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The Plant List - theplantlist.org

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9 to 12
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Confused about Botany? It is no wonder with 375,000 plant species that are known by over a million different names! The Plant List has an aim to change this. Click ...more
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Confused about Botany? It is no wonder with 375,000 plant species that are known by over a million different names! The Plant List has an aim to change this. Click Browse along the top navigation bar. Choose from the major grouping of plants including Flowering Plants, Conifers, Ferns, and Mosses. Search using Family and genus names as well. Use this site to confirm names of species. Links to databases that contain specific information about the species is linked to each page.

tag(s): classification (25), plants (145)

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Use this site to determine the similarities and differences in the various plant groupings. Encourage teams of students to browse the sites and linked databases to determine how plants are identified. Brainstorm the findings in class to identify the classification schemes. Create conventional or multimedia representations of the various classification groups or a flowchart of classification. Try using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Climate Wisconsin - Educational Communications Board

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6 to 12
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Listen to stories of impacts of climate change occurring in a northern state. Choose videos based upon popular activities such as fly fishing as well as issues of climate change ...more
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Listen to stories of impacts of climate change occurring in a northern state. Choose videos based upon popular activities such as fly fishing as well as issues of climate change that include extreme heat and ice cover. View resources that are stories as well as interactives using the menu at the bottom of the page.

tag(s): adaptations (17), climate (92), climate change (64), water cycle (33)

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Use these resources as a pre-unit activity to ecology or climate change. Brainstorm the issues presented as a class. Ask students what they already know about these problems. This is a great opportunity to provide time for student writing either in a conventional journal or on a blog. Allow time for students to generate questions about what they do not understand and plan the unit based upon these questions. Consider telling your own stories from your own area which can easily be published on a wiki, blog, or site. Use older relatives and community members that can discuss changes in weather, hunting, etc. in your area. Find records from past newspapers that help paint a picture of how our seasons and activities have changed over the year. Use many of the ideas from this site to brainstorm potential videos of change in your area.
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News English Lessons - Sean Banville

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4 to 12
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This site, created by Australian Sean Banville of "Breaking News English" (reviewed here), has high interest, "easier" news for students to read and...more
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This site, created by Australian Sean Banville of "Breaking News English" (reviewed here), has high interest, "easier" news for students to read and many teaching materials to go with them. Though the look of the site is cluttered with advertising and plain text, the content is worthwhile. Developed for ESL/ELL students and teachers, the site would also work well in a subject area, learning support, or reading classroom. There are MANY articles "ready to go," including mp3 audio files to listen to the articles. At the time of this review there were 200+ new additions! Each article includes several types of activities such as "online gap fill" (a Cloze reading activity), vocabulary flashcards, and hangman, and matching. A full script is available in pdf form. There is also an online, interactive quiz for students. The articles, and a lot more activities, can be downloaded and printed, too.
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tag(s): diseases (66), listening (91), news (261)

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The articles are short and interesting, a perfect match for non-fiction reading comprehension. With so many different activities to choose from, it will be easy for the classroom teacher to differentiate. There is an mp3 audio version of each article so students can listen as they read. Assign small groups of students to present the news each week, using the interactive whiteboard to show others the country and city from which the article originated. Make the newscasting experience even more real by having students read scripts of these news stories or their own original stories using a Easyprompter, reviewed here. Students can then go to another news source such as "Mapeas" (reviewed here) and click on the country of origin to see what else is happening in the news there. For a project, have the small groups create a "talking map" using a site such as Woices (beta) (reviewed here). This site allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location (where their article/story took place). What a fabulous way to share the article with the rest of the class!

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Cadaver Dissection Videos - Lawrence Galtman

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7 to 12
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Find actual anatomy and physiology images of the human body. Search through the images categorized by system. There are videos that range in length and topic (split pelvis, gastrointestinal...more
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Find actual anatomy and physiology images of the human body. Search through the images categorized by system. There are videos that range in length and topic (split pelvis, gastrointestinal track, and several others). Some videos are only 5-7 minutes while others are nearly 30 minutes. Warning: These are graphic displays of human cadavers used for medical training purposes. You will want to preview videos before you share with middle school students. Check whether your school has any policies about obtaining parent permission before sharing graphic images.

tag(s): body systems (57), human body (121), organisms (21)

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Identify how structure is related to function through discussing how different structures are related to their functions and how they compare with a other organisms. Compare images from your own class discussions to identify the similarities and differences among organisms. Consider sharing (appropriate) videos on your interactive whiteboards or projectors.
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Science.Gov - CENDI

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8 to 12
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This is a searchable database of science research on many topics. It is entirely governmental science research that is available for public viewing. Search over 40 other databases and...more
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This is a searchable database of science research on many topics. It is entirely governmental science research that is available for public viewing. Search over 40 other databases and 200 million web pages of science information. Talk about a one stop shop! It is easy to search - just type and enter!

tag(s): data (148), resources (112)

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Use this as resource when researching for scientific papers, getting ideas for experiments, or just staying apprised of the latest scientific research on a specific topic.

If your students are doing scientific research you might want to supply them with links from Science.gov using Diigo-Education reviewed here.

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Would like to see better search features within subject categories. Kathleen, VT, Grades: 0 - 12

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Science Geek - Mr. Allan

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7 to 12
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Find terrific resources for chemistry and biology classes at this informational site. You'll find PowerPoints, procedures for labs, and general notes. This site was originally designed...more
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Find terrific resources for chemistry and biology classes at this informational site. You'll find PowerPoints, procedures for labs, and general notes. This site was originally designed to be one teacher's online classroom spot. However, the resources are very helpful in teaching chemistry, biology, and science in general, and this teacher is willing to share.
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tag(s): chemicals (40), genetics (90)

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Use the printables in your classroom when students do not have easy access to the internet. Try something more adventurous by showing a chemistry video on your interactive whiteboard. To use this site even further, have students try out a virtual lab tool as an alternative to a hands on lab assignment. Assign groups to different (specific) topics and challenge the groups to present their lab and results by creating a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Make this link available as an alternate way to look at concepts when students are "stuck" or confused.
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Animal Behavior - Arizona Board of Regents

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7 to 12
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Learn about various animal behaviors and use the simulations to view frequencies and causes of behavior. Click on one of the "Instructional Modules" along the right such as "Lizard...more
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Learn about various animal behaviors and use the simulations to view frequencies and causes of behavior. Click on one of the "Instructional Modules" along the right such as "Lizard pushups" or "Bumblebee decisions." Follow the pages that describe behaviors of that species as well as background information.

tag(s): animals (276), behavior (46)

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Use the simulation to learn more about behaviors, complete data sheets, and answer questions about behavior, territory, and other factors. Research behaviors in other animals and share with the rest of the class. Relate behavior as one of the characteristics that all living things share. Create a wall or web page of behaviors students learn throughout the year. Following a simulation, challenge cooperative learning groups to create a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Johnson explorations - McGraw-Hill

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Use these interactive simulations to learn some of the basic parts of science concepts. Explore the simulations on this site such as "Cell Size," "Mitosis," and "Oxidative Respiration."...more
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Use these interactive simulations to learn some of the basic parts of science concepts. Explore the simulations on this site such as "Cell Size," "Mitosis," and "Oxidative Respiration." Change levels that control the amount of activity to learn about cellular processes. Click on each simulation to view an introduction. Click "Skip Intro" to go to the simulation. Change the sliders to alter how the simulation proceeds.

tag(s): animals (276), cells (102), mitosis (11), photosynthesis (33), plants (145), respiration (17)

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Use these activities for inquiry. Share the activities on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Provide very little information and allow students time to play with the controls and identify what they notice. Use the terminology in the simulations to connect to content in class. Derive a hypothesis, carry out group experiments, and draw a conclusion with these simulations. Understand the science concept in motion with each of these simulations.
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Anatomy Corner - Anatomycorner.com

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9 to 12
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Read information about anatomy topics such as "Cells and Tissues" and "Muscles." Find labeled picture in the "Anatomy Galleries." Be sure to check out the related resources section....more
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Read information about anatomy topics such as "Cells and Tissues" and "Muscles." Find labeled picture in the "Anatomy Galleries." Be sure to check out the related resources section. Be warned: some of the cat dissection photos are not for the faint at heart!

tag(s): brain (72), heart (43), structures (24)

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When comparing structures among various organisms, use this site to find great pictures, labels, and information useful to a Biology or Anatomy course. Create pictures in class similar to those on this site to place on a wiki, blog, or site to share with other students and to discuss comparative anatomy among animals.
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Adaptations and Survival - Intel

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K to 6
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Learn about how a variety of species adapt to their environment. Listen to the narration as the slides move through the presentation. Take the short quiz at the end to ...more
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Learn about how a variety of species adapt to their environment. Listen to the narration as the slides move through the presentation. Take the short quiz at the end to see what has been learned.

tag(s): adaptations (17), diversity (36), environment (317), habitats (84)

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Use this site as an introduction to animal adaptations. Follow with a list of animals that students can investigate either individually or as a group. Create a chart, document, wiki, blog, or other conventional display to show information learned. Categorize each animal into different adaptation groups such as "Escape," "Protection," and "Coloration."
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Selenia: Science comics - University of the West of England

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2 to 8
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This colorful site offers science comics, educational interactives, links for teachers, and more. Engage students with these comics, and encourage them to identify the scientific principles...more
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This colorful site offers science comics, educational interactives, links for teachers, and more. Engage students with these comics, and encourage them to identify the scientific principles found in each. Follow up activities include word searches and other puzzles to reinforce vocabulary. Use the "For Teachers" link to find pdf lesson plans for ideas and experiments that coordinate with the comics. This site was created in Great Britain, so you may notice some slightly different spellings that US English.

tag(s): air (163), comics and cartoons (74), inquiry (37)

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Begin with the comic strip to introduce a concept (share on your interactive whiteboard or projector). Have students note the physical and chemical properties occurring in each frame and to identify the scientific principle being presented. Use as a class discussion and introduction to specific principle. Use the suggested experiments and activities for further inquiry and investigation. When discussing other topics in class, encourage students to create their own comic either traditionally or digitally to demonstrate their understandings of the concept. Try using an online tool for students to create comics, such as the Comic Creator (explained here).
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The Kids Should See This - Rion Nakaya

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K to 8
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This site offers media (found on YouTube, Vimeo, and Flickr) on a broad spectrum of topics, not created for kids but appropriate and interesting for children 3 years old and ...more
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This site offers media (found on YouTube, Vimeo, and Flickr) on a broad spectrum of topics, not created for kids but appropriate and interesting for children 3 years old and up. Media isn't divided into categories. The newest items appear first. However, you can search the site by keyword. Information ranges from animal stories of a dog without legs to video of Ella Fitzgerald scatting. Obviously, this site is updated frequently, so contents will change. Students and adults alike will love browsing for interesting stories and information.

tag(s): news (261), speaking (24), video (254), writing prompts (92)

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Check first to be sure the media are not blocked by school web filtering. Choose one item from the site to share on your interactive whiteboard or projector as a class discussion starter on current topics or as a lead-in to a lesson. (Example: show the YouTube video about order of the planets when beginning an astronomy unit). Share the site with students and let them explore to find interesting topics for research reports. Ask students to choose one item from the site to share with other students as a way to practice oral presentation skills. Use videos or images as writing prompts or blog prompts. ESL/ELL students can practice their language skills by retelling a favorite video. Challenge your students to create their own informative videos on a topic that your class is exploring. Share the videos using a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.

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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 (102), dna (69), forensics (27), genetics (90), meiosis (15), mitosis (11), plants (145), reproduction (9)

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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 DoInk reviewed here, and common household materials to showcase the steps and cellular parts involved in these processes.
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KId Wind - Kind Wind Project

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Build a wind turbine and learn about wind power with your class. Kid Wind provides free lessons, Power Point presentations, and resources to support teachers and students as they learn...more
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Build a wind turbine and learn about wind power with your class. Kid Wind provides free lessons, Power Point presentations, and resources to support teachers and students as they learn about wind energy. The wind turbine plans vary in difficulty. Construct basic models from common materials such as Tinker Toys or create a more sophisticated one with a wind generator built from car alternators. This is a good resource for students interested in investigating for a science fair project about renewable energy. In the free curriculum area there are also lesson plans/activities (mainly pdfs) on energy efficiency, creating a hot air balloon, solar power, and more. Be aware: some of this site is for a fee.

tag(s): air (163), electricity (88), energy (198), engineering (125), ratios (53), solar energy (38)

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Use experiential learning to model how higher-level math concepts have a direct correlation to current environmental issues. Learn to measure wind energy, calculate "gear ratios," the area of a blade's "sweep," measure the amount of energy or wind a turbine is producing.

There is a range of lessons and activities here, some more complex than others. You may want to choose a few that fit your curricular needs and then allow small groups of students to investigate one together. Have student groups make an online Stixy (reviewed here) of things they discover about their topic, and later rearrange the items to "explain" their topic to classmates visually.

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Everyday Mysteries - Library of Congress

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3 to 12
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Find answers to the most interesting and intriguing questions that can be asked. Uncover cool science facts by looking at these answers. Enter a search term to find related questions...more
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Find answers to the most interesting and intriguing questions that can be asked. Uncover cool science facts by looking at these answers. Enter a search term to find related questions and answers. Browse categories such as Agriculture, Zoology, Meteorolgy, Home Economics, and Technology. View related resources and other interesting information on each page.

tag(s): agriculture (55), animals (276), climate (92), energy (198), planets (123), plants (145), questioning (31), resources (112), seasons (37)

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Use as a reference to answer questions that students have. Use this site to also apply information learned in the classroom. For example, when discussing light energy and wavelengths, use the explanation of why it is hot in the summer and cold in the winter to apply the information about energy and wavelength. Follow the use of this site with related labs and other activities. Follow up also with more research. For example, after learning about how an hour glass works, research, report, or create other timepieces used throughout history focusing on the advantages and disadvantages as well as the limitations and changes in technology over time.

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Infectious Disease: Rapid Evolution - National Academy of Sciences

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This webpage on the evolution of disease provides clear information about how natural selection works with infectious agents. It also addresses the concept of exponential growth. After...more
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This webpage on the evolution of disease provides clear information about how natural selection works with infectious agents. It also addresses the concept of exponential growth. After reading the information, click on the flash clip at the bottom of the first page to view a simulation of how a single E.coli bacteria reproduces. You can also find information on HIV, Malaria, TB, and more. This is a great image for having students understand bacterial reproduction.

tag(s): bacteria (30), diseases (66), hiv/aids (18), population (60)

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Use this to teach evolution, bacteria, or population growth in biology and environmental science. This will help students better understand how bacteria reproduce, and why disease causing organisms are so very successful. Start a lesson on bacteria infections by asking students "why is bacteria such a big problem?" Ask students whether they think bacteria as a species are successful or not. Have students read and watch the flash simulation. Have students discuss the rate of growth, and make sure to point out that the simulation is timed just the way that bacteria reproduce in nature. This would also make a good lead into a conversation about how not all evolution is good for the human species. It will help to point out that humans are just another animal species, and need to be studied as such.
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The Brain From Top to Bottom - The Canadian Institute of Neuroscience

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7 to 12
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This website offers detailed brain science information. It is an interactive tour through the brain and its numerous functions. An awesome feature to this site is that it has three...more
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This website offers detailed brain science information. It is an interactive tour through the brain and its numerous functions. An awesome feature to this site is that it has three different levels of knowledge and comprehension difficulty. The beginner level is roughly an eighth or ninth grade level while the intermediate level may be more appropriate for older high school students or advanced placement science classes. Brain topics on the site range from sleep and dreams to how the body brain connections work to move the body.
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tag(s): body systems (57), brain (72), human body (121)

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Try using this site as a research site for students working on individual or small group projects about the brain. Have students create their own mini site about a different organ of the body. Another idea, have students create a tiered report much like the format of this website. For instance, if the students are studying the respiratory system, have them create the reports that appeal to adults, peers and elementary students with a focus of explaining the functions of the system. For either of the above ideas, try using Weebly reviewed here
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Scitable - Nature Publishing Group

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9 to 12
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This academic online resource offers free articles on genetics, registration to participate in online discussions with other high-school scholars and older students, and the opportunity...more
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This academic online resource offers free articles on genetics, registration to participate in online discussions with other high-school scholars and older students, and the opportunity to collaborate on projects related to genetics. Vetted by Science Magazine, the source is of the highest academic quality.

tag(s): genetics (90)

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Biology students can browse through the topics related to genetics to find research material or to determine how to focus a project. Teachers can create packets of materials to share with their class or with the other members of the Scitable community around the world. Check with your school to see about its policy for registering and creating a class community on such a site. This site is especially appropriate for AP science students.

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Doctor Doctor Lesson - Genki English

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K to 4
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These multi-media lessons provide an alternative approach for young elementary students or ESL/ELL students trying to learn body parts. With song files and a video, this site makes...more
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These multi-media lessons provide an alternative approach for young elementary students or ESL/ELL students trying to learn body parts. With song files and a video, this site makes it easy for language learners to acquire body part name knowledge easily. The video and song lyrics make the "Body Part" lesson entertaining and memorable. There is also a "Make a Face" interactive. To use the video part, download the "Realvideo" player. This is about the only items that are FREE at this site, but they are still worth a look if teaching body parts or expressions of the face.

In order to get the "free" printable cards, worksheets, and acompanying language games you must buy the Teacher's Set, Superpack, or Download Pack. However, the video and songs ARE free and fun!
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tag(s): faces (3), human body (121), preK (281), video (254)

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Use the videos on this site to introduce basic English to ESL/ELL students in a fun and energetic way. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view that 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.
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Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine - pcrm.org

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View excellent information from an organization of doctors dedicated to publishing the truth about the way our nation eats. Learn about fast food, issues with various types of foods,...more
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View excellent information from an organization of doctors dedicated to publishing the truth about the way our nation eats. Learn about fast food, issues with various types of foods, and characteristics of different types of diets. View issues of the day, current notes, and videos of hot topics.
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When discussing foods, biomolecules, or the food groups or portion control, use this site as a tremendous resource that discusses not only scientific facts but how nutrients act in the body. Use this information and search for other information to validate or dispute the information. Create a healthy discussion about web resources and credibility. Encourage students to pick a nutrition issue they would like to know more about and research to create a multimedia presentation (blog or wiki post, podcast, or video) or conventional (bulletin board, poster, or pamphlet) display of the information. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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