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Changing World - BBC

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Although this page has been archived and is no longer updated, all links are functional. This interactive walk through 65 million years of history reveals just how very much...more
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Although this page has been archived and is no longer updated, all links are functional. This interactive walk through 65 million years of history reveals just how very much things have changed during Earth's geologic lifetime. Beginning with the death of the dinosaurs, students can explore seven major geologic periods as a continual timeline or in segments. Interactive maps allow users to experience the continental shuffle, the many geologic changes that affected our earth, and the evolution of life forms.

tag(s): fossils (45), logic (244), paleontology (40)

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There are TONS of interactive games and activities on this site that could easily be utilized in the classroom. Search through the site to find one that is fitting for your class, and save it as a favorite on classroom computers to be used as a learning center or station. Teachers could even introduce the activity on the interactive whiteboard first to give students a better idea of what they will be doing and how this corresponds to the unit. Almost all would be great for a review.
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Severe and Hazardous Weather - University of Illinois

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This extensive Web site contains information about many types of weather phenomena and provides impressive photographs, animations, and demonstrations. Explanations of weather maps,...more
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This extensive Web site contains information about many types of weather phenomena and provides impressive photographs, animations, and demonstrations. Explanations of weather maps, high and low pressure systems, air masses and fronts, El Nino and La Nina, are included along with current weather, future forecasts, and archived data.

tag(s): floods (12), hurricanes (40), tornadoes (17), weather (205)

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Baytrippers - Maryland PTV

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3 to 8
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With this online, interactive field trip to the Chesapeake Bay students can investigate how the Bay has evolved, board a virtual sail boat to discover the life of the estuary, ...more
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With this online, interactive field trip to the Chesapeake Bay students can investigate how the Bay has evolved, board a virtual sail boat to discover the life of the estuary, and learn about the changing ecology of the region and what can be done to keep the watershed healthy. Visit the "Parents and Teachers" link for lesson plans (aligned to national standards), activities, helpful tips for teaching science, and a glossary of related terms.

tag(s): chesapeake bay (4), ecology (133), water (132), watersheds (15)

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Backyard Nature

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Life science teachers can find a wide variety of information about many aspects of the natural world in this well-organized site. Topics include geology, plants, fungi, animals, and...more
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Life science teachers can find a wide variety of information about many aspects of the natural world in this well-organized site. Topics include geology, plants, fungi, animals, and naming/classifying living things. A section on "tools" provides guidance in selecting the proper items for successful nature study (i.e., field guides, binoculars, notebooks). Most importantly, all of the information is geared toward understanding nature in your own backyard (or schoolyard!). Encourage your students to check out the link to 101 Nature-Oriented Things to Do for some great science-based ideas on how to fill those long summer days.

tag(s): animals (320), classification (25), plants (176)

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Cloud Types - NASA

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6 to 12
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This outstanding interactive, multimedia slide-show presents a wealth of information about cloud types through audio, photographs, and diagrams. The tutorial can be easily projected...more
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This outstanding interactive, multimedia slide-show presents a wealth of information about cloud types through audio, photographs, and diagrams. The tutorial can be easily projected in the classroom, or students can explore it independently in the computer lab (head phones are recommended). Students may choose to view the text associated with the audio, pause the show at any time, or visit related links. A text transcript of the audio used throughout the entire tutorial can be printed.

tag(s): atmosphere (29), weather (205)

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After watching this learning clip, allow students to explore the other learning clips in this series, in pairs. Challenge pairs to blog about what they learned 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.
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Virtual Cave - Djuna Bewley and Dave Bunnell

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From the safety of the computer lab, students can investigate some of the world's most intriguing underground realms. Lava tube, erosional and glacial, sea, and solution caves are represented...more
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From the safety of the computer lab, students can investigate some of the world's most intriguing underground realms. Lava tube, erosional and glacial, sea, and solution caves are represented with images, descriptions, and virtual tours. Learn about the physical structures that may be encountered along the way, including conulites, helictites, and stalagmites. Use the virtual cave maps to navigate through the underground rooms and click on the features you would like to learn more about. The images are spectacular, but students will have to read through the explanatory text to get the most out of the virtual tours. This would be a useful site to explore before an actual trip to a local cave.

tag(s): caves (7)

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Introduce Virtual Cave to your class with a projector or on a whiteboard. Once they understand how to navigate the site allow pairs to investigate on their own. Have students take digital notes on the explanatory text (including definitions for new vocabulary) using Memo Notepad, reviewed here; tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. Students should then choose one of the cave types that interests them and find out where they are located. Wrap up the study of caves by challenging student to create an interactive map using Click2Map, reviewed here. With Click2Map students can include display markers featuring text, photos, and videos!

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Facing the Future: People and the Planet

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Help students recognize that Earth Day is every day with this thought-provoking resource that addresses the interconnections between the environment, population, poverty, consumption...more
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Help students recognize that Earth Day is every day with this thought-provoking resource that addresses the interconnections between the environment, population, poverty, consumption and conflict. Start with the Teacher's Corner page which provides an impressive collection of downloadable activities and interdisciplinary lesson plans aligned to national standards (click on "download curriculum" to access this feature). Informational text is provided in both 60 second and in depth versions. Choose based on the reading lefel of your students. Check out the "Service Learning" opportunities for practical ideas on engaging your students in critical local and global issues. Created by Facing the Future, a non-profit organization.

tag(s): environment (322), population (64)

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Water Environment Federation

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Liven up your environmental science lessons with this impressive collection of hands-on activities, downloadable materials, and clever ideas. The water cycle, aquifers, wastewater treatment,...more
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Liven up your environmental science lessons with this impressive collection of hands-on activities, downloadable materials, and clever ideas. The water cycle, aquifers, wastewater treatment, and groundwater pollution are among the dozens of subjects addressed by lesson plans that provide everything from suggestions for advanced preparation, to background materials, to ideas for follow-up activities. Click on the link to complimentary materials for teachers and students to access a collection of printable brochures and diagrams. Use them as an on-line resource for environmental science projects.

tag(s): pollution (65), water (132), water cycle (32)

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EPA: NonPoint Source Kids Page - EPA

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The Environmental Protection Agency provides an entertaining and interactive introduction to the issue of water contamination. Through on-line activities, lesson plans, and interactive...more
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The Environmental Protection Agency provides an entertaining and interactive introduction to the issue of water contamination. Through on-line activities, lesson plans, and interactive games, elementary and middle school students can learn about stream morphology, water quality, surface runoff, and discover how they and their families can prevent water pollution in their homes and when taking part in recreational activities.

tag(s): pollution (65), water (132)

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Voyage of the Odyssey - PBS

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On March 17, 2000, the Odyssey began its five-year journey to shed light on the health of the world's oceans and the fate of whales and marine organisms. Explore this ...more
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On March 17, 2000, the Odyssey began its five-year journey to shed light on the health of the world's oceans and the fate of whales and marine organisms. Explore this multimedia site to view video and audio clips, read about oceanic and nautical history, and email scientists with questions about ocean ecology.

tag(s): ecology (133), ecosystems (91), marine biology (36), oceans (166)

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Weather: Wind Chill - PBS

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Involve your students in the monitoring of daily weather by using this math-based science lesson on calculating wind chill. Formulas for Fahrenheit and Celsius are provided. Created...more
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Involve your students in the monitoring of daily weather by using this math-based science lesson on calculating wind chill. Formulas for Fahrenheit and Celsius are provided. Created by PBS.

tag(s): weather (205)

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Bagheera in the Wild

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Use this award winning site to introduce students to the importance of saving endangered species. Colorful and descriptive information on vanishing and extinct species are directly...more
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Use this award winning site to introduce students to the importance of saving endangered species. Colorful and descriptive information on vanishing and extinct species are directly linked to class activities and a thorough glossary of unfamiliar terms. Select from a range of activity ideas that require students to inquire, analyze, compare, and use their imagination. A special section of the site includes articles on important issues that affect endangered animals - from Eskimo Subsistence Whaling, to Global Warming, to Human Population Growth.

tag(s): endangered species (41), extinction (4), population (64), species (30)

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Brine Shrimp Project - North Carolina State University

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1 to 12
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The plan outlines a seven-day laboratory investigation of factors affecting the hatching and development of brine shrimp eggs. Originally field-tested with 10th grade students, the...more
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The plan outlines a seven-day laboratory investigation of factors affecting the hatching and development of brine shrimp eggs. Originally field-tested with 10th grade students, the activity can easily be adapted for use with all grade levels.

tag(s): habitats (108), oceans (166)

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For younger students, the experiment may be carried out as a single class project. Secondary students can work in independent teams to develop and test their hypotheses. The plan includes work sheets and an evaluation rubric. This lesson supports National Science Content Standards for grades K-12. April J. Cleveland designed this lesson plan for Science Junction at North Carolina State University.

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Descent into the Ice - PBS Nova

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2 to 8
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Follow the life cycle of a glacier, view satellite images of glacial hazards, find out why glaciers are shrinking, and learn about the clothing and gear required for glacier exploration....more
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Follow the life cycle of a glacier, view satellite images of glacial hazards, find out why glaciers are shrinking, and learn about the clothing and gear required for glacier exploration. This NOVA site offers interactive features, links to related sites, and a teacher's guide. Access to the companion NOVA video is helpful but not necessary.

tag(s): biomes (139), climate (93), glaciers (17)

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Aquarium Terrarium

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2 to 8
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This site offers an easy-to-follow plan for building a terrarium in less than 3 hours. Also includes suggestions for follow-up projects. The instructions are simple enough for young...more
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This site offers an easy-to-follow plan for building a terrarium in less than 3 hours. Also includes suggestions for follow-up projects. The instructions are simple enough for young children to follow as they work independently. Created by Rita Richardson for the Family Education Network.

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Shedd Aquarium Educational Materials - Shedd Aquarium

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Chicago's Shedd Aquarium has built an impressive online collection of lesson plans and other instructional tools, including several nice interactive animations. While much of the content...more
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Chicago's Shedd Aquarium has built an impressive online collection of lesson plans and other instructional tools, including several nice interactive animations. While much of the content relates to the aquarium's exhibits, the range of subjects includes most grade levels and many of the topics that might appear in a curriculum on ocean habitats.

tag(s): marine biology (36), oceans (166)

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Introduction to Bats - US Fish and Wildlife Service

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The US Fish and Wildlife Service offers this introduction to the only true flying mammals. The site includes a fair amount of copy on common misconceptions about bats, then goes ...more
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The US Fish and Wildlife Service offers this introduction to the only true flying mammals. The site includes a fair amount of copy on common misconceptions about bats, then goes on to cover how different species live and interact with the rest of the animal kingdom.

tag(s): mammals (35)

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Wildfacts - BBC

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This online wild creatures resource from the BBC is surprisingly complete and visually interesting. Users can select a creature from a very extensive list, then view a nice selection...more
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This online wild creatures resource from the BBC is surprisingly complete and visually interesting. Users can select a creature from a very extensive list, then view a nice selection of images and read detailed descriptions of the creatures and their lives. With a little previewing, this resource could be used at a variety of levels, especially by upper elementary and middle school students.

tag(s): amphibians (21), animals (320), birds (52), fish (24), mammals (35)

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Understanding Geologic Time - University of California

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6 to 12
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"Billions and billions of years" can be a tough concept to convey, and this site does a nice job of making it understandable for secondary students. The site's interactive elements...more
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"Billions and billions of years" can be a tough concept to convey, and this site does a nice job of making it understandable for secondary students. The site's interactive elements will help reinforce the content and the progression of life forms from the earliest to the present. Explore the "Teacher Start" to discover numerous resources for your classroom and lesson.

tag(s): evolution (101), fossils (45), geologic time (10), logic (244), time (138)

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Briefly 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 document what they are learning by taking digital notes. Use Memo Notepad, reviewed here; tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. 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 poster like Adobe Spark, reviewed here. Students can keep their work for future reference in a digital portfolio such as Mahara, reviewed here.
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Wind with Miller - Danish Ministry of Education et al.

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6 to 12
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There is more to this one than initially meets the eye. The site offers lots of detail on how wind power generation works, and the science and physics behind turning ...more
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There is more to this one than initially meets the eye. The site offers lots of detail on how wind power generation works, and the science and physics behind turning wind into electricity. step by step simulations help to tell the story in animated fashion. There is also a teachers guide, available in printed or online form. Videos mentioned in the teacher's guide seem to no longer be on the site.

tag(s): electricity (93)

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Use the animations to illustrate the physics of wind turbines over the interactive whiteboard or projector. Don't just be a Vanna - have student volunteers move the wind scale to show how the wind turbine reacts to slow and fast wind speeds.
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