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K20ALT - Authentic Learning and Teaching - University of Oklahoma

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K to 12
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Find lesson plans for English, Science, Math, Fine Arts, and Social Studies that integrate STEM and authentic learning principles. You can download innovative lesson plans that use...more
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Find lesson plans for English, Science, Math, Fine Arts, and Social Studies that integrate STEM and authentic learning principles. You can download innovative lesson plans that use inquiry, data collection, and scientific thinking to learn the subject. Many of these activities are cross-curricular, as well. One drawback: there does not seem to be a way to set a grade range on a lesson plan search, and lesson grade ranges are not obvious. Most appear to be middle to high school, even though the site is labeled as K-20. Though this site does not require Flash, the videos do.

tag(s): debate (44), engineering (128), inquiry (37), scientific method (67), scientists (70), STEM (156)

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Did you ever think you could get students excited about reviewing the parts of speech? Take a look under the English category to find the lesson titled "War of Words" to see a perfect example of how to combine students' prior knowledge and their interest in arguing into enthusiasm for reviewing the four main parts of speech. This is just an example of how motivational these lessons in core subjects can be. Find lesson plans that include teacher and student resources to bring inquiry and authentic learning into your classroom. Increase STEM in your classroom with the great ideas from the innovative minds of the contributing educators.

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Foodskey - University of Nottingham

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6 to 12
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Explore the science behind the food you eat. View interesting short videos on food science. The films cover a variety of topics: sensory science, food security, nutrition, and crop...more
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Explore the science behind the food you eat. View interesting short videos on food science. The films cover a variety of topics: sensory science, food security, nutrition, and crop technology. YouTube hosts the videos, and they can be shared by embedding or using a link.

tag(s): nutrition (159)

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Find information you may not see elsewhere, such as using plasma to stop fungal rot on strawberries, and using UV light to extend the shelf life of broccoli. Be sure to use this site in any unit when discussing food and health. Students can create public service announcements to share what they have learned about food and food safety. Do you know of an issue Foodskey does not cover? Consider assigning students to research it, and then create a video or podcast much like these to share what students have learned through the research. Can't access videos from YouTube at school? Consider downloading the videos at home to a memory stick. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube, and save them to your memory stick to play for classes at school.

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Dweeber - SmartWired

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7 to 12
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Create an online study group with Dweeber. Though Dweeber has the social network look, it targets study groups, classmates, book groups, and all other types of educational groups to...more
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Create an online study group with Dweeber. Though Dweeber has the social network look, it targets study groups, classmates, book groups, and all other types of educational groups to help each other with academics. Created with young people in mind, Dweeber has an ultra-cool look, and strict, upfront safety precautions. There are several components that make Dweeber unique. Their S.M.A.R.T. profile (stands for Successes, Mind Patterns, Attractions and Interests, Resources, and Thinking Talents) helps you to get to know how you and your friends learn best. My Sites/Top Sites is where you can store the sites that help you learn and study and is a place for you to vote on the best websites in the entire Dweeber network. Dweeber lists the sites that users have rated the highest. Up to eight people at a time can engage in a real-time study session using the collaborative whiteboard.

tag(s): homework (45), learning styles (21), social networking (112)

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Teachers and students create your own accounts. Then invite each student as friend. Go to the "My Dweebs" tab on the top, and click "New team" in the upper right corner. Create teams of any size. Engage student groups in discussions about current events, independent reading, literature, and more. Set up teams for students to work on projects or literature circles. Use the space as a forum to work out tasks and scheduling. Use the chat area for students to discuss the current novel they are reading or to ask peers for clarification about assignments. Students can brainstorm ideas for their group presentations or help each other work out math problems using the real-time collaborative whiteboard. Your students will likely suggest additional ways to use this tool from their world.

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ThinkBinder - Thinkbinder, LLC

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7 to 12
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Thinkbinder lets you create an online study group. Enter a name for your study group and click create. Next enter your name, email, and password, and then create your account. ...more
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Thinkbinder lets you create an online study group. Enter a name for your study group and click create. Next enter your name, email, and password, and then create your account. Invite others to your group via email. Your study group will have access to group chat, video chat, file management, a collaborative whiteboard, and a bookmark button to share pictures, videos, and links from anywhere on the web. Enter topics you work on, and team up with others in your study group by giving them the code for the topic. Only the introductory video uses Flash.

tag(s): homework (45), social networking (112)

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Create your own teacher account and invite each student via email. Use the topics code to invite students to specialized groups like literature circles, research groups, etc. Engage student groups in discussions about current events, independent reading, literature, and more. Use the chat area for students to discuss the current novel they are reading or to ask peers for clarification about assignments. Students can brainstorm ideas for their group presentations or help each other work out math problems using the real-time collaborative whiteboard.

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News Bites - National Geographic Kids - National Geographic Kids

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2 to 8
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News Bites is a blog for kids presented by National Geographic. Updated often, this site presents short articles on current events. Many articles include links for further information...more
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News Bites is a blog for kids presented by National Geographic. Updated often, this site presents short articles on current events. Many articles include links for further information or videos. Choose from keywords included with each article to find more information on similar topics. Search also by popular keywords or posts by category or date. Find archived articles by clicking the link at the bottom of the home page.
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tag(s): animals (291), endangered species (40), news (264), newspapers (97)

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Subscribe and follow the blog to receive notification of new entries. Allow students to choose an article to read and share with the class. Have students follow keywords to find further information. Use this site as a resource for students to use to make online "tours" to explain current events or topics of interest using Screenr (reviewed here).
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Teaching Kids News - Teaching Kids News

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2 to 8
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Teaching Kids News is an excellent, visual newspaper for kids grades 2 through 8. Set up in a typical newspaper format, articles contain interesting images and easy to read text. ...more
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Teaching Kids News is an excellent, visual newspaper for kids grades 2 through 8. Set up in a typical newspaper format, articles contain interesting images and easy to read text. Use curriculum connections included with every article for an instant lesson plan or discussion starter. View by choosing category selections such as news, entertainment, science, politics, and more. One interesting and helpful feature is the use of tags with each article. Choose from clearly labeled tags to find other articles with similar topics. Included on the right side of the site are tags used most often on the entire site. Larger and bolder text indicates most widely used tags. Share articles easily using social media links included to most common sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Read the How to Use This Site page for ideas on how to make the most of this site with students.

tag(s): literacy (107), news (264), newspapers (97)

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This site is perfect for interactive whiteboards or projectors. Display the site on your whiteboard when discussing current events. Use as a learning center for students to read and journal. Practice with Main Idea or summarizing using these interesting informational texts. ESL/ELL learners can also find accessible news stories here. Provide this link for students to use at home to keep up with current events. Challenge students to create a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted to be reproduced). The avatars can be used to explain or summarize any article on the site. Use a site such as Blabberize (reviewed here).

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Comics Workshop for Teachers - Marek Bennett

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K to 12
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Discover resources and ideas for using comics in the classroom. The simplicity here might be a good thing, so do not be fooled into thinking this site is not worth ...more
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Discover resources and ideas for using comics in the classroom. The simplicity here might be a good thing, so do not be fooled into thinking this site is not worth your time. Marek Bennett moved this site from an older Wordpress blog in March, 2014, but much of the older blog (and its great posts) remain as an archive, so explore BOTH. Click on any of the comic images to view posters, books, and tips for using comics in the classroom. Take the time to explore and view each of the links available. Be sure to check out the information about comics and multiple intelligences. Take time to explore other areas of the blog for more information on creating and using comics. There is information about paid workshops, but the site has much to offer without spending a cent.
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tag(s): comics and cartoons (69), digital storytelling (152), stories and storytelling (32)

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Be sure to check out Teachers First's Comics Resources for many other ideas and tools for using comics in the classroom. Comics are great for telling the "story" of any curriculum concept, such as insect life cycles or biographies. They are also very creative for using with languages, ESL/ELL, gifted, and learning resource students for writing.

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Solar Storm Watch - The Royal Observatory Greenwich

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5 to 10
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Are you flustered by the details of the Sun and Earth relationship in Space? Do you want to understand and explain it better? Here is Solar Stormwatch's Sun, Earth & ...more
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Are you flustered by the details of the Sun and Earth relationship in Space? Do you want to understand and explain it better? Here is Solar Stormwatch's Sun, Earth & Space interactive diagram to the rescue. This nifty diagram offers click-able informational boxes that appear on rollover to offer detailed text information about each component in the Sun and Earth System. Zoom in on both the Earth and the Sun. The detailed information is terrific (though not iOS friendly, since it uses Flash).

tag(s): earth (231), moon (72), solar system (121), space (217), sun (72)

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If you are teaching about space, and you need a complete review tool for the Sun and Earth system, this is a powerful interactive to share with your students. Project it on your interactive whiteboard (if you can do rollovers), or share the link with all of your students so they can interact with it on laptops. You could also create a list of questions to accompany this diagram and have students complete them as an introductory activity to the Sun and Earth parts of the Solar System.
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Crickweb Early Years Learning Activities for Preschool/Infant/Kindergarten - Crickweb

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K to 1
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This site offers fifteen learning games for early childhood. Activities include learning about sounds, counting, colors, seasons, and more. Directions are clear, and voice prompts motivate...more
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This site offers fifteen learning games for early childhood. Activities include learning about sounds, counting, colors, seasons, and more. Directions are clear, and voice prompts motivate interest in activities. Icons next to the games give a quick overview of the activity and have a short description of the game. Note that the vocabulary and speech are British, so American children may need to adjust a bit for slight differences.
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tag(s): colors (81), counting (120), literacy (107), numbers (203), phonics (71), preK (292)

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Share the activities on your interactive whiteboard or as a center activity. Create a link to games on classroom computers for student use. Share this site with parents through your classroom newsletter or blog for use at home.
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VideoJug: School Subjects - VideoJug Corporation Limited

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4 to 12
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This area of the VideoJug video sharing site offers many resources sorted by school subject. Choose from math, poetry, cool experiments or other educational topics. Search for items...more
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This area of the VideoJug video sharing site offers many resources sorted by school subject. Choose from math, poetry, cool experiments or other educational topics. Search for items using the search bar or sort videos by most viewed, newest, or hot now categories. Click on the thumbnail link to view the full video and view text below the video link. Many videos include text of the content below the video window so you can recap important steps or ideas. Register using your email and a password to save favorite videos. There is a short advertisement at the beginning of each video. Though the overall site is not in Flash, the videos are. Note that this education area is a part of a wider Videojug sharing site that includes topics not appropriate for schools ("Love and Dating," etc.). Control access if using the site with young people. Find links to specific video pages by clicking Embed at top left of the video and copying the link or the embed code.
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tag(s): experiments (73), poetry (225), punctuation (43), video (275)

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Search the site for videos to use on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) with students. Share direct links to specific videos on your classroom website or blog for students to view at home. Think about using Grokit/Answers reviewed here, to put questions with the videos viewed at home. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos on any topic using the videos as examples. Share the videos created on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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Polar Bear Cam - polarbearcam.com

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K to 9
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Watch a live feed of Siku, the Danish polar bear at Scandinavian Wildlife Park, Denmark. Find other resources and videos by clicking on Take Action at the top and bottom ...more
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Watch a live feed of Siku, the Danish polar bear at Scandinavian Wildlife Park, Denmark. Find other resources and videos by clicking on Take Action at the top and bottom of the page. That link goes to Polar Bear International, and here you will find various lesson plans and a clip for the IMax movie To the Arctic.
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tag(s): adaptations (17), animals (291), ecosystems (83), endangered species (40), habitats (84)

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Use this site when discussing climate change or habitat destruction. View the live feeds and note the characteristics that polar bears have and research the difference between them and every other type of bear. Discuss these similarities and differences when discussing animals structures, adaptations, classification or characteristics of living things. Write stories about a polar bear's life, create a campaign to save endangered species, and recognize other threatened species near where you live. Be sure to investigate the lesson plans by clicking on the Take Action buttons. Most of the lesson plans aim to inform and to prevent destruction of the polar bear's habitat in the Arctic. In primary grades, have the class keep a basic observation journal at a polar bear center where they can watch the webcam and record what they see. Consider sharing several different animal cams for students to gain practice at observation.
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Animal Tribe - Ariadne Green

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K to 6
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Find not only photos but articles all about animal archetypes used in totems. Learn how indigenous tribes all over the world honored their animal relations as friends and guides. This...more
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Find not only photos but articles all about animal archetypes used in totems. Learn how indigenous tribes all over the world honored their animal relations as friends and guides. This site focuses on seeing animals as allies, self-concept, relationship to family and friends, social values, and spiritual development through getting to know animal traits. Find lesson plans for creating your own totems and more!
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tag(s): animal homes (44), animals (291), endangered species (40), native americans (77), social skills (20)

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Find lesson plans under the Parents and Teachers link along the top. Find a link to the Totem Pole lesson plan to create a totem pole and understand the significance in your classroom. With Common Core State Standards, there is a push for nonfiction reading and writing. Use this site to focus on nonfiction. Make it a learning station where students look at the photos, reading the captions and articles about the various aspects of animal life. Students could have a special notebook where they summarize or write an opinion about what they learned from "Animal Tribes" that day. Young children could use the information to make a picture book of their own, summarizing what they read (or heard read to them). Include this site during a unit on Native Americans as you learn about their tales and beliefs about animals.

Language arts and ESL/ELL teachers could have students write their own description of the pictures and then compare their captions to those on the site. Students could also write a fictional story about what is happening in one of the pictures. The site also mentions endangered animals. Students could research their favorite animal to see if it is endangered or threatened. Why not make it more interactive and have students create an online, interactive poster using a program like Tackk, reviewed here,

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iPiccy - iPiccy.com

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4 to 12
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This tool is a terrific online photo editing and paint app. No account or registration is necessary. Upload a picture or find the URL of a photo from online or ...more
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This tool is a terrific online photo editing and paint app. No account or registration is necessary. Upload a picture or find the URL of a photo from online or Facebook. Re-size, flip, rotate, crop, or alter the exposure, saturation, and contrast. Use additional features such as fix image, smart blur, and reflections. Use even more effects such as a cartoonizer, artistic painting, or wanted photo. You will love the retouch section which features the standard red-eye and blemish fix, along with teeth whitening. Add captions or text to the pictures with a wide selection of fonts. You can also create collages, but you must enable local storage of images on your computer. The Painter section includes standard pen, brush, erase with a sponge, and burn effects to allow for drawings on the pictures. Once completed, download the finished picture to a computer, post on Facebook, share by url, or upload to Flickr. Here is a sampleof adding text to an online image without even creating an account.
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tag(s): images (275), photography (161)

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Use this tool anytime that photos need to be edited for use on class blogs, wikis, or sites. Encourage students to use on images for projects or presentations. Use the editor to edit pictures to fit styles of pictures when doing historical reports or to set a mood. Use caption bubbles for the photos themselves to tell the stories. Have students annotate or label Creative Commons online images of cells, structures of an animal, and much more, sharing the results (with an image credit) on your class wiki.
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GE Teach - Josh Williams

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2 to 12
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This cool, teacher-made tool shows Google Earth in two side by side windows for easy comparison and contrast --without loading any software. Drop downs on each window turn layers ...more
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This cool, teacher-made tool shows Google Earth in two side by side windows for easy comparison and contrast --without loading any software. Drop downs on each window turn layers on and off. Click Choose an Earth to move between Physical Geography, Human Geography, Historical maps, and the CIA Factbook. Explore various kinds of geographic and demographic data within this menu. You can even find earth science topics such as plate tectonics. Use Fetch An Earth to enter a KML or URL to load other Google Earth files. Not familiar with Google Earth? Learn more in our review. This handy tool offers use of Google Earth's basic tools and layers without installing Google Earth, a very handy advantage if you are not able to load software on your computer.

tag(s): data (153), earth (231), latitude (14), longitude (14), map skills (81), maps (292), plate tectonics (25)

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Use side by side Google Earth to teach geography or simply give location context to class readings or current events, especially on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Keep the earth's "big picture" open on one side as you zoom in to investigate on the other. Or arrange side by side comparisons. Example: compare the peaks scaled by Lewis and Clark or volcanoes that rise in the Aleutians. Compare various locations for global warming, compare of volcano activity, or a history of immigration. Compare historic maps from different time periods to show how countries and boundaries change. Turn layers on and off from Choose an Earth or onscreen options to look at population centers and transportation systems. Teach the concept of scale/proportion using a visual experience on an interactive whiteboard with the scale and measurement tools. Use one window to show human geography and the other window to show items from the CIA Factbook for comparison. Have students hypothesize connections between geographic features and statistics about human development.

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Recycle Bank - Recyclebank, subsidiary of Recycle Rewards, Inc.

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4 to 12
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Recycle Bank offers current information to help live "greener." Their goal is to realize a world without waste, one person or community at a time. Recycling information is easy ...more
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Recycle Bank offers current information to help live "greener." Their goal is to realize a world without waste, one person or community at a time. Recycling information is easy to understand and engaging. Register to become a member and earn points by taking quizzes on environmentally friendly topics, by reading articles and learning more about recycling, and by recycling (if your center or borough participates in the Recycle Bank program). Earned points lead to rewards of grocery or entertainment coupons and some gift cards. No registration is required to read resources posted on the website.
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tag(s): earth (231), earth day (113), environment (320), recycling (58), sustainability (19)

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With the Common Core State Standards push for nonfiction reading, this site is a natural for any time of the year. Recycle Bank will appeal to students who are environmentally conscious, but its intrinsic value is in teaching all students to think about how they can recycle in their everyday life. The advertising comes along with the prizes, so be sure to discuss where to click (or not). If your students have access to email, have them register with the website and start a class competition to see how many points students can earn individually or as a class. Conclude the competition by having students discuss (no matter who won the competition) how acting in greener ways allows everyone to win. There will be future "Green Schools" program competitions. This is a yearly competition where school groups design a green plan for their school that wins up to $2500.00. Posted on the website are the accepted projects where members from all over the country can award points to your school. For every 250 points donated to your school initiative, you earn $1.00. Promote Recycle Bank to get as many people involved as possible. Ask them to donate their points to your school. Use this as an opportunity to teach students about grassroots movements and the difference that one bright idea and a few motivated people can make in the world. Why not plan an Earth Day project using this site?
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The Cell Organelles - edhsgreensea.net

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4 to 12
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This site is a very basic overview of the parts of the cell and their functions. Click on the label in the picture or use the navigation to jump down ...more
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This site is a very basic overview of the parts of the cell and their functions. Click on the label in the picture or use the navigation to jump down to the cell part.
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tag(s): cells (105), organelles (6), structures (23)

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Use this straight forward and simple site for students to gather basic information about the cell parts prior to more research and discussion about cells. Use this site along with others for students to gather information and create a multimedia presentation of the material. Use a site such as Prezi, reviewed here.

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Visit global landmarks with photo tours in Google Maps - Google

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1 to 12
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Around the world in one website? See the world using photo tours in Google maps thanks to this blog post explaining how. Enter 3D photo scenes to immerse you in ...more
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Around the world in one website? See the world using photo tours in Google maps thanks to this blog post explaining how. Enter 3D photo scenes to immerse you in nearly 15,000 popular sites and cultures from around the world. Find blog tools and useful links to make your visit more interesting. This site works best in FireFox or Chrome, and you will need to download Google Maps' web GL.
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tag(s): earth (231), map skills (81), maps (292), natural resources (58), virtual field trips (51)

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Use photo tours in Google to expand your classroom into the world. The easy tutorial flies you off immediately into the world without budget, permission slips, or travel. Social studies and history come alive in the actual settings. Examine the real look at world cultures. Bring into a world language class for a field trip. In language arts, explore settings from around the world and see how they influence the story. Look at folktales from around the world with their settings. Current events come alive and meaningful through your visit. In language arts classes or math classes, plan an imaginary trip to a different place. Google photo tours make it concrete and allow you to experience the world. Transport your students to another place, and see if they can play Where in the World. In art classes, study architecture or nature to influence art pieces. Science classes can explore landscapes, earth surfaces, natural resources, mapping skills, and habitats. Now your classroom has no walls.
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Kideo Player! - Tom Ajello

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K to 2
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This kid-safe YouTube video player features videos such as entertaining and educational cartoons, language learning and animal programs; most programs are from PBS Kids or other "reliable"...more
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This kid-safe YouTube video player features videos such as entertaining and educational cartoons, language learning and animal programs; most programs are from PBS Kids or other "reliable" sources. Navigation is simple: just press the space bar to move on to the next video. Choose from "Just for Moms" or "Most Popular" options or simply allow programs to appear on their own. Small text ads do appear on some videos, but you can close them. Note that many schools block YouTube, so test to see if this site works at school.
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tag(s): preK (292), video (275)

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Suggest Kideos to parents as an alternative to YouTube for their little ones. Kids will be able to find all the content they are looking for without any of the inappropriate comments found on some YouTube videos. Mark this site in classroom Favorites to use as a student-directed interactive whiteboard center without fear of "bad" content. If students discover videos you would like to use in lessons, you can click "View on YouTube" to open in YouTube's usual page and copy the video url. Use a tool such as ViewPure, reviewed here, to show specific videos without the YouTube clutter.
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Super Bugs - mylearning.org

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2 to 7
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Use this terrific science challenge to build your own "bug" and learn about invertebrates. Choose the best parts of bugs to make a bug that can survive beyond others and ...more
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Use this terrific science challenge to build your own "bug" and learn about invertebrates. Choose the best parts of bugs to make a bug that can survive beyond others and be able to live in a specific environment.

tag(s): adaptations (17), habitats (84), insects (72)

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Allow students or groups of students to create bugs, and learn from their mistakes, to make the best superbug. Then have students write their observations about the body parts and super powers chosen to learn more about invertebrates. Create a competition for the best bug design and declare a winner. Students can screenshot their creation (Command-shift-4 on a Mac or Print screen on a PC). Bring the observations learned to a class discussion on invertebrates and how they all demonstrate the characteristics of life. Consider using a program such as Kwout reviewed here, to display all screen shots in one place on your wiki or blog for parents to see, too. Students could write about their creations on the class wiki.
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Science Video Animation - Russell Kightley media

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6 to 12
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Explore an impressive set of science and engineering animations to help explain difficult concepts. View animations and posters. Understand what the visual is about by reading the background...more
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Explore an impressive set of science and engineering animations to help explain difficult concepts. View animations and posters. Understand what the visual is about by reading the background information. Animations and posters cannot be used off the site without purchasing, but this is an excellent resource for viewing and sharing in its online version. Topics include different types of engines, how an eye works and vision problems, convection, waves, and more. There are also several animations about geometric solids.
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tag(s): atoms (56), cells (105), colors (81), diseases (70), dna (68), earth (231), electricity (90), energy (204), engineering (128), geometric shapes (169), light (49), machines (30), molecules (46), solar system (121), sun (72), vision (85), waves (24)

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Use the simulations to help explain topics and concepts in class. Language arts teachers can use this site as a source for nonfiction reading comprehension. Science and language arts teachers can use the site as a learning center for students who need enrichment. Find great animations to help visualize various topics from different viruses to diesel engines, the Doppler Effect, to the garden sundial, and the vertical sundial to name just a few. Check the readability of the animations you want students to use on their own by using the The Readability Test Tool reviewed here.

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