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KS3 Bitesize - BBC

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5 to 9
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Pick your subject for Keystage 3, roughly equivalent to grades 6-8 in the U.S. (English, Math, or Science anyone?) Find interactive activities and lessons in a variety of topics in...more
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Pick your subject for Keystage 3, roughly equivalent to grades 6-8 in the U.S. (English, Math, or Science anyone?) Find interactive activities and lessons in a variety of topics in each subject area. At the end of each lesson is a review that recaps the main points. In the English section you will find Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, and Shakespeare. The Math section features Numbers (basic arithmetic), Algebra, Handling Data, Measurement, Shapes, and Space. Science includes Organisms, Behavior, Health, Chemical and Material Behavior, Energy, Electricity, Force, The Universe, Environment, and Earth. Within each area there are interactives, tests, and review (referred to as revise at this site, created in the UK). There are also specific activities within each of the categories, educational "games," and message boards. Use of the message boards requires registration but it is not required to use the other materials.

tag(s): data (148), measurement (157), shakespeare (130), space (206), symmetry (55)

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From Life Processes to Solids, Liquids, and Gases in Science, Orders of Operation to Probability in Math, and Writing Structure to Shakespeare in English, find a topic for any material you are covering. Share the interactive (or other sections) on your projector or interactive whiteboard). Provide this link on your class website for students to use to practice both in and out of the classroom. After viewing a topic, brainstorm the main points together as a class and use the information on additional problems or interactives within the classroom.
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Goosebumps: The Science of Fear - California Science Center

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3 to 10
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Explore the science of fear with this fun and interesting site. Click on "Explore Fear Online." View "Fear and the Brain" to understand how the brain responds to fear. Learn ...more
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Explore the science of fear with this fun and interesting site. Click on "Explore Fear Online." View "Fear and the Brain" to understand how the brain responds to fear. Learn animal responses in "Fear in the Wild." Other links include "Fear and the Media," "The Fun Side of Fear," and "Dealing with Fear." Each link includes several more specific topics. There is also a Parent's Guide with some of the topics.

tag(s): brain (73), emotions (35), psychology (64), stress (15)

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Brainstorm situations that cause fear and identify how the brain processes this information. Explore the similarities of fear responses with the feelings when riding thrill rides. Identify as a class how people respond to fear and ways fear can help you. Creative writing students can explore different ways that people show fear so their writing can describe what fear LOOKS like instead of simply saying, "he was afraid." Why not include this site when studying Poe's tales of terror or as a curriculum-related activity during Halloween season? Check out the "Dealing with Fear" section to help students struggling with anxieties and worry. Emotional or autistic support teachers and school counselors may also find this site helpful in allowing students to understand their body's reactions to fear. Health and psychology classes can use this site to explore the physiology of fear.
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The Science of Cooking - Edinformatics.com

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7 to 12
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Interested in the chemical changes that occur during cooking? Have food related cooking questions? Find your answer here on this free site. Learn proper food cooking techniques and...more
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Interested in the chemical changes that occur during cooking? Have food related cooking questions? Find your answer here on this free site. Learn proper food cooking techniques and identify the science behind them. Teachers should caution students to ignore the ads along the margin of the site.

tag(s): cooking (34)

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Identify the various techniques and science behind them. For example, browning meat is called the Malliard reaction. Understanding why this brings out the best flavor in the meat is interesting. Learn about sugar substitutes, its use in cooking, and relationship to flavor. Identify taste and how we are able to sense tastes at the molecular level. Follow discussion of techniques with actual use of the technique and resultant taste tests. During a cooking lesson, why not have cooperative learning groups try something they learned? Video their "experiment" and share with the class (and parents) using a tool such as TeacherTube reviewed here.

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Grow a Garden in a Glove - Museum of Science and Industry

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3 to 9
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This site provides instructions (on 6 simple slides) on how to grow seeds in a plastic glove. It is an awesome project. Seed varieties could be adjusted to suit classroom ...more
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This site provides instructions (on 6 simple slides) on how to grow seeds in a plastic glove. It is an awesome project. Seed varieties could be adjusted to suit classroom needs. A nice feature of this site is that the directions are printable so if computer access is limited, the lab can still take place.

tag(s): photosynthesis (33), plants (146)

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This site could be used to study photosynthesis, seed germinations, and the basic requirements of life. Share the slides on your projector or interactive whiteboard. The teacher could set this up and grow the seeds and then show them to the students to begin an inquiry. This could lead to discussions on oxygen and carbon dioxide, limiting factors, environment, and growth. It could be used as a long term project where students journal the daily or weekly changes of the seeds. Have cooperative learning groups take digital pictures of their progress and narrate the photos. Have students upload a photo they have taken and add voice bubbles to chronicle the progress using a tool such as Superlame, reviewed here.

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Study Stack - John Weidner

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4 to 12
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This site is filled with study tools to help students learn information in a variety of subject areas. Stacks of topics related to geography, history, math, languages, medical, tests...more
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This site is filled with study tools to help students learn information in a variety of subject areas. Stacks of topics related to geography, history, math, languages, medical, tests (SAT, ACT, etc.), science and more are linked with collections of learning tools that include virtual study cards, matching games, word search puzzles, and hangman games. There really is something here for nearly all subject areas and grade levels! Students can select the tool that works best for them and work at their own pace until they are satisfied with their progress. If you can't find a stack to fit your needs, you can edit existing lists or create customized study stacks. The site also allows you to print out study cards, or export flash cards to study them via cell phones, PDA, or iPod. Email the stacks to peers or connect with Study Stack through Facebook. Some of the activities require Java. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): flash cards (47), greek (41), hebrew (13), latin (22), test prep (95), vocabulary (324)

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Encourage parents to use this site as a study-at-home tool for their students. Link your blog or website to this site by entering your url at the bottom of the homepage. Make sure your guidance counselor at your school is aware of this site as a tool for studying those college entrance tests. Be sure to save this site in your favorites.

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Science News for Kids - Society for Science and the Public

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3 to 12
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Kid-friendly science articles to intrigue all ages fill this freshly-redesigned site. Browse menus for illustrated news articles on "Atoms and Forces, " "Earth and Sky," " Humans and...more
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Kid-friendly science articles to intrigue all ages fill this freshly-redesigned site. Browse menus for illustrated news articles on "Atoms and Forces, " "Earth and Sky," " Humans and Health," "Life" or "Tech and Math." A feature article, scientist, and "in the news" items splash across the home page to draw interest. Many articles list "POWER WORDS" at the end, highlighting terms and definitions used within that article. The page layouts and whitespace make the online articles uncluttered and legible. The site has reorganized into a structure that roughly parallels school curriculum, so it is even easier to find articles connected to specific science areas.

tag(s): agriculture (55), animals (277), computers (92), dinosaurs (57), engineering (125), environment (317), news (260), nutrition (153), weather (189)

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Use Science News for Kids as a great reading and reporting assignment. Weaker readers will need a reading buddy for some of the more challenging article. Classes in lower grades will want to read the articles together. A quick check on one article using Juicy Studio's Readability test (reviewed here) provided an approximate grade level of 6.5. Check articles before assigning to elementary students. Students can find an article of interest to read, summarize, and report to the class as part of a Science in My World unit or regular science current events activity. Have students create commercials about their topics. Video and share using a site such as SchoolTube reviewed here. Students can use these news articles to find additional relevant information on the internet. Students may find these topics to be great independent study topics. Teach reading comprehension using these factual articles on your interactive whiteboard, asking students to highlight key words and generate a "main idea" sentence using them. Articles offer ideal practice for informational reading questions on high-stakes reading tests.

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Bubbabrain - Bubbabrain

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K to 12
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Looking for interactive review activities for your subject area? Use Bubbabrain's vast array of activities created for many levels and subjects. Registration is not required to play....more
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Looking for interactive review activities for your subject area? Use Bubbabrain's vast array of activities created for many levels and subjects. Registration is not required to play. When Game ID is checked (this is the automatic default for the site,) you choose a level ranging from Elementary to College (be sure to click the circle in the appropriate grade level) and then choose a subject area from the drop down box at your level. Subject areas vary by grade level and may include: telling time, government, family and consumer science, world languages, sociology, technology, and countless others.

Click the "Go" button to start your activity. Click on the correct answer to the question and then a new question appears. Prompts to try again appear if the answer is wrong and a percent right appears on your screen as you progress. Click on the teacher's link in the upper right hand corner for more information on becoming registered. Once registered, teachers can create their own games for the site. Your teacher ID can be entered by students to access created games.

tag(s): psychology (64), sociology (22), time (143)

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Use these activities for review of concepts or terminology with your class on specific topics/subjects. Wish there were a review game for a missing topic? Request a teacher ID, and have groups of students create the questions. Enter the information for the game and students can review by playing their game or one created by another group. Share the student-created games on your interactive whiteboard or projector.These games would be great to both help students review and help them figure out what kind of study methods work best for them.

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Firefly Watch - Museum of Science, Boston

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K to 5
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Are Fireflies Disappearing? This participatory site explores this question and more. At this site students can join and volunteer to help the "cause," make observations in their own...more
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Are Fireflies Disappearing? This participatory site explores this question and more. At this site students can join and volunteer to help the "cause," make observations in their own backyards, track progress, help scientists map fireflies, and more! Check out the "Learn More About Getting Involved" link. Joining this site does require an email address. If you plan to have students register individually, you may want to create your own Gmail account with up to 20 subaccounts for each group of students (by code name or number) within your classes. Here is a blog post that tells how to set up GMail subaccounts to use for any online membership service.

In addition to the project, there is also a lot of reference information about fireflies (see the "Understanding Fireflies" link. Topics include types of fireflies, identifying gender, flashing facts, environmental factors, beware of imposters, and others.

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tag(s): fire (25), insects (69)

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What a fantastic class project or summer challenge. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have cooperative learning groups investigate various areas of this site and create multimedia presentations. How about an online book about Fireflies using a tool such as Bookemon. reviewed here. Or have students create online posters using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here).
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Crimes Seen and Investigated - Why Files: University of Wisconsin

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5 to 12
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This site delves into forensic science and offers students a chance to solve a crime. Students begin to understand an underworld science by collecting clues of things left behind, namely...more
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This site delves into forensic science and offers students a chance to solve a crime. Students begin to understand an underworld science by collecting clues of things left behind, namely bugs, maggots, and other disgusting creatures! The lesson plan includes readings, steps to solving the crime including collecting evidence, creating a DNA profile, evaluating the evidence, and listening to an expert. Standards are provided.

Be aware: at the time of this review, the link to the video mentioned in this lesson plan was not working properly. Our editors found it, so you can access it directly from here: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/science-of-natural-history/forensic-sleuth/forensic-entomology/. This site does include some appropriate advertisements for the museum. The site requires Adobe Acrobat and Flash. Get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): dna (69), forensics (27), mysteries (25)

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Combine ideas from this site and the TeachersFirst "Who Did It" unit for a crime-solving extravaganza of science. Project this site on your classroom projector or interactive whiteboard to provide stimulation for the students about to embark on the crime solving. Divide your class into teams to collect, analyze and assess the clues left behind. Challenge students to create their own CSI investigation story or scene. Have students create an online book (story) about their mystery using a tool such as Bookemon reviewed here. Or have the groups create a video of their "forensic file" case using a sharing tool such as Teachers.TV reviewed here.
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Science that can be used in an ELA mystery unit Shirley, CA, Grades: 6 - 12

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Meth Project - Meth Project Foundation

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6 to 12
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This website serves as a support element for the Meth Project, an organization determined to educate the public about the dangers of methamphetamine usage, to change current attitudes...more
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This website serves as a support element for the Meth Project, an organization determined to educate the public about the dangers of methamphetamine usage, to change current attitudes particularly among teens about meth use, and to have an influence on public policy concerning drug use prevention. Besides basic information (the facts are startling!), it collects news releases and offers things people can do to help in the fight. Since it started as a project in the State of Montana, it offers continual updates on which states are joining the project. It collects data on many aspects of meth use, and best of all, it offers the news of its positive results. One of the most interesting parts of the website is the ads section where viewers can see and hear television and radio ads portraying teens in the duplicitous behavior meth use often leads to. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Save this site in your favorites. This site could easily fit in health class, science, current events lessons, and more. Use the site in social studies classes to provide factual information about this very difficult problem. Use it as a jumping off point for students researching similar issues for other types of addictive behaviors. Have your students make their own ads based on the videos and radio transmissions they can view here. Share the videos using a tool such as Teachers.TV reviewed here. Keep the reference information from this site for students who want to do further reading, research, and self-education. List this site on your class website for students (and parents) to explore both in and out of the classroom.

Use this site during your drug unit or Red Ribbon Week as background information for students or student groups to make anti-drug multimedia presentations using any of the reviewed tools from the TeachersFirst Edge.
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The Biology of Plants - Missouri Botanical Garden

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1 to 4
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This simple site, generously illustrated with videos, explains the basics of plant life to elementary students, including information on how seeds germinate, plant parts, photosynthesis,...more
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This simple site, generously illustrated with videos, explains the basics of plant life to elementary students, including information on how seeds germinate, plant parts, photosynthesis, pollination, seed dispersal, and plant adaptations. Terms are defined in clear sidebars, and text is well-illustrated in the silent video clips. Watch a seed germinate in time lapse or seeds blow into the wind. The videos require Quicktime. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): earth (228), earth day (111), photosynthesis (33), plants (146)

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The reading level for the simple text on this site is mid-elementary, so many students will be able to navigate it on their own or with a reading buddy. Introduce the site on your projector or interactive whiteboard. If your projector can zoom into the videos, you can share them in large groups. You can also have students explore the site as a science center or for review/reinforcement of plant terminology. Have students or small groups make their own illustrated plant life cycles on paper, PowerPoint slides, or in an interactive book using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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Critter Cam and Wild Cam - National Geographic

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K to 12
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A field trip to the reefs off Belize? A chilly trip to see polar bears? Grizzlies? This may seem far-fetched, but these trips are only a few clicks away on ...more
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A field trip to the reefs off Belize? A chilly trip to see polar bears? Grizzlies? This may seem far-fetched, but these trips are only a few clicks away on your computer. This site, created and maintained by National Geographic takes students to LIVE video of many animals and places throughout the world. 24-hours a day and year-round, you can watch the "WildCam Africa." The "Wildcam Belize Reef" and "Wildcam Kakadu are both available year-round, but only during daylight hours (where the camera is located). There are also seasonal cameras LIVE showing Polar Bears, Seals, Cranes, and Grizzlies!

Once you find a webcam operating during your time zone's daylight hours (see notes on each animal by clicking on the animal webcam site to know its webcam hours), simply click and watch. Your class may want to join the forums for each animal at their Facebook site (if your schools' Acceptable Use Policy allows). The sweetest deal with this webcam? It's all free. Think about it--no fee for the coolest field trips on earth! Your students will be "oohing" and "ahhing" at the beautiful scenery and cool antics of the animals. This LIVE site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): animals (277)

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Begin your day by projecting an animal 'du jour' on your big screen(interactive whiteboard or projector. Compare the animals from one day to the next. Students may keep journals on observations. Tie in animal research reports with their 'scientific' observations. Turn the non-fictional lives of the animals into delightful fictional stories with realism intermixed for authenticity. Why not create a class wiki about your LIVE animal "field trips? Not sure what a wiki is? Check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. Teachers, make sure you sign up for the free newsletter to catch updates on new animal webcams.
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ZooBorns

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K to 3
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Adorable is the only way to describe this educational site filled with amazing photos of newborn animals born in various zoos around the world. Students have the opportunity to see...more
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Adorable is the only way to describe this educational site filled with amazing photos of newborn animals born in various zoos around the world. Students have the opportunity to see baby animals and read snippets of information that they may not have had the opportunity to experience outside the classroom. Sort through the photos by specific animal or by zoo name. Some animals are also shown on video!

This site allows users to "Twit This!," "Share on Facebook," "Email This," "Stumble It!," and "Digg This!". This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): animals (277)

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Use this site during animal-based theme units. Project the video clips and pictures on your interactive whiteboard or projector. These photos would make great story-starters for writing activities during Writer's Workshop. Have students include a variety of adjectives to describe these little creatures and their surroundings. Have students use their stories to create online books using a site such as Bookemon (reviewed here).
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Animal Characteristics Game - Sheppard Software

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1 to 3
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Animal Characteristics Game provides five animal category bins: mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and fish. Above the bins are various characteristics arranged in random order....more
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Animal Characteristics Game provides five animal category bins: mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and fish. Above the bins are various characteristics arranged in random order. Students drag and drop the appropriate characteristics into the corresponding bin. Once all of the characteristics are dropped in the correct bin, watch for a fun surprise! If students struggle with the characteristics or want to learn more, they can click on the Animal Classification icon to learn information for each species. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): habitats (86)

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Share this site on your projector or interactive whiteboard to introduce a new unit on habitats or for review. Students could be split into two teams and keep a tally of which team gets the most characteristics correct. Have cooperative learning groups further investigate the animals at this site and create a multimedia project about their animal (or even habitat). How about comparing amphibians and reptiles using a Venn Diagram. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here).
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Flash Card Flash - Flash Card Flash

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Everyone needs time savers. This site just made your life easier. Find pre-made flash cards using a search engine (powered by Google) from the best flash card sites on the ...more
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Everyone needs time savers. This site just made your life easier. Find pre-made flash cards using a search engine (powered by Google) from the best flash card sites on the web. Simply type in your topic in the search line and in seconds, you will have a list of flash card sites that feature your topic. Click on the links, and you have pre-made electronic flash cards at your fingertips. You do not need to be signed in with the flash card sites to enjoy the benefits. Some sites are easier to navigate than others. This tool may require some time "digging" for the best! Many of the sites require Flash and/or Adobe Acrobat. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): flash cards (47)

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Share the online vocabulary words on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Students can work in pairs at a computer to enhance the flashcard learning. GED and placement test learners will find this feature most useful. Foreign language learners will find all their flash card needs are met with this site. Share this site on your class website for students to use to practice both in and out of the classroom. Use this tool with ESL/ELL students. Use this site for students to practice new science vocabulary words. Imagine the possibilities!
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Build Your Wild Self - New York Zoos and Aquarium

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2 to 12
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Unleash the creativity and the wild self in your students and learn about animal adaptations and species in the process. Use this free site to add different animal parts to ...more
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Unleash the creativity and the wild self in your students and learn about animal adaptations and species in the process. Use this free site to add different animal parts to create a new "wild self." No registration or logins are required. Enter a name, choose boy or girl, and add various body parts. Use body parts from a variety of other animals. View the names of the animals as you mouse over each part. When done, click finish and view what is "wild about you." Paragraphs describing the body parts of the animals chosen are very informative and a species name is also generated for your creation. Other options include: Send to a friend by entering a name and email address, add as a desktop background, or print your wild self. A link to the New York Zoos and Aquariums can be found on the website pages.

tag(s): adaptations (17), animals (277), classification (25), creativity (111)

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Introduce students to this site using your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students create a wild self and use the information displayed at the end to understand why features of animals are necessary for their survival. Students can write a report or create a multimedia presentation of their own various features and how the life of their created wild self is changed because of them. Younger students can also write a poem or story about a day in the life of the wild self created, using the new creature as a writing prompt. Have students use a tool such as Woices (beta) (reviewed here). This site allows students to create audio recordings of their creature AND choose a location (on a map) where the new creation might live. Tie the wild self into discussions of ecosystems and identify what other organisms would be found in the food chain of this wild self. Have your biology class create wild selves then classify the new species into a taxonomy to better understand concepts of classification of animals!
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Biology - Insects - myvocabulary.com

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5 to 12
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Insects. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Insect-related vocabulary...more
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Insects. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Insect-related vocabulary words. You will also find printable crosswords, fill in the blanks and more, all using the same theme words. This and other "themes" available on the site will make vocabulary development fun.

tag(s): insects (69), vocabulary (324)

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Share the puzzles on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work with a partner to try out the puzzles on their own. Have students (or groups) create their own word puzzles to share as a class challenge as a student-run interactive whiteboard activity or share them on a class wiki.

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Academic Earth - Academic Earth

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10 to 12
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Ever wonder what it would be like to have open access to lectures at Harvard? Stanford? MIT? Academic Earth gives you that access in a limited fashion. This site contains ...more
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Ever wonder what it would be like to have open access to lectures at Harvard? Stanford? MIT? Academic Earth gives you that access in a limited fashion. This site contains thousands of video lectures by some of the most well regarded professors at several of the top universities in the US. You can sort the lectures by subject, by lecturer, by university, or by "playlist." The playlists sort lectures from various topics and multiple professors into thematic groups. Within individual subjects there are individual lectures and courses--collections of lectures by the same professor on a general subject. Watch a lecture on "The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877," or "The American Novel since 1945," or "Linear Algebra." The topic possibilities go on and on. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): college (43)

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These are college-level lectures given at Ivy-league universities. The subject matter and the complexity of the subject matter will be beyond many high school students, and the delivery format (video-taped lecture) means there is a certain "MEGO" (my eyes glaze over) effect when viewing these offerings. However, for gifted or academically talented students, these lectures may be exactly the kind of enrichment they have been thirsting for. Provide a link to these lectures for times when a student or two has gotten way ahead of the rest of the class. Let parents know about this site for home use. Refer students who are doing in-depth research. And in your own copious free time, check one out yourself! It may provide an idea or two to apply to an upcoming lesson of your own.
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COSEE - The Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence

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8 to 12
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Fascinated by the oceans? Water plays an important role in our lives. Many topics in Biology and Chemistry can use ocean data as a way for learning. Capture the importance ...more
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Fascinated by the oceans? Water plays an important role in our lives. Many topics in Biology and Chemistry can use ocean data as a way for learning. Capture the importance of the oceans through high quality scientific research and great educational materials. View links to the many COSEE centers around the globe. View and use different resources, including real time data to download simulations, links to lecture series, educational opportunities, games, and more.

tag(s): biodiversity (38), diversity (36), oceans (149)

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Have students write an essay, present a class argument, or submit an editorial about concerns with our ocean biomes. Research the historical use of oceans, their impact in our lives, and possible problems economically, socially, culturally, and biologically with current issues and trends. Have students create a multimedia presentation to share their findings, such as an online book using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here .
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Action Bioscience - American Institute of Biological Sciences

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8 to 12
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Spark interest and discussion about class content using these peer reviewed articles on current topics in Biology. The articles would also be excellent choices for non-fiction reading...more
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Spark interest and discussion about class content using these peer reviewed articles on current topics in Biology. The articles would also be excellent choices for non-fiction reading comprehension practice. View a variety of articles and links in "Biodiversity," "Environment," "Genomics," "Biotechnology," "Evolution," and "New Frontiers." A link to featured articles can be found on the main page as well as a link to educator resources such as lessons, articles, blog posts, and media. A "donate" link exists on the page, so caution students about this. Read additional information given, especially the reprint policy.

tag(s): environment (317)

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Engage students in topics relevant to today and students' lives by reading and responding to a variety of timely and peer reviewed articles. Use your own class blog or wiki to elicit responses and conversations from your students. Use this site for research and lesson ideas. Additionally, teach students to review and annotate articles while searching for more information to validate or refute those viewpoints. Have cooperative learning groups create multimedia projects to share their findings: wiki, video, or podcast. Not sure what a wiki is? Check out TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. Share the video using Teachers.tv (reviewed here). Create a podcast using a tool such as Podomatic (reviewed here). Learning support teachers working to build content-reading skills will find these articles ideal for practice. Share an article on an interactive whiteboard for students to highlight key terms and generate a sentence for the Main Idea of the article. Cooperate with the biology teacher so students practice with topics currently being studied. If you are not sure of the reading level, check the URL for the article using a tool such as Juicystudio, reviewed here.

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