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    It would be fantastic if we could share a link that is highly beneficial/useful, that doesn't cost a thing to use, no hoops to jump through. I encourage others to add to my links, creating some nice references to have on-hand. You can never have too many resources.



    I love free when it comes to things that are handy to have, use, study, or simply enjoy. I started out looking for some inspiration for decorations for my classrooms, but found so much more. It seems like a waste to have it sitting in a file folder on my desktop, so I would like to share what I stumbled across in my browsing. Some are of limited interest to anyone not into science, but many have broader appeal and applications. Look at it this way - there is no charge for any of this stuff, so it is worth a peek!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCLLJ6- 7ez0&list=PLexa_cotS5sHVVJzxb9A8BvnK8zYTH9IG Can't wait to use this in class
    http://www.opg.com/communities-and-partners/teachers-and-students/Pages/teachers-and-students.aspx
    http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/connect4learning.jsp
    http://learn.kidwind.org/teach
    https://student.societyforscience.org/science-project-resources
    http://www.familyscience.org/sample_activities.html
    http://ipadapps4teachers.blogspot.com/
    http://www.msichicago.org/programs/summer-brain-games
    http://media.wfyi.org/IndianaExpeditions/
    http://marstrek.jpl.nasa.gov/
    http://www.birdsleuth.org/aabb-sound-lessons/
    http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/15arctic-microbes/welcome.html
    http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/darwin/
    http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/index.htm
    http://www.futurity.org/
    http://www.amnh.org/apps
    http://www.exploratorium.edu/neverlost/
    http://theweatherwiz.com/
    http://podcast.eol.org/podcast
    http://cosmictimes.gsfc.nasa.gov/
    http://www.interactivedigs.com/

    http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/news/20...s-pluto-flyby-a-teachable-moment-for-students Get the FREE bulletin board!!

    http://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2015/03/f20/beto_coloring_activity_book.pdf
    http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/StarChild.html
    http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/index.html
    http://www.energystar.gov/ia/partne...ivityBook-webPrint_041615_508v2.pdf?4203-3f87
    https://takeactionscience.wordpress.com/
    https://www.curiositymachine.org/challenges/
    https://www.udemy.com/extreme-weather-101/
    https://oceanclassrooms.com/moodle/course/view.php?id=8
    https://scratch.mit.edu/
    https://cset.stanford.edu/sites/def...HING- A LINK TO A CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECT.pdf
    http://www.carencooper.com/citscichat.html
    http://www.freetech4teachers.com/
    http://www.seesouthernforests.org/
    http://mathtrain.tv/
    http://www.calculator-tab.com/
    http://www.savemonkseals.ucsc.edu/
    http://particleadventure.org/
    http://tiktaalik.uchicago.edu/book-tools.html Goes well with "Your Inner Fish"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17jymDn0W6U&feature=player_embedded
    http://www.webexhibits.org/
    http://www.eia.gov/kids/
    http://www.education.noaa.gov/coolsites.html
    http://www.fs.fed.us/outdoors/naturewatch/
    http://www.astrosociety.org/pluto/
    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html
    http://missionscience.nasa.gov/
    http://www.exploringnature.org/db/subcat_index.php?dbID=45
    http://www.scholastic.com/browse/collection.jsp?id=689

    http://spie.org/x31474.xml?WT.svl=mdde11 This organization is the Elite of free posters for teachers. I ordered all I wanted, they are exquisite, and come shipped rolled, not folded. Top Notch!

    http://nepis.epa.gov/Exe/ZyNET.exe/...ults page&MaximumPages=1&ZyEntry=1&SeekPage=x Gorgeous poster, free, but wish it had come rolled . . . oh well, sigh.

    http://www.aps.org/programs/outreach/resources/index.cfm
    http://www.learner.org/workshops/force/
    http://web.randi.org/educational-modules.html
    https://engage.intel.com/community/teachersengage/showcase
    http://www.popsci.com/announcements/article/2010-03/new-browse-137-years-popsci-archive-free
    http://busyteacher.org/teaching_ideas_and_techniques/classroom-posters/
    http://www.the-brights.net/action/activities/poster.html
    http://www.aps.org/programs/education/highschool/teachers/
    http://www.weareteachers.com/lessons-resources/classroom-printables

    http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive
    I found these and more than I have the time to enter. I would give a shout out to HHMI.org, as they have a short FREE DVD on the genetics of pop-corn. I think I have everything, but they just keep adding new material, always free with free shipping to educators. You can also get the PDFs for their amazing posters to print. I have some back from when they were sent, and they are amazing. Found one I didn't have, and I had to have it printed out at a poster print place, but so worth it.

    Hopefully, and surely, others have more links to add to these. If these are in the wrong forum, perhaps a moderator will show it the home most suitable. :hugs:

    If anyone is interested in some free jpg's ready to print as posters, a few inspirational, mostly science, PM me and I will send for free. I printed mine, the edits are done, and they are all suitable for 20x24 or larger. These include the HHMI posters I mentioned above, save the bees, Life's Family Tree, Mars Exploration Family Photo, the Curiosity rover, Charles Darwin quote, Mass Extinctions, Human Evolution, Earth Evolution and more. I will simply send as an email attachment? If I could figure out how to make these free downloads, I would be very happy to do that. :cool:
     
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    A classmate from my ESL program poked me tonight to share a link. This one is for those of us who love words and precise meaning. Thanks to Chloe.
    http://phrontistery.info/glossaries.html

    It's my night! A former student sent me this on Google Drive, because, as he said: "I can." I am told it is a belated Thanks for finding ways that music and science can co-exist.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLpTuptF2fw
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhGO_4CDlgc
    I think they will become our newest "mindfulnees" favorites.

    Apparently goodies are falling out of the heavens! A colleague remembered me mentioning these in passing, and just wanted to show she had been listening - show off! Thanks T. :hugs: Enjoy learning about noctilucent clouds:
    http://www.weather.com/science/news/sky-watching-noctilucent-20130506
    http://earthsky.org/todays-image/noctilucent-clouds-and-an-aurora
    http://projectpossum.org/research/about-noctilucent-clouds/

    Be patient when viewing this one - it is worth the wait.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=20&v=E7PQbfnErEw
     
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    All of my classroom-related links are stored on Diigo. They are mostly ELA links, tagged by topic. My username is the same there as it is here. You can search my links or follow me on Diigo.
     
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    For teachers with English Language Learners in the classroom, I was recently reminded that one of the best, easiest to use sites for ELL resources wasn't on my list, so with a tip of the hat, I give you:

    http://www.colorincolorado.org/

    NJ has a link, as well, that pertains to Newcomers, or, Port of Entry students and their family. Many of these students will be SIFE's, Students with Interrupted Formal Education. So the NJ part, not so much use to you, but the how and why of what is offered is relevant.

    http://www.nj.gov/education/bilingual/resources/newcomer.htm
     
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    I had found this link to share with a colleague, then proceeded to misplace it. Since it is once more been "found", I will take the time to share with you today. Here's hoping that you find something new, interesting, motivational, and exciting. That is the best you can hope for with most references and tips!
    https://www.linkedin.com/grp/post/3902988-6041041655216226306
     
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    Thank you for that. I am still hoping that others on the forum will chime in with their favorites, science/not science, I don't care, but what a cool way to accumulate a lot of interesting links in one place. I have every intention of copying all of the links that get posted, so I can save them in a well marked file for future reference.

    Let me tell you - if any of you are interested in a space/universe type of bulletin board free of charge, look at the NASA site. Mine is on its way, and such a nice little email to let me know that. So if you every wanted to know what NASA has done for you, personally, request the kit and the learning links that go with it. You'll be glad you did!
     
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    Today I am going to throw out some ESL links that will benefit teachers and students alike. I can honestly say that I have visited and used many of these sites as I worked on my M.Ed., and others I have utilized with my own students.

    I know that there are many on the forum who are teaching ESL, either by order or by choice. Sometimes the difference between the two is a simple matter of having great resources.

    Thank you for tuning in, as we investigate ESL Teaching Resources.




      • mastersinesl.com/leading-sources/

    As always, please feel free to add more sites and links, as I have every intention of saving these, to have on hand in one file. Your suggestions are very welcome. :cool:
     
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    These are amazing, thank you!!
     
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    You are very welcome. When I get to a batch of cool links from research on this or that, I try to save them and pass them along. What is just so much wasted space to some people is a god-send to others.
     
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    My students come in on Thursday, and I haven't decided what to do. I have 6 preps, so all over the place . Hope there is something in this for you!

    http://www.iknowthat.com/
    http://worksheets.theteacherscorner.net/make-your-own/crossword/
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=67&v=1qlxKFEE7Ec
    http://www.printable-worksheets.com/science
    http://easource.com/mindsuckers-the-sting-of-doom/
    http://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewResource/Preview/28362
    http://www.roadtogrammar.com/
    http://www.grammar-monster.com/
    http://www.educationworld.com/At_Home/student/student006.shtml
    http://www.teachhub.com/ell-strategies-work-whole-class
    http://ambitiousscienceteaching.org/
    http://englishforeveryone.org/Topics/Reading-Comprehension.htm
    http://worksheets.theteacherscorner.net/make-your-own/crossword/
    http://www.eslgamesworld.com/
    http://classroom-aid.com/2012/08/28/25-online-games-for-english-language-learners/
    http://www.carolinacurriculum.com/leadership/downloads/2012/Integrating+Literacy.pdf
    http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/154026/
    http://www.kidsdiscover.com/infographics/
    http://education.nationalgeographic.com/encyclopedia/keystone-species/
    http://www.legendarylearningnow.com/creativity/infographics-for-kids/
    http://www.kidsites.com/
    http://www.ebizmba.com/articles/kids-websites
    http://blog.allmyfaves.com/kids/top-50-sites-for-kids-the-amusement-park-of-the-web/
    http://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/biodiversity-and-ecosystem-stability-17059965
    http://www.globalissues.org/article/170/why-is-biodiversity-important-who-cares
    http://ucanr.edu/sites/cbc/
     
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    I believe that this article could create a variety of projects, study, and debate. I am a scientist at heart, so I trust what science can prove. However, I also know that many who consider themselves scientific consider race in different ways. Enjoy the article.

    http://www.tolerance.org/magazine/number-50-summer-2015/feature/race-dna

    On a different note, there are multiple ways to explore the brain, and NBC has a great site:

    http://www.nbclearn.com/brain/

    While at the NBC site, I would like to recommend the following:

    http://www.nbclearn.com/pi
    http://www.nbclearn.com/makeitmemorable
    http://www.nbclearn.com/science-and-engineering-of-the-2014-olympic-winter-games
    http://www.nbclearn.com/science-of-golf
    http://www.nbclearn.com/water
    http://www.nbclearn.com/innovation
    http://www.nbclearn.com/portal/site/learn/writers-speak-to-kids
    http://www.nbclearn.com/portal/site/learn/science-of-the-summer-olympics
    http://www.nbclearn.com/portal/site/learn/science-behind-the-news
    http://www.nbclearn.com/portal/site/learn/science-of-nhl-hockey
    http://www.nbclearn.com/portal/site/learn/science-of-nfl-football
    http://www.nbclearn.com/portal/site/learn/chemistry-now
    http://www.nbclearn.com/portal/site/learn/changing-planet
    http://www.nbclearn.com/portal/site/learn/science-of-the-olympic-winter-games
    http://www.nbclearn.com/portal/site/learn/finishing-the-dream
    http://www.nbclearn.com/portal/site/learn/sinking-of-the-titanic

    Please take the time to look at each of these links. Some are through and through science, but the ones on creativity, civil rights, and the Olympics probably speak well to a variety of uses. It is always wonderful to find well made documentaries or references that are easy to watch but give a lot to think about.

    Ecology also gets a fresh look by TERC Online E-books. This research comes as a pdf for both the teacher and student editions. Definitely worth a look.

    https://external-wiki.terc.edu/display/ibooks/Adventures+in+Ecology

    Meet Emily, and enjoy funsciencedemos:

    https://www.youtube.com/user/funsciencedemos

    Although I had never heard of Mosa Mack Science, I loved the site, and think you may as well:

    https://www.mosamack.com/#units

    ActivEpi Web, is an electronic textbook for teaching epidemiology, available free on-line. Suitable at secondary and beyond, so I believe this can be a great reference for faculty.

    http://www.activepi.com/

    More cutting edge subject matter, this time it is Pluto. Take a peek:

    https://blog.versal.com/2015/07/17/journey-to-pluto-course/

    And finally, if you want to get involved in a book, NSTA has one that I am really looking forward to:


    Citizen Science: 15 Lessons That Bring Biology to Life, 6-12

    Edited by: Nancy Trautmann, Jennifer Fee, Terry M. Tomasek, and NancyLee R. Bergey

    $25.56 - Member Price
    $31.95 - Nonmember Price
    Description
    “Observing the life cycle of monarch butterflies and following their remarkable migratory journeys between Canada, the United States, and Mexico …

    “Tracking climate change by recording the dates of first leaf, flower, and fruit of local trees, shrubs, flowers, and grasses ...

    “Discovering which bird species migrate, where they go, and when …
    “Exploring life cycles and population dynamics of frogs, toads, and other animals in nearby ponds …

    “Citizen science projects such as these gather data through public collaboration in scientific research….We invite you to dig in and become part of this exciting and rapidly growing movement. Your students will not only learn science, but they will also be scientists, and their projects will bring biological and environmental science to life in your classes.”
    —from the Preface to Citizen Science: 15 Lessons That Bring Biology to Life, 6–12

    The editors of this book have a straightforward goal: to inspire you to engage your students through public collaboration in scientific research—also known as citizen science. The book is specifically designed to get you comfortable using citizen science to support independent inquiry through which your students can learn both content and process skills. Citizen Science offers you: •Real-life case studies of classes that engaged in citizen science and learned authentic scientific processes and the habits of mind associated with scientific reasoning. •Fifteen stimulating lessons you can use to build data collection and analysis into your teaching. •Plenty of flexibility. You can use the lessons with or without access to field or lab facilities; whether or not your students can collect and submit data of their own; and inside your classroom or outside through fieldwork in schoolyards, parks, or other natural areas in urban or rural settings.

    You don’t need an advanced degree in science to guide your students in productive participation in one of a growing variety of citizen science projects. As the editors note, “Such involvement can scaffold teachers’ entry into facilitating student investigation while connecting students with relevant, meaningful, and real experiences with science.”
     
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    That's a lot of stuff to look through Vickilyn. I will try to go through some of these and see what I can use when I get some spare time. Thanks for posting them.

    I too just requested a bulletin board from NASA. Thanks for sharing that!
     
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    Honestly, I wanted to share and hope that some of this will help someone besides me. My goal is to have links that I find interesting in an easy to save format. Posting to the forum keeps them together, and when I have the time, I love to browse and pick my favorites. Because I also teach elementary, Social Studies, and ELA and Literacy, I can frequently cross reference some of the links to use in somewhat novel ways. I hope you will appreciate more of the NASA links with a wealth of information geared towards a variety of grade levels.

    These links are my bread crumbs to the things that I enjoy examining, utilizing, and recommending to others. ;)
     
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