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National Environmental Education Week - National Environmental Education Foundation

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Join Environmental Education Week which is held the week before Earth Day. Get involved in Education Week programs by registering your school and classrooms. Scroll down the page to...more
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Join Environmental Education Week which is held the week before Earth Day. Get involved in Education Week programs by registering your school and classrooms. Scroll down the page to find resources and activities for each day of EE Week. Find even more resources under the tabs on the top menu. Educational materials include videos, infographics, and links to more resources that might be of interest. Be sure to subscribe to their monthly newsletter. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): animals (296), climate change (68), earth (233), earth day (111), ecology (138), environment (322), national parks (20), resources (109), water (130)

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Use this resource to plan great activities, lessons, and events for students leading up to Earth Day. For example, search the Weather + Climate page for videos and information about water shortages, drought, climate change, and resources. Use the articles and reports to pique student interest, use short videos in the classroom, and find great websites and programs linked from the page. Use these resources not only for a greater understanding of issues but to create awareness campaigns for change in the home, school, or community. Partner with local groups (conservation or not) to create action plans and events, and provide opportunities for change in the community. Challenge your students to create brochures, magazines, or posters of information learned using Lucidpress, reviewed here.
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Science Facts - Science Facts, Part of the Cool Facts Network

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Science Facts is a great site for "inquiring minds." It is a simple collection of random science questions with pictures and answers. There are lots of links, and hours could ...more
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Science Facts is a great site for "inquiring minds." It is a simple collection of random science questions with pictures and answers. There are lots of links, and hours could be spent exploring this easy to navigate site. Most questions found here are about science, but there are some interesting and thought provoking math questions too!

One caution: the comment area is not censored, and there are some comments that are not nice. You may want to use this site as a resource where you as the adult control the amount of information that is shared and seen with the students. Also, this site can be a bit slow to open and does include unobtrusive advertisements in the sidebar.

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Use this site to offer a question related to the day's topic at the beginning of class. Post the question on the interactive whiteboard or projector either in a document or a slide creation tool, and have students think and brainstorm ideas. Challenge students to create and share a concept map using a tool such as scribblar (reviewed here). Have students partner with two other students and share ideas and concept maps. Then, have the groups share their ideas with the class. Once ample time has been given for this, teach the lesson on the topic. Some of the questions found here could make great essential questions to focus an entire unit. The nice part is there is a direct answer that you can share with your students at the conclusion of the unit. Have them create their own Q/A for units using this format on a class wiki.

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Google Treks - Dr. Alice Christie

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K to 12
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GoogleTreks allows teachers and students to synthesize information in one easy-to-use Google Map that places text, pictures, audio files, video files, and much more in one central location....more
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GoogleTreks allows teachers and students to synthesize information in one easy-to-use Google Map that places text, pictures, audio files, video files, and much more in one central location. This site offers possibilities for exploration in all subject areas for all grades. The site is organized by both subject and grade-level tasks. Currently there are only a few examples to follow; however, they offer a variety of material and ideas for creating your own Google Trek or for students to create their own. After choosing a pre-made GoogleTrek, you are directed to a Google Map with different tasks and links.

There is an excellent tutorial for creating your own GoogleTrek that includes step-by-step directions with pictures. After creating a GoogleTrek, it can be posted to the site for others to use. Also included is a rubric that can be downloaded in pdf form. More information on Google Maps can be found at the TeachersFirst review. You can also view the maps in Google Earth. To learn more about Google Earth, see the TeachersFirst review (here).

tag(s): maps (292)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore independently or in small groups. Older students can create their own GoogleTrek after viewing examples for any subject. To post the GoogleTrek, you must email the creator (directions are explicitly explained on the "Posting Your Own GoogleTrek" link. Have students create GoogleTrek's about Christmas Around the World, routes of explorers, famous landmarks, and important inventions. While presenting a GoogleTrek, have students identify points displayed on paper maps located at their seats.

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Violent Hawaii - Public Broadcasting Service

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8 to 12
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This PBS Episode, Violent Hawaii, provides a great video for teaching about volcanoes and other tectonic plate action. It includes a lesson plan which has a variety of websites that...more
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This PBS Episode, Violent Hawaii, provides a great video for teaching about volcanoes and other tectonic plate action. It includes a lesson plan which has a variety of websites that are utilized as well as important video clips from the full episode. Sometimes just a clip is enough, even though from the people at PBS, everything is educationally good. There is a link to a second lesson plan, however, that did not open at the time of this review.

tag(s): disasters (40), geology (79), natural disasters (19), plate tectonics (25)

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When teaching about plate tectonics and associated natural disasters, check this site out with your students. Share parts of the video or use it in its entirety. Share the video (or clips) on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use some or all of the websites from the lesson plan. The Shape It Up site is a great interactive - don't miss it! Have cooperative learning groups investigate different parts of this site and create multimedia presentations about their topic. Create a Word Cloud describing some keywords and phrases found in their research. Have students use a tool such as wordle reviewed here.
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Aurora Maker - Mr. Nussbaum

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Create a Northern Lights display by combining hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and helium at this interactive visual site. Besides combining or adding the elements, you also control the intensity...more
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Create a Northern Lights display by combining hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and helium at this interactive visual site. Besides combining or adding the elements, you also control the intensity and location of the oxygen input. Just type your name in and get started! "Control" a virtual aurora borealis, even if you live somewhere that you will never see the real thing.

tag(s): atmosphere (29), earth (233)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit on creating auroras and the earth's atmosphere. Share this unique visual display on a projector or interactive whiteboard. ESL/ELL students will enjoy trying this site on their own since it is language free. Have students keep detailed notes of their findings when combining certain elements at varying intensities.
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Lino - Infoteria Corporation

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K to 12
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Create online sticky type bulletin boards to view from any online device using Lino. Click to try it first without even joining. The trial canvas has stickies explaining how to ...more
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Create online sticky type bulletin boards to view from any online device using Lino. Click to try it first without even joining. The trial canvas has stickies explaining how to use Lino. Join and create your own canvases to share stickies, reminders, files, and more. Change sticky colors from the menu in the upper right hand corner or use the easy editing tools that appear when the sticky is selected. Use the icons at the bottom of each sticky note to "peel them off," share, edit, and more. Create a group from your Lino page to share and collaborate on canvases. You can also share canvases publicly so anyone with the URL can participate. This is a device-agnostic tool, available on the web but also available for free as both an Android and iOS app. Use it from any device or move between several devices and still access your work. App and web versions vary slightly.

tag(s): collages (18), creative fluency (8), creativity (121), DAT device agnostic tool (174), gamification (79), note taking (39)

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Use this tool easily in your Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom since all students will be able to access it for free, no matter what device they have. Students can use this when researching alone or in groups, sharing files, videos, and pictures quickly from one computer to another. Have students write tasks for each member of the group on a sticky so that everyone has a responsibility. Show them how to copy/paste URLs for sources onto notes, too. Use Lino as your virtual word wall for vocabulary development. Use a Lino for students to submit and share questions or comments about assignments and tasks they are working on. Use it as a virtual graffiti wall for students to make connections between their world and curriculum content, such as "I wonder what the hall monitor would say finding Lady Macbeth washing her hands in the school restroom... and what Lady M would say back." (Of course, you will want to have a PG-13 policy for student comments!) Encourage students to maintain an idea collection lino for ideas and creative inspirations they may not have used yet but do not want to "lose." They can color code and organize ideas later or send the stickies to a new project board later. In writing or art classes, use lino as a virtual writer's journal or design a notebook to collect ideas, images, and even video clips. In science classes, encourage students to keep a lino board with (classroom appropriate) questions and "aside" thoughts about science concepts being studied and to use these ideas in later projects so their creative ideas are not 'lost" before project time. A lino board can also serve as a final online "display" for students to "show what they know" as the culmination of a research project. Add videos, images, and notes in a carefully arranged display not unlike an electronic bulletin board. This is also a great tool to help you stay "personally" organized. Use this site as a resource to share information with other teachers, parents, or students.

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Surfing Scientist - ABC Science

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Find a variety of science resources on this great site. Explore the Tricks, Conundrums, Demos, Lesson Plans, and Videos about Science. Many of the resources include an Adobe PDF file...more
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Find a variety of science resources on this great site. Explore the Tricks, Conundrums, Demos, Lesson Plans, and Videos about Science. Many of the resources include an Adobe PDF file that can be downloaded.

tag(s): experiments (73)

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Use many of these resources for brain teasers, mind stretchers, or anticipatory sets to initiate class. Encourage students to brainstorm, explain, and even blog their reactions to these resources. Provide time for students to work out the science behind the demonstrations. Consider creating little podcasts using a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here), with students demonstrating end explaining the science to show true understanding.
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All About Snow - National Snow and Ice Data Center

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Everything you wanted to know about snow can be found in this informative site. The site is divided into easy to use sections containing facts, questions and answers, a gallery, ...more
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Everything you wanted to know about snow can be found in this informative site. The site is divided into easy to use sections containing facts, questions and answers, a gallery, and other useful links. The range of topics goes from blizzards to snow formations. Especially informative is the question and answer section where readers can find the answer to questions from "How big can a snowflake get?" to "Is it ever too cold to snow?"

tag(s): snow (22), weather (198)

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Ask students to write their own questions about snow and research the information on this site. This is a perfect site to include with any winter activities. Ask students to locate the places mentioned in the gallery on a map. Have students research a historic snowstorm from a specific geographical location and use an online mapping tool to tell the class about the winter event (and location). Try a tool such as Click2Map, reviewed here. Use the site when teaching a unit on weather (or winter Olympics) for factual information about snow using the resources link. Extend the snow "storm" by investigating everything there is to know about snowflakes at Snowflake Bentley, reviewed here, and Snow Crystals, reviewed here.

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Up the Creek - New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy

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8 to 11
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Up the Creek is an informative, cartooned look at biodiversity. While the cartoon is made in and for New Zealand, the concepts and ideas are still good for teaching biodiversity ...more
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Up the Creek is an informative, cartooned look at biodiversity. While the cartoon is made in and for New Zealand, the concepts and ideas are still good for teaching biodiversity anywhere. In fact, since this is in a slightly different setting than the United States, it is interesting to see that the environmental protection practices tend to be the same. There are some native, Maori words and unfamiliar terms for North American kids, however they can easily be understood through context clues or having students research them from the computer.

tag(s): biodiversity (35), diversity (33), environment (322)

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Try having students work through the cartoon tour of the New Zealand environment, having them keep a graphic organizer comparing the biodiversity and environmental practices to those that are practiced in their community or state. Challenge students to compare using a tool such as the Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here). Have students research unfamiliar terms. Perhaps share what you are doing in science a cultures class and work with them to create a mini culture lesson to pair up with your biodiversity lesson.
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CO2 Science - Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change

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4 to 12
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CO2 Science offers journal reviews on environmental topics, an online environmentally minded journal, and under the education tab some excellent laboratory ideas. There are videos,...more
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CO2 Science offers journal reviews on environmental topics, an online environmentally minded journal, and under the education tab some excellent laboratory ideas. There are videos, weekly blog entries, an educational center, and more. This is a great teacher and high school student resource.

tag(s): carbon (23), climate (93), environment (322)

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Integrate different activities from the education section into your classroom. Use the readings for older students as they are far above the reading level of elementary and early middle school students. Share the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Challenge cooperative learning groups to investigate on article/blog topic and create a multimedia presentation. Have your students create an interactive online poster using Adobe Spark, reviewed here.
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Explore the Night Sky Simulator - Physic.org

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5 to 12
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Struggling to find a way to teach astronomy during the day in the classroom? This night sky simulator is a great option to assigning star gazing as homework. This way ...more
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Struggling to find a way to teach astronomy during the day in the classroom? This night sky simulator is a great option to assigning star gazing as homework. This way you can ensure that your students are viewing accurate representations of the night sky. The best way to run this in class is to leave the lights off and make the room as dark as possible. The simulation is easy to interact with as it has onscreen instructions. The sky is a simulation of the sky over different parts of the United Kingdom. Of course you will want to ask your students on other continents how it may differ from the sky they see! Note: This site may take more than a few second to load. Be patient.

tag(s): planets (127), solar system (119), space (220)

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Have students use this simulation to discuss points such as light pollution and constellations. Try having students compare three different locations, taking screen shots of each location. Then, have them put the pictures into a single document or slide and have them make comparisons. Have students use an online tool to compare the locations such as the Interactive Three Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here). Students can hypothesis as to the causes of differences by investigating the geography, climate, and populations of the area that they are observing.
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CurriConnects - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Use CurriConnects to find books related to curriculum topics or subject areas. Build student literacy skills, reinforce the place of curriculum concepts in other contexts, and help...more
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Use CurriConnects to find books related to curriculum topics or subject areas. Build student literacy skills, reinforce the place of curriculum concepts in other contexts, and help students build the important reading strategy of connecting what they read to prior knowledge. Share CurriConnects as links on your class web page or wiki or share them with school and local libraries where students can select books to accompany what they are studying. Topics include Earth Science, Explorers, Frontiers and Settlers, Geographic Wonders (landforms), Inventors and Inventions, Maps, Math in Use, Medicine and Health, The Artists's Eye (books with outstanding illustrations and books about artists), What Do You Do? (careers). More are being added on an ongoing basis. Grade ranges vary.

tag(s): book lists (133), independent reading (129), reading lists (78)

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Share CurriConnects as links on your class web page or wiki or share them with school and local libraries where students can select books to accompany what they are studying. Explore the many ideas TeachersFirst offers for using CurriConnects in your classroom. Be sure to share these lists with ESL/ELL teachers for reading selections to build student vocabulary and understanding of curriculum.

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- Lessonopoly: Science of NFL Football - NBC Learn and National Science Foundation

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5 to 10
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Find great videos featuring the best football players and trainers in the NFL to learn science through the lens of football. THis content was moved from its original home on ...more
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Find great videos featuring the best football players and trainers in the NFL to learn science through the lens of football. THis content was moved from its original home on Lessonopoly to hosting on Gooru. Open the folder to view lesson materials and videos. Choose various science topics such as "Vectors," "Nutrition, Hydration, and Health," and "Projectile Motion and Parabolas" to name a few. View a short video of the concept and click the links to other resources that can be used to learn more about that particular topic. Choose to view and print the lesson plans using a printer friendly option or download as a pdf. Find practice worksheets, teacher keys, quizzes, and other activities. Note that NBC Learn's own video site is usually a fee-based, but this particular collection, hosted on Gooru, is free.

tag(s): sports (98), vectors (25)

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Bring science to life with these great resources. Use the video to pique student interest in the topic and use the lesson plans to really understand the concept to apply to other areas. Use the vectors to understand how science and quarterback throws are related. Follow the lesson plan using the video and the activities. Follow up with actual football throws in the school yard. Measure distances and angles to create data to analyze as groups or a class. Consider creating your own video or slidecast of explanations using students as the stars of the show explaining the concept. Invite Math classes to use your data for their understanding of Vectors as well. Brainstorm other sports where this science concept is also used.
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Earth Science Week - American Geological Institute

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K to 12
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Join in the "Understanding of Climate" during Earth Science Week (held in October, each year). Click on "What's Going On" to find events near you, enter contests, and view other ...more
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Join in the "Understanding of Climate" during Earth Science Week (held in October, each year). Click on "What's Going On" to find events near you, enter contests, and view other links and materials. Read information about "What is Earth Science Week?," or use the information to "Plan an Event" in your area. Browse and use a vast array of activities and resources in the "For Teachers" section. Find lesson plans and activities for students in all grades. Students at all levels can use the "For Students" section to find resources, events, and career opportunities with links to dozens of science career sites.

tag(s): ecology (138), minerals (17), resources (109), rocks (51)

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Bring Earth Science into your class no matter what subject you teach. Earth Science has broad applications in almost all sciences and many other subject areas as we are connected to the Earth. Use the information, videos, and pictures to create discussions and inquire about topics in your classroom. Many of the activities in "For Teachers" are great for demonstrations and generating interest in phenomenon. For example, use "Sinkholes in a Cup, "to demonstrate how fast removal of groundwater in an area can cause sinkholes. Follow this demonstration with Google Earth reviewed here layers that show this phenomenon in various areas of the world or research of where these have occurred. Find videos, large scale maps, and other resources to share via an interactive whiteboard, wiki, or blog.

Students can create public service announcements about earth science issues to raise awareness and provide learning opportunities to others.
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Edupic Graphical Resource - William Vann

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K to 12
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This large variety of drawings and photographs is a great resource for K-12 students and teachers. Either choose from drawings or photographs related to science, social studies, math,...more
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This large variety of drawings and photographs is a great resource for K-12 students and teachers. Either choose from drawings or photographs related to science, social studies, math, and language arts. These images will support classroom instruction, presentations, multimedia projects, websites, or reports. Useful tags will help you search for images. Educational use of Edpic images is free of charge.

tag(s): animals (296), digital storytelling (153)

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Create classroom lessons that are interactive and visual. The images on Edupic are useful for creating interactive whiteboard lessons such as sequencing the life cycle of a frog, labeling the phases of cell mitosis, or adding the dots on a the back of a ladybug. Visual representations will help ELL or ESL teachers explain concepts and key vocabulary. Use imagery to enhance multimedia posters on ThingLink, reviewed here, create digital stories, or bring a slide presentation to life.

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The Habitable Planet - learner.org

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4 to 12
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View content about the Earth with this free resource. Browse the content by chapters such as "Atmosphere," "Oceans," and "Ecosystems" to name a few. Find segments for each chapter in...more
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View content about the Earth with this free resource. Browse the content by chapters such as "Atmosphere," "Oceans," and "Ecosystems" to name a few. Find segments for each chapter in the online textbook. Be sure to notice the icons where videos, interactive labs, professional development, visuals, and more add to the information. Click below the chapter segments to obtain a pdf version of the online textbook. Looking for particular content or a type of activity? View the content instead by type.

tag(s): air (146), earth (233), environment (322), water (130)

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Use these resources as your textbook or find interesting activities, ideas, and articles that can stimulate thinking and create great discussions in the classroom. The difference between this resource and others? View the resources as a systems approach to understanding the environment versus a series of unconnected ideas and topics. Use this site for review or additional support for students who need it. This site is excellent for enrichment. Include it on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class.
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8 Wonders of the Solar System, Made Interactive - Scientific American, A division of Nature America, Inc.

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6 to 12
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If you are teaching the solar system, and want a way to spice it up, look no further. This informational interactive on the solar system is as beautiful and colorful ...more
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If you are teaching the solar system, and want a way to spice it up, look no further. This informational interactive on the solar system is as beautiful and colorful as it is factual and detailed. Click on pictures by artist, Ron Miller, to see stunning images of the planets. Read the accompanying information on the right of the screen, and check out the additional links of videos and more pictures that open up right in the interactive. Not every planet is pictured, but there are some very interesting pictures of moons that will not be found in the average textbook. This site brings teaching the solar system out of the elementary level and shoots it into upper level learning. To use this interactive independently, students should be at an eighth grade reading level. However, it could be used with younger students for just the pictures or with whole classroom instruction and teacher reading.

tag(s): earth (233), mars (40), moon (72), planets (127), solar system (119), space (220)

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During a unit on the solar system with eighth or ninth grade students, share this link on your class website. Have students view the site at home and be ready with three questions about what they saw and read it the next day. Start class discussion with these questions. Have students help each other answer one another's questions in large group instruction. Or, have students break out into groups and exchange questions to see if they can answer each others questions. Debrief by addressing popular misconceptions, discussion art as a way of interpreting actual scientific fact, and answer any remaining questions. For younger students, show the images on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Talk about what each picture is and have the students listen to the sound of lightening on Saturn and compare it to lightening on Earth.
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Teaching the Levees - Teachers College Columbia University

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6 to 12
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This site was created as a companion to Spike Lee's documentary "When the Levees Broke" about Hurricane Katrina. However, with the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf, the Louisiana levees ...more
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This site was created as a companion to Spike Lee's documentary "When the Levees Broke" about Hurricane Katrina. However, with the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf, the Louisiana levees were in the news again. The site contains a downloadable curriculum including lessons on the history of New Orleans, discussion of government's role in managing large-scale disasters, and concepts of environmental justice. There are links to other teachers' shared lesson plans, an accounting of the curriculum's relation to national social studies standards, and more information about the Spike Lee film itself.

tag(s): environment (322), hurricanes (40), louisiana (11), oil (41), oil spill (18)

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Use the site in conjunction with lessons on the US Gulf coast, or as an example of how we negotiate the government's role and responsibility in helping after a large-scale disaster. The menu includes access to pictures and comments from the general public. You will want to preview this area before sharing it in class. Have cooperative learning groups investigate specific areas of this site and create videos to share with the class using a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here).

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Very good resource for more than just one discipline. I used it in my Global Studies class. I loved it. Kevin, MS, Grades: 6 - 12

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Hurricane Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students understand hurricanes and the historic events surrounding major hurricanes. Explore...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students understand hurricanes and the historic events surrounding major hurricanes. Explore these resources during a unit on weather or disasters and include related projects and classroom activities. Classrooms in hurricane-prone areas may want to stop to observe anniversaries of local hurricane history or even to conduct local history projects in conjunction with some of these starter resources. Turn frightening natural disasters into positive learning using the background on these helpful sites.

tag(s): disasters (40), hurricanes (40), natural disasters (19), weather (198)

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Use this complete list as a research source for student projects during a unit on weather or choose one or two specific sites to use. These reviews all include ideas for classroom use.

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Wikimedia Commons - Wkimedia Foundation

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K to 12
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Wikimedia Commons is a huge database of free media files (images, sound, and video clips) available in a wide range of languages. You can both access or contribute files. Using ...more
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Wikimedia Commons is a huge database of free media files (images, sound, and video clips) available in a wide range of languages. You can both access or contribute files. Using the same technology as Wikipedia, you can edit, upload, and embed media file projects into any Wikimedia project. Every media file comes with a description, name of the author and complete licensing details. Search for videos, images, or sound media by keyword, content categories, nature, science, or society. This is an amazing resource to use when searching for any multimedia content.

tag(s): creative commons (22)

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Address the needs of the visual learner and include media files as part of the research process. Wikipedia Commons offers a way for students to gain an understanding of content through images, sounds, and video. Give students the opportunity to communicate their knowledge by narrating a slideshow of images found on Wikipedia Commons or create multimedia presentations on a site such as Lucidpress, reviewed here. These free media files will also help ELL or ESL teachers explain concepts and key vocabulary. This site is a valuable resource for imagery useful when creating presentations, lectures, digital stories, reports or to include on a class websites. Students learning a foreign language may benefit from using Wikipedia Commons to learn about more about the culture and lifestyle of the country whose language they are studying.

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