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TopoZone

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4 to 12
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If you're working on maps, map skills, or the mapping of natural features, TopoZone has it all. This site offers electronic topographic maps for most locations in the US. Users ...more
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If you're working on maps, map skills, or the mapping of natural features, TopoZone has it all. This site offers electronic topographic maps for most locations in the US. Users simply enter a location and can retrieve a topographic map for that area. The system allows users to zoom in and out and pan to other locations. All maps have full topographic markings showing terrain features. Great map resource!

tag(s): oceans (148)

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South Pole Adventure Page

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4 to 8
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This site has a selection of features based on life and scientific activitiy at the South Pole. You can check the current South Pole weather, get summaries of recent activities, ...more
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This site has a selection of features based on life and scientific activitiy at the South Pole. You can check the current South Pole weather, get summaries of recent activities, and learn about the kinds of scientific study that take place in this hostile environment.

tag(s): antarctica (29), arctic (44), oceans (148)

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Renewable Energy Introduction - US Department of Energy

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3 to 6
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This site from the U.S. Department of Energy provides an elementary level introduction to various forms of renewable energy - wind, solar, geothermal, and alternative fuels. There is...more
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This site from the U.S. Department of Energy provides an elementary level introduction to various forms of renewable energy - wind, solar, geothermal, and alternative fuels. There is also a collection of conservation tips, along with links to other DOE sources and information, most of which is written for adults and older students.

tag(s): conservation (127), recycling (57)

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Teachers will find this a good exploration site for a unit on energy sources.

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ParkSearch - LL Bean

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While not explicitly designed for education, L.L. Bean's guide to American national parks and forests provides pictures and descriptions of some of our best-preserved natural areas....more
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While not explicitly designed for education, L.L. Bean's guide to American national parks and forests provides pictures and descriptions of some of our best-preserved natural areas. Search by location and find information on natural features as well as recreation and facilities.
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tag(s): maps (288)

In the Classroom

Include this in your units on the 50 states or even you own state history projects. Assign students to create travel guides using Google Maps or a brochure maker such as My Brochur Maker reviewed here. Use this tool as you study about the 20th century US and the formation of the National Parks system. In health class, ask students to find local places where they can engage in fitness fun.

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Society for Underwater Exploration

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This site is a spin-off from the Discovery Channel's various underwater exploration programs. It provides an interactive, visual record of several underwater expeditions which have...more
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This site is a spin-off from the Discovery Channel's various underwater exploration programs. It provides an interactive, visual record of several underwater expeditions which have involved scientific and archaeological research. Students should be able to use the content at several different levels. Visually very rich, the site can be slow if you're using a dial-up connection.

tag(s): oceans (148)

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The Owl Pages

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4 to 12
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This Australian site offers pictures and detailed information about the owls found on several different continents. The interface is simple enough for younger students, and the detailed...more
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This Australian site offers pictures and detailed information about the owls found on several different continents. The interface is simple enough for younger students, and the detailed information could be helpful for older students completing biology or earth science assignments. Lots of information, well organized.

tag(s): amphibians (20), oceans (148)

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The Sea Otter Site

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4 to 12
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The kids' area of this sea otter site offers otter images, sounds, and surprisingly detailed instructional handouts for elementary, middle, and high school students. Otters are among...more
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The kids' area of this sea otter site offers otter images, sounds, and surprisingly detailed instructional handouts for elementary, middle, and high school students. Otters are among the few mammals that use tools, and there lots of images showing how they do it. Great site for animal study research.

tag(s): oceans (148)

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There's also an extensive teacher's guide.

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Ocean Color Viewed from Space

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4 to 8
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This site is part of the Athena Curriculum Web site. Offers students an opportunity to record observations about the importance and meaning of the changes in ocean color. The journal...more
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This site is part of the Athena Curriculum Web site. Offers students an opportunity to record observations about the importance and meaning of the changes in ocean color. The journal activities provide a great opportunity for students to integrate language arts and science.

tag(s): oceans (148)

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Minerals, Crystals and Gems: Stepping-Stones to Inquiry - Smithsonian Institution

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3 to 8
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Very clear site and easy to follow intending to give students the basics of mineral science. Starts with an essay including clear pictures, a nice overview and history of gems. ...more
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Very clear site and easy to follow intending to give students the basics of mineral science. Starts with an essay including clear pictures, a nice overview and history of gems. Also has an activities page in Spanish and English. Resource guide with other links, books, teaching guides and kits.

tag(s): geology (81), minerals (17)

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The site includes three lesson units for teachers. They include objectives, materials, procedures, sample sheets and listngs of related subjects .

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Marine Institute

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1 to 12
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This site from Newfoundland, Canada provides educational information, activities, and lesson plans about marine life, fisheries, and oceanography. Select "K-12 Marine Topics" to view...more
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This site from Newfoundland, Canada provides educational information, activities, and lesson plans about marine life, fisheries, and oceanography. Select "K-12 Marine Topics" to view the icon-driven topics, activities, and links.

tag(s): oceans (148)

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Make a Weather Station - Miami Science Museum

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The Miami Museum of Science shows students how to build their own weather station using simple materials. The page is part of the museum's hurricane information resources. HINT: Click...more
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The Miami Museum of Science shows students how to build their own weather station using simple materials. The page is part of the museum's hurricane information resources. HINT: Click on the words at the bottom of the screen, rather than the picture. It's a lot easier to find what you're looking for.

tag(s): weather (188)

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Lightning! - National Geographic

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2 to 6
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ZAP! - Here's an introduction to lighting - how it is formed, why it occurs, what it can do - from National Geographic. This is a site that lower elementary ...more
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ZAP! - Here's an introduction to lighting - how it is formed, why it occurs, what it can do - from National Geographic. This is a site that lower elementary students can use themselves. Content, artwork, and design are all what you'd expect from National Geographic. Works well with any connection, but faster is better.

tag(s): weather (188)

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Kids Farm

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1 to 3
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This is a site about farms and farm animals, with short texts and lots of images showing people, livestock, and equipment used on the farm. If there's no cow pasture ...more
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This is a site about farms and farm animals, with short texts and lots of images showing people, livestock, and equipment used on the farm. If there's no cow pasture near you, this is the place to go!

tag(s): agriculture (54)

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Kids Do Ecology - Univ. of California Santa Barbara

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This site from the University of California at Santa Barbara lets students explore selected ecology topics in several ways. There are sub-sites dealing with ecology principles, whales,...more
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This site from the University of California at Santa Barbara lets students explore selected ecology topics in several ways. There are sub-sites dealing with ecology principles, whales, and several other marine species. There's also a very nice section on Data, showing why data collection is important for scientists and illustrating different ways to present data visually. Both sections might be useful in introducing scientific method and experimental procedure.

tag(s): ecology (135), pollution (66), recycling (57)

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This site is a great science find for both teachers and students! Teachers, there is an entire section of free lesson plans and activities that can be easily recreated in your classroom. For students, use this site as learning center or station. Allow students to use the site in cooperative learning groups, for any science unit on biomes, ecology, mammals, or data collection. This site would be a great supplement to book materials.

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FEMA Backgrounder: Earthquakes - US Government

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4 to 8
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Offers information relating to earthquake safety. Suggestions geared to people living in earthquake-prone areas. ...more
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Offers information relating to earthquake safety. Suggestions geared to people living in earthquake-prone areas.

tag(s): earth (228), earthquakes (48)

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Explore a Pond - Utah Education Network

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4 to 8
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This unit from the Utah Education Network collection offers a neat set of activities built around the ecosystems of small ponds. For those without a pond nearby, there's even a ...more
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This unit from the Utah Education Network collection offers a neat set of activities built around the ecosystems of small ponds. For those without a pond nearby, there's even a virtual pond simulation that lets users select the way they want to populate their pond and then see how well the ecosystem functions.

tag(s): ecosystems (88)

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EPA Curriculum Materials - US Government

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2 to 12
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This is a surprisingly detailed collection of lesson ideas, information, and resources related to environmental issues and their inclusion in the classroom. Materials are sorted into...more
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This is a surprisingly detailed collection of lesson ideas, information, and resources related to environmental issues and their inclusion in the classroom. Materials are sorted into a number of different subject areas, and include links to other sites for more extensive information on specific topics.

tag(s): ecology (135), pollution (66), recycling (57)

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EPA Explorer's Club - US Government

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This page offers simple pictures and descriptions of a number of endangered species, along with explanations of how these species interact with their habitats. Kids will enjoy the pictures,...more
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This page offers simple pictures and descriptions of a number of endangered species, along with explanations of how these species interact with their habitats. Kids will enjoy the pictures, but parents or teachers will need to provide the connections between the information and the rest of the environment.

tag(s): ecology (135), pollution (66), recycling (57)

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Ecological Regions of North America

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This is a beautifully produced site from an international ecological consortium. It provides detailed descriptions of the major North American ecological regions, along with photos...more
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This is a beautifully produced site from an international ecological consortium. It provides detailed descriptions of the major North American ecological regions, along with photos of representative ecological features. A good overview and comparison of the differences among ecological regions in North America.

tag(s): ecology (135), pollution (66), recycling (57)

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Earthwatch - Earthwatch Worldwide

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Find great ecology projects and adventurous ideas at Earthwatch, a program where everyone and anyone can get involved in making our planet environmentally safe. Sign up for their free...more
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Find great ecology projects and adventurous ideas at Earthwatch, a program where everyone and anyone can get involved in making our planet environmentally safe. Sign up for their free newsletter for the latest news, events, and ways you can get involved. There is a comprehensive guide and a fact sheet. Find many, many lesson plans on the Educator Opportunities page, on the right menu. If you haven't planned your next vacation, why not do something out of the ordinary and get involved in an Earthwatch expedition? There are more than 140 expeditions from all over the world from which to choose. You will meet professional research scientists, Earthwatch guides and professionals, and like-minded volunteers like you from around the world. There are grants available to fund your expedition.

tag(s): earth (228), environment (317)

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Select "Global Classroom" for a summary of planned and on-going scientific field trip explorations. Some explorations include classroom resources. Topics pertain to oceans, ecology, and endangered species.You will find there are lesson plans relating to: Oceans, Ecosystem Services, Cultural Heritage, Climate Change, and Taking Action.
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