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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 (291), conservation (128), mammals (34), oceans (154)

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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 (72)

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Spiders: An organism for Teacher Biology - University of Arizona

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7 to 12
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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 (73), scientific method (67), 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 (134), species (30)

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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 (156)

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Online Bird Guide - Cornell University

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4 to 12
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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 (52), migration (59)

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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 (156)

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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 (105), division (168), meiosis (15), mitosis (11), vision (85)

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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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Build an Island - NOVA

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Students can gain an understanding of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by observing the formation of low-lying coral reefs known as atolls. This site condenses millions of years...more
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Students can gain an understanding of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by observing the formation of low-lying coral reefs known as atolls. This site condenses millions of years of evolution into a short, animated slide show that clearly explains each step of the process. A nice addition to an oceanography lesson.

tag(s): darwin (11), evolution (102), marine biology (33), oceans (154)

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Plants in Motion - Indiana University, Department of Biology

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2 to 12
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Watch plants change and grow with these time-lapse movies that illustrate germination, circadian responses, tropic and nastic movements, and more. The images can be enjoyed by students...more
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Watch plants change and grow with these time-lapse movies that illustrate germination, circadian responses, tropic and nastic movements, and more. The images can be enjoyed by students of all ages -elementary kids will love watching the plants "dance" - but the text on the site is fairly high level and appropriate for high school biology classes.

tag(s): plants (156)

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Seeing - Exploratorium

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6 to 12
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Discover the science behind optical illusions with these interactive activities that demonstrate how our eyes interpret images. Each illusion is accompanied by an explanation of how...more
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Discover the science behind optical illusions with these interactive activities that demonstrate how our eyes interpret images. Each illusion is accompanied by an explanation of how and why the eye behaves as it does. Created by Exploratorium.

tag(s): brain (73), optical illusions (13), senses (29)

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Morgan Genetics Tutorial - William Sofer of Rutgers University

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This interactive site explains and illustrates complex concepts involved in understanding genetics. Students can progress through six sequential levels - from chromosomes and probability...more
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This interactive site explains and illustrates complex concepts involved in understanding genetics. Students can progress through six sequential levels - from chromosomes and probability to gender determination - then follow-up with an online quiz.

tag(s): genetics (95)

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Microangela - Tina Carvalho of the University of Hawaii

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From the very tiny, to the microscopic, this site offers close-up pictures and information about insects, spores, bacteria, cells, microorganisms, plankton, and more. The strangely...more
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From the very tiny, to the microscopic, this site offers close-up pictures and information about insects, spores, bacteria, cells, microorganisms, plankton, and more. The strangely beautiful, colorized images are accompanied by brief and sometimes entertaining explanations. Your students will gain new understanding and appreciation for the very tiny critters that surround us.

tag(s): bacteria (30), insects (72), microorganisms (15), organisms (21)

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Ology - American Museum of Natural History

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2 to 8
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This site is filled with kid-friendly text and engaging interactive activities that introduce "ologies" and investigate topics including marine biology, astronomy, archeology, earth...more
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This site is filled with kid-friendly text and engaging interactive activities that introduce "ologies" and investigate topics including marine biology, astronomy, archeology, earth science, and more. Each topic section includes background information, virtual experiments and tours, and suggestions for in-class experiments. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): museums (50)

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DNA Detective - New York Hall of Science

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6 to 8
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Engage your middle school students in this online crime-solving activity that involves using and interpreting DNA evidence. After learning DNA basics, visitors can enter the crime...more
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Engage your middle school students in this online crime-solving activity that involves using and interpreting DNA evidence. After learning DNA basics, visitors can enter the crime scene, collect samples, and analyze them in the virtual lab. REQUIRES FLASH!

tag(s): dna (68), forensics (27)

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Hyperheart - University of Utah

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Use this animated site to help student visualize how blood circulates through the heart. Younger students can easily follow the well-labeled animation, and older students may be interested...more
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Use this animated site to help student visualize how blood circulates through the heart. Younger students can easily follow the well-labeled animation, and older students may be interested in the tutorials, which explain the various stages of the cardiac cycle in much greater detail.

tag(s): heart (44)

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Online Marine Picture Book

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This online introduction to marine life, designed by and for middle school kids, is an excellent primer for field trip excursions to tidal pools. If traveling to the coast is ...more
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This online introduction to marine life, designed by and for middle school kids, is an excellent primer for field trip excursions to tidal pools. If traveling to the coast is not an option, the online slideshow provides photos and descriptions that are the next best thing to being there. Caution: the site contains several inactive links to videos and related resources.

tag(s): animals (291), habitats (84)

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Bone Biology for Kids

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Science, health, and biology teachers can find a variety of resources on this site for helping students to understand the skeletal system, bone health, and nutrition. Students can play...more
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Science, health, and biology teachers can find a variety of resources on this site for helping students to understand the skeletal system, bone health, and nutrition. Students can play an interactive Bone-Yahtzee game, or participate in a question/answer page. The Teacher's Corner contains two printable worksheets that can be used to guide students through the site content. Some sections are still in progress, but there is still a considerable amount of information to explore.

tag(s): nutrition (159)

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Stalking the Mysterious Microbe

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Introduce your students to the microbial worlds of bacteria, fungi, and viruses with this site that provides entertaining background information, ideas for classroom experiments, and...more
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Introduce your students to the microbial worlds of bacteria, fungi, and viruses with this site that provides entertaining background information, ideas for classroom experiments, and a collection of "Microbes in the News" articles. Find out when hands should be washed and what happens when they are not! Interested students can even explore a "Careers" link that offers interviews with experts in the field, advice on finding a mentor, and tips on how to become a microbiologist. Available in English and Spanish.

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Use the videos on this site as a supplement to a lecture on microbes. One video that would be great, "E. Coli Animation," shows the growth and reproduction of e.coli in a quick YouTube clip. Not all school internet systems allow for access to YouTube, so make sure to check your school's policies before use. If it does work, some of these videos do a great job of detailing specific microbes and their life-cycles. Definitely a lot more interesting and fun for students to watch than reading the same information out of a textbook!

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