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The Virtual Geosciences Professor

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9 to 12
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Select "Geophysics on the Internet" for guidance on using this site. Links listing geophysical data sites and suggestions for use in teaching are included. ...more
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Select "Geophysics on the Internet" for guidance on using this site. Links listing geophysical data sites and suggestions for use in teaching are included.

tag(s): geology (81)

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Environmental Education Resources

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This is a database of curricula, handbooks, monographs, case studies, reports, and periodicals related to environmental education. ...more
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This is a database of curricula, handbooks, monographs, case studies, reports, and periodicals related to environmental education.

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Earthguide - Scripps Research Institute

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9 to 12
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Though apparently going through some revisions, this site's research content on oceanographic and atmospheric research could offer secondary teachers some interesting tools. There are...more
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Though apparently going through some revisions, this site's research content on oceanographic and atmospheric research could offer secondary teachers some interesting tools. There are also a number of sections on teaching techniques for these topics. From Scripps research institute.

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Waste Management Lesson Plans - Texas Natural Resoure Conservation Commission

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

tag(s): pollution (65), recycling (60)

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The Risk-Benefit Factor Challenging Our Environment - Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute

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In this three-week study of environmental hazards, "risk-benefit factors are analyzed with each controversial issue and students will have the opportunity to discuss their perceptions...more
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In this three-week study of environmental hazards, "risk-benefit factors are analyzed with each controversial issue and students will have the opportunity to discuss their perceptions and make informed decisions."

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New Haven: Your Coastal Community - Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute

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Explore ecological and public policy concepts, provide hands-on activities for student exploration, and use cooperative research techniques to teach about Long Island Sound, or adapt...more
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Explore ecological and public policy concepts, provide hands-on activities for student exploration, and use cooperative research techniques to teach about Long Island Sound, or adapt this unit to your own choice of coastal environment.

tag(s): biomes (138), oceans (165)

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Global Change: US Geological Survey: The Learning Web - US Government

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Special features: Teacher guide, activities, and lesson plans for 1-12. This site offers teaching resources for those in earth science (social studies may use it as well). Easy to follow...more
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Special features: Teacher guide, activities, and lesson plans for 1-12. This site offers teaching resources for those in earth science (social studies may use it as well). Easy to follow format/info on global change. Unit plans are detailed and complete, with background information, materials, activities, and ideas/activities to take the concept one more step. It also provides links to additional learning webs. Overall, an organized and easy to navigate site with excellent information.

tag(s): climate (95), weather (201)

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Use this site as a resource in a geography classroom. Take advantage of the lesson plans and classroom activities on the site, or let students explore it on cooperative learning groups during a lesson on Land Remote Sensing. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).

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Zoo Lab - A Website for Animal Biology

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6 to 12
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This site from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse offers on-line laboratory materials - primarily color photos of laboratory slides - which are sorted by major classifications....more
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This site from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse offers on-line laboratory materials - primarily color photos of laboratory slides - which are sorted by major classifications. The result is an on-line resources which can supplement in class activities or help compensate when suitable laboratory facilities or materials are not available. The structure of the site makes it suitable for either sequential use of to reinforce specific topics.

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The Tree of Life

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This site is a collection of data about the evolutionary history and characteristics of organisms using branches of a tree to link data. Very extensive database. ...more
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This site is a collection of data about the evolutionary history and characteristics of organisms using branches of a tree to link data. Very extensive database.

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The Gaia Hypothesis: an approach to problem solving in the environment - Yale University

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9 to 11
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Teach biology through this hypothesis which focuses either reductively on cell biology, biochemistry and genetics or holistically on an understanding of species in terms of its ecosystem...more
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Teach biology through this hypothesis which focuses either reductively on cell biology, biochemistry and genetics or holistically on an understanding of species in terms of its ecosystem or environment.

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Activities-to-Go - Genentech

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Activities-to-Go is a collection of lessons at Genentech's outstanding Access Excellence site. These activities include dozens of experiments and lessons for, middle school, high school,...more
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Activities-to-Go is a collection of lessons at Genentech's outstanding Access Excellence site. These activities include dozens of experiments and lessons for, middle school, high school, and AP biology students. All have been submitted by teachers, and each comes with extensive notes.

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The Heart: An Online Exploration - Franklin Institute

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Contrasts in Blue - Smithsonian Institution

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This site, from the Smithsonian Institution's "Art to Zoo" series, contrasts two marine ecosystems: the coast of Maine and the reefs of the Carribean. The entire unit, including teacher...more
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This site, from the Smithsonian Institution's "Art to Zoo" series, contrasts two marine ecosystems: the coast of Maine and the reefs of the Carribean. The entire unit, including teacher guide, discussion questions, and lesson plans, is available as a series of downloadable Adobe Acrobat PDF files which can be printed and used in the classroom or at home. (A color printer works best, of course.) You can download the Adobe Acrobat reader from the TeachersFirst Toolbox.

tag(s): oceans (165)

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Take advantage of these free lesson plans, activities, and worksheets on coral reefs and varying beaches. This site would be a great segway for a unit on conservation and differences in environments. These are straightforward lesson plans, but do give yourself some prep-time in order to edit a few details to tailor them to your specific classroom.

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Reviled and Revered: Toads, Turtles, Snakes, Salamanders, and Other Creepers - Smithsonian Institution

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Starts with an essay including an overview to help students better understand these creatures that are often misunderstood. This lesson also has a section titled "What you can do to...more
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Starts with an essay including an overview to help students better understand these creatures that are often misunderstood. This lesson also has a section titled "What you can do to help." Offers grade levels and educational standards. Five lessons and loads of resources with links. From the Smithsonian's lesson collections.

tag(s): amphibians (21), reptiles (14)

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Use these free lesson plans as a way to help students better understand ill-reputed snakes. The lesson plans are all pretty straightforward, and cross-bridge art, language arts, and the science of the squirmy animals.

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On the Wings of a Dragonfly

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This site from the University of Tennessee is composed of several short text-based paragraphs. The page focuses on the mechanics of a dragonfly's wings. A good site to begin a ...more
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This site from the University of Tennessee is composed of several short text-based paragraphs. The page focuses on the mechanics of a dragonfly's wings. A good site to begin a discussion on the relationship of engineering and nature.

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The Journey North - CPB/Annenberg

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This Internet-based project tracks the coming of spring and the resulting migration of animals in the northern hemisphere. Teachers may complete a free registration to participate actively...more
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This Internet-based project tracks the coming of spring and the resulting migration of animals in the northern hemisphere. Teachers may complete a free registration to participate actively in the project's three main areas of focus - Sunlight and Seasons, Plants and Seasons, and Seasonal Migrations.

tag(s): birds (54), butterflies (11), mammals (36), migration (58)

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Check out the Teaching Resources for ideas on incorporating this project into your curriculum, correlations to standards, and professional development opportunities. A great way for students to learn about the complex and dynamic ecosystem that surrounds and connects us all.

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The Audubon Society

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Users should visit the "Bird Conservation" link containing several online projects and "Ask an Audubon Expert" where students can email questions to a scientist. Both are great options...more
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Users should visit the "Bird Conservation" link containing several online projects and "Ask an Audubon Expert" where students can email questions to a scientist. Both are great options for those new to Internet collaboration.

tag(s): birds (54), conservation (128)

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Arctic National Wildlife Reserve - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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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.

tag(s): arctic (46)

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Monarch Watch - University of Kansas

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Here's the complete site for those interested in learning about Monarch butterflies. It offers Monarch information on dozens of topics, at a variety of levels. You can find out about...more
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Here's the complete site for those interested in learning about Monarch butterflies. It offers Monarch information on dozens of topics, at a variety of levels. You can find out about migration, mating habits, even how to raise monarchs. This is a great starting point for a butterfly study.

tag(s): butterflies (11)

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Share this site on classroom computers or at a learning center. If you are beginning the process of integrating technology, have students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Loose Leaves, reviewed here. This blog creator requires no registration. If you are teaching younger students and looking for an easy way to integrate technology and check for understanding, challenge your students to create a blog using EasyBlog, reviewed here. If you and your students are comfortable with using computors, take this a step further and have small groups create and interactive poster or infographic using Genial.ly, reviewed here, where you can insert maps, surveys, video, audio and more.

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Maggie's Earth Adventures - Maggie's Earth Adventures

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Take students around the world visiting environmental global issues. Find a variety of activities designed for a variety of levels. Find lessons focusing on critical thinking activities...more
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Take students around the world visiting environmental global issues. Find a variety of activities designed for a variety of levels. Find lessons focusing on critical thinking activities in cooperative learning situations. Register with your email to receive free Weekly Activity packets that present environmental skills and critical thinking. Photographs offer weekly writing prompts. In the kid's section, find games like GeoSpy, Spanish English Cycle Race, Around the World in 80 seconds, Super Match Game, Science Labeling, Short Circuit, Fish 'um up, Edit Dan's Copy, and Clean up your Grammar.
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tag(s): environment (325)

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Stay up to date in the latest environmental issues infused with language arts and critical thinking skills. Introduce on your interactive whiteboard or projector and offer as enrichment at centers or for home use. Use to inspire children for science fair ideas. Feature at Earth Day activities. Post this on your class website for a great site for educational enrichment.
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