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Biodiversity - American Museum of Natural History

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4 to 7
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Everything Counts is the theme of this elementary unit on how ecosystems, resources, and cultures all relate to one another. The unit's text and illustrations make their points in simple...more
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Everything Counts is the theme of this elementary unit on how ecosystems, resources, and cultures all relate to one another. The unit's text and illustrations make their points in simple terms. This unit is part of the American Museum of Natural History's "Ology" series that explores different aspects of the life sciences. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): ecosystems (84), natural resources (59), resources (109)

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Help your students to understand that we are all connected! Share this site (and its resources) on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Take advantage of the literature list provided to find books to read about the unit.
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Photosynthesis - A "Jeopardy" Powerpoint - ERIC

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Use of Powerpoint presentations to create Jeopardy-style presentation quizzes has become popular in many schools. This ERIC lesson uses this technique for a quiz on principles of photosynthesis....more
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Use of Powerpoint presentations to create Jeopardy-style presentation quizzes has become popular in many schools. This ERIC lesson uses this technique for a quiz on principles of photosynthesis. The game is available either for on-line use or for download and local installation.

tag(s): cells (104), energy (204), photosynthesis (33), plants (159)

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My Tiny Garden

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4 to 12
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This one is hard to describe, but it offers a beautifully designed collection of close-ups of insects and their environments. Surprisingly well-written descriptions accompany these...more
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This one is hard to describe, but it offers a beautifully designed collection of close-ups of insects and their environments. Surprisingly well-written descriptions accompany these images, and there's a "magnify" feature that lets users see even more of the details. Younger students will enjoy the images, and secondary students will appreciate the descriptions and explanations.

tag(s): images (273), insects (72)

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Jane Goodall and the Chimpanzees - National Geographic

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National Geographic offers this complex site detailing Jane Goodall's return to the African jungles in which she has done pioneering work on the life habits of chimps. Creative teachers...more
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National Geographic offers this complex site detailing Jane Goodall's return to the African jungles in which she has done pioneering work on the life habits of chimps. Creative teachers will find uses for this one in studying primates, issues about "how scientists do science," rain forest ecosystems, and the like. This one offers lots of possibilities.

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Earth Day Network

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4 to 12
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This web site from a consortium of several thousand environmental organizations offers a great collection of resources to build awareness of ecological issues and inspire both individual...more
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This web site from a consortium of several thousand environmental organizations offers a great collection of resources to build awareness of ecological issues and inspire both individual and collective action. These include several games that let students discover how well they and their families conserve resources. Try the Ecological Footprint Quiz.

tag(s): earth (233), earth day (111), ecology (138), environment (322)

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Fast Plants - University of Wisconsin

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Plants with very fast growing cycles can be very useful in classroom demonstrations and lab activities. This site from the University of Wisconsin explains how to use these "fast plants"...more
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Plants with very fast growing cycles can be very useful in classroom demonstrations and lab activities. This site from the University of Wisconsin explains how to use these "fast plants" and offers a significant collection of lessons and resource ideas involving them. There are also collections of pointers for students and teachers. This site may be just the thing for teachers who have limited outdoor resources or whose climates aren't in sync with their curricula. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): experiments (73), plants (159)

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Life of Mammals - BBC

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BBC's companion web site to the program of the same name offers quizzes (e.g. name this sound...), live web cams, and lots of supplementary information on how mammals live. While ...more
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BBC's companion web site to the program of the same name offers quizzes (e.g. name this sound...), live web cams, and lots of supplementary information on how mammals live. While teachers won't be able to build a complete curriculum here, the variety of activities could be a neat supplement to elementary or middle school studies of animals and habitats. You'll want a fast connection to make some of these features work well.

tag(s): ecosystems (84), environment (322), habitats (86), mammals (34)

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Woods Hole Education Programs - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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6 to 12
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The K-12 education section of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution offers a collection of extensive online education tools. Students can search for toxic algae, join one of several...more
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The K-12 education section of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution offers a collection of extensive online education tools. Students can search for toxic algae, join one of several expeditions, even learn about women with careers in oceanography. Depending on age level, these exhibits will work for either individual or group use.

tag(s): marine biology (32), oceans (161)

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Life Has a History - U.C. Berkeley

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1 to 12
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This extremely well-organized site from U.C. Berkeley introduces students to the history of life and how it results in today's biodiversity. The site includes three different levels...more
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This extremely well-organized site from U.C. Berkeley introduces students to the history of life and how it results in today's biodiversity. The site includes three different levels for grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12, making this an introduction that can be used in virtually any classroom setting. Created with support from the National Science Foundation.

tag(s): biodiversity (35), diversity (33), evolution (99), fossils (45)

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Ocean Report - Kidsnet

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This is a three-part study of ocean ecosystems that relies on audio clips for part of its presentation. Designed for grades 4-8, the unit helps students understand the diversity of...more
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This is a three-part study of ocean ecosystems that relies on audio clips for part of its presentation. Designed for grades 4-8, the unit helps students understand the diversity of marine environments and the importance of preserving these delicate ecosystems. The unit also offers practical steps that students can take to help participate in this process. There's lots to explore here, and a wealth of instructional possibilities.

tag(s): marine biology (32), oceans (161)

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Insectclopedia

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6 to 12
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This large metasite offers a well-organized collection of scores of links relating to the study and categorization of insects. Like most sites of this nature, there are no explanations...more
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This large metasite offers a well-organized collection of scores of links relating to the study and categorization of insects. Like most sites of this nature, there are no explanations of the links, so you may have to hunt to find what you're after. We've included this one because of the number of resources the authors have found.

tag(s): insects (72)

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Pet Bugs

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Here's more proof that you can find almost anything on the web. It's a site all about keeping invertebrates - mostly insects - as pets. Want to know what to ...more
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Here's more proof that you can find almost anything on the web. It's a site all about keeping invertebrates - mostly insects - as pets. Want to know what to feed your pet tarantula? Look no further. Seriously, there's a wealth of information on all manner of species here, whether your interest is in finding a unique pet or building a mini-ecosystem in your classroom.

tag(s): insects (72)

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Seriously, there's a wealth of information on all manner of species here, whether your interest is in finding a unique pet or building a mini-ecosystem in your classroom.

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Operation Migration

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How do you teach whooping cranes to migrate? This naturalist did it by leading the way in his ultralight aircraft, and this site chronicles the multi-year effort to create an ...more
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How do you teach whooping cranes to migrate? This naturalist did it by leading the way in his ultralight aircraft, and this site chronicles the multi-year effort to create an entirely new crane flock with its own migration patterns. There are great maps and photos, the sort of stuff that can bring biology and earth science concepts to life.

tag(s): birds (52), migration (59)

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Incubation and Embryology - University of Illinois Extension

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This site from the University of Illinois Extension is a guide to the classroom use of chicken eggs and incubators in elementary through high school classes. The site offers basic ...more
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This site from the University of Illinois Extension is a guide to the classroom use of chicken eggs and incubators in elementary through high school classes. The site offers basic practical advice as well as lesson plans and ideas for all grade levels. Teachers will likely want to review the planning page and then decide which elements of the site to use.

tag(s): eggs (6)

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The Tree of Life - Privately Published

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6 to 12
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Designed as "a comprehensive resource on phylogeny and biodiversity," this site offers descriptions, images, and characteristics of all manner of animals. Try "popular pages" for a...more
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Designed as "a comprehensive resource on phylogeny and biodiversity," this site offers descriptions, images, and characteristics of all manner of animals. Try "popular pages" for a chart showing various species. Click on any of these to retrieve very complete information and descriptions. Secondary students will find plenty of information for biology and science reports in this one.

tag(s): animals (296), species (29)

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Silent Invaders

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Here's an online presentation, complete with Quicktime narration, about invasive plant and animal species and the damage they can cause to native species and ecosystems. Try this one...more
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Here's an online presentation, complete with Quicktime narration, about invasive plant and animal species and the damage they can cause to native species and ecosystems. Try this one as a backgrounder for ecological management issues, or as a research source for assignments on managing ecosystems. Users will need a reasonably fast connection to use the Quicktime movies effectively.

tag(s): ecosystems (84)

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Infection - Detection - Protection - The American Museum of Natural History

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The Smithsonian's American Museum of Natural History offers this site dealing with microbes, infections, and ways to avoid the harmful germs while working with the beneficial ones....more
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The Smithsonian's American Museum of Natural History offers this site dealing with microbes, infections, and ways to avoid the harmful germs while working with the beneficial ones. Middle and high schoolers can learn a lot be reading through this one. A number of the activities could integrate nicely with health, biology, or science curricula. This website requires Adobe Shockwave. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

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Blue Planet Challenge - BBC

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BBC Online offers this oceanography self-study, comprised of a series of interactive Flash animations. Each area includes "fact files" on particular marine species or ecosystems, and...more
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BBC Online offers this oceanography self-study, comprised of a series of interactive Flash animations. Each area includes "fact files" on particular marine species or ecosystems, and the activities require users to understand each environment to the through the simulation successfully. Students could use this one individually or in groups. A free, online registration enables an online scoring feature. Lots of possibilities here.

tag(s): marine biology (32), oceans (161), whales (17)

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Bioterror - NOVA

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This companion site to the November, 2001 PBS Nova program by the same name offers a look at the history of bioterrorism (it goes back hundreds of years), the question ...more
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This companion site to the November, 2001 PBS Nova program by the same name offers a look at the history of bioterrorism (it goes back hundreds of years), the question of prevention, and the ways in which scientists search for an develop vaccines to combat these diseases. The site includes several interactive Flash demonstrations that encourage users to do their own experimenting with vaccine research.

tag(s): terrorism (47)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans on this site! This would be a great addition to a biology classroom.
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Evolution Lab - Biology in Motion

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This page is part of the Biology in Motion series. It offers a Flash-animated simulation of a simplified genetic phenotype evolution - a very visual illustration of a complex process....more
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This page is part of the Biology in Motion series. It offers a Flash-animated simulation of a simplified genetic phenotype evolution - a very visual illustration of a complex process. Teachers will find this one fascinating, and there's enough going on that students may be tempted to use it for individual experimenting on their own.

tag(s): evolution (99), genetics (93)

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