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BiologyGuide - Simon Bluhm, Anna Wicking, and Sandra Benedict

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9 to 12
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BiologyGuide is a site from the United Kingdom providing study information and videos for Advanced Placement biology topics. Choose topics from the four different categories to view...more
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BiologyGuide is a site from the United Kingdom providing study information and videos for Advanced Placement biology topics. Choose topics from the four different categories to view outlines with information on the category. In addition to outlines, this site also offers many videos including course notes. The best way to find videos is to click on the video link, then "view all courses" instead of entering a search term. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English. Topic pages include unmoderated Facebook comments. The videos reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): advanced placement (25), cells (99), diseases (72), ecosystems (93), evolution (102), genetics (88), heart (43), human body (132), molecules (45), nutrition (159), photosynthesis (33), reproduction (8), respiration (18)

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Take advantage of the many study guides and videos from this site for use in your classroom. Share links to materials on your class web page for students to use at home. Share this site as a way to review before tests. Use videos from BiologyGuide as examples and challenge cooperative learning groups to create their own review videos using a tool like My Simpleshow, reviewed here, and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.

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Interactive Games: Science Lives Here - The Royal Institution

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4 to 12
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Learn about science, engineering, and the natural world with this large variety of interactive games. Scroll through to view all game topics, or use the drop-down box to limit your...more
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Learn about science, engineering, and the natural world with this large variety of interactive games. Scroll through to view all game topics, or use the drop-down box to limit your search by subject. Content offers a broad range of choices including animals, genetics, and space.

tag(s): animals (322), biodiversity (34), cells (99), genetics (88), gravity (46), human body (132), insects (72), medicine (70), nutrition (159), periodic table (51), plants (174), ponds (8), rainforests (21), solar system (119), space (221), stars (64), STEM (174)

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Introduce a new concept through games offered on this site. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector, then allow students to play on their own. If you are beginning the process of integrating technology, have students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Telegra.ph, reviewed here. This blog creator requires no registration.
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Science in the Classroom - Science in the Classroom

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9 to 12
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Science in the Classroom offers free annotated research articles and teaching materials. Choose any item to read each article in full. Dig a little deeper by selecting a Learning Lens,...more
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Science in the Classroom offers free annotated research articles and teaching materials. Choose any item to read each article in full. Dig a little deeper by selecting a Learning Lens, found at the bottom of any article under Teaching Resources, to focus on specific information within the article such as conclusions or connections to standards highlighted by different colors. Also, this site offers Thought Questions for each article allowing readers to extend thinking beyond the information provided. Some selections include videos. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as Freemake Video Converter, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): animals (322), cells (99), diseases (72), drugs and alcohol (25), genetics (88), human body (132), medicine (70), plants (174), STEM (174)

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Science in the Classroom is a must-add to any high school classroom. View articles together on your interactive whiteboard as you add highlighted annotations to focus on the content. Alternatively, print a copy of the article and have students add highlights to compare to the site's highlighted portions. Be sure to help weaker readers and ESL/ELL students by sharing the vocabulary words before reading, either on a handout or by projecting on an interactive whiteboard or screen and highlighting them in the text as you come to them. Flip learning by having students read an article before coming to class, ask them to prepare questions they have for when they return to class. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Venngage, reviewed here. Use an online flashcard maker, like Flashcard Stash, reviewed here, to review important vocabulary or content from any article.

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The Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE) - NISE Net

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K to 12
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NISE is the online home of a community of scientists and other partners with an interest in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. The site includes programs and activities...more
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NISE is the online home of a community of scientists and other partners with an interest in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. The site includes programs and activities for ages four through adult. Use filters on the activities section to choose age level, topics, and product category. Be sure to check out the over 120 lesson plans available through NISE and the free Professional Development for teachers and scientists.

tag(s): carbon (23), cells (99), diseases (72), electricity (92), energy (207), environment (325), measurement (175), medicine (70), plays (34), preK (288), STEM (174)

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Bookmark NISE as a resource for finding STEM lesson plans and activities. Some of the lesson plans include theater plays and scripts, take advantage of these to incorporate the arts into your STEM lessons making them STEAM. Share NISE activities with students for use with math and science fair projects. Be sure to include a link to activities on your class web page for parent use at home. Share the Professional Development section with your administrator and fellow teachers.
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Bioman Biology - Brett Baughman

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5 to 10
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Bioman Biology offers engaging interactives and virtual labs for learning biology content based on national standards. Find virtual labs and activities sorted by topics such as cells,...more
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Bioman Biology offers engaging interactives and virtual labs for learning biology content based on national standards. Find virtual labs and activities sorted by topics such as cells, body systems, and ecology. Use the search bar to look for specific content. In addition to the interactives and virtual labs, Bioman Biology offers online multiple choice quizzes over most topics. Optional teacher registration on the site provides the opportunity to assign quizzes and view student scores for games, quizzes, and virtual labs. Registration also has the advantage of students being able to directly submit their scores to you via email. Several activities are also available as downloads at iTunes. Bioman is available as an iOS app and on any device with a modern web browser and Internet access. The older version, in Flash, is still available, too.
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tag(s): body systems (56), cells (99), classification (25), dna (64), ecology (138), evolution (102), game based learning (139), genetics (88), human body (132), meiosis (15), photosynthesis (33), respiration (18), scientific method (67)

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Introduce this site to your class on an interactive whiteboard or projector to review and reinforce concepts. If you are lucky enough to have access to iPads for your students, you could have the activities downloaded as apps to use for stations or early finishers. Be sure to include this site on your class webpage for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Have students create animated movies online using Dvolver - Movie Maker, reviewed here, to demonstrate biology concepts. Use an online flashcard maker, like Flashcard Stash, reviewed here, to review concepts before quizzes and tests.
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Explore Biology - Ms. Foglia

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9 to 12
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Created by a high school biology teacher, this resource is a treasure trove of activities, labs, PowerPoint slides, handouts, and more for teaching biology. Though these resources are...more
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Created by a high school biology teacher, this resource is a treasure trove of activities, labs, PowerPoint slides, handouts, and more for teaching biology. Though these resources are for the AP level, they can be altered for use at lower levels, especially the lab activities. Be sure to click the Teachers Corner in the left-hand navigation to find the activities.

tag(s): animals (322), body systems (56), cells (99), organelles (5), organisms (21), plants (174), worksheets (63)

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Use these activities and resources for inspiration for your classes. When using portions of a resource, be sure to cite your source and give credit to the author. Be sure to take the time to look at the many items listed including Confounding Terms that feature many words in biology using various root words or Pairs Across the Phyla that looks at differences between organisms. Use the review materials as extra practice for students who are further ahead than the rest of the class. The lab activities are a great addition to other class activities.
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Virtual Science Hub - Global excursion

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Create or view Excursions to learn various science topics! Find the available Excursions by clicking on Browse. Click Educational to see the catalog topics in Mathematics, Physics,...more
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Create or view Excursions to learn various science topics! Find the available Excursions by clicking on Browse. Click Educational to see the catalog topics in Mathematics, Physics, Biology, and Technology. This site includes Excursions created by the International community. Each Excursion plays like a PowerPoint. Advance through the slides to see embedded content included as part of the Excursion. Content includes Wikipedia entries, websites, quizzes, videos, and more. Create an account to make your Excursion. Click the + sign at the top to create. Add a title, description, and tags. Click to add content (photos, videos, text, quiz, etc.) Have a PowerPoint you would like to use? Export it as a PDF file and upload to Vishub. Another upload possibility is ZIP files, among others. Easy to use tools include changing background, animation, and style. Save, preview, and publish. Favorite and comment on popular excursions. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): animals (322), cells (99), environment (325), medicine (70), plants (174), solar system (119), water cycle (32)

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Encourage students to create an excursion about a topic being studied in science class. This tool would be an excellent alternative to a conventional PowerPoint or other presentation tools. Consider assigning projects where students teach one another using this tool. Gifted students will love learning from already created excursions or extending their learning by creating their own. This tool would be useful for blended or flipped learning giving students time to absorb information about content and leaving class time for individualized learning.

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e-learning for kids science - Dr Nick van Dam

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K to 6
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Explore this interesting collection of over seventy e-lessons in science for elementary students. They also have an additional 200 lessons under development! Find lessons by choosing...more
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Explore this interesting collection of over seventy e-lessons in science for elementary students. They also have an additional 200 lessons under development! Find lessons by choosing a grade level, browse through all resources, or sort by popularity. Most activities include a short introductory lesson along with games for practicing content. Courses content cover a very wide range of topics including plants and animals, cells, natural disasters, and much more. At the time of this review, some lesson links gave an error message, however, clicking on the image started the course.

tag(s): animals (322), cells (99), colors (80), earth (224), human body (132), moon (72), nutrition (159), photosynthesis (33), planets (128), plants (174), pollution (65), rocks (52), senses (31), solar system (119), volcanoes (66), water cycle (32), weather (201)

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e-learning for kids is perfect for use on classroom computers as science centers. Create links to lessons and allow all students the opportunity to participate. View lessons together on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Be sure to include a link on your class webpage or newsletter for students to view at home. Share this site with parents as an additional resource for reviewing concepts at home. After completing lessons, have students use an online poster creator, such as Padlet, reviewed here, to share information. For a quick project, create electronic graphics of important words using a tool such as Word Cloud for Kids, reviewed here, or Wordle, reviewed here.
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Blobs.org - Tim Sheppard

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8 to 12
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Blobs.org provides user-friendly scientific explanations using illustrations and a friendly, down to earth tone. Click Resources to view and sort articles by topics from basic science...more
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Blobs.org provides user-friendly scientific explanations using illustrations and a friendly, down to earth tone. Click Resources to view and sort articles by topics from basic science through medical science. Sort the article list alphabetically or by difficulty levels 1 through 4. Each article includes illustrations and several sub-sections with more in-depth information. Articles are heavily text-based.

tag(s): acids and bases (11), atoms (55), cells (99), density (24), heart (43), human body (132), mass (23), molecules (45), volume (53)

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Share information from Blobs.org on your interactive whiteboard to introduce science units. This site is excellent for enrichment or for practice with informational text in science. Include it on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Wordle (reviewed here) or WordItOut (reviewed here).

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ParrMr - Mr. Parr

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Explore this rich collection of clever YouTube videos of songs with on-screen lyrics to learn important science concepts! Be sure to check out some pretty clever songs including The...more
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Explore this rich collection of clever YouTube videos of songs with on-screen lyrics to learn important science concepts! Be sure to check out some pretty clever songs including The Rock Cycle, Chemical Compounds in Cells, and the DNA song. The lyrics to the song are shown below the video on each YouTube page to easily copy and paste for students to follow along. Even if your students roll their eyes at the videos/songs, the concepts (and tunes) will definitely stick in their minds! If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): animals (322), atoms (55), cells (99), climate (95), dna (64), energy (207), human body (132), matter (61), molecules (45), moon (72), motion (69), rock cycle (10), water cycle (32), weather (201)

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Play songs on an Interactive Whiteboard or Projector for the entire class. Embed videos on your teacher page for review by students. Use these songs as an introduction to units. After viewing a video, brainstorm to identify words students know or are not familiar with. Copy the lyrics into a document and, as you discuss the material in class, encourage students to annotate the lyrics with notes about the content. Be sure to play the video often throughout the unit to reconnect with material. Challenge your more musical students to team up with a class poet to write your own songs-- for extra credit and extra fun! They could use Soundtrap, reviewed here, for this musical endeavor.
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Free Online Science Games - Sheppard Software

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K to 8
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Enjoy science interactives ideal for elementary children through middle grades. Topics include Life Cycles, Seasons, Dinosaurs, Cells, Consumers, Nutrition, Digestion, Skeletal system,...more
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Enjoy science interactives ideal for elementary children through middle grades. Topics include Life Cycles, Seasons, Dinosaurs, Cells, Consumers, Nutrition, Digestion, Skeletal system, and many others. Most resources indicate the appropriate level for their use.
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tag(s): animal homes (61), animals (322), body systems (56), cells (99), dinosaurs (55), life cycles (24), nutrition (159), oceans (165), periodic table (51), preK (288), seasons (36)

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Bookmark and save this site for use throughout the year with science lessons. Nearly all activities would work well on your projector or interactive whiteboard. For Example, use the Cell Games (including animal, plant, and bacterial cells) to introduce and explore parts of cells. Create a link on classroom computers or use on laptop carts for students to explore on their own. Simple online coloring science activities require no reading. Share this site with parents for exploration and reinforcement at home.
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The Science Spot - Mrs. Tomm

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4 to 9
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This tool is a wonderful resource for both middle school teachers and students. Find lessons in any physical or biological content area. Find ideas for activities to use as part ...more
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This tool is a wonderful resource for both middle school teachers and students. Find lessons in any physical or biological content area. Find ideas for activities to use as part of your school's Science Club or interesting trivia to use as starters for your classroom. Other resources available include ideas for nature Centers, Puzzles, and links to other resources. This site has quite a few distracting advertisements.
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tag(s): atoms (55), cells (99), earth (224), ecology (138), forensics (26), insects (72), measurement (175), motion (69)

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Use the information on this site to find interesting demonstrations or facts to use when planning your lessons. Use these ideas as part of an inquiry lesson that encourages the students to be investigators and ask the questions. Students can also be the demonstrators in class. Encourage them to find an interesting idea or demonstration to perform in front of the class and "teach" the other students. Alternately, students can videotape or podcast their demonstration for viewing later on your class website. For podcasts use a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here. To share videos, use a site such as SchoolTube, reviewed here.
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Back Pack Games - Learning Games for STEM Skills - Back Pack Games

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1 to 8
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Back Pack Games is a collection of educational interactives in all subjects for elementary and middle school students. The site gathers and categorizes games from multiple outside...more
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Back Pack Games is a collection of educational interactives in all subjects for elementary and middle school students. The site gathers and categorizes games from multiple outside sources. Specific activities are designed for grades 3-5 or grades 6-8. However, many of the activities in the Cognitive Development area could be used with younger students. Choose activities by subject, genre, or grade level links. Browse to find the most popular games. One interesting link includes activities aligned to cognitive development including skills such as attention, memory, and spacial skills. Click the standards option to find games aligned to Common Core Standards. Details included with each game include a short description, game categories and skills addressed, and an educator's review of the activity.
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tag(s): addition (227), cells (99), decimals (125), division (161), geometric shapes (173), measurement (175), money (185), multiplication (211), oceans (165), photosynthesis (33), STEM (174), subtraction (187), time (141), vocabulary development (124), word study (79)

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Bookmark this site to use as a resource for computer center games and activities throughout the year. Share curriculum-related resources on your interactive whiteboard or projector. This site could work well in a BYOD or 1:1 classroom. Share with parents as a resource to use at home or as a summer skills review and refresher.
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Blood - e-learning for kids

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Take a closer look at the blood flowing in your body with this interesting interactive. Click on each of the cells to learn a little more about the types of ...more
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Take a closer look at the blood flowing in your body with this interesting interactive. Click on each of the cells to learn a little more about the types of cells and their functions. Choose from several options at the bottom of the page to get more information. Yukky Bits provides information on some of the yuckier aspects of blood. Find out how much blood you have and all about different blood types by choosing other links.

tag(s): body systems (56), cells (99), human body (132)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and explore together as a class during a unit on body systems or the circulatory system. Use an online flashcard maker, like Flashcard Stash (reviewed here). Use terms provided to help students remember different types of cells and their functions. Before viewing the site have students brainstorm or collect ideas on what they know about blood on a collaborative bulletin board like Scrumblr, reviewed here (quick start- no membership required!)
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Cell Structure - Wiley

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6 to 12
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This interactive gives a great overview of prokaryotes and eukaryotes, animal cells, and plant cells. Use Construct a Cell to create a plant, animal, or prokaryotic cell and review...more
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This interactive gives a great overview of prokaryotes and eukaryotes, animal cells, and plant cells. Use Construct a Cell to create a plant, animal, or prokaryotic cell and review the parts found in each.

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Share this tool on an Interactive whiteboard or projector as a class review and discussion about cell types and parts of cells. Use on individual computers for student review. Be sure to place this resource on your website or blog for students to access. This is a great site to use for practice before the big test!
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Label the Cells - Curriculum Bits

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5 to 12
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Label the Cells is an interactive activity for practicing labeling parts of cells. Drag and drop labels to the correct position on the cell diagram. Check answers, if incorrect, try...more
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Label the Cells is an interactive activity for practicing labeling parts of cells. Drag and drop labels to the correct position on the cell diagram. Check answers, if incorrect, try another time. View correct answers at the end of the activity or print using the link.

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Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of cells. Share a link to the site on your class webpage for students to use at home for review.
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Science Lessons and Help - WyzAnt Tutoring

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8 to 12
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Find help with Biology, Physics, and Chemistry concepts at this site provided by WyzAnt tutoring. Choose from the categories of Biology, Physics, or Chemistry to begin. Choose from...more
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Find help with Biology, Physics, and Chemistry concepts at this site provided by WyzAnt tutoring. Choose from the categories of Biology, Physics, or Chemistry to begin. Choose from the list of specific topics available: Cell Cycle, Mendel's Laws, Acids, Bonds, Stoichiometry, Magnetism, Vectors, and many others. Lessons include a short explanation of each topic along with images and a short review quiz or practice problems at the end. There are advertisements for tutors on this site.
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tag(s): acids and bases (11), atoms (55), cells (99), chemicals (44), elements (34), energy (207), evolution (102), genetics (88), gravity (46), heat (16), magnetism (38), mass (23), matter (61), measurement (175), photosynthesis (33), temperature (34), vectors (24)

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Use lessons on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to introduce or review concepts included. Share a link to lessons on your class website or blog for students to use at home. This is an excellent site for studying biology, physics, and chemistry concepts. Be sure to advise students not to click on the links to find tutors.

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The Cell Organelles - edhsgreensea.net

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This site is a very basic overview of the parts of the cell and their functions. Click on the label in the picture or use the navigation to jump down ...more
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This site is a very basic overview of the parts of the cell and their functions. Click on the label in the picture or use the navigation to jump down to the cell part.
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tag(s): cells (99), organelles (5), structures (23)

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Use this straight forward and simple site for students to gather basic information about the cell parts prior to more research and discussion about cells. Use this site along with others for students to gather information and create a multimedia presentation of the material. Use a site such as Prezi, reviewed here.

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Cell Games - Sheppard Software

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Use this interactive resource to review the parts of an animal, plant, or bacterial cell. Hover over the areas of the cells to learn the parts and the functions. When ...more
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Use this interactive resource to review the parts of an animal, plant, or bacterial cell. Hover over the areas of the cells to learn the parts and the functions. When finished, follow with an activity to practice what has been learned or take the quiz!
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tag(s): animals (322), bacteria (30), cells (99), plants (174)

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Use this resource to introduce the unit on cells. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Students can review the cells and create one of these Graphic Organizers, reviewed here, of information and then discuss the differences between the different types of cells. Use for continuous review until the cell parts are learned and students have mastered the game and the quiz.
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Biotech Adventures - Oklahoma State University

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Find basic information in text and images for many cellular events such as mitosis, meiosis, replication, and genetics with this free site. View shockwave and quicktime animations of...more
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Find basic information in text and images for many cellular events such as mitosis, meiosis, replication, and genetics with this free site. View shockwave and quicktime animations of processes and techniques or issues such as Black Bears, Cloning, and Forensics.

tag(s): cells (99), dna (64), forensics (26), genetics (88), meiosis (15), mitosis (11), plants (174), reproduction (8)

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Use this site to provide additional pictures and animations for the understanding of complex cellular activities that are difficult for some students to understand or visualize. Challenge students to create their own animations using Animatron, reviewed here, and common household materials to showcase the steps and cellular parts involved in these processes.
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