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Temperate Forest - Kids Do Ecology

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Learn the basics about the Temperate Forest biome with this site from Kids Do Ecology. Information includes weather, locations, and plants and animals found in this biome. In addition...more
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Learn the basics about the Temperate Forest biome with this site from Kids Do Ecology. Information includes weather, locations, and plants and animals found in this biome. In addition to facts about the Temperate Forest, this site includes a printable crossword puzzle featuring information about the biome.

tag(s): animals (312), biomes (122), habitats (95), plants (171)

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Include this site with your other biome resources. Share a link on classroom computers and your class website. View information from the site together on an interactive whiteboard or projector highlighting important information. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Wordle, reviewed here, or WordItOut, reviewed here. At the conclusion of your biome unit, have students make an interactive multimedia poster using Visme, reviewed here.
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World Biomes: Savanna - Kids Do Ecology

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Learn about the Savanna biome with this informative site from Kids Do Ecology. This site provides basic information about the location, weather, and inhabitants of this biome. Also,...more
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Learn about the Savanna biome with this informative site from Kids Do Ecology. This site provides basic information about the location, weather, and inhabitants of this biome. Also, there is a printable crossword puzzle all about the Savanna.

tag(s): animals (312), biomes (122), habitats (95), plants (171)

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Include this site with other resources featuring biomes. Consider creating a Webmix (web-based screens of link "tiles") with all of your biome resources using Symbaloo, reviewed here. Share a link to your Symbaloo Webmix on your class website or classroom computers for easy student access. Use an online infographic creator, such as Canva, reviewed here, to create infographics including images and facts about biomes. Instead of asking students to create written reports at the end of your biome unit, have students create maps sharing locations and features of different biomes using Animaps, reviewed here. Students can add text, images, and location stops!
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Tropical Savanna - Center for Educational Technologies, Wheeling Jesuit Univ

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Learn about the characteristics of the Savanna biome with this overview featuring animals and plants found in the Savanna. Although the site is fairly simple, it includes some little-known...more
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Learn about the characteristics of the Savanna biome with this overview featuring animals and plants found in the Savanna. Although the site is fairly simple, it includes some little-known facts about this biome.

tag(s): animals (312), biomes (122), habitats (95), plants (171)

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Share information from this site on your interactive whiteboard as an introduction to the Savanna biome. Ask students to use the tools on your whiteboard to highlight important information, then save your work on your computer to share on your class website. Ask students to participate in an online bulletin board, such as Lino, reviewed here, to reflect on what they are learning and collect information and images about the Savanna biome. Challenge students to create an annotated image sharing information about the Savanna or animals found on the Savanna including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Have students work in groups to create a virtual field trip to Savannas around the world using Google Earth, reviewed here.

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Cabinet of Curiosities - Philippe Cousteau Jr.

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Cabinet of Curiosities is a site created by the grandson of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau to introduce STEM careers to young people. Links within the cabinet take users to eight...more
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Cabinet of Curiosities is a site created by the grandson of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau to introduce STEM careers to young people. Links within the cabinet take users to eight different categories including short video explanations by professionals within the field. Click on any image within the cabinet to view a short description of an item used for a STEM career and one or more videos. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): anthropology (12), careers (140), communication (9), ecology (138), engineering (130), marine biology (33), oceans (162), STEM (170)

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Bookmark and save to use when exploring career options with students. Ask students to use information found on this site and others to create an infographic sharing information about a chosen career. Canva, reviewed here, offers many templates for creating infographics. To increase student knowledge of options within STEM careers, have groups of students create a weekly podcast sharing different career fields. Buzzsprout, reviewed here, is an online tool to use when creating and hosting podcasts.

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OK2Ask: Free Microsoft Tools to Make Learning Accessible and Inclusive - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Making a learning environment accessible for everyone is critical to a successful...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Making a learning environment accessible for everyone is critical to a successful inclusive classroom. Today's classrooms are diverse and include English Language Learners and students with learning challenges, whether they have been identified or not. Every teacher needs to be able to create and deliver content in a way that is accessible to each individual student. Fortunately, teachers already have free technologies at their disposal to assist with this. Join us as we explore strategies and tools that facilitate an inclusive learning environment. Participants will: 1. Understand the importance of accessibility; 2. Explore Microsoft tools that can be used to create accessible materials; and 3. Identify an easy new habit, hack, and/or tool they can adopt to help make material accessible for their students. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Accessibility (2), differentiation (52)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Make the Most of Your TeachersFirst Membership - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Inspire technology integrated lessons for student learning based on web-based...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Inspire technology integrated lessons for student learning based on web-based resources. Learn about the features and benefits of your free TeachersFirst membership. This session will briefly share how to find and use resources on TeachersFirst to help you save time. Remember, it is OK2Ask questions at any time! Participants will: 1. Explore TeachersFirst membership features; 2. Identify and share resources to support classroom instruction; and 3. Prepare to use the features of TeachersFirst membership to maximize student learning. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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World Biomes: Rainforest - Kids Do Ecology

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Learn about rainforests with this simple, yet informative site. Short paragraphs provide information about the location, climate, plants, and animals found in the rainforest. Be sure...more
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Learn about rainforests with this simple, yet informative site. Short paragraphs provide information about the location, climate, plants, and animals found in the rainforest. Be sure to follow links at the bottom of the page to continue research on this biome on other websites.

tag(s): animal homes (57), animals (312), biomes (122), climate (94), plants (171), rainforests (15)

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Include this site with resources for your unit on biomes. Share with students as an introduction to the two types of rainforest biomes, then have them research further information. Be sure to check out TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit. This is an online research project for elementary and middle school students. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to demonstrate different components within the rainforest.

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Why Do Leaves Change Color? - Environmental Education for Kids

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Learn the science behind the changing color of fall leaves in kid-friendly terms at this simple, yet informative website. Get answers to the title question and more through a series...more
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Learn the science behind the changing color of fall leaves in kid-friendly terms at this simple, yet informative website. Get answers to the title question and more through a series of questions this site answers including How do leaves change color? and Do leaves change because of weather?

tag(s): fall (15), trees (29), weather (200)

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Include this site on classroom computers and your class website for students to explore on their own. Use an online flashcard maker, like Flashcard Stash, reviewed here, to practice science vocabulary terms related to changing leaf colors. Have students take pictures each day of leaves near your classroom or their homes. Challenge students to create online collages with these images using a site such as Kizoa, reviewed here.

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Savanna Biomes - Blue Planet Biomes

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Visit this site to learn more about the savanna biome. Choose from links on the page to learn about the animals, plants, and climate information of the savannah. The short ...more
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Visit this site to learn more about the savanna biome. Choose from links on the page to learn about the animals, plants, and climate information of the savannah. The short descriptive article on the home page provides an excellent overview of this biome and characteristics of the Australian and African savannas.
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tag(s): animals (312), biomes (122), habitats (95), plants (171)

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Be sure to check out TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit. This is an online research project for elementary and middle school students. Use an online tool such as the Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to create a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast features of different biomes.

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Prairie: Introduction - Illinois State Museum

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Learn about the Illinois prairies from plants and animals to prairie landforms and restoration efforts. Choose from links describing the prairie ecosystem through science, art, and...more
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Learn about the Illinois prairies from plants and animals to prairie landforms and restoration efforts. Choose from links describing the prairie ecosystem through science, art, and human voices. Be sure to visit the Activities and Resources section of this site for hands-on ideas to learn more about the prairies and prairie lifestyle.

tag(s): animals (312), biomes (122), habitats (95), plants (171), prairie (11)

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Include information from this site with your other resources when teaching about biomes or states. Include a link to the site on your class webpage for students to use when researching information about prairies. Have students create a simple infographic about prairies sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here.
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Chaparral Biome - Blue Planet Biomes

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Visit this site to learn more about the chaparral biome. Choose from links on the page to learn about the animals, plants, locations, and climate in this biome which is ...more
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Visit this site to learn more about the chaparral biome. Choose from links on the page to learn about the animals, plants, locations, and climate in this biome which is found on most in continents. Be sure to check out this site for an excellent starting point to learn about one of the world's lesser-known biomes.
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tag(s): animal homes (57), biomes (122), habitats (95), plants (171)

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Include this site with your biome unit. Be sure to check out TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit. This is an online research project for elementary and middle school students.

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Biomes of the World - Arizona State University School of Life Sciences

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Explore and learn about biomes through this interactive resource from the biologists at Arizona State University. Choose a particular biome to read and listen to information describing...more
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Explore and learn about biomes through this interactive resource from the biologists at Arizona State University. Choose a particular biome to read and listen to information describing the definition and characteristics of the biome. The show/hide words portion of each section provides definitions of vocabulary included in each part of the site. Other information on the site includes worksheets and coloring pages to print.

tag(s): biomes (122), deserts (15), forests (28), oceans (162), rainforests (15), rivers (25), tundra (16)

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Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts describing each different biome using the scientist's audio from the site as a model. Use a site such as Podcast Generator, reviewed here. Have students use a mapping tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map of biomes from around the world (or country) with audio stories and pictures included!
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Top 10 Animal Adaptations - Animal Planet

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This slideshow takes viewers through a list of 10 animal adaptations beginning with living in communities and ending with nest parasitism (using another species' nest for laying eggs)....more
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This slideshow takes viewers through a list of 10 animal adaptations beginning with living in communities and ending with nest parasitism (using another species' nest for laying eggs). Each slide contains a short description of the adaptation.
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tag(s): adaptations (18), animal homes (57), animals (312)

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Include this slideshow with any unit on animals. Create an online bulletin board using Padlet, reviewed here. Add a column to your Padlet for each adaptation and ask students to add animals to each category of adaptation. Ask students to create reports on animals and their adaptations, then use Flipsnack, reviewed here, to turn their PDFs into an online book. There is even a page-turning effect! If you only have a word doc or image use PDFaid, reviewed here, to convert them to PDF format.

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Biome Challenge - Diana Dell

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Test your knowledge of biomes with this 12 question quiz. The quiz begins with a question with a $500 value and moves up in difficulty to the final question worth ...more
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Test your knowledge of biomes with this 12 question quiz. The quiz begins with a question with a $500 value and moves up in difficulty to the final question worth $1,000,000. Use the three hints provided with each question, if needed, to choose the correct response from the four provided options.

tag(s): assessment (112), biomes (122), ecosystems (88)

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Use this site as either an activator to assess how much students know about biomes, OR as a review tool assessing what needs practice before an exam. Have students complete the activity individually on classroom computers, either simultaneously - or as a learning center or station. Be sure to post the site on your teacher wiki or webpage too, allowing students to review before an assessment both in and out of the classroom. Have students create their own quizzes using Quia or another quiz creation site such as Bamboozle, reviewed here.
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Biomes Jeopardy Review Game - SuperTeacherTools

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Review information about biomes with this Jeopardy-style game. Play using different options for teams or individuals. Choose the play live option to receive a code to join a game or...more
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Review information about biomes with this Jeopardy-style game. Play using different options for teams or individuals. Choose the play live option to receive a code to join a game or play directly from the game board by clicking on question and dollar amount options.
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tag(s): assessment (112), biomes (122), game based learning (137)

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Use this game as a quick assessment of prior knowledge at the beginning of your biome unit. Share a link on classroom computers and your website for students to play on their own to review concepts. Have students create their own Jeopardy game using Jeopardy Labs, reviewed here, to share and review facts before a unit test on any topic.

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Virtual Lab: Ecosystems, Organisms, and Trophic Levels - Glencoe

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Explore biomes and ecosystems in this virtual lab while seeking out various organisms found in each environment. Go further in the exploration to answer field observation questions...more
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Explore biomes and ecosystems in this virtual lab while seeking out various organisms found in each environment. Go further in the exploration to answer field observation questions seeking relationships between inhabitants of the ecosystems. Begin research by choosing a biome, then clicking on an organism. Earn points for correct answers throughout the lab. Be sure to check out the journal including descriptions and information about the inhabitants of each biome.

tag(s): animal homes (57), animals (312), biomes (122), ecology (138), ecosystems (88)

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Add this virtual lab to your biome and ecosystem unit resources. Have students explore the site as part of a science center or on their own as part of a flipped lesson. Ask students to choose one biome to explore in depth, and then share locations of these biomes around the world using Google Earth, reviewed here. Challenge students to create an annotated image of that biome or ecosystem including text boxes and related links using a tool such as ThingLink, reviewed here. Have them color-code the text or sources where they learned new or different information about the biome they explored.
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Planet Arcade Games - National Ocean Service

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Planet Arcade Games offers interactive activities for learning about the oceans and air. In addition to the interactive, each activity includes facts to extend learning beyond gameplay....more
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Planet Arcade Games offers interactive activities for learning about the oceans and air. In addition to the interactive, each activity includes facts to extend learning beyond gameplay. Choose any activity and click to start.

tag(s): air (144), animal homes (57), animals (312), atmosphere (31), energy (207), natural disasters (20), oceans (162), recycling (58), water (131), weather (200)

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Use this site as a learning station or center. Share the activities on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Include a link to these activities on your class website or newsletter for students to try at home. Challenge students to use a mapping tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map of local landforms or information about oceans and continents (with audio and pictures included)! Use this resource together to review and reinforce concepts about animals, oceans, and the environment.
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Colorscope - CNN Creative and Dr. James Fox

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Discover how different cultures perceive and use color through a series of videos and articles from CNN Creative. Scroll through the home page to view options for colors then select...more
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Discover how different cultures perceive and use color through a series of videos and articles from CNN Creative. Scroll through the home page to view options for colors then select a color to watch the video. Learn interesting facts such as which color is the world's favorite and why yellow makes us happy.

tag(s): colors (81), cross cultural understanding (122), cultures (106), senses (31), video (276)

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Include this colorful series with lessons about our senses, cultures, and art. Use information from the videos to understand and analyze images from around the world including typical forms of clothing worn or great works of art. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to demonstrate cultural uses of color.

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Amaze - Ann-Kathrin Grebner, Michael Durgner, G Widschwendter, M Ardelt

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Amaze has animated videos providing factual and informative information about sexual development to adolescents aged 10-14. Their goal is to counter misinformation about puberty, sex,...more
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Amaze has animated videos providing factual and informative information about sexual development to adolescents aged 10-14. Their goal is to counter misinformation about puberty, sex, and sexuality while developing accurate representations of healthy body development and relationships. It is important to take note of ratings when viewing videos on Amaze. Green indicates videos appropriate for all young people and blue indicates videos suitable for those of the older range from 10 to 14 years old. Choose videos from the different categories or select favorite videos from the home page. Each video includes a "dig deeper" button with additional information for discussions. Be sure to check out the section for educators containing lesson plans for 5th and 6th grades, books suggestions, and other resources. Registration isn't necessary; however, it allows users to save favorites and create personalized video playlists. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): adolescence (12), diseases (73), hiv/aids (19), sexuality (15)

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Be sure to follow suggestions for age appropriateness and have appropriate parental permission when using this site in the classroom. Share this site with school counselors and teachers of sex education. Use Amaze as a resource for discussions involving relationships, personal safety, and other teen and preteen issues. When appropriate, share a link to videos on your class webpage. Amaze is an excellent site to share with parents as they face difficult issues that arise during the teen years. Have students create personal blogs for their private reflection about these videos and discussions.

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Food Chains for Kids - Free School

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Food Chains for Kids is a YouTube video explaining the connection of living things through food chains. This five-minute video shares information on the specific parts of a food chain...more
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Food Chains for Kids is a YouTube video explaining the connection of living things through food chains. This five-minute video shares information on the specific parts of a food chain including producers and consumers and their role in the food chain. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.

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In the Classroom

Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on food chains on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Include a link to the video on your class website for students to view at home. Take a walk outside of your classroom to look for different members of food chains and take pictures. Have students create an annotated image describing the animal's role in the food chain by adding text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as WordClouds, reviewed here, or for younger students use Word Clouds For Kids, reviewed here.

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