Social Studies Videos

Behind the Scenes Look: Making of Made in Maine

11 min.; 7-12; Maine Studies, Social Studies; Produced by: Media Source (1984)

Shows the amazing effort which went into the creation of the permanent museum exhibit at the State Museum . The work includes the careful dismantling, transporting, and reassembling of an 1850 wood working mill (including the granite foundation) from Warren, Maine, to inside the museum walls. The "Made in Maine" exhibit was completed and dedicated in October of 1985.

Brassau Dam Hydro-Electric Project

20 min.; 7-12; Environment, Maine Studies, Social Studies; Produced by: Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (1990)

Detailed documentation of the fishery restoration required by the Dept. of Environmental Protection, Land Use Regulatory Commission, and the Dept of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife when the Swift River/ H afslund Company broadened a channel within the Moose River downstream from their hydro-electric generating facility. Looks at the impact of development on the river.

Challenge of Unanswered Questions

15 min.; 7-12; Career Education, Social Studies, Space; Produced by: National Aeronautics & Space Administration (1991)

Career opportunities in research.

Cobscook...Of Boiling Waters

26 min.; 4-12; Environment, Maine Studies, Social Studies; Produced by: Maine Dept. of Fisheries & Wildlife (1990)

A look at Maine 's most recent land acquisition "Down East" in the Machias-Lubec area. Beautiful coastline, productive fisheries, and valuable wildlife habitat combine to form a unique area that many conservation groups wish to preserve and protect. The program shows the variety of wildlife native to the area, and chronicles local, state, and national efforts to buy land to add to Maine 's Land Trust holdings.

Cross Burning: Two Views

30 min.; 9-12; Communication, Social Studies; Produced by: Modern Media Institute (1983)

Comparison between television and newspaper coverage of a Ku Klux Klan meeting held near Tampa , Florida .

GED Connection

39 - 30 min. programs ; 9-12 ; Guidance, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies ; PBS Adult Learning Service

GED Connection is a dynamic instructional package from PBS LiteracyLink that prepares adult learners for the revised GED exam. It creatively combines video, print, and the Internet to reach classroom students and independent learners. GED Connection brings the subject matter alive through tours of historical sites, documentary footage, interviews with poets and scientists, and demonstrations of real-life applications.

  1. GED Connection Orientation
  2. Passing the GED Writing Test
  3. Getting Ideas on Paper
  4. The Writing Process
  5. Organized Writing
  6. Writing Style and Word Choice
  7. Effective Sentences
  8. Grammar and Usage
  9. Spelling, Punctuation, and Capitalization
  10. The GED Essay
  11. Passing the GED Reading Test
  12. Nonfiction
  13. Fiction
  14. Poetry
  15. Drama
  16. Passing the GED Social Studies Test
  17. Themes in U.S. History
  18. Themes in World History
  19. Economics
  20. Civics and Government
  21. Geography
  22. Passing the GED Science Test
  23. Life Science
  24. Earth and Space Science
  25. Chemistry
  26. Physics
  27. Passing the GED Math Test
  28. Number Sense
  29. Problem Solving
  30. Decimals
  31. Fractions
  32. Ratio, Proportion, and Percent
  33. Measurement
  34. Formulas
  35. Geometry
  36. Data Analysis
  37. Statistics and Probability
  38. Introduction to Algebra
  39. Special Topics in Algebra and Geometry

Home to the Sea

60 min.; 7-12; Maine Studies, Social Studies; Produced by: Maine Public Broadcasting Network (1978)

Home To The Sea is an impressionistic film tracing the state's seafaring heritage from the 1600's to the present. It incorporates a wide array of visual materials. Folk music composed by Gordon Bok is interspersed throughout the program along with legends, passages from diaries, excerpts from ships' logs and stories of Maine captains and their families.

Landowner Relations

25 min.; 7-12; Maine Studies, Safety, Social Studies; Produced by: Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (1996)

Landowner Relations addresses sportsman's ethics, behaving appropriately in the outdoors, and safety. Almost 95% of Maine is privately owned; and in most cases people hunting, snowmobiling, hiking, or accessing remote fishing spots are all doing so on privately owned land. H ow do we keep the land from being posted? H ow do we encourage all outdoor enthusiasts to behave responsibly and ethically while roaming the fields, forests, and waters of the state.

Maine Artists

4 programs - 16 min. each; 7-12; Art, Fine Arts, Maine Studies; Produced by: Maine Coast Artists (1980)

Several of Maine 's most distinguished artists are shown discussing their philosophies, goals, attitudes and techniques.

  1. Reuben Tam
  2. Neil Welliver
  3. Denny Winters
  4. Leonard Craig (1982)

Maine Works

7 programs - 50 min. each; 7-12; Career Education, Economics, Maine Studies; Produced by: Governor's Office, MDECS, and UMA (1990)

Maine Works, hosted by Governor John McKernan, is a career information series. The programs introduce students to a variety of careers, allow them to see Maine people working in those fields, and to explore and gather information about the skills, interests, and education needed for a particular job.

  1. Journalism
  2. Athletics
  3. Small Business
  4. Environment
  5. Health Care
  6. Criminal Justice
  7. Human Services

Maine 's Infrastructure

4 programs - 6 min. each; 7-12; Environment, Maine Studies; Produced by: Media Source (1984)

Examines and defines the status of Maine 's Infrastructure. That is, the condition of our highways, bridges, public buildings, and other aspects of our community.

  1. Physical Decay
  2. Economic Decay
  3. Reinvestment
  4. Rebuilding

New England Christmas

30 min.; 9-12; Maine Studies, Social Studies; Produced by: Maine Public Broadcasting (1972)

The program follows Jon Emery as he returns to his childhood home in Maine to spend Christmas with his father. An odyssey rich in tradition and alive with the past - the one room school house, the general store, the country church, the farm. Filmed at various Maine locations.

No Time to Waste

30 min.; K-6; Environment, Social Studies; Distributed by: Slim Goodbody Corp.

No Time To Waste involves school children from Washington , DC , Oakland , California , and Toronto , Canada in exploring environmental issues. Step by step the program follows their progress from research to active negotiation regarding environmental problems with community leaders. In addition, it features students from many other countries following similar steps in their native lands.

Our Stories

4 programs - 60 min. each; 7-12; Maine Studies, Social Studies; Produced by: Maine Public Television (1998)

This four-part television series documents a rural view of culture, community and family in the four corners of Maine . From the lobster co-op in the fishing community of Islesford, to the cow barn on the H astings family farm in Bethel , we share family stories of tradition, survival, victory, love and longing. From the woods of Indian Township , to the potato fields of an Acadian family near Ft. Kent , we learn how culture enriches our lives and boradens the definition f amily.

  1. The Cranberry Report
  2. Harvest of Hope
  3. Healing Woods
  4. At the Center of Things

Peace Corps World Wise Schools

12 programs - 22 min. each; 3-12; Geography; Distributed by: Peace Corps (1997)

This series gives US students the chance to experience the world through the eyes of past and present Peace Corps Volunteers. Developed in accordance with the National Geography Standards, each video explores the daily lives of students in contrasting regions of the featured country, identifying the similarities and differences that exist between cultures and geographic regions.

  1. Destination: Cameroon
  2. Destination: Honduras
  3. Destination: Kyrgyzstan
  4. Destination: Lesotho
  5. Destination: Lithuania
  6. Destination: The Marshall Islands
  7. Destination: Nepal
  8. Destination: Paraguay
  9. Destination: Poland
  10. Destination: Senegal
  11. Destination: Sri Lanka
  12. To Touch the World: The Peace Corps Experience

Rain Forest Imperative

25 min.; 7-12; Environment, Social Studies; Distributed by: Environmental Sciences Partnerships for Maine (1992)

Many factors have contributed to the destruction of tropical rain forests. Yet the first step to solving any problem is understanding its origin; therefore, it is critical that we learn about the rain forest crisis. The goal of this program is to help students develop an early awareness of the rain forest crisis and environmental issues. After all, we need to recognize that our actions not only affect us locally, but they also affect our world.

RFD Maine

6 programs - 30 min. each; 4-12; Maine Studies, Social Studies; Produced by: Maine Public Television (1997)

Hosted by noted Maine author Sanford Phippen, RFD Maine offers a window into the lives of many rural Maine residents. Shows the richness and texture of rural Maine life and introduces the unassuming but strong individuals who are working to keep community and tradition alive.

  1. Keeping Traditions Alive
  2. Self-Reliance
  3. Community Reliance
  4. Slices of Maine
  5. Young People
  6. Changes for the Future

Road Diaries

4 programs - 60 min. each; 9-12; Current Issues, Geography, Maine Studies, Social Studies; Maine Public Television, Lewiston, ME (2002)

  1. 101 Western Maine - The six dedicated Road Diaries explorers begin their journey by trekking across the five counties of Western Maine in four days, or more than 40% of the state of Maine! From the Bates Mill complex in Lewiston, to Black Mountain in Rumford, to dogsledding on Moosehead Lake in Greenville, the Road Diaries bus troop sets out to discover not only what makes Western Maine unique, but also what connects this region to the rest of the state.
  2. 102 Southern Maine - From the challenges of urban sprawl to island life on Great Chebeague, the Road Diaries participants embark on a trip to discover not only the attributes of Southern Maine, but also how this region is tied to the rest of the state. Southern Maine is often stereotyped as an extension of Massachusetts, rather than being an authentic part of Maine. Our group explores this generalization, and draws conclusions for themselves about how the character and economy of this southern region fits into the larger picture of the State of Maine.
  3. 103 Eastern Maine - As the Road Diaries bus travels Down East in search of Maine's interconnectedness, local perception of two Maines appears to be alive and well. Residents of Washington and H ancock counties have a distinct perception that they are from the other Maine. Recently over three hundred Maine jobs were terminated, almost half of which were within Washington County. During the August Down East trip, the group will have the chance to come up with an opinion of their own regarding this topical issue by witnessing first hand the remote, sparsely settled north coast.
  4. Northern Maine - This area of Maine, more than any other, was unknown to most of the group. A fact that holds true for many living in the state. Maine's northernmost county is the largest county east of the Mississippi River. The total area encompassed by Aroostook is larger than the states of Rhode Island and Connecticut combined. While its enormity is a great source for trivia, size also provides a challenge to its largely rural population making ti more expensive to deliver goods and services to the people of Aroostook. The Road Diaries travelers set off to find out why jobs are not as easy to come by here as they are in southern Maine. Find out what we learned when Road Diaries visits Aroostook county.

Sealog: Defence

30 min.; 7-12; Archaeology, Maine Studies; Produced by: Maine Public Broadcasting (1978)

Set in the choppy waters of Penobscot Bay near Stockton H arbor , Sealog: Defence traces the four-year effort of the Maine State Museum , the Institute of Archaeology , and the Maine Maritime Academy to find and identify artifacts from the Defence. It includes footage of the divers on site, various finds undergoing restoration in the Maine State Museum , and still photographs of the underwater work.

Seven Maine Forts

30 min.; 7-12; Maine Studies, Social Studies; Produced by: WCS H -TV (1976)

A pictorial visit to historic Forts Knox, Edgecomb, Popham, George, McLeary, Western and Gorges.

Skowhegan State Fair

30 min.; 7-12; Agriculture, Maine Studies, Social Studies; Produced by: Maine Public Broadcasting (1978)

Skowhegan State Fair is a behind-the-scenes look at the nation's oldest continuous agricultural exposition. The half-hour documentary explores a variety of Skowhegan festivities: horsepulling contests, grange exhibits, harness racing, crafts displays, and 4-H activities. The program captures the sights, sounds, and flavors of one of the most popular summer pastimes in Maine - going to the fair.

Washington County : A Question of Survival

60 min.; 9-12; Maine Studies, Social Studies; Produced by: Margaret Kenda (1976)

Examines patterns of life and work during one winter in Downeast Maine . Washington County people speak out on their unique sense of place and the survival of their traditions.

Wealth in Wetlands

23 min.; 4-12; Environment, Social Studies; Produced by: National Association of Conservation Districts (1992)

Interviews with five farmers who believe there is a place for wetlands on their farms. Each explains personal convictions on the value of wetlands, in terms of both the farming operation and personal satisfaction. Also includes a brief overview of wetlands losses and restoration methods.

Wetlands for the Future

20 min.; 4-12; Environment, Maine Studies, Social Studies; Produced by: US Fish & Wildlife Service (1991)

An update on the status of wetlands in the United States in 1990-1991 with Lower Great Lakes and Atlantic Coast Joint Ventures. Reviews the function and value of wetlands in this country. Current programs to preserve and protect wetlands are looked at in depth. A few Maine programs and people are also included.

Wetlands in Crisis

20 min.; 4-12; Environment, Science, Social Studies; Produced by: US Fish & Wildlife Service (1990)

An overview of wetlands; their functions, value, and ongoing loss in this country with remarks by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Manuel Lujan on current legislation to protect wetlands.

What Is...?

2 programs - 30 min. each; 5-12; Economics, Social Studies; Produced by: Chevron USA Inc. (1985)

It explores fundamental concepts of various academic areas and provides objective criteria which enable the students to become critical thinkers about each of these disciplines.

  1. What Is History?
  2. What Is Economics?