Length: 16 - 22 min.
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
This new series, World Continents, covers all of the basics for age appropriate learners on each of the continents which, when combined, make up the land mass of the planet earth. With a primary focus on the geography of the continents each program also proceeds into the additional cross curricular disciplines of science, nature and history.
1. South America — South America is home to the world’s highest waterfall, the world’s largest rain forest, and the world’s longest mountain range. South America is also home to thousands of plants, animals and insects found nowhere else on the planet. (002 – 17:25)
2. Europe — Explore the continent of Europe to find out what it’s like. As you explore this beautiful continent, you’ll see where the mountains… the plains… and the rivers are located, and the other things that make the continent of Europe special. (003 – 18:00)
3. Asia — To cover this vast area, colorful graphics show where the mountains… the plains… and the rivers are located. Also see other important things that make the Asian continent unique. (004 – 17:45)
4. Antarctica — Antarctica has many of the same features as any other continent on earth. In fact, this barren continent has one of the largest mountain ranges in the world. Antarctica takes the prize for being the highest, coldest, and windiest continent on earth. It’s also the driest. Under all that ice is one of the largest deserts on the planet! (006 – 16:06)
5. Africa — Africa is a land located right on the Equator, the middle belt of earth, so much of Africa is warm. Many people believe that Africa is just one big jungle, but by learning to read a map you can see that the dark green areas of jungle and forest are found mostly along the Equator. (005 – 17:15)
6. Australia — Students learn that Australia is completely surrounded by water. It’s also the only landmass on earth that is a continent, a country, as well as an island. Australia is a continent of amazing things…like the strange animals that live there. Many of them live only on the Australian continent and nowhere else in the world. (007 – 18:33)
7. North America — From the North Pole to the Tropics, the North American continent offers a fascinating variety of geographic areas. This visually exciting program then goes on to show how people and governments have divided the continent into different countries. (001 – 21:06)
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Assignment: The World has been discontinued by the producer and is no longer available for broadcast.
PBS Newshour Extra’s Daily News Story is a great alternative.