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Scary Tales

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Part of the "My Brand New Life" series. A Canadian boy, Alexis, and a Mexican boy, Alejandro, trade places on Halloween and the Day of the Dead. Both festive occasions seem to have much in common on the surface-things like ghosts, skeletons, and the dead-but as each boy learns, the events are really not similar at all. One youngster will experience a day of fun and mischief, while the other experiences a day of spiritual celebration.

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Runtime: 23 minutes 46 seconds

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My Brand New Life
Episode 1
24 minutes
Grade Level: 4 - 8
My Brand New Life
Episode 3
24 minutes
Grade Level: 4 - 8
My Brand New Life
Episode 5
23 minutes
Grade Level: 4 - 8
My Brand New Life
Episode 6
23 minutes
Grade Level: 4 - 8
My Brand New Life
Episode 8
23 minutes 45 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
My Brand New Life
Episode 10
23 minutes 47 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
My Brand New Life
Episode 11
23 minutes 46 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
My Brand New Life
Episode 12
23 minutes
Grade Level: 4 - 8
My Brand New Life
Episode 13
23 minutes
Grade Level: 4 - 8

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    Teresa C. (Las Vegas, NV)
    October 24th, 2019 at 06:46 PM

    This video helped ALL students in my classroom, those with needs and without, to understand the difference between the Day of the Dead and Halloween; the CC captioning helped my ELL's and Resource students; while the video itself helped clarify misconceptions for ALL students. It also helped them engage in discourse which can be difficult for ELL's and those on the spectrum. I really enjoyed seeing them so involved with their learning.

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    Nell F. (Delavan, WI)
    November 2nd, 2016 at 08:50 AM

    A Great example to give to my students of why they should sign up for DCMP at home and watch. Fifth grade was fascinated with the two boys switching homes. I used the time to also re-enforce how important it is to actually read the captions rather than watch the images only and guess at the details.

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    Susan S. (Lemont, IL)
    October 28th, 2015 at 02:06 PM

    Simple, straightforward presentation of Day of the Dead and Halloween celebrations. Great for compare/contrast essays.