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The Way Things Work Video Series
26 Volume Set
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Item #: 7P00D
Grades: 3-6
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For sale in U.S. and Canada only-- The Way Things Work is a fully animated series based on the best-selling book by Caldecott Medallist David Macaulay. Each fun-filled episode enables children to understand how the principles of physics affect daily life. On the mythical "Mammoth Island," a group of islanders and their indigenous mammoths are caught up in a series of entertaining adventures, which are motivated and inspired by their need to find solutions to various everyday problems. All the discoveries of the Mammoth Islanders have been chronicled and sketched in a visiting inventor's journal. This colorful journal forms the basis of the series and will assist viewers in learning all about The Way Things Work. Each program includes a Teacher's Guide.


This Collection Includes 26 Titles
Wheels & Axles / The Way Things Work Video Series
7P01D - For sale in U.S. and Canada only-- In Wheels & Axles, the inhabitants of Mammoth Island decide to use the concept of a wheel and axle to create a feather machine that will help them dry their mammoths. The wheel and axle is a simple machine that makes work easier by changing the effort that force needs to move an object. Aside fro...
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Telecommunications / The Way Things Work Video Series
7P02D - For sale in U.S. and Canada only-- In Telecommunications, a visiting inventor investigating a stream of flying boulders discovers the islanders’ primitive communication system and decides to help them upgrade to one that is more efficient and less dangerous. The inventor introduces the telephone -- a device that uses electricity,...
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Steam Power / The Way Things Work Video Series
7P03D - For sale in U.S. and Canada only-- In Steam Power, two young islanders, Olive and Troy, enlist the help of a visiting inventor to build a machine that will make the rides at the amusement park much more exciting. After observing the power of expanding steam in a whistling tea kettle, they decide to build a steam engine! A steam eng...
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Springs / The Way Things Work Video Series
7P04D - For sale in U.S. and Canada only-- In Springs, a visiting inventor observes a family harvesting coconuts on Mammoth Island using a number of devices called springs. Springs come in two shapes: There are coil springs, and there are bending bars -- called "leaf springs"-- which is what the islanders use to improve their coconut coll...
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Sound / The Way Things Work Video Series
7P05D - For sale in U.S. and Canada only-- In Sound, the inhabitants of Mammoth Island learn how sound energy travels in waves. While herding their mammoths towards fresh pasture through a maze of canyons, someone sneezes and the sound reverberates, startling the timid mammoths and causing them to run away! A visiting inventor explains that...
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Sinking / The Way Things Work Video Series
7P06D - For sale in U.S. and Canada only-- In Sinking, a giant wave overtakes the Mammoth Ferry on its maiden voyage, and all of the ship’s cargo is swept overboard! An enterprising young islander, Olive, watches her cousin, Troy, attempt to retrieve the sunken cargo and notices air bubbles rising to the surface around him. Olive uses th...
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Sensors / The Way Things Work Video Series
7P07D - For sale in U.S. and Canada only-- In Sensors, Olive and her cousin, Troy, help their family remodel a quaint old lodge in the mountains. They decide that the old building could use some modernization. A visiting inventor suggests some sensors that would help. Sensors are devices that respond to heat, light, sound, pressure, magne...
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Screws / The Way Things Work Video Series
7P08D - For sale in U.S. and Canada only-- In Screws, inhabitants of Mammoth Island are in the process of building a new observation tower out of stone blocks when one of the islanders gets trapped at the top of the tower. With the help of a visiting gallant knight and his trusty mammoth, they are able to build a ramp around the circular s...
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Pumps / The Way Things Work Video Series
7P09D - For sale in U.S. and Canada only-- In Pumps, all is well on Mammoth Island when suddenly Brenda's baking shed has caught fire! Soon the Mammoth Island Fire Brigade arrives and attempts to put the fire out using water-filled mammoths. However, young Olive is sure that a machine might make it easier to get water to a fire. Looking at...
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Pulleys / The Way Things Work Video Series
7P10D - For sale in U.S. and Canada only-- In Pulleys, inhabitants of Mammoth Island try to find the best method to lift their mammoths. A young islander, Olive, decides to use a simple machine called a pulley to get the job done. A pulley is a wheel that carries a rope, chain or cable on its rim and can be used to lift a heavy load. And...
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Pressure / The Way Things Work Video Series
7P11D - For sale in U.S. and Canada only-- In Pressure, the islanders work together to retrieve a wedding ring that has fallen down a sink drain. With the help of a visiting inventor, they discover what a straw, plunger, vacuum and jackhammer all have in common: They are all useful tools that operate by manipulating a force called pressure...
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Photography / The Way Things Work Video Series
7P12D - For sale in U.S. and Canada only-- In Photography, local inhabitants of Mammoth Island are attempting to memorialize the winner of their annual golf tournament with a portrait. Since the only painter never seems to complete a painting, a young islander named Olive begins to experiment with light when she notices its effect on the gr...
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Musical Instruments / The Way Things Work Video Series
7P13D - For sale in U.S. and Canada only-- In Musical Instruments, inhabitants of Mammoth Island invite a visiting inventor to a concert of mammoth proportions! Instead of playing instruments, the islanders rely on musical mammoths for entertainment. After the performance, which includes a rather dangerous stampede, the inventor shares what...
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Magnets / The Way Things Work Video Series
7P14D - For sale in U.S. and Canada only-- In Magnets, inhabitants of Mammoth Island discover the power of an invisible force called magnetism when a sudden lightning bolt transforms their “clothes dryer” -- a contraption made of wire wound into a coil around an iron bar. When an electric current flows through the wire, the current creates ...
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Light / The Way Things Work Video Series
7P15D - For sale in U.S. and Canada only-- In Light, young Olive and her cousin, Troy, learn all about the properties of light with the help of a visiting inventor and a room full of his crystal trophies. They discover that light behaves in different ways to change the way we see things. When light waves hit something, three things can happ...
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Levers / The Way Things Work Video Series
7P16D - For sale in U.S. and Canada only-- In Levers, inhabitants of Mammoth Island have decided to enter their mammoth in a "heaviest mammoth" competition. To do so, they need to find the best method to weigh a mammoth. After observing some children playing on a see-saw, Olive, a young islander, is inspired to try a simple machine called a...
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Inclined Planes / The Way Things Work Video Series
7P17D - For sale in U.S. and Canada only-- In Inclined Planes, inhabitants of Mammoth Island have decided to smash boulders into bits by dropping them off a wooden tower to make gravel for their new roads. While this method does produce gravel, the islanders find it is difficult and even dangerous to hoist boulders up the side of a tower...
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Heat / The Way Things Work Video Series
7P18D - For sale in U.S. and Canada only-- In Heat, a visiting inventor discovers just how useful the island’s mammoth population is in keeping things warm one freezing winter day on Mammoth Island! The warm-blooded creatures help heat water, press clothes, warm beds and keep the village sauna hot and steamy. Heat is energy that comes from...
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Friction / The Way Things Work Video Series
7P19D - For sale in U.S. and Canada only-- In Friction, two young islanders, Olive and Troy, are delivering mail with a mammoth-drawn wagon when they learn how important the force of friction is as they attempt to slow down! Applying what they discover about friction, Olive and Troy test a variety of brakes, trying to find the type just ri...
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Floating / The Way Things Work Video Series
7P20D - For sale in U.S. and Canada only-- In Floating, inhabitants of Mammoth Island attempt to rescue an islander and his mammoths from the middle of a lake. They are stranded on a small island after a wooden bridge collapses. Olive, a bright young islander, notices that the wood from the broken bridge is floating on the surface of the l...
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Flight / The Way Things Work Video Series
7P21D - For sale in U.S. and Canada only-- In Flight, inhabitants of Mammoth Island attempt to use a trusty mammoth to deliver canvas awnings when a gust of wind creates quite a stir! The islanders discover that the power of the wind, combined with the unique shape of the awning, is able to overcome the considerable weight of the mammoth...
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Engines / The Way Things Work Video Series
7P22D - For sale in U.S. and Canada only-- In Engines, inhabitants of Mammoth Island look for an alternative to mammoths to speed up pizza delivery. They decide to experiment with different engines and discover how each works -- from simple rockets to turbofan jet engines to gasoline engines. Comparing the advantages and drawbacks of these ...
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Electricity / The Way Things Work Video Series
7P23D - For sale in U.S. and Canada only-- In Electricity, inhabitants of Mammoth Island learn all about electricity during the annual lemon harvest. Electricity can be harnessed to power all sorts of things -- from light bulbs to trains. It can be used to carry information through the circuits of a computer, or to power a music system or ...
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Cooling / The Way Things Work Video Series
7P24D - For sale in U.S. and Canada only-- In Cooling, a visiting inventor and two young islanders, Olive and Troy, try to beat the heat on a hot summer day by cooling off in the river -- only to find that the Island’s mammoth population has already beaten them to the water and there’s no room left for the humans! Olive suggests that they...
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Belts & Gears / The Way Things Work Video Series
7P25D - For sale in U.S. and Canada only-- In Belts & Gears, inhabitants of Mammoth Island are getting ready for their annual fair and are determined to make this year's event better than ever. Olive, a young islander, enlists the help of a visiting inventor to design exciting new rides, and together they decide that using belts and gears...
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Ballooning / The Way Things Work Video Series
7P26D - For sale in U.S. and Canada only-- In Ballooning, some inhabitants of Mammoth Island decide to explore the far side of a distant mountain ridge on a breezy spring day. Half way up the steep mountain trail, their trusty mammoth becomes afraid and winds up trapped on the mountainside. In order to save their hairy friend, Olive and Tr...
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