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Virtual Knee Replacement - Edheads

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7 to 12
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Learn about the anatomy of the knee and how doctors perform knee surgery through this online simulation. It even includes a separate section with actual photographs for the strong-stomach...more
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Learn about the anatomy of the knee and how doctors perform knee surgery through this online simulation. It even includes a separate section with actual photographs for the strong-stomach crowd. The animated movie has the option to display subtitles (for the hearing impaired or computers without speakers) and stops to ask questions all along the way. The activities are correlated to Ohio and National standards. Teach about scientific inquiry using the section where you select the correct prosthetic knee device. Not only is this site an interesting look at a science topic for biology, anatomy, or physiology classes, it also provides a view into medical careers.

tag(s): careers (132), inquiry (37), medicine (67), olympics (47)

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Share this site as a real-world extension of a biology class on anatomical structures or in a career exploration activity. Students can navigate on their own computers or access the site from your teacher web page for use outside of class. Guidance counselors may want to include it among career links they offer to middle and high school students. Use this site during the Olympic games to discuss injuries that athletes may endure.
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Time Lapse: Stand of Trees Turning Colors - Virginia Tech Dept of Dendrology

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K to 8
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Watch a month-long time-lapse of a stand of trees changing color in this simple movie. Through the miracle of technology, you can wtach which areas turn first, how different colors...more
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Watch a month-long time-lapse of a stand of trees changing color in this simple movie. Through the miracle of technology, you can wtach which areas turn first, how different colors emerge, and more. This site is popular and a bit slow to load. Please be patient. You MUST have the latest Flash plug-in to be able to see this site. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page. See the companion time-lapse of a single leaf, also listed on TeachersFirst.

tag(s): trees (30)

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Make a shortcut on your classroom desktop computer for students to observe this movie as a center. They can enter their observations in a science log. Or you can conduct a whole-class activity on a projector, watching the movie and making observations to TEACH the process of observing or discuss the role of chlorophyll with older students.
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Science and Nature -- Animals - BBC

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This BBC site is good for information on habitat, size, life span and physical description of mammals, birds, and sea life. There are quizzes and activities on all kinds of ...more
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This BBC site is good for information on habitat, size, life span and physical description of mammals, birds, and sea life. There are quizzes and activities on all kinds of animals and habitats. You could spend days exploring the oceans alone! Photographs of animals are included. Check out the Children's Zone for younger students. Real Player is needed for this site. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): animals (277), conservation (128), mammals (32), oceans (149)

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Depending on age of students, teachers may want to preview and save certain areas of this site in your favorites for students to view. Use a projector to model searching for information on a website and talk about citing sources in a report. Or give instructions and specifics to look for and send your students out to find their own information. You can even load an animal screensaver or wallpaper on your classroom computer to go along with your current unit topic. This site is a great reference to have marked in your Favorites all the time.

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Bugs in the Classroom - University of Kentucky

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4 to 12
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Here's a collection of pointers for students interested in keeping arthropods as pets - either at home or in the classroom. Not sure what to feed that Praying Mantis? The ...more
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Here's a collection of pointers for students interested in keeping arthropods as pets - either at home or in the classroom. Not sure what to feed that Praying Mantis? The answers are here. There's even a special article on the details of keeping these critters in the classroom. Bookmark this one; it will come in handy one day.

tag(s): insects (69)

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Your Disease Risk: A Source on Prevention - Harvard School of Public Health

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9 to 12
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Your students can review research about heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, and osteoporosis and learn about their risk factors for these diseases.This is an adult-level site,...more
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Your students can review research about heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, and osteoporosis and learn about their risk factors for these diseases.This is an adult-level site, but the information is excellent.

tag(s): factors (42), heart (44)

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Use this site for individual or team research projects on different diseases and ask them to prepare "What is Your Risk?" games or activities for their classmates. Then have a health fair in class. Or have students individually evaluate their own health risks using the site then devise a plan for a healthier lifestyle.

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What's Underfoot - Intel Innovation

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Science teachers can take a page from this chronicle of a Vermont science class and their field work in local wetlands. Armed with their hypotheses, probes, and background information,...more
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Science teachers can take a page from this chronicle of a Vermont science class and their field work in local wetlands. Armed with their hypotheses, probes, and background information, students set out in an attempt to correlate red salamander populations with the Ph of the local water. There are lots of great teaching strategies in this one.

tag(s): scientific method (64)

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While not a complete lesson plan, teacher can use this lesson idea and format as a model for other inquiry-based science projects based on local circumstances and resources.

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Inside the Brain: An Interactive Tour - Alzheimer's Association

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8 to 12
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This highly visual site gives visitors an unforgettable tour of the brain and explains the functions of its three main parts. Formatted as a self-paced slideshow, the site also provides...more
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This highly visual site gives visitors an unforgettable tour of the brain and explains the functions of its three main parts. Formatted as a self-paced slideshow, the site also provides an intense explanation of the effect of Alzheimer's disease on brain tissue. Roll your mouse over the colored text on each slide to view the specific region described.

tag(s): brain (73)

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Create a basic Web hunt or graphic organizer to guide students through the slideshow and encourage them to focus on the vocabulary and descriptions. The visual component of this resource helps students understand the logistical as well as functional aspects of each major region of the brain.
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Cell Inspector - Harcourt

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8 to 10
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Students can test their knowledge of cell structure with this interactive "click and drag" self-checking activity. Label all of the key parts of the cell displayed on the virtual microscope...more
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Students can test their knowledge of cell structure with this interactive "click and drag" self-checking activity. Label all of the key parts of the cell displayed on the virtual microscope monitor, then identify the cell as plant or animal. To learn more about each cell part, students can click on the "Info" button. To try another, click the "New Cell" button. May take some time to load on dial-up or slower connections.

tag(s): cells (102), structures (24)

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Spiders: An organism for Teacher Biology - University of Arizona

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7 to 12
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This ecological unit explores basic biological concepts and processes using spiders as model organisms. Students must capture spiders and use them to answer questions about their behavior....more
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This ecological unit explores basic biological concepts and processes using spiders as model organisms. Students must capture spiders and use them to answer questions about their behavior. Emphasis is placed on designing and conducting experiments. Both student and teacher materials are included, along with downloadable handouts.

tag(s): experiments (72), scientific method (64), spiders (10)

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Matching Aliens with Impacts - WGBH

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6 to 8
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Find out how the introduction of an organism not indigenous to an area can wreak environmental havoc. In this interactive game, students must examine ten successful invaders and attempt...more
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Find out how the introduction of an organism not indigenous to an area can wreak environmental havoc. In this interactive game, students must examine ten successful invaders and attempt to match them to the damage they can inflict in their new environment.

tag(s): ecology (135), species (29)

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Tissues of Life - Science Museum of Minnesota

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8 to 10
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Learn about the four types of tissues in the human body with this collection of activities. Interact with tissue invaders as they wreak havoc in the body, investigate the process ...more
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Learn about the four types of tissues in the human body with this collection of activities. Interact with tissue invaders as they wreak havoc in the body, investigate the process of wound-healing, and view "body slices," a scar gallery, and more. Students can even watch video interviews with a wound researcher, hematologist, and virologist.

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This is an especially "kid-friendly" site with text and images that will motivate even the most reluctant reader. Create a basic scavenger hunt to guide students - working in pairs - through the content and activities.
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Mutualism and Co-evolution - Roxane J. Johnson

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This collection of impressively organized lesson plans forms a comprehensive unit on flowering plants and their pollinators. Follow the "timeline" recommendations, or incorporate individual...more
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This collection of impressively organized lesson plans forms a comprehensive unit on flowering plants and their pollinators. Follow the "timeline" recommendations, or incorporate individual lessons into your curriculum. Topics covered include seed germination, photosynthesis, reproduction, pollinators, and seed dispersal. Aligned to standards.

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

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Senses Challenge - BBC

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9 to 12
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Put your senses to the test with these twenty interactive questions that challenge visitors to use their visual and sensory skills. Immediate feedback and explanations are provided....more
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Put your senses to the test with these twenty interactive questions that challenge visitors to use their visual and sensory skills. Immediate feedback and explanations are provided. This is a great activity to add to a study of the nervous system. Requires FLASH to work.Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): senses (29)

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Science and Photography Through the Microscope - Dennis Kunkel

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9 to 12
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This searchable site contains more than 1500 micrographs of scientific, biological and medical subjects photographed with light and electron microscopes. Categories include bacteria,...more
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This searchable site contains more than 1500 micrographs of scientific, biological and medical subjects photographed with light and electron microscopes. Categories include bacteria, crystals, slime molds, insects, protozoa, viruses, and much more. Includes a "Virtual SEM" that allows visitors to find out what it is like to load and zoom-in on specimens using an electron microscope. Please read the "Image Use" information before you reproduce or copy any of the images on this site!

tag(s): microscopes (13)

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Virtual Microscope - University of Delaware

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10 to 12
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Before taking your students to the science lab to introduce microscope skills, detour to the computer lab and try this simulation. Through the use of this step-by-step tutorial, students...more
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Before taking your students to the science lab to introduce microscope skills, detour to the computer lab and try this simulation. Through the use of this step-by-step tutorial, students can learn in the same way they do with a real microscope - minus the frustration of trying to view a slide before truly understanding the mechanics. The site provides virtual specimens and access to all controls - including the light switch, rheostat, magnification, stage position, oculars, and course and fine focus.The site requires FLASH and provides a link to download it . You can also get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Animal Exploration: See Who's Out There - Suriya Creations

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This nicely organized visual site about animals is perfect for independent student research at the elementary level. Students can select an animal by type, read through the kid-friendly...more
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This nicely organized visual site about animals is perfect for independent student research at the elementary level. Students can select an animal by type, read through the kid-friendly text to learn more about it, and browse through some great photographs. Animal topics include birds, fish, reptiles, spiders and insects, amphibians, and mammals. The site also includes a search feature (scroll to the bottom of the home page) and games, puzzles, and other activities. Although all reference links are active, some of the games and puzzle links are no longer working. This site does include some small advertisements.

tag(s): amphibians (20), animals (277), birds (51), fish (25), insects (69), mammals (32), reptiles (12), spiders (10)

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Use this site for individual research projects on a variety of animals. Share the link in your class newsletter or on your class website for students to access at home.

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Online Bird Guide - Cornell University

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4 to 12
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Cornell's Ornithology lab has created one of the most comprehensive bird species sites on the web. While parts of the site require a subscription, this online bird guide remains an...more
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Cornell's Ornithology lab has created one of the most comprehensive bird species sites on the web. While parts of the site require a subscription, this online bird guide remains an effective, well illustrated online guide to bird spotting, habitats, and identification. Teachers will find many uses for the site as a reference tool, and as a resource for studying habitats and migration patterns

tag(s): birds (51), migration (58)

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The Deep Jungle - WNET

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4 to 8
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Websites based on TV shows often fall flat. This one about deep jungle habitats, however, stands out because it offers short video clips that illustrate much of the required content....more
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Websites based on TV shows often fall flat. This one about deep jungle habitats, however, stands out because it offers short video clips that illustrate much of the required content. That makes it an interesting option for showing the details of jungle biomes or the study of the earth's ecosystems. You'll also find a series of flash-based instructional games, and a "critter guide" with detailed information on dozens of jungle species.

tag(s): biomes (116), ecosystems (88), forests (30), jungles (7)

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The Micropolitan Museum - Microscopy UK

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8 to 12
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This wonderful collection of high quality captioned photographs draws visitors into the mysterious world of microorganisms. After viewing these images, you will never look at pond scum...more
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This wonderful collection of high quality captioned photographs draws visitors into the mysterious world of microorganisms. After viewing these images, you will never look at pond scum in the same way again. The gallery - organized into three main sections featuring freshwater, marine and insect collections - boasts special exhibits tucked inside virtual rooms. Visit the Hall of Arthropods, Radiolaria Lounge, the Ciliate Center, and more. An eye-opening addition to a biology class.

tag(s): microorganisms (14), organisms (21), photography (160), radio (26)

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Photosynthesis - Mike Tyree

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6 to 12
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This beautifully designed interactive movie explains the process of photosynthesis with animated graphics and narration. The vocabulary is quite challenging for younger students, so...more
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This beautifully designed interactive movie explains the process of photosynthesis with animated graphics and narration. The vocabulary is quite challenging for younger students, so some teacher translation is suggested. Consider using with an interactive white board for ease in adding your own editorial comments. NOTE: this FLASH file takes extra time to open the first time,so be patient. Make sure you have the most recent version of the Flash plug-in, The site does not work without it. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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

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