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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 (94), climate change (69), earthquakes (50), ecosystems (93), environment (323), erosion (18), floods (12), fossils (46), geology (81), mammals (36), minerals (18), plate tectonics (23), rock cycle (11), rocks (52), soil (19), tsunamis (18), volcanoes (68), 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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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 (178)

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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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What's it Like Where You Live - Missouri Botanical Garden

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The Missouri Botanical Garden has created a very nice elementary site about biomes and freshwater / saltwater environments. Because of the site design, you'll need to click the specific...more
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The Missouri Botanical Garden has created a very nice elementary site about biomes and freshwater / saltwater environments. Because of the site design, you'll need to click the specific area in which you are interested. This site is one of the web resources for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit.

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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Colorado River Report

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Water: From Sky to Sea

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Rivers and Streams - Missouri Botanical Garden

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The Missouri Botanical Garden has created a very nice elementary site about biomes and freshwater / saltwater environments. Because of the site design, you'll need to click the specific...more
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Lakes and Ponds

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Mariana Trench

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Aquatic Animals

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Ocean Current, Climate and Weather - Chris Carter Saddleback Unified School District

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A teacher's collection of links and activities for ocena, currents, climate, and weather, this ia a "plain vanilla" site but gets lots of traffic as a starting point for lesson ...more
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A teacher's collection of links and activities for ocena, currents, climate, and weather, this ia a "plain vanilla" site but gets lots of traffic as a starting point for lesson planning and instruction. Some of the questions for students to answer are right there on the page

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Use this as a preliminary activity for students to "browse" the new topics and activate prior knowledge before you begin formal lessons.

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Ocean Waves

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CyberZoo: Temperate Deciduous Forest - Syracuse University

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The Wilderness Society - Earth Day

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The Wilderness Society offers several student-oriented activities, including items for elementary students. This site concentrates on environmental education. ...more
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The Wilderness Society offers several student-oriented activities, including items for elementary students. This site concentrates on environmental education.

tag(s): earth (224), earth day (105), environment (323)

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EE - Net: The Environmental Education Network

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This is the site map for EPA's EE-Net site, a comprehensive collection of environmental education resources for schools at all levels. This site covers everything from introductions...more
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This is the site map for EPA's EE-Net site, a comprehensive collection of environmental education resources for schools at all levels. This site covers everything from introductions for primary students to "real science" activities for older students. This site is a wonderful resource for unit planning.

tag(s): conservation (127), ecology (137), pollution (66)

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Earth Day Trash Survey

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Here's a plan for a relatively simple study of how what we throw out affects the environment. This one's nice because it lets students collect "real data" without requiring a ...more
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Here's a plan for a relatively simple study of how what we throw out affects the environment. This one's nice because it lets students collect "real data" without requiring a lot of complex equipment.

tag(s): conservation (127), ecology (137), pollution (66)

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Secrets of the Ocean - Scripps Institute

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This set of lesson units, designed by Scripps Institute, offers more than a dozen topics dealing with ocean environments and inhabitants. Many of these lessons include hands-on activities...more
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This set of lesson units, designed by Scripps Institute, offers more than a dozen topics dealing with ocean environments and inhabitants. Many of these lessons include hands-on activities that can require only minimal equipment. The units also include extension activities to make the content suitable for secondary or upper elementary students.

tag(s): oceans (164), whales (15)

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The Virtual Geosciences Professor

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Select "Geophysics on the Internet" for guidance on using this site. Links listing geophysical data sites and suggestions for use in teaching are included. ...more
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Select "Geophysics on the Internet" for guidance on using this site. Links listing geophysical data sites and suggestions for use in teaching are included.

tag(s): geology (81)

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Environmental Education Resources

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This is a database of curricula, handbooks, monographs, case studies, reports, and periodicals related to environmental education. ...more
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Earthguide - Scripps Research Institute

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Though apparently going through some revisions, this site's research content on oceanographic and atmospheric research could offer secondary teachers some interesting tools. There are...more
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Though apparently going through some revisions, this site's research content on oceanographic and atmospheric research could offer secondary teachers some interesting tools. There are also a number of sections on teaching techniques for these topics. From Scripps research institute.

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Waste Management Lesson Plans - Texas Natural Resoure Conservation Commission

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

tag(s): pollution (66), recycling (62)

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