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Dive and Discover - Woods Hole Oceanographic Association

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4 to 12
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What do we see and what can we learn from the Sea floor? Use the Interactive map or the drop down along the top to access past expeditions to the ...more
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What do we see and what can we learn from the Sea floor? Use the Interactive map or the drop down along the top to access past expeditions to the sea floor. Click on the "Dive Into Deeper Discovery" tab to learn more about Deep Ocean Circulation, History of the Earth, Ice Ages, Ships and Technology, among others. Click the "For Teachers" tab to access and view classroom activities to use. The site is updated daily with photos, videos, and research. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Use a single activity, have students collect information as homework, or a class project. Use these activities as an introduction to a science lesson or for application for information learned in class. Some activities have a hands-on component. Create a timeline of information, technology, or history from the dives. Have students use the scientific method to analyze work completed during the dives. Research background science and engineering topics for better understanding of information learned during the explorations. Topics for reports can be found throughout the information. The class can be divided into groups to report on specific aspects of the dive and their information can be reported to the class with the additional background information. Students can keep a journal of information learned and create a poster or model of the information.
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Green City Smackdown - TELUS World of Science

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4 to 8
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The Smackdown is a challenge that pits two cities sustainable practices against each other. By choosing two cities, selected from a list of several in Canada, the goal of the ...more
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The Smackdown is a challenge that pits two cities sustainable practices against each other. By choosing two cities, selected from a list of several in Canada, the goal of the Smackdown is to compare and contrast them to each other using statistics taken from population, labor, housing, water and waste, community, environment, and green mobility to see which community is more sustainable. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): canada (30), earth (231), earth day (111), ecology (135), environment (318), statistics (123), sustainability (19)

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Incorporate these comparisons into lessons based on going green, sustainability, and environmental characteristics. Allow students to predict the Smackdown outcome(s) by selecting cities of their choice and predicting the sustainability success by using deductive reasoning about the characteristics of each city. Have students compile statistics from their own towns and surrounding areas, or "create" an imaginary class town with relevant statistics, in order to conduct their own personal Smackdown. Students can present their Smackdowns via Power Point presentations using various statistical graphs created in Excel.
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Greenraising: Eco-friendly Fundraising - Greenraising

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K to 12
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Why raise funds on items that cause the Earth to frown? Your school fundraising becomes 'green' when you register at this site and start earning funds from eco-conscience shoppers....more
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Why raise funds on items that cause the Earth to frown? Your school fundraising becomes 'green' when you register at this site and start earning funds from eco-conscience shoppers. Your school earns 25% to 40% of all internet or catalog driven sales. (Read the site for details.) Greenraising supplies you with order forms and catalogs if you care to do a catalog drive. It sounds easy, and it definitely is green. TeachersFirst does not ordinarily mention fundraising sites, but the possibilities for a school service project looked interesting enough to list this one.

tag(s): earth (231), earth day (111), ecology (135), environment (318)

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This fundraising organization may be a prudent way to fund your school's wildlife or biology club. Why not kick-off this event near Earth Day? Also, teachers, you can coordinate your recycling and earth-loving lessons around this fundraiser.

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Sea Monsters Virtual Dig - National Geographic

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3 to 12
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Students are always fascinated and intrigued about animals that are extinct. Follow the actual work of paleontologists in this interactive site. Choose a fossil dig site to start from...more
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Students are always fascinated and intrigued about animals that are extinct. Follow the actual work of paleontologists in this interactive site. Choose a fossil dig site to start from "Giant fish's last meal," "Deadly dinosaur duel," or "Dinosaur nest." Read introductions and background information about paleontology. Use the basic tools of paleontology to uncover fossil remains. Move the tools (hammer, pick, and brush) to areas you wish to use them. After clearing enough of the structures, the fossil will automatically be revealed. Move on to the view the steps for the preparation of the shipment of the fossil and the reporting of the findings .

Follow the links along the top to resources and lesson plans for all levels in pdf documents, pictures, movie trailers, and an interactive time line. This site requires Flash and Adobe Acrobat. Get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): fossils (46), paleontology (42)

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Use this site to share information about fossil digs. Students can fit these animals into time lines of other animals discussed in class. Use during a unit about ecosystems and food chains as well as how the remains of fossils have become the fuels of today.
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Map Collections Home Page - Library of Congress

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6 to 12
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The Library of Congress offers this searchable database of historical maps, which includes a large collection of city maps, maps of military battles and campaigns, maps related to transportation...more
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The Library of Congress offers this searchable database of historical maps, which includes a large collection of city maps, maps of military battles and campaigns, maps related to transportation and communication, and maps focused on exploration and discovery. Within each category, you can search geographically or by time period. Each map accessed can be navigated using a zoom feature for better viewing. Maps cover a wide range of national and international subjects.

tag(s): battles (17), environment (318), maps (290), transportation (41)

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Teachers with interactive whiteboards or projectors will find these maps a natural companion to lessons involving history, geography, and cultural changes. Sometimes seeing a map drawn at the same time as the event under discussion can lend a whole new understanding of the culture of the people being studied. It's far more dramatic to imagine sailing into the unknown on a voyage of discovery while you look at the only maps available to those aboard.

Be sure to have students use the whiteboard tools to draw in their own "corrections" or annotations showing the movement of people or strategies used in battles. Since thee resources are in the public domain, you are allowed to copy them into your whiteboard software and keep the student annotations atop the maps, as well. The maps also make good visuals for "mock" blog entries by historical figures!

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Showing Evidence: Analyzing and Evaluating Information - Intel Education

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3 to 12
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Give your students the skills to analyze and evaluate information with Intel's free "Showing Evidence tool." "Showing Evidence" provides a visual framework to help students learn how...more
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Give your students the skills to analyze and evaluate information with Intel's free "Showing Evidence tool." "Showing Evidence" provides a visual framework to help students learn how to construct well-reasoned arguments and prove their case with credible evidence. Students are prompted to consider the quality of the evidence and the strength of the evidence to support their claim. When an argument is complicated, the components of the tool help students think through justifying a claim.

This web-based tool is accompanied by detailed lesson plans designed for elementary, middle, and high school students. A variety of subject areas and projects are ready to adapt for the classroom or implement as-is. Explore the project ideas, instructional strategies, assessment tips, and research to help you plan a project of your own. Registration is free and creates a teacher workspace in which to build the class project. The password-protected workspace is accessed through the internet where students log on with the teacher-created ID, team ID, and password. Students can access the project workspace from home or though other Internet access points such as the public library.

Be sure to disable your popup blocker, as the site needs to show popup windows during the project. This site requires Flash and Adobe Acrobat Reader. Get these tools from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): debate (43), folktales (65), shakespeare (131), thinking skills (18)

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Teachers can use the comprehensive tutorial to learn the features of the tool and use the workspace to practice with the tool. Take advantage of the detailed unit plans that provide usable handouts and student work samples. Or just browse through several shorter project descriptions for project ideas that suit your classroom.

Make a shortcut to this site on your desktop and student computer desktops for easy access. Use the "Showing Evidence "tool to explore themes such as why do we explore, what happens next, is everything we read true, and what is freedom? Have student teams stage debates using their visual diagrams to show their thinking processes to the class using an interactive whiteboard or projector.
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Rivers and Coasts - BBC

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This interactive website does a thorough job of explaining the water cycle. The specific links (or activities) include What is a River?, What is a Coast?, The Water Cycle, ...more
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This interactive website does a thorough job of explaining the water cycle. The specific links (or activities) include What is a River?, What is a Coast?, The Water Cycle, How do Rivers Change?, How do Coasts Change?, People and Rivers, People and Coasts, & What Happens When Rivers Meet the Coast? This website makes the difficult concepts easier to understand by comparing rivers to sliding boards and making other comparisons that kids can visualize. There is a Teachers and Parents link that includes lesson plans, standards, explanations of the online activities, printable pages, and more. The website does require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): rivers (22), water (130), water cycle (34)

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Use this website as an anticipatory set for a unit or lesson about rivers or coasts. The activities are ideal for viewing on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Or use this website as a learning center. Have students keep a journal (or create a simple worksheet) to answer the questions presented (the links listed on the website). Have the students write a few sentences to explain what a river is, how rivers change, or any of the other topics. For more ideas, see the Teachers and Parents link.
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Grow Up - ARKive Education

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2 to 6
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This interactive learning adventure challenges students to create pictures displaying four different stages of an animal's life-cycle. Students can choose the habitat that the animals...more
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This interactive learning adventure challenges students to create pictures displaying four different stages of an animal's life-cycle. Students can choose the habitat that the animals come from. Habitats include gardens, cliffs, ponds, and hedgerows (American teachers will have to explain the British vocabulary!). Students race the clock to complete the animal in time. Clues and scientific information is provided throughout the activity. FLASH is required for this web activity. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): habitats (85), ponds (7)

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Use your interactive whiteboard or projector for this science activity as you study animal life cycles. This resource is also ideal for independent work on laptops or cooperative learning groups.
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Fossil Mysteries - San Diego National History Museum

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2 to 10
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Learn all about fossils and paleontology. For the online information and interactives, choose "Activities Online" from the left side navigation menu. Choose "Who moved the Body" to...more
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Learn all about fossils and paleontology. For the online information and interactives, choose "Activities Online" from the left side navigation menu. Choose "Who moved the Body" to learn how dinosaur fossils are made and unearthed. Click on "What Am I" to learn how paleontologists determine the names of the bones and the dinosaur identified from a fossil. The "Fossil Field Guide" provides extensive information about many extinct animals, their ecology, characteristics, and where they used to live. The "Geologic Time line" on the right side allows you to explore the different geologic time periods and the organisms that would be found there. "Educational Resources" can be used to visit "Dinosaur Dig," to view frequently asked questions, play "Jurassic Jumble" for interactive puzzles (requires Java), view a slide show, or "Name that Reptile." The educational resources contain a large and varied amount of information that includes many other titles such as "The Science of Jurassic Park." ." Younger readers will need help with many of the text passages. Several printable resources are available and require Adobe PDF. This site requires Flash and Adobe Acrobat. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): dinosaurs (58), geology (83), paleontology (42)

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Students can use the information in the Fossil Field Guide to create dioramas, posters, or digital media by using Make Beliefs Comics to create a fictional story of the extinct animal. Students can also use this information to show adaptations of organisms or similarities and differences between them. The information can also be used to identify structures that are also present in today's animal kingdom. Create a class time line that stretches the room and plots the animals that were present during each time period.
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The Ozone Resource page - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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8 to 12
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Use this site to understand the ozone and how it affects our air quality and life here on Earth. Satellite imagery of ozone holes includes an updated daily picture and ...more
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Use this site to understand the ozone and how it affects our air quality and life here on Earth. Satellite imagery of ozone holes includes an updated daily picture and comparison over the last decades. NASA facts listed on the side include an opportunity to learn more about the information presented, watch satellite images from the last 7 days, view animations, compare year-to-date, and look at the annual records since 1979 using "Ozone Hole Watch." Information about the ozone and how it is measured is explained in detail here. "Explore the ozone with NASA" by viewing a short video that outlines the ozone and discusses new research and climate change. Use the "Resources for News Media" to view the Multimedia gallery for pictures of the largest ozone hole on record, the Arctic vortex, and Earth's Atmospheric Layers. Information about ozone depleting chemicals and ozone chemistry is also found here. View video of the ozone missions from NASA. "Ozone Hole 101" provides basic content about the ozone that is easy to understand for students. Read interesting information such as "Ozone levels drop when hurricanes are strengthening" and "Ozone hole is a double record breaker." This site requires Quicktime and animations require Flash. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): earth (231), earth day (111), environment (318), ozone (10)

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Students can use the resources in "Ozone Hole Watch" to determine the trends in the ozone either daily or over the years. Further research involving political, consumer, and environmental trends can bring insights into effects on the ozone layer. Using the wealth of material on the site, students can use the information to create a "Handbook of the Earth" (as an example) to understand how the ozone affects us in our current and future lives. Students can also work in groups and be assigned portions of the content to study. They can then present their findings to the rest of the class (using a multi-media presentation). Students can use this information in conjunction with environmental or Earth Day activities in or out of class.
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Footprints Science - Footprints Science

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4 to 12
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Footprints Science consists of simulations and interactives on many key concepts that are difficult to visualize and understand in Science. The site offers purchase of different modules...more
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Footprints Science consists of simulations and interactives on many key concepts that are difficult to visualize and understand in Science. The site offers purchase of different modules or the complete collection. Samples, however, are free to use. Biology samples include "DNA drag and drop," "Kidney animation," "Fertilisation animation," and "Breathing animation." Chemistry samples include "Periodic Table interactive activity," "States of matter animation," and "Atomic structure activity."Physics samples include "Forces animation," "Power Station animation," and "Phases of Moon animation." Coursework includes "Variables," "Planning," "Graph," and "Line of best fit." More animations and interactives for each subject are available. The items are designed to be used with instruction to make the concepts more engaging. Interactives use drag and drop labeling with immediate feedback and allow pausing to stop the animation. Quizzes and games are also available. Graphics are very well done and easy to see, making difficult concepts much easier to understand. Interactives can be viewed as a large screen. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): charts and graphs (194), dna (68), forces (46), matter (61), moon (75), periodic table (52), variables (21)

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The resource is an exciting add-on to teacher lessons and exceptional when used on an interactive whiteboard or projector. The samples can be used as a pre-lesson for students to obtain the general gist of the concept and brainstorm key points that they recognize from the simulation or interactive. Teachers can then use the student insights to discuss the content being presented and piece together the information. Teachers can also use the samples after original discussion of the content to reinforce material that students should learn and offer a visual representation of the topic. The simulation can also be used as reinforcement. Students can watch the simulation and then "explain the experiment" by putting the concept into their own words to demonstrate understanding.
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The Ring of Fire - Enchanted Learning

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2 to 6
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This website offers information about volcanoes and the Ring of Fire. The website features maps and interactive graphics showing the Ring of Fire, printable pages, diagrams, a cloze...more
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This website offers information about volcanoes and the Ring of Fire. The website features maps and interactive graphics showing the Ring of Fire, printable pages, diagrams, a cloze activity, an interactive quiz, and directions for making your own volcano.

tag(s): fire (26), maps (290)

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Use your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to share the information available at this website. Then have your students work in pairs to complete the cloze activity (project the choices on a screen). Further integrate the information into their schema by having them write the entire cloze paragraph (in a journal or on a blank sheet of paper), rather than just filling in the blanks.

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The Wilderness Classroom - The Wilderness Classroom Organization

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3 to 8
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The Wilderness Classroom Organization brings educational adventures into the classroom through on-line expeditions. Students can follow expeditions through the Amazon, Peru, Bahamas,...more
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The Wilderness Classroom Organization brings educational adventures into the classroom through on-line expeditions. Students can follow expeditions through the Amazon, Peru, Bahamas, and even dog sledding through Manitoba. The site provides archived experiences along with photos, expedition maps and notes from the trail. There are lesson plans, printable pages, standards, podcasts, video clips, and more. This website requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): amazon (9), mississippi (6), peru (6)

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Use the downloadable lesson plans, printable pages, standards, and kid libraries to organize the unit in conjunction with the expedition. Follow upcoming expeditions in real time live in the classroom. Project the expeditions on an interactive whiteboard or screen. Allow students to participate in scheduled live chat sessions with the expedition members or e-mail them personally, using a class email account or student email within school policies.
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Volcanoes: Can We Predict Volcanic Eruptions - Annenberg Media

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8 to 12
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This website highlights the many active volcanoes worldwide and answers the question, "Can we predict volcanic eruptions?" The highlight of this website is the "case files" students...more
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This website highlights the many active volcanoes worldwide and answers the question, "Can we predict volcanic eruptions?" The highlight of this website is the "case files" students read through to predict an eruption. Other topics include Melting Rocks, Dynamic Earth, Judging Hazards, Forecasting, & Coping With Risk . One of the video clips requires QuickTime, some of the interactive activities also require FLASH. Get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): plate tectonics (25)

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Use your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to take your students on this volcanic adventure. Have your students take on the role of "weather chasers." Study the case files together, read about the warning signs, and see if your students can "track the volcano."
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BBC NEWS - Volcanoes - BBC

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The BBC has created a short, detailed, and interactive slideshow about volcanoes. The ten slides include information about the layers of the Earth, molten rock, magma, eruption clouds,...more
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The BBC has created a short, detailed, and interactive slideshow about volcanoes. The ten slides include information about the layers of the Earth, molten rock, magma, eruption clouds, lava, lahar, active volcanoes, Earth's plates, Ring of Fire, and more. The final slide displays a clickable map to learn about some of the larger and most destructive volcanoes throughout the world. This slideshow requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): fire (26)

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This website is ideal for sharing on an interactive whiteboard or projection screen. Using the clickable map, divide your class into teams and have the teams take turns trying to figure out the continent, country, or body of water where the volcanoes are located. This makes the activity both a science and geography lesson.
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Guns Germs, & Steel - PBS

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9 to 12
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Jared Diamond's book Guns Germs & Steel won a Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction. This website presents an overview of some of the major threads of Diamond's thesis as ...more
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Jared Diamond's book Guns Germs & Steel won a Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction. This website presents an overview of some of the major threads of Diamond's thesis as presented in the PBS special based upon the book. Diamond suggests that geography may have been the single most important factor in the rise and fall of civilizations over the course of human history. The site examines some of the variables that have contributed to the success or failure of societies through history, including crops, animals, technology, and climate. There are lesson plans tied to national standards associated with each of the televised episodes. While viewing the series is an option, much can be gained by examining the lesson plans even without watching the series.

tag(s): cultures (106)

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The information contained here will be most helpful in planning lessons on the interdependence of culture, geography and technology. Students may find information here for research purposes, but this site should be considered mostly for its usefulness to teachers in advance of unit planning.

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Dynamic Earth - Annenberg Media

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4 to 9
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Learn the powerful forces that shape and change the Earth. Dynamic Earth explores the Earth's Structures, Investigating Plate Tectonics, learning about Plates and Boundaries, and how...more
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Learn the powerful forces that shape and change the Earth. Dynamic Earth explores the Earth's Structures, Investigating Plate Tectonics, learning about Plates and Boundaries, and how the plates Slip, Slide, and Collide. Read the information provided, click on the Interactive pictures for more information, and test your knowledge in each section with interactive activities. In the end, test your skills using an online assessment. This website requires flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): earth (231), earthquakes (50), geology (83), mountains (15), plate tectonics (25), volcanoes (65)

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Use this site as an introduction to Geology or Earth Science or as a review of concepts previously learned in class. Use the site as a springboard for additional activities such as mapping where most earthquakes occur. Follow up with ways to prepare for earthquakes, design buildings to withstand earthquakes, or other important topics. If you have a class wiki, have students work in teams to share various aspects of earthquake knowledge for an audience of people living in an earthquake zone.
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Ocean Challenge Puzzle - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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5 to 9
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This unusual website is set up like a tile puzzle. The unique aspect of this website is that students work as an online team to complete the tile puzzle together. ...more
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This unusual website is set up like a tile puzzle. The unique aspect of this website is that students work as an online team to complete the tile puzzle together. There could be 50 students from around the world working on the same puzzle, without ever communicating. Students click on any of the tiles to answer a question pertaining to the ocean, salt water, or freshwater. If they provide the correct answer, that tile is removed to reveal a piece of the picture. Hints are provided, and second changes are given. The goal of the activity is to move the tiles to reveal the "ocean" picture beneath the surface of the tiles. New puzzles appear frequently (as the puzzles are completed). This website also provides lesson plans relating to the ocean for grades 6-12. The lesson plans correlate with national science standards. You can find the lesson plans by clicking on the Education link. This activity requires FLASH. The lesson plans require Adobe Acrobat. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): animals (285), marine biology (33), oceans (152), water (130)

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Ideas abound for this motivating website! How about having your students work on individual computers and see how many tiles the class can "move" while working together. Or if individual computers aren't available, this website makes an excellent learning station or group activity using an interactive whiteboard (or projector). Use it as a thirty-second class starter during every day of your Oceans unit. Be aware - this activity is addicting! Your students may be begging to do this activity on a daily basis.
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Rock Cycle - Annenberg Media

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6 to 10
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This website takes students on a virtual "rock hunt." Throughout the journey, students learn about the three main types of rock - sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous. Specific examples...more
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This website takes students on a virtual "rock hunt." Throughout the journey, students learn about the three main types of rock - sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous. Specific examples of each type of rock are highlighted. Other topics of interest include "How Rocks Change" and "The Rock Cycle Diagram." There are animations that demonstrate the effects of extreme heat or cold on a rock. Volcanoes are used to demonstrate some of the changes. Weathering, erosion, compacting, and cementing are also discussed. There are several interactive "rock" activities along the way. The final activity is a review "test" about the interactive "rock hunt." Many of the activities throughout the "rock hunt" require FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): acting (27), erosion (17), rock cycle (10), rocks (51), volcanoes (65), weather (193)

In the Classroom

Wow! If your class is studying rocks and the rock cycle, do yourself (and your students) a favor and take advantage of this wonderful resource. Use your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to take your students on this virtual "rock" journey. This website would also work well as a learning station for cooperative learning groups. Why not set-up several stations all about rocks. Use this website as one station on a cluster of computers, have a "hands-on" rock center with examples of each type of rock and testing equipment, make a literature/research center with books about rocks and samples to identify. Other centers could include watching a short documentary on rocks and volcanoes, a lab-report writing station, and many others.
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Habitat Wordsearch - ARKive Education

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2 to 6
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This simple website offers habitat word searches for six different habitats. The habitats include Habitats in Danger, Urban, Farms & Grassland, Seashore, Forest & Wetland, and Freshwater....more
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This simple website offers habitat word searches for six different habitats. The habitats include Habitats in Danger, Urban, Farms & Grassland, Seashore, Forest & Wetland, and Freshwater. . Directions are provided on the title page. This resource requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): habitats (85), water (130)

In the Classroom

Use your interactive whiteboard to share this web activity with your students. Then have students work independently, in small groups, or as a class to solve the word searches. Use this site as a review of new vocabulary learned during a science unit on habitats. Or use it as an anticipatory set for a new unit on habitats to assess prior knowledge. Discuss the various vocabulary words and habitats together.
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