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Links on this page are for interactive activities that students can use on classroom computers. These sites are also crosslisted with the topics on the left.
* Please note that specific software may be required to interact with these sites properly.
Explore estuaries via the internet. Participants can submit questions directly to field trip leaders during the broadcast. Many of these questions will be answered live, on-air. Weeks Bay Reserve in Coastal Alabama is broadcasting two EstuaryLive programs on May 15th that will highlight threatened and endangered animals of the Gulf Coast. Broadcasts are 60 minutes long and start at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm EDT. Look for fieldtrip broadcast schedules, registration information, and learn more:
The URL is: http://www.estuaries.gov/estuaries101/EstuaryLive/...
Explore the passion displayed by global teenagers for problems facing their future world and see how they would solve the problems.
The URL is: http://www.podigt.com
This virtual earth-science island, offered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offers site visitors the opportunity to experience several earth-science phenomena while learning about the cutting-edge science that NOAA conducts regularly.
The URL is: http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/outreach/sl
Interactive map view over the Arctic environment, showing the North Pole and the countries of the Arctic. Browse the map layers, including land cover, topography, population density, and wilderness and make your own map!
The URL is: http://maps.grida.no/arctic
www.captainozone.com features a downloadable documentary about the ecologist, Captain Ozone.
Captain Ozone is famous among environmental groups for being the most radical ecologist in America.
The URL is: http://www.captainozone.com
"... an interactive website developed by students, teachers, and the community using immersive technology. It is designed to help students become literate in geography, geology and ecology."
The URL is: http://geolit.org
Interactive learning site provides background information on various fish based on camouflage, strength, eating, and speed. Click on one of the events, read about each contender and choose the winner of the Olympics. Site provides a summary, lists of books, magazines, clubs, and reference sites for additional research.
The URL is: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/nof/fish/index....
A web-based interactive resource on environment education developed for schools by TERI (Tata Energy Research Institute) with four main sections - Explore, Play and learn, Network, and Surf covering topics like Life on earth, Renewable energy, Air pollution, Water, Climate change and Solid waste. Also includes quiz, poems, environment calendar, story time, etc and interactive features.
The URL is: http://edugreen.teri.res.in/
"The Great Green Web Game is an online, fun and informative way to learn more about how your consumer habits can help or hurt the environment (based on the book, "The Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices")." Created by the Union of Concerned Scientists.
The URL is: http://www.ucsusa.org/game/index.html
Innovative online game covering topics in ocean science (grades 4-7) - Requires the Flash3 Plug-in from Macromedia. Also available in CD-ROM. Produced by Engaging Science.
The URL is: http://www.secretsatsea.org/
An online guide to the Smithsonian Institution's Exploring Marine Ecosystems exhibit (grades 7-12)that contains downloadable activities (correlated to National Science Education Standards), reference resources, and a virtual tour of the exhibit.
The URL is: http://www.bsu.edu/eft/ecosystems/
Iron Science Teacher asks primary and secondary science educators to whip up a science lesson based on a "secret ingredient" -- be
it PVC pipe, pantyhose, toothpicks or even marshmallow peeps! The goal of the project is to celebrate science education and to demonstrate that teachers can teach the $10 million state science standards on a $10 budget.
The URL is: http://www.exploratorium.edu/iron_science/index.ht...
A searchable database and links to online adventures, maps & geography, free printable lesson plans, software programs and each of the National Geographic magazines.
The URL is: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/education/
Cross-curricular, interactive activities about water pollution, recycling and air quality. Originally designed to support Bonus.com's Earth Day contest. Check out the four elements: Earth, Air, Water, Space. Each contains many fun and educational activities all about the environment of the earth we call home.
The URL is: http://www.bonus.com/bonus/list/teachers_earth_day...
LivingWise focuses on educating young people on the importance of conserving energy and water in their homes. It not only teaches 6th grade students how to save, but gives them the tools to start today. Every kit comes complete with high quality, high efficiency products geared toward changing habits and saving energy and water. Each program is tailored to meet all state standards for education.
The URL is: http://www.getwise.org
Project Greenskate is an interactive environmental learning adventure for grades 7-12. Using a highly interactive format, Greenskate introduces basic toxicology concepts such as dose-response, routes of exposure, thresholds for toxic effects, biotransformation, and risk assessment. Printed support materials are available for teachers upon request.
The URL is: http://depts.washington.edu/hereuw/greensk8/
This site provides something for everyone...from games for children, environmental information for students, career development opportunities and teaching materials for teachers, information on hazardous waste disposal, and environmental household practices for the general public.
The URL is: http://www.michigan.gov/deq
"An Internet-based learning adventure that engages
students in a global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change." Students share their own field observations with classrooms across North America. In addition, students are linked with scientists who
provide their expertise directly to the classroom.
The URL is: http://www.learner.org/jnorth/
Interactive web adventures on endangered species.
The URL is: http://www.eduweb.com/
Located in the Florida Panhandle near Tallahassee, Wakulla Spring is a
colossal spring system. On average, more than 250 million gallons of water flow from Wakulla Spring every day forming an nine-mile river that reaches the Gulf of Mexico. Take a tour of Wakulla Spring in this special, in-depth Interactive Spring
Feature. Learn about the history, people and geology that define this
amazing spring system located within the Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State
The URL is: http://www.floridasprings.org/exploration/featured...
The Odyssey, a non-profit service and education organization, follows a team of educators as they travel the world online. Over one million K-12 students are following along through online photos, text, audio and video documenting this two-year journey that began in January 1999. Free lesson plans based on national education standards are available.
The URL is: http://www.worldtrek.org/odyssey/info/index.html
GreenWorks.tv is an interactive multimedia network of environmental programming. Through streaming videos, audio files, and a network of links to help users explore issues further by illustrating the different ways people are working to preserve and protect the environment. A project of the Environmental Fund for Pennsylvania.
The URL is: http://www.greentreks.org/
"Raptors in the City" is a new inquiry-based science and technology program for grades 4-6 that stars the peregrine falcon. The online portion of Raptors in the City guides children through nesting season (roughly February to June) as they watch the still rare falcons live via cameras mounted on skyscrapers.
The URL is: http://raptorsinthecity.homestead.com/
"Mighty Trees is a revolutionary educational game that is both fun and informative. Mighty Trees looks and plays like a trading card game (i.e. Pokemon, Magic, Star Wars, etc.); however, the cards and rules are based on real ecologic principles. As you learn to play Mighty Trees, you learn about the tree species and natural forces that form real forests."
The URL is: http://www.mightytrees.com/
The Eco-Pals program is a pen pal program with an environmental theme. Register before September 30, and you will be provided with a 'twinned' class and three assignments to help your students write important and enjoyable correspondences. The program is available to K to 9 classes in Canada. In French and English.
The URL is: http://www.green-group.com/
Hands on for Habitat! is an interactive environment consisting of Habitatia, a social village surrounded by habitats, where participants show up as threatened species of their choice. Participants can visit the various habitats and social rooms, "talk" to each other, or become involved in debates in the Supreme Court of End. Species on the Brink. From Environment Australia. Requires software.
The URL is: http://www.ea.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/infor...
Catch the Science Bug provides schools and youth groups with hands-on interactive environmental science programs.
The URL is: http://www.catchthesciencebug.com
"Plant biology and internet activities for primary grades." Includes activities on insects, leaf collection, school gardens and more. Supplementary teacher's guide available, provided by the Evergreen Project.
The URL is: http://mbgnet.mobot.org/
"Access hundreds of Free EHS software packages, databases, and interactive information resources. Find out how clean your community is, see photographs of endangered species, ecosystems, and oil spills, visit parks around the world, or view the Kids pages." Most resources can either be downloaded or used online. A project of Donley Technology.
The URL is: http://www.ehsfreeware.com/
Online game from Rainforest Heroes. Help Salmon Sally get back to the river where she was born and swim upstream to the home of her friend Sappy, a young tree living in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest.
The URL is: http://rainforestheroes.com/sally/
The Gould League Food Web kit, focusing on African and Australian woodlands and Antarctica, consists of 80 large magnetic pictures of animals and plants and a primary or secondary school book of activities. Interactive food web building games that support the kit are available on-line. Ordering information and prices for the kits are available (from Australia).
The URL is: http://www.gould.edu.au/foodwebs/index.html
The program involves teachers, students and nature centers in monitoring the abundance and density of monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars on milkweed plants. Participants learn about the scientific process and many ecological principles such as: plant-insect interactions, migration and conservation through hands-on activities. A project of the University of Minnesota.
The URL is: http://www.mlmp.org/
"A global collaboration that helps people everywhere make their own local Green Maps...encouraging us to discover new ways to experience the local urban ecology." Background info, examples of Kids' Green maps and an activity guide to get you started are available online. A project of Modern World Design.
The URL is: http://www.greenmap.org/ymaps/ymindex.html
"Living with Fire" is an interactive game that allows the player to make real choices about managing wildland fire in the Northern Rockies and see the consequences of those choices using output from visualization tools developed by the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory. (REQ: Java and Quick Time software)
The URL is: http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/fire_game
National Geographic Education Foundation project offering live CraneCam on Nebraska's Platte River. As part of this project, the website is offering new weekly educational video lessons for six weeks.
The URL is: http://magma.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/cranecam/
Enter the 22' Earth Balloon to learn about rain forests, eco-systems, recycling, pollution, earth science, geography, and more. Curriculum packet included. Travels to schools everywhere.
The URL is: http://www.earthballoon.com/main.htm
"Water resource and watershed education with interactive calculators and maps. InterWET can be used as a stand-alone educational resource and as part of larger watershed educational efforts for a variety of people in many different watersheds." Uses the Spring Creek Watershed in central Pennsylvania as a case study. Developed by S.C. Parson, PhD, Pennsylvania State University.
The URL is: http://www.interwet.psu.edu/
"The Envirofacts Warehouse allows you to retrieve environmental information from EPA databases on Superfund sites, drinking water, toxic and air releases, hazardous waste and Biennial Reporting System data, water discharge permits, and grants information. Use online queries to retrieve data or generate maps of environmental information."
The URL is: http://www.epa.gov/enviro/index_java.html
WOW is a curriculum package using real-time remote sensing of lakes; interactive data visualization, management, and analysis tools; and GIS. Tools are integrated with other resources on the Web site allowing students to learn/apply basic science, problem solving, and data analysis, using "real-world, real-time" data.
The URL is: http://wow.nrri.umn.edu/wow/
Interactive web site for fifth through eighth
grade students and teachers with scenarios that involve them in learning about the environmental
impact of the food business. Students may tour organic and conventional farms, choose the
packaging for a virtual restaurant and learn about the building materials used and their impact on the environment.
The URL is: http://www.kcpt.org/eats/
Restore a tallgrass or shortgrass prairie. Use the field guide to help decide which plants and animals belong in your prairie. In each multiple-choice question, your job is to pick the best combination of plants or animals for your particular prairie type.
The URL is: http://www.bellmuseum.org/distancelearning/prairie...
This site offers information on a variety of environmental issues, laws, and philosophies, downloadable lesson plans (K-12 and higher ed), as well as interactive games, discussion groups and online tests for registered school groups.
The URL is: http://library.thinkquest.org/26026/
The Investigate Biodiversity web site provides the opportunity to learn research methods from the pros, interact with field scientists, access real world data from endangered ecosystems, link to articles, websites, student science fair projects, and other resources.
The URL is: http://investigate.conservation.org/
Includes quizzes, educational information, interactive games, the "Pennies for the Planet" Student Newsletter, and a homework helper. From the World Wildlife Fund.
The URL is: http://www.worldwildlife.org/fun/index.cfm
Creek Connections has forged an effective partnership between Allegheny College and regional schools to turn waterways in western Pennsylvania into outdoor environmental laboratories. Emphasizing an investigation of local waterways, this project involves a hands-on, inquiry based, natural science education for a number of different schools. Water Quality data is posted online.
The URL is: http://creekconnections.allegheny.edu/
Provides profiles of local enviromental problems (toxic chemical releases, air pollution, and agricultural pollution) searchable by zipcode or interactive maps. An environmental information service provided by the Environmental Defense Fund.
The URL is: http://www.scorecard.org/
The World Wide Biome Project is designed to have students learn about ecosystems in their locale and share their findings with students from around the world through the medium kids use - the internet. The prime focus of the site is to have students/classes do an evaluation of a habitat in their biome and send the data in to the World Wide Biome Project. Their data is converted into a series of web pages for them. This allows students to learn from other projects that students like themselves have created.
The URL is: http://www2.kpr.edu.on.ca/cdciw/biomes/
Yellowstone National Park series of free electronic field trips for middle school students. Educators can register online. Field trips are 30 minutes and accompanied by extensive lesson plans. A student question and answer message board will be available immediately following the broadcast.
The URL is: http://www.windowsintowonderland.org/
Background information on the ecology and natural history of prairie organisms, tips on prairie plant and animal identification (and ecological function), and interactive learning games ("Build a Prairie"). Developed by Minnesota IDEALS.
The URL is: http://www.bellmuseum.org/distancelearning/prairie...
Astro-Venture is an interactive, multimedia, NASA Web site in which students in grades 5-8 learn about the Earth as a system and the characteristics of Earth that support human habitability. Students, then, role play NASA careers, as they search for and design a habitable planet. Multimedia modules and classroom lessons are provided in Astronomy, Atmospheric Science, Geology and Biology.
The URL is: http://astroventure.arc.nasa.gov
Going Places, Making Choices is an innovative curriculum (grades 9-12) that focuses on raising the awareness of high school age youth about transportation and the environment. The website for this curriculum has games and activities for youth, and educators can access the full curriculum online. Sponsored by the National 4-H Council.
The URL is: http://www.4hgpmc.com/
EcollegE is a virtual reality world for exploring environmental issues. Users can find out the latest news, explore issues, use multimedia and simulations, find out about eco-heroes, as well as chat with others who are concerned with green matters.
The URL is: http://people.ucsc.edu/~pmmckerc/vc8main.html
Students can talk to paleontologists who have been working in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. The BLM and the Museum of Northern Arizona host this educational site about a duckbilled dinosaur recently excavated from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Southern Utah.
The URL is: http://www.blm.gov/education/00_fieldtrip/index.ht...
Join Smokey for some forest and campfire fun. And, along the way, discover Smokey’s rules for forest fire safety and prevention so that you can become a member of Smokey’s team!
Remember: ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT FOREST FIRES!
The URL is: http://www.smokeybear.com/
Compute sunrise, sunset & twilight for cities & airports worldwide by following the four steps outlined in this interactive program.
The URL is: http://cmpsolv.com/los/sunset.html
Virtual field trips (grades 3-9)to rainforests, coral reefs and wetlands. Students experience and learn from student researchers around the world through travel journals, photos, questions & answers, and audio files. Teacher's guides, access to a resource center and activities are available to subscribers (Free 14 day trial). Lessons are correlated to National Standards.
The URL is: http://www.sitesalive.com/
An interactive site with activities and challenges related to environmental issues, how to get involved, environmental education materials for teachers, and more. A free CD-Rom is available for schools that don't have internet access.
The URL is: http://www.missmaggie.org/
Series of educational climate animations for grades 5-9 entitled "Global Warming and Earth Processes," feature illustrated moving scenes of how global warming occurs, the carbon cycle and global warming, and the water cycle and global warming designed to break down complex processes into a series of easy-to-understand components accessible to the intermediate grades.
The URL is: http://www.epa.gov/globalwarming/kids/animations.h...
ETE is a series of interdisciplinary, problem-based learning modules for high school students (online). The project engages student teams in addressing real-world problems related to weather, population growth, biodiversity, land use patterns, volcanoes, water pollution, and global warming. Teams analyze remotely-sensed images to come up with solutions to open-ended earth science problems.
The URL is: http://www.cotf.edu/ete/
The latest of NOVA's High Adventure series "Descent Into the Ice" explores the highest point in western Europe - Mont Blanc. The program is a Journey to the Center of the Earth-style voyage into the eerie inner world of glacial cracks, crevasses, ice shafts, pits, water wells, and tunnels, as glacionauts search for evidence of hidden lakes that form through the intricate action of melting ice. Accompanying teaching materials, classroom activities, and an interactive site for students.
The URL is: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/mtblanc/
Follow CASKE expedition team online as they sea kayak and travel through the jungles of Costa Rica and Panama. Includes educational activities related to the expedition and resources for terachers. A project of Big Chalk, The Education Network.
The URL is: http://www.bigchalk.com/bc/caske
May 3-5, 2005 ~ Online
Take a live, interactive virtual field trip to the Rachel Carson Site of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve, four uninhabited islands and saltmarshes located off Beaufort, N.C. with a trained naturalist as your guide via a live internet connection. Lesson plans and images are available on-line.
The URL is: http://www.estuarylive.org/
Smithsonian's Neighborhood Nestwatch provides an incredible scientific learning opportunity in which important information is collected on the biology of birds in the increasingly fragmented urban/suburban landscapes of the Washington D.C. - Baltimore region.
The URL is: http://sio.si.edu/Nestwatch/
Take your students on a wild learning adventure with National Wildlife Federation! This exciting, free resource is filled with information and activities about habitat and how to create an accessible Schoolyard Habitats® site. Check for dates and times of future e-field trips.
The URL is: http://happeninhabitats.pwnet.org
Go Wild in New York City (National Geographic, 2005) is an action-packed, kid-focused introduction to the ecology of cities. The book combines basic science with mind-bending city-specific facts and photos (including child-pleasing spreads on cockroaches, rats and squirrels; and sidebars on topics like horse manure, trash and worms) and junior citizen scientist projects. Extensive online and offline resources are provided in the end pages, and the book's website features chapter-specific teaching plans created for GO WILD by the Urban Science Education Center at Teachers College.
The URL is: http://gowildnyc.org/index.html
Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) interdisciplinary projects that teachers can use to enhance their curriculum through use of the Internet. Focus is on projects that utilize realtime data from the Internet, and collaborative projects that reach peers and experts around the world via the Internet. Some of these collaborative projects include "Down the Drain: How much water do you use?"; "The Global Water Sampling Project: An investigation of water quality" for grades 9-12; and "The Square of Life: Studies of Local and Global Environments" for grades 1-5. Each project has a brief description and links to the National Science Standards and NCTM math standards it supports.
The URL is: http://www.k12science.org/currichome.html
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