The Kids Should See This is a site Rion Nakaya and her two children. Ms. Nakaya explains that she created the site to inspire inquiry and wonder. Visit the site for “smart videos for curious minds of all ages” (quote on site).
Video is a great addition to the classroom. Use it as a hook or tuning in activity, or in a number of other ways. Here are some ideas:
- lesson hook
- writing prompt for fiction or nonfiction
- response in discussion forum or on blog post
- trigger for creating wonder questions
- springboard for teaching research skills
- inspiration for kids to create their own video
- inspiration for service learning/social activism
- learn vocabulary
- entry into creation – have students add on to the story/event
Know that the videos are hosted on external sites, but embedded on the site. Notice that children can click on the word YouTube in the video and get on the YouTube site. When using The Kids Should See This (or other YouTube videos) with students, be sure to let them know to practice safe and responsible use by watching the video as it is embedded, and not clicking on YouTube.
Here’s a cool video from the site on the Moser Lamp (which I just happened to learn about recently at a presentation on Kiva U).