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Living in an Alkaline Environment - Microbial Life Educational Resources

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Living in an Alkaline Environment is a three-part activity that explores the ecology and diversity of life in alkaline environments. The activities feature Mono Lake, CA as an example...more
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Living in an Alkaline Environment is a three-part activity that explores the ecology and diversity of life in alkaline environments. The activities feature Mono Lake, CA as an example of an alkaline, hypersaline ecosystem. The first two activities on this site are classroom lesson plans, and the third is an online investigation. Complete lesson plans and standards are included. The final activity asks students to draw upon their new knowledge to research organisms living in and around Mono Lake, and create field guide pages and a food web detailing the Mono Lake ecosystem.

tag(s): ecology (135)

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You can use these activities in their entirety or pick and choose from the resources they include.

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ICBL: Investigative Case-Based Learning - BioQuest Curriculum Consortium

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11 to 12
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Really excite your AP biology, ecology, and biochemistry students with these real-world applications of the sciences in solving problems. Each case is presented in a narrative, and...more
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Really excite your AP biology, ecology, and biochemistry students with these real-world applications of the sciences in solving problems. Each case is presented in a narrative, and the learner resources include advice on reading cases, collecting data, and all the steps to solve the problems. There are over two dozen problems across several biology, chemistry, ecology, and molecular biology disciplines. These are college-level problems, so you may want to use one as a whole-class activity to model the process and spur enthusiasm for further scientific study. The ideal is then to allow groups of students to continue with the investigations, if they have sufficient knowledge to do so on their own.

tag(s): genetics (92), scientific method (64)

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Review the cases and select one that extends your curriculum, then share it on a projector so students are not overwhelmed by the level of sophistication at first. These would also be ideal for gifted high school students interested in the sciences.

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Biological ESTEEM: Excel Simulations and Tools for Exploratoty, Experiential Mathematics - Bioquest and MAA Online

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AP Biology teachers will love these downloadable, advanced mathematical models (Excel and other) for many biology concepts in ecology, botany, genetics, biochemistry, and more. Created...more
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AP Biology teachers will love these downloadable, advanced mathematical models (Excel and other) for many biology concepts in ecology, botany, genetics, biochemistry, and more. Created for college classrooms, the models are quite sophisticated and may be best used by advanced students or as a whole-class activity. These models provide real-world application of mathemetical and scientific concepts that are certain to excite budding scientists. The desciptions include computer software specifications for successful use. Some examples of applications include: a model for biogeography and the impact of mainland species pool, area of the island, and distance of the island from the mainland on the species available on the island; a 3D mathematical model of various factors' impact on the growth of tree branches; and a worksheet that simulates the population growth of two interacting species

tag(s): ecology (135), environment (318), modeling (10), species (29), statistics (123)

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Teachers eager to spread enthusiasm for true scientific inquiry and use of mathematical tools in the sciences may want to select one of these tools to extend their regular curriculum. Share it on a projector so students are not overwhelmed with the college-level material at first.

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Virtual Knee Replacement - Edheads

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Learn about the anatomy of the knee and how doctors perform knee surgery through this online simulation. It even includes a separate section with actual photographs for the strong-stomach...more
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Learn about the anatomy of the knee and how doctors perform knee surgery through this online simulation. It even includes a separate section with actual photographs for the strong-stomach crowd. The animated movie has the option to display subtitles (for the hearing impaired or computers without speakers) and stops to ask questions all along the way. The activities are correlated to Ohio and National standards. Teach about scientific inquiry using the section where you select the correct prosthetic knee device. Not only is this site an interesting look at a science topic for biology, anatomy, or physiology classes, it also provides a view into medical careers.

tag(s): careers (133), inquiry (37), medicine (69), olympics (48)

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Share this site as a real-world extension of a biology class on anatomical structures or in a career exploration activity. Students can navigate on their own computers or access the site from your teacher web page for use outside of class. Guidance counselors may want to include it among career links they offer to middle and high school students. Use this site during the Olympic games to discuss injuries that athletes may endure.
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Science and Nature -- Animals - BBC

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This BBC site is good for information on habitat, size, life span and physical description of mammals, birds, and sea life. There are quizzes and activities on all kinds of ...more
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This BBC site is good for information on habitat, size, life span and physical description of mammals, birds, and sea life. There are quizzes and activities on all kinds of animals and habitats. You could spend days exploring the oceans alone! Photographs of animals are included. Check out the Children's Zone for younger students. Real Player is needed for this site. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): animals (285), conservation (125), mammals (33), oceans (152)

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Depending on age of students, teachers may want to preview and save certain areas of this site in your favorites for students to view. Use a projector to model searching for information on a website and talk about citing sources in a report. Or give instructions and specifics to look for and send your students out to find their own information. You can even load an animal screensaver or wallpaper on your classroom computer to go along with your current unit topic. This site is a great reference to have marked in your Favorites all the time.

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Bugs in the Classroom - University of Kentucky

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Here's a collection of pointers for students interested in keeping arthropods as pets - either at home or in the classroom. Not sure what to feed that Praying Mantis? The ...more
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Here's a collection of pointers for students interested in keeping arthropods as pets - either at home or in the classroom. Not sure what to feed that Praying Mantis? The answers are here. There's even a special article on the details of keeping these critters in the classroom. Bookmark this one; it will come in handy one day.

tag(s): insects (70)

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Your Disease Risk: A Source on Prevention - Harvard School of Public Health

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Your students can review research about heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, and osteoporosis and learn about their risk factors for these diseases.This is an adult-level site,...more
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Your students can review research about heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, and osteoporosis and learn about their risk factors for these diseases.This is an adult-level site, but the information is excellent.

tag(s): factors (41), heart (44)

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Use this site for individual or team research projects on different diseases and ask them to prepare "What is Your Risk?" games or activities for their classmates. Then have a health fair in class. Or have students individually evaluate their own health risks using the site then devise a plan for a healthier lifestyle.

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What's Underfoot - Intel Innovation

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Science teachers can take a page from this chronicle of a Vermont science class and their field work in local wetlands. Armed with their hypotheses, probes, and background information,...more
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Science teachers can take a page from this chronicle of a Vermont science class and their field work in local wetlands. Armed with their hypotheses, probes, and background information, students set out in an attempt to correlate red salamander populations with the Ph of the local water. There are lots of great teaching strategies in this one.

tag(s): scientific method (64)

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While not a complete lesson plan, teacher can use this lesson idea and format as a model for other inquiry-based science projects based on local circumstances and resources.

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Inside the Brain: An Interactive Tour - Alzheimer's Association

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This highly visual site gives visitors an unforgettable tour of the brain and explains the functions of its three main parts. Formatted as a self-paced slideshow, the site also provides...more
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This highly visual site gives visitors an unforgettable tour of the brain and explains the functions of its three main parts. Formatted as a self-paced slideshow, the site also provides an intense explanation of the effect of Alzheimer's disease on brain tissue. Roll your mouse over the colored text on each slide to view the specific region described.

tag(s): brain (71)

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Create a basic Web hunt or graphic organizer to guide students through the slideshow and encourage them to focus on the vocabulary and descriptions. The visual component of this resource helps students understand the logistical as well as functional aspects of each major region of the brain.
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Cell Inspector - Harcourt

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8 to 10
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Students can test their knowledge of cell structure with this interactive "click and drag" self-checking activity. Label all of the key parts of the cell displayed on the virtual microscope...more
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Students can test their knowledge of cell structure with this interactive "click and drag" self-checking activity. Label all of the key parts of the cell displayed on the virtual microscope monitor, then identify the cell as plant or animal. To learn more about each cell part, students can click on the "Info" button. To try another, click the "New Cell" button. May take some time to load on dial-up or slower connections.

tag(s): cells (104), structures (24)

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Spiders: An organism for Teacher Biology - University of Arizona

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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 (73), scientific method (64), spiders (10)

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Tissues of Life - Science Museum of Minnesota

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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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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 (29)

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Science and Photography Through the Microscope - Dennis Kunkel

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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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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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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 (52), migration (58)

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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 (15), organisms (21), photography (161), radio (27)

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Photosynthesis - Mike Tyree

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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 (32), plants (153)

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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 (104), division (167), meiosis (15), mitosis (11), vision (86)

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Sheep Brain Dissection: The Anatomy of Memory - Exploratorium

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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 (71), dissection (10), functions (68)

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