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Adaptations (2008)

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Characteristics enabling organisms to survive and reproduce are referred to as adaptations. This program explores the wide range of adaptations humans, plants, animals, and all living things exhibit.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
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0:15
Adaptations

Simple Animals (2008)

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This colorful, exciting program explores the fascinating world of invertebrate animals. Live-action footage conveys basic features of the major invertebrate groups. Special attention is paid to the body structure and physical features of simple animals.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
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0:15
Simple Animals

Complex Animals (2008)

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There are millions of different types of animals on Earth, ranging from simple animals, such as sponges and worms, to more complex animals. This program explores complex animals, specifically the major vertebrate groups: fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Crisp, exciting video footage portrays the major characteristics of each vertebrate group.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
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0:15
Complex Animals

Classifying Animals (2006)

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Through vivid footage from throughout the world, this program explores the fascinating features of the animal kingdom. The taxonomy of the different invertebrate and vertebrate phyla are the focus of the program, with special emphasis placed on the evolutionary relationships of the various phyla.

Grade Level: 
Middle
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00:22
Classifying Animals

The Biology of Chordates (2001)

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The Phylum Chordata includes tunicates, sea lancelets, hagfish, and all familiar vertebrate animals. This program explores how these seemingly diverse animals evolved and how the group is unified by four characteristic structures: a hollow dorsal nerve chord, a supportive notochord, gill slits, and a post-anal tail.

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Middle
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00:21
The Biology of Chordates

The Biology of Sponges (2003)

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Imagine an animal with no mouth, no digestive system, no excretory or circulatory organs, no brain nor nervous system, and no movement as an adult. In spite of their simple nature, sponges are actually one of the most fascinating animal phyla, when viewed in developmental, ecological, and evolutionary terms.

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00:19
The Biology of Sponges

The Biology of Molluscs (2006)

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Phylum Mollusca is the second most diverse phylum of animals, with over 100,000 know species. First examined are the basic characteristics of the phylum – a soft body, muscular foot, mantle cavity with gill, and hard calcified shell.

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Middle
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00:17
The Biology of Molluscs

What Do Living Things Need? (2012)

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All living things have basic needs that must be met in order to survive. This colorful, easy-to-understand program addresses the basic needs of organisms. By considering specific plants and animals, we see how living things need food, water, air and a place to live.

Grade Level: 
Primary
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00:11
What Do Living Things Need?

Migration and Hibernation (2012)

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Geese flying south is a sign that winter is arriving. Through numerous fascinating examples, this colorful program illustrates the migration of animals. Also explored is the amazing process of hibernation.

Grade Level: 
Primary
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00:10
Migration and Hibernation

Grouping Living Things (2012)

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There are millions of different kinds of living things on the planet. Grouping them is not an easy task. This fascinating program explores this process and investigates some of the major groups of living things.

Grade Level: 
Primary
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00:10
Grouping Living Things

Adaptaciones (Adaptations) (2008)

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Characteristics enabling organisms to survive and reproduce are referred to as adaptations. This program explores the wide range of adaptations humans, plants, animals, and all living things exhibit.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
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00:15
Adaptaciones (Adaptations)

Animales complejos (Complex Animals) (2008)

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There are millions of different types of animals on Earth, ranging from simple animals, such as sponges and worms, to more complex animals. This program explores complex animals, specifically the major vertebrate groups: fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Crisp, exciting video footage portrays the major characteristics of each vertebrate group.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Length: 
00:15
Animales complejos (Complex Animals)

Turtle Defense

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In this video from the WPSU’s series Outside, a staff member from Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center at Penn State University explains how some species of turtle protect themselves in their environment. Turtles, like many other species, are facing obstacles that threaten their survival. Some of these obstacles have threatened turtle survival for centuries, while others have emerged more recently and are caused by human activities.

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

Animal Families | Everyday Learning

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Families are our introduction to society. By living and growing within a small connected group, we are prepared for encounters with larger groups within society. Animal families provide a great example of similarities and differences within various family groups. This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Wolf Research | Science Trek

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This video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek shows the process a research biologist goes through to trap, measure and put a radio collar on wolves.

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