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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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Closeup of a young boy wearing a hockey helmet with a wire facemask and a black and red hockey jersey stands on an ice rink, while others skate and practice in the background. Caption. I've never played on a team before.
My Brand New Life
Episode 1
23 minutes 44 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Young boy in a white shirt and gray sweatpants learns to ride a unicycle inside a large gym. A man and woman are on each side to help him learn to balance. Caption. Put the—straight arms, yes.
My Brand New Life
Episode 3
23 minutes 49 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
A young boy wearing a beanie, winter coat, and gloves holds a large hook on a stick outside near snow. On the hook is the head of a large silver fish. Caption. The first time I caught a big salmon like this, ever.
My Brand New Life
Episode 5
23 minutes 37 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Underwater view of a boy with black goggles and a black swim cap swimming. Caption. But I don't think I want to try it again.
My Brand New Life
Episode 6
23 minutes 53 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
2 dark haired teen girls with glasses and wearing oversized ski coats stand in front of a chalkboard. Blue text on screen reads, "French Theatre class." French caption. Je vais vous présenter la pièce.
My Brand New Life
Episode 8
23 minutes 45 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
3 blonde teen girls walk through a closet into a room with a black bunk bed. They're talking to each other and all carrying bags. Caption with Karen as narrator. So, this is our room.
My Brand New Life
Episode 10
23 minutes 45 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Closeup from the side of a young boy next to an older man with orange flowers in the background. The boy holds a candle next to other lit candles. Caption. I'm sure I'll remember this moment forever.
My Brand New Life
Episode 11
23 minutes 46 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Overhead view of 4 preteens sitting at a long peach color table while doing school work. Water bottles, papers, books, and other school supplies line the table. Caption. And can you please finish the science review?
My Brand New Life
Episode 12
23 minutes 34 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
Blonde teenage boy who uses a wheelchair to get around teaches a dark-haired, able-bodied teenager how to use a wheelchair outside of a brick school building. Caption. I'm gonna teach you how to use this.
My Brand New Life
Episode 13
23 minutes 45 seconds
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.