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Why Does Evolution Matter Now? - PBS

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9 to 12
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The growing problem of antibiotic resistance is explored in this lesson plan that investigates how evolution is at the heart of this wide-spread health threat. Real-time videos demonstrate...more
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The growing problem of antibiotic resistance is explored in this lesson plan that investigates how evolution is at the heart of this wide-spread health threat. Real-time videos demonstrate how disease-causing agents can rapidly become immune to our best antibiotic defenses. A second activity investigates how evolution affects our daily lives and can solve problems in medicine, agriculture, and the environment. Includes student instructions and teacher notes.

tag(s): diseases (66), evolution (100)

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Morgan Genetics Tutorial - William Sofer of Rutgers University

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6 to 12
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This interactive site explains and illustrates complex concepts involved in understanding genetics. Students can progress through six sequential levels - from chromosomes and probability...more
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This interactive site explains and illustrates complex concepts involved in understanding genetics. Students can progress through six sequential levels - from chromosomes and probability to gender determination - then follow-up with an online quiz.

tag(s): genetics (90)

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Microangela - Tina Carvalho of the University of Hawaii

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4 to 10
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From the very tiny, to the microscopic, this site offers close-up pictures and information about insects, spores, bacteria, cells, microorganisms, plankton, and more. The strangely...more
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From the very tiny, to the microscopic, this site offers close-up pictures and information about insects, spores, bacteria, cells, microorganisms, plankton, and more. The strangely beautiful, colorized images are accompanied by brief and sometimes entertaining explanations. Your students will gain new understanding and appreciation for the very tiny critters that surround us.

tag(s): bacteria (30), insects (69), microorganisms (14), organisms (21)

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Virtual Cell

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8 to 10
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Reinforce the parts of a cell with this interactive tour. Students can click on an area of the virtual cell, read a brief definition, zoom in or out, and perform ...more
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Reinforce the parts of a cell with this interactive tour. Students can click on an area of the virtual cell, read a brief definition, zoom in or out, and perform certain functions - cutting, splitting, and rotating. The pronunciation guide will "speak" the words for you. This portion is slow to loas and requires the Quicktime plug-in. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page. The site also requires that you have Javascript ENABLED. Depending on your version of Internet Explorer or other browser, you will find this under Tools> INternet Options> Advanced.

tag(s): cells (102)

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Build a DNA Molecule - University of Utah

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10 to 12
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Teach your students about the structure of DNA with this interactive activity that challenges them to apply pairing rules to the construction of a model. The object is to click ...more
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Teach your students about the structure of DNA with this interactive activity that challenges them to apply pairing rules to the construction of a model. The object is to click and drag nucleotides to their proper position.

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

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Hyperheart - University of Utah

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6 to 12
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Use this animated site to help student visualize how blood circulates through the heart. Younger students can easily follow the well-labeled animation, and older students may be interested...more
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Use this animated site to help student visualize how blood circulates through the heart. Younger students can easily follow the well-labeled animation, and older students may be interested in the tutorials, which explain the various stages of the cardiac cycle in much greater detail.

tag(s): heart (43)

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Hello Dolly: A WebQuest - Keith Nuthall of the Poway Unified School District

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The impact of cloning on 21st century society is examined in this non-partisan, fact-based WebQuest that encourages research, analysis, and evaluation. Students, working in teams, are...more
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The impact of cloning on 21st century society is examined in this non-partisan, fact-based WebQuest that encourages research, analysis, and evaluation. Students, working in teams, are asked to consider the ethics, politics and science of the cloning process as they establish a government policy to regulate cloning. Teacher resources and website links are provided, along with a timeline and content standards. Because of the controversial nature of this real-life problem-solving challenge, exercise caution when implementing.

tag(s): dna (69), ethics (16), webquests (29)

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Save this site as a favorite, and use the webquest during a discussion of government oversight, and how it has affected areas such as science. (This could also be used in a biology classroom during a lesson on cloning)

Consider alternate product options for today's students, such as using Google Docs during planning and writing phases reviewed here or one of many creative. collaborative web 2.0 tools reviewed in the TeachersFirst Edge. Your students can work collaboratively without even being in the same place, and their projects can be shared easily on the web.

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Putting DNA to Work - National Academy of Sciences

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9 to 12
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This collection of well-organized tutorials and interactive multimedia activities reveals how DNA technology affects our lives. From detecting inherited diseases and catching criminals,...more
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This collection of well-organized tutorials and interactive multimedia activities reveals how DNA technology affects our lives. From detecting inherited diseases and catching criminals, to improving agriculture, the site presents high-level information in an easy-to-understand format. Videos, simulations, and well-designed graphics place students in the role of scientist. Use this site with your AP science students.

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

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Virtual Frog Dissection - Froguts, Inc.

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8 to 12
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If scheduling an actual frog dissection activity is just not possible then enter the virtual dissection lab and involve your students in this remarkable on-line experience - no formaldehyde...more
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If scheduling an actual frog dissection activity is just not possible then enter the virtual dissection lab and involve your students in this remarkable on-line experience - no formaldehyde necessary. Using virtual tools, students can actually pin, slice, snip, remove, and examine organs. You must add the introduction, background information, and related details - just as you would in the science lab.

tag(s): dissection (10)

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Stalking the Mysterious Microbe

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Introduce your students to the microbial worlds of bacteria, fungi, and viruses with this site that provides entertaining background information, ideas for classroom experiments, and...more
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Introduce your students to the microbial worlds of bacteria, fungi, and viruses with this site that provides entertaining background information, ideas for classroom experiments, and a collection of "Microbes in the News" articles. Find out when hands should be washed and what happens when they are not! Interested students can even explore a "Careers" link that offers interviews with experts in the field, advice on finding a mentor, and tips on how to become a microbiologist. Available in English and Spanish.

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Use the videos on this site as a supplement to a lecture on microbes. One video that would be great, "E. Coli Animation," shows the growth and reproduction of e.coli in a quick YouTube clip. Not all school internet systems allow for access to YouTube, so make sure to check your school's policies before use. If it does work, some of these videos do a great job of detailing specific microbes and their life-cycles. Definitely a lot more interesting and fun for students to watch than reading the same information out of a textbook!

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I Can Do That!

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7 to 12
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Genetics can be a daunting topic to introduce to students, but this site offers a simplified, approachable, and entertaining overview of cells, DNA, RNA, synthesis, cloning, and genetic...more
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Genetics can be a daunting topic to introduce to students, but this site offers a simplified, approachable, and entertaining overview of cells, DNA, RNA, synthesis, cloning, and genetic engineering. Students are led through the site by Gene (the gene), Simon (the soil bacterium), Chloe (the chloroplast), and many other amusing guides. Well-labeled, animated illustrations and clever analogies to facilitate understanding are found throughout the site. Is it corny? Yes! But student will laugh as they learn. This is definitely a site for independent exploration in the computer lab.

tag(s): cells (102), dna (69), engineering (124), genetics (90)

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Butterflies of North America - Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center

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5 to 12
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This excellent site provides an on-line resource of butterfly species and populations throughout the United States and northern Mexico. A section on Canada is planned for the near future....more
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This excellent site provides an on-line resource of butterfly species and populations throughout the United States and northern Mexico. A section on Canada is planned for the near future. Visitors can use an interactive map to click on any state and discover which butterflies inhabit that region. Photographs of adult butterflies, larvae, and eggs are provided along with information about the distributions of species at the county level. Helpful advice on distinguishing moths from butterflies is provided along with a collection of thumbnail sketches that help visitors identify species they may have spotted.

tag(s): butterflies (13)

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Voyage of the Odyssey - PBS

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6 to 12
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On March 17, 2000, the Odyssey began its five-year journey to shed light on the health of the world's oceans and the fate of whales and marine organisms. Explore this ...more
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On March 17, 2000, the Odyssey began its five-year journey to shed light on the health of the world's oceans and the fate of whales and marine organisms. Explore this multimedia site to view video and audio clips, read about oceanic and nautical history, and email scientists with questions about ocean ecology.

tag(s): ecology (135), ecosystems (88), marine biology (33), oceans (148)

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Advanced Placement Digital Library - Rice University

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10 to 12
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This site, designed for teachers of advanced placement science courses and their students, provides access to extensive online resources. Each subject topic includes an outline and...more
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This site, designed for teachers of advanced placement science courses and their students, provides access to extensive online resources. Each subject topic includes an outline and links to related resources. All materials on the site have been reviewed and selected by AP teachers and context experts. Users must fill out a free registration form.

tag(s): advanced placement (21)

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Introduction to Microbiology - Annenberg Foundation

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9 to 12
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Created with support from the Annenberg Foundation, this very complete introduction to microbiology relies on a series of online video presentations. While the quality of these is excellent,...more
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Created with support from the Annenberg Foundation, this very complete introduction to microbiology relies on a series of online video presentations. While the quality of these is excellent, users will need a network connection fast enough to accommodate the streaming video, and a class schedule that can accommodate use of the video segments. Free user registration is required.

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Shedd Aquarium Educational Materials - Shedd Aquarium

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Chicago's Shedd Aquarium has built an impressive online collection of lesson plans and other instructional tools, including several nice interactive animations. While much of the content...more
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Chicago's Shedd Aquarium has built an impressive online collection of lesson plans and other instructional tools, including several nice interactive animations. While much of the content relates to the aquarium's exhibits, the range of subjects includes most grade levels and many of the topics that might appear in a curriculum on ocean habitats.

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

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DNA - PBS

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This site is a companion to the PBS series by the same name. It offers supplementary material that chronicles the efforts of scientists to harness the capabilities discovered along...more
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This site is a companion to the PBS series by the same name. It offers supplementary material that chronicles the efforts of scientists to harness the capabilities discovered along with the understanding of DNA, and the ethical and scientific issues that have needed resolution along the way.

tag(s): dna (69), genetics (90), sequencing (31)

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The teacher resources for this series seem notably weak, but the content of the site itself is well worth a look.
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Schools and Computer Viruses - PBS

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Here's a discussion and lesson plan about computer and biological viruses that asks students to do some critical reading and postulating about virus containment. There's more to this...more
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Here's a discussion and lesson plan about computer and biological viruses that asks students to do some critical reading and postulating about virus containment. There's more to this lesson than initially meets the eye, including some interesting opportunities for discussing virus protection strategies. With a little creativity, this one could be an interesting addition to a biology, computing, or social studies class.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plan on this site! Perfect for a math or science classroom.
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Lives of Micro-Organisms - Ebiomedia

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6 to 12
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Biology teachers will enjoy this site's outstanding images of microorganisms. An ongoing collection of articles on topics involving microorganisms could be used to supplement other...more
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Biology teachers will enjoy this site's outstanding images of microorganisms. An ongoing collection of articles on topics involving microorganisms could be used to supplement other course materials or for specific research by students. This company also publishes similar collections on CD and DVD; information on these is also available.

tag(s): microorganisms (14), organisms (21)

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Human Body - BBC

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BBC's presentation on the human body (and the mind) offers a nice, animated tool kit about various body systems. That said, the presentation lacks the built-in sequencing that would...more
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BBC's presentation on the human body (and the mind) offers a nice, animated tool kit about various body systems. That said, the presentation lacks the built-in sequencing that would make it work as a stand-alone study resource, so teachers will need to supply that structure. Properly positioned, however, the content could really be quite useful.

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

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