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By screening short videos that provide a visual look at subjects ranging from science to art, teachers can reinforce concepts kids are learning in class. Educators likely won't find a video for every concept they discuss in class; however, they can share information with students on a variety of topics, including what gives stars their shape, why leaves change color, and how cardboard is recycled.
Teachers can also assign videos to individual students for additional learning. Each video contains written text on the topic, which can also help kids practice reading. However, teachers will need to email a link to the video; there's no way to directly share content with other users through the site.Continue reading Show less
As with many curated video sites, the clips on The Kid Should See This are grouped into topics -- in this case, science, technology, space, animals, food, DIY, music, animation, and art. Creator Rion Nakaya, who updates the site with input from her 3- and 6-year-old children, says she picks videos parents and teachers can watch with children, but that weren't necessarily created for kids. (Don't expect a lot of zany sounds or graphics.) Ten to 12 STEM-focused videos are added each week.
The site's short, interesting clips contain a fair amount of background information, which can help kids learn about each topic. Videos don't, however, feature age- or grade-level suggestions, which could help teachers determine which content might work best for each student or classroom. Teachers may need to dig a bit to find appropriate clips.
Users can sort videos by date, title, or popularity, but aside from about 40 general tags, videos aren't broken down by specific topic. If you're looking for a video on a specific topic within a larger subject area, you'll most likely need to enter a keyword in the search field. Bookmarking clips for later use can also be tricky. Users supposedly can click Save Video and view the video later on a site page, but tests to try that functionality on two different browsers proved unsuccessful. Even without in-depth search options, the site can be a useful classroom aid. The compelling, quick, informative videos offer a thorough look at science, technology, and other topics; watching them will spark conversation and encourage kids to learn new concepts.
Key Standards Supported
Reading Informational Text
Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.