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Human Senses - BBC

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6 to 12
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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 (29)

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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 (152)

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

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K to 12
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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 (34), paleontology (42)

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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 (92)

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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 (92)

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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 (92)

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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 (152)

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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 (68), human body (125)

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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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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 (104), embryos (4)

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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 (275), 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 (104), engineering (125)

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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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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 (318)

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Environmental Inquiry - Cornell University

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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 (318), habitats (85)

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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 (153)

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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 (318), 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 (152)

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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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