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Cultivating Keen Observers: Teaching with Journey North Photos
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Observation is the first step in the scientific process. To extend your students' "backyard" observations, Journey North features a wealth of stunning photos and video clips. You can use them to engage students, build observation skills, inspire scientific thinking, and create fertile ground for discussions and new questions!

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Arts and Humanities
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Biology
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Annenberg Learner
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Journey North
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Global Climates and Seasons. A Look at Temperature and Precipitation
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Several factors affect a region's climate and the number and types of seasons it experiences. Here students explore colorful animations of annual changes in temperature and precipitation.

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Biology
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Activity/Lab
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Annenberg Learner
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Journey North
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Journey North: A Global Study of Wildlife Migration and Seasonal Change
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Journey North engages students in a global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change. K-12 students become involved in citizen science and share their own field observations with classmates across North America. They track the coming of the seasons through the migration patterns of monarch butterflies, robins, hummingbirds, whooping cranes, gray whales, bald eagles— and other birds and mammals; the budding of plants; changing sunlight; and other natural events. Find migration maps, pictures, standards-based lesson plans, activities and information to help students make local observations and fit them into a global context.

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Biology
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Annenberg Learner
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Journey North
Date Added:
08/20/2011
Journey North Journals: Helping Young Minds Grow
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This teachers' lesson offers tips on using Journey North journals to inspire learning and assessment. When students use journals to capture and reflect on observations, experiences, and data — and put forth opinions, predictions, and theories — learning blossoms. These records can also be great assessment tools because they offer you and your students windows into their thinking, understanding, and knowledge gaps. Finally, they can help you address pressures to integrate writing into subject areas.

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Arts and Humanities
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Biology
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Activity/Lab
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Annenberg Learner
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Journey North
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Life-Cycle Sleuth. Students Develop Theories About Migration
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Why do animals migrate? By studying an animal's life cycle and everyday behavior closely, students can form hypotheses about the reasons for migration, and predict when migration will occur.

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Biology
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Annenberg Learner
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Journey North
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Making Sense of Unusual Findings: Asking Questions, Using Resources
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This page of questions and links to resources will help you and your students try to "puzzle out" unusual reports and map events that contradict what we (and scientists) might otherwise expect.

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Biology
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Annenberg Learner
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Journey North
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Plants and the Season
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Children explore plant growth in their own gardens, running an experiment that tracks the arrival of Spring. Through these interrelated investigations, students discover that sunlight drives all living systems and they learn about the dynamic ecosystem that surrounds and connects them. Fall: Students plant gardens. Monthly updates: Fridays, September-December. Spring: Students report when tulips emerge and bloom and map Spring's northward journey. Weekly updates: Fridays, February-May. Guidelines, lessons, activities, reading connections, and interactive maps are included for each study.

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Environmental Science
Biology
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Activity/Lab
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Annenberg Learner
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Journey North
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Practice With Latitude and Longitude
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In this lesson students find their own homes on Google maps and determine their precise latitude and longitude coordinates. They learn how to pinpoint the location visually and then move north, east, south, or west on the map by changing latitude and longitude values.

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Geometry
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Activity/Lab
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Annenberg Learner
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Journey North
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Predicting the Greening of Spring with Red Emperor Tulips
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As the earth revolves around the sun in its annual cycle we experience seasonal change. Where will spring arrive first? What kind of patterns will we see as the wave of spring progresses? Start in the fall to think about these questions, and make some predictions. Then in the spring revisit your predictions with each Journey North news update and real-time map.

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Annenberg Learner
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Journey North
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02/16/2011
Predicting the Route of the Monarch's Spring Migration
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As the monarchs pour out of Mexico in the spring, where do you think they will arrive first, and what pathway do you suppose they will travel? Think about this question and make some predictions as you watch the butterflies spread throughout their northern breeding range. Then form a hypothesis as to why the monarchs travel where they do.

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Annenberg Learner
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Journey North
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Reasons for Seasons: Exploring the Astronomy of Spring
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To fully grasp what causes seasons, students need a variety of opportunities over time to explore light, shadows, and Earth-Sun models. The five activities in this mini-unit require few materials and offer some basic strategies for exploration. You can use them sequentially or individually to reinforce or lay the groundwork for your students' online investigations of seasonal change.

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Biology
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Annenberg Learner
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Journey North
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Seasonal Migrations: Bald Eagle
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Students join a biologist who uses satellite telemetry to track bald eagles back to their nests in Canada. They participate in an online contest and predict the location of each eagle's nest. Through these interrelated investigations, students discover that sunlight drives all living systems and they learn about the dynamic ecosystem that surrounds and connects them. Children follow the migrations of animals. They observe, research, and report their findings, and watch journeys progress on real-time maps. Weekly updates: Wednesdays, February-May. Guidelines, lessons, activities, reading connections, and interactive maps are included for each study.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Biology
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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Annenberg Learner
Provider Set:
Journey North
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Seasonal Migrations: Gray Whales
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Students "join" volunteers who count gray whales migrating past California on their journey to the frigid Arctic. Through these interrelated investigations, students discover that sunlight drives all living systems and they learn about the dynamic ecosystem that surrounds and connects them. Guidelines, lessons, activities, reading connections, and interactive maps are included for each study. Spring Only: Updates: February-June.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Biology
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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Annenberg Learner
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Journey North
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Seasonal Migrations: Hummingbird
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Students map the remarkable northward journey of these tiny jewels from Central America and Mexico to Canada and Alaska. Through these interrelated investigations, students discover that sunlight drives all living systems and they learn about the dynamic ecosystem that surrounds and connects them. Guidelines, lessons, activities, reading connections, and interactive maps are included for each study. Spring Only: Weekly updates: Thursdays, February-May.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Biology
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Activity/Lab
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Annenberg Learner
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Journey North
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Seasonal Migrations: Monarch Butterflies
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Help track the monarch butterfly migration each fall and spring as the butterflies travel to and from Mexico. Report your own observations of migrating butterflies to this migration map. Through these interrelated investigations, students discover that sunlight drives all living systems and they learn about the dynamic ecosystem that surrounds and connects them. Guidelines, lessons, activities, reading connections, and interactive maps are included for each study.

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Environmental Science
Biology
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Activity/Lab
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Annenberg Learner
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Journey North
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Seasonal Migrations: Robin
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Through these interrelated investigations, students discover that sunlight drives all living systems and they learn about the dynamic ecosystem that surrounds and connects them. Guidelines, lessons, activities, reading connections, and interactive maps are included for each study. Spring Only: Weekly updates: February-May. Students conduct a winter backyard census before tracking these harbingers of spring from the South to the Arctic.

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Environmental Science
Biology
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Activity/Lab
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Annenberg Learner
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Journey North
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Seasonal Migrations: Signs of Spring
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Through these interrelated investigations, students discover that sunlight drives all living systems and they learn about the dynamic ecosystem that surrounds and connects them. Guidelines, lessons, activities, reading connections, and interactive maps are included for each study.

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Biology
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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Annenberg Learner
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Journey North
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Seasonal Migrations: Whooping Cranes
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Children follow the migrations of animals. They observe, research, and report their findings, and watch journeys progress on real-time maps. Through these interrelated investigations, students discover that sunlight drives all living systems and they learn about the dynamic ecosystem that surrounds and connects them. Fall: Students watch chicks grow and then "join" the migration as humans teach the birds a new route using an ultra-light plane to lead the way. Daily updates: September-December.
Spring: Students track the birds as they find their own way back north. Weekly updates: Fridays, February-May. Guidelines, lessons, activities, reading connections, and interactive maps are included for each study.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Biology
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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Annenberg Learner
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Journey North
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Seeing the Light: Exploring the Sun's Role in the Living Systems
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Students create webs that illustrate their thinking about seasonal physical and biological changes caused by changes in sunlight. They begin to grasp the central role of sunlight in living systems.

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Biology
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Activity/Lab
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Annenberg Learner
Provider Set:
Journey North
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Sunlight and the Seasons
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Children study seasonal change in sunlight in a global game of hide and seek. Students try to find 10 "mystery classes" hiding around the globe. The amount of sunlight is the central clue. Other clues link to each location's history, geography, culture, and more. Through these interrelated investigations, students discover that sunlight drives all living systems and they learn about the dynamic ecosystem that surrounds and connects them. This project reinforces a key concept: Changing sunlight drives all seasonal change. February-May. Weekly updates: Fridays. Guidelines, lessons, activities, reading connections, and interactive maps are included for each study.

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Biology
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Annenberg Learner
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Journey North
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Symbolic Migrations
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Students across the United States and Canada send symbolic butterflies to Mexico each fall. At the monarch sanctuaries in Mexico children protect the butterflies all winter and send them north in the spring. United by the monarch butterfly, children across North America learn lessons of conservation and ambassadorship.

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Environmental Science
Biology
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Annenberg Learner
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Journey North
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Weather, Migration and Plants
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As students make local observations and analyze Journey North News updates, maps, and data, they should think critically about the relationship between weather and seasonal events. This activity suggests how they might do that.

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Annenberg Learner
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Journey North
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Where in the World? Understanding Latitude and Longitude
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Students play a grid-based game and devise clues to help classmates locate spots on the globe. In doing so, they come to recognize the value of using latitude and longitude for identifying locations.

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Geometry
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Game
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Annenberg Learner
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Journey North
Date Added:
02/16/2011
You're the Scientist: Verifying Data Collected by Peers
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As part of Journey North's Internet Field Team, your students collect backyard observations and share them with classrooms across North America. This throng of student observers expand the eyes and ears of scientists in ways never before possible. But in order for the data to be valid and useful, these observations must be accurate. How can we assess their reliability?

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Biology
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Annenberg Learner
Provider Set:
Journey North
Date Added:
02/16/2011