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Today I Learned - National Geographic

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Do you love to learn crazy facts and obscure information? The Today I Learned YouTube playlist from National Geographic is perfect for you! Each video is under three minutes, ideal...more
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Do you love to learn crazy facts and obscure information? The Today I Learned YouTube playlist from National Geographic is perfect for you! Each video is under three minutes, ideal for quick bits of information. Learn why the brain is wrinkly or why the ocean is salty and much more. This playlist is frequently updated, so be sure to return to continue adding to your knowledge of obscure facts! 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): animals (276), archeology (32), birds (50), dinosaurs (57), moon (72), oceans (148), video (254)

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Create a link to this playlist on classroom computers for students to view during center time or share a video of the week on your interactive whiteboard. Use these for journal prompts, quick writes, or topics to research. Have students create an annotated image of information learned including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. To share a single video from this site without all the YouTube clutter, use a tool such as SafeShareTV, reviewed here, and create a shortcut to the SafeShare page directly on the desktop.

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Zukeeni - Debbie Kristofferson

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Zukeeni offers information and support for new and master gardeners. Features of the site include set up tools for garden planning, a plant database, garden guides, and harvest schedules....more
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Zukeeni offers information and support for new and master gardeners. Features of the site include set up tools for garden planning, a plant database, garden guides, and harvest schedules. Some of these have explanatory videos. Sign up to create your personalized garden based on recommendations for your growing area. Once your garden design is complete, Zukeeni provides week by week planting suggestions that you check off as you finish the tasks. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): nutrition (154), plants (145)

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Use information from Zukeeni to enhance or begin your school's garden. If your school doesn't have an area for planting a garden, be creative! Plant a small garden in a wagon to roll in and out each day! Create a class wiki and update your garden's growth through pictures and words each week. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through.

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American Archive of Public Broadcasting - Library of Congress & WGBH

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Discover and watch publicly funded radio and television programs from America's past with the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. Built as a means to preserve public broadcast...more
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Discover and watch publicly funded radio and television programs from America's past with the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. Built as a means to preserve public broadcast programs from the 1940's through the present, over 7000 programs are available for streaming with additions ongoing. In addition to streaming programs, this site also includes curated exhibits on topics of historical significance, such as Climate Change and Voices from the Southern Civil Rights Movement.

tag(s): 1900s (33), earth (228), radio (27), religions (61), sports (97), video (254), women (101), world war 1 (54), world war 2 (142)

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Bookmark the American Archive of Public Broadcasting for use as primary source material for classroom lessons. Browse by topic or keywords to find videos to share on your interactive whiteboard or share a link on your class website for students to view at home. Have students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about an important figure from America's recent past. Have students create timelines (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles, reviewed here, to demonstrate what they learned from one of the radio programs, videos, or exhibits.

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It's Okay To Be Smart YouTube Channel - Joe Hanson

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This YouTube Channel contains videos based on the PBS Series of the same name. You can also view the It's Okay To Be Smart blog reviewed here. New...more
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This YouTube Channel contains videos based on the PBS Series of the same name. You can also view the It's Okay To Be Smart blog reviewed here. New videos are uploaded weekly with titles such as "Why Seasons Make No Sense" and "How Big is the Solar System?" Most videos are under 10 minutes in length making them perfect for quick but meaningful lessons. Be sure to check out playlists with videos sorted by topics including physics, earth, and more. 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): animals (276), climate change (64), earth (228), endangered species (38), energy (198), evolution (100), food chains (22), human body (121), space (205), video (254)

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Flip your classroom and use a video as homework. Have students take notes on the material and write down questions they still have and topics that confuse them. Or, use a tool like EdPuzzle, reviewed here, for students to pause videos and ask or answer questions right on the video. These activities can uncover misconceptions. Show the video to the class, and then discuss the concept at length. To share a single video from this site without all the YouTube clutter, use a tool such as SafeShareTV, reviewed here, and create a shortcut to the SafeShare page directly on the desktop. For more advanced classes, provide time for students to choose a video to view and research the underlying concept.

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Highbrow - Artem Zavyalov & Jane Limanskaya

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7 to 12
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Learn something new each day with Highbrow's unique course delivery system. Sign up for a course, then receive an email each day with a five to ten-minute lesson. Each course ...more
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Learn something new each day with Highbrow's unique course delivery system. Sign up for a course, then receive an email each day with a five to ten-minute lesson. Each course is completed in ten days making learning quick and easy! Choose from many different course options in subjects such as art, literature, and history. Highbrow only allows one course per user at a time to encourage complete focus on each topic. If you don't see what you like, choose the Create Course option and create your own learning experience using your expertise!

tag(s): 20th century (51), architecture (84), authors (120), business (58), differentiation (47), endangered species (38), equations (155), financial literacy (80), greeks (30), human body (121), inventors and inventions (101), logic (235), medicine (67), mental math (27), numbers (204), photography (160), poetry (228), psychology (64), short stories (25), surrealism (4), weather (188), women (101)

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Highbrow is perfect for differentiated learning. Allow students to choose their own topic and sign up for a course. When complete, choose another topic and start a new course. Have students create commercials for finished courses using Powtoon, reviewed here, and share them using a tool such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Challenge students to create a course after a unit of study as a final assessment. Be sure to include this site on your class webpage for students to access both in and outside of class for personal use.

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ARKive - Wildscreen

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ARKive is a spectacular digital library with over 100,000 images and photographs showcasing a record of life on Earth. The focus of ARKive's content is to raise awareness of the ...more
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ARKive is a spectacular digital library with over 100,000 images and photographs showcasing a record of life on Earth. The focus of ARKive's content is to raise awareness of the world's endangered species. Browse through the site using links to species, places, or topics and use filters to narrow down content as desired. Find lesson plans and more for educators sorted by age levels under the Educate tab. Make sure you visit the Fun section to discover the world's favorite species, play games, take quizzes, and much more!

tag(s): animal homes (41), animals (276), endangered species (38), forests (29), habitats (84), oceans (148), plants (145)

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Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. The site grants permission for educational download and use of the images (NOT on a web page), provided you include the copyright information with each image. Have students create sets of images to illustrate a report or make graphic organizers illustrating families of animals from your area and their classifications into kingdom, phylum, etc. By letting students choose their own animals and examples, the task will have more meaning to them. Individuals can set up memberships (click My ARKive) to make "scrapbooks" of images and information. Membership requires a valid email address (info about your registration is sent there), so a whole-class or teacher account may be the easiest way to use it. Create a link on classroom computers for students to explore on their own. If your students are creating an online poster or digital story to present their research, this is an excellent opportunity to point out the copyright on this site and challenge students to find the same information on a website they can use with proper citation.
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World Affairs Council - Resources

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6 to 12
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The World Affairs Council (WAC) is online to help you understand global issues. Find free lesson plans and templates categorized by Comparative World Affairs, Conflict Analysis/Mapping,...more
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The World Affairs Council (WAC) is online to help you understand global issues. Find free lesson plans and templates categorized by Comparative World Affairs, Conflict Analysis/Mapping, Culture and Communication, Freedom of the Press, and Justice. You'll also find links to Other Materials and Webinars.
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tag(s): africa (180), climate change (64), cross cultural understanding (115), ecology (135), foreign policy (16), germany (28), news (261), terrorism (49), terrorist (16)

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Take advantage of these free lesson plans and templates hosted by WAC. Use these in conjunction with their archive on YouTube for their weekly program World Affairs TODAY. Their YouTube channel contains various topics; some are specific such as Spying on Germany and Other Allies or Emerging Africa, and some are more general like global warming (or climate change) and the failure of the global economy.

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World Affairs Council - Washington, DC - World Affairs Council - Washington, DC

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6 to 12
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In today's world, we need to understand and get involved in global issues. The World Affairs Council (WAC) is online to help you do that. Click on About Us to ...more
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In today's world, we need to understand and get involved in global issues. The World Affairs Council (WAC) is online to help you do that. Click on About Us to read the history of the World Affairs Council (WAC), find an explanation about their Global Education Program, information about their summer institute, and read about their Public Programs with the weekly national television program World Affairs TODAY; find out where to see the broadcast or get a link to the YouTube channel. There is a student section that describes their annual contest called WorldQuest. Explore the drop down menu tabs across the top and find free lesson plans and templates (under Resources), upcoming events, local WAC councils, and much more. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): africa (180), climate change (64), cross cultural understanding (115), ecology (135), foreign policy (16), germany (28), news (261), terrorism (49), terrorist (16)

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Thanks to instantaneous news shows and social media, the students of the 21st Century are very aware of global issues. That is not to say they understand them. Start a current events program in your class, you may want to look at Newsela, reviewed here, TweenTribune, reviewed here, or Flocabulary, reviewed here. Then turn to the World Affairs Council and their YouTube channel to get explanations about global issues. The topics are extensive; some are specific and some are more general like global warming (or climate change) and the failure of the global economy. All are current, and all will give your students a different perspective on the topic. With older students, each week you could put a different small group in charge of featuring a current event and ask them to research its history, and see if they can also find the topic on the WAC YouTube channel. Have those students create an annotated, narrated image including text boxes and related links using a multimedia tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to present to the class.
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All Science Fair Projects - All Science Fair Projects

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2 to 12
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With topics from Biology to Engineering, and Environmental Science to Sports Science you'll find a science fair project to suit your interests. All Science Fair Projects has thousands...more
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With topics from Biology to Engineering, and Environmental Science to Sports Science you'll find a science fair project to suit your interests. All Science Fair Projects has thousands of projects from which to choose. Search by keyword or category. For instance, searching for "cell" produced four pages of projects, and these are NOT just the normal ones about human or plant cells. Find projects for cell phones, Galvanic cells, solar cells, nicotine and cancer, sunscreen and cells, and more. Not only will you have names and a brief description of the project, but the grade level and category. Clicking a project that looks interesting will get you a summary of the project and a link for the exact details. Also listed on that page are links to the "all time most popular science projects" and "you might also like these projects."
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tag(s): experiments (71), science fairs (25)

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Introduce this tool to students on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Create a link on your class website for students and parents to access at home. Assign a science experiment for students to try at home on a bi-weekly basis; this will help students and parents be prepared when science fair time comes around. Allow older students to work together in small groups to investigate and complete the experiments. They could physically work together, or do the projects on their own and report the results and findings back to their group. Use a tool such as Live, reviewed here, or Simply Circle, reviewed here, to help students keep their group organized and communicating. For younger students use Simply Circle and include their parents to keep them informed about which project is due and when.

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Washington NatureMapping Program - NatureMapping Foundation

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The Washington NatureMapping Program provides information and programs to support environmental stewardship and the collection of data to inventory and monitor wildlife. Although primarily...more
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The Washington NatureMapping Program provides information and programs to support environmental stewardship and the collection of data to inventory and monitor wildlife. Although primarily geared toward the states of Washington and California, many of the support materials include information of interest for all locations. Choose the Resources link to find educational materials, animal fact sheets, and more. Be sure to check out the Biodiversity Data that includes several modules with information divided into categories such as marine animals, plants, and wildlife.

tag(s): animal homes (41), animals (276), data (148), environment (317)

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If you don't live in a state included in the NatureMapping Program, use this site as a model to begin collecting data on wildlife in your area. You may want to share the video Leapin Lizards! found on the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector to inspire students to do their own field research. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here, to show different animals and habitats in your region.
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Science Fair Project World - Science Fair Projects

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2 to 8
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Discover hundreds of Science Fair Projects categorized by science discipline and a category for math. Most disciplines have several projects from which to choose. Each experiment has...more
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Discover hundreds of Science Fair Projects categorized by science discipline and a category for math. Most disciplines have several projects from which to choose. Each experiment has Materials Required and Procedures with diagrams/images and complete written instructions. The directions for these hands-on projects are deceptively simple; you will need to think outside the box about what each project might entail.

tag(s): experiments (71), science fairs (25)

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Introduce this tool to students on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Create a link on your class website for students and parents to access at home. Assign a science experiment for students to try at home on a bi-weekly basis; this will help students and parents to be prepared when science fair time comes around. Allow older students to work together in small groups to investigate and complete the experiments. They could physically work together, or do the projects on their own and report the results and findings back to their group. Use a tool such as Simply Circle, reviewed here, to help students keep their group organized and communicating. For younger students use Simply Circle and include their parents to keep them informed about which project is due and when.

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TeachersFirst's Climate Change Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This collection of resources about climate change is selected to help teachers and students learn more about the short and long term impact of climate change. As students read ...more
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This collection of resources about climate change is selected to help teachers and students learn more about the short and long term impact of climate change. As students read and see images of climate change then, now, and in the future, they will gain a better understanding. Younger students may have more questions as you explore together.

tag(s): climate change (64)

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Use these resources with your students to find ways you all can make a difference. Use this opportunity to teach about persuasive writing (letters to the editor or government officials), careers in science, current events, and more.

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Guide to Water - BBC News

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4 to 7
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Find articles to enhance the understanding of what water is, why we need it, what a shortage is, shortages in developing countries, and what you can do to save water. ...more
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Find articles to enhance the understanding of what water is, why we need it, what a shortage is, shortages in developing countries, and what you can do to save water. The site was created in the UK so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English and measurements use the metric system. Articles are printable or can be emailed.

tag(s): earth day (112), environment (317), water (130)

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Use the articles for informational reading to help meet Common Core Standards. Be sure to assign a strong reader to a weaker one when reading in class. Use this site for Earth Day activities. View together and brainstorm ideas about how to save water at school and home. Have students brainstorm ideas on a collaborative bulletin board like Scrumblr, reviewed here, with a quick start- no membership required. Create a campaign for increasing water conservation in school and at home. Survey the school community on their water usage using a tool such as SurveyRock, reviewed here.

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Johnny Appl - United Nations and Eden Projects

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6 to 12
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Johnny Appl is an online trivia activity that also helps fight deforestation in Haiti, Madagascar, and Ethiopia. For every activity played, a micro-donation is made to a tree planting...more
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Johnny Appl is an online trivia activity that also helps fight deforestation in Haiti, Madagascar, and Ethiopia. For every activity played, a micro-donation is made to a tree planting site benefiting local workers and the environment. Choose from quiz topics such as General Geography, What's That Mammal?, English Vocabulary, Flags of the World, Fruit Explorer, and MANY more. As you play, earn badges and view your personal Carbon Meter showing the amount of CO2 offset through your gameplay.

tag(s): animals (276), carbon footprint (11), environment (317), landmarks (26), trivia (17), vocabulary (324)

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Share Johnny Appl with students during any study of the environment. Create a link on your class web page and classroom computers for students to play. Record and display carbon savings as you work together as a class to earn money for planting trees.

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Lightning Maps - Blitzortung.org

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4 to 12
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Find the location of current lightning strikes in the World (U.S., Europe, and Oceania) in real time. Click the various areas to jump to that portion of the map, or ...more
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Find the location of current lightning strikes in the World (U.S., Europe, and Oceania) in real time. Click the various areas to jump to that portion of the map, or grab the map to move to the desired location. This resource uses Google Maps and portrays the lightning strikes as flashing dots. Choose the delay in the upper left-hand corner from strikes within the last hour to those in the last minute. The sound is set to create a "tick" sound for every strike. Change the volume in the tools in the upper right. Other tools include Fullscreen, Thunder sound, Clouds, and Rain Radar. Turn on the location of the various reporting stations. Those familiar with Google Maps will see the option of switching from Map to Satellite view.
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tag(s): weather (188)

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When discussing the weather, use this resource for locating the current position of lightning strikes. Use this resource as an introduction to weather. Student groups can brainstorm what they observe, on the maps, to determine why thunderstorms form. Research various types of clouds and storm systems and how they form. Create a challenge in your class and view various weather maps to determine where students predict the next lightning strikes will form.

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TopoView - US Department of the Interior

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8 to 12
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TopoView uses topographic maps to view physical and cultural changes of geographic locations over time. This tool uses maps created since 1879, allowing you to choose a location and...more
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TopoView uses topographic maps to view physical and cultural changes of geographic locations over time. This tool uses maps created since 1879, allowing you to choose a location and move the slider bar to show maps available from 1879 through the present. There is a learning curve to understand and use the site. Be sure to watch the YouTube video demo for an overview of using and understanding map tools. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.

tag(s): maps (287), population (60), timelines (62)

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Use TopoView to demonstrate and help students understand changes over time in different areas of the country such as population, urban density, and more. Discover what your location was like in the past and how it has changed over time. View maps together on your interactive whiteboard or projector and demonstrate how to use the site. Have students explore on their own and use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare changes.

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National STEM Centre eLibrary - National Stem Centre (UK)

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K to 12
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Browse through over 9,000 resources at the National STEM Centre's eLibrary for ages five and up. Search by keyword or use filters to sort by age range, subject, or type ...more
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Browse through over 9,000 resources at the National STEM Centre's eLibrary for ages five and up. Search by keyword or use filters to sort by age range, subject, or type of resource. Resources include videos, presentations, activity sheets, and much more. Optional account creation allows you to save resources and add activities to favorites. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): engineering (125), STEM (134)

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Take advantage of the free activities, videos, and other resources throughout the year. Be sure to bookmark this site to search for resources for any lesson. Share a link to specific lessons and activities on your class website for use at home.
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Changing Planet - NBC Universal Media, LLC

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Examine the effect of climate change on our planet through video on Changing Planet. NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation collaborated to create this collection. Topics range...more
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Examine the effect of climate change on our planet through video on Changing Planet. NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation collaborated to create this collection. Topics range from Thawing Permafrost, Melting Mountain Glaciers, Withering Crops, and more! Each video has a "cue card" with a summary and key terms. The videos are approximately five to ten minutes in length, and every video has a tab with a transcript that opens full-screen from the card view. Middle level and high school STEM lessons accompany most of the videos. The larger NBC Learn site is a fee-based subscription, but this section is free.
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tag(s): arctic (44), climate change (64), diseases (66), glaciers (14), mountains (13), oceans (148), scientific method (64), statistics (122), STEM (134), temperature (29), trees (30), tundra (14), water (130)

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Place the URL to Changing Planet on your classroom website or blog for students to explore the videos on their own. Flip your instruction and assign the videos to your scientists to watch before class. Flipping will maximize classroom time. Encourage budding scientists to investigate climate change. Use this site as a springboard for individual or group projects that connect to our world today. Have students create presentations to share what they learned using a tool such as Powtoon, reviewed here. Build student's background knowledge by watching the videos, and reviewing nonfiction reading strategies with students before reading the transcripts. Use the videos on Changing Planet to help struggling readers with the content on the cue cards. Encourage your scientists to tackle the topic of climate for a science fair experiment or graduation project.
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Academically and/or Intellectually Gifted Instructional Resources Project - Science - Public Schools of North Carolina

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The Academically and/or Intellectually Gifted Instructional Resources Project (AIG~IRP) provides a large choice of instructional resources for Science. Choose from grade level bands...more
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The Academically and/or Intellectually Gifted Instructional Resources Project (AIG~IRP) provides a large choice of instructional resources for Science. Choose from grade level bands to begin viewing available resources. Download lessons and materials in Word format. Lessons include Common Core Standards and complete lesson plans including assessments. At the time of this review lessons were only available in the 6-8 and High School level bands. However, the project is continually adding lessons so it is worth checking occasionally for other grade levels.

tag(s): dna (69), energy (198), environment (317), gifted (96), molecules (43), motion (59), newton (25), photosynthesis (33), simple machines (37), weather (188)

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Bookmark this site as a resource for finding enrichment lessons and for working with gifted students. Share this project with your school's gifted teacher to use with students. Modify and use lessons from this site in your regular classroom, differentiate as needed for different student needs.

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Interactives & Simulations: Weather, Climate & Atmosphere Education - UCAR Center for Science Education

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This site provides a small, but worthwhile, selection of interactives and simulations related to the weather and climate. Choose from interesting activities such as launching a virtual...more
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This site provides a small, but worthwhile, selection of interactives and simulations related to the weather and climate. Choose from interesting activities such as launching a virtual balloon to examining layers of the earth's atmosphere, or "building" a tree using different climate options. Each activity includes a full explanation and many include additional links or extension activities.

tag(s): arctic (44), atmosphere (26), carbon dioxide (17), climate (92), climate change (64), hurricanes (35), solar energy (38), sun (71), trees (30)

In the Classroom

Introduce Interactives & Simulations on an interactive whiteboard or projector then allow students to explore on their own. Be sure to provide a link on your class website or blog for students to explore at home. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to demonstrate information learned from this site. Alternatively students could create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Wordle, reviewed here, or WordItOut, reviewed here.
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