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Composting Project - Pa. Dept. of Environment

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3 to 8
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Students create and maintain a compost pile to discover how natural materials can be effectively recycled using this inteactive composting site. This site requires FLASH. Get it from...more
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Students create and maintain a compost pile to discover how natural materials can be effectively recycled using this inteactive composting site. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. As the site warns, "If you use a pop-up blocker, temporarily disable blocking to enjoy all of this site's capabilities."

tag(s): pollution (67), recycling (57)

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This site would be great on an interactive whiteboard or projector, but be sure to allow students to explore it on their own or with a partner to really experience the psocesses and answer questions about composting.
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Acid Rain - US Government

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4 to 12
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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 (135), pollution (67)

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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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DNA for Dinner

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6 to 12
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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.

tag(s): dna (68)

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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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Color Vision - How Does it Work?

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6 to 12
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From the "Ask a Biologist" series at Arizona State University, this site provides a concise, well illustrated description of how your eyes perceive colors. Easy to use and nicely organized,...more
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From the "Ask a Biologist" series at Arizona State University, this site provides a concise, well illustrated description of how your eyes perceive colors. Easy to use and nicely organized, it's one of several simplified biology resources available from this site.

tag(s): eyes (6), vision (86)

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Biology4Kids

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6 to 12
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This site offers an introduction to three areas of bioology: cells, chemistry, and ecology, along with a set of study materials. Though the concepts are "real science," the language...more
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This site offers an introduction to three areas of bioology: cells, chemistry, and ecology, along with a set of study materials. Though the concepts are "real science," the language is approachable and interesting enough to keep students engaged. This site is well worth a look for use as either a self-study or a resource to accompany an introduction to biology. Part of the Kapili.com collection.

tag(s): cells (104), ecology (135)

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The Whole Frog Project - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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6 to 12
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includes an Interactive Frog Dissection Kit as well as frog data and 3D constructed images. Images could be imported into presentation software. ...more
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includes an Interactive Frog Dissection Kit as well as frog data and 3D constructed images. Images could be imported into presentation software.

tag(s): amphibians (21), dissection (10)

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USGS Biology Resources

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6 to 12
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The U.S. Geological Survey maintains this registry of Earth and Environmental Science links. A wide list of topics is covered, excellent resource for research projects. ...more
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The U.S. Geological Survey maintains this registry of Earth and Environmental Science links. A wide list of topics is covered, excellent resource for research projects.

tag(s): earth (231), environment (317)

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Tide Predictions

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6 to 12
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This site from NOAA offers information on tides and tidal changes on the U.S. east and west coasts, and provides resources for predicting tides at various points along the coast. ...more
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This site from NOAA offers information on tides and tidal changes on the U.S. east and west coasts, and provides resources for predicting tides at various points along the coast. Good site to help students understand the factors that contribute to variations in tides from place to place.

tag(s): tides (8)

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The Panama Puzzle

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6 to 12
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In this web detective hunt from the University of Leicester (England) students help a scientist figure out what's making the construction workers on the Panama Canal project ill, and...more
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In this web detective hunt from the University of Leicester (England) students help a scientist figure out what's making the construction workers on the Panama Canal project ill, and work to develop a cure for yellow fever. Plenty of scientific backup to explain how the cure was developed!

tag(s): diseases (69)

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A Hands-on Approach to Environmental Quality - Yale University

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7 to 12
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By planting, tending, and harvesting an organic garden, students learn about environmental quality and their roles in the problem. ...more
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By planting, tending, and harvesting an organic garden, students learn about environmental quality and their roles in the problem.

tag(s): agriculture (57), earth (231)

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Internet Resource Guide for Zoology

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6 to 12
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This site from by Biosys publications includes searchable animal databases. A search results in a list of links. This site would be very helpful when completing a research report. ...more
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This site from by Biosys publications includes searchable animal databases. A search results in a list of links. This site would be very helpful when completing a research report.

tag(s): zoology (7)

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Insect Records Catalog

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6 to 12
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The University of Florida has compiled a listing of insects holding the record for the biggest, fastest, smallest, etc., etc. A good collection of insect trivia, as well as ...more
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The University of Florida has compiled a listing of insects holding the record for the biggest, fastest, smallest, etc., etc. A good collection of insect trivia, as well as a potential starting point for a more serious exploration of insects and the way they live.

tag(s): insects (71)

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While some of the world records might make students a little queasy, (see the worlds biggest bug) this site would be an excellent way to get students interested in the study of insects. Share the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector, and allow students to explore it in groups. What would be interesting is to see how many record holders were local insects. Have students create a digital record book, including images on a site such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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Great Backyard Bird Counts

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6 to 12
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Check out the results of Cornell University's Feederbird counts held in February, 1999. Lots of data, maps, and related bird information sorted by location and species. An excellent...more
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Check out the results of Cornell University's Feederbird counts held in February, 1999. Lots of data, maps, and related bird information sorted by location and species. An excellent starting point for a unit on migration, populations, and habitats.

tag(s): birds (54), counting (120)

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The Gorilla Foundaton

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Information on how gorillas, their habitat, and efforts to help preserve the species in the wild. This site is the home of Koko, who participated in an Internet chat session ...more
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Information on how gorillas, their habitat, and efforts to help preserve the species in the wild. This site is the home of Koko, who participated in an Internet chat session in the Spring of 1998. The site provides good information while promoting its cause.

tag(s): mammals (34)

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Frogs - The Exploratorium

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6 to 12
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Forget all the cutesy froggy sites. This site from the San Francisco's Exploratorium offers a visually impresive exploration of frogs and how they have survived through many millennia....more
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Forget all the cutesy froggy sites. This site from the San Francisco's Exploratorium offers a visually impresive exploration of frogs and how they have survived through many millennia. The site includes visuals and frog sounds, as well as extensive scientific content. Good resource for any study of amphibians.

tag(s): amphibians (21)

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Cow's Eye Dissection - The Exploratorium

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6 to 12
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The Cow's Eye Dissection site offers middle and high school students a chance to take a virtual walk through the dissection process. In addition to clear instructions and explanations,...more
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The Cow's Eye Dissection site offers middle and high school students a chance to take a virtual walk through the dissection process. In addition to clear instructions and explanations, the site offers a glossary of terms, and an introductory video. From the San Francisco Exploratorium.

tag(s): dissection (10)

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Science teachers can also use this site to guide a lab through the actual dissection process.

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Your Genes - Your Choices - American Association for the Advancement of Science

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science offers this publication to probe some of the issues raised by genetic research. Based on issues raised by the Human Genome Project,...more
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The American Association for the Advancement of Science offers this publication to probe some of the issues raised by genetic research. Based on issues raised by the Human Genome Project, the site offers a set of "what if..." case studies designed to start discussions of issues related to genetic research. What can genetic testing reveal? Who should know the information? Does the fact that we can clone an animal mean that we should? The site provides lots of great discussion starters accompanied by sound scientific explanations.

tag(s): genetics (95)

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Living Lakes

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This site offers a look at the common issues and problems that major fresh-water lakes face. Teachers will find the site interesting background reading for lesson planning, but the...more
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This site offers a look at the common issues and problems that major fresh-water lakes face. Teachers will find the site interesting background reading for lesson planning, but the content may not be particularly helpful for students. This site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit. Requries FLASH.

tag(s): biomes (104)

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Try the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit to get your students involved and engaged with their own research. Have them work alone or with a partner on laptops or in a lab.
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Deserts of our World

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A page of facts about deserts, this site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit. ...more
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A page of facts about deserts, this site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit.

tag(s): biomes (104)

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Try the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit to get your students involved and engaged with their own research. Have them work alone or with a partner on laptops or in a lab.

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Mojave National Preserve

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A page of facts about the Mojave, this site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit. ...more
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A page of facts about the Mojave, this site is a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit.

tag(s): biomes (104)

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