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Show(R) USA - SHOW(R)

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6 to 12
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See a new way to look at the USA (or the World, or Japan). This site resizes countries on the map in relation to various issues: population, resources, employment, religion, ...more
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See a new way to look at the USA (or the World, or Japan). This site resizes countries on the map in relation to various issues: population, resources, employment, religion, death, business, the environment, and more. Each main topic also has numerous sub-topics to explore. Maps adjust to correspond to data. For example, click on "unemployed" on the U.S. map and you see the states in proportion to the number of unemployed workers. Mouse over the state and you can see the percentage of unemployed workers. A list on the right ranks states from 1 to 50 for the percentage of unemployed (or other specified topic). New maps/topics are constantly being added, and you can make suggestions as to what types of maps you would like to see.
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tag(s): agriculture (56), elections (76), energy (202), environment (318), infographics (43), maps (290), politics (100), population (61), religions (66), resources (112), sports (97)

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When studying a specific topic in class (unemployment, AIDS, drunk driving, religion, energy resources, crops, etc.), share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Ask students why certain state or countries might differ from others. Are there issues that appear to be related, such as alcoholism and unemployment? Is it cause/effect or simply a coincidence? During election years, explore political leanings/polls and other statistics from this site. Have cooperative learning groups explore a specific topic (or state) and possible reasons for the data. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge groups to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Remember that you can always take screenshots of a map using PrtScrn key in Windows (then paste it where you want it) or using Command+Shift+4 on a Mac to save the image on your computer. Use the screenshots in explanations and presentations.
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My Susthouse - Mysusthouse

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3 to 9
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Explore the concept of sustainability interactively. Listen to information about sustainability and then play one of two games: Environment game (ages 8+) or Building game (ages 12+)....more
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Explore the concept of sustainability interactively. Listen to information about sustainability and then play one of two games: Environment game (ages 8+) or Building game (ages 12+). Follow the information in the videos to help you make decisions on where to live, how to save energy, and other decisions that impact our energy use. Learn how to build a house with alternative energies and materials to increase the sustainability.

tag(s): ecosystems (89), energy (202), environment (318), nuclear energy (24), population (61), solar energy (40), STEM (144), sustainability (19), water (130)

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Use as an introduction and discussion starter to a unit on environment, energy, population, or other topics in art, science, or STEM programs. Allow students the time to peruse the information and games on the site and return to the entire class to share what they have learned. Have students identify information used in the student's own homes, or what they would need to change to make their home more sustainable. Have your students create a public service announcement that can help others save energy and the environment. Consider using Tildee, reviewed here. With Tildee students can use text, screen shots, and video to develop their public service announcement.
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FORA.tv - FORA.tv

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9 to 12
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FORA.tv's claim to fame is as the Web's largest collection of conference and event videos. These videos come from sources such as universities, think tanks, and other intelligent discourses....more
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FORA.tv's claim to fame is as the Web's largest collection of conference and event videos. These videos come from sources such as universities, think tanks, and other intelligent discourses. While one can sign up for this service, it is not required. Joining for free does have some perks such as the ability to rate or comment on videos. At the time of this review, there were over 10,000 FREE videos. An additional 500 videos were available for a FEE.

Videos can be shared through email, embedded, or linked with the URL by copying and pasting it to your own blog or website. Video content is categorized into business, environment, politics, science, technology, and culture. Each category has numerous sub-categories available. Please preview anything before you share it with your students. At the time of this review there was a subcategory "Sex" which may not be appropriate for most classrooms. But always preview! Teachers may want to share ONLY specific video links.
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tag(s): business (58), cultures (106), elections (76), energy (202), environment (318), evolution (102), genetics (92), investing (10), news (262), politics (100), psychology (64), religions (66), sexuality (14), stock market (13), sustainability (19), video (270)

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Search to find videos relevant to the subjects that you are teaching. Videos are thought provoking and suggest different viewpoints. Once you select a video, show it as an inepth look into a topic you are already studying. Share the video and start a class discussion about the viewpoints of the video and the students' own viewpoints. From here, students could write a position paper from their own side or do further research for a class debate. Challenge your students to create their own video about topics being discussed/learned in class. Share the videos using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here.
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Virtual Volcano - Discovery

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4 to 11
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Learn about plate tectonics, the inside of a volcano, and the different types of volcanoes. Be sure to click on the various icons to learn more information useful for understanding...more
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Learn about plate tectonics, the inside of a volcano, and the different types of volcanoes. Be sure to click on the various icons to learn more information useful for understanding about volcanoes. Click on the link to build your own volcano and choose the viscosity of the magma and amount of gas found in the volcano. Your volcano will be one of the three types of volcanoes. Start the eruption and click the informative buttons along the side to learn about the events in an eruption. There is a comment portion of this site (bottom), so be sure to preview comments if you plan to allow students to explore on their own.
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tag(s): plate tectonics (25), volcanoes (65)

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Use this interesting site to learn about a volcano. Have students create models of the volcanoes they created virtually to show in the classroom. Assemble a variety of different resources to share with others about the various types of volcanoes, how often they rupture, and how people around the world cope.
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Storybooks - Math/Science Nucleus

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K to 6
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Looking for some FREE, animated storybooks about science? Here you will find storybooks on electricity, the life cycle, the solar system, technology, weather (such as earthquakes and...more
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Looking for some FREE, animated storybooks about science? Here you will find storybooks on electricity, the life cycle, the solar system, technology, weather (such as earthquakes and volcanoes), the rock cycle, the water cycle, and more! The lessons even have a recommended grade level (K-6). Depending on your curriculum, you may find useful materials at other grade levels. Some have audio; others have video; and a few are just simple animations. This is a MUST-SEE site for any elementary (and early middle school) science class.

tag(s): animals (285), ecology (135), electricity (89), environment (318), human body (125), life cycles (25), light (49), plants (153), plate tectonics (25), rocks (51), space (214), stars (66), water cycle (34)

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Try incorporating some of these interactive stories in your existing science lessons, especially ones where you need to make a stronger connection between the content and life. Have older students read the story via a link on your website. With younger children, display stories on the interactive whiteboard and read through the story with them or have them partner read at a center. Talk about the stories relevance to the science that they are learning, and have students look for proof that the stories are scientifically accurate.

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Quarked! - The Quarked! Project and Professor Alice Bean

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2 to 12
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QUARKED! Adventures in the Subatomic Universe has a wide range of engaging multimedia and hands-on materials to introduce the exciting world of particle physics to students...more
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QUARKED! Adventures in the Subatomic Universe has a wide range of engaging multimedia and hands-on materials to introduce the exciting world of particle physics to students ages 7 and up (and their families). This highly interactive site offers videos, games, and a club with downloads based on three themes. Themes include "How Small is Small", "Quarks: Ups, Downs, and the Universe", and "How Do You Find Out About Something You Can't See?" Topics vary from electricity to matter to shapes and much more. Lesson plans, organized by theme, can be done in any order. Some of the featured "games" include Matter Mechanics, Photon Invaders, and Height Chart. Videos even explain connections between subatomic particles and healthy eating! Many other interactives are also available.

tag(s): atoms (57), electricity (89), geometric shapes (163), matter (61), measurement (160), molecules (44), nutrition (155), solar energy (40)

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Visit the site as part of your classroom study of physics. Share videos and/or interactives from the site on your interactive whiteboard to complement existing lesson plans or plans from the site. Then allow students to explore on their own. Provide the link to this site on your desktop for students to visit during indoor recess (in elementary school). In older grades, be sure to list this helpful link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the class. Have students investigate specific activities or information available on this site and create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.
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Big Think - Big Think

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News and information from top thinkers and doers around the world, screened so that it is condensed to that which is significant, relevant, and applicable, that is Big Think. This ...more
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News and information from top thinkers and doers around the world, screened so that it is condensed to that which is significant, relevant, and applicable, that is Big Think. This website is a phenomenal source for information and news. The philosophy of Big Think is that as we "move to the knowledge era" that you will be able to better function if you know more and understand what you know. This website was awarded one of TIME magazine's best websites of 2011 for news and information. Please screen any articles that you wish to share BEFORE sharing with your students. Some content is NOT appropriate for the classroom. This is not a site you want to send students off to explore on their own.
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tag(s): brain (71), business (58), cross cultural understanding (116), environment (318), news (262), politics (100), psychology (64)

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Choose a story that relates to your topic that you are teaching such as science or even music with a story such as "How Music is Good for Your Brain." Share the story with your students. Discuss the writings, and then use it as a platform on how students should approach the things that they are learning in class. This way they develop critical thinking skills and extract the most important information and leave the accessory facts to the side. Assign specific articles to cooperative learning groups to read and explore together. Then have students create a multimedia project to share with the class using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Virtual Field Trip - Utah Education Network

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1 to 12
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Save hundreds of dollars spicing up your curriculum with virtual field trips! This site has "field trips" to take, instructions for creating, and resources for other virtual field trip...more
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Save hundreds of dollars spicing up your curriculum with virtual field trips! This site has "field trips" to take, instructions for creating, and resources for other virtual field trip sites. Field trips for; Career, fine arts, foreign language, health and PE, language arts, math, library, media, professional development, science, social studies, and technology are given. There is a plethora of topics - perfect for research and "virtual" travel. The topics are too broad to list all of them, but some include tessellations, dinosaurs, water cycle, medieval times, Civil War, oil painting, and much more! Receive a detailed tutorial for finding instructions on asking permission for field trips, creating virtual field trips, and evaluating the experience. No bus required! At the time of this review, three of the links under "Visit Related Sites" were not working.

tag(s): animals (285), baseball (36), biomes (115), business (58), charts and graphs (195), civil war (145), dinosaurs (58), egypt (70), field trips (12), immigrants (20), immigration (57), japan (61), maps (290), mayans (12), medieval (27), mexico (34), multiple intelligences (11), musical instruments (47), nutrition (155), olympics (48), painting (66), probability (129), religions (66), rocks (51), russia (38), sports (97), statistics (123), tessellations (6), test prep (96), virtual field trips (49), volcanoes (65), water cycle (34)

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Immerse your students into your studies with a close up in depth look through virtual field trips. Visit places where time, money, and mileage inhibit your dreams for bringing your students into wondrous worlds. Find ways to visit where your class has never gone before. Create a personalized field trip to meet your every need with the detailed tutorials given. Find ways to motivate your most reluctant learners. ESL/ELL learners will appreciate the visit. Reach all types of learners through a class visit. Use field trips as a whole class anticipatory guide, a center activity, a home connection, or even as extra credit. Challenge your gifted students to be guides to their own learning. Make your class go global!

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Calculator - Athera Corporation

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K to 12
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Use Calculator.com to access a variety of calculators to use in a classroom or as a reference tool. Choose from standard, fraction, scientific, percent, mortgage, area, units converter,...more
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Use Calculator.com to access a variety of calculators to use in a classroom or as a reference tool. Choose from standard, fraction, scientific, percent, mortgage, area, units converter, as well as other calculators. Note: This site has many ads as calculators are chosen.
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tag(s): calculators (41)

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Use these tools whenever calculators are needed in class. Share this link on your class website for students (and parents) to access at home.

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NobelPrize.org - Nobel Media AB 2011

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4 to 12
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Nobelprize.org is the official website of the Nobel Prize. Here you find information about Alfred Nobel, the prizewinners, interviews, and photos. Videos of interviews of Nobel peace...more
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Nobelprize.org is the official website of the Nobel Prize. Here you find information about Alfred Nobel, the prizewinners, interviews, and photos. Videos of interviews of Nobel peace prizewinners, speeches, ceremonies, interviews, banquets, lectures, announcements, award ceremonies, and documentaries fill the gamut of all of the prizewinners. The Nobel prizes awards are in literature, chemistry, medicine, peace, economics, and physics. Varieties of educational games/activities help explain many of the Nobel Award winners' work. This site clearly explains and illustrates the purpose of the awards, the award winners, and their ideas. Videos give an insider look at each of the winners.

tag(s): creativity (118), literature (275), medicine (69)

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Inspire your students to strive for excellence! Show students original, creative, thinking. Let students know they can understand the ideas awarded by trying the educational activities offered. Follow each year's announcements and award ceremonies. Use as an inspiration when beginning your own Nobel Prize winning awards competitions. Encourage students to use critical thinking skills to form opinions based on facts. Gifted programs can easily incorporate many of the ideas into the curriculum. Lead your students to Nobel Award winning thinking.
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Kids Talk Radio - Bob Barboza, Kids Talk Radio USA

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6 to 12
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Kids Talk Radio is maintained by educational professional, Bob Barboza to help kids learn to listen, speak, read, write, and compute effectively. Originally the project was started...more
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Kids Talk Radio is maintained by educational professional, Bob Barboza to help kids learn to listen, speak, read, write, and compute effectively. Originally the project was started for students in grade 4 to 8, but is expanding for students that are bilingual or at risk in grades 9 through 12. You can view parts of the radio shows via the website, find them on YouTube, or subscribe on iTunes! Kids radio broadcast by students for students. The topics range from news stories around the world to science to music to world cultures and more. Some of the videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view that 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): musical instruments (47), podcasts (54), radio (27), sounds (68)

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Use this to inspire your own students to create their own in school radio programs, or if you can interest your administrators in the initiative, try to start Kids Talk Radio in your school. Use a tool such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). Within science for instance, have students do current reports of controversial science topics. In music, have students create songs and sing them. You can always use this simply as inspiration or join with the initiative.
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Our Amazing Planet - Tech Media Network

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Explore the planet through pictures, articles, and features from the safety of your home or classroom with "Our Amazing Planet." This website provides the latest articles about Earth's...more
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Explore the planet through pictures, articles, and features from the safety of your home or classroom with "Our Amazing Planet." This website provides the latest articles about Earth's land, water, sky, and life. The images are amazingly clear and beautiful with just enough information to be entertaining and fun without becoming too long winded.
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tag(s): animals (285), conservation (125), endangered species (38), environment (318), oceans (152), water (130)

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Great resource for science essay writing or research projects. Have students find a current science issue using this website and start their research by reading the associated article. From there, students could find more articles and even history behind the problem to create a short research paper on the topic. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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CIESE Tele-Collaborative Classroom Projects - The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education

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1 to 12
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This site provides several collaborative science and engineering projects with various start dates. Projects are available for a full range of grade levels. The target grade level is...more
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This site provides several collaborative science and engineering projects with various start dates. Projects are available for a full range of grade levels. The target grade level is listed with the project. Some projects at the time of this review included: The Global Sun (grades 5-8), Bucket Buddies (grades 1-5), Human Genetics (grades 6-12), Home Lighting in Developing Countries (grades 9-12), and several others.

tag(s): animals (285), engineering (125), genetics (92), light (49), plants (153), scientists (69), sun (73), water (130)

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Use these collaborative projects to teach students more about science and engineering. Even though some of the start dates have passed, teachers can still access the information and lessons. Many projects offer the future dates. If you choose to participate during the time frame or not, you can use the materials to collaborate with a class in the same school or in another state.

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PBS Learning Media - PBS

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K to 12
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This PBS site is a reorganized collection of over 16,000+ public media offerings (including radio and photographs), arranged specifically for preK-12 teachers. You can search by subject...more
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This PBS site is a reorganized collection of over 16,000+ public media offerings (including radio and photographs), arranged specifically for preK-12 teachers. You can search by subject and grade level across many subjects. After viewing three offerings, you must join (for free) to continue. Membership includes the option of saving favorites. You can also find correlations to state standards. The site is still in development, so material is being added frequently.

tag(s): alphabet (90), careers (133), dance (28), data (148), decimals (131), diseases (68), human body (125), mark twain (10), multimedia (62), music theory (41), percent (81), probability (129), problem solving (271), psychology (64)

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Find more details and teacher information under "Customization for States and District" to align the offerings here with your state's standards. Check this site for an introduction to a curriculum topic or unit or when looking for support activities to reinforce concepts. Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. Share the interactives as a learning center or on your interactive whiteboard or projector. This is one that you want to save in your favorites.
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Science (and more) to Music - Dr. Lodge McCammon

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4 to 12
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This site offers many songs related to math, social studies, and science concepts. Science concepts include water & pollution, scientific inquiry, changes in matter, and much more....more
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This site offers many songs related to math, social studies, and science concepts. Science concepts include water & pollution, scientific inquiry, changes in matter, and much more. Math concepts range from order of operations to quadratic and exponential functions. After choosing a topic, you can listen to the song online, download the mp3, view lyrics, and possibly view an accompanying video. (Not all topics include the video.) Some topics also include a teacher guide with lesson suggestions. This site does mention that you can create your own videos. However, at the time of this review, that feature was not working.

tag(s): africa (178), area (67), atoms (57), bill of rights (29), branches of government (48), cells (104), civil war (145), constitution (82), elements (37), equations (153), exponents (42), factoring (31), factors (41), functions (68), inquiry (37), integers (41), matter (61), nutrition (155), oceans (152), order of operations (33), quadratics (32), rainforests (15), ratios (53), songs (53), sound (103), volume (44), water (130), world war 2 (141)

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Play songs related to math, social studies, or science concepts in class to supplement current lessons. Download and play the tunes on iPods or mp3 players in a listening corner. Have younger students sing along with the songs (reading the lyrics). ESL/ELL students will benefit from such an alternate presentation of concepts, as will any who have strong musical/rhythmic intelligence. Give students copies of song lyrics, and have them create their own songs. After listening to a song, have students create their own song relating to current classroom topics. Suggest some familiar tunes so students do not have to start from scratch. Create a video of the songs and share using a site such as SchoolTube reviewed here.
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Compare & Contrast Map - Read, Write, Think - International Reading Association

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3 to 12
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This interactive graphic organizer helps students develop an outline for one of three types of comparison essays: whole-to-whole, similarities-to-differences, or point-to-point. A link...more
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This interactive graphic organizer helps students develop an outline for one of three types of comparison essays: whole-to-whole, similarities-to-differences, or point-to-point. A link in the introduction to the "Comparison and Contrast Guide" gives students the chance to get definitions and look at examples before they begin working. The tool offers multiple ways to navigate information, including a graphic on the right to move around the map without having to work in a linear fashion. The finished map can be saved, e-mailed, or printed. There are many additional interactives and lesson plans (with standards included!).

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), concept mapping (22), graphic organizers (42)

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Use this site to introduce comparisons to your students on your interactive whiteboard or projector. After demonstrating how to use the site, create a link on classroom computers for students to make their own comparisons to be printed and shared. Divide students into 3 groups - one for each type of comparison essay - and have them create comparisons for their type, then share and compare with other students. Have students create "talking pictures" to illustrate the different types of comparisons using Fotobabble reviewed here. Use this site with gifted students as a way for them to explore subjects more deeply than discussed in class. Use this site with ESL/ELL students to help organize information easily and as a visual representation of class material.
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Electrocity - Genesis Energy

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4 to 9
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Design and run your own city to balance energy needs, sustainability, and environmental concerns. Be sure to click "How To Play" for an overview of the game. Look at "Finished ...more
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Design and run your own city to balance energy needs, sustainability, and environmental concerns. Be sure to click "How To Play" for an overview of the game. Look at "Finished Cities" to view completed cities for an idea or design. Start a New Game to design and manage the use and production of electricity on your city. Through building choices, understand the various factors that increase or decrease both electricity use and environmental concerns. You can register classes to keep track of your students' cities. Click on Teacher Resources for information and fact sheets on various types of power. There are also downloadable links for a limited form of the game to be installed on a classroom computer if Internet access is limited.

tag(s): conservation (125), electricity (89), energy (202), environment (318), nuclear energy (24), solar energy (40)

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Try this activity at the start or at the end of a unit on energy. Students can use different power sources and identify which created more power and caused more environmental problems. Share findings with the class and identify the advantages and disadvantages of each type of power source. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Use as a springboard for class discussions and further research. Compare the use of each of these power sources in various countries around the world.
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Earth Day - Funschool/Disney

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2 to 8
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Earth Day provides students with Earth Day themed quizzes, games and crafts. This is a very colorful and eclectic site. Warning: there is a catchy (yet persistent) tune played on ...more
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Earth Day provides students with Earth Day themed quizzes, games and crafts. This is a very colorful and eclectic site. Warning: there is a catchy (yet persistent) tune played on the main page. So you may want to turn the volume down.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): earth day (111), recycling (57)

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Teachers this site is perfect for teaching about Earth Day. Use the site with an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use the quiz as a pre-assessment to see how much students know about Earth Day. After the unit is complete have students retake the quiz to see what they've learned. Create centers in the classroom with the website. Have the arcade games as a station, the word play on the interactive whiteboard and have the crafts as another center. Show students the slide show about five ways they can save the planet. Have them work in groups and create posters to be hung around the school. Use an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here).
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A Simple Switch - Philips

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2 to 8
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Join in the movement to reduce our carbon footprint on our earth. A Simple Switch is a site that challenges individuals and businesses to evaluate your own usage as well ...more
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Join in the movement to reduce our carbon footprint on our earth. A Simple Switch is a site that challenges individuals and businesses to evaluate your own usage as well as find new ways to reduce waste. Sponsored by Philips, articles, ideas, personal energy scans, games, and specials promote going green. Articles included range from self watering planters, hanging plants, urban gardens to buying local produce. Activities promote the understanding of energy required to light and maintain lightbulbs. Your personal energy scan questions and evaluates your personal usage. A free newsletter offers the latest articles and information. Facebook and Twitter are available as apps for the site. The site is a 2011 nominee for the Webby Awards.

tag(s): conservation (125), earth day (111), environment (318)

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In the classroom, use A Simple Switch, as a supplement and resource for your recycling/conservation units. Design experiments to find the difference between energy-saving techniques. Add as a resource for science project ideas. Science classes can determine how to measure energy usage and how to calculate the data into usable information. Use this site as an example for starting a school wide campaign on conservation. This site offers a great beginning for ideas for grants, community involvement, contests, or challenges focusing on conservation and recycling.
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Eco Zoo - Enjin, Inc.

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K to 4
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Visit the Ecozoo: a colorful, content-rich website! Click on the critter icons along the top to learn how to live in the environment and have good habits. Each critter has ...more
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Visit the Ecozoo: a colorful, content-rich website! Click on the critter icons along the top to learn how to live in the environment and have good habits. Each critter has a pop up book to learn new habits. The site is in both English and Japanese, making it even more intriguing to younger readers!
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tag(s): animals (285), ecology (135), ecosystems (89), sustainability (19)

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Allow students to explore the site and share information with one another about what they have learned. Bring these ideas together into a class discussion. Students can research other methods to create a more sustainable society and create flyers, posters, or blog posts to share information with others. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here or make one together as a class, with each student contributing a portion.
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