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Bugs in the News

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This is a site about microorganisms, not insects. There are concise explanations of a variety of organisms and genetic issues, most listed in a "what the heck is a..." format. ...more
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This is a site about microorganisms, not insects. There are concise explanations of a variety of organisms and genetic issues, most listed in a "what the heck is a..." format. It's informal, but easy to use and informative.

tag(s): insects (70)

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Tarantulas!

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This site contains lots of images and detailed descriptions of these large, often furry arachnids. While it's not the sort of thing that everyone will love, there's lots of material...more
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This site contains lots of images and detailed descriptions of these large, often furry arachnids. While it's not the sort of thing that everyone will love, there's lots of material for research papers, class presentations, and the like. This may be one case where viewing on the computer is better than seeing the real thing!

tag(s): insects (70), spiders (10)

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Spacerace - Smithsonian Institution

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The Space Race grew out of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, the most powerful nations after World War II. At the end of the ...more
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The Space Race grew out of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, the most powerful nations after World War II. At the end of the Cold War, the United States and Russia agreed to build a space station and pursue other joint ventures in space. A contest that began in fear and enmity has become a partnership. At this site you get to participate in this race!

tag(s): cold war (29), space (213)

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Solar System Simulator - NASA

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NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab offers this java-based site which lets students see what the solar system, or any part thereof, would look like from another location. You can see what ...more
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NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab offers this java-based site which lets students see what the solar system, or any part thereof, would look like from another location. You can see what the stars and planets would look like from the surface of Saturn or one of Jupiter's moons. The site is both a great learning tool and a wonderful simulation example.

tag(s): planets (127), solar system (123)

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Sky Online

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This very well planned site helps you and your students understand and explore astronomy. It explains astronomy in everyday language. It contains a calendar of celestial events. There...more
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This very well planned site helps you and your students understand and explore astronomy. It explains astronomy in everyday language. It contains a calendar of celestial events. There are also tips for everyone. There is also software and astronomy hardware for sale. The site includes pictures of many astronomic events, lists of astronomy clubs, planetariums, science museums, and observatory locations from all around the world. You can find your hometown facility and print it out in minutes!

tag(s): stars (64)

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Probably the coolest part of this website is entitled "observing," which provides helpful calendars, explanations and images of solar events that are happening soon locally. Refer to this site for upcoming solar phenomena, and encourage students to go out and observe on their own. If there are events in the area, assign students to observe and create a report based on what they saw! If students are able to gather images of the event, we recommend a tool like UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture, and could provide some cool presentations in class.

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Rocket Principles - Nasa, Teacher Link

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This site, created with the help of NASA, provides a fully-illustrated introduction to rockets and the scientific principles that make them work. The illustrations make the material...more
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This site, created with the help of NASA, provides a fully-illustrated introduction to rockets and the scientific principles that make them work. The illustrations make the material comprehensible for younger students, and the text provides sufficient content for those working at a more advanced level.

tag(s): rockets (14), space (213)

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Sea World Animal Facts - SeaWorld/Busch Gardens

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This site, created by Sea World and Busch Gardens, offers a lot of information about a variety of animals. There are animal infobooks, sound clips, photos, "Ask Shamu," Wild World ...more
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This site, created by Sea World and Busch Gardens, offers a lot of information about a variety of animals. There are animal infobooks, sound clips, photos, "Ask Shamu," Wild World adventures in a safari and zoo, fun zones with coloring pages, games, a teacher's guide, and more. There are lesson plans for grades K-12 (see the Teacher's link). This site requires Flash and Adobe Acrobat (for the teacher's guide). You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): ecosystems (89), mammals (33), oceans (150)

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Use your interactive whiteboard or projector to share the neat interactives and soundclips at this site. This site is also great for research projects, science lessons, and more. Be sure to check out the Teacher's link for some great lesson ideas!
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The Mad Scientist Network

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This site has a lot of research available for viewing. The research is detailed and in plain text. There is also a tutorial of the human body that better explains ...more
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This site has a lot of research available for viewing. The research is detailed and in plain text. There is also a tutorial of the human body that better explains the functions of organs and how they work together. A great research tool for biology students! Nice animation, including a guided tour of the human body with key points outlined. From Washington University Medical School.

tag(s): human body (124)

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Teachers of younger students will find material useful for background to their teaching.

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The Hummingbird Site

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This "all hummingbirds" site offers information, pictures, and links to third party resources dealing with hummingbirds and their habitats. Lots of good information, and even more details...more
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This "all hummingbirds" site offers information, pictures, and links to third party resources dealing with hummingbirds and their habitats. Lots of good information, and even more details on some of the sites to which this site links.

tag(s): birds (52)

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Bug Bios - Insects on the Web

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Here's a web site about insects that's as complete as it is visually appealing. The site provides insect classifications, information, and great images, all organized in a way that...more
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Here's a web site about insects that's as complete as it is visually appealing. The site provides insect classifications, information, and great images, all organized in a way that makes the site easy to use for students at various levels. If your curriculum includes insects, this site is well worth a visit.

tag(s): insects (70)

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Field Guides - Audubon Society

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The Audubon Society's collection of field guides, with links to more specifics. ...more
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The Audubon Society's collection of field guides, with links to more specifics.

tag(s): virtual field trips (48)

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Colorado River Report

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tag(s): biomes (115)

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Water: From Sky to Sea

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Lakes and Ponds

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CyberZoo: Deserts - Syracuse University

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Eco-Quest: Desert Edition - Privately Published

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Mariana Trench

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Aquatic Animals

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Ocean Current, Climate and Weather - Chris Carter Saddleback Unified School District

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A teacher's collection of links and activities for ocena, currents, climate, and weather, this ia a "plain vanilla" site but gets lots of traffic as a starting point for lesson ...more
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A teacher's collection of links and activities for ocena, currents, climate, and weather, this ia a "plain vanilla" site but gets lots of traffic as a starting point for lesson planning and instruction. Some of the questions for students to answer are right there on the page

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Use this as a preliminary activity for students to "browse" the new topics and activate prior knowledge before you begin formal lessons.

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Ocean Waves

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