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Aquarium Terrarium

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2 to 8
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This site offers an easy-to-follow plan for building a terrarium in less than 3 hours. Also includes suggestions for follow-up projects. The instructions are simple enough for young...more
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This site offers an easy-to-follow plan for building a terrarium in less than 3 hours. Also includes suggestions for follow-up projects. The instructions are simple enough for young children to follow as they work independently. Created by Rita Richardson for the Family Education Network.

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Ways of Knowing Trail - Brookfield Zoo

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This flash-based jungle adventure for elementary students asks users to make decisions about a jungle journey during the presentation. Along the way, the site introduces students to...more
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This flash-based jungle adventure for elementary students asks users to make decisions about a jungle journey during the presentation. Along the way, the site introduces students to the work of biologists and researchers in the African jungle habitats. It's an engaging presentation that could be used individually or in group sessions.

tag(s): africa (180)

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Use this activity as a learning center or station during a unit on African cultures and biomes. As means of assessment, once students have completed the quest have them write a letter back to their "Grandfather" detailing what they learned on their quest. A great way to combine creative writing with science & history!
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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 (148)

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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 (32)

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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 (276), birds (50), fish (24), mammals (32)

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Understanding Geologic Time - University of California

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6 to 12
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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 (100), fossils (44), geologic time (9), logic (235), time (144)

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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 (88)

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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 (44), paleontology (41)

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Harmony - John James Audubon - Quebec Museum of Culture

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6 to 12
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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 (50)

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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 (44), climate (92), glaciers (14)

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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 (180), deserts (10)

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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 (228), earthquakes (48)

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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 (44), ecosystems (88), polar (19)

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Hippo Beach - PBS

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The companion site for the PBS Nature program on the hippo offers streaming video, a look at vanishing hippo habitats, and activities for young students. The hippo isn't often associated...more
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The companion site for the PBS Nature program on the hippo offers streaming video, a look at vanishing hippo habitats, and activities for young students. The hippo isn't often associated with endangered animals, and this site could be an interesting addition to an animal studies unit. It works best with a fast network connection.

tag(s): habitats (84), jungles (7)

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All About Wind Chill - Canadian Government

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4 to 12
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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 (29), weather (188)

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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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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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 (317), resources (112), water (130)

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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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Turtles - NOAA - NOAA

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While NOAA might be an unlikely source for information on sea turtles, this site offers a surprisingly detailed look at efforts to raise and release sea turtles in several different...more
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While NOAA might be an unlikely source for information on sea turtles, this site offers a surprisingly detailed look at efforts to raise and release sea turtles in several different locations. This one would make an interesting sidebar to a unit on marine ecosystems.

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

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Global Warming - Undo It

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Here's a site that pulls no punches about its interest in reducing manmade global warming by reducing fossil fuel emissions and other strategies. The "myths and realities" section is...more
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Here's a site that pulls no punches about its interest in reducing manmade global warming by reducing fossil fuel emissions and other strategies. The "myths and realities" section is particularly interesting, offering scientific support for many aspects of global warming study.

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ISS EarthKam - NASA

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Geography and earth science teachers will drool over NASA's collection of earth images made from the International Space Station. Use them to illustrate topographic formations and features,...more
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Geography and earth science teachers will drool over NASA's collection of earth images made from the International Space Station. Use them to illustrate topographic formations and features, then move on to special sets that cover more specific areas. You'll need to make your own connections, but there's plenty of raw material in this one.

tag(s): biomes (116), earth (228), images (266), landforms (45)

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Elementary students will likely need some guidance in using this site.
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