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K-12 Connections Event
Zoo Friends: Wild and Rare Animals
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What is the difference between endangered, extinct and threatened? Why do animals become endangered? Join educators and animals from the Blank Park Zoo and learn why every creature is valuable to the earth's ecosystem. We'll hear success stories of endangered animals, meet some of the Zoo's animal ambassadors, and discover how people can make a difference! This program also allows time for student questions, so come prepared.

Registering teachers agree to provide the following materials for use in the ICN room:

Following the ICN session, registrants receive the complimentary books, Partners, Wild Dogs and Teeny Tiny Animals or alternate titles by mail.

Blank Park Zoo ICN events include:
Wild and Rare
Marvelous Mammals
Zoo Detectives
Exotic Habitats
Chickens Aren't the Only Ones
Creepy Crawlies

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Standards: (Hide Standards)

Applicable standards from McREL:

Life Sciences

Standard 5: Understands the structure and function of cells and organisms

Level I [Grade: K-2]
1. Knows the basic needs of plants and animals (e.g., air, water, nutrients, light or food, shelter)
2. Knows that plants and animals have features that help them live in different environments

Level II [Grade: 3-5]
1. Knows that plants and animals progress through life cycles of birth, growth and development, reproduction, and death; the details of these life cycles are different for different organisms

Standard 6: Understands relationships among organisms and their physical environment

Level I [Grade: K-2]
1. Knows that plants and animals need certain resources for energy and growth (e.g., food, water, light, air)
2. Knows that living things are found almost everywhere in the world and that distinct environments support the life of different types of plants and animals

Level II [Grade: 3-5]
1. Knows the organization of simple food chains and food webs (e.g., green plants make their own food with sunlight, water, and air; some animals eat the plants; some animals eat the animals that eat the plants)


Classroom Resources:

The following related programs are available on IPTV's broadcast or from the AEAs: (Check the K-12 Classroom Television ( Web site for broadcast dates and times.)

  • BACKYARD SAFARI (Grade Level: PreK-2)
  • DRAGONFLY TV (Grade Level: 2-5)
  • REAL SCIENCE V: (Grade Level: 5-10)
  • WILD CHRONICLES (Grade Level: 5-12)

Sessions are provided at no cost by Iowa Public Television in collaboration with the Iowa Communications Network to PK-12 students and the adults working with or on behalf of PK-12 students in Iowa.

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Contact Person:
Abby Brown
Educational Telecommunications
(800) 532-1290 or (515) 242-4181
Offering Dates & Times: Registration Deadlines:
January 30, 2014
 Thursday, 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Audience: Grades 3-6
Friday, January 24, 2014
January 30, 2014
 Thursday, 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Audience: Grades 3-6
Friday, January 24, 2014
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