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NOAA Fisheries Shark Site - NOAA

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3 to 12
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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 (152)

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Classroom Antarctica

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6 to 12
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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 (45), 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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4 to 12
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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 (89), marine biology (33), oceans (152)

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FireWise

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6 to 12
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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 (27), fire prevention (11)

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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 (126), solar system (123), sun (72)

In the Classroom

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 (163)

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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 (152)

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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 (152)

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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 (203)

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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 (45), ecology (135)

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The Dinosaur Floor

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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 (152), whales (17)

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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 (93), weather (194)

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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 (231), earth day (111), ecology (135), environment (319)

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Tide Prediction Information

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Looking for a data-laden resource for a science project? This site offers tide tables for hundreds of locations around the world. It would be a great resource for an investigation ...more
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Looking for a data-laden resource for a science project? This site offers tide tables for hundreds of locations around the world. It would be a great resource for an investigation of tide cycles, why tides are higher in some locations than others, or any project that requires comparing data from lots of locations.

tag(s): moon (74), oceans (152), tides (8)

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Rocks for Kids for Teachers

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The teachers' section of this site suggests activities and resources which teachers can use to enhance a unit on minerals, geology, or earth science. The quality of the links varies,...more
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The teachers' section of this site suggests activities and resources which teachers can use to enhance a unit on minerals, geology, or earth science. The quality of the links varies, but the good breadth of topics makes this one worth a look if you're headed into a unit on these topics.

tag(s): minerals (17), rocks (50)

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Introduce a topic on minerals or rocks using this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector. The site has some excellent images of every mineral and rock, which could easily accompany a verbal lesson. Post the site on the class web page or wiki to allow students to use it for review both in an out of the classroom. (Note: for classes that require an Identification exam of minerals and rocks, this is an excellent site for review!)

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Classroom Activities for Mineral Education - Women in Mining

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These activities from the Colorado-based Women in Mining offer interesting simulations that let students learn about minerals and how they are mined. None of these appears to require...more
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These activities from the Colorado-based Women in Mining offer interesting simulations that let students learn about minerals and how they are mined. None of these appears to require sophisticated equipment, and they illustrate some of the basic principles of minerals and mining.

tag(s): minerals (17), rocks (50)

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Earth Today - Smithsonian Institution

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The Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum developed this site to gather a number of real-time imagery resources into a cohesive look and the earth's atmosphere and oceans. ...more
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The Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum developed this site to gather a number of real-time imagery resources into a cohesive look and the earth's atmosphere and oceans.

tag(s): climate (93), weather (194)

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While teachers may need to provide the context for this content, the site does offer a number of real-time data sources all within a couple of mouse-clicks of one another.

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Antarctic Explorations - The Exploratorium

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Follow a team of scientists visiting Antarctica from December, 2001 to January, 2002. If you miss the live events, there are lots of reports filed on activities conducted during the...more
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Follow a team of scientists visiting Antarctica from December, 2001 to January, 2002. If you miss the live events, there are lots of reports filed on activities conducted during the visit. This site also has background sections on the Antarctic climate, the history of exploration, and the scientific tools and tasks involved in Antarctic science. From the Exploratorium.

tag(s): antarctica (29), arctic (45), explorers (65)

In the Classroom

Use this videos on this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the water cycle or Continental Drift during an Earth Sciences or Physical Geography class. This activity would work best with a graphic organizer - we recommend Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

The link concerning continental drift, entitled Gondwanaland, would also be a great activator to that unit. Share the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to help students visualize how the spreading of the continents took place over the eons.

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The Endurance - Kodak

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Kodak offers a highly visual site about an ill-fated Antarctic expedition. Learn about the scientific inquiries at the turn of the century and the circumstances that led the ship Endurance...more
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Kodak offers a highly visual site about an ill-fated Antarctic expedition. Learn about the scientific inquiries at the turn of the century and the circumstances that led the ship Endurance to its sorry fate. It's a great scientific adventure.

tag(s): antarctica (29), arctic (45), explorers (65)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on exploration in Antarctica. Students can take the virtual tour, filling out a guide or graphic organizer along the way. For help making graphic organizers, we recommend using Mindomo, (reviewed here).
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