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K-12 Connections Event
Cosmic Connections
Subject Area:

Students will learn the order and names of the planets in our solar system. We'll also have a discussion on the latest controversy of Pluto's status of a 'dwarf planet'. Students will also learn about the asteroid belt and the different types of stars as we board an imaginary rocket ship and tour the galaxy. This interactive program also allows time for students to ask questions, so come prepared.

For this session each student will need a 3 foot piece of adding machine or calculator paper.

Following the ICN session, registrants receive the complimentary books Seeing Stars and Night Sky or alternate titles.

Other Polk County Conservation Board ICN events include:
Monarch Tagging
Animal Winter Preparation
Unhuggable Animals
Mammal Tracks
Amazing Reptiles
To Be a Seed
Sing a Song of Science

We must have at least 2 registered and confirmed classes in order to offer this ICN session. If we have to cancel the class you will receive email notification prior the day of the session.

Suggested Prerequisites:

Session Related Web sites:

  • Kids Astronomy.Com - The most awesome Web site for students and educators! Make your own solar system and watch it move, night sky maps, coloring sheets, worksheets, games and much more.
  • abc Teach Network - Solar system thematic unit including graphic organizers, KWL charts, puzzles and more.
  • NASA's Solar System Exploration: Kids - The Solar System Exploration Home Page is part of NASA's Office of Space Science and describes NASA's program to explore the solar system.
  • NASA's Space Place - Explore our solar system through animations, games, and home projects.
  • Polk County Conservation Board - Learn about nature and the fun you can have in Polk County.

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.)

  • BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY (500s) (Grade Level: 4-12)
  • NASA CONNECT (Seasons 1-4: Program 307. Rocket to the Stars (Grade Level: 5-8)
  • REAL SCIENCE VIII: Program 801. Space Encounters (Grade Level: 5-10)

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

(800) 532-1290 or (515) 242-4181
Offering Dates & Times: Registration Deadlines:
January 22, 2014
 Wednesday, 9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Audience: Grades 2-5
Friday, January 17, 2014
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