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Mapcrunch - MapCrunch

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2 to 12
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Use MapCrunch to go to places in the world without ever leaving the classroom. Explore the world's geography and cultures easily. View detailed "Google Street View" snapshots of towns,...more
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Use MapCrunch to go to places in the world without ever leaving the classroom. Explore the world's geography and cultures easily. View detailed "Google Street View" snapshots of towns, cities, and areas all over the globe. Randomly tour spots on the earth or choose a tour by continent. Use the navigation buttons to zoom in or out or shift the MapCrunch window to face a different direction. Click on the checkbox to use the slideshow feature. Share by using a link, through Facebook, or email.

tag(s): maps (288)

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Assign students various countries, regions, or continents to make comparisons. Identify the biological, geographical, cultural, and social issues that exist in the world, based on what the pictures show and what their research uncovers. Bring a greater understanding to current economic and environmental issues in many countries. World language (or World Cultures) classes can help students understand the cultures of the countries where the language is spoken. Compare specific attributes of two countries using an online Venn Diagram, such as the one reviewed here. Another idea: have cooperative learning groups use this resource to create online books about the country of their tour using a resource such as Bookemon,
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Surfing Scientist - ABC Science

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3 to 12
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Find a variety of science resources on this great site. Explore the Tricks, Conundrums, Demos, Lesson Plans, and Videos about Science. Many of the resources include an Adobe PDF file...more
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Find a variety of science resources on this great site. Explore the Tricks, Conundrums, Demos, Lesson Plans, and Videos about Science. Many of the resources include an Adobe PDF file that can be downloaded.

tag(s): experiments (71)

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Use many of these resources for brain teasers, mind stretchers, or anticipatory sets to initiate class. Encourage students to brainstorm, explain, and even blog their reactions to these resources. Provide time for students to work out the science behind the demonstrations. Consider creating little podcasts using a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here), with students demonstrating end explaining the science to show true understanding.
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Embed Plus - EmbedPlus

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K to 12
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Want to enhance the viewer experiences and discussions around the YouTube videos you embed? Enter the URL of your You Tube video to add DVD-like controls without altering the original...more
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Want to enhance the viewer experiences and discussions around the YouTube videos you embed? Enter the URL of your You Tube video to add DVD-like controls without altering the original content. Use EmbedPlus to add features such as scene skipping, movable zoom, third party annotations, slow motion on-demand, and instant replay. Set start time and scene markers if desired. Add your annotations during this set up process. When done, click get Code to either copy a new URL for your video or obtain an embed code to place in a blog, wiki, or site to share with others.

tag(s): movies (64), video (253)

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If using student created video, please check with district policy about sharing student work on the Internet. If using with students, be sure to discuss what is considered appropriate/inappropriate annotations to make on videos. These videos may not play in districts where You Tube videos are blocked. As EmbedPlus uses its own wrapper around the You Tube video, it may be viewable in your district depending upon the filter being used. Be sure to test this before using with students. Note: The "real time reactions" option pulls in and displays public comments when you click it. Use the "enhanced embed" wizard and be sure to click the checkbox that deactivates this feature. You may wish to monitor these for possible inappropriate content.

Use the controls to add annotations or student thoughts to sections of the videos. Students can make these comments on their own videos or on a different groups contribution. Use this just to add playback controls that allow for greater viewing of You Tube videos. Have students find a video (or assign one) and annotate it with curriculum related discussion, criticism, vocabulary, etc. Students can then embed this product in his/her blog or a class wiki or site. Consider creating a glog using GlogsterEDU, reviewed here. Make an annotated video with question prompts in annotations and embed in wiki or glog to share with your classes. Playback using the slow motion and zoom would be a great item to show on a whiteboard or projector.
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Junk Band Game - Jim Metzner Productions, Inc.

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3 to 8
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Lacking keyboards? This interactive site can help. Junk Band Game is a musical interactive tool brought to you as a by product of the Kid's Science Challenge. Turn a computer ...more
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Lacking keyboards? This interactive site can help. Junk Band Game is a musical interactive tool brought to you as a by product of the Kid's Science Challenge. Turn a computer into a small keyboard for different musical instrument families such as brass, percussion, woodwinds, strings, and electronic sounds. Find explanations and instructions for each instrument and a challenge at the bottom to "name that tune." Experiment by playing more than one key at a time making chords, hear the sounds of scales, compare and contrast different instrument family sounds, and have fun in the process. In schools where music budgets are tight, this could be invaluable and its FREE! This site is truly a great addition to any unit on sound or music class! This "game" even explains why different instrument groups make their signature sounds based on the science of creating the instruments.

tag(s): musical instruments (48), sound (100), sounds (68)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then, have students "play" through the activity by reading the onscreen instructions and having them play a scale. (Explain what a scale is to students who are not musically trained or inclined.) Next, have students try to play some of the familiar tunes at the bottom of the screen. Classics and easily recognizable tunes are available at the site. The students will want to play indefinitely with this new found "toy." To keep it educational, prepare a set of five to ten questions asking students things such as "How do string sounds and woodwind sounds differ? How are they the same?" Have students compare the two types of instruments using a tool such as, "Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram" (reviewed here). Also, have students create questions for the rest of the class to try to answer. Students can create their own melodies and record the numbers pattern they used to create it. Then have students exchange patterns and play each other's. There are many possibilities with this site when learning about sound, learning to play instruments, or to include as an interactive in a basic music class.
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Urban Ecologist - University of Nebraska

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4 to 7
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Take a virtual trip to discover what is living in a pond. Even urbanites can experience pond study! Click on the tool (dip net or hand microscope) and then click ...more
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Take a virtual trip to discover what is living in a pond. Even urbanites can experience pond study! Click on the tool (dip net or hand microscope) and then click on areas of the pond. As organisms are found, they are added to the student's field guide. "Check your Field Guide" by clicking on the icon. Find more information about the organisms found in the pond by clicking on each name.

tag(s): ecology (135), water (130)

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Use this site as a stand alone activity or in preparation for an actual field trip. It is a useful way to teach about collecting data in a notebook. Encourage students to bring samples of water from natural sources such as ponds or streams to view what is in the water. Create posters or research how these organisms form food chains and support the food chains found on land. Have your students create an interactive online visual and multimedia "field guide" or lab notebook ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here.
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Snow School - Winter Wildlands Alliance

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Snow School is a program run by educators across the country that enables students to attend actual classes with hands-on learning to find out about living creatures under the snow....more
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Snow School is a program run by educators across the country that enables students to attend actual classes with hands-on learning to find out about living creatures under the snow. The site contains links to programs run in 48 states and can be used to sign up individual classrooms to participate in their area. Even if your class doesn't participate, there are 2 important sections of the site that can be used in any classroom. The first area is For Teachers. This section contains links to lesson plans that allow students to explore the snow outdoors of their classroom, snow science experiments and activities, and links to other resources for teachers. The second area is For Kids. Here kids can learn how snowshoes work, find activities to do in the snow, and links to other resources.

tag(s): density (20), snow (21)

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PE teachers can use the activities area for suggestions on teaching students games and other things to do on a snowy day. The Snow Science sections contains many experiments to perform in Science class that can be related to weather units, chemistry units, and animal units. Take your class outside after a snow to perform experiments in density, insulation, and snow melt included on the site or look for animal prints to identify.

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All About Snow - National Snow and Ice Data Center

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3 to 12
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Everything you wanted to know about snow can be found in this informative site. The site is divided into easy to use sections containing facts, questions and answers, a gallery, ...more
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Everything you wanted to know about snow can be found in this informative site. The site is divided into easy to use sections containing facts, questions and answers, a gallery, and other useful links. The range of topics goes from blizzards to snow formations. Especially informative is the question and answer section where readers can find the answer to questions from "How big can a snowflake get?" to "Is it ever too cold to snow?"

tag(s): snow (21), weather (188)

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Ask students to write their own questions about snow and research the information on this site. This is a perfect site to include with any winter activities. Ask students to locate the places mentioned in the gallery on a map. Have students research a historic snowstorm from a specific geographical location and use an online mapping tool to tell the class about the winter event (and location). Try a tool such as MapSkip (reviewed here). Use the site when teaching a unit on weather (or winter Olympics) for factual information about snow using the resources link. Extend the snow "storm" with snowflake interactives such as Make a Flake, reviewed here.

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Constructing an Aqueduct - NOVA - WGBH

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3 to 8
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This site challenges you to act as a chief water engineer, creating an aqueduct for the ancient Roman city of Aqueductis. You have the choice of five different ways to ...more
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This site challenges you to act as a chief water engineer, creating an aqueduct for the ancient Roman city of Aqueductis. You have the choice of five different ways to build the duct. When you put the items in the correct order, the city will receive water. The activity provides guidance to help you choose the right structure.

tag(s): problem solving (272), romans (35), rome (27)

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For a whole group activity, share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. This site would be great to use with small groups of students. Have students work together and see how long it takes for them to get water to the city. Use the manual to help students identify and learn about the five different structures (covered trench, tunnel, pressurized pipe, wall, and arcade). Compare the ancient structures with the way we move water today, including modern day aqueducts. Have groups share their success stories by narrating a picture using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here.
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Wonderopolis - National Center for Family Literacy

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2 to 8
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This site provides a daily "wonder" in the form of a question for students to think about. Parents and teachers can choose a topic by category or by day. Each ...more
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This site provides a daily "wonder" in the form of a question for students to think about. Parents and teachers can choose a topic by category or by day. Each question is accompanied by a video, questions to think about, links and activities that students can do. Click on the "Wonders" link to see a list of archived daily "wonders."

tag(s): creativity (109), enrichment (13)

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These daily wonders are perfect to use while students are waiting for homeroom to begin. You could have them projected on a whiteboard for students to work on. Use these for an enrichment/curiosity center. They are perfect for the gifted student who finishes his work early. Use the provided vocabulary in your language arts or science curriculum. Place this link on your webpage for parents to use at home. In addition, this site would be a great place for students to go for science fair ideas or research project ideas. Please note that some videos are on You Tube so be sure to check to see if the videos might be blocked in your district. Consider adding a student-submitted "wonderopolis" page on your class wiki or a bulletin board for students to post their own thoughtful questions and build creativity. Make student questioning a part of your classroom life.
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Madlibber - Sean Huber

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2 to 12
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Madlibs have come a long way since 1953 when they were invented. This site has an online Madlib creator you can use in many different ways. It's easy to access, ...more
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Madlibs have come a long way since 1953 when they were invented. This site has an online Madlib creator you can use in many different ways. It's easy to access, and there is no registration needed. Just click on "create a new madlib" and you'll be presented with a template. There is a sample story so you get the idea of how to create one. You will also get to put in tags so you can find your Madlibber again. The site also lists current madlibs that others have created. Beware of some of the content of the already created madlibs, if you intend to allow students to use this site independently.

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Create a Madlib using Madlibber and share it with your class using your interactive white board and projector to reinforce curriculum topics such as types of plants or famous inventors. Either show the students how to make one about the curriculum topic, or have students operate the board/computer while others suggest words to fill in the blanks in one you have prepared. Madlibs can be used in so may ways: teaching parts of speech, reviewing for a quiz, introducing a new subject, or even as a "Cloze" reading story. Use this site as a station on one of the computers in your class. Put the direct web address (URL) for your Madlibber on your class web page, since some of the public Madlibbers may not be appropriate for your students. Give extra credit to those who work outside school to create classroom-appropriate madlibbers for others to use as review (and share the direct links on your class web page).

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Big Small - neoformix.com

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3 to 12
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Try this clever, quick, and simple text/shape generator. It displays the letters of any word you enter -- in large text filled with additional words which you enter -- in ...more
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Try this clever, quick, and simple text/shape generator. It displays the letters of any word you enter -- in large text filled with additional words which you enter -- in a smaller font. Creating yourBig Small word is as simple as typing the words separated by commas in the text boxes and then pressing Enter.

tag(s): antonyms (26), synonyms (38)

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Help your students demonstrate their ability to generate words related to themes, categories, synonyms and antonyms, or use this clever tool to see how many words students can create that begin or end with a given prefix or suffix, or various parts of speech. Try "verb" as the big word and fill with small verbs! Try "vertebrate" as the big word and fill it with the names of many vertebrates. Enter "smog" as the big word with human behaviors that generate smog as the small words. Create visual poems depicting a feeling or abstract noun as the big word and lists of thought-provoking "small" words. Bookmark this site in your favorites and make it available on your class web page for easy access when students are working on a class cluster of computers or in the computer lab. If students want to save or print their images, they must first capture it as a screenshot (Prnt Scrn key in Windows, Command+shift+4 in Mac). Paste the screenshot into a PowerPoint slide or word document to play with it further. More advanced technology users may then want to paste it into an image editing program to crop it, save it, or print it.
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Wylio - wylio.com

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K to 12
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Find and use copyright-free pictures using simple tools and copy/paste to get the embed code. Use Wylio to search for a picture in the topic of your choice. Enter a ...more
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Find and use copyright-free pictures using simple tools and copy/paste to get the embed code. Use Wylio to search for a picture in the topic of your choice. Enter a search term, view the possible pictures, and click on your choice. Change the alignment of the picture and the size it will appear using the simple tools. When done, click "Get The Code" to view the embeddable code. Copy and paste the code into a site, blog, or wiki to share with others. What is special about Wylio? The attribution to the picture's author is embedded into the code, so you are modeling ethical use of electronic resources!

tag(s): creative commons (21), images (265), photography (160)

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Users must be knowledgeable about embed codes and how to use them in a site, blog, or wiki. Be sure to test out embedding a picture on your site to anticipate problems when students use Wylio. Use Wylio to find copyright-free pictures for teacher use in any subject area or for student use as soon as they learn to copy/paste embed codes. This tool would be a great asset to a photography or art class but can be used in any subject area. Use pictures that showcase life around us or in a Math class to show various Math functions in man made structures and nature. Use this site to take your geography class around the world (virtually). Have students create presentations in any subject area and narrate the pictures rather than doing a traditional oral report. Use a site such as Slidestory, reviewed here, to narrate the pictures. Speech and language in lower grades or ESL/ELL teachers could use pictures for vocabulary development and allow students to add words or sentences to go with the pictures. In Science, find pictures that represent various concepts and encourage explanations of these concepts for better understanding. Embeddable pictures also work very well in "glogs" (online posters made using GlogsterEDU, reviewed here) or on your class wiki. Note: embedded picture only show on computers connected to the Internet since the embed command "goes and gets" the pictures using the web.
 

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Study Jams Science - Scholastic

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3 to 8
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This site provides excellent practice and review with different Science topics. Topics include plants, human body, the solar system, weather, matter and more. After choosing a topic,...more
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This site provides excellent practice and review with different Science topics. Topics include plants, human body, the solar system, weather, matter and more. After choosing a topic, various additional choices are offered. For example, under Force and Matter options are available to choose inertia, action and reaction, simple machines, acceleration, and gravity and inertia. Key vocabulary is presented along with a short video explanation of the topic. Don't miss the "karaoke" videos about each topic - sure to delight students (and teachers). In addition to the video, there is an option to test your own ability. Each topic can also be printed to use in the classroom and there is a link to related "jams."

tag(s): earth (228), ecosystems (88), inquiry (37), matter (56), weather (188)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a Science unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Share the videos and/or karaoke with your students. Have students sing along and learn more about science. Especially younger students will enjoy this feature. Create a link to the site on your classroom website or blog for students to use for review and practice at home. Include a link on your classroom newsletter so that parents can use the site at home with their student. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. View the videos on your interactive whiteboard, print out the quizzes for students to take as an assessment.
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Venn Diagram Shape Sorter - Shodor

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3 to 8
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This site provides the opportunity to explore Venn Diagrams through the use of shapes. Different ways to create the diagrams are provided by choosing one or two circles and choices...more
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This site provides the opportunity to explore Venn Diagrams through the use of shapes. Different ways to create the diagrams are provided by choosing one or two circles and choices of circle placement. With the "Guess the Rule" option, players try to find the rule based on shapes that are allowed into the design. The learner area provides a background on Venn diagrams and how they might be used in everyday living. The instructor area provides printable exploration questions, links to standards, classroom preparation tips, and links to similar resources.

tag(s): logic (235), problem solving (272)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Ask students to create their own Venn Diagram and have other students guess the rule. Consider using a site such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here). Use the site to demonstrate Venn Diagrams that might be used with different subjects: Science - use to sort animals by different characteristics, Social Studies - sort countries by different types of rule over a given time period. The possibilities are endless.
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Tripline - Byron Dumbrill

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4 to 12
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Tripline is a great visual for putting stories on a map. It was built to work with Google Maps, then be enhanced by each individual to fit their needs. What ...more
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Tripline is a great visual for putting stories on a map. It was built to work with Google Maps, then be enhanced by each individual to fit their needs. What a fabulous way to integrate literature and geography, history and geography, or many other subject areas. To create a trip, type in a starting point and select it from a suggested list of matching places. Add places to your trip in the same way, places can be rearranged in any order. From this list, a map will be created showing the itinerary. Push play and the map comes to life, stopping at each creation point. To further enhance the experience, pictures can be uploaded that will show as icons as each stop is reached. Maps can be shared with other users, via email, web link, or Facebook.

To create a new trip, you must register at the site. Registration requires a username, password, and valid email address.

tag(s): maps (288)

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Suggested uses on the Tripline site are to use along with moments in history such as Paul Revere's ride and Lewis and Clark's expedition to demonstrate stops along their path. Other classrooms uses would be for students to create a Tripline map of their summer vacation to use as an enhancement to a regular report, map out your favorite sports team's schedule, historic state sites, and much more.

Registration does require an email address. Tip: rather than using your personal or work email, create a free Gmail account to use for memberships. If you plan to have students register individually, you may want to create your own Gmail account with up to 20 subaccounts for each group of students (by code name or number) within your classes. Here is a blog post that tells how to set up GMail subaccounts to use for any online membership service.
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Wolf Quest - Minnesota Zoo

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3 to 8
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Can you survive the call of the wild as a wolf? This exciting, interactive game (requires download) is a 3D wildlife simulation that allows you to learn about the life ...more
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Can you survive the call of the wild as a wolf? This exciting, interactive game (requires download) is a 3D wildlife simulation that allows you to learn about the life of a wolf in Yellowstone Park. In the first episode, players learn how to survive in the wild and find a mate. Episode two delves further into a wolves life where they will now establish a den, find a mate and raise pups. There is also an online community where players can share artwork, take online quizzes, compete for prizes and more. The site also has many educational materials to be used in the classroom. Note - the game has to be downloaded to your computer before playing.

tag(s): animals (276)

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Share this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector as an introduction to an animal unit or geography unit about the western United States. Use material from the site's photo and video gallery to support student's research.
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Miami Museum of Science - The pH Factor - Miami Museum of Science

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3 to 8
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The pH factor website is designed to help students in elementary school and middle school better understand the concept of pH. Links include Excite, Explore, Explain, Expand, Extend,...more
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The pH factor website is designed to help students in elementary school and middle school better understand the concept of pH. Links include Excite, Explore, Explain, Expand, Extend, Exchange, and Examine. Some links offer pictures with descriptions, other link to articles from the New York Times, and some include assessments. There is a helpful teacher's guide, lesson plans, activities, and links to related readings and extension ideas. The information is clear and easy to understand. The laboratory activities are easy to follow and show pictures of different process steps.

tag(s): acids and bases (11), ph (4)

In the Classroom

With elementary age students, try introducing an activity with pH during environmental science units on acid rain or during pre-chemistry type units. Show students the instructions for a laboratory on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work in small groups to complete the experiment step by step.

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CO2 Science - Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change

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4 to 12
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CO2 Science offers journal reviews on environmental topics, an online environmentally minded journal, and under the education tab some excellent laboratory ideas. There are videos,...more
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CO2 Science offers journal reviews on environmental topics, an online environmentally minded journal, and under the education tab some excellent laboratory ideas. There are videos, weekly blog entries, an educational center, and more. This is a great teacher and high school student resource.

tag(s): carbon (21), climate (92), environment (317)

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Integrate different activities from the education section into your classroom. Use the readings for older students as they are far above the reading level of elementary and early middle school students. Share the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Challenge cooperative learning groups to investigate on article/blog topic and create a multimedia presentation. Have your students create an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here.
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Amazing Detergent Activity - CSIRO

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4 to 8
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This website provides an interesting classroom activity about surface tension and detergents. This is a great introductory site to inquiry types of activity. It is cheap and inexpensive...more
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This website provides an interesting classroom activity about surface tension and detergents. This is a great introductory site to inquiry types of activity. It is cheap and inexpensive to run, easy to clean, and has a fantastic "wow" factor for students. In the activity, food coloring is added to a small bowl of milk and liquid soap is added creating a color swirl in the milk. Students think it is magic, and what better way to launch a science class? It is excellent for teaching the scientific method, and if expanded upon can lead to concepts of variables.

tag(s): colors (79), inquiry (37), scientific method (64)

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Try using this during the first few days of school to get and keep students excited about learning science. Have students create "I observed" and "what happened" lists. Discuss the different ways of making observations. Monitor the class by only moving forward as a class one step at a time. This cuts down on ruining the surprise for slower groups. Plus it provides time for questioning. Follow up by having students discuss the why the materials reacted the way that they did. Have them suggest and carry out different experiments to discover which part of the experiment causes it to work the way that it does.

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WaterWorks - Investigating Fountains - OMSI

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4 to 8
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This site provides six different activities to investigate how water moves. Investigations featured here are simple and cheap to construct. The activities are very open ended and could...more
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This site provides six different activities to investigate how water moves. Investigations featured here are simple and cheap to construct. The activities are very open ended and could be adapted, with good questioning to just about any level. The last link on the page offers two videos with real life applications of the student investigations. This makes for a great inquiry activity.

tag(s): experiments (71), water (130)

In the Classroom

This would fit nicely into a unit on water movement or basic physics. Have students conduct experiments and then debrief by asking why and how the water reacted the way that it did. Have students work in cooperative learning groups and take digital photos throughout their experiment. Then have students narrate the pictures explaining what happened during their experiments. Use a site such as ThingLink, reviewed here, to have students narrate their pictures.
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