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Interactive science exercises - Katharine Lady Berkeley's School

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4 to 12
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Choose from a variety of science activities from Earth Science, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. For example, choose "The Human Skeleton." Identify the names of the bones in the human...more
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Choose from a variety of science activities from Earth Science, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. For example, choose "The Human Skeleton." Identify the names of the bones in the human skeleton by simply dragging the names to the appropriate bones. Take advantage of the timers to help stay on task. Choose the drop down menu option as well. Click finish to see what you missed. Print the page to hand in the score. Additional information on bones and the skeletal system is given. Other specific interactives include matching planets to their descriptions, the human eye, enzymes and labeling the digestive system, and several others.

tag(s): body systems (57), periodic table (50), solar system (119)

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Use this site to check student understanding of topics being studied. Share this site and the activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have groups of students investigate various topics together. Students can use this site individually to check for understanding and additional practice. List this link on your class website for students to use for practice both in and out of the classroom.
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Moviesheets - Christopher Sheehan

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6 to 12
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Use this database to find teacher created sheets that follow movies shown in the classroom. Provide a change of pace for your students by using different questioning to challenge them....more
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Use this database to find teacher created sheets that follow movies shown in the classroom. Provide a change of pace for your students by using different questioning to challenge them. Be sure to preview, as this collection is only as good as the materials submitted. Check with your administration on rules for using "home videos" as they can be a violation of licensing or deemed inappropriate. Even though videos appear here, they may not be educationally appropriate. Be sure to check out the notices at the start of any "entertainment" video to be sure of legality. Keep in mind that these worksheets should not replace good interactive and thought provoking activities. Be sure to use other means to involve students in thought and action beyond the worksheets themselves. Find worksheets in either PDF or Word formats.

tag(s): business (58), climate (92), geology (81), movies (65)

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Use the worksheets to get students thinking about the science (or math, or other subjects) beyond these videos. Encourage students to create their own questions from the movie (reminding them of the relevance to your subject area) and choose the best worksheets to use and submit. Require students to add additional questions that are thought provoking and tied to the content for additional consideration. Use questions that go beyond factual recall to tie concepts together, explain phenomena, or uncover misconceptions. Continue discussion of concepts further than the paper through open discussion or blog posting. Rather than creating a worksheet, have your students create an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here.
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Science Master - Periodic Table - The KGM Group, Inc.

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6 to 12
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Looking for an interactive Periodic Table of Elements resource? This is the site! Simply click on the element symbol and at the bottom of the screen read all of the ...more
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Looking for an interactive Periodic Table of Elements resource? This is the site! Simply click on the element symbol and at the bottom of the screen read all of the relevant information such as weight, melting point, boiling point, and full name of the element. The site also gives a description of metals, nonmetals and metalloids.

tag(s): elements (36), periodic table (50)

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Use this resource for project on specific elements or as a quick table tool in science lab. This would be a good place to start pre-laboratory research on chemicals that are being used. Provide this link on your class website. Be sure to save this site in your favorites on your classroom computers.

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New York Times Science Lesson Plans - New York Times

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6 to 12
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Looking for ways to link current science events and skills such as reading and writing across the curriculum in your science classroom? Visit this ideal internet location! Created by...more
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Looking for ways to link current science events and skills such as reading and writing across the curriculum in your science classroom? Visit this ideal internet location! Created by the people of the New York Times, this lesson plan idea page has all the tools to put together quick, technology, reading and science based lessons in a fraction of the time it would take to pool the resources on your own.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (115), main idea (9), news (261)

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Scan the lessons. Choose topics appropriate to your content, and then incorporate into your classroom at will. Break lessons apart into both classroom and online discussions for students. A little disclaimer: some of these cutting edge science topics can be controversial so make sure to adequately prepare your students before embarking on these learning adventures.
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Gajitz Science - Gajitz

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6 to 12
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See remarkable and astounding scientific discoveries and inventions on this amazing site. Categories of science include Earth and Nature, Energy and Power, Medical Marvels, New Materials,...more
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See remarkable and astounding scientific discoveries and inventions on this amazing site. Categories of science include Earth and Nature, Energy and Power, Medical Marvels, New Materials, Quantum Leaps, Space and Time, Science Fiction, and Weird Science. Young scientists will be amazed, engineers inspired, and even the disinterested will find accomplishments to make them curious. Even middle school girls will find something that they like about science on this site. There is some advertising, but the science images and information outweigh it.

tag(s): cells (102), engineering (125), inventors and inventions (99), medicine (67)

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Share selected discoveries or a science-in-real-life scenario at least weekly on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Watch the site for real world examples of your current unit or award extra credit to students who lurk on this site to find such connections. Just as your social studies colleagues assign students to write up a current event each week, you can assign students to write a blog post or brief explanation of a recent find on your class wiki. Be sure to include this link on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class, and be sure to include it in your emergency sub plans for students to find and explain an accomplishment of a real scientist found here. If you do a unit on science careers, this is a definite source for student projects. Why not have students create a Glog on a branch of science that interests them after exploring this site? Read a review of Glogster here.

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Chemtutor - The National Science Foundation

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9 to 12
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Use Chemtutor for help with the fundamentals of Chemistry. Although this site appears "plain vanilla," there is a lot of information and helpful explanations. Click on problematic areas...more
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Use Chemtutor for help with the fundamentals of Chemistry. Although this site appears "plain vanilla," there is a lot of information and helpful explanations. Click on problematic areas of understanding for help with many of the most difficult to understand concepts. Read the text based information to help with a specific content difficulty and choose from a vast array of concepts. Learn how to study Chemistry by clicking on "Heuristics" which offer some great tips to surviving the first year of chemistry.

tag(s): homework (44), measurement (159)

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Use this helpful information for students having difficulty in a particular chemistry concept. Consider creating help videos or whiteboard tutorials by and for students to help others with these or other concepts. Enlist the help of student groups in the planning and creation of help videos which can be used on a wiki, blog, or other site to help all chemistry students. Share the videos using a tool such as Teachers.TV reviewed here. Want to try a wiki, but have no clue where to begin? Check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.

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Watch Know Learn - Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi

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K to 12
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What is Watch Know? Short for "You Watch, You Know," it provides explanations for students. Finding bits of information to help students can be frustrating as resources are disorganized...more
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What is Watch Know? Short for "You Watch, You Know," it provides explanations for students. Finding bits of information to help students can be frustrating as resources are disorganized on the web and may be hard to find." Watch Know" is a free site that organizes small video clips to help with the understanding of a variety of topics in subject areas. Search by age (3-18+). You can click and drag the age filter to the youngest and oldest ages to include. Videos are also organized by sequence of topics taught. The site is an ongoing project with input from educators and organizations interested in education of children. Registration is not required to view the videos. Creating and saving videos to the site, as well as commenting, require registration. You can monitor site recent changes and additions using the "Change Log."

tag(s): computers (95), crafts (41), decimals (133), environment (317), ethics (16), fractions (239), holidays (147), scientific method (64), vocabulary development (125), writing (359)

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Search for videos relevant to your upcoming units or share the link with older students to search on their own. Use clips as engaging openings to units or as a review at the end. Have students identify the main points in the video and relate it back to class information. Students can use the examples on the site to create their own videos about a topic they have studied that could be beneficial to others.

If you do join the site to submit videos (for more adventurous technology users), we recommend uploading, commenting, and participating in the project (the creation and growth of WatchKnow) as a whole-class collaborative activity. If your students create videos, critique them locally before submitting them to the site as the "bests" from your class.

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Biology Animation Library - Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

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8 to 12
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This web page is a GREAT resource of various biological animations. The site offers the options of either playing the animations via web browser or downloading the animation to the...more
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This web page is a GREAT resource of various biological animations. The site offers the options of either playing the animations via web browser or downloading the animation to the computer. Versions of the animations are available for both Mac and PC. Topics include, but are not limited to: cloning, cycle sequencing, model organisms, transformation, DNA restriction, DNA arrays, and gel electrophoresis.

tag(s): animation (63), dna (69)

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The animation on this website will help explain some of the more difficult biological concepts in DNA. Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to show the animations during discussions about DNA topics. Also, animations could be posted to the class website for review at home or as part of electronic homework. An animation could be assigned to the class, and each student would need to watch it and re-explain it in his or her own words. Consider creating a class wiki about the topic being discussed. Not familiar with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
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Case studies in science - State University of New York at Buffalo

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9 to 16
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Looking for a way to introduce inquiry into your science classes? Use case studies to introduce relevant and real-life problems that require students to question and search for information...more
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Looking for a way to introduce inquiry into your science classes? Use case studies to introduce relevant and real-life problems that require students to question and search for information that sheds light on the answer to the questions. Each case study is an interrupted one. Each case study is divided into sections with guiding questions to help ask questions and find pertinent information. Example case studies include: "Driving Can Be Dangerous To Your Health" or "Sweet Indigestion: A Directed Case Study on Carbohydrates." The general topics of the cases include everything from Anatomy & Physiology to Geology to Psychology (and about 20+ other topics).

tag(s): anthropology (11), ecology (135), engineering (125), genetics (90), geology (81), inquiry (37), nutrition (154)

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Use a case study to introduce a unit and set the tone for what will be learned. As students ask questions, use them to introduce or make sense of the content. For example, the "Sweet Indigestion" case study introduces a type of diet and raises questions about the role of different biomolecules in the structure and functioning of the body. Investigate fuel for body cells, respiration, nutrition, foods around the world, and even cultures and customs. Have access to experts in related fields? Use skype or other technologies to connect students with the outside world. Learn more about skype (reviewed here).

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The Science of Cooking - Edinformatics.com

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7 to 12
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Interested in the chemical changes that occur during cooking? Have food related cooking questions? Find your answer here on this free site. Learn proper food cooking techniques and...more
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Interested in the chemical changes that occur during cooking? Have food related cooking questions? Find your answer here on this free site. Learn proper food cooking techniques and identify the science behind them. Teachers should caution students to ignore the ads along the margin of the site.

tag(s): cooking (34)

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Identify the various techniques and science behind them. For example, browning meat is called the Malliard reaction. Understanding why this brings out the best flavor in the meat is interesting. Learn about sugar substitutes, its use in cooking, and relationship to flavor. Identify taste and how we are able to sense tastes at the molecular level. Follow discussion of techniques with actual use of the technique and resultant taste tests. During a cooking lesson, why not have cooperative learning groups try something they learned? Video their "experiment" and share with the class (and parents) using a tool such as TeacherTube reviewed here.

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Study Stack - John Weidner

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4 to 12
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This site is filled with study tools to help students learn information in a variety of subject areas. Stacks of topics related to geography, history, math, languages, medical, tests...more
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This site is filled with study tools to help students learn information in a variety of subject areas. Stacks of topics related to geography, history, math, languages, medical, tests (SAT, ACT, etc.), science and more are linked with collections of learning tools that include virtual study cards, matching games, word search puzzles, and hangman games. There really is something here for nearly all subject areas and grade levels! Students can select the tool that works best for them and work at their own pace until they are satisfied with their progress. If you can't find a stack to fit your needs, you can edit existing lists or create customized study stacks. The site also allows you to print out study cards, or export flash cards to study them via cell phones, PDA, or iPod. Email the stacks to peers or connect with Study Stack through Facebook. Some of the activities require Java. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): flash cards (45), greek (41), hebrew (14), latin (22), test prep (95), vocabulary (323)

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Encourage parents to use this site as a study-at-home tool for their students. Link your blog or website to this site by entering your url at the bottom of the homepage. Make sure your guidance counselor at your school is aware of this site as a tool for studying those college entrance tests. Be sure to save this site in your favorites.

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Science News for Kids - Society for Science and the Public

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3 to 12
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Kid-friendly science articles to intrigue all ages fill this freshly-redesigned site. Browse menus for illustrated news articles on "Atoms and Forces, " "Earth and Sky," " Humans and...more
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Kid-friendly science articles to intrigue all ages fill this freshly-redesigned site. Browse menus for illustrated news articles on "Atoms and Forces, " "Earth and Sky," " Humans and Health," "Life" or "Tech and Math." A feature article, scientist, and "in the news" items splash across the home page to draw interest. Many articles list "POWER WORDS" at the end, highlighting terms and definitions used within that article. The page layouts and whitespace make the online articles uncluttered and legible. The site has reorganized into a structure that roughly parallels school curriculum, so it is even easier to find articles connected to specific science areas.

tag(s): agriculture (55), animals (276), computers (95), dinosaurs (57), engineering (125), environment (317), news (261), nutrition (154), weather (188)

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Use Science News for Kids as a great reading and reporting assignment. Weaker readers will need a reading buddy for some of the more challenging article. Classes in lower grades will want to read the articles together. A quick check on one article using Juicy Studio's Readability test (reviewed here) provided an approximate grade level of 6.5. Check articles before assigning to elementary students. Students can find an article of interest to read, summarize, and report to the class as part of a Science in My World unit or regular science current events activity. Have students create commercials about their topics. Video and share using a site such as SchoolTube reviewed here. Students can use these news articles to find additional relevant information on the internet. Students may find these topics to be great independent study topics. Teach reading comprehension using these factual articles on your interactive whiteboard, asking students to highlight key words and generate a "main idea" sentence using them. Articles offer ideal practice for informational reading questions on high-stakes reading tests.

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Bubbabrain - Bubbabrain

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K to 12
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Looking for interactive review activities for your subject area? Use Bubbabrain's vast array of activities created for many levels and subjects. Registration is not required to play....more
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Looking for interactive review activities for your subject area? Use Bubbabrain's vast array of activities created for many levels and subjects. Registration is not required to play. When Game ID is checked (this is the automatic default for the site,) you choose a level ranging from Elementary to College (be sure to click the circle in the appropriate grade level) and then choose a subject area from the drop down box at your level. Subject areas vary by grade level and may include: telling time, government, family and consumer science, world languages, sociology, technology, and countless others.

Click the "Go" button to start your activity. Click on the correct answer to the question and then a new question appears. Prompts to try again appear if the answer is wrong and a percent right appears on your screen as you progress. Click on the teacher's link in the upper right hand corner for more information on becoming registered. Once registered, teachers can create their own games for the site. Your teacher ID can be entered by students to access created games.

tag(s): psychology (64), sociology (22), time (144)

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Use these activities for review of concepts or terminology with your class on specific topics/subjects. Wish there were a review game for a missing topic? Request a teacher ID, and have groups of students create the questions. Enter the information for the game and students can review by playing their game or one created by another group. Share the student-created games on your interactive whiteboard or projector.These games would be great to both help students review and help them figure out what kind of study methods work best for them.

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Crimes Seen and Investigated - Why Files: University of Wisconsin

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5 to 12
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This site delves into forensic science and offers students a chance to solve a crime. Students begin to understand an underworld science by collecting clues of things left behind, namely...more
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This site delves into forensic science and offers students a chance to solve a crime. Students begin to understand an underworld science by collecting clues of things left behind, namely bugs, maggots, and other disgusting creatures! The lesson plan includes readings, steps to solving the crime including collecting evidence, creating a DNA profile, evaluating the evidence, and listening to an expert. Standards are provided.

Be aware: at the time of this review, the link to the video mentioned in this lesson plan was not working properly. Our editors found it, so you can access it directly from here: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/science-of-natural-history/forensic-sleuth/forensic-entomology/. This site does include some appropriate advertisements for the museum. The site requires Adobe Acrobat and Flash. Get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): dna (69), forensics (27), mysteries (25)

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Combine ideas from this site and the TeachersFirst "Who Did It" unit for a crime-solving extravaganza of science. Project this site on your classroom projector or interactive whiteboard to provide stimulation for the students about to embark on the crime solving. Divide your class into teams to collect, analyze and assess the clues left behind. Challenge students to create their own CSI investigation story or scene. Have students create an online book (story) about their mystery using a tool such as Bookemon reviewed here. Or have the groups create a video of their "forensic file" case using a sharing tool such as Teachers.TV reviewed here.
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Science that can be used in an ELA mystery unit Shirley, CA, Grades: 6 - 12

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Meth Project - Meth Project Foundation

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This website serves as a support element for the Meth Project, an organization determined to educate the public about the dangers of methamphetamine usage, to change current attitudes...more
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This website serves as a support element for the Meth Project, an organization determined to educate the public about the dangers of methamphetamine usage, to change current attitudes particularly among teens about meth use, and to have an influence on public policy concerning drug use prevention. Besides basic information (the facts are startling!), it collects news releases and offers things people can do to help in the fight. Since it started as a project in the State of Montana, it offers continual updates on which states are joining the project. It collects data on many aspects of meth use, and best of all, it offers the news of its positive results. One of the most interesting parts of the website is the ads section where viewers can see and hear television and radio ads portraying teens in the duplicitous behavior meth use often leads to. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Save this site in your favorites. This site could easily fit in health class, science, current events lessons, and more. Use the site in social studies classes to provide factual information about this very difficult problem. Use it as a jumping off point for students researching similar issues for other types of addictive behaviors. Have your students make their own ads based on the videos and radio transmissions they can view here. Share the videos using a tool such as Teachers.TV reviewed here. Keep the reference information from this site for students who want to do further reading, research, and self-education. List this site on your class website for students (and parents) to explore both in and out of the classroom.

Use this site during your drug unit or Red Ribbon Week as background information for students or student groups to make anti-drug multimedia presentations using any of the reviewed tools from the TeachersFirst Edge.
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Flash Card Flash - Flash Card Flash

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K to 12
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Everyone needs time savers. This site just made your life easier. Find pre-made flash cards using a search engine (powered by Google) from the best flash card sites on the ...more
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Everyone needs time savers. This site just made your life easier. Find pre-made flash cards using a search engine (powered by Google) from the best flash card sites on the web. Simply type in your topic in the search line and in seconds, you will have a list of flash card sites that feature your topic. Click on the links, and you have pre-made electronic flash cards at your fingertips. You do not need to be signed in with the flash card sites to enjoy the benefits. Some sites are easier to navigate than others. This tool may require some time "digging" for the best! Many of the sites require Flash and/or Adobe Acrobat. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): flash cards (45)

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Share the online vocabulary words on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Students can work in pairs at a computer to enhance the flashcard learning. GED and placement test learners will find this feature most useful. Foreign language learners will find all their flash card needs are met with this site. Share this site on your class website for students to use to practice both in and out of the classroom. Use this tool with ESL/ELL students. Use this site for students to practice new science vocabulary words. Imagine the possibilities!
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Academic Earth - Academic Earth

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10 to 12
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Ever wonder what it would be like to have open access to lectures at Harvard? Stanford? MIT? Academic Earth gives you that access in a limited fashion. This site contains ...more
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Ever wonder what it would be like to have open access to lectures at Harvard? Stanford? MIT? Academic Earth gives you that access in a limited fashion. This site contains thousands of video lectures by some of the most well regarded professors at several of the top universities in the US. You can sort the lectures by subject, by lecturer, by university, or by "playlist." The playlists sort lectures from various topics and multiple professors into thematic groups. Within individual subjects there are individual lectures and courses--collections of lectures by the same professor on a general subject. Watch a lecture on "The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877," or "The American Novel since 1945," or "Linear Algebra." The topic possibilities go on and on. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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These are college-level lectures given at Ivy-league universities. The subject matter and the complexity of the subject matter will be beyond many high school students, and the delivery format (video-taped lecture) means there is a certain "MEGO" (my eyes glaze over) effect when viewing these offerings. However, for gifted or academically talented students, these lectures may be exactly the kind of enrichment they have been thirsting for. Provide a link to these lectures for times when a student or two has gotten way ahead of the rest of the class. Let parents know about this site for home use. Refer students who are doing in-depth research. And in your own copious free time, check one out yourself! It may provide an idea or two to apply to an upcoming lesson of your own.
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COSEE - The Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence

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Fascinated by the oceans? Water plays an important role in our lives. Many topics in Biology and Chemistry can use ocean data as a way for learning. Capture the importance ...more
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Fascinated by the oceans? Water plays an important role in our lives. Many topics in Biology and Chemistry can use ocean data as a way for learning. Capture the importance of the oceans through high quality scientific research and great educational materials. View links to the many COSEE centers around the globe. View and use different resources, including real time data to download simulations, links to lecture series, educational opportunities, games, and more.

tag(s): biodiversity (38), diversity (36), oceans (148)

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Have students write an essay, present a class argument, or submit an editorial about concerns with our ocean biomes. Research the historical use of oceans, their impact in our lives, and possible problems economically, socially, culturally, and biologically with current issues and trends. Have students create a multimedia presentation to share their findings, such as an online book using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here .
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ChemCollective - Carnegie Mellon

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8 to 12
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Use this collection of virtual labs and authentic-based learning activities in your Chemistry class. Incorporate concept tests with a variety of teaching approaches. Use as pre-laboratory...more
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Use this collection of virtual labs and authentic-based learning activities in your Chemistry class. Incorporate concept tests with a variety of teaching approaches. Use as pre-laboratory activities, alternatives to textbook work, or for in-class activities. Use online coursework available through the site. Activities can be modified or used to create your own new activity. Word files can be downloaded then edited and distributed to your classes. The site requires Java. Activities can be downloaded and help files are available. There are video clips that require QuickTime. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page. The download time for videos is significant. You will want to download a local copy!

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Use virtual labs as pre-activities before teaching the concepts or as reinforcement for concepts learned. Use ready-made problems for practice or enrichment. Replace over used activities from a textbook with great real world examples, laboratory activities, video clips, and practice examples. Have students create their own original videos about chemistry concepts being learned in class. Share the videos using a resource such as TeacherTube (explained here).

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SCOPE videos - Network Ten Australia and CSIRO

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Check out these great Science videos and resources! Each topic has video clips, external web links to great information, and additional resources. Video clips use Windows Media Player...more
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Check out these great Science videos and resources! Each topic has video clips, external web links to great information, and additional resources. Video clips use Windows Media Player available on the website. Search through many topics in "Earth and Space," "Energy and Force," "Engineering and Technology," "Living Things," and "Matter."

tag(s): caves (5), disasters (39), energy (198), forensics (27), natural disasters (20), weather (188)

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Capture students' attention using these great video clips and activities. Use the clips for pre-lessons for students to observe and ask questions (sort of a video KWL activity). Use this to discuss important information and as an opportunity to research, experiment, and learn more about the concepts. Make a video one of your centers with elementary science units.

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