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Big and Small - Powers of Ten - Florida State University

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How big is big? How small is small? Using a remarkable series of images, this site lets students begin a tour far outside our galaxy and finish up looking at ...more
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How big is big? How small is small? Using a remarkable series of images, this site lets students begin a tour far outside our galaxy and finish up looking at things infinitesimally small. It's all done with "powers of ten."

tag(s): exponents (42)

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Try using this one to help students visualize size, distance, and time.

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Cool Cosmos - Cal Tech

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Turn a unit on space into something unforgettable with this amazing site that explores infrared astronomy and brings it back to earth. Start by learning how to navigate within the ...more
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Turn a unit on space into something unforgettable with this amazing site that explores infrared astronomy and brings it back to earth. Start by learning how to navigate within the site by clicking on the "help" tool. (It's quite useful for first-time visitors!) Then start exploring the offerings that include cosmic games, galleries of outstanding infrared educational videos and images, classroom activities, and an "ask an astronomer" link. An infrared tutorial provides excellent background information about infrared waves. Students can visit the Infrared Zoo to literally "see" the difference between warm and cold-blooded animals, find out if people glow in the dark, participate in a variety of interactive on-line activities, and learn about the connection between infrared waves and astronomy.

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Turn the Gears! The real guts of this site aren't apparent until the user realizes that access to the various sections is available only by dragging up and down with the mouse to turn that big gear on the right side of that barrel-shaped gizmo on the left side of the page.
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ISS EarthKam - NASA

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4 to 12
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Geography and earth science teachers will drool over NASA's collection of earth images made from the International Space Station. Use them to illustrate topographic formations and features,...more
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Geography and earth science teachers will drool over NASA's collection of earth images made from the International Space Station. Use them to illustrate topographic formations and features, then move on to special sets that cover more specific areas. You'll need to make your own connections, but there's plenty of raw material in this one.

tag(s): biomes (115), earth (231), images (271), landforms (45)

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Elementary students will likely need some guidance in using this site.
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Cosmic Distance Scales - NASA

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Nothing fancy about this site, which offers a surprisingly digestible set of comparisons of the distances from here to there in the cosmos. The author abandons scientific notation in...more
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Nothing fancy about this site, which offers a surprisingly digestible set of comparisons of the distances from here to there in the cosmos. The author abandons scientific notation in favor of long strings of zeros in the numbers, and it has the intended effect. The images, of course, are of the sort that NASA does best.

tag(s): moon (74), planets (126), solar system (122), sun (73)

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Astronomy Daily

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Here's a well-executed astronomy tool that tailors its offerings to your location on the globe. A free registration (it captures no personal information) determines your location, and...more
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Here's a well-executed astronomy tool that tailors its offerings to your location on the globe. A free registration (it captures no personal information) determines your location, and then the system offers up astronomical observations, almanac data, and the like that match what you can see out your window. This one's truly slick!

tag(s): moon (74), planets (126), solar system (122), stars (64), sun (73)

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A Science Odyssey

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This retrospective on 20th century scientific advances is particularly strong in its information on the scientists who made the discoveries. Teachers interested in presenting the scientific...more
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This retrospective on 20th century scientific advances is particularly strong in its information on the scientists who made the discoveries. Teachers interested in presenting the scientific process by which these advances were made will find the information here a useful addition. Good information; not a lot of "whiz-bang."

tag(s): scientists (69)

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A Walk Through Time - NIST

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The NIST Physics Laboratory offers this condensed history of time measurement, which chronicles the evolution of time-keeping from ancient calendars through the establishment of time...more
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The NIST Physics Laboratory offers this condensed history of time measurement, which chronicles the evolution of time-keeping from ancient calendars through the establishment of time zones and atomic clocks. The text is readable and the graphics are interesting while still loading quickly. Depending on the amount of detail you want to absorb, this one would work well for upper elementary through secondary students.

tag(s): time (142), time zones (8)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Have each group read and interpret individual sections on this site - making sure every group has a different one. The intentions of this will be to have students analyze this information and present it to their peers to "teach" each other. The text portions are challenging, so you should pair weaker readers with a partner as they research on this site. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.

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ACS - Chemistry For Life - American Chemical Society

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The American Chemical Society offers a complete series of activities for grades K-8, all based on hands-on experience. Click Education in the middle of this opening page find programs...more
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The American Chemical Society offers a complete series of activities for grades K-8, all based on hands-on experience. Click Education in the middle of this opening page find programs and units for Elementary through Graduate School. Also offered is a section for careers in science. This is a great resource for science teachers who need additional chemistry content or activities.
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tag(s): chemicals (43), energy (202), experiments (73), inquiry (37), matter (61)

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Scroll to Education and click Teaching Resources. Select your grade level interest and find links to dozens of different Lessons, programs, units and Safety Guides.

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Mars Exploration Program - NASA JPL

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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory offers this page as a starting point for several of its programs to learn more about Mars through remote sensing, robotics, and imaging. Try it as ...more
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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory offers this page as a starting point for several of its programs to learn more about Mars through remote sensing, robotics, and imaging. Try it as a resource for lesson planning or students interested in learning more about the red planet.

tag(s): mars (41), nasa (40), solar system (122), space (213)

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Close Encounter - Mars - NASA

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With Mars now closer to earth than any time in several thousand years, NASA has published this guide to observing and exploring the red planet. Even a pair of binoculars ...more
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With Mars now closer to earth than any time in several thousand years, NASA has published this guide to observing and exploring the red planet. Even a pair of binoculars can show surprising detail these days. Try this one as a starting point for learning about Mars with students.

tag(s): mars (41), nasa (40), solar system (122), space (213)

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Columbia Report - NASA

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This is the home page for the final report on the Shuttle Columbia disaster. The report has received significant attention because it calls on NASA to reform and bolster many ...more
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This is the home page for the final report on the Shuttle Columbia disaster. The report has received significant attention because it calls on NASA to reform and bolster many of the safety and management practices which, according to the report, have remained deficient for many years.

tag(s): space (213)

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Astrobiology - NASA

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This site provides a sampling of activities from a larger web-based curriculum on Astrobiology. Developed in conjunction with NASA's astrobiology institute, this site provides a detailed...more
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This site provides a sampling of activities from a larger web-based curriculum on Astrobiology. Developed in conjunction with NASA's astrobiology institute, this site provides a detailed teaching guide alongside activities aimed at creating a dynamic curriculum through internet resources. The site's activities include an exploration of different types of stars, and possibility of life in different parts of the galaxy.

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Mars Express - European Space Agency

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This European Space Agency site is dedicated to the Mars Express Spacecraft's trip to the red planet and is a good site for studying astronomy at a number of grade ...more
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This European Space Agency site is dedicated to the Mars Express Spacecraft's trip to the red planet and is a good site for studying astronomy at a number of grade levels. The Mars Express is scheduled to land on Mars in December, 2003, and this site documents the details of its journey with articles and multimedia resources. The site has information on both the planet itself, and the spacecraft's specifications and special testing equipment.

tag(s): mars (41), planets (126), robotics (23), solar system (122)

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American Museum of Natural History Learning Resources - The American Museum of Natural History

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K to 12
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This site presents teachers with a searchable index of natural sciences resources contained within the museum's site. You can browse the web-sites, activities, and experiments by sub-topic,...more
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This site presents teachers with a searchable index of natural sciences resources contained within the museum's site. You can browse the web-sites, activities, and experiments by sub-topic, grade level, or resource type. Current subtopics include anthropology, astronomy, biology, earth science, and paleontology. Special collection exhibits present theme-based activities that cover additional topics such as Biodiversity, Antarctica, and deep sea explorations. This is a great site for sorting out all the wonderful resources the museum has to offer. There are over 1,000 resources currently available on countless subjects. Some of the resources require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): biodiversity (38), diversity (36), paleontology (42)

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When starting a new unit in social studies or science, take a minute to search the resources available at this website.
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Flight History

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This British site includes a large collection of images of famous European and American aircraft, along with stories about many of them. Many of the stories concentrate on the circumstances...more
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This British site includes a large collection of images of famous European and American aircraft, along with stories about many of them. Many of the stories concentrate on the circumstances in which the aircraft were used. Try using this site as a supplement to a study of aeronautics or events of the early twentieth century.

tag(s): air (163), aircraft (24), aviation (39)

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While some of the information on this site is targeted towards travelers, there is useful information here that can be used to supplement a lecture on the origins of flight and the Wright Brothers. Open the section about the Wright Brothers on the interactive whiteboard or projector, and use the timeline provided as a guide for students to follow. This would also be a great jumping off point for students working on research projects or papers about the Wright Brothers - save this site on your class wiki or webpage to allow students to access it both in and out of the classroom. This would be useful in a US history or Physics classroom following the evolution of flight.

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Pieces of Science - Science Learning Network

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2 to 12
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Produced by the Science Learning Network, this site offers a sampler of K-12 science activities that vary from nineteenth century inventions to genetic engineering. There's lots of...more
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Produced by the Science Learning Network, this site offers a sampler of K-12 science activities that vary from nineteenth century inventions to genetic engineering. There's lots of reading material, along with web quests and quizzes. Graphics are minimal. Try this one as a source for "science connections" to link concepts to real world situations.

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Alaska Science - Privately Published

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An Alaska native explains the northern lights (aurora borealis) and other peculiarly Alaskan scientific phenomena. ...more
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An Alaska native explains the northern lights (aurora borealis) and other peculiarly Alaskan scientific phenomena.

tag(s): alaska (25)

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Science teachers can use the directions on the site to help build rockets. Using simple materials, students can build 1 of 2 different types of rockets, experimenting which type is more successful or flies the highest. Catalog the experience with a digital camera, and share it for parents to see on your class wiki or webpage. Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.

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U.S. Air Force Museum - U.S. Air Force

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Here's a site with dozens of images and histories of military and civilian aircraft. The site also includes histories of many aircraft used by U.S. presidents. This site could assist...more
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Here's a site with dozens of images and histories of military and civilian aircraft. The site also includes histories of many aircraft used by U.S. presidents. This site could assist with research on aviation history or related topics.

tag(s): air (163), aircraft (24), aviation (39), flight (36)

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Click on "museum exhibits" for photos of each plane and weapon featured in the museum. Aerospace teachers can use this site for example photos of planes being studied in class, while history teachers can use those same photos in units concerning the evolution of transportation or warfare. This site truly is an interdisciplinary webpage, and can be used to supplement lectures in many classrooms. E

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Mars Exploration Station - NASA

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Head off to the year 2031 and learn how a Martian colony might actually work in this site from the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Learn the options for life support, ...more
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Head off to the year 2031 and learn how a Martian colony might actually work in this site from the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Learn the options for life support, the scientific work that might go on at the station, and more. There's not a lot of "glitz" to this one, but the concepts will fascinate interested students.

tag(s): mars (41), space (213)

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Cultural Astronomy - Bringing the Heavens to Earth - Adler Planetarium

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Chicago's Adler Planetarium offers this interesting introduction to the way in which early cultures interpreted the heavens. There are dozens of examples drawn from as many ancient...more
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Chicago's Adler Planetarium offers this interesting introduction to the way in which early cultures interpreted the heavens. There are dozens of examples drawn from as many ancient cultures, and all organized into themes that would have been essential to these civilizations. A set of lesson plans rounds out this intriguing unit.

tag(s): calendars (45), stars (64)

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Save this site as a favorite and use it for an all-around resource for a unit on astronomy. Take advantage of the free lesson plans offered in addition to the sections that could be used as learning centers by themselves. This is a great resource for an inter-disciplinary lesson about astronomy.

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