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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Environmental Protection Agency

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7 to 12
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Here you will find the home page for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Choose from different areas on the site to search for environmental data, government policies, and...more
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Here you will find the home page for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Choose from different areas on the site to search for environmental data, government policies, and the latest environmental topics. Use the "Your Community" area to search for information within a specific zip code or state. There are also many EPA videos that reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): chemicals (39), environment (218), pollution (47), recycling (45), water (96)

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Bookmark this site to include with units on the environment and current events. Ask students to search for local environmental issues and concerns using search tools on the site. Encourage students to use a tool like Diigo, reviewed here, to keep track and highlight the important information they find. Upon completion of research, have students create infographics using a tool like Canva, reviewed here, to share the facts they find. Canva is easy to use and provides many templates for creating infographics. Ask students to create a podcast featuring information on the environment along with suggestions on how to solve environmental concerns. Podcast Generator, reviewed here, is a free tool for publishing audio and video podcasts.

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Biome Crossword Puzzle - Technological Solutions, Inc. (TSI)

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Practice vocabulary terms for biomes with this online crossword puzzle. Click a puzzle word to see the clue then type in your response. When complete, the puzzle shows correct responses...more
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Practice vocabulary terms for biomes with this online crossword puzzle. Click a puzzle word to see the clue then type in your response. When complete, the puzzle shows correct responses in black and incorrect in blue.
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tag(s): biomes (113), crosswords (17), puzzles (142)

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Share this crossword on your interactive whiteboard to introduce your biome unit and assess prior knowledge. Have students use the words from the puzzle and find online images to use as examples of each definition. Ask students to create a ThingLink (reviewed here) using their images. ThingLink allows users to add annotated links to images including text boxes, video, and related links. Have students create their own crossword puzzle with terms related to your study of biomes. HTML 5 Crossword Generator (reviewed here) allows users of any technology level to easily create their own puzzles to solve online or download as a PDF document. Have students use Google Earth (reviewed here) to make a virtual field trip to a biome, then add interviews with scientists discussing the features and animals found in that location.

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Smithsonian X 3D - Smithsonian Institution

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Tour some of the Smithsonian Museum's most treasured objects through 3D models and scientific missions. Through the use of 3D digitization techniques, the museum is rapidly adding content...more
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Tour some of the Smithsonian Museum's most treasured objects through 3D models and scientific missions. Through the use of 3D digitization techniques, the museum is rapidly adding content and collections to this site telling never-known stories about the museum's treasures. Use the site's search features to find models; some also include tours with additional information. Choose videos to learn how curators on the 3D team captured and shared information. Select the educators' portion of the site to download an ebook interdisciplinary learning experience combining technology and history in the study of Abraham Lincoln. For help in using this site, be sure to visit the Getting Started portion including directions on how to use the tools. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos on this site may not be viewable.

tag(s): dinosaurs (37), lincoln (58), museums (41), presidents (115), space (204), STEM (225), virtual field trips (66)

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Take advantage of these many resources to take a virtual visit with your class to the Smithsonian Museum. View artifacts and tours together on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector then allow students to explore on their own. After viewing a tour, ask students to research a topic further. Instead of a written report have students create an online quiz or game for fellow students using a quiz tool like Arcade Game Generator, reviewed here, or QuizWhizzer, reviewed here. Use a video response tool like Flipgrid, reviewed here, for student collaboration and sharing of research. Extend learning by asking students to create their own virtual field trip using Google Earth, reviewed here. Have students add articles, images, and videos to locations featured on their virtual trip.

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Cabinet of Curiosities - Philippe Cousteau Jr.

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Cabinet of Curiosities is a site created by the grandson of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau to introduce STEM careers to young people. Links within the cabinet take you to eight...more
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Cabinet of Curiosities is a site created by the grandson of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau to introduce STEM careers to young people. Links within the cabinet take you to eight different categories including short video explanations by professionals within the field. Click on any image within the cabinet to view a short description of an item used for a STEM career and one or more videos. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): anthropology (9), careers (132), communication (135), ecology (96), engineering (111), marine biology (24), oceans (130), STEM (225)

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Bookmark and save to use when exploring career options with students. Ask students to use information found on this site and others to create an infographic sharing information about a chosen career. Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, offers many templates for creating infographics. To increase student knowledge of options within STEM careers, have groups of students create a weekly podcast sharing different career fields. Buzzsprout, reviewed here, is an online tool to use when creating and hosting podcasts.

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The Time Now - Shane Buck

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K to 12
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The Time Now provides accurate synchronized time information from anywhere in the world. Add multiple locations to compare current local time. This site also features several tools...more
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The Time Now provides accurate synchronized time information from anywhere in the world. Add multiple locations to compare current local time. This site also features several tools including currency converters and travel information. This site meets Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG) standards by providing tools making content useful to all users including those with disabilities including sight impairments.
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tag(s): calculators (38), calendars (38), moon (66), space (204), sun (59), time (89), time zones (7), weather (156)

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Bookmark (or save in your favorites) The Time Now on your classroom computers for students to use throughout the year. Find out the local time and temperature in countries as you study them and compare their local time to yours. Include time/date conversions for online conferences you will hold with parents who are deployed or traveling in different time zones. Share meeting dates/times for virtual sessions using the time conversions, so everyone is "on time." Find a partner classroom located in a different time zone - try finding one at Global Virtual Classroom, reviewed here, and use The Time Now to compare local times throughout the day. Then create a collaborative class book with your partner class to contrast and compare what is happening in one area of the world compared to your partner. Use a tool like Book Creator, reviewed here, to create collaborative books including images, videos, and audio recordings.

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The Climate Explorer - globalchange.gov

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The Climate Explorer uses information from global climate models to create graphs and projections for future climate predictions. Also, this site displays weather observations from...more
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The Climate Explorer uses information from global climate models to create graphs and projections for future climate predictions. Also, this site displays weather observations from the 1950's through the early 2000's. Use filters to search by location, topic, or variables including temperature and precipitation.

tag(s): climate (77), climate change (77), floods (11), temperature (31), weather (156)

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Bookmark and share this resource for student research into climate change anywhere in the world. Have groups of students work on different perspectives of climate change including rainfall, annual and monthly temperature change over time, population density, or flooding changes. Have students make an impressive, interactive poster, infographics, chart or multimedia presentation sharing their findings using Genial.ly, reviewed here. Genial.ly allows you to add polls, videos, embeds, web links, PowerPoint, PDfs, and more to any presentation.

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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 (113), deserts (15), forests (25), oceans (130), rainforests (16), rivers (13), tundra (15)

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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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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, 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 (77), conservation (78), geologic time (9), space (204), timelines (47)

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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 (27), climate (77), climate change (77), oceans (130)

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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 Time Machine - NASA

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4 to 12
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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 (14), climate (77), climate change (77), earth (173), oceans (130), temperature (31)

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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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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 (12), glaciers (16), landforms (37), maps (212), mountains (12), national parks (18), natural resources (37), rivers (13), volcanoes (51), water (96)

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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 MapHub, , 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 protection. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable.

tag(s): biomes (113), conservation (78), ecology (96), population (49)

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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 Thinkalong, reviewed here.

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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 (113), climate (77), environment (218)

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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 (113), ecology (96), environment (218)

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

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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 (113), ecology (96), ecosystems (66), organisms (16), weather (156)

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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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5 Human Impacts on the Environment - CrashCourse

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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.
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tag(s): conservation (78), ecology (96), environment (218), plants (138)

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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 Vibby, reviewed here, to pause the video and discuss what was said, and then enhance student learning by asking 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 Penzu, reviewed 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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tag(s): asia (70), field trips (9), mountains (12), virtual field trips (66)

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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. Modify learning by instructing students to create timelines of a Mount Everest adventure (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Timeline JS, reviewed here. Enhance learning by inviting 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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Weather Lab - Smithsonian Science Education Center

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Weather Lab is a browser-based app that allows you to take on the role of a meteorologist in North America. Interact with weather processes to predict spring weather and appropriate...more
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Weather Lab is a browser-based app that allows you to take on the role of a meteorologist in North America. Interact with weather processes to predict spring weather and appropriate clothing for different regions of the United States. Follow the instructions to choose an ocean current and air mass, then make your prediction for preparing for the day's weather. Correct predictions initiate an animation showing the weather event, or click to see a satellite image of a similar event.

tag(s): air (106), oceans (130), temperature (31), weather (156)

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Use this interactive as an introduction to weather patterns and wind movements in North America. Provide time for each student or groups of students to play with the different options and make observations about the weather that results. Make this assignment an online lab activity including an analysis portion about what temperature variations create similar weather outcomes. If they are able, have students research online, or use a textbook, to look for reasons for the weather patterns. This activity can also be used after a class discussion to check for understanding of the concepts.

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Twitter Chat: Ideas for Infusing STEM - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2017 and will open in Wakelet. View this archive to learn tips and tools to use when teaching STEM. Learn what STEM means ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2017 and will open in Wakelet. View this archive to learn tips and tools to use when teaching STEM. Learn what STEM means (also referred to as STEAM). Browse the strategies offered by the chat moderators and participants.

tag(s): professional development (287), STEM (225), twitterchatarchive (131)

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Do you teach STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)? Check out this archived chat for tools and tips to use in your classroom. Share this tool with your colleagues interested in learning more tips and tools to use in STEM lessons.

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Wild Weather Kitchen Experiments - Stephen Lewis and Dr. Janet Sumner

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4 to 12
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Investigate and recreate wild weather with these simple experiments explained in short videos. Four five-minute videos demonstrate how to create avalanches, dust storms, floods, and...more
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Investigate and recreate wild weather with these simple experiments explained in short videos. Four five-minute videos demonstrate how to create avalanches, dust storms, floods, and tornadoes. Each video discusses the weather phenomenon and how it naturally occurs. After the explanation, videos include instructions for recreating the weather presented using items commonly found at home.

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In the Classroom

Include these short weather videos as part of any weather unit, then perform the experiments together in class. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos of their experiment and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Have students use a mapping tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map with locations vulnerable to different types of extreme weather. With Zeemap you can add audio stories and pictures!

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