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Science of Everyday Life - Discovery Education

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Explore science in everyday life to understand the impact of science and technology. Find information for students, educators, and families as well as lesson plans and activities. Lesson...more
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Explore science in everyday life to understand the impact of science and technology. Find information for students, educators, and families as well as lesson plans and activities. Lesson plans are standards based and divided into age groupings. (Note: at the time of this review, the lesson plans for grades 9-12 were still unavailable). View lessons and interactives to make science come alive. The videos even include the grade range! View the family section for great online labs and family activities. This site can make science accessible and interesting even to middle school girls who may begin to shy away from anything scientific.

tag(s): inventors and inventions (95)

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Use the many great activities to bring home basic science concepts such as collisions and motion in the activity "Cushion It!" Help students make real world connections that may interest them in a science career. Use the innovation activities as part of a unit in inventors and inventions. This site has something for every age level. This is a fabulous site to save in your class favorites for students to explore on their own. Challenge cooperative learning groups to research a specific science topic and create a multimedia presentation to share with the class about their topic. Have students create a simple online posters using PicLits (reviewed here). This is also a fabulous link to share on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.
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Scientific American: Slide Shows - Scientific American, A division of Nature America, Inc.

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The slide show portion of the Scientific American website is a great visual resource for science teachers. The shows are organized in reverse chronological order from most recent to...more
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The slide show portion of the Scientific American website is a great visual resource for science teachers. The shows are organized in reverse chronological order from most recent to the oldest. The page is not searchable, but the site is. This would be great for science current events to tie into class. Some slide shows are graphic (a removed human brain!) and may need disclaimers when being shared with students.

tag(s): human body (126), microorganisms (15), oil (45), oil spill (21), organisms (21), slides (65), space (215)

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Try using this site when discussing how science relates to our current world. For instance, show the ten most dangerous moments for the space shuttle and the station history when studying astronomy. Incorporate the slide show about the Gulf oil spill and reading into a class blog for a biology unit on bacteria. This slide show demonstrates how microbes are used to clean up the oil. The pictures of the organisms are wonderful! Or, incorporate it into an environmental science class dealing with the impact of human behavior on the environment. Have students read and view the slide show as homework, and then discuss what they have learned via your class wiki or in class. Challenge students to create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here). Have students further discuss the potential problems with associated new microbes into the oil spill area.
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Fascinating Fish - Florida Museum of Natural History

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6 to 12
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This site from the department of ichthyology at the Florida Museum of Natural History offers a wealth of information on all manner of fishes, sharks, and other sea life. ...more
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This site from the department of ichthyology at the Florida Museum of Natural History offers a wealth of information on all manner of fishes, sharks, and other sea life. In addition to the site's text, there is a large, searchable photo database that will return images of many species. The education section includes information on how fish live and swim, identification keys, and commonly asked "fishy questions." Earth science teachers will definitely want to bookmark this one.

tag(s): fish (26), marine biology (33), oceans (152)

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Within the education section of this site is a host of lesson plans and classroom activities that are offered for free! In addition to those, there are also small we explorations about classifying fish, fish families, and anatomy to name a few. Select the appropriate exploration for a particular unit and use that portion of the site as a learning center or station. Have students explore the desired section in cooperative learning groups or pairs. To assess what they have learned, have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here).

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Virtual Body

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4 to 12
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Here's an animated and narrated tour through the major body systems that could be useful as an individualized study resource or for group presentations. Unlike many similar efforts,...more
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Here's an animated and narrated tour through the major body systems that could be useful as an individualized study resource or for group presentations. Unlike many similar efforts, the images for these tours are of medical illustration quality, which increases the instructional value of this content. Learn about the human brain, human heart, skeleton, and digestive track. Well worth a look. Narration allows you to listen and read -- both in English and Spanish!

tag(s): body systems (58), heart (44), olympics (48)

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This site is excellent for an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this site during a biology unit on the heart, brain, skeletons, or digestive system. Use the site during a unit on the Olympics, while you discuss how all systems work together. Assign small groups to investigate one particular system of the body and prepare a multimedia presentation to share with the class. Have students create online posters on paper using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here).
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World without Oil - Ken Eklund

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4 to 10
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What would happen of the world ran out of oil? Players simulated that reality through this innovative game. Though the activity is officially over, for the thirty-two days of play,...more
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What would happen of the world ran out of oil? Players simulated that reality through this innovative game. Though the activity is officially over, for the thirty-two days of play, over fifteen hundred stories of reaction to a massive decline in available oil and their reactions were recorded. Each story has been archived. Use the Time Machine to go to any of these weeks. Official stories for that week are the headline. Read stories by players in the blocks to the left. Click on a story block to go to the story. Take Gretchen's Quick Tour and experience the activity as one of the participant's did. Be sure to check out the Lesson Plans for Teachers.

tag(s): climate change (66), critical thinking (110), environment (319), oil (45)

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This is a massively collaborative imagining of the first thirty-two weeks of a global oil crisis. Though a game, the research shows that most of the players have continued the habits they developed in this game into their real life. Follow the Quick Tour to identify the parts of the game and have students peruse and report on player stories. Share with the class and brainstorm which stories are apt to occur in their household or community. Research ways to decrease our personal use of oil and other environmental or personal reasons to do so. Create conventional or blog writing about their personal opinions to the possibility of a world without oil and what students can personally change. Be sure to identify the many things that petroleum makes that is used in our lives.

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Quiz Revolution - QuizRevolution

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2 to 12
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Create cool, professional looking quizzes and tests! Quiz Revolution offers a platform for developing online quizzes for your websites and blogs. Multimedia options offer the opportunity...more
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Create cool, professional looking quizzes and tests! Quiz Revolution offers a platform for developing online quizzes for your websites and blogs. Multimedia options offer the opportunity to personalize quizzes and to create a more interesting look for your pages. You can add text, images, video, and html as well as choosing from pre-made "skins." There is a "look and play" section where you will get an idea of this program's capabilities.

tag(s): assessment (106), quiz (88), quizzes (99)

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Create quizzes to use for pre- and post- lesson assessments. Post the quizzes to your class website or blog as assignments. Insert videos, photos, and text into your quiz to reinforce concepts before students take the test. Assign students to create a quiz on a current topic as a wrap-up to a unit. Share the quiz on your interactive whiteboard or projector (use it as a center, rather than a "whole-group" activity. Learning support teachers may want to have students work with a partner to create review quizzes they can use as study aids.

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Infectious Disease: Emerging Diseases - National Academy of Sciences

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This emerging diseases interactive, which is part of the infectious disease module of the National Academy of Sciences is a tool that can be used in science, health, biology, and ...more
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This emerging diseases interactive, which is part of the infectious disease module of the National Academy of Sciences is a tool that can be used in science, health, biology, and environmental science classes. The activity is simple to follow. The given map of the world has flashing yellow hot-spots that are clickable. Once clicked upon, students can read about what disease broke out, when it broke out, and the specific strain that caused the outbreak. One little note, if you are a student want to read about a specific hot-spot, be sure to click on the box once it pops up on the screen. Otherwise, the box disappears when you move your mouse to another place on the map.

tag(s): bacteria (30), diseases (68), environment (319)

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This web interactive could be a launch point for a cross curricular unit on diseases and culture. Students could start by using a hot-spot on the map to find an area of the world where there has been a disease outbreak. Student could read the short informative block on that outbreak from the website. From this point, students could research the organism, disease that it causes, and the mode of infection. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos about their research. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. In world cultures classes, students could research the region, its customs and traditions. Then students could attempt to make connections between the customs of the area and the ways that they could effect the spread of disease, if they do. It is a great question to ask students, whether their day to day practices can cause or spread disease. Does the modern understanding of disease transmission and hygiene practice interfere or counter traditional practices of different regions of the world? Have them look for connections. Also, have different groups do different regions and diseases. Once their research has been completed, have students present as experts to their classmates. Have students use a mapping tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of their region/country/location (with audio stories and pictures included)!
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Cellular transport - Wiley.com

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View the various processes of transporting materials across a cell membrane with this interactive animation. Read the overview and then view the processes of osmosis/diffusion, active...more
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View the various processes of transporting materials across a cell membrane with this interactive animation. Read the overview and then view the processes of osmosis/diffusion, active transport, and passive transport. Answer the various questions between various animations to check on understandings.

tag(s): animals (287), cells (104), plants (153), transportation (41)

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Use this animation as an introduction to cellular processes or as a reinforcement for information learned in class. Provide time for students to propose a lab activity that would demonstrate each of the processes shown and carry it out to show the result of osmosis or diffusion. Consider taking pictures or video of the process and narrate to teach others about what they have learned. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Science projects, ideas & topics - Science Made Simple

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K to 12
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This "plain vanilla" looking site offers science help for parents, students, and teachers with simple explanations of science topics and ideas for experiments and projects. There is...more
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This "plain vanilla" looking site offers science help for parents, students, and teachers with simple explanations of science topics and ideas for experiments and projects. There is an extensive section devoted to creating a wonderful science fair that includes project ideas, how to pick a topic, presenting projects, judging, and parent information. There are also many at-home ideas for projects using simple, easy to find materials such as swinging cereal to demonstrate static electricity. You can sign up for their free newsletter to stay informed of new materials added to the site. There is an online store; however, it isn't necessary to purchase materials to use most of the information offered onsite.
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tag(s): colors (80), electricity (90), experiments (73), photosynthesis (32), plants (153)

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Share portions of the site such as how to use a lab notebook or how to do experiments safely on your interactive whiteboard when beginning science projects. Use the site as a resource for classroom experiments with materials that are readily available. Assign experiments for students to do at home, then have them prepare a presentation for the class describing science concepts demonstrated and learned. Secondary teachers can assign students a topic from the Science News portion of the site to read and discuss with the class. Challenge students to create a multimedia project to share with the class using one of many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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Ingenious - NMSI

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View thousands of old style photos on a range of science and ethical topics. Use this site to bring together images as well as viewpoints to create new insights into ...more
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View thousands of old style photos on a range of science and ethical topics. Use this site to bring together images as well as viewpoints to create new insights into Science and culture. Click on Read to obtain background on various science issues arranged by subject. Click on the Debate tab to look at questions and discussions related to science topics and issues. Find old style photos in the See tab. Create a login to save searches and photos for future use. Be certain to preview whatever you plan to share with your students. At this time of this review, there were some topics that would not be appropriate for some classrooms.

tag(s): debate (44), industrialization (14), medicine (70), natural resources (60)

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Find great information, photos, and possible questions for use in the classroom to stimulate thinking and make connections between content and the use of science in everyday life. For example, the debate "Can we sustain our lifestyles and our planet?" uses content from food chains to technology to natural resources. Additionally the discussion of what every organism needs to survive can bring to light discussions of characteristics of living things and our responsibility to the planet.

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The Plant List - theplantlist.org

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9 to 12
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Confused about Botany? It is no wonder with 375,000 plant species that are known by over a million different names! The Plant List has an aim to change this. Click ...more
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Confused about Botany? It is no wonder with 375,000 plant species that are known by over a million different names! The Plant List has an aim to change this. Click Browse along the top navigation bar. Choose from the major grouping of plants including Flowering Plants, Conifers, Ferns, and Mosses. Search using Family and genus names as well. Use this site to confirm names of species. Links to databases that contain specific information about the species is linked to each page.

tag(s): classification (25), plants (153)

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Use this site to determine the similarities and differences in the various plant groupings. Encourage teams of students to browse the sites and linked databases to determine how plants are identified. Brainstorm the findings in class to identify the classification schemes. Create conventional or multimedia representations of the various classification groups or a flowchart of classification. Try using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Climate Wisconsin - Educational Communications Board

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Listen to stories of impacts of climate change occurring in a northern state. Choose videos based upon popular activities such as fly fishing as well as issues of climate change ...more
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Listen to stories of impacts of climate change occurring in a northern state. Choose videos based upon popular activities such as fly fishing as well as issues of climate change that include extreme heat and ice cover. View resources that are stories as well as interactives using the menu at the bottom of the page.

tag(s): adaptations (18), climate (93), climate change (66), water cycle (34)

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Use these resources as a pre-unit activity to ecology or climate change. Brainstorm the issues presented as a class. Ask students what they already know about these problems. This is a great opportunity to provide time for student writing either in a conventional journal or on a blog. Allow time for students to generate questions about what they do not understand and plan the unit based upon these questions. Consider telling your own stories from your own area which can easily be published on a wiki, blog, or site. Use older relatives and community members that can discuss changes in weather, hunting, etc. in your area. Find records from past newspapers that help paint a picture of how our seasons and activities have changed over the year. Use many of the ideas from this site to brainstorm potential videos of change in your area.
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News English Lessons - Sean Banville

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4 to 12
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This site, created by Australian Sean Banville of "Breaking News English" (reviewed here), has high interest, "easier" news for students to read and...more
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This site, created by Australian Sean Banville of "Breaking News English" (reviewed here), has high interest, "easier" news for students to read and many teaching materials to go with them. Though the look of the site is cluttered with advertising and plain text, the content is worthwhile. Developed for ESL/ELL students and teachers, the site would also work well in a subject area, learning support, or reading classroom. There are MANY articles "ready to go," including mp3 audio files to listen to the articles. At the time of this review there were 200+ new additions! Each article includes several types of activities such as "online gap fill" (a Cloze reading activity), vocabulary flashcards, and hangman, and matching. A full script is available in pdf form. There is also an online, interactive quiz for students. The articles, and a lot more activities, can be downloaded and printed, too.
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tag(s): diseases (68), listening (91), news (262)

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The articles are short and interesting, a perfect match for non-fiction reading comprehension. With so many different activities to choose from, it will be easy for the classroom teacher to differentiate. There is an mp3 audio version of each article so students can listen as they read. Assign small groups of students to present the news each week, using the interactive whiteboard to show others the country and city from which the article originated. Make the newscasting experience even more real by having students read scripts of these news stories or their own original stories using a Easyprompter, reviewed here. Students can then go to another news source such as "Mapeas" (reviewed here) and click on the country of origin to see what else is happening in the news there. For a project, have the small groups create a "talking map" using a site such as Woices (beta) (reviewed here). This site allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location (where their article/story took place). What a fabulous way to share the article with the rest of the class!

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Cadaver Dissection Videos - Lawrence Galtman

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7 to 12
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Find actual anatomy and physiology images of the human body. Search through the images categorized by system. There are videos that range in length and topic (split pelvis, gastrointestinal...more
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Find actual anatomy and physiology images of the human body. Search through the images categorized by system. There are videos that range in length and topic (split pelvis, gastrointestinal track, and several others). Some videos are only 5-7 minutes while others are nearly 30 minutes. Warning: These are graphic displays of human cadavers used for medical training purposes. You will want to preview videos before you share with middle school students. Check whether your school has any policies about obtaining parent permission before sharing graphic images.

tag(s): body systems (58), human body (126), organisms (21)

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Identify how structure is related to function through discussing how different structures are related to their functions and how they compare with a other organisms. Compare images from your own class discussions to identify the similarities and differences among organisms. Consider sharing (appropriate) videos on your interactive whiteboards or projectors.
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Science.Gov - CENDI

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8 to 12
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This is a searchable database of science research on many topics. It is entirely governmental science research that is available for public viewing. Search over 40 other databases and...more
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This is a searchable database of science research on many topics. It is entirely governmental science research that is available for public viewing. Search over 40 other databases and 200 million web pages of science information. Talk about a one stop shop! It is easy to search - just type and enter!

tag(s): data (148), resources (112)

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Use this as resource when researching for scientific papers, getting ideas for experiments, or just staying apprised of the latest scientific research on a specific topic.

If your students are doing scientific research you might want to supply them with links from Science.gov using Diigo-Education reviewed here.

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Would like to see better search features within subject categories. Kathleen, VT, Grades: 0 - 12

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Science Geek - Mr. Allan

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Find terrific resources for chemistry and biology classes at this informational site. You'll find PowerPoints, procedures for labs, and general notes. This site was originally designed...more
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Find terrific resources for chemistry and biology classes at this informational site. You'll find PowerPoints, procedures for labs, and general notes. This site was originally designed to be one teacher's online classroom spot. However, the resources are very helpful in teaching chemistry, biology, and science in general, and this teacher is willing to share.
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tag(s): chemicals (42), genetics (94)

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Use the printables in your classroom when students do not have easy access to the internet. Try something more adventurous by showing a chemistry video on your interactive whiteboard. To use this site even further, have students try out a virtual lab tool as an alternative to a hands on lab assignment. Assign groups to different (specific) topics and challenge the groups to present their lab and results by creating a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Make this link available as an alternate way to look at concepts when students are "stuck" or confused.
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Animal Behavior - Arizona Board of Regents

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7 to 12
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Learn about various animal behaviors and use the simulations to view frequencies and causes of behavior. Click on one of the "Instructional Modules" along the right such as "Lizard...more
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Learn about various animal behaviors and use the simulations to view frequencies and causes of behavior. Click on one of the "Instructional Modules" along the right such as "Lizard pushups" or "Bumblebee decisions." Follow the pages that describe behaviors of that species as well as background information.

tag(s): animals (287), behavior (47)

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Use the simulation to learn more about behaviors, complete data sheets, and answer questions about behavior, territory, and other factors. Research behaviors in other animals and share with the rest of the class. Relate behavior as one of the characteristics that all living things share. Create a wall or web page of behaviors students learn throughout the year. Following a simulation, challenge cooperative learning groups to create a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Johnson explorations - McGraw-Hill

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Use these interactive simulations to learn some of the basic parts of science concepts. Explore the simulations on this site such as "Cell Size," "Mitosis," and "Oxidative Respiration."...more
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Use these interactive simulations to learn some of the basic parts of science concepts. Explore the simulations on this site such as "Cell Size," "Mitosis," and "Oxidative Respiration." Change levels that control the amount of activity to learn about cellular processes. Click on each simulation to view an introduction. Click "Skip Intro" to go to the simulation. Change the sliders to alter how the simulation proceeds.

tag(s): animals (287), cells (104), mitosis (11), photosynthesis (32), plants (153), respiration (17)

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Use these activities for inquiry. Share the activities on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Provide very little information and allow students time to play with the controls and identify what they notice. Use the terminology in the simulations to connect to content in class. Derive a hypothesis, carry out group experiments, and draw a conclusion with these simulations. Understand the science concept in motion with each of these simulations.
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Anatomy Corner - Anatomycorner.com

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Read information about anatomy topics such as "Cells and Tissues" and "Muscles." Find labeled picture in the "Anatomy Galleries." Be sure to check out the related resources section....more
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Read information about anatomy topics such as "Cells and Tissues" and "Muscles." Find labeled picture in the "Anatomy Galleries." Be sure to check out the related resources section. Be warned: some of the cat dissection photos are not for the faint at heart!

tag(s): brain (71), heart (44), structures (24)

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When comparing structures among various organisms, use this site to find great pictures, labels, and information useful to a Biology or Anatomy course. Create pictures in class similar to those on this site to place on a wiki, blog, or site to share with other students and to discuss comparative anatomy among animals.
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Biotech Adventures - Oklahoma State University

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Find basic information in text and images for many cellular events such as mitosis, meiosis, replication, and genetics with this free site. View shockwave and quicktime animations of...more
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Find basic information in text and images for many cellular events such as mitosis, meiosis, replication, and genetics with this free site. View shockwave and quicktime animations of processes and techniques or issues such as Black Bears, Cloning, and Forensics.

tag(s): cells (104), dna (68), forensics (27), genetics (94), meiosis (15), mitosis (11), plants (153), reproduction (9)

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Use this site to provide additional pictures and animations for the understanding of complex cellular activities that are difficult for some students to understand or visualize. Challenge students to create their own animations using DoInk reviewed here, and common household materials to showcase the steps and cellular parts involved in these processes.
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