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Water, Water Everywhere - National Center for Atmospheric Research

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K to 5
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Although the main emphasis of this site is to offer information to students about the water cycle, there is much more valuable information to be found about many aspects of ...more
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Although the main emphasis of this site is to offer information to students about the water cycle, there is much more valuable information to be found about many aspects of our atmosphere. Learn about the water cycle by clicking different portions of the image found on the page, these links lead to child-friendly information about that portion of the water cycle. For example, click on lakes to learn about how water gets in and out of lakes, who needs lakes, and other pertinent information. Find out about stuff in the sky to learn about cloud types, the sun, pollution, and more. Each month a fun fact is offered with interesting information related to water or the atmosphere. There are links to games and picture galleries; however, they take you off the site so be sure to check them out before allowing students to freely explore all parts of the website.

tag(s): atmosphere (26), pollution (66), rivers (21), water (130), water cycle (33), weather (188)

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Explore the site with your class on your interactive whiteboard or projector during units on the water cycle, clouds, weather, and/or climate. Create a link to the site on classroom computers - assign sections of the site to different students and have them create a multimedia presentation on information found. Have students create simple commercials and share them using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here. Choose the "Games" linked to the site to use as classroom centers. Share this site on your classroom newsletter or blog for students to explore at home.

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Kids' Habitat - San Diego Natural History Museum

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1 to 6
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At the site you can explore the various activities offered by the San Diego Natural History Museum. In the Canine Corner learn about domestic dogs and their cousins, learn little-known...more
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At the site you can explore the various activities offered by the San Diego Natural History Museum. In the Canine Corner learn about domestic dogs and their cousins, learn little-known facts about canines, and read the glossary of canine terms. Learn about vision by exploring The Eyes Have It section, learn about dinosaurs in the Dinosaur Dig, and explore living light and bio luminescence in the Lights Alive section of the site.

tag(s): animal homes (41), animals (276), dinosaurs (57), light (46)

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Share this site with students to explore on their own to learn more about the canine family when learning about groups of animals. Use the recommended reading list as a resource for students who love dogs and canines. Complete the grow your own minerals activity when learning about rocks and minerals. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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Scale of Universe - Primax Studio

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4 to 12
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Discover better perspective on the size of the universe using this interactive. Use the slider at the bottom to move from the atomic, cellular, and human perspective all the way ...more
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Discover better perspective on the size of the universe using this interactive. Use the slider at the bottom to move from the atomic, cellular, and human perspective all the way to the size of the galaxy. Units are displayed alongside images. Warning: underneath the interactive, there is a public comment area. You may want to preview this area if allowing students to navigate on their own.

tag(s): atoms (55), cells (102), measurement (159), space (205)

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Use as an introductory unit to measurement, or when discussing atoms or cellular parts. Allow students time to roam the site in groups and notice the units given. Ask them to determine the relationships between the units as they move through the slider from the smallest to the largest. Use this to frame the size of microscopic items observed in class. Create a measurement unit scale for display in the room.
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Youblisher.com - Youblisher

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K to 12
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Have you ever wanted to share your class books online? Youblisher offers a wonderful, visual method for uploading pdf's to an online location and making them look like pages turning...more
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Have you ever wanted to share your class books online? Youblisher offers a wonderful, visual method for uploading pdf's to an online location and making them look like pages turning in a book. If you don't create with Acrobat, not to worry! You just need to scan your documents to convert them to a pdf file. Once you know how to generate pdf files, you are ready to go. Explore whether your computer can "print" to pdf files or learn how to use the scanner. If you use a Mac, the option to "print" from your word processor or other program to pdf is built right in. Once you have a file as pdf, upload the files to this site. Youblisher makes your files flippable like the pages of an interactive book. You receive a link (url) to add to your website. Check out the introductory video on the homepage. Students, teachers, and parents (and grandparents) will all love seeing classroom creations in this easy to view format.

tag(s): book reports (36), digital storytelling (142)

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Share interactive books created online for students to read at learning centers. Create a lesson via pdf files and share it on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Scan/convert and save students complete research projects, upload the pdf's as a way to share all information. Create a class book, or newsletter, including images, and upload the pdf "book" or newsletter to Youblisher. Then include the the url on your website to share with friends and family. Challenge students to create their own books (in cooperative learning groups) about a specific topic being taught in class. Have upper elementary or middle school students create online "little buddy books" they can share online with lower grade classrooms. If your interactive whiteboard program generates pdf files from in-class activities, why not share them in flippable form on your class web site for review or absentees?

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ArtsEdge - Kennedy Center

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K to 12
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This site, created by the Kennedy Center offers a wealth of interactive lesson plans for grades K-12 dealing with a variety of topics, all with an "arts" spin. Search by ...more
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This site, created by the Kennedy Center offers a wealth of interactive lesson plans for grades K-12 dealing with a variety of topics, all with an "arts" spin. Search by subject, keyword, or grade level (K-4, 5-8, or 9-12). Some examples of topics include Native Americans, Civil War, Shakespeare, myths, melodrama, adjectives, baseball, and countless others! There are many interactive lessons: some with video, audio, or slideshows. The lessons provide an estimate of time required and complete, step-by-step instructions. There are printables included with some of the lessons.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): african american (113), baseball (36), civil war (145), comics and cartoons (74), dance (28), folktales (65), greece (26), habitats (84), immigration (58), literature (275), mexico (34), musical instruments (48), myths and legends (25), native americans (78), painting (66), surrealism (4)

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Search this site for a topic that you are teaching in your class. Share the lesson on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Better yet, make the video or slideshow a learning station for students to do themselves in small groups.
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Habitats: Forests - National Geographic

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4 to 8
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A site about forests, this is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit. Be sure to check out...more
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A site about forests, this is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit. Be sure to check out the photo gallery, too.

tag(s): biomes (116)

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Try the Biomes unit to get your students involved and engaged with their own research. Have them work alone or with a partner on laptops or in a lab.

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VolcanoWorld - Oregon State University

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If you are looking for an explosion of volcanic activity, you have come to the right place. This website offers a massive amount of information on volcanoes such as satellite ...more
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If you are looking for an explosion of volcanic activity, you have come to the right place. This website offers a massive amount of information on volcanoes such as satellite images, current eruptions, a volcanic history calendar, earth volcanoes, other world volcanoes, eruption videos, observatory links, expedition journals and photos, and a large amount of factual information. Don't miss the "Fun Stuff" link that includes virtual volcano field trips, an art gallery, and volcano games.

tag(s): volcanoes (61)

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Share the videos, photos, and more on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Provide this link on your class website for student to use both in and out of the classroom. Challenge students to watch for current volcanic activity and chart (or record) the activity using graphs or maps to find trends and other statistical data. Use an online graphing tool such as Amblegraph, (reviewed here). Have cooperative learning groups investigate various parts of this site and create a Thinglink, reviewed here, to share with the class. This site allows users to narrate a picture.
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Enhanced Calorie Counter - Calories Count

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4 to 12
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The Enhanced Calorie Calculator allows you to count calories by searching a food type by keyword. The calorie calculator (and fat gram calculator) provide the fat grams and calories...more
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The Enhanced Calorie Calculator allows you to count calories by searching a food type by keyword. The calorie calculator (and fat gram calculator) provide the fat grams and calories associated with the keyword. To use the site, enter a food item and see what options are shown. Some fast food calorie counts are included, for example, enter the keyword hamburger and counts are provided for lean and regular beef hamburgers, hamburger rolls, and McDonald's hamburgers. Individual items can be added to a list to provide a total calorie count for an entire meal. If your first search does not work, try shortening to fewer keywords.

tag(s): calories (9)

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This site is perfect for use during health and nutrition units. Ask students to create a daily food log then use the site to find daily fat and calorie totals. Have students estimate calorie and fat counts of common food items then search for them on the site to compare perception versus reality. Use this site for students to search for low calorie alternatives to common food items in their diets. Have students create simple online nutrition posters using PicLits (reviewed here).

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Space Science - European Space Agency

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Find great images, links, and articles about the sun and Space on this interesting site. View a variety of different multimedia including videos, images (including high resolution,)...more
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Find great images, links, and articles about the sun and Space on this interesting site. View a variety of different multimedia including videos, images (including high resolution,) animations, sounds from space, and downloads. Find resources for further information as well as information about space missions. View and read related articles for a better understanding of current understandings of space objects. Also offered on the site is a free download of the JHelioviewer for learning more and exploring the Sun. This visualization tool developed by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center allows everyone to understand more about the Sun by enabling you to bring up images of the Sun from the past 15 years. Create your own movies of the Sun or change the color of the images. Export your finished movies to view in a variety of formats. This open source downloaded program is virus/spam free and requires Java to operate.

tag(s): space (205), sun (71)

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Learn about the Sun using JHelioviewer. Create mashups of Sun images and learn more about the resource that provides the Earth with energy. Use the resources on this site to learn more about concepts and objects found in space. Use this site to ask questions that can be a springboard for further research and projects either by individual students or groups. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. The text portions are challenging, so you should pair weaker readers with a partner as they research on this site. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here). Use an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here).
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Science of Everyday Life - Discovery Education

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K to 12
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Explore science in everyday life to understand the impact of science and technology. Find information for students, educators, and families as well as lesson plans and activities. Lesson...more
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Explore science in everyday life to understand the impact of science and technology. Find information for students, educators, and families as well as lesson plans and activities. Lesson plans are standards based and divided into age groupings. (Note: at the time of this review, the lesson plans for grades 9-12 were still unavailable). View lessons and interactives to make science come alive. The videos even include the grade range! View the family section for great online labs and family activities. This site can make science accessible and interesting even to middle school girls who may begin to shy away from anything scientific.

tag(s): inventors and inventions (101)

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Use the many great activities to bring home basic science concepts such as collisions and motion in the activity "Cushion It!" Help students make real world connections that may interest them in a science career. Use the innovation activities as part of a unit in inventors and inventions. This site has something for every age level. This is a fabulous site to save in your class favorites for students to explore on their own. Challenge cooperative learning groups to research a specific science topic and create a multimedia presentation to share with the class about their topic. Have students create a simple online posters using PicLits (reviewed here). This is also a fabulous link to share on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.
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Disney Healthy Kids - Disney

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K to 7
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Use Disney's Healthy Kids to learn more about different foods and energy. Follow characters through challenges and quizzes to learn about balancing food, portion control, recipes, and...more
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Use Disney's Healthy Kids to learn more about different foods and energy. Follow characters through challenges and quizzes to learn about balancing food, portion control, recipes, and exercise for a healthy lifestyle. Directions are spoken and written for many types of learners. View the orientation video clip to learn more about this interactive site!

tag(s): fitness (49), myplate (28), nutrition (154)

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Use this as an introduction to a unit on nutrition or as a follow up to review what students have learned. Create a healthy living campaign at your school through creating of posters, newsletters, and mini lessons that when added up can make big changes. Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here). Have students keep track of what they eat and compare diets to make recommendations for change. Consider creating a campaign of pledges that students and parents can take for healthier living.
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Healthy teeth - Nova Scotia Dental Association

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2 to 6
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Learn all about oral health with this informative site covering from baby teeth to braces. Learn about the whys and hows of oral health here. Learn about cavities, prevention, braces,...more
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Learn all about oral health with this informative site covering from baby teeth to braces. Learn about the whys and hows of oral health here. Learn about cavities, prevention, braces, a visit to the dentist, cutting out sugar, teeth and gum, and find experiments and other activities.

tag(s): hygiene (10)

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Use the easy to understand words and graphics to identify the do's and don'ts of tooth care. Use this site when discussing health in your classes. Consider bringing a dentist in live or via technology such as Skype as well for more discussion in the classes. Learn more about Skype (here). Use the information provided to set goals or create informative posters. Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here). This site is the perfect addition to your Dental Health month lessons.
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Tropical Oceans - MBGnet

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This site highlights the beautiful tropical oceans in the world. The focus is on coral reefs, ocean animals, and additional ocean links. Learn about the location of coral reefs, threats...more
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This site highlights the beautiful tropical oceans in the world. The focus is on coral reefs, ocean animals, and additional ocean links. Learn about the location of coral reefs, threats to coral reefs, and more. Take your students on an underwater adventure with this simple, yet informative website.

tag(s): coral (12), oceans (148)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Have cooperative learning groups create multimedia projects about the coral reefs, animals, or tropical oceans in general. Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here). Challenge groups to create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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WWF Footprint Calculator - World Wildlife Federation

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3 to 12
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Determine ecological footprints with this site. Click start and answer questions about food, travel, home, and stuff. Amounts and questions use British units so students may need help...more
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Determine ecological footprints with this site. Click start and answer questions about food, travel, home, and stuff. Amounts and questions use British units so students may need help in understanding them. At the end, the ecological footprint is displayed as well as strategies for reducing footprints.

tag(s): ecology (135)

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Use this site to determine how each of us affects the environment. Bring math into the classroom by converting British units to American units. Students can research how each of these categories affects the environment and create action plans for reducing their footprint. Follow the action plans and retake the quiz after to see the change in footprint. Create Public Service Announcements in the form of posters or videos to share information. Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here).
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Vancouver 2010: With Glowing Hearts - The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic

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This eclectic site has something for everyone about the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. For younger students, be sure to meet the mascots of the site, view the interactives, and more. Students...more
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This eclectic site has something for everyone about the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. For younger students, be sure to meet the mascots of the site, view the interactives, and more. Students of all ages can use this site to learn about the schedule, view photos and videos, learn about each sport in the winter 2010 Olympics, trace the torch relay, view a spectator guide, meet the athletes, view the interactive map, and more.

tag(s): olympics (47), sports (96)

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Share the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Introduce the mascots to your students and discuss their relevance. Have students research various athletes or sports and create a multimedia presentation. Use the Olympics as the theme for your study of world geography. Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here). Have cooperative learning groups create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.
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The National Parks: America's Best Idea - PBS

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Ken Burns has been busy again, this time creating a film about the US National Parks. This site carries many clips and even the full length film. There are many ...more
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Ken Burns has been busy again, this time creating a film about the US National Parks. This site carries many clips and even the full length film. There are many resources here about the US National Parks. To make the site more collaborative, you can submit a story and pictures about a visit to a national park. There is an extensive bank of other web resources as well. There are also lesson plans available at the "Educators Link."

tag(s): national parks (16)

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Share the film (or clips) on your interactive whiteboard or projector. One section of the site enables you to design a national park postcard to email to a friend. Groups of students might research individual national parks (links to the NPS site appear on this site) and circulate their own postcards to other groups. Students can also "collect" national park badges that can be cut and pasted into personal or class websites. You could also have cooperative learning groups create multimedia projects about various National Parks. Have students create online posters or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here). If you are near a park, your students could create an online park tour to share with others far away! Try a tool such as Tabblo (reviewed here)to create it!
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Whyzz - Whyzz LLC

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Find yourself stumped by all the strange questions students have? Are you looking for somewhere to go where adults can find the answers? Use this site to ask your question. ...more
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Find yourself stumped by all the strange questions students have? Are you looking for somewhere to go where adults can find the answers? Use this site to ask your question. Just type your question into the text box and several options for answers appear. The site was created for use by parents with young children, but it can really appeal to any age. Answers are written by site experts and by users themselves. Talk about the "source" of information as you share this site with your students! Registration is not necessary to ask questions. In order to add comments or an answer to another question, you must register. Registering requires use of an email address. If you choose to register your class, here is a tip: rather than using your personal or work email, create a free Gmail account to use for memberships. If you plan to have students register individually, you may want to create your own Gmail account with up to 20 subaccounts for each group of students (by code name or number) within your classes. Here is a blog post that tells how to set up GMail subaccounts to use for any online membership service.

Once registered, your Whyzz are kept as a record for review later. Site members can also comment on Whyzz answers which are offered by many professionals. Each answer also features a section called "exploration" where additional learning can take place as well as "related Whyzz." Check the spotlight, browse categories, and look at a featured answer.

tag(s): inquiry (37)

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Teachers may be the experts but the greater gift is helping students find answers. Use this site as a class to receive kid friendly answers to normal and weird kid questions. Whyzz not only give the why, but also the hows and the whats! Have students create interactive projects that share the answers to the "WHY." Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here). Share the link with parents of younger elementary students to use at home, as well!

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Beyond the barrel - Arizona Star

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This intriguing site allows you to follow either garbage or recyclables after they leave your garbage can. View videos and narratives of each step of the process. Learn about landfills,...more
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This intriguing site allows you to follow either garbage or recyclables after they leave your garbage can. View videos and narratives of each step of the process. Learn about landfills, recycling and much more.

tag(s): environment (317)

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Encourage students to document the type of garbage at home or school and where local garbage and recyclables go. Create a trash audit and make recommendations for local and school authorities to implement programs. Create environmental posters to create awareness. Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here.)

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Neave Planetarium - Paul Neave

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K to 12
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View stars and planets easily in your browser window. Move the sky through a simple click and move of the mouse. Find information about the stars and planets by clicking ...more
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View stars and planets easily in your browser window. Move the sky through a simple click and move of the mouse. Find information about the stars and planets by clicking on each object, the name of the star, its constellation, brightness, and distance away is portrayed. View the stars from other areas of the world for comparison. Latitude and longitudes are easily seen to identify locations. Quickly change the date and time of viewing and other options such as full screen, constellations, and daylight.

tag(s): stars (61)

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The uncomplicated interface makes this free site easy to navigate. Group students to visit sections of the sky and report on constellations found there. Students can also research the history of the stars in the constellations as well as stories related to navigation and mythology. Create models, posters, or presentations of the constellations for discussion in class. Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here). Create stories or poems about the stars or constellations. Share the stories and poems on your class wiki. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
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Water Safety Interactive - Children's Medical Center (Dallas)

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K to 2
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This entertaining interactive teaches young children and families about water safety. Intended for Texas residents, the content is appropriate anywhere there are homes, pools, or lakes....more
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This entertaining interactive teaches young children and families about water safety. Intended for Texas residents, the content is appropriate anywhere there are homes, pools, or lakes. Rolling your mouse over items in the cartoon pictures pops up text explanations of the dangers that can come from leaving a tricycle next to the pool or other unsafe activities your students might see. Make your students advocates for water safety and vocal protectors of themselves AND their siblings by sharing this site. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): safety (92), water (130)

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Include this activity during safety units or before you send students home for summer. Share it with non-readers on your interactive whiteboard or projector, or have reading buddies explore the site at a learning center. Be sure to share the link on your class web page for students to share with mom or dad at home, as well. Have students create safety posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here) or make an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.
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