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The Secret Life of the Brain - PBS/WNET

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The companion site to the PBS series of the same name boasts a huge information archive, and more importantly, suberb interactive animations showing various regions of the brain and...more
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The companion site to the PBS series of the same name boasts a huge information archive, and more importantly, suberb interactive animations showing various regions of the brain and the functions they control.

tag(s): brain (72)

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It may be hard to fit this content into standard curricula, but if you can do it, it will be worth the effort.
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Ocean Oasis

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This companion web site to an IMAX film about Baja California and the Gulf of California offers a surprisingly extensive collection of student lessons and activities, as well as many...more
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This companion web site to an IMAX film about Baja California and the Gulf of California offers a surprisingly extensive collection of student lessons and activities, as well as many illustrations and explanations about the ecosystems of these two regions. Useful in any study of ecosystems, particularly if you're in the southwestern US.

tag(s): biomes (116), deserts (10), ecosystems (88), oceans (148)

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Polar Science Station

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This site is home base for a polar expedition to search for evidence of long-term pollutants in Antarctica. As the expedition proceeds, students will be able to track progress of ...more
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This site is home base for a polar expedition to search for evidence of long-term pollutants in Antarctica. As the expedition proceeds, students will be able to track progress of various experiments. The site also includes a good deal of background information on the types of pollutants for which scientists are searching.

tag(s): antarctica (29), arctic (44), ecology (135), polar (19), pollution (66)

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Bet the Farm! - Columbus Science Museum

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This farming simulation is no leisure game. It blends biology, weather, and economic concepts to produce a sophisticated simulation of a farming environment. It's a great exercise to...more
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This farming simulation is no leisure game. It blends biology, weather, and economic concepts to produce a sophisticated simulation of a farming environment. It's a great exercise to illustrate all the factors that go into any business, and the presentation is sure to hold students' attention. From the Columbus Science Museum. The site requires FLASH and may take some time to open. If you do not have the most current version of Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): business (58)

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There's lots of depth to this one. A thorough preview will help you decide how deeply students should work.
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K-W-L - A Strategy for Learning

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While this exercise is from a site on science and optics, the KWL strategy - a structured form of questioning and answering - is applicable to the study of many ...more
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While this exercise is from a site on science and optics, the KWL strategy - a structured form of questioning and answering - is applicable to the study of many topics other than science. Teachers will like this one because it outlines multiple strategies for both inquiry and presentation, giving examples from science, literature, and art.

tag(s): inquiry (37), inventors and inventions (101)

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If you're not familiar KWL, this is a great starting point.

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Planet Ocean - Discovery.com

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This site on oceans is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit for grades 4-8. ...more
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This site on oceans is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit for grades 4-8.

tag(s): biomes (116)

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Try the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit to get your students involved and engaged with their own research. Have them work alone or with a partner on laptops or in a lab.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium

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A fabulous site about ocean life, this site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit. It...more
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A fabulous site about ocean life, this site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit. It also includes several webcams and several activity options under Teachers and Kids.

tag(s): biomes (116)

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Try the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit in grades 4-8 to get your students involved and engaged with their own research. Have them work alone or with a partner on laptops or in a lab. Use a webcam with younger students, asking them to observe and record animal behavior as a center on your classroom computer or a whole-class activity on a projector.

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Women in Biology

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Here's a "labor-of-love" site designed for women scientists. It offers some interesting demographic information on women in science, as well as "from the trenches" commentary on some...more
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Here's a "labor-of-love" site designed for women scientists. It offers some interesting demographic information on women in science, as well as "from the trenches" commentary on some of the issues confronting talented women trying to build careers.

tag(s): scientists (68), women (101)

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Earth Day Canada

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Our Canadian users will want to visit this starting page for Canadian Earth Day acvitivities and information, and others will also find the selection of information and resources useful....more
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Our Canadian users will want to visit this starting page for Canadian Earth Day acvitivities and information, and others will also find the selection of information and resources useful.

tag(s): conservation (127), earth (228), earth day (112), ecology (135), pollution (66)

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The Genetic Science Learning Center

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

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

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

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A Primer on Molecular Genetics

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

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

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

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

tag(s): dna (69), ethics (16), genetics (90), sequencing (31)

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Looking at the map of the all the human chromosomes (GeneMap99) is an interesting way to introduce genetics and tie research into genetic studies in the classroom. Students can investigate the traits of students in the classroom and determine the different variations. Provide a link to this site to determine the chromosome and location on the chromosome for the trait. Find data about the frequency of the different variations in different populations around the world. Use the trait to complete genetic crosses. Do research and create an informational brochure, blog post, website page, or presentation on the findings. Have students create blogs using Throwww (reviewed here). This site allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. There is no registration necessary!
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Human Genome Project Education Resources

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

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

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

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Bioservers

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

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

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Neanderthal Genome Map and Data Resources

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

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Innovative Lives - Smithsonian Institution

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

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NSF Classroom Resources - National Science Foundation

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

tag(s): antarctica (29), arctic (44), biomes (116), chemicals (40), computers (94), cultures (105), earth (228), engineering (125), environment (317), fractions (239), geometric shapes (163), numbers (204), origami (17), planets (123), robotics (25), space (205), symmetry (55)

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

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

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

tag(s): conservation (127), ecology (135), environment (317)

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

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Acid Rain - US Government

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

tag(s): acid rain (5), ecology (135), pollution (66)

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

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Studying Cells Tutorial

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

tag(s): cells (102), scientific method (64)

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

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