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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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Activity/Lab
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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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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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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.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Biology
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
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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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Provider:
Annenberg Learner
Provider Set:
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.

Subject:
Biology
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Annenberg Learner
Provider Set:
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.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Biology
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Annenberg Learner
Provider Set:
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.

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