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Learning from the Fossil Record - University of California - Berkeley

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From U.C. Berkeley comes this site to help users understand and use the fossil record as an accurate indicator of the evolution and distribution of species. The site includes articles...more
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From U.C. Berkeley comes this site to help users understand and use the fossil record as an accurate indicator of the evolution and distribution of species. The site includes articles by several faculty citing teaching strategies and their scientific underpinnings. There are also various collections of resources intended for use by students, lesson ideas, and related materials. This is a rich resource; plan to spend some time on your visit.

tag(s): geology (81), paleontology (41)

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Fire Ants! - Texas A&M University

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This site from Texas A&M University provides information on the characteristics and life cycle of fire ants, and describes how and why they are moving northward. The site also shows...more
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This site from Texas A&M University provides information on the characteristics and life cycle of fire ants, and describes how and why they are moving northward. The site also shows how to prevent the ants from becoming a problem in areas inhabited by humans, livestock, and pets. The site could be a wonderful research resource for a biology or ecology report.

tag(s): insects (69)

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Everglades Field Trip - Duke University

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6 to 12
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This site from Duke University offers a well-designed natural history and tour of Florida's everglades ecosystems as part of its overall study of wetlands. Special sections explain...more
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This site from Duke University offers a well-designed natural history and tour of Florida's everglades ecosystems as part of its overall study of wetlands. Special sections explain the role of wetlands and their relationship to the rest of Florida's natural resources.

tag(s): wetlands (9)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the different biomes that exist, specifically the everglades. This activity works best if there's a graphic organizer to guide students along. If looking for an easy way to create graphic organizers, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Endangered Birds - National Audubon Society

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This site from the National Audubon Society offers a "watch list" for hundreds of endangered bird species. While intended primarily for serious bird-watchers, the site contains the...more
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This site from the National Audubon Society offers a "watch list" for hundreds of endangered bird species. While intended primarily for serious bird-watchers, the site contains the sort of sighting and location information that can help students understand how scientists determine whether a species population is endangered.

tag(s): birds (50), endangered species (38)

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Endangered Animals of the World

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This is a Dutch site which offers information on a number of endangered animals. There's lots of detail, but the navigation may be awkward for some younger students. Worth a ...more
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This is a Dutch site which offers information on a number of endangered animals. There's lots of detail, but the navigation may be awkward for some younger students. Worth a visit, though.

tag(s): endangered species (38)

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Endangered Species - American Museum of Natural History

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This site from New York's'? American Museum of Natural History provides information on several dozen endangered species, their habitats, and efforts to preserve these species and increase...more
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This site from New York's'? American Museum of Natural History provides information on several dozen endangered species, their habitats, and efforts to preserve these species and increase their numbers. Each species is really a case study, with significant detail on the plight of that species. Good site for a student interested in some serious research on one or more species.

tag(s): endangered species (38)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector. Explain the principles that lay behind endangered species, give a brief tutorial on using the website, and then divide students into small cooperative learning groups. Have each group pick a section on the website, such as "causes," "why help," etc. Have each student review and research their section, with the intentions of providing a brief presentation of their findings to their peers. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.

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Edwards Aquifer Information Page

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6 to 12
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This site contains information, simulations, and video clips on the "science" behind the Edwards Aquifer. This aquifer is designated by the EPA as a "sole source" drinking water supply...more
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This site contains information, simulations, and video clips on the "science" behind the Edwards Aquifer. This aquifer is designated by the EPA as a "sole source" drinking water supply for the Austin-San Antonio corridor in Texas. Provides a good example of local research project that could be completed by students.

tag(s): water (130)

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Earthshots - US Geologic Survey

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Want to know how your neighborhood has changed over the past 20 years? This USGS site compares satellite imagery from places all over the world to show the impact that ...more
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Want to know how your neighborhood has changed over the past 20 years? This USGS site compares satellite imagery from places all over the world to show the impact that growth and population changes are having on the earth's environment. It's tough to find this sort of comparison, and the visual impact of these photos makes the site particularly useful.

tag(s): communities (35)

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Volcano Hazards Program - US Geologic Survey

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9 to 12
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This site from the US Geologic survey provides highly detailed current information on volcanic activity throughout the world. While some of the information is suitable for students...more
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This site from the US Geologic survey provides highly detailed current information on volcanic activity throughout the world. While some of the information is suitable for students or non-professionals, there is also a good deal of highly technical content. A good site for those with a real interest in observing how scientists predict and record volcanic activity.

tag(s): volcanoes (61)

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As you plan for a volcanoes unit, be sure to check out the Educator's page on this site for mmaterials. Include the full site as a research link from your teacher web page, but students might also like to use some of the online versions of print pubications availabel in the Educator Resource area. These include pictures of volcanoes.

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Carolina Coastal Science - North Carolina State University

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What happens to coastlines as a result of natural forces? What happens when people develop those coastlines? Where is the balance? This site explores the natural and man-made forces...more
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What happens to coastlines as a result of natural forces? What happens when people develop those coastlines? Where is the balance? This site explores the natural and man-made forces which have an impact on the state of the Carolina coast, and asks students to help determine how this resource can best be preserved. There are discussion starters and some simple lesson ideas.

tag(s): oceans (148)

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Build a Watershed

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This interactive site lets students learn the intricacies of watersheds while building their own online watershed model. The design lets students work at novice or advanced levels,...more
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This interactive site lets students learn the intricacies of watersheds while building their own online watershed model. The design lets students work at novice or advanced levels, concentrating on different aspects of watershed environments.

tag(s): water (130)

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Breeding Bird Survey

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This is a superb resource for students interested in studying the migratory patterns of birds. It presents several decades worth of data on migration and sightings of dozens of different...more
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This is a superb resource for students interested in studying the migratory patterns of birds. It presents several decades worth of data on migration and sightings of dozens of different species in North American. While the navigation is sometimes tricky, the site contains a wealth of possibilities for studying the relationships between ecosystems, climate, and other factors on the behavior of birds.

tag(s): birds (50)

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Biomes Defined

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Written for a high school or college-level audience, this module presents basic content on the distribution and nature of the world's major biomes. It considers the structure, characteristic...more
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Written for a high school or college-level audience, this module presents basic content on the distribution and nature of the world's major biomes. It considers the structure, characteristic growth forms, and taxonomic affiliations of the vegetation; major soil order(s); and common adaptive characteristics of the fauna of the tundra, boreal forest, temperate broadleaf deciduous forest, tropical broadleaf evergreen forest, tropical savanna, temperate grasslands, desert scrub, and Mediterranean shrub biomes. Study hints and critical thinking questions follow the content units.

tag(s): biomes (116)

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Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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Much in the news as a possible site for oil drilling, this official site about the ANWR provides brief summaries of the habitats and ecosystem of this unique arctic environment. ...more
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Much in the news as a possible site for oil drilling, this official site about the ANWR provides brief summaries of the habitats and ecosystem of this unique arctic environment. Useful as an example of efforts to preserve fragile ecosystems, and also as a supplement to the study of arctic biomes. From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

tag(s): arctic (44)

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AmphibiaWeb - University of California at Berkeley

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The University of California at Berkeley offers this unusually complete catalog of thousands of amphibian species from around the world. Users can perform keyword searches, then select...more
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The University of California at Berkeley offers this unusually complete catalog of thousands of amphibian species from around the world. Users can perform keyword searches, then select from the results to see descriptions, photos, endangered species warnings, habitat information, and other facts about each species selected. It's a powerful research tool that makes comparisons among species especially easy.

tag(s): amphibians (20)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector during a unit on the classification of animal kingdoms. The site provides a good example of the classifications, and can be easily searched for specific species if students are doing a research project. Forewarning: the classifications are all the Latin names of the reptiles, so it is best to know the creature you're searching for beforehand. Allow students to explore the site on their own, and post on the teacher web page if there are any research projects to allow students to access it both in and out of the classroom.

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Amazon River Dolphins - Virtual Explorers

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Here's a chance to learn about a real-time expedition to the Amazon to learn more about the dolphins who live there and how they survive. The project took place during ...more
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Here's a chance to learn about a real-time expedition to the Amazon to learn more about the dolphins who live there and how they survive. The project took place during August, 1999. Read the information and updates from before, during, and after. This site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit.

tag(s): amazon (9)

In the Classroom

Try the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit to get your students involved and engaged with their own research. Have them work alone or with a partner on laptops or in a lab.

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The Weather Gateway

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This site provides real-time weather forecasts for cities in the U.S. Requires the use of a three-digit city code. ...more
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This site provides real-time weather forecasts for cities in the U.S. Requires the use of a three-digit city code.

tag(s): weather (188)

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Water Science for Schools - US Government

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The EPA created this collection of resources dealing with water cycles, water purification, and water availability. It includes web resources, sample experiments, and explanations of...more
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The EPA created this collection of resources dealing with water cycles, water purification, and water availability. It includes web resources, sample experiments, and explanations of water quality issues.

tag(s): water (130)

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Virtual Wildlife - The World Wildlife Fund

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The World Wildlife Fund's pages for younger students include this section profiling about a dozen animals. There is information on the animals, their feeding habits and life cycles,...more
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The World Wildlife Fund's pages for younger students include this section profiling about a dozen animals. There is information on the animals, their feeding habits and life cycles, and lots of pictures and illustrations. The navigation setup encourages students to explore a number of different animals. Good site for on-line investigations.

tag(s): animals (276)

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Treasures at Sea - Franklin Institute

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There are lots of maritime instructional treasures at this site from the Franklin Institute. The site navigation is a little confusing, but keep poking and you'll find games, information,...more
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There are lots of maritime instructional treasures at this site from the Franklin Institute. The site navigation is a little confusing, but keep poking and you'll find games, information, images, and lots of other information on marine ecosystems attractively packaged for elementary students. This one takes some time, but it's worth the effort.

tag(s): oceans (148)

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