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Great Videos and Movies for Your Classroom

Video content for the classroom has never been more accessible to teachers and students. Math tutorials, physics experiments, animated grammar lessons, feature-length documentaries -- you name it, it's out there. This is not to mention the ever-growing mountain of user-generated YouTube videos. Are you searching for that just-right video clip to complement your lesson? This list includes some of Common Sense Education's favorite video-based resources, as well as a few sites to help you take your search even further.

If you've found some great videos to use, you should check out our Teaching Strategies tips that will Get Students Thinking Critically About Video.

Multiple-Subject Video Resources

PBS LearningMedia Visit Website: http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/
Impressive collection of classroom-ready, free digital resources
Grades Pre-K-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
PBS KIDS GO! Visit Website: http://pbskids.org/
One-stop shop for a wealth of fantastic PBS KIDS educational content
Grades Pre-K-6
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
YouTube Kids Publisher: Google
Kid-targeted videos are best with adult guidance
Grades Pre-K-3
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
BrainPOP Jr. Visit Website: http://www.brainpopjr.com
Top-notch educational videos a boon for elementary school teachers
Grades K-3
Type Website
Price From $175
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Khan Academy Visit Website: http://www.khanacademy.org
Missions boost learning with balance of focus, freedom to explore
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
SchoolTube Visit Website: http://www.schooltube.com/
Video-sharing site doesn't dazzle but is kid-friendly and clean
Grades 3-8
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
BrainPop Visit Website: http://www.brainpop.com
Clever animated hosts Tim and Moby masterfully tackle complex topics
Grades 4-8
Type Website
Price From $220
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Ted-Ed Visit Website: http://ed.ted.com
Support kids' sense of wonder with outstanding short videos
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Project Ed Visit Website: https://contests.projected.com/
Aspiring filmmakers converge to create video content for the classroom
Grades 7-10
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Brightstorm Visit Website: http://www.brightstorm.com
Brief video lessons for kids who need a homework boost
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3

STEM Video Resources

NOVA Visit Website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova
Compelling science videos have high-quality classroom applications
Grades Pre-K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
The Kid Should See This Visit Website: http://thekidshouldseethis.com/
Kid-friendly STEM-focused videos spark interest, encourage learning
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
National Geographic Kids Visit Website: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com
Stunning photos and in-depth stories of Earth's peoples and wildlife
Grades 1-6
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
National Geographic Education Visit Website: http://www.natgeoed.org
Explore the fascinating, wide world with multimedia resources
Grades 2-10
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Design Squad Nation Visit Website: http://pbskids.org/designsquad
Classmates can compete to solve fun engineering problems
Grades 3-8
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
AMAZE Visit Website: http://amaze.org
Quirky, funny videos give thoughtful answers to kids' sex-ed questions
Grades 5-8
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Mosa Mack Science Visit Website: https://www.mosamack.com/
Engaging design challenges turn kids into actual science detectives
Grades 5-8
Type Website
Price Free, Free to Try
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
NOVA Labs Visit Website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/labs/
Online science, mastered: exceptional content within meaningful tasks
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
Virtual Nerd Visit Website: http://www.virtualnerd.com/
Flip a classroom with these quality video math tutorials
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Get the Math Visit Website: http://www.thirteen.org/get-the-math/
Solve real-life algebra problems with diverse crew, delightful video
Grades 7-10
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Periodic Videos Visit Website: www.periodicvideos.com
Chemistry videos match eccentric professor with exciting explosions
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
BioInteractive Visit Website: http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive
High-quality multimedia brings biological research to life
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Numberphile Visit Website: http://www.numberphile.com/index.html
Expert interviews, whimsical images illustrate the wide world of math
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated

Social Studies Video Resources

NBC Learn Visit Website: http://www.nbclearn.com/portal/site/learn
Video-centric resource good for discussion starters and research
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 5
Channel One News Visit Website: http://www.channelone.com
Kids' daily news site a solid starting point for nonfiction learning
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Oddizzi Visit Website: http://www.oddizzi.com/
Kids travel the world, cultivate global curiosity and responsibility
Grades 3-8
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
CNN Student News Visit Website: http://www.cnn.com/studentnews/
Digestible and engaging news coverage for kids
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
C-SPAN Classroom Visit Website: http://www.c-spanclassroom.org
Video clips, activities take kids inside the White House and Capitol
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
IWitness Visit Website: http://iwitness.usc.edu/SFI/
Explore survivor testimony with lessons, video on teacher-geared site
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
PBS Newshour Extra Visit Website: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra
Accessible, interactive site for news that piques teens' interest
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Smarthistory Visit Website: https://smarthistory.org/
Bring traditional art education to life with fresh, interactive multimedia
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Global Oneness Project Visit Website: https://www.globalonenessproject.org/
Dynamic multimedia resources explore life experiences around the world
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4

ELA Video Resources

Reading is Fundamental: Leading to Reading Visit Website: http://www.rif.org/kids/leadingtoreading/en/leadingtoreading.htm
Teachers and kids explore the wonderful world of reading together
Grades Pre-K-K
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
StorylineOnline.net Visit Website: http://www.storylineonline.net
Notable actors' read alouds bring kids' storybooks to life
Grades Pre-K-3
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Reading Rainbow Publisher: RRKidz, Inc.
Kids can "go anywhere, be anything" with vast book and video library
Grades K-4
Type App
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Flocabulary Visit Website: http://www.flocabulary.com/
Schoolhouse Rock meets Tupac in this delightful hip-hop-based platform
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Grammaropolis.com Visit Website: http://grammaropolis.com/
Catchy parts-of-speech instruction, from hook to assessment
Grades 2-10
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Power Poetry Visit Website: http://www.powerpoetry.org
Empowering online community honors teen poets
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
Youth Voices Visit Website: http://youthvoices.net/
Vibrant online community hosts authentic student writing
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4