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Great Backyard Bird Counts

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6 to 12
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Check out the results of Cornell University's Feederbird counts held in February, 1999. Lots of data, maps, and related bird information sorted by location and species. An excellent...more
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Check out the results of Cornell University's Feederbird counts held in February, 1999. Lots of data, maps, and related bird information sorted by location and species. An excellent starting point for a unit on migration, populations, and habitats.

tag(s): birds (53), counting (113)

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The Gorilla Foundaton

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Information on how gorillas, their habitat, and efforts to help preserve the species in the wild. This site is the home of Koko, who participated in an Internet chat session ...more
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Information on how gorillas, their habitat, and efforts to help preserve the species in the wild. This site is the home of Koko, who participated in an Internet chat session in the Spring of 1998. The site provides good information while promoting its cause.

tag(s): mammals (36)

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Frogs - The Exploratorium

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Forget all the cutesy froggy sites. This site from the San Francisco's Exploratorium offers a visually impresive exploration of frogs and how they have survived through many millennia....more
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Forget all the cutesy froggy sites. This site from the San Francisco's Exploratorium offers a visually impresive exploration of frogs and how they have survived through many millennia. The site includes visuals and frog sounds, as well as extensive scientific content. Good resource for any study of amphibians.

tag(s): amphibians (21)

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Cow's Eye Dissection - The Exploratorium

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The Cow's Eye Dissection site offers middle and high school students a chance to take a virtual walk through the dissection process. In addition to clear instructions and explanations,...more
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The Cow's Eye Dissection site offers middle and high school students a chance to take a virtual walk through the dissection process. In addition to clear instructions and explanations, the site offers a glossary of terms, and an introductory video. From the San Francisco Exploratorium.

tag(s): dissection (11)

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Science teachers can also use this site to guide a lab through the actual dissection process.

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Giant Panda - Smithsonian Institution

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Learn fun facts and viewing tips for visiting the giant panda at Smithsonian's National Zoo. Included on this site is a panda cam, physical description, and conservation information....more
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Learn fun facts and viewing tips for visiting the giant panda at Smithsonian's National Zoo. Included on this site is a panda cam, physical description, and conservation information. Be sure to also check out the panda news with all of the latest panda news from around the world.

tag(s): animal homes (63), animals (322), habitats (108)

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Include this site with your other bookmarks for learning about animals and habitats. Have students share information learned about pandas by annotating an image using ThingLink, reviewed here. ThingLink offers tools for linking websites, images, and more to single images.

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U.S. Geologic Survey - Educational Resources - U.S. Department of the Interior

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Discover videos and animation, school yard geology, online lectures, citizen science, and more on this Education Resource page. Levels are divided into grades K-6, 7-12, and Undergraduate....more
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Discover videos and animation, school yard geology, online lectures, citizen science, and more on this Education Resource page. Levels are divided into grades K-6, 7-12, and Undergraduate. Once you land on the page for your grade level see topic links on the menu to the left. Each topic has a complete teaching module, structured classroom activities, and digital data or images.

tag(s): amphibians (21), animals (322), biomes (139), birds (53), caves (7), climate (95), climate change (69), earthquakes (50), ecosystems (93), environment (323), erosion (18), floods (12), fossils (46), geology (81), mammals (36), minerals (18), plate tectonics (22), rock cycle (11), rocks (52), soil (19), tsunamis (18), volcanoes (66), water (134)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and the wealth of information on this site. As you go through the lessons on this site have students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Telegra.ph, reviewed here. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. This blog creator requires no registration. If you are teaching younger students and looking for an easy way to integrate technology and check for understanding, challenge your students to create a blog using EasyBlog, reviewed here.

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Your Genes - Your Choices - American Association for the Advancement of Science

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science offers this publication to probe some of the issues raised by genetic research. Based on issues raised by the Human Genome Project,...more
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The American Association for the Advancement of Science offers this publication to probe some of the issues raised by genetic research. Based on issues raised by the Human Genome Project, the site offers a set of "what if..." case studies designed to start discussions of issues related to genetic research. What can genetic testing reveal? Who should know the information? Does the fact that we can clone an animal mean that we should? The site provides lots of great discussion starters accompanied by sound scientific explanations.

tag(s): genetics (88)

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Use this site to familiarize your students with current issues in genetic research. Have students choose one of the topics from the table of contents to read and research. Once they have an opinion about the topic, they should conduct research to support their position. If your students are inexperienced conducting research you may want to use a tool like Go, Ask, Achieve, reviewed here, an interactive and engaging tool for students to learn the formal research process. After completing a little research, form teams, by topic, and divide those teams into those who are in favor of the issue or those who are against the issue. Have student topic teams prepare for a debate with each other either with the class as the audience, or use a tool like Virtual Debate, reviewed here. Alternatively, students could view past debates on Virtual Debate to analyze pro and con arguments and effective strategies for debating.
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New Scientist - Reed Business Information Ltd.

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Here's a site which offers answers to imponderables such as, "Why is the ocean blue?" The site offers numerous articles of interest. You can join (for a fee), but the ...more
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Here's a site which offers answers to imponderables such as, "Why is the ocean blue?" The site offers numerous articles of interest. You can join (for a fee), but the articles are available for free. The site is published by the British periodical New Science.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (180)

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Share the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector, and use it as a springboard for an ethics discussion during science class. Though there are a wide array of articles, some capture and illustrate arguments over the debate of stem cell research, Pluto's classification, and climate change. At the end of a unit, open one of these articles and use the real-world information provided to spark a classroom debate. Students can use the knowledge they have gained, in addition to seeing its practical application. This is a very useful site for science enrichment!

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Living Lakes

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This site offers a look at the common issues and problems that major fresh-water lakes face. Teachers will find the site interesting background reading for lesson planning, but the...more
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This site offers a look at the common issues and problems that major fresh-water lakes face. Teachers will find the site interesting background reading for lesson planning, but the content may not be particularly helpful for students. This site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit. Requries FLASH.

tag(s): biomes (139)

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Try the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit to get your students involved and engaged with their own research. Have them work alone or with a partner on laptops or in a lab.
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Deserts of our World

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A page of facts about deserts, this site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit. ...more
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A page of facts about deserts, this site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit.

tag(s): biomes (139)

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Mojave National Preserve

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A page of facts about the Mojave, this site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit. ...more
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A page of facts about the Mojave, this site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit.

tag(s): biomes (139)

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The Mojave Desert - DesertUSA

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A page of information about the Mojave Desert, this site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World...more
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A page of information about the Mojave Desert, this site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit.

tag(s): biomes (139)

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Desert Plant Survival - Desert USA

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A page of facts about desert plants, this site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit....more
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A page of facts about desert plants, this site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit.

tag(s): biomes (139)

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Secrets @ Sea - engagingscience.org

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A page of facts about xxx, this site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit for grades 4-8.

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Ocean Planet - Smithsonian/NASA

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This oceans site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit for grades 4-8. It also includes...more
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This oceans site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit for grades 4-8. It also includes extensive materials for teachers.

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Enchanted Learning: Tundra

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A page of facts about the tundra, this site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit for grades 4-8.

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Tundra-Cam - University of Colorado

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This tundra cam, operable by remote control over the web, is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World...more
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This tundra cam, operable by remote control over the web, is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit for grades 4-8.

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Passport to the Rainforest - Passport to Knowledge

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This rainforest site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit for grades 4-8. ...more
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Journey into Amazonia - PBS

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A page of facts about rainforests, this site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit for...more
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A page of facts about rainforests, this site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit for grades 4-8.

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Enchanted Learning: Taiga

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