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Images of Life on Earth - ARKive

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6 to 12
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ARKive provides a well-organized opportunity for students to research various species of animals. The site is broken into two components: the Globally Endangered Chapter and the British...more
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ARKive provides a well-organized opportunity for students to research various species of animals. The site is broken into two components: the Globally Endangered Chapter and the British Chapter. The site offers an alphabetized listing of animals along with detailed information, beautiful photographs, and vivid videos for each animal. Be sure to point out the Glossary located at the end of each animal section. This will help students with some of the more difficult vocabulary. Also make sure to note that the British Chapter is focused on animals found in Britain. TeachersFirst review team members found that the site servers are SLOW to open and reload pages, even on a fast connection. Be patient. It is worth it.

tag(s): animals (296), biodiversity (35), classification (25), diversity (33), species (29)

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Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. The site grants permission for educational download and use of the images (NOT on a web page), provided you include the copyright information with each image. Have students create sets of images to illustrate a report or make graphic organizers illustrating families of animals from your area and their classifications into kingdom, phylum, etc. Be letting students choose their own animals and examples, the task will have more meaning to them. Individuals can set up memberships (click My ARKive) to make "scrapbooks" of images and information. Membership requires a valid email address (info on your registration is sent there), so a whole-class or teacher account may be the easiest way to use it.

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Science Fair Project Resource Guide - The Internet Public Library

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4 to 12
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This site provides a good introduction to science fairs to help teachers, students and parents. There are separate sections of information on getting started, choosing a topic, completing...more
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This site provides a good introduction to science fairs to help teachers, students and parents. There are separate sections of information on getting started, choosing a topic, completing the project, displaying the project and the Scientific Method. The section and links on Scientific Method are quite useful, even if your school does not do a science fair.

tag(s): air (146), scientific method (66)

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As you study scientific method, use the science fair examples as exercises for students to identify independent and dependent variables for the various projects. Give students the links to "find" experiments and analyze them with a partner or do this analysis as a class, sharing the project ideas on a projector or interactive whiteboard. The whiteboard tools would allow you to color code and highlight the various steps of scientific method consistently to help learning support students.

Include this site on your teacher web page for students and parents to access as a reference. Consider directing students and parents to particular links within this site that apply to the science fair students are participating in.

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The Human Skeleton - Birmingham Grid for Learning

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This site has a drag and drop activity to identify some of the main bones of the human skeleton. Additional information about the bone is displayed when the bone is ...more
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This site has a drag and drop activity to identify some of the main bones of the human skeleton. Additional information about the bone is displayed when the bone is correctly identified. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

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Make a shortcut on a classroom computer or include this site on your teacher web page for students to use for review before a test or quiz. You will need headphones or speakers for the audio portions of this site (not requiresd, but motivating). Use this site and other skeleton interactives as a small group review on an interactive whiteboard while other students review using a different computer or manipulatives.
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Hams Hall Pond - Birmingham Grid for Learning

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The site includes Interactive sections for students to see and learn about life cycles, food chains and classification. Find more information about creatures that live in ponds in...more
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The site includes Interactive sections for students to see and learn about life cycles, food chains and classification. Find more information about creatures that live in ponds in the Pond Library. This site is British, so plan on discussing any terms students may be unfamiliar with prior to using the site. This site requires Flash and Windows Media Player. Get them from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): classification (25), food chains (23), life cycles (23), ponds (7)

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Use this site on a projector to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of food chains or pond life. Or make the three "tasks" an informal practice activity for students to complete on a classroom computer cluster with a partner.
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Zip's Plants - Birmingham Grid for Learning

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In this British website, Zip the bee shares his information about plants that includes growth, parts of a plant, and pollination. There is a quiz and activities or experiments involving...more
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In this British website, Zip the bee shares his information about plants that includes growth, parts of a plant, and pollination. There is a quiz and activities or experiments involving plants. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): plants (159)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Include this site on your teacher web page for students and parents to complete the plant activities or review before a test.
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Washington NatureMapping Program - University of Washington

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5 to 12
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This unique program is designed to provide opportunities for students to become more aware of our natural resources, how to keep "common" animals common, and how to read various maps....more
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This unique program is designed to provide opportunities for students to become more aware of our natural resources, how to keep "common" animals common, and how to read various maps. The website provides a great deal of information for teachers wanting to use this program with their students (see teacher information). The activities could be used in any states, although some of the states already have active projects. This activity could easily be done locally, too, by using a county map. The regional activities provide students with hands-on science activities, field observations, project design and data management. Don't forget to check out the learning modules that provide lesson plans and standards.

tag(s): animals (296), biodiversity (35), diversity (33), maps (292), natural resources (59), resources (109)

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Use this activity to help foster an appreciation for our land and biodiversity. The maps would work well on a projection screen. Even if your state does not have a project, consider doing a biodiversity "map" of your community and annotating it with digital pictures on a bulletin board or powerpoint slides.

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Science Clips - BBC

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K to 5
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Any elementary teacher will truly adore this unique science website. The "Science Clips" website is designed for students ages 5 to 11 years old, with subsections of specific age-level...more
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Any elementary teacher will truly adore this unique science website. The "Science Clips" website is designed for students ages 5 to 11 years old, with subsections of specific age-level activities. This website offers fabulous interactive science activities that require Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. Some of the science topics covered include forces, movement, states of matter, health, electricity, plants, animals, gases, sound, planets, and many other science topics. This site is one not to be missed, check it out!

tag(s): circuits (21), electricity (88), planets (127), plants (159)

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This website is a perfect application for an interactive whiteboard. Students will be counting down the minutes until science class! There are standards provided (based on UK curriculum). After the lesson, be sure to make the activities available as links from your teacher web page or for review and practice on classroom computers. The students will want to "try again."
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GCSE Bitesize Biology - BBC

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This website, created by the BBC, offers information about various biology topics. There are also interactive quizzes. Be sure to check out the "Teachers" link to find numerous ...more
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This website, created by the BBC, offers information about various biology topics. There are also interactive quizzes. Be sure to check out the "Teachers" link to find numerous resources to use in your classroom. (At the "Teachers" link, you need to click on the Biology link to find that specific information). Some interactive portions require Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. Note: The term "Revise" in the UK is the same as "Review" in the US.

tag(s): cells (104), organisms (22)

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Share the "revise" activites and practice quizzes as a way for students to practice for your tests or other "higher stakes" challenges. For students who are weaker readsers, share the "biology audio" reviews with speakers or headphones.
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Seeing Science - Science & Technology Facility Council

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This website provides interactive lesson plans in numerous science subjects including life, space, materials, food, environment and light. Some of the unique science topics include...more
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This website provides interactive lesson plans in numerous science subjects including life, space, materials, food, environment and light. Some of the unique science topics include anthrax, Pluto, cement, chocolate, plants and more! The activities are designed to use with students ages 11-16, but could be adapted for students younger or older. Each lesson has a teacher section (with lesson plans, notes and more), a student section (with printable worksheets), and an interactive/multimedia section (with videos, audio, games and more). These lessons are motivational, technological and educational - you do not want to miss this exciting opportunity! The interactive activities requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): chocolate (7), plants (159), safety (92), solar system (119)

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Anyone teaching upper elementary and secondary science should check this free website for activites correlated to your curriculum. Your first choices should be replacements for units you find tedious or only marginally successful. Try a new way, and see the learning happen. Most of these activities are perfectly suited for an interactive whiteboard.
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MRI Game - Nobelprize.org

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This interactive game introduces students to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The activity provides students with historical, scientific, and medical information about the MRI. After...more
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This interactive game introduces students to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The activity provides students with historical, scientific, and medical information about the MRI. After the reader-friendly information, students have the opportunity to choose patients and take them in for an MRI. There is also a matching activity that compares images from X-Rays, MRIs, and CATs (computer assisted tomography). As you study science concepts such as magnetism, light waves, and other physical science concepts this application of scientific concepts to solve a problem (seeing inside the body) will make the concepts more meaningful. If your science curriculum includes study of famous scientists or types of science, this feature is one of several on the Nobel prize site. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): images (273)

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This site is ideal for an interactive whiteboard. This website does an excellent job simplifying the complicated science behind MRIs. Students doing research on applications of science in the real world could also use this as as research source(most likely at the middle school level).
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The Smallest Page on The Web - Wim van Egmond

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This website takes students up close to numerous microorganisms (found in tiny drops of pond water). The activity is examining freshwater microorganisms with an interactive microscope....more
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This website takes students up close to numerous microorganisms (found in tiny drops of pond water). The activity is examining freshwater microorganisms with an interactive microscope. The microorganisms examined include bacteria, flagellated protozoa, ciliates, green algae, crustaceans, desmids, diatoms, sun animalcules and amoebas, rotifers, worms, and insect larva.

tag(s): atoms (55), bacteria (30), microorganisms (15), organisms (22), water (130), worms (5)

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Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce this unique underwater experience, then assign students to observe and "research" different organisms with a partner on individual computers.

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Beat the Heat at Arizona Science Center - TryScience

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2 to 8
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This virtual field trip takes students to the Arizona Science Center. The featured activity, "Beat The Heat", challenges students to design a home that uses the sun's energy as ...more
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This virtual field trip takes students to the Arizona Science Center. The featured activity, "Beat The Heat", challenges students to design a home that uses the sun's energy as heat, but not get too hot. The challenge involves balancing the amount of shade and sun that reach the home. It includes an interactive explanation of the sun and the seasons. This activity requires Shockwave, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. There are also numerous other science activities, links, online exhibits and even Standards provided (see the Teachers Page)across many science, math, and engineering disciplines. Click on the "experiments" link for a wealth of fun and inspiring experiments in science and math. The experiments are engaging and provide virtual opportunities for students to build individual understanding.

tag(s): dna (66), environment (322), sound (103), sun (71)

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If you are unable to get laptops or the computer lab for your class, use an interactive whiteboard and make the "Beat The Heat" or other experiments a class project. Use the seasons explanation as a whole-class activity with elementary students on a projector or whiteboard.
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How Cells Divide: Mitosis vs. Meiosis - NOVA Online

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This website brings students up close and personal with cell division. The website compares mitosis and meiosis with detailed, side-by-side graphics. The website also provides excellent...more
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This website brings students up close and personal with cell division. The website compares mitosis and meiosis with detailed, side-by-side graphics. The website also provides excellent explanations of mitosis and meiosis. Most of the activities are interactive and require FLASH, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): cells (104), division (159), meiosis (15), mitosis (11), vision (77)

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Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to treat your students to this up close and interactive web journey. Be sure to include the link on your teacher web page for them to study before the test.
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Cells - A Life Processes and Living Things Crossword - The Birmingham Grid for Learning

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5 to 8
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This website provides an interactive crossword puzzle that tests your students' knowledge of cells and their structures. The introduction page provides thorough instructions about...more
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This website provides an interactive crossword puzzle that tests your students' knowledge of cells and their structures. The introduction page provides thorough instructions about how to utilize this interactive resource. The interactive crossword requires FLASH, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. There is also an option to click the 'PDF Download' button; this option allows users to print a paper version of the crossword puzzle.

tag(s): cells (104)

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Use an interactive whiteboard, projector, or partner laptops to review cells and their structures, or place the link on your teacher web page for students to complete and print as homework.
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Primary Homework Help - Mandy Barrow

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K to 5
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Wow - this resource is amazing! This website provides numerous activities and/or games for extra practice in literacy, math, science, history, geography, art, and religion. Some examples...more
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Wow - this resource is amazing! This website provides numerous activities and/or games for extra practice in literacy, math, science, history, geography, art, and religion. Some examples of the specific activities include, "Saving the Environment", "Fraction Monkeys", and "Ancient Egypt". The site provides a huge amount of topics and a wide range of activities. Note: The site is British, so beware of spelling differences!

tag(s): fractions (225), grammar (208), habitats (86), homework (42), human body (131), measurement (164), money (181), spelling (166)

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This website would be an excellent resource to use with an interactive whiteboard. You may also want to provide this link on your teacher web page for parents to use at home. Nearly all subject areas (and topics) are included. Do yourself a favor - and utilize this excellent resource! Learning support teachers will love the opportunities for their students to get extra practice.
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ARTnatomy: Anatomical Basis of Facial Expression Learning Tool - VICTORIA CONTRERAS FLORES

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K to 12
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Amazing! This site uses a highly-accurate Flash representation of the complete muscular and skeletal structure of the human face and head in an interactive tool. The parts are all...more
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Amazing! This site uses a highly-accurate Flash representation of the complete muscular and skeletal structure of the human face and head in an interactive tool. The parts are all labeled (probably enough for a med student), but then the user can make them move to understand how they work. You will find yourself looking far more closely at any facial expression after you play with this for a few minutes. The tool is available in both Spanish and English. Don't miss the sliders that make the skull or muscles show more beneath the "skin." You MUST have Flash to see this site. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): drawing (82), speech (92)

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Teach figure drawing (head and face) by exploring this tool on laptops or an interactive whiteboard. If you teach anatomy or even athletic training/physiology, the detail of the anatomical illustration is amazing. Creative writers can use the emotion descriptors at the right to learn how to SHOW characters' emotions in their writing by explaining what their faces do instead of TELLING readers how the characters feel. Spanish teachers and ESL teachers may want to use the facial expressions to teach words that describe emotions. Other teachers-- even those who teach emotional or autistic support-- could use the facial expression of emotions to help students who have poor social skills recognize what someone else is feeling or build vocabulary of "feeling words." Speech clinicians interested in showing students how to form sounds (for articulation) will love this site, as will their students!
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Interactive Whiteboard Resources - Secondary Science - Think Bank Limited

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6 to 12
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This website provides numerous resources that can be downloaded and used in secondary science classes. All of the resources are designed to use on an interactive whiteboard. Specific...more
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This website provides numerous resources that can be downloaded and used in secondary science classes. All of the resources are designed to use on an interactive whiteboard. Specific topics include genetic crossing, writing scientific explanations, mitosis and meiosis, the periodic table, rock cycles and many others. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): energy (204), matter (59), periodic table (52), solar system (119)

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Use these "ready to go" resources on your interactive whiteboard.
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Making Science Fun: The Da Vinci Project - Steve Spangler

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4 to 8
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This lesson plan examines the occurrence of Fibonacci numbers popularized by the book and movie The Da Vinci Code. By examining relationships between numbers of petals and other plant...more
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This lesson plan examines the occurrence of Fibonacci numbers popularized by the book and movie The Da Vinci Code. By examining relationships between numbers of petals and other plant parts in fruits, vegetables, trees, and flowers, students begin to take note of the frequency of occurrence of the famed numbers. Students learn plant identification, data recording, research methods, and drawing conclusions based on findings in this fascinating, multi-disciplinary approach.

tag(s): data (150), numbers (194), photography (158), plants (159), scientific method (66), trees (28)

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Use your digital camera and real plants to collect and observe and a spreadsheet to track and calculate. Even better, use an online collaborative spreadsheet such as InstaCalc for students to enter data from home and school. You may get them hooked on noticing something about nature when they are outside.

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Animal Homes - Birmingham Grid for Learning

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K to 2
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This site has three levels of drag and drop interactive sections for students to see and understand animals and their different habitats. Activities range from matching the animal with...more
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This site has three levels of drag and drop interactive sections for students to see and understand animals and their different habitats. Activities range from matching the animal with its habitat to matching the picture of an animal with words. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): animal homes (46), habitats (86), homes (11)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or with an interactive whiteboard. Your students will want to practice it on their own for review later!
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LEAF - University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point

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LEAF: Learning, Experiences, and Activities in Forestry was designed to help users identify the trees by their leaves. The dichotomous identification procedure makes it easy to narrow...more
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LEAF: Learning, Experiences, and Activities in Forestry was designed to help users identify the trees by their leaves. The dichotomous identification procedure makes it easy to narrow types of leaves by selecting certain characteristics. Although the site is designed for Wisconsin trees, it would be useful for any states in the same climate zone and region. Tree identification cards with color photographs in pdf format are available. A lesson plan for use with the tree identification tools available on this site is offered in both WORD and pdf format. For younger students, there is a link to a parallel, more cartoon-like kids page.

tag(s): trees (28)

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Plan a hands-on tree identification activity using this site or digital pictures you take using trees in your area. The sequence for identification would work the same way. Even better: share this site on a projector and model the process, then ask your students to create their own cards and ID sequence using local digital pictures THEY take. You can then offer the "Tree ID Kits" to other teachers and classes to use.
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