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The Story of Stuff - The Story of Stuff Project

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6 to 12
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The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute web cartoon that illustrates how all the "stuff" we use affects our lives and our planet. While the cartoon clearly has a liberal-leaning ...more
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The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute web cartoon that illustrates how all the "stuff" we use affects our lives and our planet. While the cartoon clearly has a liberal-leaning political agenda, that should not deter you from using it. In fact, asking students to point out its biases would be an important lesson in sorting out perspective in a persuasive argument. The site adds cartoons dealing with other "wasteful" topics fairly often, such as the "cap and trade" energy issue, bottled water, and electronics. The "downloads" tab offers PDF versions of the script, posters and other promotional material, and short teaser video clips of the film.

tag(s): environment (318), sociology (22)

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Useful in classes on economics, ecology, consumer living, sociology or current events, the film would provide a wonderful discuss lead-in on topics ranging from consumer decision making to the environment. Because the site operates under the "Creative Commons" copyright agreement, you can download your own copy of the film for educational use or order a DVD copy.
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Online Basic Skill Games - Jefferson County

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K to 8
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This site provides links to basic skill games for math, language arts, science, and social studies. Although we don't typically review "hotlists" this one really has something to offer...more
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This site provides links to basic skill games for math, language arts, science, and social studies. Although we don't typically review "hotlists" this one really has something to offer anyone teaching elementary or middle school. Each subject area has several topics. Each topic has countless links for more information and/or activities. Language Arts topics include Letter Fun, Working with Words, Go Grammar, Spell It, and Read It. Science highlights Animals, Plants, Physics, Biology, Anatomy, Weather, and Space. Math includes everything from Money to Probability to Graphing to Patterns (and more). At the Social Studies link you will find Maps, 50 States, U.S. Presidents, History, The World, and Flags. The link to interactive websites includes activities for grades pre-K -12.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), fractions (235), integers (41), money (190), patterns (85)

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Save this site in your favorites on classroom computers and use it as a center. Students can focus on areas of strength or weakness on a math game day. Because this site offers multiple levels and activities for many topics, it is easy to differentiate for ability levels within your class. Include this site on your class web page for students and parents to access for home based skills practice. There is a LOT here to explore.
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Moviesheets - Christopher Sheehan

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Use this database to find teacher created sheets that follow movies shown in the classroom. Provide a change of pace for your students by using different questioning to challenge them....more
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Use this database to find teacher created sheets that follow movies shown in the classroom. Provide a change of pace for your students by using different questioning to challenge them. Be sure to preview, as this collection is only as good as the materials submitted. Check with your administration on rules for using "home videos" as they can be a violation of licensing or deemed inappropriate. Even though videos appear here, they may not be educationally appropriate. Be sure to check out the notices at the start of any "entertainment" video to be sure of legality. Keep in mind that these worksheets should not replace good interactive and thought provoking activities. Be sure to use other means to involve students in thought and action beyond the worksheets themselves. Find worksheets in either PDF or Word formats.

tag(s): business (58), climate (93), geology (83), movies (70)

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Use the worksheets to get students thinking about the science (or math, or other subjects) beyond these videos. Encourage students to create their own questions from the movie (reminding them of the relevance to your subject area) and choose the best worksheets to use and submit. Require students to add additional questions that are thought provoking and tied to the content for additional consideration. Use questions that go beyond factual recall to tie concepts together, explain phenomena, or uncover misconceptions. Continue discussion of concepts further than the paper through open discussion or blog posting. Rather than creating a worksheet, have your students create an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here.
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Edheads - Virtual Hip Resurfacing - Edheads

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6 to 10
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This lively interactive simulation of hip resurfacing surgery is a great way to learn about surgery, science, and health. Edheads does a great job of tying the cartooned simulation...more
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This lively interactive simulation of hip resurfacing surgery is a great way to learn about surgery, science, and health. Edheads does a great job of tying the cartooned simulation to real life surgery by offering photos of actual surgeries. There is also a glossary, video, and a Teacher's Guide (with lots of tips for using this tool).

tag(s): body systems (58)

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Use this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce the topic. Have students work with partners to complete the activity. Following the activity, start a conversation asking "why" questions to reinforce the function of the different muscles and techniques involved in the surgery. Have students (and partners) create multimedia presentations to share with the class. Have students create videos and share them using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here. This simulation would also be helpful for students doing exploration projects about careers in medicine.
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New York Times Science Lesson Plans - New York Times

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Looking for ways to link current science events and skills such as reading and writing across the curriculum in your science classroom? Visit this ideal internet location! Created by...more
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Looking for ways to link current science events and skills such as reading and writing across the curriculum in your science classroom? Visit this ideal internet location! Created by the people of the New York Times, this lesson plan idea page has all the tools to put together quick, technology, reading and science based lessons in a fraction of the time it would take to pool the resources on your own.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (116), main idea (9), news (262)

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Scan the lessons. Choose topics appropriate to your content, and then incorporate into your classroom at will. Break lessons apart into both classroom and online discussions for students. A little disclaimer: some of these cutting edge science topics can be controversial so make sure to adequately prepare your students before embarking on these learning adventures.
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Gajitz Science - Gajitz

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6 to 12
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See remarkable and astounding scientific discoveries and inventions on this amazing site. Categories of science include Earth and Nature, Energy and Power, Medical Marvels, New Materials,...more
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See remarkable and astounding scientific discoveries and inventions on this amazing site. Categories of science include Earth and Nature, Energy and Power, Medical Marvels, New Materials, Quantum Leaps, Space and Time, Science Fiction, and Weird Science. Young scientists will be amazed, engineers inspired, and even the disinterested will find accomplishments to make them curious. Even middle school girls will find something that they like about science on this site. There is some advertising, but the science images and information outweigh it.

tag(s): cells (104), engineering (125), inventors and inventions (95), medicine (69)

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Share selected discoveries or a science-in-real-life scenario at least weekly on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Watch the site for real world examples of your current unit or award extra credit to students who lurk on this site to find such connections. Just as your social studies colleagues assign students to write up a current event each week, you can assign students to write a blog post or brief explanation of a recent find on your class wiki. Be sure to include this link on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class, and be sure to include it in your emergency sub plans for students to find and explain an accomplishment of a real scientist found here. If you do a unit on science careers, this is a definite source for student projects. Why not have students create a Glog on a branch of science that interests them after exploring this site? Read a review of Glogster here.

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Tundra Biome - MBGnet

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3 to 8
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Brrr - this site is all about the (freezing) tundra biome. Learn where the tundra is located, the plants and animals of the tundra, and more. This tundra site is ...more
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Brrr - this site is all about the (freezing) tundra biome. Learn where the tundra is located, the plants and animals of the tundra, and more. This tundra site is also a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit for grades 4-8.

tag(s): biomes (115), tundra (14)

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If your class is learning about the tundra, grab your coats and hats and dive even deeper by sharing this site on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Have cooperative learning groups explore specific areas of this site and create a multimedia presentation to share with the class. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be uploaded), and then narrate the photo as if it were a news report. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try Compfight, reviewed here. Or, bring even more geography skills into the project by having groups create a Mapskip (reviewed here) showing exactly WHERE the tundra is located (with audio stories and pictures included)!

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Grasslands - MBG.net

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4 to 8
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This grasslands site provides facts and several topic areas including Types of Grasslands, Grassland Plants, Grassland Animals, What are Grasslands Like, and others. This site is also...more
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This grasslands site provides facts and several topic areas including Types of Grasslands, Grassland Plants, Grassland Animals, What are Grasslands Like, and others. This site is also a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit for grades 4-8.

tag(s): biomes (115)

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Help your students to gain a deeper understanding of grasslands using this site. Share the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have cooperative learning groups explore specific areas of this site and create a multimedia presentation to share with the class. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be uploaded), and then narrate the photo as if it were a news report. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try Compfight, reviewed here.

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Rivers and Streams - MBGnet

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4 to 8
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This colorful and informative site provides information about rivers and streams. Specific topics include "What is a Watershed," "Watershed Scientific Concepts," "How a Stream Becomes...more
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This colorful and informative site provides information about rivers and streams. Specific topics include "What is a Watershed," "Watershed Scientific Concepts," "How a Stream Becomes a River," "River Zones," "The Longest Rivers in the World," "Hydroelectric Power," and several other topics. This site is also a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit.

tag(s): biomes (115), landforms (45), water (130)

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If your class is learning about rivers and streams, delve even "deeper" by sharing this site on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Have cooperative learning groups explore specific areas of this site and create a multimedia presentation to share with the class. Have students create a Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Or challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.

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Lakes and Ponds - MBGnet

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4 to 8
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Learn all about the freshwater (ecosystems) of lakes and ponds at this site. Specific topics include pond succession, Oxbow Lakes, the Great Lakes, the five largest lakes in the world,...more
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Learn all about the freshwater (ecosystems) of lakes and ponds at this site. Specific topics include pond succession, Oxbow Lakes, the Great Lakes, the five largest lakes in the world, lake effect snow, algae, animals found in lakes and ponds, and more! This site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit.

tag(s): biomes (115), ponds (7), snow (22), water (130)

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Take your students on a trip to the freshwater escapes of ponds and lakes! Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Have students create a multimedia presentation using Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report on lakes and ponds in the area (or another topic presented at this site). To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try Compfight, reviewed here.

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Rainforest - MBGnet

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4 to 10
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Do you know the difference between a tropical rainforest and a temperate rainforest? This site takes you deep into the rainforest with a wide array of topics: plants and animals ...more
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Do you know the difference between a tropical rainforest and a temperate rainforest? This site takes you deep into the rainforest with a wide array of topics: plants and animals of the rainforest, rainforests endangered, where rainforests are located, and many others. This rainforest site is also a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit for grades 4-8.

tag(s): biomes (115), climate (93), landforms (45)

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Take your class deep into the rainforest as you explore these topics. Assign cooperative learning groups specific topics to investigate at the site. Have the groups create multimedia presentations. Challenge groups to create a podcast using a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here) or a video (infomercial) using a site such as Teachers.TV reviewed here.

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Shorelines - MBGnet

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4 to 8
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This site features several topics and pages of information about shorelines: where oceans and seas meet land. Sample topics include Salt Marshes, Mud Flaps, Estuaries, Mangrove Forests,...more
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This site features several topics and pages of information about shorelines: where oceans and seas meet land. Sample topics include Salt Marshes, Mud Flaps, Estuaries, Mangrove Forests, Currents, Tides, Waves, and many others. This site is also a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit.

tag(s): biomes (115), mars (42)

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If you are teaching about the oceans, currents, estuaries, or the other topics at this site, be sure to share the site with your students. Introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site in small groups. Have cooperative learning groups create multimedia projects such as online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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Wetlands - MBGnet

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This colorful and informative site provides information about the wetlands of the world. Learn more about the importance of wetlands, how wetlands are in danger, wetland plants and...more
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This colorful and informative site provides information about the wetlands of the world. Learn more about the importance of wetlands, how wetlands are in danger, wetland plants and animals, the corkscrew swamp, the crooked tree, and more! This site is also a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit.

tag(s): biomes (115)

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If your class is learning about the wetlands, delve even "deeper" by sharing this site on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Have cooperative learning groups explore specific areas of this site and create a multimedia presentation to share with the class. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.

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Desert - MBGnet

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4 to 8
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Teaching about deserts? Check out this site to learn where deserts are located, which animals and plants live in the desert, different types of deserts, and what a desert is ...more
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Teaching about deserts? Check out this site to learn where deserts are located, which animals and plants live in the desert, different types of deserts, and what a desert is really like. This site is also a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit.

tag(s): biomes (115), deserts (11)

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During a unit on deserts, introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Have cooperative learning groups create multimedia projects. Have students use a mapping tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of desert locations throughout the world (with audio stories and pictures included)!

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What's It Like Where You Live: Taiga Biomes - MBGNet

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4 to 8
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Learn about the Taiga biome that stretches across Asia, Europe, and Canada. This site goes beyond just the location of the biome, but also includes information about the climate, type...more
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Learn about the Taiga biome that stretches across Asia, Europe, and Canada. This site goes beyond just the location of the biome, but also includes information about the climate, type of plants and animals found in this biome, general facts and more.

This website is also part of the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit. If you are teaching about the biomes of the world, be sure to check out this site!

tag(s): biomes (115)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Have cooperative learning groups create multimedia projects about one of the topics presented at this site. Challenge groups to create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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Biology Questions and Answers - Biology questions and answers

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7 to 12
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Use this online biology study guide to find the answers to more than 1800 questions on a variety of topics. Read through the questions from beginning to end in order ...more
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Use this online biology study guide to find the answers to more than 1800 questions on a variety of topics. Read through the questions from beginning to end in order to completely understand the material as it is arranged in order to completely understand the concepts. Click on a variety of topics including "Biochemistry," "Zoology," "Ecology," and "Diseases" among others. Click "Search Answers" and enter your question to find items that can answer your search.

tag(s): diseases (68), ecology (135), evolution (102), genetics (93)

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Students can create a mind map of the information in order to understand the concepts and record for later. Challenge students to create the mind maps on large paper that can be posted in the classroom (or use an online version instead.) Check out bubble.us to create an online mind map reviewed here. As new topics are discussed, connect these new mind maps to existing ones to view concepts learned in Biology. Take abbreviated pieces of information to add to a classroom or multimedia display that portrays learning in the classroom. Add pictures and other interactive elements to create a story of learning. List this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of science class. If your class uses bubbl.us to create an onoing "map" to your studies, you can embed it in your class wiki! Your visual learners will connect new topics to prior knowledge using this visual prompt. Rotate the task of adding new topics to the map as the year goes on.

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Exploring the Secret Life of Trees - University of Illinois Extension

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2 to 9
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This animated video explains in detail how an acorn becomes a tree. The audio uses simple terms, however some vocabulary may need further explanation with younger grades. The slides...more
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This animated video explains in detail how an acorn becomes a tree. The audio uses simple terms, however some vocabulary may need further explanation with younger grades. The slides can be advanced or reversed with the buttons provided on the pages. This is a modern version of the old fashioned film strip. The narration is also available in Spanish.

tag(s): earth (231), earth day (111), trees (30)

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This is ideal for use on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Due to the ability to easily pause the video, students can take notes directly from the whiteboard. Create a guided note sheet to accompany the interactive by capturing the screens into PowerPoint slides or a smart notebook and put blank text boxes over the writing so that students can enter the information as they watch it. This is a great one to save in your favorites for an Earth Day activity! Have student create their own "tree stories" using digital pictures of a tree they know and narrating it on Slidestory, reviewed here.
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One minute wonders - BBC

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K to 8
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View one minute wonders to learn great facts about a variety of science and social studies topics. There were 13 topics at the time of this review. Learn about a ...more
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View one minute wonders to learn great facts about a variety of science and social studies topics. There were 13 topics at the time of this review. Learn about a Northern Oriole that can eat 17 caterpillars in a minute, music in the 16th century, or vehicles in the world. Videos are entertaining and sure to capture student attention. After viewing videos, click on quizzes to check understanding.

tag(s): animals (286), engineering (125), inventors and inventions (95)

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Use these minute-length videos to introduce a topic on your interactive whiteboard or projector. These would also make a great introduction to writing prompts or blog posts. Consider using these as examples for one minute projects for students to demonstrate understanding for any topic or content area (and make accompanying quizzes for their peers to try). Have cooperative learning groups view videos of their choice and add their findings to your class "One Minute Wonder Wiki." Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. In lower grades, have students plan and act out their own one minute wonder plays to explain something they have learned or simply share the videos as humorous but accurate portrayals of science topics. American students will need to grow accustomed to the British accents.
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WordSearchFun.com - WordSearchFun.com

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3 to 12
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Use this site to find some GREAT word searches that are ready to go! Whatever topic you are looking for, you just might find a word search here. If you ...more
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Use this site to find some GREAT word searches that are ready to go! Whatever topic you are looking for, you just might find a word search here. If you can't find one, make your OWN ONLINE word search. What a fantastic tool to use and/or create in any subject!

tag(s): photography (162), puzzles (206)

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Share the relevant word searches on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have cooperative learning groups practice spelling or vocabulary words by creating their own word search. List this site on your class website for students to use both in and out of the classroom. This is a great one for those word search lovers in your class. Why not have students use a whole-class account to make their own word searches to challenge each other with new vocabulary and terms?

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Human Anatomy Online - MyHealthScore.com

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Human Anatomy Online is so packed with information, students could spend hours maneuvering through the text. This site provides detailed information about the entire body as well as...more
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Human Anatomy Online is so packed with information, students could spend hours maneuvering through the text. This site provides detailed information about the entire body as well as common procedures and interesting facts. The simple, colorful visual aids make it very easy to understand the make-up of all of the systems as well as many of the body processes such as reproduction, muscle strength, cardiovascular health and much more. Be careful to keep students focused on the area of concentration. Otherwise, they could become overwhelmed with the quantity of information and get off track. Great for research projects and health units. Make sure to check out the fantastic tutorials, animations and description index.

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tag(s): body systems (58), brain (71), heart (44), human body (125), olympics (48), respiration (17)

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This site gives wonderful opportunities for visual, interactive lessons and enrichment. Include an in-class activity based on this site in your unit on body systems and/or list the link on your teacher web page for students to review before the unit test. If you have an interactive whiteboard, consider using the site as the unit introduction, as well. Share this site during the Olympic games to learn more about the muscles and systems required for the various sports. Have cooperative learning groups investigate a specific body system and complete a multimedia project. Have groups create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.
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