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How Stuff Works - Howstuffworks, Inc.

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4 to 8
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Find answers to the most curious questions that students ask on this great site. Search the site for your topic of interest such as how cars work, what makes a ...more
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Find answers to the most curious questions that students ask on this great site. Search the site for your topic of interest such as how cars work, what makes a refrigerator cold, or how construction has changed and the materials that are used. Articles provides diagrams, text, videos, images, and a range of other resources to show a curious student what makes something tick. The site's explanations are a great resource for "kitchen science" projects, for getting budding inventors started, or for providing added explanations of how things work the way they do. Click on the topics in the blue top panel for the various subjects such as Adventure, Animals, and Autos through Money, Science, and Tech. Can't find your answer? Ask under the "Keep Asking" section and it may become the question of the week. Sign up for the monthly newsletter. Search the other areas of the site such as "Games," "Quizzes," and "Pics and Puzzles." Find great podcasts and blogs and be sure to check out the "Random Zone." Find images, lists, and raqndom facts here. Scroll to the bottom to find fun facts, trivia, and even a poll of the day! Ignore the advertising; the site content is worth it.

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Use this site as an "activator" to introduce a new science unit or lesson on a projector. It could also be a great way to introduce informational speeches/videos and how to write them. The videos on earth and life science topics provide a great launch pad for further class discussions. Participate in the poll of the day. Use the trivia and facts section for interesting ways to get kids thinking in class. Use this site for students to "show and tell" something they have learned. Use the information presented here to better understand how science is applied in our everyday lives. This activity would work well for individual or pairs of students in a lab or on laptops. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Ask your students to visit the site and create a multimedia presentation, video or podcast, article, or blog post from the information they learn there. Have students create commercials and share them using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and outside of class.

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- Lessonopoly: Science of NFL Football - NBC Learn and National Science Foundation

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5 to 10
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Find great videos featuring the best football players and trainers in the NFL to learn science through the lens of football. THis content was moved from its original home on ...more
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Find great videos featuring the best football players and trainers in the NFL to learn science through the lens of football. THis content was moved from its original home on Lessonopoly to hosting on Gooru. Open the folder to view lesson materials and videos. Choose various science topics such as "Vectors," "Nutrition, Hydration, and Health," and "Projectile Motion and Parabolas" to name a few. View a short video of the concept and click the links to other resources that can be used to learn more about that particular topic. Choose to view and print the lesson plans using a printer friendly option or download as a pdf. Find practice worksheets, teacher keys, quizzes, and other activities. Note that NBC Learn's own video site is usually a fee-based, but this particular collection, hosted on Gooru, is free.

tag(s): sports (97), vectors (25)

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Bring science to life with these great resources. Use the video to pique student interest in the topic and use the lesson plans to really understand the concept to apply to other areas. Use the vectors to understand how science and quarterback throws are related. Follow the lesson plan using the video and the activities. Follow up with actual football throws in the school yard. Measure distances and angles to create data to analyze as groups or a class. Consider creating your own video or slidecast of explanations using students as the stars of the show explaining the concept. Invite Math classes to use your data for their understanding of Vectors as well. Brainstorm other sports where this science concept is also used.
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Earth Science Week - American Geological Institute

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K to 12
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Join in the "Understanding of Climate" during Earth Science Week (held in October, each year). Click on "What's Going On" to find events near you, enter contests, and view other ...more
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Join in the "Understanding of Climate" during Earth Science Week (held in October, each year). Click on "What's Going On" to find events near you, enter contests, and view other links and materials. Read information about "What is Earth Science Week?," or use the information to "Plan an Event" in your area. Browse and use a vast array of activities and resources in the "For Teachers" section. Find lesson plans and activities for students in all grades. Students at all levels can use the "For Students" section to find resources, events, and career opportunities with links to dozens of science career sites.

tag(s): ecology (135), minerals (17), resources (112), rocks (49)

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Bring Earth Science into your class no matter what subject you teach. Earth Science has broad applications in almost all sciences and many other subject areas as we are connected to the Earth. Use the information, videos, and pictures to create discussions and inquire about topics in your classroom. Many of the activities in "For Teachers" are great for demonstrations and generating interest in phenomenon. For example, use "Sinkholes in a Cup, "to demonstrate how fast removal of groundwater in an area can cause sinkholes. Follow this demonstration with Google Earth reviewed here layers that show this phenomenon in various areas of the world or research of where these have occurred. Find videos, large scale maps, and other resources to share via an interactive whiteboard, wiki, or blog.

Students can create public service announcements about earth science issues to raise awareness and provide learning opportunities to others.
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Edupic Graphical Resource - William Vann

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K to 12
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This large variety of drawings and photographs is a great resource for K-12 students and teachers. Either choose from drawings or photographs related to science, social studies, math,...more
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This large variety of drawings and photographs is a great resource for K-12 students and teachers. Either choose from drawings or photographs related to science, social studies, math, and language arts. These images will support classroom instruction, presentations, multimedia projects, websites, or reports. Useful tags will help you search for images. Educational use of Edpic images is free of charge.

tag(s): animals (276), digital storytelling (144)

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Create classroom lessons that are interactive and visual. The images on Edupic are useful for creating interactive whiteboard lessons such as sequencing the life cycle of a frog, labeling the phases of cell mitosis, or adding the dots on a the back of a ladybug. Visual representations will help ELL or ESL teachers explain concepts and key vocabulary. Use imagery to enhance multimedia posters on Glogster EDU, reviewed here, create digital stories, or bring a PowerPoint presentation to life.

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The Habitable Planet - learner.org

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4 to 12
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View content about the Earth with this free resource. Browse the content by chapters such as "Atmosphere," "Oceans," and "Ecosystems" to name a few. Find segments for each chapter in...more
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View content about the Earth with this free resource. Browse the content by chapters such as "Atmosphere," "Oceans," and "Ecosystems" to name a few. Find segments for each chapter in the online textbook. Be sure to notice the icons where videos, interactive labs, professional development, visuals, and more add to the information. Click below the chapter segments to obtain a pdf version of the online textbook. Looking for particular content or a type of activity? View the content instead by type.

tag(s): air (163), earth (228), environment (317), water (130)

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Use these resources as your textbook or find interesting activities, ideas, and articles that can stimulate thinking and create great discussions in the classroom. The difference between this resource and others? View the resources as a systems approach to understanding the environment versus a series of unconnected ideas and topics. Use this site for review or additional support for students who need it. This site is excellent for enrichment. Include it on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class.
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8 Wonders of the Solar System, Made Interactive - Scientific American, A division of Nature America, Inc.

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6 to 12
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If you are teaching the solar system, and want a way to spice it up, look no further. This informational interactive on the solar system is as beautiful and colorful ...more
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If you are teaching the solar system, and want a way to spice it up, look no further. This informational interactive on the solar system is as beautiful and colorful as it is factual and detailed. Click on pictures by artist, Ron Miller, to see stunning images of the planets. Read the accompanying information on the right of the screen, and check out the additional links of videos and more pictures that open up right in the interactive. Not every planet is pictured, but there are some very interesting pictures of moons that will not be found in the average textbook. This site brings teaching the solar system out of the elementary level and shoots it into upper level learning. To use this interactive independently, students should be at an eighth grade reading level. However, it could be used with younger students for just the pictures or with whole classroom instruction and teacher reading.

tag(s): earth (228), mars (41), moon (72), planets (123), solar system (119), space (205)

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During a unit on the solar system with eighth or ninth grade students, share this link on your class website. Have students view the site at home and be ready with three questions about what they saw and read it the next day. Start class discussion with these questions. Have students help each other answer one another's questions in large group instruction. Or, have students break out into groups and exchange questions to see if they can answer each others questions. Debrief by addressing popular misconceptions, discussion art as a way of interpreting actual scientific fact, and answer any remaining questions. For younger students, show the images on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Talk about what each picture is and have the students listen to the sound of lightening on Saturn and compare it to lightening on Earth.
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Lesson: Life After Trash - Teach Engineering

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6 to 9
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Great for a foundations of science class or middle level environmental science class, use this activity to have students "get their hands dirty" solving real life problems with real...more
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Great for a foundations of science class or middle level environmental science class, use this activity to have students "get their hands dirty" solving real life problems with real life activities. Life After Trash is an excellent lesson for having students think beyond the obvious uses of everyday products. Concepts such as landfills, the three R's (reduce, reuse, and recycle), and basic environmental awareness are partnered with the skills of working in groups, critical thinking, and problem solving to create an interesting and fun classroom activity. There is little cost (if any) to doing the lab.

tag(s): critical thinking (108), engineering (125), problem solving (272)

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A week or so before conducting this simulation activity, ask students to bring in recyclables and clean trash from home. This will cut down on the amount of trash you need to collect, and it will add variety to the supplies. Set up the activity by talking about trash, where it comes from and where it goes. Discuss better alternatives for trash "disposal" such as recycling and reusing. Have students think of obvious reuses for materials and then explain that there are other alternatives to obvious uses. Introduce the activity and basic rules and safety to the students. Arrange them in groups of three or four and then allow them to "shop" the classroom "landfill" to create new things out of old trash. Follow up with discussion of group products, uses, and real life applications of this idea such as recycled art.

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The Shadow - Learning Media of New Zealand

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K to 3
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Predict the location of the shadow at given point in time. This page illustrates how this movement of earth creates shadows. It visually explains how the earth's daily rotation, effects...more
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Predict the location of the shadow at given point in time. This page illustrates how this movement of earth creates shadows. It visually explains how the earth's daily rotation, effects the amount of sunlight it receives. It also will support lessons on sundials and how time is measured.

Note from the editor: We are currently directing to the "archived: version of this site, since it has temporarily disappeared from the web. The archived version works just fine!

tag(s): rotation (13), sun (71), time (144)

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Use this web page as part of an anticipatory set about the rotation of the earth and it's shadows. The integration of an analog clock links a shadow's size and shape to a particular point in time. Using an interactive whiteboard, students can predict the location of the shadow at given time. When explaining the earth's daily rotation, use this page to illustrate how this movement appears from the earth's perspective. This site will also support lessons on sundials.
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The Hands on Technology Program - Galaxy Networks, Inc

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K to 8
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This site offers science experiments and other hands-on activities designed so that the children learn experimental technique, measurements, and how to express their findings clearly....more
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This site offers science experiments and other hands-on activities designed so that the children learn experimental technique, measurements, and how to express their findings clearly. In addition, the site also highlights the scientific principles involved using everyday materials. The site provides a wide variety of science topics from water to space to the human body.

tag(s): experiments (71)

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Use this site to launch budget friendly experiments by displaying on a projector. Follow experiment steps with students, and then have students complete the follow up writing independently or with a partner. Each experiment includes follow up writing sections that provide opportunities for scientific reasoning and thinking. Challenge cooperative learning groups to complete one of the activities and create a multimedia presentation such as an online book using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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BBC News - Animated guide: Volcanoes - BBC News

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6 to 9
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This is an excellent tutorial or interactive on volcanoes. Great for helping students understand the basic mechanics of a volcano and the interior of the Earth. The interactive is informative...more
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This is an excellent tutorial or interactive on volcanoes. Great for helping students understand the basic mechanics of a volcano and the interior of the Earth. The interactive is informative but extremely straight forward.

tag(s): disasters (39), natural disasters (20), volcanoes (61)

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This interactive could easily be used as the bulk of a lesson in earth science on volcanoes. The site covers the basics without text overkill. This would be great for middle level learners. It could also be used as part of a good online unit on natural disasters such as volcanoes, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Use this as a part of a webquest or web hunt in natural disaster units.
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Teaching the Levees - Teachers College Columbia University

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6 to 12
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This site was created as a companion to Spike Lee's documentary "When the Levees Broke" about Hurricane Katrina. However, with the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf, the Louisiana levees ...more
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This site was created as a companion to Spike Lee's documentary "When the Levees Broke" about Hurricane Katrina. However, with the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf, the Louisiana levees were in the news again. The site contains a downloadable curriculum including lessons on the history of New Orleans, discussion of government's role in managing large-scale disasters, and concepts of environmental justice. There are links to other teachers' shared lesson plans, an accounting of the curriculum's relation to national social studies standards, and more information about the Spike Lee film itself.

tag(s): environment (317), hurricanes (35), louisiana (11), oil (45), oil spill (21)

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Use the site in conjunction with lessons on the US Gulf coast, or as an example of how we negotiate the government's role and responsibility in helping after a large-scale disaster. The menu includes access to pictures and comments from the general public. You will want to preview this area before sharing it in class. Have cooperative learning groups investigate specific areas of this site and create videos to share with the class using a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here).

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Very good resource for more than just one discipline. I used it in my Global Studies class. I loved it. Kevin, MS, Grades: 6 - 12

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TeachersFirst Hurricane Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students understand hurricanes and the historic events surrounding major hurricanes. Explore...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students understand hurricanes and the historic events surrounding major hurricanes. Explore these resources during a unit on weather or disasters and include related projects and classroom activities. Classrooms in hurricane-prone areas may want to stop to observe anniversaries of local hurricane history or even to conduct local history projects in conjunction with some of these starter resources. Turn frightening natural disasters into positive learning using the background on these helpful sites.

tag(s): disasters (39), hurricanes (35), natural disasters (20), weather (188)

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Use this complete list as a research source for student projects during a unit on weather or choose one or two specific sites to use. These reviews all include ideas for classroom use.

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Wikimedia Commons - Wkimedia Foundation

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K to 12
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Wikimedia Commons is a huge database of free media files (images, sound, and video clips) available in a wide range of languages. You can both access or contribute files. Using ...more
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Wikimedia Commons is a huge database of free media files (images, sound, and video clips) available in a wide range of languages. You can both access or contribute files. Using the same technology as Wikipedia, you can edit, upload, and embed media file projects into any Wikimedia project. Every media file comes with a description, name of the author and complete licensing details. Search for videos, images, or sound media by keyword, content categories, nature, science, or society. This is an amazing resource to use when searching for any multimedia content.

tag(s): creative commons (21)

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Address the needs of the visual learner and include media files as part of the research process. Wikipedia Commons offers a way for students to gain an understanding of content through images, sounds, and video. Give students the opportunity to communicate their knowledge by narrating a slideshow of images found on Wikipedia Commons or create multimedia presentations on a site such as Glogster (reviewed here). These free media files will also help ELL or ESL teachers explain concepts and key vocabulary. This site is a valuable resource for imagery useful when creating presentations, lectures, digital stories, reports or to include on a class websites. Students learning a foreign language may benefit from using Wikipedia Commons to learn about more about the culture and lifestyle of the country whose language they are studying.

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Lesson Plan: Oil Spill Solutions - TryEngineering.org

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This classroom simulation of an oil spill encourages students to think about how engineers work to find fast but effective solutions to oil spills. There are PDF student handouts. ...more
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This classroom simulation of an oil spill encourages students to think about how engineers work to find fast but effective solutions to oil spills. There are PDF student handouts.

tag(s): environment (317), oil (45), oil spill (21)

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Introduce the concept by talking about current events such as the British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Provide students with the student worksheets. Have the students work through the laboratory, and debrief by having students discussion their answers to questions. Have students relate their solutions to attempts to clean up real life oil spills. Create a class wiki to discuss oil spills and clean-up options. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
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Oil Spill Lesson Plans and Resources - NOAA

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Learn about the impact of oil spills. Use these lessons and information to compare the impact of spills past and present. The site provides details about cleaning up oil spills, ...more
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Learn about the impact of oil spills. Use these lessons and information to compare the impact of spills past and present. The site provides details about cleaning up oil spills, as well as the science of oil dispersal, how to clean animals, and more.

tag(s): disasters (39), oil (45), oil spill (21)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities on this site! Be sure to save this site as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on. Students can select different aspects of oil spill cleanup and mitigation and play the role of experts in a mock blog post playing their role. Have students continue their role play by commenting on each other's posts.

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Prince William Sound: An Ecosystem in Transition - NOAA

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Learn about the lasting impact of oil spills and how the environment does and does not recover, specifically from the Exxon-Valdez spill of 1989. Use this information to compare the...more
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Learn about the lasting impact of oil spills and how the environment does and does not recover, specifically from the Exxon-Valdez spill of 1989. Use this information to compare the impact of this spill to others past and present. The site provides details about the impact the spill had on the sound and wildlife, as well as how recovery has progressed over the years.

tag(s): environment (317), oil (45), oil spill (21)

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Use this site as a springboard for discussions about the environmental impact of oil spills and, in a broader sense, of human activity in general. Share some of the text portions on a projectir or divide up the site among different student groups. Have student groups explore various aspects of oil spills and report to the class, perhaps sharing visuals from this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students create a multimedia presentation using UtellStory, reviewed here. This tool allows for to narrating and adding text to a picture. Challenge students to find a photo of the oil spill, 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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Oil Spill Crisis Map

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Learn about the impact of oil spills, specifically the BP spill of 2010. Use this information to compare the impact of this spill to others past and present. The site ...more
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Learn about the impact of oil spills, specifically the BP spill of 2010. Use this information to compare the impact of this spill to others past and present. The site provides details about the land, animals and human health that have been negatively affected by the spill - all in map form.

tag(s): oil (45), oil spill (21)

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Use this site as a springboard for discussions about the environmental impact of oil spills and, in a broader sense, of human activity in general. Have student groups explore various aspects of the map, and report back to the class how the environment, wildlife, and humans in the area were affected. Have students use a tool such as Woices (beta) (reviewed here). This site allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location (on a map) where the story takes place.

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Tracking the Oil Spill in the Gulf - NY Times

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Follow the footprint of the Gulf Oil Spill 2010 in this interactive map. Use this information to compare the impact of this spill to others past and present. The site ...more
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Follow the footprint of the Gulf Oil Spill 2010 in this interactive map. Use this information to compare the impact of this spill to others past and present. The site provides details about mapping the spill, as well as the geographic range the spill has affected.

tag(s): oil (45), oil spill (21)

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Use this site as a springboard for discussions about the environmental impact of oil spills and, in a broader sense, of human activity in general. Use the map on the interactive whiteboard or projector to show students the physical location of the spill, as well as where the spill has had an immediate impact. For another view of the map, try this resource which allows you to superimpose the area effected onto your home town.

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Prince William's Oily Mess: A Tale of Recovery - NOAA

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"How does an ecosystem recover from a major one-time insult such as an oil spill?" This site provides details about the impact the Exxon-Valdez spill of 1989 on the environment, ...more
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"How does an ecosystem recover from a major one-time insult such as an oil spill?" This site provides details about the impact the Exxon-Valdez spill of 1989 on the environment, as well as how the recovery that has occurred in the area. Learn about the impact of oil spills, in general. Use this information to compare the impact of this spill to others past and present.

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Use this site as a springboard for current events or environmental science discussions about the environmental impact of oil spills and, in a broader sense, of human activity in general. Have student groups explore various aspects of oil spills and report to the class, perhaps sharing visuals form this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. As a class or in groups, collect oil spill information on a class wiki, GlogsterEDU (reviewed here) or good, old-fashioned bulletin board.

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Ifitwasmyhome - Ifitwasmyhome.com

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This site hosts an interactive map, along with bountiful information about the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill of 2010. The interactive map updates daily during the aftermath of the ...more
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This site hosts an interactive map, along with bountiful information about the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill of 2010. The interactive map updates daily during the aftermath of the spill, allowing users to chart the gradual growth of the spill in the Gulf Coast. It also allows users to "move the spill" to their hometown, providing a better perspective of how big the spill actually is. The information on the site is mostly specific to this spill, but there are connections to how wildlife has been affected by this and others like it in the past. Note the links on the bottom that host information about other spills, and the dramatic pictures of the wildlife suffering from the sludge. The images are graphic, so use with caution in an elementary classroom where students are apt to react strongly to images of animals suffering.

tag(s): oil (45), oil spill (21)

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This site and information it hosts are great at capturing two essential skills in Social Studies. To begin with, it's an excellent map reading source, especially to demonstrate regarding map distortions and how they can change the shape of something like a projected oil spill. It also highlights concerns about deep-sea drilling, a heavily contested topic, particularly after the oil spill of 2010. Both government and earth science classrooms could investigate aspects of drilling as real world topics related to the curriculum.

Introduce the site on the interactive whiteboard before allowing cooperative learning groups to explore, giving the teacher a chance to explain how the map works and what kind of information is on the site. Have cooperative learning groups explore the site and summarize important details, such as how people and wildlife are affected by environmental disasters. This would be a great review activity before a debate on deep-sea drilling. Classes can also chart the growth of the spill for a period of days to trace how much it changes, providing evidence for the debate. Government classes could use this and other references as part of a simulation on how the U.S. government reacts to environmental disasters and discussions of related policy issues. Younger students will need assistance reading some of the text-based material.

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