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SciGirls | Dolphin Dive 06: Analyze

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The SciGirls have finished collecting all their observations and are now totaling their data and organizing them into a graph to see if they can make some conclusions about whether or not the dolphins can recognize themselves in a mirror.

Gator Farm | America's Heartland

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Cattle, horses, or pigs are usually what you think of when you think of livestock. Well, in Florida this farm raises Alligators. Take a look at this unique niche farm and how they operate. 

Beaver Lodge - Wild Kratts | PBS KIDS Lab

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Use this game resource to teach children how beavers build a cozy home for their family. Chris and Martin stumble into the cozy home of a family of beavers.

Utiliza este juego par enseñar a niños cómo los castores construyen un hogar para sus familias. Chris y Martin tropiezan en la casa de una familia de castores. 

Information Processing: A Chimpanzee Identifies Threats

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An orphaned chimp learns to recognize danger in this video from the NATURE mini-series Animals with Cameras. In preparation for integrating orphaned Kimbang with a group of chimpanzees, her caretaker tests Kimbang’s response to a simulated danger, a plastic snake. In the accompanying classroom activity, students use the engineering design process to design a grabber to protect their hands, mimicking Kimbang’s use of a bush to protect herself from the snake.

Additonal support materials are available, including discussion questions and teaching tips. For more resources from NATURE, check out the collection page.

Monkey Babysitter

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Learn about how young Indian Langur Monkeys practice for motherhood in this video from the NATURE mini-series Spy in the Wild. Part of the episode “Love,” this video shows how challenging monkey babysitting can be. Support materials ask students to think about the importance of practice in order to build skills. Students are also encouraged to think about the needs of baby animals and the challenges of caring for young.

Unlikely Partners: Warthog and Mongoose

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Learn about the unusual animal partnership between warthogs and mongooses in this video from the NATURE mini-series Spy in the Wild. Part of the episode “Friendship,” this video shows how two very different animals help one another in the African savannah. Support materials ask students to recognize the benefits of animal partnerships in the wild. Students are also encouraged to think about the friendships in their own lives and how they are similar or different from animal relationships.

Nest Building Teamwork

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Learn about how a pair of Red-Billed Hornbills work together as a team in this video from the NATURE mini-series Spy in the Wild. Part of the episode “Love,” this video shows the unique way these birds keep their nest safe. Support materials include a review worksheet and a fun hands-on activity which challenges students to think like a Red-Billed Hornbill and design a way to protect the mother bird and her nest. 

Velcro

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A sphinx asks two children how a pair of sneakers is like a dog that has been outside in this animated video from LOOP SCOOPS. The kids discuss how dogs, after being outside, sometimes return to the house covered in burrs. Looking at both burrs and Velcro® under a magnifying glass, the children discover that both are covered with tiny hooks. The sphinx explains that the inventor of Velcro® was actually inspired by a walk in the woods with his dog.

Building a Beaver Pond

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Explore the building power of beavers and the large impact they can have on the environment when they build a dam! Viewers see an example of a pond that formed as a result of a dam in a river and learn about the habitat created for many animals as a result of the pond!

Ze Worm Whisperer - NATURE CAT | PBS KIDS ScratchJr

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Daisy needs worms for her garden but Nature Cat is afraid of worms. Hal's alter ego, Ze Worm Whisperer, comes to her rescue. Nature Cat and his pals get lost on the way to learn some French and all about worms!

Arctic Wolf Cubs Learn Pack Behavior

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Learn about pack behavior in this video from the NATURE mini-series Spy in the Wild. Part of the episode “Bad Behavior,” this video shows how young cubs must learn the rules of their pack and submit to older group members in order to survive. Support materials ask students to keep a spy journal to record their observations and to think about how the spy wolf is able to witness pack behavior closer up than a human scientist. Students are also encouraged to think about how the structure of a wolf’s body —specifically it’s jaw—determines how it interacts with other wolves.

Greatest Creature Builder - Wild Kratts | PBS KIDS Lab

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Use this video to teach children how beavers build dams that transform the landscapes around them. Chris and Martin meet one of nature's master builders, the Beaver.

Utiliza este vídeo par enseñar a niños cómo los castores construyen represas que transforman su alrededor. Chris y Martin miran a el constructor de la naturaleza, el castor.

Techno Googly-Eyes | Wild Kratts

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Join the Wild Kratt brothers in testing goggles with the eyesight power of the googly-eyed tarsier. The guys take the unfinished night goggles into the dark jungle and meet a googly-eyed tarsier, but they've forgotten one important thing...

Fire Fliers! | Wild Kratts

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Prepare to learn about fireflies with the Wild Kratts gang. Aviva shrinks the guys down so that they can study these lightning bugs.

Animal Structures: Nest Real Estate

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Visit Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History alongside NATURE’s host and ecologist Chris Morgan to view a sampling of birds’ nests from around the world. Each nest creation is the product of birds’ hard work and tells its own story.

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