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Zidbits - Zidbits media

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3 to 12
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This tool is cool little tidbits of knowledge. The subtitle is "Boldly Exploring Life's Little Mysteries." Zidbits include facts such as "What is the hardest language to learn?" "Do...more
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This tool is cool little tidbits of knowledge. The subtitle is "Boldly Exploring Life's Little Mysteries." Zidbits include facts such as "What is the hardest language to learn?" "Do trees die from old age?" or "What is the most lethal poison?" Find facts for history, science, health, entertainment, and news on this site as well as fun facts. This site doesn't provide just a quick tidbit, but also gives background information and additional details.
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tag(s): infographics (42), questioning (32), speaking (24)

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This resource is useful to hook your students at the beginning of your lessons or simply to get them reading non-fiction text. Use these as hooks to get your students thinking about content that will be introduced in the lesson. Students can find a Zidbit they are interested in. Poll students about possible answers and then report the actual answer and content needed in order to understand and explain it. Learn a new Zidbit yourself every week. If you teach public speaking skills, have students use these stories as inspiration or "hooks" for informational speeches, as well.

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Axon - Wellcome Apps

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11 to 12
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This quick and simple logic science activity is designed to teach about neurons and the brain. Connect the neurons (circles) to score points a micrometer at a time. As your ...more
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This quick and simple logic science activity is designed to teach about neurons and the brain. Connect the neurons (circles) to score points a micrometer at a time. As your timing gets longer, the game ends and the type of neuron you have built is given. Click on the link to learn more about the type of neuron. Note: The Brains: The Mind as Matter Exhibition (link) which offered more information is now closed.

tag(s): body systems (58), brain (71)

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This activity may take a bit of instruction. Demonstrate on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this resource when discussing the Brain and the Nervous system. Identify the length of various neurons and where they are found in the body. Compare and contrast some of the largest and smallest of nerves. Put this link on your class website for students to try to "beat their score" at home.
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The Science Spot - Mrs. Tomm

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4 to 9
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This tool is a wonderful resource for both middle school teachers and students. Find lessons in any physical or biological content area. Find ideas for activities to use as part ...more
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This tool is a wonderful resource for both middle school teachers and students. Find lessons in any physical or biological content area. Find ideas for activities to use as part of your school's Science Club or interesting trivia to use as starters for your classroom. Other resources available include ideas for nature Centers, Puzzles, and links to other resources. This site has quite a few distracting advertisements.
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tag(s): atoms (57), cells (104), earth (231), ecology (135), forensics (27), insects (71), measurement (160), motion (62)

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Use the information on this site to find interesting demonstrations or facts to use when planning your lessons. Use these ideas as part of an inquiry lesson that encourages the students to be investigators and ask the questions. Students can also be the demonstrators in class. Encourage them to find an interesting idea or demonstration to perform in front of the class and "teach" the other students. Alternately, students can videotape or podcast their demonstration for viewing later on your class website. For podcasts use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). To share videos, use a site such as SchoolTube reviewed here.
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Discovery News - Discovery

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6 to 12
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This renowned science news source is an excellent resource for children, teens, AND adults. Find information from technology, space, humans, earth, history, animals, and adventure....more
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This renowned science news source is an excellent resource for children, teens, AND adults. Find information from technology, space, humans, earth, history, animals, and adventure. Some examples of specific topics include dinosaurs, psychology, evolution, religion, robots, genetics, and much more! Be sure to scroll through the information on the front page where highlighted videos, games, and eye catching headlines are sure to catch your interest. The reading levels (approximately middle school) are obviously too high for young readers, but videos and captions are quite approachable. Please PREVIEW before sharing anything with your students. Some of these topics are not appropriate for the classroom..
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tag(s): archeology (32), dinosaurs (58), egypt (70), evolution (102), genetics (92), news (261), psychology (64), religions (66), robotics (23), space (215)

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Use this site as a resource for current events projects or when discussing news relative to the class content. Find informational texts galore to practice CCSS literacy skills! (If you need a reading level, paste the url for the specific article into Juicy Studio's readability checker, reviewed here.) Have students research what's going on via this news site, and give a brief presentation for a current events assignment or as extra credit. Again, preview any stories that students may be exploring. You may even want to provide the direct ULRs to the stories rather than have students explore the site on their own. Students can either orally present or, for the technologically inclined, create a short video or podcast summarizing the information. Have students create videos and share them using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here. Have students write their information in a short summary and include background information that ties the information into the class or teaches something new and relevant. Practice science literacy skills with these engaging stories!
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Open Yale Courses - Yale University

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9 to 12
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Open Yale Courses offers free (non-credit) introductory courses taught by teachers and scholars at Yale University. Open access allows participants to view videos, download transcripts,...more
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Open Yale Courses offers free (non-credit) introductory courses taught by teachers and scholars at Yale University. Open access allows participants to view videos, download transcripts, and receive all related course materials at any time. Choose from courses in topics ranging from English, History, African-American Studies, Languages, and many more. They offer countless topics: Art History, Psychology, various languages and literatures (Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian), Chemistry, American History, and many more.

tag(s): african american (113), american revolution (88), art history (72), atmosphere (28), business (58), civil war (145), ecology (135), ecosystems (89), engineering (125), evolution (102), financial literacy (80), france (40), greece (26), greeks (30), novels (24), poetry (225), psychology (64), religions (66), romans (35), sociology (22), space (215)

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This is an excellent resource for gifted students as well as students interested in viewing high quality college level course material. Browse through topics of interest for your AP or IB classroom and use selected videos for viewing on your interactive whiteboard (or projector). Share a link on your class webpage for students to view at home. Teachers of gifted may want to suggest that students form small cohorts to explore one of the course of particular interest to them. Music and art history teachers will find rich materials to include in their high school courses, as well.
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Back Pack Games - Learning Games for STEM Skills - Back Pack Games

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1 to 8
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Back Pack Games is a collection of educational interactives in all subjects for elementary and middle school students. The site gathers and categorizes games from multiple outside...more
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Back Pack Games is a collection of educational interactives in all subjects for elementary and middle school students. The site gathers and categorizes games from multiple outside sources. Specific activities are designed for grades 3-5 or grades 6-8. However, many of the activities in the Cognitive Development area could be used with younger students. Choose activities by subject, genre, or grade level links. Browse to find the most popular games. One interesting link includes activities aligned to cognitive development including skills such as attention, memory, and spacial skills. Click the standards option to find games aligned to Common Core Standards. Details included with each game include a short description, game categories and skills addressed, and an educator's review of the activity.
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tag(s): addition (237), cells (104), decimals (130), division (166), geometric shapes (163), measurement (160), money (190), multiplication (219), oceans (152), photosynthesis (32), STEM (144), subtraction (197), time (141), vocabulary development (125), word study (79)

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Bookmark this site to use as a resource for computer center games and activities throughout the year. Share curriculum-related resources on your interactive whiteboard or projector. This site could work well in a BYOD or 1:1 classroom. Share with parents as a resource to use at home or as a summer skills review and refresher.
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The 25 Best Nerd Road Trips - Popular Science

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9 to 12
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Take a virtual "nerd trip" with science-history geeks. The name of this resource is sure to catch some interest, and the locations feature very interesting histories. Click on each...more
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Take a virtual "nerd trip" with science-history geeks. The name of this resource is sure to catch some interest, and the locations feature very interesting histories. Click on each point in the map to read a small synopsis of the site. You can also click links to learn more about many of the sites. We suggest you preview any information prior to sending students to explore on their own. The sites are nontraditional and can raise questions about "pop" science vs "real" science.
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tag(s): scientists (69)

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Use these "road trips" as a springboard for unusual research projects on science topics. These are great for gifted students or skeptical students who need the extra spark of researching something a little quirky. These are also great ideas for small group research. Encourage students to create presentations about real life science with its benefits and drawbacks. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Be sure to discuss when science enters pop culture in our society. The Center for PostNatural History, one of the sites on this map, is one such example (located near Pittsburgh, PA where organisms have been altered genetically and possibly questionably.)

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CalorieKing - CalorieKing Wellness Solutions, Inc.

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4 to 12
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Use this tool to find the calories and nutrient content in a large variety of foods. Search among popular brands or chains or search from categories of foods. This site ...more
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Use this tool to find the calories and nutrient content in a large variety of foods. Search among popular brands or chains or search from categories of foods. This site features a search bar for easily finding the nutrient information. Nutrition facts include carbohydrates including fiber, fats (saturated and trans,) and proteins. Choose to compare foods to find the differences in nutrients. Beside the nutrient information, learn how many minutes of various exercises are needed to burn off those calories. Use the box on the site to determine the calorie requirements for your height, weight, and age.
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tag(s): calories (9), nutrition (155)

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Use this site in any health, nutrition, Family and Consumer Science, or biology class when discussing biomolecules and needed nutrients. Place this link on your site or bookmark on a class computer for easy reference. When discussing the food pyramid, or nutrients needed by the body, have students keep a 3 day food diary to compare with the food pyramid. This is also a great site to share as students make New Year's resolutions about eating healthy!

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Kids Know It Network - Mr. Bertoch, The KidsKnowIt Network

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K to 6
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Created and designed by a classroom teacher, Kids Know It features games, podcasts, videos, worksheets and whiteboard activities. Designed for pre-k through sixth grade, this...more
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Created and designed by a classroom teacher, Kids Know It features games, podcasts, videos, worksheets and whiteboard activities. Designed for pre-k through sixth grade, this site features spelling, math, history, geology, geography, biology, astronomy, memory, and dinosaurs. Some of the activities require Java. Although this site does include many advertisements, they are worth weeding through to find the good stuff. Note: many of the links offered are NOT actually created by KidsKnowit. They are content from other sites, shown inside a "frame."
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tag(s): addition (237), dinosaurs (58), division (166), multiplication (219), operations (119), preK (287), space (215), spelling (166), subtraction (197)

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Use Kids Know for your students to explore in class centers. Use for curious students to explore subjects you do not always teach, such as biology, chemistry, ... or dinosaurs! Find activities for your projector or interactive whiteboard, interesting videos, and ways for students to practice spelling. Use the videos as a model when studying other subjects, giving students structure and ideas for making their own videos. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Use as an example for students to create their own wiki for each topic you study such as native Americans, Civil War, fractions, or for an author study. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through. List on your class website as a fun way to explore!
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Science Sparks - Emma Vanstone and Kerry Farrow

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K to 6
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Science Sparks is a blog that shares activities to make science fun for even the youngest of children (and adults). All activities use materials commonly found around the home or ...more
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Science Sparks is a blog that shares activities to make science fun for even the youngest of children (and adults). All activities use materials commonly found around the home or easy to find. Scroll through the latest activities or choose from links at the top for preschool science, chemistry, physics, kitchen science, and more. Each activity lists materials needed and step by step directions. Many also include images and links to videos. In addition to directions, each post describes the science behind the activity.
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tag(s): acids and bases (11), chemicals (42), eyes (6), magnetism (38), senses (29), sound (103), water (131)

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Sign up to receive site updates on Pinterest, Facebook, or through your RSS reader. Be sure to bookmark this site to search for science activities throughout the year. Share a link to an activity on your website or parent newsletter as an at-home activity. Ask parents to send pictures or videos of the activity done at home to share with the class. Complete activities in class then share them on a service such as TeacherTube reviewed here.

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STEM Behind Hollywood - Texas Instruments

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4 to 10
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Discover the science and engineering behind many Hollywood Themes: Zombies, Space, Forensics, and Superheroes. Choose one of the themes to access information, videos, TI-Nspire downloads...more
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Discover the science and engineering behind many Hollywood Themes: Zombies, Space, Forensics, and Superheroes. Choose one of the themes to access information, videos, TI-Nspire downloads for interactive activities, and more. Each page also features related Math and Science Activities. The current hosts are Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory) and Dr. Z.
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tag(s): diseases (68), forensics (27), space (215), STEM (144)

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Pair this information and the related activities with classroom content, video clips, and data about related events (spreading of disease, space travel, etc.) Create discussions about various technologies, discoveries, and more to engage your students in the topics you are studying. Share the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share this link on your class website for students to explore at home and learn more about how Hollywood uses science and math in film, television, and beyond. Include this site in a careers unit so students can see how science can lead to many different careers.
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Population Education - Population Connection

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6 to 12
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Learn about population! Highlights of this site include both world and US population counters. Be sure to check the Classroom tab to search for lessons, find information about population,...more
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Learn about population! Highlights of this site include both world and US population counters. Be sure to check the Classroom tab to search for lessons, find information about population, and even search by themes. Connect activities to your state's latest standards. This site also includes demonstration videos of some of the classroom activities. Click on the Curriculum tab at the top and slide to Population Information. Although the site is selling some teaching materials and workshops, there are free lessons available. There are 15 Infographics highlighting global issues and trends. Find out about carbon dioxide emissions and energy consumption, meat and paper consumption, global undernourishment, and many more issues. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): population (61), resources (112)

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Use the "Find a Lesson" search to discover population education activities and information that will be useful in your curriculum or classroom. Find demonstration videos of how to use the lessons within the classroom. Be sure to preview and show the World Population Video (aka: the "dot video") to your classes. Share the video on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use these resources when discussing population of organisms and then discussing human population.
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International Human Development Indicators - United Nations Development Programme

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9 to 12
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Use the "Stat Planet" interactive maps to visualize development data around the World. Choose various indicators such as Poverty, Gender Inequality, and more. Change parameters of the...more
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Use the "Stat Planet" interactive maps to visualize development data around the World. Choose various indicators such as Poverty, Gender Inequality, and more. Change parameters of the graph and map. Use the Indicators and Data Explorer pages on this site to begin research about many factors of human development in the World. View the information in various languages.

tag(s): population (61)

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Student groups or the full class can view data and graphs of various indicators and brainstorm questions to understand the data. What factors exist in various countries or areas of the World? What conditions need to change to reverse troubling trends and to create greater equality of individuals in the World? Break these questions down into major focus topics to be researched and presented by members of the class. Since this site can be viewed in numerous languages, use this tool in a world language class. Gain understanding of the factors that influence places you read about in the news and faraway cultures. In government or civics classes, talk about how public policies affect or reflect development data. In math classes, use this site to see how statistics can be applied to decision making and international issues.
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Global Closet Calculator - National Geographic Education

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2 to 10
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Take a tour of your closet to find out where your clothes come from. Discover the concept of interdependence and the extent of our global footprints. Research where raw materials ...more
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Take a tour of your closet to find out where your clothes come from. Discover the concept of interdependence and the extent of our global footprints. Research where raw materials come from and how clothes are made. Consider the implications of manufacturing and transportation to get them to your closet. This interactive includes informative videos complete with transcript. You can save your place within the interactive by "getting a code" that you re-enter on return.

tag(s): natural resources (60), resources (112)

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When discussing the Food and Fiber system (materials used to produce food and the many products we use daily), use this site to gather initial information of where their items come from. As products are no longer made closer to our actual lives, many students are disconnected from the materials and processes used to create everyday products and are unaware of their global footprint. Students can continue research by investigating other items used daily to determine what they are made from, where they are manufactured, etc. Continue this process with the foods that they eat to show how many popular foods are very removed from the whole foods that we should be eating. In geography classes, have students use a reviewed geo/mapping tool from the TeachersFirst Edge to map the path across the globe from raw materials to finished products, just to make one pair of jeans. Discuss the role of natural resources and economics in determining this path.

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Evogeneao - Evogeneao

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3 to 12
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Introduce evolution with the Evogeneao tree of life. This resource promotes teaching and acceptance of the biological theory of evolution in one transformative way. Life on Earth is...more
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Introduce evolution with the Evogeneao tree of life. This resource promotes teaching and acceptance of the biological theory of evolution in one transformative way. Life on Earth is one big extended family. Not only are we related to every other living thing in some way, but also to everything that has ever lived.
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tag(s): animals (286), biodiversity (39), evolution (102), plants (153)

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Introduce the concept beginning with the Evolutionary Genealogy section. Just as we are so, "many times removed" from a distant relative, all life on Earth is related and can be measured. Find great lesson starters and resources for understanding and teaching evolution to students Don't miss the "For Teachers" section. Students can find their favorite animal in the Tree of Life and trace it backwards to find a common ancestor with humans.

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Exploring Nature Educational Resource - Sheri Amsel

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K to 8
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This free tool created by a botanist/zoologist is a useful resource about living things. Though some of the content requires a membership, there are many resources that are free. Find...more
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This free tool created by a botanist/zoologist is a useful resource about living things. Though some of the content requires a membership, there are many resources that are free. Find information, photos, and even free video clips. Note that illustrations are copyrighted by the site owner, and information from the site must be cited with the correct references given (examples are provided.) Be sure to check out all the tabs that include Plants and Animals, the Planet Earth, Science words and Pics, Human Body, and more. Don't miss the chance to Ask a Zoo Vet (under Bringing Science to You) and many activities for those as young as preK (see Words and Pictures).
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tag(s): animals (286), earth (231), human body (125), plants (153)

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Use this resource for students to find information about a large variety of plants and animals for their research. The examples for citation reinforce the need to cite all sources used for a project. Be sure to include this site on your class website or bookmark it on a classroom computer for quick reference. Use information gathered to create conventional projects (i.e. posters or displays) or multimedia projects including podcasts, Infographics, or presentations. Find many ideas for creating presentations on TeachersFirst Edge.

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American Lung Association - American Lung Association

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6 to 12
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Find information about lung disease and issues related to healthy lungs. Be sure to click on Healthy Air in the subject bar to find information about our health and air ...more
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Find information about lung disease and issues related to healthy lungs. Be sure to click on Healthy Air in the subject bar to find information about our health and air quality, both indoors and out. Some of the specific topic areas include Your Lungs, Lung Disease, Finding Cures, Healthy Air, and Stop Smoking. There are many ideas shared on this site about how to live a healthier lifestyle.
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tag(s): air (163), coal (14), electricity (91), natural resources (60), nuclear energy (24), pollution (67)

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Be sure to check out the Power Plant Impacts Page. View the source data linked below the images. Students can brainstorm why the map looks this way and what kind of impacts there are from power plants. Students can research as teams the issues from various power plants and effects on air quality and human health. Share findings with others by creating traditional projects (bulletin board or flyers) or multimedia presentations of the information. Use one of the many TeachersFirst Edge multimedia tools. Compare the air quality of the United States with that of other countries. What factors and government influences contribute to the differences that we see?

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Sheppard Software: Free Online Learning Games - Sheppard Software

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K to 12
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Sheppard Software offers hundreds of online learning games for learners in a large variety of subjects. Topics include brain games, seasons, nutrition, and world geography. Search for...more
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Sheppard Software offers hundreds of online learning games for learners in a large variety of subjects. Topics include brain games, seasons, nutrition, and world geography. Search for specific topics or browse categories. Looking for a specific grade level range? Scroll down below the main icons to view recommended sections for different age ranges from preschool to adult. In addition to games, some categories include videos, timelines, and coloring activities.
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In the Classroom

Bookmark this site to use as a resource for computer center games and activities throughout the year. Share curriculum-related resources on your interactive whiteboard or projector. This site could work well in a BYOD or 1:1 classroom. Share with parents as a resource to use at home or as a summer skills review and refresher.
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Community Science Workshop Network - Community Initiatives

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Bring science to life with this free community of Science Workshop ideas. The site may not look exciting, but the activities bring real hands-on learning to science. Browse a few ...more
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Bring science to life with this free community of Science Workshop ideas. The site may not look exciting, but the activities bring real hands-on learning to science. Browse a few activities to get the idea. After registering, click on the CSW Projects and Activities tab. Search the activities by project type (e.g. projectiles, music, woodshop) or by STEM content. Workshop ideas are either video or downloaded instructions with images. Most use simple, inexpensive materials.

tag(s): engineering (125), gravity (50), inventors and inventions (96), musical instruments (47), plants (153), sound (103), STEM (144)

In the Classroom

Use these activities to create contraptions for students to manipulate in class. As students use a manipulative, collect their questions about what they observe or wonder about the contraption's motion and characteristics. Students can research the science behind the object or motion. Use class discussion to create understanding about basic scientific principles. Be sure to include a link to this site on your classroom computer or website. Students can use these activities to teach concepts to other students in their class. Many of these activities make great demonstrations as an introduction to a science concept and for uncovering student misconceptions. Expand what you ask students to do by using creative writing, reading, creating Infographics, or learning correct ways to research and report findings about the subject matter.

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Energy Realities - Energy Realities

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6 to 12
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Explore a collection of videos and infographic resources about energy and energy related issues. This site uses National Geographic maps and is sponsored by Slate, New Scientist, The...more
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Explore a collection of videos and infographic resources about energy and energy related issues. This site uses National Geographic maps and is sponsored by Slate, New Scientist, The Economist Group, and Statoil, an oil and gas company. Access a visual guide to global energy needs. Learn about the story of energy use, methods of production, and the focus on sustainability of our planet.

tag(s): coal (14), energy (202), natural resources (60), nuclear energy (24), oil (45), population (61), resources (112)

In the Classroom

Begin the discussion of energy use and production by asking students to list everything they know about coal, oil, and natural gas. Have students list what they know about renewable resources. Students can research this site to determine whether their statements are correct or false and report back to the class about their misunderstandings. Be sure to identify concepts that need to be expanded upon in the classroom. Follow with conservation methods, your own energy use as compared to other countries, and more energy related topics. Use the Infographics as comparison. For example, view a population density map compared to an energy use map for any kind of insights or correlations. Be sure to check out new content such as the video on "Carbon capture and Storage" for greater understanding of newsworthy topics.

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