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California Sea Otter - The Otter Project

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4 to 12
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Learn about the life and ecosystems that support the California Sea Otter at this site dedicated to the preservation of these creatures. Besides being undeniably cute, otters occupy...more
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Learn about the life and ecosystems that support the California Sea Otter at this site dedicated to the preservation of these creatures. Besides being undeniably cute, otters occupy a complex niche in marine ecosystems. Learn more here.

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Poseidon's Library - Ocean.com

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6 to 12
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This reference page from Ocean.com offers a continually changing collection of stories about people who work at sea and the creatures that live in the oceans. Nicely illustrated, this...more
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This reference page from Ocean.com offers a continually changing collection of stories about people who work at sea and the creatures that live in the oceans. Nicely illustrated, this would be a good supplement to an oceans unit.

tag(s): marine biology (33), oceans (150)

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Open Heart - Columbus Institute of Science

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9 to 12
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This site provides hands-on activities and interactive features to help students understand how the heart works, what can happen when it fails, and what can be done to rescue it. ...more
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This site provides hands-on activities and interactive features to help students understand how the heart works, what can happen when it fails, and what can be done to rescue it. Choose the "assemble the heart" activity to understand the anatomy and structure of this vital organ. Experience the delicate procedure of open heart surgery procedures with the "Virtual Bypass Surgery" link. Don't worry; the site is informational but not gory. Additional topics include diseases of the heart, diagnostic tools, medical careers, and what can be done to keep the heart healthy. Includes a glossary. From the Columbus Medical Association Foundation.

tag(s): heart (44)

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Teachers will need to preview this site thoroughly to find the useful portions. Share the site on your projector or interactive whiteboard.
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NOAA Fisheries Shark Site - NOAA

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3 to 12
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Here's a factual information site about sharks that offers a strong dose of reality for those concerned about shark attacks. You can find details on the species most common on ...more
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Here's a factual information site about sharks that offers a strong dose of reality for those concerned about shark attacks. You can find details on the species most common on the Atlantic, Pacific, and Hawaiian coasts, along with explanations on why many of these species are threatened or endangered.

tag(s): oceans (150)

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NOAA Ocean Explorer - NOAA

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Try this one if you're interested in a site offering "what's happening right now" content. NOAA uses this space to chronicle dozens of past and current ocean research projects - ...more
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Try this one if you're interested in a site offering "what's happening right now" content. NOAA uses this space to chronicle dozens of past and current ocean research projects - providing daily logs and images for each activity. You can read daily dispatches from researchers and follow along to see how "doing science" on a daily basis works.

tag(s): marine biology (33), oceans (150)

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Bacteriology and Microscopy

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9 to 12
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This Canadian site offers lots of details on using a microscope and techniques to ensure that microscope slides and samples give an accurate portrayal of the content being studied....more
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This Canadian site offers lots of details on using a microscope and techniques to ensure that microscope slides and samples give an accurate portrayal of the content being studied. You can learn a lot about laboratory techniques from this one.

tag(s): bacteria (30), microscopes (13)

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Much of this content will be beyond the scope of high school curriculum, but there are scores of illustrations and other content that teachers may find useful.

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KidsNet's Seaweb - KidsNet

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4 to 12
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This site offers a three-part unit on the oceans that emphasizes the effects that humans can have in destroying or preserving marine ecosystems and species. There are detailed lesson...more
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This site offers a three-part unit on the oceans that emphasizes the effects that humans can have in destroying or preserving marine ecosystems and species. There are detailed lesson plans and supplementary materials. There are also numerous sound clips to accompany the lessons, and we had difficulty making these work properly. That said, the content is perfectly sufficient without the sound.

tag(s): ecosystems (89), marine biology (33), oceans (150)

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Bridging the Watershed - National Park Service

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9 to 12
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Designed specifically for students, this site is a collaboration between several parks and schools in the Washington, DC area. The goal: explore ecological issues through field trips...more
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Designed specifically for students, this site is a collaboration between several parks and schools in the Washington, DC area. The goal: explore ecological issues through field trips to the various parks and sharing data and observations. Unregistered users can examine and download the various data. We assume the volume of data available will increase in the coming months.

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Monetery Bay WebCams - Monetery Bay Aquarium

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4 to 12
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Monterey Bay aquarium offers several live webcams showing ongoing activities in the facility. Users can watch the penguins swim, and watch the otters watch the people. There are many...more
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Monterey Bay aquarium offers several live webcams showing ongoing activities in the facility. Users can watch the penguins swim, and watch the otters watch the people. There are many things to see here, and there are also lots of instructional activities that can go along with the tour. A high-speed connection is s must for this one, though.

tag(s): oceans (150)

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By the Sea

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3 to 8
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This is a somewhat different look at seashore environments from the Oceans and Fisheries department that works in Canada's Atlantic provinces. There is information about shoreline habitats,...more
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This is a somewhat different look at seashore environments from the Oceans and Fisheries department that works in Canada's Atlantic provinces. There is information about shoreline habitats, the impact of development on shoreline environments, and the life forms and ecosystem of shoreline areas. There is also a variety of lesson information.

tag(s): oceans (150)

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This site would be a nice comparison to a similar site from a southern or tropical location. How does the environment differ in the two locations?

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ASPCA Pet Care Guide - ASPCA

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The ASPCA's online guide to pet care for students offers basic information on the care of more than a dozen different pets. The ideas are great, but the writing is ...more
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The ASPCA's online guide to pet care for students offers basic information on the care of more than a dozen different pets. The ideas are great, but the writing is uneven, sometimes unclear. If you have a student interested in having a pet, here's a good place to find out what's involved. If your child is interested in having a pet, this is a good starting point to find out what's involved.

tag(s): animals (284)

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ExploreScience - ExploreLearning

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9 to 12
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This is a collection of well-written instructional modules that introduce scientific concepts, primarily in physics and life sciences. All modules use Flash/shockwave animation, and...more
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This is a collection of well-written instructional modules that introduce scientific concepts, primarily in physics and life sciences. All modules use Flash/shockwave animation, and they can be used to teach or reinforce principles. Each module includes interactive elements that require students to participate in the presentation.

tag(s): genetics (91), mass (23), optics (15)

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These modules will be challenging content for some students, but the quality of both content and presentation is excellent. There are lesson plans associated with each module.
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Froguts

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6 to 12
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This is by far the best web-dissection site we've seen. The site lets students do a hands-on dissection, complete with detailed explanations of each step. Better yet, this site is ...more
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This is by far the best web-dissection site we've seen. The site lets students do a hands-on dissection, complete with detailed explanations of each step. Better yet, this site is available in either of two forms - a straightforward dissection or an expanded version that includes pretests and quizzes intermixed with the dissection content. If you have more students than frogs, this one's for you.

tag(s): dissection (10)

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The Secret Life of the Brain - PBS/WNET

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The companion site to the PBS series of the same name boasts a huge information archive, and more importantly, suberb interactive animations showing various regions of the brain and...more
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The companion site to the PBS series of the same name boasts a huge information archive, and more importantly, suberb interactive animations showing various regions of the brain and the functions they control.

tag(s): brain (71)

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It may be hard to fit this content into standard curricula, but if you can do it, it will be worth the effort.
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Helping Your Child Learn Science - U.S. Department of Education

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1 to 6
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This booklet from the Department of Education offers tips and game ideas for making science more interesting and fun for young learners. ...more
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This booklet from the Department of Education offers tips and game ideas for making science more interesting and fun for young learners.

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This site offers tips for parents from the Department of Education.

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Ocean Oasis

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This companion web site to an IMAX film about Baja California and the Gulf of California offers a surprisingly extensive collection of student lessons and activities, as well as many...more
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This companion web site to an IMAX film about Baja California and the Gulf of California offers a surprisingly extensive collection of student lessons and activities, as well as many illustrations and explanations about the ecosystems of these two regions. Useful in any study of ecosystems, particularly if you're in the southwestern US.

tag(s): biomes (115), deserts (11), ecosystems (89), oceans (150)

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Polar Science Station

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6 to 12
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This site is home base for a polar expedition to search for evidence of long-term pollutants in Antarctica. As the expedition proceeds, students will be able to track progress of ...more
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This site is home base for a polar expedition to search for evidence of long-term pollutants in Antarctica. As the expedition proceeds, students will be able to track progress of various experiments. The site also includes a good deal of background information on the types of pollutants for which scientists are searching.

tag(s): antarctica (29), arctic (45), ecology (135), polar (19), pollution (67)

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Bet the Farm! - Columbus Science Museum

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This farming simulation is no leisure game. It blends biology, weather, and economic concepts to produce a sophisticated simulation of a farming environment. It's a great exercise to...more
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This farming simulation is no leisure game. It blends biology, weather, and economic concepts to produce a sophisticated simulation of a farming environment. It's a great exercise to illustrate all the factors that go into any business, and the presentation is sure to hold students' attention. From the Columbus Science Museum. The site requires FLASH and may take some time to open. If you do not have the most current version of Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): business (58)

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There's lots of depth to this one. A thorough preview will help you decide how deeply students should work.
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K-W-L - A Strategy for Learning

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While this exercise is from a site on science and optics, the KWL strategy - a structured form of questioning and answering - is applicable to the study of many ...more
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While this exercise is from a site on science and optics, the KWL strategy - a structured form of questioning and answering - is applicable to the study of many topics other than science. Teachers will like this one because it outlines multiple strategies for both inquiry and presentation, giving examples from science, literature, and art.

tag(s): inquiry (37), inventors and inventions (97)

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If you're not familiar KWL, this is a great starting point.

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Genetic Phenotypes of the Super-heroes - TeachersFirst

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7 to 9
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This unit lets students relate physical characteristics to genetic and environmental factors. Phenotypes are the physical characteristics that we develop from our genotype (our genetic...more
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This unit lets students relate physical characteristics to genetic and environmental factors. Phenotypes are the physical characteristics that we develop from our genotype (our genetic makeup). Both the environment and our genotype interact to make us what we are. Any genetic unit can incorporate this lesson as an activity to introduce genotype and phenotype. This lesson plan was one of the winners in a lesson plan contest sponsored by TeachersFirst. TeachersFirst editors have added technology options where appropriate.

tag(s): genetics (91)

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Students this age will love the technology options in this lesson plan. Don't be afraid to learn some of the newer tools together.

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