Idaho Collection

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This collection focuses on educational resources from award-winning productions produced by Idaho Public Television.

  • Mount St. Helens

    This video segment from IdahoPTV's D4K features photos of the 1980 Mt. St. Helen's eruption and photos of what it looks like today. Scientist explain why they are monitoring the mountain today and what they hope to discover.

    Grades: 4-6
  • The Science of Lewis and Clark | D4K

    This video segment from IdahoPTV's D4K points out that the mission of the Corps of Discovery was map and to document the science of the plants, animals, land, and people of their journey. They wrote about 178 plants and 120 animals. You hear their descriptions in their own words from their journals.

    Grades: 4-6
  • Bats | D4K

    This video segment from IdahoPTV's D4K describes the key role bats play in the ecosystem. Watch a biologist discuss how he catches and handles bats. Find out why they are becoming an endangered species.

    Grades: 4-6
  • States of Matter

    This video segment from IdahoPTV's D4K defines matter as anything that takes up space and has weight. You will see examples of different kinds of matter and learn that matter can have a physical change but not change its chemical make-up.

    Grades: 4-6
  • Rocks and Minerals

    This video segment from IdahoPTV's D4K defines the different types of rock and how they are formed. Learn about the ways rocks are classified and find out all the ways rocks can be changed. This resource is part of the Idaho Collection.

    Grades: 4-6
  • Archaeology

    This video segment from IdahoPTV's D4K an Egyptologist discusses the significance of some of the objects found by Howard Carter in 1922 in King Tut's tomb. You see examples which include a shawbti, an amulet, a chair, a dagger, and a fan. She tells us what a tomb is and why it was important for the Egyptian culture.

    Grades: 4-6
  • Falconry | D4K

    In this video segment from IdahoPTV's D4K you will meet a falconer, one who trains falcons to hunt. Learn about the equipment used and discover that this is a 4,000 year old method of hunting.

    Grades: 4-8
  • Water Cycle

    This short video segment from IdahoPTV's D4K explains how the water cycle works, in moving water from the ocean to the clouds, around the earth and back to the ocean.

    Grades: 4-6
  • Planets

    This video segment from IdahoPTV's D4K describes the sun, the center of the solar system, the planets, and asteroid belt of the solar system. It explains why earth is in a favorable spot for life, and the importance of gravity in keeping planets in their orbits. Learn how the planets are alike and different.

    Grades: 4-6
  • Earthquakes

    This video segment from IdahoPTV's D4K describes the structure of the earth and how the movement of tectonic plates causes earthquakes, defines epicenter, seismograph, and intensity. It shows the tools scientists use to study earthquakes. There are photos of the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, and the Idaho earthquake of 1983 and the video encourages you to be prepared and have an emergency plan if one should occur.

    Grades: 4-6
  • Amphibian Research | D4K

    This short video segment from IdahoPTV's D4K explains how biologists use frogs to study problems in the environment.

    Grades: 4-8
  • Ecology

    This video segment from IdahoPTV's D4K 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.

    Grades: 4-8
  • Eyes | Science Trek

    This video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek describes the parts of the eye and how an image that enters the eye gets transmitted to and recognized by the brain.

    Grades: 4-8
  • Desert Habitat | D4K

    In this video segment from IdahoPTV's D4K discover the similarities and differences between warm and cold (or high) deserts, like those found in Idaho. The incredible plants and animals which live in the desert have many adaptations for survival in the dry heat.

    Grades: 4-8
  • Snakes | D4K

    This video segment from IdahoPTV's D4K looks at the unique natural history and adaptations of snakes. How do they move? How do they hear without any ears? How do they move without any arms or legs? Learn about scales, forked tongues, venom, cold-bloodedness and the various ways they kill their prey.

    Grades: 4-8
  • Urban Wildlife | D4K

    This video segment from IdahoPTV's D4K discusses the benefits and problems of wildlife living in a city. It explains why this occurs and how to coexist with wildlife in the same habitat.

    Grades: 4-8
  • Fish Research | D4K

    This video segment from IdahoPTV's D4K explains the Chinook salmon's life cycle in the Pacific Northwest and why it is an endangered species. A fisheries biologist takes students through some steps of fish research with explanations of the kinds of information biologists gather to perhaps help manage fish recovery.

    Grades: 4-8
  • States of Water

    In this short video segment from IdahoPTV's D4K you discover that water covers 3/4 of the earth and makes up 70% of your body. You will find out why scientists call water H2O. What are the 3 states of water?

    Grades: 4-6
  • Exoplanets

    This video segment from IdahoPTV's D4K asks if there are other Earth-like planets somewhere outside our solar system. What are these planets like? Learn about the sophisticated tool scientists use to look for exoplanets like 51 Pegasus and Gliese 581 g.

    Grades: 4-6
  • Chemistry

    Learn about the basics of chemistry, including the parts of the atom, elements, and compounds, with this video segment from IdahoPTV's D4K. It shows how elements are arranged into the periodic table. You will discover that a chemist studies predictable chemical reactions.

    Grades: 4-6