Planet Earth

What an amazing day! 

Today, the fourth graders in Paula Rovnak’s class joined me in a live chat and webinar with Penny Allen, the producer of Planet Earth.

Last week we previewed the site and various clips related to the upcoming mini-series.  The students were so excited about the program but they also had many questions for the producer.  They created a long list and we sent it to Matt Monjan who forwarded it to Penny.

If you didn’t get a chance to see Discovery’s new series, Planet Earth, try and catch it this week.  I know it is being shown again at several different times.  Three episodes have aired so far and the images are breathtaking.  If you check out the website www.planet-earth.com you will see amazing images and clips related to life on our planet.

Redwoods_0904_010_5Check out Penny in the Redwood Forest in California!  She loved being in the trees as long as the bears didn’t chew on the ropes below!   

Planet Earth used a really cool helicopter mounted camera that enabled them to film animals a kilometer away but gave the appearance on film of standing right next to them.  It’s the same camera used to film the James Bond movies! 

Make sure you check out the Deep Sea episode where you will be introduced to the Vampire Squid.  This creature is truly amazing to see in action.  Words can’t describe it, you will have to check it out for yourself.  The light show is amazing!

The Bird of Paradise is another incredible creature that does a cross between ballet and boogie to attract their mates.  The children thought the bird was hysterical!

Have you ever seen a Great White Shark leap out of the water to catch a seal pup?  I had no idea they would come completely out of the water to catch their prey!

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Check out this bird that felt threatened by the cameraman.  He decided to take over the camera to keep the competition away!

The message they are sending out is that we live on a spectacular planet and it is up to us to save it for future generations to enjoy.

Mark your calendars for the next showing and enjoy an incredible journey around the planet.  I can’t wait for the new episodes next Sunday at 8:00p.m. on the Discovery Channel.      

Debbie Bohanan                                

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5 Comments

  1. darcy said:

    hey i just got this from the discvoery store:

    See the Planet Earth filmmakers on Oprah, Thursday,March 28th. Check your local listings for times.

    sounds good. we watched all 3 hrs at home last night…on a new HDTV LCD flat screen. quite the experience!

    very cool. we’re going to buy the DVDs once released, too.

    so muc hgood stuff in less than a year- ATLAS, now planet-earth.
    WOW!!!

  2. Karen C. Seddon said:

    Hey Deb,
    Thanks for the great description of Planet Earth. I just love how the kids in Paula’s class were involved. In fact, I was teaching two groups of teachers in Broward County and told them how cool it is to be a DEN member with an inside track such as interviews with the producer of Planet Earth! Thanks for being Ms. Moxie.

  3. Nathan Guteras said:

    Thanks for letting us know about more ways to use United Streaming and Discovery in our classrooms. Currently I am teachign a biology unit on plants. The “Planet Earth” resources will connect well with the earth -space and social studies units about to begin after Spring Break with my class.

  4. wendy Norton said:

    I have watched all the current “planet earth” segments shown, I also bought the introductory series. this show is so well done. I hope to get them all at some point. Thanks for sharing.

  5. wendy Norton said:

    I have watched all the current “planet earth” segments shown, I also bought the introductory series. this show is so well done. I hope to get them all at some point. Thanks for sharing.

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