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Spacerace - Smithsonian Institution

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The Space Race grew out of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, the most powerful nations after World War II. At the end of the ...more
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The Space Race grew out of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, the most powerful nations after World War II. At the end of the Cold War, the United States and Russia agreed to build a space station and pursue other joint ventures in space. A contest that began in fear and enmity has become a partnership. At this site you get to participate in this race!

tag(s): cold war (29), space (205)

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Space Shuttle Simulator - NASA

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This NASA simulation lets students work their way through the final preparations for a shuttle launch, performing the same tasks the astronauts go through. Requires the Shockwave player,...more
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This NASA simulation lets students work their way through the final preparations for a shuttle launch, performing the same tasks the astronauts go through. Requires the Shockwave player, which is available from the TeachersFirst Toolbox

tag(s): space (205)

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Solar System Simulator - NASA

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NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab offers this java-based site which lets students see what the solar system, or any part thereof, would look like from another location. You can see what ...more
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NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab offers this java-based site which lets students see what the solar system, or any part thereof, would look like from another location. You can see what the stars and planets would look like from the surface of Saturn or one of Jupiter's moons. The site is both a great learning tool and a wonderful simulation example.

tag(s): planets (123), solar system (119)

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Sky Online

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6 to 12
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This very well planned site helps you and your students understand and explore astronomy. It explains astronomy in everyday language. It contains a calendar of celestial events. There...more
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This very well planned site helps you and your students understand and explore astronomy. It explains astronomy in everyday language. It contains a calendar of celestial events. There are also tips for everyone. There is also software and astronomy hardware for sale. The site includes pictures of many astronomic events, lists of astronomy clubs, planetariums, science museums, and observatory locations from all around the world. You can find your hometown facility and print it out in minutes!

tag(s): stars (61)

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Probably the coolest part of this website is entitled "observing," which provides helpful calendars, explanations and images of solar events that are happening soon locally. Refer to this site for upcoming solar phenomena, and encourage students to go out and observe on their own. If there are events in the area, assign students to observe and create a report based on what they saw! If students are able to gather images of the event, we recommend a tool like UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture, and could provide some cool presentations in class.

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Rocket Principles - Nasa, Teacher Link

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This site, created with the help of NASA, provides a fully-illustrated introduction to rockets and the scientific principles that make them work. The illustrations make the material...more
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This site, created with the help of NASA, provides a fully-illustrated introduction to rockets and the scientific principles that make them work. The illustrations make the material comprehensible for younger students, and the text provides sufficient content for those working at a more advanced level.

tag(s): rockets (14), space (205)

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Sharks! - National Geographic

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The National Geographic presents an introduction to Great White sharks suitable for use by lower elementary students. The site helps dispel many of the myths about sharks and their...more
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The National Geographic presents an introduction to Great White sharks suitable for use by lower elementary students. The site helps dispel many of the myths about sharks and their behavior. The science, artwork, and design are all typical of the quality of National Geographic materials.

tag(s): oceans (148)

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Make a shortcut to this site on your desktop and use it as a center. Allow students to review the site, making sure to include headphones for the audio portions. There are a lot of random, but interesting, facts about sharks on this site that will maintain students interest. Have students decide what facts were the most interesting, and use their comments to spur a class discussion comparing sharks to other mammals the class has studied. A useful way to do this would be to use a venn diagram tool on the interactive whiteboard or projector, allowing all students to participate at once. We recommend a tool like Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here).

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Sea World Animal Facts - SeaWorld/Busch Gardens

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K to 12
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This site, created by Sea World and Busch Gardens, offers a lot of information about a variety of animals. There are animal infobooks, sound clips, photos, "Ask Shamu," Wild World ...more
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This site, created by Sea World and Busch Gardens, offers a lot of information about a variety of animals. There are animal infobooks, sound clips, photos, "Ask Shamu," Wild World adventures in a safari and zoo, fun zones with coloring pages, games, a teacher's guide, and more. There are lesson plans for grades K-12 (see the Teacher's link). This site requires Flash and Adobe Acrobat (for the teacher's guide). You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): ecosystems (88), mammals (32), oceans (148)

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Use your interactive whiteboard or projector to share the neat interactives and soundclips at this site. This site is also great for research projects, science lessons, and more. Be sure to check out the Teacher's link for some great lesson ideas!
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San Diego Zoo InternQuest - San Diego State Univ.

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Grades 3-6 will enjoy the "Journals" section containing weekly entries by zoo interns. Students will also like the "Kids Corner." Classrooms with animals could use this site for ideas...more
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Grades 3-6 will enjoy the "Journals" section containing weekly entries by zoo interns. Students will also like the "Kids Corner." Classrooms with animals could use this site for ideas on journal writing.

tag(s): zoology (7)

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Pond Life Identification Kit

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What's that wiggling under the microscope? This site offers a guide to microscopic organisms living in fresh-water ponds, along with links to addtional information on each organism....more
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What's that wiggling under the microscope? This site offers a guide to microscopic organisms living in fresh-water ponds, along with links to addtional information on each organism. In addition, there are links to similar collections of microscopic fauna for oceans and other ecosystems. Interesting photos; easy to use.

tag(s): microorganisms (14), microscopes (13)

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The Mad Scientist Network

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This site has a lot of research available for viewing. The research is detailed and in plain text. There is also a tutorial of the human body that better explains ...more
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This site has a lot of research available for viewing. The research is detailed and in plain text. There is also a tutorial of the human body that better explains the functions of organs and how they work together. A great research tool for biology students! Nice animation, including a guided tour of the human body with key points outlined. From Washington University Medical School.

tag(s): human body (121)

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Teachers of younger students will find material useful for background to their teaching.

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Kinder Garden - Tina Waliczak, Texas A & M University

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This site explores the many ways to introduce kids to horticulture. It provides planting tips for kids and their parents and is easy for young readers to follow along. It ...more
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This site explores the many ways to introduce kids to horticulture. It provides planting tips for kids and their parents and is easy for young readers to follow along. It details the greater good of respecting the outdoors and plant life with pictures of neighborhoods. It depicts gardening as a learning experience and hobby to cope with stresses of living in our world today! It also includes outstanding links to book lists and horticulture.

tag(s): agriculture (55), ecology (135)

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Insects Hotlist - Franklin Institute

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This list from the Franklin Museum is a collection of insect-related links ranging from specific species, to facts and teacher resources. The site is suitable for grades 3-6. The "...more
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This list from the Franklin Museum is a collection of insect-related links ranging from specific species, to facts and teacher resources. The site is suitable for grades 3-6. The " Insect Species" section would be useful to students creating reports, or comparing species. Using images at this site as examples, have students design their own insects.

tag(s): insects (69)

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Use this site as an insect learning station! The links the site offers have their own individual lesson plans and possibilities, so review them first to see if there is a free lesson plan that you can take advantage of. The site would also be really helpful for any students who were working on a buggy research paper - post the site on the class wiki so they can use it both in and out of the classroom!

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The Hummingbird Site

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4 to 12
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This "all hummingbirds" site offers information, pictures, and links to third party resources dealing with hummingbirds and their habitats. Lots of good information, and even more details...more
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This "all hummingbirds" site offers information, pictures, and links to third party resources dealing with hummingbirds and their habitats. Lots of good information, and even more details on some of the sites to which this site links.

tag(s): birds (50)

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The Electronic Zoo

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This site is a large list of animal-related links. Some of the links listed are not suited for the primary grades. This site could be used in a classroom for ...more
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This site is a large list of animal-related links. Some of the links listed are not suited for the primary grades. This site could be used in a classroom for research on animal topics if the links had previously been selected. Most suitable for upper elementary and middle school students.

tag(s): mammals (32)

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DNA - An Instruction Manual

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This is a very simple explanation of the variety of ways in which DNA determines how living beings are "put together." The site is designed for student use, with lots ...more
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This is a very simple explanation of the variety of ways in which DNA determines how living beings are "put together." The site is designed for student use, with lots of pictures and examples, and the structure helps keep young students from being overwhelmed by too much information.

tag(s): dna (69), genetics (90)

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The Case of the Disappearing Frogs

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1 to 4
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This attractive site from the Portland Aquarium gives young students a chance to figure out why the frogs are disappearing. An interesting approach to teaching young students about...more
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This attractive site from the Portland Aquarium gives young students a chance to figure out why the frogs are disappearing. An interesting approach to teaching young students about environments and habitats.

tag(s): amphibians (20)

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Bug Bios - Insects on the Web

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Here's a web site about insects that's as complete as it is visually appealing. The site provides insect classifications, information, and great images, all organized in a way that...more
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Here's a web site about insects that's as complete as it is visually appealing. The site provides insect classifications, information, and great images, all organized in a way that makes the site easy to use for students at various levels. If your curriculum includes insects, this site is well worth a visit.

tag(s): insects (69)

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Bird Cam 2000 - Kodak

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Eastman Kodak's office tower is the site for this web cam focused on a nest of peregrine falcons. Viewers can check the state of the nest from four different angles, ...more
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Eastman Kodak's office tower is the site for this web cam focused on a nest of peregrine falcons. Viewers can check the state of the nest from four different angles, and the site offers a chronology of this year's nesting. The quality of the enlarged images is surprisingly good. This one is worth several visits.

tag(s): birds (50)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and printables the website offers! The site has activities on the food chain, journal assignments, and graphing the baby falcons. Save this site and use it as a learning center or station to complement a unit on the study of birds or on the food chain.

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BatQuest

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4 to 6
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This site is an online scavenger hunt all about bats. Students answer questions by going to sites listed on the page. The site is geared to upper elementary grades. ...more
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This site is an online scavenger hunt all about bats. Students answer questions by going to sites listed on the page. The site is geared to upper elementary grades.

tag(s): mammals (32), quiz (85)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector as an introduction to a unit on bats. This site is excellent for explaining bats' ecological impacts in an attempt to show the positive side of having them in one's environment. Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site, and then discuss what each group thought was the most important way that bats help their environments. A great way to do this is to have students create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here. Have each group share their graphic on the interactive whiteboard as a way to review the information with the class.

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BATS!

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This page offers an integrated curriculum on bats of all types. Themes include bats in sports, science, and art. The online bat quiz would be great to do online. The ...more
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This page offers an integrated curriculum on bats of all types. Themes include bats in sports, science, and art. The online bat quiz would be great to do online. The site is geared to both primary and upper elementary grades. The site could be used to do in-class research.

tag(s): mammals (32)

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