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Amazing Detergent Activity - CSIRO

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4 to 8
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This website provides an interesting classroom activity about surface tension and detergents. This is a great introductory site to inquiry types of activity. It is cheap and inexpensive...more
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This website provides an interesting classroom activity about surface tension and detergents. This is a great introductory site to inquiry types of activity. It is cheap and inexpensive to run, easy to clean, and has a fantastic "wow" factor for students. In the activity, food coloring is added to a small bowl of milk and liquid soap is added creating a color swirl in the milk. Students think it is magic, and what better way to launch a science class? It is excellent for teaching the scientific method, and if expanded upon can lead to concepts of variables.

tag(s): colors (80), inquiry (37), scientific method (64)

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Try using this during the first few days of school to get and keep students excited about learning science. Have students create "I observed" and "what happened" lists. Discuss the different ways of making observations. Monitor the class by only moving forward as a class one step at a time. This cuts down on ruining the surprise for slower groups. Plus it provides time for questioning. Follow up by having students discuss the why the materials reacted the way that they did. Have them suggest and carry out different experiments to discover which part of the experiment causes it to work the way that it does.

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Dancing Ice Activity - CSIRO - Double Helix Club

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6 to 9
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Another fantastic and short activity from CSIRO, this classroom activity teaches about density, gravity, and buoyancy. It is also inexpensive and has only minor preparation work involved....more
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Another fantastic and short activity from CSIRO, this classroom activity teaches about density, gravity, and buoyancy. It is also inexpensive and has only minor preparation work involved. (It is a good idea to make ice cubes with food coloring so that they are easier to see in the glass of water.) If glasses are unavailable, beakers would be an excellent alternative. See the links of What You Need, What to Do, and What is Happening to learn more.

tag(s): inquiry (37), scientific method (64)

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In the early years of physics, have students try this experiment. Discuss density, gravity, and bouyancy. Have students define the terms and repeat the experiment. It would be easy to extend this activity and try different fluids or freezing different substances to replace the ice.

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Hybrid Medical Animation's Videos - Vimeo, LLC

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8 to 12
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Finding it difficult to "show" your health or biology students how different parts of their cells, bodies, or even toothpaste work? Try this part of the Vimeo site. It has ...more
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Finding it difficult to "show" your health or biology students how different parts of their cells, bodies, or even toothpaste work? Try this part of the Vimeo site. It has animations of different cellular and molecular processes. The animations are not only factual but they are beautiful as well. Videos are shareable and can be embedded onto websites. The clips are spectacular for entry level biology students to visualize molecular and cellular processes, but the detail and intricacy of the clips makes them extremely suitable for advanced placement biology students.

tag(s): medicine (69)

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Try using "The Crest Dual Action Whitening Mechanism Action" in upper middle to high school level health classes. Show the video on the interactive whiteboard or projector and then talk about different toothpastes and good hygiene practices. Discuss the "why" of keeping teeth healthy. Cross curriculum and have students develop experiments to test different toothpastes. (Have students use unsealed tile pieces instead of their teeth, just in case of allergies, toothbrush availability, etc.) In biology class, show the video of the T4 Bacteriophage on the interactive whiteboard to start a discussion of bacterial viruses or viruses in general. Have students revisit the video at the conclusion of the lesson, and have them make podcasts of the bacteriophage invasion process using PodOmatic (reviewed here). Try taking screen shots using a website like Jing (reviewed here) to capture different parts of the video to create an enhanced podcast. Just remember: give credit to where it is due. Another thought on how to use videos like this is to embed one on your website, especially during weeks where classes are interrupted by school events or testing, and have students participate in an online discussion of the video. It keeps them thinking about biology even when they are not physically able to be in class!
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Design Challenge: Aviary Architect - Museum of Science, Boston

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5 to 8
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This online, interactive activity will spark student imagination by challenging them to create a bird house for different types of birds around the globe. There are representative birds...more
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This online, interactive activity will spark student imagination by challenging them to create a bird house for different types of birds around the globe. There are representative birds from each of the continents except for Antarctica. The activity is a simple and straight forward simulation. There are instructions if you want to use them. But, you could also feel free to try it out and have students experiment with different scenarios. The website does give basic background information on the birds that are part of the scenario.

tag(s): creativity (118)

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Show students the basics of operating the activity on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then add it to your school webpage or wiki. Have students work alone or in a small group to create the best possible bird house for their chosen species. Have students create online drawings of their bird house, using SketchToy, reviewed here, or FlockDraw, reviewed here, explaining their creations.
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Timelines: Sources from History - British Library

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4 to 12
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This site, created in the United Kingdom, offers many timelines with a simple click to launch an amazing 3-dimensional page. Timelines are organized by subject matter and include samplings...more
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This site, created in the United Kingdom, offers many timelines with a simple click to launch an amazing 3-dimensional page. Timelines are organized by subject matter and include samplings from literature, sociology, history, everyday life, science, technology, explorers, medicine, and more. With another click, you can zoom from one century to another. Start in the 1210s and work your way through the years. View the context of history using visual artifacts from DaVinci's contemporaries to shopping in the 1890s. Connect historical events or technological accomplishments by seeing them alongside simultaneous events, precursors, or results. An additional option allows you to save favorite timelines and/or events.

tag(s): europe (75), literature (275), politics (100)

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This site is excellent for research projects or to provide visual context to your curriculum in social studies, world cultures, world history, literature, art, or western heritage classes. Offer this set of timelines as a research source for history, social studies, and literature classes. Show students these timelines on an interactive whiteboard. Or have students research various topics on their own using this fabulous tool. Pique their interest by letting them browse to find out what else happened at the same time as events in the standard history curriculum -- then ask WHY. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create online posters displaying their findings using an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here).
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The Incredible Megacell - Nobelprize.org

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5 to 8
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This comic book themed activity centers around an ultracentrifuge. Professor Megacell accidentally falls into the ultracentrifuge and all of his organelles have been spun out of him...more
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This comic book themed activity centers around an ultracentrifuge. Professor Megacell accidentally falls into the ultracentrifuge and all of his organelles have been spun out of him and he ends up hanging from a ceiling fan. The mission is to fire the organelles at Professor Megacell using a slingshot. The trick is that the organelles must be put back in the correct order. The faster you shoot the organelles, the more points you receive. Clues are provided to help identify the correct organelles.

tag(s): cells (104), organelles (6)

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This site will compliment your study of cells. Use it as an introduction or review. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students explore this site independently or in pairs. If used independently put the site on a classroom computer and use as a center. To use in pairs, bring students to the lab or use a classroom set of laptops. This site would also be a good one to add to your class webpage or blog for use at home. To extend the activity have students use one of the resources from the TeachersFirst Comic Resource Pagefound here to create their own comic book on the future adventures of Professor Megacell.
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Our Endangered Planet - Newsweek

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Subtitled "100 Places to See before They Disappear," this page links readers to information about eroding spots all over the world. Clicking on different continents at the top of this...more
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Subtitled "100 Places to See before They Disappear," this page links readers to information about eroding spots all over the world. Clicking on different continents at the top of this page leads to a featured Newsweek article about an endangered geographical location on that continent which may or may not contain information about endangered species as well. Besides information on the cause of danger and a description of the current state of the location, the article contains hints at how the site could be saved. Users wishing to make comments on the articles can create a log in before being able to express their opinions. Causes of the endangerments include climactic change, misuse of resources, geographic switches, and the fragility of man's creations within the area. The site contains articles on 100 challenged locations and edifices.

tag(s): conservation (127), erosion (17)

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Use this site as an introduction to a specific continent when studying world geography. Suggest it to students as a research beginner when they are doing projects on conservation and the green movement.

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Edupic Graphical Resource - William Vann

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K to 12
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This large variety of drawings and photographs is a great resource for K-12 students and teachers. Either choose from drawings or photographs related to science, social studies, math,...more
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This large variety of drawings and photographs is a great resource for K-12 students and teachers. Either choose from drawings or photographs related to science, social studies, math, and language arts. These images will support classroom instruction, presentations, multimedia projects, websites, or reports. Useful tags will help you search for images. Educational use of Edpic images is free of charge.

tag(s): animals (285), digital storytelling (153)

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Create classroom lessons that are interactive and visual. The images on Edupic are useful for creating interactive whiteboard lessons such as sequencing the life cycle of a frog, labeling the phases of cell mitosis, or adding the dots on a the back of a ladybug. Visual representations will help ELL or ESL teachers explain concepts and key vocabulary. Use imagery to enhance multimedia posters on Glogster EDU, reviewed here, create digital stories, or bring a PowerPoint presentation to life.

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Futurestates - Independent Television Service

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9 to 12
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You need to spend a large proportion of your time teaching concrete skills and concepts. But wrestling with the unknown "what ifs" of the future is also important in preparing ...more
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You need to spend a large proportion of your time teaching concrete skills and concepts. But wrestling with the unknown "what ifs" of the future is also important in preparing students for their lives as adults. This series of short films presents some of the most compelling "what ifs" about the future: What would happen if only the very wealthy could afford housing? What impact will immigration have? Will virtual reality become indistinguishable from true reality? While these short films (and the questions and discussions they might generate) may not fit neatly into any particular curriculum, they offer great value in helping young adults struggle with the possibilities of their future.

tag(s): computers (92), debate (43), environment (319), ethics (17), immigration (57), migration (58)

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These films would work well for a more unstructured gifted/talented seminar style class, a current issues class, or a Real Life 101-type class. Some may also be appropriate within an economics, biology, or environmental science curriculum. A civics class might debate the proper governmental role in resolving some of the dilemmas presented. Challenge students to create podcasts using a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here), describing other possible future "what ifs."
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60-second Science - Scientific American

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5 to 12
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Find great 60-second science podcasts about a variety of topics on this site. Subscribe to an RSS or iTunes feed to receive the latest podcasts instantly. Listen to the podcasts ...more
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Find great 60-second science podcasts about a variety of topics on this site. Subscribe to an RSS or iTunes feed to receive the latest podcasts instantly. Listen to the podcasts directly on the site by clicking the play button. Download a single podcast by clicking the "Download" button. Be sure to scroll down the page and look for the section on Podcasts near the lower right. Click the links to view other 60 second podcasts such as "60-second Earth." There are too many topics to mention here. Check it out!

tag(s): listening (91)

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Use the 60 second podcasts as an opener in science or any other class. Share the podcasts on your interactive whiteboard or projector with speakers turned up or share them at a listening center using mp3 players. Use to introduce concepts or ideas, how understanding the concepts in the chapter help to understand a bigger problem, or to identify scientific processes. Allow students to choose individual podcasts to listen, research, understand, and present to the class. Consider creating this type of format in your classroom. Students create podcasts of various materials, lab activities, or items of interest which can be shared on a wiki, blog, or other site. Have students create podcasts using a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). Create a student review system of podcasts (easy when using a blog.) Assess students on their ability to explain through the podcast as well as answer questions about the underlying science afterwards.
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Layers of Life - Gulf Life Interactive - National Geographic

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6 to 9
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The "Layers of Life" interactive from the fantastic folks at National Geographic offers a detailed, informative tour of the Gulf of Mexico's ecosystems, the organisms that thrive there,...more
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The "Layers of Life" interactive from the fantastic folks at National Geographic offers a detailed, informative tour of the Gulf of Mexico's ecosystems, the organisms that thrive there, and the conditions that need to be maintained for the health of this environment. This interactive has layers of information that can be clicked through easily. The small navigational square in the bottom left corner allows you to click through the different zones of the ecosystem with ease.

tag(s): biomes (115), diversity (35), environment (319), oil (45), oil spill (21), water (130)

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To teach about the zones of the ecosystem in the Gulf of Mexico, have students form four groups and create a summary of the features and creatures of that zone. This will reduce the time necessary to share all of the information in class. Turn the activity into a jigsaw by having the student teams number themselves and form new groups of numbers so that all information is shared to all students. While students are sharing information, post questions about the oil spill impact on the ecosystem. Examples would be "Why would oil being introduced into this unique zone of the ecosystem cause a problem for organisms that live in this area?" or "How could the oil from the spill cause a chain reaction for biotic and abiotic components of the environment?" Encourage students to discuss within their groups the questions and then have discussion with the whole class where the groups share ideas. Create a class wiki to discuss the questions and answers. Learn more about wikis at the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
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Lesson: Life After Trash - Teach Engineering

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6 to 9
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Great for a foundations of science class or middle level environmental science class, use this activity to have students "get their hands dirty" solving real life problems with real...more
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Great for a foundations of science class or middle level environmental science class, use this activity to have students "get their hands dirty" solving real life problems with real life activities. Life After Trash is an excellent lesson for having students think beyond the obvious uses of everyday products. Concepts such as landfills, the three R's (reduce, reuse, and recycle), and basic environmental awareness are partnered with the skills of working in groups, critical thinking, and problem solving to create an interesting and fun classroom activity. There is little cost (if any) to doing the lab.

tag(s): critical thinking (110), engineering (125), problem solving (272)

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A week or so before conducting this simulation activity, ask students to bring in recyclables and clean trash from home. This will cut down on the amount of trash you need to collect, and it will add variety to the supplies. Set up the activity by talking about trash, where it comes from and where it goes. Discuss better alternatives for trash "disposal" such as recycling and reusing. Have students think of obvious reuses for materials and then explain that there are other alternatives to obvious uses. Introduce the activity and basic rules and safety to the students. Arrange them in groups of three or four and then allow them to "shop" the classroom "landfill" to create new things out of old trash. Follow up with discussion of group products, uses, and real life applications of this idea such as recycled art.

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Green Revolution - National Science Foundation

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4 to 12
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Join the Green Revolution! Choose videos that showcase the inventiveness, creativity, and passion of researchers and inventors who will be part of powering our future. At the time of...more
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Join the Green Revolution! Choose videos that showcase the inventiveness, creativity, and passion of researchers and inventors who will be part of powering our future. At the time of this review topics included: wind, solar, green roofs, microbes, city car, smart grid, and biomass. You are also able to embed videos into a wiki, site, or blog. Click "Print Educator Info" to download a PDF for use with classes. In the future, transcripts will also be available.

tag(s): conservation (127), environment (319)

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Use these videos as a great introduction to green energy and replacements to fossil fuels. Share the videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. After showing a video, have students research the use of the various green energies around the country and the world. Research energy use and especially the difference between residential and commercial demand. Have cooperative learning groups view one of the videos and complete some basic research on the topic. Have the groups create a multimedia presentation to share their findings. Challenge students to narrate a picture using a tool such as ThingLink, reviewed here. Be sure your students check out the City Car. Research the various types of green designs on cars to find the advantages and disadvantages of each. Great discussions, projects, and research are all possible through use of these videos.
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Science Animations - Sumanas, Inc.

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6 to 12
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Looking for great science animations? Find amazing interactives, key vocabulary, overviews, and even quizzes on a variety of science topics. Choose from categories such as "General...more
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Looking for great science animations? Find amazing interactives, key vocabulary, overviews, and even quizzes on a variety of science topics. Choose from categories such as "General Biology," "Biotechnology," "Statistics," "Chemistry," "Astronomy," and "Ecology" to name a few. View a variety of animations in each of these topics. Choose to view as a complete animation, step by step, and even with narration if desired. Be sure to link to the actual animation in your site, wiki, or blog to satisfy copyright.

tag(s): animation (65), atoms (57), cells (104), meiosis (15), mitosis (11), molecules (44)

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Share the interactives on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Have small groups view the animations together and create online posters ("glogs") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here. Have groups share the topics they learned about on their "glog."

Use as an introductory activity with or without accompanying questions you create to get kids thinking. Discuss as small groups or a class what is happening throughout the animation and what they notice. Follow with lab activities or building their own models to demonstrate understanding out of simple art materials. Use this activity to reinforce complex and difficult to see concepts.
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Miamiopia - KidsKnowIt Network

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1 to 6
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Miamiopia (currently in beta stage so not all features are fully operational) allows you to create a character called a Miamopian. Then the fun begins! "Miamiopia is where balloons...more
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Miamiopia (currently in beta stage so not all features are fully operational) allows you to create a character called a Miamopian. Then the fun begins! "Miamiopia is where balloons go when they escape from the hands of humans." The balloons seek to improve themselves by learning about the world around them. Learning activities are located in each building found on the map and include music, history, dinosaurs and more. You then can customize the Miamiopian by earning coins as you play games, the coins can be used to purchase hair, clothing, and other accessories.

tag(s): dinosaurs (58), logic (236), problem solving (272), puzzles (206), spelling (166)

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Check school policies about setting up student accounts and passwords and be sure to keep a record of student passwords! No email is required. Set up at the computer center and keep a chart for each student's progress and points collected. Demonstrate on the interactive whiteboard or projector, record terms used during the games (ex: history - iron age, stone age, and bronze age) to research. This would be an ideal link to provide on your class website for students to access at home.
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The Hands on Technology Program - Galaxy Networks, Inc

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K to 8
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This site offers science experiments and other hands-on activities designed so that the children learn experimental technique, measurements, and how to express their findings clearly....more
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This site offers science experiments and other hands-on activities designed so that the children learn experimental technique, measurements, and how to express their findings clearly. In addition, the site also highlights the scientific principles involved using everyday materials. The site provides a wide variety of science topics from water to space to the human body.

tag(s): experiments (73)

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Use this site to launch budget friendly experiments by displaying on a projector. Follow experiment steps with students, and then have students complete the follow up writing independently or with a partner. Each experiment includes follow up writing sections that provide opportunities for scientific reasoning and thinking. Challenge cooperative learning groups to complete one of the activities and create a multimedia presentation such as an online book using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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Polar Bear Plunge - San Diego Zoo

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2 to 6
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Learn about the challenges facing polar bears due to climate change with this interactive site. Keep Walluk, the polar bear, moving by placing floating pieces of ice together to make...more
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Learn about the challenges facing polar bears due to climate change with this interactive site. Keep Walluk, the polar bear, moving by placing floating pieces of ice together to make a path to the end of the path. The activity increases in difficulty throughout the levels. In Chinook's Beat the Heat game, block the heat to bring platforms together, too much heat and they will melt. Tatqiq's Keep it Cool game challenges players to keep the thermometer as cool as possible for the polar bears. Links are also included to San Diego Zoo's polar bear exhibit and polar blogs.

tag(s): animals (285), climate (93), conservation (127), polar (19)

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Use the site as a starting point for a conservation unit and explore the impact of climate change on polar bears. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Share this site on your classroom website or newsletter to be explored at home. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create a multimedia presentation such as an online book using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.
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Who Pooped? - Minnesota Zoo

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2 to 8
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Its time to get a little gross but have a lot of fun! This site allows students to explore, classify, and learn about various kinds of animal poop. After being ...more
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Its time to get a little gross but have a lot of fun! This site allows students to explore, classify, and learn about various kinds of animal poop. After being shown 3 choices of poop, try to guess the animal it belongs to. You will learn about each animal, what it eats, and finally find out if you guessed correctly. You can even print out a poop expert certificate! This site is sure to create interest and excitement in your classroom. NOTE: Due to great popularity, this site can be VERY slow to open. Be patient!

tag(s): animals (285)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit on the digestive system or farm animals on a projector or interactive whiteboard (sure to get some giggles). After playing the online game take a "field trip" to the school's playground to find other examples of animal poop and encourage students to label where they came from.
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Elephant Odyssey - San Diego Zoo

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2 to 6
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Learn about elephants through this engaging interactive that takes you back to the time of mammoths. Keep your elephant alive by finding food and avoiding dangers such as saber tooth...more
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Learn about elephants through this engaging interactive that takes you back to the time of mammoths. Keep your elephant alive by finding food and avoiding dangers such as saber tooth tigers. In addition, there are links to explore the elephant exhibit at the San Diego Zoo, meet the elephants and watch videos of the elephants in action.

tag(s): animals (285), conservation (127), ecology (135), environment (319), habitats (85)

In the Classroom

Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center during your animal unit. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Use this site as a starting point for individual or group projects on animals and their habitats.
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World's 13 Ugliest Animals - Webecoist

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This site has an amazing collection of unattractive animals, their photographs, and some interesting information about each. Some are indeed uglier than any artist could have imagined!...more
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This site has an amazing collection of unattractive animals, their photographs, and some interesting information about each. Some are indeed uglier than any artist could have imagined! Included is information about their habitats, rarity, behavior, and other odd facts that add to their ability to arouse interest in readers of the site. Be aware: this site does include some advertisements. Be sure to tell students to avoid clicking on the ads.

tag(s): animals (285), evolution (102)

In the Classroom

Have art students create another "ugly" animal, using these as models and letting their imaginations go wild. In science class, talk about the uses some of the adaptations they display may have for their survival. Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to introduce, discuss, and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of animals of any specific habitat.

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