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Genomics and Genetics Resources - HHS, NIH, USA.gov

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These resources from the National Human Genome Research Institute offer a series of modules for secondary students that deal with genetics, genome sequencing, and the ethical implications...more
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These resources from the National Human Genome Research Institute offer a series of modules for secondary students that deal with genetics, genome sequencing, and the ethical implications of genetic research and development. Find links to Journals, Resources, and Databases. This material assumes some level of prior experience on the part of both teacher and student. The site also provides a number of links to additional web resources. This is challenging content for faculty and students willing to make the effort. Students will find the glossary, found here, helpful.

tag(s): dna (64), ethics (19), genetics (88), sequencing (29)

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Looking at the map of the all the human chromosomes (GeneMap99) is an interesting way to introduce genetics and tie research into genetic studies in the classroom. Students can investigate the traits of students in the classroom and determine the different variations. Provide a link to this site to determine the chromosome and location on the chromosome for the trait. Find data about the frequency of the different variations in different populations around the world. Use the trait to complete genetic crosses. Do research and create an informational brochure, blog post, website page, or presentation on the findings. If you are beginning the process of integrating technology, have students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Telegra.ph, reviewed here. This blog creator requires no registration!
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Human Genome Project Education Resources

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Though this site has been archived, the information is still available by clicking the tabs on the top menu. Here's a collection of educational resources for teachers and students...more
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Though this site has been archived, the information is still available by clicking the tabs on the top menu. Here's a collection of educational resources for teachers and students interested in the human genome project. The listings include scientific content, career information, glossaries, and a variety of other information drawn primarily from government and academic sources.

tag(s): dna (64), genetics (88)

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Be sure to sift through the teacher aids for lesson plans and classroom activities from BCSC. The curriculum supplements cover a variety of topics within genetics, and could be useful for a general biology or even an AP biology classroom. Be sure to save this site as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Bioservers

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This site offers user-friendly tools to launch DNA database searches, statistical analyses, and population modeling from a centralized workspace. These tools may be of particular use...more
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This site offers user-friendly tools to launch DNA database searches, statistical analyses, and population modeling from a centralized workspace. These tools may be of particular use to AP students working on biology projects, or for teachers interested in developing simulations for use with their classes.

tag(s): dna (64), genetics (88)

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Neanderthal Genome Map and Data Resources

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Have you ever wondered if humans are related to Neandertals or even chimps? Find out on this site. The journal Science also offers a complete resource for scientists and others ...more
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Have you ever wondered if humans are related to Neandertals or even chimps? Find out on this site. The journal Science also offers a complete resource for scientists and others interested in the human genome.

tag(s): dna (64), genetics (88)

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This site is test heavy. Pair a weak reader with a strong reader. Ask pairs to take notes and write down the questions they have using Webnote, reviewed here; tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. Use this site as a kick off point for student's research papers and projects on the human genome and genetics. What questions do they have after reading this. If your students are inexperienced conducting research you may want to use a tool like Go, Ask, Achieve, reviewed here, an interactive and engaging tool for students to learn the formal research process.

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The Homunculus Mapper - Genentech, Inc.

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This particular homunculus is a graphical representation of a sensory map of the human body (the weighted significance of our sensory perception). The site explains why the hands are...more
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This particular homunculus is a graphical representation of a sensory map of the human body (the weighted significance of our sensory perception). The site explains why the hands are huge, and other features are out-sized for this little man. Click the button for Map Your Brain to become part of the experiment, click Science at the top to download a PDF flyer of a representational map of your body's surface on your cortex, and scroll to the bottom to see Additional Resources for the somatosensory cortex. See the Experiment tab to learn how to map your sensories and send the results.

tag(s): brain (68), human body (132)

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Though this site originally was for high school students, most elementary students will enjoy learning about this little cartoon character homunculus. Gifted students may also enjoy completing the experiment to map their sensories.
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Biology Mural Project - Genentech, Inc.

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This is a lesson from Genentech's Access Excellence collection, which contains several hundred detailed lesson plans for high school level biology topics. Each lesson includes objectives,...more
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This is a lesson from Genentech's Access Excellence collection, which contains several hundred detailed lesson plans for high school level biology topics. Each lesson includes objectives, instructions, methodology, and outcomes.

tag(s): assessment (113), collaboration (24)

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Invention Stories - Smithsonian Institution

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Inventors didn't just live in the past! This site from Smithsonian introduces several dozen men and women whose inventions - in science, biology, engineering, etc. - have made major...more
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Inventors didn't just live in the past! This site from Smithsonian introduces several dozen men and women whose inventions - in science, biology, engineering, etc. - have made major contributions to their fields. Students working on inventor projects will find these bios a welcome change from the standard fare.

tag(s): inventors and inventions (92)

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Evolution Theory and Teaching - Berkley Edu

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Learn about some of the great evolutionary thinkers of our time including Wallace, Darwin, and Aristotle. There are three categories for educators: Understanding Evolution with lesson...more
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Learn about some of the great evolutionary thinkers of our time including Wallace, Darwin, and Aristotle. There are three categories for educators: Understanding Evolution with lesson plans and resources, Talk Origins Archive with resources for the evolution/creation controversy, and a link to the National Center for Science Education website, a nationally-recognized clearinghouse for information and advice on teaching evolution in the classroom.

tag(s): evolution (102)

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Get some help teaching a controversial topic like evolution in your classroom from the Understanding Evolution section of this site. You may also want to preview NewseumEd's From Provocative to Productive, reviewed here, for some guidance using controversial issues in the classroom.

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NSF Classroom Resources - National Science Foundation

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This is a collection of science and math lessons and web resources ranging from how the Internet works to nanoscience, engineering, biology, and principles of physics and chemistry....more
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This is a collection of science and math lessons and web resources ranging from how the Internet works to nanoscience, engineering, biology, and principles of physics and chemistry. The content is predictably detailed, "real science" based on topics and phenomena that will interest students. These are the best of the best lessons and resources with applicability to lots of settings.

tag(s): antarctica (30), arctic (46), biomes (138), chemicals (44), computers (102), cultures (109), earth (224), engineering (129), environment (325), fractions (228), geometric shapes (173), numbers (197), origami (15), planets (128), robotics (29), space (222), symmetry (51)

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Bookmark this site as a reference site for finding further material. Under each subject find a varity of formats from forums and articles, to videos, interactives, podcasts, experiments and more. Some of the resources on this site may lead to a starting point for individual or group projects. Use parts of this site at a center. Share this site with staff (especially new teachers) and parents looking to extend science and math activities at home.

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Conservation at a Crossroads: The Hetch Hetchy Controversy - Library of Congress

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- Grades 9-12 - This unit is based on the debate over damming the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park, which helped mark the evolution of the conservation movement. ...more
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- Grades 9-12 - This unit is based on the debate over damming the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park, which helped mark the evolution of the conservation movement. The unit has two parts: the first details conservation through the rationales of various historical figures, and the second outlines the case study of Hetch Hetchy. The format of the second part includes a mock hearing where students present their researched ideas. In the course of the unit, students will also compare historical ideas of conservation with current ones.

tag(s): conservation (128), ecology (138), environment (325)

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Be sure help your weaker readers and ESL students by sharing the vocabulary words prior to reading, either on a handout or by projecting on an interactive whiteboard and highlighting them in the text as you come to them.

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Acid Rain - US Government

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This EPA page offers information on the science behind acid rain, as well as specific information for students. It also includes examples of mitigation activities, a glossary, and related...more
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This EPA page offers information on the science behind acid rain, as well as specific information for students. It also includes examples of mitigation activities, a glossary, and related resources

tag(s): acid rain (5), ecology (138), pollution (65)

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Use this site as a resource during a lesson or unit on acid rain. Have cooperative learning groups explore the site, with the intentions of summarizing the information in a multimedia presentation. Have cooperative learning groups create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. Have groups tell the "acid" rain, explaining where and how it happens most. Great for a pre-discussion activity about the efforts to stop acid rain.

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Studying Cells Tutorial

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This tutorial from the University of Arizona offers a step-by-step introduction to the scientific method, the role of organisms' size in biology, the history of cell research in biology,...more
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This tutorial from the University of Arizona offers a step-by-step introduction to the scientific method, the role of organisms' size in biology, the history of cell research in biology, and the various cell parts and reproductive stages. The tutorial includes study questions, and would be a useful resource for independent study or review.

tag(s): cells (99), scientific method (67)

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Use this tutorial to help students review before a unit assessment. Set this site up as a learning station or center OR post the site on the teacher webpage to allow students to use it both in and out of the classroom. This would be a great study resource in a biology classroom.

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Six Billion Human Beings

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This is a French site which discusses world population growth, individual and sociological factors which affect that growth, and the implications of continued population growth for...more
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This is a French site which discusses world population growth, individual and sociological factors which affect that growth, and the implications of continued population growth for earth's ecosystems. Teachers and parents, please note: This site was created in France, where standards for discussions of reproduction, sexuality, and human behavior are more frank than may be customary in the U.S. Both the information and the presentation are engaging, but the approach may be too direct for your circumstances. Preview thoroughly before using.

tag(s): ecosystems (93), population (66)

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Multidimensional Human Embryo

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This site from the University of Michigan uses a highly detailed collection of MRI scans of embryos to produce complete three-dimensional views of a human embryo as various developmental...more
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This site from the University of Michigan uses a highly detailed collection of MRI scans of embryos to produce complete three-dimensional views of a human embryo as various developmental stages. The site also offers tools to let viewers select a particular MRI "slice" to show the embryo's internal structures. The images are fascinating.

tag(s): embryos (4)

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MendelWeb

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MendelWeb is a rich hypermedia site that integrates the study of elementary mathematics (i.e. probability and statistics), classical genetics, European history, and the history of early...more
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MendelWeb is a rich hypermedia site that integrates the study of elementary mathematics (i.e. probability and statistics), classical genetics, European history, and the history of early modern biology. It is geared to both the high school/AP teacher and student. The section entitled "Secondary Sources and Tools" provides additional ideas and activities for use in the classroom. Noteworthy is the "Mendelroom" a virtual space designed for teachers and students who wish to share their experiences and ideas when using MendelWeb.

tag(s): genetics (88), probability (141), statistics (127)

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The Human Genome Project - To Know Ourselves

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This site from the U.S. Department of Energy describes the origins and goals of the Human Genome Project, as well as the reasons for DOE's involvement. It offers a literate, ...more
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This site from the U.S. Department of Energy describes the origins and goals of the Human Genome Project, as well as the reasons for DOE's involvement. It offers a literate, sometimes challenging introduction to the effort to map the entire human genetic code. Apart from its obvious use for report research, the site could also serve as an introduction to genetics, cloning, or other aspects of high-tech biology.

tag(s): dna (64), genetics (88)

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The reading here is both dense and full of high-level vocabulary that almost limit its usage to that of an AP classroom. However, if your readers are able, this could be used in a class debate or discussion about current events in high-tech biology. You can always use a tool like Professor Word, reviewed here, which is a bookmarklet you use to highlight any word on the page to see it's definition.

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The Human Body - BBC

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BBC's Flash-enabled tour of the human body couples nice animations with relatively detailed descriptions of the major organs and body systems. The texts explain the roles of each body...more
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BBC's Flash-enabled tour of the human body couples nice animations with relatively detailed descriptions of the major organs and body systems. The texts explain the roles of each body part in maintaining digestion, respiration, circulation, and overall body metabolism. There are also limited links to external information sources. The animations do a particularly good job of showing "how all the parts fit together."

tag(s): body systems (56), respiration (18)

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Endangered Species

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This site from the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Office of Protected Resources provides detailed information on endangered species, their habitats, and the circumstances of their endangered...more
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This site from the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Office of Protected Resources provides detailed information on endangered species, their habitats, and the circumstances of their endangered classification. While some information is designed for working professionals, other elements are suitable for use by interested students.

tag(s): endangered species (41), species (30)

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This site would be an excellent resource for any unit conservationism, ecosystems, and endangered species. Have students use this site as a resource for research projects about specific animals. The site provides images, information and statistics what would be extremely helpful! Save this site on your class web page to allow students to access it both in and out of the classroom.

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DNA for Dinner

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Here's a web quest that asks students to research whether genetically altered foods should carry warning labels and then present their case for or against such regulation. The site...more
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Here's a web quest that asks students to research whether genetically altered foods should carry warning labels and then present their case for or against such regulation. The site includes links to numerous sites which describe genetic engineering, its applications in agriculture, and its scientific and economic impacts.

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Biology teachers interested in a thought-provoking research assignment might find this web quest just the ticket.

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A Dose of the Pox

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Here's an on-line tutorial on the discovery of the cure for smallpox from the University of Leicester (England). Navigation is a bit tricky at the start, but perseverance pays off ...more
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Here's an on-line tutorial on the discovery of the cure for smallpox from the University of Leicester (England). Navigation is a bit tricky at the start, but perseverance pays off in an explanation of how smallpox vaccine was developed.

tag(s): diseases (72), medicine (70)

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