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Cool It! Tips for Going Green - National Wildlife Federation

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2 to 12
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Cool It! Provides tons of realistic tips for conserving resources, recycling, and going green. Informational, logical articles featured are great for anyone interested in reducing their...more
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Cool It! Provides tons of realistic tips for conserving resources, recycling, and going green. Informational, logical articles featured are great for anyone interested in reducing their impact on the environment. This is a valuable resource for teachers, home owners, and gardeners alike! Put these practical ideas into motion and see the saving stack up!
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tag(s): earth day (111), energy (202), environment (319), recycling (57), water (131)

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If you are a science teacher, try using these topics as lesson content for Earth Day activities. Start by asking students, "What can you do to help the environment?" Lead them to this site and encourage them to hunt for at least three different things that they could each do. Involve parents by sharing this project and your goal of having kids change some of their habits to help the environment. Include the idea that these efforts can and will save parents money, and you have the start to a winning, real life learning activity.

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Spectra Visual Newsreader - MSNBC

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5 to 12
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This very attractive site allows readers to select and compile the news they want to read. Readers can choose from U.S. or world news as well as from many news ...more
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This very attractive site allows readers to select and compile the news they want to read. Readers can choose from U.S. or world news as well as from many news categories such as politics, business, entertainment, health, technology, travel, and science. Each general category has up to 12 other choices of a more specific nature. After making those choices, a slideshow style player appears where readers can view a very brief summary of a news article to see if they would like to read the entire text. News videos and blogs are also available with just a click of your mouse. A "newscollector" allows readers to select and save featured stories for later reading.

tag(s): news (261), newspapers (95), reading comprehension (115), writing prompts (93)

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Use this tool for you and your students to find articles related to science, social studies, and cultural topics you are studying. Have students select, read, and compare two articles on the same subject. Have small groups of students take turns presenting weekly news. Use articles as practice for finding main idea and other comprehension skills. Create a selection of stories as writing prompts for persuasive writing pieces. Collect news sources related to an upcoming election to follow in a civics/government class. Have students create an online presentation on their selected news topics from categories you've assigned for your classroom news. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Ottobib - Jonathan Otto

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3 to 12
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Make a free, easy, "ottomatic" bibliography with Ottobib.com. Type in the ISBN number of any book (without the dashes), choose the style, MLA, APA, Chicago, or Bibtex, and create your...more
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Make a free, easy, "ottomatic" bibliography with Ottobib.com. Type in the ISBN number of any book (without the dashes), choose the style, MLA, APA, Chicago, or Bibtex, and create your perfect book citation. You can also enter multiple books by inserting a comma between the ISBN numbers. Select from linking to the bibliography, having a printed page, or finding at your library through a link to Worldcat, an online library catalog.

tag(s): book reports (36), citations (34)

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Use Ottobib.com as a lesson on citing sources and bibliography on your interactive whiteboard. Include Ottobib.com as a saved favorite on all student computers as well as a link on your webpage. Use as a springboard to discuss styles of documentation including MLA, APA, Chicago, and Bibtex. Be sure to use in writing your own professional articles, books, or classes, as well as a reference for your students.

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Now I See! Infographics as content scaffold and creative, formative assessment - TeachersFirst: Candace Hackett Shively and Louise Maine

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6 to 12
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Discover how to use student-created infographics as scaffold or assessment for learning in any middle or high school subject. Many teachers are not "visual" people and struggle to implement...more
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Discover how to use student-created infographics as scaffold or assessment for learning in any middle or high school subject. Many teachers are not "visual" people and struggle to implement infographics because they do not know how to help students. Whether you are a visual person or a "data" person, these pages will help your class get started. See the story of one teacher's journey into using infographics and learn from her experience. Find downloadable files to help: a PowerPoint you can use with students, and a customizable rubric. Don't miss the extensive Resources and Tools page for examples, background articles, and more. These pages grew out of a presentation at ISTE 2012.

tag(s): infographics (42)

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Read through this professional tutorial if you have even considered trying infographics with your students. You will find just the encouragement you need. Mark this one in your Favorites and share the many examples with your students, including student-created examples from a ninth grade class, as you launch your own infographics projects. Let your students "show what they know" in a new way.

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Nature Works Everywhere - The Nature Conservancy

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3 to 9
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Explore and understand nature through the use of these great videos, interactives, and lessons. Learn the science behind nature and why it is very important for every living thing on...more
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Explore and understand nature through the use of these great videos, interactives, and lessons. Learn the science behind nature and why it is very important for every living thing on this planet. Find overarching topics such as Water, Stuff (how nature creates the stuff that we use), and more! View featured educational games, scientist biographies, and featured videos on the homepage. Take a video tour of the site, find lesson plans, and read about scientists involved in the project through the tabs along the top.

tag(s): conservation (128), natural resources (59), scientists (69), water (131)

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Be sure to save (bookmark) this page on your blog, wiki, or class website for easy access. Provide a link on a classroom computer for ease of access during an ecology unit. Allow opportunity for students to look at the information on the site to find a topic of interest to them for further research. Or choose a project to do together as a class or school in connection with Earth Day. Create an awareness campaign for students to educate others in the community about the science behind nature, why it is important to conserve, and simple actions that everyone can do. Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here. Connect the science learned in your class with the nature around your students lives.
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Makerspace - MAKE

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10 to 12
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Join the movement of educators and students who are focusing on making instead of consuming. Students identify an interest and work on a project of their creation to present at ...more
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Join the movement of educators and students who are focusing on making instead of consuming. Students identify an interest and work on a project of their creation to present at a Maker Faire. Unlike Science Fairs which focus mostly on competition, Maker Faires showcase student work and innovation. With focus now on STEM and doing science, Maker Faires are a great way to increase excitement in the STEM areas and careers. The Maker Playbook is an easy way to become familiar with the movement.

tag(s): inquiry (37), science fairs (25), STEM (143)

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Increase the amount of DIY learning in your classroom by joining the Maker Faire movement. Not close to an actual Maker Faire? Implement ideas in the playbook to increase the amount of STEM in your class and a new way to learn to engage your students and create excitement in careers they have not thought about. Consider holding an in-school Maker Faire of your own with parent help.
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STEM Curriculum - Dayton Regional - Dayton Regional STEM Center

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K to 12
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The Dayton Regional STEM Center offers lessons, units, and curriculum materials in STEM subjects for grades K-12. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math resources are abundant at...more
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The Dayton Regional STEM Center offers lessons, units, and curriculum materials in STEM subjects for grades K-12. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math resources are abundant at this center for hands-on STEM! Primarily it is a curriculum resource for teaching. Search by grade level, subject, or industry. There are captivating hook videos about power and propulsion, sensors, manufacturing, humans and medicine, and air vehicles. Lesson ideas are complete and well thought out. Some have downloadable activities, some are video clips, some are tangible hands on activities, but all are thought provoking. If your district blocks YouTube, then the video clips 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): aircraft (24), atmosphere (28), aviation (39), data (148), energy (202), engineering (127), equations (155), functions (68), geometric shapes (163), magnetism (38), measurement (160), number sense (96), oil (45), operations (118), ratios (54), robotics (26), scientific method (64), solar energy (40), space (213), statistics (123), STEM (143), teaching strategies (24), water (131)

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Bookmark and save this site as a resource for STEM lessons in your classroom. Use this site as a starting point for individual or group projects or differentiating lessons in your classroom. Search this site for some new ideas to implement in your classroom. Share the Student tab on your class website for students to explore several "kid friendly" topic such as Fish-y Gardening, Pirate Race, Slime Time, Engineer Girl, Build a Bot, and more. Students who complete one of the "kid friendly" projects at home could develop a presentation using a tool like Zoho Show (similar to PowerPoint, but easier and free) - reviewed here), or a multimedia presentation to share with the class. For tools and ideas about creating multimedia presentations see one of many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Venngage - Venngage

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7 to 12
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Like the looks of Infographics but wish it were as easy as creating a Powerpoint? This website aims to empower you to easily create infographics in a short time. It ...more
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Like the looks of Infographics but wish it were as easy as creating a Powerpoint? This website aims to empower you to easily create infographics in a short time. It is worth the free registration to gain access. Create beautiful Infographics by creating a title and then choosing a template or color scheme. Create your own templates using a range of color, label, and font choices. Click on the elements on the template to change the words, add widgets, create charts, and more. Use the slider along the top right to move between edit mode and preview mode. Go beyond traditional charts by including word clouds, treemaps, bubble charts, and more. Click Save as Template (helpful in creating labels and examples for students to follow) to save your style for later. Click Publish to make the Infographic public or private. You can save the Infographic as an image, share via URL, or use an embed code to place on a wiki, site, or blog. Click on your dashboard to view additional templates shared by creators and to find your Infographics.

tag(s): data (148), infographics (42), posters (36), vocabulary (325)

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Consider creating Infographics of material learned in class and for better understanding and connection with other topics and the "real world." Make curriculum content more real with infographics that students can relate to. Have students create their own infographics with this site to display what they have learned from a unit of study, how vocabulary words are related to the unit content, or as a review before a test. It could even be a replacement for the test! Connect data found on the Internet to information needed to understand that data. (Consider looking at different ways to show the data which can generate bias.) Use your interactive whiteboard or projector to allow student groups to present an Infographic about a book they've read, related news article, etc. Create Infographics about events such as Earth Day, D-Day, Take Your Child to Work Day, and other observances.

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What on Earth Made This - Website ''''''© 1996-2012 WGBH Educational Foundation

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4 to 12
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Explore a super sized volcano, the Scablands, the Magafloods, and beautiful and bizarre natural formations made from forces on our planet. Discover an interactive or printable version...more
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Explore a super sized volcano, the Scablands, the Magafloods, and beautiful and bizarre natural formations made from forces on our planet. Discover an interactive or printable version of each topic brimming with information. Use text, video, audio, or multimedia resources to accompany each topic.
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tag(s): earth (231), geology (82), landforms (45), landmarks (26)

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Make earth geology come alive in each of these captivating subjects. The resources deepen understanding. Open on an interactive whiteboard or projector to begin your earth study or include in a center for individual exploration. Add to your classroom website for enrichment purposes. Use as an example for a classroom wiki on any science subject. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through.
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Medical Animation Library - Penn Medicine

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6 to 12
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Use this site to view animated videos about medical disorders and interventions. Browse categories such as Allergy and Immunology, Cancer, Fitness, Neurology, and more. Browse topics...more
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Use this site to view animated videos about medical disorders and interventions. Browse categories such as Allergy and Immunology, Cancer, Fitness, Neurology, and more. Browse topics in the categories to learn about specific disorders, interventions, and treatments, and other helpful information. Find a description beneath each video. Note: A link to create an appointment is also found on these pages.
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tag(s): brain (71), diseases (68), fitness (50), medicine (68)

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Use this site for easy to understand information about diseases and disorders. Share the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have groups of students investigate specific medical disorders (using this site and others). Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Dr. Arbor Talks Trees - University of Illinois Extension

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4 to 8
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Learn more about the basic inner workings of trees, how trees grow and develop, the many uses of trees and their bi-products, and some basic chemical principles. Choose from different...more
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Learn more about the basic inner workings of trees, how trees grow and develop, the many uses of trees and their bi-products, and some basic chemical principles. Choose from different sections on the site including tree basics, Dr. Arbor's Lab, State Tree Gallery, Resources, or Teacher's Guide. Select the Spanish button to view and listen to the entire site in Spanish, making this a wonderful resource to use with ESL/ELL students. Activities for lower grade levels are also accessible via the Teachers Guide.

tag(s): earth day (111), trees (30)

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Site creators describe this activity as being for grades 6-8, but the audio and overall tone make it appropriate for younger viewers. This is a wonderful site to explore with your interactive whiteboard or projector. This is a great site to save for Earth Day or Arbor Day activities. Have student create commercials and share them using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here. Have students predict what your state tree is then find it in the State Tree Gallery. The Glossary portion of the site contains many words that may be unfamiliar to students. Challenge them to find the definition of the words and use them correctly in sentences about trees or add the words to your class word wall or wiki.
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WDCS Kids - Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society

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2 to 9
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Learn about and explore the world of dolphins and whales with this educational site. Find out if your schools serves "whale-friendly" lunches, make an origami dolphin, or watch a video...more
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Learn about and explore the world of dolphins and whales with this educational site. Find out if your schools serves "whale-friendly" lunches, make an origami dolphin, or watch a video demonstrating how dolphins get caught in fishing nets. Be sure not to miss the life size whale animation that provides an up-close perspective on just how large whales are. Lesson plans are available on the site under the Info Box and include PDF lesson plans and worksheets for students.

tag(s): ecology (135), habitats (85), marine biology (33), whales (16)

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The life size whale animation is perfect for use on interactive whiteboards or projectors. Display the animation and move the box around to give different perspective on the size of a whale. The red box on the whale on the right-hand corner of the screen shows what part of the whale is being displayed. Challenge cooperative learning groups to research dolphins or whales and create a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Welcome to the Discovery- Interactive Whales Game for Kids - Australian Government

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2 to 6
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Climb aboard the Discovery to learn more about the scientists and their activities on board a research vessel. Explore the five different rooms on the ship through the eyes of ...more
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Climb aboard the Discovery to learn more about the scientists and their activities on board a research vessel. Explore the five different rooms on the ship through the eyes of an expert, taking notes by saving text to a clipboard. Learn about whale migration, whale sounds, rules for viewing whales from land, facts about whales, and much more. View video footage of whales and watch whales through a portal.

tag(s): animal homes (42), marine biology (33), whales (16)

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This is a great place for students to begin a research project about whales. Students can save notes to the virtual clipboard as they learn and explore each room. The clipboard can be printed out and used as research notes. Set up your room so that as students enter, they feel like they are boarding the Discovery ship. Choose students to act as tour guides for each of the 5 rooms. Using a projector or interactive whiteboard, have the tour guides lead the class through each room. Students who are at their seats can take notes about whales and ask the tour guides questions. Create a scavenger hunt with items for students to search for while exploring the site. Three teaching units are available to download for use in the classroom.
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My Botanic Planet - Trugreen

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2 to 6
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Enter this digital world by Trugreen to discover a planet of flowers, interactives, flavorful mysteries, and waterways. Explore the planet to learn about botany. Try the interactives...more
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Enter this digital world by Trugreen to discover a planet of flowers, interactives, flavorful mysteries, and waterways. Explore the planet to learn about botany. Try the interactives designed to clarify botanical concepts. Teacher lesson plans include water cycle information and waterways, activities for flowers, pollination, and blooming, and information about flavors found in plants.
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tag(s): plants (152), water cycle (34)

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Add a digital world twist to your unit on flowers, the water cycle, or senses. On your interactive whiteboard (or projector) choose your character, and explore your world. Teacher lesson plans give creative ideas for projects and lessons. Add to your class website as an extra enrichment activity. Capture your ESL/ELL students with sounds, pictures, and games to clarify concepts. Ask your gifted class to add concepts to expand into an earth science unit, creating a wiki to follow the structure provided. To learn more about wikis, check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through. Use as an option during centers to catch kids digging into the world! Create a story for the characters on the planet. The world is blooming with fun and learning!
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Grand Challenges for Engineering - National Academy of Engineering

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9 to 12
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Grand Challenges for Engineering shares information on several engineering problems that are just waiting for 21st century solutions. Engineering challenge information is presented...more
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Grand Challenges for Engineering shares information on several engineering problems that are just waiting for 21st century solutions. Engineering challenge information is presented and followed by a moderated response forum. Anyone may submit ideas, and no registration is required. Share your name and location on the planet, and your comments may be featured in the forum. There are video clips, interactives, ready to go activities, and more. Information about world needs and next steps towards solutions are available. These topics can be controversial, so preview before you share with the class.

tag(s): carbon (21), critical thinking (110), engineering (127), mars (41), medicine (68), nuclear energy (24), problem solving (272), scientific method (64), STEM (143)

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Use Grand Challenges for Engineering topics as class conversation starters in science, biology, and engineering classes and an inspiration to make STEM a possible career choice. Stimulate a rich discussion by previewing the topic to students at the beginning of a week and discussing at the end of the week. Share the videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Encourage them to research the idea outside of class, and provide this website as a major source. Have students summarize the concept and the new things that they have learned through the discussion on an exit slip before they leave for the week. Challenge your students to think of other Grand Challenges that we face. In a gifted program these challenges could serve as themes for extended investigations or individual projects.
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Nova Science Now Education - WGBH Educational Foundation

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3 to 12
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Discover a reorganized, teacher-packaged collection of Nova resources for bringing science, technology, and engineering to the classroom. Find standards based, classroom resources based...more
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Discover a reorganized, teacher-packaged collection of Nova resources for bringing science, technology, and engineering to the classroom. Find standards based, classroom resources based on programs from Nova and other PBS programs. There are teacher guides, teacher interactives, and teacher videos. Topics include anthropology, archaeology, earth science, engineering, environmental science, forensic science, geography, health science, history, life science, math, paleontology, physical science, science and society, space science, and technology. At the time of this review, the website is still in BETA version and is not all inclusive in each subject. Find a TV programming schedule to help planning and resource gathering.
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tag(s): archeology (32), engineering (127), environment (319), forensics (27), paleontology (42), space (213)

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Enjoy the interactives, videos, and text together on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use selected activities as a center (station). Include as resources for your curriculum. Use as a model to make a wiki for your current topic of study for a group project or classroom project. Not familiar with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through. Use this format to spice up your classroom blog.
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Steve Spangler Science Videos - Steve Spangler

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K to 12
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Steve Spangler has brought his fun and educational science experiments to his YouTube page. At the time of this review, the channel had over 400 science experiments in short (approx....more
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Steve Spangler has brought his fun and educational science experiments to his YouTube page. At the time of this review, the channel had over 400 science experiments in short (approx. one minute) videos. Each video demonstrates step by step how to conduct the experiment but leaves it up to the you to decide the science involved. Choose from the featured playlist, browse through uploaded videos, view by fan favorites, or search the channel using a keyword or term to find experiments. Videos can also be sorted by newest or oldest additions. Subscribe to the channel (using your YouTube login) to receive updates when new videos are added. Many include links to further detail and experiment how-tos on Steve's regular web site.
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tag(s): experiments (73), optical illusions (13), solar energy (40), water (131)

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Show a video on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as an introduction before conducting an experiment in class. Stop the video before the ending and have students predict what will happen. Have students journal their thoughts to the science at work in the video. Have students create their own comics to explain a topic using comic-creation tools from this collection. Share this site as a resource for science fair projects or for a school science night. 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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The Children's University of Manchester: Interactive Learning for Key Stage Two - The University of Manchester

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3 to 6
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The Children's University of Manchester contains excellent mini-lessons and interactive lessons for students on a variety of science, history, literacy, and art topics. Key stage 2...more
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The Children's University of Manchester contains excellent mini-lessons and interactive lessons for students on a variety of science, history, literacy, and art topics. Key stage 2 is roughly equivalent to grades 3-6. Topics include the body and medicines, energy and the environment, ancient Egypt, the earth and beyond, teeth and eating, micro organisms, the brain and senses, talking textiles, and words. Choose a topic to learn more about (explained by a professor at the university). Then explore by choosing from activities on the side bar. Activities include short videos, matching activities, slide shows, and more. Since this site was created in the UK, you may notice some slight spelling and/or pronunciation differences than in American English.

tag(s): body systems (58), brain (71), dental health (23), egypt (69), energy (202), environment (319), human body (124), medicine (68), organisms (21), root words (13), senses (29)

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The interactive lessons on this site are perfect for your whole class using an interactive whiteboard or projector. During the interactive lesson, students can operate the board/mouse to interact with the material. Most lessons will have enough opportunities to involve the whole class. The site is also ideal for individual instruction in the computer lab setting. Introduce students to a new topic with these mini lessons, videos, and educational games that can be expanded on as part of a larger unit.
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The Potato Story - McCain Food, Ltd.

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2 to 7
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Learn how food (specifically potatoes) gets from the field to your fork at this interactive site. Focus is on how the potato is grown and harvested and its journey from ...more
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Learn how food (specifically potatoes) gets from the field to your fork at this interactive site. Focus is on how the potato is grown and harvested and its journey from the farm to the table. The nutritional values of the potato and the part they play in a balanced diet are taught through activities such as The Potato Detective and The Great Potato Quiz. Download a Potato Passport from the teachers portion. The teacher's section of the site also includes many other lesson ideas and activities for the classroom, but are a little hard to find. After going to the teachers section, choose from the headings of Lifecycles, Healthy Potatoes, Growing Potatoes, or Healthy Meals to find all of the wonderful ideas and printables. Of course, this site is created by a company that sells potatoes, so you could have an interesting discussion about class web sites and watching for bias! Since this site was created by the UK, you may notice some slight spelling and/or pronunciation differences than American English.

tag(s): agriculture (56), myplate (28), nutrition (154), plants (152)

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The Potato Story interactives are perfect as a center in a science or health class, completing individually in a lab setting, or completing as a class with an interactive whiteboard or projector. Be sure to visit the teachers section of the site for complete access to all of the activities, quizzes, and videos provided. Print a potato passport for each of your students to complete as you explore the journey of potatoes from field to fork. If you have parents willing to volunteer, maybe you can have a healthy potato tasting celebration?
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Floating Junkyard - Scholastic

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5 to 12
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Floating Junkyard is a great Scholastic lesson plan for introducing plastic pollution in the North Pacific Ocean. Here you will find an article from Science World, discussion starter...more
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Floating Junkyard is a great Scholastic lesson plan for introducing plastic pollution in the North Pacific Ocean. Here you will find an article from Science World, discussion starter questions, a video (which uses Flash), and worksheets. You can also download the teachers edition for Science World Magazine that will give you more information and ideas for activities.
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tag(s): environment (319), oceans (150), plastics (9), pollution (67)

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The video and activities on this site make it the perfect introduction to the plastic pollution problem in the North Pacific. Be sure to click on the picture of the seal and enlarge it to make it readable. Once you've completed the video and worksheets, consider challenging your students with one of the activities suggested in the teachers edition either under project based learning or additional resources. For older and gifted students you may want to continue this unit by taking a virtual journey on one of the ships that measures and keeps track of marine pollution. You will find this site, Ship-2-Shore Education/ Mapping Plastic Marine Pollution, reviewed here. Set up an RSS feed or Google News search for news of the debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami to add to the discussion.
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