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Online Marine Picture Book

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6 to 8
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This online introduction to marine life, designed by and for middle school kids, is an excellent primer for field trip excursions to tidal pools. If traveling to the coast is ...more
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This online introduction to marine life, designed by and for middle school kids, is an excellent primer for field trip excursions to tidal pools. If traveling to the coast is not an option, the online slideshow provides photos and descriptions that are the next best thing to being there. Caution: the site contains several inactive links to videos and related resources.

tag(s): animals (276), habitats (84)

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Dinosaur! - NPS

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5 to 12
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There is much to explore in this impressive site from the National Park Service that takes visitors on a multimedia tour of the Dinosaur National Monument. The multimedia features are...more
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There is much to explore in this impressive site from the National Park Service that takes visitors on a multimedia tour of the Dinosaur National Monument. The multimedia features are especially riveting. Students can follow the experiences of a fossil, from the point at which it is discovered, to its placement in the museum. A video clip highlights the amazing work being done by paleontologists, and an interactive sketch allows visitors to explore an artist's conception of the prehistoric landscape. A dinosaur family tree and geologic timeline are also included.

tag(s): dinosaurs (57), fossils (44), paleontology (41)

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Jetstream - NOAA

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6 to 12
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Weather and weather safety are explored in this site that takes the mystery out of natural phenomena (like hurricanes, tornadoes, and thunderstorms), reducing them to clearly presented...more
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Weather and weather safety are explored in this site that takes the mystery out of natural phenomena (like hurricanes, tornadoes, and thunderstorms), reducing them to clearly presented "life-cycles" and lists of ingredients. Air masses, wind patterns, and cloud formations are also discussed along with more global information about large-scale weather patterns. Each well-illustrated topic is followed by frequently asked questions and interactive quizzes. A helpful index provides a glossary, common weather acronyms, and answers to review quizzes.

tag(s): air (163), hurricanes (35), tornadoes (16)

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Virtual Geology

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7 to 12
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What a great addition to an earth science textbook! This site offers virtual field trips that highlight geologic phenomena from around the world. Use the site's links and images to...more
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What a great addition to an earth science textbook! This site offers virtual field trips that highlight geologic phenomena from around the world. Use the site's links and images to show your students examples of sediments and sedimentary rocks. Information on environmental geology, as well as additional links to related educational sites is currently not available; however, this work in progress is worth adding to your toolbox of ideas.

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

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Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets - National Greographic

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1 to 12
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The National Geographic Society designed this interactive site to provide background information for those who are planning a visit to the Canyon. But the impressive online tour of...more
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The National Geographic Society designed this interactive site to provide background information for those who are planning a visit to the Canyon. But the impressive online tour of the South Rim is a useful tool for introducing students to the geography of the American south west. Students can learn about the physical features and plants and animals indigenous to the region. Just for fun, the site also includes Kids' Canyon, a collection of activities, print-and-go coloring pages, screensavers, and wallpapers. Be sure to investigate the K-12 lesson plans, aligned to National Geography Standards.

tag(s): geology (81)

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Beyond lesson plans, use the virtual map over the interactive whiteboard to show students the details of the canyon. Allow students to navigate through the site individually, picking which direction they want to explore first. Be sure to let the students work the interactive whiteboard - participation in technology often heightens interest. This would be a great way to introduce the material being studied.
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Changing World - BBC

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This interactive walk through 65 million years of history reveals just how very much things have changed during Earth's geologic lifetime. Beginning with the death of the dinosaurs,...more
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This interactive walk through 65 million years of history reveals just how very much things have changed during Earth's geologic lifetime. Beginning with the death of the dinosaurs, students can explore seven major geologic periods as a continual timeline or in segments. Interactive maps allow users to experience the continental shuffle, the many geologic changes that affected our earth, and the evolution of life forms.

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

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There are TONS of interactive games and activities on this site that could easily be utilized in the classroom. Search through the site to find one that is fitting for your class, and save it as a favorite on classroom computers to be used as a learning center or station. Teachers could even introduce the activity on the interactive whiteboard first to give students a better idea of what they will be doing and how this corresponds to the unit. Almost all would be great for a review.
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Severe and Hazardous Weather - University of Illinois

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6 to 12
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This extensive Web site contains information about many types of weather phenomena and provides impressive photographs, animations, and demonstrations. Explanations of weather maps,...more
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This extensive Web site contains information about many types of weather phenomena and provides impressive photographs, animations, and demonstrations. Explanations of weather maps, high and low pressure systems, air masses and fronts, El Nino and La Nina, are included along with current weather, future forecasts, and archived data.

tag(s): floods (6), hurricanes (35), tornadoes (16), weather (188)

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Baytrippers - Maryland PTV

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3 to 8
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With this online, interactive field trip to the Chesapeake Bay students can investigate how the Bay has evolved, board a virtual sail boat to discover the life of the estuary, ...more
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With this online, interactive field trip to the Chesapeake Bay students can investigate how the Bay has evolved, board a virtual sail boat to discover the life of the estuary, and learn about the changing ecology of the region and what can be done to keep the watershed healthy. Visit the "Parents and Teachers" link for lesson plans (aligned to national standards), activities, helpful tips for teaching science, and a glossary of related terms.

tag(s): chesapeake bay (4), ecology (135), water (130), watersheds (16)

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Backyard Nature

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5 to 9
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Life science teachers can find a wide variety of information about many aspects of the natural world in this well-organized site. Topics include geology, plants, fungi, animals, and...more
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Life science teachers can find a wide variety of information about many aspects of the natural world in this well-organized site. Topics include geology, plants, fungi, animals, and naming/classifying living things. A section on "tools" provides guidance in selecting the proper items for successful nature study (i.e., field guides, binoculars, notebooks). Most importantly, all of the information is geared toward understanding nature in your own backyard (or schoolyard!). Encourage your students to check out the link to 101 Nature-Oriented Things to Do for some great science-based ideas on how to fill those long summer days.

tag(s): animals (276), classification (25), plants (145)

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Cloud Types - NASA

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6 to 12
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This outstanding interactive, multimedia slide-show presents a wealth of information about cloud types through audio, photographs, and diagrams. The tutorial can be easily projected...more
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This outstanding interactive, multimedia slide-show presents a wealth of information about cloud types through audio, photographs, and diagrams. The tutorial can be easily projected in the classroom, or students can explore it independently in the computer lab (head phones are recommended). Students may choose to view the text associated with the audio, pause the show at any time, or visit related links. A text transcript of the audio used throughout the entire tutorial can be printed.

tag(s): atmosphere (26), weather (188)

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Periodical Cicada Page - University of Michigan Museum of Zoology

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6 to 12
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Most of your students have not had the pleasure of meeting and greeting those prolific and vocal insects that appear just once every 13 or 17 years in the eastern ...more
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Most of your students have not had the pleasure of meeting and greeting those prolific and vocal insects that appear just once every 13 or 17 years in the eastern half of the United States. This site profiles these infamous flying, plant-sucking creatures that can wreak havoc among trees and shrubs. Use this resource to introduce students to the behavior, distribution and damaging effects of the cicada. Many images and sound bytes of cicada songs are also included.

tag(s): insects (69)

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Virtual Cave - Djuna Bewley and Dave Bunnell

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6 to 12
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From the safety of the computer lab, students can investigate some of the world's most intriguing underground realms. Lava tube, erosional, sea, and solution caves are represented with...more
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From the safety of the computer lab, students can investigate some of the world's most intriguing underground realms. Lava tube, erosional, sea, and solution caves are represented with images, descriptions, and virtual tours. Learn about the physical structures that may be encountered along the way, including conulites, helictites, and stalagmites. Use the virtual cave maps to navigate through the underground rooms and click on the features you would like to learn more about. The images are spectacular but students will have to read through the explanatory text to get the most out of the virtual tours. This would be a useful site to explore before an actual trip to a local cave.

tag(s): caves (5)

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Facing the Future: People and the Planet

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5 to 12
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Help students recognize that Earth Day is every day with this thought-provoking resource that addresses the interconnections between the environment, population, poverty, consumption...more
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Help students recognize that Earth Day is every day with this thought-provoking resource that addresses the interconnections between the environment, population, poverty, consumption and conflict. Start with the Teacher's Corner page which provides an impressive collection of downloadable activities and interdisciplinary lesson plans aligned to national standards (click on "download curriculum" to access this feature). Informational text is provided in both 60 second and in depth versions. Choose based on the reading lefel of your students. Check out the "Service Learning" opportunities for practical ideas on engaging your students in critical local and global issues. Created by Facing the Future, a non-profit organization.

tag(s): environment (317), population (60)

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Water Environment Federation

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Liven up your environmental science lessons with this impressive collection of hands-on activities, downloadable materials, and clever ideas. The water cycle, aquifers, wastewater treatment,...more
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Liven up your environmental science lessons with this impressive collection of hands-on activities, downloadable materials, and clever ideas. The water cycle, aquifers, wastewater treatment, and groundwater pollution are among the dozens of subjects addressed by lesson plans that provide everything from suggestions for advanced preparation, to background materials, to ideas for follow-up activities. Click on the link to complimentary materials for teachers and students to access a collection of printable brochures and diagrams. Use them as an on-line resource for environmental science projects.

tag(s): pollution (66), water (130), water cycle (33)

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EPA: NonPoint Source Kids Page - EPA

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1 to 8
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The Environmental Protection Agency provides an entertaining and interactive introduction to the issue of water contamination. Through on-line activities, lesson plans, and interactive...more
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The Environmental Protection Agency provides an entertaining and interactive introduction to the issue of water contamination. Through on-line activities, lesson plans, and interactive games, elementary and middle school students can learn about stream morphology, water quality, surface runoff, and discover how they and their families can prevent water pollution in their homes and when taking part in recreational activities.

tag(s): pollution (66), water (130)

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Voyage of the Odyssey - PBS

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6 to 12
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On March 17, 2000, the Odyssey began its five-year journey to shed light on the health of the world's oceans and the fate of whales and marine organisms. Explore this ...more
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On March 17, 2000, the Odyssey began its five-year journey to shed light on the health of the world's oceans and the fate of whales and marine organisms. Explore this multimedia site to view video and audio clips, read about oceanic and nautical history, and email scientists with questions about ocean ecology.

tag(s): ecology (135), ecosystems (88), marine biology (33), oceans (148)

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Weather: Wind Chill - PBS

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Involve your students in the monitoring of daily weather by using this math-based science lesson on calculating wind chill. Formulas for Fahrenheit and Celsius are provided. Created...more
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Involve your students in the monitoring of daily weather by using this math-based science lesson on calculating wind chill. Formulas for Fahrenheit and Celsius are provided. Created by PBS.

tag(s): weather (188)

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Bagheera in the Wild

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Use this award winning site to introduce students to the importance of saving endangered species. Colorful and descriptive information on vanishing and extinct species are directly...more
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Use this award winning site to introduce students to the importance of saving endangered species. Colorful and descriptive information on vanishing and extinct species are directly linked to class activities and a thorough glossary of unfamiliar terms. Select from a range of activity ideas that require students to inquire, analyze, compare, and use their imagination. A special section of the site includes articles on important issues that affect endangered animals - from Eskimo Subsistence Whaling, to Global Warming, to Human Population Growth.

tag(s): endangered species (38), extinction (4), population (60), species (29)

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Brine Shrimp Project - North Carolina State University

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1 to 12
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The plan outlines a seven-day laboratory investigation of factors affecting the hatching and development of brine shrimp eggs. Originally field-tested with 10th grade students, the...more
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The plan outlines a seven-day laboratory investigation of factors affecting the hatching and development of brine shrimp eggs. Originally field-tested with 10th grade students, the activity can easily be adapted for use with all grade levels.

tag(s): habitats (84), oceans (148)

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For younger students, the experiment may be carried out as a single class project. Secondary students can work in independent teams to develop and test their hypotheses. The plan includes work sheets and an evaluation rubric. This lesson supports National Science Content Standards for grades K-12. April J. Cleveland designed this lesson plan for Science Junction at North Carolina State University.

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Descent into the Ice - PBS Nova

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2 to 8
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Follow the life cycle of a glacier, view satellite images of glacial hazards, find out why glaciers are shrinking, and learn about the clothing and gear required for glacier exploration....more
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Follow the life cycle of a glacier, view satellite images of glacial hazards, find out why glaciers are shrinking, and learn about the clothing and gear required for glacier exploration. This NOVA site offers interactive features, links to related sites, and a teacher's guide. Access to the companion NOVA video is helpful but not necessary.

tag(s): biomes (116), climate (92), glaciers (14)

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