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Climate Changing - London Science Museum

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6 to 12
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Find a great set of resources including videos about climate change, potential problems, and mitigation. The site is organized like a concept map into three distinct areas: Exploring...more
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Find a great set of resources including videos about climate change, potential problems, and mitigation. The site is organized like a concept map into three distinct areas: Exploring Earth's Climate, Exploring What Might Happen, and Exploring Our Future Choices. Click on a subtopic to view the video. Videos include subtitles and have related questions and answers along the side of the page.

tag(s): climate (92), climate change (64), fossil fuels (18)

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Use as a great introduction into Climate Change and its effects. Use as a resource for students to obtain information as well as other sources to find bias, peer reviewed material, and general consensus. Be sure to place this link on your list of resources or on your site, wiki, or blog for ease of use. Create a debate about the science and differing viewpoints to identify facts from opinion. Create a public service announcement to address climate change and simple steps everyone can take to make a difference locally.
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Harvard University High School Science Outreach Program: Scientific Animations - Harvard University

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8 to 12
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Unearth serious biology animations at Harvard's outreach program resource site. The interactive animations are clear enough to be understood by even the biology novice. Biodiversity,...more
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Unearth serious biology animations at Harvard's outreach program resource site. The interactive animations are clear enough to be understood by even the biology novice. Biodiversity, microbiology, evolution, and cancer are some of the topics that are explained here. Simply click on the topic you are interested in learning about. Topics are on the right side of the screen. The animations are engaging and help demystify biology with their straightforward nature.

tag(s): biodiversity (38), brain (71), diseases (68), evolution (102), microorganisms (14)

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Use these animations in your biology or life science classes to help further explain any of the concepts that they cover. Share them with the class on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students in their seats direct a student at the interactive whiteboard through the animation. If this type of sharing does not work for you, disperse a link to an animation through your website or wiki. Have students work through the animation individually and answer a teacher-created question set as they do.
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Koshland Museum of Science Life Lab - National Academy of Sciences/Koshland Science Museum

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Explore the Life Lab and find why we age, characteristics of each stage of development, the science of aging, the anatomy (and images) of the brain, and how memories are ...more
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Explore the Life Lab and find why we age, characteristics of each stage of development, the science of aging, the anatomy (and images) of the brain, and how memories are made. Although this site is slightly text-heavy, there is a lot of great information that is well organized and easy to follow.

tag(s): body systems (58), brain (71), human body (124)

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In your science or health classroom, look at the functions of a system and how it works together. Use as a reference source or use as an example to adapt to your unit of study. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Or have cooperative learning groups investigate specific sections/topics and create a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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One Ocean - CBC Radio Canada

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4 to 12
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View this amazing set of resources to explore the world's oceans in a 3D virtual environment. Watch full episodes, view descriptions, or explore the many links. Swim with killer whales...more
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View this amazing set of resources to explore the world's oceans in a 3D virtual environment. Watch full episodes, view descriptions, or explore the many links. Swim with killer whales or float along and watch sea turtles and other organisms that swim by. Complete missions such as exploring some of the deepest places in the oceans. Use the "Time Machine" to view the history of the ocean and its inhabitants.
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tag(s): conservation (128), marine biology (33), oceans (150)

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Share full episodes or explore the other links on the site. Provide time for students to explore the different items in this site. Students can work as groups to identify information to share with the rest of the class. Create a webquest about Ocean Life using this resource. Use this site on a whiteboard or projector to discuss Ocean Life with the class. Place this link on a classroom computer or list on your blog or class website for easy access. The underseas experiences would also be a great way for students to learn how to "observe" as scientists and record their observations, even in lower elementary grades.
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Massive Health - Massive Health

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4 to 12
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Discover great infographics about the state of our health and diets. Click on each infographic to reveal data and interesting information. Footnotes below provide links to the sources...more
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Discover great infographics about the state of our health and diets. Click on each infographic to reveal data and interesting information. Footnotes below provide links to the sources of the information.

tag(s): food chains (22), nutrition (154)

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Use these infographics in biology or health classes to understand about nutrition and how your body uses various molecules. Begin the unit by having students find the most interesting information as a starting point for discussion. Create blog posts about poor and healthy eating. Have students create blogs using Throwww (reviewed here). This site allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. There is no registration necessary! Create a food diary to analyze how students and their families eat. Be sure to look at the diets of other cultures to understand how they meet their nutritional needs. Be sure to discuss diseases of overconsumption such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity.

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Surging Seas: Sea Level Rise Analysis - Cimate Central

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What is the impact of changes in sea levels? Use this interactive tool to show various effects with different feet of sea level rise. There is plenty of data showing ...more
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What is the impact of changes in sea levels? Use this interactive tool to show various effects with different feet of sea level rise. There is plenty of data showing that sea levels have already risen eight inches since 1880. Most people are unaware of the areas of the world that are at risk, though hurricanes may make us temporarily aware. This interactive map gives incredible detail by zooming into neighborhoods and understanding the possible changes that can occur with sea level change. Enter a city, zip code, or click on the US map to begin. Use the slider to change the sea level from 1 to 10 feet. Choose various other data such as social vulnerability, population, income, and property values. The application is based upon two independently written, easily accessible, peer-reviewed papers. Note: An older and still active version of the site can be found here.

tag(s): climate (92), climate change (64), earth (231), earth day (111), environment (319)

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Use this tool to discuss how climate change is affecting sea level, as well as other weather events that have been in the news. Be sure to talk about energy and how it is produced and why all combustion reactions produce carbon dioxide. Research the composition of the atmosphere and why changes in certain gases can cause such a problem. Be sure to have students check out the validity of different sources and sites for accuracy and statistics and data that backs up the viewpoint. Rather than scare students, discuss ways that everyone in the world can create a greener Earth for tomorrow. Challenge students to research and then create multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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HHMI - BioInteractive - Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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8 to 12
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HHMI's BioInteractive five lab collection allows you to explore genetics, heart diseases, nerve cells, and the immune system without any mess to clean or supplie to buy! Learn about...more
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HHMI's BioInteractive five lab collection allows you to explore genetics, heart diseases, nerve cells, and the immune system without any mess to clean or supplie to buy! Learn about changing fly DNA or play the role of a doctor's intern to better understand how heart disease works. These activities have interactive lab areas with learning objectives, a notebooking area, quizzes, extra resources, and a help area. They are complete with teaching suggestions and learning objectives. The bacterial identification lab and immunology lab are even available as apps for your mobile devices. Some areas of this site require Shockwave.

tag(s): bacteria (30), body systems (58), genetics (91), heart (44), human body (124)

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Spice up your life science or biology curriculum with these activities. Use them as dry labs prior to the hands-on or classroom "wet lab." Alternatively, they could be used as a substitute laboratory when supplies are low, if students are learning online or from a distance, or if students have ethical objections to using live specimens. Thinking about flipping your classroom even just a little? These activties are great because they can take some of the practice typically done in class to the home setting, allowing you to further delve into student driven experiments and inquiry in the classroom.
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Scientific Method Lab - University of Utah

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6 to 12
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Try this interactive lab to learn about the scientific method as a process and about the history of astronomy. The story lines are engaging and accurate. The scientific method is ...more
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Try this interactive lab to learn about the scientific method as a process and about the history of astronomy. The story lines are engaging and accurate. The scientific method is really all about problem solving, and we can all benefit from developing strong problem solving skills. Be sure to allow pop-ups before starting this interactive.

tag(s): scientific method (64), scientists (69), stars (64)

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This activity would be great for use in any science class where students are able to read the content. The scientific method portion of the interactive could be integrated into your webpage so that students can refer to it throughout the school year when studying for quizzes, tests, and final exams. The astronomy portion of the interactive would be great in an Earth and Space science unit or in an astronomy course as an introduction.
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Windfall - Persuasive Games, LLC

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5 to 12
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Try this strategy activity for building wind farms and creating profitable, clean energy. Learn about clean energy while having fun. Research locations for great wind conditions and...more
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Try this strategy activity for building wind farms and creating profitable, clean energy. Learn about clean energy while having fun. Research locations for great wind conditions and find suitable places near residential areas by looking at land values and political consequences. As turbines are built, they are connected to the energy grid where energy can be sold for renewable energy credits. There are three levels to the game. (Each level uses a different region.) See the tutorial for extra help.
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tag(s): electricity (91), energy (202), natural resources (59)

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Try this challenge through the link on the site or embed the game in a class wiki. As part of a unit on the environment or energy, use this activity to discuss what needs to be considered for any energy creation and specifically for wind energy. Discuss what was learned by the game and whether these facts are also true for other energy sources. Then, compare and contrast the costs and issues with each of these different energy sources. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to visualize the comparisons.
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Inhabitat - Inhabitat, LLC

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7 to 12
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Find technological improvements and enhancements that make a difference in today's rapidly changing world. This site's mission statement is "Good design is green design." Search articles...more
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Find technological improvements and enhancements that make a difference in today's rapidly changing world. This site's mission statement is "Good design is green design." Search articles about improvements in architecture, interiors, energy, technology, transportation, fashion, art, and kids. Read blog posts about advancements in each of the categories. Below the posts are related topics of additional interest. This site appears to be updated often, so be sure to check back.
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tag(s): ecology (135), environment (319), inventors and inventions (97), persuasive writing (55), resources (112)

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When discussing environmental topics, be sure to share this link on your class website or on a class computer for students to access information about great technological breakthroughs. Use when students are researching technological advancements of their choice. Challenge individual students or cooperative learning groups to read one of the articles and report their findings to the class, making connections to some of the topics you study. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. If you teach about advertising techniques inventions, challenge your students to select a "product" from this site to create a new advertisement using a specific technique. The innovative ideas will spark their interest! Use articles from this site for reading comprehension selections that will interest even the most reluctant readers. The articles are also useful prompts for persuasive writing or debates.

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Morphbank - Morphbank

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Find a growing database of high quality images used by science researchers. Photographs also include those taken under the microscope. You can use these images as long as you include...more
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Find a growing database of high quality images used by science researchers. Photographs also include those taken under the microscope. You can use these images as long as you include the copyright information from the copyright link. These are beautiful images for use in science!

tag(s): cells (103), images (271), microorganisms (14), photography (160)

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Use these images of organisms and nature to illustrate concepts or ask visual questions. Use in student projects, on wikis or blogs, or anywhere a great picture is needed. Use to generate essays about the different types of organisms or have students make a "wanted" poster that discusses the habitat and niche of the various organisms. Use pictures when discussing characteristics of life or the classification of various organisms. Create simple drag and drop sorting activities for interactive whiteboard using these images to assess class understanding of different characteristics or classifications. Use this activity with one of the student centered activity formats from our Hands Off, Vanna ideas for student centered use of your interactive whiteboard.
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BioLogica - The Concord Consortium

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Use interactive features to promote inquiry and scientific reasoning. Work through the activities and build a body of knowledge in the process. View Weblabs, 3D cells, and more! Download...more
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Use interactive features to promote inquiry and scientific reasoning. Work through the activities and build a body of knowledge in the process. View Weblabs, 3D cells, and more! Download the program onto a Mac or PC. Some of the activities require QuickTime and/or Java. Be sure to watch for messages asking you to "allow" them to run.

tag(s): cells (103), dna (68), genetics (91)

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Use as a learning center in your classroom along with other activities. Share the 3D cells on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Provide this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.

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Carbon Footprint Calculator - Carbon Footprint Ltd.

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5 to 12
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Answer the questions on each of the tabs to determine the amount of carbon dioxide you are responsible for emitting by the products you choose and your lifestyle. You are ...more
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Answer the questions on each of the tabs to determine the amount of carbon dioxide you are responsible for emitting by the products you choose and your lifestyle. You are given the options to measure/calculate using money spent or gallons (or other form of measurement). This calculators is quite detailed.
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tag(s): carbon dioxide (17), carbon footprint (11), climate change (64)

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Have each student use the calculator to determine their total. Compare students in the class and the types of activities that cause a greater amount. Ask questions as to why some activities raise the carbon footprint more than others. Research the reasons for a better understanding of what causes a carbon footprint. Discuss ways that families could take action to reduce their carbon footprint. Most students are unfamiliar with carbon offsets. Discuss what these are and whether they are important or needed. Create a campaign or contest to reduce the carbon footprint of your community and make a change for the future. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site (or things that will increase your footprint) using a tool such as Wordle (reviewed here), Tagxedo (reviewed here), or WordItOut (reviewed here). Create infographics using the class footprint stats and a simple infographic tool such as Easel.ly (reviewed here).

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Seymour Simon: Award Winning Children's Author - Seymour Simon

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2 to 8
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Seymour Simon's author site is the perfect compliment to his many award-winning non-fiction books (almost 300). Presented in many formats, content appeals to many learners. Use this...more
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Seymour Simon's author site is the perfect compliment to his many award-winning non-fiction books (almost 300). Presented in many formats, content appeals to many learners. Use this site with those who learn from text, images, or hands-on. Free enrollment in the site allows access to many features such as teacher guides and resources, project ideas, and discussion boards. Other areas of the site for adults include videos, an interactive science dictionary, and searches for any science topic. Be sure to check out the Science News area under the kids portion of the site. Labels range from Alana G (their 10-year-old environmental blogger) all the way to Writing Wednesday. Also check out the informational bio of Seymour Simon and the FAQ which answers questions on many of his book topics. If interested, you can also request a school visit or Skype session with the author!

tag(s): animals (284), brain (71), butterflies (13), earth (231), earthquakes (49), environment (319), human body (124), hurricanes (38), insects (70), light (49), oceans (150), planets (127), plants (152), solar system (123), spiders (10), stars (64), sun (73), tornadoes (17), volcanoes (64), weather (194), whales (16)

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Enroll on the site using your email address. Access and use teacher guides along with Seymour Simon books during Guided or Independent Reading. View videos on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to learn more about the author and watch ebooks. Share Seymour Simon's bio with students when using his books as part of a non-fiction unit -- perfect for Common Core informational texts! Challenge students to create a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted to be reproduced). The avatars can be used to explain or review any of Seymour Simon's books or articles from the Science blog. Use a site such as Blabberize (reviewed here) to create the avatars. Create a link to the site on classroom computers for students to explore items such as the Science Dictionary or read and discuss items from the Science News.
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Medpedia - Medpedia, Inc.

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7 to 12
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Medpedia is a database of articles about a variety of medical conditions. Using this Wikipedia-style tool, you can find interesting information, pictures, and related information and...more
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Medpedia is a database of articles about a variety of medical conditions. Using this Wikipedia-style tool, you can find interesting information, pictures, and related information and resources. Begin by asking a medical health question or click on See All Articles to browse them alphabetically.

tag(s): diseases (68), medicine (68)

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Use these articles for research when discussing genetic disorders, infectious disease agents, or any other research topic. Health classes and biology classes can use this as one source for research projects. Be sure to include this link on your class site as places to find information.

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Anatronica - Goodwill Enterprise Development

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5 to 12
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Anatronica is a 3D anatomy tool. Learn about the skeletal system, muscular system, respiratory system, nervous system, and several other systems of the human body. Mobile apps are available...more
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Anatronica is a 3D anatomy tool. Learn about the skeletal system, muscular system, respiratory system, nervous system, and several other systems of the human body. Mobile apps are available and the site is also viewable through PC or Mac. Click on "Free" to access the tool online. The site does require the Unity3D plugin, available for free at the site. Once loaded, navigation tools to move through the systems and views are self-explanatory. Data on anatomy objects are provided, and there is also a quiz function. It is worth the effort to install the 3D plugin to be able to use this site!
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tag(s): body systems (58), human body (124)

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Use this tool in health or biology class hen discussing anatomy and physiology of humans or any other creature being dissected as a comparison. Even younger students can grasp the systems of the human body when you share this on a projector or whiteboard and show the same part of the body ( head, arm, etc) through the lens of different body systems. To avoid the hassle of downloading the plug-in on all class computers, share the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have student groups give "travel tours" of their assigned body system to the class. Provide this link for students to use/explore at home. If your school computers are locked down, preventing you from loading plug-ins, this one is worth requesting and pestering your tech department.

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Koshland Science Museum Challenges - Koshland Museum of Science

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4 to 12
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Empower your students to get involved and solve some of the world's pressing problems. Join Koshland's Museum of Science Challenges. Join in by learning new skills, thinking critically,...more
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Empower your students to get involved and solve some of the world's pressing problems. Join Koshland's Museum of Science Challenges. Join in by learning new skills, thinking critically, and solving a problem. Challenges include background information. Look at the past challenges and discover the critical thinking and unique problem solving that won. Peek into future challenges to lead your students in new directions. Find resources, lesson plans, activities, virtual field trips, and web quests. Share your challenges and solutions on Facebook.

tag(s): brain (71), climate change (64), critical thinking (110), diseases (68), dna (68), energy (202), light (49), pollution (67), problem solving (272), space (213), water (131)

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In your classroom, offer challenges first as a problem based learning situation. Have students discover the background information and thought processes involved. Using these skills, apply to your own community. Start challenges at your school, community, state, or country level. Create a challenges competition at your school. Explore the teacher resources that apply to your classes.
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VCISE: Drosophila - Science Courseware

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9 to 12
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Discover the principles of genetic inheritance with this online tool. Use fruit flies to obtain and analyze data about various traits. Propose hypotheses, design experiments, and analyze...more
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Discover the principles of genetic inheritance with this online tool. Use fruit flies to obtain and analyze data about various traits. Propose hypotheses, design experiments, and analyze and interpret data. Non-"users" can login as a guest. Notebooks of activities and information cannot be saved as a guest. To learn more click on the "Tour" button. There is also a link to standards for all of the individual US states. Teachers can register (free) for the project here to obtain a class code for students to register and use enhanced features.

tag(s): genetics (91)

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Learn the various techniques for using fruit flies for genetics and create your own experiments to analyze. Experiment before discussing the principles of genetics. Students can record their observations to share with the rest of the class.
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Catch the Science Bug - Catch the Science Bug Foundation, Inc

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Solve science puzzles, do scientific investigations, or learn more about what scientists do on the job with this lively and entertaining site. Based on the PBS science series of the same name, the goal of this site is to get children, especially girls and minorities, excited about science. Choose from different components of the site such as the Science Files. Here you will find adventures include engineering enigmas, great pumpkins, and several other topics. Topics include a short explanation, video, and several activities including worksheets with investigation logs. Scibug Investigators offers several activities to complete in your backyard. View videos and read about scientists connected with the series. Be sure to check out the Reading Bug link with an extensive list of books listed by topic. There is a teacher's guide for the site but it is a little hard to find. Go to the About Us section. Scroll down to Parents and Teachers. Here you will find links to the teacher's guide with a complete list of activities included on the site along with a short description, topics taught, and topics activities can supplement.

tag(s): animals (284), birds (52), data (148), engineering (127), environment (319), plants (152), solar energy (40), trees (30), water (131)

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Although the standards listed are for grades K-4, much of the material has far higher reading levels. View videos on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as a class when introducing a science unit. Then complete activities provided on the site. The text passages on this site are at upper elementary to middle school level, so you may need to read them aloud or have weaker and stronger readers work together. The visual materials are quite useful for elementary and up. View videos and read biographies of the scientists during a career unit. Share this site as a resource for fun science activities to do at home and with gifted students for self-exploration. Add this to your list of recommended sites to prevent "summer slide." The teacher's guide on the site is an excellent resource for finding activities. Bookmark this on your computer or print and include in your lesson planning guide to use when planning lessons and units. Choose books from the reading list to include with guided reading instruction. For more science reading selections, check out TeachersFirst's CurriConnects lists for various science topics.
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Water Table - ees.as.uky.edu

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This interactive presentation explains terms and vocabulary associated with the water table. At each screen, click Model to bring up choices. Advance to different screens to learn more...more
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This interactive presentation explains terms and vocabulary associated with the water table. At each screen, click Model to bring up choices. Advance to different screens to learn more concepts about the water table. Click Terms to learn the vocabulary associated with the topic. At the time of this review, ONLY the arrows shown when you click "terms" will advance to the next screen. Use each screen to learn how water amount varies in the water table due to various events. For example, on the Groundwater screen, clicking Model brings up choices for wet season and dry season. As each is clicked, a level shows the amount of water available in the water table.

tag(s): water (131), water cycle (34), watersheds (16), weather (194)

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Use as an introductory activity to determine patterns about the water cycle and the water table. As students click through the screen, record the changes in water availability to report back to the class. After working their way through this activity, have students use local weather data and river levels from the past year (try Weather.com) to find the different points in your local water cycle.
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