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3D Toad - TechTol Imaging

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5 to 12
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3D Toad offers many images for viewing items in both 3D and 360 degree rotation. The site offers an assortment of categories such as Dissections, Human and Animal Skeletons, Fossils,...more
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3D Toad offers many images for viewing items in both 3D and 360 degree rotation. The site offers an assortment of categories such as Dissections, Human and Animal Skeletons, Fossils, and an extensive listing of Chemicals. There are also categories not typically associated with a "toad" such as: Yoga, Music, Dental Hygiene, History, Ballet Positions, Computer Networking, Emergency Preparedness, and more! The History link is interesting and includes American 1700-1800 and American Civil War: both packed with artifacts. Choose any image then drag your mouse to view or zoom in and out as desired.
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tag(s): 1700s (23), body systems (57), chemicals (40), civil war (145), coral (12), dance (28), dental health (23), dissection (10), elements (36), fossils (44), rocks (49)

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Use 3D Toad as a visual glossary on classroom computers. Have students visit this "visual glossary" center to explore objects and new vocabulary that they are learning. View and examine objects together on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Choose an area/topic that relates to what you are learning about in class. Have each student choose an object from that area to observe and explore to heighten observation skills. Challenge students to create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here.

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Climate Commons - Earth Journalism Network

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9 to 12
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This tool is a map-based interactive platform containing layers of news and information on climate change in the US. It includes the latest data, stories on the causes and impacts,...more
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This tool is a map-based interactive platform containing layers of news and information on climate change in the US. It includes the latest data, stories on the causes and impacts, and the response to climate change. View the most recent data, including temperature, precipitation, and carbon dioxide emissions. Filter stories by a variety of categories (such as Oceans.) Each dot displays a story.

tag(s): climate (92), climate change (64)

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Use the data and geotagged stories to understand more about climate change. Create multimedia (podcast, video, blog, wiki, etc.) or conventional products (poster or bulletin board) to explain the basics of climate change. Click on different dots on the map to view specific stories that are being published there. Compare the tone and substance of the different articles found in each of the areas. Are there certain regions that are more skeptical (or less) about this issue? Have students select a story to research in terms of its local implications at that location, such as a story about fracking in the Marcellus Shale region. Civics/government classes can use this site to trace political issues, news, and related policy initiatives related to climate change.

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Sound Bible - SoundBible.com

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K to 12
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Find or upload sound clips in wav or MP3 format -- with clear information about digital rights -- at Sound Bible. Thousands of files are available for easy download. Use ...more
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Find or upload sound clips in wav or MP3 format -- with clear information about digital rights -- at Sound Bible. Thousands of files are available for easy download. Use the search bar to locate a specific sound or browse through sound effects or royalty free sounds available on the site. Click the arrow to hear the sound clip, then click on the name to go to the download section. Choose from wav, mp3, or zip file, and click to download. Share your own sounds using the link provided along with a short description of your sound file. The sound file information includes licensing information for the sound. If you search solely in Royalty Free sounds, you are safe to use them, but follow the attribution requirements as explained on the lower portion of the "Royalty Free sounds" page.
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tag(s): listening (91), sound (101), sounds (68)

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Use Sound Bible to find short sound clips for use in presentations, videos, or interactive whiteboard lessons. In primary grades, play sounds as cues for classroom management, such as bird sounds to gather "at the nest" for circle time. Use sound clips as story or journal starter ideas. Play a clip and have students create a story that incorporates that sound. Take your students on an audio tour of the rainforest as you learn about the various animals and sounds. Use this site during units about weather to share sounds from storms, wind, thunder, and more. Explore ocean sounds, animals sounds, etc. Use in world language classes to spark conversations and build vocabulary. Play background sounds during creative writing class. Challenge students to write about how the sounds make them feel. Challenge gifted or digitally-clever students to use these sounds to create an all-audio story to accompany a drawing or image. Use a tool such as Brainshark, -reviewed here.

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CommonCore Sheets - Common Core Sheets

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2 to 8
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Find downloadable worksheets correlated to Common Core curriculum. Visit the math link for practice with all operations and many topic areas (balancing equations, many forms of graphs,...more
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Find downloadable worksheets correlated to Common Core curriculum. Visit the math link for practice with all operations and many topic areas (balancing equations, many forms of graphs, fractions, grids, lines, line plots, geometry, measurement, money, negative numbers, time, and SO much more)! In social studies find worksheets on geography, primary and secondary sources, and timelines. Language arts includes parts of speech and sentence types. Under each subject choose easy, medium, or hard worksheets. In Create a Review, choose your topic area and create your own worksheet. Also included are brain teasers, bingo games, and multiplication mazes.
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tag(s): charts and graphs (195), decimals (133), fractions (239), measurement (159), money (193), negative numbers (22), operations (126), order of operations (33), parts of speech (68), primary sources (86), probability (130), sentences (52), time (144), timelines (62), variables (22)

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Find worksheets for every subject to better prepare your students for Common Core standards and testing. Use the sheets to make a formative or even summative assessment for many different topics in math. Use as a review or even practice. Provide this link on your class website for students (and parents) to find extra practice. Printable answer keys come with the worksheets. Allow students to create their own quizzes. Easy to use, grade, and share. Use for gifted students needing some acceleration. Use for extra practice with students struggling with new concepts.
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Living Things in Their Environment - Houghton Mifflin Science

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K to 2
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Use this tool for wonderful interactives about living things interacting with their environment. This site mainly focuses on polar bears. Click on the audio icon to hear the words being...more
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Use this tool for wonderful interactives about living things interacting with their environment. This site mainly focuses on polar bears. Click on the audio icon to hear the words being spoken. Choose the feet of various living things to match with the pictures of environmental surroundings.

tag(s): adaptations (17), animals (276), ecosystems (88)

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Use this resource to reinforce concepts learned in class or as an introduction to a unit of study. Provide vocabulary words for students to identify, define, and learn through the Interactive. Pose questions that extend learning to prior or new situations and concepts. After matching the feet with the correct environment, students can brainstorm other characteristics the animals would have to live in the environment. Students can discuss different adaptations an animal would have if any of the conditions in the environment were to change. Encourage students to draw what the animal would look like or write a poem about the animal. Take photos of the pictures and challenge students to use a site like Pinwords reviewed here to share their poem.
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Animal Jam - National Geographic Kids

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2 to 6
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Rock out to nature with Animal Jam! Animal Jam is a virtual-world counterpart to National Geographic Kids magazine. Create a free account after validation from a parent/adult email...more
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Rock out to nature with Animal Jam! Animal Jam is a virtual-world counterpart to National Geographic Kids magazine. Create a free account after validation from a parent/adult email address. Parent email is required for user validation. Learn about plants and animals while exploring virtual ecosystems. Animal Jam is great for all ages and abilities. Select an animal avatar to navigate through Jamma, a land where the animals are disappearing and the environment needs help. Name your avatar and take on its persona through the many customizable options. Uncover secrets and play games as you visit the land of Jamaa's mountains, caves, and waterways. Read electronic books, build your avatar's den, hang out with friends, and watch National Geographic multimedia clips. Earn gems through playing games and use them to purchase items for your avatar. Use the world map to show all the parts of the world that you visit. Add to your journal to record your travels through Jamaa. Tons of facts and videos are available to explore and fact sheets can be printed. Animal Jam offers many safe chat, privacy, and parental control features to make sure students are safe. Premium options are available for purchase. This review was for the FREE portion only.
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tag(s): animal homes (41), animals (276), biomes (116), ecosystems (88), habitats (84), plants (145), social networking (112)

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Studying ecosystems or biomes? Animal Jam offers great supporting materials with an added social feature. Print fact sheets for students on plants and animals. Students can journal about their experiences. Animal Jam is great for science learning stations, enrichment, or support. Share Animal Jam on your interactive whiteboard and take a trip around the world with your class. Provide the link on your class website for students to further explore (and play) at home. Use the social features to teach digital citizenship skills in a safe environment. Students can write creative journal prompts from the point of view of their avatar as they integrate facts they learned in Animal Jam. Use the content in Animal Jam to provide a visual for your science instruction.
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All Things Science - All Things Science

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6 to 12
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All Things Science is an aggregator of short, top quality science videos for educational use. Search for specific content topics using the search bar. Browse through recent, top rated,...more
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All Things Science is an aggregator of short, top quality science videos for educational use. Search for specific content topics using the search bar. Browse through recent, top rated, most discussed, or random videos. Interested in seeing how a germ travels with a sneeze and makes you sick with a virus? There is a detailed video on that topic and SO much more. Read short descriptions of videos before viewing. Share using social media links provided, with a direct url, or with the embed code directly onto your website. Free registration on All Things Science allows you to save videos to favorites, add comments, and upload video. Note that videos can be submitted by members, so it is advisable to preview before sharing with young people.
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tag(s): animals (276), cells (102), climate (92), climate change (64), genetics (90), human body (121), medicine (67), scientific method (64), scientists (69), solar energy (38), solar system (119), space (205), video (254), weather (188)

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Save this site to use as a resource throughout the year with any science topic. Embed videos onto your classroom website for viewing at home or independently during class. (Embedding avoids displaying other areas of the site.) Have students create online posters after they learn about the topic individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create similar videos about science topics being discussed in class. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here or on All Things Science, if permitted by school policies.

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Problem-Attic - EducAide Software

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6 to 12
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Problem-Attic is a resource for finding and compiling the best questions from NY Regents, State Assessments, Academic Competitions, and more for classroom or individual use. Select,...more
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Problem-Attic is a resource for finding and compiling the best questions from NY Regents, State Assessments, Academic Competitions, and more for classroom or individual use. Select, arrange, and format questions as desired. Select questions by browsing topics or exams. Add items as desired to your document with the link provided. Drag and drop selections into any order such as easy to hard, all multiple choice items together, etc. Choose a template for how questions should look. Choose other options such as allowing room for students to show work and printing an answer key. Preview your document until it is complete then print in PDF format.

tag(s): assessment (100), test prep (96)

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Save this site as an excellent practice for end of year testing, state tests, and national tests. Use Problem-Attic to personalize learning for students. Share this tool on your class website for students to use both in and out of the classroom to prepare for state testing. Challenge your students to create (and print) practice tests for other students. Coaches for academic competitions can use this site for team practice. Teachers of gifted can use it for students to practice for out-of-level testing used to screen students for special gifted opportunities.
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Discover Anatomy - rigb.org

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4 to 12
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Why are skeletons so important? How does anatomy work? Find plenty of activities, discussions, and information to answer these and other important questions. Use the Joint Explorer...more
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Why are skeletons so important? How does anatomy work? Find plenty of activities, discussions, and information to answer these and other important questions. Use the Joint Explorer to manipulate a skeleton to view its range of movements. Enjoy the Build a Skeleton interactive: build a skeleton and identify the similarities among a variety of skeletons. Identify other structures around us that move much like our bodies in "Move It." Answer the Big Questions and take quizzes. What do animals without skeletons do? Examine Endoskeletons and Exoskeletons as well on this site. Be sure to check out the Teacher's Notes for general information and useful links.

tag(s): body systems (57), human body (121)

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Learn about the structure and movement of the human body. Students can work individually or in groups to learn about various joints and movements of the human body and other animals. Encourage students to research other organisms and create a multimedia presentation including the showing of the range of motion. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Students can connect the movement with other information that they learned on the site of other items such as a door hinge.
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CurrClick - Staley Krause

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1 to 12
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Browse over 30,000 free ebook (pdf format) titles and games available for immediate download at CurrClick! Scroll through the book list or choose from specific publishers to search...more
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Browse over 30,000 free ebook (pdf format) titles and games available for immediate download at CurrClick! Scroll through the book list or choose from specific publishers to search for titles. Topics range from basic phonics readers to the Declaration of Independence to many others! Some of the topics are religious based (mostly Christian). If you are in a public school, you may want to avoid those topics. Narrow your search by choosing the link to free ebooks. Enter your search term to find available titles. Appropriate ages for each book are provided as you scroll through. Add desired books to your cart. Create an account using your email and password and then check out. After check out, titles are available for immediate download in PDF format.
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tag(s): ebooks (42)

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Bookmark this site for use throughout the year for materials to use with any unit. Check back often, as new titles may be added! Display documents on your projector or interactive whiteboard to teach almost any language arts skills: highlighting parts of speech, subject/predicate, etc. Teacher notetaking or working with informational texts using these free texts. Be sure to use the FREE search to avoid paid texts. This would be a good site to share with students on your class website, blog, or wiki.
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Stop the Beetle - USDA

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4 to 12
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Wanted: The Emerald Ash Borer beetle. This insidious beetle is wreaking havoc on trees across America. The US Department of Agriculture is looking for others to help spot these bugs....more
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Wanted: The Emerald Ash Borer beetle. This insidious beetle is wreaking havoc on trees across America. The US Department of Agriculture is looking for others to help spot these bugs. If sighted, report the beetles' whereabouts via the Report EAB link. View a map of sightings. Read resources to understand why the Asian long-horned beetle is considered an invasive species. View photos depicting the telltale signs of infestation including exit holes in the tree bark and loss of leaves from the canopy.

tag(s): ecosystems (88), habitats (84), insects (69), species (29)

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Identify what makes a species an invasive one. Research the ecosystem in your area and identify why this pest can create loss of species there. Identify various invasive species found around the country and the world and the mechanisms that allowed them to become established in the first place. Create a campaign to teach those in the area how to identify and stop the spread of invasive species.
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Discover! Simulations - Houghton Mifflin Science

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K to 6
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Use this tool for wonderful interactives on a variety of science topics. Interactives have audio that reads the words on each page for Grades 2 and under. Click the audio ...more
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Use this tool for wonderful interactives on a variety of science topics. Interactives have audio that reads the words on each page for Grades 2 and under. Click the audio button at all grade levels to hear or rehear the text. Topics have increasing complexity at each grade level. Topics include: Animals and Life processes, Environments/Ecosystems/Energy, the Earth and it's surface, the Sky and Space, Matter and properties, Energy, Forces, and Motion, and more. Search by grade level and topic.

tag(s): animals (276), earth (228), ecosystems (88), energy (198), environment (317), forces (45), life cycles (25), matter (58), motion (59), oceans (148), space (205), weather (188)

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Use this resource to reinforce concepts learned in class or as an introduction to a unit of study. Find topics relevant to your grade level and topics being taught in science. Provide vocabulary words for students to identify, define, and learn through the Interactive. Pose questions that extend learning to prior or new situations and concepts. Use the concepts in the Interactives to develop research projects.

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Forensic Outreach - forensicoutreach.com

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8 to 12
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This site is bound to fascinate any reader interested in forensic science. Connections to popular crime shows, discussions about careers in forensics, and various ways Forensics are...more
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This site is bound to fascinate any reader interested in forensic science. Connections to popular crime shows, discussions about careers in forensics, and various ways Forensics are used "out in the field" are topics worth investigating on this site. Students are likely to find the articles under "Bodies + Bones," "Criminal Minds," and "Law and Order" to be the most interesting. Some of the more recent articles at the time of this review include: uncovering ancient fingerprints, painful archaeology (handling mass graves), becoming a forensic photography, analyzing bloodstains, and more. Future plans for this site include a CSI Interactive Laboratory. These are informational texts that do far more than simply inform!
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tag(s): archeology (32), careers (132), egypt (67), forensics (27), STEM (134)

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Use this site to find great articles that tie science content in the classroom to application in the real world. Experience science literacy with fascinating topics! Have students review articles on this site for presentation to the class or in discussion on a wiki or blog. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Make a science outreach display in your classroom or on your class wiki for students to see connections between their class work and fascinating research.

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360Cities - 360 Cities s.r.o.

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K to 12
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The 360Cities panoramas are a new way to showcase places, businesses, and events from around the world. Looking for a new virtual field trip? 360Cities will have your students spinning...more
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The 360Cities panoramas are a new way to showcase places, businesses, and events from around the world. Looking for a new virtual field trip? 360Cities will have your students spinning in circles with excitement. The pictures are out of this world! View 360 degree panoramic pictures from Mars or under the sea. Travel to snowy mountain tops and many more of the Internet's largest collection of uploaded panoramic images. 360Cities panoramic aerial shots are also available as well as navigable views of cities, natural landscapes, and more. The most popular panoramic pictures are listed for your convenience. This website has panoramic views of all Seven Wonders of the World, which include the Colosseum in Rome, The Great Wall of China, Petra in Jordan, The Taj Mahal in India, Machu Picchu in Peru, Christ Redeemer in Rio, and Chichen Itza in Mexico. Are you looking for a site to showcase your own panoramic shots or do you want to learn how to take panoramic shots? 360Cities "how to" section offers tools to create and upload your own panoramic pictures. View the existing pictures for free or use an email address to create a free account to upload your own panoramic pictures. Paid upgrades are available. 360Cities also has an app for iOS devices. View the 360Cities blog linked on the site for more information.
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tag(s): images (266), landforms (45), landmarks (26), virtual field trips (48)

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The 360Cities panoramic pictures provide a vivid visual experience to enhance any lesson. Students can search and view the panoramic setting of a reading passage or novel. Need to paint a picture for students about a historical topic? View the image on 360Cities. Activate schema with these vivid images. Bring Science to life as you explore the many natural wonders of our world and even space. Explore these exciting worlds through the panoramic pictures. Visit businesses and famous landmarks around the world for a free virtual tour. Looking for creative writing prompts? Use the images for poems or story starters. Teaching geometry? Have students locate geometric figures in the pictures. Provide students an image and challenge them to create a virtual tour as they explore the image. Use web 2.0 tools or the students' artistic talents to create travel brochures for the panoramic pictures. Record the tours as a screencast or present orally. Use the "how-to" section to have your students create their own panoramic pictures. Take a panoramic shot of your classroom to post on your website or blog. Use DSLR cameras or cell phones to create your panoramic pictures.

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Szoter - szoter.com

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K to 12
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Szoter is an online tool for annotating images stored on your computer or screenshots from your computer. Use this site directly on the web or download the Adobe Air version ...more
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Szoter is an online tool for annotating images stored on your computer or screenshots from your computer. Use this site directly on the web or download the Adobe Air version that runs on your desktop. Launch then choose from options to annotate such as load local image, capture camera image, make screenshot, or load image url. After your image loads, choose from editing options such as scaling image, drawing tools such as lines, arrows, and circles, and add text. When finished, save to your computer or publish and share to Twitter, Facebook, or copy the url provided.

tag(s): digital storytelling (144), images (266)

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Capture a screenshot of websites or software and annotate with directions for student use. Have students label and identify objects in an image. Label parts of a plant, continents, landforms, etc. Practice new words in a different language by asking students to label and identify objects in that language. Create a storyboard using several annotated images as a story starter. Art students can annotate images to point out design elements or annotate images of their own work to talk about the creative decisions they made. Share annotated Szoter images on your class website or blog to tell about a field trip or class event.

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Stop the Beetle - USDA

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Wanted: The Asian long-horned beetle. This insidious beetle is wreaking havoc on trees across America. The US Department of Agriculture is looking for science-minded sleuths to snoop...more
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Wanted: The Asian long-horned beetle. This insidious beetle is wreaking havoc on trees across America. The US Department of Agriculture is looking for science-minded sleuths to snoop around local flora to see if they can spot these bugs. If you are up to the challenge, be sure to report the beetles' whereabouts via the Report It link. View a map of sightings and read resources to understand why the Asian long-horned beetle is considered an invasive species. View photos depicting the telltale signs of infestation -- visible exit holes in the tree bark, a receding canopy starting at the top of the tree, and vertical fissures in the bark are just a few indications that a tree has been infiltrated. The site includes vital information about both the Asian longhorn and emerald ash borer.

tag(s): ecosystems (88), habitats (84), species (29)

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Identify what makes a species "invasive." Research the ecosystem in your area and identify why this pest can create loss of species there. Identify various invasive species found around the country and the world and the mechanisms that allowed them to become established in the first place. Create a campaign to teach people in the area how to identify and stop the spread of invasive species.
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Macaulay Library - Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

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K to 12
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Browse a huge collection of audio and video clips that celebrate the biodiversity of animals. Browse recordings by species using the search box on the top of the screen. Click ...more
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Browse a huge collection of audio and video clips that celebrate the biodiversity of animals. Browse recordings by species using the search box on the top of the screen. Click "Find" to search by taxonomy. Click on share for links and embed codes for specific recordings. Locations of where the recordings were made can be viewed in Google maps. Sort results by location, species, date, and more. Although this site is useful for all ages, an adult would need to navigate this site with a younger student.

tag(s): animal homes (41), animals (276), biodiversity (38), organisms (21)

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Share this site on your projector or interactive whiteboard. When discussing various species and biodiversity, choose a variety of videos or audio tracks to hear what many of these species sound like. Compare similar and different species. Research the various types of calls that organisms can make. Explore the ways that they move from place to place. Challenge older students to explore this site on their own and share their "animal findings" with the class. In elementary classrooms, turn up the speakers and simulate the sounds of various animal environments as you read aloud about the animals who live there. Play videos on a projector to practice observing nature and animal behaviors of species from your area. Build scientific listening/observation skills by playing different sounds and asking how they are different. In upper level physics classes, use these natural sounds and the accompanying audio analysis tools to better understand the science of sound.
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Science Lessons and Help - WyzAnt Tutoring

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8 to 12
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Find help with Biology, Physics, and Chemistry concepts at this site provided by WyzAnt tutoring. Choose from the categories of Biology, Physics, or Chemistry to begin. Choose from...more
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Find help with Biology, Physics, and Chemistry concepts at this site provided by WyzAnt tutoring. Choose from the categories of Biology, Physics, or Chemistry to begin. Choose from the list of specific topics available: Cell Cycle, Mendel's Laws, Acids, Bonds, Stoichiometry, Magnetism, Vectors, and many others. Lessons include a short explanation of each topic along with images and a short review quiz or practice problems at the end. There are advertisements for tutors on this site.
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tag(s): acids and bases (11), atoms (56), cells (102), chemicals (40), elements (36), energy (198), evolution (100), genetics (90), gravity (46), heat (15), magnetism (36), mass (23), matter (58), measurement (159), photosynthesis (33), temperature (29), vectors (25)

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Use lessons on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to introduce or review concepts included. Share a link to lessons on your class website or blog for students to use at home. This is an excellent site for studying biology, physics, and chemistry concepts. Be sure to advise students not to click on the links to find tutors.

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Whyville - Mundeon

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4 to 10
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Enter the engaging virtual world of Whyville filled with math, science, art, and literature activities. Create an avatar and join in constructive educational activities that...more
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Enter the engaging virtual world of Whyville filled with math, science, art, and literature activities. Create an avatar and join in constructive educational activities that promote socially responsible behavior. There are many activities to explore, and you can chat with other users. The Zero Gravity Chamber features angles and the principle of Newton's 3rd Law. In the Rocket Design Lab simulate rockets to test parameters such as nozzle size and pay load. The Engine Lab has 3 games that teach about electric charges and ion engines. Citizens must be aware of infectious illnesses and plagues that infect the citizens of Whyville. Join in the hot air balloon race to analyze vector fields to navigate hot air balloons. Go on an art treasure hunt around the world. At the dance studio design and choreograph your own dances. Visit the beach, the climate center, take a swim, or meet your friends at the playground or waterfall. Simulations change every time you enter Whyville. Earn clams, a salary, manage a bank account, get a pet, and read the daily news. Log-in (with email) is required to fully participate in this site. However, most of the site is accessible without registration. Don't miss this award winning website!

tag(s): aircraft (24), animals (276), dance (28), diseases (66), logic (235), money (193), motion (59), puzzles (208), recycling (57), social skills (20), vectors (25)

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In the classroom, join as a teacher and manage each students account. Reinforce safe online behavior as your students explore opportunities for learning.The chat feature is a perfect opportunity practice safe interactions. Demonstrate this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use as a reward in your classroom or as a way to extend and enrich concepts learned in math and science. Offer Whyville as a safe enrichment tool for students to use at home. Encourage all students to join in the educational activities. Design a simplified version of this site for younger children with your class. Use one of the many animation tools available at the TeachersFirst Edge.
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SwitchZoo - Tubehead, Inc.

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K to 9
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Use this free realistic virtual zoo to create hybrid and unique organisms, play sliding and jigsaw puzzles, or watch and listen to critters. Click on "Make and Play" to find ...more
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Use this free realistic virtual zoo to create hybrid and unique organisms, play sliding and jigsaw puzzles, or watch and listen to critters. Click on "Make and Play" to find engaging activities, games, and puzzles including building your own unique animal. In this section it is encouraged to "Please DO feed the animals," care for and learn what various animals eat. Build an online habitat by adding animals and taking clues from a compatibility meter and thermometer to determine whether they are a fit with the environment. (The animals will also complain if they do not fit.) Watch for clever animations when the environment is 100% compatible. "Watch and Listen" offers songs and sounds of nature and more. Visit the "Teach and Learn" section to find the profiles of different animals, lessons plans, and other resources.
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tag(s): animals (276), conservation (127), environment (317), habitats (84)

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Use this site to teach habitats and animals. Create a short story or poem about a fictitious animal that you create using SwitchZoo. Use the characteristics and the environment of the animal to effectively communicate the information through writing. What would the environment for this organism look like? What would you call this animal? Compare adaptations and requirements of various animal creations and defend the reasoning for these adaptations. Find similarities and differences in animals through engagement in the many activities on the site. Have groups of students build online habitats and collaborate to make it completely compatible for all animals. Have the students share their new animals and stories on an interactive whiteboard. Or create a class book exhibiting all of the animals at "Mr. Smith's Zoo." Remember that PowerPoint slides make an easy way to write and incorporate clip art, then combine and print into a big book.
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