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Ernest J. Gaines: Louisiana Stories - $25.00

An in-depth look at the man who journeyed from the land of dirt roads, magnolias and majestic oak trees to the big city of San Francisco and back again. Ernest J. Gaines received national acclaim as the author of The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, A Gathering of Old Men, and My Father's House. Old photographs illustrate what family members remember about Gaines' childhood and his career. Couple that with the reminiscences of Ernest J. Gaines himself, comments from other writers and scholars, and passages from his books, and you'll find yourself in the South of long ago.

Enviro-Tacklebox™(The Series) - $125.00

This series, designed for middle school students can be easily integrated into existing science curricula. Each video lesson focuses on a specific topic related to Science in Personal and Social Perspectives Content Standard F of the National Science Standards. The series explores five themes: what happens to our bodies during exercise; the effects of UV radiation on human health; how a family's everyday activities correspond to the need for risk assessment; how science and emerging technology are linked to environmental concerns; and how population dynamics affect our water. These fast-paced programs feature many on-location segments.

More information at Enviro-Tacklebox™

This series includes five modules. Modules 1, 3, 4, 5 each consist of five 20 minute video lessons. Module 2 consists of four 20 minute video lessons and one 60 minute professional development tape. ($125 for all five modules)

Enviro-Tacklebox™(Module 5) - $25.00

1. Carbon: The Element of Surprise
This episode illustrates both the fast and slow track paths of carbon between living things and non-living processes.

2. The Aggravation of Accumulation
The process of bioaccumulation primarily of synthetic chemicals and its impact on the food chain are examined in this episode.

3. Behind the Numbers
Population fluctuations are linked to changes in various abiotic and biotic factors.

4. Hypoxia: The O2 Blues
The results of nutrient enrichment on the quality of waterways and the health of plants and animals in aquatic systems are examined.

5. Rotten but Not Forgotten
This episode focuses on the fundamental process of decomposition, an essential component in a balanced ecosystem.

This module consists of five 20 minute video lessons on 1 DVD.

Enviro-Tacklebox™(Module 4) - $25.00

1. Erosion: On the Move
The formation and relocation of soil are studied during visits to Niagara Falls, the South Dakota Badlands, and farm fields in Illinois and Kansas. Viewers explore the importance of soil as a resource necessary for our present and future generations.

2. Rebirth in Fire
Prescribed burns are routinely used to maintain a healthy forest environment and manage resources. Travel to Kisatchie National Forest and Yellowstone National Park to learn about the natural recovery process for native plants that benefit from fire.

3. Force of Floods
Learn about the 1927 Mississippi River flood and more recent flooding tragedies in various parts of the US. The Channeled Scablands formed by the Missoula floods provide a spectacular example of the habitat changes caused by floods.

4. The Earth: Work in Progress
Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and sinkhole formation dramatically change the Earth's surface, often redesigning local habitats. This episode introduces several scientists researching these processes and forces of change in our environment.

5. Glaciers: Movers & Shapers
At the end of the Pleistocene Ice Age, massive glaciers carved valleys and lakes as they retreated northward. Examine the awesome force of glaciers, now found at high elevations and latitudes, as they shape the landscape of the North American continent.

This module consists of five 20 minute video lessons on 1 DVD.

Enviro-Tacklebox™(Module 3) - $25.00

. Commons Sense
The fish in the ocean, the planet Mars, Antarctica and even Space itself can be thought of as a "commons." This episode investigates the concept of a "commons" through visits to places such as the National Marine Fisheries Institute at Woods Hole, Cape Cod, the Louisiana Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, and the Boston Commons.

2. Non-Native Invasion
Invasive, non-native plants and animals compete with native species for resources. This episode explores the environmental impact of invasive species and measures used to control them. Viewers will travel to Boston's Logan Airport, Stone Laboratory in Ohio and the swamps of Louisiana.

3. Student Solutions
This video provides a small representative sample of student efforts that promote improved environmental quality in their community. Meet students who are improving their environments in Hampden, MA; El Paso, TX; Huntingdon, PA; Juarez, MX; and Sonderton, PA.

4. Spin on Sprawl
Each year hundreds of thousands of acres of green land are converted to residential and commercial centers. This episode investigates some of the effects of urban sprawl: flooding, habitat loss and additional commuting time. Learn about efforts in Portland, OR and Celebration, FL to implement "smart growth" and "growth boundary".

5. Enviro Rules
In this episode learn about the processes used by state and local governments to establish Enviro Rules, regulations for proper resource management.

This module consists of five 20 minute video lessons on 1 DVD.

Enviro-Tacklebox™(Module 2) - $25.00

1. Extreme Weather
Visit the Weather Channel studios in Atlanta and the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) outside Oklahoma City for an introduction to the technology used by today's forecasters. Dr. Harold Brooks of the NSSL explains why North America experiences some of the most severe weather found.

2. A Zoo View
Examine the evolution of zoos and the changing nature of animal collections. Hear from Dr. Terry Maple, CEO of Zoo Atlanta and Dan Maloney, from the Audubon Institute's Zoological Gardens in New Orleans about their efforts to educate visitors, maintain genetic diversity in animal populations, and promote worldwide habitat conservation.

3. Your Burger and the World
Follow a 3rd and 4th generation family of cattle farmers, visit with a physiologist at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, hear from a nationally known cookbook author, and learn from a team of research scientists who are working to develop a "leaner" beef.

4. Tackle Trash
Examine environmental issues brought about by the growing amounts of waste that our society generates. Students look at their buying habits and explore the benefits and decisions associated with societal waste.

5. Decisions Based on Science: Mastering the Skills of Decision-Making
This one-hour professional development "how-to" video takes teachers through the decision-making process outlined in the NSTA publication, "Decisions-Based on Science". Teachers learn strategies that can help students develop their own decision-making skills.

Four 20 minute video lessons and one 60 minute professional development video on 1 DVD.

Enviro-Tacklebox™(Module 1) - $25.00

1. Exercise: The Motion Potion
Visit a sports kinesiology lab to learn what happens to the body during exercise and learn why famous athletes love to be active. Explore some of the ways in which exercise can improve health.

2. Water: From the Earth for You
Travel from the cave dwellings of early North American communities to the major metropolitan cities of our country today to explore the growing demand on our water supply.

3. You & Me & UV
Explore the harmful and helpful effects of ultraviolet radiation, including UV damage to skin, the use of UV by insects to guide them to food, and the effect of UV on the ozone layer.

4. At Your Own Risk
This episode examines how some of our everyday activities, such as riding a school bus, roller blading and performing household chores, can be quite risky. Students are challenged to examine their behavior and to take responsibility for managing the voluntary risks in their lives.

5. A Biofilm's Bio
Viewers visit Yellowstone National Park to see communities of Biofilms, sometimes helpful, sometimes pesky microbes. Visit a research lab where environmental scientists develop Biofilms to be used in the bioremediation of oil spills.

Five video lessons on 1 DVD.

Eddie Robinson Memorial Ceremony - $25.00

Recorded live from the state capitol in Baton Rouge, Mayor Kip Holden presides over this tribute to Grambling Coach and Louisiana Legend Eddie Robinson.

Dr. Dad’s pH3 (The Series) - $50.00

An award-winning science series for grades 3-6 that also demonstrates science as a fun, viable career path for girls. Emphasizes hands-on science exploration and the development of critical thinking skills.

Two DVDs; six lessons per DVD. Teacher Guide included with the purchase of the series.
1. Polymers
2. Buoyancy
3. Electromagnetism
4. Sound and Radio Broadcasting
5. Gas Laws
6. Alternative Energy
7. Oil Spills
8. Optics
9. Flight
10. Animal Architecture
11. Soil & Agriculture
12. Nutrition

More information: Dr. Dad's pH3.

Desegregation: A Dream Delayed - $25.00

Award-winning journalists John Camp and Bob Courtney examine the 45-year-old East Baton Rouge Parish desegregation lawsuit in this documentary. Since the original desegregation lawsuit was filed in 1956 on behalf of 37 North Baton Rouge students, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System has spent millions of dollars in court costs, gone through seven superintendents and the case has been handled by numerous federal judges, most notably Federal Judge John Parker, who quit the case recently after 22 years. It is the longest running school desegregation suit in America.

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