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Tornadoes - Curriculumbits

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2 to 8
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This simple site describes the development of a tornado. Both vocal and written sentences show exactly what happens when a tornado forms. The most interesting part is the last screen...more
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This simple site describes the development of a tornado. Both vocal and written sentences show exactly what happens when a tornado forms. The most interesting part is the last screen where you can click the different levels of tornadoes (from F0 to F5) to see what happens to a typical scene. This site will be great for ESL/ELL or resource students since each screen is very simple, easy to read, and vocally backed up.

tag(s): tornadoes (16), weather (188)

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Use this as an introduction to a lesson on different kinds of severe weather or in the aftermath of a severe tornado strike. Have students make dioramas of a typical neighborhood scene and then, following the illustration of the tornado devastation from this site, take down whatever parts of the neighborhood will disappear, depending on the severity of the storm.
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Earth Engine - Google

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This free collection uses satellite imagery to show changes in land use across the Earth since 1984. This landing page explains the time lapse project and showcases a group of ...more
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This free collection uses satellite imagery to show changes in land use across the Earth since 1984. This landing page explains the time lapse project and showcases a group of Featured Sites using time lapse satellite imagery. Enter a city in the search bar at the top to find data from other areas. Note: Keep in mind that imagery may not be available in all areas since the year 1984. This tool however shows exactly how areas have changed in many key areas such as the Amazon Rainforest, Dubai, and Las Vegas. Look at other natural areas such as the Aral Sea or the Columbia Glacier. This site uses Google Maps and/or the Google Earth browser plugin, so pretest it to be sure it works on the computer(s) you want to use in a classroom.

tag(s): biomes (116), ecosystems (88), environment (317), geology (81)

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Use on an Interactive Whiteboard or projector to see the land use changes in various locations "happen" in an instant. Discuss the reasons for the changes or brainstorm possible reasons. Use this as an introductory activity to various ecology or environmental topics. Research the native plants and animals displaced by human expansion in these locations. What environmental impacts are occurring in these areas? How have other locations changed in response to new uses such as Marcellus shale drilling, mountaintop removal for coal, etc? Discuss the possible changes and search out time lapse images that show changes. Have students create a "wanted" poster naming the "villains" who caused lasting damage to the environment, using a tool such as Poster My Wall, reviewed here.

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GE Focus Forward - GE & Cinelan.com

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6 to 12
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GE Focus Forward offers a series of 30 three-minute videos featuring stories about innovators. Directed by award-winning documentary film makers, the films range in topics from a "Journey...more
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GE Focus Forward offers a series of 30 three-minute videos featuring stories about innovators. Directed by award-winning documentary film makers, the films range in topics from a "Journey Under the Sea" to a look at the "Secrets of Trees." Hover over any film icon to view a short description of the topic. Click to begin. Share films using social networking buttons within the film. Copy the embed code to embed on any website or blog. Videos are hosted on Vimeo, which is accessible in most schools.

tag(s): environment (317), inventors and inventions (99), medicine (67), mental health (26), nutrition (154), oceans (148), robotics (25), solar energy (38), STEM (134), trees (30), video (254)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Have students explore this site independently or in small groups. There is one film about sanitation that refers to "poop," so you may want to avoid classroom giggles from less mature students by setting the tone for scientific viewing. Use as any part of a career unit, as a look at explorers and innovators, or when discussing character education. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Challenge students to choose a topic to further explore and create a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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Map Treasure Hunt - Class Tools

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5 to 12
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Create a virtual treasure hunt using the tools and maps on this resource. Follow simple directions to add clues to find any location on the globe. When finished, save to ...more
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Create a virtual treasure hunt using the tools and maps on this resource. Follow simple directions to add clues to find any location on the globe. When finished, save to receive a unique url for your treasure hunt. Players follow your clues to find coins at each location along the way. After finding a coin, clues provide information for the next stop. There is a small learning curve for following and creating treasure hunts. But once you figure out the first one, the activity becomes quite simple to understand. See a very short treasure hunt sample here.

tag(s): game based learning (103), map skills (79), maps (287)

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Add virtual treasure hunts to many classroom lessons. Share treasure hunts on your projector or interactive whiteboard, perhaps for students to do as a center. Create treasure hunts to announce field trips, locate areas of interest for social studies lessons, or point out locations in novels and other reading material. Have students create their own virtual treasure hunt for a favorite location, where they were born, or to begin a biography of a famous person or series of historic events such as the civil rights movement. In science class, have students create a treasure hunt of habitats or environmental disaster sites. Create student-made mapquests for math skill practice as students calculate distances, map scale, and trip costs using a treasure hunt.

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Mount Washington Observatory - Mount Washington Observatory

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The Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire is the "Home of the World's Worst Weather," but they also provide one of the world's best interactive weather websites. The combination...more
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The Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire is the "Home of the World's Worst Weather," but they also provide one of the world's best interactive weather websites. The combination of extreme cold, wet, high winds, icing conditions, and consistent low visibility helped Mount Washington earn its coveted title as the "Home of the World's Worst Weather." The Observatory continues to record and disseminate weather information. It also serves as a benchmark station for many types of severe weather research and testing. The Mount Washington station is one of the only mountaintop scientific stations to have remained in continuous operation with an active and expanding mission. They offer an unparalleled look at the Home of the World's Worst Weather. You can also purchase the opportunity to bring the science and excitement of Mount Washington into your classroom with live, interactive video conferencing technology. Premium content on the site is available for purchase. This review only includes the free portions.
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tag(s): new hampshire (5), snow (21), weather (188), webcams (6)

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Connect your classroom through the Mount Washington webcams, weather forecasts, photo galleries, and more. The Mount Washington Observatory website provides diverse, innovative educational opportunities from its summit into your classroom. Close your textbooks and view the magnificent multimedia on the site. Explore the photo galleries for a vivid view of the everyday life on the mountain. Use the photos for writing prompts where students need to integrate weather related information into their creative writing. As long as you provide a direct link to the Mount Washington Observatory website you have permission to use their photos on your site. The site offers seven different live web cam views to explore with your students. Record your own weather observations from the webcams. Listen to an mp3 of the weather forecast from Mount Washington. Challenge your students to create their own weather forecast recordings. Explore the Frequently Asked Questions page to learn how the Mount Washington Weather Observatory works. Have students track weather data at two contrasting locations (such as this one and one in the tropics) and graph them both on the same graph to show the differences. Include this link in your Snow Day links on your class web page for students who think the weather is bad where YOU are...!
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101 Science - Sciecne 101.com

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3 to 12
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Science 101 is a science Internet portal. Although rather "plain vanilla," this site has a LOT to explore. After choosing a subject area: astronomy, bacteria, biology, books, calculations,...more
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Science 101 is a science Internet portal. Although rather "plain vanilla," this site has a LOT to explore. After choosing a subject area: astronomy, bacteria, biology, books, calculations, chemistry, data, earth, electronics, or ethics, find articles or web site links for further information. This site includes over 30 subject area on a variety of science and math topics. Use as a resource to begin explorations.
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tag(s): resources (112), science fairs (25), scientific method (64)

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In the classroom, use Science 101 as a reference site for finding further material. Under each subject, find articles, videos, or experiments. Use parts of this site at a center. List as a resource on your class website. Be sure to have the link available when students work on research projects or even during free exploration time.
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Sheppard's Software Dinosaurs for Kids - Sheppard Software

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K to 6
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Dinosaurs for kids is a "DinoMight" site to explore the amazing world of dinosaurs through interactive pages. Watch kid-friendly movies that describe dinosaurs, a theory on their extinction,...more
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Dinosaurs for kids is a "DinoMight" site to explore the amazing world of dinosaurs through interactive pages. Watch kid-friendly movies that describe dinosaurs, a theory on their extinction, and the fossilization process. View the profiles of 11 different dinosaurs on the dino page. Select "Learn More" to view an information graphic on the dinosaur's size, diet, nickname, location, and claim to fame. Travel the "Age of the Dinosaurs" interactive timeline through the three periods: Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous. Click on the audio option on the information pages to listen to the text. Play engaging interactives to review the concepts learned on the site. Test your memory, color the time period, and build your own dinosaur! Add accessories to their habitat and print your creation. Experience the world of dinosaurs with DinoMight!
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tag(s): dinosaurs (57), paleontology (41), preK (281)

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Take advantage of this FREE, kid-friendly site to explore dinosaurs. Be sure to help students identify which links are ads and which take you to site content. Students researching dinosaurs? Use the profile pages to learn about 11 of the most famous dinosaurs. The audio option allows lower-level readers to access the information on a level playing field. Interactive pages provide an excellent resource for interactive whiteboards or projectors. Explore the site as a learning station or with whole group instruction. The videos provide a great introduction to a dinosaur unit. Students can build their own dinosaurs and create their own profile pages for a writing activity. Create your own time period with the dinosaurs your students created after viewing the "Age of the Dinosaurs" timeline. Create fun facts or trading cards about their existence. Use a tool like the Trading Card maker reviewed here to turn screenshots of students' creations into trading cards. Discuss theories about the dinosaurs your students built to explain how they became extinct while citing information from the DinoMight site.
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Treasure Hunt: Longitude and Latitude - ABCya

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3 to 7
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Learn the definitions of longitude and latitude and embark on a treasure hunt! Find the correct coordinates before the pirates get to the treasures! As you correctly answer problems,...more
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Learn the definitions of longitude and latitude and embark on a treasure hunt! Find the correct coordinates before the pirates get to the treasures! As you correctly answer problems, you are moved to more difficult levels.

tag(s): coordinates (32), earth (228), latitude (13), longitude (13), map skills (79)

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Use this site as an introduction to longitude and latitude. Share the activity on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Ask students to find coordinates for other locations on this map. If the music is distracting, click the little speaker icon to turn it off.
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60 Second Science - Brendano

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K to 12
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Join this science competition! Challenge students to demonstrate their own understanding of science by creating a video that explains an idea, invention, concept, or experiment. This...more
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Join this science competition! Challenge students to demonstrate their own understanding of science by creating a video that explains an idea, invention, concept, or experiment. This annual contest invites students to upload their videos to not only help others better understand science concepts, but to be eligible for a chance to win a cash prize. Click on the different years to view past winners and their submissions. Be sure to check out the rules and information before challenging students. Students need to register prior to uploading videos. Don't worry, registration is FREE! If your younger group of students is interested in participating - no fear! Younger students can participate by the teacher (or parent) completing the video with the help of the students. Don't forget to include both the adult and child consent forms.

tag(s): experiments (71), inventors and inventions (99), video (254)

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Whether students upload to this challenge, encourage students to show what they know through the creation of a video that explains concepts, experiments, or ideas. Encourage students to take their best videos and upload to this site to join the competition. Be sure to check the completion and upload dates as well as any other rules required for students to enter. Entry deadlines are in November of each year and winners are announced in December. Use this same idea to create a variety of videos that students can share with peers within the school or across the globe on your site, Wikispaces, or other tools. Looking for a site to host your videos? Why not try TeacherTube reviewed here.

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Ice Age Floods - Tom Foster

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8 to 12
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Ice Age Floods offers photographs, information, and video explanations. Learn about how the Ice Age created various lakes and dramatically altered the Earth's landscape. Explore...more
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Ice Age Floods offers photographs, information, and video explanations. Learn about how the Ice Age created various lakes and dramatically altered the Earth's landscape. Explore different sections with specific lakes and areas or choose feature types to learn about different features such as drop stones and coulees. Choose the video section to explore the many videos offered including some interesting 2 minute Geology sessions.

tag(s): glaciers (14), landforms (45), rock cycle (9), rocks (49), volcanoes (61)

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Use as part of a flipped lesson. Have students watch videos or read portions of the site then have students use a mapping tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of local landforms (with audio stories and pictures included)! Share videos and site information on your interactive whiteboard for viewing together.
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GLOBE Scientists' Blog - The GLOBE Program

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4 to 12
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Connect with students and scientists all over the world conducting science using GLOBE. GLOBE Scientists post their thoughts, comments, and philosophies about science topics...more
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Connect with students and scientists all over the world conducting science using GLOBE. GLOBE Scientists post their thoughts, comments, and philosophies about science topics that are sure to meet your curricular needs. Reading the blog entries is open to everyone (no registration). You must register with an email address at the bottom of the page for this free site to share comments and discuss the topics. Anonymous comments are not allowed, and moderators approve all posts before showing on the blog. This is a great science collaboration location!

tag(s): asia (73), blogs (88), climate (92), earth (228), europe (75), scientists (69), seasons (37), soil (17), watersheds (16), weather (188)

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Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Wordle (reviewed here), Tagxedo (reviewed here), or WordItOut (reviewed here). Use this great site for your students to interact with students and scientists all over the world. Have your students keep a journal of their interaction on the site. Post questions from class discussions and labs for GLOBE Scientists to answer. Teach digital citizenship skills (commenting etiquette) and blogging basics to your students. The text portions are challenging, so you should pair weaker readers with a partner as they research on this site. Include this site on your class web page for students and parents to access as a reference. Watch the website to see if your students' comments generate further discussion, and to read new topics as they develop. Encourage gifted students interested in science to participate in this community as a chance to learn above their grade level.

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Science NetLinks - AAAS

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K to 12
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Science NetLinks has a large variety of activities, podcasts, videos, and interactives about a variety of science topics. Search by subject or topic. View the latest Science Updates,...more
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Science NetLinks has a large variety of activities, podcasts, videos, and interactives about a variety of science topics. Search by subject or topic. View the latest Science Updates, Today in Science (Astronomy Day, Earth Day, etc.), Afterschool Resources, learn about the Project Budburst app which makes Citizen Scientists out of students, and more. Find recent lessons and view a slideshow of really great resources. Use the Tool tab of the site to find great science tools. View Collections of resources and lessons. Be sure to visit the site office to see different resources and lessons showcased.
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tag(s): animals (276), cells (102), earth (228), environment (317), gravity (46), human body (121), medicine (67), motion (59), planets (123), plants (145), sports (97)

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This entire site is a great "go to" place for podcasts, interactives, activities, and more about a vast variety of science topics! Use ideas here for great lessons. Find content that students will no doubt be interested in! Be sure to place this link on your website or class computer for easy access by students. Use many of these topics for students to identify science current events.
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Pulitzer Center Lesson Plans - Pulitzer Center

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3 to 12
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Find lesson plans at the Pulitzer Center for grades 3-12 that identify global issues and ways to address them. Topics include subjects such as International Adoptions: Ethics and Effects...more
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Find lesson plans at the Pulitzer Center for grades 3-12 that identify global issues and ways to address them. Topics include subjects such as International Adoptions: Ethics and Effects and America's Responsibility for the Welfare and Safety of Chinese Workers and many other intriguing topics. Each lesson plan includes big ideas, essential questions, Common Core standards, vocabulary, assessments, and additional resources. Bring lessons to life through journalist visits (in larger cities) or Skype visits (using the request a class visit option on the site).

tag(s): africa (180), careers (132), china (66), debate (41), earthquakes (48), ethics (16), food chains (22), hiv/aids (18), india (36), journalism (46), media literacy (58), water (130), women (101)

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Use the lesson plans on the site as a resource for discussing and debating global issues. If there is no time to complete a full unit, explore resources from each topic for ideas to use in your classroom. For example, try the ideas on interviewing individuals who migrated to the United States offered in the "How Did I Become the Person That I Am" unit. Share this site with students interested in journalism careers as a resource for learning more about the profession and some of its members.

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Documentary Tube - DocumentaryTube.com

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4 to 12
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Watch full length documentaries online for free. Find your favorites through daily suggestions, browsing the top 100, or searching categories: 9/11, activism, art, aviation, business,...more
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Watch full length documentaries online for free. Find your favorites through daily suggestions, browsing the top 100, or searching categories: 9/11, activism, art, aviation, business, comedy, crime, disaster, drugs, economics, environmental, food/drink, health, media, medicine, music, nature, performing arts, philosophy, political, religion, science, social, sport, strange, technology, travel, and many more. Look at film festivals and films featured in each. If you do not find what you are looking for, submit your request. A link to Amazon brings you to DVD's. Some are free, and others are for sale.
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tag(s): video (254)

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Discover the power of documentaries while studying point of view, primary and secondary resources, and debate skills. Examine the aspects shown in documentaries and help students find structure to provide an unbiased research project. Challenge existing knowledge in many areas. Help students become active thinkers and become involved in current events. Sharpen your own understandings.
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Documentary Storm - 2013 DocumentaryStorm

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4 to 12
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Dive into Documentary Storm to discover 100% free documentary films. The goal of the website is to share knowledge spread ideas, and have fun. Search the different channels to find...more
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Dive into Documentary Storm to discover 100% free documentary films. The goal of the website is to share knowledge spread ideas, and have fun. Search the different channels to find exactly what you are seeking. Topics included are art, biography, conspiracy, culture, drugs, environment, health, indie films, lifestyle, mockumentaries, money, nature, politics, psychology, religion, science, society, sports, technology, war, and many more. Search in the top 100 documentaries, or click use"surprise me." Connect with Facebook, RSS, Twitter, or email.

tag(s): video (254)

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With documentaries challenge your students' understanding of food, history, politics, or people. Use to provide another point of view which might not be available in traditional text books. Use to explain primary and secondary sources, as well as an example of a way to extend thinking. Provide a documentary as an example for your students to do an in depth research project. Use documentaries to challenge knowledge, create new knowledge, and learn.
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RI Channel - The Royal Institution of Great Britain

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6 to 12
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Discover a rich collection of videos (and lectures) offered by Britain's The Royal Institute. This Smart Place for Science has an amazing number of videos taped from their live...more
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Discover a rich collection of videos (and lectures) offered by Britain's The Royal Institute. This Smart Place for Science has an amazing number of videos taped from their live lectures to connect people to the world of science. Some videos go back to the 1950's and are reminiscent of old classroom videos. However, most are more recent and feature leaders in their respective fields of science. Choose from collections to view the individual offerings such as Crystals or the Brain. There are also some videos focusing on math topics. As with any scientific site, some content is not appropriate for less mature students. Preview to be sure, depending on the topic you choose. Some of the lectures are quite high level and would challenge any advanced student. Some videos are hosted on YouTube and some within the site's own servers. 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.

tag(s): air (163), brain (72), elements (36), engineering (125), genealogy (7), genetics (90), human body (121), plants (145), rocks (49), STEM (134), video (254)

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Introduce a new concept with a video or a portion of a videos. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Students can note what they have learned for class discussion afterwards with additional information for understanding. While researching a topic, students will find the videos and the scientists interesting and full of information. Students can pick a video to watch and then report information learned to the class as part of a Science (or Math) Show and Tell. Bookmark this site to the class computer and list as a favorite on your class website or blog for easy access by students. Teachers of gifted and of AP level courses will appreciate some high level topics that will challenge even their brightest students.
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The Energy Story - Eschool Today

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4 to 9
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This resource is an interactive story that explores energy, renewable and nonrenewable resources, and topics of energy creation and transfer. Read the supporting information, try the...more
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This resource is an interactive story that explores energy, renewable and nonrenewable resources, and topics of energy creation and transfer. Read the supporting information, try the interactives, and more with this engaging website. There is a quiz to test your knowledge.

tag(s): energy (198), natural resources (59), solar energy (38)

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Use this resource at the start of a unit on energy for students to be acquainted to the background information. Share the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use throughout a unit of study on energy for reinforcement.
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Earth Unplugged TV - BBC Earth Productions

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6 to 12
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Find answers to some of the most interesting questions ever asked about the natural world. Earth Unplugged, a YouTube Channel, presents our amazing world as never seen before. Subscribe...more
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Find answers to some of the most interesting questions ever asked about the natural world. Earth Unplugged, a YouTube Channel, presents our amazing world as never seen before. Subscribe to the video channel to receive notifications of updates. Various categories include: Incredible questions, Zoo visits, Deadliest Predators, Walking with Dinosaurs, and more. Note: These videos are You tube videos. Be sure to check if You Tube is blocked in your school before you plan to show the video. Consider using a tool such as Zamzar to download and save your video to a stick and bring to class.

tag(s): animals (276), dinosaurs (57), video (254), zoology (7)

In the Classroom

Use these videos to introduce a specific category of animal classification. Students can choose a question, view the video, and explain the basics of the answer to the class. Consider creating your own series of videos with your classes. Student can ask a question, research the information necessary to formulate an answer, and create a video version to post on the class blog, wiki, or site.
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Spark Science Education - The National Center for Atmospheric Research

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4 to 12
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At Spark find games, activities, and lessons built around the theme of our atmosphere including weather, climate, and sun and space. Visit the Learning Zone to view video...more
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At Spark find games, activities, and lessons built around the theme of our atmosphere including weather, climate, and sun and space. Visit the Learning Zone to view video and images identifying changes in the atmosphere and greenhouse effect on the earth. Try interactives such as the solar eclipse memory game. Explore the climate sensitivity calculator. Be sure to check out the teachers' section of Spark to find several classroom activities divided into the topics of weather, climate change, and atmosphere and chemistry activities.

tag(s): atmosphere (26), climate (92), climate change (64), glaciers (14), hurricanes (35), snow (21), solar energy (38), sun (71), tornadoes (16), weather (188)

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Spark is a must-bookmark site for any teacher of atmospheric science. Create links to activities on student computers for students to explore and play. Search and use the activities for hands-on lesson ideas, all aligned to National Science Education Standards. Challenge students to create a presentation using Prezi (reviewed here) to demonstrate information learned at Spark. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Wordle (reviewed here), Tagxedo (reviewed here), or WordItOut (reviewed here).
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40 Maps That Explain the World - The Washington Post

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5 to 12
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The Washington Post offers this interesting variety of maps illustrating many different viewpoints and realities around the world. Topics include best and worst place to be born, child...more
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The Washington Post offers this interesting variety of maps illustrating many different viewpoints and realities around the world. Topics include best and worst place to be born, child poverty in the developed world, and the world seen from space over a 12 month time-lapse. Click to enlarge any of the maps. Several include links for further information.
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tag(s): agriculture (55), cross cultural understanding (115), cultures (105), ecology (135), inferencing (5), maps (287), religions (61)

In the Classroom

Bookmark and save this site for use with many social studies, reading, and higher level thinking topics. Use them to teach about interpreting graphical information in texts. Display on your interactive whiteboard and explore with your students. Use these maps to ask deep questions about meaning in maps. What inferences/conclusions can you draw based on this map? These maps are a perfect starting point for research projects on many subjects. Have students brainstorm questions they wonder about or collect ideas for possible projects on a collaborative bulletin board like Scrumblr, reviewed here (quick start- no membership required!).
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