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eNature:FieldGuides - Mammal - eNature

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This site provides research information for 283 different types of mammals including cats, bears, mice, bats and more! Highlights of the information include tracks of the animal's...more
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This site provides research information for 283 different types of mammals including cats, bears, mice, bats and more! Highlights of the information include tracks of the animal's prints, very detailed pictures and descriptions of the habitat, location, breeding and more!

tag(s): mammals (32)

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For some close-up fun, set-up a projector to show your students pictures and tracks of the animals. At Halloween you could focus on the 20+ types of bats!

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eNature:FieldGuides - Birds - eNature

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This site provides research and information on 742 different types of birds! Specific details include family, description, endangered status, habitat, nesting, range, voice and discussion....more
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This site provides research and information on 742 different types of birds! Specific details include family, description, endangered status, habitat, nesting, range, voice and discussion. There are a lot of pictures and additional information provided.

tag(s): birds (51), endangered species (38), habitats (86), species (29)

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For a unique research experience, assign each student a different species of birds to uncover. Elementary students will have a lot of fun trying to imitate the sounds of the birds.

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Brookfield Zoo: In Search of The Ways of Knowing Trail - Brookfield Zoo

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3 to 8
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This animated site is amazing! The entire site is a journey throughout the African forest. Along the way, students have four African children offering advice. Their parents ...more
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This animated site is amazing! The entire site is a journey throughout the African forest. Along the way, students have four African children offering advice. Their parents include a researcher, forest ranger, farmer and more! The African characters' expertise helps the student to choose which way to go next. The site includes a forest fact book, information about African animals and forests. A special asset of this unique site is that it incorporates problem-solving skills. Hints are given, but the student has to choose which option would be best. The site requires FLASH! Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): africa (180), animals (277), environment (317), problem solving (273)

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Your students will need a good 15-30 minutes to complete this activity either as a class or individually. Don't forget to use an interactive whiteboard if you are doing this as a class activity. Students will want to visit again at home, so include the link on your teacher web page, as well.
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A Walk in the Forest - Smithsonian National Zoological Park

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Take these interactive "walks" in a virtual temperate forest of Virginia to learn about biodiversity, soil study, tree identification, seasonal change, forest mapping, amphibians, and...more
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Take these interactive "walks" in a virtual temperate forest of Virginia to learn about biodiversity, soil study, tree identification, seasonal change, forest mapping, amphibians, and more. The walks are part of a larger set of modules on Conservation done by the National Zoo. Each "walk" is available with or without narration. The download is quite lengthy for the narrated version during peak time periods, even over a broadband connection, but weaker readers can more easily understand this spoken version. The small links to each option are below the clip art icons with the descriptions. There are also Acrobat Reader files of teacher materials. Correlation to Virginia science standards is available.

tag(s): biodiversity (38), diversity (36), oil (45), seasons (37), soil (18)

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Assign the students to take the "walks" to learn specific terms and concepts. You may want to start by modeling one of them on a projector. Note: If the download time is a problem, do them as a whole-class activity on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Once you have downloaded the "walk," it will run smoothly. Peak traffic on the site is likely between 11 am and 2 pm Eastern time due to traffic from throughout the U.S.

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NyeLabs - Bill Nye, Inc.

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This website is a wonderful resource for teachers. Some of the highlights include video footage from Bill Nye, episode guides for 100 shows, questions and answers, instructions for...more
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This website is a wonderful resource for teachers. Some of the highlights include video footage from Bill Nye, episode guides for 100 shows, questions and answers, instructions for at-home learning fun, directions to make some unique science crafts and some very interesting science facts. The site requires FLASH. Some downloadable directions use Acrobat Reader. Get them from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): scientists (69)

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If showing your class a Bill Nye video, the episode guides will help to organize the lesson. Students may enjoy simply surfing the site, some very interesting facts are displayed! Don't forget to check out the "home demos" for some new ideas. This is a great site to include as a general enrichment link from your teacher web page. Hook some young scientists!
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Family Ties - Dragonfly

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This web site provides a simple introduction to genetics and probability. Students read text about genetics, a few scientists and experiments with peas and chimps. At the end ...more
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This web site provides a simple introduction to genetics and probability. Students read text about genetics, a few scientists and experiments with peas and chimps. At the end of the information - students can play an interactive game to show their understanding of the material.

tag(s): darwin (11), genetics (90), probability (130)

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Don't forget to get an interactive whiteboard for these unique genetic "games." Use this opportunity to have the students look at their own genetic make-up (including ears, dimples and more). Although standards and goals/objectives are not provided, you could easily use this web page as an entire lesson. Include the link to the game on your teacher web page for students to review before a test on genetics. Note: the pages require reading at a middle school level, so you may need to pair weaker readers with someone who can read it aloud with them.

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Singing Science Records - Ballads for the Age of Science

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1 to 12
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Listen to songs to teach important (and less important) science concepts. This collection of MP3 files was generated from an old set of records (yes, those round vinyl things that ...more
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Listen to songs to teach important (and less important) science concepts. This collection of MP3 files was generated from an old set of records (yes, those round vinyl things that had scratches). While the actual copyright holder information is a gray area, you can feel safe in playing the songs from the site. Most likely, these songs from the 1950s and 60s are past copyright at this point. In any case, you can click to play from smaller or larger file versions. Be patient while they load, even over a broadband connection. It will be worth the wait to teach parts of plants, the water cycle, weather, motion, energy, electricity, and MANY other topics with just a computer and set of speakers to help students retain the information. Most of the content is elementary to middle school age, but some is high school level. Learning support teachers seeking alternate study strategies will love this one!

tag(s): animals (277), energy (199), mammals (32), motion (60), plants (146), space (207), water (130), water cycle (34), weather (189)

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Include the links to specific songs for review on your teacher web site or play one of the songs as students enter the room (a sort of audio anticipatory set). You will definitely need to turn up the speakers. Elementary music teachers might want to pick up one of the songs while the students are studying these topics and teach the music and lyrics during music class!

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Agricultural Ideas for Science Fair Projects - Sci4Kids

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This web site provides students and teachers with ideas for agricultural science projects. Many of these ideas could easily be used as classroom science experiments or as an individual...more
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This web site provides students and teachers with ideas for agricultural science projects. Many of these ideas could easily be used as classroom science experiments or as an individual student's science fair project. The site includes experiments that could be incorporated into science lesson plans.

tag(s): environment (317), medicine (67), zoology (7)

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During a unit of study involving agriculture, this page would be a great list of project choices for cooperative group learning experiments. Topics are interesting and the web site is kid-friendly. Great for enrichment for all!

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Virtual Knee Replacement - Edheads

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Learn about the anatomy of the knee and how doctors perform knee surgery through this online simulation. It even includes a separate section with actual photographs for the strong-stomach...more
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Learn about the anatomy of the knee and how doctors perform knee surgery through this online simulation. It even includes a separate section with actual photographs for the strong-stomach crowd. The animated movie has the option to display subtitles (for the hearing impaired or computers without speakers) and stops to ask questions all along the way. The activities are correlated to Ohio and National standards. Teach about scientific inquiry using the section where you select the correct prosthetic knee device. Not only is this site an interesting look at a science topic for biology, anatomy, or physiology classes, it also provides a view into medical careers.

tag(s): careers (132), inquiry (37), medicine (67), olympics (47)

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Share this site as a real-world extension of a biology class on anatomical structures or in a career exploration activity. Students can navigate on their own computers or access the site from your teacher web page for use outside of class. Guidance counselors may want to include it among career links they offer to middle and high school students. Use this site during the Olympic games to discuss injuries that athletes may endure.
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Time Lapse: Stand of Trees Turning Colors - Virginia Tech Dept of Dendrology

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Watch a month-long time-lapse of a stand of trees changing color in this simple movie. Through the miracle of technology, you can wtach which areas turn first, how different colors...more
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Watch a month-long time-lapse of a stand of trees changing color in this simple movie. Through the miracle of technology, you can wtach which areas turn first, how different colors emerge, and more. This site is popular and a bit slow to load. Please be patient. You MUST have the latest Flash plug-in to be able to see this site. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page. See the companion time-lapse of a single leaf, also listed on TeachersFirst.

tag(s): trees (30)

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Make a shortcut on your classroom desktop computer for students to observe this movie as a center. They can enter their observations in a science log. Or you can conduct a whole-class activity on a projector, watching the movie and making observations to TEACH the process of observing or discuss the role of chlorophyll with older students.
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Science and Nature -- Animals - BBC

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This BBC site is good for information on habitat, size, life span and physical description of mammals, birds, and sea life. There are quizzes and activities on all kinds of ...more
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This BBC site is good for information on habitat, size, life span and physical description of mammals, birds, and sea life. There are quizzes and activities on all kinds of animals and habitats. You could spend days exploring the oceans alone! Photographs of animals are included. Check out the Children's Zone for younger students. Real Player is needed for this site. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): animals (277), conservation (128), mammals (32), oceans (150)

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Depending on age of students, teachers may want to preview and save certain areas of this site in your favorites for students to view. Use a projector to model searching for information on a website and talk about citing sources in a report. Or give instructions and specifics to look for and send your students out to find their own information. You can even load an animal screensaver or wallpaper on your classroom computer to go along with your current unit topic. This site is a great reference to have marked in your Favorites all the time.

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Bugs in the Classroom - University of Kentucky

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Here's a collection of pointers for students interested in keeping arthropods as pets - either at home or in the classroom. Not sure what to feed that Praying Mantis? The ...more
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Here's a collection of pointers for students interested in keeping arthropods as pets - either at home or in the classroom. Not sure what to feed that Praying Mantis? The answers are here. There's even a special article on the details of keeping these critters in the classroom. Bookmark this one; it will come in handy one day.

tag(s): insects (69)

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Spiders: An organism for Teacher Biology - University of Arizona

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This ecological unit explores basic biological concepts and processes using spiders as model organisms. Students must capture spiders and use them to answer questions about their behavior....more
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This ecological unit explores basic biological concepts and processes using spiders as model organisms. Students must capture spiders and use them to answer questions about their behavior. Emphasis is placed on designing and conducting experiments. Both student and teacher materials are included, along with downloadable handouts.

tag(s): experiments (72), scientific method (64), spiders (10)

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Matching Aliens with Impacts - WGBH

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Find out how the introduction of an organism not indigenous to an area can wreak environmental havoc. In this interactive game, students must examine ten successful invaders and attempt...more
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Find out how the introduction of an organism not indigenous to an area can wreak environmental havoc. In this interactive game, students must examine ten successful invaders and attempt to match them to the damage they can inflict in their new environment.

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

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Mutualism and Co-evolution - Roxane J. Johnson

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This collection of impressively organized lesson plans forms a comprehensive unit on flowering plants and their pollinators. Follow the "timeline" recommendations, or incorporate individual...more
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This collection of impressively organized lesson plans forms a comprehensive unit on flowering plants and their pollinators. Follow the "timeline" recommendations, or incorporate individual lessons into your curriculum. Topics covered include seed germination, photosynthesis, reproduction, pollinators, and seed dispersal. Aligned to standards.

tag(s): photosynthesis (33), plants (146)

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Online Bird Guide - Cornell University

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Cornell's Ornithology lab has created one of the most comprehensive bird species sites on the web. While parts of the site require a subscription, this online bird guide remains an...more
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Cornell's Ornithology lab has created one of the most comprehensive bird species sites on the web. While parts of the site require a subscription, this online bird guide remains an effective, well illustrated online guide to bird spotting, habitats, and identification. Teachers will find many uses for the site as a reference tool, and as a resource for studying habitats and migration patterns

tag(s): birds (51), migration (59)

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The Deep Jungle - WNET

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Websites based on TV shows often fall flat. This one about deep jungle habitats, however, stands out because it offers short video clips that illustrate much of the required content....more
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Websites based on TV shows often fall flat. This one about deep jungle habitats, however, stands out because it offers short video clips that illustrate much of the required content. That makes it an interesting option for showing the details of jungle biomes or the study of the earth's ecosystems. You'll also find a series of flash-based instructional games, and a "critter guide" with detailed information on dozens of jungle species.

tag(s): biomes (116), ecosystems (88), forests (30), jungles (7)

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Photosynthesis - Mike Tyree

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6 to 12
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This beautifully designed interactive movie explains the process of photosynthesis with animated graphics and narration. The vocabulary is quite challenging for younger students, so...more
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This beautifully designed interactive movie explains the process of photosynthesis with animated graphics and narration. The vocabulary is quite challenging for younger students, so some teacher translation is suggested. Consider using with an interactive white board for ease in adding your own editorial comments. NOTE: this FLASH file takes extra time to open the first time,so be patient. Make sure you have the most recent version of the Flash plug-in, The site does not work without it. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): photosynthesis (33), plants (146)

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Cell Cycle and Mitosis - University of Arizona

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6 to 12
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This online tutorial walks students through DNA basics, the cell cycle, and the process of mitosis. Each step of cell division is introduced with a brief description and illustration....more
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This online tutorial walks students through DNA basics, the cell cycle, and the process of mitosis. Each step of cell division is introduced with a brief description and illustration. Includes a short animation of mitosis, review quiz, and vocabulary list.

tag(s): cells (102), division (172), meiosis (15), mitosis (11), vision (87)

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About Your Heart - Science Museum of Minnesota

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4 to 8
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This animated and interactive site explores the structure and function of the human heart. Students can watch the flow of blood to and from the heart, use a virtual stethoscope, ...more
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This animated and interactive site explores the structure and function of the human heart. Students can watch the flow of blood to and from the heart, use a virtual stethoscope, and watch heart valves at work. Includes a heartbeat calculator and nearly a dozen lesson plans. The site also offers some very graphic videos of surgical procedures involving the heart and lungs, so you might want to screen these carefully before using with students. Check out the "Lungs" link for some equivalent pulmonary activities. Note that you need FLASH for this site. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): heart (44)

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This is a great site to share on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Include the link on your teacher web page for review.
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