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Spiders: An organism for Teacher Biology - University of Arizona

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7 to 12
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This ecological unit explores basic biological concepts and processes using spiders as model organisms. Students must capture spiders and use them to answer questions about their behavior....more
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This ecological unit explores basic biological concepts and processes using spiders as model organisms. Students must capture spiders and use them to answer questions about their behavior. Emphasis is placed on designing and conducting experiments. Both student and teacher materials are included, along with downloadable handouts.

tag(s): experiments (71), scientific method (64), spiders (10)

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Tissues of Life - Science Museum of Minnesota

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8 to 10
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Learn about the four types of tissues in the human body with this collection of activities. Interact with tissue invaders as they wreak havoc in the body, investigate the process ...more
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Learn about the four types of tissues in the human body with this collection of activities. Interact with tissue invaders as they wreak havoc in the body, investigate the process of wound-healing, and view "body slices," a scar gallery, and more. Students can even watch video interviews with a wound researcher, hematologist, and virologist.

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This is an especially "kid-friendly" site with text and images that will motivate even the most reluctant reader. Create a basic scavenger hunt to guide students - working in pairs - through the content and activities.
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Senses Challenge - BBC

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9 to 12
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Put your senses to the test with these twenty interactive questions that challenge visitors to use their visual and sensory skills. Immediate feedback and explanations are provided....more
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Put your senses to the test with these twenty interactive questions that challenge visitors to use their visual and sensory skills. Immediate feedback and explanations are provided. This is a great activity to add to a study of the nervous system. Requires FLASH to work.Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): senses (28)

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Science and Photography Through the Microscope - Dennis Kunkel

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9 to 12
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This searchable site contains more than 1500 micrographs of scientific, biological and medical subjects photographed with light and electron microscopes. Categories include bacteria,...more
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This searchable site contains more than 1500 micrographs of scientific, biological and medical subjects photographed with light and electron microscopes. Categories include bacteria, crystals, slime molds, insects, protozoa, viruses, and much more. Includes a "Virtual SEM" that allows visitors to find out what it is like to load and zoom-in on specimens using an electron microscope. Please read the "Image Use" information before you reproduce or copy any of the images on this site!

tag(s): microscopes (13)

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Virtual Microscope - University of Delaware

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10 to 12
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Before taking your students to the science lab to introduce microscope skills, detour to the computer lab and try this simulation. Through the use of this step-by-step tutorial, students...more
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Before taking your students to the science lab to introduce microscope skills, detour to the computer lab and try this simulation. Through the use of this step-by-step tutorial, students can learn in the same way they do with a real microscope - minus the frustration of trying to view a slide before truly understanding the mechanics. The site provides virtual specimens and access to all controls - including the light switch, rheostat, magnification, stage position, oculars, and course and fine focus.The site requires FLASH and provides a link to download it . You can also get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Online Bird Guide - Cornell University

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4 to 12
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Cornell's Ornithology lab has created one of the most comprehensive bird species sites on the web. While parts of the site require a subscription, this online bird guide remains an...more
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Cornell's Ornithology lab has created one of the most comprehensive bird species sites on the web. While parts of the site require a subscription, this online bird guide remains an effective, well illustrated online guide to bird spotting, habitats, and identification. Teachers will find many uses for the site as a reference tool, and as a resource for studying habitats and migration patterns

tag(s): birds (50), migration (59)

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The Micropolitan Museum - Microscopy UK

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8 to 12
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This wonderful collection of high quality captioned photographs draws visitors into the mysterious world of microorganisms. After viewing these images, you will never look at pond scum...more
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This wonderful collection of high quality captioned photographs draws visitors into the mysterious world of microorganisms. After viewing these images, you will never look at pond scum in the same way again. The gallery - organized into three main sections featuring freshwater, marine and insect collections - boasts special exhibits tucked inside virtual rooms. Visit the Hall of Arthropods, Radiolaria Lounge, the Ciliate Center, and more. An eye-opening addition to a biology class.

tag(s): microorganisms (14), organisms (21), photography (160), radio (27)

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Photosynthesis - Mike Tyree

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6 to 12
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This beautifully designed interactive movie explains the process of photosynthesis with animated graphics and narration. The vocabulary is quite challenging for younger students, so...more
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This beautifully designed interactive movie explains the process of photosynthesis with animated graphics and narration. The vocabulary is quite challenging for younger students, so some teacher translation is suggested. Consider using with an interactive white board for ease in adding your own editorial comments. NOTE: this FLASH file takes extra time to open the first time,so be patient. Make sure you have the most recent version of the Flash plug-in, The site does not work without it. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): photosynthesis (33), plants (145)

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Cell Cycle and Mitosis - University of Arizona

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6 to 12
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This online tutorial walks students through DNA basics, the cell cycle, and the process of mitosis. Each step of cell division is introduced with a brief description and illustration....more
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This online tutorial walks students through DNA basics, the cell cycle, and the process of mitosis. Each step of cell division is introduced with a brief description and illustration. Includes a short animation of mitosis, review quiz, and vocabulary list.

tag(s): cells (102), division (172), meiosis (15), mitosis (11), vision (87)

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Sheep Brain Dissection: The Anatomy of Memory - Exploratorium

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9 to 12
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Learn about the three main subdivisions of memory and the areas of the brain in which they take place. This interactive site walks students through the virtual dissection of a ...more
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Learn about the three main subdivisions of memory and the areas of the brain in which they take place. This interactive site walks students through the virtual dissection of a sheep brain and discusses the electrochemical connections that help us remember. Because of the similarities between sheep and human brains, this is an excellent site for introducing brain structure and functions. Includes some great videos of the dissection process. Aligned to Benchmarks for Science Literacy.

tag(s): brain (72), dissection (10), functions (70)

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Biology Tutorials for Cell, Metabolism, and Genetics - Community College of Baltimore County

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10 to 12
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This set of online biology tutorials are organized under three main sections: Eukaryotic Cell Structure, Metabolism, and Genetics. While not fancy, the tutorials contain concise information,...more
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This set of online biology tutorials are organized under three main sections: Eukaryotic Cell Structure, Metabolism, and Genetics. While not fancy, the tutorials contain concise information, hyperlinked definitions of unfamiliar terms, animated illustrations, and short quizzes. Tutorial titles include: Energy Conversions; Polypeptides, Protein, and Enzymes; DNA and RNA; Protein Synthesis; Cellular Respiration; and more.

tag(s): conversions (23), dna (69), energy (198), tides (7)

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Molecular Expressions - Florida State University

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8 to 12
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It's one thing to look at a picture of an amoeba in the science text, but to actually see one in motion - living, breathing, eating, trying not to be ...more
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It's one thing to look at a picture of an amoeba in the science text, but to actually see one in motion - living, breathing, eating, trying not to be eaten - well - that's another issue entirely. This site offers an entire digital video gallery of microscopic "pond scum" characters including Euglena rubra, Didinium, Acanthocystis, and many more.

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Double Helix Game - Nobel Foundation

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This interactive game challenges students to make exact copies of a DNA molecule from three random organisms and find out which organisms they are. ...more
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This interactive game challenges students to make exact copies of a DNA molecule from three random organisms and find out which organisms they are.

tag(s): dna (69), molecules (43)

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The Split Game Experiment - Nobelprize.org

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8 to 12
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Roger Sperry's famous experiments concerning the human brain form the basis for this animated, interactive activity that helps students understand the functions of the left and right...more
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Roger Sperry's famous experiments concerning the human brain form the basis for this animated, interactive activity that helps students understand the functions of the left and right hemispheres. Students can perform experiments on a virtual "split-brain" patient, analyze the results, and reveal their own discoveries. Includes background information about Nobel laureate Sperry and what came out of his groundbreaking work.

tag(s): brain (72), functions (70)

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Interactive Body - BBC

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9 to 12
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High school biology students will find a wealth of information about human body systems and structures in this interactive site. Visitors can choose to investigate muscles, organs,...more
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High school biology students will find a wealth of information about human body systems and structures in this interactive site. Visitors can choose to investigate muscles, organs, the skeleton, or the nervous system, and participate in click-and-drag activities that are quite challenging. Students must select correct placement and rotation of each part of the body, but the site provides hints along the way. Helpful animations and descriptive information round out this interactive, anatomical activity.

tag(s): body systems (57), olympics (47)

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This site is ideal for an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this site as an anticipatory set for systems of the body or Olympic (or other sports) events.
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From Cell to DNA

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9 to 12
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This brief multimedia slide show takes students on a virtual tour of a typical human cell. Each individual cell structure - from the nucleus, to chromosomes, to DNA strands and ...more
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This brief multimedia slide show takes students on a virtual tour of a typical human cell. Each individual cell structure - from the nucleus, to chromosomes, to DNA strands and their bases - is clearly illustrated, animated, and defined. This is not a highly detailed resource, but would make a very effective introduction to a genetics lesson. Turn on your speakers for this one!

tag(s): dna (69)

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Plants in Motion - Indiana University, Department of Biology

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2 to 12
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Watch plants change and grow with these time-lapse movies that illustrate germination, circadian responses, tropic and nastic movements, and more. The images can be enjoyed by students...more
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Watch plants change and grow with these time-lapse movies that illustrate germination, circadian responses, tropic and nastic movements, and more. The images can be enjoyed by students of all ages -elementary kids will love watching the plants "dance" - but the text on the site is fairly high level and appropriate for high school biology classes.

tag(s): plants (145)

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Tour of the Basics: Heredity - University of Utah

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8 to 10
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Genetics can be a fairly weighty topic, but this site breaks down complex concepts into easy-to-understand language. Click on each of the six topics - DNA, genes, chromosomes, proteins,...more
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Genetics can be a fairly weighty topic, but this site breaks down complex concepts into easy-to-understand language. Click on each of the six topics - DNA, genes, chromosomes, proteins, heredity, traits - and walk through an animated slide show that provides in-depth descriptions and helpful visuals. You can even download the tour so that you can run it without an Internet connection.

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

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Croak - Access Excellence

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8 to 12
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The frog population in the town park is declining, and you must help Councilman Pierce uncover the source of the problem. This four-part interactive mystery requires students to investigate,...more
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The frog population in the town park is declining, and you must help Councilman Pierce uncover the source of the problem. This four-part interactive mystery requires students to investigate, interview, and research their way to a logical solution. The activity is perfect for group work and has the potential to engage your most resistant science student!

tag(s): amphibians (20), ecosystems (88)

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Seeing - Exploratorium

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6 to 12
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Discover the science behind optical illusions with these interactive activities that demonstrate how our eyes interpret images. Each illusion is accompanied by an explanation of how...more
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Discover the science behind optical illusions with these interactive activities that demonstrate how our eyes interpret images. Each illusion is accompanied by an explanation of how and why the eye behaves as it does. Created by Exploratorium.

tag(s): brain (72), optical illusions (11), senses (28)

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