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Biology AS & A2 Level - S-Cool!

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7 to 12
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This website provides excellent descriptions for numerous biology concepts. Utilize the resource to simplify the complexities of biology. The site is designed for high school students...more
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This website provides excellent descriptions for numerous biology concepts. Utilize the resource to simplify the complexities of biology. The site is designed for high school students and advanced biology classes, but some of the activities would be useful with the middle grades, also. The website features animation, interactive challenges, lessons, explicit details about the biology concepts, and other educational activities. Some of the topics include cells, respiration, nutrition, digestion, reproduction, genetics, DNA and many other science/biology topics. Some standards can be found at the "Teachers Lounge" link. This website offers illustrative, interactive science activities that require Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. Note: our editors found the site slow in loading at certain times of the day, even on a high-speed connection. Check to see how it works in your school.

tag(s): cells (102), dna (69), evolution (100), genetics (90), molecules (43), nutrition (154)

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The interactives would help many students visualize concepts. Use the site as an introduction to or organizer for basic concepts in class, then include the link on your web page for students to review before a test. Some of the activities are also suited for an interactive whiteboard. This site follows a British AS and A2 level and may not exactly follow your curriculum sequence. Some portions require high school level reading, so learning support students would need assistance in select portions.
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Washington NatureMapping Program - University of Washington

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5 to 12
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This unique program is designed to provide opportunities for students to become more aware of our natural resources, how to keep "common" animals common, and how to read various maps....more
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This unique program is designed to provide opportunities for students to become more aware of our natural resources, how to keep "common" animals common, and how to read various maps. The website provides a great deal of information for teachers wanting to use this program with their students (see teacher information). The activities could be used in any states, although some of the states already have active projects. This activity could easily be done locally, too, by using a county map. The regional activities provide students with hands-on science activities, field observations, project design and data management. Don't forget to check out the learning modules that provide lesson plans and standards.

tag(s): animals (276), biodiversity (38), diversity (36), maps (288), natural resources (59), resources (112)

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Use this activity to help foster an appreciation for our land and biodiversity. The maps would work well on a projection screen. Even if your state does not have a project, consider doing a biodiversity "map" of your community and annotating it with digital pictures on a bulletin board or powerpoint slides.

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GCSE Bitesize Biology - BBC

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6 to 12
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This website, created by the BBC, offers information about various biology topics. There are also interactive quizzes. Be sure to check out the "Teachers" link to find numerous ...more
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This website, created by the BBC, offers information about various biology topics. There are also interactive quizzes. Be sure to check out the "Teachers" link to find numerous resources to use in your classroom. (At the "Teachers" link, you need to click on the Biology link to find that specific information). Some interactive portions require Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. Note: The term "Revise" in the UK is the same as "Review" in the US.

tag(s): cells (102), organisms (21)

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Share the "revise" activites and practice quizzes as a way for students to practice for your tests or other "higher stakes" challenges. For students who are weaker readsers, share the "biology audio" reviews with speakers or headphones.
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Seeing Science - Science & Technology Facility Council

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4 to 12
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This website provides interactive lesson plans in numerous science subjects including life, space, materials, food, environment and light. Some of the unique science topics include...more
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This website provides interactive lesson plans in numerous science subjects including life, space, materials, food, environment and light. Some of the unique science topics include anthrax, Pluto, cement, chocolate, plants and more! The activities are designed to use with students ages 11-16, but could be adapted for students younger or older. Each lesson has a teacher section (with lesson plans, notes and more), a student section (with printable worksheets), and an interactive/multimedia section (with videos, audio, games and more). These lessons are motivational, technological and educational - you do not want to miss this exciting opportunity! The interactive activities requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): chocolate (7), plants (145), safety (92), solar system (119)

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Anyone teaching upper elementary and secondary science should check this free website for activites correlated to your curriculum. Your first choices should be replacements for units you find tedious or only marginally successful. Try a new way, and see the learning happen. Most of these activities are perfectly suited for an interactive whiteboard.
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MRI Game - Nobelprize.org

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5 to 10
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This interactive game introduces students to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The activity provides students with historical, scientific, and medical information about the MRI. After...more
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This interactive game introduces students to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The activity provides students with historical, scientific, and medical information about the MRI. After the reader-friendly information, students have the opportunity to choose patients and take them in for an MRI. There is also a matching activity that compares images from X-Rays, MRIs, and CATs (computer assisted tomography). As you study science concepts such as magnetism, light waves, and other physical science concepts this application of scientific concepts to solve a problem (seeing inside the body) will make the concepts more meaningful. If your science curriculum includes study of famous scientists or types of science, this feature is one of several on the Nobel prize site. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): images (266)

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This site is ideal for an interactive whiteboard. This website does an excellent job simplifying the complicated science behind MRIs. Students doing research on applications of science in the real world could also use this as as research source(most likely at the middle school level).
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The Smallest Page on The Web - Wim van Egmond

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6 to 12
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This website takes students up close to numerous microorganisms (found in tiny drops of pond water). The activity is examining freshwater microorganisms with an interactive microscope....more
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This website takes students up close to numerous microorganisms (found in tiny drops of pond water). The activity is examining freshwater microorganisms with an interactive microscope. The microorganisms examined include bacteria, flagellated protozoa, ciliates, green algae, crustaceans, desmids, diatoms, sun animalcules and amoebas, rotifers, worms, and insect larva.

tag(s): atoms (56), bacteria (30), microorganisms (14), organisms (21), water (130), worms (5)

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Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce this unique underwater experience, then assign students to observe and "research" different organisms with a partner on individual computers.

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Beat the Heat at Arizona Science Center - TryScience

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2 to 8
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This virtual field trip takes students to the Arizona Science Center. The featured activity, "Beat The Heat", challenges students to design a home that uses the sun's energy as ...more
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This virtual field trip takes students to the Arizona Science Center. The featured activity, "Beat The Heat", challenges students to design a home that uses the sun's energy as heat, but not get too hot. The challenge involves balancing the amount of shade and sun that reach the home. It includes an interactive explanation of the sun and the seasons. This activity requires Shockwave, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. There are also numerous other science activities, links, online exhibits and even Standards provided (see the Teachers Page)across many science, math, and engineering disciplines. Click on the "experiments" link for a wealth of fun and inspiring experiments in science and math. The experiments are engaging and provide virtual opportunities for students to build individual understanding.

tag(s): dna (69), environment (317), sound (101), sun (71)

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If you are unable to get laptops or the computer lab for your class, use an interactive whiteboard and make the "Beat The Heat" or other experiments a class project. Use the seasons explanation as a whole-class activity with elementary students on a projector or whiteboard.
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Cells - A Life Processes and Living Things Crossword - The Birmingham Grid for Learning

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5 to 8
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This website provides an interactive crossword puzzle that tests your students' knowledge of cells and their structures. The introduction page provides thorough instructions about...more
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This website provides an interactive crossword puzzle that tests your students' knowledge of cells and their structures. The introduction page provides thorough instructions about how to utilize this interactive resource. The interactive crossword requires FLASH, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. There is also an option to click the 'PDF Download' button; this option allows users to print a paper version of the crossword puzzle.

tag(s): cells (102)

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Use an interactive whiteboard, projector, or partner laptops to review cells and their structures, or place the link on your teacher web page for students to complete and print as homework.
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Woodlands Science Zone - Woodlands Junior School

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K to 8
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If you are looking to spruce up your science lessons - you have found your answer! This website provides some interactive science fun. The general topics include living and life ...more
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If you are looking to spruce up your science lessons - you have found your answer! This website provides some interactive science fun. The general topics include living and life processes, physical processes, materials, earth and space, and water. When you click on the general topic you are given countless activities to choose from. Whatever science concept you are teaching, my guess is that you will find a related resource at this phenomenal website. Most of these unique activities require FLASH, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): electricity (89), forces (45), human body (121), light (46), planets (123), plants (145), sound (101), water (130), water cycle (33)

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Get an interactive whiteboard ready - and utilize these free interactive (and educational) activities to simplify the complexities of various scientific concepts.
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Educational Games and Activities Zone - Woodlands Junior School

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K to 8
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This website provides some awesome, higher-level thinking activities. There are challenges provided in various subject areas including logic, math, science, literacy, memory and more....more
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This website provides some awesome, higher-level thinking activities. There are challenges provided in various subject areas including logic, math, science, literacy, memory and more. The specific activities are extremely attention grabbing and diverse. Some of the activities include Word Blender, Tessellations, and Sokoban. Most of these activities require Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): homophones (17), logic (235), numbers (204), spelling (168)

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This website literally provides activities on nearly all elementary subjects. The logic and mind stretcher activities are appropriate for elementary gifted students and middle school students. Get your entire class involved and use an Interactive Whiteboard!
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ARTnatomy: Anatomical Basis of Facial Expression Learning Tool - VICTORIA CONTRERAS FLORES

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K to 12
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Amazing! This site uses a highly-accurate Flash representation of the complete muscular and skeletal structure of the human face and head in an interactive tool. The parts are all...more
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Amazing! This site uses a highly-accurate Flash representation of the complete muscular and skeletal structure of the human face and head in an interactive tool. The parts are all labeled (probably enough for a med student), but then the user can make them move to understand how they work. You will find yourself looking far more closely at any facial expression after you play with this for a few minutes. The tool is available in both Spanish and English. Don't miss the sliders that make the skull or muscles show more beneath the "skin." You MUST have Flash to see this site. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): drawing (78), speech (92)

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Teach figure drawing (head and face) by exploring this tool on laptops or an interactive whiteboard. If you teach anatomy or even athletic training/physiology, the detail of the anatomical illustration is amazing. Creative writers can use the emotion descriptors at the right to learn how to SHOW characters' emotions in their writing by explaining what their faces do instead of TELLING readers how the characters feel. Spanish teachers and ESL teachers may want to use the facial expressions to teach words that describe emotions. Other teachers-- even those who teach emotional or autistic support-- could use the facial expression of emotions to help students who have poor social skills recognize what someone else is feeling or build vocabulary of "feeling words." Speech clinicians interested in showing students how to form sounds (for articulation) will love this site, as will their students!
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Interactive Whiteboard Resources - Secondary Science - Think Bank Limited

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6 to 12
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This website provides numerous resources that can be downloaded and used in secondary science classes. All of the resources are designed to use on an interactive whiteboard. Specific...more
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This website provides numerous resources that can be downloaded and used in secondary science classes. All of the resources are designed to use on an interactive whiteboard. Specific topics include genetic crossing, writing scientific explanations, mitosis and meiosis, the periodic table, rock cycles and many others. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): energy (198), matter (58), periodic table (50), solar system (119)

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Use these "ready to go" resources on your interactive whiteboard.
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Making Science Fun: The Da Vinci Project - Steve Spangler

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4 to 8
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This lesson plan examines the occurrence of Fibonacci numbers popularized by the book and movie The Da Vinci Code. By examining relationships between numbers of petals and other plant...more
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This lesson plan examines the occurrence of Fibonacci numbers popularized by the book and movie The Da Vinci Code. By examining relationships between numbers of petals and other plant parts in fruits, vegetables, trees, and flowers, students begin to take note of the frequency of occurrence of the famed numbers. Students learn plant identification, data recording, research methods, and drawing conclusions based on findings in this fascinating, multi-disciplinary approach.

tag(s): data (148), numbers (204), photography (160), plants (145), scientific method (64), trees (30)

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Use your digital camera and real plants to collect and observe and a spreadsheet to track and calculate. Even better, use an online collaborative spreadsheet such as InstaCalc for students to enter data from home and school. You may get them hooked on noticing something about nature when they are outside.

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LEAF - University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point

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3 to 12
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LEAF: Learning, Experiences, and Activities in Forestry was designed to help users identify the trees by their leaves. The dichotomous identification procedure makes it easy to narrow...more
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LEAF: Learning, Experiences, and Activities in Forestry was designed to help users identify the trees by their leaves. The dichotomous identification procedure makes it easy to narrow types of leaves by selecting certain characteristics. Although the site is designed for Wisconsin trees, it would be useful for any states in the same climate zone and region. Tree identification cards with color photographs in pdf format are available. A lesson plan for use with the tree identification tools available on this site is offered in both WORD and pdf format. For younger students, there is a link to a parallel, more cartoon-like kids page.

tag(s): trees (30)

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Plan a hands-on tree identification activity using this site or digital pictures you take using trees in your area. The sequence for identification would work the same way. Even better: share this site on a projector and model the process, then ask your students to create their own cards and ID sequence using local digital pictures THEY take. You can then offer the "Tree ID Kits" to other teachers and classes to use.
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American Bald Eagle Information - Hope Rutledge

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3 to 12
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This website is filled with wonderful information about our national bird, the American Bald Eagle. It is a detailed site, with topics ranging from nesting and migration to eyesight...more
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This website is filled with wonderful information about our national bird, the American Bald Eagle. It is a detailed site, with topics ranging from nesting and migration to eyesight and hearing. The site is easy to read and simple to navigate. Be sure to click on the Myths and Legends to see how the Bald Eagle has been viewed throughout history. Students with reading disabilities or low reading levels may need to some assistance with Native American verbiage.

tag(s): endangered species (38), species (29)

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Use this site as the starting point for individual and group projects. Save it on your desktop as a center or enrichment activity, especially during a unit on American symbols. Note that the images are strictly copyrighted (see the notice at the bottom).

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The Internet Bird Collection - Handbook of the Birds of the World

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K to 12
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This website is appropriate for any grade level interested in learning about birds. The Internet Bird Collection includes many "real life" videos, reference information, and much more....more
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This website is appropriate for any grade level interested in learning about birds. The Internet Bird Collection includes many "real life" videos, reference information, and much more. Fly on over and enjoy these great videos!

tag(s): birds (50)

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As you study different classifications of animals, use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to introduce your students to many species of birds. This would also be a good research source for students to compare structures/functions of different bird species and their adaptations to their habitats.
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Sea and Sky - J.D. Knight

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5 to 10
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Explore the sea on the Seasub Cousteau or the sky in Starship Sagan using this interactive site. Offerings include in-depth information, photos, links, and vehicle explorations about...more
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Explore the sea on the Seasub Cousteau or the sky in Starship Sagan using this interactive site. Offerings include in-depth information, photos, links, and vehicle explorations about each of the two realms. Detailed descriptions of sea life forms as well as a virtual tour of the solar system accompany startling photos and accurate data. An additional feature provides links to the latest news about astronomy, space science, NASA, oceanography, marine biology, and coral reefs. Topics range from dark matter to deep sea creatures.This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): coral (12), marine biology (33), nasa (39), reefs (8), solar system (119), space (205)

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Explore your curriculum topics of oceans or space on a projector or interactive whiteboard, then assign students to specialize in their own subtopics as they explore on laptops or in a lab with a partner. Weak readers in lower grades will need help wth some portions of the longer text passages. Share this link on your teacher web page as students work both in and out of class to create a presentation, booklet, or other product from their research.
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Mad Sci Network - Mad Sci Network/Third Sector New England

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K to 12
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This great reference resource is an attractively packaged compilation of ways to get answers to questions about science. Offerings include a place to ask questions from K-college, access...more
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This great reference resource is an attractively packaged compilation of ways to get answers to questions about science. Offerings include a place to ask questions from K-college, access to a search engine, a list of FAQ's on common topics, a library with links to other relevant sites, a knowledge generator, an archive of lab experiments, and other assistance with science fair projects. The Mad-Sci labs also has a "Guided Tour of the Visible Human" section on human anatomy, with many images of cross-sections and internal organs.

tag(s): air (163), experiments (71), scientists (69)

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Navigate the human body and label parts on an interactive whiteboard, or find the appropriate experiments for all your science concepts. By searching the question archives, you can find answers to questions at all levels. Be sure to include this link on your teacher web page year-round to promote curiosity about science. Teachers of gifted will love this one as a treasury of open-ended ideas on science by scientists.

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Science Presentations - Jefferson County Schools

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K to 12
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This website truly has something for every science teacher. If you are teaching a new science topic or want to review an already introduced science concept - you must ...more
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This website truly has something for every science teacher. If you are teaching a new science topic or want to review an already introduced science concept - you must visit this website. This website provides free PowerPoint presentations on over 100+ science topics. There are presentations for grades K-5 and 6-12. If you do not have PowerPoint siftware, some of these presentations may not open, depending upon how the site-creators saved them.

tag(s): air (163), animals (276), matter (58), periodic table (50), plants (145), solar system (119), water (130)

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Try these ready-to-go PowerPoint presentations on an interactive whiteboard or projector in your classroom. Some may also be well-suited for individual students to run on a single classroom computer for remediation or review. There are games, resources and a lot of information.

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instacalc - instacalc

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6 to 12
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This online tool lets you create(or "share" someone else's existing) online calculations/spreadsheets. You can also display instant graphs of the spreadsheet contents. The spreadsheets...more
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This online tool lets you create(or "share" someone else's existing) online calculations/spreadsheets. You can also display instant graphs of the spreadsheet contents. The spreadsheets are displayed in terms that ordinary people can understand and allow you to "plug in" numbers to see instant results. Some of the shared calculators already online are surface area and volume of geometric solids, interest calculators, body mass index, and more sophisticated business functions. The best way to see how the site works is to read through their "tour" then click to browse through the examples, especially the shared ones. Even if you never create your own, this tool is great!
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Visit the site and observe how the shared examples work. If you find one you like, you can get the link (try the little disk icon) to go directly to it. If you are feeling more adventurous, try creating one of your own, perhaps for calculating the class average on a test. Your web-savvy students will love this tool for collaborative lab reports or graphs of statistics. For safety's sake do not use any student names or information if you share calcs online.
 

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