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Colorado River Report

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Water: From Sky to Sea

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Lakes and Ponds

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Mariana Trench

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Aquatic Animals

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Ocean Current, Climate and Weather - Chris Carter Saddleback Unified School District

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A teacher's collection of links and activities for ocena, currents, climate, and weather, this ia a "plain vanilla" site but gets lots of traffic as a starting point for lesson ...more
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A teacher's collection of links and activities for ocena, currents, climate, and weather, this ia a "plain vanilla" site but gets lots of traffic as a starting point for lesson planning and instruction. Some of the questions for students to answer are right there on the page

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Use this as a preliminary activity for students to "browse" the new topics and activate prior knowledge before you begin formal lessons.

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Ocean Waves

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CyberZoo: Temperate Deciduous Forest - Syracuse University

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The Wilderness Society - Earth Day

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The Wilderness Society offers several student-oriented activities, including items for elementary students. This site concentrates on environmental education. ...more
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The Wilderness Society offers several student-oriented activities, including items for elementary students. This site concentrates on environmental education.

tag(s): earth (224), earth day (104), environment (320)

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EE - Net: The Environmental Education Network

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This is the site map for EPA's EE-Net site, a comprehensive collection of environmental education resources for schools at all levels. This site covers everything from introductions...more
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This is the site map for EPA's EE-Net site, a comprehensive collection of environmental education resources for schools at all levels. This site covers everything from introductions for primary students to "real science" activities for older students. This site is a wonderful resource for unit planning.

tag(s): conservation (122), ecology (133), pollution (65)

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Earth Day Trash Survey

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Here's a plan for a relatively simple study of how what we throw out affects the environment. This one's nice because it lets students collect "real data" without requiring a ...more
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Here's a plan for a relatively simple study of how what we throw out affects the environment. This one's nice because it lets students collect "real data" without requiring a lot of complex equipment.

tag(s): conservation (122), ecology (133), pollution (65)

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Secrets of the Ocean - Scripps Institute

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This set of lesson units, designed by Scripps Institute, offers more than a dozen topics dealing with ocean environments and inhabitants. Many of these lessons include hands-on activities...more
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This set of lesson units, designed by Scripps Institute, offers more than a dozen topics dealing with ocean environments and inhabitants. Many of these lessons include hands-on activities that can require only minimal equipment. The units also include extension activities to make the content suitable for secondary or upper elementary students.

tag(s): oceans (164), whales (15)

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Zoo Lab - A Website for Animal Biology

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This site from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse offers on-line laboratory materials - primarily color photos of laboratory slides - which are sorted by major classifications....more
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This site from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse offers on-line laboratory materials - primarily color photos of laboratory slides - which are sorted by major classifications. The result is an on-line resources which can supplement in class activities or help compensate when suitable laboratory facilities or materials are not available. The structure of the site makes it suitable for either sequential use of to reinforce specific topics.

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The Tree of Life

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This site is a collection of data about the evolutionary history and characteristics of organisms using branches of a tree to link data. Very extensive database. ...more
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This site is a collection of data about the evolutionary history and characteristics of organisms using branches of a tree to link data. Very extensive database.

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The Heart: An Online Exploration - Franklin Institute

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Contrasts in Blue - Smithsonian Institution

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This site, from the Smithsonian Institution's "Art to Zoo" series, contrasts two marine ecosystems: the coast of Maine and the reefs of the Carribean. The entire unit, including teacher...more
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This site, from the Smithsonian Institution's "Art to Zoo" series, contrasts two marine ecosystems: the coast of Maine and the reefs of the Carribean. The entire unit, including teacher guide, discussion questions, and lesson plans, is available as a series of downloadable Adobe Acrobat PDF files which can be printed and used in the classroom or at home. (A color printer works best, of course.) You can download the Adobe Acrobat reader from the TeachersFirst Toolbox.

tag(s): oceans (164)

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Take advantage of these free lesson plans, activities, and worksheets on coral reefs and varying beaches. This site would be a great segway for a unit on conservation and differences in environments. These are straightforward lesson plans, but do give yourself some prep-time in order to edit a few details to tailor them to your specific classroom.

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Reviled and Revered: Toads, Turtles, Snakes, Salamanders, and Other Creepers - Smithsonian Institution

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Starts with an essay including an overview to help students better understand these creatures that are often misunderstood. This lesson also has a section titled "What you can do to...more
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Starts with an essay including an overview to help students better understand these creatures that are often misunderstood. This lesson also has a section titled "What you can do to help." Offers grade levels and educational standards. Five lessons and loads of resources with links. From the Smithsonian's lesson collections.

tag(s): amphibians (21), reptiles (12)

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Use these free lesson plans as a way to help students better understand ill-reputed snakes. The lesson plans are all pretty straightforward, and cross-bridge art, language arts, and the science of the squirmy animals.

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The Journey North - CPB/Annenberg

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This Internet-based project tracks the coming of spring and the resulting migration of animals in the northern hemisphere. Teachers may complete a free registration to participate actively...more
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This Internet-based project tracks the coming of spring and the resulting migration of animals in the northern hemisphere. Teachers may complete a free registration to participate actively in the project's three main areas of focus - Sunlight and Seasons, Plants and Seasons, and Seasonal Migrations.

tag(s): birds (52), butterflies (11), mammals (34), migration (58)

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Check out the Teaching Resources for ideas on incorporating this project into your curriculum, correlations to standards, and professional development opportunities. A great way for students to learn about the complex and dynamic ecosystem that surrounds and connects us all.

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Arctic National Wildlife Reserve - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Much in the news as a possible site for oil drilling, this official site about the ANWR provides brief summaries of the habitats and ecosystem of this unique arctic environment. ...more
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Much in the news as a possible site for oil drilling, this official site about the ANWR provides brief summaries of the habitats and ecosystem of this unique arctic environment. Useful as an example of efforts to preserve fragile ecosystems, and also as a supplement to the study of arctic biomes.

tag(s): arctic (46)

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Include this site with materials you use to teach about biomes, ecosystems, and animals. Ask students to annotate an image of the Arctic using ThingLink, reviewed here to highlight and share information learned.

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Monarch Watch - University of Kansas

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Here's the complete site for those interested in learning about Monarch butterflies. It offers Monarch information on dozens of topics, at a variety of levels. You can find out about...more
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Here's the complete site for those interested in learning about Monarch butterflies. It offers Monarch information on dozens of topics, at a variety of levels. You can find out about migration, mating habits, even how to raise monarchs. This is a great starting point for a butterfly study.

tag(s): butterflies (11)

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Share this site on classroom computers or at a learning center. If you are beginning the process of integrating technology, replace pen and paper and have students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using 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. If you and your students are comfortable with using computors, take this a step further and redefine learning by having small groups create and interactive poster or infographic using Genial.ly, reviewed here, where you can insert maps, surveys, video, audio and more.

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