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Environmental Media Services

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6 to 12
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While intended primarily for journalists, this site offers a concise set of information links and resources for exploring environmental issues. If you're planning an environmental unit,...more
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While intended primarily for journalists, this site offers a concise set of information links and resources for exploring environmental issues. If you're planning an environmental unit, this would be a great place to hunt for issues, position statement, and related resources.

tag(s): conservation (127), ecology (135), oil (45), oil spill (21), pollution (66)

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Earth Day Trash Survey

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Here's a plan for a relatively simple study of how what we throw out affects the environment. This one's nice because it lets students collect "real data" without requiring a ...more
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Here's a plan for a relatively simple study of how what we throw out affects the environment. This one's nice because it lets students collect "real data" without requiring a lot of complex equipment.

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

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Secrets of the Ocean - Scripps Institute

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6 to 12
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This set of lesson units, designed by Scripps Institute, offers more than a dozen topics dealing with ocean environments and inhabitants. Many of these lessons include hands-on activities...more
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This set of lesson units, designed by Scripps Institute, offers more than a dozen topics dealing with ocean environments and inhabitants. Many of these lessons include hands-on activities that can require only minimal equipment. The units also include extension activities to make the content suitable for secondary or upper elementary students.

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

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Waste Management Lesson Plans - Texas Natural Resoure Conservation Commission

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1 to 12
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This collection of several dozen lesson plans from the Texas Natural Resoure Conservation Commission includes content for primary through high school students. Most lessons are straightforward,...more
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This collection of several dozen lesson plans from the Texas Natural Resoure Conservation Commission includes content for primary through high school students. Most lessons are straightforward, requiring limited use of outside resources.

tag(s): pollution (66), recycling (57)

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The Risk-Benefit Factor Challenging Our Environment - Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute

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6 to 8
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In this three-week study of environmental hazards, "risk-benefit factors are analyzed with each controversial issue and students will have the opportunity to discuss their perceptions...more
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In this three-week study of environmental hazards, "risk-benefit factors are analyzed with each controversial issue and students will have the opportunity to discuss their perceptions and make informed decisions."

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Rain Forests of the World - Florida Geographic Society

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This collection of lesson plans was compiled by the Florida Geographic Society. The plans range from single class activities to projects that span three or four class periods. Each...more
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This collection of lesson plans was compiled by the Florida Geographic Society. The plans range from single class activities to projects that span three or four class periods. Each is presented in significant detail, with objectives, outcomes, and evaluation strategies. There is an especially broad range of subject ideas.

tag(s): biomes (116)

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New Haven: Your Coastal Community - Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute

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6 to 9
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Explore ecological and public policy concepts, provide hands-on activities for student exploration, and use cooperative research techniques to teach about Long Island Sound, or adapt...more
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Explore ecological and public policy concepts, provide hands-on activities for student exploration, and use cooperative research techniques to teach about Long Island Sound, or adapt this unit to your own choice of coastal environment.

tag(s): biomes (116), oceans (148)

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Global Change: US Geological Survey: The Learning Web - US Government

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7 to 12
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Special features: Teacher guide, activities, and lesson plans for 1-12. This site offers teaching resources for those in earth science (social studies may use it as well). Easy to follow...more
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Special features: Teacher guide, activities, and lesson plans for 1-12. This site offers teaching resources for those in earth science (social studies may use it as well). Easy to follow format/info on global change. Unit plans are detailed and complete, with background information, materials, activities, and ideas/activities to take the concept one more step. It also provides links to additional learning webs. Overall, an organized and easy to navigate site with excellent information.

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

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Use this site as a resource in a geography classroom. Take advantage of the lesson plans and classroom activities on the site, or let students explore it on cooperative learning groups during a lesson on Land Remote Sensing. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).

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Zoo Lab - A Website for Animal Biology

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This site from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse offers on-line laboratory materials - primarily color photos of laboratory slides - which are sorted by major classifications....more
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This site from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse offers on-line laboratory materials - primarily color photos of laboratory slides - which are sorted by major classifications. The result is an on-line resources which can supplement in class activities or help compensate when suitable laboratory facilities or materials are not available. The structure of the site makes it suitable for either sequential use of to reinforce specific topics.

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The Tree of Life

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This site is a collection of data about the evolutionary history and characteristics of organisms using branches of a tree to link data. Very extensive database. ...more
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This site is a collection of data about the evolutionary history and characteristics of organisms using branches of a tree to link data. Very extensive database.

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The Heart: An Online Exploration - Franklin Institute

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Contrasts in Blue - Smithsonian Institution

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This site, from the Smithsonian Institution's "Art to Zoo" series, contrasts two marine ecosystems: the coast of Maine and the reefs of the Carribean. The entire unit, including teacher...more
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This site, from the Smithsonian Institution's "Art to Zoo" series, contrasts two marine ecosystems: the coast of Maine and the reefs of the Carribean. The entire unit, including teacher guide, discussion questions, and lesson plans, is available as a series of downloadable Adobe Acrobat PDF files which can be printed and used in the classroom or at home. (A color printer works best, of course.) You can download the Adobe Acrobat reader from the TeachersFirst Toolbox.

tag(s): oceans (148)

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Take advantage of these free lesson plans, activities, and worksheets on coral reefs and varying beaches. This site would be a great segway for a unit on conservation and differences in environments. These are straightforward lesson plans, but do give yourself some prep-time in order to edit a few details to tailor them to your specific classroom.

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Reviled and Revered: Toads, Turtles, Snakes, Salamanders, and Other Creepers - Smithsonian Institution

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Starts with an essay including an overview to help students better understand these creatures that are often misunderstood. This lesson also has a section titled "What you can do to...more
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Starts with an essay including an overview to help students better understand these creatures that are often misunderstood. This lesson also has a section titled "What you can do to help." Offers grade levels and educational standards. Five lessons and loads of resources with links. From the Smithsonian's lesson collections.

tag(s): amphibians (20), reptiles (11)

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Use these free lesson plans as a way to help students better understand ill-reputed snakes. The lesson plans are all pretty straightforward, and cross-bridge art, language arts, and the science of the squirmy animals.

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The Journey North - CPB/Annenberg

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This Internet-based project tracks the coming of spring and the resulting migration of animals in the northern hemisphere. Teachers may complete a free registration to participate actively...more
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This Internet-based project tracks the coming of spring and the resulting migration of animals in the northern hemisphere. Teachers may complete a free registration to participate actively in the project's three main areas of focus - Sunlight and Seasons, Plants and Seasons, and Seasonal Migrations.

tag(s): birds (50), butterflies (13), mammals (32), migration (59)

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Check out the Teaching Resources for ideas on incorporating this project into your curriculum, correlations to standards, and professional development opportunities. A great way for students to learn about the complex and dynamic ecosystem that surrounds and connects us all.

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The Audubon Society

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Users should visit the "Bird Conservation" link containing several online projects and "Ask an Audubon Expert" where students can email questions to a scientist. Both are great options...more
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Users should visit the "Bird Conservation" link containing several online projects and "Ask an Audubon Expert" where students can email questions to a scientist. Both are great options for those new to Internet collaboration.

tag(s): birds (50), conservation (127)

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Arctic National Wildlife Reserve - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Much in the news as a possible site for oil drilling, this official site about the ANWR provides brief summaries of the habitats and ecosystem of this unique arctic environment. ...more
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Much in the news as a possible site for oil drilling, this official site about the ANWR provides brief summaries of the habitats and ecosystem of this unique arctic environment. Useful as an example of efforts to preserve fragile ecosystems, and also as a supplement to the study of arctic biomes.

tag(s): arctic (44)

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The Mystery Spot: Access Excellence Mysteries - Access Excellence at the National Health Museum

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7 to 12
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The Mystery Spot provides interactive modules great for building reading comprehension and science reasoning. It has seven modules that challenge you to read and research different...more
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The Mystery Spot provides interactive modules great for building reading comprehension and science reasoning. It has seven modules that challenge you to read and research different diseases, and problem solve your way to a correct diagnosis of the issue. Modules include convenient links to further information about the diseases, symptoms, and medical tools used so you gain a thorough understanding of the content. Best of all, they are fun and engaging!
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tag(s): critical thinking (108), diseases (66), problem solving (272), puzzles (208)

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Use the interactive modules early in the school year to develop critical thinking skills. Or, use as an end of the year activity to review different diseases and problem solving strategies that students have learned. Instruct students to read the activity and take notes. Encourage them to explore the extra links. Students can create charts to organize the information they have gathered. Students should submit their work and conclusions and discuss different possibilities.

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Monarch Watch - University of Kansas

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Here's the complete site for those interested in learning about Monarch butterflies. It offers Monarch information on dozens of topics, at a variety of levels. You can find out ...more
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Here's the complete site for those interested in learning about Monarch butterflies. It offers Monarch information on dozens of topics, at a variety of levels. You can find out about migration, mating habits, even how to raise monarchs. This is a great starting point for a butterfly study.

tag(s): butterflies (13)

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My Favourite Scientist - Brady Haran, Nottingham Trent University

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Learn about the life and careers of many famous scientists by viewing intriguing videos. Find out about scientists such as Richard Feynman, Rosalind Franklin, and Gregor Mendel through...more
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Learn about the life and careers of many famous scientists by viewing intriguing videos. Find out about scientists such as Richard Feynman, Rosalind Franklin, and Gregor Mendel through interviews with scientists in their field today. Don't let the cartoon figures fool you: these videos are not "juvenile." The scientists included may not be household names to everyone, but the videos make their work accessible and interesting. At the time of this review, there were over a dozen scientists included, and more were being added regularly. Note that the actual videos are hosted on YouTube so may not be accessible in some schools. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): biographies (87), darwin (11), scientists (69)

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Use as a resource for finding more information about a variety of different scientists told from a scientist's perspective. Share the videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Consider having students create their own report about the importance of research and not just the biographical information about a scientist. Encourage students to make their own videos (or other presentation tool) about scientists to place on a wiki, site, or blog. Have students use one of the many TeachersFirst Edge multimedia tools reviewed here.
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BrainPOP Free Stuff - BrainPop

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K to 12
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Visit this fabulously FREE site, created by BrainPop, to find a wealth of interactives, videos, lesson plans, and more. Wow - doesn't even begin to describe the wide array of ...more
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Visit this fabulously FREE site, created by BrainPop, to find a wealth of interactives, videos, lesson plans, and more. Wow - doesn't even begin to describe the wide array of topics and subjects. The best part is the FREE stuff for BrainPop Espanol, BrainPop Jr, and BrainPop ESL. Some of the specific topics include: Harlem Renaissance, Civil War, Blogs, Angles, DNA, Stocks & Shares, Digital Animation, and MANY others. These were the FREE topics at the time of this review, and of course is subject to change.

tag(s): angles (88), blogs (88), charts and graphs (195), civil war (145), digital storytelling (145), dna (69), energy (198), grammar (216), harlem (9), internet safety (109), main idea (9), mars (41), martin luther king (37), nutrition (154), shakespeare (131), stock market (13), women (101)

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Use this tool to find lessons and/or animations in a variety of topic areas. There are "ready to go" movies and more in health, social studies, art & music, engineering & technology, and other topics. Share the sites on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Provide this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the class. Save this link in your favorites and check back to see "what's new."
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