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Volcano Hazards Program - US Geologic Survey

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9 to 12
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This site from the US Geologic survey provides highly detailed current information on volcanic activity throughout the world. While some of the information is suitable for students...more
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This site from the US Geologic survey provides highly detailed current information on volcanic activity throughout the world. While some of the information is suitable for students or non-professionals, there is also a good deal of highly technical content. A good site for those with a real interest in observing how scientists predict and record volcanic activity.

tag(s): volcanoes (66)

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As you plan for a volcanoes unit, be sure to check out the Educator's page on this site for mmaterials. Include the full site as a research link from your teacher web page, but students might also like to use some of the online versions of print pubications availabel in the Educator Resource area. These include pictures of volcanoes.

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Carolina Coastal Science - North Carolina State University

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6 to 9
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What happens to coastlines as a result of natural forces? What happens when people develop those coastlines? Where is the balance? This site explores the natural and man-made forces...more
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What happens to coastlines as a result of natural forces? What happens when people develop those coastlines? Where is the balance? This site explores the natural and man-made forces which have an impact on the state of the Carolina coast, and asks students to help determine how this resource can best be preserved. There are discussion starters and some simple lesson ideas.

tag(s): oceans (156)

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Build a Watershed

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6 to 12
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This interactive site lets students learn the intricacies of watersheds while building their own online watershed model. The design lets students work at novice or advanced levels,...more
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This interactive site lets students learn the intricacies of watersheds while building their own online watershed model. The design lets students work at novice or advanced levels, concentrating on different aspects of watershed environments.

tag(s): water (130)

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Breeding Bird Survey

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9 to 12
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This is a superb resource for students interested in studying the migratory patterns of birds. It presents several decades worth of data on migration and sightings of dozens of different...more
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This is a superb resource for students interested in studying the migratory patterns of birds. It presents several decades worth of data on migration and sightings of dozens of different species in North American. While the navigation is sometimes tricky, the site contains a wealth of possibilities for studying the relationships between ecosystems, climate, and other factors on the behavior of birds.

tag(s): birds (52)

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Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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6 to 12
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Much in the news as a possible site for oil drilling, this official site about the ANWR provides brief summaries of the habitats and ecosystem of this unique arctic environment. ...more
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Much in the news as a possible site for oil drilling, this official site about the ANWR provides brief summaries of the habitats and ecosystem of this unique arctic environment. Useful as an example of efforts to preserve fragile ecosystems, and also as a supplement to the study of arctic biomes. From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

tag(s): arctic (46)

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AmphibiaWeb - University of California at Berkeley

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The University of California at Berkeley offers this unusually complete catalog of thousands of amphibian species from around the world. Users can perform keyword searches, then select...more
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The University of California at Berkeley offers this unusually complete catalog of thousands of amphibian species from around the world. Users can perform keyword searches, then select from the results to see descriptions, photos, endangered species warnings, habitat information, and other facts about each species selected. It's a powerful research tool that makes comparisons among species especially easy.

tag(s): amphibians (20)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector during a unit on the classification of animal kingdoms. The site provides a good example of the classifications, and can be easily searched for specific species if students are doing a research project. Forewarning: the classifications are all the Latin names of the reptiles, so it is best to know the creature you're searching for beforehand. Allow students to explore the site on their own, and post on the teacher web page if there are any research projects to allow students to access it both in and out of the classroom.

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Amazon River Dolphins - Virtual Explorers

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6 to 12
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Here's a chance to learn about a real-time expedition to the Amazon to learn more about the dolphins who live there and how they survive. The project took place during ...more
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Here's a chance to learn about a real-time expedition to the Amazon to learn more about the dolphins who live there and how they survive. The project took place during August, 1999. Read the information and updates from before, during, and after. This site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit.

tag(s): amazon (7)

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Try the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit to get your students involved and engaged with their own research. Have them work alone or with a partner on laptops or in a lab.

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The Weather Gateway

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4 to 8
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This site provides real-time weather forecasts for cities in the U.S. Requires the use of a three-digit city code. ...more
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This site provides real-time weather forecasts for cities in the U.S. Requires the use of a three-digit city code.

tag(s): weather (198)

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Water Science for Schools - US Government

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The EPA created this collection of resources dealing with water cycles, water purification, and water availability. It includes web resources, sample experiments, and explanations of...more
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The EPA created this collection of resources dealing with water cycles, water purification, and water availability. It includes web resources, sample experiments, and explanations of water quality issues.

tag(s): water (130)

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Teachers will likely want to sort through the material before suggesting it to their students.

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Virtual Wildlife - The World Wildlife Fund

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3 to 5
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The World Wildlife Fund's pages for younger students include this section profiling about a dozen animals. There is information on the animals, their feeding habits and life cycles,...more
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The World Wildlife Fund's pages for younger students include this section profiling about a dozen animals. There is information on the animals, their feeding habits and life cycles, and lots of pictures and illustrations. The navigation setup encourages students to explore a number of different animals. Good site for on-line investigations.

tag(s): animals (292)

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Treasures at Sea - Franklin Institute

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4 to 6
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There are lots of maritime instructional treasures at this site from the Franklin Institute. The site navigation is a little confusing, but keep poking and you'll find games, information,...more
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There are lots of maritime instructional treasures at this site from the Franklin Institute. The site navigation is a little confusing, but keep poking and you'll find games, information, images, and lots of other information on marine ecosystems attractively packaged for elementary students. This one takes some time, but it's worth the effort.

tag(s): oceans (156)

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TopoZone

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4 to 12
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If you're working on maps, map skills, or the mapping of natural features, TopoZone has it all. This site offers electronic topographic maps for most locations in the US. Users ...more
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If you're working on maps, map skills, or the mapping of natural features, TopoZone has it all. This site offers electronic topographic maps for most locations in the US. Users simply enter a location and can retrieve a topographic map for that area. The system allows users to zoom in and out and pan to other locations. All maps have full topographic markings showing terrain features. Great map resource!

tag(s): oceans (156)

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South Pole Adventure Page

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4 to 8
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This site has a selection of features based on life and scientific activitiy at the South Pole. You can check the current South Pole weather, get summaries of recent activities, ...more
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This site has a selection of features based on life and scientific activitiy at the South Pole. You can check the current South Pole weather, get summaries of recent activities, and learn about the kinds of scientific study that take place in this hostile environment.

tag(s): antarctica (29), arctic (46), oceans (156)

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Renewable Energy Introduction - US Department of Energy

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3 to 6
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This site from the U.S. Department of Energy provides an elementary level introduction to various forms of renewable energy - wind, solar, geothermal, and alternative fuels. There is...more
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This site from the U.S. Department of Energy provides an elementary level introduction to various forms of renewable energy - wind, solar, geothermal, and alternative fuels. There is also a collection of conservation tips, along with links to other DOE sources and information, most of which is written for adults and older students.

tag(s): conservation (127), recycling (57)

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Teachers will find this a good exploration site for a unit on energy sources.

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ParkSearch - LL Bean

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4 to 12
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While not explicitly designed for education, L.L. Bean's guide to American national parks and forests provides pictures and descriptions of some of our best-preserved natural areas....more
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While not explicitly designed for education, L.L. Bean's guide to American national parks and forests provides pictures and descriptions of some of our best-preserved natural areas. Search by location and find information on natural features as well as recreation and facilities.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): maps (292)

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Include this in your units on the 50 states or even you own state history projects. Assign students to create travel guides using Google Maps or a brochure maker such as My Brochur Maker reviewed here. Use this tool as you study about the 20th century US and the formation of the National Parks system. In health class, ask students to find local places where they can engage in fitness fun.

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Society for Underwater Exploration

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This site is a spin-off from the Discovery Channel's various underwater exploration programs. It provides an interactive, visual record of several underwater expeditions which have...more
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This site is a spin-off from the Discovery Channel's various underwater exploration programs. It provides an interactive, visual record of several underwater expeditions which have involved scientific and archaeological research. Students should be able to use the content at several different levels. Visually very rich, the site can be slow if you're using a dial-up connection.

tag(s): oceans (156)

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The Owl Pages

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4 to 12
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This Australian site offers pictures and detailed information about the owls found on several different continents. The interface is simple enough for younger students, and the detailed...more
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This Australian site offers pictures and detailed information about the owls found on several different continents. The interface is simple enough for younger students, and the detailed information could be helpful for older students completing biology or earth science assignments. Lots of information, well organized.

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The Sea Otter Site

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4 to 12
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The kids' area of this sea otter site offers otter images, sounds, and surprisingly detailed instructional handouts for elementary, middle, and high school students. Otters are among...more
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The kids' area of this sea otter site offers otter images, sounds, and surprisingly detailed instructional handouts for elementary, middle, and high school students. Otters are among the few mammals that use tools, and there lots of images showing how they do it. Great site for animal study research.

tag(s): oceans (156)

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Ocean Color Viewed from Space

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4 to 8
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This site is part of the Athena Curriculum Web site. Offers students an opportunity to record observations about the importance and meaning of the changes in ocean color. The journal...more
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This site is part of the Athena Curriculum Web site. Offers students an opportunity to record observations about the importance and meaning of the changes in ocean color. The journal activities provide a great opportunity for students to integrate language arts and science.

tag(s): oceans (156)

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Minerals, Crystals and Gems: Stepping-Stones to Inquiry - Smithsonian Institution

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Very clear site and easy to follow intending to give students the basics of mineral science. Starts with an essay including clear pictures, a nice overview and history of gems. ...more
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Very clear site and easy to follow intending to give students the basics of mineral science. Starts with an essay including clear pictures, a nice overview and history of gems. Also has an activities page in Spanish and English. Resource guide with other links, books, teaching guides and kits.

tag(s): geology (79), minerals (17)

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The site includes three lesson units for teachers. They include objectives, materials, procedures, sample sheets and listngs of related subjects .

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