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The Owl Pages

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4 to 12
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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 (166)

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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 (166)

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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 (166)

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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 (81), minerals (18)

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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 (166)

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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 (58)

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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 (42), earth (222), 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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EPA Curriculum Materials - US Government

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This is a surprisingly detailed collection of lesson ideas, information, and resources related to environmental issues and their inclusion in the classroom. Materials are sorted into...more
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This is a surprisingly detailed collection of lesson ideas, information, and resources related to environmental issues and their inclusion in the classroom. Materials are sorted into a number of different subject areas: Air, Climate Change, Ecosystems, Energy, Health, Waste, Water. They include links to other sites for more extensive information on specific topics.

tag(s): ecology (133), pollution (65), recycling (58)

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Bookmark this site to include with your lessons on environmental issues. After completing your unit, consider using the links to " other sites for more extensive information" for students to continue research in an area that interests them. Challenge students to share their extended learning with their peers in a multimedia presentation using one of these tool suggestions (click on the tool name to access the review): Piktochart, Lucidpress, Powtoon, and Rooclick.

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Ecological Regions of North America - Commission for Environmental Cooperation

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This is a beautifully produced site from an international ecological consortium. It provides detailed descriptions of the major North American ecological regions, along with photos...more
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This is a beautifully produced site from an international ecological consortium. It provides detailed descriptions of the major North American ecological regions, along with photos of representative ecological features. A good overview and comparison of the differences among ecological regions in North America.

tag(s): ecology (133), pollution (65), recycling (58)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or with a projector to show students how to navigate to the Tools and Resources and what is there. Then allow students to choose an area to investigate individually, with a partner, or in small groups on classroom computers. Ask students to take notes using Simplenote, reviewed here; tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. Simplenote updates across all devices. Next challenge students to share their findings with their peers by creating online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here. Take this a step further with technology and make the posters interactive using Adobe Spark, reviewed here.

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Earthwatch - Earthwatch Worldwide

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Find great ecology projects and adventurous ideas at Earthwatch, a program where everyone and anyone can get involved in making our planet environmentally safe. Sign up for their free...more
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Find great ecology projects and adventurous ideas at Earthwatch, a program where everyone and anyone can get involved in making our planet environmentally safe. Sign up for their free newsletter for the latest news, events, and ways you can get involved. There is a comprehensive guide and a fact sheet. Find many, many lesson plans on the Educator Opportunities page, on the right menu. If you haven't planned your next vacation, why not do something out of the ordinary and get involved in an Earthwatch expedition? There are more than 140 expeditions from all over the world from which to choose. You will meet professional research scientists, Earthwatch guides and professionals, and like-minded volunteers like you from around the world. There are grants available to fund your expedition.

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

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Select "Global Classroom" for a summary of planned and on-going scientific field trip explorations. Some explorations include classroom resources. Topics pertain to oceans, ecology, and endangered species.You will find there are lesson plans relating to: Oceans, Ecosystem Services, Cultural Heritage, Climate Change, and Taking Action.
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Earth and Moon Viewer

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Includes various images and maps of the moon and Earth. Also included are views from satellites as well as an interactive Perigee and Apogee calculator. Images could be used in ...more
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Includes various images and maps of the moon and Earth. Also included are views from satellites as well as an interactive Perigee and Apogee calculator. Images could be used in research reports.

tag(s): earth (222), moon (75)

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Deepen your study of the planets through further reading and beautiful graphics. Focus on the use of nonfiction text in your classroom, combined with literature studies of space or planet fiction, such as Jules Verne's, "From the Earth to the Moon," or Roald Dahl's, "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator." Find useful information, graphics, and diagrams for PowerPoints, Screencasts or Prezi's reviewed here. Include on your list of resources for science units on space on your classroom webpage. Be sure to show this tool on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to introduce space. Visit before your trip to the planetarium or science museum. Use to inspire artwork inspired by space. Deepen your students' background knowledge in writing about space travel, future, or creativity.

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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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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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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 (81)

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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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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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