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Popular Science - Bonnier Corporation

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6 to 12
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Created as the online version of Popular Science magazine, Popsci.com offers a great variety of science articles and authentic science work. Information on science, cars, technology...more
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Created as the online version of Popular Science magazine, Popsci.com offers a great variety of science articles and authentic science work. Information on science, cars, technology and gadgets are searchable and easy to understand. The "DIY" section offers some wild and possibly adult level challenges that would be fun to consider by students. Be sure to check out the DIY options first, as some are not appropriate for middle school or immature high school students (such as making a flamethrower).

tag(s): machines (30), simple machines (37)

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Use the gadget portion of the site as a launch for student created machines. Look at some newly created products as a class on the interactive whiteboard or projector, and then have students design their own machine that would be marketable to current buyers or potential future buyers. Have students take a picture of their creation. Challenge students to narrate the picture using a tool such as ThinkLink, reviewed here.

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Disaster in the Gulf - Natural Resources Defense Council

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7 to 12
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Go below the surface of the ocean to identify and understand the problem of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Use this resource to bring home the ...more
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Go below the surface of the ocean to identify and understand the problem of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Use this resource to bring home the fact that only a small amount of oil stays on the surface. Click on the question marks to find information about where the oil has gone and how organisms are affected. Be sure to scroll up and down in the image as there is a lot of information there. Find additional fact sheets, news accounts, and footage of the oil spill disaster and its effects.

tag(s): mexico (34), oil (45), oil spill (21)

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Have students view the interactive image to obtain basic information. Share the site on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Share information learned from the site with others in class and discuss important points learned. Conduct additional research into effects of oil and the food chain(s) that are being affected. Determine the different types of populations of people affected as well by the disaster and write editorial letters of their viewpoint. Create a conventional or multimedia project that showcases students being these animals or people. Create a UtellStory, or Voki to share your information. Student groups can research additional information about specific organisms or problems to report back to the class.
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Soft Schools - Soft Schools

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K to 8
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Soft Schools provides interactive quizzes and games for math, language arts, science, holidays, phonics, French, social studies, and more. Worksheets categorized under grade and subject...more
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Soft Schools provides interactive quizzes and games for math, language arts, science, holidays, phonics, French, social studies, and more. Worksheets categorized under grade and subject level make this a great teacher resource.

tag(s): calculators (41), grammar (216), quiz (85), quizzes (97)

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Save this site in your favorites on classroom computers and use it as a center. Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge prior to introducing a unit. Use it as a cumulative assessment by having students independently take a quiz and then print the results. Students can complete the quizzes and games independently or with a partner. After assessing students, create worksheets for students who may need more practice. Be sure to list this link on your class website for students to use both in and out of the classroom. Find a variety of calculators including windchill, cube root, and more.
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Bookr - pimpampum.net

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Use this resource to quickly and easily create a book from a series of flickr pictures. Click on the fields on the front of the album to add a title ...more
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Use this resource to quickly and easily create a book from a series of flickr pictures. Click on the fields on the front of the album to add a title and an author (both required to share the finished product.) Enter a flickr user name to view that user's (or your) entire album. Drag a picture into the field of the page. Change to full page for the picture or to create a border around the picture. Add or remove pages by clicking the + or - buttons in the lower right. Change pages by clicking on the lower right hand corner. When finished, click publish. Share your creation by entering an email address. Copy and save the url of your book to find later. Start over by clicking "Recycle" which will overwrite your previous album. Click "view archive" to view the albums of others.

tag(s): flickr (7), images (266), photography (160)

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Bookr is so easy to use. Be sure to check out this review to learn how to get your own collection of photos to use in your album.

Use from Kindergarten to high school, including science concept tales, poetry books, general writing, math problem solve-its, and more. Use Bookr to create animal books, what I did last summer, places I would like to visit, vocabulary albums with definitions and related pictures, and more. Here is a link to a nice grade 1 example. ANY grade can use this tool, depending on the amount of direction by the teacher. Another idea, have students create personalized books for their parents or grandparents for special occasions (Mother's Day, Father's Day, or Grandparent's Day).

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Hulu - Hulu LLC.

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K to 12
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This website is an up-to-date catalog of television shows, clips, cartoons and anything else that could be viewed on major television. No membership is needed to use this website. If...more
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This website is an up-to-date catalog of television shows, clips, cartoons and anything else that could be viewed on major television. No membership is needed to use this website. If you see something on television that you would like to use in your classroom, all you need to do is find it on here and you can show it in class via your television or interactive whiteboard. There are commercial television shows and some movies available on the site. Search by channel, recently added, TV or Movie, Trailers, or many other search options. Note: many schools may block this site to prevent student access to entertainment. Use it from home to find specific curriculum-related programs and request that those URLs be unblocked for class viewing.

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Use this to watch episodes of Glee in sociology class, and have student compare and contrast the television show with their real life high school experiences. Use science movies to reinforce concepts in class, or embed the codes given into your class website or wiki and assign television as homework! Have cooperative learning groups investigate a certain news story or current event and create multimedia presentations. Challenge students to create a video and share using a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here).

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Voice of America - Broadcasting Board of Governors

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4 to 12
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Concerned about quality news? Voice of America's policy is to be a reliable and authoritative source of news. It claims accurate, objective, and comprehensive news reporting. It represents...more
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Concerned about quality news? Voice of America's policy is to be a reliable and authoritative source of news. It claims accurate, objective, and comprehensive news reporting. It represents all of America without more focus on some segments than others, providing balance in the news. Find the most recent and pressing news stories along the top. Search news stories divided by categories such as US, Africa, Asia, Americas, Europe, Middle East, Economy, Education, Arts and Entertainment, Health, Environment, and more. View interactive resources such as a You Tube channel, podcasts, webcasts, and newsletters.

tag(s): news (261)

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View news stories and compare them to similar stories in different news media. Discuss the differences and similarities of these stories and use a Venn diagram to portray. Try using the tool "Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram" (reviewed here).

Discuss the focus of each article and reasons for the focus. Answer what the reporter is trying to convince and possible bias in various stories. Create an essay, letter, or blog post outlining viewpoints and linking these various sources for greater understanding of issues and how they are represented in the media. Have students share their letters or essays on a podcast using a tool such as (reviewed here).
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Inca Investigation - American Museum of Natural History

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5 to 12
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This interactive site helps students to know what life was once like in the ancient Inca city of Huanuco Pampa. By exploring artifacts and places, students have to figure out ...more
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This interactive site helps students to know what life was once like in the ancient Inca city of Huanuco Pampa. By exploring artifacts and places, students have to figure out what buildings on the map were used for. As they match the six buildings they will collect chronicles. When all buildings have been collected they can print out their book of chronicles showing daily life in an Inca city.

tag(s): native americans (78)

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This site would work well for individual or pairs of students in a lab or on laptops. They can record information in history journals. The printed out chronicles can be used as a study guide. Students could also take the chronicles and create a podcast about what life was like in an ancient Inca city. Have students create podcasts using a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).
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American Revolution - Teaching American History

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6 to 12
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Take the American Revolution interactive! Quite simply, the site breaks down the American Revolution into three battle phases: 1775-1778, 1778-1781, and 1783/The Treaty of Paris. Click...more
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Take the American Revolution interactive! Quite simply, the site breaks down the American Revolution into three battle phases: 1775-1778, 1778-1781, and 1783/The Treaty of Paris. Click on one of the phases and you are lead through an interactive overview of the battles during that phase. Some of the information is simply displayed; other parts require a "Q&A" approach to work through the information. Each section also includes web links for further information. The Treaty of Paris section leads students through a demonstration of how the boundaries of the new country were drawn, and would be a good springboard for discussion about the further growth of the United States throughout its history. The graphics are clear, colorful and attractive, and the information is solid.

tag(s): american revolution (86), evolution (100), maps (288)

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This is one of these sites that is just so perfect for the interactive whiteboard, you feel you must find a way to use it. Use this presentation as a "stop and check for understanding" lesson within the larger discussion of the American Revolution. On an interactive whiteboard or projector, the whole class can participate. Additionally, the site might be available on a classroom computer for those who need some further reinforcement or for students who are ready to challenge themselves to move to the next lesson. Have cooperative learning groups investigate a specific portion of this site and create an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here.
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Geosense - Geosense

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Test your knowledge of world geography with this game. You can play against other players or alone as a visitor. The name of a world location is provided, it is ...more
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Test your knowledge of world geography with this game. You can play against other players or alone as a visitor. The name of a world location is provided, it is the player's job to click on that location. Points are given based on how close it is to the actual location. Registration to the site is available but not required, registration allows participants to see points from previous games and play against others around the world. Warning - registration also provides access to an online chat forum for the game that isn't always moderated. The site suggests users under 16 years of age have adult supervision during chat.

tag(s): maps (288)

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Allow students to compete against each other in a mock geography bowl by recording points scored during games. Use on the interactive whiteboard as review. List each of the locations given during a game to use as locations for reports.
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Creative Commons Search - Creative Common

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4 to 12
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Find digital images that are available for use without violating copyright. This search tool finds images licensed for use under Creative Commons licensing. While most major search...more
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Find digital images that are available for use without violating copyright. This search tool finds images licensed for use under Creative Commons licensing. While most major search engines have advanced features the allow you to filter out content by copyright privileges, the CC search website makes is easy and convenient. Be sure to READ the information about verifying licensing. The results are somewhat cluttered but provide extensive options that can be legally (and ethically) used in wikis, blogs, reports, and more, as long as you provide the attribution information. What a fabulous tool for students to use for interactive or traditional projects!

tag(s): air (163), copyright (47)

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Teaching students to understand and respect copyright of digital information can be difficult and overwhelming. The first step in helping students understand digital copyright is to get them to explore the terms of use and copyright of a variety of information. Create a scavenger hunt for students to find the terms of service and/or copyright for common websites. Once they realize that not all information is "free" for them to use, introduce the Creative Commons website and the symbols that are used to describe how the content is licensed by the owner. Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to demonstrate searching using the CC search site. Perform searches that yield results that show several different types of licenses. Discuss each type using scenarios of how the information can and cannot be used. As an extension activity for this site, students can create their own work and publish the work using a creative commons license. The work can be as simple as using a digital picture or as complex as creating their own derivative artwork, such as a collage or "photoshopped" image. It can be published on a commercial site such as flickr or on your school webpage. Make sure to follow any school guidelines before publishing student work. Perhaps you can create a class wiki of annotated creative images created by students with explanations of where they found the "parts" and how they created the original works from these parts. What a wonderful model to share with future students, as well. Teachers will also appreciate being able to find images you can freely use on class web pages and in online project samples, etc. (with attribution).

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New 7 Wonders - Hans Nyberg, Virtualdenmark.dk

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The New 7 Wonders site has a full screen, 360-degree panoramic view of the officially proclaimed "New 7 Wonders of the World." These were voted on back in July 2007. ...more
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The New 7 Wonders site has a full screen, 360-degree panoramic view of the officially proclaimed "New 7 Wonders of the World." These were voted on back in July 2007. The Coliseum in Rome, the Great Wall, Petra, Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu, Rio De Janeiro, and Chichen Itza won the vote. Each site is interactive in that you can view the area as fast or as slow as you'd like. Some of the 7 Wonders have information or links to information about them.

tag(s): china (66), rome (27), virtual field trips (48)

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Having one of these 7 Wonders up and rotating through the view (on your interactive whiteboard) while studying ancient Rome, the history of the Islamic religion, ancient China, or any of the others would be a real treat for students and can help them recognize that these cultures were once real people, with skills, and goals. Small groups or individual students can focus on one of the 7 Wonders. Students should research why the structure was built, its history (how long it took, how it was funded, etc), the type of materials, and the style of architecture used. Students would then report out to the rest of the class. Using the interactive whiteboard students can simultaneously navigate the structure they researched and annotate the different parts of the structure. Older students can annotate using an online tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. If you don't have an interactive whiteboard, have students use Glogster EDU, reviewed here or a wiki to post their information, images and a link to the panoramic view they researched.
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Interactive Map Showing Immigration Data since 1880 - New York Times

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6 to 12
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This interactive map looks at immigration from 1880 through 2000 and draws attention to what census data can tell us for years to come. A slider bar allows you to ...more
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This interactive map looks at immigration from 1880 through 2000 and draws attention to what census data can tell us for years to come. A slider bar allows you to fast-forward (or rewind) history on the US map, and mousing over each county in the country gives you the population of the county in the given year and the number of immigrants. (Be patient. Sometimes the site is slow to open.)

tag(s): census (19), immigration (58), migration (59)

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The map is a good visual for any discussion of the US as a nation of immigrants. The map is ideal for a projector or interactive whiteboard. Additionally, it would provide a large data set for "real life" statistics in a math class. Asking students to predict the ebb and flow of immigrants from various parts of the world as you slide through the years should spark some good class conversation. Have cooperative learning groups investigate specific time periods and create multimedia presentations sharing their findings. Have students create an online poster using Glogster EDU, reviewed here. Another option, have students create videos and share them using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here. What will the map show after the next US Census?
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Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms - The Newberry Library

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K to 12
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This site has 18 maps with coordinated lesson plans that are designed to help the K-12 student improve their map reading skills. Using historical maps, students learn about history...more
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This site has 18 maps with coordinated lesson plans that are designed to help the K-12 student improve their map reading skills. Using historical maps, students learn about history and how geography has influenced that history. Sample themes include "Environmental History," "The Historical Geography of Transportation," "Political and Military History," and a few others. The themes each have lesson plans by grade level.

tag(s): critical thinking (108), maps (288), primary sources (86)

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In addition to using the provided lesson plans, use this site on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector. Use the whiteboard tools to highlight special features of the map. Print out the maps and have students label them with the provided vocabulary words. Use a drawing program like KidPix and have students create their own "historical" maps based on their own lives. Use the additional photos from the resource section and have students create an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here about why their map is significant to history.
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Marco Polo - Mr. Dowling's Electronic Passport

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4 to 8
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Travel through time with Mr. Dowling's Electronic Passport to read about the history of Marco Polo and his adventurous family. This site offers a brief but thorough account of the ...more
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Travel through time with Mr. Dowling's Electronic Passport to read about the history of Marco Polo and his adventurous family. This site offers a brief but thorough account of the travels and life of Marco Polo. This site is a great reference tool for research and reports as well as an extension of a textbook lesson.

tag(s): explorers (61), marco polo (5)

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Use this site as a class webquest in conjunction with Marco Polo's Route to China and Back, reviewed here. Have students or groups research one area of this site and create a multimedia report to share with the class. Challenge students to narrate a picture using a tool such as Slidestory, reviewed here. Or have students create an online book using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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Virtual Museum of Iraq - National Research Council, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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5 to 12
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Send your students to Iraq, virtually of course. The Virtual Museum of Iraq is an amazing multimedia website that highlights Iraq's historic role in the origin of civilization. The...more
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Send your students to Iraq, virtually of course. The Virtual Museum of Iraq is an amazing multimedia website that highlights Iraq's historic role in the origin of civilization. The site helps address the origins of human society, early civilization, religion, classical traditions, and the giant empires of Mesopotamia and Islam. The site houses a fantastic collection of antiquities from Mesopotamia. This collection dates from prehistoric times up to the Islamic period. The digitized images represent cultural artifacts found in not only the Baghdad museum, but also the 7,000 works lost to looting in 2003 and additional museums worldwide. The Italian government is the benefactor and author of this site. Google is the contributor of more than 14,000 digital pictures of the museum's artifacts. Due to these generous donations of time and money, viewers may roam through eight virtual halls covering the following periods: Prehistoric, Sumerian, Akkadian and Neo-Sumerian, Babylonian, Assyrian, Achaemenid and Seleucid, Parthian and Sasanian, and Islamic. A very impressive feature is the ability to rotate objects 360-degrees. The combination of short videos, maps, descriptions, and timelines create a clear explanation many of the important concepts behind these historic periods. The site is available in three languages: English, Italian and Arabic

tag(s): archeology (32)

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The Virtual Museum of Iraq is a valuable resource for World History teachers. Incorporate this site with your previous lesson plans or as an anticipatory set with a projector or interactive whiteboard. Ask students to use the site to compare and contrast the architectural elements of Egypt and Iraq. How is the tower of Babel similar to the great pyramids of Egypt? This site is also useful for comparing Iraq's past to current events and its present conditions. Have students record their findings using a tool such as the Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here).

Examine key moral concepts about the amnesty of museums during battle and the moral dilemma of how to preserve these collections during war. Art History teachers can take a break from the study of the artifacts of Rome and Greece and include the ancient treasures from Iraq. Use a class wiki to share images and spark dialogue about specific artifacts or videos. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
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Census in Schools - US Census Bureau

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K to 12
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The US Census Bureau site provides a collection of materials, lessons, and information designed to teach the nation's students about the importance of the census and focusing on encouraging...more
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The US Census Bureau site provides a collection of materials, lessons, and information designed to teach the nation's students about the importance of the census and focusing on encouraging students to help ensure every child and every household member is counted in 2010. The site includes a copy of the census form, dozens of lesson plans/ideas for various grade levels and subjects, and a few simple interactive activities for both kids and teens.

tag(s): census (19), data (148), population (60), states (163)

In the Classroom

Because of the volume of materials and activities, introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups to put together a Public Service Announcement on participating in the Census 2010. Have students create video advertisements or infomercials. Share the videos using a tool such as Teachers.TV reviewed here. Try using the historical census data or the predicted population data for math projects related to statistics.
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Dare to Compare - Nation Center for Education Statistics

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4 to 12
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Students will enjoy comparing their knowledge with students around the country and the world through the interactive quizzes on this site. Six subject categories are offered (math,...more
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Students will enjoy comparing their knowledge with students around the country and the world through the interactive quizzes on this site. Six subject categories are offered (math, civics, history, geography, science, and economics)at 3 different grade levels (4th, 8th, and 12th). You can also choose 5, 10, 15, or 20 questions. Upon completion of quizzes, scores are shown along with all correct answers. Questions are provided from Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), Civic Education Study (CivEd) and National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) - all are institutes which are involved in assessing student achievement and performance. The questions are higher level, and many include diagrams and other visual aids.

tag(s): quiz (85), quizzes (97)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector as a pre-assessment for a new unit or as a mind bending class challenge. Reinforce and review lessons previously learned with your students. This is a terrific site during the run-up to high stakes testing. Use the questions as classroom conversation starters after taking the quizzes. Print out questions from the quizzes and provide your students with the correct answers and see if they can match them up with the questions. List this link on your class website for students to practice at home. Challenge small groups of students to create their own set of 5 questions about a current unit of study and create a multimedia presentation. Why not have cooperative learning groups create online books (one question per page) using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.
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Estuaries.gov - NOAA

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K to 12
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Learn about estuaries using this interactive site. Bring to life our nation's estuaries. Participate in field trips to bring these precious coastal environments into the classroom....more
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Learn about estuaries using this interactive site. Bring to life our nation's estuaries. Participate in field trips to bring these precious coastal environments into the classroom. Use technology, data, and inquiry to learn about estuaries and coastal environments. Gain a perspective of the ecological, economic, and other benefits of estuaries. Follow EstuaryLive to experience a field trip to an estuary, compare different estuaries around the United States, and interact with scientists and other resources. Click on EstuaryLive for great interactive resources, Science and Data to read and interpret data, and About Estuaries for some great information.

tag(s): chesapeake bay (4)

In the Classroom

Find an unbelievable amount of information on this site. For example, click the Educators tab and then Life Science. Find some incredible activities such as "Survival in an Estuary." View Curriculum Overview for great classroom ideas and suggestions for management. Observe images and data under Science and Data and then under the Visualizations tab. Find data already packaged into Data Lessons as well. Students find games and other interesting activities under the Students tab.
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My Plant ID - MyPlantID

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4 to 12
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Learning about plants and plant names? Use this resource to find names of unidentified plants or help in identifying unknown plants. An account is required to identify or name plants....more
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Learning about plants and plant names? Use this resource to find names of unidentified plants or help in identifying unknown plants. An account is required to identify or name plants. It is probably easiest to create a class account to use this site. Registration requires an email and general location information. Tip: rather than using your personal or work email, create a free Gmail account to use for memberships. Take pictures of local plants and upload including location for others to use on the site. View a Google map that shows the location of various plants.

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

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View unidentified plants in order to classify, name, and enter information to help others. Create groups to find, photograph, and identify native plants to add to this database as part of a classification, botany, or my community unit. Use this site to determine where many plants are found, which can lead to discussions of climate zones, native and invasive plants, adaptations of plants, as well as uses of various plants in our living spaces.
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Online Basic Skill Games - Jefferson County

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K to 8
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This site provides links to basic skill games for math, language arts, science, and social studies. Although we don't typically review "hotlists" this one really has something to offer...more
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This site provides links to basic skill games for math, language arts, science, and social studies. Although we don't typically review "hotlists" this one really has something to offer anyone teaching elementary or middle school. Each subject area has several topics. Each topic has countless links for more information and/or activities. Language Arts topics include Letter Fun, Working with Words, Go Grammar, Spell It, and Read It. Science highlights Animals, Plants, Physics, Biology, Anatomy, Weather, and Space. Math includes everything from Money to Probability to Graphing to Patterns (and more). At the Social Studies link you will find Maps, 50 States, U.S. Presidents, History, The World, and Flags. The link to interactive websites includes activities for grades pre-K -12.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), fractions (239), integers (41), money (193), patterns (85)

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Save this site in your favorites on classroom computers and use it as a center. Students can focus on areas of strength or weakness on a math game day. Because this site offers multiple levels and activities for many topics, it is easy to differentiate for ability levels within your class. Include this site on your class web page for students and parents to access for home based skills practice. There is a LOT here to explore.
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