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K-12 Connections Event
Zoo Friends: Chickens Aren't the Only Ones
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Join educators from the Blank Park Zoo for this 'egg-cellent' learning experience! Students have an 'egg-citing' time learning about nature's perfect package the egg. An 'egg-traordinary' egg hunt and 'egg-amples' of various animals 'egg-cite' student imaginations. Live animals, from the Blank Park Zoo (past egg residents), are on-hand for the session. Students will learn that every type of animal has special features or structures that help it do things that other organisms cannot do. The program also allows time for student questions, so come prepared.

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

  • 1 plastic (Easter) egg per student in class
  • 1 animal cut-out per egg - Download and print from the "Chickens Aren't the Only Ones" section of the Classroom Resources area of the K-12 Connections Web site.

Following the ICN session, registrants receive the complimentary books, Penguins! and the Perfect Nest 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

Suggested Prerequisites:

Session Related Web sites:

  • Blank Park Zoo - Iowa's Wildest Adventures.
  • IT'S A BIG BIG WORLD - Kids can explore the World Tree, plays games, listen to music, watch videos and more. Parents and teachers will enjoy the activities for kids as well.
  • - Learn everything about birds including how to make a bird house, what to look for when birdwatching, and more.
  • - Lesson plans, web links, bird identification tips and much more for teaching kids about birds.
Related Lesson Plans and Units:

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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.)

  • WILD CHRONICLES (Grade Level: 5-12)
  • BACKYARD SAFARI: (Grade Level: PK-2)
  • DRAGONFLY TV (Grade Level: 2-5)

Check out the Classroom Resources for additional materials prepared and compiled by IPTV K-12 Connections staff.

Only twelve interactive sites are scheduled for each session.

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 or Debbie Wineland
Educational Telecommunications
(800) 532-1290 or (515) 242-1481
Offering Dates & Times: Registration Deadlines:
April 10, 2014
 Thursday, 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Audience: Grades PK-2
Friday, April 4, 2014
April 10, 2014
 Thursday, 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Audience: Grades PK-2
Friday, April 4, 2014
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