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Back Pack Games - Learning Games for STEM Skills - Back Pack Games

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1 to 8
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Back Pack Games is a collection of educational interactives in all subjects for elementary and middle school students. The site gathers and categorizes games from multiple outside...more
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Back Pack Games is a collection of educational interactives in all subjects for elementary and middle school students. The site gathers and categorizes games from multiple outside sources. Specific activities are designed for grades 3-5 or grades 6-8. However, many of the activities in the Cognitive Development area could be used with younger students. Choose activities by subject, genre, or grade level links. Browse to find the most popular games. One interesting link includes activities aligned to cognitive development including skills such as attention, memory, and spacial skills. Click the standards option to find games aligned to Common Core Standards. Details included with each game include a short description, game categories and skills addressed, and an educator's review of the activity.
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tag(s): addition (248), cells (102), decimals (133), division (171), geometric shapes (164), measurement (157), money (192), multiplication (226), oceans (149), photosynthesis (33), STEM (135), subtraction (205), time (143), vocabulary development (125), word study (80)

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Bookmark this site to use as a resource for computer center games and activities throughout the year. Share curriculum-related resources on your interactive whiteboard or projector. This site could work well in a BYOD or 1:1 classroom. Share with parents as a resource to use at home or as a summer skills review and refresher.
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CalorieKing - CalorieKing Wellness Solutions, Inc.

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4 to 12
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Use this tool to find the calories and nutrient content in a large variety of foods. Search among popular brands or chains or search from categories of foods. This site ...more
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Use this tool to find the calories and nutrient content in a large variety of foods. Search among popular brands or chains or search from categories of foods. This site features a search bar for easily finding the nutrient information. Nutrition facts include carbohydrates including fiber, fats (saturated and trans,) and proteins. Choose to compare foods to find the differences in nutrients. Beside the nutrient information, learn how many minutes of various exercises are needed to burn off those calories. Use the box on the site to determine the calorie requirements for your height, weight, and age.
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tag(s): calories (9), nutrition (153)

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Use this site in any health, nutrition, Family and Consumer Science, or biology class when discussing biomolecules and needed nutrients. Place this link on your site or bookmark on a class computer for easy reference. When discussing the food pyramid, or nutrients needed by the body, have students keep a 3 day food diary to compare with the food pyramid. This is also a great site to share as students make New Year's resolutions about eating healthy!

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STEM Behind Hollywood - Texas Instruments

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Discover the science and engineering behind many Hollywood Themes: Zombies, Space, Forensics, and Superheroes. Choose one of the themes to access information, videos, TI-Nspire downloads...more
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Discover the science and engineering behind many Hollywood Themes: Zombies, Space, Forensics, and Superheroes. Choose one of the themes to access information, videos, TI-Nspire downloads for interactive activities, and more. Each page also features related Math and Science Activities. The current hosts are Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory) and Dr. Z.
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tag(s): diseases (66), forensics (27), space (206), STEM (135)

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Pair this information and the related activities with classroom content, video clips, and data about related events (spreading of disease, space travel, etc.) Create discussions about various technologies, discoveries, and more to engage your students in the topics you are studying. Share the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share this link on your class website for students to explore at home and learn more about how Hollywood uses science and math in film, television, and beyond. Include this site in a careers unit so students can see how science can lead to many different careers.
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Population Education - Population Connection

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6 to 12
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Learn about population! Highlights of this site include both world and US population counters. Be sure to check the Classroom tab to search for lessons, find information about population,...more
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Learn about population! Highlights of this site include both world and US population counters. Be sure to check the Classroom tab to search for lessons, find information about population, and even search by themes. Connect activities to your state's latest standards. This site also includes demonstration videos of some of the classroom activities. Click on the Curriculum tab at the top and slide to Population Information. Although the site is selling some teaching materials and workshops, there are free lessons available. There are 15 Infographics highlighting global issues and trends. Find out about carbon dioxide emissions and energy consumption, meat and paper consumption, global undernourishment, and many more issues. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): population (60), resources (112)

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Use the "Find a Lesson" search to discover population education activities and information that will be useful in your curriculum or classroom. Find demonstration videos of how to use the lessons within the classroom. Be sure to preview and show the World Population Video (aka: the "dot video") to your classes. Share the video on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use these resources when discussing population of organisms and then discussing human population.
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Global Closet Calculator - National Geographic Education

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2 to 10
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Take a tour of your closet to find out where your clothes come from. Discover the concept of interdependence and the extent of our global footprints. Research where raw materials ...more
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Take a tour of your closet to find out where your clothes come from. Discover the concept of interdependence and the extent of our global footprints. Research where raw materials come from and how clothes are made. Consider the implications of manufacturing and transportation to get them to your closet. This interactive includes informative videos complete with transcript. You can save your place within the interactive by "getting a code" that you re-enter on return.

tag(s): natural resources (59), resources (112)

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When discussing the Food and Fiber system (materials used to produce food and the many products we use daily), use this site to gather initial information of where their items come from. As products are no longer made closer to our actual lives, many students are disconnected from the materials and processes used to create everyday products and are unaware of their global footprint. Students can continue research by investigating other items used daily to determine what they are made from, where they are manufactured, etc. Continue this process with the foods that they eat to show how many popular foods are very removed from the whole foods that we should be eating. In geography classes, have students use a reviewed geo/mapping tool from the TeachersFirst Edge to map the path across the globe from raw materials to finished products, just to make one pair of jeans. Discuss the role of natural resources and economics in determining this path.

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Evogeneao - Evogeneao

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3 to 12
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Introduce evolution with the Evogeneao tree of life. This resource promotes teaching and acceptance of the biological theory of evolution in one transformative way. Life on Earth is...more
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Introduce evolution with the Evogeneao tree of life. This resource promotes teaching and acceptance of the biological theory of evolution in one transformative way. Life on Earth is one big extended family. Not only are we related to every other living thing in some way, but also to everything that has ever lived.
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tag(s): animals (277), biodiversity (38), evolution (101), plants (146)

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Introduce the concept beginning with the Evolutionary Genealogy section. Just as we are so, "many times removed" from a distant relative, all life on Earth is related and can be measured. Find great lesson starters and resources for understanding and teaching evolution to students Don't miss the "For Teachers" section. Students can find their favorite animal in the Tree of Life and trace it backwards to find a common ancestor with humans.

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Exploring Nature Educational Resource - Sheri Amsel

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This free tool created by a botanist/zoologist is a useful resource about living things. Though some of the content requires a membership, there are many resources that are free. Find...more
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This free tool created by a botanist/zoologist is a useful resource about living things. Though some of the content requires a membership, there are many resources that are free. Find information, photos, and even free video clips. Note that illustrations are copyrighted by the site owner, and information from the site must be cited with the correct references given (examples are provided.) Be sure to check out all the tabs that include Plants and Animals, the Planet Earth, Science words and Pics, Human Body, and more. Don't miss the chance to Ask a Zoo Vet (under Bringing Science to You) and many activities for those as young as preK (see Words and Pictures).
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tag(s): animals (277), earth (228), human body (121), plants (146)

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Use this resource for students to find information about a large variety of plants and animals for their research. The examples for citation reinforce the need to cite all sources used for a project. Be sure to include this site on your class website or bookmark it on a classroom computer for quick reference. Use information gathered to create conventional projects (i.e. posters or displays) or multimedia projects including podcasts, Infographics, or presentations. Find many ideas for creating presentations on TeachersFirst Edge.

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American Lung Association - American Lung Association

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Find information about lung disease and issues related to healthy lungs. Be sure to click on Healthy Air in the subject bar to find information about our health and air ...more
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Find information about lung disease and issues related to healthy lungs. Be sure to click on Healthy Air in the subject bar to find information about our health and air quality, both indoors and out. Some of the specific topic areas include Your Lungs, Lung Disease, Finding Cures, Healthy Air, and Stop Smoking. There are many ideas shared on this site about how to live a healthier lifestyle.
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tag(s): air (163), coal (14), electricity (89), natural resources (59), nuclear energy (24), pollution (66)

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Be sure to check out the Power Plant Impacts Page. View the source data linked below the images. Students can brainstorm why the map looks this way and what kind of impacts there are from power plants. Students can research as teams the issues from various power plants and effects on air quality and human health. Share findings with others by creating traditional projects (bulletin board or flyers) or multimedia presentations of the information. Use one of the many TeachersFirst Edge multimedia tools. Compare the air quality of the United States with that of other countries. What factors and government influences contribute to the differences that we see?

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Sheppard Software: Free Online Learning Games - Sheppard Software

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K to 12
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Sheppard Software offers hundreds of online learning games for learners in a large variety of subjects. Topics include brain games, seasons, nutrition, and world geography. Search for...more
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Sheppard Software offers hundreds of online learning games for learners in a large variety of subjects. Topics include brain games, seasons, nutrition, and world geography. Search for specific topics or browse categories. Looking for a specific grade level range? Scroll down below the main icons to view recommended sections for different age ranges from preschool to adult. In addition to games, some categories include videos, timelines, and coloring activities.
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tag(s): addition (248), alphabet (91), alphabetical order (19), animal homes (42), animals (277), capitalization (19), capitals (24), cells (102), colors (79), continents (49), counting (119), countries (76), decimals (133), dinosaurs (57), division (171), elements (36), endangered species (38), equations (156), estimation (46), fractions (239), geometric shapes (164), grammar (217), integers (41), landforms (45), life cycles (25), measurement (157), money (192), multiplication (226), number lines (22), number sense (96), numbers (203), oceans (149), order of operations (32), parts of speech (68), patterns (85), periodic table (50), place value (56), puzzles (209), states (162), subtraction (205), time (143), vocabulary (324), vocabulary development (125)

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Bookmark this site to use as a resource for computer center games and activities throughout the year. Share curriculum-related resources on your interactive whiteboard or projector. This site could work well in a BYOD or 1:1 classroom. Share with parents as a resource to use at home or as a summer skills review and refresher.
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Community Science Workshop Network - Community Initiatives

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K to 12
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Bring science to life with this free community of Science Workshop ideas. The site may not look exciting, but the activities bring real hands-on learning to science. Browse a few ...more
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Bring science to life with this free community of Science Workshop ideas. The site may not look exciting, but the activities bring real hands-on learning to science. Browse a few activities to get the idea. After registering, click on the CSW Projects and Activities tab. Search the activities by project type (e.g. projectiles, music, woodshop) or by STEM content. Workshop ideas are either video or downloaded instructions with images. Most use simple, inexpensive materials.

tag(s): engineering (125), gravity (46), inventors and inventions (96), musical instruments (47), plants (146), sound (100), STEM (135)

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Use these activities to create contraptions for students to manipulate in class. As students use a manipulative, collect their questions about what they observe or wonder about the contraption's motion and characteristics. Students can research the science behind the object or motion. Use class discussion to create understanding about basic scientific principles. Be sure to include a link to this site on your classroom computer or website. Students can use these activities to teach concepts to other students in their class. Many of these activities make great demonstrations as an introduction to a science concept and for uncovering student misconceptions. Expand what you ask students to do by using creative writing, reading, creating Infographics, or learning correct ways to research and report findings about the subject matter.

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Energy Realities - Energy Realities

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6 to 12
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Explore a collection of videos and infographic resources about energy and energy related issues. This site uses National Geographic maps and is sponsored by Slate, New Scientist, The...more
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Explore a collection of videos and infographic resources about energy and energy related issues. This site uses National Geographic maps and is sponsored by Slate, New Scientist, The Economist Group, and Statoil, an oil and gas company. Access a visual guide to global energy needs. Learn about the story of energy use, methods of production, and the focus on sustainability of our planet.

tag(s): coal (14), energy (199), natural resources (59), nuclear energy (24), oil (45), population (60), resources (112)

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Begin the discussion of energy use and production by asking students to list everything they know about coal, oil, and natural gas. Have students list what they know about renewable resources. Students can research this site to determine whether their statements are correct or false and report back to the class about their misunderstandings. Be sure to identify concepts that need to be expanded upon in the classroom. Follow with conservation methods, your own energy use as compared to other countries, and more energy related topics. Use the Infographics as comparison. For example, view a population density map compared to an energy use map for any kind of insights or correlations. Be sure to check out new content such as the video on "Carbon capture and Storage" for greater understanding of newsworthy topics.

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Ukaliq: The Arctic Hare - Canadian Museum of Nature

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2 to 8
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Learn about the Arctic Hare with this free, interesting resource. View videos on the Arctic Hare Camera. Try the games and activities as you learn more. Be sure to check ...more
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Learn about the Arctic Hare with this free, interesting resource. View videos on the Arctic Hare Camera. Try the games and activities as you learn more. Be sure to check out the Heritage and art section inspired by the Arctic Hare. Check out the Educator section for great lesson ideas and interactives.

tag(s): animals (277), arctic (44), food chains (22)

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Post this link to a class web page for students to access during a unit on animals and adaptations or the Acrtic. Have students choose interesting information learned from the site to share with their groups or the class. Use the interactives to learn about the Arctic Hare. Use this site's organization for students to create their own wiki pages about other animals they research. Expand your discussion to include other animals that would be in a food chain with the Arctic Hare and the characteristics that these animals would possess. Have students create a presentation using a tool such as Glogster reviewed here or Pinwords reviewed here. Compare and contrast the Arctic hare to its relatives in warmer climates.
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Science Take - New York Times

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K to 12
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Explore many "one minute" science videos about the natural world at this engaging site. Learn unique and fascinating adaptations of animals. There are cheetahs, dolphins, sharks, and...more
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Explore many "one minute" science videos about the natural world at this engaging site. Learn unique and fascinating adaptations of animals. There are cheetahs, dolphins, sharks, and many others. Share videos directly through email or by copying the link. Use the embed code to place videos directly into a webpage or wiki. (You have to wait for the ads to run before the actual videos start.) Videos also have links to "related articles" that do not seem to be limited by the New York Times monthly freebie limits. These are informational science text at its best!
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tag(s): adaptations (17), animals (277), behavior (46)

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Use these videos as supplementary material for a classroom lesson. Share the videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Show the video as an introduction to a written exercise, describing what you see, or as a minute journal. Use these videos to create an online resource that can be used in place of textbooks. Share this as a resource during a research project on animals, and have students create wiki pages about their animal (possibly embedding a video). Challenge students to create their own one minute videos about various topics in science class. Share the videos using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here.
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Next Vista for Learning - Rushton Hurley

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3 to 12
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Next Vista offers Learning videos for teachers looking for alternatives to YouTube. At the time of this review, they offered over 1,000 videos (most useful for in the classroom). Videos...more
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Next Vista offers Learning videos for teachers looking for alternatives to YouTube. At the time of this review, they offered over 1,000 videos (most useful for in the classroom). Videos are made by teachers and/or students. Search by three main topics: Light Bulbs, Global View, or Seeing Service. Better yet, use the right sidebar to search by topic: Math, Science, World Languages, History & Culture, Performing Arts, and more.Next Vista offers an extensive collection of career videos to use as a resource for exploring and discovering career opportunities. View videos directly on site or share using the link or embed code provided. Throughout the school year, Next Vista hosts video creation contests for students and teachers. Submit your own videos less than 5 minutes in length using directions provided. They even offer small prizes for winners.

tag(s): africa (180), asia (73), careers (132), computers (92), europe (75), literature (275), musical instruments (47), musical notation (35), north america (19), parts of speech (68), poetry (228), shakespeare (130), south america (39), speech (92), video (262)

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Explore the various topics to share with your students. In the math section, share the "How to Show Your Work" video on your projector or interactive whiteboard. There are useful videos in all sections, offered at a variety of levels. Bookmark and save this site for use throughout the year for student and teacher created videos. Challenge students to create a video to submit for one of the site's contests; who knows, they may win!

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Ekopedia - ekopedia.org

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6 to 12
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This free reference is a practical guide to alternatives to mass consumerism. This resource offers ecological or sustainable alternatives to the present methods of manufacturing, maintenance,...more
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This free reference is a practical guide to alternatives to mass consumerism. This resource offers ecological or sustainable alternatives to the present methods of manufacturing, maintenance, management of materials, and recycling. For those interested in respecting nature, the environment, and man while learning techniques that are artisan-derived, this is a great place to start. Don't miss Grandma's Tips for some practical ideas. View the various portals by clicking on the Contents link. This site can also be viewed in French or Spanish. Note that much of the content is user-submitted, so the quality of the writing is uneven; it appears that some articles may have been translated using an automated translation tool.

tag(s): consumers (21), environment (317), natural resources (59)

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Challenge students to find good ideas and to explain the science behind some of the tips offered on this site. Why do they work? Find interesting articles through the Random Article or Ask A Question links. Students can use these resources to identify material that can be added to the various articles. Become a member of the community and add information of your own (when editing is open). Encourage students to identify a change they can make at home. Make a plan for change, follow through, and report the results. Research alternative methods and how our current way of going things evolved. Students can survey the school and community at large for stories and thoughts about the old way of doing things vs. the new. Have students create "free and easy" online polls using Flisti (reviewed here).

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Blood - e-learning for kids

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Take a closer look at the blood flowing in your body with this interesting interactive. Click on each of the cells to learn a little more about the types of ...more
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Take a closer look at the blood flowing in your body with this interesting interactive. Click on each of the cells to learn a little more about the types of cells and their functions. Choose from several options at the bottom of the page to get more information. Yukky Bits provides information on some of the yuckier aspects of blood. Find out how much blood you have and all about different blood types by choosing other links.

tag(s): body systems (57), cells (102), human body (121)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and explore together as a class during a unit on body systems or the circulatory system. Use an online flashcard maker, like Flashcard Stash (reviewed here). Use terms provided to help students remember different types of cells and their functions. Before viewing the site have students brainstorm or collect ideas on what they know about blood on a collaborative bulletin board like Scrumblr, reviewed here (quick start- no membership required!)
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The Science Behind Fall Colors - Explore Asheville

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3 to 12
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Take a look at the science behind changing leaf colors with this interesting site from Explore Asheville. View a time lapse video of changing colors, learn about the early Greek's ...more
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Take a look at the science behind changing leaf colors with this interesting site from Explore Asheville. View a time lapse video of changing colors, learn about the early Greek's theories on why colors change, and find out about changing colors around the world. Information is presented in videos, Google Earth files, and slides. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): plants (146), seasons (37), trees (30)

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Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to compare changing leaf colors in North Carolina with those in your area. Challenge students to create online montages about fall colors using images, slideshows, or comic strips using a site such as Infinite Canvas (reviewed here). Set up a Twitter exchange with another classroom around the country to compare changing leaf colors in your communities. Looking for more ways to use Twitter in the classroom? Read more about Twitter at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page. Find additional fall color sites on TeachersFirst to explore other locations.
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I want to be... - The Ad Council

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4 to 12
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Learn about recycling and the vast array of products that are made out of recycled materials. Use the Recycling 101 section to learn about the various types of materials that...more
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Learn about recycling and the vast array of products that are made out of recycled materials. Use the Recycling 101 section to learn about the various types of materials that are recycled, how to recycle them, and the new items they become. In Recycling Journey, follow an item from curbside pickup to the new item it becomes. Visit Do Your Part and share information about recycling with others you know via social media. Put in your local zip code to find opportunities to recycle in your local area.

tag(s): earth (228), earth day (111), natural resources (59), plastics (9), recycling (57), resources (112)

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For Earth Day or everyday, use this site to raise awareness about the energy that is used to create items and how energy can be saved by using recycled materials. Students can research statistics about the various items used in the United States and abroad. Discover why recycling is an important endeavor to combat pollution and energy use. Create a public service announcement for your school or community to learn more about the benefits of recycling. Initiate a recycling campaign and create a center for recycling many items from the school including paper. Classes can tally the pounds of materials saved for recycling. Have students create informational commercials and share them using a hosting service such as SchoolTube reviewed here.

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Backpack Practice - Backpack Practice

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K to 12
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Backpack Practice, available only via Google Chrome, offers practice with skills from preK number recognition through Algebra and ACT/SAT test prep. Choose from topics such as math,...more
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Backpack Practice, available only via Google Chrome, offers practice with skills from preK number recognition through Algebra and ACT/SAT test prep. Choose from topics such as math, science, history, or languages to begin. Be sure to allow the program to access your computer microphone when prompted. Some answers are given as a spoken response. View the image and respond to the prompt: identify the president, say the number of dots on the dice, etc. If unsure, you can pass. Your number of correct responses and passes display on the left of the screen throughout the task. Be sure to speak clearly for Backpack Practice to recognize your response. Our editors did notice that the program sometimes gets behind in "hearing" your response, and we also noticed an occasional typo.

tag(s): addition (248), animals (277), continents (49), countries (76), division (171), grammar (217), map skills (80), money (192), multiplication (226), numbers (203), phonics (74), preK (283), presidents (130), speech (92), sports (97), states (162), subtraction (205), test prep (95), time (143), vocabulary (324)

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Share Backpack Practice with students for a quick practice of math facts, continents, presidents, and much more. Explore the various topics available for your grade level/subject area. Challenge students to improve their time or score for completing activities. Since many of the activities require speaking, not typing, this site is useful for all ages and abilities. Provide this link on your class website for students to access at home (if they have Google Chrome).

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Earth Engine - Google

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7 to 12
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This free collection uses satellite imagery to show changes in land use across the Earth since 1984. This landing page explains the time lapse project and showcases a group of ...more
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This free collection uses satellite imagery to show changes in land use across the Earth since 1984. This landing page explains the time lapse project and showcases a group of Featured Sites using time lapse satellite imagery. Enter a city in the search bar at the top to find data from other areas. Note: Keep in mind that imagery may not be available in all areas since the year 1984. This tool however shows exactly how areas have changed in many key areas such as the Amazon Rainforest, Dubai, and Las Vegas. Look at other natural areas such as the Aral Sea or the Columbia Glacier. This site uses Google Maps and/or the Google Earth browser plugin, so pretest it to be sure it works on the computer(s) you want to use in a classroom.

tag(s): biomes (116), ecosystems (88), environment (317), geology (81)

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Use on an Interactive Whiteboard or projector to see the land use changes in various locations "happen" in an instant. Discuss the reasons for the changes or brainstorm possible reasons. Use this as an introductory activity to various ecology or environmental topics. Research the native plants and animals displaced by human expansion in these locations. What environmental impacts are occurring in these areas? How have other locations changed in response to new uses such as Marcellus shale drilling, mountaintop removal for coal, etc? Discuss the possible changes and search out time lapse images that show changes. Have students create a "wanted" poster naming the "villains" who caused lasting damage to the environment, using a tool such as Poster My Wall, reviewed here.

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