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Lights at night - Marian Koshland Science Museum of The Nat'l Acad. of Science

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4 to 12
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Why look at lights at night as a data set? Many energy, population, and conservation questions and discussions ensue with this information. Follow the video information for startling...more
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Why look at lights at night as a data set? Many energy, population, and conservation questions and discussions ensue with this information. Follow the video information for startling comparisons of pictures of night time lights over time. Use the applet to interact with information and uncover patterns. (Your computer may ask you to "allow" the applet to run). There is an introduction video that explains the site very well. Don't miss it!

tag(s): conservation (128), energy (199)

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Share the introduction video on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this site to gather initial information, ask questions, and research patterns for greater understanding. Many environmental and social problems can be addressed with information from this site. Include this as another "view" of countries you are studying in world cultures or as part of discussions about economics, environmental issues, and more.
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Sugar stacks - sugarstacks.com

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2 to 12
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Confused about what the sugar content is in foods? Compare the sugar amounts visually using this fun resource. Pictures show the item, amount of corresponding sugar cubes stacked in...more
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Confused about what the sugar content is in foods? Compare the sugar amounts visually using this fun resource. Pictures show the item, amount of corresponding sugar cubes stacked in front as well as the nutrition label amount for that item. Choose other categories of foods below to make additional comparisons. New features such as holiday meals are also seen on the site. There are snacks, beverages, candy, breakfast foods, vegetables, and more. Use the form along the bottom to comment and make suggestions.

tag(s): molecules (44), nutrition (153)

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Assign students to research different types of foods to compare sugar amounts. Have students use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to compare various foods. Use this prior to a discussion of nutrition, biomolecules, or how the body uses food as fuel. Have students work cooperatively and discuss their observations with the rest of the class. Consider determining the ratio of grams to number of sugar cubes, investigating, and then creating a class set of food and sugar cube pictures. Use this graphic way to explain the concept of proportion in a very concrete way as you teach it in math class. Use student ideas to create other visual images to drive home nutritional messages to others.

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English Banana Quizzes - English Banana Trust

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1 to 4
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This site offers a ton of practice quizzes for free. The resources are compiled from other sources and many are textbook aligned. However, all of the activities can be completed ...more
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This site offers a ton of practice quizzes for free. The resources are compiled from other sources and many are textbook aligned. However, all of the activities can be completed without the aid of a textbook. Quiz variety encompasses grammar, writing, speaking, listening, spelling, vocabulary, and telling time. Spelling in some quizzes is British, so check first!

Most of the activities include a few advertisements at the top. Be sure to advise students to scroll down the page and avoid the advertisements.

tag(s): grammar (217), numbers (203), quiz (85), quizzes (97), spelling (169)

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Use these quizzes as reinforcement of concepts. Assign students to a specific activity to practice their skills.
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TubeChop - TubeChop.com

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K to 12
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Chop pieces of You Tube videos easily and effortlessly in as little as a few steps. Quickly share your chopped video by providing a URL link or using the embed ...more
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Chop pieces of You Tube videos easily and effortlessly in as little as a few steps. Quickly share your chopped video by providing a URL link or using the embed code in a wiki, blog, or other site. View easy instructions and examples of chopped videos on the front page of the site.
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tag(s): gamification (69), movies (66), video (259), webquests (29), writing prompts (92)

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No registration is needed to use this free, web based application. Users need to be able to find an appropriate You Tube video and know where the start and end times of the portion they wish to cut. If more than one portion is wanted from the video (i.e. remove the whole middle), users will have to create two chopped segments which can be posted separately.

First, select the video you want to use. If the URL is not known, no problem. Search for the video within TubeChop itself. Once the video is selected, click the "Chop" button. Select the part you want by dragging the two black sliders that appear under the video to choose the desired start and end times of your chopped piece. It is helpful to note the time markers when you are previewing the original video and then move the markers to those points. Once your chopped piece has been chosen, simply click "Chop it." The chopped video appears with its own Tubechop link. Copy the embed code to share the video on your blog or website. The embed code is easily entered on a wiki as well.

If YouTube is blocked in your district, Tubechop videos will not show, either, since they are "pulled" from YouTube. Check school access before you plan to use TubeChop! (When tested in a district that blocks You Tube, the actual Tube Chop video did not play.) Be sure to check District policy about use of You Tube videos. Even if YouTube is not filtered, as with all resources used in the classroom, be sure to preview the appropriateness of the video before using in the classroom. TubeChop removes unwanted material whether inappropriate or not needed for that particular lesson.

Choose only portions needed for use in that particular lesson or remove unwanted portions that are inappropriate (or boring!) Create little clips to use as a webquest. Though it is time consuming, it would be easier for younger students to focus on smaller pieces of video to locate information. Chop small pieces of video for use as writing prompts for essays, creative writing, or blog posts. Chop portions of videos showing different viewpoints or arguments to any scientific, political, economic, or historical event. Use in the Arts to showcase music, dance, art, or other creative pursuits. Use chopped portions of video footage captured by the public to compare with news accounts to uncover bias and discuss perspective.

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TubeChop is a great tool to select one part of some YouTube video, but if you are interested in selecting multiple parts of the same video, then you will need something else. I've found www.vibby.com to be great for this purpose - and it even allows annotating and commenting each specific part! Toni, , Grades: 0 - 12

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Common Craft - Lee Lefeever

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K to 12
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No special skills needed. Just watch and learn. Embarrassed to say you don't know what all the "new web 2.0" terms are all about? This is for you (and probably ...more
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No special skills needed. Just watch and learn. Embarrassed to say you don't know what all the "new web 2.0" terms are all about? This is for you (and probably for your students' parents, as well). Common Craft uses a very simple, visual method of explaining all the latest technologies so that everyone can understand, using short video clips narrated by a positive and respectful voice. The next time you hear someone talking about RSS feeds or some other new doo-dad, stop here first so you will know what they are talking about. Did you think you were the only one who did not know? Don't be overwhelmed. This site has incredible popularity because there are LOADS of people quietly questioning -- just like you. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): blogs (88), media literacy (57), movies (66), tutorials (46), video (259), wikis (20)

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Start by looking at any video that catches your eye, but don't be afraid to search for other topics that have you wondering. You will definitely want to make this channel a Favorite to find information to keep you informed. Share it on your teacher web page to help out your parents, too! Create an account to add as favorites and subscribe to the channel to inform you when new videos are added.

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coolfood - European Food Information Council (EUFIC)

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This European site features nutrition information in interactive format for two age groups: Kidz (ages 6-12) and ADOZ (ages 13-19). The KIDZ area features topics such as "Brain Food,"...more
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This European site features nutrition information in interactive format for two age groups: Kidz (ages 6-12) and ADOZ (ages 13-19). The KIDZ area features topics such as "Brain Food," "Nutrition Quiz," "Body Fit," "Safe Food," and "What's a Label?" The ADOZ section delves deeper into the same topics and more, including "Emotions and Eating" and "Food Myths." The nutrition information included in the site is from EUFIC but closely parallels comparable literature from the USDA and other US agencies. There is a "School and Parents" section with teacher's guides and background information about the site. You may want to turn down your speakers to avoid the intro music in each area. If you have speakers of European languages other than English, return to the coolfood home to select a different "flag" for another language.

tag(s): nutrition (153), obesity (18)

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Share the interactive quizzes and activities on an interactive whiteboard or projector to spark interest and assess prior knowledge at the start of your nutrition unit. Have student groups investigate food myths, facts, and more, then create their own online "Infoodmation" posters using a tool such as Glogster, reviewed here. Or have students create visual menus for balanced eating on a class wiki. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
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Star Search - Josh Goldblum

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Identify constellations throughout the seasons. Choose a season and then your constellation. The night sky appears, and you can find the specific stars in that constellation. Once you...more
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Identify constellations throughout the seasons. Choose a season and then your constellation. The night sky appears, and you can find the specific stars in that constellation. Once you find the alpha star, more information about the constellation appears. You can also click to print.

tag(s): stars (61)

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Use this interesting resource (ideal for your interactive whiteboard or projector) to identify the positions of the constellations in the night sky which is the toughest part of astronomy. Gain perspective of our position in the sky by viewing constellations during the various seasons. Encourage students to find other constellations in the night sky view but not identified in this resource. Encourage them to create a similar information page about the alpha star and the constellation that would appear on the site if that constellation were included.
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Ideas Wisconsin - University of Wisconsin System

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K to 12
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This excellent site has hundreds of lesson plan ideas, interactive tools, videos, and more. All are organized according to grade level and subject, including ESL/ELL. Although some...more
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This excellent site has hundreds of lesson plan ideas, interactive tools, videos, and more. All are organized according to grade level and subject, including ESL/ELL. Although some focus on Wisconsin history and sites, most are useful to all teachers. Besides the lesson plans, there is a news section which offers guided activities with select news events. Teachers can email the site if they'd like to see the archive of news plan offerings. All lesson plans follow WI standards. An interesting place to begin looking at the site is under "New" where teachers can see the most recently added plans. Search by grade, subject, or keyword. Some lessons are simple ideas while others are very detailed and include lots of information.

tag(s): news (260)

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Check here for well-developed lesson plans for a specific topic you'd like to teach. Or scroll through the offerings for your grade level and subject. Complete directions for each lesson plan will guide you through how you can use it in the classroom. Share the interactive or photos on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Save this site in your favorites to visit often for some new ways to freshen up the content in your class.

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Movieclips - movieclips.com

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2 to 12
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Looking for short movie clips that you can view at school and use to teach something? Check out Movieclips. Thousands of short clips are available free and without registration at ...more
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Looking for short movie clips that you can view at school and use to teach something? Check out Movieclips. Thousands of short clips are available free and without registration at this site (not Disney!). Get a quick idea of the content by clicking on the Movies menu. You can make any clip display full screen using the small icon in the lower right. Note: Mature movie clips are available, but registration is required to see them. Sort through movie clips by subject, theme, genre, character, etc. Registered members can add questions to accompany clips. Unfortunately, registration also allows access to mature content. We don't recommend this option, since this will allow students access to the entire site. You would be wise to use a teacher-only email account and membership to submit questions.

Use the embed code and URL codes with each clip to provide link or embed a specific clip into a blog, wiki, or other site.
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tag(s): movies (66)

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None, if you simply wish to view clips. Clips can be played through the site. Copy the URL or embed codes under "Share this clip" to link or share the video.

Student registration is not advisable due to mature content.

Use the clips for vocabulary with ESL or ELL students. Introduce other curriculum topics or lessons using the clips on this site. For example, use video clips to get students thinking about concepts such as tornadoes, animals, feelings, or decision-making. As you teach about characterization in literature or creative writing, use movie clips to illustrate how a writer can "show not tell" about a characters personality or motivations. Have students observe the outward signs the actor uses to SHOW what he/she is feeling, then use these signs in writing their own stories: the way the eyebrows move, the body language, etc. Emotional support and autistic support teachers can use the clips to help students learn to "read" human feelings.

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Temperate Oceans - MBGnet

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4 to 10
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This colorful and informative site provides information about oceans. Specific topics include "How the Ocean Refreshes Itself," "Ocean Animals," "Food from the Ocean," and several others....more
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This colorful and informative site provides information about oceans. Specific topics include "How the Ocean Refreshes Itself," "Ocean Animals," "Food from the Ocean," and several others. Many of the topics include interactive presentations. There is also a link to find more "Ocean Links."

tag(s): animals (277), oceans (150)

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If your class is learning about the oceans of the world, delve even "deeper" by sharing this site on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Have cooperative learning groups explore specific areas of this site and create a multimedia presentation to share with the class. Have students create a UtellStory, reviewed here. This tool allows for narrating and adding text to a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be uploaded), and then narrate the photo as if it were a news report. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try Compfight, reviewed here. Or, bring even more geography skills into the project by having groups create a Mapskip, reviewed here, sharing exactly WHERE the oceans are located (with audio stories and pictures included)!

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Tundra Biome - MBGnet

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3 to 8
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Brrr - this site is all about the (freezing) tundra biome. Learn where the tundra is located, the plants and animals of the tundra, and more. This tundra site is ...more
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Brrr - this site is all about the (freezing) tundra biome. Learn where the tundra is located, the plants and animals of the tundra, and more. This tundra site is also a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit for grades 4-8.

tag(s): biomes (116), tundra (14)

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If your class is learning about the tundra, grab your coats and hats and dive even deeper by sharing this site on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Have cooperative learning groups explore specific areas of this site and create a multimedia presentation to share with the class. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be uploaded), and then narrate the photo as if it were a news report. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try Compfight, reviewed here. Or, bring even more geography skills into the project by having groups create a Mapskip (reviewed here) showing exactly WHERE the tundra is located (with audio stories and pictures included)!

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Grasslands - MBG.net

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4 to 8
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This grasslands site provides facts and several topic areas including Types of Grasslands, Grassland Plants, Grassland Animals, What are Grasslands Like, and others. This site is also...more
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This grasslands site provides facts and several topic areas including Types of Grasslands, Grassland Plants, Grassland Animals, What are Grasslands Like, and others. This site is also a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit for grades 4-8.

tag(s): biomes (116)

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Help your students to gain a deeper understanding of grasslands using this site. Share the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have cooperative learning groups explore specific areas of this site and create a multimedia presentation to share with the class. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be uploaded), and then narrate the photo as if it were a news report. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try Compfight, reviewed here.

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Rivers and Streams - MBGnet

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4 to 8
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This colorful and informative site provides information about rivers and streams. Specific topics include "What is a Watershed," "Watershed Scientific Concepts," "How a Stream Becomes...more
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This colorful and informative site provides information about rivers and streams. Specific topics include "What is a Watershed," "Watershed Scientific Concepts," "How a Stream Becomes a River," "River Zones," "The Longest Rivers in the World," "Hydroelectric Power," and several other topics. This site is also a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit.

tag(s): biomes (116), landforms (45), water (130)

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If your class is learning about rivers and streams, delve even "deeper" by sharing this site on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Have cooperative learning groups explore specific areas of this site and create a multimedia presentation to share with the class. Have students create a Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Or challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.

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Lakes and Ponds - MBGnet

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4 to 8
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Learn all about the freshwater (ecosystems) of lakes and ponds at this site. Specific topics include pond succession, Oxbow Lakes, the Great Lakes, the five largest lakes in the world,...more
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Learn all about the freshwater (ecosystems) of lakes and ponds at this site. Specific topics include pond succession, Oxbow Lakes, the Great Lakes, the five largest lakes in the world, lake effect snow, algae, animals found in lakes and ponds, and more! This site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit.

tag(s): biomes (116), ponds (6), snow (21), water (130)

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Take your students on a trip to the freshwater escapes of ponds and lakes! Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Have students create a multimedia presentation using Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report on lakes and ponds in the area (or another topic presented at this site). To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try Compfight, reviewed here.

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Rainforest - MBGnet

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Do you know the difference between a tropical rainforest and a temperate rainforest? This site takes you deep into the rainforest with a wide array of topics: plants and animals ...more
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Do you know the difference between a tropical rainforest and a temperate rainforest? This site takes you deep into the rainforest with a wide array of topics: plants and animals of the rainforest, rainforests endangered, where rainforests are located, and many others. This rainforest site is also a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit for grades 4-8.

tag(s): biomes (116), climate (92), landforms (45)

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Take your class deep into the rainforest as you explore these topics. Assign cooperative learning groups specific topics to investigate at the site. Have the groups create multimedia presentations. Challenge groups to create a podcast using a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here) or a video (infomercial) using a site such as Teachers.TV reviewed here.

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Shorelines - MBGnet

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This site features several topics and pages of information about shorelines: where oceans and seas meet land. Sample topics include Salt Marshes, Mud Flaps, Estuaries, Mangrove Forests,...more
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This site features several topics and pages of information about shorelines: where oceans and seas meet land. Sample topics include Salt Marshes, Mud Flaps, Estuaries, Mangrove Forests, Currents, Tides, Waves, and many others. This site is also a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit.

tag(s): biomes (116), mars (41)

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If you are teaching about the oceans, currents, estuaries, or the other topics at this site, be sure to share the site with your students. Introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site in small groups. Have cooperative learning groups create multimedia projects such as online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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Wetlands - MBGnet

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This colorful and informative site provides information about the wetlands of the world. Learn more about the importance of wetlands, how wetlands are in danger, wetland plants and...more
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This colorful and informative site provides information about the wetlands of the world. Learn more about the importance of wetlands, how wetlands are in danger, wetland plants and animals, the corkscrew swamp, the crooked tree, and more! This site is also a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit.

tag(s): biomes (116)

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If your class is learning about the wetlands, delve even "deeper" by sharing this site on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Have cooperative learning groups explore specific areas of this site and create a multimedia presentation to share with the class. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.

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Desert - MBGnet

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4 to 8
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Teaching about deserts? Check out this site to learn where deserts are located, which animals and plants live in the desert, different types of deserts, and what a desert is ...more
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Teaching about deserts? Check out this site to learn where deserts are located, which animals and plants live in the desert, different types of deserts, and what a desert is really like. This site is also a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit.

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During a unit on deserts, 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. Have students use a mapping tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of desert locations throughout the world (with audio stories and pictures included)!

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What's It Like Where You Live: Taiga Biomes - MBGNet

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Learn about the Taiga biome that stretches across Asia, Europe, and Canada. This site goes beyond just the location of the biome, but also includes information about the climate, type...more
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Learn about the Taiga biome that stretches across Asia, Europe, and Canada. This site goes beyond just the location of the biome, but also includes information about the climate, type of plants and animals found in this biome, general facts and more.

This website is also part of the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit. If you are teaching about the biomes of the world, be sure to check out this site!

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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 one of the topics presented at this site. Challenge groups to create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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Blabberize - Mobouy Inc.

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Blabberize is a photo editing tool that creates talking animations from a photo or other image. Browse the ready-made blabbers or create new ones. There are some real treasures among...more
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Blabberize is a photo editing tool that creates talking animations from a photo or other image. Browse the ready-made blabbers or create new ones. There are some real treasures among the ready-mades. These will help you get ideas for ways to use a Blabber! Here is an example created by the TeachersFirst Edge team. Upload an image from your computer, select an area to become the talking "mouth," and record sound from the mike on your computer. Sound can also come from a sound file you upload. You will need to "allow" access to your computer's microphone. You have 30 seconds to narrate your photo. When you complete the blab, click SAVE. You will be prompted to create an account on the spot. You will also have the options to mark your blab "mature" or "private" (not shown on the "latest" pages and other public areas). Completed Blabs can be shared via email or embedded in another web page, blog, or wiki. Users unfamiliar with copy/pasting embed code can simple share by the URL of the blab's page.
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If your students have never tried to make a Blabber, share the introduction blab on the home page (click the Blabberize logo to get there) on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Browse a few examples first to get ideas on how to make a mouth on your photo to move and "talk." Be sure to turn up your sound! Have a student demonstrate uploading an image from a safe and legal source. You may want to use a single, whole-class account you create with your "extra" email account. Be sure to spell out consequences of inappropriate use/content of blabs. Have students enter the site through the "Make" page link provided in this review to steer clear of the "latest" blabs. You may want your students to make their blabs "private" so they do not show on the public areas, depending on school policies.

Blab the homework directions on your teacher web page. Have your students use photos or digital drawings to "blab"! Have students draw in a paint program, save the file, and then make it "speak." Spice up research projects about historic figures or important scientists. Have literary characters tell about themselves. This tool is great for gifted students to go above and beyond the basics with an independent project. Create entire conversation sequences of blabs between people in world language or ESL/ELL classes (with students speaking in the language, of course), then embed them in a wiki. Have speech/language students make blabs to practice articulation and document progress over time. Promote oral reading fluency with student-read blabs. Create book "commercials." Have students blab what the author may have been thinking as he/she wrote a poem or literary selection or as an artist painted. Blab politicians' major platform planks during campaigns for current events. Blab the steps to math problem solving. Even primary students can make an animal blab about his habitat if you set up the blab as a center. Make visual vocabulary/terminology sentences with an appropriate character using the term in context (a beaker explaining how it is different from a flask?) Students could also take pictures of themselves doing a lab and then blab the pictures to explain the concepts. This would be a great first day project (introducing yourself and breaking the ice). Share the class blabs on your class web page or wiki! Give directions to your class (for when a substitute is there). Use at back to school night to grab parents' attention for important information.

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