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Rainforest Animals - Enchanted Learning

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Learn about the many animals found in rainforests at this simple, yet informative site. Choose an animal name to view an annotated drawing of physical features along with a short ...more
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Learn about the many animals found in rainforests at this simple, yet informative site. Choose an animal name to view an annotated drawing of physical features along with a short description of the animal's characteristics. This site also includes a few printables including a rainforest animals book and word wheel.
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tag(s): animal homes (57), animals (309), biomes (117), rainforests (15)

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Share this site on classroom computers for students to explore and learn about the variety of animals found in the rainforest. Use the information on the site as a starting point for research projects on animals and the rainforest. Have students keep a digital portfolio of resources using WeLearned.It, reviewed here. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create informational videos sharing their research using a tool like My Simpleshow, reviewed here. Then share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Consider creating groups for different animal classifications such as birds or insects to create the videos.
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World Biomes: Rainforest - Kids Do Ecology

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Learn about rainforests with this simple, yet informative site. Short paragraphs provide information about the location, climate, plants, and animals found in the rainforest. Be sure...more
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Learn about rainforests with this simple, yet informative site. Short paragraphs provide information about the location, climate, plants, and animals found in the rainforest. Be sure to follow links at the bottom of the page to continue research on this biome on other websites.

tag(s): animal homes (57), animals (309), biomes (117), climate (94), plants (166), rainforests (15)

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Include this site with resources for your unit on biomes. Share with students as an introduction to the two types of rainforest biomes, then have them research further information. Be sure to check out TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit. This is an online research project for elementary and middle school students. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to demonstrate different components within the rainforest.

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Why Do Leaves Change Color? - Environmental Education for Kids

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Learn the science behind the changing color of fall leaves in kid-friendly terms at this simple, yet informative website. Get answers to the title question and more through a series...more
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Learn the science behind the changing color of fall leaves in kid-friendly terms at this simple, yet informative website. Get answers to the title question and more through a series of questions this site answers including How do leaves change color? and Do leaves change because of weather?

tag(s): fall (15), trees (29), weather (197)

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Include this site on classroom computers and your class website for students to explore on their own. Use an online flashcard maker, like Flashcard Stash, reviewed here, to practice science vocabulary terms related to changing leaf colors. Have students take pictures each day of leaves near your classroom or their homes. Challenge students to create online collages with these images using a site such as Kizoa, reviewed here.

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Savanna Biomes - Blue Planet Biomes

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Visit this site to learn more about the savanna biome. Choose from links on the page to learn about the animals, plants, and climate information of the savannah. The short ...more
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Visit this site to learn more about the savanna biome. Choose from links on the page to learn about the animals, plants, and climate information of the savannah. The short descriptive article on the home page provides an excellent overview of this biome and characteristics of the Australian and African savannas.
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tag(s): animals (309), biomes (117), habitats (90), plants (166)

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Be sure to check out TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit. This is an online research project for elementary and middle school students. Use an online tool such as the Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to create a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast features of different biomes.

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Prairie: Introduction - Illinois State Museum

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Learn about the Illinois prairies from plants and animals to prairie landforms and restoration efforts. Choose from links describing the prairie ecosystem through science, art, and...more
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Learn about the Illinois prairies from plants and animals to prairie landforms and restoration efforts. Choose from links describing the prairie ecosystem through science, art, and human voices. Be sure to visit the Activities and Resources section of this site for hands-on ideas to learn more about the prairies and prairie lifestyle.

tag(s): animals (309), biomes (117), habitats (90), plants (166), prairie (11)

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Include information from this site with your other resources when teaching about biomes or states. Include a link to the site on your class webpage for students to use when researching information about prairies. Have students create a simple infographic about prairies sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here.
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World Biomes: Chaparral - Kids Do Ecology

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Learn about the chapparal biome with this simple, yet informative site. Short paragraphs provide information about the location, climate, plants, and animals found within the chapparal....more
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Learn about the chapparal biome with this simple, yet informative site. Short paragraphs provide information about the location, climate, plants, and animals found within the chapparal. Be sure to follow links at the bottom of the page to continue research on this biome on other websites.

tag(s): animal homes (57), animals (309), biomes (117), ecosystems (88), plants (166)

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Include this site with resources for your unit on biomes. Share with students as an introduction to the chapparal biome, then have them research further information. Be sure to check out TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit. This is an online research project for elementary and middle school students. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to demonstrate different components within the chapparal.

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Chaparral Biome - Blue Planet Biomes

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Visit this site to learn more about the chaparral biome. Choose from links on the page to learn about the animals, plants, locations, and climate in this biome which is ...more
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Visit this site to learn more about the chaparral biome. Choose from links on the page to learn about the animals, plants, locations, and climate in this biome which is found on most in continents. Be sure to check out this site for an excellent starting point to learn about one of the world's lesser-known biomes.
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tag(s): animal homes (57), biomes (117), habitats (90), plants (166)

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Include this site with your biome unit. Be sure to check out TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit. This is an online research project for elementary and middle school students.

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Chaparral Animal Printouts - Enchanted Learning

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Learn about the animals living in the chaparral through printable fact sheets including drawings. Choose any animal name to view quick facts. Right-click on the image to save and print...more
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Learn about the animals living in the chaparral through printable fact sheets including drawings. Choose any animal name to view quick facts. Right-click on the image to save and print as a coloring page and print out.
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tag(s): animal homes (57), animals (309), biomes (117), habitats (90)

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Have students create maps locating chaparals and animals from around the world using Animaps, reviewed here. Students can add text, images, and location stops! Use an online poster creator, such as Padlet, reviewed here, to create posters with animal facts.

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Sonoran Desert Fact Sheet - Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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Learn about the many plants and animals that live in the Sonoran Desert through the many fact sheets on this site. Click on any animal or plant name to learn ...more
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Learn about the many plants and animals that live in the Sonoran Desert through the many fact sheets on this site. Click on any animal or plant name to learn about their adaptations, habitat, range, and more. Some also include an audio file sharing their sounds. In addition to plants and animals, this site also includes an interesting link to information on the people who live in the desert.

tag(s): animal homes (57), animals (309), deserts (15), plants (166)

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Include this site as a student resource when teaching about biomes and habitats. Use an online flashcard maker, like Flashcard Stash, reviewed here, to create digital flashcards with features of different desert animals. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast features of different animals or biomes.

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Sonoran Desert Seek and Find - Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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Learn about nocturnal and diurnal animals with the two seek and find activities on this site. Choose one of the two images, then hover over each animal or plant to ...more
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Learn about nocturnal and diurnal animals with the two seek and find activities on this site. Choose one of the two images, then hover over each animal or plant to find their name; click on them to learn more.

tag(s): animal homes (57), animals (309), deserts (15)

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Share with younger students on an interactive whiteboard before asking students to explore on their own. The mouse needs to be placed in a certain area for each image before the caption appears. After exploring the site, have students choose and research an animal then create an online interactive poster individually or together as a class using a tool such as Adobe Spark, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here. Have students use a mapping tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map of local landmarks (with audio stories and pictures included)!

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Biomes of the World - Arizona State University School of Life Sciences

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Explore and learn about biomes through this interactive resource from the biologists at Arizona State University. Choose a particular biome to read and listen to information describing...more
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Explore and learn about biomes through this interactive resource from the biologists at Arizona State University. Choose a particular biome to read and listen to information describing the definition and characteristics of the biome. The show/hide words portion of each section provides definitions of vocabulary included in each part of the site. Other information on the site includes worksheets and coloring pages to print.

tag(s): biomes (117), deserts (15), forests (28), oceans (161), rainforests (15), rivers (25), tundra (16)

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Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts describing each different biome using the scientist's audio from the site as a model. Use a site such as Podcast Generator, reviewed here. Have students use a mapping tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map of biomes from around the world (or country) with audio stories and pictures included!
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Top 10 Animal Adaptations - Animal Planet

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This slideshow takes viewers through a list of 10 animal adaptations beginning with living in communities and ending with nest parasitism (using another species' nest for laying eggs)....more
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This slideshow takes viewers through a list of 10 animal adaptations beginning with living in communities and ending with nest parasitism (using another species' nest for laying eggs). Each slide contains a short description of the adaptation.
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tag(s): adaptations (18), animal homes (57), animals (309)

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Include this slideshow with any unit on animals. Create an online bulletin board using Padlet, reviewed here. Add a column to your Padlet for each adaptation and ask students to add animals to each category of adaptation. Ask students to create reports on animals and their adaptations, then use Flipsnack, reviewed here, to turn their PDFs into an online book. There is even a page-turning effect! If you only have a word doc or image use PDFaid, reviewed here, to convert them to PDF format.

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Biome Challenge - Diana Dell

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Test your knowledge of biomes with this 12 question quiz. The quiz begins with a question with a $500 value and moves up in difficulty to the final question worth ...more
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Test your knowledge of biomes with this 12 question quiz. The quiz begins with a question with a $500 value and moves up in difficulty to the final question worth $1,000,000. Use the three hints provided with each question, if needed, to choose the correct response from the four provided options.

tag(s): assessment (113), biomes (117), ecosystems (88)

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Use this site as either an activator to assess how much students know about biomes, OR as a review tool assessing what needs practice before an exam. Have students complete the activity individually on classroom computers, either simultaneously - or as a learning center or station. Be sure to post the site on your teacher wiki or webpage too, allowing students to review before an assessment both in and out of the classroom. Have students create their own quizzes using Quia or another quiz creation site such as Bamboozle, reviewed here.
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Biomes Jeopardy Review Game - SuperTeacherTools

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Review information about biomes with this Jeopardy-style game. Play using different options for teams or individuals. Choose the play live option to receive a code to join a game or...more
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Review information about biomes with this Jeopardy-style game. Play using different options for teams or individuals. Choose the play live option to receive a code to join a game or play directly from the game board by clicking on question and dollar amount options.
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tag(s): assessment (113), biomes (117), game based learning (128)

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Use this game as a quick assessment of prior knowledge at the beginning of your biome unit. Share a link on classroom computers and your website for students to play on their own to review concepts. Have students create their own Jeopardy game using Jeopardy Labs, reviewed here, to share and review facts before a unit test on any topic.

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Virtual Lab: Ecosystems, Organisms, and Trophic Levels - Glencoe

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Explore biomes and ecosystems in this virtual lab while seeking out various organisms found in each environment. Go further in the exploration to answer field observation questions...more
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Explore biomes and ecosystems in this virtual lab while seeking out various organisms found in each environment. Go further in the exploration to answer field observation questions seeking relationships between inhabitants of the ecosystems. Begin research by choosing a biome, then clicking on an organism. Earn points for correct answers throughout the lab. Be sure to check out the journal including descriptions and information about the inhabitants of each biome.

tag(s): animal homes (57), animals (309), biomes (117), ecology (138), ecosystems (88)

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Add this virtual lab to your biome and ecosystem unit resources. Have students explore the site as part of a science center or on their own as part of a flipped lesson. Ask students to choose one biome to explore in depth, and then share locations of these biomes around the world using Google Earth, reviewed here. Challenge students to create an annotated image of that biome or ecosystem including text boxes and related links using a tool such as ThingLink, reviewed here. Have them color-code the text or sources where they learned new or different information about the biome they explored.
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Genes to Cognition - Cold Spring Harbor Labratory and DNA Learning Center

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Genes to Cognition is an interactive focusing on neuroscience, specifically cognitive disorders and processes. Select an area to begin exploring topics including autism, ADHD, and depression....more
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Genes to Cognition is an interactive focusing on neuroscience, specifically cognitive disorders and processes. Select an area to begin exploring topics including autism, ADHD, and depression. Each item opens up to a web of information to explore further. Information is color-coded to make searching for specific items easier for you. Be sure to also check out additional features on this site including a 3-D brain and teacher features with classroom-related materials correlated to science and psychology standards.

tag(s): adhd (30), autism (20), brain (70), cells (104), genetics (94), psychology (67)

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When discussing cognitive disorders, use this resource first to obtain information. Be sure to explore the tools to understand how different subsets have an impact on other sets. Include this site when discussing anatomy and physiology, disorders that have an environmental and genetic component, and when discussing reactions within the body.
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Planet Arcade Games - National Ocean Service

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Planet Arcade Games offers interactive activities for learning about the oceans and air. In addition to the interactive, each activity includes facts to extend learning beyond gameplay....more
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Planet Arcade Games offers interactive activities for learning about the oceans and air. In addition to the interactive, each activity includes facts to extend learning beyond gameplay. Choose any activity and click to start.

tag(s): air (143), animal homes (57), animals (309), atmosphere (31), energy (207), natural disasters (20), oceans (161), recycling (58), water (130), weather (197)

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Use this site as a learning station or center. Share the activities on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Include a link to these activities on your class website or newsletter for students to try at home. Challenge students to use a mapping tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map of local landforms or information about oceans and continents (with audio and pictures included)! Use this resource together to review and reinforce concepts about animals, oceans, and the environment.
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Colorscope - CNN Creative and Dr. James Fox

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Discover how different cultures perceive and use color through a series of videos and articles from CNN Creative. Scroll through the home page to view options for colors then select...more
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Discover how different cultures perceive and use color through a series of videos and articles from CNN Creative. Scroll through the home page to view options for colors then select a color to watch the video. Learn interesting facts such as which color is the world's favorite and why yellow makes us happy.

tag(s): colors (82), cross cultural understanding (122), cultures (108), senses (31), video (278)

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Include this colorful series with lessons about our senses, cultures, and art. Use information from the videos to understand and analyze images from around the world including typical forms of clothing worn or great works of art. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to demonstrate cultural uses of color.

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Climate Kids Games - NASA

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Climate Kids features a large assortment of activities and information for kids to learn about climate change. This section includes games for learning. The top, right-hand icon on...more
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Climate Kids features a large assortment of activities and information for kids to learn about climate change. This section includes games for learning. The top, right-hand icon on each game on the page indicates the topic of the game. Topics include wind, oceans, earth, plants and animals, and the earth. Each activity includes a summary of the subject and instructions for play.

tag(s): animals (309), earth (230), oceans (161), plants (166), weather (197)

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Choose games from this site to include as part of a science center when teaching about weather, animals, oceans, or climate change. After playing a game have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here, to demonstrate the specific effects of climate change around the world. Students can add text, images, and location stops!
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Climate Kids Big Questions - NASA

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Take a guided tour of the six big questions related to climate change on this interactive wheel. Begin with "What does global climate change mean?" and work your way to ...more
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Take a guided tour of the six big questions related to climate change on this interactive wheel. Begin with "What does global climate change mean?" and work your way to the final question, "What else do we need to find out?". Each issue explores smaller questions through text, images, and video explanations.

tag(s): carbon (23), climate change (68), conservation (130), earth (230), oceans (161)

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Use the Big Questions wheel to guide and direct lessons on climate change. Share each question on your interactive whiteboard to introduce content and spark student conversation. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Word Cloud for Kids, reviewed here, or WordItOut, reviewed here. Upon completion of your climate change unit, challenge students to create online comic strips sharing what they learned about climate change using a site such as Write Comics, reviewed here.

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