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Earth Unplugged TV - BBC Earth Productions

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6 to 12
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Find answers to some of the most interesting questions ever asked about the natural world. Earth Unplugged, a YouTube Channel, presents our amazing world as never seen before. Subscribe...more
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Find answers to some of the most interesting questions ever asked about the natural world. Earth Unplugged, a YouTube Channel, presents our amazing world as never seen before. Subscribe to the video channel to receive notifications of updates. Various categories include: Incredible questions, Zoo visits, Deadliest Predators, Walking with Dinosaurs, and more. Note: These videos are You tube videos. Be sure to check if You Tube is blocked in your school before you plan to show the video. Consider using a tool such as Zamzar to download and save your video to a stick and bring to class.

tag(s): animals (276), dinosaurs (57), video (254), zoology (7)

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Use these videos to introduce a specific category of animal classification. Students can choose a question, view the video, and explain the basics of the answer to the class. Consider creating your own series of videos with your classes. Student can ask a question, research the information necessary to formulate an answer, and create a video version to post on the class blog, wiki, or site.
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Spark Science Education - The National Center for Atmospheric Research

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4 to 12
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At Spark find games, activities, and lessons built around the theme of our atmosphere including weather, climate, and sun and space. Visit the Learning Zone to view video...more
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At Spark find games, activities, and lessons built around the theme of our atmosphere including weather, climate, and sun and space. Visit the Learning Zone to view video and images identifying changes in the atmosphere and greenhouse effect on the earth. Try interactives such as the solar eclipse memory game. Explore the climate sensitivity calculator. Be sure to check out the teachers' section of Spark to find several classroom activities divided into the topics of weather, climate change, and atmosphere and chemistry activities.

tag(s): atmosphere (26), climate (92), climate change (64), glaciers (14), hurricanes (35), snow (21), solar energy (38), sun (71), tornadoes (16), weather (188)

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Spark is a must-bookmark site for any teacher of atmospheric science. Create links to activities on student computers for students to explore and play. Search and use the activities for hands-on lesson ideas, all aligned to National Science Education Standards. Challenge students to create a presentation using Prezi (reviewed here) to demonstrate information learned at Spark. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Wordle (reviewed here), Tagxedo (reviewed here), or WordItOut (reviewed here).
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The Nature of Overfishing - New York University Interactive Telecommunications Program

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4 to 12
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Scroll visually through the past 100 years of fishing history with this interactive tool. As you move through the years, you see the numbers of big predatory fish and small ...more
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Scroll visually through the past 100 years of fishing history with this interactive tool. As you move through the years, you see the numbers of big predatory fish and small prey fish as they vanish or multiply. The swimming fish change in numbers, and the percent change is shown below as the slider is moved. Click on the information icon ("i") for more information about the data.

tag(s): ecology (135), environment (317), fish (24), food chains (22)

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Though a simple resource, this interactive can open up discussions into ecosystems, ocean resources, and environmental problems. Display on an Interactive Whiteboard (or projector) for the class to view together. Allow students the opportunity to manipulate the slider and view the data. Brainstorm possible reasons for the sudden loss in big fish during one decade. Students can focus on policy, lifestyles of various cultures, or environmental problems. Research the various fish that have been lost to overfishing, and assign students a specific group of fish to explore. Create a display online or in the classroom to share their information. Have students share what they have learned by creating personalized images (with text) using Pinwords reviewed here. Use the information about the species researched to determine the other members of the food chain.

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The Faculty Project - FacultyProject.org

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9 to 12
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Take free online courses offered by outstanding professors from prestigious schools like Dartmouth, Vassar, Duke, and Northwestern. Choose from dozens of courses and lectures covering...more
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Take free online courses offered by outstanding professors from prestigious schools like Dartmouth, Vassar, Duke, and Northwestern. Choose from dozens of courses and lectures covering a broad spectrum of topics. Learn through video, PDF, PowerPoint, discussion boards, and educational articles. Scroll down the site to view course titles and click enroll to begin.

tag(s): china (66), constitution (79), greece (26), greek (41), poetry (228), religions (61), russia (38), sports (97), water (130)

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Allow gifted or advanced students to enroll in courses that interest them or that provide enrichment beyond classroom content. Share this program with others in your building as a resource for professional development. Explore the topics yourself for some new, engaging topics to round out your own expertise. Allow students to enroll in a course that would fit into their career goals as an exploratory opportunity in that field.
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Green Vegetation - NOAA

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8 to 12
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See an amazingly detailed map of the vegetation found on the Earth. Data for the interactive is collected by a satellite every week so the image is up to date. ...more
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See an amazingly detailed map of the vegetation found on the Earth. Data for the interactive is collected by a satellite every week so the image is up to date. Use tools to rotate or zoom in/out. Allow a few second for the zoomed in view to fully load and for the image to get "sharp."

tag(s): forests (29), plants (145), producers (8)

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Look at the map on an Interactive Whiteboard (or projector) to look at the different colors and determine what they represent. Zoom in to the Nile region to view the stark contrast between the Nile River delta and the desert that surrounds it. Brainstorm how vegetation changes can indicate potential forest fires or drought and how weather is predicted based upon vegetation, humidity, runoff, and surface temperature. Compare the locations of high vegetation to those with low or no vegetation. What factors change the locations of these areas? Watch this interactive over a period of time (possibly the whole school year) to identify changes in areas around the world. Create a presentation about the changes in vegetation including research as to why it is very important. Find great tools on TeachersFirst for creating presentations or Infographics. Tie discussion of this map into economics, political policy, our food system, health statistics, and more.

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Saylor - Free Online Courses Built by Professors - Michael J Saylor

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8 to 12
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Choose from almost 300 courses to take for free at Saylor. Topics range from general education to computer science and professional development. There is a K-12 area that includes Common...more
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Choose from almost 300 courses to take for free at Saylor. Topics range from general education to computer science and professional development. There is a K-12 area that includes Common Core information (for teachers or parents), test prep, and English lessons. Explore a specific area of study to find courses or choose the course list to view all offerings. Some courses include a full textbook and/or a full set of video lectures and are listed on the content matrix. Each course lists learning outcomes, course requirements, and a course overview. Create your own eportfolio to enroll in courses, track progress, download transcripts, and engage with the online community. Pass the final exam of each course to receive a certificate of completion.

tag(s): professional development (123)

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Allow gifted students to enroll in courses that interest them or that provide enrichment beyond classroom content. Share with others in your building as a resource for professional development. Explore the topics yourself for some new, engaging topics to round out your own expertise. Allow students to enroll in a course that would fit into their career goals as an exploratory opportunity in that field.

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K-5 GeoSource - American GeoSciences Institute

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K to 6
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K-5 GeoSource bills itself as the "one-stop professional development website for Earth science." Sections include content, activities, assessment, and careers. Explore content to view...more
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K-5 GeoSource bills itself as the "one-stop professional development website for Earth science." Sections include content, activities, assessment, and careers. Explore content to view animations and earth science images. Download slides or PDF presentations on rocks, seasons, fossils, and other topics. View benchmarks for Science Literacy while investigating many suggestions for activities.

tag(s): careers (132), climate (92), erosion (17), fossils (44), rocks (49), seasons (37), soil (17), water (130), weather (188)

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Bookmark this site for use during any Earth Science unit. View PowerPoints on your interactive whiteboard with students. Use suggestions from the literacy strategies for use with any classroom subject and share with student teachers as a resource for lesson planning. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Wordle (reviewed here), Tagxedo (reviewed here), or WordItOut (reviewed here).

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Story Maps - Esri

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5 to 12
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Story Maps takes learning in a new direction. Interactive maps tell a story through videos, images, audio, and links. Learn more about the topics in text that accompanies each map....more
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Story Maps takes learning in a new direction. Interactive maps tell a story through videos, images, audio, and links. Learn more about the topics in text that accompanies each map. A timeline of "dots" allows you to move through the story step by step. A satellite view is available on some maps, and legends give you important information to read the map accurately. A wide variety of topics are available to inform and educate. Use the search bar to find a map to meet your needs. Travel to the most visited National Parks or explore an interactive map of the three days and decisive moments of the battle of Gettysburg. It is important to pay as much attention to the text pop-ups as the cartography and other aspects of the map. New stories are added every two weeks. so come back often! This review was for the free area of the site that allows you to view the map stories. There are extensive directions on how to create your own maps, but these suggest purchase of maps, etc. from ArcGIS, an affiliate of Esri. Some of the map storytelling ideas could be used with other free mapping tools, however.

tag(s): gettysburg (26), map skills (79), maps (287), measurement (159)

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Map out interactive virtual field trips on Story Maps. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Have a team competition as students navigate the site on an interactive whiteboard to complete a scavenger hunt. Students can find geometric shapes in real life objects on the images with the maps. Calculate distances or time if the map is a timeline of events. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Be sure to help your weaker readers and ESL/ELL students by sharing the vocabulary words prior to reading, either on a handout or by projecting them on an interactive whiteboard and highlighting them in the text as you come to them. Have students create online posters to summarize what they learned from the map, individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here. Ask students to write informational essays on the topics or use the maps to write creative stories. Challenge your most tech-savvy or gifted students to explore the step by step map storytelling directions and try their hand using google Maps or other map tools. The advice in these directions is excellent.

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Textbook Revolution - textbookrevolution.org

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9 to 12
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Textbook Revolution provides links to free (and paid) online textbooks and other educational materials. Some of the books are PDF files, others are viewable online as e-books, or some...more
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Textbook Revolution provides links to free (and paid) online textbooks and other educational materials. Some of the books are PDF files, others are viewable online as e-books, or some are simply web sites containing course or multimedia content. Search for specific textbooks or topics using the search bar. Choose the book for download. This link provides bibliographical data on the book and a link for download. Click to go to the download link to get the book in PDF format.
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tag(s): book lists (128), search engines (65)

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Use Textbook Revolution as a resource for supplemental classroom materials or to use with gifted or advanced students. Share links to educational material on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.
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Documentary Wire - DocumentaryWire

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4 to 12
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Documentary Wire.com features an incredible collection of documentary films for free. Browse through the collection or find the latest documentaries sent to your email. Join free and...more
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Documentary Wire.com features an incredible collection of documentary films for free. Browse through the collection or find the latest documentaries sent to your email. Join free and follow Documentary Wire on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+. No membership is required to watch the videos or receive their newsletter with the latest documentaries. Videos are actually hosted on YouTube and other video sharing services. 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. Enjoy blogging with others by being a member, individually or within a group to discuss your latest ideas on a documentary. Be aware: some of the content on this site may not be appropriate for all ages. Always remember to preview!

tag(s): primary sources (86), video (254)

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Documentary Wire provides documentaries for all your classes. Not sure what topics are available? Search the documentary list. Use a documentary to help students understand primary (such as interviews) and secondary sources. Consider examining point of view through many different choices of films. Study industry and government regulations. Research to discover if any documentary caused a change in the law. Look at the persuasive techniques used to convey a strong message. Study the formatting of the documentary to use as a framework for your own student research projects. Look at documentaries in your study of ethics. Challenge gifted learners in the search for new information.
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STEMbite - Andrew Vanden Heuvel

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4 to 12
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Are you looking to experience science and math through a different lens? STEMbite is a YouTube channel with engaging "bite-sized" lessons from a unique first-person perspective through...more
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Are you looking to experience science and math through a different lens? STEMbite is a YouTube channel with engaging "bite-sized" lessons from a unique first-person perspective through Google Glass. This intro page explains the project and gives the link to the actual YouTube channel. Math and science surrounds us in our everyday life. STEMbite opens your eyes to infinite possibilities. The videos engage you through a short explanation and motivate you to learn more. Examples of videos include math at the pharmacy, washing machine physics, chemistry in your kitchen, probability challenge, the polarization of light, and more! Subscribe to the STEMbite YouTube channel to make your mind hungry to learn about the application of math and science in our everyday life. STEMbite will change your point of view on math and science.

tag(s): atmosphere (26), energy (198), probability (130), STEM (134), video (254), waves (21)

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Use STEMbite videos as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Discuss the videos in STEMbite and informally assess the prior knowledge as you start a lesson or unit of study. STEMbite is a great find for gifted students (logic, unusual topics, in-depth investigation, and more). Be sure to include this site on your class web page or blog for students to access both in and outside of class. Have your students create their own first-person videos on a math or science topic. Create an online or printed comic similar to a STEMbite video on a science or math concept using one of the tools and ideas included in this collection. If your district blocks YouTube, then STEMbite may not be viewable for students at school. 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. To share a single video from this site without all the YouTube clutter, use a tool such as SafeShareTV, reviewed here and create a shortcut to the SafeShare page directly on the desktop.
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Forest Academy - Domtar Corporation

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2 to 8
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This cool resource introduces the features of a forest and highlights our responsibilities to look after it. The resource is generic enough for forests of any type around the World....more
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This cool resource introduces the features of a forest and highlights our responsibilities to look after it. The resource is generic enough for forests of any type around the World. Be sure to click on the "How To Play" information. Registration is optional, but badges can be saved if registered. Click on the blue icons to learn basic background information. The red icons provide links to games. Earn badges to keep in your backpack and get a Forest Academy Diploma. Use the map to go to other areas. Be sure to check out the resources for parents and teachers.

tag(s): food chains (22), forests (29), natural resources (59)

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Use this resource as an introduction to a forest unit or to reinforce concepts already learned. Discuss the various parts of a forest ecosystem, their interaction, and how we can protect the forests. This resource can be used individually by students in a class or on an Interactive Whiteboard for the class to work and discuss the information as they learn together. Create a Forest Academy learning station.
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Project Noah - Networked Organisms

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3 to 12
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This down to Earth site encourages you to view and appreciate nature (even on your smartphone!). Become an active part in the quest to understand nature. Share your experiences through...more
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This down to Earth site encourages you to view and appreciate nature (even on your smartphone!). Become an active part in the quest to understand nature. Share your experiences through photos, called Spottings, and tag your location. Act as a "citizen scientist" to discover organisms and share findings. Document living things (natural creatures, plants and other living things) discovered by using a camera or mobile phone. Upload the contribution to Project Noah for further studies and projects by the community. Use the search tool to look for specific organisms by name. Sightings are recorded using Google Maps. Download the app available for iPhone and Android. Click Education to access teacher tools and set up a class account.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (199), qr codes (21)

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Add to the growing database and document creatures seen in your area. As you discuss various types of organisms, assign students to take pictures of various creatures and submit for a grade. Students can make observations about the organism to submit with the picture using a class or individual account and be part of a growing group that aims to appreciate nature and understand the living things around us.

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Boundless - Ariel Diaz

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9 to 12
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Save money, learn faster with free digital textbooks from Boundless. Boundless creates interactive textbooks including flashcards, interactive searches, and highlighting options. It...more
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Save money, learn faster with free digital textbooks from Boundless. Boundless creates interactive textbooks including flashcards, interactive searches, and highlighting options. It includes 18 college level subjects from Accounting through Writing. Choose any subject to begin. Create a free account enabling access to a search engine and additional study tools.

tag(s): art history (70), business (58), ebooks (42), microorganisms (14), politics (99), sociology (22)

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Although geared toward college textbooks, Boundless is an excellent resource for many high school classrooms. Choose sections of books to use as lessons on your interactive whiteboard or assign for students to read on their own. Challenge students to create a presentation using Prezi (reviewed here) demonstrating concepts learned. Use flashcards and quizzes embedded in Boundless books to review concepts. Boundless is an excellent resource for gifted or AP students. Use as a source for enrichment of your current curriculum.

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SciShow - SciShow

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K to 12
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This YouTube channel teaches scientific concepts in an easy to understand style. The channel includes a variety of short videos ranging from 3 to 10 minutes. There are videos for ...more
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This YouTube channel teaches scientific concepts in an easy to understand style. The channel includes a variety of short videos ranging from 3 to 10 minutes. There are videos for primary students as well as high school students. New videos are released weekly, and viewers are encouraged to add their suggestions for future videos. The wide variety includes just about every topic in Science. Note: Constant additions mean that adults will want to preview in case recent additions are not appropriate for your audience. One page load included a video about "How Weed Works," possibly appropriate during a drug and alcohol study, but not elsewhere?

Be sure to check whether You Tube is blocked at your school and download videos prior to class if necessary. 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): video (254)

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Share the videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Flip your classroom and have students view video clips at home and then discuss the following day in class. Use as an introductory video at the start of a lesson or unit to catch student interest. Follow with individual and group brainstorming of questions the students have about content they would need to know to understand the topic. Students can research the answers to the questions and present to the class with teacher guidance and filling in gaps of knowledge. Can't find a video that pertains to your current unit of study? Why not have students create their own videos to share with the class using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here.
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The Field Book Project - National Museum of Natural History and Smithsonian Institute

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7 to 12
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This article announces and explains a one stop archive of field research journals and other documents. Click the text link "View all Field Book Project records on Collection Search...more
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This article announces and explains a one stop archive of field research journals and other documents. Click the text link "View all Field Book Project records on Collection Search Center" to search from a wide variety of examples of scientific fieldbooks. Use the search functions to find specific journals related to many fields in Biology and Geology. Click to view each electronic resource in a pop up window.

tag(s): field trips (12), geology (81), journals (21), scientific method (64)

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Share this site as you teach about scientific method or simply about what scientists do. Display sample journals on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have student partners explore to find a journal they find intriguing and bring it back to describe to the class. Be sure to discuss the value of using journaling in the sciences. View a journal to identify what information is included in actual scientist's journals. How is the information recorded then valuable to what we know today? How are field journals different from the type of work that students do? Challenge your students to keep their own field journals. Have students use Ourboox, reviewed here. Ourboox creates beautiful page-flipping digital books in minutes, and you can embed video, music, animation, games, maps and more.

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Who Am I? - London Science Museum

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Who Am I? is an online exhibit presented by the London Science Museum devoted to the exploration of genetics and the human body. Play Thingdom, choose a "thing," and begin ...more
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Who Am I? is an online exhibit presented by the London Science Museum devoted to the exploration of genetics and the human body. Play Thingdom, choose a "thing," and begin the process of nurturing it to maturity. Move through a progression of challenges to create offspring with the correct traits. Choose the Find Out More section to view animations of your body, your brain, and your genes.
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tag(s): brain (72), cells (102), emotions (35), genetics (90), human body (121)

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Much of this material is ideal for sharing on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Another idea: flip your classroom and have your students view a certain section of the site at home and share their thoughts the following day in class. Allow students to play Thingdom on classroom laptops to explore concepts learned about genetics. Create an account to save games for later play. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here to explain the genetics concepts they have learned.
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Hungry Pests - APHIS

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4 to 12
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Learn about a variety of Invasive Pests. Identify them by their mug shots, learn how they spread, and view affected states. Click on the link to view the entire United ...more
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Learn about a variety of Invasive Pests. Identify them by their mug shots, learn how they spread, and view affected states. Click on the link to view the entire United States. Choose the state you want to explore. Find a list of the pests and information.

tag(s): ecosystems (88), environment (317), insects (69), species (29)

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Create a campaign to educate others on activities that spread pests around. Identify what these pests look like and how they are similar or different to other insects that live in your ecosystem. Write a story about the animals in the ecosystem and include one of the invasive pests. Students can also write poems, create pictures, or other displays to educate others about pests. Have students create a blog to share their writing projects. Have students create blogs using Throwww (reviewed here). This site allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. There is no registration necessary!

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Panoramic Virtual Tour - Smithsonian Institution

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6 to 12
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As school district budgets continue to be cut, field trips are more and more difficult. Enter the online panoramic virtual tour. The Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History...more
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As school district budgets continue to be cut, field trips are more and more difficult. Enter the online panoramic virtual tour. The Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History can now be "visited" using a desktop computer or a handheld device like a smart phone or tablet. Click on an area of the museum and view a map of the exhibit area. Hover over one of the hotspots to see what is included in that exhibit. Choose to view the Hope Diamond, for example, and access panoramic views of the artifact or the exhibit hall. Follow the arrows to travel through the museum. Maybe a virtual tour of a museum isn't quite as good as the real thing, but you won't have to deal with crowds, noise, and that really tall person who always seems to be standing between you and the exhibit you want to see. Desktop versions use Flash, but the mobile versions use HTML5 so they can be accessed by iPads and iPhones.

tag(s): museums (49), natural resources (59), virtual field trips (48)

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Perfect for use on an interactive whiteboard (or projector), the virtual tour can allow students access to exhibits and artifacts they may never be able to visit in person. If you have access to tablets or have a BYOD policy, students can explore exhibits or areas individually. If you are fortunate enough to be planning an actual field trip to the Museum of Natural History, this site is a great way to prepare for the trip.
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Make Me Genius - MMG International

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It would be a "smart" idea to use Make Me Genius to support or enrich your science instruction. Finding relevant science information for students is difficult. The material on...more
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It would be a "smart" idea to use Make Me Genius to support or enrich your science instruction. Finding relevant science information for students is difficult. The material on this site is safe and accurate for students. Search by grade level or most popular. Tons of engaging videos are available on topics such as Newton's Laws of Motion, the solar system, ecology, and more. Links to cool facts and educational PowerPoint is a genius idea to provide information to extend students' learning. "Tech out" science project ideas or brush up on your science knowledge with the practice quizzes. Make Me Genius will make you look like a genius. This site does include advertisements. But it is worth avoiding the "nuisance" to view these quality videos. 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.
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tag(s): body systems (57), ecology (135), erosion (17), forces (45), human body (121), matter (58), photosynthesis (33), senses (28), simple machines (37), solar system (119), video (254)

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Use the videos to flip your instruction, support students, or provide enrichment opportunities. Flip your classroom and have students view the videos at home. Or share the videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Set up a learning station for students to view the video clips. The educational PowerPoints make lesson planning more efficient. Use the science project section to help students find science fair project ideas or to create hands-on, minds-on activities. The questions in the quiz section are leveled for students. Test your students' knowledge of the concepts after watching the videos.
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