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Ecological Regions of North America

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4 to 12
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This is a beautifully produced site from an international ecological consortium. It provides detailed descriptions of the major North American ecological regions, along with photos...more
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This is a beautifully produced site from an international ecological consortium. It provides detailed descriptions of the major North American ecological regions, along with photos of representative ecological features. A good overview and comparison of the differences among ecological regions in North America.

tag(s): ecology (138), pollution (65), recycling (58)

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Earthwatch - Earthwatch Worldwide

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Find great ecology projects and adventurous ideas at Earthwatch, a program where everyone and anyone can get involved in making our planet environmentally safe. Sign up for their free...more
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Find great ecology projects and adventurous ideas at Earthwatch, a program where everyone and anyone can get involved in making our planet environmentally safe. Sign up for their free newsletter for the latest news, events, and ways you can get involved. There is a comprehensive guide and a fact sheet. Find many, many lesson plans on the Educator Opportunities page, on the right menu. If you haven't planned your next vacation, why not do something out of the ordinary and get involved in an Earthwatch expedition? There are more than 140 expeditions from all over the world from which to choose. You will meet professional research scientists, Earthwatch guides and professionals, and like-minded volunteers like you from around the world. There are grants available to fund your expedition.

tag(s): earth (230), environment (323)

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Select "Global Classroom" for a summary of planned and on-going scientific field trip explorations. Some explorations include classroom resources. Topics pertain to oceans, ecology, and endangered species.You will find there are lesson plans relating to: Oceans, Ecosystem Services, Cultural Heritage, Climate Change, and Taking Action.
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Earth and Moon Viewer

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5 to 12
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Includes various images and maps of the moon and Earth. Also included are views from satellites as well as an interactive Perigee and Apogee calculator. Images could be used in ...more
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Includes various images and maps of the moon and Earth. Also included are views from satellites as well as an interactive Perigee and Apogee calculator. Images could be used in research reports.

tag(s): earth (230), moon (72)

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Drinking Water - Kids' Stuff - US Government

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2 to 5
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The EPA created this site to help elementary students understand how we get our drinking water and how we keep it safe to use. There are a variety of explanations ...more
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The EPA created this site to help elementary students understand how we get our drinking water and how we keep it safe to use. There are a variety of explanations how how water is purified, and there is also a collection of simple experiments which can be conducted with commonly available materials.

tag(s): pollution (65), recycling (58)

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Take advantage of the free lessons and classroom activities hosted on this site! This would be a great addition to a unit on natural resources. Be sure to save this site as a favorite on your classroom computer to allow for easy retrieval later on!

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The Dino Directory - British Museum of Natural History

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4 to 12
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This site from the British Museum of Natural History is a rich resource for images of dinosaurs. Users can select by body type, country, geologic time period, and other idicies. ...more
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This site from the British Museum of Natural History is a rich resource for images of dinosaurs. Users can select by body type, country, geologic time period, and other idicies. Apart from the images, which are watermarked, there is only basic information on the size and environment of each creature. While not intended for elementary students, the navigation is simple enough for these students to use effectively in finding images.

tag(s): dinosaurs (54)

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In a unit on dinosaurs, share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector with students. The function they will most interesting about this site is the area that describes the dinosaurs that existed in their local area! Brief bios are presented on all the dinosaurs, so this could also be a great resource if the students were to research their local dinosaurs for a project.

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Desert USA - Desert USA Magazine

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This on-line magazine offers a constantly changing selection of information on desert environments - animals, insects, plant life - as well as descriptions and explanations of the landforms...more
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This on-line magazine offers a constantly changing selection of information on desert environments - animals, insects, plant life - as well as descriptions and explanations of the landforms and geology associated with these regions. Neat introductory resource, and an interesting site to check periodically for updates. Includes some advertising, most of which appears inocuous.

tag(s): geology (77)

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Bear Information and Resources

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3 to 8
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The title says it all. There are pictures and descriptions of most types of bears, their habits, ranges, and habitats. Simple navigation and design and attractive photos keep the site...more
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The title says it all. There are pictures and descriptions of most types of bears, their habits, ranges, and habitats. Simple navigation and design and attractive photos keep the site interesting. Great research site for younger students.

tag(s): mammals (34)

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Where are Environmental Hazards? - Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute

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7 to 12
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Students will learn about specific environmental pollutants, causes, effects, and possible solutions. ...more
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Students will learn about specific environmental pollutants, causes, effects, and possible solutions.

tag(s): pollution (65), recycling (58)

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Composting Project - Pa. Dept. of Environment

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3 to 8
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Students create and maintain a compost pile to discover how natural materials can be effectively recycled using this inteactive composting site. This site requires FLASH. Get it from...more
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Students create and maintain a compost pile to discover how natural materials can be effectively recycled using this inteactive composting site. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. As the site warns, "If you use a pop-up blocker, temporarily disable blocking to enjoy all of this site's capabilities."

tag(s): pollution (65), recycling (58)

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This site would be great on an interactive whiteboard or projector, but be sure to allow students to explore it on their own or with a partner to really experience the psocesses and answer questions about composting.
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Animal Sounds Quiz

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There's not a lot of presentation to these pages, but each contains a selection of bird or animal sound files. The quiz asks students to name each animal sound, and ...more
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There's not a lot of presentation to these pages, but each contains a selection of bird or animal sound files. The quiz asks students to name each animal sound, and it's not as easy as it sounds! The sound files do not require any special browser plug-ins. Turn on your speakers and give this one a listen.

tag(s): animals (297), sound (103), sounds (70)

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Waste - Where Does It Come From? Where Does It Go? - Pa. Dept. of Environment

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2 to 8
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Students examine and classify the types of waste produced by the school community, analyze how it is collected, where it ends up, and how it is eventually "processed." Also has ...more
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Students examine and classify the types of waste produced by the school community, analyze how it is collected, where it ends up, and how it is eventually "processed." Also has a separate Kid's page that is linked on the website - very useful!

tag(s): pollution (65), recycling (58)

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Lead Contamination In Our Environment - Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute

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Help students to understand the threat of lead in our environment and use hands-on activities to enhance critical thinking. ...more
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Help students to understand the threat of lead in our environment and use hands-on activities to enhance critical thinking.

tag(s): pollution (65)

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Exploring the Environment - Wheeling Jesuit Univ./NASA Classroom of the Future

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Learn about environmental issues using case studies. This site contains 14 environmental earth science modules. Each module contains background information for the teacher and learner,...more
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Learn about environmental issues using case studies. This site contains 14 environmental earth science modules. Each module contains background information for the teacher and learner, and multi-disciplinary, problem-based collaborative activities. These modules include use of NASA's remote sensing information, available through the Internet. Choose between multiple versions of case studies.

tag(s): earth (230), geology (77)

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View the choices on the Decide menu. Allow time for students to view the basic information on the puzzle pieces. Consider showing many of the data sets and images on an Interactive whiteboard or projector to the whole class.

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Environmental Health Hazards and Children - Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute

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This is a "resource-based curriculum unit designed to teach children the effects that humans have on the environment and how various changes to the environment can affect our health."...more
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This is a "resource-based curriculum unit designed to teach children the effects that humans have on the environment and how various changes to the environment can affect our health."

tag(s): conservation (130), ecology (138)

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The Environment Around Me - Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute

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4 to 12
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Students examine resource materials about the environment and work to write a persuasive paper supporting their position on a significant environmental issue. ...more
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Students examine resource materials about the environment and work to write a persuasive paper supporting their position on a significant environmental issue.

tag(s): conservation (130), ecology (138)

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EELink - University of Michigan

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This site focuses on environmental education using the Internet. Scroll down to "Activities" listed under "Classroom Resources." ...more
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This site focuses on environmental education using the Internet. Scroll down to "Activities" listed under "Classroom Resources."

tag(s): conservation (130), ecology (138)

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The Earth and Me: Forever Friends - Yale University

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1 to 3
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Elementary students learn about land forms, soil, the Hydrologic Cycle, Vegetation, Climate, and how all these features are interdependent. ...more
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Elementary students learn about land forms, soil, the Hydrologic Cycle, Vegetation, Climate, and how all these features are interdependent.

tag(s): conservation (130), ecology (138)

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The Delaware River Estuary - Franklin Institute

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This site, developed as part of a cooperative program with Philadelphia's Franklin Institute, explores the ecology of the Delaware River estuary, focusing specifically on the oysters...more
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This site, developed as part of a cooperative program with Philadelphia's Franklin Institute, explores the ecology of the Delaware River estuary, focusing specifically on the oysters that live in that environment. There are text, images, and a variety of java-based teaching tools. This site is a nice complement to the Chesapeake Bay lessons listed elsewhere on our site.

tag(s): rivers (24)

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Blizzard Attack

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his simulation lesson casts students in the role of a city administrator facing an oncoming winter storm. Participants must figure out how to fight the storm, maintain city services,...more
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his simulation lesson casts students in the role of a city administrator facing an oncoming winter storm. Participants must figure out how to fight the storm, maintain city services, and ensure public safety, all while learning about how these storms form and spread. Lots of interesting "what if" discussion possibilities.

tag(s): snow (20), weather (195)

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Air Quality Lesson Plans - Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission

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1 to 12
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This collection of several dozen lesson plans, originally from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission and revised in 2005, includes content for primary through high school...more
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This collection of several dozen lesson plans, originally from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission and revised in 2005, includes content for primary through high school students. Most lessons are straightforward, requiring limited use of outside resources.

tag(s): ecology (138), environment (323), pollution (65)

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