TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Oct 10, 2021

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Earth Science Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Explore this editor's choice collection of resources related to earth science. This is a perfect list to share during Earth Science Week in October, or anytime throughout the year....more
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Explore this editor's choice collection of resources related to earth science. This is a perfect list to share during Earth Science Week in October, or anytime throughout the year. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to know. Don't miss the "In the classroom" ideas for specific projects or ideas for before, during, and after reading. There is also an additional link to all of TeachersFirst's resources tagged Earth.

tag(s): earth (173), rock cycle (11), weather (155)

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This collection includes resources for all grades. Each review includes several classroom use ideas. These are excellent tools to use to study for the big test! Save (or bookmark) this list for students to use to review. Explore the activities suggested.

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SciJinks: Its All About Weather! - NOAA/NASA

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3 to 12
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SciJinks offers informative articles and games geared toward middle school students as they learn about weather, satellite meteorology, and Earth science. Use the list on the left side...more
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SciJinks offers informative articles and games geared toward middle school students as they learn about weather, satellite meteorology, and Earth science. Use the list on the left side of the page to choose from topics, answers, find games, learn about people, and much more. Select the Topics section to find many ideas for use in science classrooms including content aligned to Next Generation Science Standards.

tag(s): atmosphere (21), careers (131), hurricanes (28), oceans (129), science fairs (21), scientific method (47), scientists (61), seasons (31), space (201), weather (155)

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Although geared toward middle school students and educators, anyone who teaches weather will want to take the time to explore this site for student and teacher resources. Use the educators section to find activities, science fair ideas, and content aligned to standards. Share the people portion of the site during your career exploration activities. Share a link to games and activities on classroom computers and your class website. Upon completing activities, have students create an online or printed comic about an element of weather, climate, meteorology, or any aspect of Earth science. Use a tool such as Printable Comic Strip Templates, reviewed here, for a nontech rough and final draft. If you're new to using technology with your students, or teach younger students enhance their learning and augment techology use with ToonyTool, reviewed here, for their final drafts. To to enhance learning and modify tech use in your class for more experienced, older students try Write Comics, reviewed here.
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GeoInquiries - ESRI

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4 to 12
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GeoInquiries offers standards-based collections for teaching map-based concepts. Choose from several different content topics such as Earth Science, US History, and more. Locate the...more
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GeoInquiries offers standards-based collections for teaching map-based concepts. Choose from several different content topics such as Earth Science, US History, and more. Locate the complete list of available collections on the left side of the homepage. After choosing a broad topic, select a specific activity, then click to open the PDF for easy access to content. In addition to the GeoInquiries, this site also includes several additional lengthier activities including all necessary teacher and student materials.

tag(s): agriculture (43), american revolution (73), civil war (127), climate change (72), cold war (23), demographics (13), earthquakes (41), landforms (37), maps (218), minerals (15), oceans (129), population (51), rocks (36), volcanoes (50), weather (155), world war 1 (58)

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Take advantage of the free lessons offered on GeoInquiries for use in your classroom. Divide students into groups to participate in different activities or use as enrichment for gifted students to complete independently. When finished with your inquiries, enhance srudent learning by challenging students to create a presentation using Prezi, reviewed here, demonstrating information learned.
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Video Lectures - Video Lectures Net

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5 to 12
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Enjoy and use award-winning educational science (and some math) videos. Presented by distinguished scholars and scientists, the videos originated during conferences, summer schools,...more
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Enjoy and use award-winning educational science (and some math) videos. Presented by distinguished scholars and scientists, the videos originated during conferences, summer schools, workshops, and science promotional events. Peruse the Nobel laureate speakers section to become inspired. Categories featured include architecture, arts, astronomy, biology, business, chemistry, computers, computer science, Earth sciences, environment, events, health sciences, humanities, life sciences, mathematics, medicine, military, philosophy, physics, regional, science, social sciences, sports, and technology. There is a free newsletter where you can stay up to date with the latest science information.

tag(s): cells (80), computers (98), creativity (90), data (130), engineering (109), machines (12), scientists (61)

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Keep your students minds wondering with the latest thoughts in science. Use this to create your own, science news events day. Use one of these videos as a center when students are studying a related topic. Share the videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard.

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K-5 GeoSource - American GeoSciences Institute

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K to 6
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K-5 GeoSource is a one-stop website for Earth science. Sections include content, activities, assessment, professional resources, and careers. Explore content to view animations and...more
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K-5 GeoSource is a one-stop website for Earth science. Sections include content, activities, assessment, professional resources, and careers. Explore content to view animations and earth science images. Download slides or PDF presentations on rocks, seasons, fossils, and other topics. View benchmarks for Science Literacy while investigating many suggestions for activities.

tag(s): careers (131), climate (78), erosion (13), fossils (36), rocks (36), seasons (31), soil (19), water (96), weather (155)

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Bookmark this site for use during any Earth Science unit. View PowerPoints on your interactive whiteboard with students. Use suggestions from the literacy strategies with any classroom subject and share with student teachers as a resource for lesson planning. Enhance learning and augment technology use in your classroom by having students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as WordItOut, reviewed here.

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Earth Exploration Toolbook - Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College

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9 to 12
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Discover a series of online activities, tools, and case studies for using Earth Science data sets. Be sure to read the introductory material about how to use the site. Find ...more
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Discover a series of online activities, tools, and case studies for using Earth Science data sets. Be sure to read the introductory material about how to use the site. Find the activities and data sets in the "Chapters in the EET" link in the menu on the left. Activities include many related to data sets concerning Climate Change, Air Quality, and more. The site is intended for secondary and college levels.

tag(s): air (106), climate (78), climate change (72), earth (173), pollution (48), weather (155)

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Each resource provides lesson plan ideas including questions and all information needed. Use this resource to uncover trends found in data and look at the statements that can be made about these trends. Students can use their findings to compare and to present models of Earth systems. Students can also debate whether they support or reject present models and conclusions by scientists.
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CurriConnects Book List - Earth Science - TeachersFirst

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Use this CurriConnects list to find books related to Earth Science. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL levels...more
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Use this CurriConnects list to find books related to Earth Science. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL levels and Lexiles'® to match with student independent reading levels to challenge, not frustrate. Don't miss other CurriConnects themes being added regularly.

tag(s): book lists (123), earth (173), reading lists (72)

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Build student literacy skills, reinforce what students are learning about Earth Science, and help students build the important reading strategy of connecting what they read to prior (classroom!) knowledge. Share this link on your class web page or wiki so students can select independent reading books to accompany your unit on Earth Science. Don't forget to share the list with the school and local libraries so they can bring in some of the books on interlibrary loan. CurriConnects are a great help for teachers who have lost school library/media specialists due to budget cuts.

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Earth Science Teaching Activities and Lesson Plans - Geology.com

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This site contains links to many lesson plans and resources for teaching Earth Science. The top of the page links to different topics of Earth Science such as Astronomy, Earthquakes,...more
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This site contains links to many lesson plans and resources for teaching Earth Science. The top of the page links to different topics of Earth Science such as Astronomy, Earthquakes, Rocks and Minerals, and others. Within each category are links to information, webquests, and videos, as well as lesson plans. One excellent portion of the site may be easy to overlook so be sure to look on the left side of the page for Categories. Here you will find a wealth of information on diverse topics such as historical geography, tsunamis, world records, careers, and more. Within these links are news, videos, and popular items. Note: many of the links will take you to different websites so you will want to review before using with students.
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tag(s): earthquakes (41), erosion (13), fossils (36), hurricanes (28), maps (218), rocks (36), tsunamis (14), volcanoes (50), water (96), weather (155)

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Use your interactive whiteboard or projector to view videos and images from the site with your class. Use lesson plans provided as additional resources within Earth Science units. Augment technology use in your classroom and enhance learning by having cooperative learning groups create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. Or, challenge students to narrate an image using a site such as Thinklink, reviewed here. Extend learning and transform the use of technology in your classroom by assigning students different portions of the site to review and prepare multimedia projects to share with the class with Sway, reviewed here, or give students a choice of projects to complete with Genial.ly, reviewed here. Both Sway and Genial.ly will allow your students to create multimedia projects.
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Study Jams Science - Scholastic

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3 to 8
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This site provides excellent practice and review with different Science topics. Be sure to click "See All Topics" which includes plants, human body, the solar system, weather, matter...more
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This site provides excellent practice and review with different Science topics. Be sure to click "See All Topics" which includes plants, human body, the solar system, weather, matter and more. After choosing a topic, various additional choices are offered. For example, under Force and Motion options are available to choose inertia, action and reaction, simple machines, acceleration, and gravity and inertia. Key vocabulary is presented along with a short video explanation of the topic. Don't miss the videos about each topic. In addition to the video, there is an option to test your own ability. Each topic can also be printed to use in the classroom and there is a link to related "jams."

tag(s): earth (173), ecosystems (65), inquiry (22), matter (45), motion (44), weather (155)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a Science unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Share the videos and/or karaoke with your students. Have students sing along and learn more about science. Especially younger students will enjoy this feature. Create a link to the site on your classroom website or blog for students to use for review and practice at home. Include a link on your classroom newsletter so that parents can use the site at home with their student. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. View the videos on your interactive whiteboard, print out the quizzes for students to take as an assessment.

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Dinosaur Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Kids "dig" dinosaurs, whether they learn about them in science class while studying paleontology and geology or simply explore dinosaurs as a personal favorite topic. Dinosaurs are...more
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Kids "dig" dinosaurs, whether they learn about them in science class while studying paleontology and geology or simply explore dinosaurs as a personal favorite topic. Dinosaurs are an elementary school perennial, but even high school students enjoy digging into fossils and geologic time. This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst features a wide range of lesson ideas and research sources for students of all ages. So spend some "geologic time" as you try some of the project ideas or make this collection available to your dino-maniacs.

tag(s): dinosaurs (36), fossils (36), paleontology (26)

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Use the resources on this site to supplement a unit about paleontology, fossils, or dinosaurs. In addition, the resources listed can be used for WebQuests, learning centers, lesson plans & the like! This is an excellent resource for Earth Science teachers.

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Earth Science Week - American Geological Institute

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Join in the "Water Today and for the Future" during Earth Science Week (held in October each year). Click on "What's Going On" to find events near you, enter contests, ...more
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Join in the "Water Today and for the Future" during Earth Science Week (held in October each year). Click on "What's Going On" to find events near you, enter contests, and view other links and materials. Read information about "What is Earth Science Week?" or use the information to "Plan an Event" in your area. Browse and use a vast array of activities and resources in the "For Educators and Students" section. Find lesson plans and activities for students in all grades. Students at all levels can use the "For Students" area to find resources, events, and career opportunities with links to dozens of science career sites.

tag(s): ecology (97), minerals (15), resources (84), rocks (36)

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Bring Earth Science into your class no matter what subject you teach. Earth Science has broad applications in almost all sciences and many other subject areas as we are connected to the Earth. Use the information, videos, and pictures to create discussions and inquire about topics in your classroom. Many of the activities in "For Educators and Students" are great for demonstrations and generating interest in phenomenon. For example, use Sinkholes in a Cup to demonstrate how fast removal of groundwater in an area can cause sinkholes. Follow this demonstration with Google Earth, reviewed here, layers that show this phenomenon in various areas of the world or research of where these have occurred. Find videos, large-scale maps, and other resources to share via an interactive whiteboard, wiki, or blog.

Students can create public service announcements about earth science issues to raise awareness and provide learning opportunities to others.

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Dynamic Earth Interactive - Annenberg Media

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4 to 9
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Learn the powerful forces that shape and change the Earth. Dynamic Earth explores the Earth's Structures, Investigating Plate Tectonics, learning about Plates and Boundaries, and how...more
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Learn the powerful forces that shape and change the Earth. Dynamic Earth explores the Earth's Structures, Investigating Plate Tectonics, learning about Plates and Boundaries, and how the plates Slip, Slide, and Collide. Read the information provided, click on the Interactive pictures for more details, and test your knowledge in each section with interactive activities. In the end, test your skills using an online assessment.

tag(s): earth (173), earthquakes (41), geology (60), mountains (12), plate tectonics (18), volcanoes (50)

In the Classroom

Use this site to introduce Geology or Earth Science or as a review of concepts previously learned in class. Use the site as a springboard for additional activities such as mapping where most earthquakes occur. Follow up with ways to prepare for earthquakes, design buildings to withstand earthquakes or other important topics. Augment technology use in class by having students work in teams to share various aspects of earthquake knowledge for an audience of people living in an earthquake zone using Padlet, reviewed here.

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American Museum of Natural History Learning Resources - The American Museum of Natural History

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This site presents teachers with a searchable index of natural sciences resources contained within the museum's site. Scroll down the page and click Resources for Learning. You can...more
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This site presents teachers with a searchable index of natural sciences resources contained within the museum's site. Scroll down the page and click Resources for Learning. You can browse the web-sites, activities, and experiments by sub-topic, grade level, or resource type. Current subtopics include anthropology, astronomy, biology, earth science, and paleontology. Special collection exhibits present theme-based activities that cover additional topics and change occasionally. Be sure to check out the the Past Exhibitions for topics such as Biodiversity, Antarctica, and deep sea explorations, and much more. This is a great site for sorting out all the wonderful resources the museum has to offer. There are over 1,000 resources currently available on countless subjects.

tag(s): amphibians (16), biodiversity (24), brain (51), climate change (72), darwin (10), dinosaurs (36), diseases (70), diversity (30), fossils (36), light (46), mammals (23), natural disasters (15), oceans (129), paleontology (26), poisons (2), space (201), volcanoes (50)

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When starting a new unit in social studies or science, take a minute to search the resources available at this website. Consider allowing students, individuals, pairs, or groups, to explore the Exibitions for areas of interest and enhance their learning by having them create a multimedia presentation for their peers using Gennially, reviewed here. With Gennially students can choose the format of their multimedia product.

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National Museum of Natural History - Science Teaching Resources - Smithsonian Museum

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6 to 12
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If you haven't visited this Smithsonian page for natural science for education in a while, you're in for a wonderful surprise! It provides stellar resources for life and Earth science...more
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If you haven't visited this Smithsonian page for natural science for education in a while, you're in for a wonderful surprise! It provides stellar resources for life and Earth science topics. Scroll down the landing page and click Search Teaching Resources to find a collection of over 300 activities, videos, and literacy resources for grades K-12. Be sure to click the Menu on the left and scroll down to your topic. The first topic is Earth Science. Designed by the Museum of Natural History, this site provides dynamic live and archived webinars, Digital School Programs, Science How Webcast Archives about everything Earth science like Rocks and Mining, Gems and Minerals, Volcanoes and Plate Tectonics, and the Solar System. Plus, the science categories of Life Science, Paleontology, and Social Studies. Don't forget to go to the Exhibits on the top menu and see the virtual exhibit and information and images about exhibits on each floor.

tag(s): animals (262), biodiversity (24), climate change (72), dinosaurs (36), engineering (109), geology (60), life cycles (19), minerals (15), paleontology (26), plants (134), plate tectonics (18), reptiles (10), rocks (36), volcanoes (50)

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Be sure to give yourself sufficient time to investigate this site for the topic you are looking for. Once you find the resources you want to use, you may want to introduce the subject with a video. From there, open the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector, and use the Exhibits as a guide to a lecture on one of the many aspects of your topic. This site would be great in an Earth Science or Physical Geography class.

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