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Air Quality Lesson Plans - Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission

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This collection of several dozen lesson plans, originally from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission and revised in 2005, includes content for primary through high school...more
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This collection of several dozen lesson plans, originally from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission and revised in 2005, includes content for primary through high school students. Most lessons are straightforward, requiring limited use of outside resources.

tag(s): ecology (135), environment (317), pollution (66)

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Acid Rain - US Government

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4 to 12
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This EPA page offers information on the science behind acid rain, as well as specific information for students. It also includes examples of mitigation activities, a glossary, and related...more
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This EPA page offers information on the science behind acid rain, as well as specific information for students. It also includes examples of mitigation activities, a glossary, and related resources

tag(s): acid rain (5), ecology (135), pollution (66)

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Use this site as a resource during a lesson or unit on acid rain. Have cooperative learning groups explore the site, with the intentions of summarizing the information in a multimedia presentation. Have cooperative learning groups create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. Have groups tell the "acid" rain, explaining where and how it happens most. Great for a pre-discussion activity about the efforts to stop acid rain.

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Endangered Species

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9 to 12
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This site from the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Office of Protected Resources provides detailed information on endangered species, their habitats, and the circumstances of their endangered...more
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This site from the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Office of Protected Resources provides detailed information on endangered species, their habitats, and the circumstances of their endangered classification. While some information is designed for working professionals, other elements are suitable for use by interested students.

tag(s): endangered species (38), species (29)

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This site would be an excellent resource for any unit conservationism, ecosystems, and endangered species. Have students use this site as a resource for research projects about specific animals. The site provides images, information and statistics what would be extremely helpful! Save this site on your class web page to allow students to access it both in and out of the classroom.

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The Whole Frog Project - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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6 to 12
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includes an Interactive Frog Dissection Kit as well as frog data and 3D constructed images. Images could be imported into presentation software. ...more
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includes an Interactive Frog Dissection Kit as well as frog data and 3D constructed images. Images could be imported into presentation software.

tag(s): amphibians (20), dissection (10)

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USGS Biology Resources

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The U.S. Geological Survey maintains this registry of Earth and Environmental Science links. A wide list of topics is covered, excellent resource for research projects. ...more
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The U.S. Geological Survey maintains this registry of Earth and Environmental Science links. A wide list of topics is covered, excellent resource for research projects.

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

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Tide Predictions

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6 to 12
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This site from NOAA offers information on tides and tidal changes on the U.S. east and west coasts, and provides resources for predicting tides at various points along the coast. ...more
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This site from NOAA offers information on tides and tidal changes on the U.S. east and west coasts, and provides resources for predicting tides at various points along the coast. Good site to help students understand the factors that contribute to variations in tides from place to place.

tag(s): tides (7)

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The Panama Puzzle

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In this web detective hunt from the University of Leicester (England) students help a scientist figure out what's making the construction workers on the Panama Canal project ill, and...more
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In this web detective hunt from the University of Leicester (England) students help a scientist figure out what's making the construction workers on the Panama Canal project ill, and work to develop a cure for yellow fever. Plenty of scientific backup to explain how the cure was developed!

tag(s): diseases (66)

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You Can Change the World - Yale University

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Teach students about the positive and negative effects each of us has on our environment. ...more
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Teach students about the positive and negative effects each of us has on our environment.

tag(s): earth (228), ecology (135)

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A Hands-on Approach to Environmental Quality - Yale University

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7 to 12
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By planting, tending, and harvesting an organic garden, students learn about environmental quality and their roles in the problem. ...more
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By planting, tending, and harvesting an organic garden, students learn about environmental quality and their roles in the problem.

tag(s): agriculture (55), earth (228)

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Internet Resource Guide for Zoology

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6 to 12
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This site from by Biosys publications includes searchable animal databases. A search results in a list of links. This site would be very helpful when completing a research report. ...more
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This site from by Biosys publications includes searchable animal databases. A search results in a list of links. This site would be very helpful when completing a research report.

tag(s): zoology (7)

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Insect Records Catalog

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The University of Florida has compiled a listing of insects holding the record for the biggest, fastest, smallest, etc., etc. A good collection of insect trivia, as well as ...more
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The University of Florida has compiled a listing of insects holding the record for the biggest, fastest, smallest, etc., etc. A good collection of insect trivia, as well as a potential starting point for a more serious exploration of insects and the way they live.

tag(s): insects (69)

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While some of the world records might make students a little queasy, (see the worlds biggest bug) this site would be an excellent way to get students interested in the study of insects. Share the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector, and allow students to explore it in groups. What would be interesting is to see how many record holders were local insects. Have students create a digital record book, including images on a site such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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Great Backyard Bird Counts

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Check out the results of Cornell University's Feederbird counts held in February, 1999. Lots of data, maps, and related bird information sorted by location and species. An excellent...more
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Check out the results of Cornell University's Feederbird counts held in February, 1999. Lots of data, maps, and related bird information sorted by location and species. An excellent starting point for a unit on migration, populations, and habitats.

tag(s): birds (50), counting (120)

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The Gorilla Foundaton

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Information on how gorillas, their habitat, and efforts to help preserve the species in the wild. This site is the home of Koko, who participated in an Internet chat session ...more
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Information on how gorillas, their habitat, and efforts to help preserve the species in the wild. This site is the home of Koko, who participated in an Internet chat session in the Spring of 1998. The site provides good information while promoting its cause.

tag(s): mammals (32)

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Frogs - The Exploratorium

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6 to 12
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Forget all the cutesy froggy sites. This site from the San Francisco's Exploratorium offers a visually impresive exploration of frogs and how they have survived through many millennia....more
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Forget all the cutesy froggy sites. This site from the San Francisco's Exploratorium offers a visually impresive exploration of frogs and how they have survived through many millennia. The site includes visuals and frog sounds, as well as extensive scientific content. Good resource for any study of amphibians.

tag(s): amphibians (20)

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Flowerweb

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6 to 12
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Developed in the Netherlands, the Flowerbase web site is a searchable database offering over 7,000 pictures of flowers, plants, and garden plants. Middle and high school students could...more
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Developed in the Netherlands, the Flowerbase web site is a searchable database offering over 7,000 pictures of flowers, plants, and garden plants. Middle and high school students could use this site for research.

tag(s): plants (145)

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Cloning: A Special Report

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A journalistic report on Dolly, the cloned lamb born in 1997 near Edinburgh, Scotland. The information is presented in a clear and concise manner, and uses graphics to enhance students'...more
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A journalistic report on Dolly, the cloned lamb born in 1997 near Edinburgh, Scotland. The information is presented in a clear and concise manner, and uses graphics to enhance students' learning of the material. This site could be used as required reading when studying genetics. The site is best suited to middle and high school students. From "New Scientist" magazine.

tag(s): dna (69), engineering (125)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector, allowing students to read it before a class discussion. This site provides a lot of information and questions that students can use to debate the ethics or probability of human cloning. Too often science classes don't seem to have time for the ethical debates, and this would be the perfect way for students to begin questioning innovations in science. Prepare yourself for a very intense debate if using this!

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Bugs in the News

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This is a site about microorganisms, not insects. There are concise explanations of a variety of organisms and genetic issues, most listed in a "what the heck is a..." format. ...more
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This is a site about microorganisms, not insects. There are concise explanations of a variety of organisms and genetic issues, most listed in a "what the heck is a..." format. It's informal, but easy to use and informative.

tag(s): insects (69)

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WhaleNet

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3 to 8
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One of the fascinating features of this site is its display of tracking information for whales, porpoises, and sea turtles that have been equipped with radio transmitters. Users can...more
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One of the fascinating features of this site is its display of tracking information for whales, porpoises, and sea turtles that have been equipped with radio transmitters. Users can follow the movements of these marine creatures to see how they move about in the oceans. There is also a variety of reference information about whales, whale watching, and related topics.

tag(s): whales (16)

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Tarantulas!

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4 to 12
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This site contains lots of images and detailed descriptions of these large, often furry arachnids. While it's not the sort of thing that everyone will love, there's lots of material...more
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This site contains lots of images and detailed descriptions of these large, often furry arachnids. While it's not the sort of thing that everyone will love, there's lots of material for research papers, class presentations, and the like. This may be one case where viewing on the computer is better than seeing the real thing!

tag(s): insects (69), spiders (10)

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Snakes in Massachusetts

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4 to 6
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This site, developed by the University of Massachusetts, provides facts and illustrations on snakes found only in that state. The graphics are well done, and the information is suited...more
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This site, developed by the University of Massachusetts, provides facts and illustrations on snakes found only in that state. The graphics are well done, and the information is suited to students in grades 4-6. This site could be used in a research report, or serve as an example for making a web site on a species specific to a region.

tag(s): amphibians (20)

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