In this video, a group of 4th grade students closely read a text about toy inventors, discussing their ideas with their peers. Their teacher models her thinking on some tricky parts, asks text-dependent questions, and guides their annotation and writing.
Animated Sand Toys and Music Boxes - Toy inventor Mel Birnkrant demonstrates the Victorian-style toys that he and his wife Eunice created. The paper cut-out figures are powered by sand motors and wind-up music box mechanisms. Mel Birnkrant's main website: http://melbirnkrant.com/ More about Mel's music boxes: http://melbirnkrant.com/colorforms/page1.html
Toy inventor Dan Abramson has taken an interesting approach towards promoting yoga practice. He's created Yoga Joes, which are classic green plastic army men who've traded their guns in for yoga poses.