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World of Molecules - World of Molecules

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7 to 12
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View a variety of molecules in the following categories: Food, Fuel, Pesticides, Solvents, etc. Key resources found on this free site include a periodic table, scientific calculator,...more
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View a variety of molecules in the following categories: Food, Fuel, Pesticides, Solvents, etc. Key resources found on this free site include a periodic table, scientific calculator, dictionary, and molecular modeling. Use "Explain It with Molecules" to use interactive 3-D molecules for greater understanding of interactions. Find elements by using the "Directory of Elements" search function select a molecule by searching "3-D Structures." View molecular structures and read background information about the molecules.

tag(s): molecules (43)

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Choose Fuels to identify similarities and differences between the various types of hydrocarbons. Such lists can bring to life the molecular formulas of the compounds and the resulting chemical and physical properties. Discuss the energy required to break down these molecules through the process of combustion. View the food molecules to identify why the calorie amount for each is different. Create a discussion of how different biomolecules are used in the body. Have cooperative learning groups research a compound or property and create an online poster using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here).
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Water Safety Interactive - Children's Medical Center (Dallas)

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K to 2
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This entertaining interactive teaches young children and families about water safety. Intended for Texas residents, the content is appropriate anywhere there are homes, pools, or lakes....more
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This entertaining interactive teaches young children and families about water safety. Intended for Texas residents, the content is appropriate anywhere there are homes, pools, or lakes. Rolling your mouse over items in the cartoon pictures pops up text explanations of the dangers that can come from leaving a tricycle next to the pool or other unsafe activities your students might see. Make your students advocates for water safety and vocal protectors of themselves AND their siblings by sharing this site. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): safety (92), water (130)

In the Classroom

Include this activity during safety units or before you send students home for summer. Share it with non-readers on your interactive whiteboard or projector, or have reading buddies explore the site at a learning center. Be sure to share the link on your class web page for students to share with mom or dad at home, as well. Have students create safety posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here) or make an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.
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Blizzard - Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri State University

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4 to 7
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This unique webquest is based on "The Long Winter" by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The students' task involves learning about the great blizzard of 1881, to prepare for a blizzard ...more
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This unique webquest is based on "The Long Winter" by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The students' task involves learning about the great blizzard of 1881, to prepare for a blizzard that is coming to their hometown in the present! The main task is to be sure all members of your family have food (from all food groups) to eat throughout the blizzard. This site provides a lot of research, interesting graphics and a teacher-created rubric.

tag(s): nutrition (154), snow (21)

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This is a motivating webquest during the cold months of winter. The webquest incorporates literature, science, research, writing and more!

Instead of creating paper posters, make the assignment a little different and have them create online posters for the final product. Try a site like Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here). Students can create them on classroom computers, and can present them via projector or interactive whiteboard!

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Visual Culture and Public Health Posters - National Library of Medicine

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8 to 12
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A variety of health-related issues, including infectious diseases, the environment, smoking, and HIV-AIDS are explored through this collection of 20th century public health posters....more
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A variety of health-related issues, including infectious diseases, the environment, smoking, and HIV-AIDS are explored through this collection of 20th century public health posters. These strong visual images represent a powerful medium in influencing American attitudes. Use this site with a projector to generate discussion as these topics are covered in class. How effective are/were the images in changing the consciousness of the public?

tag(s): hiv/aids (18)

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Design a poster activity with your students, using this site as a springboard. Have students create traditional posters or online posters using Padlet (reviewed here) or or PicLits (reviewed here) to share on a class wiki or a cafeteria kiosk to apply what they have learned about both HIV/AIDS and the power of visual images.

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Virtual Body

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4 to 12
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Here's an animated and narrated tour through the major body systems that could be useful as an individualized study resource or for group presentations. Unlike many similar efforts,...more
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Here's an animated and narrated tour through the major body systems that could be useful as an individualized study resource or for group presentations. Unlike many similar efforts, the images for these tours are of medical illustration quality, which increases the instructional value of this content. Learn about the human brain, human heart, skeleton, and digestive track. Well worth a look. Narration allows you to listen and read -- both in English and Spanish!

tag(s): body systems (57), heart (42), olympics (47)

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This site is excellent for an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this site during a biology unit on the heart, brain, skeletons, or digestive system. Use the site during a unit on the Olympics, while you discuss how all systems work together. Assign small groups to investigate one particular system of the body and prepare a multimedia presentation to share with the class. Have students create online posters on paper using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here).
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Fire Prevention Week - National Fire Protection Association

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2 to 12
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This collection, provided by the National Fire Protection Association is amazing. Here you will find fire prevention facts, products to help families stay safe, special materials for...more
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This collection, provided by the National Fire Protection Association is amazing. Here you will find fire prevention facts, products to help families stay safe, special materials for parents (and teachers, too), an online quiz for both students and families, and more! At the time of this review, the message for the year was "Protecting Your Families and Loved Ones From Fire." The approach, at the time of this review, is multimedia; in addition to the quiz, there are audio public service announcements, a blog, an upcoming webinar, and safety videos. For younger children, the familiar Sparky the Dog offers fun activities. Accompanying safety tip sheets benefit everyone, and a focus on high-risk populations assures you that everyone will have a fighting chance against fire.
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tag(s): fire prevention (10), fire safety (11), homes (12)

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Try pair teaching after introducing the important facts available on this page. Have the first of a pair give the other student the facts and then have the second add to what the first has missed. Have your class make their own posters using this year's campaign logo. Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here). Have your class create check sheets they can take home and do their own domestic assessment with. Ask if they know any members of the population that might be higher at risk for fires, and see if they can think of ways to make contact and help this group.
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ZisBoomBah - ZisBoomBah

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K to 6
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Learning about food and good nutrition has never been as much fun as it is on this interactive website "ZisBoomBah: Where it is OK to play with your food"! The ...more
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Learning about food and good nutrition has never been as much fun as it is on this interactive website "ZisBoomBah: Where it is OK to play with your food"! The site is divided into several portions - for kids, parents, and teachers. There is an option to sign up on the site; however, it isn't necessary to access most activities, recipes,and information. Students will enjoy the many interactives, one of the most interesting is called Pick Chow - students drag food portions onto a divided plate based on food categories such as dairy, vegetables, etc. The goal is to create a 5 star meal, once the meal is built then dessert can be added. When finished, the meal can be emailed home to recreate in your own kitchen. Teachers can access lesson plans focusing on nutrition and printables to be used in the classroom. For parents there are video tips and lunchbox ideas that kids will love.

tag(s): fitness (49), nutrition (154)

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Set up the Pick Chow game on classroom computers for students to use in designing nutritious meals. Create a class book with 5 star meals created by students, or post a different 5 star meal each day to your class website or blog. Challenge students to explore the site and find outdoor activities that can be done at school during recess on the Outdoor Play portion of the site.

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Above the Influence - National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign

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6 to 12
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This site is operated by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign and mixes a bit of teen entertainment news with plenty of information on the destructive and dangerous effects of...more
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This site is operated by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign and mixes a bit of teen entertainment news with plenty of information on the destructive and dangerous effects of using drugs. Uses stories from real teens along with star-power and hip graphics to address not only teen drug use, but other issues relevant to today's adolescents.

tag(s): red ribbon week (8)

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Use this site during your drug unit or Red Ribbon Week as background information for students or student groups to make anti-drug posters using PicLits, reviewed here.
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Infectious Disease: Emerging Diseases - National Academy of Sciences

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9 to 12
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This emerging diseases interactive, which is part of the infectious disease module of the National Academy of Sciences is a tool that can be used in science, health, biology, and ...more
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This emerging diseases interactive, which is part of the infectious disease module of the National Academy of Sciences is a tool that can be used in science, health, biology, and environmental science classes. The activity is simple to follow. The given map of the world has flashing yellow hot-spots that are clickable. Once clicked upon, students can read about what disease broke out, when it broke out, and the specific strain that caused the outbreak. One little note, if you are a student want to read about a specific hot-spot, be sure to click on the box once it pops up on the screen. Otherwise, the box disappears when you move your mouse to another place on the map.

tag(s): bacteria (30), diseases (66), environment (317)

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This web interactive could be a launch point for a cross curricular unit on diseases and culture. Students could start by using a hot-spot on the map to find an area of the world where there has been a disease outbreak. Student could read the short informative block on that outbreak from the website. From this point, students could research the organism, disease that it causes, and the mode of infection. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos about their research. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. In world cultures classes, students could research the region, its customs and traditions. Then students could attempt to make connections between the customs of the area and the ways that they could effect the spread of disease, if they do. It is a great question to ask students, whether their day to day practices can cause or spread disease. Does the modern understanding of disease transmission and hygiene practice interfere or counter traditional practices of different regions of the world? Have them look for connections. Also, have different groups do different regions and diseases. Once their research has been completed, have students present as experts to their classmates. Have students use a mapping tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of their region/country/location (with audio stories and pictures included)!
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Cardboard Cognition - San Diego State University Department of Education

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K to 6
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This site offers directions and resources for 132 educational card and board games. Games are listed in alphabetical order with a direct link to the description of the games. Most ...more
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This site offers directions and resources for 132 educational card and board games. Games are listed in alphabetical order with a direct link to the description of the games. Most games have a name that gives a clue to the content; however, it may be worthwhile to search other games that may be modified for different uses. Each game includes information on appropriate use of the game, rationale, directions, modifications, and information on designing game cards.

tag(s): capitals (24), logic (235), number sense (97), nutrition (154), puzzles (208)

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Create games to use for classroom centers, homework, or practice with classroom skills. Older students can be given directions and create their own card games. Use the card games on the site as inspiration for creating card games appropriate for your classroom.

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Climate Wisconsin - Educational Communications Board

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6 to 12
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Listen to stories of impacts of climate change occurring in a northern state. Choose videos based upon popular activities such as fly fishing as well as issues of climate change ...more
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Listen to stories of impacts of climate change occurring in a northern state. Choose videos based upon popular activities such as fly fishing as well as issues of climate change that include extreme heat and ice cover. View resources that are stories as well as interactives using the menu at the bottom of the page.

tag(s): adaptations (17), climate (92), climate change (64), water cycle (33)

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Use these resources as a pre-unit activity to ecology or climate change. Brainstorm the issues presented as a class. Ask students what they already know about these problems. This is a great opportunity to provide time for student writing either in a conventional journal or on a blog. Allow time for students to generate questions about what they do not understand and plan the unit based upon these questions. Consider telling your own stories from your own area which can easily be published on a wiki, blog, or site. Use older relatives and community members that can discuss changes in weather, hunting, etc. in your area. Find records from past newspapers that help paint a picture of how our seasons and activities have changed over the year. Use many of the ideas from this site to brainstorm potential videos of change in your area.
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News English Lessons - Sean Banville

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4 to 12
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This site, created by Australian Sean Banville of "Breaking News English" (reviewed here), has high interest, "easier" news for students to read and...more
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This site, created by Australian Sean Banville of "Breaking News English" (reviewed here), has high interest, "easier" news for students to read and many teaching materials to go with them. Though the look of the site is cluttered with advertising and plain text, the content is worthwhile. Developed for ESL/ELL students and teachers, the site would also work well in a subject area, learning support, or reading classroom. There are MANY articles "ready to go," including mp3 audio files to listen to the articles. At the time of this review there were 200+ new additions! Each article includes several types of activities such as "online gap fill" (a Cloze reading activity), vocabulary flashcards, and hangman, and matching. A full script is available in pdf form. There is also an online, interactive quiz for students. The articles, and a lot more activities, can be downloaded and printed, too.
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tag(s): diseases (66), listening (91), news (261)

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The articles are short and interesting, a perfect match for non-fiction reading comprehension. With so many different activities to choose from, it will be easy for the classroom teacher to differentiate. There is an mp3 audio version of each article so students can listen as they read. Assign small groups of students to present the news each week, using the interactive whiteboard to show others the country and city from which the article originated. Make the newscasting experience even more real by having students read scripts of these news stories or their own original stories using a Easyprompter, reviewed here. Students can then go to another news source such as "Mapeas" (reviewed here) and click on the country of origin to see what else is happening in the news there. For a project, have the small groups create a "talking map" using a site such as Woices (beta) (reviewed here). This site allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location (where their article/story took place). What a fabulous way to share the article with the rest of the class!

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Speak Up - Cartoon Network

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2 to 8
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"Speak Up" is a straightforward cartoon-creator site meant to teach the importance of character, setting, problem, and solution. The site provides possible characters, settings, and...more
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"Speak Up" is a straightforward cartoon-creator site meant to teach the importance of character, setting, problem, and solution. The site provides possible characters, settings, and conflicts from which students can choose. Creating cartoons is an effective way to teach students how to write stories with a clear storyline and structure. The story problem section allows students to write in their own scenarios. Students are responsible for creating the solution to the story problem themselves. Each cartoon strip contains six boxes, allows two characters per page, and speaking bubbles as well as narrative box across the bottom of the page.

tag(s): bullying (52), comics and cartoons (74), creative writing (166), digital storytelling (142), problem solving (272)

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Use "Speak Up" as part of a mini-lesson about problem and solution or dialogue. Have students create their own cartoons as part of a craft lesson. Print out the cartoon and students can use it as an outline to help them write narrative text or plays. Demonstrate how to combine narration with dialogue in one text from this cartoon outline.

Use scenarios of social conflicts your class may be facing or are currently discussing in character education. For example, use bullying or peer pressure issues. Pair up classmates to re-tell a conflict similar to those students face during recess, in class, or from home. Together they can discuss ways to solve these conflicts. Use the results to open up dialogue about student issues and as a tool to brainstorm constructive ways to solve them.

World language teachers or ESL/ELL teachers can also use this tool for students to practice written dialog and appropriate social interaction.
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Cadaver Dissection Videos - Lawrence Galtman

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7 to 12
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Find actual anatomy and physiology images of the human body. Search through the images categorized by system. There are videos that range in length and topic (split pelvis, gastrointestinal...more
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Find actual anatomy and physiology images of the human body. Search through the images categorized by system. There are videos that range in length and topic (split pelvis, gastrointestinal track, and several others). Some videos are only 5-7 minutes while others are nearly 30 minutes. Warning: These are graphic displays of human cadavers used for medical training purposes. You will want to preview videos before you share with middle school students. Check whether your school has any policies about obtaining parent permission before sharing graphic images.

tag(s): body systems (57), human body (120), organisms (21)

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Identify how structure is related to function through discussing how different structures are related to their functions and how they compare with a other organisms. Compare images from your own class discussions to identify the similarities and differences among organisms. Consider sharing (appropriate) videos on your interactive whiteboards or projectors.
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The Kids Should See This - Rion Nakaya

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K to 8
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This site offers media (found on YouTube, Vimeo, and Flickr) on a broad spectrum of topics, not created for kids but appropriate and interesting for children 3 years old and ...more
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This site offers media (found on YouTube, Vimeo, and Flickr) on a broad spectrum of topics, not created for kids but appropriate and interesting for children 3 years old and up. Media isn't divided into categories. The newest items appear first. However, you can search the site by keyword. Information ranges from animal stories of a dog without legs to video of Ella Fitzgerald scatting. Obviously, this site is updated frequently, so contents will change. Students and adults alike will love browsing for interesting stories and information.

tag(s): news (261), speaking (24), video (253), writing prompts (92)

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Check first to be sure the media are not blocked by school web filtering. Choose one item from the site to share on your interactive whiteboard or projector as a class discussion starter on current topics or as a lead-in to a lesson. (Example: show the YouTube video about order of the planets when beginning an astronomy unit). Share the site with students and let them explore to find interesting topics for research reports. Ask students to choose one item from the site to share with other students as a way to practice oral presentation skills. Use videos or images as writing prompts or blog prompts. ESL/ELL students can practice their language skills by retelling a favorite video. Challenge your students to create their own informative videos on a topic that your class is exploring. Share the videos using a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.

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The World's Favorite Foods - The Guardian - U.K.

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3 to 12
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This interactive map lets you roll the mouse over different countries of the world to see what their favorite foods are. Although not all countries are included, the three items ...more
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This interactive map lets you roll the mouse over different countries of the world to see what their favorite foods are. Although not all countries are included, the three items listed for each country available are interesting. There is a link to a full-text article about the results of the map.
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tag(s): cross cultural understanding (115), infographics (42), nutrition (154)

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Introduce this map by having your students poll each other on what they think the favorite U.S. foods are. Summarize the poll and then check the map. Share the map on your interactive whiteboard or projector to compare foods from around the world. Or have cooperative learning groups check out the other countries listed. Challenge groups to research countries not already included on this map and create their own "Food Maps" (or another topic) using a mapmaking site such as Mapskip, reviewed here.
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Infectious Disease: Rapid Evolution - National Academy of Sciences

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9 to 12
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This webpage on the evolution of disease provides clear information about how natural selection works with infectious agents. It also addresses the concept of exponential growth. After...more
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This webpage on the evolution of disease provides clear information about how natural selection works with infectious agents. It also addresses the concept of exponential growth. After reading the information, click on the flash clip at the bottom of the first page to view a simulation of how a single E.coli bacteria reproduces. You can also find information on HIV, Malaria, TB, and more. This is a great image for having students understand bacterial reproduction.

tag(s): bacteria (30), diseases (66), hiv/aids (18), population (60)

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Use this to teach evolution, bacteria, or population growth in biology and environmental science. This will help students better understand how bacteria reproduce, and why disease causing organisms are so very successful. Start a lesson on bacteria infections by asking students "why is bacteria such a big problem?" Ask students whether they think bacteria as a species are successful or not. Have students read and watch the flash simulation. Have students discuss the rate of growth, and make sure to point out that the simulation is timed just the way that bacteria reproduce in nature. This would also make a good lead into a conversation about how not all evolution is good for the human species. It will help to point out that humans are just another animal species, and need to be studied as such.
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The Brain From Top to Bottom - The Canadian Institute of Neuroscience

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7 to 12
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This website offers detailed brain science information. It is an interactive tour through the brain and its numerous functions. An awesome feature to this site is that it has three...more
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This website offers detailed brain science information. It is an interactive tour through the brain and its numerous functions. An awesome feature to this site is that it has three different levels of knowledge and comprehension difficulty. The beginner level is roughly an eighth or ninth grade level while the intermediate level may be more appropriate for older high school students or advanced placement science classes. Brain topics on the site range from sleep and dreams to how the body brain connections work to move the body.
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tag(s): body systems (57), brain (72), human body (120)

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Try using this site as a research site for students working on individual or small group projects about the brain. Have students create their own mini site about a different organ of the body. Another idea, have students create a tiered report much like the format of this website. For instance, if the students are studying the respiratory system, have them create the reports that appeal to adults, peers and elementary students with a focus of explaining the functions of the system. For either of the above ideas, try using Weebly reviewed here
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Doctor Doctor Lesson - Genki English

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These multi-media lessons provide an alternative approach for young elementary students or ESL/ELL students trying to learn body parts. With song files and a video, this site makes...more
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These multi-media lessons provide an alternative approach for young elementary students or ESL/ELL students trying to learn body parts. With song files and a video, this site makes it easy for language learners to acquire body part name knowledge easily. The video and song lyrics make the "Body Part" lesson entertaining and memorable. There is also a "Make a Face" interactive. To use the video part, download the "Realvideo" player. This is about the only items that are FREE at this site, but they are still worth a look if teaching body parts or expressions of the face.

In order to get the "free" printable cards, worksheets, and acompanying language games you must buy the Teacher's Set, Superpack, or Download Pack. However, the video and songs ARE free and fun!
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tag(s): faces (3), human body (120), preK (279), video (253)

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Use the videos on this site to introduce basic English to ESL/ELL students in a fun and energetic way. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view that 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.
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Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine - pcrm.org

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View excellent information from an organization of doctors dedicated to publishing the truth about the way our nation eats. Learn about fast food, issues with various types of foods,...more
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View excellent information from an organization of doctors dedicated to publishing the truth about the way our nation eats. Learn about fast food, issues with various types of foods, and characteristics of different types of diets. View issues of the day, current notes, and videos of hot topics.
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tag(s): fitness (49), myplate (28), nutrition (154)

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When discussing foods, biomolecules, or the food groups or portion control, use this site as a tremendous resource that discusses not only scientific facts but how nutrients act in the body. Use this information and search for other information to validate or dispute the information. Create a healthy discussion about web resources and credibility. Encourage students to pick a nutrition issue they would like to know more about and research to create a multimedia presentation (blog or wiki post, podcast, or video) or conventional (bulletin board, poster, or pamphlet) display of the information. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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