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Exploring Africa - Michigan State University

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6 to 12
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Wow, this website is amazing! Exploring Africa brings Africa into your classroom through numerous interdisciplinary lessons. There are 20 modules (within 4 general units of study)....more
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Wow, this website is amazing! Exploring Africa brings Africa into your classroom through numerous interdisciplinary lessons. There are 20 modules (within 4 general units of study). The general units include "Why Study Africa", "Studying Africa Through the Social Studies", "Studying Africa Through the Humanities", and "Regional Perspectives". Each module contains a teacher version that includes objectives, focus questions, activities, background information, and more. These teaching and learning activities all follow the "5 E's" format: Engage, Explore, Explain, Expand, and Evaluate. The website also provides links for specific country information and current events.

tag(s): africa (176), diversity (33)

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This website is literally a textbook online. The information is ready to go and easy to use. It may not be possible to cover all of the information included in this extensive website. Pick and choose the modules that will be useful in your own classroom. Modules can easily be used independently and include detailed teacher notes, evaluations, printable pages, and more. Many of the a ctivities will work well using technology, though the plans do not specify this. For example: Share some of the maps on your interactive whiteboard or have students draw some of their "preconceived notions" about Africa on the whiteboard as part of the introductory image activities.

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The Africa Guide - africaguide.com

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2 to 12
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This website provides a colorful interactive map of Africa. Users are able to click on any country in Africa to learn more about that particular country. The website includes basic...more
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This website provides a colorful interactive map of Africa. Users are able to click on any country in Africa to learn more about that particular country. The website includes basic geographical information (capital cities, landforms, elevations, exact locations, etc.) along with other general information. The reading level is too high for younger students, so they will need an adult reader. Some of the links provide authentic music from the country, information about accommodations available, and tourist attractions. There are some interactive elements that require FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): africa (176)

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What a fabulous tool for online research or student-guided learning. This website presents a wonderful, concise summary of all of the countries in Africa. Why not assign individual students (or groups or 2) a specific country to research. Then the students can create an interactive PowerPoint or other presentation to share on a projection screen. With younger students, use your interactive whiteboard to share the site (turn up the speakers), allowing students to click and guide the class "trip." Music links go to Amazon, and only some have the listening feature available (scroll down the Amazon page to "Listen to Samples"). You will want to check before class.
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Wild Weather Adventure - NASA

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3 to 6
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This interactive website is a virtual weather and geography board game. You can choose 1-4 players, the difficulty level, a name for your "weather ship", the color of your ship, ...more
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This interactive website is a virtual weather and geography board game. You can choose 1-4 players, the difficulty level, a name for your "weather ship", the color of your ship, and other personalized features. Students spin a wheel and then move their ship a certain number of spaces. Then, they are asked a question related to the weather (there are different levels of difficulty). Geography skills are also tested in this game; the virtual "gameboard" is a world map. Geography facts and questions are provided throughout the game. This website requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): weather (195)

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What an excellent activity for an interactive whiteboard. Divide your class into 4 teams. Get your interactive whiteboard ready, and turn up the volume. Students will love this educational weather activity. This website would also make a wonderful learning center for additional enrichment or review during a science unit about weather.

Once you click to "play the game", there is a link for further instructions on how to use the program.
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Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Rocks - McDougal Littell

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6 to 12
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This fabulous interactive website takes students on a journey as a rock moves through the rock cycle. There are three pages of information and activities. Page one presents students...more
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This fabulous interactive website takes students on a journey as a rock moves through the rock cycle. There are three pages of information and activities. Page one presents students with information about the three types of rocks--igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. The introduction page also highlights the processes that change one rock type into another. Page two presents a wonderfully illustrated interactive activity demonstrating how some common rock-forming processes occur. The interactive design presents a cutaway view of Earth. There is a box on page two that provides instructions on how to use the interactive activity (look for the red writing). Page three presents a conclusion diagram (pulling all of the information together), plus numerous questions and other assessment activities. The interactive pages require FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): rock cycle (10), rocks (50), volcanoes (65)

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Get your interactive whiteboards ready (and turn up the volume). This highly motivational activity is a "don't miss" addition to your earth science class. Be sur eto provie the link from your teacher web page for students to use the interactives as reinforcement or review. When you are using the interactive page (page 2), be sure to click on the blinking object. By clicking on this object, you will be taken to another window with a more detailed view of the specific topic. When you return to the main interactive page, look again for the blinking object.
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The Search for Monsters of Mystery - National Geographic Kids

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3 to 8
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Terrifically "scary," this website thrills students with information about various monsters. Students learn the geographic location and numerous facts about several famous "monsters"....more
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Terrifically "scary," this website thrills students with information about various monsters. Students learn the geographic location and numerous facts about several famous "monsters". The fascinating study includes Bigfoot, Nessie, Storsie, Yeti, Champ, and Mokele-Mbembe. Note: Some of the information on the monsters comes up in pop-ups. Turn off any pop-up blockers (this would include those that work as part of the Google or Yahoo toolbar).

tag(s): halloween (39), holidays (151)

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Use this website as a starting point for researching the history of famous monsters. This is a great way to teach about fact vs fiction and the information literacy skill of evaluating web site reliability, using a topic that students will love. After they collect facts, have a monster "trial" in your classroom "courthouse" where two teams try to prove that each monster is FACT or FICTION, using "evidence" from this site and further research. Differentiate the tasks by assigning some of your brighter students to conduct the questioning (and perhaps challenge the web sources). Then have a the class-member "jury" reach a verdict: Fact or Fiction?

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Tomorrow's Climate - Today's Challenge - Defra

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6 to 12
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Explore the facts and effects of climate change. Topics include a definition of climate change, key climate facts and myths, history of climate change, how to tackle the problem of...more
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Explore the facts and effects of climate change. Topics include a definition of climate change, key climate facts and myths, history of climate change, how to tackle the problem of climate change, and other "hot" topics. This website is a great addition to science classes discussing global warming. In addition to the text available at this website, there are also videos, animations, and guides to further explain climate change. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): climate (90), climate change (64), environment (318)

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What an excellent website to entice and educate your students about climate change and global warming. Use the website as a personal resource to educate yourself about the changes. The interactive videos and animation are perfect for an interactive whiteboard or projector. Be sure to involve your students in some ACTION as they learn about climate change. Have them create posters, brochures, or electronic "messages" telling people how they can help. Maybe even try a climate change podcast?
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Maps Home Page - David J. Leveson

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4 to 9
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This simple site provides a comprehensive tutorial that can be used for practice or review of map skills. There are sections on latitude, longitude, map scales, topography and more....more
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This simple site provides a comprehensive tutorial that can be used for practice or review of map skills. There are sections on latitude, longitude, map scales, topography and more. Most sections offer quizzes that can either be printed or taken online.

tag(s): latitude (14), logic (239), longitude (14), maps (293)

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Use this website as review for map skills. Place the link on your teacher web page for students to review at home or find al alternate presentation, especially if they have been absent. If you have quick learners, you may want to allow them to navigate the tutorial at their own speed, learning more than the "basics" while the rest of the class receives direct instruction.

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What Do Maps Show? - USGS

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4 to 8
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This website offers information on many types of maps: topographical, road, relief maps and more. There are four lessons that use a variety of inquiry strategies to help students learn...more
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This website offers information on many types of maps: topographical, road, relief maps and more. There are four lessons that use a variety of inquiry strategies to help students learn to use and understand maps. Students will gather data and draw conclusions using the maps. Downloadable maps and activity sheets are included. This site requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): map skills (81), maps (293)

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Be sure to visit the teacher's guide before visiting the individual lessons for helpful hints. The maps would display very well on an interactive whiteboard. Have students highlight or circle map elements and show with the pens how to find certain places. Since printables are included, you can have those at their seats work on their own copies of the same maps and show you their work, "earning" the chance to do it on the whiteboard.
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Social Studies for Kids

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1 to 8
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This is a general "go-to" website all about social studies. There is information about current events, culture, holidays, languages, religion, economics, geography, maps, government,...more
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This is a general "go-to" website all about social studies. There is information about current events, culture, holidays, languages, religion, economics, geography, maps, government, U.S. presidents, timelines, and many other social studies topics. The highlight of this website is the Current Events segment. This is an easy way to incorporate age-appropriate current events in your classroom.
Note: an annoying audio ad plays when you first enter the site. Turn OFF your sound!

tag(s): holidays (151), maps (293), presidents (132), renaissance (35), timelines (64)

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Use the current events segment as weekly discussion starter or assignment in your social studies class. Share this link on your teacher web page for students to access outside of class. To really build a stronger sense of current events, start a class year-long current events "log" on a wiki and have a differnet student write a "week in review" each week throughout the year, based on the current events provided here or others he/she may know about. Reading teachers may also want to use the articles on this site to teach informational text reading skills on an interactive whiteboard. Reading levels are challenging for grades 1-3. Teachers will need to provide help by reading aloud or partnering readers.

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ILike2learn - Ilike2learn.com

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3 to 10
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This website provides numerous interactive quizzes relating to geography and the language of Russian. Some specific topics include continents, Africa, Europe, USA, world lakes, oceans,...more
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This website provides numerous interactive quizzes relating to geography and the language of Russian. Some specific topics include continents, Africa, Europe, USA, world lakes, oceans, and many others. The interactive quizzes all ask users to find a specific area (by clicking on a map). Users are able to make 2nd (or 3rd) guesses for the correct locations. If you are not able to find the destination, you will receive a clue. This website requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): continents (49), maps (293), mountains (14), oceans (150), rivers (22), russia (38), russian (28)

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This website is perfect for a single-computer learning center, on a classroom computer cluster, or as a review activity for older students. Save this website on your desktop and offer it from your teacher web page, so students can utilize this resource when you are teaching about states in the USA, continents, oceans, or other countries throughout the world. Warning: tell your students to steer clear of the "Take the Dumb Test" link at the bottom of the page. It is an annoying distraction and asks for an email address.
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The American Experience - Hoover Dam - PBS

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6 to 12
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This excellent website, created by PBS, offers students information about the Hoover Dam. The information includes a timeline, maps, teacher's guide, information about other dams, and...more
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This excellent website, created by PBS, offers students information about the Hoover Dam. The information includes a timeline, maps, teacher's guide, information about other dams, and other pertinent information.

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This website was created to accompany the PBS movie "Hoover Dam", however it can also be useful independently to teach about the history of the Hoover Dam. Don't miss the Teacher's Guide. If you study geography, Hoover Dam is a fascinating study on the impact of WATER on human settlements. Include this as one of several web reources for students to research and discuss human interactions with and adaptations to landforms (in this case, desert).

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Can You Read a Map - Mrs. Bogucki

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2 to 5
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This simple interactive quiz consists of five questions. Students must analyze a grid map and comprehend the cardinal directions north and south. This quick quiz is a perfect compliment...more
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This simple interactive quiz consists of five questions. Students must analyze a grid map and comprehend the cardinal directions north and south. This quick quiz is a perfect compliment to a map skills lesson. The map displays a peninsula and offers an excellent opportunity to teach students about this landform,as well.

tag(s): maps (293)

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Get an interactive whiteboard and use this quiz to introduce or reinforce map skills. Then have students work with partners to create a grid map of the classroom or school and place items on the map. Make the grid on graph paper or electronically -- using the "show grid" feature (in View menu)in PowerPoint. Provide students with digital pictures of classroom objects to place on their grids and let them ask each other questions similar to those in this web activity about their maps.

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Learning about Maps and Directions

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K to 5
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Although this website appears "plain vanilla," it is a treasure chest. If you are teaching about reading maps or directions, this website has a wealth of information ready for you ...more
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Although this website appears "plain vanilla," it is a treasure chest. If you are teaching about reading maps or directions, this website has a wealth of information ready for you to use in your classroom. Some of the topics include spatial relations (around, between, left and right, and others-- great for primary grades and speech/language students), using a scale, following N,S,E,W directions, using a grid, and many additional topics. There are interactive games and activities, printable pages, and links to other online resources. This website has activities for very young students and more advanced learners. This website is truly a rare find. Many of the interactive map activities require Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): directions (19)

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This website would offer an excellent learning center! There are so many activities available, that this website could be useful in nearly all of your geography lessons. Be sure to introduce this website using an interactive whiteboard, then allow students to explore at their own levels. Special Ed teachers will appreciate all the options of different ways to practice and reinforce skills.
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Using Timeline Games and Mexican History to Improve Comprehension - IRA/NCTE

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3 to 6
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The IRA/NCTE has created this wonderful resource that incorporates timelines, Mexican history, and comprehension. The unit is broken down into eight 45-minute sessions. The website...more
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The IRA/NCTE has created this wonderful resource that incorporates timelines, Mexican history, and comprehension. The unit is broken down into eight 45-minute sessions. The website challenges students to study some basic information about Mexican history. Then the students are asked to create an illustrated timeline. There are numerous other "mini" activities available within this lesson plan. If your class doesn't have the time to complete this entire unit, pick and choose what works for your class. The lesson plans are ready to go, easy to follow, include interactive elements, and are highly motivational. This website requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): aztecs (9), mexico (34), timelines (64)

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The interactive timeline maker tool linked in this lesson is outstanding for ANY timeline you want students to make. The final product is printed and is NOT saved anywhere, however. Make sure you allow enough time to complete the work and print.

Use this lesson plan to teach your students Mexican history, how to use/create a timeline, and to improve their reading comprehension. Your students with family heritage from Mexico would benefit twice from using this lesson for comprehension activities. This is truly an interdisciplinary unit, and includes directions, objectives, standards, and more. The lessons would work well as independent study in the computer lab, cooperative learning activities, or whole class research using an interactive whiteboard.
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Location - National Grid for Learning (UK)

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K to 2
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This interactive site teaches young children about location and position. Pictures of toys are used to demonstrate various locations or positions (i.e. above, to the left, or inside)....more
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This interactive site teaches young children about location and position. Pictures of toys are used to demonstrate various locations or positions (i.e. above, to the left, or inside). There are three main lessons - all are easy to use, interactive and motivational. Note that the lessons require reading basic words. This website requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): speech (94)

In the Classroom

Use this website as a learning center. Speech/language teachers and ESL teachers can also use the activities to practice reading, saying, and understanding basic "position" words with students. If you have an interactive whiteboard, students will LOVE practicing the skills in small groups.
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National Atlas - United States Department of the Interior

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2 to 12
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This all-encompassing atlas site provides a broad variety of information and activities. The subject areas include agriculture, biology, boundaries, climate, environment, geology, government,...more
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This all-encompassing atlas site provides a broad variety of information and activities. The subject areas include agriculture, biology, boundaries, climate, environment, geology, government, history, mapping, transportation, people, and water. All of the subjects incorporate the United States (for example, the agriculture pages discuss the agriculture of the USA). The map features are phenomenal and include both printable maps and "dynamic maps" which are interactive and awesome! Some of interactive maps include topics such as relief and elevation, West Nile virus, volcanoes and more. This site is a perfect addition to any science class that is studying volcanoes, climate, biology and more. It is also useful in a geography class studying the various uses and types of maps. Some of the activities at this site require Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): agriculture (57), climate (90), environment (318), geology (81), maps (293)

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Have your students work in cooperative learning groups to investigate the "dynamic maps". Assign each group a topic to explore (there are 7). Have the students research the information using the maps and then report their findings to the class, perhaps displaying examples on a projector or interactive whiteboard. In teaching any of the related subjects, using a projector to share a map will make the content more "real," such as displaying the butterfly layer in the map maker so students can see how the butterfly population their home state compares with other locations.
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World News - WN Network

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4 to 12
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This is a wonderful compilation site of news from all over the world. Users can read the home page or search news of a specific geographic region. An ...more
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This is a wonderful compilation site of news from all over the world. Users can read the home page or search news of a specific geographic region. An excellent plus here is the ability to choose to read the news in a variety of languages. World Photos today, multimedia, global weather, and sports are just a few of the many attractive sections that add to this site's appeal.

tag(s): news (265)

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Share this site with your school's foreign language teachers. Have students do comparisons between English and foreign language versions of the news. If you teach writing, you can find controversial topics as writing prompts for persuasive writing among the articles, as well, and have students find facts to support their positions. Make this site available from your teacher web page for current events assignments. Reading teachers will want to use the articles on an interactive whiteboard to teach main idea and summarizing: highlight key words to use in a main idea or summary sentence you write together below the article.

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Endangered Animals in Africa - Africa Conservation Fund

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3 to 12
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This site offers up-to-date news on conservation issues and incidents in Africa. Organized by reporters in the different regions of this large continent, the site gives users the option...more
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This site offers up-to-date news on conservation issues and incidents in Africa. Organized by reporters in the different regions of this large continent, the site gives users the option of selecting news, videos, or blogs with videos to keep themselves informed on the very latest events impacting animals, both good and bad. The fastest way to find the animal information is to click on "Find Blogs about Hippos, Gorillas, Colobus monkey, Rhinos, amd other Endangered Animals"

tag(s): africa (176), animals (288), conservation (126), environment (318)

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Once you become familiar with specific naturalist bloggers on this site, you may want to revisit their posts throughout your unit on animals, biodiversity, or the environment. These real world connections would be good lesson starters. Teachers may also use this site when studying world cultures and geography of Africa. Elementary teachers will want to share selected portions of this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector as they teach about animal habitats and adaptations. Since some of the incidents that threaten the animals may be involve violence or be frightening to students, teachers should preview before sharing with younger students. The reading levels are adult, so this is not a good site to suggest for elementary students to use independently.

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World Climate - Robert Hoare

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5 to 12
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Users can find average temperature readings by clicking on common locations or entering any world city into a search box. Answers show three readings, Average Maximum Temps, Average...more
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Users can find average temperature readings by clicking on common locations or entering any world city into a search box. Answers show three readings, Average Maximum Temps, Average Minimum, 24 hour readings, as well as longitude and latitude.. Depending on the area, other data includes rainfall, sea-level pressure, station level pressure, and general information about the area's geography. Searchers must use native language spellings of larger cities and must settle for information about the main cities of the world.

tag(s): climate (90), earth (232), earth day (112), environment (318), temperature (31), weather (195)

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Use the data along with world maps (or Google Earth) for students to draw conclusions about geographic features and weather or to collect weather data over a time period to compare seasonal differences between northern and southern hemispheres. As part of an Earth Day or climate comparison activity, have students create a color-coded climate data "globe" in small groups, showing major cities and their weather data by color. You can use basketballs and sticky colored contact paper to cut out continents and climate zones, or have students make the map on an interactive whiteboard using a globe projection and highlghter tools in different colors. Older students can use the raw data as part of study of climate and cultural differences, environmental issues, or related topics.

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TeachersFirst Middle East Interactive Activities - TeachersFirst

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6 to 12
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Understanding the nuances of the Middle East is a challenge for anyone. TeachersFirst offers these interactive activities to help students grasp the basic political geography and religious...more
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Understanding the nuances of the Middle East is a challenge for anyone. TeachersFirst offers these interactive activities to help students grasp the basic political geography and religious make-up of the region. The activities include some basic facts to acquaint students with historical events, resentments, and alliances in the region. With this foundation, you can move on to meaningful discussions of the many interrelationships in the Middle East and their impact on the world today.

tag(s): arab (18), iran (13), iraq (32), israel (17), middle east (35)

In the Classroom

These interactive activities are well-suited for both individual student use and interactive whiteboards. There is a link at the bottom of the page to different lesson plan ideas to use these activities in the classroom for varying purposes. Be sure to include the link on your teacher web page if you are asking students to learn all the country names. They will be able to use the activities to practice at home or in study halls.
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