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Biodiversity Hotspots

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9 to 12
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Here's an elegant and detailed look at the ecological threats to several dozen areas around the world. The content is keyed to serious adult users, so secondary science students will...more
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Here's an elegant and detailed look at the ecological threats to several dozen areas around the world. The content is keyed to serious adult users, so secondary science students will find this one useful with some vocabulary assistance. This would be a good supplementary resource for a study of the interactions between humans and their environment.

tag(s): biodiversity (38), diversity (36), ecosystems (88)

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The Green Squad - National Resources Defense Council

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3 to 8
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The National Resources Defense Council developed this site to urge students to survey their schools for environmental problems or concerns. The site offers a collection of "hands on"...more
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The National Resources Defense Council developed this site to urge students to survey their schools for environmental problems or concerns. The site offers a collection of "hands on" resources and reporting tools that students can use to research specific areas and topics.

tag(s): environment (317)

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Spaceship Earth - Buckminster Fuller Institute

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9 to 12
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This unit from the Buckminster Fuller Institute offers a multimedia introduction to creating sustainable ecosystems. Users can compare scenarios: do nothing vs. working pro-actively,...more
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This unit from the Buckminster Fuller Institute offers a multimedia introduction to creating sustainable ecosystems. Users can compare scenarios: do nothing vs. working pro-actively, to see how humans can have an impact on their environment. Middle and high school students will find this site's "everything relates to everything else" perspective challenging. Be prepared for some interesting discussions.

tag(s): biodiversity (38), diversity (36), sustainability (19)

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Panda Central - San Diego Zoo

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2 to 12
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The San Diego Zoo's panda pages offer a plethora of photos and other information about China's most reclusive citizens. Besides being undeniably cute, pandas make a great preservation...more
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The San Diego Zoo's panda pages offer a plethora of photos and other information about China's most reclusive citizens. Besides being undeniably cute, pandas make a great preservation study with some interesting international overtones. It now includes a live webcam stream of the pandas 24 hours a day

tag(s): animals (276), china (66), endangered species (38), species (29)

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Both elementary and secondary teachers will find this one useful.

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Silent Invaders

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Here's an online presentation, complete with Quicktime narration, about invasive plant and animal species and the damage they can cause to native species and ecosystems. Try this one...more
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Here's an online presentation, complete with Quicktime narration, about invasive plant and animal species and the damage they can cause to native species and ecosystems. Try this one as a backgrounder for ecological management issues, or as a research source for assignments on managing ecosystems. Users will need a reasonably fast connection to use the Quicktime movies effectively.

tag(s): ecosystems (88)

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Reclaiming the Everglades - Library of Congress

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This unit from the Library of Congress could be interesting to secondary students examining the history of Florida in the early twentieth century. It would also provide an interesting...more
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This unit from the Library of Congress could be interesting to secondary students examining the history of Florida in the early twentieth century. It would also provide an interesting assignment in working with primary source materials. In this case, these might be part of an assignment on ecology, history, or management of natural areas. Even secondary students will likely need some guidance at using this one, however.

tag(s): florida (11), states (162)

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Use this site as a point of reference when covering the everglades or a unit on evolving ecosystems. The information offered is text heavy, but the site allows one to search through the collection where teachers can find primary documents and timelines that could be used to compliment lesson plans. Save this site as a favorite on your desktop and refer to it when in need of ideas and material.

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Blue Planet Challenge - BBC

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6 to 12
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BBC Online offers this oceanography self-study, comprised of a series of interactive Flash animations. Each area includes "fact files" on particular marine species or ecosystems, and...more
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BBC Online offers this oceanography self-study, comprised of a series of interactive Flash animations. Each area includes "fact files" on particular marine species or ecosystems, and the activities require users to understand each environment to the through the simulation successfully. Students could use this one individually or in groups. A free, online registration enables an online scoring feature. Lots of possibilities here.

tag(s): marine biology (33), oceans (148), whales (16)

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Backyard Conservation - USDA

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4 to 12
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The US Department of Agriculture offers this section with ten different backyard activities that can help teach conservation principles. Most of these could also be easily adapted to...more
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The US Department of Agriculture offers this section with ten different backyard activities that can help teach conservation principles. Most of these could also be easily adapted to the environment around a school. The site includes printable PDF files for each activity. Try this one if you need a "take home" resource for a conservation or earth day activity.

tag(s): conservation (127), environment (317)

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NTTI Science Lessons - NTTI/WNET

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7 to 12
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Here's a collection of science lesson plans covering disciplines from geology to earth science, chemistry, and general science. Each includes complete procedures, standards references,...more
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Here's a collection of science lesson plans covering disciplines from geology to earth science, chemistry, and general science. Each includes complete procedures, standards references, and discussion. Some of these lessons use video clips as an integral component, so teachers will want to plan accordingly.

tag(s): dna (69), evolution (100), genetics (90)

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Lost in the Grand Canyon - PBS

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9 to 12
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This companion site from the PBS American Experience series offers a profile of John Wesley Powell's first exploration of the Grand Canyon. While the teacher's section is closely linked...more
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This companion site from the PBS American Experience series offers a profile of John Wesley Powell's first exploration of the Grand Canyon. While the teacher's section is closely linked to the film itself, the site offers interactive maps, biographies, and background information on the discovery of one of America's natural wonders.

tag(s): explorers (61), rivers (21)

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Try this one as a "compare and contrast" with Lewis and Clark's expedition or today's adventurers.

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Rock Cycle Experiments - BBC

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4 to 12
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The BBC's education site, intended for Keystage 3 (midddle school in the U.S.), has done a nice job of capturing the essential elements of the rock cycle from igneous creation ...more
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The BBC's education site, intended for Keystage 3 (midddle school in the U.S.), has done a nice job of capturing the essential elements of the rock cycle from igneous creation on through the other stages. There are plenty of graphics and explanation, along with links to related experiments and activities. This one could work at a number of different grade levels.

tag(s): erosion (17), geology (81), minerals (17), rocks (49), volcanoes (61)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector or assume it as one of several rock cycle resources for students to navigate on their own before creating their own explanation of the rock cycle as a graphic organizer with Bubbl.us, reviewed here, timeline using Dipity, reviewed here, or narrated series of images try UtellStory, reviewed here.

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Discover Chimpanzees

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This interactive look at Jane Goodall's Gombe preserve will probably require some introduction, but there's much to do in this site that invites all sorts of exploration. There are...more
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This interactive look at Jane Goodall's Gombe preserve will probably require some introduction, but there's much to do in this site that invites all sorts of exploration. There are bios of both people and chimps, as well as an appealing "become a chimpanzee" section that allows students to follow a chimp's day. Lots of uses for this one in studying Africa, habitats, ecosystems, and the like

tag(s): behavior (46)

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Air Travelers

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Try this elementary science page if your curriculum includes the study of air, air pressure, and the effects of temperature on air, buoyancy, and the like. Much of the content ...more
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Try this elementary science page if your curriculum includes the study of air, air pressure, and the effects of temperature on air, buoyancy, and the like. Much of the content is devoted to hot air and helium balloons, but there's plenty of science for the younger set here.

tag(s): air (163), temperature (29)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector as an introduction to the study of air, gas, and phases of matter. The site has some short video clips that would be an excellent addition to any lesson on the fore-mentioned. Open the clips for viewing, and show students their lesson in action. This is a great example of a real world use of the knowledge they just attained! Share the site on the class wiki or web page to allow students to review it both in and out of the classroom.

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Insolent Invaders - WhyFiles

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4 to 12
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Here's a site with both timeliness and that special "Yuck" factor that students love. The WhyFiles has created profiles of a handful of species whose presence outside their natural...more
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Here's a site with both timeliness and that special "Yuck" factor that students love. The WhyFiles has created profiles of a handful of species whose presence outside their natural environment threatens to play havoc with the ecosystems they invade. The site offers a great "hook" into a serious ecological issue.

tag(s): ecology (135), ecosystems (88)

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Savage Seas - WNET

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This companion site to the PBS program of the same name offers nuggets of information on a broad range of topics about the ocean, including weather phenomena, navigation problems, and...more
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This companion site to the PBS program of the same name offers nuggets of information on a broad range of topics about the ocean, including weather phenomena, navigation problems, and life in the seas. Broadband users will find short video clips on many of the topics. While there is no separate education section, elements of the site may be useful in an ocean study unit.

tag(s): marine biology (33), oceans (148)

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Global Climate Change - Exploratorium

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6 to 12
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The Exploratorium's climate change site is a data analysis goldmine. There are dozens of examples of how the earth's climate has or has not shifted over the past 100 years, ...more
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The Exploratorium's climate change site is a data analysis goldmine. There are dozens of examples of how the earth's climate has or has not shifted over the past 100 years, and most of these have detailed graphs illustrating the data. Middle and high school teachers will find this one a great tool for illustrating both the science and the math behind the efforts to monitor the earth's climate.

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

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California Sea Otter - The Otter Project

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Learn about the life and ecosystems that support the California Sea Otter at this site dedicated to the preservation of these creatures. Besides being undeniably cute, otters occupy...more
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Learn about the life and ecosystems that support the California Sea Otter at this site dedicated to the preservation of these creatures. Besides being undeniably cute, otters occupy a complex niche in marine ecosystems. Learn more here.

tag(s): california (27)

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Poseidon's Library - Ocean.com

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6 to 12
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This reference page from Ocean.com offers a continually changing collection of stories about people who work at sea and the creatures that live in the oceans. Nicely illustrated, this...more
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This reference page from Ocean.com offers a continually changing collection of stories about people who work at sea and the creatures that live in the oceans. Nicely illustrated, this would be a good supplement to an oceans unit.

tag(s): marine biology (33), oceans (148)

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Tiger Homes

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This site from a privately operated tiger "sanctuary" offers interesting information on various species of tigers (there are more than you might think). Those with fast connections...more
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This site from a privately operated tiger "sanctuary" offers interesting information on various species of tigers (there are more than you might think). Those with fast connections may also want to check out the several live tigercams showing live pictures of the tigers in their environments. There's some decent report research material here

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NOAA Fisheries Shark Site - NOAA

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Here's a factual information site about sharks that offers a strong dose of reality for those concerned about shark attacks. You can find details on the species most common on ...more
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Here's a factual information site about sharks that offers a strong dose of reality for those concerned about shark attacks. You can find details on the species most common on the Atlantic, Pacific, and Hawaiian coasts, along with explanations on why many of these species are threatened or endangered.

tag(s): oceans (148)

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