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Genetics - Science Resources - TeachersFirst

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Find engaging tools related to genetics in this curated list. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to know. Some sites may ...more
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Find engaging tools related to genetics in this curated list. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to know. Some sites may be more challenging reading, while others may offer solid basic information. Be sure to try several sources. Some resources offer lesson plans or activities, while others are basic content sites.

tag(s): dna (44), genetics (69)

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List these tools on your website for students to use for review and preparation for a test. Share the interactive sites on your projector with the class. A few of these are device agnostic and available as both an app and on the web.

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EEK! Nature Notes - Environmental Education for Kids!

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EEK! Nature Notes provides quick tips and information about wild animals, specifically those found in Wisconsin. Learn what to do if you find a baby wild animal, how to avoid ...more
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EEK! Nature Notes provides quick tips and information about wild animals, specifically those found in Wisconsin. Learn what to do if you find a baby wild animal, how to avoid ticks, and what to look for on a spring wildflower walk. Other sections dig deeper into sharing information about habitats and information on animals found around the state. Video clips reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): animal homes (58), animals (258), biomes (118), birds (44), fish (18), habitats (79), mammals (24), plants (136), reptiles (9), wetlands (8), wisconsin (5)

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Include this site with your resources for teaching habitats, animals, and biomes. Use a bookmarking tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here, to share Nature Notes with students easily along with other websites. As students learn about animals and habitats, ask them to share information using ThingLink, reviewed here. ThingLink provides tools for adding video, web links, and additional information to images. To wrap up your unit, create a class book using Book Creator, reviewed here. Book Creator allows you to create online, multimedia books.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Environmental Protection Agency

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Here you will find the home page for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Choose from different areas on the site to search for environmental data, government policies, and...more
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Here you will find the home page for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Choose from different areas on the site to search for environmental data, government policies, and the latest environmental topics. Use the "Your Community" area to search for information within a specific zip code or state. There are also many EPA videos that reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): chemicals (40), environment (219), pollution (50), recycling (44), water (101)

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Bookmark this site to include with units on the environment and current events. Ask students to search for local environmental issues and concerns using search tools on the site. Encourage students to use a tool like Diigo, reviewed here, to keep track and highlight the important information they find. Upon completion of research, have students create infographics using a tool like Canva, reviewed here, to share the facts they find. Canva is easy to use and provides many templates for creating infographics. Ask students to create a podcast featuring information on the environment along with suggestions on how to solve environmental concerns. Podcast Generator, reviewed here, is a free tool for publishing audio and video podcasts.

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Taiga Biological Station - Wilds of Manitoba

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This site provides information in response to student requests on the taiga biome to help answer questions and serve as a prompt to promote further study. Scroll through to view ...more
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This site provides information in response to student requests on the taiga biome to help answer questions and serve as a prompt to promote further study. Scroll through to view information divided into sections describing taiga, threats to the biome, and links to organizations interested in the future of the taiga.

tag(s): biomes (118), habitats (79)

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This site is very text intensive. Try using a word cloud tool like Wordsift, reviewed here, to identify and highlight important words found within the text to clarify content for all students, especially those with special learning needs. Wordsift also provides images and highlights text found within sentences to provide important context of information shared. As students complete the biome unit, ask them to create explanation videos sharing information from this site and others used during the unit. My Simpleshow, reviewed here, is an easy to use video creation tool designed to make explaining any topic simple and entertaining.

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Biomes Lesson - PBS Learning Media

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This lesson plan from PBS learning media for high school students provides ideas and resources for student research of biomes over the duration of two to three class periods. Multimedia...more
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This lesson plan from PBS learning media for high school students provides ideas and resources for student research of biomes over the duration of two to three class periods. Multimedia resources include images, documents, videos, and biomes interactive activity. Download all materials from the site in PDF format. View correlation to National Standards and Next Generation Science Standards through links provided.

tag(s): amazon (9), arctic (42), biomes (118), deserts (15), forests (25), tundra (15)

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Determine students' prior knowledge of biomes. Instead of using pencil and paper, use an online bulletin board like Lino, reviewed here, to categorize and share information obtained through student brainstorming. Allow students to access the bulletin board to add information learned throughout your unit. Provide students with a collaborative bookmarking site like SearchTeam, reviewed here, to share resources found during their research. SearchTeam allows you to add comments to shared resources. For a final project, ask students to use Story Maps, reviewed here, to create an interactive story about biomes around the world including images, videos, and text.
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Biomes Lesson Plan - InstructorWeb

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3 to 7
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This biome lesson plan includes suggestions for teaching the different types of biomes to late elementary age students. The site consists of suggested vocabulary, lesson activities,...more
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This biome lesson plan includes suggestions for teaching the different types of biomes to late elementary age students. The site consists of suggested vocabulary, lesson activities, and extension ideas. Access the printable cards and pictures after free registration on InstructorWeb.

tag(s): adaptations (10), biomes (118), deserts (15), forests (25), habitats (79), rainforests (15), tundra (15)

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Include this site as a resource for planning your biome unit. Use tools found at Class Tools, reviewed here, to present information during lessons. For example, use the Post-It Labeling tool to upload an image of a biome and add sticky notes to identify and explain items found. Be sure to save any creations you make on your class website for students to view at home. Use the idea for writing descriptive paragraphs found within the lesson and enhance the activity by asking students to write blog posts to share. Edublog, reviewed here, provides a free platform for student blogs. As a culminating activity, have students use Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create virtual field trips to different biomes around the world.
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kidcyber - Shirley Sydenham and Ron Thomas

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kidcyber contains a collection of text resources targeted explicitly to K-6 students for research and inquiry into science content. View collections of material under eight different...more
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kidcyber contains a collection of text resources targeted explicitly to K-6 students for research and inquiry into science content. View collections of material under eight different content headings. In addition to age-appropriate text, this site also includes images and videos. The diverse range of topics includes sports, technology and inventions, space, and more. The site was created in Australia, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): aircraft (18), animals (258), australia (27), dictionaries (50), earth (174), inventors and inventions (67), nutrition (130), planets (111), space (200), sports (79), stars (64)

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Include this resource with other content when teaching science concepts. Include a link to specific sections of the site for use as non-fiction reading content. Instead of having students draw a poster to share information about animals or plants, enhance learning by asking them to annotate an image using ThingLink, reviewed here. ThingLink allows you to add links including text, video, and more to images. Extend your students' knowledge by setting up a Global Virtual Classroom, reviewed here, with a classroom in a different part of the world to compare and contrast your environments.

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Ecology Lab - Learner.org

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This animated lab is part of a unit entitled "The Producers" and demonstrates the impact on different environments as creatures make changes to the plant and animal population. Use...more
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This animated lab is part of a unit entitled "The Producers" and demonstrates the impact on different environments as creatures make changes to the plant and animal population. Use options in the lab to add plants and animal predators then run the lab to view the day-by-day changes to the environment. Changes display in the image and with a line graph.

tag(s): animals (258), ecology (100), ecosystems (65), environment (219), plants (136)

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View this interactive together with students on your interactive whiteboard as you change different environmental components. Ask students to predict final outcomes before viewing each scenario, ask them to vote on their prediction with an online voting tool like Dotstorming, reviewed here. Ask students to discuss results in an online blog using Weebly, reviewed here. Include before and after screen shots of your lab as part of student blog discussions. Extend student learning by having your students try their own hand at creating an online game using Scratch, reviewed here, to demonstrate interactions between plants and animals in different environmental conditions.

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Atoms - Science Resources - TeachersFirst

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This curated list of resources will help you research information about atoms. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to know. Some ...more
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This curated list of resources will help you research information about atoms. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to know. Some sites may be more challenging reading, while others may offer solid basic information. Be sure to try several sources. There are resources for elementary, middle, and high school levels.

tag(s): atoms (41)

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Many of these tools are more appropriate for middle and high school students. In the younger grades, the tools could be used as a teacher-led activity. Share the interactive sites on your projector with the class. List these tools on your website for students to use for review and preparation for a test.

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Cells - Science Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of resources will help you research information about cells. There are resources for elementary, middle, and high school levels. Find tools for all grade levels. Read...more
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This collection of resources will help you research information about cells. There are resources for elementary, middle, and high school levels. Find tools for all grade levels. Read the recommended grade levels with each review. Materials include interactives, resource guides, and more. Check back often, as new resources are frequently added. Be sure to try several sources.

tag(s): cells (80)

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Share the interactive sites on your projector with the class. List these tools on your website for students to use for review and preparation for a test. A few of these are device agnostic and available as both an app and on the web.

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Explore Learning Ecosystem Resources - Explore Learning

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Explore Learning offers several resources for teaching and learning about ecosystems. Choose from several different topics including food chains and various kinds of ecosystems. Choose...more
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Explore Learning offers several resources for teaching and learning about ecosystems. Choose from several different topics including food chains and various kinds of ecosystems. Choose any link to obtain complete lesson information including lesson materials and assessments. Some materials are available in other languages. Most items are available to account holders only; signup is free.

tag(s): animals (258), coral (9), ecosystems (65), food chains (18), ponds (4), population (51)

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Take advantage of the many free resources shared on this site for teaching about ecosystems. Ask students to create infographics sharing information they learn. Canva, reviewed here, offers free resources for creating infographics. Have students create animated videos sharing information about ecosystems using Powtoon, reviewed here.
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California Chaparral Institute - The Chaparral Institute

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Learn about California's most extensive ecosystem with information shared by the California Chaparral Institute, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of native shrublands throughout...more
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Learn about California's most extensive ecosystem with information shared by the California Chaparral Institute, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of native shrublands throughout the world. Choose from links to learn basic facts about the chaparral, preservation efforts, threats to the biome, and the institute's preservation plan. Other items on the site include information on animals found in the chaparral.

tag(s): animal homes (58), animals (258), biomes (118), habitats (79)

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Include this site with your other resources for teaching about biomes and habitats. Before introducing this site, find out what students already know about chaparrals using a virtual bulletin board like Webnotes, reviewed here, to record student responses. Instead of sharing a list of links with students, consider using a bookmarking tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here, to organize and share information through one easy-to-use link. At the end of your biome unit ask students to create a multimedia presentation using Sway, reviewed here. Sway offers tools to easily create professsional looking presentations including images, videos, and more.

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The Taiga Biome - borealbiome

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Discover basic information about the taiga biome on this site. Choose from the different links to learn about plants and animals, locations around the world, and changes occurring due...more
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Discover basic information about the taiga biome on this site. Choose from the different links to learn about plants and animals, locations around the world, and changes occurring due to human impact. This site also includes a short video with images of animals found in the taiga. 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 ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): biomes (118), forests (25), habitats (79)

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This site contains basic information to use as an introduction to taiga biomes. Include it when sharing other resources with your class. Consider using a bookmarking tool like SearchTeam, reviewed here, to consolidate and share resources in one place. As you and your students progress throughout your biome unit, use a video response tool like FlipGrid, reviewed here, to share student ideas and information learned. Instead of assigning a written or oral presentation at the end of your unit, ask students to create an animated video using My Simpleshow, reviewed here. MySimpleShow offers easy tools to create animated explainer videos.

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Temperate Rainforest Facts - temperate-rainforest-facts.com

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As advertised in the title, this no-frills site offers just the facts about temperate rainforests. The home page features basic information about rainforests along with facts about...more
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As advertised in the title, this no-frills site offers just the facts about temperate rainforests. The home page features basic information about rainforests along with facts about the canopy layers. Choose from additional links to learn animal and plant facts.
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tag(s): biomes (118), habitats (79), rainforests (15)

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Include this site with your other resources when teaching about biomes and habitats. Instead of asking students to take notes or create flashcards, learn vocabulary using online games like Baamboozle, reviewed here. Baamboozle allows you to quickly create games for teams of two and automatically keeps score during gameplay. Upon completion of your unit consider having students create online books using a tool like Book Creator, reviewed here. Book Creator includes many features to create interactive books including adding video, text, audio, and images.

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What Eats? - whateats.com

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Find out the diet of different animals in What Eats? Type in the name of an animal to view a description of what it eats, and what eats it! Other ...more
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Find out the diet of different animals in What Eats? Type in the name of an animal to view a description of what it eats, and what eats it! Other portions of the site describe different kinds of food webs, types of animal diets, and even an African food chain in Spanish.
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tag(s): animals (258), food chains (18)

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When introducing your animal unit, add an extension to your Internet browser like Sticky Notes, reviewed here, to project and share student's ideas as you begin discussing animals and food webs. Edit, add, or delete notes as needed as you move throughout your unit. Add a link to What Eats? on classroom computers. As students learn about specific animals or food webs, ask them to create interactive images using ThingLink, reviewed here, to add text, links, and additional information. Have younger students use a tool like WriteReader, reviewed here, to create an online storybook sharing information learned. WriteReader includes tools for sharing student writing along with correct spelling underneath. For older students, try a book creation tool like Story Maps, reviewed here, to add additional information including map locations.

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Encyclopedic Entries - National Geographic

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Think of this site as a digital, illustrated encyclopedia of environmental words and terms. Choose any entry to find beautiful images along with complete encyclopedic entries and additional...more
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Think of this site as a digital, illustrated encyclopedia of environmental words and terms. Choose any entry to find beautiful images along with complete encyclopedic entries and additional resources. Use filters to search by keyword, grade level, or subject.

tag(s): continents (30), ecology (100), environment (219), oceans (134), space (200), weather (159)

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Take advantage of the information on this site for use throughout the school year. Consider choosing an entry each week to share with students and explore further. Use a bookmarking site like Symbaloo, reviewed here, to share other links on the same topic. Ask students to locate information on Google Maps and create a story to tell about their topic using a site like Heganoo, reviewed here. Heganoo allows you to create interactive maps including images, videos, and more to tell a story.

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Temperate Forest - Kids Do Ecology

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Learn the basics about the Temperate Forest biome with this site from Kids Do Ecology. Information includes weather, locations, and plants and animals found in this biome. In addition...more
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Learn the basics about the Temperate Forest biome with this site from Kids Do Ecology. Information includes weather, locations, and plants and animals found in this biome. In addition to facts about the Temperate Forest, this site includes a printable crossword puzzle featuring information about the biome.

tag(s): animals (258), biomes (118), habitats (79), plants (136)

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Include this site with your other biome resources. Share a link on classroom computers and your class website. View information from the site together on an interactive whiteboard or projector highlighting important information. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Wordle, reviewed here, or WordItOut, reviewed here. At the conclusion of your biome unit, have students make an interactive multimedia poster using Visme, reviewed here.
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World Biomes: Savanna - Kids Do Ecology

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Learn about the Savanna biome with this informative site from Kids Do Ecology. This site provides basic information about the location, weather, and inhabitants of this biome. Also,...more
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Learn about the Savanna biome with this informative site from Kids Do Ecology. This site provides basic information about the location, weather, and inhabitants of this biome. Also, there is a printable crossword puzzle all about the Savanna.

tag(s): animals (258), biomes (118), habitats (79), plants (136)

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Include this site with other resources featuring biomes. Consider creating a Webmix (web-based screens of link "tiles") with all of your biome resources using Symbaloo, reviewed here. Share a link to your Symbaloo Webmix on your class website or classroom computers for easy student access. Use an online infographic creator, such as Canva, reviewed here, to create infographics including images and facts about biomes. Instead of asking students to create written reports at the end of your biome unit, have students create maps sharing locations and features of different biomes using Zeemaps, reviewed here. Zeemaps allows students to create audio recordings AND choose various locations on a map where the report takes place.
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Tropical Savanna - Center for Educational Technologies, Wheeling Jesuit Univ

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Learn about the characteristics of the Savanna biome with this overview featuring animals and plants found in the Savanna. Although the site is fairly simple, it includes some little-known...more
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Learn about the characteristics of the Savanna biome with this overview featuring animals and plants found in the Savanna. Although the site is fairly simple, it includes some little-known facts about this biome.

tag(s): animals (258), biomes (118), habitats (79), plants (136)

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Share information from this site on your interactive whiteboard as an introduction to the Savanna biome. Ask students to use the tools on your whiteboard to highlight important information, then save your work on your computer to share on your class website. Ask students to participate in an online bulletin board, such as Lino, reviewed here, to reflect on what they are learning and collect information and images about the Savanna biome. Challenge students to create an annotated image sharing information about the Savanna or animals found on the Savanna including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Have students work in groups to create a virtual field trip to Savannas around the world using Google Earth, reviewed here.

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Cabinet of Curiosities - Philippe Cousteau Jr.

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Cabinet of Curiosities is a site created by the grandson of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau to introduce STEM careers to young people. Links within the cabinet take you to eight...more
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Cabinet of Curiosities is a site created by the grandson of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau to introduce STEM careers to young people. Links within the cabinet take you to eight different categories including short video explanations by professionals within the field. Click on any image within the cabinet to view a short description of an item used for a STEM career and one or more videos. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): anthropology (9), careers (131), communication (135), ecology (100), engineering (107), marine biology (25), oceans (134), STEM (212)

In the Classroom

Bookmark and save to use when exploring career options with students. Ask students to use information found on this site and others to create an infographic sharing information about a chosen career. Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, offers many templates for creating infographics. To increase student knowledge of options within STEM careers, have groups of students create a weekly podcast sharing different career fields. Buzzsprout, reviewed here, is an online tool to use when creating and hosting podcasts.

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