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Children's Butterfly Site

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K to 3
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This simple site provides brief descriptions of the Life Cycle stages as well as printables. It would be most useful for primary teachers during the Life Cycle unit or ...more
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This simple site provides brief descriptions of the Life Cycle stages as well as printables. It would be most useful for primary teachers during the Life Cycle unit or Spring time. The beautiful Photograph Gallery would be a wonderful visual for young students. Portions of the site are available in several languages.

tag(s): life cycles (25)

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Share the Gallery with the class on a projector during lesson discussions.
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Welcome to Animal Corner! - Animal Corner

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2 to 8
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Animal Corner offers facts and statistics for a multitude of animals. It is easy to maneuver through the categories of animals such as pets, farm, insects, wild life, marine, Galapagos,...more
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Animal Corner offers facts and statistics for a multitude of animals. It is easy to maneuver through the categories of animals such as pets, farm, insects, wild life, marine, Galapagos, and rain forest. The site is user-friendly and filled with interesting information.

Be aware: the site says that it is "currently under construction" but all information and links work, they are simply adding additional material. There are some unobtrusive advertisements at this website.

tag(s): animals (284), insects (70), reptiles (12)

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Perfect for a web quest or research tool for a project/report. Place on your classroom homepage or desktop to correlate with your weekly/daily theme. Lower elementary readers will need help with some of the text, but there are also pictures.

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Trees in North America - domtar.com

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4 to 10
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This site starts from a map of the US and Canada with certain areas shaded to indicate where certain trees grow. A list of trees follows; to get more information ...more
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This site starts from a map of the US and Canada with certain areas shaded to indicate where certain trees grow. A list of trees follows; to get more information about each tree, click on its name. A photo of the tree in full leaf is available as well as closeups of the individual leaf and its fruit. A short narrative with each tree describes its geographic location, size, leaf and fruit characteristics, wood type and its characteristics, and the way the tree is most frequently used. The site is created by a paper company.

tag(s): trees (30)

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Use this site as a reference for your leaf collection and identification projects or as part of a discussion about sustainability and the paper industry. Include the link on your techer web page, but be sure to model how the site works on a projector before expecting younger students to use it on their own.

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The Gene Scene - American Museum of Natural History

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3 to 8
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The Gene Scene offers a vivid and creative way to explore genetics. The site provides interesting facts, interactive games, activities, and information about DNA, cloning, and more....more
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The Gene Scene offers a vivid and creative way to explore genetics. The site provides interesting facts, interactive games, activities, and information about DNA, cloning, and more. Have you ever been on a global grocery excursion? Students can do this in their cupboards at home or at their local grocery store. Using the Ology questionnaire, plan a genetic journey about curled tongues and wiggly ears. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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

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Assign students to explore a section and complete the genetic journey then use the computers to organize data and graph their D.N.A. findings. Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to share and compare findings.
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Net Frog - University of Virginia

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7 to 12
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Choose one of two internet frog dissection lessons for an on-line tutorial. Each lesson offers photos, videos, step by step instructions and factual information about a classroom frog...more
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Choose one of two internet frog dissection lessons for an on-line tutorial. Each lesson offers photos, videos, step by step instructions and factual information about a classroom frog dissection from introduction to clean-up. Very graphic. May not be appropriate for all audiences. Portions of the site require FLASH and Quicktime plug-ins. Get them from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): dissection (10)

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The site could be displayed on the LCD projector to teach as a whole-group lesson or lab. Students who opt out of actual dissection activities may be able to use this site instead.

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An On-Line Textbook of Natural History - Wayne's Word

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9 to 12
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This on-line textbook contains an amazing amount of information regarding biology and botany. The in-depth detail is a bit overwhelming but the "diamonds in rough" and bits of interesting...more
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This on-line textbook contains an amazing amount of information regarding biology and botany. The in-depth detail is a bit overwhelming but the "diamonds in rough" and bits of interesting information are worth it, as is the factual data contained within the website. The site also includes on-line curricula for biology and botany 101.

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This site would be very handy for a research project or upper-level web quest. Include it on your teacher web page as you assign independent projects for both in and out of class. The pages are text-intensive, so an weak readers will need and alernate source or reader-partner.

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Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden iCam - Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

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K to 8
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Take Control! The Cincinnati Zoo provides web cams that students can control from the comfort (and safety) of their own classroom. The web cams are stationed within the ...more
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Take Control! The Cincinnati Zoo provides web cams that students can control from the comfort (and safety) of their own classroom. The web cams are stationed within the rhinoceros and gorilla areas. Students enter a queue and wait their turn until the controls open up. At that time, students can manipulate the camera(s) for several shots within the animal habitats. This is an interesting and interactive opportunity as opposed to the traditional stationary web cams. High speed internet is helpful.

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As you study animals or read a selection about them in your language arts class, set up this site as a center. Teacher about scientific observation by having students "observe" the animals' behavior at specific times of the day or for a certain period of time. How often does a gorilla scratch? Look up the weather in Cincinnati to determine whether it has an impact on the animals' behavior. You don''t have to be there to conduct an "experiment." Search TeachersFirst for other webcams if these are not the animals you want.

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Conflict Yellowstone Wolves - Keith Nuthall

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6 to 12
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This webquest carefully examines the problem of possible wolf extinction, their re-introduction into the wild, the opposition of the ranchers in the area etc. By presenting small groups...more
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This webquest carefully examines the problem of possible wolf extinction, their re-introduction into the wild, the opposition of the ranchers in the area etc. By presenting small groups of students with a real issue, the quest will teach how to perform and evaluate research before developing a point of view on an issue. For the final project of the quest, users write an editorial stating their well-researched viewpoint. Students don't do original research but rather use the articles contained within the project. Contains a rubric for evaluation as well as a form for "pre-writing" so the process of research and final presentation is carefully controlled. Users need RealAudio to hear the howls of the wolves.

tag(s): conservation (128), endangered species (38), environment (319), species (29)

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Update this project a little and have students deliver their reports via podcast, giving them practice on oral reporting and editing. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).Student groups can present their reports to the class or post the to the class wiki or webpage. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.

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Arborday.org Tree Guide - National Arbor Day Foundation

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5 to 10
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Besides identifying trees, users learn about forest ground layers, enrich their vocabulary, study tree anatomy and health, and hone their searching skills. When users are looking for...more
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Besides identifying trees, users learn about forest ground layers, enrich their vocabulary, study tree anatomy and health, and hone their searching skills. When users are looking for the name of tree by looking at its leaf, this website will identify the leaf and then lead to so much more information! People who want to learn how to take care of trees learn about soils, types of land, and even how to plant (video included)!

tag(s): trees (30)

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A good reference resource for outdoor outings involving leaf collecting or as a reference site during your botany unit. There are portions of the site where items and memberships are for sale, so preview and alert your students to avoid these areas.

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The Big Wide World Webquest - The Museum of Television & Radio

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2 to 6
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This site pulls together understanding of environment, geography, the earth and its setting in space, cultures, animals, and more. It forms a "core" for what social studies (and science)is...more
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This site pulls together understanding of environment, geography, the earth and its setting in space, cultures, animals, and more. It forms a "core" for what social studies (and science)is all about. To figure out how the "Big Wide World" works, students will work with partners to investigate one area of the world (globe, plants, people, cultures, language, animals) and come up with rules about how this area works. The individual areas join with other areas and determine how the areas relate to each other. A teacher guide included. Active X is required on some website links.

tag(s): animals (284), cultures (106), environment (319)

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Use this Webquest to introduce the connections between major social studies and science concepts. After students work in groups to investigate the different areas, bring the class together to share. Guide a class discussion to show how the different areas are linked and work together. Use the Relationship Wheel (see Teacher Guide) as a bulletin board to support understanding. The site information says it can be used in grades K-4, but non-readers cannot do the tasks without a reader! For independent workers, it is better suited (and quite applicable)for grades 2-6.

If you do this at the start of the school year, you can revisit the overarching connections as you begin study of each sub-area so you are connecting to prior knowledge every time. Teachers in later grades could even recall the overarching questions as they continue with the study of these topics. Be SURE to put the link on your teacher web page for students to revisit throughout the year.

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DNA for Dinner webquest - William E. Peace

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9 to 12
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This webquest provides activities for groups of four students each to learn background, new developments, and legislative impact of genetic engineering. It addresses the controversial...more
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This webquest provides activities for groups of four students each to learn background, new developments, and legislative impact of genetic engineering. It addresses the controversial topic of whether people should eat genetically engineered crops. Each of the students has a separate assignment within the overall webquest. Students learn how to research both sides of a question and provide a balanced, thoughtful examination of a hot topic by using a scientific approach to gain background information, develop critical thinking skills, examine legislative efforts related to the topic, and present findings in an original way. The site includes a grading rubric.

tag(s): engineering (127)

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Divide students carefully into well balanced groups so that they learn not only the topic of genetic engineering, but also the process of researching, analyzing, and presenting findings.

This site would make an excellent "hands-on" activity in a biology class where students can experience both scientific research and policy-making on a first hand basis. If your students are also studying government, they should have an even better sense of the processes involved.

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Bald Eagle - Journey North

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3 to 8
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This well done, interactive website is all about the Bald Eagle's migration. There are lesson plans, standards, research information, video clips, and more. Check out the "Explore"...more
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This well done, interactive website is all about the Bald Eagle's migration. There are lesson plans, standards, research information, video clips, and more. Check out the "Explore" link for additional ways to incorporate the activities into the classroom. FLASH is required for some of the activities.

tag(s): migration (58)

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Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to take your students on this migration adventure. Follow the Bald Eagle as they migrate north. This site provides National Standards (K-8), lesson plans, literature connections, interactive activities and more.

Spring migration news is posted weekly, so plan some activities to coincide with the actual migration.
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This is a great site to involve students in observing while at home during migratory seasons. They may end up following migrations long after we finish talking about it in class. David, VA, Grades: 4 - 8

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4-H Embryology - University of Nebraska

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1 to 6
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This website was developed by the University of Nebraska to teach students all about the hatching of chicks. Specific topics include incubation, candling and information for teachers....more
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This website was developed by the University of Nebraska to teach students all about the hatching of chicks. Specific topics include incubation, candling and information for teachers. The website also provides interesting movie clips of the candling, breaking out of the chicks and more! Flash is required.

tag(s): embryos (4)

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If you are unable to hatch your own chicks, rent a projection screen and teach your students about the embryology of chicks via this website. The resources page provides lesson plans, standards and more for teachers.
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Biology Online - Biology Online Team

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8 to 12
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This bulletin board style site includes links to online tutorials, web resources, an online editable biology dictionary, and forums on various biology topics. The dictionary is much...more
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This bulletin board style site includes links to online tutorials, web resources, an online editable biology dictionary, and forums on various biology topics. The dictionary is much like wikipedia, with the public able to edit and change the entires, but the site is moderated by a team. You may not want to accept the dictionary as a formal "source," but your students will like the ease with which they can look up terms and review biology material on this online environment.

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Include a link to this one among the resources on your teacher web page so stumped students have somewhere to turn while reviewing or doing homework. You must be a member to edit the dictionary, add posts to the forum, or suggest a resource (membership is free). Perhaps you want to set up a class account so you can add entries together from a projector in class.

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Knock on the Door: Biology - EABJM

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6 to 12
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This site, created by and for the largest independent school in France, is intedned to help teachers and students prepare for the IB tests in biology. A team of teachers ...more
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This site, created by and for the largest independent school in France, is intedned to help teachers and students prepare for the IB tests in biology. A team of teachers from the school created the site. It includes extensive resources and readings on biology, as well as review activities.

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Make this a reference link from your teacher web page or use the site as a different way to introduce content so students can move at thier own pace.

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Cells Are Us - Partnership for Environment Education and Rural Health

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6 to 10
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This comprehensive site includes lesson pans, interactive review tools, and online activities for every aspect of teaching cell biology to middle grades. There are complete teacher...more
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This comprehensive site includes lesson pans, interactive review tools, and online activities for every aspect of teaching cell biology to middle grades. There are complete teacher ages, concept maps, and even a Cells Are Us bingo game for review. You must log in (as a guest) to see the teacher pages. Some content may be useful even in a high school biology class.

tag(s): cells (103)

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Some of the interactives would make good interactive whiteboard or partner-shared review games. The entire site should be a link from your teacher web page for students to use in at-home review.

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Dr. Saul's Biology in Motion - Leif Saul

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8 to 12
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Try these outstanding, highly-visual online activities, quizzes, and demonstrations to teach and reinforce biology concepts, including: classification, mitosis and meiosis, how enzymes...more
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Try these outstanding, highly-visual online activities, quizzes, and demonstrations to teach and reinforce biology concepts, including: classification, mitosis and meiosis, how enzymes work, selection/mutation/evolution, and multiple physiological processes. Your students will love the animation, created by a college professor/game developer.

tag(s): body systems (58), evolution (102), meiosis (15), mitosis (11)

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Several of these interactives would be terrific on an interactive whiteboard or projector. The quizzes would be a great way to review on the whiteboard before a test.

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KidsHealth For Kids - Nemours Foundation

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K to 8
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This website is extremely informative and provides students with details about everyday illnesses and injuries, emotional support, puberty, nutrition, and more! There is such a wealth...more
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This website is extremely informative and provides students with details about everyday illnesses and injuries, emotional support, puberty, nutrition, and more! There is such a wealth of information available at this website, teachers can find numerous subjects, activities and information. Several kid-approved recipes are also provided. Be sure to check out the movies - they provide general science information and simple explanations of the many systems of the body (and are quite entertaining). FLASH is required for some of the activities.

tag(s): human body (124)

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Use an interactive whiteboard and make the unique activities at this website a class experience. Then include the link on your teacher web page for students to share at home.
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Genomics: Systems Biology for Energy and Environment - U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science

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9 to 12
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Find extensive, up-to-date information on the Human Genome Project, ethical issues in genetics, biofuels, microbial genome research, and much more. This site would be a fantastic resource...more
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Find extensive, up-to-date information on the Human Genome Project, ethical issues in genetics, biofuels, microbial genome research, and much more. This site would be a fantastic resource for student biology and microbiology research projects and career explorations. Help your students see what is happening in the very real world of science today.

tag(s): energy (202), environment (319)

In the Classroom

Plan a web scavenger hunt to help students learn more about the scientific fields related to their biology class or use specific resources within this very adult site to share the excitement. The image gallery is worth some class time with a projector, for sure! Bring the science to life in the real world. The images may be used in your class projects and materials, as long as you give credit.

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Stockwatch-Catch, Cash and Community - Defra

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9 to 12
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This is an online simulation game focuses on sustainable fishing (NOT the Stock Market as the title might lead one to believe!). Students can manipulate variables (numbers of fishing...more
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This is an online simulation game focuses on sustainable fishing (NOT the Stock Market as the title might lead one to believe!). Students can manipulate variables (numbers of fishing boats, catch quotas) and see how those changes affect both the bottom line and the environment. Each change results in a year's worth of data (up to 15 year's worth), and then reactions from different stakeholders. The game can be played at a basic level and at an advanced level.

tag(s): environment (319), fish (26), resources (112)

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The game could be helpful in showing students that "success" in a business that affects the environment can be measured in a number of ways: cash flow, environmental impact, community support. The game could be played cooperatively by groups of students on an interactive whiteboard, or could be played individually by students. Since it's available on-line, students could be instructed to play the game at home or during study halls and then be prepared to share their individual data in group discussion. Requires FLASH!
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