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Temperate Rainforest Facts - temperate-rainforest-facts.com

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4 to 12
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As advertised in the title, this no-frills site offers just the facts about temperate rainforests. The home page features basic information about rainforests along with facts about...more
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As advertised in the title, this no-frills site offers just the facts about temperate rainforests. The home page features basic information about rainforests along with facts about the canopy layers. Choose from additional links to learn animal and plant facts.
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tag(s): biomes (139), habitats (108), rainforests (21)

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Include this site with your other resources when teaching about biomes and habitats. Instead of asking students to take notes or create flashcards, learn vocabulary using online games like Baamboozle, reviewed here. Baamboozle allows you to quickly create games for teams of two and automatically keeps score during gameplay. Upon completion of your unit consider having students create online books using a tool like Book Creator, reviewed here. Book Creator includes many features to create interactive books including adding video, text, audio, and images.

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Temperate Rain Forest Biome - Earth Eclipse

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4 to 12
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This site features facts and information related to temperate rainforests. Scroll through to learn about changes due to climate change and deforestation. Other portions share the climate,...more
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This site features facts and information related to temperate rainforests. Scroll through to learn about changes due to climate change and deforestation. Other portions share the climate, locations, plants, animals, and other data related to rainforests.
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tag(s): biomes (139), habitats (108), rainforests (21)

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Information found on this site provides an excellent starting point to find basic rainforest information. Share it on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector as you discuss biomes and as a way to access students' prior knowledge of the subject. Instead of using classroom dictionaries, use an online dictionary like the Miriam Webster Dictionary Page, reviewed here, to look up vocabulary terms. Include this site with your resources for your biome unit, consider saving bookmarks to share with students using a tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here. Instead of having students write reports at the end of your unit, ask them to use Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create custom maps featuring locations and facts about biomes you studied.

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What Eats? - whateats.com

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K to 12
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Find out the diet of different animals in What Eats? Type in the name of an animal to view a description of what it eats, and what eats it! Other ...more
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Find out the diet of different animals in What Eats? Type in the name of an animal to view a description of what it eats, and what eats it! Other portions of the site describe different kinds of food webs, types of animal diets, and even an African food chain in Spanish.
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tag(s): animals (319), food chains (26)

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When introducing your animal unit, add an extension to your Internet browser like Sticky Notes, reviewed here, to project and share student's ideas as you begin discussing animals and food webs. Edit, add, or delete notes as needed as you move throughout your unit. Add a link to What Eats? on classroom computers. As students learn about specific animals or food webs, ask them to create interactive images using ThingLink, reviewed here, to add text, links, and additional information. Have younger students use a tool like WriteReader, reviewed here, to create an online storybook sharing information learned. WriteReader includes tools for sharing student writing along with correct spelling underneath. For older students, try a book creation tool like Story Maps, reviewed here, to add additional information including map locations.

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World Biomes - worldbiomes.com

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This site provides information on five of the world's primary biomes. Each section contains a short description, images, and locations of the biome. Also, each portion shares links...more
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This site provides information on five of the world's primary biomes. Each section contains a short description, images, and locations of the biome. Also, each portion shares links to additional resources and books related to the biome. Information on the site provides a basic starting point for learning about biomes.

tag(s): biomes (139), deserts (18), forests (34), oceans (166), prairie (12), tundra (20)

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Include this site with your resources for teaching about biomes. Share information from the site with students using an interactive whiteboard or with a projector. Ask students to highlight details that identify that particular biome. No whiteboard? No problem! Use your projector and eMargin, reviewed here, to highlight and annotate as a class. As you learn about biomes, ask students to use Google Maps to locate and share information about biomes around the world or annotate images using ThingLink, reviewed here, to demonstrate features of biomes. Instead of a written presentation, ask students to share their knowledge of biomes using video creation tool like Powtoon, reviewed here. Powtoon makes it easy to create entertaining animated video presentations.

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Encyclopedic Entries - National Geographic

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3 to 12
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Think of this site as a digital, illustrated encyclopedia of environmental words and terms. Choose any entry to find beautiful images along with complete encyclopedic entries and additional...more
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Think of this site as a digital, illustrated encyclopedia of environmental words and terms. Choose any entry to find beautiful images along with complete encyclopedic entries and additional resources. Use filters to search by keyword, grade level, or subject.

tag(s): continents (51), ecology (133), environment (321), oceans (166), space (226), weather (202)

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Take advantage of the information on this site for use throughout the school year. Consider choosing an entry each week to share with students and explore further. Use a bookmarking site like Symbaloo, reviewed here, to share other links on the same topic. Ask students to locate information on Google Maps and create a story to tell about their topic using a site like Heganoo, reviewed here. Heganoo allows you to create interactive maps including images, videos, and more to tell a story.

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Recycle Fun - Abacus House Clearance

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K to 3
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Can you sort the trash into the correct recycling bin? Move the control stick to pick up different items of trash then place into the bin. This simple game offers ...more
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Can you sort the trash into the correct recycling bin? Move the control stick to pick up different items of trash then place into the bin. This simple game offers players practice in basic recycling options.

tag(s): conservation (123), earth day (104), recycling (58)

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Although very simple in nature, this game provides a quick overview of different materials used in recycling. Share on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector as an introduction to your recycling unit and create a link for student play on classroom computers. After playing the game, ask students to take pictures of items they recycle then add them to an online bulletin board like Padlet, reviewed here. Create columns in Padlet for different types of materials and have students include the images in the correct column. Take your recycling efforts further and have students create a podcast to share with your school including recycling tips and classroom challenges. Use a tool like Podcast Generator, reviewed here, to create and share your presentations.
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Academic Word Finder - Achieve the Core

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4 to 12
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The Academic Word Finder identifies academic vocabulary (tier 2) words found in any text. Register using email to create an account before beginning. Copy and paste any text you want...more
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The Academic Word Finder identifies academic vocabulary (tier 2) words found in any text. Register using email to create an account before beginning. Copy and paste any text you want to analyze, (the site recommends starting with two to three paragraphs) and select your grade level. The Word Finder identifies the vocabulary found in the text and provides additional context with grade range, part of speech, meaning, and an example sentence. Email or print the results using links found on the site. Each entry is automatically saved to your Achieve the Core account for future reference.

tag(s): parts of speech (67), vocabulary (317), vocabulary development (120)

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Use the Academic Word Finder to introduce difficult portions of text before reading. Display the results on your interactive whiteboard or with a projector to review with students. This site is perfect for use with special needs or ESL/ELL students to break down difficult content into smaller, understandable portions. Use this site to identify vocabulary words then create online games for student practice. Bamboozle, reviewed here, offers several options for creating games for two teams. Use the Word Finder to choose vocabulary to include when creating interactive lessons for students. Rooclick, reviewed here, includes tools for creating interactive video lessons with embedded documents and quizzes.

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yellkey - Delta Lab

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Yellkey makes it easy to share a long URL with fewer characters for a short time. Copy the long URL into the address bar and choose a time - from ...more
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Yellkey makes it easy to share a long URL with fewer characters for a short time. Copy the long URL into the address bar and choose a time - from 5 minutes to 24 hours and click "generate yellkey." Share this new address with others to quickly share any web address.

tag(s): internet safety (116)

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Use yellkey whenever long links to sites need sharing. Share in emails or other correspondence keeping in mind that the shortened URL is only available for the specified period. This shorter address is much easier for students to type into their own computers/BYODs, use it to create web addresses that are easy for students to use during class sessions.

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Blended Play - BlendedPlay

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Create games for groups or multiple players personalized with your content using Blended Play. Choose from five game options with titles like Mountain Climber and Sushi Take Over. Add...more
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Create games for groups or multiple players personalized with your content using Blended Play. Choose from five game options with titles like Mountain Climber and Sushi Take Over. Add questions to your game selection and save. Choose options within games to select the number of players, length of the game, and more. Visit the Game Library to view and download question files shared by fellow members of Blended Play. Watch the tutorial video shared on Blended Play for complete instructions on creating and using games from the site. The tutorial also comes in PDF format. If your district blocks YouTube, the tutorial video may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.
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tag(s): Computational Thinking (17), critical thinking (118), design (88), game based learning (137), gamification (89), problem solving (294)

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Before creating games, take advantage of shared files in the Game Library to quickly make games accessible for students. Once you are familiar with the site, create games for any topic to use for review or as a schema activator. Have groups of students create their own review games for personal use and to share with fellow students. As students gain confidence in creating their own games, share other game-creation sites like Scratch, reviewed here, as an excellent way to promote creativity and personalize any learning experience.

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WriteWell - WriteWell

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WriteWell is a set of clear and easy to use writing tools designed to help with the writing process while making the process fun and engaging for users. Start by ...more
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WriteWell is a set of clear and easy to use writing tools designed to help with the writing process while making the process fun and engaging for users. Start by searching for templates for any particular type of writing or select from content links on the home page. Each writing template includes a complete example, description of how to write in this format, the option to download the template, and a link to begin work in the online app. Creating an account isn't required to use the tools in WriteWell; however, it does offer many options for saving and sharing your work.
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tag(s): creative writing (169), descriptive writing (41), expository writing (40), letter writing (18), paragraph writing (17), persuasive writing (55), process writing (47), writers workshop (34), writing (363)

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WriteWell is a must-have for all teachers. Use this site for your own professional use in graduate work. Share a link on your class website for student use at home. Share the steps and information within any template as a guide for teaching different writing styles. Have students enhance a previous project by using tools within WriteWell, then have them compare and discuss the differences. If the students wrote the document in Google or Word, have students highlight and add comments sharing changes to their text. Include before and after documents in an online student portfolio like bulb, reviewed here. Bulb allows you to embed videos; ask students to upload a short video discussion of their revisions to any document. As a culminating activity, have students create a video tutorial of different styles of writing using a video creation tool like My Simpleshow, reviewed here.

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Twitter Chat: Using Tech Tools to Generate Ideas in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is - Using Tech Tools to Generate Ideas in the Classroom. Through ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from March 2018 and will open in TweetChat. The title of this chat is - Using Tech Tools to Generate Ideas in the Classroom. Through this chat participants will: 1. Discuss ed tech tools that promote critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity, 2. Discuss ways to incorporate higher order thinking skills into technology, and 3. Share ed tech tools and resources and promising practices for implementation. Read the many comments and suggestions by both the moderator and other participants.

tag(s): twitter (42), twitterchatarchive (48)

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Share this chat with your colleagues looking for tech tools to generate ideas in the classroom. Explore the various tools that are shared.

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Empatico - The KIND Foundation

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3 to 4
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Empatico matches classrooms of students aged 8-10 with other similar classrooms around the world with standards-based lessons incorporated through video conferencing. Follow the six...more
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Empatico matches classrooms of students aged 8-10 with other similar classrooms around the world with standards-based lessons incorporated through video conferencing. Follow the six easy steps to enroll your class and match to another classroom interested in similar activities as your class. Choose from Spark (2-3 hour) or Fire (8-12 hour) activities, each spread over multiple visits.

tag(s): climate (93), collaboration (30), commoncore (89), cross cultural understanding (125), cultures (108), family (60), globe (17), maps (294), weather (202)

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Enroll your classroom and collaborate with others. Expand upon the activities included with Empatico to dig further into the topic of your activity. If you typically have students write in paper journals, try an online blog using a simple blogging tool like Easyblog, reviewed here. Enhance your Empatico project with FlipGrid, reviewed here. Create a video question for students in both classrooms in your FlipGrid, then ask students to share their video response with their peers. Instead of a written report at the end of your sessions, have students create an original video using My Simpleshow, reviewed here, to share information and new perspectives gained through your Empatico activities.

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Disaster Fact Sheets - FEMA

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Learn what to do before, during, and after a disaster with these fact sheets from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). Select a topic to view information in PDF format from ...more
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Learn what to do before, during, and after a disaster with these fact sheets from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). Select a topic to view information in PDF format from the several available types of disasters including hurricane, drought, tornado, and more. Each fact sheet is two pages long and includes a quick fact check, words to know, and advice for dealing with the disaster.

tag(s): disasters (42), earthquakes (51), fire safety (14), floods (12), heat (16), hurricanes (40), red ribbon week (9), snow (20), tornadoes (17), tsunamis (18), weather (202)

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Bookmark this site for use during your weather unit as an introduction to types of severe weather. One of the fact sheets discusses home fires and is perfect to include with Red Ribbon Week activities. After sharing disaster facts with students, ask students to create word clouds using vocabulary terms related to any specific type of disaster. Use a site like Word It Out, reviewed here, to easily create custom word clouds. Upon completion of your unit, ask students to create a book sharing their tips and advice for dealing with disasters. Use an interactive book creation tool like Book Creator, reviewed here. Book Creator offers tools for making online books that include images, videos, audio, and more.
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DesignEvo Free Online Logo Maker - DesignEvo

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5 to 12
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Design a free logo with DesignEvo, no download or registration required! Find icons from the millions in the site's library, then add and customize text and shapes to create your ...more
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Design a free logo with DesignEvo, no download or registration required! Find icons from the millions in the site's library, then add and customize text and shapes to create your logo. Change colors, add backgrounds, and much more. When finished, download to your computer. One caveat, before downloading you must give credit by sharing DesignEvo on your social media account or using the embed code on your website.

tag(s): design (88), drawing (77), graphic design (38), images (283)

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Use this site as part of any graphic design or art class to learn about the use of color, text, or design. Have students design a logo for your classroom or school, then use a different logo each month on your class website, newsletter, or any classroom communications. Have students design a logo for a book character to use on their "pretend" business card. Ask students to create their own personal logo for use on a business card. The possibilities are never-ending!
 

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

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5 to 12
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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 (139), crosswords (20), puzzles (204)

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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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Analyzing an Ecosystem - University of Alberta

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4 to 8
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What do you know about interactions in an ecosystem? Answer questions to discover your knowledge. Use the provided choices to identify examples located within the image. Items include...more
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What do you know about interactions in an ecosystem? Answer questions to discover your knowledge. Use the provided choices to identify examples located within the image. Items include identifying mimicry, parasitism, abiotic and biotic components, and more.

tag(s): biomes (139), ecology (133), ecosystems (91), habitats (108)

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Include this interactive with your unit on ecosystems. Complete questions together on your interactive whiteboard or have students explore on their own. Have students share their explanations for the questions using an audio tool like Vocaroo (reviewed here), then share their recordings on your class website. Take this a step further and use a tool like Flipgrid (reviewed here) to have students record a video response to a probing question related to ecosystems. Students record their video response then can add comments to other responses.
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Endangered Animals Game - Sheppard Software

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3 to 7
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Catch the endangered animals moving around the globe, then take a short quiz to learn about what is causing them to shrink in numbers with the Endangered Animals Game. Click ...more
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Catch the endangered animals moving around the globe, then take a short quiz to learn about what is causing them to shrink in numbers with the Endangered Animals Game. Click on rhinos, pandas, and more to read a short question and choose the correct answer. Following a right answer, each animal is moved outside the globe as players continue to try to catch the remaining figures.
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tag(s): endangered species (40), environment (321)

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Include this activity on student computers during your unit on the environment or endangered animals. Have students find other sites to share with information on endangered animals. Use a collaborative bookmarking tool like SearchTeam, reviewed here, to share sites with fellow students. SearchTeam allows you to share links to websites, videos, and more and also add comments to information shared. Have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here, to share information on endangered animals around the world. Students can add text, images, and location stops! As a final assessment, instead of a written report have students create a Story Map, reviewed here. Story Map allows you to create interactive maps telling stories through a timeline of "dots" to move through each step of the story.
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Ecosystems, Organisms, and Trophic Levels - McGraw Hill Education

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Explore a variety of biomes in this virtual lab as you search for organisms living in each environment. Answer field observation questions to discuss the found organisms and their relationship...more
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Explore a variety of biomes in this virtual lab as you search for organisms living in each environment. Answer field observation questions to discuss the found organisms and their relationship to its ecosystem. Follow the directions to choose questions about the tundra, taiga, desert, freshwater lake, and rainforest. This virtual lab also includes a journal containing additional information along with diagrams of food webs and more.

tag(s): biomes (139), ecosystems (91), organisms (20), rainforests (21), tundra (20)

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Include this virtual lab as part of your lessons on ecosystems and biomes. Instead of just completing these online activities, take student learning a step further and have students write blogs to share and discuss the information learned while completing this virtual lab. Edublogs, reviewed here, provides a free blogging tool for students and educators. Personalize learning even more by using Skype, reviewed here, to conduct a class interview with a park ranger or scientist studying ecosystems. Consider using a class Twitter account, reviewed here, and following favorite scientists using Daily 140, reviewed here. Daily 140 allows you to enter "handles" of up to three people you want to track. Each day receive an email with a list of all new people they have followed and tweets they have favorited.
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Virtual Lab: Communities and Biomes - McGraw Hill Education

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6 to 12
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Create and maintain a marine biome with this virtual lab. During this lab, you set up a reef tank and collect data over a (virtual) 12 week period. Along the ...more
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Create and maintain a marine biome with this virtual lab. During this lab, you set up a reef tank and collect data over a (virtual) 12 week period. Along the way, participants learn about using water testing strips to check ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite levels in the tank and monitor ph levels. Other activities include viewing the effect of adding rocks and fish to populate the tank. Throughout the activity, use the journal and tables provided to record data, and answer question prompts.

tag(s): biomes (139), habitats (108), marine biology (36)

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Include this virtual lab as part of your lessons on biomes, specifically the marine biome. Have students complete the journal entries and fill in tables then print to include with your end of unit assessments. Take this activity a step further and have students write blogs to share and discuss their work in maintaining a proper marine environment. Edublogs, reviewed here, provides a free blogging tool for students and educators. Learn even more about marine biomes through a Skype call, reviewed here, to a marine researcher. Alternatively, you might find a webcast on marine science and a scientist to follow at STEM in 30, reviewed here.
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America's Rainforests - Prince William Network

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Join science experts to visit America's rainforests in Puerto Rico and Alaska through an electronic field trip shared on this site. The hour and a half long webcast presents information...more
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Join science experts to visit America's rainforests in Puerto Rico and Alaska through an electronic field trip shared on this site. The hour and a half long webcast presents information on plants, animals, and features of the rainforest. America's Rainforests also includes a variety of lesson plans aligned to science standards for teachers along with a student section with more information about this biome.

tag(s): biomes (139), rainforests (21)

In the Classroom

Include this site with your teaching materials on the rainforests. After learning about America's Rainforests, have students find and map rainforests around the world. Have students create maps sharing this information using Animaps (reviewed here). Students can add text, images, and location stops! As a final project, have students create a Symbaloo Learning Path (reviewed here). This site allows users to personalize a learning activity featuring videos, games, quizzes, and more.

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