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Zoo Games - Minnesota Zoo

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3 to 8
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Several familiar "games" are offered with an animal twist: Penguin Quest, Zoodoku, Super Trivia, Crossword, Bedazzled, and Matching. This site, created my Minnesota Zoo, also has links...more
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Several familiar "games" are offered with an animal twist: Penguin Quest, Zoodoku, Super Trivia, Crossword, Bedazzled, and Matching. This site, created my Minnesota Zoo, also has links for teachers under "Education."

tag(s): animals (276), logic (235), puzzles (208)

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Try the activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector as a classroom introduction to an animal-themed unit or research project. Use the trivia questions as a pretest to determine student knowledge. Choose animals used in the activities to research and compare/contrast. Try these interactives to increase student interest before a field trip to the zoo. Be sure to provide this link on your website for students to use both in and out of the class.
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Science Facts - Science Facts, Part of the Cool Facts Network

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7 to 12
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Science Facts is a great site for "inquiring minds." It is a simple collection of random science questions with pictures and answers. There are lots of links, and hours could ...more
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Science Facts is a great site for "inquiring minds." It is a simple collection of random science questions with pictures and answers. There are lots of links, and hours could be spent exploring this easy to navigate site. Most questions found here are about science, but there are some interesting and thought provoking math questions too!

One caution: the comment area is not censored, and there are some comments that are not nice. You may want to use this site as a resource where you as the adult control the amount of information that is shared and seen with the students. Also, this site can be a bit slow to open and does include unobtrusive advertisements in the sidebar.

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Use this site to offer a question related to the day's topic at the beginning of class. Post the question on the interactive whiteboard or projector either in a document or a slide creation tool, and have students think and brainstorm ideas. Challenge students to create and share a concept map using a tool such as scribblar (reviewed here). Have students partner with two other students and share ideas and concept maps. Then, have the groups share their ideas with the class. Once ample time has been given for this, teach the lesson on the topic. Some of the questions found here could make great essential questions to focus an entire unit. The nice part is there is a direct answer that you can share with your students at the conclusion of the unit. Have them create their own Q/A for units using this format on a class wiki.

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Motivator - Big Huge Labs

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K to 12
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Create your own motivational posters easily and simply. Choose a random picture (one from Flickr or Facebook) or use one already on your computer. Choose colors and other options as...more
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Create your own motivational posters easily and simply. Choose a random picture (one from Flickr or Facebook) or use one already on your computer. Choose colors and other options as well as the type of text to be used. Enter your text and preview the result. Once complete, save to Flickr, your computer, or print. Remember you can use a saved image in PowerPoint shows and on a class wiki, as well as blogs and other sites.
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tag(s): collages (17), images (266), photography (160), posters (36)

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Make sure students are aware of copyright laws. Use this site to encourage proper use of photographs that students have the authorization to use. Model including appropriate photo credits on the posters. Check out the Big Huge Labs educator account. Easily pre-register students to avoid creating logins, view and download their creations, and view the site advertisement free. You will find information about the Educator Account here.

Younger students can use this tool together as a whole-class activity or simply enjoy the posters their teacher creates. Have students create a picture about a unit topic with a caption using new terms learned. For example, create posters about predators and prey or classifications of animals. Students can create a poster of a study skill or learning activity that helps them learn. Create a caption that explains how the student learns the best. Every subject area can use this resource to create interesting presentation posters for display or as springboards to talk about what was learned. For example, in Biology, students could create a poster about a cell part with a clever caption about the importance of the job. In Literature or History, students can create posters about the perspectives of others in the story or at that time of history. Rather than a traditional research project, have cooperative learning groups use this site to show their knowledge in any subject area. Ask students to apply concepts such as constitutional rights by illustrating them in poster images with captions. Teachers can create bulletin board images, as well. Have a classroom motivation poster competition to start off the school year! Share the winners on your class wiki or in a PowerPoint presentation at back to school night/open house. As special occasions approach, have students bring in or take a digital picture they can make into a poster as a family gift with their own inspirational saying. Create a portfolio of 6 word stories, utilizing a powerful picture and 6 words to demonstrate the concept that was learned. Assign students the task of placing their project on a blog with a larger explanation of their understanding of the concept used in the picture.

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Zoo Matchmaker - Minnesota Zoo

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5 to 12
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Play the role of "population manager" in this game about endangered lions. After a brief introduction, choose tigers to breed in hopes of returning them to their original habitat. Activity...more
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Play the role of "population manager" in this game about endangered lions. After a brief introduction, choose tigers to breed in hopes of returning them to their original habitat. Activity choices are based on maximizing disease resistance or maintaining genetic diversity. It is your goal to help the tigers survive based on offspring created from your choices.

tag(s): animals (276), genetics (90), habitats (84), reproduction (9)

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This activity would work well for individual or pairs of students in a lab or on laptops. This site includes many classroom materials such as data tables on genetic diversity, disease resistance procedures and extension activities provided by the New York Times and others.
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Kinetic City - American Association for the Advancement of Science

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4 to 8
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Choose from a great selection of experiments, games, and activities to challenge students with science concepts. Choose from many activities in the following categories: "The Lab Car,"...more
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Choose from a great selection of experiments, games, and activities to challenge students with science concepts. Choose from many activities in the following categories: "The Lab Car," "Mission to Vearth," "The Science Gym," and "Spark Club." Creating a login is not required to play. Registering allows points to accumulate and view progress through the site. Click on "Educators" for information on creating a Science Club and other information.

tag(s): evolution (100), nutrition (154)

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Use the activities in each section to compliment other activities. For example, use activities in "The Science Gym" to learn about Respiration and Fitness. Share some of this site on your projector or interactive whiteboard. View printable instructions for each activity, simple directions (some require actual classroom materials,) and answer the conclusion questions. Play Smartfoot Nutrition to answer questions about nutrition and healthy living in a fun and interactive way.

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Kids Know It - Mr. Bertoch

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1 to 8
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At Kids Know It you will find a free learning network, no email address required. Just click around on the topics that are of interest to you and your class. ...more
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At Kids Know It you will find a free learning network, no email address required. Just click around on the topics that are of interest to you and your class. This site covers many subjects, and each subject has a text book, games, movies, songs and on and on! Check out the geography interactives on longitude and latitude or the dinosaur interactives or the many math activities!

tag(s): geology (81)

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Choose your subject and use your interactive whiteboard and projector to introduce your students to the topic using a game, or a movie. After students have completed the study of the subject, have them create their own movie to show their understanding of the topic. Use xtra normal (reviewed here) for a project like this. During your study of the Middle Ages in Europe (or any other time period) have your students read the short texts at Kids Know It (History Textbook), then divide the students into groups of four or five and divide the topics listed under the Middle Ages. Give one or more topic(s) to each group to research for more in-depth knowledge. As a final assessment have the groups create a Glog (reviewed here) to teach the class about their topic. Have them create videos about an interesting aspect or person from their topic to upload to their Glog. Have them choose whether to use xtra normal (reviewed here) or Animoto (reviewed here) for the video they will upload to their Glog.
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Lino - Infoteria Corporation

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K to 12
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Create online sticky type bulletin boards to view from any online device using Lino. Click to try it first without even joining. The trial canvas has stickies explaining how to ...more
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Create online sticky type bulletin boards to view from any online device using Lino. Click to try it first without even joining. The trial canvas has stickies explaining how to use Lino. Join and create your own canvases to share stickies, reminders, files, and more. Change sticky colors from the menu in the upper right hand corner or use the easy editing tools that appear when the sticky is selected. Use the icons at the bottom of each sticky note to "peel them off," share, edit, and more. Create a group from your Lino page to share and collaborate on canvases. You can also share canvases publicly so anyone with the URL can participate. This is a device-agnostic tool, available on the web but also available for free as both an Android and iOS app. Use it from any device or move between several devices and still access your work. App and web versions vary slightly.

tag(s): collages (17), creative fluency (8), creativity (109), DAT device agnostic tool (198), gamification (65), note taking (32)

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Use this tool easily in your Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom since all students will be able to access it for free, no matter what device they have. Students can use this when researching alone or in groups, sharing files, videos, and pictures quickly from one computer to another. Have students write tasks for each member of the group on a sticky so that everyone has a responsibility. Show them how to copy/paste URLs for sources onto notes, too. Use Lino as your virtual word wall for vocabulary development. Use a Lino for students to submit and share questions or comments about assignments and tasks they are working on. Use it as a virtual graffiti wall for students to make connections between their world and curriculum content, such as "I wonder what the hall monitor would say finding Lady Macbeth washing her hands in the school restroom... and what Lady M would say back." (Of course, you will want to have a PG-13 policy for student comments!) Encourage students to maintain an idea collection lino for ideas and creative inspirations they may not have used yet but do not want to "lose." They can color code and organize ideas later or send the stickies to a new project board later. In writing or art classes, use lino as a virtual writer's journal or design a notebook to collect ideas, images, and even video clips. In science classes, encourage students to keep a lino board with (classroom appropriate) questions and "aside" thoughts about science concepts being studied and to use these ideas in later projects so their creative ideas are not 'lost" before project time. A lino board can also serve as a final online "display" for students to "show what they know" as the culmination of a research project. Add videos, images, and notes in a carefully arranged display not unlike an electronic bulletin board. This is also a great tool to help you stay "personally" organized. Use this site as a resource to share information with other teachers, parents, or students.

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Dental Health Activities: Lessons and quizzes about teeth, the mouth and dentistry - animatedteeth.com

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K to 12
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This site is all about teeth! There are quizzes, picture diagrams, terms, definitions, and more. This site includes interactives for elementary, middle, and high school students. Some...more
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This site is all about teeth! There are quizzes, picture diagrams, terms, definitions, and more. This site includes interactives for elementary, middle, and high school students. Some examples of topics include: Dentist Office, Cavity Prevention, Types of Teeth, Baby Teeth, Parts of the Mouth, Tongue Anatomy, Facial Anatomy, and others. All of the quizzes include options to learn more about the terms and definitions before taking the quiz.

tag(s): dental health (23)

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This is a fabulous site to use during Dental Health Month! Share the visuals (and quizzes) on your projector or interactive whiteboard. The activities and quizzes are divided into 3 levels (elementary, middle school, and high school). Find a topic/quiz that will work with your students. Challenge older students to investigate one of the topics presented at this site and create interactive posters "glogs" (using Glogster EDU, reviewed here) sharing what they learned.
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Surfing Scientist - ABC Science

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3 to 12
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Find a variety of science resources on this great site. Explore the Tricks, Conundrums, Demos, Lesson Plans, and Videos about Science. Many of the resources include an Adobe PDF file...more
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Find a variety of science resources on this great site. Explore the Tricks, Conundrums, Demos, Lesson Plans, and Videos about Science. Many of the resources include an Adobe PDF file that can be downloaded.

tag(s): experiments (71)

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Use many of these resources for brain teasers, mind stretchers, or anticipatory sets to initiate class. Encourage students to brainstorm, explain, and even blog their reactions to these resources. Provide time for students to work out the science behind the demonstrations. Consider creating little podcasts using a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here), with students demonstrating end explaining the science to show true understanding.
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Serendip - Teaching Middle and High School Biology - Bryn Mawr College

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6 to 12
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This website offers a variety of biology teaching resources and lesson plans. Learn about senses, breathing, heart rate, plants, natural selection, DNA, criminology, genetics, osmosis,...more
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This website offers a variety of biology teaching resources and lesson plans. Learn about senses, breathing, heart rate, plants, natural selection, DNA, criminology, genetics, osmosis, and much more! The site is created and maintained by Bryn Mawr College. The lessons all include students handouts and teacher information for preparing the experiments and lessons. Most handouts are available in Word or PDF. There are varying difficulties and intensities of the laboratory activities offered here. Lessons can always be adapted to make them easier for younger grade levels or amp them up for later grade levels.

tag(s): experiments (71)

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These lesson ideas are easy to prepare and inexpensive to have students carry out in class. Choose activities that can enhance your curriculum. Or, post a link to this website on your class website so that students can explore different experiments independently. Create an assignment for students to complete one experiment per marking period as an independent activity.
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Study Jams Science - Scholastic

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3 to 8
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This site provides excellent practice and review with different Science topics. Topics include plants, human body, the solar system, weather, matter and more. After choosing a topic,...more
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This site provides excellent practice and review with different Science topics. Topics include plants, human body, the solar system, weather, matter and more. After choosing a topic, various additional choices are offered. For example, under Force and Matter options are available to choose inertia, action and reaction, simple machines, acceleration, and gravity and inertia. Key vocabulary is presented along with a short video explanation of the topic. Don't miss the "karaoke" videos about each topic - sure to delight students (and teachers). In addition to the video, there is an option to test your own ability. Each topic can also be printed to use in the classroom and there is a link to related "jams."

tag(s): earth (228), ecosystems (88), inquiry (37), matter (58), weather (188)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a Science unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Share the videos and/or karaoke with your students. Have students sing along and learn more about science. Especially younger students will enjoy this feature. Create a link to the site on your classroom website or blog for students to use for review and practice at home. Include a link on your classroom newsletter so that parents can use the site at home with their student. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. View the videos on your interactive whiteboard, print out the quizzes for students to take as an assessment.
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Miami Museum of Science - The pH Factor - Miami Museum of Science

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3 to 8
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The pH factor website is designed to help students in elementary school and middle school better understand the concept of pH. Links include Excite, Explore, Explain, Expand, Extend,...more
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The pH factor website is designed to help students in elementary school and middle school better understand the concept of pH. Links include Excite, Explore, Explain, Expand, Extend, Exchange, and Examine. Some links offer pictures with descriptions, other link to articles from the New York Times, and some include assessments. There is a helpful teacher's guide, lesson plans, activities, and links to related readings and extension ideas. The information is clear and easy to understand. The laboratory activities are easy to follow and show pictures of different process steps.

tag(s): acids and bases (11), ph (4)

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With elementary age students, try introducing an activity with pH during environmental science units on acid rain or during pre-chemistry type units. Show students the instructions for a laboratory on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work in small groups to complete the experiment step by step.

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CO2 Science - Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change

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4 to 12
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CO2 Science offers journal reviews on environmental topics, an online environmentally minded journal, and under the education tab some excellent laboratory ideas. There are videos,...more
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CO2 Science offers journal reviews on environmental topics, an online environmentally minded journal, and under the education tab some excellent laboratory ideas. There are videos, weekly blog entries, an educational center, and more. This is a great teacher and high school student resource.

tag(s): carbon (21), climate (92), environment (317)

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Integrate different activities from the education section into your classroom. Use the readings for older students as they are far above the reading level of elementary and early middle school students. Share the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Challenge cooperative learning groups to investigate on article/blog topic and create a multimedia presentation. Have your students create an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here.
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Homemade Thermometers - CSIRO - Double Helix Club

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6 to 10
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This do - it - yourself activity from the wonderful folks at CSIRO's Double Helix Club, is a neat way to have students think about how a thermometer works. Many ...more
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This do - it - yourself activity from the wonderful folks at CSIRO's Double Helix Club, is a neat way to have students think about how a thermometer works. Many time we just expect that they understand these things, just like using a calculator, there is a process to understanding how a thermometer works. This activity has students create their own thermometer with everyday, reusable materials.

tag(s): temperature (29)

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Assemble the materials for this activity. Print basic instructions. Talk to students about liquid expansion and contraction using everyday situations such as water freezing in the sidewalk and creating cracks. Discuss how water is different from most liquids in that most expand as they are heated.

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Amazing Detergent Activity - CSIRO

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4 to 8
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This website provides an interesting classroom activity about surface tension and detergents. This is a great introductory site to inquiry types of activity. It is cheap and inexpensive...more
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This website provides an interesting classroom activity about surface tension and detergents. This is a great introductory site to inquiry types of activity. It is cheap and inexpensive to run, easy to clean, and has a fantastic "wow" factor for students. In the activity, food coloring is added to a small bowl of milk and liquid soap is added creating a color swirl in the milk. Students think it is magic, and what better way to launch a science class? It is excellent for teaching the scientific method, and if expanded upon can lead to concepts of variables.

tag(s): colors (79), inquiry (37), scientific method (64)

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Try using this during the first few days of school to get and keep students excited about learning science. Have students create "I observed" and "what happened" lists. Discuss the different ways of making observations. Monitor the class by only moving forward as a class one step at a time. This cuts down on ruining the surprise for slower groups. Plus it provides time for questioning. Follow up by having students discuss the why the materials reacted the way that they did. Have them suggest and carry out different experiments to discover which part of the experiment causes it to work the way that it does.

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Dancing Ice Activity - CSIRO - Double Helix Club

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6 to 9
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Another fantastic and short activity from CSIRO, this classroom activity teaches about density, gravity, and buoyancy. It is also inexpensive and has only minor preparation work involved....more
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Another fantastic and short activity from CSIRO, this classroom activity teaches about density, gravity, and buoyancy. It is also inexpensive and has only minor preparation work involved. (It is a good idea to make ice cubes with food coloring so that they are easier to see in the glass of water.) If glasses are unavailable, beakers would be an excellent alternative. See the links of What You Need, What to Do, and What is Happening to learn more.

tag(s): inquiry (37), scientific method (64)

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In the early years of physics, have students try this experiment. Discuss density, gravity, and bouyancy. Have students define the terms and repeat the experiment. It would be easy to extend this activity and try different fluids or freezing different substances to replace the ice.

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Timelines: Sources from History - British Library

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4 to 12
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This site, created in the United Kingdom, offers many timelines with a simple click to launch an amazing 3-dimensional page. Timelines are organized by subject matter and include samplings...more
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This site, created in the United Kingdom, offers many timelines with a simple click to launch an amazing 3-dimensional page. Timelines are organized by subject matter and include samplings from literature, sociology, history, everyday life, science, technology, explorers, medicine, and more. With another click, you can zoom from one century to another. Start in the 1210s and work your way through the years. View the context of history using visual artifacts from DaVinci's contemporaries to shopping in the 1890s. Connect historical events or technological accomplishments by seeing them alongside simultaneous events, precursors, or results. An additional option allows you to save favorite timelines and/or events.

tag(s): europe (75), literature (275), politics (99)

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This site is excellent for research projects or to provide visual context to your curriculum in social studies, world cultures, world history, literature, art, or western heritage classes. Offer this set of timelines as a research source for history, social studies, and literature classes. Show students these timelines on an interactive whiteboard. Or have students research various topics on their own using this fabulous tool. Pique their interest by letting them browse to find out what else happened at the same time as events in the standard history curriculum -- then ask WHY. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create online posters displaying their findings using an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here).
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Design Challenge: Aviary Architect - Museum of Science, Boston

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5 to 8
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This online, interactive activity will spark student imagination by challenging them to create a bird house for different types of birds around the globe. There are representative birds...more
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This online, interactive activity will spark student imagination by challenging them to create a bird house for different types of birds around the globe. There are representative birds from each of the continents except for Antarctica. The activity is a simple and straight forward simulation. There are instructions if you want to use them. But, you could also feel free to try it out and have students experiment with different scenarios. The website does give basic background information on the birds that are part of the scenario.

tag(s): creativity (109)

In the Classroom

Show students the basics of operating the activity on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then add it to your school webpage or wiki. Have students work alone to create the best possible bird house for their chosen species. Have students create "glogs" (online posters), using Glogster EDU, reviewed here, explaining their creations.
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The Incredible Megacell - Nobelprize.org

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This comic book themed activity centers around an ultracentrifuge. Professor Megacell accidentally falls into the ultracentrifuge and all of his organelles have been spun out of him...more
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This comic book themed activity centers around an ultracentrifuge. Professor Megacell accidentally falls into the ultracentrifuge and all of his organelles have been spun out of him and he ends up hanging from a ceiling fan. The mission is to fire the organelles at Professor Megacell using a slingshot. The trick is that the organelles must be put back in the correct order. The faster you shoot the organelles, the more points you receive. Clues are provided to help identify the correct organelles.

tag(s): cells (102), organelles (6)

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This site will compliment your study of cells. Use it as an introduction or review. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students explore this site independently or in pairs. If used independently put the site on a classroom computer and use as a center. To use in pairs, bring students to the lab or use a classroom set of laptops. This site would also be a good one to add to your class webpage or blog for use at home. To extend the activity have students use one of the resources from the TeachersFirst Comic Resource Pagefound here to create their own comic book on the future adventures of Professor Megacell.
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Our Endangered Planet - Newsweek

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Subtitled "100 Places to See before They Disappear," this page links readers to information about eroding spots all over the world. Clicking on different continents at the top of this...more
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Subtitled "100 Places to See before They Disappear," this page links readers to information about eroding spots all over the world. Clicking on different continents at the top of this page leads to a featured Newsweek article about an endangered geographical location on that continent which may or may not contain information about endangered species as well. Besides information on the cause of danger and a description of the current state of the location, the article contains hints at how the site could be saved. Users wishing to make comments on the articles can create a log in before being able to express their opinions. Causes of the endangerments include climactic change, misuse of resources, geographic switches, and the fragility of man's creations within the area. The site contains articles on 100 challenged locations and edifices.

tag(s): conservation (127), erosion (17)

In the Classroom

Use this site as an introduction to a specific continent when studying world geography. Suggest it to students as a research beginner when they are doing projects on conservation and the green movement.

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