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Calendars through the Ages - Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement

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This information-packed site focuses on calendars through the ages. It includes sections on the astronomy of calendars (e.g. moon cycles), the history of calendars, differences among...more
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This information-packed site focuses on calendars through the ages. It includes sections on the astronomy of calendars (e.g. moon cycles), the history of calendars, differences among various international calendars, derivation of the names of the months, and loads of other trivia about calendars.

tag(s): calendars (45)

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Lots of great stuff for "did you know?" discussions or as an extension of a study of timelines and other graphic organizers of information. A few interesting visuals, but the strength of this site is in its information. Might be a good source for monthly bulletin boards or an enrichment area for gifted students.

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The Inconvenient Truth: Take Action - Inconvenient Truth

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Take action against global warming and depletion of the ozone layer. Start by using this site's CO2 calculator to estimate your personal impact on the environment and check out the...more
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Take action against global warming and depletion of the ozone layer. Start by using this site's CO2 calculator to estimate your personal impact on the environment and check out the things you can do in your home and travels to improve your behavior. Note: this site is the companion to the documentary An Inconvenient Truth and gets a large amount of traffic, making it very slow to operate at peak times. You may want to use it as a whole-class activity or at-home enrichment if it is running slowly for you at the time you choose to use it.

tag(s): energy (202), environment (319), ozone (10)

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Warn your students not to venture into the portion of the site where they are "purchasing" contributions to i=offset their CO2 emissions. Instead, ask them to figure out which of their behaviors causes the worst pollution. Have them do a family survey at home to calculate what the family can do.

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Dimming the Sun - NOVA/WGBH

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NOVA provides a wide array of information on global dimming, a crisis due to the masking effect of pollution on the true impact of global warming. See interactive timelines of ...more
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NOVA provides a wide array of information on global dimming, a crisis due to the masking effect of pollution on the true impact of global warming. See interactive timelines of global change, some creative pollution solutions, and more. There is a complete teacher's guide, including hands-on classroom activities and extensive related links. This site is a companion to the PBS television broadcast.

tag(s): climate (92), climate change (64), earth (231), earth day (111), pollution (67), sun (73)

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Use this site as a starting point for your discussion of global warming and environmental issues or as a research source for student projects. The interactive timeline would display well on a projector or interactive whiteboard to give students the "big picture" they so rarely have on their own.

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Global Warming - Facts and Future - National Academy of Sciences

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Science teachers searching for the full-on description of the research and implications for global warming will find more than enough to work with in this flash-enabled site. The presentation...more
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Science teachers searching for the full-on description of the research and implications for global warming will find more than enough to work with in this flash-enabled site. The presentation highlights the various components of the problem - the carbon cycle, greenhouse effects, and research into past data and future predictions. In and interesting twist, the site offers users the chance to experiment with the implications of various responses to this challenge.

tag(s): carbon (21)

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Scientific unanimity is hard to find on this topic, so this site offers great opportunities to examine either the possible responses to global warming or the research methodologies that yield the conclusion that these temperature rises extend beyond the earth's normal historical temperature cycles.

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Faultline - Exploratorium

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Bring the power and drama of an actual earthquake into your classroom with this beautifully designed Web site. In addition to basic information about the science behind this natural...more
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Bring the power and drama of an actual earthquake into your classroom with this beautifully designed Web site. In addition to basic information about the science behind this natural phenomenon - including explanations of plate tectonics, faults, and how scientist measure earthquake force - the site provides historical information about some of the world's most devastating quakes and some breathtaking video clips. Click on "Active Zone" for some creative, hands-on activities that can be implemented in your classroom.

tag(s): earth (231), earthquakes (49), plate tectonics (25)

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Virtual Tour of the 1906 Earthquake - USGS

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Remember the anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco quake - and learn a lot about earthquakes in general - with this remarkable set of Google Earth overlays from USGS. ...more
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Remember the anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco quake - and learn a lot about earthquakes in general - with this remarkable set of Google Earth overlays from USGS. The set illustrates the 1906 quake, the plate tectonics of western North America, and the history of earthquakes in the area over the past century.

tag(s): earth (231), earthquakes (49), plate tectonics (25)

In the Classroom

Try saving the various "layers" to your computer, then use in the classroom with a projector, turning on the various layers in sequence. Lots of instructional possibilities with this one.

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Pompeii: Stories from an Eruption - The Field Museum

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8 to 12
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Take a virtual tour of the current Pompeii exhibit at the Field Museum of Chicago with this site that brings the cataclysmic eruption to life. The true gem of the ...more
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Take a virtual tour of the current Pompeii exhibit at the Field Museum of Chicago with this site that brings the cataclysmic eruption to life. The true gem of the site is an interactive timeline that details and animates the events of August 24, AD 79. But be sure to check out the photo gallery - which includes images of frescoes, artifacts, and plaster and epoxy resin casts of some of the victims (a bit gruesome).

tag(s): volcanoes (64)

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Use the interactive time-line on this site as a learning center or station during a lesson on ancient Pompeii. Because there is a lot of content on this site, we recommend creating a guide to help students grasp the basic concepts. For help with graphic organizers, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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The Big Here Quiz

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Challenge your students to think more deeply about the immediate world around them with this collection of thirty thought-provoking questions. Take the quiz yourself to discover how...more
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Challenge your students to think more deeply about the immediate world around them with this collection of thirty thought-provoking questions. Take the quiz yourself to discover how perceptive you truly are regarding the environment that supports your lifestyle. Where does your garbage go? What spring wildflower is the first to bloom where you live? What time is sunset today? There are many possibilities for creation of an environmental lesson around this one.

tag(s): ecosystems (89), environment (319), pollution (67)

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Geologic Time - Smithsonian

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The Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History may have created the ultimate online paleontology timeline. Beginning with the formation of the universe, this flash-driven site offers outstanding...more
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The Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History may have created the ultimate online paleontology timeline. Beginning with the formation of the universe, this flash-driven site offers outstanding illustrations, examples, and content links for all the major geologic epochs and eras. This site makes looking billions of years into the past wonderfully interesting. Well worth a visit for teachers of geology, science, or earth science at all levels.

tag(s): fossils (46), geologic time (9), logic (236), paleontology (42)

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The Deep Jungle - WNET

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Websites based on TV shows often fall flat. This one about deep jungle habitats, however, stands out because it offers short video clips that illustrate much of the required content....more
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Websites based on TV shows often fall flat. This one about deep jungle habitats, however, stands out because it offers short video clips that illustrate much of the required content. That makes it an interesting option for showing the details of jungle biomes or the study of the earth's ecosystems. You'll also find a series of flash-based instructional games, and a "critter guide" with detailed information on dozens of jungle species.

tag(s): biomes (115), ecosystems (89), forests (30), jungles (6)

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Wading Through the Water Cycle - McREL

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If the water cycle is process that occurs consistently throughout the world, why are there such widely differing climactic regions on our planet? This lesson plan addresses that question...more
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If the water cycle is process that occurs consistently throughout the world, why are there such widely differing climactic regions on our planet? This lesson plan addresses that question by asking students to tap into some higher level thinking skills. Applying their knowledge of the water cycle, students are asked to consider how each step of the process may change during different seasons in different locations on Earth, and create a detailed model illustrating their findings. Aligned to National Standards.

tag(s): water (131), water cycle (34)

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Biodiversity Performs! - World Wildlife Fund

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Students can learn about the many "free" services ecosystems provide with this well-organized lesson plan. Using a charades-style game, students research and share information about...more
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Students can learn about the many "free" services ecosystems provide with this well-organized lesson plan. Using a charades-style game, students research and share information about the often invisible tasks, performed daily by our oceans, forests, and wetlands, that make life on Earth possible. Aligned to Standards.

tag(s): biodiversity (38), diversity (36), ecosystems (89)

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The Rock Family - TeachersFirst

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Here's a nice little lesson for second and third graders on the three basic rock types that uses Inspiration concept mapping software. Over three class periods, students investigate...more
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Here's a nice little lesson for second and third graders on the three basic rock types that uses Inspiration concept mapping software. Over three class periods, students investigate each type using web resources that explain how each type of rock is formed. Downloadable worksheets make it easy to use the lesson materials again and again. Aligned to national standards.

tag(s): geology (82), rocks (50)

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Try this lesson with Inspiration software or use the free online version called Mywebspiration, reviewed here.
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Secret@Sea - Association for the Advancement of Science

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Participate in an interactive, ecological mystery while learning about marine animals, tides, and the ocean floor. As students progress through each chapter of this online story, they...more
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Participate in an interactive, ecological mystery while learning about marine animals, tides, and the ocean floor. As students progress through each chapter of this online story, they must search through a field guide and virtual study room for clues that will help them to uncover the carefully encrypted solution. Visit the Teacher's Guide for important facts, learning outcomes, and related topics. Aligned to National Standards.

tag(s): animals (284), ecology (135), oceans (150), tides (8)

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Artificial Wetlands - American Association for the Advancement of Science

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A golf course that doubles as a water treatment facility? It's not so unbelievable. Click on the audio link to a recent Science Update and discover how water hazards could ...more
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A golf course that doubles as a water treatment facility? It's not so unbelievable. Click on the audio link to a recent Science Update and discover how water hazards could soon be used to control environmental hazards. A summary and discussion questions are included. Great introduction to the importance of wetlands in preserving the water supply and reducing flooding. Headphones needed. Aligned to National Standards.

tag(s): conservation (128), environment (319), water (131), wetlands (9)

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Get Wise - Resource Action Program

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Educate students about the importance of conserving energy and water in their homes with this multimedia site. Visitors can stroll through a virtual house, learn about the amount of...more
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Educate students about the importance of conserving energy and water in their homes with this multimedia site. Visitors can stroll through a virtual house, learn about the amount of energy and water certain appliances and household tasks consume, and discover easy-to-follow tips on how to conserve earth's natural resources. Includes some interactive educational games. Visit the Teacher Center for downloadable activities and materials.

tag(s): conservation (128), energy (202), water (131)

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Understanding Geologic Time

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This informational tour gives students a basic understanding of geologic time, relative and absolute dating techniques, and the geologic time scale. Students can step through the interactive...more
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This informational tour gives students a basic understanding of geologic time, relative and absolute dating techniques, and the geologic time scale. Students can step through the interactive tour at their own pace, take in the graphics and descriptions, and test their knowledge with an online review quiz. Visit the "teacher" section for lesson plans, handouts and assessment materials.

tag(s): geologic time (9), logic (236), time (142)

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WildWorld - Terrestrial Ecoregions of the Word - National Geographic Society

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This site examines the plants, animals, and environmental concerns found throughout the earth's 867 land-based ecoregions. Students can click on the interactive map of the world to...more
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This site examines the plants, animals, and environmental concerns found throughout the earth's 867 land-based ecoregions. Students can click on the interactive map of the world to visit each region and explore the ecological features, communities, and climate found there. Additionally, visitors can learn about the very real environmental concerns that threaten these regions. Also includes a downloadable "Educator's Guide," glossary, and links to related resources,

tag(s): biomes (115), climate (92), ecosystems (89)

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Fossil Horses in Cyberspace - Florida Museum of Natural History

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Enter this virtual exhibit to learn about ancient fossil horses and the ecology of time periods from the distant past. Includes a series of well-illustrated, self-paced tutorials on...more
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Enter this virtual exhibit to learn about ancient fossil horses and the ecology of time periods from the distant past. Includes a series of well-illustrated, self-paced tutorials on topics ranging from stratigraphy to geological time scales. This site would be a good candidate for an informational Web hunt.

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

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Hog Busters - The Ad Council

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3 to 8
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Students can attend this virtual training camp, learn how to spot energy hogs, and lower their families' energy consumption in the process. Complete all five interactive games to earn...more
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Students can attend this virtual training camp, learn how to spot energy hogs, and lower their families' energy consumption in the process. Complete all five interactive games to earn the highly coveted Hog Buster Certification. The site is truly engaging, and includes a printable checklist that students can use to evaluate energy use at home, student and teacher guides, loads of activities, energy trivia, and much more. Headphones are recommended.

tag(s): conservation (128), ecology (135), energy (202)

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