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Popcorn Park: THE SIX PILLARS OF CHARACTER (dvd)

for grades K-5

Six part DVD series with printable teaching guides.

English and Spanish versions included on each DVD

Help your kids explore six essential character virtues with the Popcorn Park Puppets. In each video the puppets become entangled in problems that require them to sort out right from wrong. With a little help from Socrates and his female counterpart, Diotima, they learn to ask the right questions and do the right things.

Complete with inspiring songs and delightful humor, these videos provide a fun way to engage your students in thinking, talking, and writing about the kinds of people they want to be.

GREAT STORIES!     GREAT PUPPETS!

GREAT SING-ALONG SONGS!    

Each volume in the series is approximately 25 minutes in length. A teaching guide is included on each DVD providing discussion questions, writing assignments, and group learning activities. Companion materials, including classroom posters and a storybook, are also available to help you extend the lesson even further.


Trustworthiness story

1-TRUSTWORTHINESS

Groark and Muggsy learn how important honesty and trust are in building good friendships. When Muggsy tries to impress Groark by stealing an expensive birthday present for him, Groark struggles to figure out the right thing to do, and teaches Muggsy that it is better to have honest, trustworthy friends than expensive toys.   Learn more . . .



Respect Sstory2-RESPECT

Burna discovers that name-calling, teasing, and put-downs are not good natured fun. When her friends ostracize her for treating them disrespectfully and for bullying a new kid on the playground, Burna learns that the way to have good friendships is to treat people the way you would like them to treat you - with respect.   Learn more . . .



Responsibility story3-RESPONSIBILITY

Groark and Burna learn that being irresponsible can be unfair and hurtful to everyone, including themselves. When Burna neglects an important responsibility by dumping it on Muggsy, and Groark makes a mistake and lets Muggsy take the blame, the result is a tangle of hard feelings that nearly brings their friendships to a painful end.   Learn more . . .


Fairness story4-FAIRNESS

Essie learns that being fair to everybody can be a lot harder than it seems. When she has to decide which of her friends will get the starring role in the annual Popcorn Park play, Essie has a lot to consider — including the not-so-fair actions of the two competitors.   Learn more . . .



Caring story

5-CARING

Burna discovers (by being a "reading buddy") the personal rewards that come from giving of yourself to help somebody else. When Burna has to make a hard choice between doing a community service project and playing soccer, she learns that caring is more about what we do than about how we feel.   Learn more . . .



Citizenship story

6-CITIZENSHIP

Nubbs becomes a hero to his friends by helping them tap into their power to make an important difference in their community. When Nubbs leads his friends in a successful effort to transform an ugly vacant lot into a beautiful grove of shady trees, they all experience the satisfaction and the benefits that come from being good citizens.   Learn more . . .


 


Parents' Choice Award Winner

 

"We had just completed a Responsibility unit last month, and the video was an excellent culmination of the lesson. I loved the way the video “connected” with the definition of responsibility…and the children NOTICED. The students just loved the colorful characters and inviting settings in the video. The video was able to keep the full attention of the students. The songs were excellent in expressing the feelings of the characters."   —Becky Mouser, Counselor, Cravens Academy

Episode Descriptions

  • Popcorn Park
    The Six Pillars of Character: TRUSTWORTHINESS (dvd)

    THIS VIDEO PROGRAM TEACHES CHILDREN:

    That lying and stealing are wrong.

    That trust is essential for good relationships.

    That it is important to be honest, trustworthy people.

     

    THE STORY:

    Groark and Muggsy learn how important honesty and trust are in building good friendships. When Muggsy tries to impress Groark by stealing an expensive birthday present for him, Groark struggles to figure out the right thing to do, and teaches Muggsy that it is better to have honest, trustworthy friends than expensive toys.

  • Popcorn Park
    The Six Pillars of Character: RESPECT (dvd)

    THIS VIDEO PROGRAM TEACHES CHILDREN:

    How to be respectful people,

    That insults and put- downs are not just good natured fun,

    That treating people with respect makes better friendships,

    That bullying is a very hurtful form of disrespect,

    The Golden Rule: Treat others the way you want them to treat you.

     

    THE STORY:

    Burna discovers that name-calling, teasing, and put-downs are not good natured fun. When her friends ostracize her for treating them disrespectfully and for bullying a new kid on the playground, Burna learns that the way to have good friendships is to treat people the way you would like them to treat you - with respect.

     

  • Popcorn Park
    The Six Pillars of Character: RESPONSIBILITY (dvd)

     

    THIS VIDEO PROGRAM TEACHES CHILDREN:

    What responsibility is, and what a responsible person does,

    Why it is a good thing to be a responsible person,

     How being irresponsible can harm friendships,

    How to solve problems by thinking.

    THE STORY:

    Groark and Burna learn that being irresponsible can be unfair and hurtful to everyone, including themselves. When Burna neglects an important responsibility by dumping it on Muggsy, and Groark makes a mistake and lets Muggsy take the blame, the result is a tangle of hard feelings that nearly brings their friendships to a painful end.

  • Popcorn Park
    The Six Pillars of Character: FAIRNESS (dvd)

    THIS VIDEO PROGRAM TEACHES CHILDREN:

     What fairness is and what a fair person does,

    How being fair or unfair affects their friendships,

    How to solve problems by thinking.

     

    THE STORY:

    Essie learns that being fair to everybody can be a lot harder than it seems. When she has to decide which of her friends will get the starring role in the annual Popcorn Park play, Essie has a lot to consider — including the not-so-fair actions of the two competitors.

  • Popcorn Park
    The Six Pillars of Character: CARING (dvd)

    THIS VIDEO PROGRAM TEACHES CHILDREN:

    What caring is all about and what caring people do,

    That we become caring people by doing caring things,

    That caring builds good relationships,

    That serving the community helps other people and makes us feel good.

     

    THE STORY:

    Burna discovers (by being a "reading buddy") the personal rewards that come from giving of yourself to help somebody else. When Burna has to make a hard choice between doing a community service project and playing soccer, she learns that caring is more about what we do than about how we feel.

  • Popcorn Park
    The Six Pillars of Character: CITIZENSHIP (dvd)

    THIS VIDEO PROGRAM TEACHES CHILDREN:

    That good citizens help make their communities good places to live.

    That each child has the power to make a positive dffference in the world.


    THE STORY:

    Nubbs becomes a hero to his friends by helping them tap into their power to make an important difference in their community. When Nubbs leads his friends in a successful effort to transform an ugly vacant lot into a beautiful grove of shady trees, they all experience the satisfaction and the benefits that come from being good citizens.

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Awards & Reviews

Awards

KIDS FIRST! Endorsement —Coalition for Quality Children's Media

Distinguished Achievement Award —Association of Educational Publishers

Parents' Choice Award —Parents' Choice Foundation

Honors —National Parenting Publications Awards

Creative Excellence Award —U.S. International Film and Video Festival

2004 Awards Portfolio Winner —Media & Methods Magazine


What People Are Saying...

"The educational and entertaining content of this well-planned series makes it a must purchase for school media centers and public libraries."
—Carol Y. Barker, School Library Journal

"Imaginative and effective."
—John Kelly, Youth Today

"Leaders in the field of child and youth guidance, producers David Elkind and Freddy Sweet have created another winner with this lighthearted (but strong-minded) series that mixes realistic scenarios and solid ethics with kid-friendly humor and bouncy sing-along songs. Highly recommended."
—Randy Pitman, The Video Librarian

"We had just completed a Responsibility unit last month, and the video was an excellent culmination of the lesson. I loved the way the video “connected” with the definition of responsibility…and the children NOTICED. The students just loved the colorful characters and inviting settings in the video. The video was able to keep the full attention of the students. The songs were excellent in expressing the feelings of the characters."

—Becky Mouser, Counselor, Cravens Academy

"Bring character education to your school with The Six Pillars of Character video series. Covering respect, responsibility, citizenship and more, the videos contain plenty of music and humor to captivate elementary students."

—Today’s Catholic Teacher

Story Summaries

System Requirements

Video Clips

5 minute preview video
30 minute preview video
clip de 7 1/2 minuto de "Respeto" en Espaņol

PDF Samples

Buying Options
Individual Titles - Pick & Choose Full Series - All Six DVDs
Volume 1
Popcorn Park
The Six Pillars of Character: TRUSTWORTHINESS (dvd)

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Price $ 69.95
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Volume 2
Popcorn Park
The Six Pillars of Character: RESPECT (dvd)

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Price $ 69.95
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Volume 3
Popcorn Park
The Six Pillars of Character: RESPONSIBILITY (dvd)

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Price $ 69.95
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Volume 4
Popcorn Park
The Six Pillars of Character: FAIRNESS (dvd)

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Price $ 69.95
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Volume 5
Popcorn Park
The Six Pillars of Character: CARING (dvd)

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Price $ 69.95
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Volume 6
Popcorn Park
The Six Pillars of Character: CITIZENSHIP (dvd)

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Price $ 69.95
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