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Oil Spill in a Test Tube - Genentech, Inc.

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9 to 12
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This is a lesson from Genentech's Access Excellence collection, which contains several hundred detailed lesson plans for high school level biology topics. Each lesson includes objectives,...more
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This is a lesson from Genentech's Access Excellence collection, which contains several hundred detailed lesson plans for high school level biology topics. Each lesson includes objectives, instructions, methodology, and outcomes.

tag(s): oil (41), oil spill (18)

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The Genetic Science Learning Center

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The Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah provides a collection of information and other resources on genetics and genetic engineering for students and their teachers....more
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The Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah provides a collection of information and other resources on genetics and genetic engineering for students and their teachers. This is a particularly well-organized academic site.

tag(s): dna (66), genetics (93)

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Use this site to help students review a unit on genetics. There are plenty of links that students can access reviewing a number of subjects within genetics. Save the site on your class wiki or web page to allow students to access it both in and out of the classroom. The "tour the basics" link would also be great at the beginning of a unit on genetics to assess what knowledge the students already have, and bring them all up to speed. Any science teacher should save this site and use it frequently in their class!

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A Primer on Molecular Genetics

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A Primer on Molecular Genetics was created by the Department of Energy to provide an introduction to molecular genetics for teachers and students. This document is also available as...more
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A Primer on Molecular Genetics was created by the Department of Energy to provide an introduction to molecular genetics for teachers and students. This document is also available as an Adobe Acrobat file which can be printed and used in class.

tag(s): dna (66), genetics (93)

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Genomics and Genetics Resources - HHS, NIH, USA.gov

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These resources from the National Human Genome Research Institute offer a series of modules for secondary students that deal with genetics, genome sequencing, and the ethical implications...more
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These resources from the National Human Genome Research Institute offer a series of modules for secondary students that deal with genetics, genome sequencing, and the ethical implications of genetic research and development. Find links to Journals, Resources, and Databases. This material assumes some level of prior experience on the part of both teacher and student. The site also provides a number of links to additional web resources. This is challenging content for faculty and students willing to make the effort. Students will find the glossary, found here, helpful.

tag(s): dna (66), ethics (17), genetics (93), sequencing (30)

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Looking at the map of the all the human chromosomes (GeneMap99) is an interesting way to introduce genetics and tie research into genetic studies in the classroom. Students can investigate the traits of students in the classroom and determine the different variations. Provide a link to this site to determine the chromosome and location on the chromosome for the trait. Find data about the frequency of the different variations in different populations around the world. Use the trait to complete genetic crosses. Do research and create an informational brochure, blog post, website page, or presentation on the findings. If you are beginning the process of integrating technology, have students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Telegra.ph, reviewed here. This blog creator requires no registration!
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Human Genome Project Education Resources

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Here's a collection of educational resources for teachers and students interested in the human genome project. The listings include scientific content, career information, glossaries,...more
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Here's a collection of educational resources for teachers and students interested in the human genome project. The listings include scientific content, career information, glossaries, and a variety of other information drawn primarily from government and academic sources.

tag(s): dna (66), genetics (93)

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Be sure to sift through the teacher aids for lesson plans and classroom activities from BCSC. The curriculum supplements cover a variety of topics within genetics, and could be useful for a general biology or even an AP biology classroom. Be sure to save this site as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Bioservers

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This site offers user-friendly tools to launch DNA database searches, statistical analyses, and population modeling from a centralized workspace. These tools may be of particular use...more
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This site offers user-friendly tools to launch DNA database searches, statistical analyses, and population modeling from a centralized workspace. These tools may be of particular use to AP students working on biology projects, or for teachers interested in developing simulations for use with their classes.

tag(s): dna (66), genetics (93)

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Neanderthal Genome Map and Data Resources

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The journal Science also offers a complete resource for scientists and others interested in the human genome. ...more
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The journal Science also offers a complete resource for scientists and others interested in the human genome.

tag(s): dna (66), genetics (93)

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The Homunculus Mapper - Genentech, Inc.

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This particular homunculus is a graphical representation of a sensory map of the human body (the weighted significance of our sensory perception). The site explains why the hands are...more
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This particular homunculus is a graphical representation of a sensory map of the human body (the weighted significance of our sensory perception). The site explains why the hands are huge, and other features are out-sized for this little man. Click the button for Map Your Brain to become part of the experiment, click Science at the top to download a PDF flyer of a representational map of your body's surface on your cortex, and scroll to the bottom to see Additional Resources for the somatosensory cortex. See the Experiment tab to learn how to map your sensories and send the results.

tag(s): brain (72), human body (131)

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Though this site originally was for high school students, most elementary students will enjoy learning about this little cartoon character homunculus. Gifted students may also enjoy completing the experiment to map their sensories.
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Biology Mural Project - Genentech, Inc.

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This is a lesson from Genentech's Access Excellence collection, which contains several hundred detailed lesson plans for high school level biology topics. Each lesson includes objectives,...more
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This is a lesson from Genentech's Access Excellence collection, which contains several hundred detailed lesson plans for high school level biology topics. Each lesson includes objectives, instructions, methodology, and outcomes.

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Invention Stories - Smithsonian Institution

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Inventors didn't just live in the past! This site from Smithsonian introduces several dozen men and women whose inventions - in science, biology, engineering, etc. - have made major...more
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Inventors didn't just live in the past! This site from Smithsonian introduces several dozen men and women whose inventions - in science, biology, engineering, etc. - have made major contributions to their fields. Students working on inventor projects will find these bios a welcome change from the standard fare.

tag(s): inventors and inventions (94)

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NSF Classroom Resources - National Science Foundation

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This is a collection of science and math lessons and web resources ranging from how the Internet works to nanoscience, engineering, biology, and principles of physics and chemistry....more
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This is a collection of science and math lessons and web resources ranging from how the Internet works to nanoscience, engineering, biology, and principles of physics and chemistry. The content is predictably detailed, "real science" based on topics and phenomena that will interest students. These are the best of the best lessons and resources with applicability to lots of settings.

tag(s): antarctica (30), arctic (46), biomes (105), chemicals (42), computers (100), cultures (108), earth (233), engineering (129), environment (322), fractions (225), geometric shapes (169), numbers (194), origami (17), planets (127), robotics (26), space (220), symmetry (53)

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Bookmark this site as a reference site for finding further material. Under each subject find a varity of formats from forums and articles, to videos, interactives, podcasts, experiments and more. Some of the resources on this site may lead to a starting point for individual or group projects. Use parts of this site at a center. Share this site with staff (especially new teachers) and parents looking to extend science and math activities at home.

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Dip into the Thinking Fountain

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Here's an extensive site devoted to students' explorations of mold! The Minnesota Science Museum collected student experiments, images, and reactions to their study of mold fungus....more
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Here's an extensive site devoted to students' explorations of mold! The Minnesota Science Museum collected student experiments, images, and reactions to their study of mold fungus. The images are suitably yucky, and the content could help a young experimenter become excited about his or her own exploration.

tag(s): organisms (22)

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Conservation at a Crossroads: The Hetch Hetchy Controversy - Library of Congress

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- Grades 9-12 - This unit is based on the debate over damming the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park, which helped mark the evolution of the conservation movement. ...more
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- Grades 9-12 - This unit is based on the debate over damming the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park, which helped mark the evolution of the conservation movement. The unit has two parts: the first details conservation through the rationales of various historical figures, and the second outlines the case study of Hetch Hetchy. The format of the second part includes a mock hearing where students present their researched ideas. In the course of the unit, students will also compare historical ideas of conservation with current ones.

tag(s): conservation (128), ecology (138), environment (322)

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Be sure help your weaker readers and ESL students by sharing the vocabulary words prior to reading, either on a handout or by projecting on an interactive whiteboard and highlighting them in the text as you come to them.

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Congo Trek - National Geographic

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National Geographic works their predicable visual wizardry in this site which chronicles an ongoing expedition along the Congo river. The site blends images and sounds - (Turn your...more
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National Geographic works their predicable visual wizardry in this site which chronicles an ongoing expedition along the Congo river. The site blends images and sounds - (Turn your speakers on!) - to give vivid impressions of this jungle ecosystem. This site could be a wonderful addition to your unit on Africa, jungles, rain forest habitats, or related areas.

tag(s): africa (172), endangered species (39), species (29)

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There are a few lesson ideas in the "Classroom Ideas" area, but you probably have many more. Share the site on an interactive whiteboard as a great unit introduction or assign students to take the trek with a partner and find examples of human's impact on animal habitats or answer questions about elephants and their behavior and habitat. After the journey, have them write a journal or blog entry about what they saw and learned.

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Composting Project - Pa. Dept. of Environment

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Students create and maintain a compost pile to discover how natural materials can be effectively recycled using this inteactive composting site. This site requires FLASH. Get it from...more
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Students create and maintain a compost pile to discover how natural materials can be effectively recycled using this inteactive composting site. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. As the site warns, "If you use a pop-up blocker, temporarily disable blocking to enjoy all of this site's capabilities."

tag(s): pollution (65), recycling (57)

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This site would be great on an interactive whiteboard or projector, but be sure to allow students to explore it on their own or with a partner to really experience the psocesses and answer questions about composting.
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Acid Rain - US Government

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This EPA page offers information on the science behind acid rain, as well as specific information for students. It also includes examples of mitigation activities, a glossary, and related...more
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This EPA page offers information on the science behind acid rain, as well as specific information for students. It also includes examples of mitigation activities, a glossary, and related resources

tag(s): acid rain (5), ecology (138), pollution (65)

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Use this site as a resource during a lesson or unit on acid rain. Have cooperative learning groups explore the site, with the intentions of summarizing the information in a multimedia presentation. Have cooperative learning groups create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. Have groups tell the "acid" rain, explaining where and how it happens most. Great for a pre-discussion activity about the efforts to stop acid rain.

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Studying Cells Tutorial

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This tutorial from the University of Arizona offers a step-by-step introduction to the scientific method, the role of organisms' size in biology, the history of cell research in biology,...more
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This tutorial from the University of Arizona offers a step-by-step introduction to the scientific method, the role of organisms' size in biology, the history of cell research in biology, and the various cell parts and reproductive stages. The tutorial includes study questions, and would be a useful resource for independent study or review.

tag(s): cells (104), scientific method (66)

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Use this tutorial to help students review before a unit assessment. Set this site up as a learning station or center OR post the site on the teacher webpage to allow students to use it both in and out of the classroom. This would be a great study resource in a biology classroom.

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Six Billion Human Beings

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This is a French site which discusses world population growth, individual and sociological factors which affect that growth, and the implications of continued population growth for...more
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This is a French site which discusses world population growth, individual and sociological factors which affect that growth, and the implications of continued population growth for earth's ecosystems. Teachers and parents, please note: This site was created in France, where standards for discussions of reproduction, sexuality, and human behavior are more frank than may be customary in the U.S. Both the information and the presentation are engaging, but the approach may be too direct for your circumstances. Preview thoroughly before using.

tag(s): ecosystems (84), population (63)

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Multidimensional Human Embryo

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This site from the University of Michigan uses a highly detailed collection of MRI scans of embryos to produce complete three-dimensional views of a human embryo as various developmental...more
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This site from the University of Michigan uses a highly detailed collection of MRI scans of embryos to produce complete three-dimensional views of a human embryo as various developmental stages. The site also offers tools to let viewers select a particular MRI "slice" to show the embryo's internal structures. The images are fascinating.

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MendelWeb

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MendelWeb is a rich hypermedia site that integrates the study of elementary mathematics (i.e. probability and statistics), classical genetics, European history, and the history of early...more
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MendelWeb is a rich hypermedia site that integrates the study of elementary mathematics (i.e. probability and statistics), classical genetics, European history, and the history of early modern biology. It is geared to both the high school/AP teacher and student. The section entitled "Secondary Sources and Tools" provides additional ideas and activities for use in the classroom. Noteworthy is the "Mendelroom" a virtual space designed for teachers and students who wish to share their experiences and ideas when using MendelWeb.

tag(s): genetics (93), probability (130), statistics (124)

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