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Watch Any Good Books Lately?

Do you utilize captions and description when you watch videos in class or at home? If not, you're missing out on a great way to get your students interested in reading and learning. Reading captions and listening to description build literacy and boost learning for everyone!

DCMP has resources to help you find good books on video. These videos will get you and your students off to a good start.

Literature

Cartoon illustration. Silver and red bus with a bi-fold door. Caption. Male singer. The wheels on the bus go round and round.
6 minutes 5 seconds
Grade Level: Ps - 3
Color illustration of a senior man wearing suspenders standing across from a boy in red cap with another boy laying on the ground at his feet inside a bank. Caption. And I'm here to open an account.
6 minutes 59 seconds
Grade Level: K - 3
Cartoon. Heavyset bald man wearing a military jacket and a cross expression on his face. Spanish caption. Vuelve, sombrero loco.
8 minutes 12 seconds
Grade Level: K - 5
Color illustration. Girl, mouth open and eyes closed, as she stretches an arm out to her side. Caption. Gasp sound. I know. she says.
12 minutes 18 seconds
Grade Level: 1 - 4
Color illustration. Open box resting on snow with 1 orange and 1 green yarn strands extending upward from box. Caption. Dog as narrator.
8 minutes 56 seconds
Grade Level: K - 3
Color illustration. Woman holding a strip of leather and smiling. Leather tools on wall behind. Caption. Still, it is a fine piece of leather, said his wife.
10 minutes 20 seconds
Grade Level: 2 - 5
Illustration of a man standing with his arm out to touch a skeleton so large most of it is not captured in the image. Caption: the first model of a complete dinosaur skeleton.
20 minutes 49 seconds
Grade Level: 2 - 5
Color illustration of smiling girl, boy with broken egg on head and grandma hanging clothes on clothesline while boa constrictor, hen, cat and pig look at boy.
6 minutes
Grade Level: 1 - 5
Pastel painting of a calm body of water with a reflection of the moon. Caption. By the silvery light of the Halloween moon!
6 minutes 43 seconds
Grade Level: Ps - 3
Woman with hair in a French Roll, seated. Caption. Mr. Mayfield, the F, B, I is no longer handling balloon farm cases.
1 hours 29 minutes 25 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 7

Top Picks

Black and white frame shows 2 women seated at a cafe table with a man in an army uniform. Caption. No, you'll fight before you'll marry.
1 hours 18 minutes 29 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Man dressed as a French Revolutionist looks out, face illuminated with red light. Caption lyrics. All. Just know the divinist intervention.
1 hours 32 minutes 26 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Color illustration of a pig lying down in a barn, looking distressed. Caption. Whatever we produce is taken from us!
1 hours 12 minutes 15 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Cartoon of a white dog with black spots standing below a clawfoot bathtub, looking up at a cleaning brush. Spanish caption. Un dia, cuando oyó que llenaban la bañera de agua.
9 minutes 45 seconds
Grade Level: Ps - 3
Color illustration of a child sitting at a table and writing on a piece of paper next to flowers in a vase. Caption. One day, Ramon was drawing a vase of flowers.
8 minutes 7 seconds
Grade Level: Ps - 3
Illustration of a small spherical object in greenish gas clouds near the surface of a larger object. Spanish captions.
Kool Books (Spanish)
Episode 72
14 minutes 27 seconds
Grade Level: 1 - 5
Painting of a man looking towards a woman who holds fruit wrapped in paper cone. Fruit stand in background with sign that reads, "5 dollars." Spanish caption. Mi papá se volteó.
Kool Books (Spanish)
Episode 25
10 minutes 45 seconds
Grade Level: 1 - 5
Closeup physical map of the northern half of South America. Title bar reads, "The Amazon River has a total length of 4,345 miles." Caption. Dylan as Narrator. This colossal river flows toward the rising sun.
Kool Books (Spanish)
Episode 4
9 minutes 18 seconds
Grade Level: 1 - 5
Painting of a dining party in 1800s England. Caption. Narrator. Jane Austen was modest about her achievements.
48 minutes 10 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Illustration of a man standing with his arm out to touch a skeleton so large most of it is not captured in the image. Caption: the first model of a complete dinosaur skeleton.
20 minutes 49 seconds
Grade Level: 2 - 5
Color illustration of a pig lying in bed under a patchwork quilt. A tear rolls down its cheek. Caption. He left school in French class.
The Donna Guthrie Series
Episode 3
8 minutes 46 seconds
Grade Level: Ps - 3
Cartoon illustration. Child holds out a piece of paper with several splotches of paint. Caption. If I can make little dots, I can make big dots.
7 minutes 26 seconds
Grade Level: K - 4
Color illustration of a child holding out a piece of paper with several splotches of paint. Spanish caption. Si puedo hacer puntos pequeños.
7 minutes 23 seconds
Grade Level: K - 4
Woman in 1800s farm clothes walking down the front steps of a home. Boy holds a horse's reins. Caption. He said his name was Gitano, and he's come back.
1 hours 41 minutes 42 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Closeup of a smiling woman in a darkened space. A light glows behind her. Caption. It grabs me as a human, it grabs me as an anatomist.
The Secret Life of Books
Season 2 / Ep 1
29 minutes 18 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Painting with aerial view of hands touching a book with pictures of 3 houses, made of straw, wood, and brick. Caption. Everybody knows the story of the 3 Little Pigs.
10 minutes 13 seconds
Grade Level: K - 4
Image from The Ugly Duckling. Ducks charge towards a duckling. Caption. The poor duckling was chased by all of them.
19 minutes 56 seconds
Grade Level: K - 4

The Classics

A hermit crab with no shell walking along the ocean floor as fish swim behind. Caption: I must find a new house soon.'
9 minutes 19 seconds
Grade Level: 1 - 3
Young woman with curly red hair looks out with a serious expression. To the right, a black and white photo collage shows a senior man and woman, and a younger man.
3 hours 15 minutes
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Senior man in coat and hat stands next to a man in a vest and long sleeves. Caption. I worked there quite a few years with my son Jacob there.
3 hours 37 minutes
Grade Level: 10 - 12
2 women walk down a street, 1 carrying a basket and other a bag of groceries. Caption. Now, if you were smart you'd leave it too.
1 hours 38 minutes
Grade Level: 12 -
Animation of a ghostly bearded figure in a robe hovering beneath a dark stone archway. Caption. This visitation is but to whet thy almost blunted purpose.
Shakespeare: The Animated Tales
Season 0 / Ep 9
26 minutes 7 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Color illustration of a white dog with black spots laying down outside with head resting on an object. Caption. And buried it in the backyard.
9 minutes 45 seconds
Grade Level: Ps - 3
Painting of a dining party in 1800s England. Caption. Narrator. Jane Austen was modest about her achievements.
48 minutes 10 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Black and white frame of senior woman looking down and working with her hands, surrounded by others. Caption. As Steinbeck was writing it, people were living it.
26 minutes 15 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Black and white image of the New York City skyline across the Hudson River. Caption. The East in the book represents wealth.
52 minutes 55 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Color illustration. Man wearing a sleeping cap and pajamas peers out the window at Santa's sleigh flying over a snowy landscape. Caption. I knew it must be Saint Nick.
5 minutes 39 seconds
Grade Level: Ps - 3
Group of men wearing Civil War-era Union soldier costumes in a forest setting. Caption. That had thrilled him with their sweep and fire.
48 minutes 31 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Young woman wearing a red velvet dress holds a baby in her arms and looks into camera. Caption. See how sin defaces the beautiful framework of God.
3 hours 55 minutes 55 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Image from The Ugly Duckling. Ducks charge towards a duckling. Caption. The poor duckling was chased by all of them.
19 minutes 56 seconds
Grade Level: K - 4
Frame from the movie, Treasure Island. A pirate stands next to a teenage boy pointing. Caption. You see that dot there on the horizon?
1 hours 35 minutes 19 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12

Do you utilize captions and description when you watch videos in class or at home? If not, you're missing out on a great way to get your students interested in reading and learning. Reading captions and listening to description build literacy and boost learning for everyone!

DCMP has resources to help your students learn about children's books on video and offers this flyer to get your class off to a good start.


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