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Explore Learning Ecosystem Resources - Explore Learning

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Explore Learning offers several resources for teaching and learning about ecosystems. Choose from several different topics including food chains and various kinds of ecosystems. Choose...more
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Explore Learning offers several resources for teaching and learning about ecosystems. Choose from several different topics including food chains and various kinds of ecosystems. Choose any link to obtain complete lesson information including lesson materials and assessments. Some materials are available in other languages. Most items are available to account holders only; signup is free.

tag(s): animals (322), coral (12), ecosystems (93), food chains (25), ponds (9), population (67)

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Take advantage of the many free resources shared on this site for teaching about ecosystems. Ask students to create infographics sharing information they learn. Canva, reviewed here, offers free resources for creating infographics. Have students create animated videos sharing information about ecosystems using Powtoon, reviewed here.
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Populations and Ecosystems - Learning Science

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Learn about populations and ecosystems through a series of "learning tools" offered on this site. Eleven interactive lessons teach you about types of biomes, food chains, and other...more
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Learn about populations and ecosystems through a series of "learning tools" offered on this site. Eleven interactive lessons teach you about types of biomes, food chains, and other features of ecosystems.

tag(s): animal homes (63), animals (322), ecosystems (93), habitats (108), population (67)

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Use this site as a resource for finding resources to share with students when teaching about biomes and habitats. Share links on your class website for students to access from school computers or at home. Have students collect ideas and resources to create a website for what they are learning using an online bulletin board like Dotstorming, reviewed here. With Dotstorming, students can add text, images, and video. Once students have collected their ideas and resources, challenge them to create a website sharing information on biomes using a simple website creator like Carrd, reviewed here. Carrd offers templates and easy to use design features to create stunning one-page websites.
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California Chaparral Institute - The Chaparral Institute

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4 to 12
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Learn about California's most extensive ecosystem with information shared by the California Chaparral Institute, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of native shrublands throughout...more
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Learn about California's most extensive ecosystem with information shared by the California Chaparral Institute, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of native shrublands throughout the world. Choose from links to learn basic facts about the chaparral, preservation efforts, threats to the biome, and the institute's preservation plan. Other items on the site include information on animals found in the chaparral.

tag(s): animal homes (63), animals (322), biomes (139), habitats (108)

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Include this site with your other resources for teaching about biomes and habitats. Before introducing this site, find out what students already know about chaparrals using a virtual bulletin board like Webnotes, reviewed here, to record student responses. Instead of sharing a list of links with students, consider using a bookmarking tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here, to organize and share information through one easy-to-use link. At the end of your biome unit ask students to create a multimedia presentation using Sway, reviewed here. Sway offers tools to easily create professsional looking presentations including images, videos, and more.

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The Taiga Biome - borealbiome

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Discover basic information about the taiga biome on this site. Choose from the different links to learn about plants and animals, locations around the world, and changes occurring due...more
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Discover basic information about the taiga biome on this site. Choose from the different links to learn about plants and animals, locations around the world, and changes occurring due to human impact. This site also includes a short video with images of animals found in the taiga. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): biomes (139), forests (33), habitats (108)

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This site contains basic information to use as an introduction to taiga biomes. Include it when sharing other resources with your class. Consider using a bookmarking tool like SearchTeam, reviewed here, to consolidate and share resources in one place. As you and your students progress throughout your biome unit, use a video response tool like FlipGrid, reviewed here, to share student ideas and information learned. Instead of assigning a written or oral presentation at the end of your unit, ask students to create an animated video using My Simpleshow, reviewed here. MySimpleShow offers easy tools to create animated explainer videos.

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Temperate Rainforest Facts - temperate-rainforest-facts.com

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As advertised in the title, this no-frills site offers just the facts about temperate rainforests. The home page features basic information about rainforests along with facts about...more
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As advertised in the title, this no-frills site offers just the facts about temperate rainforests. The home page features basic information about rainforests along with facts about the canopy layers. Choose from additional links to learn animal and plant facts.
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tag(s): biomes (139), habitats (108), rainforests (21)

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Include this site with your other resources when teaching about biomes and habitats. Instead of asking students to take notes or create flashcards, learn vocabulary using online games like Baamboozle, reviewed here. Baamboozle allows you to quickly create games for teams of two and automatically keeps score during gameplay. Upon completion of your unit consider having students create online books using a tool like Book Creator, reviewed here. Book Creator includes many features to create interactive books including adding video, text, audio, and images.

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Temperate Rain Forest Biome - Earth Eclipse

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This site features facts and information related to temperate rainforests. Scroll through to learn about changes due to climate change and deforestation. Other portions share the climate,...more
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This site features facts and information related to temperate rainforests. Scroll through to learn about changes due to climate change and deforestation. Other portions share the climate, locations, plants, animals, and other data related to rainforests.
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tag(s): biomes (139), habitats (108), rainforests (21)

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Information found on this site provides an excellent starting point to find basic rainforest information. Share it on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector as you discuss biomes and as a way to access students' prior knowledge of the subject. Instead of using classroom dictionaries, use an online dictionary like the Miriam Webster Dictionary Page, reviewed here, to look up vocabulary terms. Include this site with your resources for your biome unit, consider saving bookmarks to share with students using a tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here. Instead of having students write reports at the end of your unit, ask them to use Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create custom maps featuring locations and facts about biomes you studied.

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What Eats? - whateats.com

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Find out the diet of different animals in What Eats? Type in the name of an animal to view a description of what it eats, and what eats it! Other ...more
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Find out the diet of different animals in What Eats? Type in the name of an animal to view a description of what it eats, and what eats it! Other portions of the site describe different kinds of food webs, types of animal diets, and even an African food chain in Spanish.
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tag(s): animals (322), food chains (25)

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When introducing your animal unit, add an extension to your Internet browser like Sticky Notes, reviewed here, to project and share student's ideas as you begin discussing animals and food webs. Edit, add, or delete notes as needed as you move throughout your unit. Add a link to What Eats? on classroom computers. As students learn about specific animals or food webs, ask them to create interactive images using ThingLink, reviewed here, to add text, links, and additional information. Have younger students use a tool like WriteReader, reviewed here, to create an online storybook sharing information learned. WriteReader includes tools for sharing student writing along with correct spelling underneath. For older students, try a book creation tool like Story Maps, reviewed here, to add additional information including map locations.

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Encyclopedic Entries - National Geographic

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Think of this site as a digital, illustrated encyclopedia of environmental words and terms. Choose any entry to find beautiful images along with complete encyclopedic entries and additional...more
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Think of this site as a digital, illustrated encyclopedia of environmental words and terms. Choose any entry to find beautiful images along with complete encyclopedic entries and additional resources. Use filters to search by keyword, grade level, or subject.

tag(s): continents (51), ecology (137), environment (323), oceans (165), space (226), weather (202)

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Take advantage of the information on this site for use throughout the school year. Consider choosing an entry each week to share with students and explore further. Use a bookmarking site like Symbaloo, reviewed here, to share other links on the same topic. Ask students to locate information on Google Maps and create a story to tell about their topic using a site like Heganoo, reviewed here. Heganoo allows you to create interactive maps including images, videos, and more to tell a story.

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Analyzing an Ecosystem - University of Alberta

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What do you know about interactions in an ecosystem? Answer questions to discover your knowledge. Use the provided choices to identify examples located within the image. Items include...more
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What do you know about interactions in an ecosystem? Answer questions to discover your knowledge. Use the provided choices to identify examples located within the image. Items include identifying mimicry, parasitism, abiotic and biotic components, and more.

tag(s): biomes (139), ecology (137), ecosystems (93), habitats (108)

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Include this interactive with your unit on ecosystems. Complete questions together on your interactive whiteboard or have students explore on their own. Have students share their explanations for the questions using an audio tool like Vocaroo (reviewed here), then share their recordings on your class website. Take this a step further and use a tool like Flipgrid (reviewed here) to have students record a video response to a probing question related to ecosystems. Students record their video response then can add comments to other responses.
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Endangered Animals Game - Sheppard Software

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Catch the endangered animals moving around the globe, then take a short quiz to learn about what is causing them to shrink in numbers with the Endangered Animals Game. Click ...more
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Catch the endangered animals moving around the globe, then take a short quiz to learn about what is causing them to shrink in numbers with the Endangered Animals Game. Click on rhinos, pandas, and more to read a short question and choose the correct answer. Following a right answer, each animal is moved outside the globe as players continue to try to catch the remaining figures.
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tag(s): endangered species (40), environment (323)

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Include this activity on student computers during your unit on the environment or endangered animals. Have students find other sites to share with information on endangered animals. Use a collaborative bookmarking tool like SearchTeam, reviewed here, to share sites with fellow students. SearchTeam allows you to share links to websites, videos, and more and also add comments to information shared. Have students create maps using Animaps, reviewed here, to share information on endangered animals around the world. Students can add text, images, and location stops! As a final assessment, instead of a written report have students create a Story Map, reviewed here. Story Map allows you to create interactive maps telling stories through a timeline of "dots" to move through each step of the story.
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Ecosystems, Organisms, and Trophic Levels - McGraw Hill Education

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Explore a variety of biomes in this virtual lab as you search for organisms living in each environment. Answer field observation questions to discuss the found organisms and their relationship...more
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Explore a variety of biomes in this virtual lab as you search for organisms living in each environment. Answer field observation questions to discuss the found organisms and their relationship to its ecosystem. Follow the directions to choose questions about the tundra, taiga, desert, freshwater lake, and rainforest. This virtual lab also includes a journal containing additional information along with diagrams of food webs and more.

tag(s): biomes (139), ecosystems (93), organisms (21), rainforests (21), tundra (20)

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Include this virtual lab as part of your lessons on ecosystems and biomes. Instead of just completing these online activities, take student learning a step further and have students write blogs to share and discuss the information learned while completing this virtual lab. Edublogs, reviewed here, provides a free blogging tool for students and educators. Personalize learning even more by using Skype, reviewed here, to conduct a class interview with a park ranger or scientist studying ecosystems. Consider using a class Twitter account, reviewed here, and following favorite scientists using Daily 140, reviewed here. Daily 140 allows you to enter "handles" of up to three people you want to track. Each day receive an email with a list of all new people they have followed and tweets they have favorited.
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Virtual Lab: Communities and Biomes - McGraw Hill Education

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Create and maintain a marine biome with this virtual lab. During this lab, you set up a reef tank and collect data over a (virtual) 12 week period. Along the ...more
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Create and maintain a marine biome with this virtual lab. During this lab, you set up a reef tank and collect data over a (virtual) 12 week period. Along the way, participants learn about using water testing strips to check ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite levels in the tank and monitor ph levels. Other activities include viewing the effect of adding rocks and fish to populate the tank. Throughout the activity, use the journal and tables provided to record data, and answer question prompts.

tag(s): biomes (139), habitats (108), marine biology (35)

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Include this virtual lab as part of your lessons on biomes, specifically the marine biome. Have students complete the journal entries and fill in tables then print to include with your end of unit assessments. Take this activity a step further and have students write blogs to share and discuss their work in maintaining a proper marine environment. Edublogs, reviewed here, provides a free blogging tool for students and educators. Learn even more about marine biomes through a Skype call, reviewed here, to a marine researcher. Alternatively, you might find a webcast on marine science and a scientist to follow at STEM in 30, reviewed here.
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Predator Protector - KQED and Ocean Futures Society

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Learn about sharks and how to keep the ocean in balance through this interactive. Throughout the activity, players work to keep their shark healthy while avoiding dangers such as fishing...more
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Learn about sharks and how to keep the ocean in balance through this interactive. Throughout the activity, players work to keep their shark healthy while avoiding dangers such as fishing nets. Win points for your shark consuming food and avoidance of threats to move on to a new level with a different species of shark.

tag(s): animal homes (63), animals (322), environment (323), oceans (165)

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Include a link to this interactive on classroom computers during your studies of oceans, animals, or the environment. Have students create an annotated image of a shark including text boxes and related multimedia links to describe different survival techniques using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Create an interactive class book using Book Creator, reviewed here. Have students contribute images, stories, and videos to tell about sharks or other animals and the environmental dangers they face.
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Temperate Forest - Kids Do Ecology

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Learn the basics about the Temperate Forest biome with this site from Kids Do Ecology. Information includes weather, locations, and plants and animals found in this biome. In addition...more
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Learn the basics about the Temperate Forest biome with this site from Kids Do Ecology. Information includes weather, locations, and plants and animals found in this biome. In addition to facts about the Temperate Forest, this site includes a printable crossword puzzle featuring information about the biome.

tag(s): animals (322), biomes (139), habitats (108), plants (174)

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Include this site with your other biome resources. Share a link on classroom computers and your class website. View information from the site together on an interactive whiteboard or projector highlighting important information. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Wordle, reviewed here, or WordItOut, reviewed here. At the conclusion of your biome unit, have students make an interactive multimedia poster using Visme, reviewed here.
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World Biomes: Savanna - Kids Do Ecology

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Learn about the Savanna biome with this informative site from Kids Do Ecology. This site provides basic information about the location, weather, and inhabitants of this biome. Also,...more
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Learn about the Savanna biome with this informative site from Kids Do Ecology. This site provides basic information about the location, weather, and inhabitants of this biome. Also, there is a printable crossword puzzle all about the Savanna.

tag(s): animals (322), biomes (139), habitats (108), plants (174)

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Include this site with other resources featuring biomes. Consider creating a Webmix (web-based screens of link "tiles") with all of your biome resources using Symbaloo, reviewed here. Share a link to your Symbaloo Webmix on your class website or classroom computers for easy student access. Use an online infographic creator, such as Canva, reviewed here, to create infographics including images and facts about biomes. Instead of asking students to create written reports at the end of your biome unit, have students create maps sharing locations and features of different biomes using Animaps, reviewed here. Students can add text, images, and location stops!
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Tropical Savanna - Center for Educational Technologies, Wheeling Jesuit Univ

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Learn about the characteristics of the Savanna biome with this overview featuring animals and plants found in the Savanna. Although the site is fairly simple, it includes some little-known...more
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Learn about the characteristics of the Savanna biome with this overview featuring animals and plants found in the Savanna. Although the site is fairly simple, it includes some little-known facts about this biome.

tag(s): animals (322), biomes (139), habitats (108), plants (174)

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Share information from this site on your interactive whiteboard as an introduction to the Savanna biome. Ask students to use the tools on your whiteboard to highlight important information, then save your work on your computer to share on your class website. Ask students to participate in an online bulletin board, such as Lino, reviewed here, to reflect on what they are learning and collect information and images about the Savanna biome. Challenge students to create an annotated image sharing information about the Savanna or animals found on the Savanna including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Have students work in groups to create a virtual field trip to Savannas around the world using Google Earth, reviewed here.

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Cabinet of Curiosities - Philippe Cousteau Jr.

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Cabinet of Curiosities is a site created by the grandson of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau to introduce STEM careers to young people. Links within the cabinet take users to eight...more
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Cabinet of Curiosities is a site created by the grandson of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau to introduce STEM careers to young people. Links within the cabinet take users to eight different categories including short video explanations by professionals within the field. Click on any image within the cabinet to view a short description of an item used for a STEM career and one or more videos. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): anthropology (12), careers (144), communication (10), ecology (137), engineering (132), marine biology (35), oceans (165), STEM (184)

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Bookmark and save to use when exploring career options with students. Ask students to use information found on this site and others to create an infographic sharing information about a chosen career. Canva, reviewed here, offers many templates for creating infographics. To increase student knowledge of options within STEM careers, have groups of students create a weekly podcast sharing different career fields. Buzzsprout, reviewed here, is an online tool to use when creating and hosting podcasts.

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OK2Ask: Free Microsoft Tools to Make Learning Accessible and Inclusive - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Making a learning environment accessible for everyone is critical to a successful...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Making a learning environment accessible for everyone is critical to a successful inclusive classroom. Today's classrooms are diverse and include English Language Learners and students with learning challenges, whether they have been identified or not. Every teacher needs to be able to create and deliver content in a way that is accessible to each individual student. Fortunately, teachers already have free technologies at their disposal to assist with this. Join us as we explore strategies and tools that facilitate an inclusive learning environment. Participants will: 1. Understand the importance of accessibility; 2. Explore Microsoft tools that can be used to create accessible materials; and 3. Identify an easy new habit, hack, and/or tool they can adopt to help make material accessible for their students. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Accessibility (2), differentiation (53), Microsoft (42), Special Needs (33)

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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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OK2Ask: Make the Most of Your TeachersFirst Membership - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Inspire technology integrated lessons for student learning based on web-based...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Inspire technology integrated lessons for student learning based on web-based resources. Learn about the features and benefits of your free TeachersFirst membership. This session will briefly share how to find and use resources on TeachersFirst to help you save time. Remember, it is OK2Ask questions at any time! Participants will: 1. Explore TeachersFirst membership features; 2. Identify and share resources to support classroom instruction; and 3. Prepare to use the features of TeachersFirst membership to maximize student learning. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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Rainforest Animals - Enchanted Learning

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Learn about the many animals found in rainforests at this simple, yet informative site. Choose an animal name to view an annotated drawing of physical features along with a short ...more
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Learn about the many animals found in rainforests at this simple, yet informative site. Choose an animal name to view an annotated drawing of physical features along with a short description of the animal's characteristics. This site also includes a few printables including a rainforest animals book and word wheel.
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Share this site on classroom computers for students to explore and learn about the variety of animals found in the rainforest. Use the information on the site as a starting point for research projects on animals and the rainforest. Have students keep a digital portfolio of resources using WeLearned.It, reviewed here. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create informational videos sharing their research using a tool like My Simpleshow, reviewed here. Then share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Consider creating groups for different animal classifications such as birds or insects to create the videos.
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