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K-12 Connections Event
Zoo Friends: Zoo Detectives
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Join educators from the Blank Park Zoo for this fascinating session about clues that animals leave behind. Kids become detectives as we read the story What Am I?, An Animal Guessing Game and as we explore all the different ways that scientist learn from what animals leave behind.

Droppings, tracks, and remains are just a few of the topics discussed with children. Also, meet a couple of live friends from the zoo and talk about what clues they leave behind.

Confirmed registrants for this session receive a complimentary copy of the books What Am I? and Who Am I? 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

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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.)

  • BACKYARD SAFARI(Grade Level: PK-2)
  • WILD CHRONICLES (Grade Level: 5-12)
  • 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. Videotaping is NOT available.

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 Marcia Wych

(800) 532-1290 or (515) 242-4181; 9515) 242-4187
Offering Dates & Times: Registration Deadlines:
February 25, 2014
 Tuesday, 12:30 PM - 1:20 PM
Audience: Grades 1-4
Friday, February 21, 2014
February 25, 2014
 Tuesday, 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM
Audience: Grades 1-4
Friday, February 21, 2014
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