Iowa Public Television

K-12 Connections Event
Author Spotlight: Jack Prelutsky
Subject Area:
    Language Arts/Communication

Jack Prelutsky has written many children's books of poetry and stories. In this session, participants will read and discuss several of his works, learn about his childhood and how he started writing, see a video with a few of his poems set to animation and do some of our own writing.

Just as Mr. Prelutsky has collaborated with other writers, the students in this session will write some silly tongue twisters in small groups. Students are also welcome to bring their own tongue twister riddles to share during the session.

Adults registering for this event agree to provide each student with the following materials:

  • a pencil
  • 1 sheet of 8 1/2 by 11 plain paper

Following the ICN session, registrants receive the complimentary Jack Prelutsky book of poems, It's Raining Pigs and Noodles or alternate title by mail.

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Classroom Resources:

The following related programs are available on IPTV's broadcast or from the AEAs: (Check The Classroom Resource ( Web site for broadcast dates and times.)

  • BETWEEN THE LIONS (Grade Level: PK-2)
  • ARTHUR (Grade Level: PK-3)
  • MARTHA SPEAKS (Grade Level: PK-3)

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.

Contact Person:
Abby Brown

(800) 532-1290 or (515) 242-64181; (515)242-3100
Offering Dates & Times: Registration Deadlines:
February 27, 2014
 Thursday, 9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Audience: Grades 2-4
Friday, February 21, 2014
February 27, 2014
 Thursday, 12:30 PM - 1:20 PM
Audience: Grades 2-4
Friday, February 21, 2014
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