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Nova Labs - PBS

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Engage in authentic scientific exploration with the games and interactives offered through Nova Labs. Engage in lab topics of cybersecurity, evolution, RNA, clouds, energy, and the...more
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Engage in authentic scientific exploration with the games and interactives offered through Nova Labs. Engage in lab topics of cybersecurity, evolution, RNA, clouds, energy, and the sun. Each interactive includes a collection of videos providing background information. The site also shares educator guides specific to each lab with strategies for use.

tag(s): cells (102), critical thinking (117), energy (212), evolution (104), internet safety (122), Research (8), solar energy (38), sun (72), weather (210)

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Nova Labs provide many opportunities for engaging students in authentic learning situations. Consider using this site as an introduction to any of the included topics. For example, begin your energy unit by assigning the energy lab as homework or as a flipped learning activity. Watch the introductory video together, then allow students to explore the site on their own. Use Playposit, reviewed here, extend technology use by adding questions and student responses to videos to encourage critical thinking skills. Have students share their learning after participating in the lab by annotating images using ThingLink, reviewed here. Thinglink presents a variety of levels for technology use depending on teacher requirements for the project, or even student ability; it allows for adding narration, videos, text, and links to help explain the project. Ask tech-savvy students to create their own learning games with Scratch, reviewed here, using information learned from their research.
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SciGirls Connect! - Twin Cities Public Television

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SciGirls Connect! provides resources to connect and encourage girls to engage in STEM activities including videos, interactives, and hands-on activities. Browse the site to find resources...more
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SciGirls Connect! provides resources to connect and encourage girls to engage in STEM activities including videos, interactives, and hands-on activities. Browse the site to find resources divided into topics including technology, role-model profiles, and various science themes. Additional information provides resources for teachers including participation and lesson guides. SciGirls Connect! places a heavy emphasis on providing resources in Spanish, these include Latina role-models and Spanish versions of most content.

tag(s): animal homes (64), animals (319), careers (149), earth (224), engineering (133), environment (322), graphic design (39), heart (41), nutrition (156), space (233), spanish (108), STEM (210)

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Bookmark SciGirls Connect! as a resource for finding interesting classroom activities for both girls and boys. Consider creating an after-school club for girls to explore different STEM careers and activities, if possible, bring in female STEM leaders from your community to help host the club or provide ongoing activities and support. Encourage the use of technology by incorporating and embedding digital tools throughout your STEM lessons. For example, instead of asking students to take notes using pencil and paper, use Google Docs or Microsoft Word. As students continue through their learning activities, use editing tools in these office products to add comments, images, and additional information. Be sure to demonstrate how to view editing changes to your students so that they can look back and reflect on their work throughout the process. Encourage your students to reflect upon their work both during individual activities and throughout the year with the use of a digital portfolio tool like Seesaw, reviewed here. Use Seesaw to create individual accounts for students to take pictures, add video, and add written commentary as part of their reflection and assessment of activities. Really transform student learning and technology use by letting them become the teacher. Extend technology use by asking students to create podcasts using Anchor, reviewed here to teach others about concepts in science and technology, or share information about STEM careers. In addition to podcasts, you can modify technology use by asking students to use a video explainer tool like Biteable, reviewed here, to demonstrate and share the procedures of experiments.
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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for the Primary Classroom (K-2) - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore, compare, and contrast three different online tools designed for early...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore, compare, and contrast three different online tools designed for early learners. Participants will learn about the features of these three free tools and then explore ways to use them in the primary classroom. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. Participants will: 1. Explore primary tools to use in the classroom; 2. Start a lesson plan using one of the given tools; and 3. Collaborate with other participants on ways to use the given tools in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Frostbite Theater - Jefferson Lab

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Frostbite Theater is a video collection of more than 80 science demonstrations and experiments hosted on YouTube. Many of the experiments feature the use of liquid nitrogen, dry ice,...more
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Frostbite Theater is a video collection of more than 80 science demonstrations and experiments hosted on YouTube. Many of the experiments feature the use of liquid nitrogen, dry ice, and electricity. Most videos are less than eight minutes long. The entertaining format helps maintain high-interest levels with even the most complex science topics. Be sure to discuss how to access YouTube on school computers with your school's tech department if necessary.

tag(s): butterflies (13), electricity (96), gravity (52), light (57), moon (79), water (136), weather (210)

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Before watching these video experiments, ask students to predict the outcomes. Replace traditional voting methods and use an online voting tool like Dotstorming, reviewed here to generate ideas, and have students vote on their choice. Instead of just watching and discussing the videos, make them interactive, enhancing student learning, using Playposit, reviewed here. Playposit offers options for creating interactive videos by adding teacher and student questions and comments. Use these videos as a model for students to transform their learning by recording and creating their own video experiments. Use a tool like moovly, reviewed here. Share student videos on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.

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SCALE Science Education - Stanford University

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SCALE Science Education offers performance-based science lessons for middle schoolers correlated to Next Generation Science Standards. Each of the three resources includes a complete...more
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SCALE Science Education offers performance-based science lessons for middle schoolers correlated to Next Generation Science Standards. Each of the three resources includes a complete set of materials for teachers and students; some also include slide presentations. In addition to lessons, materials also have links to optional resources incorporating literacy skills and assessments.

tag(s): adaptations (18), biodiversity (34), cells (102), chemicals (47), climate change (73), earth (224), ecosystems (90), energy (212), genealogy (8), genetics (88), matter (63), oceans (164), solar system (121), space (233)

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Save yourself a little time with these free units and include them with your current teaching materials. Also, take advantage of the site's free webinar introducing the materials and how to use them in the classroom. Instead of using written journals throughout your unit, ask students to replace these by keeping online journals with Microsoft Word or Google Documents. Throughout the lessons ask students to highlight and share important information, add annotations, and add links to additional information. As you add resources for students, use Wakelet, reviewed here, to share information on your website or blog. Ask students to stretch their learning and create personal Wakelets including images from projects and their journal entries. As a final project, have students modify their learning by creating an explainer video of their activities using a video creation tool like Typito, reviewed here. Typito includes a broad range of editing tools in an easy to use format for creating video explainers.
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Expii - Expii, Inc.

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Expii is a free resource for learning about math and science topics creatively through video and written explanations provided by different expert contributors. Math content begins...more
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Expii is a free resource for learning about math and science topics creatively through video and written explanations provided by different expert contributors. Math content begins with pre-algebra and moves up through advanced topics. Many units also offer options for practice. Expii also encourages students and teachers to add their content. Search for topics by keyword or choose from the different math and science topics to begin learning. Use Expii without registering; however, free registration allows you to save favorites for later use. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): atoms (55), cells (102), charts and graphs (203), decimals (125), earth (224), electricity (96), equations (155), fractions (230), magnetism (40), molecules (47), number lines (33), number sense (97), planets (137), ratios (65), space (233), stars (71), STEM (210), sun (72), transformations (19), variables (20)

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Include Expii with your links for students to use at home and in class. Expii is an excellent way to provide content explanation through the voice of many different speakers, allowing the opportunity to increase student understanding. To enhance learning, ask groups of students to view lessons provided by the different contributors, then ask them to compare and contrast information by creating a concept map or Venn Diagram using Canva, reviewed here. At the end of a teaching unit, ask students to redefine what they learned using a multimedia tool like Adobe Spark in K-12, reviewed here, or Sway, reviewed here, to share their learning. Be sure to have them include their own video explanation of the content.

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Science News for Students - Society for Science and the Public

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Science News for Students publishes daily science articles aimed at readers 9-14 years old. Written by science experts, this site features a variety of topics geared toward preteens....more
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Science News for Students publishes daily science articles aimed at readers 9-14 years old. Written by science experts, this site features a variety of topics geared toward preteens. Each story includes highlighted "power" words including providing definitions for lesser-known vocabulary. At the end of each article, find a readability score using the Flesch-Kincaid algorithm. Browse the site's home page for the most recent posts or use the Topics link to find information sorted into categories. This site also includes a keyword search to use when looking for specific information. Some articles include YouTube videos; if your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): body systems (59), brain (67), careers (149), earth (224), environment (322), evolution (104), genetics (88), human body (131), space (233), STEM (210)

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Include a link to Science News for Students on classroom computers to include with other non-fiction reading resources for students. Have students browse through the site to find information of interest when choosing science fair or research topics. Alter students' learning by asking them to create an infographic related to a science topic using Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here. This very easy to use tool includes drag and drop tools for easy creation of infographics using included templates or your own design. Take student research a step further and redefine their learning by having students use ThingLink, reviewed here, to upload an image related to their science research and add annotations. Thinglink offers tools for adding text, audio, video, and more to images. Weaker readers will need a reading buddy for some of the more challenging article. Classes in lower grades will want to read the articles together. A quick check on one article using Juicy Studio's Readability test, reviewed here, provided an approximate grade level of 6.5. Check articles before assigning to elementary students. You might also want to use Word Sift, reviewed here, to quickly identify important words that appear in the text.

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Invasive Mosquito Project - Citizen Science

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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 (154), insects (72), 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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Monarch Lab - University of Minnesota

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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 (64), butterflies (13), data (154), habitats (110), insects (72)

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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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Open Explorer - National Geographic

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Open Explorer is a digital field journal sharing community stories of global exploration, science, and storytelling. The site offers a variety of ways to explore content. Choose from...more
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Open Explorer is a digital field journal sharing community stories of global exploration, science, and storytelling. The site offers a variety of ways to explore content. Choose from map locations or popular and recent explorations. Additional filters allow you to narrow choices to selected types of investigations including air, land, sea, urban, or backyard. Each research project includes a map and is set on a timeline for viewers to follow the progress of the journey. Although registration is not necessary to use the site, it allows you to monitor the ongoing activities of chosen explorations. The videos reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable.

tag(s): animals (319), descriptive writing (40), habitats (110), journals (21), scientific method (68), scientists (69), writing (364)

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This site isn't just for science teachers! Use these journals for non-fiction reading in language arts classrooms or as examples of journal writing. Explore features around the globe in social studies class as part of your geography lessons. In science class, use this site as part of your lessons on animals, habitats, or scientific inquiry. Use this site as a model for science research projects. Complete the entire project digitally beginning with an online notetaking tool such as ReadWriteThink's Notetaker, reviewed here. Notetaker allows students to organize and plan research projects with their different outline formats. During the revision portion of the project, use PeerGrade, reviewed here, for students to share their writing, extend their learning, and receive constructive feedback from classmates. For the final presentation redefine learning, by using a multimedia tool like Sway, reviewed here, to create a presentation including video, images, text, and other research information.

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Earth Science Resources - TeachersFirst

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Explore this editor's choice collection of resources related to earth science. This is a perfect list to share during Earth Science Week in October, or anytime throughout the year....more
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Explore this editor's choice collection of resources related to earth science. This is a perfect list to share during Earth Science Week in October, or anytime throughout the year. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to know. Don't miss the "In the classroom" ideas for specific projects or ideas for before, during, and after reading. There is also an additional link to all of TeachersFirst's resources tagged Earth.

tag(s): earth (224), rock cycle (13), weather (210)

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This collection includes resources for all grades. Each review includes several classroom use ideas. These are excellent tools to use to study for the big test! Save (or bookmark) this list for students to use to review. Explore the activities suggested.

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OK Go Sandbox - University of St Thomas and Dr. AnnMarie Thomas

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Capture the interest of your most reluctant students with these STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) projects presented through music videos and guided inquiry challenges....more
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Capture the interest of your most reluctant students with these STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) projects presented through music videos and guided inquiry challenges. Rock videos provide the basis for the learning concepts followed by a series of question and answers along with student challenges. Examples found on the site include lessons on simple machines demonstrated through a chain reaction and creating sound through everyday objects. Other resources include educator guides and student journal worksheets. If your school blocks YouTube be sure to look at alternatives for sharing the videos on classroom computers.

tag(s): gravity (52), mass (25), motion (70), sound (104), STEM (210)

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Delight your students with the videos and activities provided on the site to include with your current science lessons. Place students in groups to complete the challenges offered. Have students replace paper and pen and take collaborative, digital notes using Webnote, reviewed here; tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. Ask students to record their work images and video. Redefine learning and challenge students to share their final projects including the digital research notes, images, and videos using a multimedia presentation tool like Sway, reviewed here.
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The Bee Cause Project - Ted Dennard

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Learn about the important roles of bees in our ecosystems with the many resources found on the Bee Cause Project site. Choose from many lessons and curriculum guides for classrooms....more
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Learn about the important roles of bees in our ecosystems with the many resources found on the Bee Cause Project site. Choose from many lessons and curriculum guides for classrooms. Learn how to start and maintain your own hive through videos and webinars. Be sure also to watch the site for annual grant applications for schools to implement a honey bee hive and educational program.

tag(s): ecosystems (90), grants (19), habitats (110), insects (72), life cycles (23)

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Download the many curriculum materials to include with teaching units on insects and ecosystems. Work together with other school classes to apply for the annual grant to receive a hive for your school. Encourage students to learn more about the many benefits of bees by sharing additional resources on a Padlet, reviewed here. Create columns on your Padlet to organize resources into topics such as books, videos, online information, and student research. Challenge students to use a game-creation tool like Scratch, reviewed here, to make a game about bees and their importance within local ecosystems.
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STEM Resource Finder - The Concord Consortium

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Do you struggle to find quality resources for teaching STEM lessons? Check out over 260 lessons and units provided on this comprehensive website. Use filters to choose grade level,...more
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Do you struggle to find quality resources for teaching STEM lessons? Check out over 260 lessons and units provided on this comprehensive website. Use filters to choose grade level, content, and type of activity, or use the keyword search to locate specific content. All resources include correlation to science standards and most include several interactives and online response options.

tag(s): animals (319), cells (102), earthquakes (52), engineering (133), equations (155), measurement (181), plants (173), pollution (66), problem solving (296), space (233), stars (71), STEM (210), temperature (34), weather (210)

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Be sure to bookmark this site as a resource for many interactives and activities for teaching STEM topics. Place students work in groups to complete activities or share ideas from this site for science fair projects. Ask students to share their research and projects using a tool like PortfolioVillage, reviewed here. PortfolioVillage offers a variety of options for building a personalized webpage without knowledge of coding.
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Virtual Tidepool - NOAA

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Learn the basics about tidepools through images and short text explanations at the Virtual Tidepool. Viewers have an introduction to tidepool features through three components: Tidepools,...more
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Learn the basics about tidepools through images and short text explanations at the Virtual Tidepool. Viewers have an introduction to tidepool features through three components: Tidepools, Challenges, and Inhabitants and Adaptations. Scroll down the page to view the images and hover your mouse over captions and red dots to learn more about specific features and survival strategies.

tag(s): biomes (133), marine biology (36), oceans (164), tides (8)

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Include the Virtual Tidepool with your other resources for teaching about biomes and oceans. Share the images and information with students on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector. Before hovering over captions or red dots ask students to predict what the information is. As students share questions about tidepools use an online sticky note tool like Sticky Notes: Just Popped Up!, reviewed here, to save their questions and research information throughout your unit. Have students create their own interactive images about tidepools using Thinglink, reviewed here, to add text, video, and more to their own image.

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Twitter Chat: Infusing STEM Into Any Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is - Infusing STEM Into Any Classroom. Through this chat participants ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is - Infusing STEM Into Any Classroom. Through this chat participants will: 1. Discuss ways to incorporate STEM into any content area, 2. Share tech tools that promote STEM activities, and 3. Discuss ways to promote critical thinking skills through STEM education. Read the many comments and suggestions by both the moderator and other participants.

tag(s): STEM (210), twitterchatarchive (66)

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Are you ready to infuse STEM into your classroom? Learn new STEM trends and tools for your classroom. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for sites and information about infusing STEM into the classroom. Explore the various tools that are shared.

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FireWorks Educational Program - US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station

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FireWorks is a curriculum for all grade levels that teaches about the dangers of wildfires, specifically those that occur in the Northern America mountain ranges. Begin by selecting...more
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FireWorks is a curriculum for all grade levels that teaches about the dangers of wildfires, specifically those that occur in the Northern America mountain ranges. Begin by selecting from the topics available on the home page. Download the entire curriculum as a PDF or choose individual components. All materials align with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Standards.

tag(s): biomes (133), fire (27), fire prevention (11), fire safety (15), forests (33)

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Include materials from this site during your fire safety unit, Fire Prevention Week, or as part of your studies of North American biomes. Enhance learning by having students create free and easy websites using Carrd, reviewed here, to share information learned about fire safety, fire hazards, and fire prevention techniques. Redefine learning by asking students to create an online book incorporating videos, images, and more using Book Creator, reviewed here.
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MySciLife - TeachersFirst

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MySciLife is a free social learning platform for middle school classes. Join a MySciLife cohort after participation in a one-month online training cycle. Students participate in monthly...more
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MySciLife is a free social learning platform for middle school classes. Join a MySciLife cohort after participation in a one-month online training cycle. Students participate in monthly exchanges with a global community through research and sharing science connections through writing activities. This platform works with any curriculum and includes a complete set of resource materials aligned to Next Generation Science Standards. MySciLife requires parental permission for student participation; all students post anonymously using their science "identity" names.

tag(s): animals (319), critical thinking (117), descriptive writing (40), digital citizenship (74), plants (173), scientists (69), social media (38), STEM (210), volcanoes (65), writing (364)

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Join MySciLife to bring excitement and energy to your science classroom. As you complete activities in the platform, use a concept mapping site like MindMup, reviewed here, to replace paper/pencil version of a concept map. Alter students' learning by asking them to create and share infographics based on their research and sharing of ideas. Canva, reviewed here, is an easy to use site for creating infographics using pre-made templates or from scratch. Take student learning to a whole new level by redefining it and having them create a game-based learning activity for their peers using Symbaloo Learning Paths, reviewed here. Symbaloo Learning Paths offers many options for creating differentiated learning using video, quizzes, and more.
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National Geographic Education - National Geographic

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K to 12
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Explore the many resources shared by National Geographic at their home base created for educators. Monthly features highlight and share information related to current events. Select...more
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Explore the many resources shared by National Geographic at their home base created for educators. Monthly features highlight and share information related to current events. Select the "Teaching Resources" link to find ideas, activities, lessons, and units all searchable by grade and topic. Also, this section includes educational games and teacher guides. Choose the "Reference" link to find news and media information from the past plus current events. Be sure also to visit the "Mapping" section to find printable maps, mapmaking kits, and interactive maps.

tag(s): animal homes (64), biodiversity (34), climate (97), climate change (73), democracy (16), energy (212), habitats (110), map skills (78), native americans (80), oceans (164), planets (137), preK (283), space (233), stars (71), women (101)

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Bookmark and include the National Geographic site with your resources for planning social studies and science lessons. Share resources from the site on your interactive whiteboard then include a link on classroom computers for students to explore independently. There are many interesting articles and activities for students. Have them choose one; then, replace paper and pen by having them use an online notetaking tool like Webnote, reviewed here, to take notes or write questions as they research information online. Replace paper pen by asking students to write blogs sharing information learned using a site like Edublog, reviewed here. Edublog offers tools for creating class and individual blogs.

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Young Scientist Lab - Discovery Education and 3M

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K to 8
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The Young Scientist Lab features materials for parents, students, and teachers to explore a world of scientific innovation and opportunities. Materials for teachers include lesson plans,...more
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The Young Scientist Lab features materials for parents, students, and teachers to explore a world of scientific innovation and opportunities. Materials for teachers include lesson plans, interactives, and challenge support materials. For students, the site provides activities and features on scientists at work. The Family Activities section consists of several engaging experiments to perform at home for students in grades K-8.

tag(s): careers (149), data (154), forces (47), light (57), magnetism (40), recycling (60), rockets (18), sound (104)

In the Classroom

Add this site to your science lesson resources. As students complete activities ask them to create blogs describing their experiments and results. Pen.io, reviewed here is a simple tool for creating and sharing blogs for all grade levels. Have students share their science experiments through weekly or monthly podcasts using a podcasting tool like Podcast Generator, reviewed here. Don't forget to ask students to include both failures and successes when discussing their experiments!
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