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NDSL Science Literacy Maps - The National Science Digital Library

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K to 12
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Enter a search term or click the pulldown of science topics to see a graphical representation of how standards-based math and science concepts fit together and interrelate, then click...more
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Enter a search term or click the pulldown of science topics to see a graphical representation of how standards-based math and science concepts fit together and interrelate, then click on a single standards to find web resources and lesson plans specifically for that concept. Seeing the concepts organized in a hierarchy from K to grade 12 and "connected" to the precursors and following standards makes it much easier to see where your students have been and where they are headed in science before and after you teach them. The best part is that you can find exactly the resources you need to get them where they need to go.

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Mark this in your Favorites on TeachersFirst to access it every time you start a new science topic or unit. Consider sharing a simpler version of the same map, created in Inspiration or using an online tool such as Gliffy (our review here) or Mindomo (see review )to show your students how the content in your science classes fit with their prior knowledge and connect from unit to unit. About a month before the year ends, challenge them to work in small groups and create their OWN annotated concept maps of the "big ideas" studied during the school year.

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Exploring Africa - Michigan State University

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6 to 12
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Wow, this website is amazing! Exploring Africa brings Africa into your classroom through numerous interdisciplinary lessons. There are 20 modules (within 4 general units of study)....more
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Wow, this website is amazing! Exploring Africa brings Africa into your classroom through numerous interdisciplinary lessons. There are 20 modules (within 4 general units of study). The general units include "Why Study Africa", "Studying Africa Through the Social Studies", "Studying Africa Through the Humanities", and "Regional Perspectives". Each module contains a teacher version that includes objectives, focus questions, activities, background information, and more. These teaching and learning activities all follow the "5 E's" format: Engage, Explore, Explain, Expand, and Evaluate. The website also provides links for specific country information and current events.

tag(s): africa (172), diversity (33)

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This website is literally a textbook online. The information is ready to go and easy to use. It may not be possible to cover all of the information included in this extensive website. Pick and choose the modules that will be useful in your own classroom. Modules can easily be used independently and include detailed teacher notes, evaluations, printable pages, and more. Many of the a ctivities will work well using technology, though the plans do not specify this. For example: Share some of the maps on your interactive whiteboard or have students draw some of their "preconceived notions" about Africa on the whiteboard as part of the introductory image activities.

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JetStream - Online School for Weather - National Weather Service

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4 to 12
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This eclectic website from the National Weather Service offers a multitude of lesson plans, online quizzes, and other pertinent information related to the weather. The mix of topics...more
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This eclectic website from the National Weather Service offers a multitude of lesson plans, online quizzes, and other pertinent information related to the weather. The mix of topics includes thunderstorms, lightning, tropical weather, Doppler radar, the ocean, the atmosphere, and many others. This website also allows users to type in a zip code to find out the local weather forecast.

tag(s): atmosphere (29), weather (198)

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What a wonderful tool for teaching about the weather. Why not use the ready-made lesson plans (that include great details)? Or include the local weather forecast feature as part of your morning routine.

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Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Rocks - McDougal Littell

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6 to 12
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This fabulous interactive website takes students on a journey as a rock moves through the rock cycle. There are three pages of information and activities. Page one presents students...more
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This fabulous interactive website takes students on a journey as a rock moves through the rock cycle. There are three pages of information and activities. Page one presents students with information about the three types of rocks--igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. The introduction page also highlights the processes that change one rock type into another. Page two presents a wonderfully illustrated interactive activity demonstrating how some common rock-forming processes occur. The interactive design presents a cutaway view of Earth. There is a box on page two that provides instructions on how to use the interactive activity (look for the red writing). Page three presents a conclusion diagram (pulling all of the information together), plus numerous questions and other assessment activities. The interactive pages require FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): rock cycle (10), rocks (51), volcanoes (66)

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Get your interactive whiteboards ready (and turn up the volume). This highly motivational activity is a "don't miss" addition to your earth science class. Be sur eto provie the link from your teacher web page for students to use the interactives as reinforcement or review. When you are using the interactive page (page 2), be sure to click on the blinking object. By clicking on this object, you will be taken to another window with a more detailed view of the specific topic. When you return to the main interactive page, look again for the blinking object.
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I was wondering - National Science Academies

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5 to 10
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Meet Lia and learn about women scientists. Anyone, especially middle school aged girls, is encouraged to become a scientist as Lia celebrates the lives and contributions of 10 female...more
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Meet Lia and learn about women scientists. Anyone, especially middle school aged girls, is encouraged to become a scientist as Lia celebrates the lives and contributions of 10 female scientists. You will find hands-on, "sharable" science activities and games that make science fun. Book suggestions and amazing links associated with the women scientists' fields complete the offerings of this site designed to dispel the myth that girls can't do science.

tag(s): climate (93), genetics (93), space (220)

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The topics range from robots to subatomic particles, from biology to astronomy to social science. Use this site as a jumping off point to for scientist biographies and study of science careers in a variety of areas. Many of the links make excellent curriculum resources, as well. Be sure to make this site available from your teacher web page and encourage students to try some of the hands-on activities at home. Most are designed to be "social events" where students can invite friends to join in. Mention this to parents, as well, so they can encourage their young scientists with science parties!
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Tomorrow's Climate - Today's Challenge - Defra

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6 to 12
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Explore the facts and effects of climate change. Topics include a definition of climate change, key climate facts and myths, history of climate change, how to tackle the problem of...more
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Explore the facts and effects of climate change. Topics include a definition of climate change, key climate facts and myths, history of climate change, how to tackle the problem of climate change, and other "hot" topics. This website is a great addition to science classes discussing global warming. In addition to the text available at this website, there are also videos, animations, and guides to further explain climate change. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): climate (93), climate change (68), environment (322)

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What an excellent website to entice and educate your students about climate change and global warming. Use the website as a personal resource to educate yourself about the changes. The interactive videos and animation are perfect for an interactive whiteboard or projector. Be sure to involve your students in some ACTION as they learn about climate change. Have them create posters, brochures, or electronic "messages" telling people how they can help. Maybe even try a climate change podcast?
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Maps Home Page - David J. Leveson

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4 to 9
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This simple site provides a comprehensive tutorial that can be used for practice or review of map skills. There are sections on latitude, longitude, map scales, topography and more....more
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This simple site provides a comprehensive tutorial that can be used for practice or review of map skills. There are sections on latitude, longitude, map scales, topography and more. Most sections offer quizzes that can either be printed or taken online.

tag(s): latitude (14), logic (234), longitude (14), maps (292)

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Use this website as review for map skills. Place the link on your teacher web page for students to review at home or find al alternate presentation, especially if they have been absent. If you have quick learners, you may want to allow them to navigate the tutorial at their own speed, learning more than the "basics" while the rest of the class receives direct instruction.

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World Climate - Robert Hoare

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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 (93), earth (233), earth day (111), environment (322), temperature (32), weather (198)

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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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Climate Change: Carbon Cycle - EPA

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5 to 9
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This user-friendly site provides a detailed explanation of the carbon cycle and its relationship to climate change. Students will be able to visualize the cycle by using the pictures...more
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This user-friendly site provides a detailed explanation of the carbon cycle and its relationship to climate change. Students will be able to visualize the cycle by using the pictures and diagrams in conjunction with the reading. Students can follow up with the quiz/review at the end of the reading. Print size is small, and attention to detail is a necessity while reading this site.

tag(s): carbon (23)

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Share this site on a projector with the entire class or make it avilable for review as a link from your teacher web page. If your projector can ZOOM in on the small "movie" frame, students will be more able to read the small print.

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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 (146), scientific method (66)

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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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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 (159), safety (92), 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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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 (40), oceans (161), plate tectonics (25), tides (8), tornadoes (17), waves (23)

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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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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 (296), coral (12), hurricanes (40), images (273), oceans (161), tides (8), waves (23), weather (198)

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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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Virtual Quarry Interactive - Quarry Products Association

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3 to 9
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If you teach about rocks, minerals,geology, fossils, and more, this site is one that you don't want your students to miss! Connect the real world of rocks and quarries ...more
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If you teach about rocks, minerals,geology, fossils, and more, this site is one that you don't want your students to miss! Connect the real world of rocks and quarries to your classroom study using these interactives. The website provides three interactive activities including - identifying the dangers to rescue the quarry trespassers, restoring a quarry into a nature reserve and many videos. There are also numerous lesson plans that include wonderful details and standards (based on the U.K. standards). Portions of this site require Flash and Windows Media Player. Get them from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): rocks (51)

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This website is perfect for small group activities or entire class challenges (get the interactive whiteboard ready). Younger students can learn the basic concepts offered with audio in a teach-centered lesson. Older students can navigate on their own on laptops or a lab to respond to your questions about fossils and more. Don't miss the "Teachers Desk" - it is filled with numerous exciting ideas to use with your students. Remember that key stages 1-4 equate roughly to early elementary, upper elementary, middle school, and high school.
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You Do It: Safety - The Alaskan Pipeline

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4 to 8
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This unique (and quick) web activity challenges students to examine various sections of Alaskan terrain and choose the type of pipeline strategy that works best for each. There are...more
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This unique (and quick) web activity challenges students to examine various sections of Alaskan terrain and choose the type of pipeline strategy that works best for each. There are details and a survey guide provided. Use this activity to help students with problem solving skills and to further their understanding of plate tectonics, landforms, and climate in a real world application. Be sure to extend it in talking about the challenges of any geographic feature or landform in building structures. If you are studying basic geography concepts or structures, be sure to include the challengs of terrain and climate in your own region.

tag(s): alaska (25), plate tectonics (25)

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This activity would work well individually or as a whole class project using an interactive whiteboard. A great follow-up would be to create photographic slides of geographic challenges and the structures used to meet them in your own area (use a digital camera!).

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Beat the Heat at Arizona Science Center - TryScience

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2 to 8
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This virtual field trip takes students to the Arizona Science Center. The featured activity, "Beat The Heat", challenges students to design a home that uses the sun's energy as ...more
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This virtual field trip takes students to the Arizona Science Center. The featured activity, "Beat The Heat", challenges students to design a home that uses the sun's energy as heat, but not get too hot. The challenge involves balancing the amount of shade and sun that reach the home. It includes an interactive explanation of the sun and the seasons. This activity requires Shockwave, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. There are also numerous other science activities, links, online exhibits and even Standards provided (see the Teachers Page)across many science, math, and engineering disciplines. Click on the "experiments" link for a wealth of fun and inspiring experiments in science and math. The experiments are engaging and provide virtual opportunities for students to build individual understanding.

tag(s): dna (66), environment (322), sound (103), sun (71)

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If you are unable to get laptops or the computer lab for your class, use an interactive whiteboard and make the "Beat The Heat" or other experiments a class project. Use the seasons explanation as a whole-class activity with elementary students on a projector or whiteboard.
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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 (273), landforms (48)

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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 (233), earthquakes (50), landforms (48), plate tectonics (25)

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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 (233), earthquakes (50), geology (79)

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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 (204), matter (59), periodic table (52), solar system (119)

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Use these "ready to go" resources on your interactive whiteboard.
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