Plays for History and Social Studies

  • Bestseller
    Bullies Anonymous
Bullies Anonymous
    Grades 3-7 • 30 minutes
    It's the weekly meeting of Bullies Anonymous, and bullies (and ex-bullies) from all over are sharing their stories. Well, when they're not trying to bully their way out of it! Between the silly jokes, students will learn serious lessons about different kinds of bullying, what makes a bully (and what happens to them), and how to deal with bullying at school.
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    Character Matters
Character Matters
    Grades 1-5 • 25 minutes
    Welcome to the weekly meeting of the Fairy Tale Advice Council. Led by Rapunzel, a Handsome Prince, and a (recovering) Wicked Witch, the council offers help in character building to famous fold creatures. In this fun and non-preachy show, the Big Bad Wolf learns the Golden Rule, Cinderella gets help in managing her anger at her bullying stepsisters, and Jack and the Giant discover that their differences are cool.
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    Character Matters II
Character Matters II
    Grades 1-5 • 30 minutes
    The Fairy Tale Advice Council is back with more character education for the starts (and villains) of folktales. This show has all the answers, as students learn through traditional tales and silly jokes (a Bad Wolf tradition) the importance of being polite, never giving up, taking care of the environment, working out differences, and the Golden Rule.
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    Munchkin Mediation: Conflict Resolution in Oz
Munchkin Mediation: Conflict Resolution in Oz
    Grades 2-6 • 35 minutes
    It's one year later and all the famous characters have returned to Oz. They've been having trouble readjusting, and their quarrels have led to the throwing of more than one yellow brick. Munchkin Madness introduces and reinforces strategies for controlling anger, using "I-statements," active listening, sharing perspectives, and finding win-win solutions to conflict.
  • Dude, Where's My Lungs?
Dude, Where's My Lungs?
    Grades 4-9 • 20 minutes
    We're proud to present an anti-smoking musical play that takes a Bad Wolfian approach (you know---fun songs, silly dialogue, bad jokes) to a serious topic. The show is designed to raise questions for discussion that can help lead students to make wise choices. Dude, Where's My Lungs? uses information from a variety of research and advocacy groups, including the American Cancer Society and the University of California, Irvine, Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center.
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    Good Manners: A Medieval Quest for Polite Behavior
Good Manners: A Medieval Quest for Polite Behavior
    Grades 2-6 • 30 minutes
    It's the Middle Ages, and a wicked spell has been cast on the kingdom: good manners have suddenly disappeared, and it's up to Sir Gwendolyn and Sir Dancelot to bring them back.
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    Social Skills: How to Interact with Human Beings
Social Skills: How to Interact with Human Beings
    Grades 3-7 • 30 minutes
    Captain Invisible, Freeze Frame, The Green Pen, and Info Blast are superheroes with a problem. Their superpowers are sketchy, their sidekicks are avoiding them, and they've been flagged by the International Society for Superheroes as "not mixing well with the general population." Ouch! Fortunately, their Advisors at the ISS want to help them improve, sending them on a quest to master people skills.
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    Test-Taking Strategies
Test-Taking Strategies
    Grades 2-6 • 20 minutes
    This short play will get your kids focused and ready for regular testing as well as year-end standardized tests. They'll learn about healthy behaviors, good study habits, and strategies for solving multiple-choice questions. And of course they'll learn some tips for handling stress and anxiety -- and get an important reminder that they are not their score!
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    13 Colonies
13 Colonies
    Grades 3-8 • 30 minutes
    Hosted by George and Martha Washington, our musical review of early American History covers the period from before the arrival of the Europeans through the signing of the Bill of Rights.  This is the show that will have your kids eating American History for breakfast.
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    The American Revolution: 1763 - 1789
The American Revolution: 1763 - 1789
    Grades 3-8 • 40-50 minutes
    Betsy Ross -- a bit prone to exaggeration -- tells her grandkids how the colonies became a nation. From the French and Indian War to the election of George Washington as the first president. The American Revolution gives students the chance to sing their way through the most exciting period in our nation's formation.
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    American Symbols
American Symbols
    Grades K-4 • 15 or 25 minutes
    This play explores the origin, nature, and significance of many of the primary symbols of the United States: the Statue of Liberty, national flag, bald eagle, Mt. Rushmore, White House, Washington Monument, and more. In this one package you get two different musical plays for two different age groups: the first show is shorter and simpler, and the second show is a "regular" Bad Wolf show with more songs and dialogue.
  • California Missions -- and More!
California Missions -- and More!
    Grades 2-6 • 25 minutes
    We're in Hollywood, watching the filming of the next great epic movie, California Missions. The director will spare no expense -- she wants a life-size mission built out of sugar cubes. In this "show within a show," students take the audience on a tour of early California up to statehood.
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    European Explorers in the New World
European Explorers in the New World
    Grades 3-8 • 45 minutes
    This play focuses on the Age of Exploration: its motives, challenges, and consequences. Students will meet -- among other folks -- Leif Ericson, Columbus, Cabot, De Gama, Cortez, Pizarro, Drake, Champlain, Hudson, and LaSalle.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Helpers
Friendly Neighborhood Helpers
    Grades K-3 • 20 minutes
    Designed especially for younger students, Friendly Neighborhood Helpers introduces students to the many helpful people in their community. Kids learn through simple songs about fire fighters, dentists, plumbers, cooks, postal workers, librarians and many more who work every day to make their neighborhood a better place to live.
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    Gold Dust or Bust
Gold Dust or Bust
    Grades 2-6 • 30 minutes
    Our musical review presents the highlights of the great stampede of forty-niners to the California goldfields. From Sutter's Mill to Mad Mule Gulch, Sacramento to Fiddletown, the land's gone nuts with Gold Fever. So whether you set your wagon on the Overland Trail, sail around Cape Horn, or wade across the swamps of Panama, Gold Dust or Bust is designed to fit directly into your U.S. and California history curriculum.
  • Great Americans of the Twentieth Century
Great Americans of the Twentieth Century
    Grades 3-8 • 30 minutes
    It's the greatest awards show ever seen on TV, for the greatest Americans of the 20th century! Statesmen, artists, athletes, musicians, scientists, and many more are honored in a prime-time presentation (complete with commercials). Students are introduced to many of the major figures in modern American history in a fun and tuneful show.
  • Hatshepsut, Queen of Denial
Hatshepsut, Queen of Denial
    Grades 4-8 • 30 minutes
    It's early in the New Kingdom and something strange is happening in the land of the Nile. Egypt has a female pharaoh! Our show follows Hatshepsut through her two decades as pharoah, culminating in the building of her magnificent mortuary temple at Deir el-Bahri) and the mysterious efforts after her death to remove her from Egyptian records). Written specifically to align with 6th grade social studies standards, Hatshepsut promises to bring the dead to life in your classroom.
  • The Incredible Westward Movement
The Incredible Westward Movement
    Grades 2-7 • 25 minutes
    Delivery boys and girls race across the country trying to deliver packages to Americans who keep "movin' West." We meet familiar friends (e.g. Daniel Boone, Lewis and Clark and Sacagawea) and make new ones (e.g. 49ers, Prairie Children). Your unit on the Westward movement will come to life as never before.
  • Map of the World (Mini)
Map of the World (Mini)
    Grades 3-6 • 10 minutes
    Students get a chance to brush up on the key elements of the global map in this mini-musical. Covered in silly scenes and catchy songs are the parts of the map: the legend, oceans, continents, longitude and latitude (including the Equator, Prime Meridian, Tropic of Cancer, and Tropic of Capricorn).
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. (Mini)
Martin Luther King, Jr. (Mini)
    Grades 3-6 • 10 minutes
    This ten-minute show highlights the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his contribution to the civil rights movement. Topics include civil disobedience, the Montgomery bus boycott and Rosa Parks, King's letter from Birmingham jail, and the March on Washington.
  • The Texans: Birth of the Lone Star State
The Texans: Birth of the Lone Star State
    Grades 2-6 • 25 minutes
    Our review of early Texas history covers from the arrival of the European explorers through annexation in 1845. Stephen Austin, Sam Houston, Susannah Dickerson, and Jose Antonio Navarro are just some of the colorful characters in this amazing story. From Moses Austin's Promised Land to the rise of cotton and cattle, The Texans is a tuneful exploration of the birth of the 28th state.
  • U.S. Constitution: Revivor Philadelphia
U.S. Constitution: Revivor Philadelphia
    Grades 4-8 • 35 minutes
    Watch the exciting hit reality show, Revivor, as it takes on its most challenging venue yet: Philadelphia. The contestants are the actual writers and framers of the Constitution, duking it out to be the last Founding Father standing. After doing this play, your students will have learned just about everything there is to know about the Constitution!
  • U.S. Geography
U.S. Geography
    Grades 2-6 • 35 minutes
    Aliens have decided to settle down in the United States -- but where's the best place to make their home? They take a grand tour through the land, learning about the major geographical features that influenced exploration. U.S. Geography is a great complement to the study of U.S. history, geography, the Westward movement, immigration, and of course aliens.
  • U.S. Presidents: Washington to Lincoln
U.S. Presidents: Washington to Lincoln
    Grades 3-8 • 35 minutes
    A fifth-grade class is visiting a museum of American history, and boy are they in for a surprise: the actual presidents are there to greet them! U.S. Presidents introduces students to the first sixteen presidents of the country, from George Washington to Abraham Lincoln.
  • We Come From Everywhere</a>
We Come From Everywhere
    Grades 2-5 • 25 minutes
    Kids on a cross-town train wish they were going on a worldwide adventure instead, but they soon discover they world can be found in the roots of the people on the train. We Come From Everywhere celebrates the diverse origins of Americans from Native Americans to immigrants from all over the world.
  • Bad Wolf's Holiday Songs for the Classroom
Bad Wolf's Holiday Songs for the Classroom
    Grades K-2
    Who wants to teach their young students about the special days that occur during the school year? Based on many requests, the Bad Wolf guys have rushed to the rescue with this special book/CD set. It's not one play, but songs and skits for 11 school year celebrations, from Thanksgiving to Earth Day.
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    The Really Goofy Purim Play
The Really Goofy Purim Play
    Grades 2-5 • 30 minutes
    Heroic women, evil men, a really dumb king: this story set in ancient Persia has it all! Our special take on the traditional Purim story, with dumb jokes and tunes that get stuck in your head. The Goofy Play is written both for Jews to celebrate the Purim holiday as well as public schools that are ready for an exciting multi-cultural tale.
  • The Turkeys Go On Strike
The Turkeys Go On Strike
    Grades 2-6 • 20 minutes
    At last -- a classroom holiday show with dancing cranberries! Thanksgiving is in danger of being cancelled because of some extremely dissatisfied poultry. While negotiations go on around the clock -- an event covered by TV reporters and influenced by ambitious members of the Squash family -- students learn about he historical origins and the real meaning of the holiday.
  • The Winter Holiday Show: A Multi-Species Celebration 
The Winter Holiday Show: A Multi-Species Celebration
    Grades 1-5 • 30 minutes
    If you teach in a public school, then you owe it to yourself, your students and their families to consider this play. Teachers frequently try to celebrate the holiday season, but it's not easy to do so without leaving someone out. "The Holiday Show" solves this problem with a true multicultural perspective seen through the eyes of the goofy animals that tell the story.
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    Aesop's Fables Deluxe
Aesop's Fables Deluxe
    Grades K-3 • 5-25 minutes
    We've put together a handful of Aesop's fables into a format especially written for young students. The songs are simple and playful, encouraging students to delight in the sounds of language (phonemic awareness) while they practice basic word-building skills. This show is uniquely designed so that teachers can choose to have their kids do the entire show or merely perform any number of individual scenes/songs.
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    Alice's Adventures with Idioms
Alice's Adventures with Idioms
    Grades 2-7 • 40 minutes
    Time for some figurative language! When Alice and her pets go down the rabbit hole, they will have to learn how to understand idioms, similes, metaphors and alliteration if they are to navigate the mysterious world of the English language. Thank goodness all your favorite Wonderland characters are there to "help"!
  • America's Tallest Tales
America's Tallest Tales
    Grades 3-7 • 30 minutes
    Paul Bunyan, with the help of Bess Call, the strong-armed, cattle-friendly heroine of the Andirondacks, is crisscrossing America in search of his missing companion. In the course of their adventures Paul and Bess run into John Henry, Alfred Bulltop Stormalong, and a host of other stars of America's Tallest Tales.
  • Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock
Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock
    Grades 1-4 • 25 minutes
    Anansi is based on a West African tale. It's the story of a very tricky spider who discovers a magic rock which he uses to steal food from all the jungle inhabitants. The last laugh is on Anansi, of course, but not before everyone has a chance to sing some fun songs about yams, dancing mangos, and Anansi's mischief.
  • The Case of the Missing Paragraph: Bad Wolf's Guide to Composition
The Case of the Missing Paragraph: Bad Wolf's Guide to Composition
    Grades 3-7 • 35 minutes
    It was a sweltering afternoon when she knocked on the door. She was looking for a detective. Someone to find her paragraph. It was missing. She'd come to the right place: The Expository Detective Agency. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.In our new guide to writing techniques, students will have a great time working through the mystery as they review the basic elements of narrative and expository composition.
  • Coyote Steals the Summer
Coyote Steals the Summer
    Grades K-3 • 15 minutes
    This Native American tale tells how Coyote brings summer to the worlds and earns his famous gift of trickery as a reward. Our fifteen minute musical version of this delightful story from the Crow Nation is designed especially for kindergarten through third grade.
  • The Emperor's New Clothes
The Emperor's New Clothes
    Grades 2-5 • 20 minutes
    The Emperor think he needs a new outfit, and the Crooks have just the thing in mind! But will the Emperor catch on to their scheme before he embarrasses himself? Our version of this classic tale about vanity and pride is perfect for stimulating discussion.
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
    Grades K-3 • 15 minutes
    Specifically designed for kindergarten through third grade, this 15 minute version of the misadventures of Goldilocks is a perfect way to introduce musical theater to younger kids. The entire class sings the story, interrupted by several enthusiastic students who repeatedly try to introduce characters from other favorite children's tales.
  • Grammarosaurus
Grammarosaurus
    Grades 1-4 • 20 minutes
    The Loch Ness monster has surfaced, and it turns out she's a Grammarosaurus! Nessie and her friends, all experts on some aspects of grammar, have come out of the lake because the world is in a grammatical crises. As reporters, tourists, professors and grammar lovers converge on Loch Ness, the Grammarosauri are only too happy to explain all about capital letters, plurals, contractions, subject-verb agreement, complete sentences, and punctuation.
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
Jack and the Beanstalk
    Grades 1-5 • 20 minutes
    Developed specifically for "first time" musical producers and performers, Jack has been performed successfully by all kinds of students - big kids, little kids, gifted, ESL. Teachers from kindergarten through firth grade have told us how much fun they've had putting on this musicalized version of the familiar story.
  • Little Red Riding Hood
Little Red Riding Hood
    Grades 2-6 • 25 minutes
    Does your class find traditional folk tales a bit too, well, traditional? Then our "fractured" version of Little Red Riding Hood may be just what you're looking for! The Wolf needs some ketchup, Granny is a math whiz, and Little Red learns how to do the Acorn Dance with an odd band of Squirrels.
  • Macbeth, The Musical Comedy
Macbeth, The Musical Comedy
    Grades 4-9 • 35 minutes
    You've read the famous story of greed, guilt, and gore in Scotland - but do you know the catchy tunes? Our Macbeth, a tad confused, keeps spouting lines from Hamlet (much to the annoynance of the other characters), Lady Macbeth is obsessed with dry-cleaning the castle drapes, and King Duncan boasts that he invented plaid.
  • Noun and Verb (Mini)
Noun and Verb (Mini)
    Grades 3-6 • 10 minutes
    Our quick blast of grammar explores nouns and verbs, focusing on nouns as subjects and their agreement with the verb of the sentence. Compound subjects and the difference between active and passive sentences make this show a great way for students to explore basic sentences.
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    Pirates from Grammar Island
Pirates from Grammar Island
    Grades 3-6 • 25 minutes
    Pirates is a great way to energize your Language Arts curriculum. Your students will love instead of hate antonyms. No more confusing or confounding synonyms. How can they ever fail again to identify interrogative sentences? Pirates from Grammar Island will even help them learn to capitalize things like, well, the titles of musical plays!
  • Shakespeare Unshackled
Shakespeare Unshackled
    Grades 5-9+ • 35 minutes
    Want a fun and funny musical introduction to the background of Shakespeare's plays? This show touches on many cool aspects of Elizabethan theater, and contains fractured scenes from Othello, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Topics include: Shakespeare's life, the nature of theatrical productions (actors, staging, audience, especially as regards to the Old Globe Theater), acting companies and patronage, Elizabethan and Jacobean London, the language of the plays.
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    Tale of the Chinese Zodiac
Tale of the Chinese Zodiac
    Grades 1-6 • 30 minutes
    This fun multicultural folk tale reveals how twelve special animals got their places in the Chinese zodiac. It's long ago in ancient China and the Jade Emperor has a great idea: he'll set up a race across the river, and the first twelve animals to cross the finish line will represent the years in the Chinese zodiac.
  • Theseus and the Minotaur
Theseus and the Minotaur
    Grades 4-8 • 30-40 minutes
    The Cretan Minotaur - half man, half bull - has been devouring so many Athenians that it's getting impossible to organize a softball game. Can the young prince Theseus, son of Poseidon, save the day?
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    Biomes: Animals and Plants in Their Habitats
Biomes: Animals and Plants in Their Habitats
    Grades 1-5 • 25 minutes
    Come join this motley group of animals as they search for their own proper biome. Sure, these animal heroes are cute, but looks aren’t everything in a world of distinct and tough environments. To survive (and thus be able to sing all their catchy songs), they’ll have to learn about desert, forest, grassland, freshwater, tundra, and marine areas for which they are especially adapted.
  • Conservation (Mini)
Conservation (Mini)
    Grades 3-6 • 10 minutes
    It's time for the Three Little Pigs to move out of their mother's house. What will they do to build environmentally friendly homes? And will they avoid the Big Bad Wolf?
  • Earthworms Make America Great!
Earthworms Make America Great!
    Grades K-3 • 15 minutes
    We've combined eight great songs with a bit of fun, fact-filled storytelling in this celebration of earthworms. In addition to details about the importance of our wriggling friends (aeration, soil nutrients, composting), students will meet The Little Earthworm That Could, an eight foot Australian worm, and earthworms who love to dance. Designed especially for younger students, Earthworms Make America Great! makes learning as easy as eating dirt!
  • The Environmental Show
The Environmental Show
    Grades 3-6 • 35 minutes
    The Environmental Show teaches students simple things they can do to cut down on pollution, save water, use less energy, and avoid the landfill.
  • The Garden Show
The Garden Show
    Grades 2-5 • 25 minutes
    Aliens land in garden! Students say little men from planet Chlorophyll really ARE green! The Garden Show ties in wonderfully with your science curriculum. Students learn about soil, photosynthesis, pollination, and lots of creatures in the garden from a wild bunch of characters - dive-bombing bees, aliens from planet Chlorophyll, and a singing compost pile.
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    Geology ROCKS!
Geology ROCKS!
    Grades 2-6 • 25 minutes
    Professor Rock has vanished, and it's up to his geology students to find him. With a little help from Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, they set out to find their beloved teacher. Students sing about the layers of earth, erosion, plate tectonics, the rock cycle, and energy sources. Geology ROCKS! is designed specifically to supplement the study of the composition and changing nature of the earth.
  • Geometry (Mini)
Geometry (Mini)
    Grades 3-6 • 10 minutes
    The Greek hero Isosceles, accompanied by his trusty horse Equilateral and Scalene the Squire, is on a quest for the perfectly shaped table for his group of heroes. Their travels take them to strange lands filled with angles (which can be quite obtuse) and triangles (some of which insist they are always right).
  • It's Electrifying!
It's Electrifying!
    Grades 2-6 • 30 minutes
    This is Bad Wolf's shocking story about the nature and uses of electricity. From the production of sparks by rubbing amber, through Leiden jars and voltaic piles, to electromagnets and television, our show takes students through important moments of discovery and application of electricity.
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    Life Cycles: How Plants and Animals Change
Life Cycles: How Plants and Animals Change
    Grades 1-4 • 25 minutes
    In Life Cycles, students reinforce their study of the reproduction, developmental stages, inherited characteristics, and variations of plants and animals with catchy songs and funny dialogue. Butterflies, frogs, and mice never sounded so good!
  • Mastering Math: A Sherlock Holmes Problem Solving Mystery
Mastering Math: A Sherlock Holmes Problem Solving Mystery
    Grades 2-6 • 30 minutes
    Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson return to help us learn techniques of mathematical problem solving. This is his first case - ever - and he gets a lot of help in learning how to problem solve. By the time he solves the crime, he's learned how to use six basic techniques for solving the math problems he's been faced with: guess and check, draw a picture, draw a chart, look for a pattern, work backwards, and act it out. This is a great show for reviewing ways to set up and answer word problems.
  • Name That Internal Organ!: The Bad Wolf Guide to the Human Body
Name That Internal Organ!: The Bad Wolf Guide to the Human Body
    Grades 4-7 • 35 minutes
    Respiration. Blood circulation. Digestion. The topics virtually cry out for a musical comedy. And that's why there's Bad wolf. You're just in time to witness the annual induction ceremony at the internal Organ Hall of Fame. Who will be elected this year? The liver? Lungs? (The Spleen is a crowd favorite). Name That Internal Organ! is a terrific complement to your life science curriculum.
  • The Nutrition Show: Hansel and Gretel Eat Right!
The Nutrition Show: Hansel and Gretel Eat Right!
    Grades K-3 • 25 minutes
    Sure, there's the nasty witch (several of them!) and a house made of candy, but in this version of the classic tale Hansel and Gretel learn all about nutrition on their adventures through the forest. The brother and sister discover the benefits of exercise and good hygiene as well. This is a fun and funny show that reinforces the importance of eating well and taking care of your body.
  • The Oceanography Show: Tide Pool Condos
The Oceanography Show: Tide Pool Condos
    Grades 3-7 • 25 minutes
    Study one of the earth's natural habitats. Tide Pool Condos tells the story of Elizabeth, who wants to destroy some tide pools so she can erect luxury condominiums. Poseidon, Greek god of the sea, has other ideas. To settle the dispute, the two of them set out to visit the wonders of the ocean. This show works beautifully with your ocean-study curriculum.
  • The Rumpus in the Rain Forest
The Rumpus in the Rain Forest
    Grades 1-5 • 25 minutes
    A Frog in the rain forest desperately wants to get off the jungle floor and see the sky - but who will help him climb above the canopy? The Jaguar loves the jungle floor, the Sloth family keeps falling asleep, and the Howler Monkeys have gone nuts. The Rumps in the Rain Forest gives students a musical tour of the various levels of the jungle and reinforces the importance of the rain forests in fun fashion.
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    Vacation on Mars
Vacation on Mars
    Grades 1-5 • 25 minutes
    Dad has promised the kids a trip to Mars, but the Bargain Basement Tour company doesn't quite have it all together. Instead the family (including Gus, the dog) all end up touring the entire solar system! The sun (always a star) holds center stage, but the moon and all the planets get in on the action. So cinch up your asteroid belt and come along!
  • The Weather Show
The Weather Show
    Grades 1-4 • 20 minutes
    Dr. Emma loves to measure weather - (rumor has it that she owns 74 weather vanes). The Weather Show is the tale of Emma's exciting adventure through weather of every sort in search of a very special barometer. She learns the significance of the water cycle, how weather makes the earth habitable, and how the elements of weather are all connected.