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Zoo Lab - A Website for Animal Biology

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6 to 12
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This site from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse offers on-line laboratory materials - primarily color photos of laboratory slides - which are sorted by major classifications....more
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This site from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse offers on-line laboratory materials - primarily color photos of laboratory slides - which are sorted by major classifications. The result is an on-line resources which can supplement in class activities or help compensate when suitable laboratory facilities or materials are not available. The structure of the site makes it suitable for either sequential use of to reinforce specific topics.

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The Tree of Life

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This site is a collection of data about the evolutionary history and characteristics of organisms using branches of a tree to link data. Very extensive database. ...more
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This site is a collection of data about the evolutionary history and characteristics of organisms using branches of a tree to link data. Very extensive database.

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The Gaia Hypothesis: an approach to problem solving in the environment - Yale University

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9 to 11
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Teach biology through this hypothesis which focuses either reductively on cell biology, biochemistry and genetics or holistically on an understanding of species in terms of its ecosystem...more
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Teach biology through this hypothesis which focuses either reductively on cell biology, biochemistry and genetics or holistically on an understanding of species in terms of its ecosystem or environment.

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Activities-to-Go - Genentech

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8 to 12
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Activities-to-Go is a collection of lessons at Genentech's outstanding Access Excellence site. These activities include dozens of experiments and lessons for, middle school, high school,...more
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Activities-to-Go is a collection of lessons at Genentech's outstanding Access Excellence site. These activities include dozens of experiments and lessons for, middle school, high school, and AP biology students. All have been submitted by teachers, and each comes with extensive notes.

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The Heart: An Online Exploration - Franklin Institute

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Contrasts in Blue - Smithsonian Institution

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This site, from the Smithsonian Institution's "Art to Zoo" series, contrasts two marine ecosystems: the coast of Maine and the reefs of the Carribean. The entire unit, including teacher...more
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This site, from the Smithsonian Institution's "Art to Zoo" series, contrasts two marine ecosystems: the coast of Maine and the reefs of the Carribean. The entire unit, including teacher guide, discussion questions, and lesson plans, is available as a series of downloadable Adobe Acrobat PDF files which can be printed and used in the classroom or at home. (A color printer works best, of course.) You can download the Adobe Acrobat reader from the TeachersFirst Toolbox.

tag(s): oceans (152)

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Take advantage of these free lesson plans, activities, and worksheets on coral reefs and varying beaches. This site would be a great segway for a unit on conservation and differences in environments. These are straightforward lesson plans, but do give yourself some prep-time in order to edit a few details to tailor them to your specific classroom.

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Reviled and Revered: Toads, Turtles, Snakes, Salamanders, and Other Creepers - Smithsonian Institution

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Starts with an essay including an overview to help students better understand these creatures that are often misunderstood. This lesson also has a section titled "What you can do to...more
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Starts with an essay including an overview to help students better understand these creatures that are often misunderstood. This lesson also has a section titled "What you can do to help." Offers grade levels and educational standards. Five lessons and loads of resources with links. From the Smithsonian's lesson collections.

tag(s): amphibians (20), reptiles (12)

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Use these free lesson plans as a way to help students better understand ill-reputed snakes. The lesson plans are all pretty straightforward, and cross-bridge art, language arts, and the science of the squirmy animals.

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On the Wings of a Dragonfly

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This site from the University of Tennessee is composed of several short text-based paragraphs. The page focuses on the mechanics of a dragonfly's wings. A good site to begin a ...more
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This site from the University of Tennessee is composed of several short text-based paragraphs. The page focuses on the mechanics of a dragonfly's wings. A good site to begin a discussion on the relationship of engineering and nature.

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The Journey North - CPB/Annenberg

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This Internet-based project tracks the coming of spring and the resulting migration of animals in the northern hemisphere. Teachers may complete a free registration to participate actively...more
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This Internet-based project tracks the coming of spring and the resulting migration of animals in the northern hemisphere. Teachers may complete a free registration to participate actively in the project's three main areas of focus - Sunlight and Seasons, Plants and Seasons, and Seasonal Migrations.

tag(s): birds (52), butterflies (13), mammals (33), migration (58)

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Check out the Teaching Resources for ideas on incorporating this project into your curriculum, correlations to standards, and professional development opportunities. A great way for students to learn about the complex and dynamic ecosystem that surrounds and connects us all.

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The Audubon Society

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Users should visit the "Bird Conservation" link containing several online projects and "Ask an Audubon Expert" where students can email questions to a scientist. Both are great options...more
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Users should visit the "Bird Conservation" link containing several online projects and "Ask an Audubon Expert" where students can email questions to a scientist. Both are great options for those new to Internet collaboration.

tag(s): birds (52), conservation (125)

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Arctic National Wildlife Reserve - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Much in the news as a possible site for oil drilling, this official site about the ANWR provides brief summaries of the habitats and ecosystem of this unique arctic environment. ...more
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Much in the news as a possible site for oil drilling, this official site about the ANWR provides brief summaries of the habitats and ecosystem of this unique arctic environment. Useful as an example of efforts to preserve fragile ecosystems, and also as a supplement to the study of arctic biomes.

tag(s): arctic (44)

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The Mystery Spot: Access Excellence Mysteries - Access Excellence at the National Health Museum

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The Mystery Spot provides interactive modules great for building reading comprehension and science reasoning. It has seven modules that challenge you to read and research different...more
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The Mystery Spot provides interactive modules great for building reading comprehension and science reasoning. It has seven modules that challenge you to read and research different diseases, and problem solve your way to a correct diagnosis of the issue. Modules include convenient links to further information about the diseases, symptoms, and medical tools used so you gain a thorough understanding of the content. Best of all, they are fun and engaging!
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tag(s): critical thinking (110), diseases (68), problem solving (271), puzzles (205)

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Use the interactive modules early in the school year to develop critical thinking skills. Or, use as an end of the year activity to review different diseases and problem solving strategies that students have learned. Instruct students to read the activity and take notes. Encourage them to explore the extra links. Students can create charts to organize the information they have gathered. Students should submit their work and conclusions and discuss different possibilities.

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Monarch Watch - University of Kansas

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4 to 8
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Here's the complete site for those interested in learning about Monarch butterflies. It offers Monarch information on dozens of topics, at a variety of levels. You can find out ...more
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Here's the complete site for those interested in learning about Monarch butterflies. It offers Monarch information on dozens of topics, at a variety of levels. You can find out about migration, mating habits, even how to raise monarchs. This is a great starting point for a butterfly study.

tag(s): butterflies (13)

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Maggie's Earth Adventures - Maggie's Earth Adventures

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K to 5
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Take students around the world visiting environmental global issues. Find a variety of activities designed for a variety of levels. Find lessons focusing on critical thinking activities...more
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Take students around the world visiting environmental global issues. Find a variety of activities designed for a variety of levels. Find lessons focusing on critical thinking activities in cooperative learning situations. Register with your email to receive free Weekly Activity packets that present environmental skills and critical thinking. Photographs offer weekly writing prompts. In the kid's section, find games like GeoSpy, Spanish English Cycle Race, Around the World in 80 seconds, Super Match Game, Science Labeling, Short Circuit, Fish 'um up, Edit Dan's Copy, and Clean up your Grammar.
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tag(s): environment (318)

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Stay up to date in the latest environmental issues infused with language arts and critical thinking skills. Introduce on your interactive whiteboard or projector and offer as enrichment at centers or for home use. Use to inspire children for science fair ideas. Feature at Earth Day activities. Post this on your class website for a great site for educational enrichment.
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My Favourite Scientist - Brady Haran, Nottingham Trent University

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Learn about the life and careers of many famous scientists by viewing intriguing videos. Find out about scientists such as Richard Feynman, Rosalind Franklin, and Gregor Mendel through...more
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Learn about the life and careers of many famous scientists by viewing intriguing videos. Find out about scientists such as Richard Feynman, Rosalind Franklin, and Gregor Mendel through interviews with scientists in their field today. Don't let the cartoon figures fool you: these videos are not "juvenile." The scientists included may not be household names to everyone, but the videos make their work accessible and interesting. At the time of this review, there were over a dozen scientists included, and more were being added regularly. Note that the actual videos are hosted on YouTube so may not be accessible in some schools. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): biographies (87), darwin (11), scientists (69)

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Use as a resource for finding more information about a variety of different scientists told from a scientist's perspective. Share the videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Consider having students create their own report about the importance of research and not just the biographical information about a scientist. Encourage students to make their own videos (or other presentation tool) about scientists to place on a wiki, site, or blog. Have students use one of the many TeachersFirst Edge multimedia tools reviewed here.
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BrainPOP Free Stuff - BrainPop

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K to 12
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Visit this fabulously FREE site, created by BrainPop, to find a wealth of interactives, videos, lesson plans, and more. Wow - doesn't even begin to describe the wide array of ...more
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Visit this fabulously FREE site, created by BrainPop, to find a wealth of interactives, videos, lesson plans, and more. Wow - doesn't even begin to describe the wide array of topics and subjects. The best part is the FREE stuff for BrainPop Espanol, BrainPop Jr, and BrainPop ESL. Some of the specific topics include: Harlem Renaissance, Civil War, Blogs, Angles, DNA, Stocks & Shares, Digital Animation, and MANY others. These were the FREE topics at the time of this review, and of course is subject to change.

tag(s): angles (86), blogs (89), charts and graphs (195), civil war (145), digital storytelling (154), dna (68), energy (202), grammar (213), harlem (9), internet safety (105), main idea (9), mars (42), martin luther king (37), nutrition (155), shakespeare (131), stock market (13), women (92)

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Use this tool to find lessons and/or animations in a variety of topic areas. There are "ready to go" movies and more in health, social studies, art & music, engineering & technology, and other topics. Share the sites on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Provide this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the class. Save this link in your favorites and check back to see "what's new."
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Tundra - National Geographic

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Learn about the dry, cold, and windy tundra at this site. There is also information about tundra threats, a photo gallery, and maps! This tundra site is also a web ...more
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Learn about the dry, cold, and windy tundra at this site. There is also information about tundra threats, a photo gallery, and maps! This tundra site is also a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit for grades 4-8.
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tag(s): animals (285), arctic (44), biomes (115), tundra (14)

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Have cooperative learning groups explore specific areas of this site and create a multimedia presentation to share with the class. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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World Biomes: TUNDRA - Kids Do Ecology

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K to 1
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At this site you will learn about the tundra: location, plants, animals, people, weather, and more. This tundra site is also a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive...more
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At this site you will learn about the tundra: location, plants, animals, people, weather, and more. This tundra site is also a web resource for the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit for grades 4-8.

tag(s): arctic (44), biomes (115), tundra (14)

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Have cooperative learning groups explore specific areas of this site and create a multimedia presentation to share with the class. Have students create a UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be uploaded), and then narrate the photo as if it were a news report. Or, bring even more geography skills into the project by having groups create a Mapskip (reviewed here) showing exactly WHERE the tundra is located (with audio stories and pictures included)!
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Rainforest Alliance: Species Profiles - Rainforest Alliance

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2 to 10
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This site offers an extensive list (and information) about the amphibians, birds, insects, mammals, and plants of the rainforest. The site is also part of the TeachersFirst interactive...more
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This site offers an extensive list (and information) about the amphibians, birds, insects, mammals, and plants of the rainforest. The site is also part of the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit. If you are teaching about the biomes of the world, be sure to check out this site!

tag(s): animals (285), biomes (115), habitats (85), rainforests (15)

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Have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Have cooperative learning groups create multimedia projects about one of the topics presented at this site using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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Deciduous Forest - Connie T., Blue Planet Biomes

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Come to this site to learn more about the deciduous forest: plants, animals, climate, and Northeast Asian Deciduous Forests. This website is also part of the TeachersFirst interactive...more
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Come to this site to learn more about the deciduous forest: plants, animals, climate, and Northeast Asian Deciduous Forests. This website is also part of the TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit. If you are teaching about the biomes of the world, be sure to check out this site!
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tag(s): biomes (115), forests (30)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Have cooperative learning groups create multimedia projects about one of the topics presented at this site. Challenge groups to create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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