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Habitats - Smithsonian Science Education Center

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2 to 6
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Learn about animal habitats through this interactive where players match animals to their correct habitat. Use buttons to navigate between habitats, then drag and drop animals into...more
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Learn about animal habitats through this interactive where players match animals to their correct habitat. Use buttons to navigate between habitats, then drag and drop animals into their correct location. Upon proper placement, click to learn more about individual animals with pictures and a summary including images and additional facts.

tag(s): animal homes (46), animals (296), coral (12), deserts (12), habitats (86), jungles (5), wetlands (11)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Share this site on classroom computers to use as a center during your habitat or animals unit. Instead of oral presentations of research findings, have students create animated movies online using Powtoon, reviewed here. Have students choose an animal or habitat to research further, either individually or as a group. As a class, use a mapping tool such as Click2Map, reviewed here, to create a map of different habitats and add display markers featuring text, photos, and videos and information about the animals found in each location.
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Amaze - Ann-Kathrin Grebner, Michael Durgner, G Widschwendter, M Ardelt

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5 to 7
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Amaze has animated videos providing factual and informative information about sexual development to adolescents aged 10-14. Their goal is to counter misinformation about puberty, sex,...more
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Amaze has animated videos providing factual and informative information about sexual development to adolescents aged 10-14. Their goal is to counter misinformation about puberty, sex, and sexuality while developing accurate representations of healthy body development and relationships. It is important to take note of ratings when viewing videos on Amaze. Green indicates videos appropriate for all young people and blue indicates videos suitable for those of the older range from 10 to 14 years old. Choose videos from the different categories or select favorite videos from the home page. Each video includes a "dig deeper" button with additional information for discussions. Be sure to check out the section for educators containing lesson plans for 5th and 6th grades, books suggestions, and other resources. Registration isn't necessary; however, it allows users to save favorites and create personalized video playlists. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): adolescence (12), diseases (74), hiv/aids (19), sexuality (15)

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Be sure to follow suggestions for age appropriateness and have appropriate parental permission when using this site in the classroom. Share this site with school counselors and teachers of sex education. Use Amaze as a resource for discussions involving relationships, personal safety, and other teen and preteen issues. When appropriate, share a link to videos on your class webpage. Amaze is an excellent site to share with parents as they face difficult issues that arise during the teen years. Have students create personal blogs for their private reflection about these videos and discussions.

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C-Stem Studio - UC Davis C-Stem Center

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K to 12
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C-Stem Studio is a software download integrated with learning opportunities for STEM subjects. Videos and interactives provide instruction in math, coding, and robotics. Choose from...more
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C-Stem Studio is a software download integrated with learning opportunities for STEM subjects. Videos and interactives provide instruction in math, coding, and robotics. Choose from the different pages to view information about each program. For those who prefer not to download software; try RoboBlockly. Roboblockly is an online tool for learning to code using drag and drop blocks to move robots. There is a link for RoboBlockly on this site.

tag(s): coding (65), game based learning (123), gamification (79), logic (235), problem solving (287), robotics (26), STEM (167)

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Download C-Stem Studio as part of your ongoing STEM and coding instruction. Be sure to follow directions on downloading the correct version and order of downloads. Share activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector, then have students create and explore on their own. After school clubs and activities can use this program to learn to code. Use this tool with gifted students for a great challenge. Set up a coding activity center for interested students when they finish class work or for rainy days and snow days. Share this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.

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Famous Mathematicians - Brittany Hoffman

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What do Archimedes, Pythagoras, and Srinivasa Ramanujan have in common? They all enjoy a spot on this site of famous mathematicians. Begin with an overview of mathematics over time...more
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What do Archimedes, Pythagoras, and Srinivasa Ramanujan have in common? They all enjoy a spot on this site of famous mathematicians. Begin with an overview of mathematics over time starting with Thales of Miletus from 624-546 BC through Andrew Wiles' solving Fermat's Last Theorem in 1994 on the site's homepage. Learn about different mathematicians by choosing from the alphabetical list (alphabetized by first names) found on each page. Also worth exploring is the site's blog featuring groups of 15 famous mathematicians by different categories including women and Greek mathematicians.

tag(s): biographies (92), famous people (23), pythagorean theorem (32)

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Although this site doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles, it contains a great deal of historic and biographical information on famous (and perhaps, not so famous) mathematicians. Bookmark the site to use as a resource for a mathematician of the week to feature in your classroom. Choose a student to share information on the mathematician of their choice with classmates through a multimedia presentation using Lucid Press, reviewed here. Challenge students to develop a fake social media presence about one of the mathematicians using Fakebook, reviewed here, or the Twitter Fictional Account Template, reviewed here.

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WooTube - Eddie Woo

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7 to 12
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WooTube is a middle and high school level mathematics YouTube channel and more. This site includes video playlists sorted by topic, downloadable worksheets and resources, and the author's...more
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WooTube is a middle and high school level mathematics YouTube channel and more. This site includes video playlists sorted by topic, downloadable worksheets and resources, and the author's blog. The highly acclaimed videos provide instruction in complicated topics and easy to understand content explains the relevance to the real-world use of the content. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): fractions (226), integers (41), measurement (164), money (182), percent (80), tutorials (50), video (278), volume (49)

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This site began with the owner's desire to share lessons with homebound students making it a perfect accompaniment to classroom instruction. Be sure to take advantage of the free worksheets and resources to use with your students. Share a link to videos on your class website for students to view at home. Ask them to watch videos before you teach content in class. If you typically view videos then discuss questions in class, try using Flipgrid, reviewed here, to take questioning and collaboration to a new level. Upload a WooTube video to your Flipgrid account, then have students record their questions and thoughts. Have students respond to comments made by peers, then discuss both content and student responses in the classroom.
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Twitter Chat: Coding: Bring it to all Classrooms - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Get prepared for the Hour of Code with this archived Twitter chat from November 2017. It opens in Storify. Browse the tips, articles, and tools offered by the chat ...more
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Get prepared for the Hour of Code with this archived Twitter chat from November 2017. It opens in Storify. Browse the tips, articles, and tools offered by the chat moderators and participants. Through this chat participants will: Share ideas on how to incorporate coding and computer science into all curriculums, learn about the skills coding provides to help students thrive in a digital world, and discuss ed tech tools available to assist with coding in all content areas.

tag(s): coding (65), twitterchatarchive (29)

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Is your class doing the Hour of Code? View this chat yourself or with your colleagues to learn more about this fabulous weeklong event in December. Make coding a regular language in your classroom, stretching past the "hour" in December. Learn about resources (and benefits) for all grades, even kindergarten.

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The Code Player - thecodeplayer.com

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6 to 12
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Learn to code through videos demonstrating actual typing of code to create items from scratch. Scroll through the page to choose a demo featuring HTML5, CSS, Javascript and more. Click...more
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Learn to code through videos demonstrating actual typing of code to create items from scratch. Scroll through the page to choose a demo featuring HTML5, CSS, Javascript and more. Click the demo image, then Play, Walkthrough, or View code. Project ideas include creating an interactive to-do list, text bubbles, or hover over information over images, and much more. After selecting a video, go to the upper left corner and click to play the walkthrough or view the code. Playing the walkthrough takes viewers through typing the code from beginning to end. There is no audio/sound.
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tag(s): coding (65), Computational Thinking (14), design (94), STEM (167), tutorials (50), video (278)

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The Code Player is an excellent tool for anyone who prefers to watch demonstrations to learn instead of reading or listening to directions. Depending on the coding abilities of your students, choose one of the demos to display on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector and learn together. Have groups of students choose a different coding format to complete an activity. Use this site as a model for you or your students to create your own screencasts sharing how-to projects with coding. Use a tool like Screencastify, reviewed here. Screencastify works with the Chrome browser to record your screen and capture audio recordings. Have more advanced students create their own coding projects for classroom use.

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TechRocket - iD Tech

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4 to 12
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TechRocket offers coding and design courses for kids aged 10 to 18. Earn points and badges through completing courses. Courses provide instruction in Python, iOS, Java, Minecraft, and...more
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TechRocket offers coding and design courses for kids aged 10 to 18. Earn points and badges through completing courses. Courses provide instruction in Python, iOS, Java, Minecraft, and 3D printing. Free membership offers access to five courses and seven free Hour of Code classes.

tag(s): coding (65), Computational Thinking (14), critical thinking (120), design (94), logic (235), problem solving (287)

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Coding is an excellent way to teach critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Use this site as homework, a center, or in a lab setting. Courses are self-paced, so differentiation is easy. Explain to students that coding is a critical skill in today's world filled with technology and will also be a valuable skill in the job market. Many jobs that will require coding do not yet exist. Put a link to this tool on your class website, blog, or wiki. Since registration is via email, for young students consider using a "class set" of Gmail subaccounts, explained here; this tells how to configure Gmail subaccounts to use for any online membership service. Using Gmail subaccounts will provide anonymous interaction within your class.

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Edabit - Matt MacPherson

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6 to 12
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Learn to code with Edabit and their progressively difficult interactive challenges. Start by using your email to register. Begin with challenges that match your coding skills, then...more
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Learn to code with Edabit and their progressively difficult interactive challenges. Start by using your email to register. Begin with challenges that match your coding skills, then continue learning as you progress through more challenging activities. Each Edabit Challenge includes a problem, practice with code, help resources, and a discussion area. As users complete coding challenges, they earn experience points and unlock new skills through real-world situations.

tag(s): coding (65), Computational Thinking (14), computers (100), critical thinking (120), engineering (129), problem solving (287), STEM (167)

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Coding is an excellent way to teach critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Use this site as homework, a center, or in a lab setting. Activities are self-paced, so differentiation is easy. However, it is still a good idea, if possible, to seat a more experienced computer user with one who is less experienced. Explain to students that coding is a critical skill in today's world filled with technology and will also be a valuable skill in the job market. Many jobs that will require coding do not yet exist. Put a link to this tool on your class website, blog, or wiki.

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codeCampus - Raj Sidhu

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K to 6
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Learn to code in just a few hours with codeCampus's standards-aligned curriculum. Try your first hour of training for free and receive 20 hours of lesson plans. codeCampus provides...more
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Learn to code in just a few hours with codeCampus's standards-aligned curriculum. Try your first hour of training for free and receive 20 hours of lesson plans. codeCampus provides free school accounts with signups from administrators or technology specialists with additional hours of training and lesson plans.

tag(s): coding (65), Computational Thinking (14), computers (100), critical thinking (120), logic (235), problem solving (287), professional development (162)

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Make your staff the envy of all other schools with your coding prowess! Sign up for a school account and learn about coding together. Once finished, take advantage of the free lesson plans for teaching coding to your students.

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Our Africa - SOS Children

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5 to 12
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Learn about Africa through the eyes of its children with these eye-opening and sometimes heart-wrenching videos and articles. Choose a country to begin your exploration, or select from...more
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Learn about Africa through the eyes of its children with these eye-opening and sometimes heart-wrenching videos and articles. Choose a country to begin your exploration, or select from categories including health and children. Each portion of the site shares information about the topic or country along with one or more videos.

tag(s): africa (172), agriculture (58), climate (93), cross cultural understanding (119), cultures (108), south africa (11), sports (98), women (94)

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Introduce Our Africa to students using an interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Have groups research information about the country of their choice and present their findings in a brochure or interactive poster using Sway, reviewed here. Compare and contrast student's living conditions in their country vs. an African child's country using an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here.
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Unfiltered News - Jigsaw

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6 to 12
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As the name suggests, Unfiltered News provides news without filters from around the world. Click on any dot on the map to view popular and trending topics. Use the slider ...more
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As the name suggests, Unfiltered News provides news without filters from around the world. Click on any dot on the map to view popular and trending topics. Use the slider bar to see issues dating back approximately one year. Take the Quick Tour for a tutorial on using the site's features. Articles are unfiltered, so you may want to preview information before sharing with students.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (119), journalism (55), news (262)

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Achieve two goals with this very people-friendly site: provide quality nonfiction reading materials and the latest in current events. Compare and contrast trending topics around the world. Foreign language teachers will enjoy using this site as real-world practice with language skills, simply turn off the translation feature for students to view information in the native language. Have cooperative learning groups create weekly podcasts using a tool like Buzzsprout, reviewed here, featuring news from around the world.

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Know IT All Resources - Childnet International

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K to 12
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Know IT All Resources provides Internet safety resources and information for parents and teachers. Support information includes presentations for primary and secondary teachers, leaflets...more
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Know IT All Resources provides Internet safety resources and information for parents and teachers. Support information includes presentations for primary and secondary teachers, leaflets for parents, and toolkits including lessons and activities for teaching online safety.

tag(s): cyberbullying (45), internet safety (111)

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Take advantage of the many free resources found on the site including classroom lessons about cyberbullying and Internet safety. Share information with parents on your website or during Open House activities. Have students make a multimedia presentation such as a poster, brochure, or infographic about information learned using Visme, reviewed here.
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Anyplace America - AnyplaceAmerica.com

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4 to 12
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Anyplace America provides an extensive resource of free topographical maps of the United States. Choose maps by water, land or man-made features, or browse maps featuring each state....more
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Anyplace America provides an extensive resource of free topographical maps of the United States. Choose maps by water, land or man-made features, or browse maps featuring each state. Maps include local information including nearby points of interest, weather statistics, and photographs. Most also include a link to download a color PDF of the featured map. Google and the U.S. Geological Survey provide the maps used on this site.

tag(s): bridges (10), glaciers (17), landforms (48), maps (292), mountains (16), national parks (20), natural resources (59), rivers (24), volcanoes (66), water (130)

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Bookmark this site to use when teaching about landforms, bodies of waters, or geographic features. Be sure to create a link on classroom computers or your class website for students to access at any time. Have students use a mapping tool such as Click2Map, reviewed here, to create a map of local landforms with audio stories and pictures included.
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Food Chains for Kids - Free School

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Food Chains for Kids is a YouTube video explaining the connection of living things through food chains. This five-minute video shares information on the specific parts of a food chain...more
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Food Chains for Kids is a YouTube video explaining the connection of living things through food chains. This five-minute video shares information on the specific parts of a food chain including producers and consumers and their role in the food chain. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.

tag(s): animals (296), food chains (23)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on food chains on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Include a link to the video on your class website for students to view at home. Take a walk outside of your classroom to look for different members of food chains and take pictures. Have students create an annotated image describing the animal's role in the food chain by adding text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as WordClouds, reviewed here, or for younger students use Word Clouds For Kids, reviewed here.

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Food Chains , Food Webs , Energy Pyramid - makemegenius

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This animated YouTube video describes the concepts of food chains, food webs, and the energy pyramid. The video goes into detail using vocabulary terms and sharing visuals illustrating...more
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This animated YouTube video describes the concepts of food chains, food webs, and the energy pyramid. The video goes into detail using vocabulary terms and sharing visuals illustrating concepts such as complex food chains. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.
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tag(s): animals (296), energy (204), food chains (23), plants (159)

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Although animated, this video isn't recommended for use with very young students due to the higher-level vocabulary used throughout and a visual of a lion eating a giraffe. Share with older students to introduce the concept of food chains and food webs, pausing the video often to discuss visuals and vocabulary shared in the video. Have students make a multimedia presentation about food chains using Powtoon, reviewed here.

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Human Influence on Ecology Mapped - Erle Ellis

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8 to 12
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This short YouTube video describes a proposal to reconsider how earth's biomes are mapped taking into consideration the effect of humans and urban populations. The discussions reflect...more
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This short YouTube video describes a proposal to reconsider how earth's biomes are mapped taking into consideration the effect of humans and urban populations. The discussions reflect upon the changing environment due to changes over extended periods of time. Also, the video points out some criticisms in this plan indicating that it may diminish the importance of environmental awareness and protections. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.

tag(s): biomes (105), conservation (128), ecology (138), population (63)

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Share this video as part of your unit on biomes, conservation, or world populations. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to compare and contrast the proposal to current definitions of biomes. Then have students debate the pros and cons of the proposal outlined in the video using a tool such as Socratic Smackdown, reviewed here.

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Build a Biome - Tubehead

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2 to 8
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Learn about six of the world's biomes then build a biome with this interactive activity. Use clues from the notebook and fact panel to choose the correct items to place ...more
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Learn about six of the world's biomes then build a biome with this interactive activity. Use clues from the notebook and fact panel to choose the correct items to place in your biome. When finished, earn postcards for each biome built.

tag(s): biomes (105), environment (322)

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Share a link to this site on classroom computers and your class website for students to play during your unit on biomes. Have cooperative groups choose a biome to explore further and create podcasts sharing features of their biome. Use a site such as Buzzsprout, reviewed here. Have students use a mapping tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map identifying locations of different biomes around the world.
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The Grassland Biome - University of California Museum of Paleontology

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7 to 12
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This short, but informative, site shares information about the grasslands biomes. Learn about the differences between savannah and temperate grasslands. Explanations include detailed...more
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This short, but informative, site shares information about the grasslands biomes. Learn about the differences between savannah and temperate grasslands. Explanations include detailed information on locations, climate, and vegetation found in each biome.

tag(s): biomes (105), climate (93), environment (322)

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Include this site with other resources when teaching lessons about biomes. The text portions may be challenging, so you should pair weaker readers with a partner as they research on this site. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their knowledge about grassland biomes using Visme, reviewed here.

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Grassland - Jeremy M.B. Smith/Encyclopedia Brittanica

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Explore the grasslands biome in-depth with this article from Encylopedia Brittanica. Read through to learn about the origins of grasslands, the type of environment necessary to maintain...more
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Explore the grasslands biome in-depth with this article from Encylopedia Brittanica. Read through to learn about the origins of grasslands, the type of environment necessary to maintain a grassland, and common uses such as grazing and agricultural production. Be sure not to miss links near the top of the page to View All Media, and to Print, Cite, and Share the article.

tag(s): biomes (105), ecology (138), environment (322)

In the Classroom

Before exploring the site as a class, download images of grasslands and have students identify the biome and its properties. The text portions may be challenging, so you should pair weaker readers with a partner as they research on this site. Include this site as a resource for your biome unit by sharing a link on your class website. Upon completion of your biome unit, have students make an infographic showing what they learned using Visme, reviewed here.

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