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Understanding Science - National Science Foundation and Berkeley

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K to 12
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Use this free resource for an inside look at the general principles, methods, and motivations that underlie all of science. Take a site tour or view specific topics such as ...more
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Use this free resource for an inside look at the general principles, methods, and motivations that underlie all of science. Take a site tour or view specific topics such as "Scientific Evidence," "Science and Society," and others. Don't miss the interactive pages of "How Science Works" that show scientific method as a dynamic, iterative process, not an oversimplified list of steps. Find other resources in the Resource Library. Find classroom activities, standards, and strategies in "Teaching Resources." Find "Frequently Asked Questions" about science process or even submit your own! Learn about what is science by clicking on "Science 101." Find great teaching resources and advice in the "For teachers" section. The Teachers area is divided into grade sections to find resources easily.

tag(s): data (148), environment (317), experiments (72), scientific method (64)

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Share the interactive "How Science Works" on a projector as you introduce scientific method. Use "Correcting Misconceptions" to aid in helping students with common misconceptions that hinder learning. Use case studies from the "Science in Action" section of the resources. Using case studies is one of the best methods to teach scientific concepts and provides interest in studying something more relevant to their lives. The teacher resources provide great examples of using data to generate hypotheses and learn scientific processes and content. Use the suggestions to convert your present activities into ones that will help students understand the processes of science. Ideas, suggestions, and activities that are explicit and complete.
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Share Care - Sharecare, Inc.

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6 to 12
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Explore health questions and answers with this free site. View the most asked questions and click for specific information. Be sure to scroll left and right to view all topics. ...more
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Explore health questions and answers with this free site. View the most asked questions and click for specific information. Be sure to scroll left and right to view all topics. Click on a topic. View the answer to the question in the pop-up as well as related information and images. Answers are provided by contributors from the health field. Be aware that any health site includes topics such as reproductive health. Preview and decide whether this site is appropriate in your school community.

tag(s): body systems (57), dental health (23), diseases (66), fitness (50), human body (121), nutrition (153)

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Use this site to learn more about the human body. Allow students time to peruse the site and ask their own questions. Encourage students to ask their own question if they cannot find an answer. Teach critical thinking by searching further into the web for additional information and finding similar/dissenting views. Discuss the validity of information found on these sites. Create prompts that can be used to write blog posts about the various topics. Allow students to choose a topic of interest and create blog posts linking back to the content. Students can comment on each other's posts to learn health and wellness information. Challenge students to research a specific health topic and create an online, interactive poster known as a "glog," using GlogsterEDU, reviewed here.
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Drop Event - dropevent.com

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K to 12
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This fabulous site allows you to post and share photos related to a certain event with others. Create an "event" and share the link for others to upload photos. Only ...more
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This fabulous site allows you to post and share photos related to a certain event with others. Create an "event" and share the link for others to upload photos. Only the creator of the event must register on the site. All others upload without registering. Email photos to the event site as well. Set permissions for instant sharing or moderate pictures before they show on the Drop Event site. Choose to make your event public or private. Note: If public, it will show up in Drop Event searches and be visible to others. When you create your event, answer questions to create your free account. Note: Most recent events appear on the main page of this site. Be sure to check for appropriate content before showing to students. Consider directing students to the URL of the actual event page.

tag(s): images (269), photography (160)

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This site is great for students to upload photos from field trips or other events. Keep track of project accomplishments by uploading pictures of the process. Have a class project such as DNA models or types of plants? Get them out of the classroom by taking pictures and uploading them to Drop Event. Make a collection for local history or photos of lab results during a bridge-building or pumpkin seed counting activity. Collect images that students can then use in Thinglink, reviewed here, "lab reports" about their discoveries. Place the link to the event page you have created and invite parents to view the creations. Take snapshots to create a Day In The Life event for your classroom. What better way to share memories! Have parent volunteers? Have them upload their pictures too! Whatever project or event you have, sharing and collaborating with Drop Event is easy and fun!

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Practical Biology - The Nuffield Foundation and Society of Biology

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Find experiments that demonstrate a wide variety of biological concepts and processes on this free site. Use this site for all levels of Biology. Each topic has three levels of ...more
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Find experiments that demonstrate a wide variety of biological concepts and processes on this free site. Use this site for all levels of Biology. Each topic has three levels of resources: Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced. Real-life connections are made to provide relevance. Find links to additional reading, teacher notes, and safety guidelines. Download student and teacher resources.

tag(s): experiments (72), science fairs (25)

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Use these alone as a demonstration or as an introductory activity for inquiry or other laboratory activities. Great for use with club activities or other events. Allow students the opportunity to use these in an individual inquiry for a more personal learning of biological concepts. Challenge students to create a multimedia or conventional display of the information learned. Have students create impressive word clouds about the research they have completed using Word It Out reviewed here.
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Virtual Pig Dissection - Earl W. Fleck, PhD

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Participate in a virtual dissection of a fetal pig. Use this amazing site to learn anatomical terms, planes of view, and complete systems. Each section opens in a new window. ...more
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Participate in a virtual dissection of a fetal pig. Use this amazing site to learn anatomical terms, planes of view, and complete systems. Each section opens in a new window. Terminology is used in such a way for complete understanding of the meaning of the term. Look for the yellow words that can be clicked for further information. Take quizzes to check knowledge by dragging the words into the appropriate spaces. NOTE: the site does not run properly in Firefox. Try Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Safari. It uses Shockwave.

tag(s): human body (121)

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Use this site as an accompaniment to other resources for students to use during the actual dissection. Many students will appreciate the 3D view and the interactive nature of this site in the understanding of the systems of the fetal pig. If individual computers aren't available, share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector.
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Color Vision and Art - Michael Douma

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Color, Vision and Art examines both scientific and artistic interpretations of color. This is one of many interdisciplinary exhibits found on WebExhibits online museum. This particular...more
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Color, Vision and Art examines both scientific and artistic interpretations of color. This is one of many interdisciplinary exhibits found on WebExhibits online museum. This particular showcase makes the connection between the birth of Modern art and the scientific revolution of the 19th century. Articles include historic investigations into the psychological effect of color upon the emotions, the anatomy of the human eye, color vision theory, and the brain's perception of color. The site also provides fascinating information about oil and egg tempera painting and how each achieves the illusion of light and space. They examine not only Western Art of the 19th, 20th and 21st century, but also African Art.

tag(s): art history (71), colors (79), human body (121), newton (26), psychology (64)

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Color, Vision and Art offers students a unique opportunity to make cross-curricular connections and is a great starting point for individual or group projects. Students interested in Anatomy, Neuroscience, Painting, or Art History, will enjoy exploring this site independently. Each individual chapter comes with a selection of extension tasks from which students can choose. The "Exhibit" tab also offers suggestions for directing class discussions and provides tasks that initiate higher order thinking. Guiding questions about the neurobiological interpretation of color, will simultaneously develop student ability to analyze and interpret color used in art. Have students create a multimedia presentation to report about what they have learned using Thinglink, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a reproduction of a painting (legally permitted to be reproduced), and include a narration about the artist's use of color. There are also interactive activities to demonstrate aspects of color theory. Project these interactive tools on an interactive whiteboard to the whole class and experiment with simultaneous color contrast, and luminance together. Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects. This site is excellent for enrichment. Include it on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class, especially when they are designing their own multimedia projects and want to take advantage of color's subtleties.
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Human Muscle Chart - changingshape.com

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Learn about the location, origin, insertion and functions of the most common muscles in the human body. Click the active links to view a picture of the location of the ...more
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Learn about the location, origin, insertion and functions of the most common muscles in the human body. Click the active links to view a picture of the location of the muscle. Note that ads do appear on the site. Students should be cautioned not to click on these ads.

tag(s): human body (121)

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Create a discussion of the purpose of muscles and how they are designed to move portions of the body. Find antagonistic (opposing) muscles from within the list. Compare the muscles pictured with those of other mammals using a site such as The Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here). P.E. teachers can use this site fir students to research different muscles and the activities that strengthen them. Use information to portray on a wiki along with stretches and exercises for strengthening the various muscles. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
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New York Science Teacher - Movie Sheets - Christopher Sheehan

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The New York Science Teacher Movie Sheet page offers fast help for turning good movies into academic endeavors. How many times do we find a regular movie that we would ...more
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The New York Science Teacher Movie Sheet page offers fast help for turning good movies into academic endeavors. How many times do we find a regular movie that we would like to use for science class but do not have the time to create a good guide or question sheet for it? This is a good solution. Movie sheets, all submitted by teachers, are searchable by subject content and a few are searchable by series. The guides are printable, and they make a great "in-a-pinch" solution.

tag(s): movies (67), worksheets (61)

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These printable movie worksheets are a great way to supplement a video. Try using them to amp up the educational punch of everyday movies or to ask different questions about science videos you may already have. Challenge students to create their own worksheets to accompany a video. Have cooperative learning groups view a video together (while other groups view other videos) and then create an online worksheet using Google Docs, reviewed here. Use the online worksheets with the other various groups as they view all of the videos. If you find a movie/video title that sounds good based on the activity sheets here, search for it on YouTube, perhaps downloading it using a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here.
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Skeptical Science - John Cook

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9 to 12
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Confused about the counter claims about climate change and global warming? This unique website uses skepticism about the skeptics of climate change. Before you discount this site, check...more
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Confused about the counter claims about climate change and global warming? This unique website uses skepticism about the skeptics of climate change. Before you discount this site, check out its use of science in skeptics claims and announcements. Use this site to find pure science in understanding the headlines, comments, and claims found in media. Be sure to check under the arguments and resources tabs of this site. This site does include some minor advertisements.

tag(s): climate (92), climate change (64), environment (317)

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Use this site to discuss the actual science being used and various ways it can be interpreted. Brainstorm and research various opinions about climate change and why people hold those beliefs. Search this site for the science associated with these claims. Back up the finding of the science with content for better understanding of the world around us. Have others that still believe in claims not supported by science? Allow them to find actual science processes that back up their claim. Have students or student groups create an online, interactive poster known as a "glog," using GlogsterEDU, reviewed here.
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Xeno-canto - Xeno-canto Foundation

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K to 12
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Peruse this community database of shared bird sounds from the entire world. Listen from the collection of approximately 67,000 calls and songs from 7147 birds. Listen to the sounds...more
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Peruse this community database of shared bird sounds from the entire world. Listen from the collection of approximately 67,000 calls and songs from 7147 birds. Listen to the sounds that account for 67.4 percent of all the bird species on the Earth! These sounds are recorded mostly by professionals and site users classify and identify the sounds and songs to create a marvelous collection of the world's first musicians. Play the sounds on the site or download for free as they are creative common licensed.

Perusing the archive, it's hard not to be impressed by the myriad of sounds, whether beautiful or grating, that birds can produce. And, while they might not be eligible to win any Grammys, at least you can download them for free from the Internet without having to worry about anti-piracy laws. Be sure to read the comments before sharing this site with students, as some may not be appropriate. At this time of this review, all were fine.

tag(s): birds (51)

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Novice birders can familiarize themselves with the local bird calls prior to going outside on a nature walk. Attempt to record your own bird calls and use this site to determine the species of bird that you have captured. Provide time for students to research the type of bird that would be native to your area first. Enjoy hearing the different types of bird songs from around the globe and research or brainstorm the uses for the different types of calls. Play bird songs for atmosphere your elementary classroom during read aloud times or when studying birds in science class. Allow students to add them to PowerPoint shows about birds.
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Bio-alive - bio-alive.com

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9 to 12
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View great videos about Biology on this free science video sharing site. (Some of the videos are provided by YouTube.) Click the Categories tab to view a wide variety of ...more
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View great videos about Biology on this free science video sharing site. (Some of the videos are provided by YouTube.) Click the Categories tab to view a wide variety of topics from Anatomy to Virology. Find great video lectures under the Lectures tab. Be sure to check out the other tabs for great resources such as Animations, Seminars, Tutorials, and Laboratories (Virtual.) Note that ads run along the side of this site and it is best to provide a link directly to the content.

tag(s): cells (102), evolution (101), human body (121)

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Use as a refresher for yourself and colleagues to stay abreast of new understandings in Biology. Use to reinforce material or introduce a topic in your Biology class. For example, use the video on Stem Cells to understand what they are all about and dispel some of the most common myths. Allow time to view the material, outline the major points, and create a statement in the form of a blog post to demonstrate what they have learned and perhaps discuss some ethical issues as well. Challenge students to create their own videos on a topic being learned in your science class. Share the videos using a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here).
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Water Treatment Solutions - Lenn Tech

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8 to 12
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This site while meant to be commercial, offers a lot of detailed information on water purification, desalinization, and descriptions of how different water clarification processes work....more
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This site while meant to be commercial, offers a lot of detailed information on water purification, desalinization, and descriptions of how different water clarification processes work. Avoid the products page and this is a great resource for environmental science students doing units on water. On the left side navigation bar, there are tools that can also be used by students. The periodic table and large amount of scientific calculator tools could be very helpful in any math or science class.

tag(s): environment (317), water (130)

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Assign students a project on different ways that humans work to change water or keep it clean. Use this site as a primary resource. Or, insert a direct link to the the calculators or the periodic table on your website or wiki for students reference in all different science topics.

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Science Notebooking - North Cascades and Olympic Science Partnership

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K to 12
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This site provides a lot of information about how to create, efficiently implement, and organize science notebooks. Are you new to teaching? Are you experienced and want to up the ...more
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This site provides a lot of information about how to create, efficiently implement, and organize science notebooks. Are you new to teaching? Are you experienced and want to up the credibility of the time old concept of notebooks in the classroom? Notebooks can be a very effective tool for communication between teachers and students. This website would is a good resource for any one who wants to use a science notebook with purpose. The Teacher information, especially the FAQ, is very helpful for envisioning the nitty-gritty details of implementing science notebooks in your classroom .Note: A lot of the links to other websites did not work, however the information is still really good and the PDF documents are very useful.

tag(s): ebooks (42)

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This resource may reshape the way you think about science notebooks. Notebooks are an active communication tool between students and teachers and help students understand concepts, allowing for quick and easy formative assessments. Plus, using a notebook strategy such as this allows your students to create their own version of the science textbook. All of the student's work is in one place, making organization a lot better than random papers falling out of a folder. Try this strategy in any science, especially in the middle level classrooms from sixth through eighth grade. Students will learn greater organization skills and develop stronger understandings of the science they are studying. The organizational skills can easily transfer to other subjects, as well, if you are on a teaching team interested in reinforcing organization.
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Cassiopeia Project

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View great quality science videos on this site. The project aims to gain understanding in Science by first visualizing it. Click on the videos tab to view the Courses and ...more
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View great quality science videos on this site. The project aims to gain understanding in Science by first visualizing it. Click on the videos tab to view the Courses and videos. For example, under Biology find great videos about "Cell To Embryo," "DNA Matching," and "Carbohydrates." Find the videos also by subscribing to iTunesU (this also includes video transcripts.) View videos directly on the site or download to school or student computers. Join the project to receive emails when new videos are added. Note that accurate human anatomy videos appropriate for sex ed content in health class are included in the collection.

tag(s): genetics (90)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Users are invited to download, edit, and change the videos within the rights permissions of this project. If you cannot open or download videos at school, consider using a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download at home and bring videos to school "on a stick." Make a shortcut to this site or specific videos on classroom computers and use it as a center. This site is excellent for enrichment. Include it on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class. The vision of the site is to add student-created video to the collection. Think big in using this site!

Challenge students to create videos on a topic that you are teaching in science class. Share the videos using a tool such as Teachers.TV reviewed here.
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Longwood Central School District SMART Board Lessons - Longwood Central School District

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K to 12
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This is an extensive collection of ready to go, teacher-made SMART Notebook activities. This collection covers all grade levels and subject areas. Click Elementary, Middle School, Jr....more
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This is an extensive collection of ready to go, teacher-made SMART Notebook activities. This collection covers all grade levels and subject areas. Click Elementary, Middle School, Jr. High, or High School to find the many (MANY) resources). The topics vary greatly and the quantity is impressive. You must have Smart Board software installed on your computer to open these files. Some files will work using the SMART Notebook Express online viewer available here. (Download the notebook file from Longwood's collection to your desktop and then upload to SMART Notebook Express site.)

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These lessons are great for the new SMART Board user or the seasoned pro. Use these if you need a lesson but don't have time to create one from scratch. View the lessons and use them to help you create your own lesson. Click the different tabs to view the different grade levels. Please note that all of these activities require SMART Notebook software (which comes with SMART brand IWBs). Don't have SMART brand IWB's? Some files will work using the SMART Notebook Express online viewer available here. (Download the notebook file from Longwood's collection to your desktop and then upload to SMART Notebook Express site.) If you use a lesson, go to the staff directory under District Information -> Email Directory and send the creator a thank you. Think how great it would be to receive an email from a teacher "out there" thanking YOU for sharing?

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Science Facts - Science Facts, Part of the Cool Facts Network

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7 to 12
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Science Facts is a great site for "inquiring minds." It is a simple collection of random science questions with pictures and answers. There are lots of links, and hours could ...more
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Science Facts is a great site for "inquiring minds." It is a simple collection of random science questions with pictures and answers. There are lots of links, and hours could be spent exploring this easy to navigate site. Most questions found here are about science, but there are some interesting and thought provoking math questions too!

One caution: the comment area is not censored, and there are some comments that are not nice. You may want to use this site as a resource where you as the adult control the amount of information that is shared and seen with the students. Also, this site can be a bit slow to open and does include unobtrusive advertisements in the sidebar.

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Use this site to offer a question related to the day's topic at the beginning of class. Post the question on the interactive whiteboard or projector either in a document or a slide creation tool, and have students think and brainstorm ideas. Challenge students to create and share a concept map using a tool such as scribblar (reviewed here). Have students partner with two other students and share ideas and concept maps. Then, have the groups share their ideas with the class. Once ample time has been given for this, teach the lesson on the topic. Some of the questions found here could make great essential questions to focus an entire unit. The nice part is there is a direct answer that you can share with your students at the conclusion of the unit. Have them create their own Q/A for units using this format on a class wiki.

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Motivator - Big Huge Labs

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K to 12
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Create your own motivational posters easily and simply. Choose a random picture (one from Flickr or Facebook) or use one already on your computer. Choose colors and other options as...more
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Create your own motivational posters easily and simply. Choose a random picture (one from Flickr or Facebook) or use one already on your computer. Choose colors and other options as well as the type of text to be used. Enter your text and preview the result. Once complete, save to Flickr, your computer, or print. Remember you can use a saved image in PowerPoint shows and on a class wiki, as well as blogs and other sites.
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tag(s): collages (17), images (269), photography (160), posters (36)

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Make sure students are aware of copyright laws. Use this site to encourage proper use of photographs that students have the authorization to use. Model including appropriate photo credits on the posters. Check out the Big Huge Labs educator account. Easily pre-register students to avoid creating logins, view and download their creations, and view the site advertisement free. You will find information about the Educator Account here.

Younger students can use this tool together as a whole-class activity or simply enjoy the posters their teacher creates. Have students create a picture about a unit topic with a caption using new terms learned. For example, create posters about predators and prey or classifications of animals. Students can create a poster of a study skill or learning activity that helps them learn. Create a caption that explains how the student learns the best. Every subject area can use this resource to create interesting presentation posters for display or as springboards to talk about what was learned. For example, in Biology, students could create a poster about a cell part with a clever caption about the importance of the job. In Literature or History, students can create posters about the perspectives of others in the story or at that time of history. Rather than a traditional research project, have cooperative learning groups use this site to show their knowledge in any subject area. Ask students to apply concepts such as constitutional rights by illustrating them in poster images with captions. Teachers can create bulletin board images, as well. Have a classroom motivation poster competition to start off the school year! Share the winners on your class wiki or in a PowerPoint presentation at back to school night/open house. As special occasions approach, have students bring in or take a digital picture they can make into a poster as a family gift with their own inspirational saying. Create a portfolio of 6 word stories, utilizing a powerful picture and 6 words to demonstrate the concept that was learned. Assign students the task of placing their project on a blog with a larger explanation of their understanding of the concept used in the picture.

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Prized Science - American Chemical Society

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9 to 12
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View this video series to understand how ACS prizes affect people and our society. Bring the technological advances to light with each of these fascinating science discoveries. New...more
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View this video series to understand how ACS prizes affect people and our society. Bring the technological advances to light with each of these fascinating science discoveries. New feature videos appear on the page such as "Exploring Life on Mars," "Taming the Red Tides," and others. Learn about food poisoning caused by algae, eco-green transportation, creating smaller computer chips, and more! Check back for more videos to be added monthly. Preview articles about upcoming videos can be seen on the page as well. Subscribe to iTunes or YouTube to automatically receive new videos as they are added to the site. Feel free to embed links to the Prized Science videos on your blog, wiki, or site.

tag(s): pollution (66), space (207)

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View the videos and identify the science content that is understood in the video. Be sure to point out how science leads to technological breakthroughs that change the lives of those on this planet. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Assign small groups different topics to view/explore and then create multimedia presentations to share with the class. Have students make online "tours" to explain the topic using Screenr (reviewed here). This is a great find for gifted students (logic or unusual topics, for example or a site where students can do more in-depth investigation related to a "standard" curriculum topic)! This site is excellent for enrichment or for gifted students. Include it on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class.

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Zoo Matchmaker - Minnesota Zoo

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5 to 12
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Play the role of "population manager" in this game about endangered lions. After a brief introduction, choose tigers to breed in hopes of returning them to their original habitat. Activity...more
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Play the role of "population manager" in this game about endangered lions. After a brief introduction, choose tigers to breed in hopes of returning them to their original habitat. Activity choices are based on maximizing disease resistance or maintaining genetic diversity. It is your goal to help the tigers survive based on offspring created from your choices.

tag(s): animals (277), genetics (90), habitats (86), reproduction (9)

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This activity would work well for individual or pairs of students in a lab or on laptops. This site includes many classroom materials such as data tables on genetic diversity, disease resistance procedures and extension activities provided by the New York Times and others.
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Polio Today - Salk Institute for Biological Studies

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8 to 12
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Learn more about polio, a disease that still exists. Learn about post-polio syndrome, incidence of polio, and other information on a disease that many do not know still can infect ...more
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Learn more about polio, a disease that still exists. Learn about post-polio syndrome, incidence of polio, and other information on a disease that many do not know still can infect people. Learn the history of polio and the development of the polio vaccine. Find resources and experts about polio and post-polio syndrome. This site features videos, interviews, true stories, and more.

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When discussing viruses, diseases, and pathogens, use this resource to show how many "old" diseases are still around. Discuss the statistics given on the site: numbers infected with polio and the change in incidence with the advent of vaccines. Expand your study of diseases to include other infectious diseases and changes in mortality rates with the development of vaccines, sanitation, and other methods to reduce transmission. Have students compare two viruses or diseases using an online Venn Diagram tool such as the one (reviewed here).
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