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Drinking Water - Kids' Stuff - US Government

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2 to 5
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The EPA created this site to help elementary students understand how we get our drinking water and how we keep it safe to use. There are a variety of explanations ...more
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The EPA created this site to help elementary students understand how we get our drinking water and how we keep it safe to use. There are a variety of explanations how how water is purified, and there is also a collection of simple experiments which can be conducted with commonly available materials.

tag(s): pollution (65), recycling (58)

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Take advantage of the free lessons and classroom activities hosted on this site! This would be a great addition to a unit on natural resources. Be sure to save this site as a favorite on your classroom computer to allow for easy retrieval later on!

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The Dino Directory - British Museum of Natural History

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This site from the British Museum of Natural History is a rich resource for images of dinosaurs. Users can select by body type, country, geologic time period, and other idicies. ...more
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This site from the British Museum of Natural History is a rich resource for images of dinosaurs. Users can select by body type, country, geologic time period, and other idicies. Apart from the images, which are watermarked, there is only basic information on the size and environment of each creature. While not intended for elementary students, the navigation is simple enough for these students to use effectively in finding images.

tag(s): dinosaurs (54)

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In a unit on dinosaurs, share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector with students. The function they will most interesting about this site is the area that describes the dinosaurs that existed in their local area! Brief bios are presented on all the dinosaurs, so this could also be a great resource if the students were to research their local dinosaurs for a project.

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Desert USA - Desert USA Magazine

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This on-line magazine offers a constantly changing selection of information on desert environments - animals, insects, plant life - as well as descriptions and explanations of the landforms...more
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This on-line magazine offers a constantly changing selection of information on desert environments - animals, insects, plant life - as well as descriptions and explanations of the landforms and geology associated with these regions. Neat introductory resource, and an interesting site to check periodically for updates. Includes some advertising, most of which appears inocuous.

tag(s): geology (80)

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Add this online magazine about desert life to your informational reads. Talk about the differences in weather, plants, and animals in the deserts from where you live. Discuss what you would need to take if you took a walk or camped in the desert.

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Bear Information and Resources

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The title says it all. There are pictures and descriptions of most types of bears, their habits, ranges, and habitats. Simple navigation and design and attractive photos keep the site...more
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The title says it all. There are pictures and descriptions of most types of bears, their habits, ranges, and habitats. Simple navigation and design and attractive photos keep the site interesting. Great research site for younger students.

tag(s): mammals (35)

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Use this site as part of your unit on animals and habitats. Introduce this site with a projector or on an interactive whiteboard to show students how to navigate it. Once you have introduced the bear, show students the list of types of bears. Group students by their interest in a certain type of bear. Have them take notes with an online tool like Simplenote, reviewed here, and proceed to other resources to look for more information about the bear they chose. Ask them share the information they learned with their small group. Tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. Simple note allows you to access and update across all devices. If you have the time, you could then mix the groups up and have them share what they learned with the new group, thus giving students a little more knowledge about other bears. Another idea is to use the photographs of bears on this site as formative and summative assessments.

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Where are Environmental Hazards? - Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute

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Investigate these lesson plans from Yale to use with your high school Chemistry and Earth Science classes. Students will learn about specific environmental pollutants, causes, effects,...more
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Investigate these lesson plans from Yale to use with your high school Chemistry and Earth Science classes. Students will learn about specific environmental pollutants, causes, effects, and possible solutions. Students will develop an understanding of DDT, heavy metals, lead poisoning, radon, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, water pollution, drinking water quality, and air pollution and their effects on the environment.

tag(s): environment (321), pollution (65), recycling (58)

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Choose from these lessons to support your students paper and projects on the environment, pollution and recycling. Allow AP students to choose lessons they are interested in investigating. All students should take notes with an online tool like Simplenote, reviewed here, to have them share the info they learned with their peers. Tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. Simplenote allows you to access and update across all devices. If you have the time, you could then rotate students around the room and have them share what they learned with another student, thus giving students a little more knowledge about a huge topic: Environmental hazards

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Watershed Instructional Resources - US Government

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Originally created by the EPA for field orientation, this is a nice collection of instructional modules which appear to have originally been powerpoint presentations. The content includes...more
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Originally created by the EPA for field orientation, this is a nice collection of instructional modules which appear to have originally been powerpoint presentations. The content includes several different areas of watershed ecology, management, and preservations. Many of the topics could serve as background information for lesson development on these topics. In addition, advanced high school students may find some topics useful in their science studies.

tag(s): water (131), watersheds (15)

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Introduce this activity with a projector or on an interactive whiteboard to show students how to navigate the site. Then, in your flipped or blended classroom (or at a computer center), have students explore on their own. Ask students to create their own concept maps sharing their learning and understanding using MindMup, reviewed here. Take this a step further and allow pairs or small groups of students to explore Related Activities and share what they learned with their peers using an interactive infographic like Canva, reviewed here. Students can keep their work for future reference in a digital portfolio such as DIY, reviewed here.

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Waste Management Lesson Plans - Texas Natural Resoure Conservation Commission

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This collection of lesson plans from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission includes content for primary through middle school students. Most lessons are straightforward,...more
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This collection of lesson plans from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission includes content for primary through middle school students. Most lessons are straightforward, requiring limited use of outside resources.

tag(s): pollution (65), recycling (58)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans shared on this site for use with Earth Day activities, or recycling and conservation units. Challenge students to keep a daily or weekly journal using a blog tool and sharing their learning and understanding. Use 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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Waste - Where Does It Come From? Where Does It Go? - Pa. Dept. of Environment

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Learn about different types of waste, different types of landfills, and different environmental topics. Examine and classify the types of waste produced by the school community, analyze...more
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Learn about different types of waste, different types of landfills, and different environmental topics. Examine and classify the types of waste produced by the school community, analyze how it is collected, where it ends up, and how it is eventually "processed."

tag(s): pollution (65), recycling (58)

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Introduce the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore independently or in small groups. Use at centers or offer as a resource for projects on conservation. Have student groups decide what area they will explore. Have students take notes on the material and write down questions they still have and topics that confuse them. They can do this with pen and paper or online. If you want the assignment online, explain to students they need to open a new tab in their browser window and take notes with a tool such as Webnote, reviewed here; tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. Challenge groups to create informational videos sharing their research using a tool like My Simpleshow, reviewed here. Then share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.

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Lead Contamination In Our Environment - Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute

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Help students to understand the threat of lead in our environment and use hands-on activities to enhance critical thinking. ...more
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Help students to understand the threat of lead in our environment and use hands-on activities to enhance critical thinking.

tag(s): pollution (65)

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Take advantage of the lesson plans and more. Have students fill out a graphic organizer as a pre and post assessment about what they know about lead and lead contamination. A KWL chart works well for this. Find interactive graphic organizers at Holt Graphic Organizers, reviewed here. As you work through the unit ask students to write about how to apply the ideas in this curricular unit on the environment and health to their own home lives. Use a blog tool like Pen.io, 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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Exploring the Environment - Wheeling Jesuit Univ./NASA Classroom of the Future

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Learn about environmental issues using case studies. This site contains 14 environmental earth science modules. Each module contains background information for the teacher and learner,...more
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Learn about environmental issues using case studies. This site contains 14 environmental earth science modules. Each module contains background information for the teacher and learner, and multi-disciplinary, problem-based collaborative activities. These modules include use of NASA's remote sensing information, available through the Internet. Choose between multiple versions of case studies.

tag(s): earth (222), geology (80)

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View the choices on the Decide menu. Allow time for students to view the basic information on the puzzle pieces. Consider showing many of the data sets and images on an Interactive whiteboard or projector to the whole class.

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Environmental Health Hazards and Children - Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute

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This is a "resource-based curriculum unit designed to teach children the effects that humans have on the environment and how various changes to the environment can affect our health."...more
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This is a "resource-based curriculum unit designed to teach children the effects that humans have on the environment and how various changes to the environment can affect our health."

tag(s): conservation (123), ecology (133)

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Take advantage of the lesson plans and more. Have students fill out a graphic organizer as a pre and post assessment about what they know about environmental hazards. A KWL chart works well for this. Find interactive graphic organizers at Holt Graphic Organizers, reviewed here. As you work through the unit ask students to write about how to apply the ideas in this curricular unit on the environment and health to their own home lives. Use a blog tool like Pen.io, 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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The Earth and Me: Forever Friends - Yale University

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Elementary students learn about land forms, soil, the Hydrologic Cycle, Vegetation, Climate, and how all these features are interdependent. ...more
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Elementary students learn about land forms, soil, the Hydrologic Cycle, Vegetation, Climate, and how all these features are interdependent.

tag(s): conservation (123), ecology (133)

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Take advantage of the many lesson ideas and and activities found on the site, all designed by a teacher and explained from a teacher's point of view. Videotape students performing experiments then use a video tool like EdPuzzle, reviewed here, to extend student learning. Use EdPuzzle to add questions (for students to answer) to your video assessing students' understanding of the experiment's concepts. At the end of your unit, ask students to create animated video explanations of experiments using Biteable, reviewed here. Biteable is a simple to use animated video creation tool that features a variety of templates for different recording needs.

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Acid Rain - US Government

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This EPA page offers information on the science behind acid rain, as well as specific information for students. It also includes examples of mitigation activities, a glossary, and related...more
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This EPA page offers information on the science behind acid rain, as well as specific information for students. It also includes examples of mitigation activities, a glossary, and related resources

tag(s): acid rain (5), ecology (133), pollution (65)

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Use this site as a resource during a lesson or unit on acid rain. Have cooperative learning groups explore the site, with the intentions of summarizing the information in a multimedia presentation. Have cooperative learning groups create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. Have groups tell the "acid" rain, explaining where and how it happens most. Great for a pre-discussion activity about the efforts to stop acid rain.

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Endangered Species

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This site from the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Office of Protected Resources provides detailed information on endangered species, their habitats, and the circumstances of their endangered...more
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This site from the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Office of Protected Resources provides detailed information on endangered species, their habitats, and the circumstances of their endangered classification. While some information is designed for working professionals, other elements are suitable for use by interested students.

tag(s): endangered species (40), species (30)

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This site would be an excellent resource for any unit conservationism, ecosystems, and endangered species. Have students use this site as a resource for research projects about specific animals. The site provides images, information and statistics what would be extremely helpful! Save this site on your class web page to allow students to access it both in and out of the classroom.

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The Whole Frog Project - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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includes an Interactive Frog Dissection Kit as well as frog data and 3D constructed images. Images could be imported into presentation software. ...more
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includes an Interactive Frog Dissection Kit as well as frog data and 3D constructed images. Images could be imported into presentation software.

tag(s): amphibians (21), dissection (11)

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USGS Biology Resources

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The U.S. Geological Survey maintains this registry of Earth and Environmental Science links. A wide list of topics is covered, excellent resource for research projects. ...more
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The U.S. Geological Survey maintains this registry of Earth and Environmental Science links. A wide list of topics is covered, excellent resource for research projects.

tag(s): earth (222), environment (321)

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Tide Predictions

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This site from NOAA offers information on tides and tidal changes on the U.S. east and west coasts, and provides resources for predicting tides at various points along the coast. ...more
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This site from NOAA offers information on tides and tidal changes on the U.S. east and west coasts, and provides resources for predicting tides at various points along the coast. Good site to help students understand the factors that contribute to variations in tides from place to place.

tag(s): tides (8)

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The Panama Puzzle

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In this web detective hunt from the University of Leicester (England) students help a scientist figure out what's making the construction workers on the Panama Canal project ill, and...more
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In this web detective hunt from the University of Leicester (England) students help a scientist figure out what's making the construction workers on the Panama Canal project ill, and work to develop a cure for yellow fever. Plenty of scientific backup to explain how the cure was developed!

tag(s): diseases (71)

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You Can Change the World - Yale University

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Teach students about the positive and negative effects each of us has on our environment. ...more
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Teach students about the positive and negative effects each of us has on our environment.

tag(s): earth (222), ecology (133)

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A Hands-on Approach to Environmental Quality - Yale University

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By planting, tending, and harvesting an organic garden, students learn about environmental quality and their roles in the problem. ...more
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By planting, tending, and harvesting an organic garden, students learn about environmental quality and their roles in the problem.

tag(s): agriculture (59), earth (222)

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