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NOAA Fisheries Shark Site - NOAA

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3 to 12
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Here's a factual information site about sharks that offers a strong dose of reality for those concerned about shark attacks. You can find details on the species most common on ...more
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Here's a factual information site about sharks that offers a strong dose of reality for those concerned about shark attacks. You can find details on the species most common on the Atlantic, Pacific, and Hawaiian coasts, along with explanations on why many of these species are threatened or endangered.

tag(s): oceans (150)

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NOAA Ocean Explorer - NOAA

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Try this one if you're interested in a site offering "what's happening right now" content. NOAA uses this space to chronicle dozens of past and current ocean research projects - ...more
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Try this one if you're interested in a site offering "what's happening right now" content. NOAA uses this space to chronicle dozens of past and current ocean research projects - providing daily logs and images for each activity. You can read daily dispatches from researchers and follow along to see how "doing science" on a daily basis works.

tag(s): marine biology (33), oceans (150)

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Bacteriology and Microscopy

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9 to 12
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This Canadian site offers lots of details on using a microscope and techniques to ensure that microscope slides and samples give an accurate portrayal of the content being studied....more
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This Canadian site offers lots of details on using a microscope and techniques to ensure that microscope slides and samples give an accurate portrayal of the content being studied. You can learn a lot about laboratory techniques from this one.

tag(s): bacteria (30), microscopes (13)

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Much of this content will be beyond the scope of high school curriculum, but there are scores of illustrations and other content that teachers may find useful.

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KidsNet's Seaweb - KidsNet

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4 to 12
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This site offers a three-part unit on the oceans that emphasizes the effects that humans can have in destroying or preserving marine ecosystems and species. There are detailed lesson...more
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This site offers a three-part unit on the oceans that emphasizes the effects that humans can have in destroying or preserving marine ecosystems and species. There are detailed lesson plans and supplementary materials. There are also numerous sound clips to accompany the lessons, and we had difficulty making these work properly. That said, the content is perfectly sufficient without the sound.

tag(s): ecosystems (89), marine biology (33), oceans (150)

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Bridging the Watershed - National Park Service

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9 to 12
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Designed specifically for students, this site is a collaboration between several parks and schools in the Washington, DC area. The goal: explore ecological issues through field trips...more
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Designed specifically for students, this site is a collaboration between several parks and schools in the Washington, DC area. The goal: explore ecological issues through field trips to the various parks and sharing data and observations. Unregistered users can examine and download the various data. We assume the volume of data available will increase in the coming months.

tag(s): data (148)

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Monetery Bay WebCams - Monetery Bay Aquarium

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Monterey Bay aquarium offers several live webcams showing ongoing activities in the facility. Users can watch the penguins swim, and watch the otters watch the people. There are many...more
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Monterey Bay aquarium offers several live webcams showing ongoing activities in the facility. Users can watch the penguins swim, and watch the otters watch the people. There are many things to see here, and there are also lots of instructional activities that can go along with the tour. A high-speed connection is s must for this one, though.

tag(s): oceans (150)

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ExploreScience - ExploreLearning

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This is a collection of well-written instructional modules that introduce scientific concepts, primarily in physics and life sciences. All modules use Flash/shockwave animation, and...more
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This is a collection of well-written instructional modules that introduce scientific concepts, primarily in physics and life sciences. All modules use Flash/shockwave animation, and they can be used to teach or reinforce principles. Each module includes interactive elements that require students to participate in the presentation.

tag(s): genetics (91), mass (23), optics (15)

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These modules will be challenging content for some students, but the quality of both content and presentation is excellent. There are lesson plans associated with each module.
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Froguts

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This is by far the best web-dissection site we've seen. The site lets students do a hands-on dissection, complete with detailed explanations of each step. Better yet, this site is ...more
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This is by far the best web-dissection site we've seen. The site lets students do a hands-on dissection, complete with detailed explanations of each step. Better yet, this site is available in either of two forms - a straightforward dissection or an expanded version that includes pretests and quizzes intermixed with the dissection content. If you have more students than frogs, this one's for you.

tag(s): dissection (10)

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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 (115), deserts (11), ecosystems (89), oceans (150)

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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 (45), ecology (135), polar (19), pollution (67)

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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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4 to 12
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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 (97)

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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 (115)

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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 (115)

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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 (69), women (91)

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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 (128), earth (231), earth day (111), ecology (135), pollution (67)

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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 (91)

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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 (91)

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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 (18), genetics (91), sequencing (31)

In the Classroom

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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