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Geologic Time - Smithsonian

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The Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History may have created the ultimate online paleontology timeline. Beginning with the formation of the universe, this flash-driven site offers outstanding...more
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The Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History may have created the ultimate online paleontology timeline. Beginning with the formation of the universe, this flash-driven site offers outstanding illustrations, examples, and content links for all the major geologic epochs and eras. This site makes looking billions of years into the past wonderfully interesting. Well worth a visit for teachers of geology, science, or earth science at all levels.

tag(s): fossils (44), geologic time (9), logic (235), paleontology (41)

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The Deep Jungle - WNET

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Websites based on TV shows often fall flat. This one about deep jungle habitats, however, stands out because it offers short video clips that illustrate much of the required content....more
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Websites based on TV shows often fall flat. This one about deep jungle habitats, however, stands out because it offers short video clips that illustrate much of the required content. That makes it an interesting option for showing the details of jungle biomes or the study of the earth's ecosystems. You'll also find a series of flash-based instructional games, and a "critter guide" with detailed information on dozens of jungle species.

tag(s): biomes (116), ecosystems (88), forests (29), jungles (7)

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Wading Through the Water Cycle - McREL

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If the water cycle is process that occurs consistently throughout the world, why are there such widely differing climactic regions on our planet? This lesson plan addresses that question...more
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If the water cycle is process that occurs consistently throughout the world, why are there such widely differing climactic regions on our planet? This lesson plan addresses that question by asking students to tap into some higher level thinking skills. Applying their knowledge of the water cycle, students are asked to consider how each step of the process may change during different seasons in different locations on Earth, and create a detailed model illustrating their findings. Aligned to National Standards.

tag(s): water (130), water cycle (33)

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Biodiversity Performs! - World Wildlife Fund

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Students can learn about the many "free" services ecosystems provide with this well-organized lesson plan. Using a charades-style game, students research and share information about...more
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Students can learn about the many "free" services ecosystems provide with this well-organized lesson plan. Using a charades-style game, students research and share information about the often invisible tasks, performed daily by our oceans, forests, and wetlands, that make life on Earth possible. Aligned to Standards.

tag(s): biodiversity (38), diversity (36), ecosystems (88)

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Secret@Sea - Association for the Advancement of Science

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Participate in an interactive, ecological mystery while learning about marine animals, tides, and the ocean floor. As students progress through each chapter of this online story, they...more
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Participate in an interactive, ecological mystery while learning about marine animals, tides, and the ocean floor. As students progress through each chapter of this online story, they must search through a field guide and virtual study room for clues that will help them to uncover the carefully encrypted solution. Visit the Teacher's Guide for important facts, learning outcomes, and related topics. Aligned to National Standards.

tag(s): animals (276), ecology (135), oceans (148), tides (7)

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Artificial Wetlands - American Association for the Advancement of Science

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A golf course that doubles as a water treatment facility? It's not so unbelievable. Click on the audio link to a recent Science Update and discover how water hazards could ...more
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A golf course that doubles as a water treatment facility? It's not so unbelievable. Click on the audio link to a recent Science Update and discover how water hazards could soon be used to control environmental hazards. A summary and discussion questions are included. Great introduction to the importance of wetlands in preserving the water supply and reducing flooding. Headphones needed. Aligned to National Standards.

tag(s): conservation (127), environment (317), water (130), wetlands (9)

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Understanding Geologic Time

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This informational tour gives students a basic understanding of geologic time, relative and absolute dating techniques, and the geologic time scale. Students can step through the interactive...more
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This informational tour gives students a basic understanding of geologic time, relative and absolute dating techniques, and the geologic time scale. Students can step through the interactive tour at their own pace, take in the graphics and descriptions, and test their knowledge with an online review quiz. Visit the "teacher" section for lesson plans, handouts and assessment materials.

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

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WildWorld - Terrestrial Ecoregions of the Word - National Geographic Society

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6 to 10
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This site examines the plants, animals, and environmental concerns found throughout the earth's 867 land-based ecoregions. Students can click on the interactive map of the world to...more
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This site examines the plants, animals, and environmental concerns found throughout the earth's 867 land-based ecoregions. Students can click on the interactive map of the world to visit each region and explore the ecological features, communities, and climate found there. Additionally, visitors can learn about the very real environmental concerns that threaten these regions. Also includes a downloadable "Educator's Guide," glossary, and links to related resources,

tag(s): biomes (116), climate (92), ecosystems (88)

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Fossil Horses in Cyberspace - Florida Museum of Natural History

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Enter this virtual exhibit to learn about ancient fossil horses and the ecology of time periods from the distant past. Includes a series of well-illustrated, self-paced tutorials on...more
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Enter this virtual exhibit to learn about ancient fossil horses and the ecology of time periods from the distant past. Includes a series of well-illustrated, self-paced tutorials on topics ranging from stratigraphy to geological time scales. This site would be a good candidate for an informational Web hunt.

tag(s): fossils (44), paleontology (41)

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Hog Busters - The Ad Council

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Students can attend this virtual training camp, learn how to spot energy hogs, and lower their families' energy consumption in the process. Complete all five interactive games to earn...more
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Students can attend this virtual training camp, learn how to spot energy hogs, and lower their families' energy consumption in the process. Complete all five interactive games to earn the highly coveted Hog Buster Certification. The site is truly engaging, and includes a printable checklist that students can use to evaluate energy use at home, student and teacher guides, loads of activities, energy trivia, and much more. Headphones are recommended.

tag(s): conservation (127), ecology (135), energy (198)

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Icebergs - Texas A & M University

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Page through this tutorial for an up-close and personal introduction to icebergs. Beautiful images and informative text combine to address iceberg formations, classifications, life...more
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Page through this tutorial for an up-close and personal introduction to icebergs. Beautiful images and informative text combine to address iceberg formations, classifications, life cycles, and appearance. Vocabulary words within the text are hyperlinked to a glossary - a great feature for less advanced readers. After finishing the tutorial, take the interactive quiz.

tag(s): antarctica (29), arctic (44), oceans (148)

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Seismic Monitor - c

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Keep track of earthquake activity with this near-real time monitor. Earthquakes with magnitudes of 4.0 or greater are shown as colored circles on the interactive map. Visitors can even...more
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Keep track of earthquake activity with this near-real time monitor. Earthquakes with magnitudes of 4.0 or greater are shown as colored circles on the interactive map. Visitors can even go back in time and view all global earthquake activity over the past five years. The USGS National Earthquake Information Center is the main source for the seismic data on this site. Check out the Education Links that include lesson plans and resources for teachers.

tag(s): earth (228), earthquakes (48), sun (71), tsunamis (16), volcanoes (61)

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2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake - Wikipedia

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This Wikipedia article scientifically documents and explains the deadly Indian Ocean quake that caused staggering devastation across thirteen countries. Includes an animated image...more
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This Wikipedia article scientifically documents and explains the deadly Indian Ocean quake that caused staggering devastation across thirteen countries. Includes an animated image of the tsunami, a description of its characteristics, data on damage and casualties, and links to ongoing news coverage, videos, and photos.

tag(s): earth (228), earthquakes (48), sun (71), tsunamis (16), waves (21)

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Exploring the World of Earth Science - McDougal Littell

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This on-line textbook takes a comprehensive approach to investigating the earth. Includes interactive graphics, animated visualizations, simulations, a weekly Earth News reports, and...more
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This on-line textbook takes a comprehensive approach to investigating the earth. Includes interactive graphics, animated visualizations, simulations, a weekly Earth News reports, and links to local resources and careers in earth science. Designed to accompany Earth Science, a high school textbook authored by Spaulding and Namowitz, this site can easily be adapted to supplement your earth science curriculum.

tag(s): earth (228), news (261)

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Use the visualizations on a projector to start class ("What is happening here?") or bring concepts to life. Check out the various presentations on this site as alternatives for students who need another approach or who need further review. Include the link on your teacher web page to refer students who need some extra reinforcement.

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Bering Sea Oil Spill - Responses - New York Times

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This New York Times article discusses the efforts to assess the impact of the grounding of an oil-laden freighter off Unalaska island in 2004. ...more
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This New York Times article discusses the efforts to assess the impact of the grounding of an oil-laden freighter off Unalaska island in 2004.

tag(s): alaska (25), oil (45), oil spill (21), pollution (66)

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Use this article in a discussion of oil spills and other human caused disasters. Have students read the article "popcorn" style in class, with a student reading a paragraph and then randomly selecting another student to read another paragraph, and continuing passing along reading until the article is complete. Compare the effects of this oil spill to that of the 2010 BP oil spill, noting with students the dramatically different results when even more oil is spilled. This would be great for an earth sciences or government classroom.

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Ology - American Museum of Natural History

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This site is filled with kid-friendly text and engaging interactive activities that introduce "ologies" and investigate topics including marine biology, astronomy, archeology, earth...more
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This site is filled with kid-friendly text and engaging interactive activities that introduce "ologies" and investigate topics including marine biology, astronomy, archeology, earth science, and more. Each topic section includes background information, virtual experiments and tours, and suggestions for in-class experiments. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): museums (49)

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Motivate your students by using an interactive whiteboard or projector to share these engaging, interactive, and educational resources.
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Anatomy of a Volcano - NOVA

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View the awe-inspiring attributes of volcanoes on this site that provides impressive photographs and explanations of everything from magma and lahar to fissures and caldera. ...more
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View the awe-inspiring attributes of volcanoes on this site that provides impressive photographs and explanations of everything from magma and lahar to fissures and caldera.

tag(s): volcanoes (61)

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Mount St. Helen's Teacher's Corner - National Park Service

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Here's a collection of resources that teachers can use to help students understand the effects of an active volcano on the surrounding habitats. You'll also find a nice collection of...more
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Here's a collection of resources that teachers can use to help students understand the effects of an active volcano on the surrounding habitats. You'll also find a nice collection of information on the history of the volcano itself. Worth a visit if you're planning a unit on volcanoes or national forests.

tag(s): forests (29), volcanoes (61)

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Science teachers will love all the summary tables and resources offered on this site. In teaching about Mt St. Helens, many of the summary tables can actually be cleared and printed to allow students to use them as a graphic organizer to follow along a lecture. This site is also great for refreshing the events of that day as well as the volcanic history of the mountain. Save this site as a favorite on your classroom computer for easy reference.

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Mount St. Helen's - Special Conditions

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This page from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest tells the current status of the suddenly unstable Mount St. Helen's. Try using it to learn what scientists and naturalists are doing...more
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This page from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest tells the current status of the suddenly unstable Mount St. Helen's. Try using it to learn what scientists and naturalists are doing to monitor the famous volcano.

tag(s): forests (29), volcanoes (61)

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Dan's Wild Wild Weather Page

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Introduce your students to various aspects of meteorology with this award-winning, kid-friendly site. Radar technology, tornadoes, lightning, humidity, and more are explained using...more
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Introduce your students to various aspects of meteorology with this award-winning, kid-friendly site. Radar technology, tornadoes, lightning, humidity, and more are explained using humorous images and easy-to-understand text. Bring out the headphones and let students hear the sounds of storms, hurricanes, rain and wind. The site also features a nice collection of interactive weather-related quizzes, games, and puzzles - many of which would make great review activities!

tag(s): tornadoes (16), weather (188)

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