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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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Climate 1 Stop - Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology

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9 to 12
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Trying to find good climate information? Not sure how climate is actually different from weather? Use this resource to find information on climate from a variety of sources. Start with...more
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Trying to find good climate information? Not sure how climate is actually different from weather? Use this resource to find information on climate from a variety of sources. Start with a search for information by choosing specific topics, organizations, and formats. Many resources on this site exist for developing countries due to limited resources and a need for knowledge. View topic discussions and news feeds. Registration is not required to use the site, but participating in the discussions and bookmarking resources require registration with an email address.

tag(s): climate (92), climate change (64), weather (188)

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Keep up with news events and information on climate change found around the world. Explore the differences in reporting and discussions from those in different areas. Discuss how information is being used for change and search for more information about certain details or topics. Create ad campaigns and propaganda for or against climate change using the information found from this site. Dissenting voices can create a debate in class using the many resources and information provided. Have your students create an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here.
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Science and Technology in World War II - National World War II Museum

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6 to 12
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This interactive online exhibit investigates the role of science and technology in World War II, including everything from meteorology and materials to mathematical applications. Learn...more
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This interactive online exhibit investigates the role of science and technology in World War II, including everything from meteorology and materials to mathematical applications. Learn how radar, optics, nutrition, communications, and more affected the course of the war. Of course, the science of the atom bomb is featured, as well. Enter the "darkroom" to view artifacts and explanations. Click "Activities" to try a quiz, see the top ten technology achievements of the war, and send a coded message. All the activities within this site feature authentic sound effects, visuals, and newsreel-style video backgrounds. Learn about the importance of the moon in fighting the war, ask an expert a la 1940's radio, and more. Two introductory essays lend a very serious background to the topic and provide a scholarly context for the site. Lesson plans draw specific connections between science and history.

tag(s): atomic bomb (11), inventors and inventions (101), optics (13), photography (160), veterans (19), world war 2 (142)

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Help students see real world applications of science and the relationship of science to history by exploring this site. Assign student groups to investigate one aspect of science/technology and its impact on the war's outcome. Some portions of the site include text explanations, so be sure to partner ESL/ELL students or weak readers with someone who can help. Have students create multimedia presentations using a tool such as ThingLink, reviewed here, or GlogsterEDU, reviewed here, and underscoring the role of that technology. Connect this study to more current technologies and their role in the military or national security. Challenge students to decide: Does science drive history or does the military drive science? Even science teachers can take a moment on D-Day or Veterans Day to highlight the role of science in changing the course of history.
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SciGirls - Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.

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4 to 10
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Looking for a way to motivate girls to pursue science? This is the spot on the web for you! SciGirls, created by PBS, has all of the archived episodes of ...more
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Looking for a way to motivate girls to pursue science? This is the spot on the web for you! SciGirls, created by PBS, has all of the archived episodes of this show online. More than this, there are projects that can be done and a place to add your very own project. The format for the projects is set up like a simplified lab report. Very fun! SciGirls is energetic and interesting. There are audio directions as well as onscreen instructions that make navigation through the site very easy!

tag(s): women (101)

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Add this site to your class wiki or website. Assign students to view a specific episode and start an online class discussion. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. Encourage students, especially girls to try experiments. Perhaps, have students design their own projects and post their instructions as part of a laboratory activity in class.
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52 Totally Awesome Science Experiments - Phlebotomy Technician Schools

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4 to 12
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Looking for cool science experiments for school or home? Find great ones on this surprising site. Read short descriptions of the resource and find more detailed information by clicking...more
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Looking for cool science experiments for school or home? Find great ones on this surprising site. Read short descriptions of the resource and find more detailed information by clicking through to the linked site. Some of the experiments include interactives, video clips, and more. Advise students that ads or other links can appear along the bottom and they should not click on these.

tag(s): density (21), sun (71), volcanoes (61)

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Find great inspiration for class demonstrations that can also be performed by students in teaching others about concepts. For example, find great ideas for making your own volcano, tsunami, or finding out how much sugar is in a can of soda. Follow up these experiments with discussion of the impact on the lives of students, society or resources. Create awareness campaigns of natural disasters, effects of resources and foods on health, etc. Have cooperative learning groups create an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here.
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Science House - Video Science Experiments - Dan Menelly

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Looking for captivating science experiments and demonstrations? Use Science House's series of videos for inspiration. This is a great resource for ideas or wonderful ways to introduce...more
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Looking for captivating science experiments and demonstrations? Use Science House's series of videos for inspiration. This is a great resource for ideas or wonderful ways to introduce or reinforce concepts. While you are at the site, check out other videos such as those from scientists who are passionate about their careers (in the "Interviews" section.)

tag(s): careers (132), experiments (71)

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Use the videos as an inspiration for making or changing a student lab. Practice the experiments to use as a demonstration in your own classes. Show the demonstrations on your interactive whiteboard or projector as a beginning or ending to a lesson. Consider using these ideas to create your own set of science videos and science experiments created by the students in your class. Challenge students to create a video and share using a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here).
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Primary Resources: Science - RM

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K to 6
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Are you looking for sources to enrich your science instruction? Primary Resources has an extensive science page full of experiments, handouts, presentations, vocabulary cards,...more
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Are you looking for sources to enrich your science instruction? Primary Resources has an extensive science page full of experiments, handouts, presentations, vocabulary cards, and even rubrics for student assessment. The broad range of categories includes scientific inquiry, life processes and living things, materials and their properties, and physical processes. These valuable resources come from teachers across the world. Contributions range from how to conduct a scientific investigation, SMART board lessons on how to separate mixtures of materials, to PowerPoint presentations on renewable and non-renewable forms of energy. Most activities include a key that indicates the appropriate age group, grade level, or required skill level needed as well as its file format. If you have some of your own scientific resources you treasure, feel free to contribute them to this site. On the left sidebar, you will find links to similar activities in nearly all subject areas: geography, art, history, math, English, welsh, music, and more.

tag(s): classification (25), electricity (89), environment (317)

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Celebrate spring by taking your class outside for a budding unit about plants. Primary Resources has slide shows that explain the parts of a flower, what seeds need to grow, how they germinate or explain photosynthesis. Are you preparing students for an upcoming science fair? Primary Resources is also a great source for finding experiments appropriate for primary age students and is helpful when introducing how to conduct an inquiry based science experiment. Interactive presentations demonstrate how to make predictions, form a hypothesis, develop a "fair test" and how to record test results. A few activities include tasks for an interactive whiteboard or projector and others provide handouts or reproducible activity pages.

There is a key that indicates the equivalent United States grade level. The British Key Stages are equivalent to the following age groups; KS 1 for ages five to six, KS 2 for ages seven to eleven, KS 3 for ages twelve to fourteen, and KS 4 for ages fifteen to sixteen. Since this site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.
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Oceans/Maritime Vocabulary - Myvocabulary.com

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4 to 12
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, Vocabulary.com has added a themed area about the oceans/maritime studies. Find interactive vocabulary activities using...more
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, Vocabulary.com has added a themed area about the oceans/maritime studies. Find interactive vocabulary activities using ocean-related (not limited to ocean) vocabulary words. You will also find printable crosswords, fill in the blanks and more, all using the same 18 theme words. This and other "themes" available on the site will make vocabulary development fun.

tag(s): biomes (116), oceans (148)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this site during a unit on oceans or biomes. Have students create their own word activities from the same vocabulary list, such as matching or ranking challenges for their peers to try on the interactive whiteboard.

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Shake, Rattle, and Slide - University of Illinois Extension

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3 to 9
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This interactive site focuses on showing and telling students about volcanoes, earthquakes, and glaciers. The text information is also available as audio; many fun activities reinforce...more
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This interactive site focuses on showing and telling students about volcanoes, earthquakes, and glaciers. The text information is also available as audio; many fun activities reinforce the information given on the introductory sites. Because of the dual presentation (oral and written), the site is easy for ESL/ELL students to use as well. One especially interesting activity involves showing students the history of the geologic earth and asks them to imagine squeezing all the earth's history into one day.

tag(s): earth (228), earthquakes (48), glaciers (14), plate tectonics (23), volcanoes (61), weather (188)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on geology and/or natural disasters on a projector or interactive whiteboard. When a disaster is in the news, use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects in response to their curiosity about the news event. Have ESL/ELL students use this to introduce other students to some possible disasters that occur in their parts of the world. Another option would be to divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have them create presentations on different parts of the information found in the site and its activities. Use the information they find as a jumping off place for doing further research on areas that interest them.To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here
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Science Review Games - Science Review Games

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6 to 12
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Looking for games to review science concepts from a variety of topics? Look no further. Use this free site to access interactives in Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geology,...more
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Looking for games to review science concepts from a variety of topics? Look no further. Use this free site to access interactives in Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geology, Living Environment, Meteorology, Nature of Science, or Physics. Click on a subject to view a list of games. Click on the teachers section to receive great tips, create your own games, and download study sheets for use in class.

tag(s): crosswords (18)

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Use this site for section, chapter, quiz, or test review. Provide student(s) with a topic of study and an assignment to create questions to make their own review game. Assist students in identifying the important material and creating questions. Students can play each other's review game and discuss the questions that were helpful. Create a class wiki to discuss, compare, or constructively critique the student created review activity! Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
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Interactive science exercises - Katharine Lady Berkeley's School

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4 to 12
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Choose from a variety of science activities from Earth Science, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. For example, choose "The Human Skeleton." Identify the names of the bones in the human...more
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Choose from a variety of science activities from Earth Science, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. For example, choose "The Human Skeleton." Identify the names of the bones in the human skeleton by simply dragging the names to the appropriate bones. Take advantage of the timers to help stay on task. Choose the drop down menu option as well. Click finish to see what you missed. Print the page to hand in the score. Additional information on bones and the skeletal system is given. Other specific interactives include matching planets to their descriptions, the human eye, enzymes and labeling the digestive system, and several others.

tag(s): body systems (57), periodic table (50), solar system (119)

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Use this site to check student understanding of topics being studied. Share this site and the activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have groups of students investigate various topics together. Students can use this site individually to check for understanding and additional practice. List this link on your class website for students to use for practice both in and out of the classroom.
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The Story of Stuff - The Story of Stuff Project

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

tag(s): environment (317), sociology (22)

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Useful in classes on economics, ecology, consumer living, sociology or current events, the film would provide a wonderful discuss lead-in on topics ranging from consumer decision making to the environment. Because the site operates under the "Creative Commons" copyright agreement, you can download your own copy of the film for educational use or order a DVD copy.
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Exploring Florida in 3D - Florida Center for Instructional Technology

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3 to 12
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Use this site to view pictures of Florida in 3D. Yes, you do need 3D glasses. Use inexpensive red and blue lens glasses to view these pictures which have ...more
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Use this site to view pictures of Florida in 3D. Yes, you do need 3D glasses. Use inexpensive red and blue lens glasses to view these pictures which have been altered to be more accessible to students. Most stereoscopic pictures require special viewer glasses. Follow the directions to be sure you are using the red/blue lenses correctly. View pictures of the cities and towns, landscape, military history, environment, and transportation. Looking for something in particular? Click on "Search Exploring Florida" to find a specific item.

tag(s): florida (11), geology (81)

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Use this site with any social studies curriculum related to Florida locations to provide a sense of scale, make measurements of items seen, provide an overview of areas being studied, and a better context for what they are studying. For earth science, view pictures of landscapes to identify geologic structures learned in class. In any curricular area, view the 3D pictures to gain perspective into the structures, environment, and lives of the people in Florida's history. Challenge cooperative learning groups to explore one of the many topics presented at this site and create a multimedia presentation. Have groups create an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here.

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Lights at night - Marian Koshland Science Museum of The Nat'l Acad. of Science

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4 to 12
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Why look at lights at night as a data set? Many energy, population, and conservation questions and discussions ensue with this information. Follow the video information for startling...more
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Why look at lights at night as a data set? Many energy, population, and conservation questions and discussions ensue with this information. Follow the video information for startling comparisons of pictures of night time lights over time. Use the applet to interact with information and uncover patterns. (Your computer may ask you to "allow" the applet to run). There is an introduction video that explains the site very well. Don't miss it!

tag(s): conservation (127), energy (198)

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Share the introduction video on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this site to gather initial information, ask questions, and research patterns for greater understanding. Many environmental and social problems can be addressed with information from this site. Include this as another "view" of countries you are studying in world cultures or as part of discussions about economics, environmental issues, and more.
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New York Times Science Lesson Plans - New York Times

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6 to 12
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Looking for ways to link current science events and skills such as reading and writing across the curriculum in your science classroom? Visit this ideal internet location! Created by...more
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Looking for ways to link current science events and skills such as reading and writing across the curriculum in your science classroom? Visit this ideal internet location! Created by the people of the New York Times, this lesson plan idea page has all the tools to put together quick, technology, reading and science based lessons in a fraction of the time it would take to pool the resources on your own.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (115), main idea (9), news (261)

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Scan the lessons. Choose topics appropriate to your content, and then incorporate into your classroom at will. Break lessons apart into both classroom and online discussions for students. A little disclaimer: some of these cutting edge science topics can be controversial so make sure to adequately prepare your students before embarking on these learning adventures.
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Mt. St. Helens Panoramic view - fullscreen360.com

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6 to 12
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Use this resource to zoom in and turn around panoramic pictures of Mt. St. Helens in 2003, 2006, and show both as a comparison. Find more information about Mt. St. ...more
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Use this resource to zoom in and turn around panoramic pictures of Mt. St. Helens in 2003, 2006, and show both as a comparison. Find more information about Mt. St. Helens by clicking on the link in the upper right. The top of the site also includes several links to more information.

tag(s): volcanoes (61), washington (36)

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Use this when discussing volcanoes and Earth events. Use news accounts, videos, and other materials to identify specific eruption events, detection of potential eruptions, and locations of volcanoes around the world. Have cooperative learning groups create multimedia presentations about specific topics presented at this site. Have students create a project that includes a narrated, annotated image, with text boxes, and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Have students find a Creative Commons photo (with credit, of course), use Compfight, reviewed here.

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Temperate Oceans - MBGnet

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4 to 10
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This colorful and informative site provides information about oceans. Specific topics include "How the Ocean Refreshes Itself," "Ocean Animals," "Food from the Ocean," and several others....more
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This colorful and informative site provides information about oceans. Specific topics include "How the Ocean Refreshes Itself," "Ocean Animals," "Food from the Ocean," and several others. Many of the topics include interactive presentations. There is also a link to find more "Ocean Links."

tag(s): animals (276), oceans (148)

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If your class is learning about the oceans of the world, delve even "deeper" by sharing this site on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Have cooperative learning groups explore specific areas of this site and create a multimedia presentation to share with the class. Have students create a UtellStory, reviewed here. This tool allows for narrating and adding text to a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be uploaded), and then narrate the photo as if it were a news report. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try Compfight, reviewed here. Or, bring even more geography skills into the project by having groups create a Mapskip, reviewed here, sharing exactly WHERE the oceans are located (with audio stories and pictures included)!

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Dinosaur Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Kids "dig" dinosaurs, whether they learn about them in science class while studying paleontology and geology or simply include explore dinosaur as a personal favorite topic. Dinosaurs...more
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Kids "dig" dinosaurs, whether they learn about them in science class while studying paleontology and geology or simply include explore dinosaur as a personal favorite topic. Dinosaurs are an elementary school perennial, but even high school students enjoy digging into fossils and geologic time. This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst features a wide range of lesson ideas and research sources for students of all ages. Spend some "geologic time" as you try some of the project ideas or simply make this collection available to your dino-maniacs.

tag(s): dinosaurs (57), fossils (44), paleontology (41)

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Use the resources on this site to supplement a unit about paleontology, fossils, or dinosaurs. The resources listed can be used for webquests, learning centers, lesson plans & the like! This is a great resource for Earth Science teachers.

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Tramline Virtual Field Trips - Tramline

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1 to 12
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This website is dedicated to delivering a variety of virtual field trips. The trips are listed by content. Each trip contains objectives, concepts, and terms to know. There are lesson...more
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This website is dedicated to delivering a variety of virtual field trips. The trips are listed by content. Each trip contains objectives, concepts, and terms to know. There are lesson plans linked in the Teacher Resource section of the page, and extra information on the topic. The trips themselves are a lot like guided web quests. The websites that are used in the field trips show good variety. And standards are even provided! The trips include grade levels. Examples of topics include hurricanes, dinosaurs, deserts, natural wonders, dark ages, and American Presidency.

tag(s): field trips (12), investing (10), mars (41), oceans (148), shakespeare (131), virtual field trips (48)

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Virtual field trips from this website could be used on the interactive whiteboard or projector as a whole class activity. A better use could be to create a question sheet that mirrors the trip and have students work through the field trip at their own pace in lab, either with partners or individually. Follow up by challenging student groups to create an interactive guidebook to their topic using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. With younger students, make a class book together.
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Kids Saving Energy - US Department of Energy

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3 to 8
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Fun and energetic about energy, this site features Tinker Bell's energy saving commercials as just one of the highlights that lower grade students would find enjoyable. The site also...more
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Fun and energetic about energy, this site features Tinker Bell's energy saving commercials as just one of the highlights that lower grade students would find enjoyable. The site also features links to energy lesson plans, games and activities about energy conservation, and basic information about renewable energy resources of biomass, solar, wind, and geothermal energies. One of the more engaging features in the games and activities section of the site is "Roofus'Home." The features are clickable and linked to information about how that feature is energy efficient.

tag(s): conservation (127), energy (198), resources (112)

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In the lower grade levels, this site could be introduced on the interactive whiteboard or projector as an introduction to energy and renewable resources. Elementary students are sure to be engaged with Tinker Bell! Also, once the students have some exposure to the site, it could be used in a learning station set up where some students are working with the whiteboard to play the energy saving games together.

In the higher grade range, Roofus' Home could be used as a launch for a research project where students investigate the energy efficiency of their own homes. Students could take digital pictures of energy efficient features of their own homes and then create a photo story to explain their findings to their classmates either by posting to a wiki or presenting in class from the interactive whiteboard. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
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