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World Water Monitoring Challenge - World Water Monitoring Challenge (WWMC)

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5 to 12
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Join others in over 50 countries around the world in the World Water Monitoring Challenge. The official kickoff for World Water Day is on March 22. However, the challenge continues...more
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Join others in over 50 countries around the world in the World Water Monitoring Challenge. The official kickoff for World Water Day is on March 22. However, the challenge continues through December 31. Register to monitor any lake, stream, bay, or any other nearby body of water with safe access. Follow directions to test and monitor your water. There are test kits available for purchase. However, you can create your own. Share data by logging into the site. Visit the Resources page to find activity worksheets, handouts, guides, and lesson plans.
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tag(s): earth day (107), environment (293), water (115)

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Sign up your classroom or science club to participate in the World Water Monitoring Challenge. Follow directions on the site for how to collect and submit data. Take advantage of lesson plans found on the site in both English and Spanish. Use the lessons and resources as part of an environmental or Earth Day unit. Challenge students to create a presentation using Prezi (reviewed here) sharing their findings.
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Google Science Fair - Google

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7 to 12
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Get your creative juices flowing! It is time for the Google Science Fair, a yearly competition for ages 13 to 18 years old. Find a Competition Overview with a description ...more
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Get your creative juices flowing! It is time for the Google Science Fair, a yearly competition for ages 13 to 18 years old. Find a Competition Overview with a description of the prizes, past winners, key dates, and judges. Students must have a Google Student Account. The Teacher and Parent's section has ideas for involving young participants and how to support them. There are also lesson plans (by grade levels), posters (in PDF format), and more. Get inspired by watching the Google Science Fair Channel on YouTube! Encourage the young inventors you know, and they might win one of the many fabulous prizes. The yearly submission deadline is around mid-May. Regional winners are announced in July. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): computers (48), engineering (89), science fairs (22), scientific method (53), social networking (99)

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Why not take the next step in science fairs? Let Google walk you through this competition! Introduce the project to students using your interactive whiteboard or projector. A particularly useful start for students is the Idea Springboard. Here young innovators can get help generating ideas for a science fair project across all scientific fields! Be sure to post a link to the Google Science Fair on your class webpage for students to share with their parents at home.
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The Ancestral Pueblo People - National Park Service

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6 to 10
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Discover a wealth of information about the Bandelier National Monument, the Pueblo people in New Mexico and their historical significance beginning 15,000 years ago. Gorgeous pictures...more
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Discover a wealth of information about the Bandelier National Monument, the Pueblo people in New Mexico and their historical significance beginning 15,000 years ago. Gorgeous pictures bring the history of the Pueblo people to life in screens with short, informative pieces to read. After an introduction, there are interactive tasks to complete. For example, learn about building materials or gardening practices and, after reading brief passages, get to choose the correct materials to complete the picture.

tag(s): archeology (26), geology (76), native americans (68)

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Assign this activity in pairs when studying native Americans. The interactive activity would work well at a learning station or in a computer lab. The activity takes about 20 minutes. The student challenges teach about the Ancestral Pueblo people and how they adapted to their harsh environment. The text portions might be challenging. Pair weak readers with a strong reader. Allow your ESL/ELL students to try using Sound Gecko, reviewed here, a text to speech program, that will allow these students to follow the text as the article or passage is read to them.
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Explore America - Ballard-Tighe

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5 to 12
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This site is an excellent way for ESL/ELL students to learn more about the history of America. Beginning before Columbus discovered America, and continuing into the present, it presents...more
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This site is an excellent way for ESL/ELL students to learn more about the history of America. Beginning before Columbus discovered America, and continuing into the present, it presents interactive activities, reference assistance, vocabulary activities, and a glossary to ensure student interest and comprehension. Authentic sounds and great attention to detail make the site attractive to students. Complete lesson plans help instructors incorporate the website material with background knowledge using a variety of skills. The Student Research Guide suggests fiction and nonfiction books to read. A built-in dictionary allows students to translate key terms into Spanish, Arabic, Korean and Hmong.

tag(s): colonial america (103), cross cultural understanding (90), cultures (88)

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The interactive activities would work well at a learning station or in a computer lab. The text portions might be challenging. Pair weaker readers with a stronger reader. After completing the interactive activities, have students create their own comics to highlight a specific historical era using comic-creation tools from TeachersFirst's Comic Resources. Or challenge your students to use a site such as Timetoast, reviewed here, to create timelines of important historical events and periods.
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Autodesk Digital STEAM Workshop - Autodesk, Inc.

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9 to 12
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Do you want to use STEM with better learning through design? Bring project based learning through design along with science, technology, engineering, math, AND art with this tool. The...more
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Do you want to use STEM with better learning through design? Bring project based learning through design along with science, technology, engineering, math, AND art with this tool. The Digital STEAM Workshop is a curriculum using Autodesk products, such as AutoCAD and Inventor. Worried you do not know how to use the software? Don't fear! The student materials include extensive information about completing the projects. These projects are real world, engaging challenges for students. Teacher resources are extensive and include project briefs, lesson plans, pre/post tests, and extensive materials for students. Be sure to note the available materials includes prerequisites, ideas for differentiation, extension ideas, and STEAM connections. Be sure to check the For Educators section, as well as the How-To videos. Teacher materials are available as a download. Be sure to look over all the information on the site including the free download link for the software found in the upper right corner. Discuss the installation and use of the software with your Administration or Technology departments to see if it will work on school computers.

tag(s): animation (51), architecture (66), engineering (89), STEM (72), sustainability (15)

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View the basic information. "Start Here" is a good place to start! Choose from the three different levels of information and projects. Be sure to view the lessons and materials under the Teacher Resources section. Select from projects labeled Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced as appropriate. Use a project from the curriculum in place of one activity normally planned through the year. As you become comfortable with using authentic project-based curriculum, consider adding more. Choose from subjects: Architecture, Animation, Engineering, Manufacturing, Maker, STEAM, or Sustainability. These activities would be wonderful challenges for gifted students. Consider looking at student curriculum and creating a class that fits a STEAM model; incorporate many of these activities into the curriculum. Use projects such as Urban Planning in a variety of different courses in school.

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SlideRule - Parul Gupta and Gautam Tambay

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8 to 12
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Discover some of the world's best online courses with SlideRule's search engine. Enter what you want to learn into the search bar. Explore the offerings provided or browse by subject,...more
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Discover some of the world's best online courses with SlideRule's search engine. Enter what you want to learn into the search bar. Explore the offerings provided or browse by subject, university, or providers. Narrow results down by starting date, teaching method, or credentials. Each entry includes a short description of the course, fees (many are free!), start dates, length of course, and skill level required. Many classes also include reviews from other SlideRule users. Click the "Enroll" link to go directly to the course or save to your wish list after creating a free account. Some of the videos are hosted on YouTube. Most do not require Flash. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): professional development (85), search engines (60)

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Share SlideRule with your gifted students as a resource for finding enrichment resources or content not taught by your school. Search for and share free courses for all students to use for review of any topic. Use the SlideRule search engine to find professional development courses for your own personal use.
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears - The Ohio State University, College of Ed. and Human Ecology

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K to 12
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What comes to mind when you think of the Arctic? For most it is penguins and polar bears. Learn more about the Arctic with this interesting site. Click on various ...more
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What comes to mind when you think of the Arctic? For most it is penguins and polar bears. Learn more about the Arctic with this interesting site. Click on various topics such as Polar Plants, Icebergs and Glaciers, Keeping Warm, and more. Click on each topic for short information about the Arctic. Each topic includes Professional Learning, In the Field: Scientists at Work, Science and Literacy (see lesson plans), and Across the Curriculum. Be sure to look at the links below each topic. Share this photo gallery with your students. Be sure to also view the links at the top including the Photo Gallery and Stories for Students.

tag(s): animals (238), arctic (38), climate (92), energy (170), habitats (74), plants (118), tundra (11), water (115)

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Use this site for information about the arctic. Use this site for students to research and report to the class. Use the information for a Did You Know poster activity or as an introduction to lessons in class. Take advantage of the many free lesson plans! Have student groups explore specific topics and create an interactive book to share with the class. Try Page Flip-Flap (reviewed here) to turn Word documents, PDFs, and images into an online book, There is even a page-turning effect!

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Deep Sea Dive - Harvey Water Softeners

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1 to 10
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What will you find at the various depths of the ocean? Harvey Water Softeners takes you on a deep-sea dive to find out. Simply scroll down through this page to ...more
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What will you find at the various depths of the ocean? Harvey Water Softeners takes you on a deep-sea dive to find out. Simply scroll down through this page to view facts in bubbles beginning at the surface level down to 36,000 feet below the surface at the ocean's deepest point.

tag(s): animal homes (31), animals (238), habitats (74), oceans (132), plants (118)

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Use the interactive Deep Sea Dive as an interesting way to introduce an oceans unit. After viewing, have students research different ocean animals and plants, use this information to create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage reviewed here. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to explore ocean animal adaptations. Have students use a mapping tool such as Mapskip, reviewed here, to create a map of locations used with the Deep Sea Dive (with audio stories and pictures included)!

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Recycling Facts Guide - Recycling Facts Guide

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7 to 12
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Get your recycling facts from this source. Find a mountain of information about recycling mountains of stuff! View a variety of articles on this site. Find the Categories drop down...more
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Get your recycling facts from this source. Find a mountain of information about recycling mountains of stuff! View a variety of articles on this site. Find the Categories drop down on the right side to choose particular types of recycling from Compost, Electronics, Oil, Recycling Equipment, and more. Enter email information to subscribe to their newsletter at the bottom of the site.
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tag(s): conservation (116), consumers (20), recycling (52), resources (101)

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Use the information on this site to inform students about the various items that can be recycled. Consider using the site as background information for student created surveys for students and their families to complete. Use the information from the surveys to develop a campaign to bring awareness to consumption and use patterns that can save money for families as well as landfill space. Create a survey or a poll using Obsurvey, reviewed here. Use this site for meeting the Common Core Standards for nonfiction reading. Provide a link to the Recycling Facts Guide on your class website. Create a student project where students use information on this site to create a campaign to promote awareness about recycling. Debate recycling and recycling programs by comparing information from this site and others as well as misconceptions many may have. Use the information here to establish a recycling campaign in your school or community. Use this site as inspiration to write a story or cartoon based on the life of a particular resource.

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Better Lesson - BetterLesson

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K to 12
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This site offers over 10,000 lessons aligned with the Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards. The lessons were created by 130 Master Teachers. You can browse resources...more
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This site offers over 10,000 lessons aligned with the Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards. The lessons were created by 130 Master Teachers. You can browse resources without registering. Click the blue "Browse" button to get started. Choose along the top from Common Core Math, Common Core ELA, or Next Generation Science. Lessons are arranged by grade level or Math, Language, and Science subjects. However, if you want to create your own resources, registration is required. After registering, create a class and then create a unit for that class. Finally, create a lesson for that unit, fill in an objective, select a state standard, and estimate the total time on task. Upload files (or drag and drop) to assign them to the lesson or keep them "unassigned" for later use. Additionally, simply add other users' files to your own curriculum. Search for files by keyword, age-level, and type of format. Click on a result to see every lesson plan using that file.

tag(s): commoncore (66), professional development (85)

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Use this site to create lessons for students to follow. Use this site to share inspirational lessons you create or to find inspiration in the work of others. Meet the Common Core goals by using the tools and lesson plans offered at this website. Though the site deals with the technical aspect of lesson planning, many ideas exist to reverse engineer to your own lessons. Create a course to maintain and tweak your lessons for your classes. Expand PD to others in your school or in other schools to learn from the best ideas of others!

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Build a Snowflake - Peter Hawkes

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K to 10
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Create virtual snowflakes using the simple tools of this Flash-based interactive. Click New Snowflake to access the tools. Be sure to watch the sample snowflake first to understand...more
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Create virtual snowflakes using the simple tools of this Flash-based interactive. Click New Snowflake to access the tools. Be sure to watch the sample snowflake first to understand how to drag the nodes on the starter triangle. Click to add and drag nodes on each line of the triangle. Preview to see your shape replicated and rotated to make a full snowflake using radial symmetry. You can edit it to change how it looks. Add as many nodes as you wish to make more complex designs. Click to name and save your snowflake. You can also print it. Animate the snowflakes to see your creations "falling." Note that "saving" simply puts the snowflake information in the browser cache on your computer and may not actually "save" once you close your browser, depending on the computer settings. "Send to a friend" emails ONLY the website address (not your flake) for your friend to try the snowflake tool.

tag(s): snow (21), symmetry (52), weather (175)

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Explore geometric constructions or simply enjoy some winter fun with this tool. In math, geometry, or art class, explore what happens when a shape is repeated radially. Use this to demonstrate radial symmetry, figure/ground relationships, and the impact of obtuse/acute angles in creating snowflake shapes. Have students create flakes when studying angles. They can screenshot or print them, then write an explanation of why the angles they used created a successful flake. They can even create comparisons of two flakes. With younger students, use the snowflake builder as a writing prompt for a winter story or in lessons on crystals, weather, and more. Save printer ink by taking screenshots (Printscrn button on Windows or ShIft+Command+4 on Mac) to paste the flake images into a slideshow or save as images on your computer. Be sure to share this one on your class website for snow days!
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IFL Science - IFL Science

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7 to 12
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Discover a constantly changing, blog-style collection of articles about all areas of science, designed to engage readers in science and instill a desire to learn more. The articles...more
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Discover a constantly changing, blog-style collection of articles about all areas of science, designed to engage readers in science and instill a desire to learn more. The articles are grouped into headings such as Environment, Technology, Space, Health and Medicine, The Brain, Plants and Animals, Physics, and Chemistry. Articles share recent discoveries, timely experiments to try (such as cold weather explorations during winter), and intriguing (but true) revelations about scientific mysteries. There are topics of interest to almost any reader, such as "Why Most Food Labels Are Wrong About Calories" or "How Smartphones Can Lead The Fight Against Air Pollution." Click tags to find similar articles. Note that subject material is intended for adults, though our editors found nothing objectionable in the actual articles shared by IFLScience. Avoid clicking on ads and items under "More Stories" and "From the Web," as these lead to other sites of less predictable quality. If sharing this site with teens, be sure to point out which links stay within IFLScience. The site does allow reader comments from the general public. Preview if sharing in a classroom.
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tag(s): brain (56), environment (293)

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Share this site for students to explore informational articles related to what they are currently studying or to explore the many aspects of science not included in standard school curriculum. Challenge student partners to find an article they enjoy and share it creatively as a poster or mock interview with the scientists involved. They can use a simple tool such as Magazine Cover Maker (reviewed here) or actually make a video "interview" and share it on TeacherTube (reviewed here). Have your gifted students explore articles to extend required curriculum. Use this site for career day explorations about the many places where scientists work.

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Polar Palooza - Geoff Haines-Stiles Productions, Inc.

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3 to 9
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Bring some polar science into your classroom! Find vodcasts (video podcasts) of penguins, polar bears, and more in the video podcasts section of this site. Be sure to review the ...more
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Bring some polar science into your classroom! Find vodcasts (video podcasts) of penguins, polar bears, and more in the video podcasts section of this site. Be sure to review the activities in the Educators Update. Learn the science of polar regions from the physical properties of melting ice to the adaptations of the animals that call the polar region their home. Meet the contributors to the site in the Travelers section.

tag(s): adaptations (14), animals (238), antarctica (23), arctic (38), polar (17)

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Plan a Polar Palooza with your classes! Students can brainstorm questions they have about the polar regions. For example, How do polar animals stay warm in their environment? Choose from activities in the Educators Corner such as "Life in the Cold and Dark" from the drop down menu. Activity pages include background information, objectives, activities to engage students, and exploration activities. Blubber Gloves is a great activity to learn about the physical adaptations of polar animals. Combine winter art projects with the Polar Palooza activities in class. For example, create a collage of animals that have blubber for warmth or a display of polar adaptations. Display artwork online using tools such as Artsonia, reviewed here or Dropr, reviewed here. In music, create handmade instruments that can mimic polar animals and create a one of a kind instrumental score! Record and publish music along with artwork using Roxio, reviewed here. Create awareness campaigns about polar animals and changes being seen as a result of climate change. Try combining activities with other subject areas for a cross-curricular unit. Try some nonfiction reading that focuses on polar animals or encourage students to create their own short stories complete with artwork using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.
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Reading a Map - National Park Service

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4 to 9
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This interactive site makes elementary map reading fun. Learn what maps mean and how to read maps. Answer questions using a simple map. Go from a photograph to a topographic ...more
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This interactive site makes elementary map reading fun. Learn what maps mean and how to read maps. Answer questions using a simple map. Go from a photograph to a topographic view. Learn how to use the legend, scale, and compass rose (also called a direction indicator). After a review session, interesting sounds indicate when you have answered the questions correctly and understand the parts of the map.

tag(s): geology (76), maps (251)

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After viewing this site, have students take a simple local map and add geologic details such as woods, hills or mountains, water features, etc. Challenge students to create online "tours" to explain their map enhancement using Screenjelly, reviewed here,to create simple, narrated recordings. Discuss the differences in perspective from the top and side views of the mountain shown here.
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Ice Trade Game - NOVA

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Test your skills at harvesting ice and selling it in a tropical area. Read the background information on the inspiration for this interactive. Choose the amount of ice to move, ...more
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Test your skills at harvesting ice and selling it in a tropical area. Read the background information on the inspiration for this interactive. Choose the amount of ice to move, sawdust insulation, and destination within your budget. Launch your boats to determine any profit. Follow the link to go to the Nova program Absolute Zero for more information about ice, temperature, and insulation. Find related resources along the left side. For example, apply these principles to how a refrigerator works.

tag(s): scientific method (53), temperature (26)

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Place a link to this interactive on your website for students to access. Allow time for students to collect data from their work on this interactive and complete a lab experiment where students can demonstrate what they learned. For some "non-technology" challenges provide various materials to use as insulation and different sizes of ice to determine the degree of melting. How would they measure it? Students should identify the procedures they will use first and then make a prediction. Research various types of insulation, make comparisons, and report about the history of insulation.
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Science Dictionary - ScienceDictionary.org

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6 to 12
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Science Dictionary offers definitions of terms for all fields of science. Although rather "plain vanilla" in appearance, this site has a lot to offer! Choose a category such as Agriculture,...more
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Science Dictionary offers definitions of terms for all fields of science. Although rather "plain vanilla" in appearance, this site has a lot to offer! Choose a category such as Agriculture, Chemistry, or Biology to begin your search or enter a keyword in the search box. Click on any word or term to view the short definition.
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tag(s): dictionaries (49), paleontology (39), space (175), weather (175)

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Create a link on student computers for use throughout the year. Bookmark on your teacher computer for viewing of definitions on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as needed. Share a link on your class website for students to access from home.

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Fort McMoney - David Dufresne

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10 to 12
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Fort McMoney is a web video and strategy simulation based on the Fort McMurray oil sands development in Alberta, Canada. Watch the trailer for background information on the project...more
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Fort McMoney is a web video and strategy simulation based on the Fort McMurray oil sands development in Alberta, Canada. Watch the trailer for background information on the project before playing the game. Play three rounds with players from around the globe over a period of four weeks to reimagine Fort McMurray making strategic financial and environmental decisions. Be sure to scroll completely down the page to view and understand all instructions before beginning play. Also, each of the three episodes contains a trailer setting up the episode. Be sure to preview before sharing with less mature students, as the trailer for episode one contains drinking and party scenes that may not be appropriate for classroom viewing.

tag(s): canada (28), environment (293), oil (45)

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Explore and experiment with the simulation so you understand it or have a small team of students preview it to explain it to the class. Set up games for use on classroom computers to avoid students viewing the trailer for episode one. View the trailer for episode two together on your interactive whiteboard to introduce the activities to your class. Use the simulation of Fort McMoney as an ongoing classroom project while studying the environmental impact of government and business decisions. Create several groups in your class to participate and compare results of the different interactives. Have students create maps using Animaps (reviewed here) with locations facing important impact on the environment. Students can add text, images, and location stops!
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Nature Notesno - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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1 to 8
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Nature Notes contains information and activities about plants, animals, and the world around us. Explore critters and habitats. Watch for seasonal changes. Test your identification...more
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Nature Notes contains information and activities about plants, animals, and the world around us. Explore critters and habitats. Watch for seasonal changes. Test your identification skills using dichotomous tree guides, a water critter key, and a frog identification guide. Find information about Wisconsin trees and plants and the state symbols. Learn about hibernation, migration, paw prints, fur, and more.

tag(s): animals (238), environment (293), habitats (74), plants (118)

In the Classroom

Show Nature Notes on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and discuss the components included. As a final concluding project, place students in groups, and assign a different part to each group to explore about your own state. Some examples could include critters in your state, trees, or habitats. Be sure to include photos, videos, poetry, and songs. In science, discover the dichotomous key and apply. Look for any keys for plants or animals in your area. Inspire kids to to take a closer look at your environment. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Be sure to read the appropriate grade levels for presentation tools.

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A Curious Mind - Mario Livio, Space Telescope Science Institute

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9 to 12
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Capture the interest of science students with the many interesting posts in this science blog (full of STEM/STEAM). This is a good example of how science CAN be blog material! ...more
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Capture the interest of science students with the many interesting posts in this science blog (full of STEM/STEAM). This is a good example of how science CAN be blog material! Find posts that are cross-disciplinary and informational. Choose from the two topics along the side of the blog: Art and Science. Use the search bar to find blog articles related to your content topic. Many of the science topics are upper high school to adult, with many blog comments from those who teach at the University level.

tag(s): scientists (50), STEM (72)

In the Classroom

Use this site with gifted students in a regular science class or on their own. Students will find the information and perspectives interesting and thought provoking. Use these passages for reading of informational texts and connecting information with other material learned in classes (science and other). Be sure to bookmark this site on your class webpage for students to use, particularly in any STEM or STEAM initiative at your school.

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Citizen Sort - Syracuse University School of Information Studies

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Explore engaging interactives to learn real science at Citizen Sort. Register using an email address to play and view the activities. Choose from several different options such as Happy...more
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Explore engaging interactives to learn real science at Citizen Sort. Register using an email address to play and view the activities. Choose from several different options such as Happy Match (to classify photos), Living Links (to identify living things), or Forgotten Island (to collect photos) to help scientists after a large explosion.

tag(s): animals (238), classification (24), insects (60), plants (118)

In the Classroom

Citizen Sort is perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard or projector during the appropriate science unit on classification. Play together and discuss options for identifying and classifying living things. Use Citizen Sort as a science center on classroom computers. Be sure to share a link to the site on your class website or blog for use at home. Have students create an online or printed comic demonstrating lessons learned using one of the tools and ideas included in this collection. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here.
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