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Prince William's Oily Mess: A Tale of Recovery - NOAA

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6 to 12
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"How does an ecosystem recover from a major one-time insult such as an oil spill?" This site provides details about the impact the Exxon-Valdez spill of 1989 on the environment, ...more
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"How does an ecosystem recover from a major one-time insult such as an oil spill?" This site provides details about the impact the Exxon-Valdez spill of 1989 on the environment, as well as how the recovery that has occurred in the area. Learn about the impact of oil spills, in general. Use this information to compare the impact of this spill to others past and present.

tag(s): environment (317), oil (45), oil spill (21), sound (100)

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Use this site as a springboard for current events or environmental science discussions about the environmental impact of oil spills and, in a broader sense, of human activity in general. Have student groups explore various aspects of oil spills and report to the class, perhaps sharing visuals form this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. As a class or in groups, collect oil spill information on a class wiki, GlogsterEDU (reviewed here) or good, old-fashioned bulletin board.

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Ifitwasmyhome - Ifitwasmyhome.com

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This site hosts an interactive map, along with bountiful information about the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill of 2010. The interactive map updates daily during the aftermath of the ...more
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This site hosts an interactive map, along with bountiful information about the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill of 2010. The interactive map updates daily during the aftermath of the spill, allowing users to chart the gradual growth of the spill in the Gulf Coast. It also allows users to "move the spill" to their hometown, providing a better perspective of how big the spill actually is. The information on the site is mostly specific to this spill, but there are connections to how wildlife has been affected by this and others like it in the past. Note the links on the bottom that host information about other spills, and the dramatic pictures of the wildlife suffering from the sludge. The images are graphic, so use with caution in an elementary classroom where students are apt to react strongly to images of animals suffering.

tag(s): oil (45), oil spill (21)

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This site and information it hosts are great at capturing two essential skills in Social Studies. To begin with, it's an excellent map reading source, especially to demonstrate regarding map distortions and how they can change the shape of something like a projected oil spill. It also highlights concerns about deep-sea drilling, a heavily contested topic, particularly after the oil spill of 2010. Both government and earth science classrooms could investigate aspects of drilling as real world topics related to the curriculum.

Introduce the site on the interactive whiteboard before allowing cooperative learning groups to explore, giving the teacher a chance to explain how the map works and what kind of information is on the site. Have cooperative learning groups explore the site and summarize important details, such as how people and wildlife are affected by environmental disasters. This would be a great review activity before a debate on deep-sea drilling. Classes can also chart the growth of the spill for a period of days to trace how much it changes, providing evidence for the debate. Government classes could use this and other references as part of a simulation on how the U.S. government reacts to environmental disasters and discussions of related policy issues. Younger students will need assistance reading some of the text-based material.

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TeachersFirst's Study Skills Resources - TeachersFirst

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3 to 12
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help students learn their most effective study strategies. The collection includes specific study tools, reading...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help students learn their most effective study strategies. The collection includes specific study tools, reading strategies, review ideas, and notetaking methods that students and teachers can try as lessons in themselves or --even better-- as they go about the regular curriculum. Whether you want to use a graphic organizer, create your own electronic flash cards, or simply learn how to approach a test, there is a resource to help. Learning Support teachers and teachers of gifted will also want to share these alternate ways for students to organize and retain concepts, vocabulary, and more.

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Make learning how to learn part of your class routine at any grade level and in any subject. Feature one or more new study strategy each month and share this entire list as a link from your class web page for students and parents to access both in and out of school.

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The Florida Aquarium - The Florida Aquarium, Inc.

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K to 12
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This site, brought to you by Florida Aquarium Incorporated, offers teaching materials that can be printed and kids activities. Teaching materials are PDF formatted. Kids activities...more
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This site, brought to you by Florida Aquarium Incorporated, offers teaching materials that can be printed and kids activities. Teaching materials are PDF formatted. Kids activities such as build a hydrometer, press seaweed, or create a mangrove tree are simpler activities that could be used in lower grades or at home.

tag(s): conservation (127), field trips (12), virtual field trips (48)

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Use these activities to help teach environmental and biological topics in a hands-on and engaging way. Print materials and make copies for your students or put links to the pdf files on your class website or wiki to allow students 24/7 access to the materials paper-free! Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
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The Oldest Living Things on the Planet - NPR

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This clever site uses a time line and photographs to show living things that are older than any of us can imagine. It includes plant and animal species. For example, ...more
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This clever site uses a time line and photographs to show living things that are older than any of us can imagine. It includes plant and animal species. For example, it shows a slide of the Great Basin Bristlecone, a pine tree in California that is more than 4,000 years old! But there is an even older object for readers to start with. The site contains a link to an NPR broadcast, "Hunting For The Oldest Living Things In The World."

tag(s): logic (235), timelines (62)

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Because of the few words, this is a great site for ESL and/or ELL students in your classes. All viewers will be able to read the dates and learn the names of the oldest objects on earth. Use this site when demonstrating how to make an interactive time line. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create a different type of online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here
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52 Totally Awesome Science Experiments - Phlebotomy Technician Schools

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4 to 12
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Looking for cool science experiments for school or home? Find great ones on this surprising site. Read short descriptions of the resource and find more detailed information by clicking...more
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Looking for cool science experiments for school or home? Find great ones on this surprising site. Read short descriptions of the resource and find more detailed information by clicking through to the linked site. Some of the experiments include interactives, video clips, and more. Advise students that ads or other links can appear along the bottom and they should not click on these.

tag(s): density (20), sun (71), volcanoes (61)

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Find great inspiration for class demonstrations that can also be performed by students in teaching others about concepts. For example, find great ideas for making your own volcano, tsunami, or finding out how much sugar is in a can of soda. Follow up these experiments with discussion of the impact on the lives of students, society or resources. Create awareness campaigns of natural disasters, effects of resources and foods on health, etc. Have cooperative learning groups create an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here.
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Science House - Video Science Experiments - Dan Menelly

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3 to 12
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Looking for captivating science experiments and demonstrations? Use Science House's series of videos for inspiration. This is a great resource for ideas or wonderful ways to introduce...more
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Looking for captivating science experiments and demonstrations? Use Science House's series of videos for inspiration. This is a great resource for ideas or wonderful ways to introduce or reinforce concepts. While you are at the site, check out other videos such as those from scientists who are passionate about their careers (in the "Interviews" section.)

tag(s): careers (132), experiments (71)

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Use the videos as an inspiration for making or changing a student lab. Practice the experiments to use as a demonstration in your own classes. Show the demonstrations on your interactive whiteboard or projector as a beginning or ending to a lesson. Consider using these ideas to create your own set of science videos and science experiments created by the students in your class. Challenge students to create a video and share using a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here).
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Girl Talk Radio - The Girls, Math, and Science Partnership

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This website is a launch site for GirlTalk Radio podcasts. Click "Start the Broadcast" to begin. The site contains podcasts of interviews created by teen female students (girls) with...more
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This website is a launch site for GirlTalk Radio podcasts. Click "Start the Broadcast" to begin. The site contains podcasts of interviews created by teen female students (girls) with an interest in science. Current interviews include Nina Kang from Google Maps, Erin Estell from the National Aviary, Mia Davis from the National Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and several others. The site promotes girls working and achieving in science.

tag(s): women (101)

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Use this with your students to encourage students, especially female students to seek knowledge in science. Have students listen to a podcast from the site. Then have the students think about a type of scientist that they would like to interview. Have them either role play as the scientist and student, or put the students in contact with real life scientists to interview. You could even have students create their own podcasts of their interviews using a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).
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Tissues of Life - Science Museum of Minnesota

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3 to 10
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Find detailed scientific information and examples on this site about human tissues. Click on the links to find this detailed information presented in an eye pleasing and very interactive...more
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Find detailed scientific information and examples on this site about human tissues. Click on the links to find this detailed information presented in an eye pleasing and very interactive manner. Despite the kid friendly look and sound effects as you roll over material, the content is well worth the visit. Click and play with games, comics, illustrations, and photographs that have been enlarged.

Rollover sound effects are sure to grab attention, but the content beneath all that flash is what will have you coming back. The site uses games, comics, illustrations and magnified photographs to inform and entertain. Many of the details may be too involved for younger viewers even though they are magnificent. Students may not have the maturity level for some content. It is always advised to review sites before using in a class.

tag(s): cells (102)

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As you are discussing the human body, use this site to learn how cells and tissues work together for correct functioning of organs and the body itself. Use this site to identify different cells and tissues and their functions. Use microscopes to view cells in the classroom and compare to the sizes and shapes found on the images on this site. Have cooperative learning groups create simple infomercials about a specific topic learned at this site. Share the videos using a tool such as Teachers.TV reviewed here.
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Science of the Olympic Winter Games - Nantional Science Foundation

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3 to 12
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This site hosts 16 Olympics-related videos from NSF and NBC. Learn about the science of the Olympics available without a membership. Any science teacher can find something related to...more
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This site hosts 16 Olympics-related videos from NSF and NBC. Learn about the science of the Olympics available without a membership. Any science teacher can find something related to your curriculum: from Newton's Laws of motion, to concepts of physics, chemistry, biomechanics, and physiology. Math teachers can also find applied math concepts from basic arithmetic to calculus.

tag(s): olympics (47)

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Share these videos on an interactive whiteboard or projector, being sure to have student use the whiteboard tools as you pause the video so students can draw lines to illustrate forces and other concepts. Have student groups watch different videos and report back on the theoretical science AND the actual results from that sport, connecting the science concepts to the actual results they see in competition. Even younger students can benefit from the videos as an overview of more advanced concepts, provided you preview vocabulary, then stop and discuss more challenging words during the video. Your students will want the link to this site, so share it on your class web page. You can also embed the videos right in your web page, blog, or wiki. Have students write about the embedded piece, adding their own commentary of the actual Olympics based on the video.

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BioEdOnline - Baylor College of Medicine

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9 to 12
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Find a vast array of science materials on this free site. View presentations, slide sets, classroom lessons, or resources along the top navigation of the site. Read discussions and...more
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Find a vast array of science materials on this free site. View presentations, slide sets, classroom lessons, or resources along the top navigation of the site. Read discussions and articles about research and issues in biology. Listen to podcasts (many of which include lessons.)

tag(s): dna (69), genetics (90)

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Use portions of lesson plans or use interesting materials and ideas. For example, "The Body Explained" offers answers to many of the questions that students ask, such as: "Why do our ears pop?" and "What causes our stomach to growl?"
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Science Review Games - Science Review Games

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6 to 12
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Looking for games to review science concepts from a variety of topics? Look no further. Use this free site to access interactives in Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geology,...more
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Looking for games to review science concepts from a variety of topics? Look no further. Use this free site to access interactives in Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geology, Living Environment, Meteorology, Nature of Science, or Physics. Click on a subject to view a list of games. Click on the teachers section to receive great tips, create your own games, and download study sheets for use in class.

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Use this site for section, chapter, quiz, or test review. Provide student(s) with a topic of study and an assignment to create questions to make their own review game. Assist students in identifying the important material and creating questions. Students can play each other's review game and discuss the questions that were helpful. Create a class wiki to discuss, compare, or constructively critique the student created review activity! Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
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Interactive science exercises - Katharine Lady Berkeley's School

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4 to 12
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Choose from a variety of science activities from Earth Science, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. For example, choose "The Human Skeleton." Identify the names of the bones in the human...more
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Choose from a variety of science activities from Earth Science, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. For example, choose "The Human Skeleton." Identify the names of the bones in the human skeleton by simply dragging the names to the appropriate bones. Take advantage of the timers to help stay on task. Choose the drop down menu option as well. Click finish to see what you missed. Print the page to hand in the score. Additional information on bones and the skeletal system is given. Other specific interactives include matching planets to their descriptions, the human eye, enzymes and labeling the digestive system, and several others.

tag(s): body systems (57), periodic table (50), solar system (119)

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Use this site to check student understanding of topics being studied. Share this site and the activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have groups of students investigate various topics together. Students can use this site individually to check for understanding and additional practice. List this link on your class website for students to use for practice both in and out of the classroom.
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The Story of Stuff - The Story of Stuff Project

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6 to 12
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The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute web cartoon that illustrates how all the "stuff" we use affects our lives and our planet. While the cartoon clearly has a liberal-leaning ...more
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The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute web cartoon that illustrates how all the "stuff" we use affects our lives and our planet. While the cartoon clearly has a liberal-leaning political agenda, that should not deter you from using it. In fact, asking students to point out its biases would be an important lesson in sorting out perspective in a persuasive argument. The site adds cartoons dealing with other "wasteful" topics fairly often, such as the "cap and trade" energy issue, bottled water, and electronics. The "downloads" tab offers PDF versions of the script, posters and other promotional material, and short teaser video clips of the film.

tag(s): environment (317), sociology (22)

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Useful in classes on economics, ecology, consumer living, sociology or current events, the film would provide a wonderful discuss lead-in on topics ranging from consumer decision making to the environment. Because the site operates under the "Creative Commons" copyright agreement, you can download your own copy of the film for educational use or order a DVD copy.
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The Virtual Cell - Jim Rusconi

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8 to 12
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As the title states, this is a virtual cell. However, the depth of this virtual model exceeds simple pictures or common physical models. It is 3d, moveable, and informative. It ...more
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As the title states, this is a virtual cell. However, the depth of this virtual model exceeds simple pictures or common physical models. It is 3d, moveable, and informative. It makes you feel like you are looking at a cell right out of an organism, a very possible future scientist activity. Click through the organelles to see close-ups and read information about it. Use the tools across the top of the screen to rotate the image, to zoom in or out on the cell image. The left side of the screen offers navigational tools to travel through out the model.

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Go on an in class field trip to the cell. Share this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Have students create questions for learning and then "tour" the cell. Debrief by having students answer their own questions and expand from there in your own questioning. Create a class wiki for asking and answering questions. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
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Moviesheets - Christopher Sheehan

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6 to 12
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Use this database to find teacher created sheets that follow movies shown in the classroom. Provide a change of pace for your students by using different questioning to challenge them....more
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Use this database to find teacher created sheets that follow movies shown in the classroom. Provide a change of pace for your students by using different questioning to challenge them. Be sure to preview, as this collection is only as good as the materials submitted. Check with your administration on rules for using "home videos" as they can be a violation of licensing or deemed inappropriate. Even though videos appear here, they may not be educationally appropriate. Be sure to check out the notices at the start of any "entertainment" video to be sure of legality. Keep in mind that these worksheets should not replace good interactive and thought provoking activities. Be sure to use other means to involve students in thought and action beyond the worksheets themselves. Find worksheets in either PDF or Word formats.

tag(s): business (58), climate (92), geology (81), movies (64)

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Use the worksheets to get students thinking about the science (or math, or other subjects) beyond these videos. Encourage students to create their own questions from the movie (reminding them of the relevance to your subject area) and choose the best worksheets to use and submit. Require students to add additional questions that are thought provoking and tied to the content for additional consideration. Use questions that go beyond factual recall to tie concepts together, explain phenomena, or uncover misconceptions. Continue discussion of concepts further than the paper through open discussion or blog posting. Rather than creating a worksheet, have your students create an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here.
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Edheads - Virtual Hip Resurfacing - Edheads

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6 to 10
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This lively interactive simulation of hip resurfacing surgery is a great way to learn about surgery, science, and health. Edheads does a great job of tying the cartooned simulation...more
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This lively interactive simulation of hip resurfacing surgery is a great way to learn about surgery, science, and health. Edheads does a great job of tying the cartooned simulation to real life surgery by offering photos of actual surgeries. There is also a glossary, video, and a Teacher's Guide (with lots of tips for using this tool).

tag(s): body systems (57)

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Use this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce the topic. Have students work with partners to complete the activity. Following the activity, start a conversation asking "why" questions to reinforce the function of the different muscles and techniques involved in the surgery. Have students (and partners) create multimedia presentations to share with the class. Have students create videos and share them using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here. This simulation would also be helpful for students doing exploration projects about careers in medicine.
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New York Times Science Lesson Plans - New York Times

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6 to 12
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Looking for ways to link current science events and skills such as reading and writing across the curriculum in your science classroom? Visit this ideal internet location! Created by...more
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Looking for ways to link current science events and skills such as reading and writing across the curriculum in your science classroom? Visit this ideal internet location! Created by the people of the New York Times, this lesson plan idea page has all the tools to put together quick, technology, reading and science based lessons in a fraction of the time it would take to pool the resources on your own.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (115), main idea (9), news (261)

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Scan the lessons. Choose topics appropriate to your content, and then incorporate into your classroom at will. Break lessons apart into both classroom and online discussions for students. A little disclaimer: some of these cutting edge science topics can be controversial so make sure to adequately prepare your students before embarking on these learning adventures.
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Gajitz Science - Gajitz

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6 to 12
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See remarkable and astounding scientific discoveries and inventions on this amazing site. Categories of science include Earth and Nature, Energy and Power, Medical Marvels, New Materials,...more
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See remarkable and astounding scientific discoveries and inventions on this amazing site. Categories of science include Earth and Nature, Energy and Power, Medical Marvels, New Materials, Quantum Leaps, Space and Time, Science Fiction, and Weird Science. Young scientists will be amazed, engineers inspired, and even the disinterested will find accomplishments to make them curious. Even middle school girls will find something that they like about science on this site. There is some advertising, but the science images and information outweigh it.

tag(s): cells (102), engineering (125), inventors and inventions (101), medicine (67)

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Share selected discoveries or a science-in-real-life scenario at least weekly on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Watch the site for real world examples of your current unit or award extra credit to students who lurk on this site to find such connections. Just as your social studies colleagues assign students to write up a current event each week, you can assign students to write a blog post or brief explanation of a recent find on your class wiki. Be sure to include this link on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class, and be sure to include it in your emergency sub plans for students to find and explain an accomplishment of a real scientist found here. If you do a unit on science careers, this is a definite source for student projects. Why not have students create a Glog on a branch of science that interests them after exploring this site? Read a review of Glogster here.

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Rainforest - MBGnet

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Do you know the difference between a tropical rainforest and a temperate rainforest? This site takes you deep into the rainforest with a wide array of topics: plants and animals ...more
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Do you know the difference between a tropical rainforest and a temperate rainforest? This site takes you deep into the rainforest with a wide array of topics: plants and animals of the rainforest, rainforests endangered, where rainforests are located, and many others. This rainforest site is also a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit for grades 4-8.

tag(s): biomes (116), climate (92), landforms (45)

In the Classroom

Take your class deep into the rainforest as you explore these topics. Assign cooperative learning groups specific topics to investigate at the site. Have the groups create multimedia presentations. Challenge groups to create a podcast using a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here) or a video (infomercial) using a site such as Teachers.TV reviewed here.

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