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Drinking Water and Ground Water Kids' Stuff - U.S. EPA

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Find the perfect lesson plan for your grade level as you study water or plan for Earth Day. Each level has a several activities, many hands-on. ...more
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Find the perfect lesson plan for your grade level as you study water or plan for Earth Day. Each level has a several activities, many hands-on.

tag(s): conservation (127), earth (224), earth day (105), water (134), water cycle (32)

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Recycling Lesson Plans - Pennsylvania Dept of Environmental Protection

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Find an activity to get kids moving on Earth Day as they start a recycling project appropriate for their age. This collection of lesson plans will get you going. ...more
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Find an activity to get kids moving on Earth Day as they start a recycling project appropriate for their age. This collection of lesson plans will get you going.

tag(s): earth (224), earth day (105), recycling (62)

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Marinebio.org

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Learn all about oceans, aquatic life, and conservation on this wide-ranging site. Students and teachers alike will find rich resources and information. This site is an ocean biome web...more
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Learn all about oceans, aquatic life, and conservation on this wide-ranging site. Students and teachers alike will find rich resources and information. This site is an ocean biome web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit for grades 4-8.

tag(s): biomes (139)

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Try the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit to get your students involved and engaged with their own research. Have them work alone or with a partner on laptops or in a lab.

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Siene and Nature: Freshwater Habitat - BBC

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A page of facts about freshwater habitats, this site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit....more
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A page of facts about freshwater habitats, this site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit.

tag(s): biomes (139)

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Try the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit to get your students involved and engaged with their own research. Have them work alone or with a partner on laptops or in a lab.

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It's Your River. Do You Know Where It's Going? - Colorado River Fdn.

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A page of facts about the Colorado River, this site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit....more
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A page of facts about the Colorado River, this site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit.

tag(s): biomes (139)

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Try the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit to get your students involved and engaged with their own research. Have them work alone or with a partner on laptops or in a lab.

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The Mariana Trench - Marianatrench.com

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A site all about the Marian Trench, this is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit for grades...more
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A site all about the Marian Trench, this is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit for grades 4-8.

tag(s): biomes (139), oceans (164)

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Try the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit to get your students involved and engaged with their own research. Have them work alone or with a partner on laptops or in a lab.

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Why Leaves Change Color - SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

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A page of facts about leaves of the deciduous forest, this site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the...more
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A page of facts about leaves of the deciduous forest, this site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit.

tag(s): biomes (139)

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Try the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit to get your students involved and engaged with their own research. Have them work alone or with a partner on laptops or in a lab.

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Animal Diversity Web - University of Michigan Museum of Zoology

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4 to 12
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Animal Diversity Web is an on-line database of animal natural history, distribution, and classification organized as an on-line encyclopedia. Users can search the Animalia Kingdom...more
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Animal Diversity Web is an on-line database of animal natural history, distribution, and classification organized as an on-line encyclopedia. Users can search the Animalia Kingdom by Phylum, Sub phylum, Class, Order and Family. Choose the corresponding icons to view facts, descriptions, pictures, specimens and hear the sounds of the various animals. This site contains a lot of information. Younger students may need some assistance/instruction maneuvering through the site initially.

tag(s): animals (322), biodiversity (35), diversity (33)

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Introduce the site on a projector or interactive whiteboard before asking students to investigate their own animal choices. Older students can do comparisons and contrasts to better understand the taxonomy and can also read about naming of species. See the teaching link for more ideas. Play the sounds on your computer speakers, especially if the animals are unfamiliar in your part of the world. Sounds require Quicktime. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

This site also has a very public message about its authorship (college students) which can prompt a good discussion about reliability and appropriateness of sources. Reinforce critical evaluation of sources and information literacy in your science class, too!

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Net Frog - University of Virginia

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Choose one of two internet frog dissection lessons for an on-line tutorial. Each lesson offers photos, videos, step by step instructions and factual information about a classroom frog...more
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Choose one of two internet frog dissection lessons for an on-line tutorial. Each lesson offers photos, videos, step by step instructions and factual information about a classroom frog dissection from introduction to clean-up. Very graphic. May not be appropriate for all audiences. Portions of the site require FLASH and Quicktime plug-ins. Get them from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): dissection (11)

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The site could be displayed on the LCD projector to teach as a whole-group lesson or lab. Students who opt out of actual dissection activities may be able to use this site instead.

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An On-Line Textbook of Natural History - Wayne's Word

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This on-line textbook contains an amazing amount of information regarding biology and botany. The in-depth detail is a bit overwhelming but the "diamonds in rough" and bits of interesting...more
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This on-line textbook contains an amazing amount of information regarding biology and botany. The in-depth detail is a bit overwhelming but the "diamonds in rough" and bits of interesting information are worth it, as is the factual data contained within the website. The site also includes on-line curricula for biology and botany 101.

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This site would be very handy for a research project or upper-level web quest. Include it on your teacher web page as you assign independent projects for both in and out of class. The pages are text-intensive, so an weak readers will need and alernate source or reader-partner.

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Arborday.org Tree Guide - National Arbor Day Foundation

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Besides identifying trees, users learn about forest ground layers, enrich their vocabulary, study tree anatomy and health, and hone their searching skills. When users are looking for...more
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Besides identifying trees, users learn about forest ground layers, enrich their vocabulary, study tree anatomy and health, and hone their searching skills. When users are looking for the name of tree by looking at its leaf, this website will identify the leaf and then lead to so much more information! People who want to learn how to take care of trees learn about soils, types of land, and even how to plant (video included)!

tag(s): trees (28)

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A good reference resource for outdoor outings involving leaf collecting or as a reference site during your botany unit. There are portions of the site where items and memberships are for sale, so preview and alert your students to avoid these areas.

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Wolves of Yellowstone Webquest - Keith Nuthall

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6 to 12
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This webquest carefully examines the problem of possible wolf extinction, their re-introduction into the wild, the opposition of the ranchers in the area etc. By presenting small groups...more
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This webquest carefully examines the problem of possible wolf extinction, their re-introduction into the wild, the opposition of the ranchers in the area etc. By presenting small groups of students with a real issue, the quest will teach how to perform and evaluate research before developing a point of view on an issue. For the final project of the quest, users write an editorial stating their well-researched viewpoint. Students don't do original research but rather use the articles contained within the project. Contains a rubric for evaluation as well as a form for "pre-writing" so the process of research and final presentation is carefully controlled. Users need RealAudio to hear the howls of the wolves.

tag(s): conservation (127), endangered species (40), environment (323), species (30)

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Update this project a little and have students deliver their reports via an interactive infographic using Canva, reviewed here, or a podcast which will give them practice on oral reporting and editing. Use a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here. Student groups can present their reports to the class or post the to the class wiki or webpage. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.

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What in the World? Genetic Engineering - webquest - William E. Peace

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9 to 12
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This webquest provides activities for groups of four students each to learn background, new developments, and legislative impact of genetic engineering. It addresses the controversial...more
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This webquest provides activities for groups of four students each to learn background, new developments, and legislative impact of genetic engineering. It addresses the controversial topic of whether people should eat genetically engineered crops. Each of the students has a separate assignment within the overall webquest. Students learn how to research both sides of a question and provide a balanced, thoughtful examination of a hot topic by using a scientific approach to gain background information, develop critical thinking skills, examine legislative efforts related to the topic, and present findings in an original way. The site includes a grading rubric.

tag(s): engineering (133)

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Divide students carefully into well balanced groups so that they learn not only the topic of genetic engineering, but also the process of researching, analyzing, and presenting findings.

This site would make an excellent "hands-on" activity in a biology class where students can experience both scientific research and policy-making on a first hand basis. If your students are also studying government, they should have an even better sense of the processes involved.

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Teach Engineering Resources for K-12 - University of Colorado Boulder

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Engineering Resources is a K-12 website that contains a multitude of information including lessons correlating to national and state standards. Search for activities and ideas by grade...more
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Engineering Resources is a K-12 website that contains a multitude of information including lessons correlating to national and state standards. Search for activities and ideas by grade level and curriculum topic using the Search and Advanced Search buttons. Narrow choices provided in the curriculum section by filtering options to include lessons, activities, complete units, and more. Maker Challenges offer a variety of experiences for hands-on learning with topics including titles like A Doghouse Design Project and Create and Control a Popsicle Stick Finger Robot. Other site options allow users to search by educational standards and provide information and resources for teaching engineering to students in grades K-12.

tag(s): amazon (9), architecture (85), bridges (13), cells (99), density (24), engineering (133), environment (323), forces (49), friction (14), heart (42), human body (132), latitude (15), light (53), longitude (15), map skills (80), marine biology (34), mars (39), medicine (69), motion (70), pollution (66), robotics (27), rockets (17), simple machines (35), space (225), STEM (186)

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Bookmark this site as a resource for finding STEM lessons and activities for all grade levels. Collaborate with your peers using a bookmarking tool like SearchTeam, reviewed here to share all of your resources. SearchTeam offers users the ability to add notes to shared resources making it easy to discuss and add comments to items shared. Instead of having students write journal entries during science or maker lab activities, use a video response tool like FlipGrid, reviewed here to have students respond to essential questions and comment on their peers' observations. As a culminating activity to a unit, ask students to create an explainer video answering essential questions to the unit topic. My Simpleshow, reviewed here is an easy to use tool for creating animated video explainers.

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Biology Online - Biology Online Team

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This bulletin board style site includes links to online tutorials, web resources, an online editable biology dictionary, and forums on various biology topics. The dictionary is much...more
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This bulletin board style site includes links to online tutorials, web resources, an online editable biology dictionary, and forums on various biology topics. The dictionary is much like wikipedia, with the public able to edit and change the entires, but the site is moderated by a team. You may not want to accept the dictionary as a formal "source," but your students will like the ease with which they can look up terms and review biology material on this online environment.

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Include a link to this one among the resources on your teacher web page so stumped students have somewhere to turn while reviewing or doing homework. You must be a member to edit the dictionary, add posts to the forum, or suggest a resource (membership is free). Perhaps you want to set up a class account so you can add entries together from a projector in class.

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Knock on the Door: Biology - EABJM

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This site, created by and for the largest independent school in France, is intedned to help teachers and students prepare for the IB tests in biology. A team of teachers ...more
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This site, created by and for the largest independent school in France, is intedned to help teachers and students prepare for the IB tests in biology. A team of teachers from the school created the site. It includes extensive resources and readings on biology, as well as review activities.

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Make this a reference link from your teacher web page or use the site as a different way to introduce content so students can move at thier own pace.

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Cells Are Us - Partnership for Environment Education and Rural Health

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6 to 10
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This comprehensive site includes lesson pans, interactive review tools, and online activities for every aspect of teaching cell biology to middle grades. There are complete teacher...more
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This comprehensive site includes lesson pans, interactive review tools, and online activities for every aspect of teaching cell biology to middle grades. There are complete teacher ages, concept maps, and even a Cells Are Us bingo game for review. You must log in (as a guest) to see the teacher pages. Some content may be useful even in a high school biology class.

tag(s): cells (99)

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Some of the interactives would make good interactive whiteboard or partner-shared review games. The entire site should be a link from your teacher web page for students to use in at-home review.

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Dr. Saul's Biology in Motion - Leif Saul

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8 to 12
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Try these outstanding, highly-visual online activities, quizzes, and demonstrations to teach and reinforce biology concepts, including: classification, mitosis and meiosis, how enzymes...more
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Try these outstanding, highly-visual online activities, quizzes, and demonstrations to teach and reinforce biology concepts, including: classification, mitosis and meiosis, how enzymes work, selection/mutation/evolution, and multiple physiological processes. Your students will love the animation, created by a college professor/game developer.

tag(s): body systems (57), evolution (101), meiosis (15), mitosis (11)

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Several of these interactives would be terrific on an interactive whiteboard or projector. The quizzes would be a great way to review on the whiteboard before a test.

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Genomics: Systems Biology for Energy and Environment - U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science

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Find extensive, up-to-date information on the Human Genome Project, ethical issues in genetics, biofuels, microbial genome research, and much more. This site would be a fantastic resource...more
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Find extensive, up-to-date information on the Human Genome Project, ethical issues in genetics, biofuels, microbial genome research, and much more. This site would be a fantastic resource for student biology and microbiology research projects and career explorations. Help your students see what is happening in the very real world of science today.

tag(s): energy (209), environment (323)

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Plan a web scavenger hunt to help students learn more about the scientific fields related to their biology class or use specific resources within this very adult site to share the excitement. The image gallery is worth some class time with a projector, for sure! Bring the science to life in the real world. The images may be used in your class projects and materials, as long as you give credit.

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Fishbanks: A Renewable Resource Management Simulation - Defra

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9 to 12
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This is an online simulation game focuses on sustainable fishing. Students can manipulate variables (numbers of fishing boats, catch quotas) and see how those changes affect both the...more
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This is an online simulation game focuses on sustainable fishing. Students can manipulate variables (numbers of fishing boats, catch quotas) and see how those changes affect both the bottom line and the environment. Each change results in a year's worth of data (up to 15 year's worth), and then reactions from different stakeholders. The game can be played as one or as a group.

tag(s): environment (323), financial literacy (91), fish (25), resources (106)

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The game could be helpful in showing students that "success" in a business that affects the environment can be measured in a number of ways: cash flow, environmental impact, community support. The game could be played cooperatively by groups of students on an interactive whiteboard, or could be played individually by students. Since it's available on-line, students could be instructed to play the game at home or during study halls and then be prepared to share their individual data in group discussion. Requires FLASH!
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