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Historical Hurricane Tracks - NOAA

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6 to 12
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Though its search interface takes a little practice, this internet resource allows teachers and students to view the tracks of over 150 hurricanes and tropical storms. Search the database...more
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Though its search interface takes a little practice, this internet resource allows teachers and students to view the tracks of over 150 hurricanes and tropical storms. Search the database by storm name, zip code, landing point, or latitude and longitude to learn about areas impacted by hurricanes. An interesting resource for climatology lessons, this site is also a good starting point for additional research into tropical storms.

tag(s): hurricanes (40), weather (197)

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SimForest - Hampshire College

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This educational software is designed to allow teachers to plan biology and ecology lessons using a helpful, user-friendly simulations. Along with the software, the site has a teachers'...more
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This educational software is designed to allow teachers to plan biology and ecology lessons using a helpful, user-friendly simulations. Along with the software, the site has a teachers' guide with suggestions for integrating the simulation into the classroom through three main units. The site also provides a template for planning lessons based on the online curriculum. You will want to read the "readme" files before attempting to download the software.

tag(s): ecology (138), forests (27)

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My Water Supply

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6 to 12
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This site focuses on local water supplies throughout the world. The site relies on student and teacher participation to add their local water supply to the site's database. The site...more
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This site focuses on local water supplies throughout the world. The site relies on student and teacher participation to add their local water supply to the site's database. The site provides helpful resources for teachers and students seeking to research their local water supply to help contribute to the site. This site is a great way to raise awareness of local environmental issues.

tag(s): conservation (125), water (130)

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On the Prairie

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A detailed look at the ecosystem of the prairie, this site contains quicktime video of a real prairie. There is also a prairie restoration simulation, and a detailed field guide ...more
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A detailed look at the ecosystem of the prairie, this site contains quicktime video of a real prairie. There is also a prairie restoration simulation, and a detailed field guide for studying prairies. The range of materials on this site helps create a wonderful virtual fieldtrip experience.

tag(s): air (146), biomes (105), ecosystems (83), prairie (10)

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Chesapeake Bay - Maryland DNR

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The Education pages on this site provide helpful links for both teachers and students learning about the ecosystem and life-science topics in the Chesapeake Bay. The Educators' Resources...more
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The Education pages on this site provide helpful links for both teachers and students learning about the ecosystem and life-science topics in the Chesapeake Bay. The Educators' Resources (left menu) provide links to different programs conducted by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, including links to findings at a number of monitoring stations around the Bay. The kids' section has a number of student-friendly sites on wildlife and conservation topics

tag(s): oceans (155)

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American Museum of Natural History Learning Resources - The American Museum of Natural History

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K to 12
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This site presents teachers with a searchable index of natural sciences resources contained within the museum's site. You can browse the web-sites, activities, and experiments by sub-topic,...more
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This site presents teachers with a searchable index of natural sciences resources contained within the museum's site. You can browse the web-sites, activities, and experiments by sub-topic, grade level, or resource type. Current subtopics include anthropology, astronomy, biology, earth science, and paleontology. Special collection exhibits present theme-based activities that cover additional topics such as Biodiversity, Antarctica, and deep sea explorations. This is a great site for sorting out all the wonderful resources the museum has to offer. There are over 1,000 resources currently available on countless subjects. Some of the resources require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): biodiversity (35), diversity (33), paleontology (40)

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When starting a new unit in social studies or science, take a minute to search the resources available at this website.
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Planet Slayer - Australian Broadcasting Corp.

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3 to 8
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This Australian site focuses on the adventures of Greena, environmental warrior princess, who teaches the secret to an environmentally friendly lifestyle. There are cartoon episodes...more
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This Australian site focuses on the adventures of Greena, environmental warrior princess, who teaches the secret to an environmentally friendly lifestyle. There are cartoon episodes to download, as well as a Planet Slayer game and informative resources about the greenhouse effect and efficient use of Carbon Dioxide producing behaviors. A great source for teaching conservation to elementary and middle school students.

tag(s): carbon (21), carbon dioxide (15), conservation (125), environment (321)

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Dynamic Earth - Smithsonian Museum

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This site is still under construction, but it provides stellar resources for geology and earth science topics. Designed by the Museum of Natural History, this site provides a dynamic...more
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This site is still under construction, but it provides stellar resources for geology and earth science topics. Designed by the Museum of Natural History, this site provides a dynamic flash exploration sections on Rocks and Mining, Gems and Minerals, Volcanoes and Plate Tectonics, and the Solar System.You MUST have the latest version of Flash to run this page, or it will appaear to be blank.

tag(s): geology (79), minerals (17), plate tectonics (25), rocks (50), volcanoes (66)

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open the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector, and use the "exhibits" as a guide to a lecture on one of the many aspects of Physical Geography. Use the maps, diagrams and images of earth matter to supplement your lecture. This site would be great in a Earth Science or Physical Geography class.
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Park Service Images - National Park Service

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This site has a gigantic collection of public domain images from America's National Parks. Search the site by park or by topic. This could be a very helpful resource for ...more
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This site has a gigantic collection of public domain images from America's National Parks. Search the site by park or by topic. This could be a very helpful resource for multimedia research projects. Unfortunately, this collection has photos only and does not provide extensive additional information on the pictures.

tag(s): national parks (20)

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Rainforest Alliance - Kids & Teachers Page - Rainforest Alliance

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The kids' page is directed towards elementary science, with coloring pages and fun frog facts for kids. The Teachers' page has helpful hints and recommendations for rainforest lessons...more
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The kids' page is directed towards elementary science, with coloring pages and fun frog facts for kids. The Teachers' page has helpful hints and recommendations for rainforest lessons in grades K-12. Both sections have links for further research, and there are reading lists for both children and adults.

tag(s): forests (27), jungles (4), rainforests (12)

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Giant Kelp - UC San Diego

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UCSD has created an interactive flash site that explores Giant Kelp in its ocean habitat, diagrams of the plant itself, and all the many unexpected places you can find kelp ...more
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UCSD has created an interactive flash site that explores Giant Kelp in its ocean habitat, diagrams of the plant itself, and all the many unexpected places you can find kelp all around you in every day life. This site is a creative and kid-friendly with good information for studying undersea life.

tag(s): marine biology (32), oceans (155)

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Snow Leopards - Snow Leopard Trust

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This International Snow Leopard Trust site boasts a Flash-intro, a number of cat-facts, and an interactive classroom designed to examine animal conservation and the snow leopard population....more
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This International Snow Leopard Trust site boasts a Flash-intro, a number of cat-facts, and an interactive classroom designed to examine animal conservation and the snow leopard population. The site has interesting life-science lessons focusing on survival and adaptation.

tag(s): snow (22)

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Assateague National Seashore - National Park Service

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Whether your are planning a trip or researching wildlife, this site has useful information on the species native to the Assateage Island Wildlife Refuge on the shores of Virginia and...more
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Whether your are planning a trip or researching wildlife, this site has useful information on the species native to the Assateage Island Wildlife Refuge on the shores of Virginia and Maryland. The site has profiles of fish, birds, and mammals who call Assateague home.

tag(s): maryland (8), virginia (16)

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Paleontology - American Museum of Natural History

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Elementary students who are fascinated by dinosaurs will love this presentation on fossils and dinosaurs. There are interactive games and several sections dealing with the evolution...more
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Elementary students who are fascinated by dinosaurs will love this presentation on fossils and dinosaurs. There are interactive games and several sections dealing with the evolution and eventual extinction of dinosaurs. Don't miss "Layers of Time" an interactive about fossils and rocks. This unit is part of the American Museum of Natural History's "Ology" series that explores different aspects of the life sciences. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): dinosaurs (54), paleontology (40)

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Treat your students to this phenomenal website using an interactive whiteboard or projector. This site offers excellent information for research projects. Set this site up as a learning station for students to explore.
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Marine Biology - American Museum of Natural History

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In this unit, subtitled "The Living Oceans," elementary students can learn how marine environments are interdependent, and the importance of preserving entire marine systems. The site...more
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In this unit, subtitled "The Living Oceans," elementary students can learn how marine environments are interdependent, and the importance of preserving entire marine systems. The site includes interactive games, lots of images and descriptions, all in an engaging context. This unit is part of the American Museum of Natural History's "Ology" series that explores different aspects of the life sciences. The interactives require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): ecosystems (83), marine biology (32), oceans (155)

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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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Meteorology Lesson Ideas - Australian Government

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This Australian site offers a collection of weather lessons for elementary students, some of which include engaging animations. The maps and weather images are of Australia, of course,...more
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This Australian site offers a collection of weather lessons for elementary students, some of which include engaging animations. The maps and weather images are of Australia, of course, which may or may not be an issue in your classroom. If you're looking for weather lessons, these are worth examining.

tag(s): weather (197)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities on this site! These would be great for a geosystems or an earth sciences classroom. Be sure to save the site as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on!

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EEK! Environmental Education for Kids - Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources

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The state of Wisconsin developed this environmental education site for students there. While some of the content is a bit "Wisconsin-centric" there is a nice collection of interesting...more
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The state of Wisconsin developed this environmental education site for students there. While some of the content is a bit "Wisconsin-centric" there is a nice collection of interesting elementary content in an easy to navigate structure.

tag(s): environment (321), habitats (85)

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Teachers will also find a collection of lesson materials and activities.

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Marine and Coastal - National Parks Conservation Society

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The National Parks Conservation Society offers this site about endangered segments of coastal habitats. In addition to general descriptions of the dangers and hazards these environments...more
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The National Parks Conservation Society offers this site about endangered segments of coastal habitats. In addition to general descriptions of the dangers and hazards these environments face, there are more detailed examples of successful recovery and rebuilding projects. ent.

tag(s): coral (11), reefs (7), wetlands (10)

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These "success stories" could be particularly useful for studying successful environmental managem
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My Tiny Garden

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This one is hard to describe, but it offers a beautifully designed collection of close-ups of insects and their environments. Surprisingly well-written descriptions accompany these...more
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This one is hard to describe, but it offers a beautifully designed collection of close-ups of insects and their environments. Surprisingly well-written descriptions accompany these images, and there's a "magnify" feature that lets users see even more of the details. Younger students will enjoy the images, and secondary students will appreciate the descriptions and explanations.

tag(s): images (271), insects (72)

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Habitats - National Geographic - National Geographic

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This collection of lesson plans from National Geographic Society provides standards-coordinated habitat lessons for primary, upper elementary, middle, and high school students. While...more
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This collection of lesson plans from National Geographic Society provides standards-coordinated habitat lessons for primary, upper elementary, middle, and high school students. While the lessons themselves are entirely text, each contains links to other NGS resources that offer graphics, images, and other visuals. These are very complete resources, but will require some preparation time.

tag(s): ecosystems (83), habitats (85)

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