Plants

Fruit Wrappers

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This video from Curious George introduces students to the importance of skins, peels, and other fruit coverings, which help protect a fruit's precious cargo: seeds. Seeds are a plant's offspring. For plants to survive, they must distribute their seeds in places where they stand a good chance of growing. Fruits are part of a plant's reproductive strategy. The teacher explains to the students that ripe fruit is more attractive to animals. This is important, as fruit-eating animals transport seeds contained inside fruit to other places, where they are deposited and subsequently germinate.

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Biome in a Baggie

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The distribution of plants and animals around the world corresponds closely to global patterns of temperature and rainfall. This is why two forests half a world away from each other will often have very similar organisms living in them. In this ZOOMSci video segment, a cast member of ZOOM creates a self-contained biome and explores evaporation, condensation and precipitation.

Ecology | Science Trek

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This video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek explores the meaning of ecology and some of the vocabulary associated the study of how living and non-living things interact, e.g. biome, primary producer, food chain, and ecosystem. We learn the importance of the sun as the starting point for the flow of energy in an ecosystem.

Ocean Life - Clips | Wild Kratts

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Join Chris and Martin as they explore underwater worlds, the food chain of the plants and animals that live there, and some of the amazing characteristics of the fish themselves! In these accompanying clips, learn about the ocean food chain, the characteristics of creatures such as the angler fish, and even how to build your own aquarium!

What's a Food Chain? | Think Garden

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This video from KET’s Think Garden collection illustrates why all living things need food and explains how organisms provide energy, in the form of food, to each other. Colorful graphics show the difference between a food chain and a food web, and an animation and poem make food chains easy to understand.

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

Carnivorous Plants of Cartwheel Bay

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In this video segment from NatureScene, travel with host Jim Welch and naturalist Rudy Mancke to explore Cartwheel Bay and see examples of some of the area's carnivorous plants, such as the purple pitcher plant, trumpet pitcher plant, hooded pitcher plant and Venus fly trap.

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

Rare Nebraska Featuring the Indian Caves State Park

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As a companion to NET’s The PlainStory podcast, NET has produced a set of immersive, experiential videos designed to give viewers a taste of rare Nebraskan habitats via 360 video and audio. We recommend viewing these using the Chrome browser and using headphones to get the full audio effect. We also recommend checking out The PlainStory podcast at plainstorypodcast.org, or wherever great podcasts are downloaded.

Modern Sweetness: Apples in the Wild

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Apples in the Wild

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

Out of the Air - Into the Soil: Land Practices That Reduce Atmospheric Carbon Levels - Sustainable Forestry and CO2

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Learn how private companies are managing forests to improved carbon dioxide storage in the Redding, California.

This Vibrating Bumblebee Unlocks a Flower's Hidden Treasure | Deep Look

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Most flowering plants are more than willing to spread their pollen around. But some flowers hold out for just the right partner. Bumblebees and other buzz pollinators know just how to handle these stubborn flowers. They vibrate the blooms, shaking them until they give up the nutritious pollen.

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