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Insolent Invaders - WhyFiles

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4 to 12
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Here's a site with both timeliness and that special "Yuck" factor that students love. The WhyFiles has created profiles of a handful of species whose presence outside their natural...more
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Here's a site with both timeliness and that special "Yuck" factor that students love. The WhyFiles has created profiles of a handful of species whose presence outside their natural environment threatens to play havoc with the ecosystems they invade. The site offers a great "hook" into a serious ecological issue.

tag(s): ecology (135), ecosystems (88)

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Savage Seas - WNET

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This companion site to the PBS program of the same name offers nuggets of information on a broad range of topics about the ocean, including weather phenomena, navigation problems, and...more
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This companion site to the PBS program of the same name offers nuggets of information on a broad range of topics about the ocean, including weather phenomena, navigation problems, and life in the seas. Broadband users will find short video clips on many of the topics. While there is no separate education section, elements of the site may be useful in an ocean study unit.

tag(s): marine biology (33), oceans (148)

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Global Climate Change - Exploratorium

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The Exploratorium's climate change site is a data analysis goldmine. There are dozens of examples of how the earth's climate has or has not shifted over the past 100 years, ...more
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The Exploratorium's climate change site is a data analysis goldmine. There are dozens of examples of how the earth's climate has or has not shifted over the past 100 years, and most of these have detailed graphs illustrating the data. Middle and high school teachers will find this one a great tool for illustrating both the science and the math behind the efforts to monitor the earth's climate.

tag(s): climate (92), weather (188)

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California Sea Otter - The Otter Project

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Learn about the life and ecosystems that support the California Sea Otter at this site dedicated to the preservation of these creatures. Besides being undeniably cute, otters occupy...more
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Learn about the life and ecosystems that support the California Sea Otter at this site dedicated to the preservation of these creatures. Besides being undeniably cute, otters occupy a complex niche in marine ecosystems. Learn more here.

tag(s): california (27)

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Poseidon's Library - Ocean.com

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This reference page from Ocean.com offers a continually changing collection of stories about people who work at sea and the creatures that live in the oceans. Nicely illustrated, this...more
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This reference page from Ocean.com offers a continually changing collection of stories about people who work at sea and the creatures that live in the oceans. Nicely illustrated, this would be a good supplement to an oceans unit.

tag(s): marine biology (33), oceans (148)

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Tiger Homes

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This site from a privately operated tiger "sanctuary" offers interesting information on various species of tigers (there are more than you might think). Those with fast connections...more
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This site from a privately operated tiger "sanctuary" offers interesting information on various species of tigers (there are more than you might think). Those with fast connections may also want to check out the several live tigercams showing live pictures of the tigers in their environments. There's some decent report research material here

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NOAA Fisheries Shark Site - NOAA

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Here's a factual information site about sharks that offers a strong dose of reality for those concerned about shark attacks. You can find details on the species most common on ...more
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Here's a factual information site about sharks that offers a strong dose of reality for those concerned about shark attacks. You can find details on the species most common on the Atlantic, Pacific, and Hawaiian coasts, along with explanations on why many of these species are threatened or endangered.

tag(s): oceans (148)

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Classroom Antarctica

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This is a thoroughly developed unit on Antarctica developed in Australia. Topics include landform origins, ecology, wildlife, a section on the extremes of climate, and a lesson on...more
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This is a thoroughly developed unit on Antarctica developed in Australia. Topics include landform origins, ecology, wildlife, a section on the extremes of climate, and a lesson on the international scientific efforts underway on the continent. There are also lesson sheets for students on various species that inhabit the region.

tag(s): antarctica (29), arctic (44), ecology (135), landforms (45)

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The various lesson units are available as full-color PDF files ready for printing.
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KidsNet's Seaweb - KidsNet

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This site offers a three-part unit on the oceans that emphasizes the effects that humans can have in destroying or preserving marine ecosystems and species. There are detailed lesson...more
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This site offers a three-part unit on the oceans that emphasizes the effects that humans can have in destroying or preserving marine ecosystems and species. There are detailed lesson plans and supplementary materials. There are also numerous sound clips to accompany the lessons, and we had difficulty making these work properly. That said, the content is perfectly sufficient without the sound.

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

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FireWise

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Though not designed specifically for students, this site, containing a wealth of information on ways to minimize dangers to people from forest fires, includes many examples of how man...more
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Though not designed specifically for students, this site, containing a wealth of information on ways to minimize dangers to people from forest fires, includes many examples of how man and his environment can be at odds with one another. In addition to the scientific issues involved in fire control and prevention, this site would contribute to a discussion on ecosystems and encroachment into wilderness areas.

tag(s): fire (25), fire prevention (10)

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As your students study about safety or environmental issues, include this site as a resource. Ask students to create a fire pro and con list as they discuss the more obvious safety issues of fire and the balancing role that fire can play in renewing habitats and nature's cycles. Use a graphic organizer tool such as bubbl.us (reviewed here) to map out the many impacts that wildland fires can have.

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Build a Solar System - The Exploratorium

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4 to 12
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Here's a nifty tool that calculates the measurements you'll need for an exact scale model of the solar system. Just enter the size of the Sun and the page calculates ...more
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Here's a nifty tool that calculates the measurements you'll need for an exact scale model of the solar system. Just enter the size of the Sun and the page calculates everything else. Because of the vast size differences involved, it may be difficult to create a model in a small space, but just comparing the numbers can be instructive.

tag(s): planets (123), solar system (119), sun (71)

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Those teaching space or earth science will find this one a great tool for developing models and comparisons.

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Historical Alaska Images - Fish and Wildlife Service

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This is a collection of copyright-free, downloadable historical images of wildlife in Alaska. Image quality is adequate for either web or most publication use. The search feature -...more
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This is a collection of copyright-free, downloadable historical images of wildlife in Alaska. Image quality is adequate for either web or most publication use. The search feature - the only way to access images - finds species easily, but doesn't do as well with place names.

tag(s): air (163), alaska (25), states (162)

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If you're looking for photos of early Alaska, this is a great resource.

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Monetery Bay WebCams - Monetery Bay Aquarium

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Monterey Bay aquarium offers several live webcams showing ongoing activities in the facility. Users can watch the penguins swim, and watch the otters watch the people. There are many...more
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Monterey Bay aquarium offers several live webcams showing ongoing activities in the facility. Users can watch the penguins swim, and watch the otters watch the people. There are many things to see here, and there are also lots of instructional activities that can go along with the tour. A high-speed connection is s must for this one, though.

tag(s): oceans (148)

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By the Sea

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3 to 8
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This is a somewhat different look at seashore environments from the Oceans and Fisheries department that works in Canada's Atlantic provinces. There is information about shoreline habitats,...more
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This is a somewhat different look at seashore environments from the Oceans and Fisheries department that works in Canada's Atlantic provinces. There is information about shoreline habitats, the impact of development on shoreline environments, and the life forms and ecosystem of shoreline areas. There is also a variety of lesson information.

tag(s): oceans (148)

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This site would be a nice comparison to a similar site from a southern or tropical location. How does the environment differ in the two locations?

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Secondary Online Science - Channel 4

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This British science site uses a series of Flash games to teach about energy conservation. The site requires a free registration, but it does not appear to collect any personal ...more
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This British science site uses a series of Flash games to teach about energy conservation. The site requires a free registration, but it does not appear to collect any personal information.

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

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Antarctica - Scientific Journeys - The Exploratorium

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This site from San Francisco's Exploratorium chronicles the journey of a team of scientists from McMurdo sound to the South Pole. The study topics included everything from global warming...more
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This site from San Francisco's Exploratorium chronicles the journey of a team of scientists from McMurdo sound to the South Pole. The study topics included everything from global warming to continental drift, and there are lots of reports and images to prove it. This would be a nice background site for an Antarctica unit.

tag(s): antarctica (29), arctic (44), ecology (135)

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The Dinosaur Floor

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4 to 8
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Upper elementary students will like this colorful introduction to dinosaurs of the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods. There are lots of images and information in the various...more
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Upper elementary students will like this colorful introduction to dinosaurs of the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods. There are lots of images and information in the various "rooms" of this site. This one would be a nice starting point for a "report on your dinosaur" assignment.

tag(s): dinosaurs (57)

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You'll want to be sure your students have some dinosaur vocabulary before they start their visit.

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Virtual Whales

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Here's a real whale encounter site. There are sounds, images, schooling simulations, and lots of other information about whales, their behaviors, and their interactions with one another....more
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Here's a real whale encounter site. There are sounds, images, schooling simulations, and lots of other information about whales, their behaviors, and their interactions with one another. You'll need a fast connection for some of the video clips, but there's something here for every whale lover.

tag(s): oceans (148), whales (16)

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Droughts and Climate Prediction - NOAA

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Much of the U.S. is experiencing mild to severe drought conditions. The wealth of charts and maps on this NOAA site will serve you well for a discussion of climates ...more
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Much of the U.S. is experiencing mild to severe drought conditions. The wealth of charts and maps on this NOAA site will serve you well for a discussion of climates and long-term weather prediction. These graphics would also be a great study project for students who are building their skills at interpreting and analyzing graphical presentations of data. Try this one while you're waiting for the rain.

tag(s): climate (92), weather (188)

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Earth Day on Your Block

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Here's a long page describing community-based activities around Earth Day themes. Some of these require extensive adult cooperation, but many are projects students could conduct mostly...more
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Here's a long page describing community-based activities around Earth Day themes. Some of these require extensive adult cooperation, but many are projects students could conduct mostly on their own. Some of the supplementary resources are unique to the Kansas City, MO area, where the page originated. Use this one as a resource when someone asks, "What can we do ourselves?"

tag(s): earth (228), earth day (112), ecology (135), environment (317)

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