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Invasive Mosquito Project - Citizen Science

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6 to 12
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Collect and share data about mosquitos as part of a national project by participating in the Invasive Mosquito Project. This project is gathering data on the number and types of ...more
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Collect and share data about mosquitos as part of a national project by participating in the Invasive Mosquito Project. This project is gathering data on the number and types of mosquitoes found around the country and needs the help of students, teachers, and anyone interested in participating. In addition to this research project, the site offers a collection of resources for teachers including lessons for collecting information, recognizing mosquito types, and mosquito facts. Submit your collected data using the online form found on the site.

tag(s): data (157), insects (73), scientific method (68)

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The Invasive Mosquito Project is an excellent way to teach scientific process and data gathering through real-world techniques. Take advantage of the free lessons found on the site to teach your students how to properly collect and share data before actually following procedures for participating in the project. As students learn to collect data and take images, use Wakelet, reviewed here, to organize and share their work and curate online information. As students become more involved with the project ask them to share information using Google My Maps, reviewed here. Google My Maps offers tools for creating a virtual field trip across a path created by students.
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Webcomics Web Archive - Library of Congress

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8 to 12
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The Library of Congress presents this collection which features comics created explicitly for the web beginning in 2014 and ongoing. Selections include award-winning comics as well...more
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The Library of Congress presents this collection which features comics created explicitly for the web beginning in 2014 and ongoing. Selections include award-winning comics as well as those featured based on significance in the field of comics. Browse through the collection items or use search features to narrow your selection by different criteria including format, date, subject, and location. Please note that all content is provided in its original form and may not be suitable for all ages.

tag(s): artists (78), comics and cartoons (61), politics (102)

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Include this collection in art classes during the study of comic book art. Share comics with students in history classes along with newspaper comics to demonstrate the use of comics to depict historic events or share political beliefs and satire. In literature classes, include this site along with others to share comics depicting characters in novels. Have students create their own comics or cartoons to summarize story events or depict characters and events from history using a comic creation tool like ToonyTool, reviewed here, to create single frame cartoons. Find more uses for using comics in the classroom by viewing the archive of our OK2Ask session Engage & Inspire: Comics in the Classroom, reviewed here.

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School Garden Resource Center - Whole Kids Foundation

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K to 12
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Find resources for starting a school garden or supporting an existing garden at the School Garden Resource Center. Start with information on why your school needs a garden, planning,...more
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Find resources for starting a school garden or supporting an existing garden at the School Garden Resource Center. Start with information on why your school needs a garden, planning, planting, and teaching through your gardening experience. Choose from individual topics on the site or download all of the information in one PDF document.

tag(s): nutrition (157), plants (177)

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Share information from this site with your school's parent/teacher organization to gain support and possible funding for a garden project. Ask students to create video commercials to ask for funding, share their gardening success, or for their favorite gardening tool. Gardening is a perfect topic for student blogs. Have students use Edublog, reviewed here, to share the progress of their gardens including images and journal entries.
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Monarch Lab - University of Minnesota

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K to 12
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This site is an undertaking of the University of Minnesota to develop a citizen science project including volunteers from around the country to share long-term data on monarch butterfly...more
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This site is an undertaking of the University of Minnesota to develop a citizen science project including volunteers from around the country to share long-term data on monarch butterfly populations and their milkweed habitat. Sign up and share your data, or explore the site to learn more about monarch butterflies. The site includes monitoring data from around the US, training information, and ongoing updates and newsletters.

tag(s): animal homes (63), butterflies (12), data (157), habitats (110), insects (73)

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Use the downloadable worksheets on this site to monitor and learn about monarch butterflies in your area. Use Google Sheets and Documents to include images and data together. Compare your class data to those around the country. Take advantage of this project to show students how every piece of data is significant for scientific studies. Ask students to share information through blog entries using Edublog, reviewed here. Edublog includes tools for easily creating interesting blogs including student writing and images.
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ClassClimate - classclimate.org

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K to 12
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ClassClimate is an easy to use online tool to track students' moods throughout the day. Create an account using email and verify through the email link sent after registering. (Be ...more
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ClassClimate is an easy to use online tool to track students' moods throughout the day. Create an account using email and verify through the email link sent after registering. (Be sure to check your junk mail or spam folder if you don't receive the link in your inbox). Obtain student's feelings through the use of emojis in one of two ways. Share your class code and ask students to register or send a "Speed Read" link to all students. ClassClimate collects data for up to a month for your use in evaluating the mood of the class.

tag(s): classroom management (147), emotions (39)

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Share ClassClimate with your students for use throughout the day to share their mood. Evaluate the data to understand when students feel frustrated or which events they enjoy. Use ClassClimate during professional development sessions to evaluate reactions from peers during training meetings as a way to understand how to develop effective interactions with others.

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Fractions - The Math Learning Center

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K to 1
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Fractions is an app that is available online or for download from iTunes and Chrome. Use the app to explore and investigate fractions using the different available options. Add fraction...more
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Fractions is an app that is available online or for download from iTunes and Chrome. Use the app to explore and investigate fractions using the different available options. Add fraction bars or circles to your workspace and divide into up to 100 equal parts. Other options include text options including math symbols and drawing tools. At the time of this review the web app did not appear to be working.The chrome app works.

tag(s): decimals (127), fractions (231)

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Include a link to this app or download onto mobile devices for students to explore and practice working with fractions. Take advantage of the additional free resources included on this site that use the app to work with fractions. Ask students to take a screen shot of their fraction work and share concepts they discover or questions they have. Consider creating a class book with your fraction image and video and audio recordings using Book Creator, reviewed here.

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2 and 3 Circle Interactive Venn Diagrams - Class Tools/Russell Tarr

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K to 12
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Create and practice using 2 and 3 circle Venn Diagrams utilizing this creation tool from Class Tools. Select the number of circles to begin. Add your name and title, then ...more
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Create and practice using 2 and 3 circle Venn Diagrams utilizing this creation tool from Class Tools. Select the number of circles to begin. Add your name and title, then add labels for each circle. Type directly into the chosen portion of the diagram to add information. Be sure to check out the samples found at the green question mark icon for ideas on creating and using Venn Diagrams.
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tag(s): charts and graphs (199), venn diagrams (18)

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Share a link to this site on classroom computers and your class website to use anytime when working with Venn Diagrams. Ask students to practice using Venn Diagrams using the interactive activities. Have students create their own prompts for classmates to complete a diagram. Have students use a video explainer tool like My Simpleshow, reviewed here, to demonstrate how to create and use Venn Diagrams.

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My Story: Edmund Hillary and Mount Everest - Scholastic

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3 to 8
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Investigate Sir Edmund Hillary and his historic trek up Mount Everest through the photographs, interviews, and interactive activities provided on this site. Choose from different options...more
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Investigate Sir Edmund Hillary and his historic trek up Mount Everest through the photographs, interviews, and interactive activities provided on this site. Choose from different options to learn more about Sir Edmund Hillary, mountains, and the geography and culture of the Himalayas. The included Teacher's Guide provides standards-based lessons based on reading, social studies, and science objectives..

tag(s): asia (74), biographies (87), explorers (69), mountains (17)

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Make use of the lesson ideas and resources found on this site to include with lessons on explorers, biographies, and famous people from around the world. Use a kid-friendly search engine like Kiddle, reviewed here, and have students research more about the Himalayas. Ask students to create an infographic sharing facts and information learned from their research using an infographic creation tool like Canva, reviewed here. Extend student learning further by asking groups of students to create podcasts as they assume the role of a famous explorer, have students describe in detail the difficulties faced by explorers and how they overcame the many obstacles faced. Buzzsprout, reviewed here, provides free podcast uploads and hosting.

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