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Genetically Modified Foods - The Guardian

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9 to 12
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This site has up-to-date information on the current international debate over genetically modified foods (GM). The site might be worth a look for biology teachers looking to link their...more
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This site has up-to-date information on the current international debate over genetically modified foods (GM). The site might be worth a look for biology teachers looking to link their classroom lessons to current events. Some articles are more applicable than others.

tag(s): genetics (91)

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Genetics & Medical Research - National Institutes of Health

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9 to 12
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An online resource for understanding the basics of genetics research, as well as related topics such as the Human Genome project and Gene therapy treatments. A good site for High ...more
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An online resource for understanding the basics of genetics research, as well as related topics such as the Human Genome project and Gene therapy treatments. A good site for High School Biology classes. There is also an interactive children's cartoon helpful for introducing the topic for younger students.

tag(s): genetics (91)

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Giant Kelp - UC San Diego

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6 to 12
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UCSD has created an interactive flash site that explores Giant Kelp in its ocean habitat, diagrams of the plant itself, and all the many unexpected places you can find kelp ...more
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UCSD has created an interactive flash site that explores Giant Kelp in its ocean habitat, diagrams of the plant itself, and all the many unexpected places you can find kelp all around you in every day life. This site is a creative and kid-friendly with good information for studying undersea life.

tag(s): marine biology (33), oceans (150)

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Biointeractive Labs - Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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6 to 12
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This main portion of this site is best suited for High School Biology and Biochemistry students looking to expand upon their in-class curriculum with virtual labs on DNA, chromosomes,...more
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This main portion of this site is best suited for High School Biology and Biochemistry students looking to expand upon their in-class curriculum with virtual labs on DNA, chromosomes, and gender testing. The Animation Console has animations of basic and advanced body system functions and sex determination processes that can be downloaded for in-class demonstrations.

tag(s): dna (68), human body (124)

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Elementary and Middle School teachers should look to the "Cool Science for Curious kids" link, which provides interactive science activities for younger age-groups.
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Traits of Life - The Exploratorium

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6 to 12
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The four sections of this site's exhibits provide a truly outstanding exploration of life science. From interactive cell diagrams, to time-lapse videos of embryo reproduction, this...more
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The four sections of this site's exhibits provide a truly outstanding exploration of life science. From interactive cell diagrams, to time-lapse videos of embryo reproduction, this site has extensive resources for studying biology. The four exhibits also have activities and articles to supplement online discovery.

tag(s): cells (103), embryos (4)

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Animaland.org - ASPCA

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This interactive ASPCA site has a number of resources for teaching biology and life sciences, as well as good resources for teaching kids the responsibilities associated with owning...more
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This interactive ASPCA site has a number of resources for teaching biology and life sciences, as well as good resources for teaching kids the responsibilities associated with owning a pet. The animal encyclopedia has individual animal profiles, and the Career center highlights an assortment of jobs for animal lovers. The Humane Education section has an assortment of worksheets and web-quests to learn more about animals.

tag(s): animals (284)

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Marine Biology - American Museum of Natural History

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4 to 8
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In this unit, subtitled "The Living Oceans," elementary students can learn how marine environments are interdependent, and the importance of preserving entire marine systems. The site...more
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In this unit, subtitled "The Living Oceans," elementary students can learn how marine environments are interdependent, and the importance of preserving entire marine systems. The site includes interactive games, lots of images and descriptions, all in an engaging context. This unit is part of the American Museum of Natural History's "Ology" series that explores different aspects of the life sciences. The interactives require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): ecosystems (89), marine biology (33), oceans (150)

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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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Biodiversity - American Museum of Natural History

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4 to 7
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Everything Counts is the theme of this elementary unit on how ecosystems, resources, and cultures all relate to one another. The unit's text and illustrations make their points in simple...more
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Everything Counts is the theme of this elementary unit on how ecosystems, resources, and cultures all relate to one another. The unit's text and illustrations make their points in simple terms. This unit is part of the American Museum of Natural History's "Ology" series that explores different aspects of the life sciences. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): ecosystems (89), natural resources (59), resources (112)

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Help your students to understand that we are all connected! Share this site (and its resources) on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Take advantage of the literature list provided to find books to read about the unit.
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Photosynthesis - A "Jeopardy" Powerpoint - ERIC

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4 to 8
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Use of Powerpoint presentations to create Jeopardy-style presentation quizzes has become popular in many schools. This ERIC lesson uses this technique for a quiz on principles of photosynthesis....more
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Use of Powerpoint presentations to create Jeopardy-style presentation quizzes has become popular in many schools. This ERIC lesson uses this technique for a quiz on principles of photosynthesis. The game is available either for on-line use or for download and local installation.

tag(s): cells (103), energy (202), photosynthesis (33), plants (152)

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My Tiny Garden

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4 to 12
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This one is hard to describe, but it offers a beautifully designed collection of close-ups of insects and their environments. Surprisingly well-written descriptions accompany these...more
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This one is hard to describe, but it offers a beautifully designed collection of close-ups of insects and their environments. Surprisingly well-written descriptions accompany these images, and there's a "magnify" feature that lets users see even more of the details. Younger students will enjoy the images, and secondary students will appreciate the descriptions and explanations.

tag(s): images (271), insects (70)

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Tissue Engineering - ScienceNetLinks

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Here's a science lesson that discusses the basics of cultivating specific types of human tissues - vocal cords, for example. It's a slightly complex introduction to an intriguing facet...more
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Here's a science lesson that discusses the basics of cultivating specific types of human tissues - vocal cords, for example. It's a slightly complex introduction to an intriguing facet of genetic engineering. Secondary biology teachers may find this one useful as an example or an illustration.

tag(s): cells (103), engineering (127)

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Jane Goodall and the Chimpanzees - National Geographic

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National Geographic offers this complex site detailing Jane Goodall's return to the African jungles in which she has done pioneering work on the life habits of chimps. Creative teachers...more
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National Geographic offers this complex site detailing Jane Goodall's return to the African jungles in which she has done pioneering work on the life habits of chimps. Creative teachers will find uses for this one in studying primates, issues about "how scientists do science," rain forest ecosystems, and the like. This one offers lots of possibilities.

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Earth Day Network

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4 to 12
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This web site from a consortium of several thousand environmental organizations offers a great collection of resources to build awareness of ecological issues and inspire both individual...more
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This web site from a consortium of several thousand environmental organizations offers a great collection of resources to build awareness of ecological issues and inspire both individual and collective action. These include several games that let students discover how well they and their families conserve resources. Try the Ecological Footprint Quiz.

tag(s): earth (231), earth day (111), ecology (135), environment (319)

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Environmental Inquiry - Cornell University

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9 to 12
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Developed at Cornell University, this site offers a framework to help high school students conduct environmental science research and participate in communities of fellow student scientists....more
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Developed at Cornell University, this site offers a framework to help high school students conduct environmental science research and participate in communities of fellow student scientists. There are research protocols and discussion groups for a number of topics, as well as links to newly published text materials. The web content, however, seems to stand independently of the print materials. Secondary science, biology, and earth science teachers will find this one interesting.

tag(s): ecology (135), environment (319), habitats (85)

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Natural History Notebooks - Canadian Museum of Nature

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2 to 6
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This one's a sleeper. It's a collection of outstanding black and white drawings of birds, mammals, amphibians, and other life forms. There are hundreds of drawings, each with a short...more
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This one's a sleeper. It's a collection of outstanding black and white drawings of birds, mammals, amphibians, and other life forms. There are hundreds of drawings, each with a short description of the creature. Elementary students will find this site a great place for simple research about living things.

tag(s): animals (284)

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Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of endangered species. This site doesn't have them specifically categorized that way, but if you know what you're looking for ahead of time, this site has great background information and tons of images of each animal.

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Fast Plants - University of Wisconsin

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Plants with very fast growing cycles can be very useful in classroom demonstrations and lab activities. This site from the University of Wisconsin explains how to use these "fast plants"...more
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Plants with very fast growing cycles can be very useful in classroom demonstrations and lab activities. This site from the University of Wisconsin explains how to use these "fast plants" and offers a significant collection of lessons and resource ideas involving them. There are also collections of pointers for students and teachers. This site may be just the thing for teachers who have limited outdoor resources or whose climates aren't in sync with their curricula. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): experiments (73), plants (152)

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Life of Mammals - BBC

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BBC's companion web site to the program of the same name offers quizzes (e.g. name this sound...), live web cams, and lots of supplementary information on how mammals live. While ...more
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BBC's companion web site to the program of the same name offers quizzes (e.g. name this sound...), live web cams, and lots of supplementary information on how mammals live. While teachers won't be able to build a complete curriculum here, the variety of activities could be a neat supplement to elementary or middle school studies of animals and habitats. You'll want a fast connection to make some of these features work well.

tag(s): ecosystems (89), environment (319), habitats (85), mammals (33)

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Woods Hole Education Programs - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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The K-12 education section of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution offers a collection of extensive online education tools. Students can search for toxic algae, join one of several...more
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The K-12 education section of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution offers a collection of extensive online education tools. Students can search for toxic algae, join one of several expeditions, even learn about women with careers in oceanography. Depending on age level, these exhibits will work for either individual or group use.

tag(s): marine biology (33), oceans (150)

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Biology - MIT Open Courseware - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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MIT's online course materials for many Biology courses. ...more
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MIT's online course materials for many Biology courses.

tag(s): advanced placement (23)

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High school biology teachers, especially those teaching AP students, may find MIT's online course materials useful. MIT has committed to putting its entire curriculum on the web, and these early offerings include syllabi, reading materials, and a variety of subject-specific class notes. Before using these pages, teachers, students, and parents should all be aware of what Open Courseware is and is not.

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Life Has a History - U.C. Berkeley

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1 to 12
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This extremely well-organized site from U.C. Berkeley introduces students to the history of life and how it results in today's biodiversity. The site includes three different levels...more
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This extremely well-organized site from U.C. Berkeley introduces students to the history of life and how it results in today's biodiversity. The site includes three different levels for grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12, making this an introduction that can be used in virtually any classroom setting. Created with support from the National Science Foundation.

tag(s): biodiversity (38), diversity (36), evolution (102), fossils (46)

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