibrosis, sickle cell, hemophilia, and Huntington's disease have changed their lives and their outlook on life. The video provides students with the basic biological facts necessary to understand how genes work and how genetic disorders are transmitted from one generation to the next. The four young adults relate their experiences growing up with these disorders and talk candidly about how their conditions affected their lives and their relationships with peers. Students will gain insights into the strategies these young people have used to cope with being different and will leave the video with a new appreciation of others in their school and community who may have similar afflictions. In a special, extended bonus interview, Katie discusses her range of emotions from anger, to denial, and eventually to acceptance after learning that she inherited the gene for Huntington's disease, a disease whose symptoms normally first appear in mid-adulthood and get worse over time.

  • Image from Science Video Vocab: Comet

    Science Video Vocab: Comet - 2013 - 6 minutes

    Features a wide variety of video footage, photographs, diagrams, graphics, and labels. Begins with a simple definition which helps clarify pronunciation and provides opportunities to transfer words from working to long-term memory. Also concludes with a critical thinking question. For this particular clip, students will focus on the comet.

  • Image from Science Video Vocab: Meteor

    Science Video Vocab: Meteor - 2013 - 5 minutes

    Features a wide variety of video footage, photographs, diagrams, graphics, and labels. Begins with a simple definition which helps clarify pronunciation and provides opportunities to transfer words from working to long-term memory. Also concludes with a critical thinking question. For this particular clip, students will focus on the term meteor.

  • Image from Science Video Vocab: Moon

    Science Video Vocab: Moon - 2013 - 7 minutes

    Features a wide variety of video footage, photographs, diagrams, graphics, and labels. Begins with a simple definition which helps clarify pronunciation and provides opportunities to transfer words from working to long-term memory. Also concludes with a critical thinking question. For this particular clip, students will focus on the term moon.

  • Image from Social Studies Video Vocab: Afro-Eurasia

    Social Studies Video Vocab: Afro-Eurasia - 2013 - 3 minutes

    Features a wide variety of video footage, photographs, diagrams, graphics, and labels. Begins with a simple definition which helps clarify pronunciation and provides opportunities to transfer words from working to long-term memory. Also concludes with a critical thinking question. For this particular clip, students will focus on the area known as Afro-Eurasia during ancient history.

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