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Pompeii: Stories from an Eruption - The Field Museum

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Take a virtual tour of the current Pompeii exhibit at the Field Museum of Chicago with this site that brings the cataclysmic eruption to life. The true gem of the ...more
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Take a virtual tour of the current Pompeii exhibit at the Field Museum of Chicago with this site that brings the cataclysmic eruption to life. The true gem of the site is an interactive timeline that details and animates the events of August 24, AD 79. But be sure to check out the photo gallery - which includes images of frescoes, artifacts, and plaster and epoxy resin casts of some of the victims (a bit gruesome).

tag(s): volcanoes (68)

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Use the interactive time-line on this site as a learning center or station during a lesson on ancient Pompeii. Because there is a lot of content on this site, we recommend creating a guide to help students grasp the basic concepts. For help with graphic organizers, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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The Big Here Quiz

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Challenge your students to think more deeply about the immediate world around them with this collection of thirty thought-provoking questions. Take the quiz yourself to discover how...more
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Challenge your students to think more deeply about the immediate world around them with this collection of thirty thought-provoking questions. Take the quiz yourself to discover how perceptive you truly are regarding the environment that supports your lifestyle. Where does your garbage go? What spring wildflower is the first to bloom where you live? What time is sunset today? There are many possibilities for creation of an environmental lesson around this one.

tag(s): ecosystems (91), environment (321), pollution (65)

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Basic Environmental Science Concepts - Environmental Literacy Council

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Find science-based information on environmental issues for students and educators at this site created by the Environmental Literacy Council. Choose from the two main areas - one for...more
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Find science-based information on environmental issues for students and educators at this site created by the Environmental Literacy Council. Choose from the two main areas - one for teachers and the other for students. The Teaching Resources include a variety of lesson modules, teaching resources, and AP Labs and Activities. The Teacher Exchange is an archive for teachers of environmental science courses and contains areas for sharing lab and teaching ideas with peers. The Students Index features homework help, writing tips, and fact-based articles on a variety of topics. Editors note: When reviewing this site, some links within different sections didn't work. Try using links in the right-hand columns to find your desired topic if necessary.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): air (145), climate (93), environment (321), geology (81), nutrition (159), weather (202)

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Bookmark this site for use by you and your students to find fact-based information on the environment. Instead of using pencil and paper to take notes, have students use Padlet, reviewed here, to write and organize notes into columns. Ask them to include links to access information easily. Ask students to create infographics using Canva, reviewed here. Use infographics to share images, statistics, and other useful information on their chosen topics. Challenge students to create their own game using a toll like Scratch, reviewed here. Scratch offers users the ability to tell stories through animated drawings and storytelling,

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Geologic Time - Smithsonian

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The Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History may have created the ultimate online paleontology timeline. Beginning with the formation of the universe, this flash-driven site offers outstanding...more
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The Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History may have created the ultimate online paleontology timeline. Beginning with the formation of the universe, this flash-driven site offers outstanding illustrations, examples, and content links for all the major geologic epochs and eras. This site makes looking billions of years into the past wonderfully interesting. Well worth a visit for teachers of geology, science, or earth science at all levels.

tag(s): fossils (45), geologic time (10), logic (244), paleontology (41)

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Artificial Wetlands - American Association for the Advancement of Science

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A golf course that doubles as a water treatment facility? It's not so unbelievable. Click on the audio link to a recent Science Update and discover how water hazards could ...more
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A golf course that doubles as a water treatment facility? It's not so unbelievable. Click on the audio link to a recent Science Update and discover how water hazards could soon be used to control environmental hazards. A summary and discussion questions are included. Great introduction to the importance of wetlands in preserving the water supply and reducing flooding. Headphones needed. Aligned to National Standards.

tag(s): conservation (123), environment (321), water (131), wetlands (11)

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Seismic Monitor - c

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Keep track of earthquake activity with this near-real time monitor. Earthquakes with magnitudes of 4.0 or greater are shown as colored circles on the interactive map. Visitors can even...more
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Keep track of earthquake activity with this near-real time monitor. Earthquakes with magnitudes of 4.0 or greater are shown as colored circles on the interactive map. Visitors can even go back in time and view all global earthquake activity over the past five years. The USGS National Earthquake Information Center is the main source for the seismic data on this site. Check out the Education Links that include lesson plans and resources for teachers.

tag(s): earth (222), earthquakes (51), sun (69), tsunamis (18), volcanoes (68)

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2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake - Wikipedia

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This Wikipedia article scientifically documents and explains the deadly Indian Ocean quake that caused staggering devastation across thirteen countries. Includes an animated image...more
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This Wikipedia article scientifically documents and explains the deadly Indian Ocean quake that caused staggering devastation across thirteen countries. Includes an animated image of the tsunami, a description of its characteristics, data on damage and casualties, and links to ongoing news coverage, videos, and photos.

tag(s): earth (222), earthquakes (51), sun (69), tsunamis (18), waves (22)

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Exploring the World of Earth Science - McDougal Littell

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This on-line textbook takes a comprehensive approach to investigating the earth. Includes interactive graphics, animated visualizations, simulations, a weekly Earth News reports, and...more
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This on-line textbook takes a comprehensive approach to investigating the earth. Includes interactive graphics, animated visualizations, simulations, a weekly Earth News reports, and links to local resources and careers in earth science. Designed to accompany Earth Science, a high school textbook authored by Spaulding and Namowitz, this site can easily be adapted to supplement your earth science curriculum.

tag(s): earth (222), news (260)

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Use the visualizations on a projector to start class ("What is happening here?") or bring concepts to life. Check out the various presentations on this site as alternatives for students who need another approach or who need further review. Include the link on your teacher web page to refer students who need some extra reinforcement.

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Bering Sea Oil Spill - Responses - New York Times

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This New York Times article discusses the efforts to assess the impact of the grounding of an oil-laden freighter off Unalaska island in 2004. ...more
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This New York Times article discusses the efforts to assess the impact of the grounding of an oil-laden freighter off Unalaska island in 2004.

tag(s): alaska (23), oil (40), oil spill (19), pollution (65)

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Use this article in a discussion of oil spills and other human caused disasters. Have students read the article "popcorn" style in class, with a student reading a paragraph and then randomly selecting another student to read another paragraph, and continuing passing along reading until the article is complete. Compare the effects of this oil spill to that of the 2010 BP oil spill, noting with students the dramatically different results when even more oil is spilled. This would be great for an earth sciences or government classroom.

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Arctic Climate Impact Assessment - Internatinal Arctic Science Committee

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Teachers and secondary students willing to pore through this newly released report will find sobering conclusions about global warming and the melting of the arctic ice cap. Try this...more
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Teachers and secondary students willing to pore through this newly released report will find sobering conclusions about global warming and the melting of the arctic ice cap. Try this one as the basis for a discussion of global climate change.

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Anatomy of a Volcano - NOVA

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View the awe-inspiring attributes of volcanoes on this site that provides impressive photographs and explanations of everything from magma and lahar to fissures and caldera. ...more
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View the awe-inspiring attributes of volcanoes on this site that provides impressive photographs and explanations of everything from magma and lahar to fissures and caldera.

tag(s): volcanoes (68)

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Science Buddies - ScienceBuddies.org

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ScienceBuddies offers a large variety of science resources including science fair projects and free STEM lessons. Select the Science Fair Project Ideas link to begin using the Topic...more
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ScienceBuddies offers a large variety of science resources including science fair projects and free STEM lessons. Select the Science Fair Project Ideas link to begin using the Topic Selection Wizard. This tool uses a short questionnaire to guide students to recommended projects based on length of time needed to work on the project, grade level, and topic for research. Be sure to also visit the teachers' portion of the site to find STEM lesson plans for all grade levels, science fair tools, engineering design information, and much more.

tag(s): calories (10), earthquakes (51), electricity (93), energy (210), gravity (50), internet safety (117), recycling (58), robotics (27), science fairs (25), sound (105), STEM (191)

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Be sure to bookmark this site as a useful resource for any science topic. Take advantage of the free lessons aligned to Next Generation Science Standards to add to your current content. Use an online bulletin board like Lino, reviewed here throughout your science unit to record student questions, ideas, and ongoing discussions. If you use video content during your science lessons, consider incorporating a tool like Vizia, reviewed here or EdPuzzle, reviewed hereto integrate quizzes and polls directly into your video. Instead of a written or oral presentation of student research, have students use Sway, reviewed here to create a multimedia presentation incorporating video, images, and text.
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What's up with the Weather? - NOVA

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The facts behind global warming are discussed in this site that presents opinions of climatologists, businessmen, and atmospheric scientists along with maps that illustrate the effects...more
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The facts behind global warming are discussed in this site that presents opinions of climatologists, businessmen, and atmospheric scientists along with maps that illustrate the effects of melting glaciers on sea levels around the world. Forms of renewable energy and their cost and benefits are discussed. Students can take a Home Energy Quiz to find out what they can do to save energy and combat global warming. Great material for an in-class environmental science debate.

tag(s): climate (93), ecology (133), ecosystems (91), glaciers (17)

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How Volcanoes Work - San Diego State Univ.

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The science behind volcanic eruptions is described with vivid photographs and text in this high-level site, best suited for advanced secondary students. Six distinct topics - eruption...more
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The science behind volcanic eruptions is described with vivid photographs and text in this high-level site, best suited for advanced secondary students. Six distinct topics - eruption types, historical eruptions, volcanic landforms, the dynamics of eruption, volcanism on other worlds, and eruption products - are followed by interactive quizzes. Related links and a printable volcano crossword puzzle are also included.

tag(s): geology (81), volcanoes (68)

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Mount St. Helen's Teacher's Corner - National Park Service

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Here's a collection of resources that teachers can use to help students understand the effects of an active volcano on the surrounding habitats. You'll also find a nice collection of...more
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Here's a collection of resources that teachers can use to help students understand the effects of an active volcano on the surrounding habitats. You'll also find a nice collection of information on the history of the volcano itself. Worth a visit if you're planning a unit on volcanoes or national forests.

tag(s): forests (34), volcanoes (68)

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Science teachers will love all the summary tables and resources offered on this site. In teaching about Mt St. Helens, many of the summary tables can actually be cleared and printed to allow students to use them as a graphic organizer to follow along a lecture. This site is also great for refreshing the events of that day as well as the volcanic history of the mountain. Save this site as a favorite on your classroom computer for easy reference.

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Pacific Seismograph Network

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This page offers several links to curren data and reports on seismic activity on Mount St. Helen's. While much of the content is better suited to professionals, even an amateur ...more
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This page offers several links to curren data and reports on seismic activity on Mount St. Helen's. While much of the content is better suited to professionals, even an amateur can get a sense of the level of activity within this mysterious mountain.

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Mount St. Helen's - Special Conditions

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This page from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest tells the current status of the suddenly unstable Mount St. Helen's. Try using it to learn what scientists and naturalists are doing...more
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This page from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest tells the current status of the suddenly unstable Mount St. Helen's. Try using it to learn what scientists and naturalists are doing to monitor the famous volcano.

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Fossil Tools and Resources

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Geological secrets are revealed in this informative site that presents a wealth of information about the search for and interpretation of fossils. Features include a guide for beginners,...more
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Geological secrets are revealed in this informative site that presents a wealth of information about the search for and interpretation of fossils. Features include a guide for beginners, a collection of fossil myths, a glossary, fossil-themed games and activities, and much more. A nice addition to an earth science unit.

tag(s): fossils (45), geology (81), paleontology (41)

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This site is the perfect addition to any classroom learning about paleontology or archeology. Divide students into cooperative learning groups, and allow them to explore the site on classroom computers. Have students create a digital book of what they learned using a digital such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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Back to the Sea of Cortez - Jon Christenson

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The famous 1940 expedition around Baja California, made by John Steinbeck and Edward Ricketts, was carefully retraced by a team of biologists in spring of 2004. Their observations of...more
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The famous 1940 expedition around Baja California, made by John Steinbeck and Edward Ricketts, was carefully retraced by a team of biologists in spring of 2004. Their observations of invertebrates found along the intertidal zone are documented in an online log. Visitors can compare the recent findings with what Steinbeck recorded in his 1951 book, The Log from the Sea of Cortez. This site provides a great opportunity to integrate environmental science and literature.

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Dinosaur! - NPS

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There is much to explore in this impressive site from the National Park Service that takes visitors on a multimedia tour of the Dinosaur National Monument. The multimedia features are...more
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There is much to explore in this impressive site from the National Park Service that takes visitors on a multimedia tour of the Dinosaur National Monument. The multimedia features are especially riveting. Students can follow the experiences of a fossil, from the point at which it is discovered, to its placement in the museum. A video clip highlights the amazing work being done by paleontologists, and an interactive sketch allows visitors to explore an artist's conception of the prehistoric landscape. A dinosaur family tree and geologic timeline are also included.

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