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Global Warming - Undo It

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Here's a site that pulls no punches about its interest in reducing manmade global warming by reducing fossil fuel emissions and other strategies. The "myths and realities" section is...more
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Here's a site that pulls no punches about its interest in reducing manmade global warming by reducing fossil fuel emissions and other strategies. The "myths and realities" section is particularly interesting, offering scientific support for many aspects of global warming study.

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ISS EarthKam - NASA

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Geography and earth science teachers will drool over NASA's collection of earth images made from the International Space Station. Use them to illustrate topographic formations and features,...more
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Geography and earth science teachers will drool over NASA's collection of earth images made from the International Space Station. Use them to illustrate topographic formations and features, then move on to special sets that cover more specific areas. You'll need to make your own connections, but there's plenty of raw material in this one.

tag(s): biomes (116), earth (228), images (269), landforms (45)

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Biodiversity - the Web of Life - Field Museum

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This striking page is the home for a year-long exploration of biodiversity by Chicago's Field Museum. There's a wealth of information and resources, especially for teachers. If you're...more
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This striking page is the home for a year-long exploration of biodiversity by Chicago's Field Museum. There's a wealth of information and resources, especially for teachers. If you're near Chicago, there are also lots of opportunities for hands-on interaction, but there are also many online and downloadable resources that biology or earth science faculty may find useful. This one is probably worth checking periodically over the next year.

tag(s): biodiversity (38), conservation (128), diversity (36), ecology (135), ecosystems (88)

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Global Seabird Conservation Program

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Conserving the habitats of sea birds is an international concern. This South African site examines a variety of conservation issues, including the interactions between sea birds and...more
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Conserving the habitats of sea birds is an international concern. This South African site examines a variety of conservation issues, including the interactions between sea birds and international fishing fleets. There are a variety of searchable databases as well as presentations on the issues facing different species of birds. This one's interesting in that it presents some conservation issues that students might not have heard about.

tag(s): birds (51)

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Seaside Live!

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Here's a really nice site that offers 3-D models of marine species that students can rotate and manipulate for detailed examinations. If you don't have a supply of crabs and ...more
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Here's a really nice site that offers 3-D models of marine species that students can rotate and manipulate for detailed examinations. If you don't have a supply of crabs and mollusks handy, this site is a great substitute. Along side you'll find lots of descriptive, explanatory text. This one could be integrated into a variety of secondary biology or marine environment units.

tag(s): oceans (149)

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Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - California Academy of Sciences

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8 to 12
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Based largely around an exquisite collection of photographs, this site from the California Academy of Sciences describes the wealth of flora and fauna that thrive in the ANWR and how...more
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Based largely around an exquisite collection of photographs, this site from the California Academy of Sciences describes the wealth of flora and fauna that thrive in the ANWR and how they interact with their environment. This one's a feast for the eyes and food for thought for the brain. Try asking your students how they would manage this resource in the national interest.

tag(s): arctic (44), ecosystems (88), tundra (14)

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Earthquake Resources for Teachers - USGS

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4 to 9
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This metasite from the USGS offers teachers a direct link to resources on earthquakes, faults, plate tectonics, and other scientific aspects of earthquakes and earthquake prediction....more
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This metasite from the USGS offers teachers a direct link to resources on earthquakes, faults, plate tectonics, and other scientific aspects of earthquakes and earthquake prediction. Though the grade levels and quality of these vary, the collection itself makes a nice resource for teachers who need to assemble a number of sources quickly.

tag(s): earth (228), earthquakes (49), geology (81), plate tectonics (23)

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Photography from National Geographic - National Geographic

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2 to 12
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Photography can be both an art form and a form of scientific inquiry. Photos of People and Cultures can promote human understanding better than any written words. This site from ...more
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Photography can be both an art form and a form of scientific inquiry. Photos of People and Cultures can promote human understanding better than any written words. This site from National Geographic can serve both ends if used properly. Art teachers "focus" on tips and techniques and photography advice areas, while science/social studies teachers will easily locate a wide range of plant, animal, culture, and geography images. As always, the photos themselves are exquisite.

tag(s): animals (277), photography (160)

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Share a photo of the day as an activator at the start of a lesson on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Allow a student of the day to select his/her photo of the day as a class inspiration. Share a photo as a visual writing prompt. Use tools on your IWB to discover and reveal design elements in the photos in art class. Use selected collections on laptops with student partners (galleries) to provide a visual experience of a location or culture you are studying, asking students to observe for visual evidence of some of the major concepts you have discussed in class.
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ACS - Chemistry For Life - American Chemical Society

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The American Chemical Society offers a complete series of activities for grades K-8, all based on hands-on experience. Click Education in the middle of this opening page find programs...more
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The American Chemical Society offers a complete series of activities for grades K-8, all based on hands-on experience. Click Education in the middle of this opening page find programs and units for Elementary through Graduate School. Also offered is a section for careers in science. This is a great resource for science teachers who need additional chemistry content or activities.
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tag(s): chemicals (40), energy (199), experiments (72), inquiry (37), matter (58)

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Scroll to Education and click Teaching Resources. Select your grade level interest and find links to dozens of different Lessons, programs, units and Safety Guides.

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National Park Photographs - National Park Service

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The National Park Service manages both an incredible inventory of natural wonders and many of America's most historic places. This site makes professional quality images of these -...more
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The National Park Service manages both an incredible inventory of natural wonders and many of America's most historic places. This site makes professional quality images of these - searchable by park - available for classroom use. In a world where copyright is always an issue, this site is a welcome addition.

tag(s): air (163), national parks (16)

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Use this site to search for images of a particular region being studied in a Physical geography class. These images can be incorporated into lectures, projects, displays etc. Just research before-hand what parks are in the specific area, and search away!

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Historical Hurricane Tracks - NOAA

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Though its search interface takes a little practice, this internet resource allows teachers and students to view the tracks of over 150 hurricanes and tropical storms. Search the database...more
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Though its search interface takes a little practice, this internet resource allows teachers and students to view the tracks of over 150 hurricanes and tropical storms. Search the database by storm name, zip code, landing point, or latitude and longitude to learn about areas impacted by hurricanes. An interesting resource for climatology lessons, this site is also a good starting point for additional research into tropical storms.

tag(s): hurricanes (35), weather (189)

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Global Warming FAQ - NOAA

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This National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration page delivers the who, what, why, when, and how of Global Warming. Based on a brief summary of the 2001 Intergovernmental Report...more
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This National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration page delivers the who, what, why, when, and how of Global Warming. Based on a brief summary of the 2001 Intergovernmental Report on Climate change, this site provides very useful background information on Global Warming. A good place to start for more in-depth research on the topic.

tag(s): climate (92), ozone (10)

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Geology Image Gallery - University of North Carolina

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Originally intended for use in introductory college geology courses, this site has a catalogue of geology images that may also be helpful for high school geology teachers seeking to...more
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Originally intended for use in introductory college geology courses, this site has a catalogue of geology images that may also be helpful for high school geology teachers seeking to illustrate scientific phenomena.

tag(s): geology (81), images (269), minerals (17), rocks (49)

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SimForest - Hampshire College

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This educational software is designed to allow teachers to plan biology and ecology lessons using a helpful, user-friendly simulations. Along with the software, the site has a teachers'...more
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This educational software is designed to allow teachers to plan biology and ecology lessons using a helpful, user-friendly simulations. Along with the software, the site has a teachers' guide with suggestions for integrating the simulation into the classroom through three main units. The site also provides a template for planning lessons based on the online curriculum. You will want to read the "readme" files before attempting to download the software.

tag(s): ecology (135), forests (30)

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Virtual Earth Science Courseware

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This site contains five geological simulations and online labs for use by high school teachers. From understanding earthquake epicenters to observing the movements of a virtual river,...more
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This site contains five geological simulations and online labs for use by high school teachers. From understanding earthquake epicenters to observing the movements of a virtual river, these online lessons provide a unique means for witnessing these scientific occurrences.

tag(s): earth (228), earthquakes (49), geology (81), rivers (21)

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Weather Lesson Plans

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This site was developed by the Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program and provides lessons on the atmosphere, ocean, weather, climate and climate change. The...more
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This site was developed by the Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program and provides lessons on the atmosphere, ocean, weather, climate and climate change. The climate lesson plans listed in this section use a variety of resources to help inform students about the diverse world of both basic and advanced scientific phenomena.

tag(s): weather (189)

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My Water Supply

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This site focuses on local water supplies throughout the world. The site relies on student and teacher participation to add their local water supply to the site's database. The site...more
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This site focuses on local water supplies throughout the world. The site relies on student and teacher participation to add their local water supply to the site's database. The site provides helpful resources for teachers and students seeking to research their local water supply to help contribute to the site. This site is a great way to raise awareness of local environmental issues.

tag(s): conservation (128), water (130)

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On the Prairie

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A detailed look at the ecosystem of the prairie, this site contains quicktime video of a real prairie. There is also a prairie restoration simulation, and a detailed field guide ...more
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A detailed look at the ecosystem of the prairie, this site contains quicktime video of a real prairie. There is also a prairie restoration simulation, and a detailed field guide for studying prairies. The range of materials on this site helps create a wonderful virtual fieldtrip experience.

tag(s): air (163), biomes (116), ecosystems (88), prairie (10)

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Chesapeake Bay - Maryland DNR

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The Education pages on this site provide helpful links for both teachers and students learning about the ecosystem and life-science topics in the Chesapeake Bay. The Educators' resources...more
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The Education pages on this site provide helpful links for both teachers and students learning about the ecosystem and life-science topics in the Chesapeake Bay. The Educators' resources provide links to different programs conducted by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, including links to findings at a number of monitoring stations around the Bay. The kids' section has a number of student-friendly sites on wildlife and conservation topics

tag(s): oceans (149)

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American Museum of Natural History Learning Resources - The American Museum of Natural History

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This site presents teachers with a searchable index of natural sciences resources contained within the museum's site. You can browse the web-sites, activities, and experiments by sub-topic,...more
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This site presents teachers with a searchable index of natural sciences resources contained within the museum's site. You can browse the web-sites, activities, and experiments by sub-topic, grade level, or resource type. Current subtopics include anthropology, astronomy, biology, earth science, and paleontology. Special collection exhibits present theme-based activities that cover additional topics such as Biodiversity, Antarctica, and deep sea explorations. This is a great site for sorting out all the wonderful resources the museum has to offer. There are over 1,000 resources currently available on countless subjects. Some of the resources require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): biodiversity (38), diversity (36), paleontology (41)

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When starting a new unit in social studies or science, take a minute to search the resources available at this website.
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