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Explore Live Cams - Explore Annenberg LLC

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K to 12
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View live webcams from around the world to see animals in a variety of settings. Over 60 webcams share the day-to-day activities of many different animals such as polar bears, ...more
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View live webcams from around the world to see animals in a variety of settings. Over 60 webcams share the day-to-day activities of many different animals such as polar bears, owls, flying foxes, and many more. Select any webcam to view the images in full-screen. Scroll down the page to find an information box about the webcam's location and highlighted activities. Additional information shares local weather, a location map, and information about the site hosting the webcam. Registration isn't required to view the webcams; however, it allows you to save favorites and take snapshots of the screens to save on your device. The webcams are hosted through YouTube, be sure to check that your school's filters don't block them before attempting to use it with students.
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tag(s): africa (168), animals (324), birds (52), fish (25), habitats (113), oceans (163), webcams (8)

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Bring lessons about animals to a whole new level when watching them in their natural habitat. Learn about elephants in Africa, bears in Alaska, and many more animals just through observation. Help students learn observation and research skills using webcams. Begin by sharing this site with your students and encourage them to select a webcam for their research. Another option is to focus on webcams based on geographic location or species of animals. Ask students to record notes digitally using Google Docs or Microsoft Word. Encourage students to include questions during their observations, then include links to additional information within their document. Take advantage of the snapshot feature or show students how to take a screenshot without having to register on the site. Enhance learning by asking students to annotate images using ThingLink, reviewed here, to share observations, and include links to videos and additional information. If viewing webcams at the same time each day, use a screen recording tool like Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, to record video observations for several days, then have students analyze and compare animal activity during that time. As a final project, and to extend learning, ask students to use Book Creator, reviewed here, to create a digital book about their observations that includes information from their notes, images, and video screen recordings. Of course, be sure to follow all guidelines for using digital content from online sources.

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iBiology - Ron Vale

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8 to 12
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iBiology provides hundreds of videos from scientists sharing the latest in scientific research. Video topics include interviews, lectures, and storytelling. Begin your search on the...more
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iBiology provides hundreds of videos from scientists sharing the latest in scientific research. Video topics include interviews, lectures, and storytelling. Begin your search on the site by selecting the "Start Here" link. Choose a talk by selecting your role as a researcher, educator, student, or someone curious about biology. Each talk includes a short overview of the topic and a speaker's bio. Videos are hosted on YouTube, be sure that your school filters allow access before sharing with students on school computers or download using the links provided in each video.

tag(s): cells (103), diseases (73), ecology (134), evolution (106), genetics (90), plants (174), STEM (209)

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Bookmark this site to use with classroom lessons. Share a link to selected videos for students to view on your class website or blog (be sure to preview videos before sharing to ensure content is appropriate for your age-level students). Use a tool like playposit, reviewed here, to engage students by making interactive content with these videos. Add questions for students to discuss, gather student comments, and include polls to receive immediate feedback to guide your lessons. As an alternative to your traditional assessment, ask students to create an explainer video using FlexClip, reviewed here to explain and demonstrate biology content learned throughout your unit.

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Realism - Realism Inc.

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6 to 12
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Realism is your virtual science lab, available to use at any time and anywhere. Engage students with 3D virtual experiments to learn about thermochemistry with a coffee cup calculator,...more
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Realism is your virtual science lab, available to use at any time and anywhere. Engage students with 3D virtual experiments to learn about thermochemistry with a coffee cup calculator, learn about Hooke's Law with springs and weight, and more. Free individual accounts include access to all labs and lesson plans aligned to Next Generation Science Standards.

tag(s): acids and bases (13), chemicals (51), newton (26), rockets (18), STEM (209)

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Add Realism to your other resources for teaching science content; it provides an excellent alternative for teachers with a lack of resources at school or as an option for a virtual lab for your students to explore anywhere. Consider incorporating this site along with other activities into a complete unit using ActivelyLearn, reviewed here. ActivelyLearn includes many features and resources for building custom learning opportunities for your students using their data bank of resources along with those you add on your own. In addition, ActivelyLearn provides you with immediate feedback to use for assessment. As students explore the different lab activities, ask them to use Google Docs or Microsoft Word to document data collected during the experiment, including screenshots captured during the lab. Have students share their work and reflections on activities using a portfolio creation tool like Dropr, reviewed here. Encourage students to show creativity within their portfolio by adding a variety of elements using tools offered in Dropr, including images, music, video, and more to share their learning process.

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Journey North - Journey North

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3 to 12
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Journey North is a citizen-science program for collaborating and documenting the migration of animals and insects. Become involved by adding your images and sightings, or follow the...more
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Journey North is a citizen-science program for collaborating and documenting the migration of animals and insects. Become involved by adding your images and sightings, or follow the site to view the observations of others through maps, images, and descriptions. Choose from a diverse selection of animals, including whales, earthworms, and many others to begin. Within each topic find information about the animal and their migration habits along with links to additional resources. Take your journey a step further and choose the live cam link to view webcams and animal videos from around the world. Make sure to check out the educator's section to find vocabulary, reading, and inquiry activities.

tag(s): animal homes (67), animals (324), insects (73), migration (61), scientists (71)

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Take advantage of this site to teach students about animal migration and the activities of scientists. Include a link to the site on classroom computers to follow updates and record sightings. Even if you don't participate by sharing information on the site, consider using the site as a model for observations in your area. Use Microsoft Office or Google Docs to create a spreadsheet to record sightings including dates, images, and the person doing the sighting. As students view different animals, encourage them to research and learn more about them and share their learning by creating infographics using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here. Extend classroom technology use by having students include their infographics on webpages created using Carrd, reviewed here. Carrd is a simple yet attractive-looking tool for creating websites for even less tech-savvy users. Redefine classroom technology use and learning and ask students to use Story Maps, reviewed here to design an interactive map including images, text, and other multimedia to tell the story of migration.
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National Geographic 101 - National Geographic

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6 to 12
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Learn about and discover some of the world's most fascinating and timely topics with National Geographic's 101 video series. Each short video is under 5 minutes and features an overview...more
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Learn about and discover some of the world's most fascinating and timely topics with National Geographic's 101 video series. Each short video is under 5 minutes and features an overview of the issue. The diverse range of video subjects includes pollution, human origins, and the flu virus. Click the "more" button next to each video for a transcript and tags for related videos.
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tag(s): animals (324), chemicals (51), climate (98), climate change (75), dinosaurs (51), diseases (73), drugs and alcohol (26), energy (213), evolution (106), genetics (90), hiv/aids (20), moon (81), planets (139), plants (174), pollution (67), religions (73), romans (37), solar energy (39), solar system (125), space (232), STEM (209), sun (76), weather (211)

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Take advantage of the share feature included with each video to share a link or embed videos on your class website or student computers. These videos provide a wonderful opportunity for students to explore a variety of science topics that aren't always included in the science curriculum. As students find a topic of interest on the site, ask them to research additional information, and then use Canva, reviewed here, to modify their learning and create posters or infographics sharing their findings with their peers. Include student-created posters or infographics as part of an overall presentation using a portfolio-building site like About.me, reviewed here. Use About.me for students to create a portfolio as their future self as a scientist sharing their research that includes posters, written work, cited research, and more.

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NASA Science - NASA

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7 to 12
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NASA Science is the home base for sharing science news, resources, and information from the first-most science authority, NASA. Choose from many different areas to explore this comprehensive...more
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NASA Science is the home base for sharing science news, resources, and information from the first-most science authority, NASA. Choose from many different areas to explore this comprehensive site. Browse the home page for an overview of recent additions that include the latest tweets, countdown clocks, and Science by the Numbers. Dig deeper by choosing specific portions of the site including Science Topics and Science News. If your school blocks YouTube be sure to look at alternatives for sharing this site's videos on classroom computers.

tag(s): earth (226), explorers (70), solar system (125), space (232), STEM (209), sun (76)

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Become acquainted with the information shared on this site to use within your current lessons on space and science. View videos together on your interactive whiteboard or have students view videos at home and share questions and their thoughts in class. Include information from this site with other web resources to share with students. Use a bookmarking site like SearchTeam, reviewed here, to share online resources collaboratively. In addition to saving bookmarks, SearchTeam allows you to add comments to saved resources. Work together as a class to create resources for researching science topics. Instead of just watching videos, increase and enhance student learning through the use of a site such as Playposit, reviewed here. Playposit offers tools for adding both student and teacher comments to online videos. Use this resource to point out important information, ask critical questions, and challenge student thinking. Instead of assessing student learning of your science topic through tests or research projects, offer students the opportunity to share learning by creating their own game based on their research using a game-creation tool like Scratch, reviewed here.

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Inspark Teaching Network - Center for Education Through Exploration at Arizona State Univ.

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8 to 12
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The Inspark Teaching Network is a collaboration of global science educators creating and sharing next-generation science courses. Join the network through sign up as an educator or...more
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The Inspark Teaching Network is a collaboration of global science educators creating and sharing next-generation science courses. Join the network through sign up as an educator or student. Learn and teach science using the options for smart courses and virtual field trips. Lessons include three options for teaching - open and use the course in its current form, enroll students to gather data and monitor progress, or customize the experience to your needs.

tag(s): cells (103), habitats (113), human body (132), organisms (21), planets (139), rock cycle (14), rocks (52), solar system (125), stars (71), Teacher Utilities (86), virtual field trips (57)

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Take advantage of the free lessons and virtual experiences to enhance your current science lessons. These activities are also perfect for differentiating instruction for gifted learners or for correlating to varying student interests. Instead of using written journals, consider replacing them by asking students to use an online portfolio tool such as Pathbrite, reviewed here, to showcase their learning. Use Pathbrite to set up a digital exhibit demonstrating the science concept learned using multimedia features included in Pathbrite like videos, images and supporting articles. Ask students to modify technology use and demonstrate learning by creating an explainer video using My Simpleshow, reviewed here, or another video creation tool. For the musically inclined student, ask them to create a rap song or poem sharing their learning and produce a video to share on SchoolTube reviewed here.
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Earth Rangers Classroom Resources - Earth Rangers Foundation

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3 to 6
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Earth Rangers provides several hands-on lesson activities for elementary level environmental lessons. Take on an engineering challenge with The Need for Seed, explore habitat loss with...more
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Earth Rangers provides several hands-on lesson activities for elementary level environmental lessons. Take on an engineering challenge with The Need for Seed, explore habitat loss with Fly Away Home, and more. Each lesson is ready to print with complete instructions for interactive games, follow-up discussions, and optional lesson extensions.

tag(s): animal homes (67), animals (324), climate change (75), engineering (129), environment (319), habitats (113), STEM (209)

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Be sure to see these free lessons to enhance your current animal and environment lessons. Compile your online resources for students using Symbaloo, reviewed here, and share on classroom computers. Include links to information about specific animals and habitats, games, quizzes, and more in one easy to find place. Replace paper and pen quizzes by including a link to a quiz created using the "Connect Fours" Quiz Generator found at Class Tools, reviewed here, within your Symbaloo for students as a tool for them to review and connect key concepts. Use another another free, excellent resource found on Class Tools to create 2 and 3 circle Venn diagrams to compare and contrast different habitats or animal features. Be sure to save the URL for the Venn diagrams to include as part of a book composed by individual students or groups to share their learning. Book Creator, reviewed here, offers many tools for creating and sharing digital books that include embedded images, videos, and text. BookCreator can be used for a variety of assignments in any classroom that is integrating technology as an enhancement, modification, or transformation. Allow students to choose their animal or habitat to research and produce an ebook for each student. When finished you and your students will have a complete online library with information on a variety of subjects!
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Gooru - Prasad Ram, PhD

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2 to 12
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Gooru is a free, online learning management system for classrooms. Use their Learning Navigator system to assess and assign content based on student knowledge. The Learning Navigator...more
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Gooru is a free, online learning management system for classrooms. Use their Learning Navigator system to assess and assign content based on student knowledge. The Learning Navigator provides information on student knowledge then provides a course of learning. Content is continually adjusted and monitored to match student growth and engagement. Use your teacher dashboard to assign and customize learning using Gooru's content. Content is provided for math levels from preK through calculus, English/Language Arts from preK through 10th grade, and middle and high school science and social studies. Students engage with assigned materials using the code generated when adding content.

tag(s): differentiation (51), homework (38), Learning Management Systems (22), Teacher Utilities (86), tutorials (48)

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Use Gooru to differentiate instruction based on students' current performance. Many students are motivated to learn at their own pace using online tools, and Gooru is an option providing lessons in a different format than currently available. If not using Gooru whole -class, it provides many options for helping and enhancing learning for individual students, use for homework, or as a temporary option for providing instruction to home-bound students. Enhance classsroom technology and provide additional support to student learning by asking them to use Dropr, reviewed here, to build a digital portfolio of their learning process. Include images, videos, and written work within the portfolio.

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Nova Labs - PBS

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6 to 12
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Engage in authentic scientific exploration with the games and interactives offered through Nova Labs. Engage in lab topics of cybersecurity, evolution, RNA, clouds, energy, and the...more
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Engage in authentic scientific exploration with the games and interactives offered through Nova Labs. Engage in lab topics of cybersecurity, evolution, RNA, clouds, energy, and the sun. Each interactive includes a collection of videos providing background information. The site also shares educator guides specific to each lab with strategies for use.

tag(s): cells (103), critical thinking (121), energy (213), evolution (106), internet safety (122), Research (20), solar energy (39), sun (76), weather (211)

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Nova Labs provide many opportunities for engaging students in authentic learning situations. Consider using this site as an introduction to any of the included topics. For example, begin your energy unit by assigning the energy lab as homework or as a flipped learning activity. Watch the introductory video together, then allow students to explore the site on their own. Use Playposit, reviewed here, extend technology use by adding questions and student responses to videos to encourage critical thinking skills. Have students share their learning after participating in the lab by annotating images using ThingLink, reviewed here. Thinglink presents a variety of levels for technology use depending on teacher requirements for the project, or even student ability; it allows for adding narration, videos, text, and links to help explain the project. Ask tech-savvy students to create their own learning games with Scratch, reviewed here, using information learned from their research.
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SciGirls Connect! - Twin Cities Public Television

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3 to 12
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SciGirls Connect! provides resources to connect and encourage girls to engage in STEM activities including videos, interactives, and hands-on activities. Browse the site to find resources...more
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SciGirls Connect! provides resources to connect and encourage girls to engage in STEM activities including videos, interactives, and hands-on activities. Browse the site to find resources divided into topics including technology, role-model profiles, and various science themes. Additional information provides resources for teachers including participation and lesson guides. SciGirls Connect! places a heavy emphasis on providing resources in Spanish, these include Latina role-models and Spanish versions of most content.

tag(s): animal homes (67), animals (324), careers (148), earth (226), engineering (129), environment (319), graphic design (42), heart (41), nutrition (156), space (232), spanish (106), STEM (209)

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Bookmark SciGirls Connect! as a resource for finding interesting classroom activities for both girls and boys. Consider creating an after-school club for girls to explore different STEM careers and activities, if possible, bring in female STEM leaders from your community to help host the club or provide ongoing activities and support. Encourage the use of technology by incorporating and embedding digital tools throughout your STEM lessons. For example, instead of asking students to take notes using pencil and paper, use Google Docs or Microsoft Word. As students continue through their learning activities, use editing tools in these office products to add comments, images, and additional information. Be sure to demonstrate how to view editing changes to your students so that they can look back and reflect on their work throughout the process. Encourage your students to reflect upon their work both during individual activities and throughout the year with the use of a digital portfolio tool like Seesaw, reviewed here. Use Seesaw to create individual accounts for students to take pictures, add video, and add written commentary as part of their reflection and assessment of activities. Really transform student learning and technology use by letting them become the teacher. Extend technology use by asking students to create podcasts using Anchor, reviewed here to teach others about concepts in science and technology, or share information about STEM careers. In addition to podcasts, you can modify technology use by asking students to use a video explainer tool like Biteable, reviewed here, to demonstrate and share the procedures of experiments.
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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for the Primary Classroom (K-2) - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore, compare, and contrast three different online tools designed for early...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore, compare, and contrast three different online tools designed for early learners. Participants will learn about the features of these three free tools and then explore ways to use them in the primary classroom. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. Participants will: 1. Explore primary tools to use in the classroom; 2. Start a lesson plan using one of the given tools; and 3. Collaborate with other participants on ways to use the given tools in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Frostbite Theater - Jefferson Lab

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6 to 12
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Frostbite Theater is a video collection of more than 80 science demonstrations and experiments hosted on YouTube. Many of the experiments feature the use of liquid nitrogen, dry ice,...more
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Frostbite Theater is a video collection of more than 80 science demonstrations and experiments hosted on YouTube. Many of the experiments feature the use of liquid nitrogen, dry ice, and electricity. Most videos are less than eight minutes long. The entertaining format helps maintain high-interest levels with even the most complex science topics. Be sure to discuss how to access YouTube on school computers with your school's tech department if necessary.

tag(s): butterflies (13), electricity (95), gravity (53), light (57), moon (81), water (137), weather (211)

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Before watching these video experiments, ask students to predict the outcomes. Replace traditional voting methods and use an online voting tool like Dotstorming, reviewed here to generate ideas, and have students vote on their choice. Instead of just watching and discussing the videos, make them interactive, enhancing student learning, using Playposit, reviewed here. Playposit offers options for creating interactive videos by adding teacher and student questions and comments. Use these videos as a model for students to transform their learning by recording and creating their own video experiments. Use a tool like moovly, reviewed here. Share student videos on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.

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Expii Solve - Expii, Inc.

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8 to 12
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Solve interactive math and science puzzles based on current events with Expii Solve. Choose from over 70 sets of questions with topics including the Super Bowl, Star Wars, holidays,...more
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Solve interactive math and science puzzles based on current events with Expii Solve. Choose from over 70 sets of questions with topics including the Super Bowl, Star Wars, holidays, and more. Each topic includes a set of five problems with each question increasing in difficulty. If you need help, use links to tutorials at the bottom of each question. Registration isn't required; however, registering allows you to track progress in completing puzzles.

tag(s): cultures (116), holidays (139), logic (252), problem solving (293)

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Be sure to save these puzzles for use throughout the school year. Use these problems as a substitute for your typical homework assignments. Include questions as part of math or science centers. Replace pencil and paper journals or notebooks by having students blog about their learning and understanding using Pen.io, reviewed here, Ask groups of students to work on topics together then share their results with the class. To enhance student learning and understanding, consider instituting a recurring podcast for students to share problems and discuss problem-solving strategies. Use a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here.

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SCALE Science Education - Stanford University

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6 to 8
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SCALE Science Education offers performance-based science lessons for middle schoolers correlated to Next Generation Science Standards. Each of the three resources includes a complete...more
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SCALE Science Education offers performance-based science lessons for middle schoolers correlated to Next Generation Science Standards. Each of the three resources includes a complete set of materials for teachers and students; some also include slide presentations. In addition to lessons, materials also have links to optional resources incorporating literacy skills and assessments.

tag(s): adaptations (18), biodiversity (34), cells (103), chemicals (51), climate change (75), earth (226), ecosystems (90), energy (213), genealogy (8), genetics (90), matter (64), oceans (163), solar system (125), space (232)

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Save yourself a little time with these free units and include them with your current teaching materials. Also, take advantage of the site's free webinar introducing the materials and how to use them in the classroom. Instead of using written journals throughout your unit, ask students to replace these by keeping online journals with Microsoft Word or Google Documents. Throughout the lessons ask students to highlight and share important information, add annotations, and add links to additional information. As you add resources for students, use Wakelet, reviewed here, to share information on your website or blog. Ask students to stretch their learning and create personal Wakelets including images from projects and their journal entries. As a final project, have students modify their learning by creating an explainer video of their activities using a video creation tool like Typito, reviewed here. Typito includes a broad range of editing tools in an easy to use format for creating video explainers.
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Expii - Expii, Inc.

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6 to 12
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Expii is a free resource for learning about math and science topics creatively through video and written explanations provided by different expert contributors. Math content begins...more
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Expii is a free resource for learning about math and science topics creatively through video and written explanations provided by different expert contributors. Math content begins with pre-algebra and moves up through advanced topics. Many units also offer options for practice. Expii also encourages students and teachers to add their content. Search for topics by keyword or choose from the different math and science topics to begin learning. Use Expii without registering; however, free registration allows you to save favorites for later use. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): atoms (55), cells (103), charts and graphs (205), decimals (125), earth (226), electricity (95), equations (154), fractions (232), magnetism (40), molecules (48), number lines (35), number sense (99), planets (139), ratios (66), space (232), stars (71), STEM (209), sun (76), transformations (19), variables (20)

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Include Expii with your links for students to use at home and in class. Expii is an excellent way to provide content explanation through the voice of many different speakers, allowing the opportunity to increase student understanding. To enhance learning, ask groups of students to view lessons provided by the different contributors, then ask them to compare and contrast information by creating a concept map or Venn Diagram using Canva, reviewed here. At the end of a teaching unit, ask students to redefine what they learned using a multimedia tool like Adobe Spark in K-12, reviewed here, or Sway, reviewed here, to share their learning. Be sure to have them include their own video explanation of the content.

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Science News for Students - Society for Science and the Public

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Science News for Students publishes daily science articles aimed at readers 9-14 years old. Written by science experts, this site features a variety of topics geared toward preteens....more
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Science News for Students publishes daily science articles aimed at readers 9-14 years old. Written by science experts, this site features a variety of topics geared toward preteens. Each story includes highlighted "power" words including providing definitions for lesser-known vocabulary. At the end of each article, find a readability score using the Flesch-Kincaid algorithm. Browse the site's home page for the most recent posts or use the Topics link to find information sorted into categories. This site also includes a keyword search to use when looking for specific information. Some articles include YouTube videos; if your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): body systems (59), brain (67), careers (148), earth (226), environment (319), evolution (106), genetics (90), human body (132), space (232), STEM (209)

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Include a link to Science News for Students on classroom computers to include with other non-fiction reading resources for students. Have students browse through the site to find information of interest when choosing science fair or research topics. Alter students' learning by asking them to create an infographic related to a science topic using Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here. This very easy to use tool includes drag and drop tools for easy creation of infographics using included templates or your own design. Take student research a step further and redefine their learning by having students use ThingLink, reviewed here, to upload an image related to their science research and add annotations. Thinglink offers tools for adding text, audio, video, and more to images. Weaker readers will need a reading buddy for some of the more challenging article. Classes in lower grades will want to read the articles together. A quick check on one article using Juicy Studio's Readability test, reviewed here, provided an approximate grade level of 6.5. Check articles before assigning to elementary students. You might also want to use Word Sift, reviewed here, to quickly identify important words that appear in the text.

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Invasive Mosquito Project - Citizen Science

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6 to 12
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Collect and share data about mosquitos as part of a national project by participating in the Invasive Mosquito Project. This project is gathering data on the number and types of ...more
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Collect and share data about mosquitos as part of a national project by participating in the Invasive Mosquito Project. This project is gathering data on the number and types of mosquitoes found around the country and needs the help of students, teachers, and anyone interested in participating. In addition to this research project, the site offers a collection of resources for teachers including lessons for collecting information, recognizing mosquito types, and mosquito facts. Submit your collected data using the online form found on the site.

tag(s): data (156), insects (73), scientific method (68)

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The Invasive Mosquito Project is an excellent way to teach scientific process and data gathering through real-world techniques. Take advantage of the free lessons found on the site to teach your students how to properly collect and share data before actually following procedures for participating in the project. As students learn to collect data and take images, use Wakelet, reviewed here, to organize and share their work and curate online information. As students become more involved with the project ask them to share information using Google My Maps, reviewed here. Google My Maps offers tools for creating a virtual field trip across a path created by students.
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Monarch Lab - University of Minnesota

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This site is an undertaking of the University of Minnesota to develop a citizen science project including volunteers from around the country to share long-term data on monarch butterfly...more
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This site is an undertaking of the University of Minnesota to develop a citizen science project including volunteers from around the country to share long-term data on monarch butterfly populations and their milkweed habitat. Sign up and share your data, or explore the site to learn more about monarch butterflies. The site includes monitoring data from around the US, training information, and ongoing updates and newsletters.

tag(s): animal homes (67), butterflies (13), data (156), habitats (113), insects (73)

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Use the downloadable worksheets on this site to monitor and learn about monarch butterflies in your area. Use Google Sheets and Documents to include images and data together. Compare your class data to those around the country. Take advantage of this project to show students how every piece of data is significant for scientific studies. Ask students to share information through blog entries using Edublog, reviewed here. Edublog includes tools for easily creating interesting blogs including student writing and images.
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Open Explorer - National Geographic

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Open Explorer is a digital field journal sharing community stories of global exploration, science, and storytelling. The site offers a variety of ways to explore content. Choose from...more
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Open Explorer is a digital field journal sharing community stories of global exploration, science, and storytelling. The site offers a variety of ways to explore content. Choose from map locations or popular and recent explorations. Additional filters allow you to narrow choices to selected types of investigations including air, land, sea, urban, or backyard. Each research project includes a map and is set on a timeline for viewers to follow the progress of the journey. Although registration is not necessary to use the site, it allows you to monitor the ongoing activities of chosen explorations. The videos reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable.

tag(s): animals (324), descriptive writing (42), habitats (113), journals (21), scientific method (68), scientists (71), writing (364)

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This site isn't just for science teachers! Use these journals for non-fiction reading in language arts classrooms or as examples of journal writing. Explore features around the globe in social studies class as part of your geography lessons. In science class, use this site as part of your lessons on animals, habitats, or scientific inquiry. Use this site as a model for science research projects. Complete the entire project digitally beginning with an online notetaking tool such as ReadWriteThink's Notetaker, reviewed here. Notetaker allows students to organize and plan research projects with their different outline formats. During the revision portion of the project, use PeerGrade, reviewed here, for students to share their writing, extend their learning, and receive constructive feedback from classmates. For the final presentation redefine learning, by using a multimedia tool like Sway, reviewed here, to create a presentation including video, images, text, and other research information.

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