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World Climate - Robert Hoare

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5 to 12
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Users can find average temperature readings by clicking on common locations or entering any world city into a search box. Answers show three readings, Average Maximum Temps, Average...more
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Users can find average temperature readings by clicking on common locations or entering any world city into a search box. Answers show three readings, Average Maximum Temps, Average Minimum, 24 hour readings, as well as longitude and latitude.. Depending on the area, other data includes rainfall, sea-level pressure, station level pressure, and general information about the area's geography. Searchers must use native language spellings of larger cities and must settle for information about the main cities of the world.

tag(s): climate (92), earth (228), earth day (112), environment (317), temperature (29), weather (188)

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Use the data along with world maps (or Google Earth) for students to draw conclusions about geographic features and weather or to collect weather data over a time period to compare seasonal differences between northern and southern hemispheres. As part of an Earth Day or climate comparison activity, have students create a color-coded climate data "globe" in small groups, showing major cities and their weather data by color. You can use basketballs and sticky colored contact paper to cut out continents and climate zones, or have students make the map on an interactive whiteboard using a globe projection and highlghter tools in different colors. Older students can use the raw data as part of study of climate and cultural differences, environmental issues, or related topics.

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The Cryosphere Today - University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

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6 to 12
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If you teach about weather, climate, or the Earth, this site has wonderful images to make the concepts real. See current and archived images of the polar ice in the ...more
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If you teach about weather, climate, or the Earth, this site has wonderful images to make the concepts real. See current and archived images of the polar ice in the northern hemisphere and follow the data tracking on the changes over many years. There are also graphs of the data and time-lapse video clips of the changes over six year periods. (See the small text links near the top---easy to miss). The videos require Quicktime. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): climate (92), polar (19), weather (188)

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These images are ideal for a projector or interactive whiteboard, once you orient students to the views looking down at the pole. The easiest way to figure out which land mass is which is to look for the Aleutian Islands trailing off from Alaska. Note that the videos take a few moments to download, even on a quick connection, and you have no sign that something is happening. Be patient: wait at least 15 seconds for each to open up. Then watch the seasons (and ice) come and go over a multi-year span in each video.

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Science Fair Project Resource Guide - The Internet Public Library

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4 to 12
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This site provides a good introduction to science fairs to help teachers, students and parents. There are separate sections of information on getting started, choosing a topic, completing...more
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This site provides a good introduction to science fairs to help teachers, students and parents. There are separate sections of information on getting started, choosing a topic, completing the project, displaying the project and the Scientific Method. The section and links on Scientific Method are quite useful, even if your school does not do a science fair.

tag(s): air (163), scientific method (64)

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As you study scientific method, use the science fair examples as exercises for students to identify independent and dependent variables for the various projects. Give students the links to "find" experiments and analyze them with a partner or do this analysis as a class, sharing the project ideas on a projector or interactive whiteboard. The whiteboard tools would allow you to color code and highlight the various steps of scientific method consistently to help learning support students.

Include this site on your teacher web page for students and parents to access as a reference. Consider directing students and parents to particular links within this site that apply to the science fair students are participating in.

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Homework High - 4Learning

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5 to 10
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This is a great website to provide for your students to use at home. If they get stuck on a homework question, they can try searching for the answer ...more
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This is a great website to provide for your students to use at home. If they get stuck on a homework question, they can try searching for the answer at Homework High. The variety of topics includes math, science, history, geography, English and language (including French, German, and Spanish). The website also provides links to other websites for additional practice. There are also tips for improving study skills.

tag(s): french (88), german (64), homework (44), spanish (108)

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Include a link to this website on your classroom newsletter or from your teacher web page for student help at home.

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Seeing Science - Science & Technology Facility Council

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4 to 12
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This website provides interactive lesson plans in numerous science subjects including life, space, materials, food, environment and light. Some of the unique science topics include...more
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This website provides interactive lesson plans in numerous science subjects including life, space, materials, food, environment and light. Some of the unique science topics include anthrax, Pluto, cement, chocolate, plants and more! The activities are designed to use with students ages 11-16, but could be adapted for students younger or older. Each lesson has a teacher section (with lesson plans, notes and more), a student section (with printable worksheets), and an interactive/multimedia section (with videos, audio, games and more). These lessons are motivational, technological and educational - you do not want to miss this exciting opportunity! The interactive activities requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): chocolate (7), plants (145), safety (91), solar system (119)

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Anyone teaching upper elementary and secondary science should check this free website for activites correlated to your curriculum. Your first choices should be replacements for units you find tedious or only marginally successful. Try a new way, and see the learning happen. Most of these activities are perfectly suited for an interactive whiteboard.
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National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration Learning Videos Demo - National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration

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6 to 12
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Where else can you 'catch a wave' as you learn about ocean waves? Fifteen videos feature everything from Deep Sea Corals to Tides to Ocean Pollution. Topics include: Plate ...more
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Where else can you 'catch a wave' as you learn about ocean waves? Fifteen videos feature everything from Deep Sea Corals to Tides to Ocean Pollution. Topics include: Plate Tectonics, Mid-Ocean Ridges, Subduction Zones, Chemosynthesis, Hydrothermal Vents, Benthos, Water Cycle, Currents, Hurricanes, and Seamounts. Intriguing video footage of rarely-seen ocean creatures and ocean atmospheric conditions offer teachers an new approach to bringing the world to the student. Activities and questions accompany each video. Answers to activity questions are hidden until prompted by a click. Each topic is explored further through the Global Impact tab. For amazing photos with written explanations on each subject, click the Explore section.The videos load quickly on a high speed connection.

tag(s): coral (12), hurricanes (35), oceans (148), plate tectonics (23), tides (7), tornadoes (16), waves (21)

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Use the videos for whole class instruction using an interactive whiteboard or projector. A printable version of each video presentation is also available. Middle and high school reading and special education and ESL/ELL teachers would appreciate using this authentic text: students can listen to the video while following along in the text copy.
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National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration Fun for Kids - National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration

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2 to 12
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Hours of exploration of the ocean or atmosphere await you at this site. From tornado and hurricane preparedness to working an oceanographic puzzle with participants around the globe,...more
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Hours of exploration of the ocean or atmosphere await you at this site. From tornado and hurricane preparedness to working an oceanographic puzzle with participants around the globe, there is something here for kids and kids-at-heart. Students can attend the online weather school, then explore the Fish FAQs link.

Teachers will find a wealth of resources for classroom use at several subsections. Don't miss the Marine Life and Exploration section with added teacher resources. The NOS Education section has Discovery Kits: a wealth of lesson plans and onine activities for middle and high school. The NOAA's Ark gallery has marvelous photographs of wildlife, oceans, and more that you and students MAY dowload and use (they are in the public domain). The only requirement is that you give proper credit (read "about" the gallery). Portions of the site require Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): animals (276), coral (12), hurricanes (35), images (266), oceans (148), tides (7), waves (21), weather (188)

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Elementary teachers may want to use sections of this site as a center. Many portions include atciivities wekll-suited for laptops or lab use with students in pairs. The images are great for students creating multimedia projectsto explain what they have learned. Even if you simply want to talk about some of the creatures or science onccepts on a projector or interactive whiteboard, there are photographs and activities galore to explore with your class.
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Questioneering - Try Engineering

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9 to 12
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This virtual trivia game (appropriate for secondary level) challenges students to test their engineering skills. The game itself takes up to 10-minutes (depending on the speed of the...more
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This virtual trivia game (appropriate for secondary level) challenges students to test their engineering skills. The game itself takes up to 10-minutes (depending on the speed of the answers). This activity would work well for individual review or a class project. "Questioneering" requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): engineering (125)

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Use this science and engineering trivia quiz as a prototype for students to create their own review quizzes in science class (PowerPoint would work well) or to practice for science and quiz bowl-type competitions.
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Panoramas.dk

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K to 12
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Have a high speed Internet connection? (Most schools do)The you MUST visit these 3D virtual tours of beautiful sites all over the world with your students. Read the Welcome message...more
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Have a high speed Internet connection? (Most schools do)The you MUST visit these 3D virtual tours of beautiful sites all over the world with your students. Read the Welcome message on the home page for directions and details, then explore the current features and several years of archives for 3D virtual tours from major world capitals to true "experiences" such as Times Square and white water rafting. Even the tour of a Banyan tree will amaze you. Bring the world into your classroom for geography, landforms, world cultures, foreign language study, or literary settings. Be in the midst of festivals or atop the Sydney Bridge. The site requires Quicktime. The Welcome section can help you troubleshoot. Or you can get Quicktime from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. Just be sure to share in full screen (high band) view , if you can! Click the FULL SCREEN QTVR FEATURE > ARCHIVE to find more choices. There is also a link to Arounder, a collection of European Capitals in 3D tours.

tag(s): images (266), landforms (45)

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Use a projector--or better yet, an interactive whiteboard--to take students atop the Eiffel Tower, to the high Sierras, or aboard a Mars explorer. Allow student to navigate on the whiteboard. Nte that Shift and Ctrl keys alow you to zoom, as well. Be sure to click at the top of the 3D view to Read More about the image. These tours will make landforms real, culture come alive, and science a visual art form. As you introduce terms and place, use images! You could even use a tour as a writing prompt for poetry or descriptive writing. Include the link on your teacher web page for students to "tour the world" outside of class or feature one location a week to broaden class horizons on a classroom desktop.

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What a GREAT idea! Thank you. I found one with mountain biking and vistas. I'll put it up early in the period and come back to it in the end and have them write their exit cards about it. Then I will revisit it in a week or two when we start talking about metaphorical language. Shirley, CA, Grades: 6 - 12
I plan to use this as a way to start the school year with my sixth grade G/T kids. I will display a panorama on an interactive whiteboard-- one of mountains with peaks and valleys. I will ask, "Why would I show you this and say that this is our classroom this year?" The students will write down an idea on a slip of paper, guessing why I might use this as an introduction to my class. They will most likely introduce all of the classroom conduct and learning environment issues that I want to touch upon that first day: peaks and valleys during the year, some rugged terrain, studying mountains and geography, some amazing views (everyone's opinions), and more. It will also get them thinking in analogies and allow me to see how quickly some of them do this and how literal others are. Thinking, PA, Grades: 5 - 10

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A Science Odyssey: Mountain Maker, Earth Shaker - PBS

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6 to 12
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Learn about plate tectonics as you manipluate plates with the computer and watch the resulting changes in the earth's surface. Read detailed explanations with animated images. Then...more
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Learn about plate tectonics as you manipluate plates with the computer and watch the resulting changes in the earth's surface. Read detailed explanations with animated images. Then try the Plate Tectonics activity to manipulate the plates yourself. There is also information about the various scientists who made relevant discoveries about tectonics and what they found. The activity requires Shockwave. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page. or from the link right on the page.

tag(s): earth (228), earthquakes (48), landforms (45), plate tectonics (23)

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Share the plate tectonics siumlator on an interactve whiteboard as you learn about the different ways that plates interact. Be sure to allow students to move the plates and name the resulting changes. To further reinforce the plate activiites, have pairs of students create animated graphics on slides in PowerPoint slides showing the motions of the plates and labeling them. This could also be an alternative assessment that shows real understanding. If they can add their own sound effects, they will really enjoy themselves!

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Virtual Courseware: Earthquake - California State University

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6 to 12
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Learn about how earthquakes are measured and actually collect data to locate the epicenter of one, using this simulator. The site includes images, tutorials, and analysis tools for...more
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Learn about how earthquakes are measured and actually collect data to locate the epicenter of one, using this simulator. The site includes images, tutorials, and analysis tools for real earthquake data. Students will be reminded of nhow longitude ad latitude work (don't worry--there is a tutorial!). They will also see how important math is in manipulating scientific data. You will need to turn off your pop-up blocker to use this site and be sure to read the System Requirements! The simulator uses both Java and Flash. The instructions are user-friendly, so don't be afraid to try it. Check the System Requirements button if you are having trouble making the site "work."

tag(s): earth (228), earthquakes (48), geology (81)

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Even middle schoolers will be able to understand the earthquake simulator if you demonstrate on an interactive whiteboard. High schoolers can do it themselves after a demonstration, perhaps working with a partner. Start by sharing some of the aftermath photos so students get a sense of the impact of earthquakes. We do recommend that you play with the site a bit before using it in class.
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Interactive Whiteboard Resources - Secondary Science - Think Bank Limited

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6 to 12
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This website provides numerous resources that can be downloaded and used in secondary science classes. All of the resources are designed to use on an interactive whiteboard. Specific...more
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This website provides numerous resources that can be downloaded and used in secondary science classes. All of the resources are designed to use on an interactive whiteboard. Specific topics include genetic crossing, writing scientific explanations, mitosis and meiosis, the periodic table, rock cycles and many others. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): energy (198), matter (58), periodic table (50), solar system (119)

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Use these "ready to go" resources on your interactive whiteboard.
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Secrets of the Dead: The Sinking of the Andrea Doria - PBS

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6 to 12
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This site accompanies a PBS episode on the sinking of the Andrea Doria. Following a "crime scene investigation" model, the episode looks at the controversy behind the collision between...more
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This site accompanies a PBS episode on the sinking of the Andrea Doria. Following a "crime scene investigation" model, the episode looks at the controversy behind the collision between the Doria and the Stockholm in 1956, and efforts to examine the wreck off the coast of New England. The site's usefulness is not limited to history teachers, however! There is a significant portion devoted to the science of deep sea diving.

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Use the excellent flash-enabled interactive "Diving Deep" to illustrate the physical properties of deep-sea diving that can endanger the lives of divers. There is also a detailed lesson plan in the Teacher Toolbox section that offers hands-on activities for exploring gas laws that affect divers, and printable handouts that provide questions on the lessons.

As you study the decades of the 20th century, this site could also be an interesting independent project source for a student interested in the 50's. Gifted students as young as upper elementary might find it a springboard for a comparison of maritime disasters.
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NOVA--World in the Balance - PBS

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6 to 12
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This is a companion site to a PBS series on the forces world wide that are affecting global population. There is a wealth of information here on historical trends ...more
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This is a companion site to a PBS series on the forces world wide that are affecting global population. There is a wealth of information here on historical trends in population growth, the impact of population on the environment, and the continuing imbalance between the rich and the poor in the world. There are flash-enabled slide shows illustrating global population growth over history, and the impact of that growth on the environment. Don't miss the population counter that starts when you load the home page. It shows how many babies are born in the world since the page first loaded, and the impact is startling! A teacher's guide gives further information about using the resources in the classroom.

tag(s): demographics (19), environment (317), population (60)

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Several excellent interactives might make a strong visual impact if used on an interactive whiteboard. There is an interactive quiz that might be a good discussion starter, and matching "game" that shows demographic trends in four contrasting countries: the US, Japan, Kenya and India. These interactives give impact to discussions of the global economy, world wide environmental changes and the balance of power between "developing" and "developed" countries. Put the population counter up on a projector as student enter the room to activate prior knowledge or provide an anticipatory set.
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This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics - U.S. Geological Survey

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7 to 12
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This site provides an organized and user-friendly explanation of the history of plate tectonics as described by the U.S. Geological Survey. It includes a lot of detailed information...more
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This site provides an organized and user-friendly explanation of the history of plate tectonics as described by the U.S. Geological Survey. It includes a lot of detailed information as well as photographs and diagrams. This site has some tough reading depending on the reading level of the user. Allow plenty of time to take in all of the information.

tag(s): earth (228), earthquakes (48), geology (81), plate tectonics (23), volcanoes (61)

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This site is useful as a supplement to a geology unit or for review. Include it on your teacher web page for students to access both in and out of class. It is also a great reference tool when preparing your lesson plans. This is a great site to use when teaching about informational text(s). Open it on an interactive whiteboard and review reading strategies using highlighters and pens as you learn about plate tectonics.

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Grand Canyon Explorer - The Geology of the Grand Canyon - Bob Ribokas

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7 to 12
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This site provides an organized, easy-to-read explanation of the formation of the Grand Canyon. It includes a lot of detailed information and photos that are fascinating to peruse....more
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This site provides an organized, easy-to-read explanation of the formation of the Grand Canyon. It includes a lot of detailed information and photos that are fascinating to peruse. Allow plenty of time to enjoy all of the information. Click on the link for the USGS website on plate tectonics for an added bonus!

tag(s): geology (81), logic (235)

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USe this site as an introduction to a geology unit. Include it on your teacher web page for students to access both in and out of class. Use the accompanying log of an actual canyon trip for students to apply what they learn from the basics explained on this portion of the site.

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Grand Canyon Explorer - - Bob Ribokas

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7 to 12
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This site takes readers on a detailed, fourteen-day adventure down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. The trip includes breath-taking photos and a few videos of the river,...more
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This site takes readers on a detailed, fourteen-day adventure down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. The trip includes breath-taking photos and a few videos of the river, canyon walls, plant life and local animals. The site maintains a wealth of knowledge on geologic history. Be prepared for some lengthy reading.

tag(s): geology (81)

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As they read the descriptions of the tour, students will find first-hand accounts of some of the research being done on the Colorado River. Since most teachers cannot take an actual trip to the Grand Canyon, use this site on laptops or a projector for a virtual trip. Ask questions requiring students to find examples of various types of rock or evidence of the geologic history of the canyon. A simple set of "why?" questions about various images will challenge students to apply what they know about rock, sediment, erosion, and more.

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Zero Footprint Carbon Calculator - Zero Footprint.net

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9 to 12
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This tool allows you to calculate your contribution to greenhouse gasses by answering questions about lifestyle and behavior. A kids'...more
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This tool allows you to calculate your contribution to greenhouse gasses by answering questions about lifestyle and behavior. A kids' version is also available. The calculator is intended for adults but is quite applicable to teenagers, especially those who drive a car. This site also includes ways to "offset" carbon emissions through tree planting, etc. Some of the information is part of initiatives for which the organization solicits funds, but the research and data are informative and sobering.

This resource was featured in a recent New Teacher Hotline Podcast as one of the Tech Toolbox resources. Hear more about it on the podcast .

tag(s): carbon (21), carbon footprint (11), climate (92), climate change (64), earth (228), earth day (112), environment (317)

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Share this and the kids' calculator on your teacher web site and ask students to come up with a plan to decrease their carbon emissions as part of your unit on environmental issues. This could be a "real world" connection in geography study of natural resources or a science class on climate change.

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Sea and Sky - J.D. Knight

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5 to 10
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Explore the sea on the Seasub Cousteau or the sky in Starship Sagan using this interactive site. Offerings include in-depth information, photos, links, and vehicle explorations about...more
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Explore the sea on the Seasub Cousteau or the sky in Starship Sagan using this interactive site. Offerings include in-depth information, photos, links, and vehicle explorations about each of the two realms. Detailed descriptions of sea life forms as well as a virtual tour of the solar system accompany startling photos and accurate data. An additional feature provides links to the latest news about astronomy, space science, NASA, oceanography, marine biology, and coral reefs. Topics range from dark matter to deep sea creatures.This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): coral (12), marine biology (33), nasa (39), reefs (8), solar system (119), space (205)

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Explore your curriculum topics of oceans or space on a projector or interactive whiteboard, then assign students to specialize in their own subtopics as they explore on laptops or in a lab with a partner. Weak readers in lower grades will need help wth some portions of the longer text passages. Share this link on your teacher web page as students work both in and out of class to create a presentation, booklet, or other product from their research.
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Science Presentations - Jefferson County Schools

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K to 12
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This website truly has something for every science teacher. If you are teaching a new science topic or want to review an already introduced science concept - you must ...more
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This website truly has something for every science teacher. If you are teaching a new science topic or want to review an already introduced science concept - you must visit this website. This website provides free PowerPoint presentations on over 100+ science topics. There are presentations for grades K-5 and 6-12. If you do not have PowerPoint siftware, some of these presentations may not open, depending upon how the site-creators saved them.

tag(s): air (163), animals (276), matter (58), periodic table (50), plants (145), solar system (119), water (130)

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Try these ready-to-go PowerPoint presentations on an interactive whiteboard or projector in your classroom. Some may also be well-suited for individual students to run on a single classroom computer for remediation or review. There are games, resources and a lot of information.

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