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Endangered Animals of the World

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6 to 12
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This is a Dutch site which offers information on a number of endangered animals. There's lots of detail, but the navigation may be awkward for some younger students. Worth a ...more
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This is a Dutch site which offers information on a number of endangered animals. There's lots of detail, but the navigation may be awkward for some younger students. Worth a visit, though.

tag(s): endangered species (41)

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Endangered Species - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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This site from New York's'''? American Museum of Natural History provides information on several dozen endangered species, their habitats, and efforts to preserve these species and...more
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This site from New York's'''? American Museum of Natural History provides information on several dozen endangered species, their habitats, and efforts to preserve these species and increase their numbers. Each species is really a case study, with significant detail on the plight of that species. Good site for a student interested in some serious research on one or more species.

tag(s): endangered species (41)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector. Explain the principles that lay behind endangered species, give a brief tutorial on using the website, and then divide students into small cooperative learning groups. Have each group pick a section on the website, such as "causes," "why help," etc. Have each student review and research their section, with the intentions of providing a brief presentation of their findings to their peers. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online infographic to share using Visme, reviewed here.

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Edwards Aquifer Information Page

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This site contains information, simulations, and video clips on the "science" behind the Edwards Aquifer. This aquifer is designated by the EPA as a "sole source" drinking water supply...more
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This site contains information, simulations, and video clips on the "science" behind the Edwards Aquifer. This aquifer is designated by the EPA as a "sole source" drinking water supply for the Austin-San Antonio corridor in Texas. Provides a good example of local research project that could be completed by students.

tag(s): water (132)

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Carolina Coastal Science - North Carolina State University

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What happens to coastlines as a result of natural forces? What happens when people develop those coastlines? Where is the balance? This site explores the natural and man-made forces...more
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What happens to coastlines as a result of natural forces? What happens when people develop those coastlines? Where is the balance? This site explores the natural and man-made forces which have an impact on the state of the Carolina coast, and asks students to help determine how this resource can best be preserved. There are discussion starters and some simple lesson ideas.

tag(s): oceans (165)

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Build a Watershed

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This interactive site lets students learn the intricacies of watersheds while building their own online watershed model. The design lets students work at novice or advanced levels,...more
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This interactive site lets students learn the intricacies of watersheds while building their own online watershed model. The design lets students work at novice or advanced levels, concentrating on different aspects of watershed environments.

tag(s): water (132)

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Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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Much in the news as a possible site for oil drilling, this official site about the ANWR provides brief summaries of the habitats and ecosystem of this unique arctic environment. ...more
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Much in the news as a possible site for oil drilling, this official site about the ANWR provides brief summaries of the habitats and ecosystem of this unique arctic environment. Useful as an example of efforts to preserve fragile ecosystems, and also as a supplement to the study of arctic biomes. From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

tag(s): arctic (46)

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Amazon River Dolphins - Virtual Explorers

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Here's a chance to learn about a real-time expedition to the Amazon to learn more about the dolphins who live there and how they survive. The project took place during ...more
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Here's a chance to learn about a real-time expedition to the Amazon to learn more about the dolphins who live there and how they survive. The project took place during August, 1999. Read the information and updates from before, during, and after. This site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit.

tag(s): amazon (9)

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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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The Weather Gateway

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This site provides real-time weather forecasts for cities in the U.S. Requires the use of a three-digit city code. ...more
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This site provides real-time weather forecasts for cities in the U.S. Requires the use of a three-digit city code.

tag(s): weather (205)

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Water Science for Schools - US Government

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The EPA created this collection of resources dealing with water cycles, water purification, and water availability. It includes web resources, sample experiments, and explanations of...more
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The EPA created this collection of resources dealing with water cycles, water purification, and water availability. It includes web resources, sample experiments, and explanations of water quality issues.

tag(s): water (132)

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Teachers will likely want to sort through the material before suggesting it to their students.

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TopoZone

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If you're working on maps, map skills, or the mapping of natural features, TopoZone has it all. This site offers electronic topographic maps for most locations in the US. Users ...more
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If you're working on maps, map skills, or the mapping of natural features, TopoZone has it all. This site offers electronic topographic maps for most locations in the US. Users simply enter a location and can retrieve a topographic map for that area. The system allows users to zoom in and out and pan to other locations. All maps have full topographic markings showing terrain features. Great map resource!

tag(s): oceans (165)

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South Pole Adventure Page

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This site has a selection of features based on life and scientific activitiy at the South Pole. You can check the current South Pole weather, get summaries of recent activities, ...more
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This site has a selection of features based on life and scientific activitiy at the South Pole. You can check the current South Pole weather, get summaries of recent activities, and learn about the kinds of scientific study that take place in this hostile environment.

tag(s): antarctica (29), arctic (46), oceans (165)

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Society for Underwater Exploration

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This site is a spin-off from the Discovery Channel's various underwater exploration programs. It provides an interactive, visual record of several underwater expeditions which have...more
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This site is a spin-off from the Discovery Channel's various underwater exploration programs. It provides an interactive, visual record of several underwater expeditions which have involved scientific and archaeological research. Students should be able to use the content at several different levels. Visually very rich, the site can be slow if you're using a dial-up connection.

tag(s): oceans (165)

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The Owl Pages

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This Australian site offers pictures and detailed information about the owls found on several different continents. The interface is simple enough for younger students, and the detailed...more
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This Australian site offers pictures and detailed information about the owls found on several different continents. The interface is simple enough for younger students, and the detailed information could be helpful for older students completing biology or earth science assignments. Lots of information, well organized.

tag(s): amphibians (21), oceans (165)

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The Sea Otter Site

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The kids' area of this sea otter site offers otter images, sounds, and surprisingly detailed instructional handouts for elementary, middle, and high school students. Otters are among...more
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The kids' area of this sea otter site offers otter images, sounds, and surprisingly detailed instructional handouts for elementary, middle, and high school students. Otters are among the few mammals that use tools, and there lots of images showing how they do it. Great site for animal study research.

tag(s): oceans (165)

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Ocean Color Viewed from Space

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This site is part of the Athena Curriculum Web site. Offers students an opportunity to record observations about the importance and meaning of the changes in ocean color. The journal...more
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This site is part of the Athena Curriculum Web site. Offers students an opportunity to record observations about the importance and meaning of the changes in ocean color. The journal activities provide a great opportunity for students to integrate language arts and science.

tag(s): oceans (165)

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Minerals, Crystals and Gems: Stepping-Stones to Inquiry - Smithsonian Institution

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Very clear site and easy to follow intending to give students the basics of mineral science. Starts with an essay including clear pictures, a nice overview and history of gems. ...more
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Very clear site and easy to follow intending to give students the basics of mineral science. Starts with an essay including clear pictures, a nice overview and history of gems. Also has an activities page in Spanish and English. Resource guide with other links, books, teaching guides and kits.

tag(s): geology (76), minerals (17)

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The site includes three lesson units for teachers. They include objectives, materials, procedures, sample sheets and listngs of related subjects .

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Marine Institute

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This site from Newfoundland, Canada provides educational information, activities, and lesson plans about marine life, fisheries, and oceanography. Select "K-12 Marine Topics" to view...more
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This site from Newfoundland, Canada provides educational information, activities, and lesson plans about marine life, fisheries, and oceanography. Select "K-12 Marine Topics" to view the icon-driven topics, activities, and links.

tag(s): oceans (165)

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Kids Do Ecology - Univ. of California Santa Barbara

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This site from the University of California at Santa Barbara lets students explore selected ecology topics in several ways. There are sub-sites dealing with ecology principles, whales,...more
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This site from the University of California at Santa Barbara lets students explore selected ecology topics in several ways. There are sub-sites dealing with ecology principles, whales, and several other marine species. There's also a very nice section on Data, showing why data collection is important for scientists and illustrating different ways to present data visually. Both sections might be useful in introducing scientific method and experimental procedure.

tag(s): ecology (133), pollution (65), recycling (59)

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This site is a great science find for both teachers and students! Teachers, there is an entire section of free lesson plans and activities that can be easily recreated in your classroom. For students, use this site as learning center or station. Allow students to use the site in cooperative learning groups, for any science unit on biomes, ecology, mammals, or data collection. This site would be a great supplement to book materials.

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FEMA Backgrounder: Earthquakes - US Government

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See where the latest earthquakes have occurred, learn why they occur, and learn about the Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. This FEMA site also offers information relating to earthquake...more
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See where the latest earthquakes have occurred, learn why they occur, and learn about the Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. This FEMA site also offers information relating to earthquake safety. Suggestions are geared to people living in earthquake-prone areas.

tag(s): disasters (43), earth (227), earthquakes (51)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on geology and/or natural disasters on a projector or interactive whiteboard. When an earthquake is in the news, use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects in response to their curiosity about the news event. An option would be to divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have them take online notes using Webnote, reviewed here; tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. Use the information they find as a jumping off place for doing further research on areas that interest them. To show what they have learned from this site and their research, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Visme, reviewed here. Have them create presentations on different parts of the information found in the site and its activities.

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Explore a Pond - Utah Education Network Brandon Thacker

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This is the website of teacher Brandon Thacker. Scroll down the page to "My UEN Content" to find a collection that offers a neat set of activities built around the ...more
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This is the website of teacher Brandon Thacker. Scroll down the page to "My UEN Content" to find a collection that offers a neat set of activities built around the ecosystems of small ponds. For those without a pond nearby, there's even a virtual pond simulation that lets users select the way they want to populate their pond and then see how well the ecosystem functions.

tag(s): ecosystems (91)

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Bookmark this site for your science lessons on scents, disolved oxygen, camouflage, soil erosion, and math lessons on probability, surface area, estimating perimeter and more; there is something for every grade level. Easily adapt lessons that are not at your grade level.

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