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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Environmental Protection Agency

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7 to 12
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Here you will find the home page for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Choose from different areas on the site to search for environmental data, government policies, and...more
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Here you will find the home page for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Choose from different areas on the site to search for environmental data, government policies, and the latest environmental topics. Use the "Your Community" area to search for information within a specific zip code or state. There are also many EPA videos that reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): chemicals (39), environment (218), pollution (48), recycling (44), water (97)

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Bookmark this site to include with units on the environment and current events. Ask students to search for local environmental issues and concerns using search tools on the site. Encourage students to use a tool like Diigo, reviewed here, to keep track and highlight the important information they find. Upon completion of research, have students create infographics using a tool like Canva, reviewed here, to share the facts they find. Canva is easy to use and provides many templates for creating infographics. Ask students to create a podcast featuring information on the environment along with suggestions on how to solve environmental concerns. Podcast Generator, reviewed here, is a free tool for publishing audio and video podcasts.

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Disaster Fact Sheets - FEMA

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K to 6
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Learn what to do before, during, and after a disaster with these fact sheets from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). Select a topic to view information in PDF format from ...more
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Learn what to do before, during, and after a disaster with these fact sheets from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). Select a topic to view information in PDF format from the several available types of disasters including hurricane, drought, tornado, and more. Each fact sheet is two pages long and includes a quick fact check, words to know, and advice for dealing with the disaster.

tag(s): disasters (34), earthquakes (41), fire safety (14), floods (11), heat (15), hurricanes (28), red ribbon week (9), snow (16), tornadoes (12), tsunamis (14), weather (156)

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Bookmark this site for use during your weather unit as an introduction to types of severe weather. One of the fact sheets discusses home fires and is perfect to include with Red Ribbon Week activities. After sharing disaster facts with students, ask students to create word clouds using vocabulary terms related to any specific type of disaster. Improve student learning by using a site like Word It Out, reviewed here, to easily create custom word clouds. Upon completion of your unit, ask students to create a book sharing their tips and advice for dealing with disasters. Reshape and redefine learning by using an interactive book creation tool like Book Creator, reviewed here. Book Creator offers tools for making online books that include images, videos, audio, and more.
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Biome Crossword Puzzle - Technological Solutions, Inc. (TSI)

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5 to 12
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Practice vocabulary terms for biomes with this online crossword puzzle. Click a puzzle word to see the clue then type in your response. When complete, the puzzle shows correct responses...more
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Practice vocabulary terms for biomes with this online crossword puzzle. Click a puzzle word to see the clue then type in your response. When complete, the puzzle shows correct responses in black and incorrect in blue.
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tag(s): biomes (114), crosswords (17), puzzles (150)

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Share this crossword on your interactive whiteboard to introduce your biome unit and assess prior knowledge. Have students use the words from the puzzle and find online images to use as examples of each definition. Ask students to create a ThingLink (reviewed here) using their images. ThingLink allows users to add annotated links to images including text boxes, video, and related links. Have students create their own crossword puzzle with terms related to your study of biomes. HTML 5 Crossword Generator (reviewed here) allows users of any technology level to easily create their own puzzles to solve online or download as a PDF document. Have students use Google Earth (reviewed here) to make a virtual field trip to a biome, then add interviews with scientists discussing the features and animals found in that location.

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Smithsonian X 3D - Smithsonian Institution

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6 to 12
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Tour some of the Smithsonian Museum's most treasured objects through 3D models and scientific missions. Through the use of 3D digitization techniques, the museum is rapidly adding content...more
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Tour some of the Smithsonian Museum's most treasured objects through 3D models and scientific missions. Through the use of 3D digitization techniques, the museum is rapidly adding content and collections to this site telling never-known stories about the museum's treasures. Use the site's search features to find models; some also include tours with additional information. Choose videos to learn how curators on the 3D team captured and shared information. Select the educators' portion of the site to download an ebook interdisciplinary learning experience combining technology and history in the study of Abraham Lincoln. For help in using this site, be sure to visit the Getting Started portion including directions on how to use the tools. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos on this site may not be viewable.

tag(s): dinosaurs (36), lincoln (57), museums (40), presidents (116), space (200), STEM (215), virtual field trips (65)

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Take advantage of these many resources to take a virtual visit with your class to the Smithsonian Museum. View artifacts and tours together on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector then allow students to explore on their own. After viewing a tour, ask students to research a topic further. Instead of a written report have students create an online quiz or game for fellow students using a quiz tool like Arcade Game Generator, reviewed here, or QuizWhizzer, reviewed here. Use a video response tool like Flipgrid, reviewed here, for student collaboration and sharing of research. Extend learning by asking students to create their own virtual field trip using Google Earth, reviewed here. Have students add articles, images, and videos to locations featured on their virtual trip.

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Temperate Forest - Kids Do Ecology

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4 to 8
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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 (260), biomes (114), habitats (79), plants (134)

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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 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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4 to 8
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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 (260), biomes (114), habitats (79), plants (134)

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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 Zeemaps, reviewed here. Zeemaps allows students to create audio recordings AND choose various locations on a map where the report takes place.
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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 (260), biomes (114), habitats (79), plants (134)

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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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6 to 12
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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 you 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 you 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.

tag(s): anthropology (9), careers (130), communication (139), ecology (96), engineering (107), marine biology (23), oceans (129), STEM (215)

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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 Infographic Maker, 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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The Time Now - Shane Buck

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K to 12
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The Time Now provides accurate synchronized time information from anywhere in the world. Add multiple locations to compare current local time. This site also features several tools...more
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The Time Now provides accurate synchronized time information from anywhere in the world. Add multiple locations to compare current local time. This site also features several tools including currency converters and travel information. This site meets Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG) standards by providing tools making content useful to all users including those with disabilities including sight impairments.
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tag(s): calculators (40), calendars (39), moon (64), space (200), sun (58), time (99), time zones (7), weather (156)

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Bookmark (or save in your favorites) The Time Now on your classroom computers for students to use throughout the year. Find out the local time and temperature in countries as you study them and compare their local time to yours. Include time/date conversions for online conferences you will hold with parents who are deployed or traveling in different time zones. Share meeting dates/times for virtual sessions using the time conversions, so everyone is "on time." Find a partner classroom located in a different time zone - try finding one at Global Virtual Classroom, reviewed here, and use The Time Now to compare local times throughout the day. Then create a collaborative class book with your partner class to contrast and compare what is happening in one area of the world compared to your partner. Use a tool like Book Creator, reviewed here, to create collaborative books including images, videos, and audio recordings.

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The Climate Explorer - globalchange.gov

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8 to 12
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The Climate Explorer uses information from global climate models to create graphs and projections for future climate predictions. Also, this site displays weather observations from...more
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The Climate Explorer uses information from global climate models to create graphs and projections for future climate predictions. Also, this site displays weather observations from the 1950's through the early 2000's. Use filters to search by location, topic, or variables including temperature and precipitation.

tag(s): climate (77), climate change (72), floods (11), temperature (30), weather (156)

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Bookmark and share this resource for student research into climate change anywhere in the world. Have groups of students work on different perspectives of climate change including rainfall, annual and monthly temperature change over time, population density, or flooding changes. Have students make an impressive, interactive poster, infographics, chart or multimedia presentation sharing their findings using Genial.ly, reviewed here. Genial.ly allows you to add polls, videos, embeds, web links, PowerPoint, PDfs, and more to any presentation.

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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: Hands-on Lessons and Activities - The Ohio State University and Jessica Fries-Gaither

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K to 8
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Find links to several lesson plans teaching the concepts related to the tundra and ecosystems, aligned to standards, for grades K-8. The site includes four categories Tundra Animals...more
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Find links to several lesson plans teaching the concepts related to the tundra and ecosystems, aligned to standards, for grades K-8. The site includes four categories Tundra Animals and Plants, the Tundra Biome, Permafrost, and Predator/Prey and Food Webs. Also included is literacy integration through a virtual bookshelf. Some activities may require flash which is not supported on all browsers.
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tag(s): animal homes (59), animals (260), biomes (114), ecosystems (65), plants (134), tundra (15)

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Include this site with your other materials for teaching biomes, specifically the tundra. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from these lessons using a tool such as WordItOut, reviewed here, or Word Clouds for Kids, reviewed here. Create a class wiki for your biome unit and divide resources by types of biomes. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through.
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Biomes of the World - Arizona State University School of Life Sciences

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Explore and learn about biomes through this interactive resource from the biologists at Arizona State University. Choose a particular biome to read and listen to information describing...more
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Explore and learn about biomes through this interactive resource from the biologists at Arizona State University. Choose a particular biome to read and listen to information describing the definition and characteristics of the biome. The show/hide words portion of each section provides definitions of vocabulary included in each part of the site. Other information on the site includes worksheets and coloring pages to print.

tag(s): biomes (114), deserts (15), forests (25), oceans (129), rainforests (15), rivers (13), tundra (15)

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Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts describing each different biome using the scientist's audio from the site as a model. Use a site such as Podcast Generator, reviewed here. Have students use a mapping tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map of biomes from around the world (or country) with audio stories and pictures included!
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Timeline Eons - Maani.us

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6 to 12
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Timeline Eons presents the history of the world from the Big Bang through current time on an interactive timeline. Additional events predict changes to the earth 22,000,000,000 years...more
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Timeline Eons presents the history of the world from the Big Bang through current time on an interactive timeline. Additional events predict changes to the earth 22,000,000,000 years in the future. Scroll left or right to move through developments on the timeline or set the timeline to run automatically. Zoom in to view events or use the search feature to find specific events. Many events feature an illustration or photograph; others include a short video. When viewing on a computer, choose the link with three dots on the upper-left side of the screen to see information on the timeline's features.

tag(s): climate change (72), conservation (80), DAT device agnostic tool (167), geologic time (9), space (200), timelines (47)

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Have students explore the timeline on their own, then research and share information on any given period of time. Encourage students to view future predictions on the timeline as a research project to find the basis of the predictions. Have students create a simple interactive infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here .

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Miles of Ice Collapsing Into the Sea - New York Times

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Miles of Ice Collapsing Into the Sea is a three part dispatch from a reporting trip to Antartica. Complete with images, text, and video, this site tells the story of ...more
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Miles of Ice Collapsing Into the Sea is a three part dispatch from a reporting trip to Antartica. Complete with images, text, and video, this site tells the story of scientists researching the collapse of vulnerable portions of the Antartic ice sheet. Scroll through the page to learn about the mission and research taking place.

tag(s): antarctica (26), climate (77), climate change (72), oceans (129)

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Include this interactive with any lessons on climate change, oceans, or weather. Be sure to help your weaker readers and ESL students by sharing the vocabulary words prior to reading, either on a handout or by projecting on an interactive whiteboard and highlighting them in the text as you come to them. Share the locations using Google Earth, reviewed here, and have students research other locations experiencing the effects of climate change.

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Climate Kids Big Questions - NASA

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Take a guided tour of the six big questions related to climate change on this interactive wheel. Begin with "What does global climate change mean?" and work your way to ...more
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Take a guided tour of the six big questions related to climate change on this interactive wheel. Begin with "What does global climate change mean?" and work your way to the final question, "What else do we need to find out?". Each issue explores smaller questions through text, images, and video explanations.

tag(s): carbon (14), climate change (72), conservation (80), earth (172), oceans (129)

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Use the Big Questions wheel to guide and direct lessons on climate change. Share each question on your interactive whiteboard to introduce content and spark student conversation. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Word Cloud for Kids, reviewed here, or WordItOut, reviewed here. Upon completion of your climate change unit, challenge students to create online comic strips sharing what they learned about climate change using a site such as Write Comics, reviewed here.

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Climate Kids Time Machine - NASA

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See how the earth is changing by going backward and forward in the Climate Kids Time Machine. Choose a topic to begin from sea ice, sea level, carbon emissions, or ...more
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See how the earth is changing by going backward and forward in the Climate Kids Time Machine. Choose a topic to begin from sea ice, sea level, carbon emissions, or average global temperature. Drag the slider on each timeline to view representations of change over the span of time.

tag(s): carbon (14), climate (77), climate change (72), earth (172), oceans (129), temperature (30)

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Share these timelines on your interactive whiteboard as an introduction to your unit on weather and climate change. Include a link to the site on your class webpage and classroom computers for students to explore on their own. Have students research causes for climate change, then make a multimedia presentation using Powtoon, reviewed here, or Sway, 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 (11), glaciers (16), landforms (37), maps (217), mountains (12), national parks (18), natural resources (37), rivers (13), volcanoes (50), water (97)

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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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Human Influence on Ecology Mapped - Erle Ellis

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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 protection. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable.

tag(s): biomes (114), conservation (80), ecology (96), population (51)

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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 Thinkalong, reviewed here.

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The Grassland Biome - University of California Museum of Paleontology

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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 (114), climate (77), environment (218)

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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 (114), ecology (96), environment (218)

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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