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Endangered Birds - National Audubon Society

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This site from the National Audubon Society offers a "watch list" for hundreds of endangered bird species. While intended primarily for serious bird-watchers, the site contains the...more
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This site from the National Audubon Society offers a "watch list" for hundreds of endangered bird species. While intended primarily for serious bird-watchers, the site contains the sort of sighting and location information that can help students understand how scientists determine whether a species population is endangered.

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Endangered Animals of the World

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This is a Dutch site which offers information on a number of endangered animals. There's lots of detail, but the navigation may be awkward for some younger students. Worth a ...more
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This is a Dutch site which offers information on a number of endangered animals. There's lots of detail, but the navigation may be awkward for some younger students. Worth a visit, though.

tag(s): endangered species (40)

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Endangered Species - American Museum of Natural History

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This site from New York's'? American Museum of Natural History provides information on several dozen endangered species, their habitats, and efforts to preserve these species and increase...more
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This site from New York's'? American Museum of Natural History provides information on several dozen endangered species, their habitats, and efforts to preserve these species and increase their numbers. Each species is really a case study, with significant detail on the plight of that species. Good site for a student interested in some serious research on one or more species.

tag(s): endangered species (40)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector. Explain the principles that lay behind endangered species, give a brief tutorial on using the website, and then divide students into small cooperative learning groups. Have each group pick a section on the website, such as "causes," "why help," etc. Have each student review and research their section, with the intentions of providing a brief presentation of their findings to their peers. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.

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Edwards Aquifer Information Page

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This site contains information, simulations, and video clips on the "science" behind the Edwards Aquifer. This aquifer is designated by the EPA as a "sole source" drinking water supply...more
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This site contains information, simulations, and video clips on the "science" behind the Edwards Aquifer. This aquifer is designated by the EPA as a "sole source" drinking water supply for the Austin-San Antonio corridor in Texas. Provides a good example of local research project that could be completed by students.

tag(s): water (131)

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Earthshots - US Geologic Survey

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Want to know how your neighborhood has changed over the past 20 years? This USGS site compares satellite imagery from places all over the world to show the impact that ...more
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Want to know how your neighborhood has changed over the past 20 years? This USGS site compares satellite imagery from places all over the world to show the impact that growth and population changes are having on the earth's environment. It's tough to find this sort of comparison, and the visual impact of these photos makes the site particularly useful.

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Volcano Hazards Program - US Geologic Survey

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This site from the US Geologic survey provides highly detailed current information on volcanic activity throughout the world. While some of the information is suitable for students...more
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This site from the US Geologic survey provides highly detailed current information on volcanic activity throughout the world. While some of the information is suitable for students or non-professionals, there is also a good deal of highly technical content. A good site for those with a real interest in observing how scientists predict and record volcanic activity.

tag(s): volcanoes (65)

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As you plan for a volcanoes unit, be sure to check out the Educator's page on this site for mmaterials. Include the full site as a research link from your teacher web page, but students might also like to use some of the online versions of print pubications availabel in the Educator Resource area. These include pictures of volcanoes.

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Build a Watershed

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This interactive site lets students learn the intricacies of watersheds while building their own online watershed model. The design lets students work at novice or advanced levels,...more
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This interactive site lets students learn the intricacies of watersheds while building their own online watershed model. The design lets students work at novice or advanced levels, concentrating on different aspects of watershed environments.

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Breeding Bird Survey

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This is a superb resource for students interested in studying the migratory patterns of birds. It presents several decades worth of data on migration and sightings of dozens of different...more
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This is a superb resource for students interested in studying the migratory patterns of birds. It presents several decades worth of data on migration and sightings of dozens of different species in North American. While the navigation is sometimes tricky, the site contains a wealth of possibilities for studying the relationships between ecosystems, climate, and other factors on the behavior of birds.

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Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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Much in the news as a possible site for oil drilling, this official site about the ANWR provides brief summaries of the habitats and ecosystem of this unique arctic environment. ...more
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Much in the news as a possible site for oil drilling, this official site about the ANWR provides brief summaries of the habitats and ecosystem of this unique arctic environment. Useful as an example of efforts to preserve fragile ecosystems, and also as a supplement to the study of arctic biomes. From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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AmphibiaWeb - University of California at Berkeley

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The University of California at Berkeley offers this unusually complete catalog of thousands of amphibian species from around the world. Users can perform keyword searches, then select...more
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The University of California at Berkeley offers this unusually complete catalog of thousands of amphibian species from around the world. Users can perform keyword searches, then select from the results to see descriptions, photos, endangered species warnings, habitat information, and other facts about each species selected. It's a powerful research tool that makes comparisons among species especially easy.

tag(s): amphibians (21)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector during a unit on the classification of animal kingdoms. The site provides a good example of the classifications, and can be easily searched for specific species if students are doing a research project. Forewarning: the classifications are all the Latin names of the reptiles, so it is best to know the creature you're searching for beforehand. Allow students to explore the site on their own, and post on the teacher web page if there are any research projects to allow students to access it both in and out of the classroom.

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Amazon River Dolphins - Virtual Explorers

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Here's a chance to learn about a real-time expedition to the Amazon to learn more about the dolphins who live there and how they survive. The project took place during ...more
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Here's a chance to learn about a real-time expedition to the Amazon to learn more about the dolphins who live there and how they survive. The project took place during August, 1999. Read the information and updates from before, during, and after. This site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit.

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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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Water Science for Schools - US Government

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The EPA created this collection of resources dealing with water cycles, water purification, and water availability. It includes web resources, sample experiments, and explanations of...more
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The EPA created this collection of resources dealing with water cycles, water purification, and water availability. It includes web resources, sample experiments, and explanations of water quality issues.

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Teachers will likely want to sort through the material before suggesting it to their students.

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TopoZone

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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!

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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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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 (154)

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The Owl Pages

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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.

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The Sea Otter Site

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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.

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Marine Institute

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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.

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EPA Curriculum Materials - US Government

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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 (134), pollution (67), recycling (58)

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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.

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