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Nasal Spray May Be Lifesaver for Snake Bite Victims

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Snakes! Show your students how applied science works with this PBS NewsHour story on treating snake bites from June 19, 2014. Although snake bites are rarely fatal in the United States, every year about 100,000 people die worldwide after being bitten by venomous snakes. A California doctor has developed a nasal spray treatment that halts paralysis before they reach a hospital.

Backyard Bugs | WILD TV

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Do you like insects? In this video from Wild TV, you will see and hear about many different kinds of insects. Some crawl like spiders and centipedes, while others fly, walk on water and even flip and click. You will learn the names of some interesting-looking insects. You will also learn how to be safe around dangerous spiders and how to identify male and female Dobson flies. By listening and watching closely, you can tell how the speakers feel about the various insects by the ways the speakers react to and talk about the insects.

Pourquoi Stories | Jakers!

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This video segment from Jakers features a storyteller who tells a Pourquoi story about a spider. Pourquoi is the French word for "why". Pourquoi stories try to explain in an entertaining way why something happens or why things are the way they are, especially in nature. This lively story is about Anansi the Spider, a popular character in African folklore. We hear an imaginary tale that tries to explain why the lowest part of a spider's body is so big. Could it really be because of the plan the greedy spider Anansi came up with to eat two feasts in one day?

The Big Adventures of Little Ioda: Whale of a Tail

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Ioda ventures through an amazing talking book with Lion, Captain Caption, Humpback, and Mrs. Whale! This video is part of the first grade lesson “Whales!," found in the REACH Parent Engagement Series from Public Media Connect/ThinkTV-CET.

Between the Lions - If You Were: Cat

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Learn vocabulary by imagining yourself as a cat, in this video from the Between the Lions episode "Not Norman." Whether a wild cat or a house cat, all cats use their tails for balance, and their ears to hear very quiet sounds. All cats also have soft paws that they use to sneak quietly around and claws they can use to climb trees. Featured vocabulary words include: cat, house cat, wild cat, eyes, ears, feet, paws, claws, tail, and cat nap.

Classifying Leaves

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In this video segment from Teaching Elementary Life Science, teacher Gail Gibson works with her first-grade students on an activity classifying leaves according to physical characteristics such as color, relative size, or texture. Gibson explains that in this activity students get to compare, observe, and evaluate their own work and each other’s work. She also says that the skills and attitudes she’s developing in her students are helping to build their confidence in their ability to understand science and learn more about what they don’t already know.

Nature Nuggets: Tortoise Shares Home

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Watch and find out who the gopher tortoise shares his burrow (underground home) with.

Nature Nuggets are minute-long videos that bring science and animals from PBS’s award-winning series NATURE to early childhood classrooms. Use the support material below to create active science and language learning opportunities for your students.

Puppy Walker

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In this segment from Zoom into Action, Brett trains puppies to be seeing-eye dogs. He volunteers as a puppy walker for the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind. He is working with a puppy named Arty for one year. His job is to socialize Arty and teach him to follow commands. At the end of the year, Brett has to bring Arty back for more training so he will be ready to work with a person who has a visual imparity. Brett knows his work is for a very good cause. When it’s time to give up the puppy, he isn’t too disappointed.

Read a Good Book: Creature Craft | KIDS Clubhouse Adventures

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Clubhouse friends visit their local library to read and discover more about birds. In this segment, kids take on the role of a bird and create a nest. Working in teams, kids apply their problem solving skills to create birds' nests without using their hands.

The Big Adventures of Little Ioda: In Plain Sight

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In this adventure, little Ioda takes hide and seek to a whole new level! This video is also found in the Kindergarten lesson "Camouflage!" part of the REACH Parent Engagement Series from Public Media Connect/ThinkTV-CET.

Sea Creatures

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The largest and least explored place on earth is in the deep sea below the ocean’s surface. The fish and other sea animals of the deep sea employ many strategies to surprise their prey including ambush and camouflage by blending into the sea environment. The deeper you go in the ocean, the more unusual and unique the fish appear to be. Learn about the ghostly squid, the simulating jelly fish, the viper fish, and the gulper fish (among many others) in this video segment from Nature.

Between the Lions - If You Were: Beetle

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Learn about the diverse beetle species of the world, and imagine yourself as a beetle, in this segment from the Between the Lions episode "Bugs & Beetle Bop." There are many different types of beetles, including tiger beetles and ladybugs. Beetles can live in water, wood or dirt, depending on their species. Beetles may be small, but they have the largest animal family tree with over 370,000 kinds. Featured vocabulary words include: beetle, feather-winger beetle, titan beetle, scarab beetle, lighting bug, ladybug, tiger beetle, and dung beetle.

Nature Nuggets: Animal Homes

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Learn how animal homes are built in nature (including those of a humming bird, a duck, a beaver, a spider and a bear) in this Nature Nugget.

Nature Nuggets are minute-long videos that bring science and animals from PBS’s award-winning series NATURE to early childhood classrooms. Use the support materials below to create active science and language learning opportunities for your students.

Nature Nuggets: Ants Go Marching

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Watch how ants cut through leaves and carry them overhead, while marching in a line.

Nature Nuggets are minute-long videos that bring science and animals from PBS’s award-winning series NATURE to early childhood classrooms. Use the support material below to create active science and language learning opportunities for your students.

A Gardener's Poem | Think Garden

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This video from KET’s Think Garden collection explores the many roles of a gardener through a short, fun poem.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions. 

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