Iowa Public Television

K-12 Connections Event
Stories & More: Animals
Subject Areas:
    Language Arts/Communication

Stories & More ICN sessions are interactive, educational and fun! During the session we read stories, watch short videos, sing songs, discuss and do activities. Participating in ICN sessions is a great way to get children excited about technology as well as our various topics. Content is geared toward Prek-1st grade audiences.

OCTOBER: Animals

Great Animal books that may be used in session:

  • Quick as a Cricket, by Audrey Wood
  • What am I, by Iza Trapani
  • Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
  • Animal Snackers, by Betsy Lewin
  • Animal Strike at the Zoo, Karma Wilson

Materials Needed for this session:

  • NONE

Following this ICN session, confirmed registrants receive the complimentary books A Crazy Day at the Critter Cafe and Pet Heros or alternate titles.

Stories & More sessions are offered each month on a Thursday. Each day there will be two opportunities to participate, 9:30-10:15 AM and 12:30-1:15 PM. Click on the titles below for more information and to register for other Stories & More ICN sessions.

  • September 19 - Stories & More: ABC's
  • October 17 - Stories & More: Animals
  • November 21 - Stories & More: Families
  • December 12 - Stories & More: Counting & Number Concepts
  • Suggested Prerequisites:

    Session Related Web sites:

    • Animal Groups - This site links to general animal groups. The information is presented in a way that with an adult's help, a child could begin to classify animals into different groups based on their characteristics.
    • Blank Park Zoo - Conservation, Education, and Fun!
    Related Lesson Plans and Units:

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    Standards: (Hide Standards)

    Applicable standards from McREL:

    Science Standards

    Standard 7: Understands biological evolution and the diversity of life

    Level Pre-K [Grades: Pre-K]
    1. Knows simple ways that living things can be grouped (e.g., appearance, behavior, plant, animal)

    Level I (Grades K-2)
    2. Knows that there are similarities and differences in the appearance and behavior of plants and animals


    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.)

    • NATURE WORKS: (Grade Level: 3-6)
    • BETWEEN THE LIONS (Grade Level: PreK-2)
    • MARTHA SPEAKS (Grade Level: PreK-2)
    • SUPER WHY! (Grade Level: PreK-2)
    • WORDGIRL (Grade Level: PreK-4)

    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.

    Sign up for the K-12 Connections eNewsletter to receive timely information regarding ICN sessions like this one.

    Contact Person:
    Abby Brown

    (800) 532-1290 or (515) 242-4181 or (515) 242-4187
    Offering Dates & Times: Registration Deadlines:
    October 17, 2013
     Thursday, 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
    Audience: Grades PreK-1
    Friday, October 11, 2013
    October 17, 2013
     Thursday, 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM
    Audience: Grades PreK-1
    Friday, October 11, 2013
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