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Open Heat Map - Openheatmap.com

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8 to 12
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Use data from a spreadsheet to instantly create an interactive map. Search the Gallery for some great ideas for using spreadsheets to make a map. Watch the "What is this ...more
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Use data from a spreadsheet to instantly create an interactive map. Search the Gallery for some great ideas for using spreadsheets to make a map. Watch the "What is this all about" video to see how easy it is to create a data map. Click "Create your map" to upload an excel or Google Docs file to be used. Users must be able to collect data using either an Excel spreadsheet or Google Spreadsheet. Upload the file to view the graphical data. Click Share to send to others. View your data in a graphical way! Data uploaded is viewable by the public. No login is required. Be sure that information used to create the graph is not private information.

tag(s): data (148), infographics (42), maps (288)

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Consider identifying water/electric/gas usage in various areas in your school district. Use data about car ownership to identify trends in various locations. Collect information about wildlife sightings, traffic patterns, and other interesting information to view as a graph. Have students research countless trends from around the world and create maps to share ad explain on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Be sure to ask questions about what the data implies. Why does one location differ from another? Have students hypothesize what the data means, then research information to back up their hypothesis.
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FFFBI: Missions - WGBH

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4 to 9
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FFFBI (Fin, Fur and Feather Bureau of Investigation) Academy is designed to help upper elementary and middle school kids -- especially those with attention issues -- manage the problems...more
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FFFBI (Fin, Fur and Feather Bureau of Investigation) Academy is designed to help upper elementary and middle school kids -- especially those with attention issues -- manage the problems they face with schoolwork, homework, and even managing their binders. Each interactive is designed to teach useful skills and strategies, while continually encouraging you to complete increasingly difficult tasks. To increase interest, the FFFBI Academy uses its humorous spy theme and frequent reinforcements for successful game play. National Geographic has partnered to help produce this series of geography-themed missions. In each, students are introduced to a new country and receive a dossier of documents to help complete a mission. Each dossier contains maps, forensic information, media and wiretap intercepts, background information, and images. Each mission requires students to exercise geography skills and basic problem-solving in six interactive challenges. Each mission follows National Geographic's geography standards. Upon completion, a short Coffee Guy quiz debriefs students about the knowledge they have gained. There is an excellent teacher's section of the site containing a summary of each activities with tips and an approximate time to complete.

tag(s): map skills (80), mysteries (25), problem solving (272)

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Share the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector; then assign a challenge each week for students to work on during centers or on laptops in geography/social studies class. Use activities from different countries as an introduction to the country before starting classroom activities. Special Education teachers may want to offer this active alternative to traditional lessons for students with attention issues.

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Inspire My Kids - Mike Stutman and Kevin Conklin

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K to 12
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Find inspiring, age-appropriate, real-life stories, videos, and projects to share with the children and teens. The site hopes to help these students take positive actions and become...more
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Find inspiring, age-appropriate, real-life stories, videos, and projects to share with the children and teens. The site hopes to help these students take positive actions and become the best people they can be. Stories offer great examples of values like courage, determination, honesty, humility, kindness, responsibility, and tolerance. The stories range from incredible kids inspiring other kids, to amazing animals demonstrating admirable qualities, to the invention of inspirational social causes. Stories are searchable in several ways - by values, topics, age range, and format. Formats include articles, podcasts, reference, and videos. You can also sign up for the site's newsletter including updates and new article information.
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tag(s): bullying (52), disabilities (20), school violence (12), service projects (25)

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Share stories from the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector when learning about character traits such as sportsmanship, perseverance, and responsibility. Use the site as a resource when problems arise in the classroom such as bullying, intolerance, or special needs awareness. Have students use resources from the website as models for writing their own articles or creating a podcast. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). Use the stories as models for writing activities and essays. Your students could also draw inspiration from this site to create values comics using one of many comic creation tools in this TeachersFirst collection.
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ArcGIS - ArcGIS.com

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8 to 12
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Use maps from around the world as an entry point for information, statistics, and discussions. Create or view maps that communicate information; then share your maps with others. View...more
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Use maps from around the world as an entry point for information, statistics, and discussions. Create or view maps that communicate information; then share your maps with others. View maps made by others by clicking on the Gallery or Featured Maps. Hover over the map to view a description, reviews, and more details. Within the site, you will find tools for building and sharing maps. Click on Map to view directions for creating your own map. Find a variety of basemaps, specialty layers, applications, and tools that you can use to create an awesome map. Find helpful collaborative groups. Create web apps and mobile apps as well. Your maps can be shared by url or embedded in a wiki, blog, or web page.

If you simply wish to use maps created by others, no special skills or login are needed. Click on areas of the map to zoom in to find the content layers. Click on the little icons at the top left hand column (hover over to see description.) Click on the map legend to get a key for the icons. You can even add to already existing maps!

tag(s): earth (228), maps (288)

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Create a login to create a map, rate maps, or join a group. Follow the directions for creating a map.

Use existing maps to obtain information about a wide variety of topics and issues. Assign a map for students to explore and practice both map skills while accessing content information on environmental issues, economics, current events, world cultures, and more. Provide time for students to view the information and record what they see and connections they make about the material. Offer some thought-provoking questions, such as, "Which part of the world seems to have the highest gas prices? Why?" Create a mind map or use an interactive whiteboard to sketch out all of the information students have found. Use a tool such as bubbl.us (reviewed here) to create and share mind maps. Have student groups find relevant information, statistics, and resources to understand the map. Work together as a class to add information to a local map about watershed, pollution sources, or animal habitats. Allow students to add relevant layers or create their own maps when completing projects, researching issues, or learning concepts from class. Challenge student groups to build global perspective by exploring a location and learn as much about it as they can by viewing a wide variety of the maps from the Gallery. Have them generate a map information and comparison challenge for peers based on the maps available in the Gallery. In world language classes, have students gather knowledge about a country where their language is spoken and share it in oral discussions (in the new language, of course!).

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West Virginia Legislative Information Kids' Page - West Virginia Legislature

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2 to 5
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Learn about the West Virginia legislature in two ways with this site. First, all information can be viewed by following links on the site. Information is presented in several different...more
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Learn about the West Virginia legislature in two ways with this site. First, all information can be viewed by following links on the site. Information is presented in several different ways such as short articles, matching games, and through images. The other way which is probably easiest adapted to most classrooms is the pdf version of information on the site. This 23 page booklet includes much more information than on the website, you can learn about the legislative process, branches of government, and view templates for students to use to write their own legislatures. The letter template doesn't have a state name on it so would be appropriate for any elementary age student to use.

tag(s): branches of government (48), states (163)

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Print and use pages from the website to share with students. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to create a visual comparison of your state's legislative process with that of West Virginia.
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Learn About Oklahoma - State of Oklahoma

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Did you know that Oklahoma has produced more astronauts than any other state? It's true, find out other interesting facts and state information at the Learn About Oklahoma site. ...more
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Did you know that Oklahoma has produced more astronauts than any other state? It's true, find out other interesting facts and state information at the Learn About Oklahoma site. The site's home page is deceptively simple, in fact there is a great deal of interesting information located within each of the links. Choose the link for the Oklahoma Student's Guide to find state symbols, quick facts, and an interesting history timeline. Learn about famous famous natives of the state at the corresponding link and be sure to choose the link to the list of famous Oklahomans. This pdf list is several pages long and lists many famous state natives identified by categories including athletes, outlaws, and too unique to be classified.

tag(s): native americans (78), states (163)

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Share this site with students to demonstrate how to navigate the site, then allow students to explore on their own. Have students create an online book of images and captions about Oklahama using bookr (reviewed here.) (Bookr uses Flickr images, so you must first upload or find the images on Flickr). Have students create trading cards with information about famous Oklahoma natives as part of their state research.
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Ohio Kids - History for Kids - Ohio Historical Society

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4 to 8
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Take a virtual tour of historical places throughout Ohio with this kid-friendly site. Hover your mouse over different images on the home page to view options for exploration. Choose...more
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Take a virtual tour of historical places throughout Ohio with this kid-friendly site. Hover your mouse over different images on the home page to view options for exploration. Choose Site Safari and have a choice of exploring archaeological, history, or natural sites in the state. Each location includes a short explanation of the area and many also include an image. Be sure to find TellzAll, each month TellzAll, the history wizard will show an object commonly used in 20th century Ohio but is now rarely found. There is a great deal of information on this site and it may not be readily seen so be sure to explore and find all that there is to offer!

tag(s): archeology (32), natural resources (59), states (163), virtual field trips (48)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard to show students how to navigate the icons and links then allow them to explore on their own. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here. Have students create scavenger hunts for other students to use when exploring the site.
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New York State for Kids - New York State Department of Economic Development

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3 to 8
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This site includes activities and fun facts that help students learn about the state of New York. The state facts list includes some interesting items such as the highest mountains...more
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This site includes activities and fun facts that help students learn about the state of New York. The state facts list includes some interesting items such as the highest mountains and waterfalls, number of miles in the barge canal system, and the longest river in the state. Some items also include links to pictures. The history of New York is divided into two sections - pre and post 1900. Information included is fairly sparse but may be a good starting point for further research. The site includes a crossword puzzle, word search, and word scramble with New York words and information. Be sure to check out the state facts portion of the site to find state symbols and interesting facts.

tag(s): new york (26), rivers (21), states (163)

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Copy the crossword puzzle on the site for students, then have them explore the site to find answers. Share this site with students as they work on state research projects. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.

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New Mexico Kids - New Mexico Tourism Department

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3 to 12
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Sing songs, learn about animal tracks, play games, watch movies, and trade historical character cards with your friends at this site that helps kids learn about New Mexico. The site...more
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Sing songs, learn about animal tracks, play games, watch movies, and trade historical character cards with your friends at this site that helps kids learn about New Mexico. The site is divided into four sections for easy navigation, choices include Learn, Play, Enjoy, and Share. Students will especially "enjoy" watching movies, singing songs, and reading (or hearing) stories from Old New Mexico. You can "learn" about state symbols, animals, and ghosts by exploring this section of the site. A unique feature of the site is the printable trading cards featuring famous New Mexicans that are available in PDF format for easy use.

tag(s): hispanic (18), native americans (78), states (163)

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Share this site with students on your interactive whiteboard, then let them explore on their own. Print out the trading cards and/or stories for students to read and share during Guided Reading time. Have students create their own trading cards featuring animals, state symbols, or other information included on the site. Have students or student groups create an online, interactive poster using Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) featuring information found on the site.
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NebraskaStudies.org - Nebraska State Historical Society

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4 to 12
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This well-done site offers teachers, students, and history buffs access to archival photos, documents, letters, video segments, maps, and more,"'''? capturing the life and history of...more
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This well-done site offers teachers, students, and history buffs access to archival photos, documents, letters, video segments, maps, and more,"'''? capturing the life and history of Nebraska from pre-1500 to the present. Several options are available for exploring content on the site. Choose from the timeline at the top of the page to discover events from pre-1500 through the present. After choosing a time period, you are taken to a new timeline with just that period that includes Nebraska, National, and International events for that period in a stacked timeline making it easy to view timing of all events. There is also a very useful Table of Contents with items listed in chronological order along with the number of teacher activities and/or lessons to use with events listed. Lesson plans and activities are thorough and include grade levels addressed in the lesson, relevant content information, and correlation to Nebraska state standards. All in pdf format for easy downloading and printing. The main page of the site also includes a link to their latest additions. This site is a must see not only for Nebraska teachers, but any teachers of Social Studies.

tag(s): native americans (78), railroads (10), states (163)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard with students then allow them time to explore on their own. Share this site with students who are performing research for state projects, American History, or international events. Have students or student groups create an online, interactive poster using Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) showing information learned from the site. Use the international and national timelines on the site to research important world events.
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Plimoth Plantation - Plimoth Plantation

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Plimoth Plantation (That's the original spelling) is a reconstruction of the Pilgrim settlement at Plymouth. Take a field trip to the Plimoth Plantation just in time for Thanksgiving....more
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Plimoth Plantation (That's the original spelling) is a reconstruction of the Pilgrim settlement at Plymouth. Take a field trip to the Plimoth Plantation just in time for Thanksgiving. Take a virtual field trip to an English village and Wampanoag home site from 1627. Go inside a Wetu, or home, and look. Become a historian and uncover what really happened in the first Thanksgiving. Primary sources give accounts from the Wampanoag traditions to the English home of Pilgrim Mary Allerton. Each student will finish with a printed exhibition panel. Dig into your ancestry to find out if you are a pilgrim. Find actual genealogical profiles. Explore the museum collections of artifacts.
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tag(s): colonial america (107), pilgrims (17), thanksgiving (37)

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Change the commercial traditions of tradition and bring on a study of history. Fascinating worlds of primary resources are at your computer! Virtual field trips, historical sleuthing, genealogy, and so much more. Challenge your students to take a closer look and decide for themselves. Debate information lines the pages of this website. Study history not false information. Share this and other sections of the TeachersFirst Colonial America tour as part of your study of the colonies so students can see what these historic locations look like today.
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Decide Already - Sprout Box

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3 to 12
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Decision-making is easy and fun with this online tool. Just submit a question, propose answers, send out the question to peers, and wait for responses. Criteria to be included in ...more
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Decision-making is easy and fun with this online tool. Just submit a question, propose answers, send out the question to peers, and wait for responses. Criteria to be included in responses can also be added to help respondents make informed decisions. After the question is set up, add contact emails to send out the question. This probably works best with students that have school email accounts already set up for use.

tag(s): polls and surveys (48), questioning (31)

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Teach one of the highest levels of Bloom's Taxonomy (evaluating) using this tool. Have s student operator open it on a projector or interactive whiteboard and have the class determine criteria for decision making, such as how to choose the best location for a field trip or decide on the best book to read. Ask how they choose books for independent reading, and have them develop their own criteria as a class. Send out questions for students to decide on classroom events such as field trips - offer 2 or 3 choices along with criteria to consider when choosing. Offer to allow students to choose the next read-aloud book to be used in the classroom, choose student of the week or month recipients, activities for classroom parties, etc. Use this site to start a class debate on historical choices that may be considered controversial (i.e the use of the atomic bomb). Share this with other staff in your building and use the site to make decisions on professional development topics, dates for get-togethers and more. Include this link on your class website for groups to use in making project decisions or to simulate political process and the ways legislators make decisions.

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Hinterland Who's Who - Wildlife in Canada - Environment Canada

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3 to 12
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This site has been created to identify wildlife and environmental issues in Canada. It is a must-see for those looking for information on animals and useful to teachers in any ...more
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This site has been created to identify wildlife and environmental issues in Canada. It is a must-see for those looking for information on animals and useful to teachers in any country! The species portion of the site contains information on hundreds of animals divided into categories such as birds, insects, etc. After selecting a category, a list of animals included is shown. After choosing an animal, a fact sheet is provided. Each fact sheet includes a description, habitat information, range, feeding, breeding, resources, and conservation information. All of this information has access to a link for easy printing. Don't miss the neat videos located at "Who Tube." There is also an extensive section for educators with projects, lessons, and curriculum information that can be easily adapted for any classroom need.

tag(s): animal homes (41), animals (276), environment (317), habitats (84)

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Bookmark and save this site to use with any animal research or projects. Introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector and allow students to explore on their own. Have students choose an animal from the site to research then make a multimedia presentation using one of many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Use questions from the Issues and Topics section during classroom debates and discussions on the environment.
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SAS Curriculum Pathways - SAS institute Inc.

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7 to 12
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Create a free account to this great resource site for teachers. After verification of your account, a login code is displayed for use with your students. Students use the login ...more
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Create a free account to this great resource site for teachers. After verification of your account, a login code is displayed for use with your students. Students use the login and type in their name before starting an activity. The site has resources for all subjects in the Middle school and High School levels. Audio support is available for the text. The engaging activities use lower-level thinking skills that engage higher order skills. The products work in the classroom in large part because teachers shape every phase of the planning and production process. This site uses standards and the Common Core to clarify the content in the core academic disciplines. The value of the resource lies in the focus on difficult to explain concepts that are enriched through the use of technology based resources using audio, video, and interactivity. Students "do" and "see" in order to understand the difficult concepts. Lessons have the following parts: classroom activity, web lesson, and project. InterActivities allow students to explore, apply, and analyze using online tools.

tag(s): africa (180), architecture (83), cells (102), europe (75), evolution (100), genetics (90), grammar (216), literature (275), motion (58), numbers (204), operations (126), probability (130), statistics (122), verbs (41)

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Use the more than 200 Interactive activities and 855 ready-to-use lessons to provide technology-rich lessons to teach many of the most difficult concepts in the core subjects. Use the variety of assessment options that are found within each lesson. Note the Quick Launch numbers on the resource you will be using to direct students to the correct activity. Example activities include a Web Inquiry which is a guided and self-paced investigation that is built around a focus question.
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Waterlife - National Film Board of Canada

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4 to 12
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Get swept away in an ocean of images and waves of powerful music in this unbelievable site about the ecology, grandeur, and necessity of the Great Lakes. Visit often because ...more
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Get swept away in an ocean of images and waves of powerful music in this unbelievable site about the ecology, grandeur, and necessity of the Great Lakes. Visit often because clicks can lead to a variety of different places. Learn the different ways the Great Lakes are a necessary resource and how they are currently under stresses affecting humans and many other species. This site requires a bit of bandwidth with the moving images, music, and narration. Be sure to try it out on your class computer in advance and limit the number of computers connecting at the same time. Be sure to check out all the topics, including invasive species, home, political, evaporating, and much more. Take a look at the link "Water Is" to view the list of topics. You will need headphones or speakers for the audio on this site.

tag(s): ecology (135), ecosystems (88), pollution (66), water (130), water cycle (33), watersheds (16), wetlands (9)

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Use as an introduction to a unit on water or pollution. Use to introduce the chemistry of water (and how life on Earth would not be possible without it) by finding ways that water is affected by other materials and discussing the chemistry behind it. Explore in a civics and government class as a contemporary issue not constrained by international boundaries. Allow students the opportunity to explore on their own and report interesting facts and troublesome points to the rest of the class for further review and research. Use on Earth Day or as part of Earth Week activities. Divide younger students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Create letters to the editor, blog posts, and other multimedia or conventional items to portray what they have learned. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts and their additional research. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Science Pipes - The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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10 to 12
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Use Science Pipes to find graphs and charts of chosen biodiversity data sets. View the most popular or featured pipes on the front page of this site. Pipe your own ...more
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Use Science Pipes to find graphs and charts of chosen biodiversity data sets. View the most popular or featured pipes on the front page of this site. Pipe your own data by registering with the site and logging in. Choose data sets and various ways to compare them. View such parameters as migration data, various states and counties, and species comparison. Determine the types of birds to view and create a graphic using all the parameters piped into that graphic.

tag(s): birds (50), charts and graphs (195), data (148)

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Allow students the opportunity to choose various data and view the charts that follow. Ask questions about various trends noticed and research behavioral and environmental reasons for better understanding. Assign a various types of data and allow time for groups of students to manipulate in different ways to learn how various data sets can be interpreted differently by scientists. From each question asked, use more data sets to learn more about various species of birds or environmental factors.

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North Carolina...for kids! - State of North Carolina, Office of the Governor

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2 to 6
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Play, Learn, and Explore this site to learn all about the state of North Carolina with kid-friendly content. Although the home page is deceptively simple looking, the site is packed...more
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Play, Learn, and Explore this site to learn all about the state of North Carolina with kid-friendly content. Although the home page is deceptively simple looking, the site is packed with information and activities for students of all ages. The "Learn" portion provides geographic and historic information as well as facts about the government. There is even a dog page with information about the state's first dogs! Choose the "Play" link to find the words to the state song, word games, and coloring books. Unfortunately, a few links are broken on this page leading to historical sites in the state; however, it is worth exploring to view the information, interactives, and activities. Another portion of the site, "Links," provides links to other sites with interesting North Carolina information such as the Department of Agriculture's and Transportation's kids pages, and Museums of History and Art.

tag(s): branches of government (48), north carolina (4), states (163)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard then allow students to explore on their own. Share the site with students as a resource for state research projects. Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here or PicLits (reviewed here.
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Missouri Kids! - Office of the Secretary of the State of Missouri

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Learn about the history and find facts about the state of Missouri with this site just for kids. Located within the games portion are word searches, coloring pages, quizzes, and ...more
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Learn about the history and find facts about the state of Missouri with this site just for kids. Located within the games portion are word searches, coloring pages, quizzes, and jigsaw puzzles that help kids learn about the state. Do a connect the dot activity to discover what the state bird is of Missouri. Several activities offer choices of difficulty levels to make offerings accessible to more students. The Missouri History and Fun Facts portion of the site includes an excellent timeline of the state's history, a complete list of state symbols, and information of some of the state's famous citizens. Another in-depth portion of the site contains information about the state government including explanations of the judicial system, legislature, and government officials.

tag(s): branches of government (48), states (163)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard and allow students to explore on their own. Share this site with students as a resource for research projects on the states. Challenge your students to create a web exhibit collection about states using a tool such as Bag The Web (reviewed here) to share all of the important links, information, and even brief descriptions.
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Hangout NJ - State of New Jersey

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Hangout NJ is the state's web site for kids. Content includes a scavenger hunt, travel information, games, government information, and information about the Statue of Liberty. The Cartoon...more
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Hangout NJ is the state's web site for kids. Content includes a scavenger hunt, travel information, games, government information, and information about the Statue of Liberty. The Cartoon History portion of the site links to two PDF lessons on continental drift and explorers of New Jersey. There is a short place here for the teacher that explains the curriculum links to the cartoons and promises more lessons to be added in the future. Be sure to explore the site carefully. Some links are not as easy to find as others. On the Cartoon History section near the top are two links - one is to lessons, the other to the Hadro Story - this is an interesting story about the Hadrosaurus dinosaurs found in the state and includes a link to a video of the dinosaur bones.

tag(s): branches of government (48), states (163)

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Share this site with students on your interactive whiteboard, then allow them to explore on their own. Share the site as a resource for student state research projects. Challenge your students to create a web exhibit collection about states using a tool such as Bag The Web (reviewed here) to share all of the important links, information, and even brief descriptions.
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Montana Kids - Montana.gov

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Find out about the most fascinating Montana facts such as the story behind the state's name and how the grizzly bear became the state animal with this website just ...more
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Find out about the most fascinating Montana facts such as the story behind the state's name and how the grizzly bear became the state animal with this website just for kids. This site contains many different sections including agriculture, plants and animals, history, games, and much more. Each section is easy-to-read with bright graphics for visual interest. Be sure to visit the games portion for much more than games! There are many facts here about bears that are native to the state of Montana and an extremely in-depth listing of dinosaur information with an explanation of the rich history of finding dinosaurs in the state.

tag(s): famous people (19), montana (4), states (163)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard then allow students to explore on their own. Create a scavenger hunt with information from the site for students to find. Brainstorm with Edistorm (reviewed here), having students add sticky notes of things they learn - or questions-- about Montana on the online shared whiteboard. Use this site as part of a web exhibit collection about states using a tool such as Bag The Web (reviewed here) to share all of the important links, information, and even brief descriptions.
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