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Twig Science Reporter - Twig Education and Imperial College London

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K to 8
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Twig Science Reporter provides high-quality videos and resources for teaching K-5 students science with real-world news through scientific inquiry and reasoning. Weekly content additions...more
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Twig Science Reporter provides high-quality videos and resources for teaching K-5 students science with real-world news through scientific inquiry and reasoning. Weekly content additions ensure fresh content for viewers. Scroll through the home page to view the most recent content. Each item includes information on the type of material within the link such as articles, video, or news update all correlated to NGSS standards. Also, all content includes learning points for discussion, curriculum keywords, and links to additional information. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): animals (308), endangered species (40), energy (207), environment (322), glaciers (17), human body (132), insects (72), oceans (161), weather (197)

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This site is a must-include for any elementary classroom (and perhaps middle school). Subscribe to receive emails with weekly updates. Include a link on classroom computers to use for both a science and non-fiction reading center. Have students create blogs using Telegra.ph here. Telegra.ph will create a "quick and easy" blog to be used one time only. A unique URL is provided, and with Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer. Add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. It's as easy as using a basic Word program! For K-2 students, consider using Easy Blog, here.

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Twitter Chat: Ideas for Infusing STEM - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This archived Twitter chat is from June, 2017 and will open in Storify. View this archive to learn tips and tools to use when teaching STEM. Learn what STEM means ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from June, 2017 and will open in Storify. View this archive to learn tips and tools to use when teaching STEM. Learn what STEM means (also referred to as STEAM). Browse the strategies offered by the chat moderators and participants.

tag(s): professional development (162), STEM (168), twitterchatarchive (29)

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Do you teach STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)? Check out this archived chat for tools and tips to use in your classroom. Share this tool with your colleagues interested in learning more tips and tools to use in STEM lessons.

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EarthCam Live Webcam Network - EarthCam, Inc

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K to 12
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Discover what is happening all around the world, live as it takes place. EarthCam's network includes live webcams featuring weather, traffic, animals, and more. Discover webcams by...more
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Discover what is happening all around the world, live as it takes place. EarthCam's network includes live webcams featuring weather, traffic, animals, and more. Discover webcams by topic or explore popular offerings. Scroll further down the home page to choose webcams on a clickable map by location. Because webcams may feature streaming from inside homes or contain other personal information, do not have young children access them without supervision. Previewing all videos before sharing with the class would be wise.
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tag(s): cultures (108), globe (15), maps (294), webcams (7)

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This site would be an excellent addition to any science, social studies, or world cultures class. Teachers click on a webcam in different parts of the world to see things like weather and basic geography. In early elementary, use webcams to introduce the world visually with a projector or on an interactive whiteboard. Select specific webcams and create shortcuts on classroom computer desktops for students to "see what's happening" on a certain continent as you study the seven continents. Use animal webcams for students to observe animal behavior and keep a "lab journal" of what they see. Use this site to visit different areas that have been effected by natural disasters. Share the videos on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector.

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Open Learning Initiative - Carnegie Mellon University

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Teach or learn through high-quality online courses offered by the Open Learning Initiative. Choose from available courses in a variety of subjects for full course information including...more
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Teach or learn through high-quality online courses offered by the Open Learning Initiative. Choose from available courses in a variety of subjects for full course information including topics covered, estimated completion time, and software required. Classes are free for independent learning. Set up and teach your own course by registering for an instructor account. Instructor accounts allow members to access tools to assess student learning and provide credit for course completion.

tag(s): chinese (50), design (95), engineering (128), french (93), logic (235), probability (137), psychology (67), statistics (126), STEM (168)

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Take advantage of content in courses to supplement your current lessons. No registration is required to access and view course information. Share this site with gifted students or students with interests in specific academic areas not covered in your current curriculum. Create a course and offer it to your students for greater interaction and learning through community building. Find great ideas from other existing courses. Teachers of gifted can use courses to challenge students in their areas of interest. You can also have gifted students create or collaborate on a student-made "course." Explore the topics for some new, engaging topics to round out your own expertise. Allow students to enroll in a course that would fit into their career goals as an exploratory opportunity in that field. The Open Learning Initiative would also be perfect for setting up directions and steps for any projects you require students to do for your class. The program will integrate with some learning management systems.

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zipTrips - Purdue University

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6 to 12
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Introduce your students to science careers, research, and scientific inquiry with zipTrips from Purdue University. Each electronic field trip features a live webcast offering science...more
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Introduce your students to science careers, research, and scientific inquiry with zipTrips from Purdue University. Each electronic field trip features a live webcast offering science in an entertaining format. Register to create your free account and watch archived zipTrips featuring topics including Disease Detectives and The Science of Nutrition. Teacher's Guides for each trip provide background information and questions for discussion. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): animals (308), diseases (74), genetics (94), nutrition (155), plants (166), virtual field trips (52)

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View zipTrips together with your class on your interactive whiteboard, or have students view on their own. Share this site with students interested in careers in the sciences and/or animals. If you are beginning the process of integrating technology, have students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Telegra.ph, reviewed here. This blog creator requires no registration. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Word Clouds for Kids, reviewed here, for younger or less experienced technology users, or WordItOut, reviewed here, for more experienced technology users.
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SciJinks: Its All About Weather! - NOAA/NASA

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3 to 12
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SciJinks offers informative articles and games geared toward middle school students as they learn about weather, satellite meteorology, and Earth science. Use the list on the left side...more
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SciJinks offers informative articles and games geared toward middle school students as they learn about weather, satellite meteorology, and Earth science. Use the list on the left side of the page to choose from topics, answers, find games, learn about people, and much more. Select the Topics section to find many ideas for use in science classrooms including content aligned to Next Generation Science Standards.

tag(s): atmosphere (31), careers (139), hurricanes (39), oceans (161), science fairs (26), scientific method (66), scientists (70), seasons (37), space (221), weather (197)

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Although geared toward middle school students and educators, anyone who teaches weather will want to take the time to explore this site for student and teacher resources. Use the educators section to find activities, science fair ideas, and content aligned to standards. Share the people portion of the site during your career exploration activities. Share a link to games and activities on classroom computers and your class website. Upon completing activities, have students create an online or printed comic about an element of weather, climate, meteorology, or any aspect of Earth science. Use a tool such as Printable Comic Strip Templates, reviewed here, for a nontech rough and final draft. If you're new to using technology with your students, or teach younger students you may want to use Comic Creator, reviewed here, for their final drafts. For more experienced, older students try Write Comics, reviewed here.
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Wildfinder - World Wildlife Fund

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Wildfinder is an interactive tool to find and learn about the thousands of species of animals located around the earth. Currently, the site contains information on mammals, amphibians,...more
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Wildfinder is an interactive tool to find and learn about the thousands of species of animals located around the earth. Currently, the site contains information on mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and birds with plans to expand to all species. Begin your search by choosing species or a place. Once the map loads, use the search bar or select an area to start. Additional options allow users to personalize the look of the map with transparency levels, eco-themes, and more. Species descriptions include images and information about the location and animal described.

tag(s): amphibians (20), animal homes (57), animals (308), birds (52), mammals (34), maps (294), reptiles (13), species (30)

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Wildfinder is a must-add bookmark for all classroom computers. Allow students to explore on their own to learn about animals and locations of their choosing and add information for what they learned on an online bulletin board using Padlet, reviewed here. When ready, challenge students to create a simple poster or web page sharing their findings using Tackk, reviewed here, or for a different project, try Sway, reviewed here, to create a newsletter or brochure. Pull up Wildfinder on your interactive whiteboard when discussing any location to learn about native animals. Share a link on your class web page for students to explore at home. If your class library doesn't include enough books about animals, Wildfinder is an excellent option for facts and information!
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Get Your Hands Dirty Guide - Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens

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K to 12
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Get Your Hands Dirty is a guide to growing plants and keeping animals at school. Download this packet for specific information on enhancing learning opportunities through the nurturing...more
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Get Your Hands Dirty is a guide to growing plants and keeping animals at school. Download this packet for specific information on enhancing learning opportunities through the nurturing of growing things. Also, this guide provides tips and directions for getting started in many different situations including those with little or no land. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): animals (308), nutrition (155), plants (166)

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Download this guide as a resource for starting "growing" opportunities at school, or for suggestions on keeping animals in the classroom. If your school has a gardening club, this guide is perfect as a resource for new ideas. If you don't have a gardening club, use the guide as a starting point. Perhaps find a parent volunteer to get your club going!
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Beach Chair Scientist - Ann McElhatton

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Discover science while enjoying the beach and the outdoors with Beach Chair Scientist's blog. Read the latest posts on the site's homepage featuring titles such as "Seven silly science...more
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Discover science while enjoying the beach and the outdoors with Beach Chair Scientist's blog. Read the latest posts on the site's homepage featuring titles such as "Seven silly science sea words." To find specific topics, scroll down the page to find links to archives and categories including Citizen Science and Environmental Education.

tag(s): animal homes (57), birds (52), environment (322), fish (25), oceans (161), reptiles (13)

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Share this site with students as part of your study of biomes or the ocean. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Genial.ly, reviewed here, or for those new to integrating tecnology try PicFont, reviewed here, to share information about ocean animals or conservation of the oceans. Be sure to check out the Resources & More section for lesson plans and links to other resources about the ocean.

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Project BudBurst - Chicago Botanic Garden

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K to 12
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Collect data about plants, learn about climate change, and participate by posting your findings for both with Project Budburst. Join Project Budburst and become part of a community...more
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Collect data about plants, learn about climate change, and participate by posting your findings for both with Project Budburst. Join Project Budburst and become part of a community of citizen scientists! Record the observations of first leafing, first flower, etc. (especially for native plant species), and have them reported to a national database. Under the education tab at the top find a grade level (K-12, Informal Education, Higher Education, Buddies, and more). For K-12 there are lists for National Science Education Standards (NSES) and Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. Under each level find helpful guides for using the site, supplemental activities, and videos. There is no need to register to enjoy these features. However, registration allows for reporting data and becoming a citizen scientist. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): environment (322), plants (166), scientific method (66)

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Bring your science class to life and the "real world" for students using Project BudBurst's free resources. Captivate student interest by having them discover the importance of nature and our interactions with it. Participants must be 13 years of age to set up an account. Be sure to click the "I am an Educator" option to facilitate the participation of younger students, by creating a teacher account. Younger students do not require an email or personal information this way. Add to the growing database and document plant phenology as seen in your area. As you discuss various types of plants, assign students to take pictures of the stages observed, make observations about the stages, and create an infographic sharing their findings using Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here.

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Educators Guides to Lyme Disease - Bay Area Lyme Foundation

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3 to 8
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This site offers a free mini-unit on tick bite prevention and Lyme disease. Download the teacher overview (correlated to Next Generation Science Standards), PowerPoint, and student...more
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This site offers a free mini-unit on tick bite prevention and Lyme disease. Download the teacher overview (correlated to Next Generation Science Standards), PowerPoint, and student packet for use in any classroom. The full-color presentations include easy to understand information and activities including a graph, crossword puzzle, wordsearch, fill-in-the-blank worksheet, and a design your own brochure assignment.

tag(s): diseases (74), insects (72)

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Explore these free materials when teaching about insects or disease. Are you integrating technology in your class? Instead of the traditional brochure suggested use Lucidpress, reviewed here. As a follow-up, you could assign students to investigate and create reports on other insect-born diseases, then use Flipsnack, reviewed here, to turn their Word documents, PDFs, and images into an online book. Have students create an annotated image describing ticks and Lyme disease including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here.
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JuxtaposeJS - Knight Lab

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Compare and contrast two images with JuxtaposeJS photo slider, no registration required. Begin with links to your two images, JuxtaposeJS recommends using two pictures of the same size....more
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Compare and contrast two images with JuxtaposeJS photo slider, no registration required. Begin with links to your two images, JuxtaposeJS recommends using two pictures of the same size. Add labels and photo credits and choose from personalization options. Once uploaded, use the slider bar to adjust the viewing portions of the two images. Embed your finished image using the code provided after publication.

tag(s): history day (24), images (274), local history (14), photography (159)

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Use JuxtaposeJS to highlight then and now images of any location or building. Compare current cities to images taken many years ago. Compare and contrast pictures of major war battles to how they look in the present. Highlight changes in photographs over time. Compare and contrast changes in plants or animals. It may take some practice getting images to align properly; however, it is worth the time to create the visual presentation provided by this tool. Upload finished images to your class or student's websites. If you don't have a website, try a simple web page creator like Carrd, reviewed here, or newhive, reviewed here.

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Interactive Games: Science Lives Here - The Royal Institution

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4 to 12
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Learn about science, engineering, and the natural world with this large variety of interactive games. Scroll through to view all game topics, or use the drop-down box to limit your...more
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Learn about science, engineering, and the natural world with this large variety of interactive games. Scroll through to view all game topics, or use the drop-down box to limit your search by subject. Content offers a broad range of choices including animals, genetics, and space.

tag(s): animals (308), biodiversity (35), cells (104), genetics (94), gravity (48), human body (132), insects (72), medicine (71), nutrition (155), periodic table (52), plants (166), ponds (7), rainforests (15), solar system (119), space (221), stars (64), STEM (168)

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Introduce a new concept through games offered on this site. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector, then allow students to play on their own. If you are beginning the process of integrating technology, have students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Telegra.ph, reviewed here. This blog creator requires no registration.
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Google Earth Showcase - Google Earth

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Google Earth presents this showcase library of tours, videos, and imagery from planet Earth and beyond. Choose from diverse topics including the Hubble Telescope, Mars, Hereos of Google...more
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Google Earth presents this showcase library of tours, videos, and imagery from planet Earth and beyond. Choose from diverse topics including the Hubble Telescope, Mars, Hereos of Google Earth, and 3D imagery to begin your journey. Each category leads to several video presentations sharing the world with us. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): climate (94), explorers (64), heroes (23), landmarks (27), mars (40), moon (72), oceans (161), space (221), stars (64)

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Bookmark this site to use throughout the year with lessons on climate change, oceans, explorers, and much more. As an end of the year project, allow students to choose their area of interest from this showcase. Then, have students watch videos, and create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here. In language arts, during a study of heroes, use an online tool such as the Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast features of Heroes of Google Earth against cartoon heroes.

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Google Earth - Oceans - Google Maps/Google Earth

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Explore the world's oceans with Google Earth. Watch videos sharing life below the surface of the world's oceans. Select from videos with topics including the Titanic, ocean floor, deep...more
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Explore the world's oceans with Google Earth. Watch videos sharing life below the surface of the world's oceans. Select from videos with topics including the Titanic, ocean floor, deep sea vents, or whale protected areas. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): explorers (64), oceans (161), whales (17)

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Benefit from the many free videos to learn more about the world's oceans and explorations. Have students select one of the videos to use as a starting point for further research. Ask students make a multimedia presentation to present their findings using Acclaim, reviewed here, that allows annotation of video, or Zeetings, reviewed here. Zeetings allows adding polls, videos, embeds, web links, PowerPoint, and PDFs.

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Reactions - American Chemical Society

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Reactions is a YouTube Channel from the American Chemical Society exploring chemistry in our everyday lives. Watch these short videos and learn answers to questions such as why onions...more
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Reactions is a YouTube Channel from the American Chemical Society exploring chemistry in our everyday lives. Watch these short videos and learn answers to questions such as why onions make us cry and the chemistry of poison ivy. Be sure to check out the various playlists offered with topics including superhero science and hair chemistry. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): chemicals (42), diseases (74), nutrition (155), seasons (37), space (221)

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Share a video with students once a week to help all of you learn about the chemistry in our everyday lives. Flip your classroom and use a video as homework. Have students take notes on the material and write down questions they still have and topics that confuse them. They can do this with pen and paper or online. If you want the assignment online, explain to students they need to open a new tab in their browser window and take notes with a tool such as Webnote, reviewed here; tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. Or, use a tool like playposit (formerly eduCanon), reviewed here, for students to pause videos and ask or answer questions right on the video. These activities can help uncover student misconceptions. Show the video to the class, and then discuss the concept at length.

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iExploreSTEM - University of Iowa

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4 to 12
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iExloreSTEM is a volunteer community dedicated to bringing STEM activities and festivals to local communities in and near Iowa; the ideas and resources can apply to any state. The site...more
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iExloreSTEM is a volunteer community dedicated to bringing STEM activities and festivals to local communities in and near Iowa; the ideas and resources can apply to any state. The site includes information and resources for planning STEM festivals and creating safe activities. Scroll down the page to find several sample activities listed by discipline including architecture, engineering, and more. Other useful resources include links to STEM career information and STEM links to specific states.

tag(s): animals (308), architecture (83), engineering (128), environment (322), plants (166), STEM (168)

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Take advantage of the free activities, videos, and other resources throughout the year. Be sure to bookmark this site to search for resources for any lesson. Share a link to specific lessons and activities on your class website for use at home. Include STEM career information with any career exploration unit. After completing STEM activities, challenge students to create a presentation using Prezi, reviewed here, to share their results and learning process.

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Brains On! - Minnesota Public Radio/Southern California Public Radio

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K to 8
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Brains On! is a science podcast for kids. Hosted by different kid hosts, podcasts explore a variety of topics such as animals, space, and volcanoes. Most podcasts run in length ...more
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Brains On! is a science podcast for kids. Hosted by different kid hosts, podcasts explore a variety of topics such as animals, space, and volcanoes. Most podcasts run in length from approximately 15 to 30 minutes. Click the "extras" link to find many supplemental materials including scientist interviews, music, experiments, and mystery sounds.

tag(s): animals (308), earth (230), plants (166), podcasts (59), space (221), tides (7), volcanoes (64), waves (22), weather (197)

In the Classroom

Use Brains On! for your students to listen to in classroom centers. Use for curious students to explore subjects you do not always teach, such as biology, chemistry, or even all about hair! Watch together on your interactive whiteboard (don't forget to share the extras!). Use the podcasts as a model when studying other subjects, giving students structure and ideas for making their own podcasts. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of any concepts. Use a site such as PodOmatic, reviewed here.

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Smithsonian Science How Webcasts - Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History

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5 to 12
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Bring a Smithsonian scientist to class through live webcasts including the ability to respond to questions in real-time. Choose the link to the schedule to view and register for upcoming...more
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Bring a Smithsonian scientist to class through live webcasts including the ability to respond to questions in real-time. Choose the link to the schedule to view and register for upcoming webcasts. No worries if you missed a session, go to the archives to see all previous sessions and view corresponding teaching resources. Resources include videos, lessons, online activities, rubrics, and more. Each webcast also provides correlation to Next Generation Science Standards.

tag(s): agriculture (59), arctic (46), birds (52), dinosaurs (54), environment (322), fish (25), fossils (45), human body (132), insects (72), mammals (34), minerals (16), paleontology (41), plants (166), rocks (50), solar system (119), space (221), volcanoes (64)

In the Classroom

Take advantage of the many free resources on this site to use in your classroom. Watch webcasts together on an interactive whiteboard, or have students view at home and bring their questions and comments to class. Use this site for enrichment for gifted learners to dig deeper into science concepts. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create their own science videos using a tool like Stupeflix, reviewed here, and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Have students make a multimedia presentation demonstrating science concepts using Zeetings, reviewed here. Zeetings' features allow for audience participation, polls, video, embeds, web links, and more.
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Science Alive! - Mr. Truss's Science Classes

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6 to 9
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Science Alive! is a wiki project created by two middle school classes to share information on science topics of their choosing. After choosing a topic, students created their wiki page...more
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Science Alive! is a wiki project created by two middle school classes to share information on science topics of their choosing. After choosing a topic, students created their wiki page to demonstrate understanding including higher-order thinking skills based on Blooms Taxonomy. View pages by topics on the left side menu bar. Other links include student evaluations of the project along with the teacher's very in-depth reflection of the wiki project and experience.

tag(s): brain (70), experiments (73), fish (25), heart (43), optical illusions (13), optics (15), reptiles (13), senses (31), space (221), stress (14), tsunamis (17), wikis (21)

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Take advantage of this wiki to use as a model for creating a wiki with your students. Be sure to read Mr. Truss's reflections on the wiki project if considering doing a wiki with your students. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through.

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