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KId Wind - Kind Wind Project

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6 to 12
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Build a wind turbine and learn about wind power with your class. Kid Wind provides free lessons, Power Point presentations, and resources to support teachers and students as they learn...more
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Build a wind turbine and learn about wind power with your class. Kid Wind provides free lessons, Power Point presentations, and resources to support teachers and students as they learn about wind energy. The wind turbine plans vary in difficulty. Construct basic models from common materials such as Tinker Toys or create a more sophisticated one with a wind generator built from car alternators. This is a good resource for students interested in investigating for a science fair project about renewable energy. In the free curriculum area there are also lesson plans/activities (mainly pdfs) on energy efficiency, creating a hot air balloon, solar power, and more. Be aware: some of this site is for a fee.

tag(s): air (163), electricity (90), energy (203), engineering (126), ratios (54), solar energy (40)

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Use experiential learning to model how higher-level math concepts have a direct correlation to current environmental issues. Learn to measure wind energy, calculate "gear ratios," the area of a blade's "sweep," measure the amount of energy or wind a turbine is producing.

There is a range of lessons and activities here, some more complex than others. You may want to choose a few that fit your curricular needs and then allow small groups of students to investigate one together. Have student groups make an online Stixy (reviewed here) of things they discover about their topic, and later rearrange the items to "explain" their topic to classmates visually.

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Everyday Mysteries - Library of Congress

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3 to 12
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Find answers to the most interesting and intriguing questions that can be asked. Uncover cool science facts by looking at these answers. Enter a search term to find related questions...more
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Find answers to the most interesting and intriguing questions that can be asked. Uncover cool science facts by looking at these answers. Enter a search term to find related questions and answers. Browse categories such as Agriculture, Zoology, Meteorolgy, Home Economics, and Technology. View related resources and other interesting information on each page.

tag(s): agriculture (56), animals (287), climate (93), energy (203), planets (127), plants (153), questioning (33), resources (112), seasons (38)

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Use as a reference to answer questions that students have. Use this site to also apply information learned in the classroom. For example, when discussing light energy and wavelengths, use the explanation of why it is hot in the summer and cold in the winter to apply the information about energy and wavelength. Follow the use of this site with related labs and other activities. Follow up also with more research. For example, after learning about how an hour glass works, research, report, or create other timepieces used throughout history focusing on the advantages and disadvantages as well as the limitations and changes in technology over time.

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Infectious Disease: Rapid Evolution - National Academy of Sciences

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This webpage on the evolution of disease provides clear information about how natural selection works with infectious agents. It also addresses the concept of exponential growth. After...more
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This webpage on the evolution of disease provides clear information about how natural selection works with infectious agents. It also addresses the concept of exponential growth. After reading the information, click on the flash clip at the bottom of the first page to view a simulation of how a single E.coli bacteria reproduces. You can also find information on HIV, Malaria, TB, and more. This is a great image for having students understand bacterial reproduction.

tag(s): bacteria (30), diseases (68), hiv/aids (18), population (62)

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Use this to teach evolution, bacteria, or population growth in biology and environmental science. This will help students better understand how bacteria reproduce, and why disease causing organisms are so very successful. Start a lesson on bacteria infections by asking students "why is bacteria such a big problem?" Ask students whether they think bacteria as a species are successful or not. Have students read and watch the flash simulation. Have students discuss the rate of growth, and make sure to point out that the simulation is timed just the way that bacteria reproduce in nature. This would also make a good lead into a conversation about how not all evolution is good for the human species. It will help to point out that humans are just another animal species, and need to be studied as such.
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The Brain From Top to Bottom - The Canadian Institute of Neuroscience

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7 to 12
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This website offers detailed brain science information. It is an interactive tour through the brain and its numerous functions. An awesome feature to this site is that it has three...more
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This website offers detailed brain science information. It is an interactive tour through the brain and its numerous functions. An awesome feature to this site is that it has three different levels of knowledge and comprehension difficulty. The beginner level is roughly an eighth or ninth grade level while the intermediate level may be more appropriate for older high school students or advanced placement science classes. Brain topics on the site range from sleep and dreams to how the body brain connections work to move the body.
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tag(s): body systems (58), brain (71), human body (126)

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Try using this site as a research site for students working on individual or small group projects about the brain. Have students create their own mini site about a different organ of the body. Another idea, have students create a tiered report much like the format of this website. For instance, if the students are studying the respiratory system, have them create the reports that appeal to adults, peers and elementary students with a focus of explaining the functions of the system. For either of the above ideas, try using Weebly reviewed here
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Scitable - Nature Publishing Group

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9 to 12
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This academic online resource offers free articles on genetics, registration to participate in online discussions with other high-school scholars and older students, and the opportunity...more
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This academic online resource offers free articles on genetics, registration to participate in online discussions with other high-school scholars and older students, and the opportunity to collaborate on projects related to genetics. Vetted by Science Magazine, the source is of the highest academic quality.

tag(s): genetics (94)

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Biology students can browse through the topics related to genetics to find research material or to determine how to focus a project. Teachers can create packets of materials to share with their class or with the other members of the Scitable community around the world. Check with your school to see about its policy for registering and creating a class community on such a site. This site is especially appropriate for AP science students.

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Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine - pcrm.org

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4 to 12
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View excellent information from an organization of doctors dedicated to publishing the truth about the way our nation eats. Learn about fast food, issues with various types of foods,...more
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View excellent information from an organization of doctors dedicated to publishing the truth about the way our nation eats. Learn about fast food, issues with various types of foods, and characteristics of different types of diets. View issues of the day, current notes, and videos of hot topics.
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tag(s): fitness (50), myplate (28), nutrition (155)

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When discussing foods, biomolecules, or the food groups or portion control, use this site as a tremendous resource that discusses not only scientific facts but how nutrients act in the body. Use this information and search for other information to validate or dispute the information. Create a healthy discussion about web resources and credibility. Encourage students to pick a nutrition issue they would like to know more about and research to create a multimedia presentation (blog or wiki post, podcast, or video) or conventional (bulletin board, poster, or pamphlet) display of the information. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Wikispecies - Wikimedia Foundation

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Looking for a Wikipedia type resource for living things? Use Wikispecies to learn more about the variety of species of animals and plants on the Earth. This growing database contains...more
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Looking for a Wikipedia type resource for living things? Use Wikispecies to learn more about the variety of species of animals and plants on the Earth. This growing database contains information and the classification of a large number of species. Find information about the taxonomy and location. Find relevant links to obtain more information.

tag(s): animals (287), classification (25), plants (153), species (29)

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Use this site to determine the taxonomy and review the taxonomic categories of plants and animals. Though not a complete resource yet, it is valuable when paired with other resources such as Wikipedia.
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Energy Savvy - Aaron Goldfeder and Leo Shklovskii

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How energy efficient is your home? Find out here. Save money, save time, and save the environment using EnergySavvy.com. In about ten minutes, you can determine your energy savings...more
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How energy efficient is your home? Find out here. Save money, save time, and save the environment using EnergySavvy.com. In about ten minutes, you can determine your energy savings score and learn ways to save your family money and energy in your home. The questionnaire even has pictures, descriptions, and advice if you are unsure about which options to choose for each question.

tag(s): conservation (127), energy (203), environment (319)

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In environmental science units on conservation, try assigning this website as homework to be done together with parent or guardian help. Have students go through questions with parents and possibly even investigate their own home for evidence of energy losses and good practices. Have students email the report to their parent's address and print a copy to take to school as evidence and for further study. Or, have students' parents forward the email directly to you and print for the students. Have them calculate how much energy they could save as a class, leading them towards discussions of bigger savings overall and how little changes can make huge differences in our environment. Why not keep track of all of the data/results on a class energy saving wiki! Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through.

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Science Daily - ScienceDaily LLC

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6 to 12
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Looking for collection of current science research articles? This is your one stop shop! Science Daily is current, searchable, and interesting! Encompassing many, if not all, areas...more
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Looking for collection of current science research articles? This is your one stop shop! Science Daily is current, searchable, and interesting! Encompassing many, if not all, areas of science, this site could make your classroom science research easy. The major categories are: Health & Medicine, Mind & Brain, Plants & Animals, Earth & Climate, Space & Time, Matter & Energy, Computers & Math, and Fossils & Ruins.
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tag(s): animals (287), brain (71), climate (93), computers (92), data (148), earth (231), energy (203), fossils (46), matter (61), medicine (70), news (262), planets (127), plants (153), space (215), time (141)

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Use this site as a research tool or to provide practice reading informational texts in the content areas. Choose an article relevant to what you are teaching, post it on your website or wiki, and have your students discuss what the article means and how it made them think. Since the articles are heavy with text, you may want to have students work in small groups to read the article you have selected for them, and use a tool such as Mindmeister (reviewed here) or bubbl.us (reviewed here) to create a concept map of the important ideas and their details for the article. Each article has several related links. Have each group choose a different one to explore, and create a concept map to share on your interactive whiteboard or projector so all can benefit from the related articles. Once created, the concept maps can be posted as links or embedded on your teacher website or wiki for review and to share with parents. If the text of the articles is simply too challenging without some "before reading" help, show students how to preview it using WordSift, reviewed here.
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Plug Into the Smart Grid - General Electric Company

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6 to 12
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This powerful website is moderately interactive, and offers a ton of great information on alternative energy. With its calming appeal, the sounds and the graphics help increase the...more
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This powerful website is moderately interactive, and offers a ton of great information on alternative energy. With its calming appeal, the sounds and the graphics help increase the interest in the topic of energy conservation.

tag(s): conservation (127), energy (203), environment (319)

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Use this website as part of a project on alternative energy or as a resource for environmental resources. This site could also be a launch pad for a discuss of why humans should make changes in their energy consumption. Try showing it at the beginning of a lecture about alternative energy sources or the start of a conservation unit. Have cooperative learning groups view one portion of this site and create electronic "posters" or word graphics using a tool such as Piclits (reviewed here).
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Renewable Energy Basics - The Pembima Institute

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Integrate clean air technology into your physical science units. Re-Energy.ca highlights five basic forms of renewable energy; solar electricity and heat, wind power and energy, and...more
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Integrate clean air technology into your physical science units. Re-Energy.ca highlights five basic forms of renewable energy; solar electricity and heat, wind power and energy, and biomass energy. All the necessary background information needed to better understand renewable energy and with a list of valuable links, resources and videos. Included are detailed construction plans for renewable energy models such as a solar oven or wind turbine. The site also addresses larger environmental issues such as global climate change and is dedicated to educating the public on ways to reduce the consumption of natural resources.

tag(s): climate change (66), design (82), electricity (90), energy (203), engineering (126), heat (15), natural resources (60), sustainability (19)

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The projects outlined are in simple steps to show students how to create their own renewable energy technologies. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to get hands on experience with engineering, design, and sustainable energy technologies. It also could be a resource for science fair projects.

If you live in Canada, you can participate in a solar oven design challenge. Teachers from other countries may want to have their class host an on-line collaborative project to compare and contrast the performance of their home made solar ovens

The website provides a unit plan meant to be completed in 11 class periods. You can download free complete lesson plans with detailed instructions. A student planning worksheet outlines research procedures, project guidelines, timeline for completion dates and evaluation criteria they are expected to meet.
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Science IQ - Science IQ. com

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8 to 12
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This website features answers to new science questions everyday. If the simple answer is not enough for you, there are helpful links, and suggested additional reading if you would like...more
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This website features answers to new science questions everyday. If the simple answer is not enough for you, there are helpful links, and suggested additional reading if you would like a greater understanding of the concept. Even more information is available through using the categorized science facts found on the left side of the screen. Questions are also searchable by keyword. Subjects include: physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, mathematics, geology, engineering, and medicine.
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tag(s): area (67), carbon (21), carbon footprint (11), chemicals (42), coal (14), earthquakes (50), energy (203), engineering (126), fossil fuels (18), fossils (46), glaciers (15), machines (30), matter (61), moon (75), natural resources (60), ozone (10), ph (4), planets (127), prime numbers (32), pythagorean theorem (33), questioning (33), space (215), square roots (23), stars (66), sun (73), volume (44)

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Try using this site's questions on a weekly or daily basis in science or math class to start discussions and provoke student thinking. Allow students to view the question on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then brainstorm possible answers. Once enough thoughts have been seeded, share the real answers. Or, allow students to work at the answer as the lesson continues for a few days and reveal the correct answer as a finale to the lesson.

This site could also be used as a learning station for the question of the day or the week.

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Science Bob Experiments - Steve Galgas

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6 to 11
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This website has a list of exciting and simple experiments. The instructions are clear, concise, and printable! Topics include Newton's Law, making a film canister rocket, a levitating...more
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This website has a list of exciting and simple experiments. The instructions are clear, concise, and printable! Topics include Newton's Law, making a film canister rocket, a levitating orb, how to make Slime, optical illusions, bend water with static electricity, and many more for a variety of different sciences. Experiments make good use of cheap, recyclable and other easy to find items. Many experiments have video clips of people doing the experiments.

tag(s): chemicals (42), electricity (90), experiments (73), magnetism (38), newton (26), optical illusions (13), rockets (14), sounds (68), volcanoes (65)

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Print out instructions and have student work through the experiments when relevant to topics. Also, some experiments could be used as demonstrations. Assign cooperative learning groups specific experiments to try out and create a video to share with the class. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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Science Master Learning Galleries - The KGM Group, Inc.

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7 to 12
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This site is a categorized collection of scientific pictures (and descriptions) to enhance understanding of specific science concepts. This specific page is this site's jump-start for...more
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This site is a categorized collection of scientific pictures (and descriptions) to enhance understanding of specific science concepts. This specific page is this site's jump-start for Earth science. There are also jump start pages for space science, life science, and physical science.
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tag(s): acid rain (5), carbon (21), climate (93), earth (231), earthquakes (50), fire (27), fossils (46), glaciers (15), hurricanes (38), images (277), natural disasters (20), natural resources (60), rocks (51), tsunamis (18), volcanoes (65), water cycle (34), wetlands (10)

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For a quick use, add images from this site to a PowerPoint. For a more in-depth use of the site, either choose several pictures/topics that would enhance your unit, or allow students to choose a topic they would like to investigate further. Have pairs or small groups of students brainstorm questions they have about the topic. Many of the questions they come up with will be answered when they click on the picture. For the questions that aren't answered on that page, have the student research the answer using the Internet as a resource.

Have student groups make an online Stixy (reviewed here) of things they discover about their picture/topic, and later rearrange the items to "explain" their topic to classmates visually.
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Linnaeus 2007 - linnaeus2007.se

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Read about Linnaeus' life and achievements on this fascinating site. Follow the link to Linnaeus' blog. (He did send his information to others to comment upon. Would he not find ...more
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Read about Linnaeus' life and achievements on this fascinating site. Follow the link to Linnaeus' blog. (He did send his information to others to comment upon. Would he not find today fascinating?)

tag(s): classification (25), scientific method (65), scientists (69)

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View the many articles about Linnaeus and discover the use of the scientific method in what he has shared with the world. Research other taxonomists to determine how organisms were classified then to uncover the similarities and differences among them.

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Plant and Soil Sciences eLibrary - University of Nebraska at Lincoln

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Find a vast array of lessons and resources on plant and growing technologies on this diverse site. Lessons include Case Studies that can be examined as an introduction to many ...more
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Find a vast array of lessons and resources on plant and growing technologies on this diverse site. Lessons include Case Studies that can be examined as an introduction to many Biology and Ecology topics.

tag(s): agriculture (56), ecology (135), erosion (17), plants (153)

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Find specific lessons on a topic such as Erosion. Use the simple and effective lesson plans and activities to learn about the processes and effects of erosion on the land. Research additional information such as losses attributed to erosion, natural events that disrupt human and other animal populations, and other related environmental problems. Use Google Maps or Google Earth (reviewed here) to map out the case studies presented in the resource. Create placemarks in either application that provide information about erosion, the causes, and the problems created. Research additional items to include in maps or Earth such as images, videos, or news articles that can be viewed to understand the problems. You might consider having students use a tool such as Middlespot, reviewed here, an innovative website for bookmarking in a unique, visual way. Add search material from anywhere on the web by dragging and dropping elements around the screen. Students would use this to help them keep track of their findings. Use with food and fiber activities that identify how many grown products are used not only as food but for building and other materials.

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Central Park Conservancy - Central Park Conservancy

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4 to 12
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This site, created by the Central Park Conservancy, provides some interesting features about the park which includes history and films and famous photographs taken in the park. There...more
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This site, created by the Central Park Conservancy, provides some interesting features about the park which includes history and films and famous photographs taken in the park. There is tour and event information, so whether you're planning a virtual field trip or an actual field trip to Central park, this site is worth your viewing.
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tag(s): animals (287), environment (319), national parks (18), plants (153), trees (30), virtual field trips (50)

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Use this resource to plan a trip to the park. Or, create a virtual field trip by designating specific places on the website that students have to visit. Have students locate different buildings, art, and trees in the park. It could be a great way to do a virtual leaf collection (in this case - tree collection) with the site's tree database. Have students find at least ten different trees and then create a presentation providing different information about those trees, including their locations in the park. Assign small groups to explore one facet of this site and create a multimedia presentation using one of many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Use the site to help teach geography content such as latitude and longitude by having the students create a map to "escape the park."
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Life Sciences Learning Center: Animations - University of Rochster Medical Center

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7 to 12
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View animations about complex cellular processes either online or by downloading to your computer. Click on the picture to view and follow the simulation. Click on "Download movie"...more
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View animations about complex cellular processes either online or by downloading to your computer. Click on the picture to view and follow the simulation. Click on "Download movie" to download the movie for MAC or PC. There are several topics, some of which include "Bacterial Homeostasis and Tooth Decay," "DNA and Genetic Disorders," "Cellular Respiration," and others.

tag(s): animation (65), cells (104), dna (68), genetics (94), photosynthesis (32), respiration (17)

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Use this resource to review concepts that have been learned in a biology class such as photosynthesis, cellular respiration, protein synthesis, or electrophoresis. Give students time to view the animations and create study notes for each part of the process that is happening. For example, have teams of students create the script for the scene unfolding in each slide of the movie. Team members could share the work using a tool such as Crocodoc reviewed here to create the script. Create a glossary of terms that need to be known to understand the process. Create a concept map either using conventional or digital means to outline the major points of the process and the similarities or differences that occur between each of the processes. Use a tool such as bubbl.us reviewed here).

Provide time for students to generate questions from the information they still do not understand or to create quiz questions to check for understanding following the viewing of the resource. You might want them to use Quiz Snack (reviewed here) to create online polls or surveys with their classmates to see who has the answers to the questions they still have.
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Discover Life - The Polistes Corporation

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Use the free online tools at this site to identify species and view album pictures of a variety of living things. Search by keyword or by browsing through the categories. ...more
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Use the free online tools at this site to identify species and view album pictures of a variety of living things. Search by keyword or by browsing through the categories. Check out all living things, where a group of organisms can be selected and a variety of categories chosen from there (such as overview, divisions, phylogeny, links to other sites, and references.) Use the ID Nature guide to identify and categorize organisms based upon observable characteristics. Click on a pattern and then "Search" to change the possible organisms, links, and scientific names. Use the global mapper to locate species

tag(s): animals (287), classification (25), species (29)

In the Classroom

Need information on a vast array of animal species? Look no further. Use as a research guide, for identification purposes, and to view great quality images on a variety of species. This resource is a great tool for any environmental unit. Consider using information to appreciate the diversity of a specific genus in a variety of areas around the world, using as an initial resource in learning about animals and then further identifying habitat issues using other resources. Use as an initial activity in the unit to identify the common characteristics of a specific classification group to begin class discussions. Students can identify the characteristics of a species, identify then those that belong to a specific genus, etc. Continue backwards for a greater understanding of classification in general. Create a concept map of the progress and be sure to link the specific pages of the site for reference. Use a tool such as bubbl.us (reviewed here) to create and share the concept maps.
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Earth Sky - Earth Sky Communications

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Looking for real science from real-life scientists? This is the spot for you. EarthSky is loaded with current interviews in all different content areas. Topics include water, energy,...more
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Looking for real science from real-life scientists? This is the spot for you. EarthSky is loaded with current interviews in all different content areas. Topics include water, energy, health, agriculture, biodiversity, earth, space, and human. Another nifty feature of this website is that you can add the RSS feed to your blog or Google account to keep up with new interviews.

tag(s): biodiversity (39), ecology (135), energy (203), scientists (69)

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Have students select an interview to listen to on their own time. Once they have listened to it, have them research the subject. Have students share their findings with the class. Or, add the RSS feed to the class website so that students can access the interviews at their convenience.
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