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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 (175), forests (28), jungles (5), rainforests (13)

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WorldWeather.org - United Nations

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6 to 12
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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 (198)

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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 (83), environment (320), habitats (84), mammals (34)

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Northern Alaska Environmental Center

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6 to 12
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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 (46), ecosystems (83), oil (43)

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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 (154)

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Water Lessons - Seaworld

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Created by Seaworld's education staff, this is a somewhat uneven collection of lessons for grades 4 to 8 that introduces water study from both scientific and linguistic perspectives....more
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Created by Seaworld's education staff, this is a somewhat uneven collection of lessons for grades 4 to 8 that introduces water study from both scientific and linguistic perspectives. The content is in no way promotional, and teachers will likely find one or more of these lessons useful for basic science activities.

tag(s): ecology (134), water (131), water cycle (33), watersheds (16)

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A lot of these lessons include vocabulary that students may not get a hold of right away. Have students create picture dictionaries to help remember the words, either in print form or using an online book maker such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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

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7 to 12
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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 (54), evolution (102), 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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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 (102), fossils (44), geologic time (9), logic (243), paleontology (40)

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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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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 (40)

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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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Stories From the Fossil Record - U.C. Berkeley

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Stories From the Fossil Record provides middle school students with a basic understanding of how fossils can be used to interpret the past. There are four different pathways to explore...more
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Stories From the Fossil Record provides middle school students with a basic understanding of how fossils can be used to interpret the past. There are four different pathways to explore biodiversity, geologic time, paleoecology and past lives. Created by U.C. Berkeley with support from the National Science Foundation, this is an extremely well-organized site.

tag(s): biodiversity (35), diversity (33), evolution (102), fossils (44), paleontology (40)

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Adventures at Dry Creek - U.C. Berkeley

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This earth science site virtually engages students in scientific research. Middle school students join "science mentors" to gather data and interpret direct and indirect evidence to...more
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This earth science site virtually engages students in scientific research. Middle school students join "science mentors" to gather data and interpret direct and indirect evidence to propose multiple hypotheses of what life was like in Montana 60-70 million years ago. Created at U.C. Berkeley with support from the National Science Foundation, this is an extremely well-organized site.

tag(s): fossils (44), paleontology (40)

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Use this site as a paired or individual activity while learning about archaeology. The site is a little old and clunky, so teachers will need to preview it on the interactive whiteboard to show students how it works. To speed things along, have students write or type their own journal separately, rather than using the one provided by the site. Try a tool like Google Docs, reviewed here, making it easier to share and turn in after the fact.

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Life Has a History - U.C. Berkeley

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1 to 12
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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 (35), diversity (33), evolution (102), fossils (44)

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Outdoor Education Lessons - GEOEC

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This collection of lessons from the Global, Environmental, and Outdoor Education Council includes several dozen PDF files for lessons. They range from simple outdoor activities to forest...more
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This collection of lessons from the Global, Environmental, and Outdoor Education Council includes several dozen PDF files for lessons. They range from simple outdoor activities to forest ecology and extinction. There's even a winter ecology lesson. Ready to print and use, these offer interesting teaching ideas, many of which require no materials or equipment.

tag(s): ecology (134)

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Butterfly Conservatory - American Museum of Natural History

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4 to 8
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This is the online companion to an exhibit currently running at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Download the Ipix plugin to take the virtual tour of the exhibit,...more
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This is the online companion to an exhibit currently running at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Download the Ipix plugin to take the virtual tour of the exhibit, check out the live butterfly webcam, or view quicktime movies of butterflies in action. This is a great online excursion for students who don't have their own butterflies to observe. This site requires Quicktime. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): butterflies (13), insects (72)

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Take your students on a virtual tour of the butterfly conservatory using an interactive whiteboard or projector.
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Ocean Report - Kidsnet

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4 to 8
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This is a three-part study of ocean ecosystems that relies on audio clips for part of its presentation. Designed for grades 4-8, the unit helps students understand the diversity of...more
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This is a three-part study of ocean ecosystems that relies on audio clips for part of its presentation. Designed for grades 4-8, the unit helps students understand the diversity of marine environments and the importance of preserving these delicate ecosystems. The unit also offers practical steps that students can take to help participate in this process. There's lots to explore here, and a wealth of instructional possibilities.

tag(s): marine biology (33), oceans (154)

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Solid Waste and Energy - EPA

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6 to 12
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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 (204), recycling (58)

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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 (40)

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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 (54), fossils (44), paleontology (40)

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From Jungle to Lab - The Exploratorium

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4 to 12
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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 (28), jungles (5)

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Insectclopedia

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6 to 12
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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 (72)

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