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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: Hands-on Lessons and Activities - The Ohio State University and Jessica Fries-Gaither

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Find links to several lesson plans teaching the concepts related to the tundra and ecosystems, aligned to standards, for grades K-8. The site includes four categories Tundra Animals...more
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Find links to several lesson plans teaching the concepts related to the tundra and ecosystems, aligned to standards, for grades K-8. The site includes four categories Tundra Animals and Plants, the Tundra Biome, Permafrost, and Predator/Prey and Food Webs. Also included is literacy integration through a virtual bookshelf.
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tag(s): animal homes (57), animals (308), biomes (117), ecosystems (88), plants (166), tundra (16)

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Include this site with your other materials for teaching biomes, specifically the tundra. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from these lessons using a tool such as WordItOut, reviewed here, or Word Clouds for Kids, reviewed here. Create a class wiki for your biome unit and divide resources by types of biomes. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through.
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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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Timeline Eons - Maani.us

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6 to 12
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Timeline Eons presents the history of the world from the Big Bang through current time on an interactive timeline. Additional events predict changes to the earth 22,000,000,000 years...more
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Timeline Eons presents the history of the world from the Big Bang through current time on an interactive timeline. Additional events predict changes to the earth 22,000,000,000 years in the future. Scroll left or right to move through developments on the timeline or set the timeline to run automatically. Zoom in to view events or use the search feature to find specific events. Many events feature an illustration or photograph; others include a short video. When viewing on a computer, choose the link with three dots on the upper-left side of the screen to see information on the timeline's features.

tag(s): climate change (68), conservation (130), DAT device agnostic tool (177), geologic time (10), space (221), timelines (62)

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Have students explore the timeline on their own, then research and share information on any given period of time. Encourage students to view future predictions on the timeline as a research project to find the basis of the predictions. Have students create a simple interactive infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here .

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Miles of Ice Collapsing Into the Sea - New York Times

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Miles of Ice Collapsing Into the Sea is a three part dispatch from a reporting trip to Antartica. Complete with images, text, and video, this site tells the story of ...more
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Miles of Ice Collapsing Into the Sea is a three part dispatch from a reporting trip to Antartica. Complete with images, text, and video, this site tells the story of scientists researching the collapse of vulnerable portions of the Antartic ice sheet. Scroll through the page to learn about the mission and research taking place.

tag(s): antarctica (30), climate (94), climate change (68), oceans (161)

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Include this interactive with any lessons on climate change, oceans, or weather. Be sure to help your weaker readers and ESL students by sharing the vocabulary words prior to reading, either on a handout or by projecting on an interactive whiteboard and highlighting them in the text as you come to them. Share the locations using Google Earth, reviewed here, and have students research other locations experiencing the effects of climate change.

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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 (308), 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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Climate Kids Time Machine - NASA

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See how the earth is changing by going backward and forward in the Climate Kids Time Machine. Choose a topic to begin from sea ice, sea level, carbon emissions, or ...more
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See how the earth is changing by going backward and forward in the Climate Kids Time Machine. Choose a topic to begin from sea ice, sea level, carbon emissions, or average global temperature. Drag the slider on each timeline to view representations of change over the span of time.

tag(s): carbon (23), climate (94), climate change (68), earth (230), oceans (161), temperature (32)

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Share these timelines on your interactive whiteboard as an introduction to your unit on weather and climate change. Include a link to the site on your class webpage and classroom computers for students to explore on their own. Have students research causes for climate change, then make a multimedia presentation using Powtoon, reviewed here, or Sway, reviewed here.
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Anyplace America - AnyplaceAmerica.com

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4 to 12
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Anyplace America provides an extensive resource of free topographical maps of the United States. Choose maps by water, land or man-made features, or browse maps featuring each state....more
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Anyplace America provides an extensive resource of free topographical maps of the United States. Choose maps by water, land or man-made features, or browse maps featuring each state. Maps include local information including nearby points of interest, weather statistics, and photographs. Most also include a link to download a color PDF of the featured map. Google and the U.S. Geological Survey provide the maps used on this site.

tag(s): bridges (10), glaciers (17), landforms (48), maps (294), mountains (16), national parks (20), natural resources (59), rivers (25), volcanoes (64), water (130)

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Bookmark this site to use when teaching about landforms, bodies of waters, or geographic features. Be sure to create a link on classroom computers or your class website for students to access at any time. Have students use a mapping tool such as Click2Map, reviewed here, to create a map of local landforms with audio stories and pictures included.
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Human Influence on Ecology Mapped - Erle Ellis

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This short YouTube video describes a proposal to reconsider how earth's biomes are mapped taking into consideration the effect of humans and urban populations. The discussions reflect...more
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This short YouTube video describes a proposal to reconsider how earth's biomes are mapped taking into consideration the effect of humans and urban populations. The discussions reflect upon the changing environment due to changes over extended periods of time. Also, the video points out some criticisms in this plan indicating that it may diminish the importance of environmental awareness and protections. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.

tag(s): biomes (117), conservation (130), ecology (138), population (64)

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Share this video as part of your unit on biomes, conservation, or world populations. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast the proposal to current definitions of biomes. Then have students debate the pros and cons of the proposal outlined in the video using a tool such as Socratic Smackdown, reviewed here.

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Build a Biome - Tubehead

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Learn about six of the world's biomes then build a biome with this interactive activity. Use clues from the notebook and fact panel to choose the correct items to place ...more
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Learn about six of the world's biomes then build a biome with this interactive activity. Use clues from the notebook and fact panel to choose the correct items to place in your biome. When finished, earn postcards for each biome built.

tag(s): biomes (117), environment (322)

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Share a link to this site on classroom computers and your class website for students to play during your unit on biomes. Have cooperative groups choose a biome to explore further and create podcasts sharing features of their biome. Use a site such as Buzzsprout, reviewed here. Have students use a mapping tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map identifying locations of different biomes around the world.
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The Grassland Biome - University of California Museum of Paleontology

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This short, but informative, site shares information about the grasslands biomes. Learn about the differences between savannah and temperate grasslands. Explanations include detailed...more
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This short, but informative, site shares information about the grasslands biomes. Learn about the differences between savannah and temperate grasslands. Explanations include detailed information on locations, climate, and vegetation found in each biome.

tag(s): biomes (117), climate (94), environment (322)

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Include this site with other resources when teaching lessons about biomes. The text portions may be challenging, so you should pair weaker readers with a partner as they research on this site. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their knowledge about grassland biomes using Visme, reviewed here.

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Grassland - Jeremy M.B. Smith/Encyclopedia Brittanica

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Explore the grasslands biome in-depth with this article from Encylopedia Brittanica. Read through to learn about the origins of grasslands, the type of environment necessary to maintain...more
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Explore the grasslands biome in-depth with this article from Encylopedia Brittanica. Read through to learn about the origins of grasslands, the type of environment necessary to maintain a grassland, and common uses such as grazing and agricultural production. Be sure not to miss links near the top of the page to View All Media, and to Print, Cite, and Share the article.

tag(s): biomes (117), ecology (138), environment (322)

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Before exploring the site as a class, download images of grasslands and have students identify the biome and its properties. The text portions may be challenging, so you should pair weaker readers with a partner as they research on this site. Include this site as a resource for your biome unit by sharing a link on your class website. Upon completion of your biome unit, have students make an infographic showing what they learned using Visme, reviewed here.

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A Guide to Anthropogenic Biomes of the World - Andrew Petit de Mange & Kelly Kennedy

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Find a guide to understanding our planet through the ways human impact has changed ecological patterns and processes. Choose from the six biomes for a broad overview of information,...more
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Find a guide to understanding our planet through the ways human impact has changed ecological patterns and processes. Choose from the six biomes for a broad overview of information, then dig deeper by selecting one of the subtopics within a biome to view facts as related to climate, population, and land use.

tag(s): biomes (117), earth (230), ecology (138), environment (322)

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Include this site with your class resources when teaching about biomes and ecology. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class to display human impact on your local environment using a tool such as Adobe Spark, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts sharing ideas on how to reduce the impact of humans on our environment. Use a site such as Buzzsprout, reviewed here.

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Biomes of the World - Marietta College Dept. of Biology and Environmental Science

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5 to 12
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Learn about biomes around the world through interactive maps, charts, and images at this site provided for Marietta College environmental biology and ecology students. Begin with the...more
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Learn about biomes around the world through interactive maps, charts, and images at this site provided for Marietta College environmental biology and ecology students. Begin with the interactive map to click on a highlighted area to visit a world biome. Information about each biome includes climate, world distribution, plant and animal species, and additional ecological notes. Scroll through the home page to find in-depth comparisons of the climate and biomes of Marietta College and Costa Rica.

tag(s): biomes (117), ecology (138), ecosystems (88), organisms (22), weather (197)

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Include information from this site on your class wiki on biomes and environment. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through. Have students create a simple infographic sharing information on your local biome using Visme, reviewed here. Include a link to the site on classroom computers and your class webpage for students to review throughout your biome unit.

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OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Sutori - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities by learning how to use Sutori. Engage...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from November 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Transform your classroom activities by learning how to use Sutori. Engage students and deepen content area knowledge through digital stories. Text, audio, video, discussion forums, and quiz questions bring additional context to content area instruction for your students. Use student-created visual stories and timelines as formative assessment. Brainstorm with others how you and your students can use Sutori in your classroom. Participants will: 1. Learn basic use of Sutori; 2. Explore three different ways to use Sutori in the classroom; and 3. Plan for the use of Sutori in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital storytelling (151), timelines (62)

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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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5 Human Impacts on the Environment - CrashCourse

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6 to 12
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Learn about the top 5 ways humans are negatively impacting the environment in this 10 minute YouTube video. The speaker also outlines the importance of healthy ecosystems and how they...more
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Learn about the top 5 ways humans are negatively impacting the environment in this 10 minute YouTube video. The speaker also outlines the importance of healthy ecosystems and how they work. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.
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tag(s): conservation (130), ecology (138), environment (322), plants (166)

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Before sharing this video, ask students to create their own top 5 list of ways humans are impacting the environment. Take advantage of time-stamp links to share specific portions of the video with students. Since the narrator speaks so quickly, you may want to use a tool like Vizia, reviewed here, to pause the video and discuss what was said, and then ask students to respond to a prompt or question right on the video! Have students propose solutions to the problems mentioned in the video and share in a blog. If you are beginning the process of integrating technology, have students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Loose Leaves, reviewed here. 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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OK2Ask: Google Earth Web: Oh the Places You Can Go - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Dust off your digital passport and join us on a journey using the new ...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2017, opens in Adobe Connect. Dust off your digital passport and join us on a journey using the new Google Earth web. Learn the key features of Google Earth web and how to incorporate this powerful tool into your classroom instruction. The reimagined version of Google Earth includes features that go beyond the use of maps and satellite imagery. Users can now explore the world with Voyager, Google Earth's showcase of guided tours, and try out the 3D button to view places from any angle. Leave with classroom ideas and lesson planning resources. Participants will: 1. Get acquainted with the key features of Google Earth web; 2. Explore interactive guided tours with Voyager; and 3. Start building your own Tour for Google Earth web. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Google (25)

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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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TryIt - Isaiah Baldissera

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6 to 12
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TryIt is a curation site for STEM learning experiences. Similar to Pinterest, educators choose and create collections of videos, tools, and events. Students build collections of scholarships,...more
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TryIt is a curation site for STEM learning experiences. Similar to Pinterest, educators choose and create collections of videos, tools, and events. Students build collections of scholarships, internships, and available learning opportunities. Browse by selecting categories or experiences. Register using email to create and curate your collections. The videos on this site reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos 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 Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): bookmarks (67), careers (139), engineering (128)

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Bookmark TryIt for reference when teaching any STEM-based lesson. Curate collections based on topics you teach. Create and share collections for student use with resources and activities. Suggest that older students create their own account to gather information on scholarships and internships of interest. Collaborate with fellow educators to create collections for lesson planning.

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Twig Science Reporter - Twig Education and Imperial College London

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Twig Science Reporter provides high-quality videos and resources for teaching K-5 students science with real-world news through scientific inquiry and reasoning. Weekly content additions...more
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Twig Science Reporter provides high-quality videos and resources for teaching K-5 students science with real-world news through scientific inquiry and reasoning. Weekly content additions ensure fresh content for viewers. Scroll through the home page to view the most recent content. Each item includes information on the type of material within the link such as articles, video, or news update all correlated to NGSS standards. Also, all content includes learning points for discussion, curriculum keywords, and links to additional information. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): animals (308), endangered species (40), energy (207), environment (322), glaciers (17), human body (132), insects (72), oceans (161), weather (197)

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This site is a must-include for any elementary classroom (and perhaps middle school). Subscribe to receive emails with weekly updates. Include a link on classroom computers to use for both a science and non-fiction reading center. Have students create blogs using Telegra.ph here. Telegra.ph will create a "quick and easy" blog to be used one time only. A unique URL is provided, and with Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer. Add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. It's as easy as using a basic Word program! For K-2 students, consider using Easy Blog, here.

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Capturing Everest - A Groundbreaking VR Experience - SI Group

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Capturing Everest is a four-part documentary presented through virtual reality film-making technology. Although best viewed with a VR viewer, this site is still stunning when viewed...more
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Capturing Everest is a four-part documentary presented through virtual reality film-making technology. Although best viewed with a VR viewer, this site is still stunning when viewed on its own. The documentary takes viewers from the first stop before starting the climb through the final opportunity to reach the summit. Choose any of the four chapters to begin viewing, click the VR icon to view with a VR viewer.
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Use this site as an activator, introducing the topic of Mt. Everest, Nepal, or the Himalayas. This website would benefit a Geography class, exploring the significance of the Himalayas while simultaneously studying the geographic forces that made the mountain chain. Instruct students to create timelines of a Mount Everest adventure (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles, reviewed here. Invite students to use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about climbing Mount Everest from the perspective of the climber or a Sherpa guide.

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