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Earthtrips - A Virtual Tour into the Earth's History - Paleontological Research Institution

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Take your students on an on-line field exploration adventure with one of several virtual trips offered on this site. Select a tour based on time period or locality and learn ...more
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Take your students on an on-line field exploration adventure with one of several virtual trips offered on this site. Select a tour based on time period or locality and learn about the geologic history of the United States. High quality, close-up photographs provide "the next best thing to being there" experience as students observe the raw data of earth science.

tag(s): geology (82), paleontology (42), states (162)

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Select the region that pertains to your unit, and save the site as a favorite on classroom computers. The site offers multiple webquests that make it the perfect learning center or station. Have students complete the webquests in pairs or cooperative learning groups. The details of the webquest combine geography, history and science - making it easily usable in any of those classes.

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Vertebrate Flight Exhibit - UC Berkeley

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Man may have been flying for only a century, but other vertebrates have been doing it for millions of years! Take a virtual tour of the University of California's Paleontology ...more
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Man may have been flying for only a century, but other vertebrates have been doing it for millions of years! Take a virtual tour of the University of California's Paleontology Vertebrate Flight Exhibit. If you're just introducing the mechanics of flight, embarking on a study of natural history and prehistoric life, or looking for a new approach to an old physics lesson, this site can provide a wealth of information. Each topic of the exhibit can be explored independently or the entire site can be treated as a tutorial, with each section flowing logically to the next. The text requires a fairly high level of reading, but is brief. Links providing further explanation of key terms are found throughout the site.

tag(s): flight (36), paleontology (42)

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Bagheera in the Wild

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Use this award winning site to introduce students to the importance of saving endangered species. Colorful and descriptive information on vanishing and extinct species are directly...more
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Use this award winning site to introduce students to the importance of saving endangered species. Colorful and descriptive information on vanishing and extinct species are directly linked to class activities and a thorough glossary of unfamiliar terms. Select from a range of activity ideas that require students to inquire, analyze, compare, and use their imagination. A special section of the site includes articles on important issues that affect endangered animals - from Eskimo Subsistence Whaling, to Global Warming, to Human Population Growth.

tag(s): endangered species (38), extinction (4), population (61), species (29)

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P.O.V.'s Borders - Environment - PBS

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This Web-only documentary series by PBS is an interactive exploration of "borders" in our lives. In this episode, decisions concerning what we eat, drink, and breathe are examined....more
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This Web-only documentary series by PBS is an interactive exploration of "borders" in our lives. In this episode, decisions concerning what we eat, drink, and breathe are examined. What do we choose and why? This is a very well done, yet rather cerebral site that would be best suited for independent investigation in a computer lab (headphones required) followed by discussion. Lesson plans are available for download.

tag(s): ecology (135)

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Brine Shrimp Project - North Carolina State University

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The plan outlines a seven-day laboratory investigation of factors affecting the hatching and development of brine shrimp eggs. Originally field-tested with 10th grade students, the...more
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The plan outlines a seven-day laboratory investigation of factors affecting the hatching and development of brine shrimp eggs. Originally field-tested with 10th grade students, the activity can easily be adapted for use with all grade levels.

tag(s): habitats (85), oceans (150)

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For younger students, the experiment may be carried out as a single class project. Secondary students can work in independent teams to develop and test their hypotheses. The plan includes work sheets and an evaluation rubric. This lesson supports National Science Content Standards for grades K-12. April J. Cleveland designed this lesson plan for Science Junction at North Carolina State University.

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Shedd Aquarium Educational Materials - Shedd Aquarium

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Chicago's Shedd Aquarium has built an impressive online collection of lesson plans and other instructional tools, including several nice interactive animations. While much of the content...more
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Chicago's Shedd Aquarium has built an impressive online collection of lesson plans and other instructional tools, including several nice interactive animations. While much of the content relates to the aquarium's exhibits, the range of subjects includes most grade levels and many of the topics that might appear in a curriculum on ocean habitats.

tag(s): marine biology (33), oceans (150)

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Introduction to Bats - US Fish and Wildlife Service

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The US Fish and Wildlife Service offers this introduction to the only true flying mammals. The site includes a fair amount of copy on common misconceptions about bats, then goes ...more
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The US Fish and Wildlife Service offers this introduction to the only true flying mammals. The site includes a fair amount of copy on common misconceptions about bats, then goes on to cover how different species live and interact with the rest of the animal kingdom.

tag(s): mammals (33)

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Wildfacts - BBC

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This online wild creatures resource from the BBC is surprisingly complete and visually interesting. Users can select a creature from a very extensive list, then view a nice selection...more
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This online wild creatures resource from the BBC is surprisingly complete and visually interesting. Users can select a creature from a very extensive list, then view a nice selection of images and read detailed descriptions of the creatures and their lives. With a little previewing, this resource could be used at a variety of levels, especially by upper elementary and middle school students.

tag(s): amphibians (20), animals (284), birds (52), fish (26), mammals (33)

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Understanding Geologic Time - University of California

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"Billions and billions of years" can be a tough concept to convey, and this site does a nice job of making it understandable secondary students. The site's interactive elements will...more
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"Billions and billions of years" can be a tough concept to convey, and this site does a nice job of making it understandable secondary students. The site's interactive elements will help reinforce the content and the progression of life forms from the earliest to the present.

tag(s): evolution (102), fossils (46), geologic time (9), logic (236), time (142)

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Wind with Miller - Danish Ministry of Education et al.

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There is more to this one than initially meets the eye. The site offers lots of detail on how wind power generation works, and the science and physics behind turning ...more
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There is more to this one than initially meets the eye. The site offers lots of detail on how wind power generation works, and the science and physics behind turning wind into electricity. step by step simulations help to tell the story in animated fashion. There is also a teachers guide, available in printed or online form. Videos mentioned in the teacher's guide seem to no longer be on the site.

tag(s): electricity (91)

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Use the animations to illustrate the physics of wind turbines over the interactive whiteboard or projector. Don't just be a Vanna - have student volunteers move the wind scale to show how the wind turbine reacts to slow and fast wind speeds.
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Strange Science

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Earth science, geology, and paleontology students will appreciate this site aimed at explaining how today's body of knowledge about prehistoric species came to be. There have been innumerable...more
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Earth science, geology, and paleontology students will appreciate this site aimed at explaining how today's body of knowledge about prehistoric species came to be. There have been innumerable goof and misconceptions along the way, and this site is a great illustration of how scientific knowledge evolves over time. The site also contains a wealth of fossil facts.

tag(s): fossils (46), paleontology (42)

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Harmony - John James Audubon - Quebec Museum of Culture

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This unique site presents animated, multimedia views of several of Audubon's beloved paintings. Some of the paintings evolve visually from a simple single-color image to a full painting,...more
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This unique site presents animated, multimedia views of several of Audubon's beloved paintings. Some of the paintings evolve visually from a simple single-color image to a full painting, while others provide glimpses into the incredible detail of Audubon's work. Music and literary quotes round out this beautifully designed fine arts experience. This resource could be creatively incorporated into an art OR life science class. Created by Mus?e Virtuel Canada.

tag(s): birds (52)

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All About Glaciers - National Snow and Ice Data Center

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The National Snow and Ice Data Center offers this primer on glaciers and their characteristics. While the site is almost entirely static text and images, there's a wealth of content...more
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The National Snow and Ice Data Center offers this primer on glaciers and their characteristics. While the site is almost entirely static text and images, there's a wealth of content here, and even more is available from the many links to other scientific sources. This would be a great starting point for a student research project, or for a teacher building a unit on glaciers or mountain and polar climates.

tag(s): antarctica (29), arctic (45), climate (92), glaciers (15)

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Kalahari - The Great Thirstland - PBS Nature

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The companion site for the PBS Nature program of the same name, this site offers additional information on the species and ecosystems of the Kalahari region. While there is no ...more
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The companion site for the PBS Nature program of the same name, this site offers additional information on the species and ecosystems of the Kalahari region. While there is no specific teachers' guide, a variety of links provide information about species and regions covered by other programs in this series.

tag(s): africa (179), deserts (11)

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San Francisco Historical Photographs - San Francisco Public Library

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The San Francisco Public Library offers a searchable online collection of photos, with information about additional collections available locally. While this collection will be of interest...more
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The San Francisco Public Library offers a searchable online collection of photos, with information about additional collections available locally. While this collection will be of interest primarily in northern California, its collection of images taken after the 1906 earthquake would be useful for any study of earthquakes and their effects. Read the basics on the home page, then click to Search Digitized Images or Browse one of the collections.

tag(s): air (163), earth (231), earthquakes (49)

In the Classroom

Allow students to use the images (with appropriate citations under Fair Use, of course) as part of their reports or PowerPoint presentations on California, earthquakes, the twentieth century, and more!

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Great White Bear - Nature

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Created to accompany the PBS Nature series, this site offers several pages, nearly all text, about polar bears. That content is informative, as are the resource links, but don't bother...more
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Created to accompany the PBS Nature series, this site offers several pages, nearly all text, about polar bears. That content is informative, as are the resource links, but don't bother with the links for teacher materials or puzzles, which link to materials for other programs in the series, but not this one. Add this one to your favorites for a unit on bears, the Arctic, or biomes and ecosystems.

tag(s): arctic (45), ecosystems (89), polar (19)

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All About Wind Chill - Canadian Government

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From the Canadians (and who would know better?) comes this detailed explanation of wind chill, how to calculate it, and how it affects us. Try this one as a handy ...more
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From the Canadians (and who would know better?) comes this detailed explanation of wind chill, how to calculate it, and how it affects us. Try this one as a handy reference tool or as a mathematical challenge for students. For extra credit, have them convert the Celsius formulas into Fahrenheit!

tag(s): temperature (31), weather (194)

In the Classroom

Use this site as a reference tool for students working on a wind chill lesson or activity. Have students determine the wind chills of multiple locations using the formulas and information on this site. Be sure to save the site as a favorite on classroom computers to allow students easy retrieval of the information.

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Global Warming - Beloit College

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Created at Beloit College, this slightly quirky collection of Quicktime movies and applets illustrates aspects of global warming and climate change from the last ice age to the present....more
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Created at Beloit College, this slightly quirky collection of Quicktime movies and applets illustrates aspects of global warming and climate change from the last ice age to the present. Additional text explains many of the concepts, but the site is primarily a visual tool.

tag(s): climate (92), weather (194)

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Teachers may find this one an interesting tool kit to use when discussing global warming issues.

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Tiger Foundation

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There's a variety of information on tigers available from this Canadian site dedicated to preserving tigers and their habitats. The text includes well-illustrated descriptions of various...more
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There's a variety of information on tigers available from this Canadian site dedicated to preserving tigers and their habitats. The text includes well-illustrated descriptions of various tiger subspecies and the countries in which they live. Other areas of the site are still "under construction." This one could be used at a variety of grade levels.

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Water on the Web - Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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6 to 12
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As with anything involving water, lots of the good stuff in this site lies beneath the surface. Developed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the site introduces the interplay...more
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As with anything involving water, lots of the good stuff in this site lies beneath the surface. Developed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the site introduces the interplay of science, public policy, and resource management that go into managing water resources. These take the form of a collection of lessons and related background information that ask students to examine scientific facts and develop management strategies for water resources.

tag(s): environment (319), resources (112), water (131)

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Both the approach and the lesson topics are attractive, and this one could be a winner for thoughtful secondary science faculties.
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