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Ecological Regions of North America - Commission for Environmental Cooperation

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4 to 12
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This is a beautifully produced site from an international ecological consortium. It provides detailed descriptions of the major North American ecological regions, along with photos...more
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This is a beautifully produced site from an international ecological consortium. It provides detailed descriptions of the major North American ecological regions, along with photos of representative ecological features. A good overview and comparison of the differences among ecological regions in North America.

tag(s): ecology (133), pollution (65), recycling (59)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or with a projector to show students how to navigate to the Tools and Resources and what is there. Then allow students to choose an area to investigate individually, with a partner, or in small groups on classroom computers. Ask students to take notes using Simplenote, reviewed here; tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. Simplenote updates across all devices. Next challenge students to share their findings with their peers by creating online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here. Take this a step further with technology and make the posters interactive using Adobe Spark, reviewed here.

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Earthwatch - Earthwatch Worldwide

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Find great ecology projects and adventurous ideas at Earthwatch, a program where everyone and anyone can get involved in making our planet environmentally safe. Sign up for their free...more
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Find great ecology projects and adventurous ideas at Earthwatch, a program where everyone and anyone can get involved in making our planet environmentally safe. Sign up for their free newsletter for the latest news, events, and ways you can get involved. There is a comprehensive guide and a fact sheet. Find many, many lesson plans on the Educator Opportunities page, on the right menu. If you haven't planned your next vacation, why not do something out of the ordinary and get involved in an Earthwatch expedition? There are more than 140 expeditions from all over the world from which to choose. You will meet professional research scientists, Earthwatch guides and professionals, and like-minded volunteers like you from around the world. There are grants available to fund your expedition.

tag(s): earth (224), environment (320)

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Select "Global Classroom" for a summary of planned and on-going scientific field trip explorations. Some explorations include classroom resources. Topics pertain to oceans, ecology, and endangered species.You will find there are lesson plans relating to: Oceans, Ecosystem Services, Cultural Heritage, Climate Change, and Taking Action.
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Earth and Moon Viewer

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Includes various images and maps of the moon and Earth. Also included are views from satellites as well as an interactive Perigee and Apogee calculator. Images could be used in ...more
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Includes various images and maps of the moon and Earth. Also included are views from satellites as well as an interactive Perigee and Apogee calculator. Images could be used in research reports.

tag(s): earth (224), moon (75)

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Deepen your study of the planets through further reading and beautiful graphics. Focus on the use of nonfiction text in your classroom, combined with literature studies of space or planet fiction, such as Jules Verne's, "From the Earth to the Moon," or Roald Dahl's, "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator." Find useful information, graphics, and diagrams for PowerPoints, Screencasts or Prezi's reviewed here. Include on your list of resources for science units on space on your classroom webpage. Be sure to show this tool on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to introduce space. Visit before your trip to the planetarium or science museum. Use to inspire artwork inspired by space. Deepen your students' background knowledge in writing about space travel, future, or creativity.

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The Dino Directory - British Museum of Natural History

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This site from the British Museum of Natural History is a rich resource for images of dinosaurs. Users can select by body type, country, geologic time period, and other idicies. ...more
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This site from the British Museum of Natural History is a rich resource for images of dinosaurs. Users can select by body type, country, geologic time period, and other idicies. Apart from the images, which are watermarked, there is only basic information on the size and environment of each creature. While not intended for elementary students, the navigation is simple enough for these students to use effectively in finding images.

tag(s): dinosaurs (53)

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In a unit on dinosaurs, share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector with students. The function they will most interesting about this site is the area that describes the dinosaurs that existed in their local area! Brief bios are presented on all the dinosaurs, so this could also be a great resource if the students were to research their local dinosaurs for a project.

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Bear Information and Resources

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The title says it all. There are pictures and descriptions of most types of bears, their habits, ranges, and habitats. Simple navigation and design and attractive photos keep the site...more
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The title says it all. There are pictures and descriptions of most types of bears, their habits, ranges, and habitats. Simple navigation and design and attractive photos keep the site interesting. Great research site for younger students.

tag(s): mammals (34)

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Use this site as part of your unit on animals and habitats. Introduce this site with a projector or on an interactive whiteboard to show students how to navigate it. Once you have introduced the bear, show students the list of types of bears. Group students by their interest in a certain type of bear. Have them take notes with an online tool like Simplenote, reviewed here, and proceed to other resources to look for more information about the bear they chose. Ask them share the information they learned with their small group. Tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. Simple note allows you to access and update across all devices. If you have the time, you could then mix the groups up and have them share what they learned with the new group, thus giving students a little more knowledge about other bears. Another idea is to use the photographs of bears on this site as formative and summative assessments.

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Waste Management Lesson Plans - Texas Natural Resoure Conservation Commission

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This collection of lesson plans from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission includes content for primary through middle school students. Most lessons are straightforward,...more
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This collection of lesson plans from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission includes content for primary through middle school students. Most lessons are straightforward, requiring limited use of outside resources.

tag(s): pollution (65), recycling (59)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans shared on this site for use with Earth Day activities, recycling, or conservation units. Challenge students to keep a daily or weekly journal. Replace paper journals using a blog tool and sharing their learning and understanding. Use Loose Leaves, reviewed here. This blog creator requires no registration. If you are teaching younger students and looking for an easy way to integrate technology and check for understanding, challenge your students to create a blog using Edublog, reviewed here.

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Waste - Where Does It Come From? Where Does It Go? - Pa. Dept. of Environment

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Learn about different types of waste, different types of landfills, and different environmental topics. Examine and classify the types of waste produced by the school community, analyze...more
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Learn about different types of waste, different types of landfills, and different environmental topics. Examine and classify the types of waste produced by the school community, analyze how it is collected, where it ends up, and how it is eventually "processed."

tag(s): pollution (65), recycling (59)

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Introduce the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore independently or in small groups. Use at centers or offer as a resource for projects on conservation. Have student groups decide what area they will explore. Have students take notes on the material and write down questions they still have and topics that confuse them. They can do this with pen and paper or online. If you want the assignment online, explain to students they need to open a new tab in their browser window and take notes with a tool such as Webnote, reviewed here; tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. Challenge 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.

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Lead Contamination In Our Environment - Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute

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Help students to understand the threat of lead in our environment and use hands-on activities to enhance critical thinking. ...more
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Help students to understand the threat of lead in our environment and use hands-on activities to enhance critical thinking.

tag(s): pollution (65)

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Take advantage of the lesson plans and more. Have students fill out a graphic organizer as a pre and post assessment about what they know about lead and lead contamination. A KWL chart works well for this. Replace paper graphic organizers with online, interactive graphic organizers at Holt Graphic Organizers, reviewed here. As you work through the unit ask students to write about how to apply the ideas in this curricular unit on the environment and health to their own home lives. Exchange paper journal with a blog tool like Pen.io, reviewed here. This blog creator requires no registration. If you are teaching younger students and looking for an easy way to integrate technology and check for understanding, challenge your students to create a blog using Edublog, reviewed here.

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Exploring the Environment - Wheeling Jesuit Univ./NASA Classroom of the Future

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Learn about environmental issues using case studies. This site contains 14 environmental earth science modules. Each module contains background information for the teacher and learner,...more
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Learn about environmental issues using case studies. This site contains 14 environmental earth science modules. Each module contains background information for the teacher and learner, and multi-disciplinary, problem-based collaborative activities. These modules include use of NASA's remote sensing information, available through the Internet. Choose between multiple versions of case studies.

tag(s): earth (224), geology (77)

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View the choices on the Decide menu. Allow time for students to view the basic information on the puzzle pieces. Consider showing many of the data sets and images on an Interactive whiteboard or projector to the whole class.

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Environmental Health Hazards and Children - Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute

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This is a "resource-based curriculum unit designed to teach children the effects that humans have on the environment and how various changes to the environment can affect our health."...more
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This is a "resource-based curriculum unit designed to teach children the effects that humans have on the environment and how various changes to the environment can affect our health."

tag(s): conservation (122), ecology (133)

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Take advantage of the lesson plans and more. Have students fill out a graphic organizer as a pre and post assessment about what they know about environmental hazards. A KWL chart works well for this. Replace paper graphic organizers with online, interactive graphic organizers at Holt Graphic Organizers, reviewed here. As you work through the unit ask students to write about how to apply the ideas in this curricular unit on the environment and health to their own home lives. Exchange a paper journal with a blog tool like Pen.io, reviewed here. This blog creator requires no registration. If you are teaching younger students and looking for an easy way to integrate technology and check for understanding, challenge your students to create a blog using Edublog, reviewed here.

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Acid Rain - US Government

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This EPA page offers information on the science behind acid rain, as well as specific information for students. It also includes examples of mitigation activities, a glossary, and related...more
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This EPA page offers information on the science behind acid rain, as well as specific information for students. It also includes examples of mitigation activities, a glossary, and related resources

tag(s): acid rain (5), ecology (133), pollution (65)

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Use this site as a resource during a lesson or unit on acid rain. Have cooperative learning groups explore the site, with the intentions of summarizing the information in a multimedia presentation. Have cooperative learning groups create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. Have groups tell the "acid" rain, explaining where and how it happens most. Great for a pre-discussion activity about the efforts to stop acid rain.

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The Whole Frog Project - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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6 to 12
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includes an Interactive Frog Dissection Kit as well as frog data and 3D constructed images. Images could be imported into presentation software. ...more
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includes an Interactive Frog Dissection Kit as well as frog data and 3D constructed images. Images could be imported into presentation software.

tag(s): amphibians (21), dissection (11)

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USGS Biology Resources

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The U.S. Geological Survey maintains this registry of Earth and Environmental Science links. A wide list of topics is covered, excellent resource for research projects. ...more
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The U.S. Geological Survey maintains this registry of Earth and Environmental Science links. A wide list of topics is covered, excellent resource for research projects.

tag(s): earth (224), environment (320)

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Tide Predictions

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This site from NOAA offers information on tides and tidal changes on the U.S. east and west coasts, and provides resources for predicting tides at various points along the coast. ...more
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This site from NOAA offers information on tides and tidal changes on the U.S. east and west coasts, and provides resources for predicting tides at various points along the coast. Good site to help students understand the factors that contribute to variations in tides from place to place.

tag(s): tides (8)

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The Panama Puzzle

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In this web detective hunt from the University of Leicester (England) students help a scientist figure out what's making the construction workers on the Panama Canal project ill, and...more
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In this web detective hunt from the University of Leicester (England) students help a scientist figure out what's making the construction workers on the Panama Canal project ill, and work to develop a cure for yellow fever. Plenty of scientific backup to explain how the cure was developed!

tag(s): diseases (71)

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A Hands-on Approach to Environmental Quality - Yale University

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By planting, tending, and harvesting an organic garden, students learn about environmental quality and their roles in the problem. ...more
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By planting, tending, and harvesting an organic garden, students learn about environmental quality and their roles in the problem.

tag(s): agriculture (58), earth (224)

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Internet Resource Guide for Zoology

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This site from by Biosys publications includes searchable animal databases. A search results in a list of links. This site would be very helpful when completing a research report. ...more
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This site from by Biosys publications includes searchable animal databases. A search results in a list of links. This site would be very helpful when completing a research report.

tag(s): zoology (7)

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Insect Records Catalog

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The University of Florida has compiled a listing of insects holding the record for the biggest, fastest, smallest, etc., etc. A good collection of insect trivia, as well as ...more
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The University of Florida has compiled a listing of insects holding the record for the biggest, fastest, smallest, etc., etc. A good collection of insect trivia, as well as a potential starting point for a more serious exploration of insects and the way they live.

tag(s): insects (71)

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While some of the world records might make students a little queasy, (see the worlds biggest bug) this site would be an excellent way to get students interested in the study of insects. Share the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector, and allow students to explore it in groups. What would be interesting is to see how many record holders were local insects. Have students create a digital record book, including images on a site such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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Great Backyard Bird Counts

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Check out the results of Cornell University's Feederbird counts held in February, 1999. Lots of data, maps, and related bird information sorted by location and species. An excellent...more
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Check out the results of Cornell University's Feederbird counts held in February, 1999. Lots of data, maps, and related bird information sorted by location and species. An excellent starting point for a unit on migration, populations, and habitats.

tag(s): birds (52), counting (110)

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The Gorilla Foundaton

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Information on how gorillas, their habitat, and efforts to help preserve the species in the wild. This site is the home of Koko, who participated in an Internet chat session ...more
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Information on how gorillas, their habitat, and efforts to help preserve the species in the wild. This site is the home of Koko, who participated in an Internet chat session in the Spring of 1998. The site provides good information while promoting its cause.

tag(s): mammals (34)

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