8th Grade Science: Earth Science

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Astronomy/Constellations Natural Disasters
Science Magazines/Journals Space Weather Experiments
Geology/Minerals Minnesota Volcanoes
Maps/Mapping Cryptozoology Dinosaurs
Science Projects Links Other
General Help Dictionaries Homework Help Lesson Plan Help


Astronony/Constellations

Sky and Telescope Magazine

"Stars and Constellations"

Life Cycle of Stars

Sky & Telescope Magazine

Mars Image Gallery

Pluto's Surface

NASA's Planetary Photojournal

Welcome to the Planets

NASA's Space Science News

Amateur Astronomy

Pictures of Planets

Space.about.Com  Info on planets & universe

Planetpics.com

Astronomy Daily

Discovery Channel - Understanding the Universe

Interactive Solar System

Solar System Videos

Planet Quest

The Satellite Site

Celestia Software Space Simulator

Adler Planetarium

Map a Planet

Terraserver

Hubble Space Telescope

World of Astronomy

Stellarium

Clear Dark Sky Predictions

Griffith Observatory's Web Site

NASA

Pathfinder Image Gallery

Io

Earth and Moon Viewer

Planetary Data Systems

Meteorite Information

Nat'l Space Science Data Center

Planetpals Quick Planet Facts

ScienceNet Planets weather & weights

SpaceRef.com Build alien worlds & get planet info.

Absolute Astronomy Pics of planets, constellations, Nebula & the moon

Galaxies Galore

Your Sky

I Planetarium

Comets

Spacestation Spacewalk

Space Junk Blaster

Astronomy Pic of the Day

The Nine Planets

Planetscapes

Bad Astronomy

Solstice

StarDate Online

IAU - The Constellations

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Natural Disasters

Prep for Mother Nature

Volcano World Starting Points

Earthquake Information from the USGS

Savage Earth - The Restless Planet: Earthquakes

The Great 1906 Earthquake and Fire

Good Friday Earthquake & Tidal Wave

Preparing for Natural Disasters*

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Science Magazines/Journals

Science Daily

Mad Scientist

Eurekalert

Junk Science

Scientific American

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Space

SpaceWeather.com

Windows to the Universe

National Geographic Solar System

Space.com

An Inquirer's Guide to the Universe

Life on Mars?

Comparing the Inner Planets

EarthSpace.net

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Weather Experiments

Earthwatch - Weather on Demand

Science Project Information

Tornado Super Outbreak

Weather Wiz Kids

Web Weather for Kids

More Weather Experiments

Experiments

Weather Experiments to try at Home

Trac for Kids

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Geology/Minerals

The Mineral Gallery

ECB Surf Report

Volcano World

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Minnesota

Boundary Waters

MN Fishing

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Volcanoes

Volcanoes Online

Volcano Facts for Kids*

Volcano Explorer*

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Maps/Mapping

U.S. Geological Survey education page

Topographical Maps

Google Maps

MapQuest

Yahoo Maps

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Cryptozooly

Pibburns Cryptozoology

"Nessie":   Fact or Fiction

Nessie on the Net

Ogopogo Lake Monster-Canada

Lake Champlain Monster

Yahoo:  Lake Monsters

Virtual Institute of Cryptozoology

Cryptozoology.com

The Shadowlands

PBS - The Beast of Lochness

Unpublished Stories of Ogopogo

ogopogo.com

Paranormal.about.com

CryptoMundo

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General Sites (links to pretty much every amimal)

http://www.pibburns.com/cryptozo

www.cryptozoology.com

www.strangeark.com

http://cryptozoo.monstrous.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptozoology

www.ncf.carleton.ca/~bz050/HomePage.cryptoz

http://kodos86.tripod.com

www.skepdic.com/crypto.html

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Nessie

www.nessie.co.uk

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/lesj/ness.htm

www.lochness-centre.com

unmuseum.mus.pa.us/lochness.htm

skepdic.com/nessie.html

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Bigfoot

http://www.rfthomas.clara.net/bigfoot.html

www.triplicate.com/news/story.cfm?story_no=1178

www.oregonbigfoot.com

www.rense.com/ufo3/bigfootinbc.htm

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Ogopogo and sea monsters

www.sunnyokanagan.com/ogopogo

www.mysteries-megasite.com/main/bigsearch/ogopogo.html

www.vtours.com/kelowna/ogopogo.htm

www.ogopogo.org

www.members.axion.net/~a1b00267/ultranet/Ogopogo.htm

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Chupacabra

http://www.elchupacabra.com/

http://www.mysteries-megasite.com/main/bigsearch/chupa-1.html

www.skepdic.com/chupa.html

www.mysticaluniverse.com/mystical_creatures/chupacabra/chupacabra.html

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chupacabra

www.oftm.com/chupa.html

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Mokeke-mbembe

http://www.mokelembembe.com/

www.science-frontiers.com/sf033/sf033p13.htm

skepdic.com/mokele.html

www.cryptozoology.com/cryptids/mokele.php

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mokele_mbembe

www.fortunecity.com/roswell/siren/552/af_mokele.html

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Jersey Devil

theshadowlands.net/jd.htm

www.strangemag.com/jerseydevil1.html

http://www.members.global2000.net/~starwiz/jerseyDevil/info/24.html

home.adelphia.net/~leuter

www.the-jersey-devil.com/devilstory.html

Those are the best Internet sites for the main animals, and there are plenty more and many more in the library.

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Dinosaurs

Dinosaur/ Extinct Life Resources

Websites and Interactive

1. Dino Database

  •      Has general information about dinosaurs. Dictionary, glossary, dinosaur records, discovery & classification.
  •      Do You Know Your Dinosaurs? - Quiz that gives you a paragraph description of a dinosaur and you click on the silhouette/name of the one that you think it describes
  •      If Dinosaurs Could Talk – Audio clips of some common dinosaurs talking about themselves is a casual style, but with facts.

2.     2. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History- Panoramic Virtual Tour

  •      You can view a 360˚ movable panoramic of the museums rooms, including the dinosaur fossils.

3.     3. Smithsonian Virtual Dino Dig Interactive game

  •      Students can use tools to reveal a fossil and follow the steps all the way to when it is set up in a museum. There is a box with text information on each step of the process.

4.     4. The Dino Directory

  •      Dinosaurs listed A-Z, a timeline, body shapes, browse dinosaurs that lived together by time period and location. Some very good drawings of dinosaurs with the top 5 having 3D models.

5.     5. Discovery Dinosaur Central

  •      Many videos on specific dinosaurs, including a series called Clash of the Dinosaurs. There is also information on prehistoric eras and dinosaur types. Several games including the Prehistoric Zoo where students can double click on an animal to get a picture and vital stats. The Dino Viewer also has excellent pictures and 360˚ views, size comparison and motion (a CGI of the 3D model walking).

6.     6. The Paleontology Portal

  •      Fossil gallery, Time & Space (time periods over the country, selectable, with information).

7.     7. Smithsonian Tree of Life Interactive Timeline

8.     8. Extinct Animals

  •      Includes causes of extinction as well as a list of animals that have gone extinct in the last 10 years. Not an extensive collection of information, but the list of extinct animals is useful.

9.     9. Top 10 Extinct Animals by Animal Planet

  •      A simple top 10 with about two paragraphs worth of information and a picture.

10. What Killed the Mammoths?

  • Informational website about possible things that killed the mammoths.

11. The Mammoth Site

  • Note the virtual museum tour. Under Paleontology, there is information on various fossils, divided by mammoths, invertebrates, and vertebrates with facts and pictures. Since the site is located in South Dakota, there is a Midwest focus.

12. Melbourne Museum, Discovery Center, Dinosaurs & Fossils

  • Discovery Center has websites and infosheets.
  • Dinosaur Walk
    •      Note the Meet the Skeletons section, which are factsheets. Videos, virtual exhibition, and some resources for teachers. 
  • 600 Million years ago
    • Geological time periods (from Ediacaran to Quaternary) with information on temperature, climate, images, and links to related animals. Fossil Fun has an illustrated timeline, creature feature, fossil match and some fact sheets of animals and environments that are colorable (pdf). Virtual exhibition and educational resources.

13. The Greak Auk Gallery

  • Selection of pictures of the extinct bird with some facts.

14. Extinct Birds at 50 Birds

15. The La Brea Tar Pits Museum website

  •     Information on the tar pits and ice age animals. Timeline of the ice age with animals—information, and pictures of both an artist’s reconstruction and the original skeleton.

16. Illinois State Museum

  17. UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology, Special Exhibits

  • Including: sabertooths, current dinosaur research, Dilophosaurus, the San Jose mammoth, Coelacanths, etc.

Videos

1.    1.  BBC’s Walking With Dinosaurs YouTube playlist

2.     2. Discovery Channel

3.     3. CBS Almanac: Dinosaurs (2 min 31 sec)

  •     “On December 18th, 1892 Sir Richard Owen, the British scientist who gave dinosaurs their name, died at the age of 88. "Sunday Morning" opens its almanac to look back at what we have learned about those terrible lizards since their discovery.”

Sue at the Field Museum

Dinosauria On-Line

Jurassic Park Institute

BBC Online:  Walking With Dinosaurs

Enchanted Learning.com

Dinosaur Facts

Dinosaur Den

More Dinosaur Facts

Dinosaur Safari

Zoom Dinosaurs

Google type dinosaurs name

Prehistory.com

Yahooligans! Science

Dinosaurs for kids

Dinosaurs FAQ

Dino Dictionary

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Science Projects

Science Made Simple

4kids.com

coolexperiments.com

weatherwizkids.com

all-science-fair-projects.com

howstuffworks

scienceproject.com

wikipedia.org

stevespanglerscience.com

Super Science Fair Projects

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Links

Geology Time Machine

The Nine Planets

Mineral Gallery

Car & Vehicle Science Experiements

Igneous Rocks

Sedimentary and Metamorphic Rocks 2

Rock Quiz

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Other

Digital Library of Earth Systems Education

The Exploratorium

Raptor Center

Dictionary of Units of Measurement

Exploratorium

MSI Chicago

Institute and Museum of the History of Science

Decimal Birthday

The History Channel

The War of the Worlds

Great Science Links

Earth Trends Environmental Portal

Your Gross & Cool Body

Natural History Museum

Kidsgeo.com*

quicktag*

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence*

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General Help Dictionaries

The Free Dictionary

Merriam-Webster OnLine

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Homework Help

Kid Info

Encarta Homework Help

National Geographic Kids

Howtoons Instructables

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Lesson Plan Help

Lesson Plans Page

Teachers.net

The Educators Reference Desk

edHelper

Lesson Planet

Discovery Education

Fact Monster

Ask

Ditto

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School Info

Maple Grove Middle School
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Maple Grove MN  55369
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Assistant Principals
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Student Management Specialists
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