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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 (231), earthquakes (49), sun (73), tsunamis (18), waves (24)

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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 (231), 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 (67)

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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 (50)

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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 (64)

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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 (30), volcanoes (64)

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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 (30), volcanoes (64)

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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 (17), weather (194)

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Online Marine Picture Book

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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 (284), habitats (85)

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Dinosaur! - NPS

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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 (58), fossils (46), paleontology (42)

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Jetstream - NOAA

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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 (38), tornadoes (17)

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Virtual Geology

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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 (46), geology (82), rocks (50)

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Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets - National Greographic

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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 (82)

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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 (46), logic (236), paleontology (42)

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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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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 (7), hurricanes (38), tornadoes (17), weather (194)

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Baytrippers - Maryland PTV

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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 (131), watersheds (16)

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Backyard Nature

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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 (284), classification (25), plants (152)

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Cloud Types - NASA

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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 (28), weather (194)

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Periodical Cicada Page - University of Michigan Museum of Zoology

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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 (70)

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Virtual Cave - Djuna Bewley and Dave Bunnell

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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.

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