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Ask Dr. Universe - Washington State University

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K to 8
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We all have questions about the world around us. Dr. Universe investigates those tough questions submitted by elementary and middle school students and teams up with professors, researchers,...more
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We all have questions about the world around us. Dr. Universe investigates those tough questions submitted by elementary and middle school students and teams up with professors, researchers, and other experts to provide fact-based answers. Each week she posts one big question to answer. Additional information on the site includes student polls, videos, a podcast, and downloadable activities. Don't miss the downloadable field guide provided by Dr. Universe that offers many ideas and guidance to promote scientific learning in young scientists. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): animals (266), cells (82), nutrition (132), planets (111), plants (138), podcasts (65), space (204), STEM (225)

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Download the field guide and print copies for students to take notes and record their questions about the world around us. Submit questions to Dr. Universe to see if she will respond to your questions. Include the podcast as part of a learning or computer center in your classroom. Explore previous questions together as a class to find out answers to common questions such as "Why Do Leaves fall in the fall?" or "Why can't we breathe in space?" Include Dr. Universe's response within science lessons created using Blendspace, reviewed here. Create and share interactive self-paced lessons in Blendspace, including videos, quizzes, podcasts, and more. Have students extend learning by creating explainer videos using Biteable, reviewed here, or FlexClip, FlexClip, reviewed here of topics researched.
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Why Do Leaves Change Color - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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5 to 8
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Why Do Leaves Change Color is a "plain vanilla" site all about leaves! This site offers simple explanations to four questions: Where do leaf colors come from? How do leaves ...more
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Why Do Leaves Change Color is a "plain vanilla" site all about leaves! This site offers simple explanations to four questions: Where do leaf colors come from? How do leaves change color? Do leaves change color because of weather? And Why do leaves fall? There is also a link to the Fall Color Report (from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism).

tag(s): photosynthesis (21), seasons (32), trees (17)

In the Classroom

Use this site as one of multiple sources for researching fall changes. Show students how to take Cornell (two-column) notes and summarize using this information. Pair weak readers with strong readers for this activity. Make a graph using Online Charts, reviewed here, comparing different types of trees and their rate of change. Find a buddy class in your county, state, or across the country and compare the changes occurring in your areas.

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The Science Behind Fall Colors - Explore Asheville

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3 to 12
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Take a look at the science behind changing leaf colors with this interesting site from Explore Asheville. View a time-lapse video of changing colors, learn about the early Greek's theories...more
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Take a look at the science behind changing leaf colors with this interesting site from Explore Asheville. View a time-lapse video of changing colors, learn about the early Greek's theories on why colors change, and find out about changing colors around the world. Information is presented in videos, Google Earth files, and slides. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.
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tag(s): plants (138), seasons (32), trees (17)

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Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to compare changing leaf colors in North Carolina with those in your area. Challenge students to create online, interactive posters, infographics, or presentations using a tool like Genial.ly, reviewed here. Set up a Twitter exchange with another classroom around the country to compare changing leaf colors in your communities. Looking for more ways to use Twitter in the classroom? Read more about Twitter at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page. Find fall+leaves&grade_low=0&grade_high=12&searchtype=all&searchtype=all">additional fall color sites on TeachersFirst to explore other locations.

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Leaves Change Color - Education World

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2 to 6
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Discover the science behind the changing autumn leaves with this Internet scavenger hunt. Students can practice simple Web research skills while gaining an understanding of the factors...more
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Discover the science behind the changing autumn leaves with this Internet scavenger hunt. Students can practice simple Web research skills while gaining an understanding of the factors that contribute to the beautiful show of colors each fall.

tag(s): fall (4), halloween (31)

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Autumn Leaf Scrapbook - Missouri Botanical Garden

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4 to 6
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If leaf collections are part of your science curriculum, check out this beautifully organized site that takes a look at deciduous trees and how to identify them by the color ...more
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If leaf collections are part of your science curriculum, check out this beautifully organized site that takes a look at deciduous trees and how to identify them by the color and shape of their leaves. Links to virtual leaf identification guides are also provided.

tag(s): fall (4), halloween (31)

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