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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 (52)

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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 (33)

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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 (68), genetics (91)

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The Case of the Disappearing Frogs

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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 (70)

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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 (52)

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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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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 (33), quiz (87)

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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 (33)

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Field Guides - Audubon Society

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The Audubon Society's collection of field guides, with links to more specifics. ...more
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The Audubon Society's collection of field guides, with links to more specifics.

tag(s): virtual field trips (48)

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Animals, Myths, and Legends

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A great assortment of legends that could be printed and discussed in the classroom. The "Playroom" link leads to printable coloring book pages and puzzles. ...more
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A great assortment of legends that could be printed and discussed in the classroom. The "Playroom" link leads to printable coloring book pages and puzzles.

tag(s): animal homes (42), animals (284)

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Use this site to address the issue of biomes, habitats and extinction in an elementary school classroom. Clicking on the "animals" link leads to an abundance of information thats easy to read and comprehend for young students. Begin by sharing the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector before allowing students to work on it on individual computers.
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What's it Like Where You Live - Missouri Botanical Garden

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The Missouri Botanical Garden has created a very nice elementary site about biomes and freshwater / saltwater environments. Because of the site design, you'll need to click the specific...more
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The Missouri Botanical Garden has created a very nice elementary site about biomes and freshwater / saltwater environments. Because of the site design, you'll need to click the specific area in which you are interested. This site is one of the web resources for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit.

tag(s): biomes (115)

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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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Colorado River Report

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Water: From Sky to Sea

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Rivers and Streams - Missouri Botanical Garden

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The Missouri Botanical Garden has created a very nice elementary site about biomes and freshwater / saltwater environments. Because of the site design, you'll need to click the specific...more
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The Missouri Botanical Garden has created a very nice elementary site about biomes and freshwater / saltwater environments. Because of the site design, you'll need to click the specific area in which you are interested.

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Lakes and Ponds

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CyberZoo: Deserts - Syracuse University

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Eco-Quest: Desert Edition - Privately Published

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Mariana Trench

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Aquatic Animals

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Ocean Current, Climate and Weather - Chris Carter Saddleback Unified School District

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A teacher's collection of links and activities for ocena, currents, climate, and weather, this ia a "plain vanilla" site but gets lots of traffic as a starting point for lesson ...more
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A teacher's collection of links and activities for ocena, currents, climate, and weather, this ia a "plain vanilla" site but gets lots of traffic as a starting point for lesson planning and instruction. Some of the questions for students to answer are right there on the page

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Use this as a preliminary activity for students to "browse" the new topics and activate prior knowledge before you begin formal lessons.

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