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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 (58), 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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KidsHealth For Kids - Nemours Foundation

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K to 8
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This website is extremely informative and provides students with details about everyday illnesses and injuries, emotional support, puberty, nutrition, and more! There is such a wealth...more
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This website is extremely informative and provides students with details about everyday illnesses and injuries, emotional support, puberty, nutrition, and more! There is such a wealth of information available at this website, teachers can find numerous subjects, activities and information. Several kid-approved recipes are also provided. Be sure to check out the movies - they provide general science information and simple explanations of the many systems of the body (and are quite entertaining). FLASH is required for some of the activities.

tag(s): human body (131)

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Use an interactive whiteboard and make the unique activities at this website a class experience. Then include the link on your teacher web page for students to share at home.
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Genomics: Systems Biology for Energy and Environment - U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science

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9 to 12
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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 (204), environment (322)

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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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Amazing Reef - Shedd Aquarium

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4 to 6
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Make your own movie about life on a coral reef. Give students a chance to show what they have learned during an oceanography unit! This is a terrific alternative to ...more
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Make your own movie about life on a coral reef. Give students a chance to show what they have learned during an oceanography unit! This is a terrific alternative to a quiz or test. Easy to follow step by step directions allow students to choose a story line, hold a casting call (hero, antagonist and supporting character), and pick the location. Then add motion for the cast and music. Use prewritten script or write your own. When finished, download the movie and share it with friends. Flash is required. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page

tag(s): coral (12), fish (25), reefs (7)

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Use a projector to preview the site as a class and give students time to check out the characters and settings. Join language arts with science by having students pre-write their own scripts for the characters they choose. Movies cannot be saved until they have been completed, so make sure you reserve the computer lab or laptops for a sufficient length of time. If you use this as an assessment, be sure to show students a rubric before you start.
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Looking Good, Feeling Good: From the Inside Out (Exploring Bone, Muscle, and Skin) - National Institutes of Health

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6 to 9
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This complete unit on bone, muscle, and skin includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete student...more
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This complete unit on bone, muscle, and skin includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete student materials and web resources, and everything you need to teach about the skeleton, muscles, and skin, including UV exposure. NIH has done an outstanding job of organizing everything for you. There are videos to make the content come alive (require Quicktime). See the Getting Started section for information on the needed plug-ins (Flash, Quicktime, and Acrobat Reader). This unit also includes a section where students analyze their own sun exposure.Soccer players will especially enjoy the "anatomy of a kick."

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Whether you do the entire unit or focus on one portion, your middle school students will respond well to watching videos on a projector or to researching different portions of the content for health or PE class.
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The anatomy of a kick feature really hooked my athletes! David, VA, Grades: 4 - 8

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Sleep, Sleep Disorders, and Biological Rhythms - National Institutes of Health

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9 to 12
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This complete unit on sleep disrorders and natural rhythms includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete...more
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This complete unit on sleep disrorders and natural rhythms includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete student materials and web resources, and everything you need to teach about the complex world of sleep (without inducing it!). NIH has done an outstanding job of organizing everything for you. There are videos to make the content come alive (require Quicktime). See the Getting Started section for information on the needed plug-ins (Flash, Quicktime, and Acrobat Reader). This unit also includes a databse collection program for students to participate actively in scientific data collection and inquiry about sleep.

tag(s): psychology (66), rhythm (21)

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Read through the unit completely before you "cherry pick" portions or decide to use it in full.
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Human Genetic Variation - National Institutes of Health

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This complete unit on human genetic variation includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete student...more
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This complete unit on human genetic variation includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete student materials and web resources, and everything you need to teach about sickle cell, molecular biology, and more. NIH has done an outstanding job of organizing everything for you. There are videos to make the content come alive (require Quicktime). See the Getting Started section for information on the needed plug-ins (Flash, Quicktime, and Acrobat Reader).

tag(s): genetics (93)

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Even if you do not use the unit in full, the videos and links are worth investigating. Turn on the projector and share or print out handouts and other print materials to supplement your study of genetics. This unit does not have as many multimedia components as some of the other units on this NIH site, so it may be more challenging for weaker readers.
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Cell Biology and Cancer - National Institutes of Health

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This complete unit on cell biology and cancer includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete student...more
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This complete unit on cell biology and cancer includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete student materials and web resources, and everything you need to teach about cancer and the cell cycle, evaluating claims about cancer, and more. NIH has done an outstanding job of organizing everything for you. There are videos to make the content come alive (require Quicktime). See the Getting Started section for information on the needed plug-ins (Flash, Quicktime, and Acrobat Reader).

tag(s): cells (104)

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Check out the Getting Started section for information on the required plug-ins (Quicktime, Flash, Acrobat. Even if you do not use the unit in full, the videos and links are worth investigating. Turn on the projector and share or have students use this site to research about cancer as part of a health unit. The videos and clear information make the site very approachable, even for less able students.
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Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases - National INstitutes of Health

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This complete unit on infectious diseases includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete student materials...more
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This complete unit on infectious diseases includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete student materials and web resources, and everything you need to teach about infectious diseases, resistant bacteria, and more. NIH has done an outstanding job of organizing everything for you. There are vidoes to make the content come alive (require Quicktime). See the Getting Started section for information on the needed plug-ins (Flash, Quicktime, and Acrobat Reader).

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Even if you do not use the unit in full, the videos and links are worth investigating. Turn on the projector and share the world of science, even without a lab.
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Fun Food Stuff - Tom Zinnen

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K to 6
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This website provides teachers with several unique science activities, with minimal cost. Topics include making bubbles, DNA, making milk stiff and making butter. This website is...more
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This website provides teachers with several unique science activities, with minimal cost. Topics include making bubbles, DNA, making milk stiff and making butter. This website is very basic, but has unique ideas. The activities teach basic scientific method and design of experiments vs. demonstrations. The DNA dance is a whole-class experience and introduces students to the complexities of DNA.

tag(s): dna (66)

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Walk through some of the question/answers on a projector or interactive whiteboard, then ask students to investigate others in small groups at a computer before actually doing the experiments.

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An A-Maize-ing Plant- Corn - Cheryl McGinness

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2 to 6
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This simple WebQuest introduces students to the various uses of corn. The task involves "teaching" Christopher Columbus (who has arrived via time capsule) about the many uses of corn....more
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This simple WebQuest introduces students to the various uses of corn. The task involves "teaching" Christopher Columbus (who has arrived via time capsule) about the many uses of corn. Students are asked to create an oral presentation to share with the class. A detailed rubric is provided.

tag(s): pilgrims (16)

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It might be good to review this WebQuest as a class and then send students to a few specific sites to gather their research. There are numerous links provided. Great information, but younger students will need assistance navigating this site.

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Three Little Pigs - - Deborah Richardson

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2 to 5
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This adorable WebQuest has everything you have ever wanted to know about pigs! The task is for students to learn about various breeds of pigs (and if that breed ...more
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This adorable WebQuest has everything you have ever wanted to know about pigs! The task is for students to learn about various breeds of pigs (and if that breed has hair on their "chinny, chinny, chin"). The creative methods used to instruct the students include web tours, games, handouts, detailed diagrams and more. Some of the activities require FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): agriculture (58)

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Be sure to visit the helpful teacher's page. The page includes step-by-step directions, standards, hints for teachers and additional links. A well-detailed rubric is also included. Use this webquest as part of your unit on farm animals or use selected activities if you do not have time for the full webquest.
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eNature:FieldGuides - Trees - eNature

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4 to 12
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This site provides detailed research information on over 900 types of trees. The details include pictures, habitat, family, and locations. Classes from elementary science to advanced...more
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This site provides detailed research information on over 900 types of trees. The details include pictures, habitat, family, and locations. Classes from elementary science to advanced biology can use this reference to identify and categorize tress. If you join the site (free), you can keep a list of the trees you identify in your area. Join as a class to keep a tree "log" (sorry- bad pun) of your community.

tag(s): habitats (86), trees (28)

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Use this site for quick research activities. The site provides explicit details and is very user-friendly. If your science units include a leaf collection, this reference link os a must for your teacher web site.

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eNature:FieldGuides - Mammal - eNature

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K to 8
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This site provides research information for 283 different types of mammals including cats, bears, mice, bats and more! Highlights of the information include tracks of the animal's...more
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This site provides research information for 283 different types of mammals including cats, bears, mice, bats and more! Highlights of the information include tracks of the animal's prints, very detailed pictures and descriptions of the habitat, location, breeding and more!

tag(s): mammals (34)

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For some close-up fun, set-up a projector to show your students pictures and tracks of the animals. At Halloween you could focus on the 20+ types of bats!

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eNature:FieldGuides - Birds - eNature

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2 to 8
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This site provides research and information on 742 different types of birds! Specific details include family, description, endangered status, habitat, nesting, range, voice and discussion....more
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This site provides research and information on 742 different types of birds! Specific details include family, description, endangered status, habitat, nesting, range, voice and discussion. There are a lot of pictures and additional information provided.

tag(s): birds (52), endangered species (39), habitats (86), species (29)

In the Classroom

For a unique research experience, assign each student a different species of birds to uncover. Elementary students will have a lot of fun trying to imitate the sounds of the birds.

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Brookfield Zoo: In Search of The Ways of Knowing Trail - Brookfield Zoo

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3 to 8
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This animated site is amazing! The entire site is a journey throughout the African forest. Along the way, students have four African children offering advice. Their parents ...more
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This animated site is amazing! The entire site is a journey throughout the African forest. Along the way, students have four African children offering advice. Their parents include a researcher, forest ranger, farmer and more! The African characters' expertise helps the student to choose which way to go next. The site includes a forest fact book, information about African animals and forests. A special asset of this unique site is that it incorporates problem-solving skills. Hints are given, but the student has to choose which option would be best. The site requires FLASH! Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): africa (172), animals (296), environment (322), problem solving (286)

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Your students will need a good 15-30 minutes to complete this activity either as a class or individually. Don't forget to use an interactive whiteboard if you are doing this as a class activity. Students will want to visit again at home, so include the link on your teacher web page, as well.
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Conservation Investigation: Seahorses - Shedd Aquarium and Educational Adventures

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9 to 12
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This interactive website is amazing - both informative and entertaining. Students are sent on a mission as an investigative reporter from a local newspaper. This interactive lesson...more
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This interactive website is amazing - both informative and entertaining. Students are sent on a mission as an investigative reporter from a local newspaper. This interactive lesson takes students up close to the Philippines to observe seahorses. Students also complete their investigations by interviews and library research all pre-created at the Shedd Aquarium. The culminating activity requires students to prepare a persuasive article. This site is extremely well done and students will enjoy the videos, unique activities and the original way that the information is presented. Note: our editors had difficulty accessing some of the interview videos. There's apparently a codec issue with these. That's geek speak for, "They don't work." The rest of the site works fine, however, just be sure to pre-test videos you assign to students.

tag(s): conservation (128)

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Use this investigation to spice up your conservation, marine biology or general science classes. It is multi-disciplinary and very interesting.

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Zoo Matchmaker - Minnesota Zoo

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6 to 10
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Try this online interactive to teach about genetics and disease resistance among tigers. This is a "hands-on" activity that forces students to think about the repercussions of genetic...more
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Try this online interactive to teach about genetics and disease resistance among tigers. This is a "hands-on" activity that forces students to think about the repercussions of genetic factors. Before using this with students, investigate the Teachers Resources on this landing page for information, activities to use with students, and videos. You can turn off the sound for the interactive, if it starts to get to you, but the animated simulation both displays and reads the text, a helpful touch for differentiating for ESL or learning support students.

tag(s): biodiversity (35), diversity (33), genetics (93)

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Consider using a video from the TigerTouch resource with the class as a whole to create interest. You could even flip your class and assign viewing for home work. If flipping you may want to consider having students answer pertenent questions or take notes while while watching. Use a tool like EdPuzzle, reviewed here, to accomplish this. Next, demonstrate use of this interactive and challenge them to create the best breeding plan. In order to create a breeding plan, students should see the basic information about tigers from the 5 Tigers link, and complete some of the worksheets offered on the landing page. Then, let students navigate the interactive themselves on lab or laptop computers. You could even assign it as homework if everyone has Internet access. Be sure to follow up with some discussion or written activity to hold students accountable for more than click-madness. If you plan on using the New York Times resource, you will need to type in the title of the article "Improbably Tigers."
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NyeLabs - Bill Nye, Inc.

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K to 12
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This website is a wonderful resource for teachers. Some of the highlights include video footage from Bill Nye, episode guides for 100 shows, questions and answers, instructions for...more
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This website is a wonderful resource for teachers. Some of the highlights include video footage from Bill Nye, episode guides for 100 shows, questions and answers, instructions for at-home learning fun, directions to make some unique science crafts and some very interesting science facts. The site requires FLASH. Some downloadable directions use Acrobat Reader. Get them from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): scientists (70)

In the Classroom

If showing your class a Bill Nye video, the episode guides will help to organize the lesson. Students may enjoy simply surfing the site, some very interesting facts are displayed! Don't forget to check out the "home demos" for some new ideas. This is a great site to include as a general enrichment link from your teacher web page. Hook some young scientists!
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Family Ties - Dragonfly

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3 to 8
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This web site provides a simple introduction to genetics and probability. Students read text about genetics, a few scientists and experiments with peas and chimps. At the end ...more
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This web site provides a simple introduction to genetics and probability. Students read text about genetics, a few scientists and experiments with peas and chimps. At the end of the information - students can play an interactive game to show their understanding of the material.

tag(s): darwin (10), genetics (93), probability (130)

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Don't forget to get an interactive whiteboard for these unique genetic "games." Use this opportunity to have the students look at their own genetic make-up (including ears, dimples and more). Although standards and goals/objectives are not provided, you could easily use this web page as an entire lesson. Include the link to the game on your teacher web page for students to review before a test on genetics. Note: the pages require reading at a middle school level, so you may need to pair weaker readers with someone who can read it aloud with them.

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