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Tide Prediction Information

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Looking for a data-laden resource for a science project? This site offers tide tables for hundreds of locations around the world. It would be a great resource for an investigation ...more
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Looking for a data-laden resource for a science project? This site offers tide tables for hundreds of locations around the world. It would be a great resource for an investigation of tide cycles, why tides are higher in some locations than others, or any project that requires comparing data from lots of locations.

tag(s): moon (72), oceans (148), tides (7)

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Rocks for Kids for Teachers

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The teachers' section of this site suggests activities and resources which teachers can use to enhance a unit on minerals, geology, or earth science. The quality of the links varies,...more
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The teachers' section of this site suggests activities and resources which teachers can use to enhance a unit on minerals, geology, or earth science. The quality of the links varies, but the good breadth of topics makes this one worth a look if you're headed into a unit on these topics.

tag(s): minerals (17), rocks (49)

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Introduce a topic on minerals or rocks using this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector. The site has some excellent images of every mineral and rock, which could easily accompany a verbal lesson. Post the site on the class web page or wiki to allow students to use it for review both in an out of the classroom. (Note: for classes that require an Identification exam of minerals and rocks, this is an excellent site for review!)

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Classroom Activities for Mineral Education - Women in Mining

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These activities from the Colorado-based Women in Mining offer interesting simulations that let students learn about minerals and how they are mined. None of these appears to require...more
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These activities from the Colorado-based Women in Mining offer interesting simulations that let students learn about minerals and how they are mined. None of these appears to require sophisticated equipment, and they illustrate some of the basic principles of minerals and mining.

tag(s): minerals (17), rocks (49)

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Earth Today - Smithsonian Institution

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The Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum developed this site to gather a number of real-time imagery resources into a cohesive look and the earth's atmosphere and oceans. ...more
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The Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum developed this site to gather a number of real-time imagery resources into a cohesive look and the earth's atmosphere and oceans.

tag(s): climate (92), weather (188)

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While teachers may need to provide the context for this content, the site does offer a number of real-time data sources all within a couple of mouse-clicks of one another.

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Antarctic Explorations - The Exploratorium

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Follow a team of scientists visiting Antarctica from December, 2001 to January, 2002. If you miss the live events, there are lots of reports filed on activities conducted during the...more
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Follow a team of scientists visiting Antarctica from December, 2001 to January, 2002. If you miss the live events, there are lots of reports filed on activities conducted during the visit. This site also has background sections on the Antarctic climate, the history of exploration, and the scientific tools and tasks involved in Antarctic science. From the Exploratorium.

tag(s): antarctica (29), arctic (44), explorers (61)

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Use this videos on this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the water cycle or Continental Drift during an Earth Sciences or Physical Geography class. This activity would work best with a graphic organizer - we recommend Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

The link concerning continental drift, entitled Gondwanaland, would also be a great activator to that unit. Share the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to help students visualize how the spreading of the continents took place over the eons.

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The Endurance - Kodak

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Kodak offers a highly visual site about an ill-fated Antarctic expedition. Learn about the scientific inquiries at the turn of the century and the circumstances that led the ship Endurance...more
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Kodak offers a highly visual site about an ill-fated Antarctic expedition. Learn about the scientific inquiries at the turn of the century and the circumstances that led the ship Endurance to its sorry fate. It's a great scientific adventure.

tag(s): antarctica (29), arctic (44), explorers (61)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on exploration in Antarctica. Students can take the virtual tour, filling out a guide or graphic organizer along the way. For help making graphic organizers, we recommend using Mindomo, (reviewed here).
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Operation Rubythroat

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Here's a site from North Carolina that encourages schools and students to participate in a study of hummingbirds and their migrations. You can learn about the migration patterns of...more
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Here's a site from North Carolina that encourages schools and students to participate in a study of hummingbirds and their migrations. You can learn about the migration patterns of these tiny birds, submit your own data, and find out what other students have learned about the birds in their area.

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

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This site could work as both an information source and a class project.

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Mineral Identification - Rockhounds.com

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Lots of small type, but this page offers a straightforward, detailed guide to identifying the minerals in that rock in your pocket. There are classification tables, hardness tables,...more
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Lots of small type, but this page offers a straightforward, detailed guide to identifying the minerals in that rock in your pocket. There are classification tables, hardness tables, and much more. Great for beginning rockhounds.

tag(s): geology (81), minerals (17), rocks (49)

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The Great Barrier Reef - National Geographic

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National Geographic's Flash-enhanced presentation on Australia's Great Barrier Reef offers layer on layer of great content about the reef ecosystem and the individual creatures that...more
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National Geographic's Flash-enhanced presentation on Australia's Great Barrier Reef offers layer on layer of great content about the reef ecosystem and the individual creatures that live there. Tired of the reef? Move on to the deep ocean and learn how its occupants interact with the reef environment. This one takes a few minutes to load, but it's well worth the wait.

tag(s): australia (35), coral (12), reefs (8)

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Save this site and use it as a learning center or station. This site would be useful for any class covering sea life, or comparing different habitats over the world.
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The Chesapeake Bay Program

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his is an extensive site that documents the watershed, habitats, creatures, and human inhabitants that have an impact on the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. There are detailed resources on...more
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his is an extensive site that documents the watershed, habitats, creatures, and human inhabitants that have an impact on the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. There are detailed resources on each of these areas, and more than enough material to use either within the curriculum or as grist for student research at many levels. A little exploration should yield numerous instructional possibilities.

tag(s): ecosystems (88), habitats (84)

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Cetacea

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You'll probably find more than you ever wanted to know about whales, dolphins, and other cetaceans at this extensive site. The articles are extensive, and the visuals, while not extensive,...more
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You'll probably find more than you ever wanted to know about whales, dolphins, and other cetaceans at this extensive site. The articles are extensive, and the visuals, while not extensive, are perfectly sufficient to get the job done.

tag(s): oceans (148), whales (16)

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This site would be great for teacher research as well as student assignments.

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Salmon - Spirit of Land and Sea - One World Journeys

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This site from OneWorldJourneys offers stunning photographs and engaging narrative that tell the story of salmon migrations in the Pacific northwest. The site is part of a family that...more
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This site from OneWorldJourneys offers stunning photographs and engaging narrative that tell the story of salmon migrations in the Pacific northwest. The site is part of a family that use a "follow the expedition" format to introduce users to the subject matter. Great use of the web for teaching about migrations, ecology, instincts, etc.

tag(s): migration (59)

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Ocean Oasis

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This companion web site to an IMAX film about Baja California and the Gulf of California offers a surprisingly extensive collection of student lessons and activities, as well as many...more
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This companion web site to an IMAX film about Baja California and the Gulf of California offers a surprisingly extensive collection of student lessons and activities, as well as many illustrations and explanations about the ecosystems of these two regions. Useful in any study of ecosystems, particularly if you're in the southwestern US.

tag(s): biomes (116), deserts (10), ecosystems (88), oceans (148)

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Geography4Kids - Kapili

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This physical geography site, a part of the Kapili Collection, presents a well-written, nicely illustrated introduction to physical landforms, biomes, climates, and dozens of other...more
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This physical geography site, a part of the Kapili Collection, presents a well-written, nicely illustrated introduction to physical landforms, biomes, climates, and dozens of other elements of physical geography. Written as a "tour" of the topic, the presentation invites browsing while delivering plenty of content in approachable form.This one's a winner.

tag(s): biomes (116), landforms (45)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit or lesson on geography and environmental sciences. Have cooperative learning groups explore the site on classroom computers, filling out pre-made graphic organizers to highlight the most important information from the site. (For help making graphic organizers, see Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here))

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Polar Science Station

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This site is home base for a polar expedition to search for evidence of long-term pollutants in Antarctica. As the expedition proceeds, students will be able to track progress of ...more
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This site is home base for a polar expedition to search for evidence of long-term pollutants in Antarctica. As the expedition proceeds, students will be able to track progress of various experiments. The site also includes a good deal of background information on the types of pollutants for which scientists are searching.

tag(s): antarctica (29), arctic (44), ecology (135), polar (19), pollution (66)

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Polar Tundra - ETE Team

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A summary on the plants and animals of the Arctic Tundra. ...more
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A summary on the plants and animals of the Arctic Tundra.

tag(s): biomes (116)

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Earth Day Canada

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Our Canadian users will want to visit this starting page for Canadian Earth Day acvitivities and information, and others will also find the selection of information and resources useful....more
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Our Canadian users will want to visit this starting page for Canadian Earth Day acvitivities and information, and others will also find the selection of information and resources useful.

tag(s): conservation (127), earth (228), earth day (112), ecology (135), pollution (66)

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Celebrating Earth Day with Students

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This is a general teachers' guide from the Woodrow Wilson Leadership Program in Biology. It offers a collection of Earth Day ideas, projects, and activities for students and classes....more
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This is a general teachers' guide from the Woodrow Wilson Leadership Program in Biology. It offers a collection of Earth Day ideas, projects, and activities for students and classes.

tag(s): conservation (127), ecology (135), pollution (66)

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Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me A Map - Univ. of Tennesee

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Well, as its title states, this site offers the basics on cartography. It's a very good summary that explains the origins of mapmaking, the terms (w/definitions), and also has a ...more
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Well, as its title states, this site offers the basics on cartography. It's a very good summary that explains the origins of mapmaking, the terms (w/definitions), and also has a crossword puzzle. The info could easily be streamlined so the younger kids would understand the material. It also has a listing of suggested reading. Easy site to navigate and is extremely straightforward. Great site for anyone teaching maps.

tag(s): maps (287)

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This would be an excellent introductory activity for students learning basic map-building skills. Have students look at the site in cooperative learning groups or pairs, with the intentions of noting the valuable information listed on this site. We recommend creating graphic organizers to guide students through the material as well as highlight what is most important. For help creating graphic organizers, try Mindomo, (reviewed here).

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Map Outlines - Houghton Mifflin

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This site offers a collection of outline maps for the continents, the US, and other nations suitable for reproduction and reuse in the classroom. Most are GIF files, but there ...more
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This site offers a collection of outline maps for the continents, the US, and other nations suitable for reproduction and reuse in the classroom. Most are GIF files, but there are a few PDF files as well. From Houghton Mifflin.

tag(s): maps (287)

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These maps are excellent for a History or Geography teacher attempting to refresh students on the political geography of an area. Before teaching a unit on the Middle East or Asia, refresh and quiz students with these worksheets to help with both map skills and understanding of the area. Often a weak point in student knowledge, it can never hurt to help students become more aware of political geography.

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