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  • Living Environment: Energy Flow
    Regents of New York State.
    Explains and illustrates a food chain and flow of energy.

    Good Student-friendly

  • Biomes of the World
    Missouri Botanical Garden.
    Take a tour of six Biomes: rainforest, tundra, taiga, desert, temperate and grasslands plus freshwater and marine ecosystems. Use the links on the left to learn about types of life and conditions in each.

    Excellent Teacher Interest Student-friendly

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PLATE TECTONICS
  • Earthquake Hazards Program
    U.S. Geological Survey.
    Wealth of information and animated graphics on all aspects of earthquakes. The "For Kids Only" section has fabulous resources for the classroom, especially puzzles and games section.

    Excellent Teacher Interest Student-friendly

  • Earth: Like a Puzzle
    Scripps Institute of Oceanography.
    This animated site on plate tectonics is easy for students to maneuver.

    Excellent Student-friendly

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NATURAL RESOURCES
  • Energy Information Administration Kid's Page
    Department of Energy.
    Renewable and non-renewable energy resources are presented in student language with pictures and diagrams. Renewable sources are wind, hydro, biomass, solar and geothermal. Non-renewable sources are nuclear, oil, coal and natural gas. Site includes biographies of energy scientists, stat-of-the-art ideas, and a Classroom Connection section for teachers..

    Excellent Teacher Interest Student-friendly

  • Energy Quest
    California Energy Commission.
    Student-friendly presentation on many aspects of energy. Click the apple for teacher and parent resources. Transportation: alternative fuel vehicles. How It Works: transformers and refrigerators, Puzzles and Games, Energy Art, Energy Library.

    Excellent Student-friendly

  • Natural Resources Kid's Page
    King County, WA.
    Games and interactive lessons on Water and Watersheds, Solid waste, Hazardous waste, and Wildlife teach about what students can do to conserve resources..

    Good Student-friendly

  • SK Worm Answers Your Questions on Soil and Stuff
    Natural Resources Conservation Service.
    Excellent tutorial on soil, where it comes from and how to conserve it.

    Good Student-friendly

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ASTRONOMY
  • Constellation Legends (1.8MB pdf)
    An Instructional Guide written by Norm McCarter, SCICON Naturalist and Astronomy Intern.
    Excellent Teacher Interest Student-friendly

  • Stardate Online
    McDonald Observatory.
    Links to Native American Astronomy and Astronomy of Pharaohs teach about how ancient people explained the cosmos. Resource section features illustration of constellations and short story. Teacher section includes lesson plans.

    Excellent Teacher Interest Student-friendly

  • Windows to the Universe
    University of Michigan.
    This fantastic site offers illustrated constellation mythology in three reading levels along with maps and games.

    Excellent Teacher Interest Student-friendly

  • Constellation Mythology
    Coldwater Community Schools, Michigan.
    Mythology of the 88 constellations, click on the name to read the stories and see illustrations.

    Good Student-friendly

  • The Nine (8) Planets: A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System
    William A. Arnett.
    A wealth of information presented on topics related to our solar system.

    Excellent Teacher Interest Student-friendly

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Tulare County Office of Education
SCICON
P.O. Box 339, Springville, CA 93265

Dianne Shew, Administrator
(559) 539-2642 • fax: (559) 539-2643



Jim Vidak, County Superintendent of Schools
Tulare County Office of Education
All mail to: P.O. Box 5091, Visalia, CA 93278-5091
Physical address: 6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA 93277
phone: (559) 733-6300 • fax: (559) 627-5219

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