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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.

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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.

tag(s): amazon (9)

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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.

tag(s): water (130)

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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!

tag(s): oceans (148)

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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.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): maps (287)

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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 (148)

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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.

tag(s): amphibians (20), oceans (148)

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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.

tag(s): oceans (148)

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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.

tag(s): oceans (148)

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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 (135), pollution (66), recycling (57)

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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.

tag(s): ecology (135), pollution (66), recycling (57)

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Earthwatch - Earthwatch Worldwide

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Find great ecology projects and adventurous ideas at Earthwatch, a program where everyone and anyone can get involved in making our planet environmentally safe. Sign up for their free...more
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Find great ecology projects and adventurous ideas at Earthwatch, a program where everyone and anyone can get involved in making our planet environmentally safe. Sign up for their free newsletter for the latest news, events, and ways you can get involved. There is a comprehensive guide and a fact sheet. Find many, many lesson plans on the Educator Opportunities page, on the right menu. If you haven't planned your next vacation, why not do something out of the ordinary and get involved in an Earthwatch expedition? There are more than 140 expeditions from all over the world from which to choose. You will meet professional research scientists, Earthwatch guides and professionals, and like-minded volunteers like you from around the world. There are grants available to fund your expedition.

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

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Select "Global Classroom" for a summary of planned and on-going scientific field trip explorations. Some explorations include classroom resources. Topics pertain to oceans, ecology, and endangered species.You will find there are lesson plans relating to: Oceans, Ecosystem Services, Cultural Heritage, Climate Change, and Taking Action.
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Earth and Moon Viewer

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5 to 12
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Includes various images and maps of the moon and Earth. Also included are views from satellites as well as an interactive Perigee and Apogee calculator. Images could be used in ...more
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Includes various images and maps of the moon and Earth. Also included are views from satellites as well as an interactive Perigee and Apogee calculator. Images could be used in research reports.

tag(s): earth (228), moon (72)

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The Dino Directory - British Museum of Natural History

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This site from the British Museum of Natural History is a rich resource for images of dinosaurs. Users can select by body type, country, geologic time period, and other idicies. ...more
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This site from the British Museum of Natural History is a rich resource for images of dinosaurs. Users can select by body type, country, geologic time period, and other idicies. Apart from the images, which are watermarked, there is only basic information on the size and environment of each creature. While not intended for elementary students, the navigation is simple enough for these students to use effectively in finding images.

tag(s): dinosaurs (57)

In the Classroom

In a unit on dinosaurs, share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector with students. The function they will most interesting about this site is the area that describes the dinosaurs that existed in their local area! Brief bios are presented on all the dinosaurs, so this could also be a great resource if the students were to research their local dinosaurs for a project.

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Where are Environmental Hazards? - Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute

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Students will learn about specific environmental pollutants, causes, effects, and possible solutions. ...more
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Students will learn about specific environmental pollutants, causes, effects, and possible solutions.

tag(s): pollution (66), recycling (57)

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Assateague Seashore

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This site provides a wide range of information on the ecosystems found on Assateague Island and the Atlantic coast. Though you'll need to sift out the tourist information, there are...more
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This site provides a wide range of information on the ecosystems found on Assateague Island and the Atlantic coast. Though you'll need to sift out the tourist information, there are descriptions of numerous plants and animals, as well as information on how the weather and environmental factors shape the island ecosystem. Useful and visually appealing.

tag(s): biomes (116), oceans (148)

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Exploring the Environment - Wheeling Jesuit Univ./NASA Classroom of the Future

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Learn about environmental issues using case studies. This site contains 14 environmental earth science modules. Each module contains background information for the teacher and learner,...more
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Learn about environmental issues using case studies. This site contains 14 environmental earth science modules. Each module contains background information for the teacher and learner, and multi-disciplinary, problem-based collaborative activities. These modules include use of NASA's remote sensing information, available through the Internet. Choose between multiple versions of case studies.

tag(s): earth (228), geology (81)

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View the choices on the Decide menu. Allow time for students to view the basic information on the puzzle pieces. Consider showing many of the data sets and images on an Interactive whiteboard or projector to the whole class.

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The Environment Around Me - Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute

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Students examine resource materials about the environment and work to write a persuasive paper supporting their position on a significant environmental issue. ...more
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Students examine resource materials about the environment and work to write a persuasive paper supporting their position on a significant environmental issue.

tag(s): conservation (127), ecology (135)

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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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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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