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Maps and Graphics - United Nations Environment Programme

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9 to 12
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Looking for a way to graphically display world or environmental problems? These world maps can be used to view complicated topics in a way that students can "see." Choose Freshwater,...more
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Looking for a way to graphically display world or environmental problems? These world maps can be used to view complicated topics in a way that students can "see." Choose Freshwater, Diversity and Conservation, Climate Change, Pollution, Environment and Poverty, and Urban Issues. Search global and regional data to create your own interactive map. View materials and maps by region, category, or collection. Graphics can be downloaded in pdf (readable in Acrobat Reader) or graphic png files (readable in Picture/Fax viewer or your built-in image program).

tag(s): climate (92), conservation (128), data (148), environment (319), pollution (67), statistics (123), water (131)

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Use a graphic comparison between different areas of the world as a starting point for environmental or social problems discussions. An interactive whiteboard with drawing and highlighting tools will allow your students to "work" with the data both visually and tactilely. Students can gain a global perspective to problems and better grasp the meaning of data. Students can then research specifics or reasons behind the statistics shown on the graphic. For example, use a map of Population of World by Poverty. Students can then research the populations of the countries as well as the possible reasons for the poverty. Students can calculate the percent differences between countries or different years. Have students make comparisons into multimedia or traditional presentations. Students can also have class discussions, debates about policies, or create a wiki to show information and sides of the issues and to make the data "show" something more meaningful than a simple number.
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Who Dung It? - BBC

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6 to 10
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Use logical reasoning, your knowledge of prehistoric animals, and the scientific approach of a paleontologist to match the type of ancient "dung" to the animal who produced it. After...more
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Use logical reasoning, your knowledge of prehistoric animals, and the scientific approach of a paleontologist to match the type of ancient "dung" to the animal who produced it. After finding out if you are right, read about the creature whose droppings are featured. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): dinosaurs (58), fossils (46), paleontology (42)

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Hook your reluctant scientists and readers with this interactive challenge. This is a great way to introduce scientific approach and provide students with practice in the logic scientists use. Share the site on a projector or laptops as a whole class or partner activity to introduce your "what is science" unit, especially with skeptical middle schoolers.
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Air Data - United States Environmental Protection Agency

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9 to 12
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This website allows students to view the air quality of any state in the USA. Choose a region of the US, a state, or a specific zip code. The site ...more
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This website allows students to view the air quality of any state in the USA. Choose a region of the US, a state, or a specific zip code. The site provides a detailed information sheet (Air Data Report). The website allows you to choose several states (or regions) to compare and analyze the data. Visit the Air Data Home Page to learn about the various features and information available at this website. This site requires FLASH. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): air (163), data (148), environment (319), pollution (67)

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What a fabulous authentic instruction tool for any science class studying air quality or pollution. Why not divide the students into groups to investigate a specific pollutant or to compare different regions of the United States. Use this tool to enable students to generate data, analyze the data, research trends, create a plan of action to improve air quality, investigate surrounding landforms, or other lesson ideas.
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Planet Science - NESTA

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K to 12
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This MUST SEE interactive science website features eight specific areas. The "News" section includes weekly news updates and features. "Wired" has challenging interactive games for...more
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This MUST SEE interactive science website features eight specific areas. The "News" section includes weekly news updates and features. "Wired" has challenging interactive games for grades 4-12. "Sci-Teach" provides countless resources for teachers of all grades. "Out There" takes you to the "back garden of science delights," including inventors, sound, vampires, and the flu. "Parents" has useful ideas - even science experiments for children's parties. "Under 11s" is geared for younger students, an excellent collection!. The activities teach traditional science topics using new multimedia. The "Next Steps" link challenges students to think about their future careers (both science and non-science). There are printable pages and interactive activities for elementary, middle, and high school students. The "Library" link features countless online science resources.

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tag(s): inventors and inventions (97), planets (127), sports (97), water (131)

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Nearly all of the activities are ideal for interactive whiteboards (or projectors). This site is so rich it may be overwhelming. If you are an elementary teacher, start at the "Under 11s" link. Otherwise, visit the "Sci-Teach" link first for some excellent ideas, resources, and science fun. Preview this site before starting any science unit to find related activites and extensions.
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Tramline Volcano Field Trip - Tramline

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3 to 8
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All aboard! It is time to take your class on a virtual field trip around the world to learn about volcanoes. This tour has 19 "stops" (although 2 links are ...more
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All aboard! It is time to take your class on a virtual field trip around the world to learn about volcanoes. This tour has 19 "stops" (although 2 links are "currently under construction.") This website provides excellent information about volcanoes through interactive graphics, pictures, detailed information, interactive maps, and more. Don't miss the eruptions page (stop 3 of the field trip). This "stop" provides an excellent interactive explanation of volcanoes (and an interactive map). This website requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): fire (26), volcanoes (64)

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If your class doesn't have the time to visit all 19 "stops" on the tram adventure, browse through the topics and decide which fit your curriculum best. The introduction page provides a list of all of the "tram stops" at the bottom of the page. The introduction page also provides explicit details about how to proceed with your virtual field trip. Just remember to click the arrow (pointing right) to go on to the next stop, or click the little house to return to the homepage for the tramline field trip. Get your interactive whiteboard (or projector) ready for your adventure! Have your students write a blog or journal entry about what they saw while "traveling"!
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Celebrating NASA's 50th Anniversary - NASA

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4 to 12
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Celebrate NASA's 50th anniversary by learning about its major feats and heroes. While this site has pages of information through fact sheets, its greatest asset is the interactive...more
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Celebrate NASA's 50th anniversary by learning about its major feats and heroes. While this site has pages of information through fact sheets, its greatest asset is the interactive time line where students scroll through the years of space exploration using their mouse, and then clicking on the blocks to learn more about NASA's accomplishments.

tag(s): moon (74), nasa (40), space (213)

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Celebrations for NASA's 50 years continue throughout 2008, so put this unit on your calendar early. Check out the calendar of events to coordinate your lessons with NASA events. In addition, the NASA Links section found at the left is your portal to all NASA websites and web pages.
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Who's Got What? - sciencemuseum

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3 to 12
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This interactive website displays the natural energy resources found throughout the world. This website is appropriate for any grade studying and/or researching natural resources and/or...more
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This interactive website displays the natural energy resources found throughout the world. This website is appropriate for any grade studying and/or researching natural resources and/or forms of energy. To use the map, you simply click on one of the eight symbols at the bottom left-side. Resources include gas, oil, sunshine, uranium, wood, coal, wind, and geothermal. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): coal (14), earth (231), earth day (111), electricity (91), energy (202), natural resources (59), oil (45), resources (112)

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What a fabulous resource for any class studying various forms of energy and natural resources found throughout the world. This would be an excellent addition to a science class studying about energy, or a geography class learning about the resources found on the various continents of the world. Even earth science classes can locate resources and explain how the geology of these areas provides the resources.
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NDSL Science Literacy Maps - The National Science Digital Library

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K to 12
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Enter a search term or click the pulldown of science topics to see a graphical representation of how standards-based math and science concepts fit together and interrelate, then click...more
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Enter a search term or click the pulldown of science topics to see a graphical representation of how standards-based math and science concepts fit together and interrelate, then click on a single standards to find web resources and lesson plans specifically for that concept. Seeing the concepts organized in a hierarchy from K to grade 12 and "connected" to the precursors and following standards makes it much easier to see where your students have been and where they are headed in science before and after you teach them. The best part is that you can find exactly the resources you need to get them where they need to go.

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Mark this in your Favorites on TeachersFirst to access it every time you start a new science topic or unit. Consider sharing a simpler version of the same map, created in Inspiration or using an online tool such as Gliffy (our review here) or Mindomo (see review )to show your students how the content in your science classes fit with their prior knowledge and connect from unit to unit. About a month before the year ends, challenge them to work in small groups and create their OWN annotated concept maps of the "big ideas" studied during the school year.

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Exploring Africa - Michigan State University

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6 to 12
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Wow, this website is amazing! Exploring Africa brings Africa into your classroom through numerous interdisciplinary lessons. There are 20 modules (within 4 general units of study)....more
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Wow, this website is amazing! Exploring Africa brings Africa into your classroom through numerous interdisciplinary lessons. There are 20 modules (within 4 general units of study). The general units include "Why Study Africa", "Studying Africa Through the Social Studies", "Studying Africa Through the Humanities", and "Regional Perspectives". Each module contains a teacher version that includes objectives, focus questions, activities, background information, and more. These teaching and learning activities all follow the "5 E's" format: Engage, Explore, Explain, Expand, and Evaluate. The website also provides links for specific country information and current events.

tag(s): africa (179), diversity (36)

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This website is literally a textbook online. The information is ready to go and easy to use. It may not be possible to cover all of the information included in this extensive website. Pick and choose the modules that will be useful in your own classroom. Modules can easily be used independently and include detailed teacher notes, evaluations, printable pages, and more. Many of the a ctivities will work well using technology, though the plans do not specify this. For example: Share some of the maps on your interactive whiteboard or have students draw some of their "preconceived notions" about Africa on the whiteboard as part of the introductory image activities.

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JetStream - Online School for Weather - National Weather Service

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4 to 12
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This eclectic website from the National Weather Service offers a multitude of lesson plans, online quizzes, and other pertinent information related to the weather. The mix of topics...more
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This eclectic website from the National Weather Service offers a multitude of lesson plans, online quizzes, and other pertinent information related to the weather. The mix of topics includes thunderstorms, lightning, tropical weather, Doppler radar, the ocean, the atmosphere, and many others. This website also allows users to type in a zip code to find out the local weather forecast.

tag(s): atmosphere (28), weather (194)

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What a wonderful tool for teaching about the weather. Why not use the ready-made lesson plans (that include great details)? Or include the local weather forecast feature as part of your morning routine.

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Wild Weather Adventure - NASA

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3 to 6
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This interactive website is a virtual weather and geography board game. You can choose 1-4 players, the difficulty level, a name for your "weather ship", the color of your ship, ...more
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This interactive website is a virtual weather and geography board game. You can choose 1-4 players, the difficulty level, a name for your "weather ship", the color of your ship, and other personalized features. Students spin a wheel and then move their ship a certain number of spaces. Then, they are asked a question related to the weather (there are different levels of difficulty). Geography skills are also tested in this game; the virtual "gameboard" is a world map. Geography facts and questions are provided throughout the game. This website requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): weather (194)

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What an excellent activity for an interactive whiteboard. Divide your class into 4 teams. Get your interactive whiteboard ready, and turn up the volume. Students will love this educational weather activity. This website would also make a wonderful learning center for additional enrichment or review during a science unit about weather.

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Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Rocks - McDougal Littell

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6 to 12
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This fabulous interactive website takes students on a journey as a rock moves through the rock cycle. There are three pages of information and activities. Page one presents students...more
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This fabulous interactive website takes students on a journey as a rock moves through the rock cycle. There are three pages of information and activities. Page one presents students with information about the three types of rocks--igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. The introduction page also highlights the processes that change one rock type into another. Page two presents a wonderfully illustrated interactive activity demonstrating how some common rock-forming processes occur. The interactive design presents a cutaway view of Earth. There is a box on page two that provides instructions on how to use the interactive activity (look for the red writing). Page three presents a conclusion diagram (pulling all of the information together), plus numerous questions and other assessment activities. The interactive pages require FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): rock cycle (10), rocks (50), volcanoes (64)

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Get your interactive whiteboards ready (and turn up the volume). This highly motivational activity is a "don't miss" addition to your earth science class. Be sur eto provie the link from your teacher web page for students to use the interactives as reinforcement or review. When you are using the interactive page (page 2), be sure to click on the blinking object. By clicking on this object, you will be taken to another window with a more detailed view of the specific topic. When you return to the main interactive page, look again for the blinking object.
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I was wondering - National Science Academies

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5 to 10
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Meet Lia and learn about women scientists. Anyone, especially middle school aged girls, is encouraged to become a scientist as Lia celebrates the lives and contributions of 10 female...more
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Meet Lia and learn about women scientists. Anyone, especially middle school aged girls, is encouraged to become a scientist as Lia celebrates the lives and contributions of 10 female scientists. You will find hands-on, "sharable" science activities and games that make science fun. Book suggestions and amazing links associated with the women scientists' fields complete the offerings of this site designed to dispel the myth that girls can't do science.

tag(s): climate (92), genetics (91), space (213)

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The topics range from robots to subatomic particles, from biology to astronomy to social science. Use this site as a jumping off point to for scientist biographies and study of science careers in a variety of areas. Many of the links make excellent curriculum resources, as well. Be sure to make this site available from your teacher web page and encourage students to try some of the hands-on activities at home. Most are designed to be "social events" where students can invite friends to join in. Mention this to parents, as well, so they can encourage their young scientists with science parties!
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Tomorrow's Climate - Today's Challenge - Defra

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6 to 12
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Explore the facts and effects of climate change. Topics include a definition of climate change, key climate facts and myths, history of climate change, how to tackle the problem of...more
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Explore the facts and effects of climate change. Topics include a definition of climate change, key climate facts and myths, history of climate change, how to tackle the problem of climate change, and other "hot" topics. This website is a great addition to science classes discussing global warming. In addition to the text available at this website, there are also videos, animations, and guides to further explain climate change. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): climate (92), climate change (64), environment (319)

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What an excellent website to entice and educate your students about climate change and global warming. Use the website as a personal resource to educate yourself about the changes. The interactive videos and animation are perfect for an interactive whiteboard or projector. Be sure to involve your students in some ACTION as they learn about climate change. Have them create posters, brochures, or electronic "messages" telling people how they can help. Maybe even try a climate change podcast?
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HippoCampus - Monterey Institute for Technology and Education

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9 to 12
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Find multimedia content and lessons ready to go, and customizable by your preferences on this incredible, free, online learning site. Whether you need a comprehensive curriculum for...more
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Find multimedia content and lessons ready to go, and customizable by your preferences on this incredible, free, online learning site. Whether you need a comprehensive curriculum for selected high school courses, a way to differentiate instruction, or materials to reinforce challenging topics, this site has it. The current subjects include Algebra, American Government, Biology, Calculus, Environmental Science, Physics, Religion, and U.S. History. The subjects extend through high school and into AP and college level material. Open a course at the left and browse the topics, especially the multimedia offerings. A free instructor account allows you to select the modules you want your students to see and share them via a unique URL for assignments or at-home review. Since the content is offered collaboratively from multiple sources, the courses each have their own "look." The ones our review team explored all included audio-- a real plus for ESL/ELL or low level readers. Requires Flash and Quicktime. Get them from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): environment (319)

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Explore the curriculum topics for your subject area and select some options for students to use in class or for review. This is also an excellent option for leaving plans for a substitute who may have no expertise in your subject area! Many of the multimedia modules are well-suited for interactive whiteboard or projector (or for students to navigate at an individual pace on laptops). Have gifted students? Allow them to "compact" new content and extend into higher levels using this site. Be sure to share a link from your teacher web page for students who need an alternate presentation of material or for absentees. Share this site at the beginning of the school year for students wanting more of a challenge.
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Maps Home Page - David J. Leveson

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4 to 9
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This simple site provides a comprehensive tutorial that can be used for practice or review of map skills. There are sections on latitude, longitude, map scales, topography and more....more
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This simple site provides a comprehensive tutorial that can be used for practice or review of map skills. There are sections on latitude, longitude, map scales, topography and more. Most sections offer quizzes that can either be printed or taken online.

tag(s): latitude (13), logic (236), longitude (13), maps (289)

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Use this website as review for map skills. Place the link on your teacher web page for students to review at home or find al alternate presentation, especially if they have been absent. If you have quick learners, you may want to allow them to navigate the tutorial at their own speed, learning more than the "basics" while the rest of the class receives direct instruction.

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National Atlas - United States Department of the Interior

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2 to 12
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This all-encompassing atlas site provides a broad variety of information and activities. The subject areas include agriculture, biology, boundaries, climate, environment, geology, government,...more
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This all-encompassing atlas site provides a broad variety of information and activities. The subject areas include agriculture, biology, boundaries, climate, environment, geology, government, history, mapping, transportation, people, and water. All of the subjects incorporate the United States (for example, the agriculture pages discuss the agriculture of the USA). The map features are phenomenal and include both printable maps and "dynamic maps" which are interactive and awesome! Some of interactive maps include topics such as relief and elevation, West Nile virus, volcanoes and more. This site is a perfect addition to any science class that is studying volcanoes, climate, biology and more. It is also useful in a geography class studying the various uses and types of maps. Some of the activities at this site require Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): agriculture (56), climate (92), environment (319), geology (82), maps (289)

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Have your students work in cooperative learning groups to investigate the "dynamic maps". Assign each group a topic to explore (there are 7). Have the students research the information using the maps and then report their findings to the class, perhaps displaying examples on a projector or interactive whiteboard. In teaching any of the related subjects, using a projector to share a map will make the content more "real," such as displaying the butterfly layer in the map maker so students can see how the butterfly population their home state compares with other locations.
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World Climate - Robert Hoare

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5 to 12
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Users can find average temperature readings by clicking on common locations or entering any world city into a search box. Answers show three readings, Average Maximum Temps, Average...more
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Users can find average temperature readings by clicking on common locations or entering any world city into a search box. Answers show three readings, Average Maximum Temps, Average Minimum, 24 hour readings, as well as longitude and latitude.. Depending on the area, other data includes rainfall, sea-level pressure, station level pressure, and general information about the area's geography. Searchers must use native language spellings of larger cities and must settle for information about the main cities of the world.

tag(s): climate (92), earth (231), earth day (111), environment (319), temperature (31), weather (194)

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Use the data along with world maps (or Google Earth) for students to draw conclusions about geographic features and weather or to collect weather data over a time period to compare seasonal differences between northern and southern hemispheres. As part of an Earth Day or climate comparison activity, have students create a color-coded climate data "globe" in small groups, showing major cities and their weather data by color. You can use basketballs and sticky colored contact paper to cut out continents and climate zones, or have students make the map on an interactive whiteboard using a globe projection and highlghter tools in different colors. Older students can use the raw data as part of study of climate and cultural differences, environmental issues, or related topics.

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The Cryosphere Today - University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

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6 to 12
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If you teach about weather, climate, or the Earth, this site has wonderful images to make the concepts real. See current and archived images of the polar ice in the ...more
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If you teach about weather, climate, or the Earth, this site has wonderful images to make the concepts real. See current and archived images of the polar ice in the northern hemisphere and follow the data tracking on the changes over many years. There are also graphs of the data and time-lapse video clips of the changes over six year periods. (See the small text links near the top---easy to miss). The videos require Quicktime. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

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These images are ideal for a projector or interactive whiteboard, once you orient students to the views looking down at the pole. The easiest way to figure out which land mass is which is to look for the Aleutian Islands trailing off from Alaska. Note that the videos take a few moments to download, even on a quick connection, and you have no sign that something is happening. Be patient: wait at least 15 seconds for each to open up. Then watch the seasons (and ice) come and go over a multi-year span in each video.

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Climate Change: Carbon Cycle - EPA

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This user-friendly site provides a detailed explanation of the carbon cycle and its relationship to climate change. Students will be able to visualize the cycle by using the pictures...more
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This user-friendly site provides a detailed explanation of the carbon cycle and its relationship to climate change. Students will be able to visualize the cycle by using the pictures and diagrams in conjunction with the reading. Students can follow up with the quiz/review at the end of the reading. Print size is small, and attention to detail is a necessity while reading this site.

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Share this site on a projector with the entire class or make it avilable for review as a link from your teacher web page. If your projector can ZOOM in on the small "movie" frame, students will be more able to read the small print.

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