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Cell Biology Animation/ Communicating at an Unknown Rate - John Kyrk

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7 to 12
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What happens when a biologist with a passion for art creates a website? This fabulous animation site shows the artistic side of biological processes along with a few surprises. View...more
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What happens when a biologist with a passion for art creates a website? This fabulous animation site shows the artistic side of biological processes along with a few surprises. View animations that demonstrate amino acids and proteins, cell anatomy, evolution time line, Krebs cycle, and photosynthesis, to name a few. Some animations are very simplistic but artfully done. Other links include Architectural art, Fibionacci numbers, and Golden ratios. The site is written in 6 languages. Caution: a link for sale of CD of the animations is also on the page. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): dna (69), meiosis (15), photosynthesis (33), water (130)

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Use this site as an introduction to your lessons or as a review on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Your visual/spatial students and budding artists will be especially intrigued by such an approach. Create classroom models of DNA using the 3D stereoscopic models on the site. Follow the animation to write the steps of complex cellular activities. Use the zoom to see close up views of the structures.
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Planet Science - NESTA

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K to 12
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This MUST SEE interactive science website features eight specific areas. The "News" section includes weekly news updates and features. "Wired" has challenging interactive games for...more
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This MUST SEE interactive science website features eight specific areas. The "News" section includes weekly news updates and features. "Wired" has challenging interactive games for grades 4-12. "Sci-Teach" provides countless resources for teachers of all grades. "Out There" takes you to the "back garden of science delights," including inventors, sound, vampires, and the flu. "Parents" has useful ideas - even science experiments for children's parties. "Under 11s" is geared for younger students, an excellent collection!. The activities teach traditional science topics using new multimedia. The "Next Steps" link challenges students to think about their future careers (both science and non-science). There are printable pages and interactive activities for elementary, middle, and high school students. The "Library" link features countless online science resources.

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tag(s): inventors and inventions (97), planets (123), sports (97), water (130)

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Nearly all of the activities are ideal for interactive whiteboards (or projectors). This site is so rich it may be overwhelming. If you are an elementary teacher, start at the "Under 11s" link. Otherwise, visit the "Sci-Teach" link first for some excellent ideas, resources, and science fun. Preview this site before starting any science unit to find related activites and extensions.
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Free Rice - freerice.com

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6 to 12
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This fascinating site allows you to build your vocabulary and other knowledge while providing free grains of rice to the hungry throughout the world. This is a nice interactive way...more
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This fascinating site allows you to build your vocabulary and other knowledge while providing free grains of rice to the hungry throughout the world. This is a nice interactive way for kids to practice vocabulary and basics in chemistry, math, art history, geography, and world languages. Subjects available (via the link in the page footer)include checmical symbols, world language and English vocabulary, multiplication, world countries on a map, capitals, and famous paintings. Read the FAQ to find out where the money comes from and more.

tag(s): multiplication (227), symbols (19), vocabulary (323)

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Reminiscent of The Reader's Digest "Enrich Your Word Power" feature, this is a great little time filler, especially for those students who always seem to be ahead of the rest of the class. They can challenge themselves to better their "level" as gauged by the site. They can challenge each other to see who will give the most grains of rice in any given session. If your class has a vocabulary glossary wiki, this site will provide many new entry ideas! You might even get into a conversation about how much 20 grains of rice really is and where around the world it might do the most good.

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Team Plastics - sciencemuseum

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4 to 10
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This phenomenal website offers teachers a new way to explain chemistry concepts. Topics vary from monomers to polymers to plastics. The task of the website asks students to try to ...more
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This phenomenal website offers teachers a new way to explain chemistry concepts. Topics vary from monomers to polymers to plastics. The task of the website asks students to try to create a "Plastic Superteam." Students are told that the world's supply of plastic has been stolen by the evil Dr. Polymer Pincher. The government has requested the help of your students to help save the plastics (and create new plastics). The activities are very educational and provide information about various atoms (including - carbon, hydrogen, chlorine, nitrogen, and fluorine). This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): atoms (56), carbon (21), molecules (43)

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What a wonderful and simple way to explain chemistry! Get your interactive whiteboards ready for this educational tool (and turn up the volume). This website would create an excellent anticipatory set for a new unit about general chemistry, polymers, monomers, or atoms. The creators of this website have successfully simplified the complexities of chemistry so that they are easy for students (even elementary age) to comprehend. After learning about plastics, why not create a plastics wiki with digital pictures and examples of types of plastics. Or start a plastics recycling effort in your school and use the wiki to advertise and explain the drive.
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NDSL Science Literacy Maps - The National Science Digital Library

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K to 12
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Enter a search term or click the pulldown of science topics to see a graphical representation of how standards-based math and science concepts fit together and interrelate, then click...more
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Enter a search term or click the pulldown of science topics to see a graphical representation of how standards-based math and science concepts fit together and interrelate, then click on a single standards to find web resources and lesson plans specifically for that concept. Seeing the concepts organized in a hierarchy from K to grade 12 and "connected" to the precursors and following standards makes it much easier to see where your students have been and where they are headed in science before and after you teach them. The best part is that you can find exactly the resources you need to get them where they need to go.

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Mark this in your Favorites on TeachersFirst to access it every time you start a new science topic or unit. Consider sharing a simpler version of the same map, created in Inspiration or using an online tool such as Gliffy (our review here) or Mindomo (see review )to show your students how the content in your science classes fit with their prior knowledge and connect from unit to unit. About a month before the year ends, challenge them to work in small groups and create their OWN annotated concept maps of the "big ideas" studied during the school year.

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Nature: Crime Scene Creatures - PBS

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6 to 12
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What a fascinating website! Now you can teach scientific inquiry, biology, and chemistry with a CSI twist. Did you know that bugs and other small creatures are now being used ...more
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What a fascinating website! Now you can teach scientific inquiry, biology, and chemistry with a CSI twist. Did you know that bugs and other small creatures are now being used to help forensic scientists solve murders and other mysteries? This website takes you behind the scenes to see exactly how biologists from around the world are using maggots, ants, and other animals to solve various crimes. These creatures help scientists to determine the time of death, track a killer's path, and even zero in on a specific suspect. Features of this website include a wonderfully-done interactive (determining the time of death), video clips, interviews with real scientists in the field, and much more. The interactive pages and video clips require FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): animals (276), forensics (27), inquiry (37), scientific method (64)

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Don't miss the AWESOME interactive activity (Determine the Time of Death). This educational activity is sure to grab the attention of your students, as they examine a crime scene and try to determine the time of death by using various bugs and other small creatures. Get your interactive whiteboard ready, and be prepared for an exciting class period. Stop to talk about inquiry process, dependent and independent variables, hypothesis, conclusions, and more, using this engaging interactive.
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Exploring Online: Better Hair Through Chemistry - Exploratorium Magazine

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Are you looking for a unique way to grab the attention of your teenage students? This interesting website explores the connection between hair and science. Correlations are made between...more
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Are you looking for a unique way to grab the attention of your teenage students? This interesting website explores the connection between hair and science. Correlations are made between bad hair days and the weather. Three of the "hands on" activities include building a hair hygrometer, the healthy hair test, and creating curls. Some of the articles feature interactive elements that require FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): air (163), weather (188)

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Although this website doesn't have many "bells and whistles" (it dates back to 1998), the content could be very interesting in a chemistry or other secondary science class. This website takes a "teenage friendly" topic and brings it into the science classroom. There are many higher-level science topics within the text of this website. Invite students to try the experiments and even to use technology to create more up-to-date illustrations of the concepts for a health or science fair display.
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The Laboratory - Funology.com - Funburst Media

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K to 6
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Funology.com provides a laboratory filled with experiments from physics, chemistry, biology and weather. The experiments are user-friendly and require only materials that are readily...more
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Funology.com provides a laboratory filled with experiments from physics, chemistry, biology and weather. The experiments are user-friendly and require only materials that are readily available at school or at home. They can be completed by the teacher or the students. Be sure to check out the on-line habitat and endangered species map.

tag(s): experiments (71), weather (188)

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This site would be a great enrichment piece for science units, hands-on learning, or even in-door recess. Use them as hands-on morning assignments or problem(s) of the day and have students journal the hypothesis, outcome and rationale to practice writing. If you have a class wiki, consider adding a "Not-so-Mad Scientist" page for students to record their results from home or school. Share the link on your teacher web page and give extra credit for at-home reporting.

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ChemCollective: Student Tutorials - Carnegie Mellon

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10 to 12
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This phenomenal website, originally created for post-secondary students, provides interactive tutorials and virtual "labs" on many topics of chemistry. The tutorials feature audio,...more
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This phenomenal website, originally created for post-secondary students, provides interactive tutorials and virtual "labs" on many topics of chemistry. The tutorials feature audio, video, and interactive elements. Some examples of specific topics include density, dilution, composition of mixtures, PH and buffers defined, and many others. This website requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): density (21)

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Use this website to re-teach a chemistry concept or to introduce a new topicon an interactive whiteboard or on stdent laptops. Be certain to provide a link from your teacher web page to these tutorials, for students to review at home. Preview the difficulty level of the content, since some will go into AP-level.
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Chem1 Virtual Textbook - Stephen Lower

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9 to 12
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As the name suggests, this website provides a virtual chemistry textbook. The text is broken down into numerous chapters and levels (beginner, general, and advanced). The textbook was...more
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As the name suggests, this website provides a virtual chemistry textbook. The text is broken down into numerous chapters and levels (beginner, general, and advanced). The textbook was created to use in general chemistry college level classes, however much of the material is applicable to high school chemistry. The chapters provide great details, simple explanations, and graphics to help students digest the complexities of chemistry.

tag(s): atoms (56), equations (155), molecules (43)

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Use this excellent resource to complement your chemistry classes. By providing students with varied lesson ideas and resources, teachers further their students' understanding of the subject. Share this link on your teacher web age for students to access outside of class for "another angle."
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Animations Index - Iowa State University

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9 to 12
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This website appears "plain vanilla." But once you click on a chemistry topic, be prepared for an excellent, interactive chemistry tutorial or demonstration. Some general chemistry...more
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This website appears "plain vanilla." But once you click on a chemistry topic, be prepared for an excellent, interactive chemistry tutorial or demonstration. Some general chemistry topics include electrochemistry, gas laws, thermochemistry, acid-base equilibria, stoichiometry, kinetics, and many others. The topics are for both high school and college (or AP). The website offers both simulations and animations. This website requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

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Get your interactive whiteboards ready to utilize this free resource of interactive chemistry lessons. Please note the website's copyright rules: "You may download the files and make use of them in your classroom. Do not copy them and or distribute them. Please give credit where and when credit is due. The copyright for these simulations and animations is with the chemical education research group at Iowa State University. We would appreciate a short e-mail message (tgreenbo@iastate.edu) telling us you are using the files." Linking to the site is fine. Be sure to share the link on your teacher web page for studens to use as review at home, as well.
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Fractional Distillation - Think Bank

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This interactive web challenge requires students to place six different chemicals at the correct temperature on the large fractional distillation thermometer. The six chemicals include...more
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This interactive web challenge requires students to place six different chemicals at the correct temperature on the large fractional distillation thermometer. The six chemicals include kerosene, petrol, naptha for chemicals, diesel oil for fuel, refinery gas for fuel, and residue for fuel, lubricants and road tar. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): oil (45)

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This site is ideal for an interactive whiteboard. After studying about matter and distillation, challenge the class to put the substances in the correct order for ONE whole-class quiz grade. Appoint one student to act as "Vanna White" while classmates discuss (and argue) about what the correct placement should be.
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Changing Matter - Birmingham Grid for Learning

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3 to 8
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This site includes an Interactive model for students to see and learn about the process of a solid changing to a liquid to a gas. Click on the 'Start the ...more
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This site includes an Interactive model for students to see and learn about the process of a solid changing to a liquid to a gas. Click on the 'Start the Activity' button to watch the interactive portion of this site. A downloadable worksheet to use with the activity is available for students. Make sure students are familiar with the metric units and spelling used on this British site. The site requires Flash and Adobe Reader. Get them from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): matter (58), states (162)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector. Pair students to enter their observations about the change process on a worksheet as they try the activity. Then try demonstrating the change using real heat and liquid in front of the students to have them predict and narrate the change process. They could also diagram the steps on an interactive whiteboard.
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Science Fair Project Resource Guide - The Internet Public Library

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4 to 12
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This site provides a good introduction to science fairs to help teachers, students and parents. There are separate sections of information on getting started, choosing a topic, completing...more
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This site provides a good introduction to science fairs to help teachers, students and parents. There are separate sections of information on getting started, choosing a topic, completing the project, displaying the project and the Scientific Method. The section and links on Scientific Method are quite useful, even if your school does not do a science fair.

tag(s): air (163), scientific method (64)

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As you study scientific method, use the science fair examples as exercises for students to identify independent and dependent variables for the various projects. Give students the links to "find" experiments and analyze them with a partner or do this analysis as a class, sharing the project ideas on a projector or interactive whiteboard. The whiteboard tools would allow you to color code and highlight the various steps of scientific method consistently to help learning support students.

Include this site on your teacher web page for students and parents to access as a reference. Consider directing students and parents to particular links within this site that apply to the science fair students are participating in.

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Homework High - 4Learning

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5 to 10
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This is a great website to provide for your students to use at home. If they get stuck on a homework question, they can try searching for the answer ...more
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This is a great website to provide for your students to use at home. If they get stuck on a homework question, they can try searching for the answer at Homework High. The variety of topics includes math, science, history, geography, English and language (including French, German, and Spanish). The website also provides links to other websites for additional practice. There are also tips for improving study skills.

tag(s): french (88), german (64), homework (44), spanish (108)

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Include a link to this website on your classroom newsletter or from your teacher web page for student help at home.

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Molecularium - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Molecularium explains the basic parts of matter, atoms, and molecules. There are three activities: "Build" explains the molecules of basic compounds; "Nanolab" shows molecules from...more
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Molecularium explains the basic parts of matter, atoms, and molecules. There are three activities: "Build" explains the molecules of basic compounds; "Nanolab" shows molecules from space; "Transform" teaches about states of matter. Other areas of the website show digital views of compounds and fantastic animated videos in the Digital Dome. The Gallery is a series of musical animated views of different molecular arrangements and states of matter. Use the printable teacher's resource guide for help and suggestions. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): atoms (56), matter (58), molecules (43), states (162)

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Turn on your speakers! Be sure to explore this site completely before attempting to use it with your class to be able to navigate comfortably. The use the site on a projector or interactive whiteboard as an introductory lesson on atoms and molecules. Once your lesson is complete, be sure the site is available for students to revisit on their own on a classroom computer (with headphones) or as link from your web page. Teachers of the gifted may wish to bookmark this site for their students to explore on their own.
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Science Clips - BBC

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K to 5
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Any elementary teacher will truly adore this unique science website. The "Science Clips" website is designed for students ages 5 to 11 years old, with subsections of specific age-level...more
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Any elementary teacher will truly adore this unique science website. The "Science Clips" website is designed for students ages 5 to 11 years old, with subsections of specific age-level activities. This website offers fabulous interactive science activities that require Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. Some of the science topics covered include forces, movement, states of matter, health, electricity, plants, animals, gases, sound, planets, and many other science topics. This site is one not to be missed, check it out!

tag(s): circuits (20), electricity (88), planets (123), plants (145)

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This website is a perfect application for an interactive whiteboard. Students will be counting down the minutes until science class! There are standards provided (based on UK curriculum). After the lesson, be sure to make the activities available as links from your teacher web page or for review and practice on classroom computers. The students will want to "try again."
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Seeing Science - Science & Technology Facility Council

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4 to 12
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This website provides interactive lesson plans in numerous science subjects including life, space, materials, food, environment and light. Some of the unique science topics include...more
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This website provides interactive lesson plans in numerous science subjects including life, space, materials, food, environment and light. Some of the unique science topics include anthrax, Pluto, cement, chocolate, plants and more! The activities are designed to use with students ages 11-16, but could be adapted for students younger or older. Each lesson has a teacher section (with lesson plans, notes and more), a student section (with printable worksheets), and an interactive/multimedia section (with videos, audio, games and more). These lessons are motivational, technological and educational - you do not want to miss this exciting opportunity! The interactive activities requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): chocolate (7), plants (145), safety (89), solar system (119)

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Anyone teaching upper elementary and secondary science should check this free website for activites correlated to your curriculum. Your first choices should be replacements for units you find tedious or only marginally successful. Try a new way, and see the learning happen. Most of these activities are perfectly suited for an interactive whiteboard.
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Questioneering - Try Engineering

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9 to 12
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This virtual trivia game (appropriate for secondary level) challenges students to test their engineering skills. The game itself takes up to 10-minutes (depending on the speed of the...more
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This virtual trivia game (appropriate for secondary level) challenges students to test their engineering skills. The game itself takes up to 10-minutes (depending on the speed of the answers). This activity would work well for individual review or a class project. "Questioneering" requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): engineering (124)

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Use this science and engineering trivia quiz as a prototype for students to create their own review quizzes in science class (PowerPoint would work well) or to practice for science and quiz bowl-type competitions.
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Beat the Heat at Arizona Science Center - TryScience

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This virtual field trip takes students to the Arizona Science Center. The featured activity, "Beat The Heat", challenges students to design a home that uses the sun's energy as ...more
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This virtual field trip takes students to the Arizona Science Center. The featured activity, "Beat The Heat", challenges students to design a home that uses the sun's energy as heat, but not get too hot. The challenge involves balancing the amount of shade and sun that reach the home. It includes an interactive explanation of the sun and the seasons. This activity requires Shockwave, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. There are also numerous other science activities, links, online exhibits and even Standards provided (see the Teachers Page)across many science, math, and engineering disciplines. Click on the "experiments" link for a wealth of fun and inspiring experiments in science and math. The experiments are engaging and provide virtual opportunities for students to build individual understanding.

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If you are unable to get laptops or the computer lab for your class, use an interactive whiteboard and make the "Beat The Heat" or other experiments a class project. Use the seasons explanation as a whole-class activity with elementary students on a projector or whiteboard.
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