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Seeing - Exploratorium

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6 to 12
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Discover the science behind optical illusions with these interactive activities that demonstrate how our eyes interpret images. Each illusion is accompanied by an explanation of how...more
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Discover the science behind optical illusions with these interactive activities that demonstrate how our eyes interpret images. Each illusion is accompanied by an explanation of how and why the eye behaves as it does. Created by Exploratorium.

tag(s): brain (68), optical illusions (13), senses (31)

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Why Does Evolution Matter Now? - PBS

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9 to 12
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The growing problem of antibiotic resistance is explored in this lesson plan that investigates how evolution is at the heart of this wide-spread health threat. Real-time videos demonstrate...more
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The growing problem of antibiotic resistance is explored in this lesson plan that investigates how evolution is at the heart of this wide-spread health threat. Real-time videos demonstrate how disease-causing agents can rapidly become immune to our best antibiotic defenses. A second activity investigates how evolution affects our daily lives and can solve problems in medicine, agriculture, and the environment. Includes student instructions and teacher notes.

tag(s): diseases (72), evolution (101)

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Creature Feature - National Geographic Society

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3 to 6
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Students can safely explore and navigate through this site that lets them get up close and personal with dozens of wild critters. Each featured creature is introduced via an easy-to-read...more
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Students can safely explore and navigate through this site that lets them get up close and personal with dozens of wild critters. Each featured creature is introduced via an easy-to-read article, fun facts, video and audio files, and photos. Brainteaser questions and links to related sites are provided. A great resource for independent research on an animal of choice. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): amphibians (21), animals (322), birds (53), dinosaurs (54), fish (25), mammals (36), reptiles (14)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector to get your students "up close" to dinosaurs, bugs, or other animals. This site is a perfect addition to a research project.
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Microangela - Tina Carvalho of the University of Hawaii

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4 to 10
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From the very tiny, to the microscopic, this site offers close-up pictures and information about insects, spores, bacteria, cells, microorganisms, plankton, and more. The strangely...more
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From the very tiny, to the microscopic, this site offers close-up pictures and information about insects, spores, bacteria, cells, microorganisms, plankton, and more. The strangely beautiful, colorized images are accompanied by brief and sometimes entertaining explanations. Your students will gain new understanding and appreciation for the very tiny critters that surround us.

tag(s): bacteria (30), insects (72), microorganisms (15), organisms (21)

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Ology - American Museum of Natural History

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2 to 8
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This site is filled with kid-friendly text and engaging interactive activities that introduce "ologies" and investigate topics including marine biology, astronomy, archeology, earth...more
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This site is filled with kid-friendly text and engaging interactive activities that introduce "ologies" and investigate topics including marine biology, astronomy, archeology, earth science, and more. Each topic section includes background information, virtual experiments and tours, and suggestions for in-class experiments. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): museums (49)

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Motivate your students by using an interactive whiteboard or projector to share these engaging, interactive, and educational resources.
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Virtual Cell

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8 to 10
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Reinforce the parts of a cell with this interactive tour. Students can click on an area of the virtual cell, read a brief definition, zoom in or out, and perform ...more
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Reinforce the parts of a cell with this interactive tour. Students can click on an area of the virtual cell, read a brief definition, zoom in or out, and perform certain functions - cutting, splitting, and rotating. The pronunciation guide will "speak" the words for you.

tag(s): cells (99)

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Have students create flashcards for the words they don't know using Study Droid, reviewed here. With Study Droid you can use rich text, images and more! After completion of the tour, ask students to reflect on their learning by writing a blog entry using Telegra.ph, reviewed here. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. This blog creator requires no registration.

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DNA Detective - New York Hall of Science

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6 to 8
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Engage your middle school students in this online crime-solving activity that involves using and interpreting DNA evidence. After learning DNA basics, visitors can enter the crime...more
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Engage your middle school students in this online crime-solving activity that involves using and interpreting DNA evidence. After learning DNA basics, visitors can enter the crime scene, collect samples, and analyze them in the virtual lab. REQUIRES FLASH!

tag(s): dna (65), forensics (26)

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Science Buddies - ScienceBuddies.org

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K to 12
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ScienceBuddies offers a large variety of science resources including science fair projects and free STEM lessons. Select the Science Fair Project Ideas link to begin using the Topic...more
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ScienceBuddies offers a large variety of science resources including science fair projects and free STEM lessons. Select the Science Fair Project Ideas link to begin using the Topic Selection Wizard. This tool uses a short questionnaire to guide students to recommended projects based on length of time needed to work on the project, grade level, and topic for research. Be sure to also visit the teachers' portion of the site to find STEM lesson plans for all grade levels, science fair tools, engineering design information, and much more.

tag(s): calories (10), earthquakes (50), electricity (92), energy (209), gravity (49), internet safety (118), recycling (62), robotics (27), science fairs (25), sound (106), STEM (184)

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Be sure to bookmark this site as a useful resource for any science topic. Take advantage of the free lessons aligned to Next Generation Science Standards to add to your current content. Use an online bulletin board like Lino, reviewed here throughout your science unit to record student questions, ideas, and ongoing discussions. If you use video content during your science lessons, consider incorporating a tool like Vizia, reviewed here or EdPuzzle, reviewed hereto integrate quizzes and polls directly into your video. Instead of a written or oral presentation of student research, have students use Sway, reviewed here to create a multimedia presentation incorporating video, images, and text.
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Build a DNA Molecule - University of Utah

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Teach your students about the structure of DNA with this interactive activity that challenges them to apply pairing rules to the construction of a model. The object is to click ...more
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Teach your students about the structure of DNA with this interactive activity that challenges them to apply pairing rules to the construction of a model. The object is to click and drag nucleotides to their proper position.

tag(s): dna (65), genetics (88)

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Hyperheart - University of Utah

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Use this animated site to help student visualize how blood circulates through the heart. Younger students can easily follow the well-labeled animation, and older students may be interested...more
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Use this animated site to help student visualize how blood circulates through the heart. Younger students can easily follow the well-labeled animation, and older students may be interested in the tutorials, which explain the various stages of the cardiac cycle in much greater detail.

tag(s): heart (42)

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Online Marine Picture Book

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6 to 8
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This online introduction to marine life, designed by and for middle school kids, is an excellent primer for field trip excursions to tidal pools. If traveling to the coast is ...more
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This online introduction to marine life, designed by and for middle school kids, is an excellent primer for field trip excursions to tidal pools. If traveling to the coast is not an option, the online slideshow provides photos and descriptions that are the next best thing to being there. Caution: the site contains several inactive links to videos and related resources.

tag(s): animals (322), habitats (108)

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Bone Biology for Kids

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4 to 8
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Science, health, and biology teachers can find a variety of resources on this site for helping students to understand the skeletal system, bone health, and nutrition. Students can play...more
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Science, health, and biology teachers can find a variety of resources on this site for helping students to understand the skeletal system, bone health, and nutrition. Students can play an interactive Bone-Yahtzee game, or participate in a question/answer page. The Teacher's Corner contains two printable worksheets that can be used to guide students through the site content. Some sections are still in progress, but there is still a considerable amount of information to explore.

tag(s): nutrition (158)

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Hello Dolly: A WebQuest - Keith Nuthall of the Poway Unified School District

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11 to 12
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The impact of cloning on 21st century society is examined in this non-partisan, fact-based WebQuest that encourages research, analysis, and evaluation. Students, working in teams, are...more
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The impact of cloning on 21st century society is examined in this non-partisan, fact-based WebQuest that encourages research, analysis, and evaluation. Students, working in teams, are asked to consider the ethics, politics and science of the cloning process as they establish a government policy to regulate cloning. Teacher resources and website links are provided, along with a timeline and content standards. Because of the controversial nature of this real-life problem-solving challenge, exercise caution when implementing.

tag(s): dna (65), ethics (19), webquests (28)

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Save this site as a favorite, and use the webquest during a discussion of government oversight, and how it has affected areas such as science. (This could also be used in a biology classroom during a lesson on cloning)

Consider alternate product options for today's students, such as using Google Docs during planning and writing phases reviewed here or one of many creative. collaborative web 2.0 tools reviewed in the TeachersFirst Edge. Your students can work collaboratively without even being in the same place, and their projects can be shared easily on the web.

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Putting DNA to Work - National Academy of Sciences

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9 to 12
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This collection of well-organized tutorials and interactive multimedia activities reveals how DNA technology affects our lives. From detecting inherited diseases and catching criminals,...more
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This collection of well-organized tutorials and interactive multimedia activities reveals how DNA technology affects our lives. From detecting inherited diseases and catching criminals, to improving agriculture, the site presents high-level information in an easy-to-understand format. Videos, simulations, and well-designed graphics place students in the role of scientist. Use this site with your AP science students.

tag(s): dna (65), genetics (88)

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Virtual Frog Dissection - Froguts, Inc.

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8 to 12
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If scheduling an actual frog dissection activity is just not possible then enter the virtual dissection lab and involve your students in this remarkable on-line experience - no formaldehyde...more
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If scheduling an actual frog dissection activity is just not possible then enter the virtual dissection lab and involve your students in this remarkable on-line experience - no formaldehyde necessary. Using virtual tools, students can actually pin, slice, snip, remove, and examine organs. You must add the introduction, background information, and related details - just as you would in the science lab.

tag(s): dissection (11)

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Stalking the Mysterious Microbe

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6 to 12
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Introduce your students to the microbial worlds of bacteria, fungi, and viruses with this site that provides entertaining background information, ideas for classroom experiments, and...more
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Introduce your students to the microbial worlds of bacteria, fungi, and viruses with this site that provides entertaining background information, ideas for classroom experiments, and a collection of "Microbes in the News" articles. Find out when hands should be washed and what happens when they are not! Interested students can even explore a "Careers" link that offers interviews with experts in the field, advice on finding a mentor, and tips on how to become a microbiologist. Available in English and Spanish.

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Use the videos on this site as a supplement to a lecture on microbes. One video that would be great, "E. Coli Animation," shows the growth and reproduction of e.coli in a quick YouTube clip. Not all school internet systems allow for access to YouTube, so make sure to check your school's policies before use. If it does work, some of these videos do a great job of detailing specific microbes and their life-cycles. Definitely a lot more interesting and fun for students to watch than reading the same information out of a textbook!

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Butterflies of North America - Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center

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This excellent site provides an on-line resource of butterfly species and populations throughout the United States and northern Mexico. A section on Canada is planned for the near future....more
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This excellent site provides an on-line resource of butterfly species and populations throughout the United States and northern Mexico. A section on Canada is planned for the near future. Visitors can use an interactive map to click on any state and discover which butterflies inhabit that region. Photographs of adult butterflies, larvae, and eggs are provided along with information about the distributions of species at the county level. Helpful advice on distinguishing moths from butterflies is provided along with a collection of thumbnail sketches that help visitors identify species they may have spotted.

tag(s): butterflies (11)

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Voyage of the Odyssey - PBS

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6 to 12
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On March 17, 2000, the Odyssey began its five-year journey to shed light on the health of the world's oceans and the fate of whales and marine organisms. Explore this ...more
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On March 17, 2000, the Odyssey began its five-year journey to shed light on the health of the world's oceans and the fate of whales and marine organisms. Explore this multimedia site to view video and audio clips, read about oceanic and nautical history, and email scientists with questions about ocean ecology.

tag(s): ecology (137), ecosystems (93), marine biology (35), oceans (165)

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Advanced Placement Digital Library - Rice University

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10 to 12
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This site, designed for teachers of advanced placement science courses and their students, provides access to extensive online resources. Each subject topic includes an outline and...more
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This site, designed for teachers of advanced placement science courses and their students, provides access to extensive online resources. Each subject topic includes an outline and links to related resources. All materials on the site have been reviewed and selected by AP teachers and context experts. Users must fill out a free registration form.

tag(s): advanced placement (25)

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Introduction to Microbiology - Annenberg Foundation

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9 to 12
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Created with support from the Annenberg Foundation, this very complete introduction to microbiology relies on a series of online video presentations. While the quality of these is excellent,...more
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Created with support from the Annenberg Foundation, this very complete introduction to microbiology relies on a series of online video presentations. While the quality of these is excellent, users will need a network connection fast enough to accommodate the streaming video, and a class schedule that can accommodate use of the video segments. Free user registration is required.

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