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Congo Gorilla Forest - Bronx Zoo

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6 to 12
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This site offers a virtual tour of the Bronx (New York) Zoo's Congo Gorilla exhibit, complete with short Quicktime movie clips. A virtual map explains the various simulated environments...more
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This site offers a virtual tour of the Bronx (New York) Zoo's Congo Gorilla exhibit, complete with short Quicktime movie clips. A virtual map explains the various simulated environments and the creatures that live there. There's enough content that the site could serve as a sort of mini-introduction to the Congo habitat and inhabitants.

tag(s): africa (180), forests (29), jungles (7), rainforests (13)

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WorldWeather.org - United Nations

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Want the weather for Wellington? Will it be balmy in Bombay? This UN weather site has weather information for cities all over the world. As such, it's a ready store ...more
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Want the weather for Wellington? Will it be balmy in Bombay? This UN weather site has weather information for cities all over the world. As such, it's a ready store of climate data for any unit on weather observations, or even to use as an illustration of variances around the globe. It's nothing fancy, but there's lots of information.

tag(s): weather (188)

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Life of Mammals - BBC

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BBC's companion web site to the program of the same name offers quizzes (e.g. name this sound...), live web cams, and lots of supplementary information on how mammals live. While ...more
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BBC's companion web site to the program of the same name offers quizzes (e.g. name this sound...), live web cams, and lots of supplementary information on how mammals live. While teachers won't be able to build a complete curriculum here, the variety of activities could be a neat supplement to elementary or middle school studies of animals and habitats. You'll want a fast connection to make some of these features work well.

tag(s): ecosystems (88), environment (317), habitats (84), mammals (32)

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Northern Alaska Environmental Center

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This conservationist (and proud of it) site offers lots of detail on the size and fragility of the Alaskan environment and the potential impact of extensive intrusion into that environment....more
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This conservationist (and proud of it) site offers lots of detail on the size and fragility of the Alaskan environment and the potential impact of extensive intrusion into that environment. Useful information for any discussion on the management of natural resources, or for background on the state itself.

tag(s): alaska (25), arctic (44), ecosystems (88), oil (45)

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Woods Hole Education Programs - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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The K-12 education section of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution offers a collection of extensive online education tools. Students can search for toxic algae, join one of several...more
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The K-12 education section of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution offers a collection of extensive online education tools. Students can search for toxic algae, join one of several expeditions, even learn about women with careers in oceanography. Depending on age level, these exhibits will work for either individual or group use.

tag(s): marine biology (33), oceans (148)

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Why is the Woolly Mammoth Extinct? - American Association for the Advancement of Science

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That's the problem in this lesson for high school students from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Introducing the concept that scientific conclusions are subject...more
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That's the problem in this lesson for high school students from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Introducing the concept that scientific conclusions are subject to revision, the lesson examines recent expeditions to learn more about the fate of these huge mammals that once populated the north American continent. There's science, sleuthing, and more in this lesson.

tag(s): evolution (100), extinction (4)

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Understanding Geologic Time - U.C. Berkeley

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5 to 10
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This site from U.C. Berkeley introduces students to geologic time, the evidence for events in Earth's history, relative and absolute dating techniques, and the significance of the geologic...more
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This site from U.C. Berkeley introduces students to geologic time, the evidence for events in Earth's history, relative and absolute dating techniques, and the significance of the geologic time scale. Suitable for grades 5-10, the site uses animation effectively and is well-organized. Created with support from the National Science Foundation.

tag(s): evolution (100), fossils (44), geologic time (9), logic (235), paleontology (41)

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This webquest is a GREAT way to teach about geologic time in a way that is very student oriented. Save the site as a favorite on classroom computers, and have students work on it in pairs or cooperative learning groups. This could be used in any Earth Science or Geography class.

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What Did T. rex Taste Like? - U.C. Berkeley

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This well-organized site from U.C. Berkeley provides high school students with an introduction to cladistics (a way of organizing living things by common ancestry and evolutionary relationships)...more
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This well-organized site from U.C. Berkeley provides high school students with an introduction to cladistics (a way of organizing living things by common ancestry and evolutionary relationships) and involves students in posing hypotheses about past life based upon evolutionary history. The site was created with support from the National Science Foundation.

tag(s): dinosaurs (57), evolution (100), fossils (44)

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Use this activity as a learning center or station during a unit on cladistics. Save this site as a favorite on classroom computers and have students complete the activity in pairs or cooperative learning groups. This would be a great activity during a Biology class. As an extension, students can summarize what they learned in an flow chart or graphic organizer. Have students use a site such as Befuddler, (reviewed here).

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Getting Into the Fossil Record - U.C. Berkeley

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Created at U.C. Berkeley with support from the National Science Foundation, Getting Into the Fossil Record helps students gain a basic understanding of what a fossil is and how a ...more
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Created at U.C. Berkeley with support from the National Science Foundation, Getting Into the Fossil Record helps students gain a basic understanding of what a fossil is and how a fossil forms. The site is designed for two levels: grades 5-8 or grades 9-12.

tag(s): fossils (44), geology (81), paleontology (41)

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Pair students in pairs and have them complete the webquest during a unit on archaeology and the fossil record left behind by dinosaurs. As a culminating activity after the webquest, have students create a concept map showing how fossils are formed. Use a tool such as bubbl.us (reviewed here) to create and share the concept maps.

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Life Has a History - U.C. Berkeley

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This extremely well-organized site from U.C. Berkeley introduces students to the history of life and how it results in today's biodiversity. The site includes three different levels...more
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This extremely well-organized site from U.C. Berkeley introduces students to the history of life and how it results in today's biodiversity. The site includes three different levels for grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12, making this an introduction that can be used in virtually any classroom setting. Created with support from the National Science Foundation.

tag(s): biodiversity (38), diversity (36), evolution (100), fossils (44)

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Solid Waste and Energy - EPA

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Power from garbage? It's not as silly as it sounds, and this EPA site offers lots of illustrations showing how solid waste and recycling programs can contribute to meeting growing ...more
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Power from garbage? It's not as silly as it sounds, and this EPA site offers lots of illustrations showing how solid waste and recycling programs can contribute to meeting growing energy needs. Try this one as part of an earth day event, or as the basis for a science project or demonstration.

tag(s): energy (197), recycling (57)

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Creative teachers will find lots of "raw material" in this one.

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Geology Time Scales - U.C. Berkeley

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Here's a venerable site from U.C. Berkeley that offers a simple, graphic illustration of geological time scales and terminology. This one would be useful for an introductory geology...more
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Here's a venerable site from U.C. Berkeley that offers a simple, graphic illustration of geological time scales and terminology. This one would be useful for an introductory geology course, as part of a fossil study, or to help students understand just how old "old" can be.

tag(s): fossils (44), geology (81), paleontology (41)

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Prehistoric Life - Victoria Museum, Australia

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This basic introduction to paleontology from Australia's Victoria Museum offers a look at fossils, dinosaurs, and prehistoric animals. Teachers may find it interesting to see how fossil...more
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This basic introduction to paleontology from Australia's Victoria Museum offers a look at fossils, dinosaurs, and prehistoric animals. Teachers may find it interesting to see how fossil records differ in Australia from those in the U.S. and Europe.

tag(s): dinosaurs (57), fossils (44), paleontology (41)

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From Jungle to Lab - The Exploratorium

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Here's another great site from San Francisco's Exploratorium. Learn how researchers study the jungle, both on-site and in the laboratory. Users with high-speed connections will enjoy...more
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Here's another great site from San Francisco's Exploratorium. Learn how researchers study the jungle, both on-site and in the laboratory. Users with high-speed connections will enjoy the Quicktime movie interviews with the scientists - further proof that science can be engaging, interesting, even fun.

tag(s): forests (29), jungles (7)

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Insectclopedia

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This large metasite offers a well-organized collection of scores of links relating to the study and categorization of insects. Like most sites of this nature, there are no explanations...more
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This large metasite offers a well-organized collection of scores of links relating to the study and categorization of insects. Like most sites of this nature, there are no explanations of the links, so you may have to hunt to find what you're after. We've included this one because of the number of resources the authors have found.

tag(s): insects (69)

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Earth2Class - Columbia University

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This is a site for earth science teachers. It offers a collection of resources, professional development opportunities, and a huge archive of data sources for earth science activities....more
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This is a site for earth science teachers. It offers a collection of resources, professional development opportunities, and a huge archive of data sources for earth science activities. The site itself assumes significant technical capabilities on the part of the user, especially for the use and implementation of the data sets. This site could be a gold mine for teachers with the appropriate technical skills

tag(s): data (148), maps (288)

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Operation Migration

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How do you teach whooping cranes to migrate? This naturalist did it by leading the way in his ultralight aircraft, and this site chronicles the multi-year effort to create an ...more
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How do you teach whooping cranes to migrate? This naturalist did it by leading the way in his ultralight aircraft, and this site chronicles the multi-year effort to create an entirely new crane flock with its own migration patterns. There are great maps and photos, the sort of stuff that can bring biology and earth science concepts to life.

tag(s): birds (50), migration (59)

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Biodiversity Hotspots

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Here's an elegant and detailed look at the ecological threats to several dozen areas around the world. The content is keyed to serious adult users, so secondary science students will...more
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Here's an elegant and detailed look at the ecological threats to several dozen areas around the world. The content is keyed to serious adult users, so secondary science students will find this one useful with some vocabulary assistance. This would be a good supplementary resource for a study of the interactions between humans and their environment.

tag(s): biodiversity (38), diversity (36), ecosystems (88)

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Spaceship Earth - Buckminster Fuller Institute

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This unit from the Buckminster Fuller Institute offers a multimedia introduction to creating sustainable ecosystems. Users can compare scenarios: do nothing vs. working pro-actively,...more
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This unit from the Buckminster Fuller Institute offers a multimedia introduction to creating sustainable ecosystems. Users can compare scenarios: do nothing vs. working pro-actively, to see how humans can have an impact on their environment. Middle and high school students will find this site's "everything relates to everything else" perspective challenging. Be prepared for some interesting discussions.

tag(s): biodiversity (38), diversity (36), sustainability (19)

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Panda Central - San Diego Zoo

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The San Diego Zoo's panda pages offer a plethora of photos and other information about China's most reclusive citizens. Besides being undeniably cute, pandas make a great preservation...more
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The San Diego Zoo's panda pages offer a plethora of photos and other information about China's most reclusive citizens. Besides being undeniably cute, pandas make a great preservation study with some interesting international overtones. It now includes a live webcam stream of the pandas 24 hours a day

tag(s): animals (276), china (66), endangered species (38), species (29)

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Both elementary and secondary teachers will find this one useful.

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