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Genetic Phenotypes of the Super-heroes - TeachersFirst

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7 to 9
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This unit lets students relate physical characteristics to genetic and environmental factors. Phenotypes are the physical characteristics that we develop from our genotype (our genetic...more
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This unit lets students relate physical characteristics to genetic and environmental factors. Phenotypes are the physical characteristics that we develop from our genotype (our genetic makeup). Both the environment and our genotype interact to make us what we are. Any genetic unit can incorporate this lesson as an activity to introduce genotype and phenotype. This lesson plan was one of the winners in a lesson plan contest sponsored by TeachersFirst. TeachersFirst editors have added technology options where appropriate.

tag(s): genetics (91)

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Students this age will love the technology options in this lesson plan. Don't be afraid to learn some of the newer tools together.

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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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2 to 12
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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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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 (68), 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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Genomics and Genetics Resources - HHS, NIH, USA.gov

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6 to 12
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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 (68), ethics (18), genetics (91), 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 (68), genetics (91)

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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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1 to 12
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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 (68), genetics (91)

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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.

tag(s): dna (68), genetics (91)

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Invention Stories - 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.

tag(s): inventors and inventions (97)

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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 (45), biomes (115), chemicals (43), computers (92), cultures (106), earth (231), engineering (127), environment (319), fractions (235), geometric shapes (163), numbers (198), origami (17), planets (127), robotics (26), space (213), 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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Congo Trek - National Geographic

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National Geographic works their predicable visual wizardry in this site which chronicles an ongoing expedition along the Congo river. The site blends images and sounds - (Turn your...more
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National Geographic works their predicable visual wizardry in this site which chronicles an ongoing expedition along the Congo river. The site blends images and sounds - (Turn your speakers on!) - to give vivid impressions of this jungle ecosystem. This site could be a wonderful addition to your unit on Africa, jungles, rain forest habitats, or related areas.

tag(s): africa (179), endangered species (38), species (29)

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There are a few lesson ideas in the "Classroom Ideas" area, but you probably have many more. Share the site on an interactive whiteboard as a great unit introduction or assign students to take the trek with a partner and find examples of human's impact on animal habitats or answer questions about elephants and their behavior and habitat. After the journey, have them write a journal or blog entry about what they saw and learned.

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Composting Project - Pa. Dept. of Environment

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Students create and maintain a compost pile to discover how natural materials can be effectively recycled using this inteactive composting site. This site requires FLASH. Get it from...more
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Students create and maintain a compost pile to discover how natural materials can be effectively recycled using this inteactive composting site. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. As the site warns, "If you use a pop-up blocker, temporarily disable blocking to enjoy all of this site's capabilities."

tag(s): pollution (67), recycling (57)

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This site would be great on an interactive whiteboard or projector, but be sure to allow students to explore it on their own or with a partner to really experience the psocesses and answer questions about composting.
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Acid Rain - US Government

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4 to 12
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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 (67)

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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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DNA for Dinner

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Here's a web quest that asks students to research whether genetically altered foods should carry warning labels and then present their case for or against such regulation. The site...more
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Here's a web quest that asks students to research whether genetically altered foods should carry warning labels and then present their case for or against such regulation. The site includes links to numerous sites which describe genetic engineering, its applications in agriculture, and its scientific and economic impacts.

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Biology teachers interested in a thought-provoking research assignment might find this web quest just the ticket.

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Color Vision - How Does it Work?

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From the "Ask a Biologist" series at Arizona State University, this site provides a concise, well illustrated description of how your eyes perceive colors. Easy to use and nicely organized,...more
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From the "Ask a Biologist" series at Arizona State University, this site provides a concise, well illustrated description of how your eyes perceive colors. Easy to use and nicely organized, it's one of several simplified biology resources available from this site.

tag(s): eyes (6), vision (86)

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Biology4Kids

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This site offers an introduction to three areas of bioology: cells, chemistry, and ecology, along with a set of study materials. Though the concepts are "real science," the language...more
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This site offers an introduction to three areas of bioology: cells, chemistry, and ecology, along with a set of study materials. Though the concepts are "real science," the language is approachable and interesting enough to keep students engaged. This site is well worth a look for use as either a self-study or a resource to accompany an introduction to biology. Part of the Kapili.com collection.

tag(s): cells (103), ecology (135)

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The Whole Frog Project - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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includes an Interactive Frog Dissection Kit as well as frog data and 3D constructed images. Images could be imported into presentation software. ...more
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includes an Interactive Frog Dissection Kit as well as frog data and 3D constructed images. Images could be imported into presentation software.

tag(s): amphibians (20), dissection (10)

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USGS Biology Resources

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The U.S. Geological Survey maintains this registry of Earth and Environmental Science links. A wide list of topics is covered, excellent resource for research projects. ...more
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The U.S. Geological Survey maintains this registry of Earth and Environmental Science links. A wide list of topics is covered, excellent resource for research projects.

tag(s): earth (231), environment (319)

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Tide Predictions

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This site from NOAA offers information on tides and tidal changes on the U.S. east and west coasts, and provides resources for predicting tides at various points along the coast. ...more
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This site from NOAA offers information on tides and tidal changes on the U.S. east and west coasts, and provides resources for predicting tides at various points along the coast. Good site to help students understand the factors that contribute to variations in tides from place to place.

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