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Disney History Connections: Colonial America

Disney History Connections: Colonial America

Spring 2012 DVD
Ages: 10 - 15 yrs.
DVD Price: $29.99
Review:

Disney's History Connections intends to bring the past to life in meaningful ways-and for kids aged ten to fifteen, this installment, Colonial America, strikes just the right chord! The program blends high-end animation, lively hosts, and lots of nods to modern-day art, music, politics and practices that originated during the Colonial era.

The script is smart and will elicit genuine laughs - as well as some wide-eyed surprise as students learn about familiar pop culture points and how they're connected to the past, an era that was shaped by the quest for gold, God, and glory. Chances are slim that students will nod off during this high-energy and visually delightful production. The runtime is twenty-five minutes, and it not only includes historical facts but also peeks behind the scenes at Disney parks where "Imagineers" engineer rides and attractions.

This DVD offers a number of features for teachers or homeschoolers, including interactive whiteboard exercises and assessments. It also contains a downloadable educator's guide with activities and resources. A bonus feature takes viewers inside the Jamestown Settlement to see the homes, churches and lifestyles of the earliest Colonial and Native American people.

Overall, Disney's History Connection: Colonial America is an exceptional, entertaining, and educational tool to help students envision a bygone time and understand how America took shape.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is a writer, teacher, and TV producer with 8 Emmy awards and 20 Emmy nominations to her credit. She has worked in the television industry since 1987, producing children's programming, informational features and documentaries. Catanzarite lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and twin sons.

Look for this product at:
Disney Educational Productions
http://www.disneyeducation.com
Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B004QYI1Q6/parentschoice-20

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