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K-12 Connections Event
Stories & More: Digging Up Trouble
Subject Areas:
    Language Arts/Communication
    Social Studies

Summer Stories & More ICN sessions are correlated with the national summer reading program. The theme for 2013 is Dig Into Reading. Sessions consist of a story read aloud, a professional guest presenter, and an activity. Each week is a new topic and several opportunities to participate.


Digging Up Trouble

Karen Schaeffer, playwrite and actress with the Des Monies Playhouse will join us with her original spin on Three Billy Goats Gruff. The session will be based on The Playhouse's Friday Funday experience for kids, complete with a secret handshake, pledge, and a few other theater influences.

Join us to see what sort of trouble Karen and the Three Billy Goats can dig up!

The activity this week will be emailed to you prior to the session. Other materials include crayons/markers and scissors.

Confirmed registrants receive a free fairy tale book pack including Max the Stubborn Little Wolf and Goldilocks and the Three Bears!

Suggested Prerequisites:

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Standards: (Hide Standards)

Applicable standards from McREL:

Working With Others Standards

Standard 1: Contributes to the overall effort of a group

Level IV [Grades: K-12]

  1. Demonstrates respect for others in the group
  2. Takes initiative when needed
  3. Engages in active listening

Language Arts Standards (Reading)

Standard 5: Uses the general skills and strategies of the reading process

Level I [Grades: K-2]

  1. Understands that print conveys meaning (i.e., knows that printed letters and words represent spoken language)
  2. Understands how print is organized and read (e.g., identifies front and back covers, title page, author, and illustrator; follows words from left-to-right and from top-to-bottom; knows the significance of spaces between words, knows the difference between letters, words, and sentences; understands the use of capitalization and punctuation as text boundaries)


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

(800) 532-1290 or (515) 242-4181
Offering Dates & Times: Registration Deadlines:
July 02, 2013
 Tuesday, 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Audience: Grades K-5
Friday, June 28, 2013
July 02, 2013
 Tuesday, 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Audience: Grades K-5
Friday, June 28, 2013
July 03, 2013
 Wednesday, 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Audience: Grades K-5
July 03, 2013
 Wednesday, 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Audience: Grades K-5
Friday, June 28, 2013
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