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K-12 Connections Event
Amazing Reptiles
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Students enter the bizarre and fascinating world of reptiles. Conservationists discuss the fears and myths surrounding these scaly creatures that people love to hate. Students learn how snakes smell, see and swallow objects twice the size of their heads! Live reptiles make this program really cool. This interactive program also allows time for students to ask questions, so come prepared.

Following this ICN session, confirmed registrants receive the complimentary books Outside Inside Alligators and Crocs Closeup / Snakes Closeup or alternate title.

Other Polk County Conservation Board ICN events include:

Monarch Tagging
Animal Winter Preparation
Unhuggable Animals
Mammal Tracks
Cosmic Connections
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.

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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 living organisms have distinct structures and body systems that serve specific functions in growth, survival, and reproduction (e.g., various body structures for walking, flying, or swimming)
2. Knows that the behavior of individual organisms is influenced by internal cues (e.g., hunger) and external cues (e.g., changes in the environment), and that humans and other organisms have senses that help them to detect these cues

Level III [Grade: 6-8]
1. Knows that organisms have a great variety of body plans and internal structures that serve specific functions for survival (e.g., digestive structures in vertebrates, invertebrates, unicellular organisms, and plants)
2. Knows how an organism's ability to regulate its internal environment enables the organism to obtain and use resources, grow, reproduce, and maintain stable internal conditions while living in a constantly changing external environment
3. Knows that organisms can react to internal and environmental stimuli through behavioral response (e.g., plants have tissues and organs that react to light, water, and other stimuli; animals have nervous systems that process and store information from the environment), which may be determined by heredity or from past experience


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 (Grade Level 4-12)
  • program no. 2 (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. If you are not employed by a school district or an AEA please register at library sites only.

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Contact Person:
Abby Brown
Educational Telecommunications
(800) 532-1290 or (515) 242-4181
Offering Dates & Times: Registration Deadlines:
March 27, 2014
 Thursday, 9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Audience: Grades K-4
Friday, March 21, 2014
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