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Habitats - National Geographic - National Geographic

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This collection of lesson plans from National Geographic Society provides standards-coordinated habitat lessons for primary, upper elementary, middle, and high school students. While...more
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This collection of lesson plans from National Geographic Society provides standards-coordinated habitat lessons for primary, upper elementary, middle, and high school students. While the lessons themselves are entirely text, each contains links to other NGS resources that offer graphics, images, and other visuals. These are very complete resources, but will require some preparation time.

tag(s): ecosystems (88), habitats (84)

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Vanishing Ice - NASA

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Here's a unit from NASA about the melting polar ice caps that was written late in 2002. Turn on the glossary feature for extended references and definitions of the scientific ...more
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Here's a unit from NASA about the melting polar ice caps that was written late in 2002. Turn on the glossary feature for extended references and definitions of the scientific terms used. Try this one for a study of ecosystems, the poles, and global warming.

tag(s): antarctica (29), arctic (44), polar (19)

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Earth Observatory - NASA

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This NASA site is the home base for a collection of Earth imaging resources and subsections dealing with earth science topics ranging from natural disasters to ozone measurement. Several...more
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This NASA site is the home base for a collection of Earth imaging resources and subsections dealing with earth science topics ranging from natural disasters to ozone measurement. Several of these sections change regularly, so there's always likely to be something new here. Well worth a visit for science, earth science, or space topics.

tag(s): earth (228)

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Introduction to Seismology - USGS

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This USGS site explains how earthquakes occur and how scientists try to predict their occurrence and severity. This page could serve as a brief introduction, but following its many...more
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This USGS site explains how earthquakes occur and how scientists try to predict their occurrence and severity. This page could serve as a brief introduction, but following its many links will lead to a thorough description of earthquakes and their detection. Pick and choose depending on the presentation level you need.

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

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Seashell Identification Guide

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3 to 12
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Here's a beachcomber's delight and a great resource for identifying those shells students collect on vacation trips. The site is nicely indexed and includes detailed photos of hundreds...more
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Here's a beachcomber's delight and a great resource for identifying those shells students collect on vacation trips. The site is nicely indexed and includes detailed photos of hundreds of different shell types. This site would also work as an adjunct to a study of ocean habitats and marine species. Students will navigate this one easily.

tag(s): oceans (148)

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Awesome site. The children will be very excited using this site. , NJ, Grades: 0 - 12

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Eastern Slopes Grizzly Bear Project

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This Canadian site is just what the bear buffs need - an introduction to the habitat and lifestyle of North America's most famous bears. There's a large "bear basics" section, ...more
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This Canadian site is just what the bear buffs need - an introduction to the habitat and lifestyle of North America's most famous bears. There's a large "bear basics" section, along with details on staying safe when sharing space with grizzly bears. But alas, there are very few photos.

tag(s): canada (30)

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During a class on environmental conservation, have students open this site on their individual computers. Looking at the site, what do they think would be the most beneficial actions to take to conserve land for bears? Use this site as a launchpad for a discussion on human-animal interaction, and the affect humans have had on their habitat. This site would also be a useful source for any student working on a research project, making it an excellent site to post on the class wiki or web page so students could access it both in and out of the classroom!

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Tapestry of Time and Terrain - USGS

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Giving geology or earth science students the "big picture" can be difficult. This site from the US Geologic Survey uses colors and topographic maps to explain geologic time periods...more
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Giving geology or earth science students the "big picture" can be difficult. This site from the US Geologic Survey uses colors and topographic maps to explain geologic time periods and phenomena. Along the way, there are lots of links to specific time periods and features showing where interesting things were happening millions of years ago. This one is worth some exploration; there's lots to see.

tag(s): geologic time (9), geology (81), logic (235), time (144)

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Jane Goodall and the Chimpanzees - National Geographic

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National Geographic offers this complex site detailing Jane Goodall's return to the African jungles in which she has done pioneering work on the life habits of chimps. Creative teachers...more
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National Geographic offers this complex site detailing Jane Goodall's return to the African jungles in which she has done pioneering work on the life habits of chimps. Creative teachers will find uses for this one in studying primates, issues about "how scientists do science," rain forest ecosystems, and the like. This one offers lots of possibilities.

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Fifty-seven Ways to Protect the Environment - University of Illinois Extension

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The site from the University of Illinois Extension offers tips and guidelines for controlling or eliminating the effects of pesticides in common household and garden situations. While...more
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The site from the University of Illinois Extension offers tips and guidelines for controlling or eliminating the effects of pesticides in common household and garden situations. While not intended specifically for students, teachers could use these guidelines as part of a unit on managing the environment, environmental policy, or ecology.

tag(s): ecology (135)

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John Muir Day - Sierra Club

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While this day of recognition (April 21) may be better known in California, Muir's legacy of concern for conservation had a national impact, as is evident from this Sierra Club ...more
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While this day of recognition (April 21) may be better known in California, Muir's legacy of concern for conservation had a national impact, as is evident from this Sierra Club site. In addition to documents relating to creating the California holiday, teachers will find a John Muir Day study guide in Adobe Acrobat format that outlines Muir's life and the conservation issues for which he fought.

tag(s): conservation (127), earth (228), earth day (112), ecology (135)

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Earth Day Network

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This web site from a consortium of several thousand environmental organizations offers a great collection of resources to build awareness of ecological issues and inspire both individual...more
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This web site from a consortium of several thousand environmental organizations offers a great collection of resources to build awareness of ecological issues and inspire both individual and collective action. These include several games that let students discover how well they and their families conserve resources. Try the Ecological Footprint Quiz.

tag(s): earth (228), earth day (112), ecology (135), environment (317)

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GeoTech

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This one's an oddity. It combines very good, very brief introductory pages on the essentials of geology with very detailed information on geochemistry, exploration, and testing methods....more
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This one's an oddity. It combines very good, very brief introductory pages on the essentials of geology with very detailed information on geochemistry, exploration, and testing methods. While the basics will work well for high school, or even middle school students, we suspect teachers will find the other content less helpful. Try this one as a reference source for hardness, geologic time periods, and the like.

tag(s): fossils (44), geology (81), minerals (17), rocks (49)

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Tracking Ocean Currents - Rutgers University

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This is an elaborate unit for middle or high school students that deals with specialized radar systems used to track ocean currents. It includes several simulations and flash animations...more
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This is an elaborate unit for middle or high school students that deals with specialized radar systems used to track ocean currents. It includes several simulations and flash animations that let students simulate this tracking process. Because it's fairly complex content, this site might best be used as part of another unit on marine ecosystems, the oceans, or other related materials. Teachers will want to preview this one before using it.

tag(s): oceans (148), weather (188)

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Winged Migration - Sony Pictures

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Click on the "Migration Patterns" link for an elegant look at the migration patterns of more than a dozen species from around the world. While designed to promote a film, ...more
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Click on the "Migration Patterns" link for an elegant look at the migration patterns of more than a dozen species from around the world. While designed to promote a film, this site is also a great teaching tool for the study of bird migration. Users with high-speed connections can hear audio and watch video clips of each bird. Truly neat!

tag(s): birds (50), migration (59), seasons (37)

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Test Your EQ - Oregon Museum of Science

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The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry offers this on-line energy use quiz. Students can enter information about their household and see how energy efficient their appliances and...more
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The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry offers this on-line energy use quiz. Students can enter information about their household and see how energy efficient their appliances and habits are. It's an interesting tool to show practical effects of everyday behaviors.

tag(s): conservation (127), electricity (89), energy (197)

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North American Bear Center

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You'll find more than just the bear facts (sorry...) at this site. There are sections about brown, black, polar, and grizzly bears, offering decent writeups on each, along with some...more
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You'll find more than just the bear facts (sorry...) at this site. There are sections about brown, black, polar, and grizzly bears, offering decent writeups on each, along with some very nice photographs. A kids' section offers several well-captioned slide shows about bears and their habits. This is a good example of a site that has effective text and visuals without lots of overboard effects. If bears are in your habitat, this one's a great resource.

tag(s): animals (276)

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Environmental Inquiry - Cornell University

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Developed at Cornell University, this site offers a framework to help high school students conduct environmental science research and participate in communities of fellow student scientists....more
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Developed at Cornell University, this site offers a framework to help high school students conduct environmental science research and participate in communities of fellow student scientists. There are research protocols and discussion groups for a number of topics, as well as links to newly published text materials. The web content, however, seems to stand independently of the print materials. Secondary science, biology, and earth science teachers will find this one interesting.

tag(s): ecology (135), environment (317), habitats (84)

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Dogsled.com

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Promising "all of the adventure, none of the frostbite," this well-produced site offers lots of information on sled dogs, the Iditarod, and the people who care for both the dogs ...more
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Promising "all of the adventure, none of the frostbite," this well-produced site offers lots of information on sled dogs, the Iditarod, and the people who care for both the dogs and the mushers. There are plenty of research and learning opportunities here.

tag(s): alaska (25), iditarod (7)

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Alaskan Malamute - American Kennel Club

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While not all sled dogs are malamutes, the American Kennel Club's page about this breed explains whey they are so well suited to life in the Arctic. The information includes ...more
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While not all sled dogs are malamutes, the American Kennel Club's page about this breed explains whey they are so well suited to life in the Arctic. The information includes both physical descriptions and show standards.

tag(s): alaska (25)

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Iditarod Home Page - Iditarod

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The home page for the annual Iditarod sled dog race offers all manner of information on the race, the dogs, and the mushers. There's also information on the Junior Iditarod, ...more
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The home page for the annual Iditarod sled dog race offers all manner of information on the race, the dogs, and the mushers. There's also information on the Junior Iditarod, and extensive information for teachers and students. This site is useful even during "non-race" seasons.

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