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See GIS in Action - National Geographic

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2 to 7
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Students learn how GIS (Geographic Information Systems) can help them solve problems and navigate. After selecting an animal, they hear its distinctive cry, learn facts about it, and...more
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Students learn how GIS (Geographic Information Systems) can help them solve problems and navigate. After selecting an animal, they hear its distinctive cry, learn facts about it, and become familiar with the variety of animals on different continents. Learn about the humpback whale, bald eagle, Africa, Asia, America, and more. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): animals (284), habitats (85)

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This activity would work well for individual or pairs of students in a lab or on laptops as you study about habitats. Assign a group of children to each featured animal, and use this site as the starting point for a research project. Have students create similar posters, PowerPoint slides, or wiki page on other animals. If individual computers aren't available, this site would work well on an interactive whiteboard or projector.
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ecology center - Ecology Center

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5 to 12
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Find information about building a sustainable environment for the future of your community. Though this site is geared for the east bay area in California, many of the tips and ...more
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Find information about building a sustainable environment for the future of your community. Though this site is geared for the east bay area in California, many of the tips and fact sheets are helpful in any area of the world. Get articles and fact sheets (PDF) about plastics, climate change, recipes for healty living, seed saving, and more. Type Lesson Plans in the Search box to find 16 lesson plans on a variety of topics from How to Grow a School Garden, to Global Oneness Project. For those who have used the Terrain lesson plans the site says they will be archived and available soon. Until then, type Terrain into the search, the second entry will take you to their blog about terrain.

Notes: Links on the site ask for donations to the organization and suggest places to volunteer. A store link is also included. This site is best suited for teachers, as it contains lesson plans. Links to articles can be provided directly from your class web page.
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tag(s): consumers (21), earth (231), earth day (111), ecology (135), molecules (45)

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Use the information on the site to enhance lessons on sustainable topics. The background information is extensive and easy to follow. Form students into small groups, based on their interest, for learning about one of the sustainable concepts. Students can create a multimedia presentation of their concept in order to improve awareness for others in the community. Great tools for creating a multimedia project are Venngage, an infographic tool, reviewed here, Padlet, a poster tool, reviewed here, or Gravit, that creates a flyer, post card, or infographic, reviewed here. Use these in conjunction with Earth Day to create local change.
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Pest World For Kids - National Pest Management Association

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K to 5
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Students learn about biology, ecology, health, and the environment through the studies of pests. Lesson Plans are divided into younger and older elementary students. Younger students'...more
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Students learn about biology, ecology, health, and the environment through the studies of pests. Lesson Plans are divided into younger and older elementary students. Younger students' lesson plans include "Intro to Pests" and "Totally Termites." Older students include inquiry based activities such as "Termitology" and "Before They Were Pests." The site includes games and documents. Click on "Amazing Pests" to learn fun pest facts and view a dictionary of pests. View "Threats and Prevention" to learn about the damage that pests can cause and ways to prevent infestation and damage. Play fun Learning Games such as "Name That Pest," "The Pest Rangers," and "Archibald's Adventures." The audio is sure to get student attention.

Note: Students can also send a pest card by entering a recipient's name and email address as well as their own name and email address. Many district's have policies prohibiting students from using a personal email address. Additionally, they can sign up for newsletters which require parent authorization for those under 13. Please check your district's policy concerning student email and Acceptable Use Policy Activities can be seen online and also downloaded as an Adobe PDF document. Perhaps you want to sign up as a teacher and share the email with your class on a bulletin board.This Site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): ecology (135), environment (319)

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Use what students already know about pests to bring complex concepts such as social behavior and needs of organisms into focus. Students can use the site and create tip sheets for managing pests. Use multimedia programs such as PowerPoint and others to create these as a digital storytelling project. Students can also play the interactive games and write a story about life as a pest. Focus on the adaptations of pests to determine where they live and what other pests they are related to.
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Grow Up - ARKive Education

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2 to 6
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This interactive learning adventure challenges students to create pictures displaying four different stages of an animal's life-cycle. Students can choose the habitat that the animals...more
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This interactive learning adventure challenges students to create pictures displaying four different stages of an animal's life-cycle. Students can choose the habitat that the animals come from. Habitats include gardens, cliffs, ponds, and hedgerows (American teachers will have to explain the British vocabulary!). Students race the clock to complete the animal in time. Clues and scientific information is provided throughout the activity. FLASH is required for this web activity. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): habitats (85), ponds (6)

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Use your interactive whiteboard or projector for this science activity as you study animal life cycles. This resource is also ideal for independent work on laptops or cooperative learning groups.
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Ocean Life - Scholastic

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K to 9
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This website offers an introduction to the Scholastic Explorer's Ocean Life project. Students travel to Costa Rica, New Zealand, and other places to explore the ocean and animals. Students...more
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This website offers an introduction to the Scholastic Explorer's Ocean Life project. Students travel to Costa Rica, New Zealand, and other places to explore the ocean and animals. Students get to learn about real-life ocean explorers. There are also interactive challenges, sure to excite your students. A detailed Teacher's Guide is included. Most of the activities are geared towards students in grades 4-9. However, there are lesson plans (with standards) for students in kindergarten through grade 9. Links to plans for older students are no longer active. Some of the activities require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): environment (319)

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This site is a wonderful addition to a unit about the ocean and ecosystems. Check out the lesson plans and see what is available for your grade level. If you teach grades 4-9, be sure to check on the interactive activities available at this website - perfect for your interactive whiteboard or projector.
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Going Bug-gy! - Scholastic

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2 to 6
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As the title implies - this site is all about BUGS! Highlights include video clips from The Magic School Bus , facts about bugs, interactive bug games, and more. ...more
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As the title implies - this site is all about BUGS! Highlights include video clips from The Magic School Bus , facts about bugs, interactive bug games, and more. Bring your science class "alive" with this up-close look at these tiny creatures. This website requires Flash and Shockwave. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): insects (70)

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Set up a "buggy" computer station. Have students explore this website independently or with a partner. Use this website to enrich a science unit about bugs. Have students use the factual information for research projects about different types of bugs. Consider creating a Buggy Wiki as a culinating project for your unit. You can include this link, other big sites, and your students own "bug pages."
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Seashell Identification Guide - Seashells.com

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2 to 10
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If students ever wonder exactly what seashells they managed to collect at the beach last summer, this is the site to use. Clear photos click to an even larger and ...more
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If students ever wonder exactly what seashells they managed to collect at the beach last summer, this is the site to use. Clear photos click to an even larger and distinct picture of many varieties. Along with the larger picture are the common name, scientific name, region found, and maximum size. Links on the page include more information about identifying shells, cleaning, preserving, and using as decorations.

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Use this site as a kick-off when students return to write their "What I Did on my Summer Vacation" papers. If you're teaching research skills, this site is a good place to start, since it is highly visual but definitive. ESL and ELL students can independently use this site since the vocabulary is limited to names, regions, and sizes. Biology teachers can use this site as a reference when teaching about classification.

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Hunkin's Experiments - Tim Hunkin and Shane Frazer

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3 to 8
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This website, created by cartoonists, offers countless experiments (written in the form of cartoons). There are over ten experiment categories including Food Experiments, Mathematical...more
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This website, created by cartoonists, offers countless experiments (written in the form of cartoons). There are over ten experiment categories including Food Experiments, Mathematical Experiments, Biological Experiments, Electrical Experiments, Experiments in the Office, Sound Experiments, Hobbies Experiments, Science Experiments, Clothes Experiments, Experiments with Light, Experiments with Objects, Experiments with Materials, & Miscellaneous Experiments . Some specific examples include "How to make a Moebius band and how to double the length of a Moebius band," "How to make your tongue into a battery," "How to test an electric fence," and many others. This is not an interactive website, but does offer some very creative ideas for experiments.

tag(s): electricity (91), experiments (73), light (49), sound (103)

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Take a look at this site and determine some experiments that correlate with your curriculum. Then set up a computer learning station based on the topic. Provide a list of experiments for your students to try at the learning center. Most cartoon experiments require very simple supplies (if any). Have students groups create a wiki page explaining why their assigned experiment works and the underlying principles. You will have an instant student-generated "text."

Share this link on your class website for some at-home experimentation.

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Rare Species Conservatory Foundation - Just for Kids - Rare Species Conservatory Foundation

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K to 5
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This website offers kids an opportunity to explore nature and learn about rare species of animals. There is reference information, educational activities, mind stretchers, puzzles,...more
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This website offers kids an opportunity to explore nature and learn about rare species of animals. There is reference information, educational activities, mind stretchers, puzzles, and more. Specific topics include Feathered Facts, Furry Facts, & Wildly Weird Facts . Some of the educational fun includes online coloring pages, science experiments, nature crafts, jigsaw puzzles, concentration puzzles, word searches, and slide puzzles. Some of the activities require Java. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): conservation (128), species (29)

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This is a wonderful addition to any science class studying nature (plants and animals). Use your interactive whiteboard or projector to share the information and activities with your class. Extend your animal investigations by creating a whole class animal big book (PowerPoint is great for this).

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The Wilderness Classroom - The Wilderness Classroom Organization

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3 to 8
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The Wilderness Classroom Organization brings educational adventures into the classroom through on-line expeditions. Students can follow expeditions through the Amazon, Peru, Bahamas,...more
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The Wilderness Classroom Organization brings educational adventures into the classroom through on-line expeditions. Students can follow expeditions through the Amazon, Peru, Bahamas, and even dog sledding through Manitoba. The site provides archived experiences along with photos, expedition maps and notes from the trail. There are lesson plans, printable pages, standards, podcasts, video clips, and more. This website requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): amazon (9), mississippi (6), peru (6)

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Use the downloadable lesson plans, printable pages, standards, and kid libraries to organize the unit in conjunction with the expedition. Follow upcoming expeditions in real time live in the classroom. Project the expeditions on an interactive whiteboard or screen. Allow students to participate in scheduled live chat sessions with the expedition members or e-mail them personally, using a class email account or student email within school policies.
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Fun with Food Webs - Harcourt Publishers

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1 to 3
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This "yummy" website has provides practice with three different three food webs. The choices are Meadow Food Web, Arctic Food Web, or Pond Food Web . ...more
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This "yummy" website has provides practice with three different three food webs. The choices are Meadow Food Web, Arctic Food Web, or Pond Food Web . The activity challenges students to drag and drop animals and plants into their right place on the food web. After students understand how the animals and plant life depend on each other, they'll be able to complete the web quickly. This activity does not allow students to place an animal or plant in the wrong place. The site requires no reading and is attractively designed. The activities are easy to use, and not time-consuming. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): arctic (45)

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What a highly visual website to use an anticipatory set in science class. Demonstrate the activity on an interactive whiteboard or projection screen; let students take turns manipulating the parts of the web so others can see. Or have students work in cooperative learning groups. Be sure students understand what a food web is before having them work independently. Have students draw a picture of the webs after doing the activity to check for recall.
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Virtual Microscope - Imaging Tech Group/NASA

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6 to 12
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Open the microscopic world of science to your students with NASA's virtual microscope. The free software (Win, OSX, Linux) comes with access to over 90 multi-dimensional, high-resolution...more
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Open the microscopic world of science to your students with NASA's virtual microscope. The free software (Win, OSX, Linux) comes with access to over 90 multi-dimensional, high-resolution image datasets, training animations, and videos that teach the basics of microscopy. Students can explore and annotate pre-prepared images as if they were using real instruments in real-time. This resource-rich site is one of NASA's career outreach programs and offers loads of information for students and teachers. Subscribe to the RSS feed to be alerted as new data is added every week. This website requires Java and Quick-Time. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): careers (132), data (148), images (271)

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Consider having the entire science department request the download and installation of this exciting free software. If you are the lone science teacher, ask your principal to request installation of the software on computers of your choice. Be sure to download the datasets in advance, as file sizes are large. Use a projector or interactive whiteboard to show the microscope view for whole-class discussion. Load the software on student computers for small-group activities.

Be sure to provide this link on your teacher web page. Parents can install the software at home for homework assignments.

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Listening To Nature A Sound Walk Across California - Oakland Museum of California

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1 to 6
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Don't be surprised if this unusual website causes some giggles! The website offers reference information and authentic sounds of many California animals. Some of the reference information...more
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Don't be surprised if this unusual website causes some giggles! The website offers reference information and authentic sounds of many California animals. Some of the reference information may be too complex for some young elementary students. There are eight regions of California included (Coastline, Coastal Mountains, Inner Coast Ranges, Central Valley, Sierran Foothill, Sierran Snowbelt, Great Basin, and Desert). There are several animals included from each region. Examples of the animals include the elephant seal, western gull, spotted owl, pacific tree frog, snow goose, tundra swan, tree cricket, red-tailed hawk, coyote, and red-spotted toad. The activities require FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): animals (284), california (27), sound (103), sounds (68)

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Use this fascinating tool for animal research, writing stories, or to improve your students' listening skills as you learn about animals and their habitats. Be sure to use your interactive whiteboard and speakers to share the various sounds of the animals. Have older students take turns reading the reference information (or read it to your younger ones) and then see if you and your class can imitate the sounds of the animals. Don't forget to discuss the different habitats and the types of animals who live there.
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Ocean Challenge Puzzle - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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5 to 9
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This unusual website is set up like a tile puzzle. The unique aspect of this website is that students work as an online team to complete the tile puzzle together. ...more
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This unusual website is set up like a tile puzzle. The unique aspect of this website is that students work as an online team to complete the tile puzzle together. There could be 50 students from around the world working on the same puzzle, without ever communicating. Students click on any of the tiles to answer a question pertaining to the ocean, salt water, or freshwater. If they provide the correct answer, that tile is removed to reveal a piece of the picture. Hints are provided, and second changes are given. The goal of the activity is to move the tiles to reveal the "ocean" picture beneath the surface of the tiles. New puzzles appear frequently (as the puzzles are completed). This website also provides lesson plans relating to the ocean for grades 6-12. The lesson plans correlate with national science standards. You can find the lesson plans by clicking on the Education link. This activity requires FLASH. The lesson plans require Adobe Acrobat. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): animals (284), marine biology (33), oceans (150), water (131)

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Ideas abound for this motivating website! How about having your students work on individual computers and see how many tiles the class can "move" while working together. Or if individual computers aren't available, this website makes an excellent learning station or group activity using an interactive whiteboard (or projector). Use it as a thirty-second class starter during every day of your Oceans unit. Be aware - this activity is addicting! Your students may be begging to do this activity on a daily basis.
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Field Trip Earth - North Carolina Zoological Society

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4 to 12
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From sea turtles to the Przewalski horse, travel around the cyber globe to learn more about the endangered animals around us. Learn from the authentic field reports, read interviews...more
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From sea turtles to the Przewalski horse, travel around the cyber globe to learn more about the endangered animals around us. Learn from the authentic field reports, read interviews of animal researchers, or study the essays from folks in the field. The neatest part of this site is the interactive field trip map. Click on the "Choose a Field Trip" link, then 'fly' your plane (using your mouse) over the various flagged locations around the globe. When your mouse moves over the starred area, an information pop-up tells about the endangered animal at that location. For authentic, up-to-the-minute information about our endangered animals, bookmark this site. Some of the activities require Quicktime. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): endangered species (38), environment (319), species (29)

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Have students choose one location on the Field Trip map. Do multi-subject projects, by learning about that location's history, culture, etc, and think about how the interaction of the natives may have led to the endangerment of the local animal. Teachers, click on the Teacher Resources link. You will find oodles of lesson plan ideas--most are general strategies that do not pertain to Field Trip Earth, yet are very useful. Learn from others by exchanging your class ideas with other discussion board postings. Don't forget about this site's search engine for your information needs.
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Copse and Robbers - ARKive Education

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3 to 8
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This fabulous activity motivates students to use their investigative skills to solve a "kid-friendly" murder case and learn scientific inquiry skills in the process. The "victim" is...more
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This fabulous activity motivates students to use their investigative skills to solve a "kid-friendly" murder case and learn scientific inquiry skills in the process. The "victim" is a wood pigeon. Students must search the crime scene for clues. Then students go to the lab to analyze the clues. Much scientific information and hypothesis testing is imbedded into this activity. This activity requires FLASH. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): forensics (27), inquiry (37)

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Visit the Instructions links for details about how to use this program. Use your interactive whiteboard to make this mystery a class challenge. Or use this website as a cooperative learning center. Have students "team-up" into investigative groups. See how many teams can identify the correct culprit. This is a wonderful site to get your students excited about science class.
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Design a Habitat - ARKive Education

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3 to 9
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This engaging website challenges students to create a safe habitat for the black-footed ferret. Students must make decisions about the size of land that is suitable, the type of habitat...more
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This engaging website challenges students to create a safe habitat for the black-footed ferret. Students must make decisions about the size of land that is suitable, the type of habitat (i.e. grassland or desert), how the success will be monitored, and security (what kind of fence is needed, if any). This website requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): endangered species (38), habitats (85), species (29)

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Demonstrate this activity on your interactive whiteboard (or projector). Then divide your class into cooperative learning groups and have the groups design their habitats together. Extend the activity and your animal habitats unit by having students "design" a new habitat (drawing and description) for a mythical animal your class "creates" on your interactive whiteboard. Be sure to save the animal drawing and description from the whiteboard so you can include it with the new "habitats" on a class blog, wiki, or good-old bulletin board.
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Animal Survival - ARKive Education

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2 to 5
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This interactive science activity traces the steps of a sand lizard throughout a 24-hour time period. The activity presents several questions and provides immediate feedback explaining...more
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This interactive science activity traces the steps of a sand lizard throughout a 24-hour time period. The activity presents several questions and provides immediate feedback explaining why the answer was correct or incorrect. A large amount of information is provided. Topics include cold-blooded versus warm-blooded, survival, nocturnal, and others. This activity requires FLASH. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): habitats (85)

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Use your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to display this science activity. Divide your class into teams and have the teams guess the correct answer for each question. Be sure the teams provide 1-2 sentences explaining their reasoning for each answer. Or use this activity as a center follow-up after studying animals, adaptations, and habitats to see how well students apply what they have learned. Partner weaker readers with more able ones.
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The College of Exploration - Video Showcase - The College of Exploration

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This phenomenal website provides twelve short videos about a variety of oceanography and marine biology topics. Specific video topics include: Predators Among Us, Hawaiian Hotspots,...more
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This phenomenal website provides twelve short videos about a variety of oceanography and marine biology topics. Specific video topics include: Predators Among Us, Hawaiian Hotspots, Maritime History, Shipwrecks of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, A Polynesian Story, Saved by a Shark, Biodiversity, SPLASH: Monitoring Humpback Whales, Exploring Plate Tectonics, Volunteer Monitoring, Marine Protected Areas, and SIMoN Says. Each video is only a few minutes in length and could easily be incorporated into your lessons. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): biodiversity (38), diversity (36), hawaii (7), marine biology (33), oceans (150), whales (16)

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Use one of these videos (or several) as an anticipatory set for a science lesson on one of the topics, sharing the video on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Students will enjoy the "up close" look at the ocean and its many creatures. Or have students work in cooperative learning groups and choose one of the videos to view as a group. Have the groups share the information from their video clip. If you are looking for a science research project, why not assign one of the twelve topics to each of your students and have them further investigate the specific topic.
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NOVA Online: The Perfect Pearl - PBS

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The "Perfect Pearl" was created to coincide with a PBS broadcast. However, the information is useful and informative without viewing the program. The topics include "What's Killing...more
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The "Perfect Pearl" was created to coincide with a PBS broadcast. However, the information is useful and informative without viewing the program. The topics include "What's Killing the Oysters," "Culture of Freshwater Pearls," "How Many Pearls," and "The History of Pearls." The "How Many Pearls" activity combines the science of pearls with higher-level math skills.

tag(s): environment (319), japan (61)

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This website would make an excellent "mini-research" project or a case study into real world ocean science and the problems of determining man's possible impact on nature. Divide your class into cooperative learning groups. Have the groups delve into one of the four main topics discussed. Then have each group present the information to the remainder of the class or prepare a "presentation" for world gem traders on the future of pearls. Check out the Teacher's Guide for additional ideas about how to integrate this website into your lessons.

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