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Lesson Plans (12) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (4) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Assessments (1) Any activity or resource teachers use to help gauge student progress.
Informational Materials (7) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Interactives/Games (6) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (5) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
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Teacher Tools (2) An extensive set of online resource tools teachers can use to enhance student learning or increase teacher productivity often useful across grade levels and/or subject areas (Aligned to professional learning standards instead of content standards).


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Subject: Mathematics (5 - 6), or Science (5 - 6)
Title: Grow a GEM
Description: Students will  grow crystals out of different substances.  Students will also document and make a podcast video of the growth of their crystals. Students will make and identify different geometric shapes. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Science (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Volcanoes
Description: In this lesson, students will learn about the three main types of volcanoes. Students will watch videos, complete drawings and diagrams, and work in collaborative groups as they investigate cinder cone, composite, and shield volcanoes. Students will also review the positive and negative effects of volcanoes.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Power of Fire     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students map natural hazards around the world. They figure out where people face danger from earthquakes and volcanoes and create a map showing where these natural hazards may occur.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Natural Hazards: Same Forces, Different Impacts     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students consider the threats that natural disasters (specifically tornadoes, volcanoes, and earthquakes) pose for humans, then compare and contrast two disasters. Students also analyze data about the magnitude and impacts of natural disaster events; and assess the value of scientific research into the causes and impacts of natural events.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Oceanography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Deep-Sea Geysers: Hydrothermal Vents     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn about hydrothermal vents in the ocean by doing a simulation and viewing pictures of animals that live near the vents. They conclude by writing letters pretending they are divers requesting funding for a future trip to study hydrothermal vents.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Physical Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Earthquakes and Volcanoes     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students compare maps of plate tectonics with population density maps and analyze what these maps imply about the relationship between population and seismic hazards. They also research specific volcanoes or earthquake zones and write pretend letters to residents of these areas describing the risks.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science
Title: The Core     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a proposal to send a robotic probe to explore Earth's core. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Tsunami Barriers     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about how humans may have unwittingly aggravated some of the damage done by the December 2004 tsunamis in Southeast Asia. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Predicting Earthquakes     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the development of a tool designed to predict California's next big earthquake. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Quake Side Effects     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about some of the global changes caused by the tsunamis in 2004. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Science NetLinks Weekly Science Updates     
Description: Science NetLinks Science Updates are short audio clips about a variety of subjects related to science. Each clip is accompanied by a transcript and classroom lesson ideas. Science NetLinks is a member of the MarcoPolo consortium.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Thinkfinity Podcasts


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Subject: Science
Title: The Core     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a proposal to send a robotic probe to explore Earth's core. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Tsunami Barriers     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about how humans may have unwittingly aggravated some of the damage done by the December 2004 tsunamis in Southeast Asia. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Predicting Earthquakes     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the development of a tool designed to predict California's next big earthquake. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Quake Side Effects     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about some of the global changes caused by the tsunamis in 2004. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Web Resources


Lesson Plans


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Volcanoes Online
http://library.think...
Students can learn about volcanoes and test their knowledge using the volcanic database, information on volcanoes and plate tectonics, review questions, games, and comics!

Podcasts


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National Geographic Videos
http://video.nationa...
This website has a variety of FREE National Geographic videos on animals, natural disasters, nature, space, history, and more.

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Powerful Plates
http://aptv.pbslear...
This Podcast includes an explanation of plate tectonics.

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Plunging into Plates
http://aptv.pbslearn...
This is a current explanation of evidence to prove the theory of Plate Tectonics.

Assessments


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Testing Tectonics
http://www.enchanted...
This website includes an online quiz and puzzle on plate tectonics and continental drift.

Informational Materials


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Plate Tectonics
http://www.tulane.ed...
Great explanation of plate tectonics (includes diagrams).

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Volcanoes Online
http://library.think...
Students can learn about volcanoes and test their knowledge using the volcanic database, information on volcanoes and plate tectonics, review questions, games, and comics!

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Volcano World's Games & Fun Stuff
http://volcano.orego...
This website has several interactive games and simulations related to volcanoes.

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Oceans Habitats
http://www.marietta....
Informational page that provides an interactive the comparison of regions of ocean biomes.

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Major Moving
http://www.enchanted...
Informative website about continental/oceanic plates and their movement.

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Volcano Explorer
http://kids.discover...
Teachers and students can use this virtual volcano interactive. Very informational. Build your own volcano and watch it erupt.

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Volcano World
http://volcano.orego...
Students can see video clips and images of currently active volcanoes and track their activity.

Interactives/Games


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Volcanoes Online
http://library.think...
Students can learn about volcanoes and test their knowledge using the volcanic database, information on volcanoes and plate tectonics, review questions, games, and comics!

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Volcano World's Games & Fun Stuff
http://volcano.orego...
This website has several interactive games and simulations related to volcanoes.

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Mountain Maker/Earth Shaker
http://aptv.pbslearn...
Students can interact with this site and see how plate movement changes the Earth's surface.

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Testing Tectonics
http://www.enchanted...
This website includes an online quiz and puzzle on plate tectonics and continental drift.

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Plate Tectonics
http://phet.colorado...
Explore how plates move on the surface of the earth. Change temperature, composition, and thickness of plates. Discover how to create new mountains, volcanoes, or oceans!

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Volcano Explorer
http://kids.discover...
Teachers and students can use this virtual volcano interactive. Very informational. Build your own volcano and watch it erupt.

Learning Activities


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Volcano World's Games & Fun Stuff
http://volcano.orego...
This website has several interactive games and simulations related to volcanoes.

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Oceans Habitats
http://www.marietta....
Informational page that provides an interactive the comparison of regions of ocean biomes.

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Volcano Explorer
http://kids.discover...
Teachers and students can use this virtual volcano interactive. Very informational. Build your own volcano and watch it erupt.

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Volcano World
http://volcano.orego...
Students can see video clips and images of currently active volcanoes and track their activity.

Teacher Tools


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National Geographic Videos
http://video.nationa...
This website has a variety of FREE National Geographic videos on animals, natural disasters, nature, space, history, and more.

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Oceans Habitats
http://www.marietta....
Informational page that provides an interactive the comparison of regions of ocean biomes.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Power of Fire     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students map natural hazards around the world. They figure out where people face danger from earthquakes and volcanoes and create a map showing where these natural hazards may occur.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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