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Among explore's founding principles are “Share What You Know” and “Never Stop Learning.” The films profile issues facing the environment, education, human rights, public health, philosophy, animal welfare, spirituality, and disabilities.

The lesson plans accompanying explore’s films are written for use in the K – 12 classroom and are connected to grade level national standards. Background information about the non-profit organizations is provided along with questions for guided discussion about the films. The questions are intended for students to connect to the people and issues profiled by exploring and developing their own viewpoints and opinions.

Enjoy exploring the minds of the people who will solve many of the issues profiled in these films.

AccessSurf

Lesson Plan: Grades 3 – 8
Curriculum and Standards Connections: Health & Civics

The spirit of Hawaii comes alive in this film about AccesSurf, an organization dedicated to giving everyone the chance to experience the magnificence of the ocean. By providing therapeutic instruction and making Hawaii's beautiful beaches accessible to anyone, regardless of disability, AccesSurf exhibits the true essence of aloha.

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Adrenaline Junkie

Lesson Plan: Grades 9 12
Curriculum and Standards Connections: Health

Jackson Hole Avalanche Search and Rescue Team and its K-9 rescue dogs perform a "live" rescue when a skier gets trapped in an avalanche and is buried alive.

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Change at the Top of the World

Lesson Plan: Grades 6 12
Curriculum and Standards Connections: Earth Science

The defining question of this century will be: how do we preserve the environment and also shareholder wealth? Is wealth nature itself or is it the treasures underneath that must be mined out? The Arctic symbolizes this conflict.

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Common Threads

Lesson Plan: Grades 3 – 8
Curriculum and Standards Connections: Health

Teaching students basic kitchen skills, they also learn to connect with their bodies, their neighbors, and the outside world ? in bite-sized lessons.

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Explore China

Lesson Plan: Grades 6 – 12
Curriculum and Standards Connections: Social Sciences, Foreign Language

Explore went to China on a fact-finding mission led by Charles Annenberg Weingarten, a trustee of the Annenberg Foundation. During the three-week trip, the team discovered many of China's hidden gems: philosophy, art, education, and rural life. They also discovered how the country's hard-working and innovative leaders were working to solve issues of the environment, human rights, and public health.

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Fighting HIV

Lesson Plan: Grades 9 – 12
Curriculum and Standards Connections: Health

Although India's HIV rate is much lower than other developing nations, some 5.7 million people still reportedly carry the virus. The efforts of Dr. Suniti Solomon and her team at the Y.R.G. Centre for AIDS Research and Education have taken care of 11,000 patients and are helping to slow the spread of the epidemic.

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Fish Out of Water

Lesson Plan: Grades 9 – 12
Curriculum and Standards Connections: Health & Civics

Combat Vets suffering from PTSD participate in a fly fishing workshop hosted by non-profit Sun Valley Adaptive Sports. Explore the connection between nature and healing.

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Gorillas...98.6% Human

Lesson Plan: Grades 6 – 8
Curriculum and Standards Connections: Life Science

How ironic that the one creature deemed all violent is the most peaceful: the mountain gorilla. With only 720 remaining, Craig Sholley of AWF teaches us about his organization's efforts to preserve gorillas in Rwanda.

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Guardians of the Sea: LIfeguard Legends

Lesson Plan: Grades 6 – 8
Curriculum and Standards Connections: Health & Safety

The lifeguards of the North Shore of Oahu are the modern day sheriffs of the wild west. This film pays tribute to their selfless acts of heroism. A must see for all surf lovers!

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Guardians of the Sea: Orcas

Lesson Plan: Grades 3 – 12
Curriculum and Standards Connections: Science

Dr. Paul Spong of Orca Lab studies orca linguistics. Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research discovered the impact that navy sonar was having on whales. Meet the world's leading experts on orcas.

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Hebron

Lesson Plan: Grades 6 – 12
Curriculum and Standards Connections: World History

In Hebron, a human rights organization called B'Tselem is giving children video cameras to document their daily lives, hoping that it will lessen violence between Palestinians and Jews.

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Hero

Lesson Plan: Grades 6 – 12
Curriculum and Standards Connections: Health, World History

A woman of boundless love abandons the life she knew to start an orphanage in Ethiopia. Starting with a child she picked up from a dead mother's body, she now cares for over 5,000 children. An inspiration to us all.

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Homeboy

Lesson Plan: Grades 9 – 12
Curriculum and Standards Connections: Civics/Social Studies

Homeboy Industries is bringing hope to some of L.A.'s toughest neighborhoods by providing ways for at-risk youth and former gang members to meaningfully contribute to their communities. Under the leadership of the inspiring Father Greg Boyle, and with the motto Nothing Stops a Bullet like a Job, they guide more than 1,000 young people a month away from gang life.

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India's Song

Lesson Plan: Grades 6 – 12
Curriculum and Standards Connections: Music and Dance

Meet John Singh, Rajisthani Maverick, who is single handedly trying to save traditional Indian music from going extinct. A must see for all Indian music lovers!

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Keck Observatory

Lesson Plan: Grades 3 – 8
Curriculum and Standards Connections: Science

Exactly how big is our universe, and what place do we have in it? Come explore the Keck Observatory, where the human mind is opened to a vast realm of new possibilities.

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Kokua Hawai'i Foundation

Lesson Plan: Grades K – 4
Curriculum and Standards Connections: Science & Social Sciences

The Kokua Hawai'i Foundation was founded by Jack Johnson and his wife Kim, who wanted to share the importance of caring for the planet with Hawaii's youth. Through catchy songs like 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,' and enabling schools to run field trips, gardening education, and nutrition programs, the foundation is helping to create an environmentally conscious generation.

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No Child is Born a Terrorist

Lesson Plan: Grades 9 – 12
Curriculum and Standards Connections: Drama & Social Sciences

Zacharia Zubeidi, head of the al-Aqsa Martyrs brigade in Jenin, has survived four assassination attempts by Israeli forces. While interviewing him, I expected to be gunned down at any moment.

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Oasis of Peace

Lesson Plan: Grades 6 – 8
Curriculum and Standards Connections: World History

Problems arise when people simply do not understand one another. At the community school in Neve Shalom-Wahat al-Salam ? named in both Hebrew and Arabic ? children learn both languages at a very young age, thus cultivating a spirit of communication and mutual understanding. The village is a true rarity, as Jews and Palestinian Arabs live together in cooperation and respect.

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Rabbi Teacher

Lesson Plan: Grades 3 – 8
Curriculum and Standards Connections: World History

What does it mean to be Jewish? Rabbi Engelman guides us through Jerusalem explaining the meaning of Judaism.

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Raindrops over Rwanda

Lesson Plan: Grades 9 – 12
Curriculum and Standards Connections: Civics, World History

Explore traveled to the Kigali Memorial Centre in Rwanda to learn about the tragedy of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. See what they discovered along the way.

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Ramana's Garden

Lesson Plan: Grades 9 – 12
Curriculum and Standards Connections: Civics, Geography, World History

India is a land of startling contrasts and inequality. Dr. Prabhavati Dwabha came to India to find herself; instead, she found people in need and a new purpose in life. At Ramana's Garden, Dr. Dwabha is working to give a future to children who would otherwise be without one.

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Salem Witch Hunt

Lesson Plan: Grades 9 – 12
Curriculum and Standards Connections: United States History, Language Arts

Fear is the quicksand of humanity. In 1692, mass hysteria led to the hanging of nineteen innocent people in Salem. Join historians as they piece together what really happened.

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Sam Sullivan: Life in a Wheel

Lesson Plan: Grades 9 – 12
Curriculum and Standards Connections: Civics, Health

"Before my disability there were 10 billion opportunities for me to explore. Now there?s probably five billion, far more than I?ll ever be able to attempt.? - Former Mayor of Vancouver, Sam Sullivan

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Spiritual India: River of Compassion

Lesson Plan: Grades 9 – 12
Curriculum and Standards Connections: Civics, Geography, World History

The Ganges River is the mother of India yet she is endangered by pollution. Meet Swamiji Muni Baba and other great Indian minds who refuse to let her die. A film festival favorite.

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Street Poets

Lesson Plan: Grades 9 – 12
Curriculum and Standards Connections: Language Arts, Theater Arts, Health

With the motto of "One Street, One Heartbeat, One Love," LA-based Street Poets teaches young people how to develop their poetic voice and share their feelings about life on the street, in schools, and in juvenile detention facilities. By giving them an artistic outlet for expression, Street Poets empowers Los Angeles County youth to transcend self-destructive lifestyles and creatively transform both lives and communities.

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Traveling with Jihad

Lesson Plan: Grades 6 – 12
Curriculum and Standards Connections: Social Studies

When viewed through the lens of a shared history, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam provide differing perspectives on similar themes. Join Jihad Turk as he leads Charles Annenberg Weingarten through the common threads that tie the western faiths with that of Islam.

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Wild Dolphins

Lesson Plan: Grades K – 5
Curriculum and Standards Connections: Science

Denise Herzing, the Jane Goodall of the sea, dedicates her life to researching wild spotted dolphins in the Bahamas. Go underwater and fall in love with these sacred creatures.

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Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum

Lesson Plan: Grades 6 – 12
Curriculum and Standards Connections: World History

By reconstructing the events that lead to the Holocaust, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum aims to bring the past to life and prevent future atrocities through greater understanding.

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