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ACS - Chemistry For Life - American Chemical Society

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The American Chemical Society offers a complete series of activities for grades K-8, all based on hands-on experience. Click Education in the middle of this opening page find programs...more
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The American Chemical Society offers a complete series of activities for grades K-8, all based on hands-on experience. Click Education in the middle of this opening page find programs and units for Elementary through Graduate School. Also offered is a section for careers in science. This is a great resource for science teachers who need additional chemistry content or activities.
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tag(s): chemicals (40), energy (197), experiments (71), inquiry (37), matter (56)

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Scroll to Education and click Teaching Resources. Select your grade level interest and find links to dozens of different Lessons, programs, units and Safety Guides.

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The Gee in Genome

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Here's a Canadian site that examines the awesome potential of "genomics," explains gene sequencing, and raises some interesting questions about the implications of using human genome...more
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Here's a Canadian site that examines the awesome potential of "genomics," explains gene sequencing, and raises some interesting questions about the implications of using human genome information. The site could augment both the "hard science" side of genome research and also its ethical and social policy questions. There's a lot to consider in this one.

tag(s): dna (69), genetics (90)

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Use the online games as a review for students while learning about cloning and DNA. Have the class complete the games over the interactive whiteboard or projector, or as a group in review learning centers. "The mighty mutation maker" would be a good review for students to understand how genetic code works, and how it can be changed easily - in a fun way!
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Chickscope - University of Illinois

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3 to 8
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This site from the University of Illinois offers information on eggs, chicks, and ways in which to study them. The sections on "egg math" and embryology are the most complete, ...more
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This site from the University of Illinois offers information on eggs, chicks, and ways in which to study them. The sections on "egg math" and embryology are the most complete, though it's not entirely clear for which grades these activities were intended. That said, this one's worth a look, especially if your middle school science curriculum covers these topics.

tag(s): eggs (6)

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Use the chickscope embryology to show how a chick develops in an egg over a 21-day period. Have students complete the site as a learning center or laptop tour, looking at the development of the chick over a few days. As a companion assignment, have students take notes on the process on graphic organizers. For help making the sheets, use a site such as Mindomo, (reviewed here).

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DNA Interactive

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9 to 12
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This site offers secondary students an extensive exposure to genetics, DNA and gene sequencing, and the problems and procedures that have been tackled to advance current DNA science...more
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This site offers secondary students an extensive exposure to genetics, DNA and gene sequencing, and the problems and procedures that have been tackled to advance current DNA science to its current state. This is a rich resource that could almost serve as a complete tutorial, but teachers will more likely want to use it as a reference tool to supplement classroom or textbook presentations. You'll need strong readers to work through this one.

tag(s): dna (69), genetics (90)

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Use the interactive timeline as a learning center. Have students tour the timeline, with the purposes of finding what they think are the 10 most important events in the history of DNA. Have students create a multimedia presentation of their top 10 events using UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate their photos as if it is a news report. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try PhotoPin, reviewed here.

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SimForest - Hampshire College

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7 to 12
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This educational software is designed to allow teachers to plan biology and ecology lessons using a helpful, user-friendly simulations. Along with the software, the site has a teachers'...more
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This educational software is designed to allow teachers to plan biology and ecology lessons using a helpful, user-friendly simulations. Along with the software, the site has a teachers' guide with suggestions for integrating the simulation into the classroom through three main units. The site also provides a template for planning lessons based on the online curriculum. You will want to read the "readme" files before attempting to download the software.

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

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Human Senses - BBC

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This BBC site has five interesting activities for sensory exploration. These interactive tests allow students to explore taste, smell, and the nervous system's role in sensory perception....more
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This BBC site has five interesting activities for sensory exploration. These interactive tests allow students to explore taste, smell, and the nervous system's role in sensory perception. Additional resources help explain the science behind these activities as well.

tag(s): senses (28)

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Shape of Life Activities - PBS

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This PBS site has life-science and biology activities for a wide range of grade levels. While a number of these activities are designed to accompany the Shape of Life video ...more
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This PBS site has life-science and biology activities for a wide range of grade levels. While a number of these activities are designed to accompany the Shape of Life video series, the activity guides provided present a range of activities and resources to supplement life-science curricula. Included activities range from arts-and-crafts projects to scientific method experiments.

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Astrobiology - NASA

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This site provides a sampling of activities from a larger web-based curriculum on Astrobiology. Developed in conjunction with NASA's astrobiology institute, this site provides a detailed...more
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This site provides a sampling of activities from a larger web-based curriculum on Astrobiology. Developed in conjunction with NASA's astrobiology institute, this site provides a detailed teaching guide alongside activities aimed at creating a dynamic curriculum through internet resources. The site's activities include an exploration of different types of stars, and possibility of life in different parts of the galaxy.

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Chesapeake Bay - Maryland DNR

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The Education pages on this site provide helpful links for both teachers and students learning about the ecosystem and life-science topics in the Chesapeake Bay. The Educators' resources...more
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The Education pages on this site provide helpful links for both teachers and students learning about the ecosystem and life-science topics in the Chesapeake Bay. The Educators' resources provide links to different programs conducted by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, including links to findings at a number of monitoring stations around the Bay. The kids' section has a number of student-friendly sites on wildlife and conservation topics

tag(s): oceans (148)

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American Museum of Natural History Learning Resources - The American Museum of Natural History

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This site presents teachers with a searchable index of natural sciences resources contained within the museum's site. You can browse the web-sites, activities, and experiments by sub-topic,...more
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This site presents teachers with a searchable index of natural sciences resources contained within the museum's site. You can browse the web-sites, activities, and experiments by sub-topic, grade level, or resource type. Current subtopics include anthropology, astronomy, biology, earth science, and paleontology. Special collection exhibits present theme-based activities that cover additional topics such as Biodiversity, Antarctica, and deep sea explorations. This is a great site for sorting out all the wonderful resources the museum has to offer. There are over 1,000 resources currently available on countless subjects. Some of the resources require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): biodiversity (38), diversity (36), paleontology (41)

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When starting a new unit in social studies or science, take a minute to search the resources available at this website.
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Life Changing Science - Australian Broadcasting Corp.

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These wonderful flash sites explore the science behind life-changing technological advancements. From open heart surgery to the science behind cell-phones, this site gives a number...more
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These wonderful flash sites explore the science behind life-changing technological advancements. From open heart surgery to the science behind cell-phones, this site gives a number of options for exploring science's application to every day life. Students can even attempt to perform a virtual surgery through the interactive program.

tag(s): engineering (125), genetics (90)

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Genetically Modified Foods - The Guardian

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This site has up-to-date information on the current international debate over genetically modified foods (GM). The site might be worth a look for biology teachers looking to link their...more
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This site has up-to-date information on the current international debate over genetically modified foods (GM). The site might be worth a look for biology teachers looking to link their classroom lessons to current events. Some articles are more applicable than others.

tag(s): genetics (90)

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Genetics & Medical Research - National Institutes of Health

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9 to 12
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An online resource for understanding the basics of genetics research, as well as related topics such as the Human Genome project and Gene therapy treatments. A good site for High ...more
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An online resource for understanding the basics of genetics research, as well as related topics such as the Human Genome project and Gene therapy treatments. A good site for High School Biology classes. There is also an interactive children's cartoon helpful for introducing the topic for younger students.

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Giant Kelp - UC San Diego

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UCSD has created an interactive flash site that explores Giant Kelp in its ocean habitat, diagrams of the plant itself, and all the many unexpected places you can find kelp ...more
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UCSD has created an interactive flash site that explores Giant Kelp in its ocean habitat, diagrams of the plant itself, and all the many unexpected places you can find kelp all around you in every day life. This site is a creative and kid-friendly with good information for studying undersea life.

tag(s): marine biology (33), oceans (148)

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Biointeractive Labs - Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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6 to 12
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This main portion of this site is best suited for High School Biology and Biochemistry students looking to expand upon their in-class curriculum with virtual labs on DNA, chromosomes,...more
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This main portion of this site is best suited for High School Biology and Biochemistry students looking to expand upon their in-class curriculum with virtual labs on DNA, chromosomes, and gender testing. The Animation Console has animations of basic and advanced body system functions and sex determination processes that can be downloaded for in-class demonstrations.

tag(s): dna (69), human body (120)

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Elementary and Middle School teachers should look to the "Cool Science for Curious kids" link, which provides interactive science activities for younger age-groups.
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Traits of Life - The Exploratorium

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6 to 12
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The four sections of this site's exhibits provide a truly outstanding exploration of life science. From interactive cell diagrams, to time-lapse videos of embryo reproduction, this...more
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The four sections of this site's exhibits provide a truly outstanding exploration of life science. From interactive cell diagrams, to time-lapse videos of embryo reproduction, this site has extensive resources for studying biology. The four exhibits also have activities and articles to supplement online discovery.

tag(s): cells (102), embryos (4)

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Animaland.org - ASPCA

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This interactive ASPCA site has a number of resources for teaching biology and life sciences, as well as good resources for teaching kids the responsibilities associated with owning...more
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This interactive ASPCA site has a number of resources for teaching biology and life sciences, as well as good resources for teaching kids the responsibilities associated with owning a pet. The animal encyclopedia has individual animal profiles, and the Career center highlights an assortment of jobs for animal lovers. The Humane Education section has an assortment of worksheets and web-quests to learn more about animals.

tag(s): animals (276)

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Marine Biology - American Museum of Natural History

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4 to 8
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In this unit, subtitled "The Living Oceans," elementary students can learn how marine environments are interdependent, and the importance of preserving entire marine systems. The site...more
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In this unit, subtitled "The Living Oceans," elementary students can learn how marine environments are interdependent, and the importance of preserving entire marine systems. The site includes interactive games, lots of images and descriptions, all in an engaging context. This unit is part of the American Museum of Natural History's "Ology" series that explores different aspects of the life sciences. The interactives require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): ecosystems (88), marine biology (33), oceans (148)

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Motivate your students by using an interactive whiteboard or projector to share these engaging, interactive, and educational resources.
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Biodiversity - American Museum of Natural History

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4 to 7
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Everything Counts is the theme of this elementary unit on how ecosystems, resources, and cultures all relate to one another. The unit's text and illustrations make their points in simple...more
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Everything Counts is the theme of this elementary unit on how ecosystems, resources, and cultures all relate to one another. The unit's text and illustrations make their points in simple terms. This unit is part of the American Museum of Natural History's "Ology" series that explores different aspects of the life sciences. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): ecosystems (88), natural resources (59), resources (112)

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Help your students to understand that we are all connected! Share this site (and its resources) on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Take advantage of the literature list provided to find books to read about the unit.
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Photosynthesis - A "Jeopardy" Powerpoint - ERIC

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4 to 8
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Use of Powerpoint presentations to create Jeopardy-style presentation quizzes has become popular in many schools. This ERIC lesson uses this technique for a quiz on principles of photosynthesis....more
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Use of Powerpoint presentations to create Jeopardy-style presentation quizzes has become popular in many schools. This ERIC lesson uses this technique for a quiz on principles of photosynthesis. The game is available either for on-line use or for download and local installation.

tag(s): cells (102), energy (197), photosynthesis (33), plants (144)

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