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Astrobiology - The Search for Life - Exploratorium

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The Exploratorium does it again. Their site about the search for life beyond earth does a stellar job of profiling the science, scientists, and surprisingly diverse methods being used...more
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The Exploratorium does it again. Their site about the search for life beyond earth does a stellar job of profiling the science, scientists, and surprisingly diverse methods being used to expand our search for life forms elsewhere in the universe. The site includes plenty of links for further exploration.

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Turtles - NOAA - NOAA

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While NOAA might be an unlikely source for information on sea turtles, this site offers a surprisingly detailed look at efforts to raise and release sea turtles in several different...more
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While NOAA might be an unlikely source for information on sea turtles, this site offers a surprisingly detailed look at efforts to raise and release sea turtles in several different locations. This one would make an interesting sidebar to a unit on marine ecosystems.

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

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Global Seabird Conservation Program

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Conserving the habitats of sea birds is an international concern. This South African site examines a variety of conservation issues, including the interactions between sea birds and...more
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Conserving the habitats of sea birds is an international concern. This South African site examines a variety of conservation issues, including the interactions between sea birds and international fishing fleets. There are a variety of searchable databases as well as presentations on the issues facing different species of birds. This one's interesting in that it presents some conservation issues that students might not have heard about.

tag(s): birds (50)

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Reconstructors: Medical Mysteries - Rice University

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This site offers a set of four complex, flash-based units that teach concepts of biology, human health, disease processes, and the like. While intended for secondary students, users...more
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This site offers a set of four complex, flash-based units that teach concepts of biology, human health, disease processes, and the like. While intended for secondary students, users may need help with some of the vocabulary. There's a LOT to learn in this site, and we suggest teachers may want to preview each of the units thoroughly before using them with students.

tag(s): diseases (66), medicine (67)

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Photography from National Geographic - National Geographic

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Photography can be both an art form and a form of scientific inquiry. Photos of People and Cultures can promote human understanding better than any written words. This site from ...more
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Photography can be both an art form and a form of scientific inquiry. Photos of People and Cultures can promote human understanding better than any written words. This site from National Geographic can serve both ends if used properly. Art teachers "focus" on tips and techniques and photography advice areas, while science/social studies teachers will easily locate a wide range of plant, animal, culture, and geography images. As always, the photos themselves are exquisite.

tag(s): animals (276), photography (160)

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Share a photo of the day as an activator at the start of a lesson on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Allow a student of the day to select his/her photo of the day as a class inspiration. Share a photo as a visual writing prompt. Use tools on your IWB to discover and reveal design elements in the photos in art class. Use selected collections on laptops with student partners (galleries) to provide a visual experience of a location or culture you are studying, asking students to observe for visual evidence of some of the major concepts you have discussed in class.
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ACS - Chemistry For Life - American Chemical Society

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The American Chemical Society offers a complete series of activities for grades K-8, all based on hands-on experience. Click Education in the middle of this opening page find programs...more
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The American Chemical Society offers a complete series of activities for grades K-8, all based on hands-on experience. Click Education in the middle of this opening page find programs and units for Elementary through Graduate School. Also offered is a section for careers in science. This is a great resource for science teachers who need additional chemistry content or activities.
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tag(s): chemicals (40), energy (197), experiments (71), inquiry (37), matter (56)

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Scroll to Education and click Teaching Resources. Select your grade level interest and find links to dozens of different Lessons, programs, units and Safety Guides.

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The Gee in Genome

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Here's a Canadian site that examines the awesome potential of "genomics," explains gene sequencing, and raises some interesting questions about the implications of using human genome...more
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Here's a Canadian site that examines the awesome potential of "genomics," explains gene sequencing, and raises some interesting questions about the implications of using human genome information. The site could augment both the "hard science" side of genome research and also its ethical and social policy questions. There's a lot to consider in this one.

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

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Use the online games as a review for students while learning about cloning and DNA. Have the class complete the games over the interactive whiteboard or projector, or as a group in review learning centers. "The mighty mutation maker" would be a good review for students to understand how genetic code works, and how it can be changed easily - in a fun way!
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DNA Interactive

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This site offers secondary students an extensive exposure to genetics, DNA and gene sequencing, and the problems and procedures that have been tackled to advance current DNA science...more
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This site offers secondary students an extensive exposure to genetics, DNA and gene sequencing, and the problems and procedures that have been tackled to advance current DNA science to its current state. This is a rich resource that could almost serve as a complete tutorial, but teachers will more likely want to use it as a reference tool to supplement classroom or textbook presentations. You'll need strong readers to work through this one.

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

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Use the interactive timeline as a learning center. Have students tour the timeline, with the purposes of finding what they think are the 10 most important events in the history of DNA. Have students create a multimedia presentation of their top 10 events using UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate their photos as if it is a news report. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try PhotoPin, reviewed here.

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SimForest - Hampshire College

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This educational software is designed to allow teachers to plan biology and ecology lessons using a helpful, user-friendly simulations. Along with the software, the site has a teachers'...more
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This educational software is designed to allow teachers to plan biology and ecology lessons using a helpful, user-friendly simulations. Along with the software, the site has a teachers' guide with suggestions for integrating the simulation into the classroom through three main units. The site also provides a template for planning lessons based on the online curriculum. You will want to read the "readme" files before attempting to download the software.

tag(s): ecology (135), forests (29)

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Human Senses - BBC

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This BBC site has five interesting activities for sensory exploration. These interactive tests allow students to explore taste, smell, and the nervous system's role in sensory perception....more
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This BBC site has five interesting activities for sensory exploration. These interactive tests allow students to explore taste, smell, and the nervous system's role in sensory perception. Additional resources help explain the science behind these activities as well.

tag(s): senses (28)

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Shape of Life Activities - PBS

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This PBS site has life-science and biology activities for a wide range of grade levels. While a number of these activities are designed to accompany the Shape of Life video ...more
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This PBS site has life-science and biology activities for a wide range of grade levels. While a number of these activities are designed to accompany the Shape of Life video series, the activity guides provided present a range of activities and resources to supplement life-science curricula. Included activities range from arts-and-crafts projects to scientific method experiments.

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Astrobiology - NASA

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This site provides a sampling of activities from a larger web-based curriculum on Astrobiology. Developed in conjunction with NASA's astrobiology institute, this site provides a detailed...more
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This site provides a sampling of activities from a larger web-based curriculum on Astrobiology. Developed in conjunction with NASA's astrobiology institute, this site provides a detailed teaching guide alongside activities aimed at creating a dynamic curriculum through internet resources. The site's activities include an exploration of different types of stars, and possibility of life in different parts of the galaxy.

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Chesapeake Bay - Maryland DNR

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The Education pages on this site provide helpful links for both teachers and students learning about the ecosystem and life-science topics in the Chesapeake Bay. The Educators' resources...more
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The Education pages on this site provide helpful links for both teachers and students learning about the ecosystem and life-science topics in the Chesapeake Bay. The Educators' resources provide links to different programs conducted by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, including links to findings at a number of monitoring stations around the Bay. The kids' section has a number of student-friendly sites on wildlife and conservation topics

tag(s): oceans (148)

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American Museum of Natural History Learning Resources - The American Museum of Natural History

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This site presents teachers with a searchable index of natural sciences resources contained within the museum's site. You can browse the web-sites, activities, and experiments by sub-topic,...more
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This site presents teachers with a searchable index of natural sciences resources contained within the museum's site. You can browse the web-sites, activities, and experiments by sub-topic, grade level, or resource type. Current subtopics include anthropology, astronomy, biology, earth science, and paleontology. Special collection exhibits present theme-based activities that cover additional topics such as Biodiversity, Antarctica, and deep sea explorations. This is a great site for sorting out all the wonderful resources the museum has to offer. There are over 1,000 resources currently available on countless subjects. Some of the resources require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): biodiversity (38), diversity (36), paleontology (41)

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When starting a new unit in social studies or science, take a minute to search the resources available at this website.
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Life Changing Science - Australian Broadcasting Corp.

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These wonderful flash sites explore the science behind life-changing technological advancements. From open heart surgery to the science behind cell-phones, this site gives a number...more
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These wonderful flash sites explore the science behind life-changing technological advancements. From open heart surgery to the science behind cell-phones, this site gives a number of options for exploring science's application to every day life. Students can even attempt to perform a virtual surgery through the interactive program.

tag(s): engineering (125), genetics (90)

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Genetically Modified Foods - The Guardian

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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 (90)

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Genetics & Medical Research - National Institutes of Health

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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 (90)

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Giant Kelp - UC San Diego

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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 (148)

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Biointeractive Labs - Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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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 (69), human body (120)

In the Classroom

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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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 (102), embryos (4)

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