Environments – Recommended Websites

FOSS has developed a list of recommended resources for each module. These resources include listings for nonfiction and fiction books for students, resource books for teachers, websites, images, videos, and local resources that extend the hands-on science activities in each module.
Resources intended for teachers only are labeled with yellow: Teacher-only Resource
Resources intended for students are labeled in blue: Student Resource
All websites are appropriate for students except for those marked as teacher-only.
10 Resources for National Engineers Week
URL:  blogs.kqed.orgDescription:  Links to interactive STEM and science websites with real-world applications of physics and engineering
Ask Doctor Global Change
URL:  www.gcrio.orgDescription:  A reference service provided by Global Change Research Information Office (GCRIO) that assists in finding information and data relevant to global environmental change. Provides students with a searchable collection of answers to questions about issues related to climate change and students can submit questions of their own and explore related links
Backyard Tree Identification Guide
URL:  www.homeadvisor.comDescription:  A guide to identifying different trees
BBC Bitsize
URL:  Links to videos on various science topics
BioKids: Inquiry of Diverse Species
URL:  www.biokids.umich.eduDescription:  This site includes information for both students and teachers concerning diverse species, especially in southeast Michigan. Check out the Critter Catalog for photos and information about a variety of organisms studied in FOSS modules and courses, including crayfish and cockroaches.
Biology of Plants
URL:  mbgnet.mobot.orgDescription:  Play games, watch video clips, view animated diagrams, and sing songs to learn about plant parts, photosynthesis, pollination, seed dispersal, and plant adaptations. From the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Biosphere 2
URL:  www.b2science.orgDescription:  Take a virtual trip to Biosphere 2, a 204,000 cubic meter (7,200,000 cubic foot) sealed glass and spaceframe structure. It includes elements from the original Biosphere 1. Inside the structure you'll find seven wilderness ecosystems, including a rainforest and a 3,400,000 liter (900,000 gallon) ocean, as well as a human habitat which now houses interactive exhibits.
Brine Shrimp And Ecology Of Great Salt Lake
URL:  ut.water.usgs.govDescription:  More information about the life cycle of brine shrimp and the commercial brine shrimp industry.
URL:  www.bugfacts.netDescription:  Bug Facts covers useful information about the most commonly found insects in North America, which include butterflies, beetles, ants, wasps, bees, mantids, and many others. Plus a few creatures that are commonly mistaken for insects, but actually non-insects. Topics range from to fun facts for each bug, to general insect development. There is also a checklist for children to use, much like one would find in a Bird Watcher’'s guide.
URL:  bugguide.netDescription:  BugGuide is an online community of naturalists. The site contains photographs of bugs from the United States and Canada for identification and research. Users can submit photographs of bugs for ID requests.
URL:  pbskids.orgDescription:  Games, Videos, and activities on science and engineering
eGFI Dream Up the Future
URL:  teachers.egfi-k12.orgDescription:  Teacher site for links to student engineering projects and teacher professional development,
URL:  allaboutfrogs.orgDescription:  This site is everything you always wanted to know about frogs.
Fun Science Demos
URL:  Over 150 science demos for every important idea in science
URL:  www.audubon.orgDescription:  This site features complete field guides to animals and plants. The regional search feature allows you to find species in your region.
Engineering Games
URL:  engineering-games.netDescription:  This site provides links to a variety of engineering games, culled from different sites.
Environmental Defense Fund/Scorecard
URL:  www.scorecard.orgDescription:  Find out how your community rates on the pollution scorecard. All you need to know is your zip code and you will get a report of the major polluters that affect your area.
EPA Student Center
URL:  www.epa.govDescription:  Designed for older students, this site includes activities and resources dealing with the following topics: air, water, human health, waste and recycling, conservation, and more.
Exploratorium: Engineering and Tinkering
URL:  www.exploratorium.eduDescription:  View engineering and tinkering websites, projects, and videos on the Exploratorium website.
Kid's Corner
URL:  education.usgs.govDescription:  Explore the USGS Biological Resources Division for kids.
I Was Wondering: Women's Adventures in Science
URL:  www.eiu.eduDescription:  This project of the National Academy of Sciences showcases the accomplishments of contemporary women in science and highlights the varied and intriguing careers of some of today's most prominent scientists.
Identifying and Controlling Tree Diseases
URL:  www.treeremoval.comDescription:  Common tree diseases for trees in the United States
Leaf-Cutter Ants
URL:  www.nsf.govDescription:  A great, short video on leaf-cutter ants available to view online or for download.
LaBrea Tar Pits
URL:  www.tarpits.orgDescription:  Homepage for the LaBrea Tar Pits Museum. Contains information about the Pleistocene Era, paleontoligcal excavation, and ongoing excavations at LaBrea.
Learning Games for Kids
URL:  www.learninggamesforkids.comDescription:  Games on a variety of topics
URL:  new.learningscience.orgDescription:  This site currates the best online science simulations, visualizations, websites, and videos from around the world. Made for K–12 teachers and students, all resources are NGSS-aligned and free.
Lesson Plans, Teacher Guides, and Online Resources for Educators
URL:  www.epa.govDescription:  Environmental and science based lesson plans, activities, and ideas from EPA and other federal agencies and external organizations. A link for Spanish resources is on the site as well.
Navy STEM for the Classroom
URL:  www.navystemfortheclassroom.comDescription:  STEM related fields and information from the US Navy
Next CC
URL: offers activities across nine scales —nano, pattern, object, space, architecture, neighborhood, urban, region, and world— to introduce design and its importance.
NOAA's Ark
URL:  www.photolib.noaa.govDescription:  This collection of images from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) includes many wonderful pictures of both land- and ocean-dwelling creatures, including bears, whales, birds, and walruses.
NOAA's Photo Library
URL:  www.photolib.noaa.govDescription:  This collection of images from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) includes many wonderful pictures of both land- and ocean-dwelling creatures, including bears, whales, birds, and walruses.
Plants and Youth: Design and Build a Terrarium
URL:  www.fairchildgarden.orgDescription:  With this illustrated online guide from the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, students can have a great time designing and building simple terrariums using quart jars or goldfish bowls. (Note: A warm terrarium is perfect for sprouting as many grapefruit seeds as you have room for.)
PBS Kids Sci Girls
URL:  pbskids.orgDescription:  Website designed to especially engage girls in science.
PBS Learning Media
URL:  pbslearningmedia.orgDescription:  PBS Learning Media Library offers a variety of resources for science and engineering subjects.
PhET Interactive Simulations
URL:  phet.colorado.eduDescription:  Simulations developed by Univeristy of Colorado, Boulder for all grade levels and genres
Private Universe Project in Science
URL:  www.learner.orgDescription:  This innovative workshop for teachers explores the reasons why teaching science is so difficult and offers practical advice to help you teach more effectively. Each program focuses on one theme and one content area and uses specific examples to show how students' preconceived ideas can create critical barriers to learning. Education experts also review classroom strategies and results and recommend new ways to involve students and approach difficult topics. Nine different videos cover a variety of topics including astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental education.
Resources for Teachers Starting a Planet Protectors Club
URL:  www.epa.govDescription:  Teacher resources to go along with "The Planet Protectors: Activities for Kids"
Science Kids Engineering for Kids
URL:  Discover the world of engineering with a range of free games, science fair projects, experiments, interesting facts, videos, quizzes, worksheets and more.
Seeding The Garden
URL:  edis.ifas.ufl.eduDescription:  This University of Florida site describe how to use seeds to start a garden.
Teachers Try Science – Kid Page
URL:  www.teacherstryscience.orgDescription:  Links to various hands-on experiments for students
The Globe Program
URL:  www.globe.govDescription:  GLOBE is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based education and science program, which includes investigations and observations of weather.
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
URL:  www.wildflower.orgDescription:  Formerly the National Wildflower Research Center, a nonprofit educational organization with links to native plant societies and environmental organizations.
The Nature Conservancy
URL:  nature.orgDescription:  This site is the home page for The Nature Conservancy, an environmental organization whose primary concern is preserving natural habitats for endangered species.
The Planet Protectors: Activities for Kids
URL:  www.epa.govDescription:  EPA website with student environmental activities
The Scuba Diving Flies of California's Mono Lake
URL:  www.nytimes.comDescription:  Discusses the special ability of the Ephydra hians fly in creating an air bubble so it can crawl underwater in Mono Lake.
Try Engineering
URL:  tryengineering.orgDescription:  Resources for learning more about engineering
Try Engineering Games
URL:  tryengineering.orgDescription:  Games to get students interested in engineering.
USDA Plants National Database
URL:  plants.usda.govDescription:  This USDA site includes information on any plant living in North America. Some entries have extensive information and pictures. Primary students may need adult assistance with this site.
USGS Ecosystems Mission
URL:  www.usgs.govDescription:  This site includes a photo gallery, education links, special interest stories, plus other information concerning the Ecosystems Mission (formerly the Biological Resources Division).
What’s It Like Where You Live?
URL:  mbgnet.mobot.orgDescription:  Find out about the biomes and ecosystems in our world.
URL:  wonderopolis.orgDescription:  Explore the world of wonders. Each day a question is posed and is explored in a variety of ways.
Wonderwise: Women in Science Learning Series
URL:  wonderwise.unl.eduDescription:  Introduces you to women who have made science their career. You can take several field trips, including space geology, African plant exploration, and urban ecology.
World Water Day 2010: Three Projects That Are Changing the Future
URL:  www.fastcompany.comDescription:  An overview of World Water Day 2010 and three projects involved in helping people find clean water.
World Wlidlife Federation
URL:  www.worldwildlife.orgDescription:  The science behind the World Wildlife organization