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Blue Planet Challenge - BBC

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6 to 12
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BBC Online offers this oceanography self-study, comprised of a series of interactive Flash animations. Each area includes "fact files" on particular marine species or ecosystems, and...more
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BBC Online offers this oceanography self-study, comprised of a series of interactive Flash animations. Each area includes "fact files" on particular marine species or ecosystems, and the activities require users to understand each environment to the through the simulation successfully. Students could use this one individually or in groups. A free, online registration enables an online scoring feature. Lots of possibilities here.

tag(s): marine biology (33), oceans (148), whales (16)

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Bioterror - NOVA

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6 to 12
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This companion site to the November, 2001 PBS Nova program by the same name offers a look at the history of bioterrorism (it goes back hundreds of years), the question ...more
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This companion site to the November, 2001 PBS Nova program by the same name offers a look at the history of bioterrorism (it goes back hundreds of years), the question of prevention, and the ways in which scientists search for an develop vaccines to combat these diseases. The site includes several interactive Flash demonstrations that encourage users to do their own experimenting with vaccine research.

tag(s): terrorism (49)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans on this site! This would be a great addition to a biology classroom.
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Evolution Lab - Biology in Motion

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7 to 12
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This page is part of the Biology in Motion series. It offers a Flash-animated simulation of a simplified genetic phenotype evolution - a very visual illustration of a complex process....more
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This page is part of the Biology in Motion series. It offers a Flash-animated simulation of a simplified genetic phenotype evolution - a very visual illustration of a complex process. Teachers will find this one fascinating, and there's enough going on that students may be tempted to use it for individual experimenting on their own.

tag(s): evolution (100), genetics (90)

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Biology in Motion

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7 to 12
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Help your students understand and appreciate science with this delightful site that uses interactive activities and exhibits to illustrate scientific concepts. Topics include cell division,...more
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Help your students understand and appreciate science with this delightful site that uses interactive activities and exhibits to illustrate scientific concepts. Topics include cell division, the mammalian cardiovascular system, evolution, enzymes, and much more. Students can practice their knowledge of biology terms in the "Organize It" activity and see an animated explanation of why eating lunch "recharges" the body.

tag(s): evolution (100), genetics (90)

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NTTI Science Lessons - NTTI/WNET

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Here's a collection of science lesson plans covering disciplines from geology to earth science, chemistry, and general science. Each includes complete procedures, standards references,...more
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Here's a collection of science lesson plans covering disciplines from geology to earth science, chemistry, and general science. Each includes complete procedures, standards references, and discussion. Some of these lessons use video clips as an integral component, so teachers will want to plan accordingly.

tag(s): dna (69), evolution (100), genetics (90)

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Discover Chimpanzees

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4 to 12
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This interactive look at Jane Goodall's Gombe preserve will probably require some introduction, but there's much to do in this site that invites all sorts of exploration. There are...more
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This interactive look at Jane Goodall's Gombe preserve will probably require some introduction, but there's much to do in this site that invites all sorts of exploration. There are bios of both people and chimps, as well as an appealing "become a chimpanzee" section that allows students to follow a chimp's day. Lots of uses for this one in studying Africa, habitats, ecosystems, and the like

tag(s): behavior (46)

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West Nile Mapping - USGS

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6 to 12
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This USGS site offers regularly updated, state-by-state maps showing the spread of West Nile virus in birds, animals, and humans. Apart from its news value, the site offers an interesting...more
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This USGS site offers regularly updated, state-by-state maps showing the spread of West Nile virus in birds, animals, and humans. Apart from its news value, the site offers an interesting glimpse into the ways in which diseases spread through populations of different species.

tag(s): diseases (66)

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Try letting your students develop their own hypotheses about what might happen next.

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Insolent Invaders - WhyFiles

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4 to 12
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Here's a site with both timeliness and that special "Yuck" factor that students love. The WhyFiles has created profiles of a handful of species whose presence outside their natural...more
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Here's a site with both timeliness and that special "Yuck" factor that students love. The WhyFiles has created profiles of a handful of species whose presence outside their natural environment threatens to play havoc with the ecosystems they invade. The site offers a great "hook" into a serious ecological issue.

tag(s): ecology (135), ecosystems (88)

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Savage Seas - WNET

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This companion site to the PBS program of the same name offers nuggets of information on a broad range of topics about the ocean, including weather phenomena, navigation problems, and...more
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This companion site to the PBS program of the same name offers nuggets of information on a broad range of topics about the ocean, including weather phenomena, navigation problems, and life in the seas. Broadband users will find short video clips on many of the topics. While there is no separate education section, elements of the site may be useful in an ocean study unit.

tag(s): marine biology (33), oceans (148)

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All About West Nile Virus - CDC

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While West Nile isn't likely to be a specific curriculum element anytime soon, the Centers for Disease Control's page about West Nile offers good content showing how public health officials...more
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While West Nile isn't likely to be a specific curriculum element anytime soon, the Centers for Disease Control's page about West Nile offers good content showing how public health officials monitor and respond to the emergence of new infectious diseases. Try this one in a current events discussion, asking the question, "How big a problem might this actually be?"

tag(s): diseases (66)

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Global Climate Change - Exploratorium

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The Exploratorium's climate change site is a data analysis goldmine. There are dozens of examples of how the earth's climate has or has not shifted over the past 100 years, ...more
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The Exploratorium's climate change site is a data analysis goldmine. There are dozens of examples of how the earth's climate has or has not shifted over the past 100 years, and most of these have detailed graphs illustrating the data. Middle and high school teachers will find this one a great tool for illustrating both the science and the math behind the efforts to monitor the earth's climate.

tag(s): climate (92), weather (188)

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California Sea Otter - The Otter Project

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4 to 12
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Learn about the life and ecosystems that support the California Sea Otter at this site dedicated to the preservation of these creatures. Besides being undeniably cute, otters occupy...more
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Learn about the life and ecosystems that support the California Sea Otter at this site dedicated to the preservation of these creatures. Besides being undeniably cute, otters occupy a complex niche in marine ecosystems. Learn more here.

tag(s): california (27)

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Poseidon's Library - Ocean.com

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6 to 12
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This reference page from Ocean.com offers a continually changing collection of stories about people who work at sea and the creatures that live in the oceans. Nicely illustrated, this...more
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This reference page from Ocean.com offers a continually changing collection of stories about people who work at sea and the creatures that live in the oceans. Nicely illustrated, this would be a good supplement to an oceans unit.

tag(s): marine biology (33), oceans (148)

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Open Heart - Columbus Institute of Science

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9 to 12
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This site provides hands-on activities and interactive features to help students understand how the heart works, what can happen when it fails, and what can be done to rescue it. ...more
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This site provides hands-on activities and interactive features to help students understand how the heart works, what can happen when it fails, and what can be done to rescue it. Choose the "assemble the heart" activity to understand the anatomy and structure of this vital organ. Experience the delicate procedure of open heart surgery procedures with the "Virtual Bypass Surgery" link. Don't worry; the site is informational but not gory. Additional topics include diseases of the heart, diagnostic tools, medical careers, and what can be done to keep the heart healthy. Includes a glossary. From the Columbus Medical Association Foundation.

tag(s): heart (42)

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NOAA Fisheries Shark Site - NOAA

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3 to 12
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Here's a factual information site about sharks that offers a strong dose of reality for those concerned about shark attacks. You can find details on the species most common on ...more
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Here's a factual information site about sharks that offers a strong dose of reality for those concerned about shark attacks. You can find details on the species most common on the Atlantic, Pacific, and Hawaiian coasts, along with explanations on why many of these species are threatened or endangered.

tag(s): oceans (148)

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NOAA Ocean Explorer - NOAA

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Try this one if you're interested in a site offering "what's happening right now" content. NOAA uses this space to chronicle dozens of past and current ocean research projects - ...more
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Try this one if you're interested in a site offering "what's happening right now" content. NOAA uses this space to chronicle dozens of past and current ocean research projects - providing daily logs and images for each activity. You can read daily dispatches from researchers and follow along to see how "doing science" on a daily basis works.

tag(s): marine biology (33), oceans (148)

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Bacteriology and Microscopy

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9 to 12
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This Canadian site offers lots of details on using a microscope and techniques to ensure that microscope slides and samples give an accurate portrayal of the content being studied....more
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This Canadian site offers lots of details on using a microscope and techniques to ensure that microscope slides and samples give an accurate portrayal of the content being studied. You can learn a lot about laboratory techniques from this one.

tag(s): bacteria (30), microscopes (13)

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Much of this content will be beyond the scope of high school curriculum, but there are scores of illustrations and other content that teachers may find useful.

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KidsNet's Seaweb - KidsNet

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4 to 12
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This site offers a three-part unit on the oceans that emphasizes the effects that humans can have in destroying or preserving marine ecosystems and species. There are detailed lesson...more
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This site offers a three-part unit on the oceans that emphasizes the effects that humans can have in destroying or preserving marine ecosystems and species. There are detailed lesson plans and supplementary materials. There are also numerous sound clips to accompany the lessons, and we had difficulty making these work properly. That said, the content is perfectly sufficient without the sound.

tag(s): ecosystems (88), marine biology (33), oceans (148)

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Bridging the Watershed - National Park Service

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9 to 12
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Designed specifically for students, this site is a collaboration between several parks and schools in the Washington, DC area. The goal: explore ecological issues through field trips...more
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Designed specifically for students, this site is a collaboration between several parks and schools in the Washington, DC area. The goal: explore ecological issues through field trips to the various parks and sharing data and observations. Unregistered users can examine and download the various data. We assume the volume of data available will increase in the coming months.

tag(s): data (148)

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Monetery Bay WebCams - Monetery Bay Aquarium

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Monterey Bay aquarium offers several live webcams showing ongoing activities in the facility. Users can watch the penguins swim, and watch the otters watch the people. There are many...more
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Monterey Bay aquarium offers several live webcams showing ongoing activities in the facility. Users can watch the penguins swim, and watch the otters watch the people. There are many things to see here, and there are also lots of instructional activities that can go along with the tour. A high-speed connection is s must for this one, though.

tag(s): oceans (148)

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