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Things to Learn With: Learning Almanac - Cheryl Davis

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6 to 12
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Find meaningful ways to teach 21st century skills in all curricular areas. Spend some time with this collection of lesson ideas that utilize Google Docs, other Google tools, and some...more
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Find meaningful ways to teach 21st century skills in all curricular areas. Spend some time with this collection of lesson ideas that utilize Google Docs, other Google tools, and some 2.0 programs such as wikis and YouTube across the curriculum. Browse through the outstanding resources which are perfect for middle school and beyond.

tag(s): blogs (88), charts and graphs (195), communities (35), experiments (71), geology (81), literature (275), news (261), search strategies (30), spreadsheets (17), statistics (122), tutorials (47), wikis (19)

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For example, use the lesson It's a Statistical World to bring statistics and the use of spreadsheets into the classroom. Follow project ideas, suggestions, and how to's to complete the activity. Specific examples, suggestions, and tutorials for using the resources are given throughout. Find unbelievable ideas that are exceptional for many curricular areas. Mark this one in your Favorites to use when you need inspiration or a new approach to curriculum that never seems to "stick" the way you wish it would.
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Collaborize Classroom - Democrasoft

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3 to 12
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Use this free resource to create a private area for asynchronous student discussions. Easily set up your class space including your groups. Use the welcome email to learn more about...more
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Use this free resource to create a private area for asynchronous student discussions. Easily set up your class space including your groups. Use the welcome email to learn more about Collaborize Classroom including 8 Online Icebreakers. Tutorials for learning how to enter students into groups, creating new groups, and choosing discussion types exist. Consensus discussions such as yes/no, multiple choice, and vote/suggest can be chosen. Open discussions can occur using the forum discussion type. Add video, images, documents, and more to your discussions. Students, however, cannot upload material to the discussions. Because it is a closed group, outside comments are not a concern (group members must be added, invited, or approved). The process from setup to a functioning site is very simple. Tutorials and technical support is available and make this tool very easy to use. Use participation and activity tools in Collaborize Classroom to track student participation. Use the available PDF's for assistance in using Collaborize Classroom and ideas to use in class to stimulate discussions and engage learning. Watch the videos on the site from educators that show how they use the site in their classrooms.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (198), forum (9), polls and surveys (48)

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Use this tool for discussions, project collaboration, voting on issues, and sharing resources in and out of the classroom. Increase student participation and encourage in-class discussions and outside homework, extension of the classroom, and activity. Use for blended learning activities that include discussion questions to extend the discussions from in class to outside the classroom. Provide multiple choice questions that they can answer, agree or disagree with statements, post comments, or vote on other responses. Use the discussions to debate issues in the school community or within the country. Critique and comment on current events as they are happening. Use to discuss environmental problems. Use groupings to create literature circles. Watch the videos on the site from educators that show how they use the site in their classrooms.

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Tectonic Settings of Volcanic Activity - Prentice Hall, Pearson Education

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6 to 10
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This tectonic plate simulation, create by Prentice Hall, shows continental rift volcanism, continental volcanic arc, hot spot volcanoes, and volcanic island arcs. Great for middle level...more
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This tectonic plate simulation, create by Prentice Hall, shows continental rift volcanism, continental volcanic arc, hot spot volcanoes, and volcanic island arcs. Great for middle level and early high school earth science courses. Onscreen navigation is easy to follow as buttons are labeled.

tag(s): geology (81), plate tectonics (23), volcanoes (61)

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Try having your students explore this simulation as part of a unit on volcanoes. Have the students work with a partner to practice or play with the simulation. Assign different groups different simulations. Then, have students take turns using your interactive whiteboard or projector to explain to the rest of the class how the different occurrences take place.
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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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Cellular transport - Wiley.com

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9 to 12
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View the various processes of transporting materials across a cell membrane with this interactive animation. Read the overview and then view the processes of osmosis/diffusion, active...more
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View the various processes of transporting materials across a cell membrane with this interactive animation. Read the overview and then view the processes of osmosis/diffusion, active transport, and passive transport. Answer the various questions between various animations to check on understandings.

tag(s): animals (276), cells (102), plants (145), transportation (40)

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Use this animation as an introduction to cellular processes or as a reinforcement for information learned in class. Provide time for students to propose a lab activity that would demonstrate each of the processes shown and carry it out to show the result of osmosis or diffusion. Consider taking pictures or video of the process and narrate to teach others about what they have learned. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Gravity - nowykurier.com

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9 to 12
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Simulate the movement of objects around a mass. Click to add a particle to the black screen. Choose the size of the particle in the lower left before adding another ...more
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Simulate the movement of objects around a mass. Click to add a particle to the black screen. Choose the size of the particle in the lower left before adding another one to the screen. Click and drag with the mouse to specify the velocity vector.

tag(s): atoms (56), gravity (46), motion (59)

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Use this site to determine basic laws of motion in relation of one particle to another. Identify the basic properties of motion and connect to topics learned in class. Propose explanations of the movement of the particles prior to learning any content in class.
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For Kids Only - Earth Science - NASA Science

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2 to 12
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This site offers several activities for students to learn about earth science. When the page first loads there is an interesting science fact offered, reload the page to see another...more
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This site offers several activities for students to learn about earth science. When the page first loads there is an interesting science fact offered, reload the page to see another new fact. Links on the main page take you to different sections of the site such as people, land, water, air, and natural hazards. Within each section is information about NASA and their current activities related to the topic, these sections are fairly short and geared toward providing information at the elementary age level. This is also where activities will be found, for example, in the land portion there is an interactive coloring book to learn about data collected from the earth, a multimedia presentation with Amanda the Pigeon teaching about flight, and Echo the Bat teaches about how satellites are used. Within some sections of the site are links for teachers containing lesson plans including printable worksheets. Secondary level teachers may find the teacher's guides useful to download and use, they contain in-depth information and activities about planet earth and space.

tag(s): air (163), data (148), earth (228), flight (35), water (130)

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This site is perfect for use on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Display activities on the board as you explore different earth science concepts. Create a link on classroom computers for older students to explore the site on their own. Use the lesson plans on the site to complement your existing lessons on earth science.
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Levers - vectorpark.com

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4 to 12
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Learn about levers and forces with this engaging interactive. As items drop into the water below, pick them up and drag with your cursor to hang on the lever above. ...more
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Learn about levers and forces with this engaging interactive. As items drop into the water below, pick them up and drag with your cursor to hang on the lever above. Add other levers as they appear. Once objects are hung, move them from one area to another to see the differences in the levers. Let water out of the pail to see even bigger changes.

tag(s): forces (45), motion (59)

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Explore how levers work before, during, or after a unit of instruction. Encourage students to create similar models in the classroom (using different materials of course.) Measure and record effects of each object on the lever to learn more about forces and the parts of a lever. Propose changes to where items are placed and discuss the changes on forces.
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Around the World (About 20,000 Times) - Wall Street Journal

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5 to 12
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This site shares great summary of the U.S. space shuttle program. An interactive graph shows icons organized by year for each space mission. Clicking the icon shows the vital ...more
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This site shares great summary of the U.S. space shuttle program. An interactive graph shows icons organized by year for each space mission. Clicking the icon shows the vital information about each mission, including the date of the mission, distance it covered, the duration of its flight, its orbital altitude, and the number of earth orbits it made. Each icon has different symbols to describe the mission visually. There is a clear explanation of the icon meanings. Click on just one orbiter to see its missions; sort by date, mission type, mission duration, spacecraft, altitude, and number of orbits. There is a color coded summary of each of the shuttle (Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavor).
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tag(s): nasa (39), space (205), timelines (62)

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Challenge your students to use a site such as TimeRime reviewed here to create an interactive timeline of part or all of the space program. Assign your students to find online visuals (in the public domain) of certain aspects of the space shuttle program. Then have students create an online book of images and captions about their mission choice using Bookr (reviewed here). (Bookr uses Flickr images, so you must first upload or find the images on Flickr).

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Science projects, ideas & topics - Science Made Simple

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K to 12
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This "plain vanilla" looking site offers science help for parents, students, and teachers with simple explanations of science topics and ideas for experiments and projects. There is...more
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This "plain vanilla" looking site offers science help for parents, students, and teachers with simple explanations of science topics and ideas for experiments and projects. There is an extensive section devoted to creating a wonderful science fair that includes project ideas, how to pick a topic, presenting projects, judging, and parent information. There are also many at-home ideas for projects using simple, easy to find materials such as swinging cereal to demonstrate static electricity. You can sign up for their free newsletter to stay informed of new materials added to the site. There is an online store; however, it isn't necessary to purchase materials to use most of the information offered onsite.
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tag(s): colors (79), electricity (88), experiments (71), photosynthesis (33), plants (145)

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Share portions of the site such as how to use a lab notebook or how to do experiments safely on your interactive whiteboard when beginning science projects. Use the site as a resource for classroom experiments with materials that are readily available. Assign experiments for students to do at home, then have them prepare a presentation for the class describing science concepts demonstrated and learned. Secondary teachers can assign students a topic from the Science News portion of the site to read and discuss with the class. Challenge students to create a multimedia project to share with the class using one of many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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SMART Board Goodies - Amber Coggin

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K to 12
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This bright and cheerful blog offers original interactive whiteboard resources created by a certified SMARTboard trainer. The site is updated often, get notices of updates by email...more
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This bright and cheerful blog offers original interactive whiteboard resources created by a certified SMARTboard trainer. The site is updated often, get notices of updates by email or by following on Twitter or Facebook. To find archived files, search the site using the search box at the top of the page, search archived files by month, or find links to notebook files on the right-hand side of the home page. Especially helpful are the author's notes when posting new files as she offers tips on how to use it in the classroom. An example is the singing horses file (check it out, very funny!) that she uses to help students get used to using an interactive whiteboard while learning cause and effect. Be sure to check out the Facebook page template which includes a template for student use. Since this teacher uses SMART brand IWB, you may need to use SMART Notebook Express reviewed hereto open some files on another brand of whiteboard.

tag(s): iwb (31), literacy (103), numbers (204), resources (112)

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Shop the site for interactive whiteboard resources to download for classroom use. Use the singing horses to teach cause and effect. Use the Facebook page template for students to create biographies of famous people, of themselves for back to school, or of teachers in your building for Back to School nights! There is much to explore at this "gem" of a site!

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Ingenious - NMSI

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9 to 12
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View thousands of old style photos on a range of science and ethical topics. Use this site to bring together images as well as viewpoints to create new insights into ...more
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View thousands of old style photos on a range of science and ethical topics. Use this site to bring together images as well as viewpoints to create new insights into Science and culture. Click on Read to obtain background on various science issues arranged by subject. Click on the Debate tab to look at questions and discussions related to science topics and issues. Find old style photos in the See tab. Create a login to save searches and photos for future use. Be certain to preview whatever you plan to share with your students. At this time of this review, there were some topics that would not be appropriate for some classrooms.

tag(s): debate (41), industrialization (15), medicine (67), natural resources (59)

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Find great information, photos, and possible questions for use in the classroom to stimulate thinking and make connections between content and the use of science in everyday life. For example, the debate "Can we sustain our lifestyles and our planet?" uses content from food chains to technology to natural resources. Additionally the discussion of what every organism needs to survive can bring to light discussions of characteristics of living things and our responsibility to the planet.

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The Plant List - theplantlist.org

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9 to 12
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Confused about Botany? It is no wonder with 375,000 plant species that are known by over a million different names! The Plant List has an aim to change this. Click ...more
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Confused about Botany? It is no wonder with 375,000 plant species that are known by over a million different names! The Plant List has an aim to change this. Click Browse along the top navigation bar. Choose from the major grouping of plants including Flowering Plants, Conifers, Ferns, and Mosses. Search using Family and genus names as well. Use this site to confirm names of species. Links to databases that contain specific information about the species is linked to each page.

tag(s): classification (25), plants (145)

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Use this site to determine the similarities and differences in the various plant groupings. Encourage teams of students to browse the sites and linked databases to determine how plants are identified. Brainstorm the findings in class to identify the classification schemes. Create conventional or multimedia representations of the various classification groups or a flowchart of classification. Try using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Human Touch of Chemistry - humantouchofchemistry.com

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8 to 12
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Explore this site for fascinating chemistry information. Click on Everyday Science to learn about chemicals found in the home such as Cream of Tartar (you really should read it as ...more
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Explore this site for fascinating chemistry information. Click on Everyday Science to learn about chemicals found in the home such as Cream of Tartar (you really should read it as it is fascinating.) Print articles using Adobe PDF for viewing later. View past and future scientific advances in the History and Future tab. Learn about Famous Scientists and their contributions to present understandings of the atom. Click on the Periodic Table to open an interactive table, read about the properties of the element, and learn about the history including discovery and uses. Find games, ideas, and other information as well on this useful site.

tag(s): atoms (56), molecules (43), periodic table (50)

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Find great information for use in your lessons or for students to explore. Use the periodic table in class as it is a great resource about the elements. Use the Famous Scientists section to learn about scientists that many are not aware of and their connections to modern theories.
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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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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 (121), 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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Science.Gov - CENDI

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8 to 12
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This is a searchable database of science research on many topics. It is entirely governmental science research that is available for public viewing. Search over 40 other databases and...more
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This is a searchable database of science research on many topics. It is entirely governmental science research that is available for public viewing. Search over 40 other databases and 200 million web pages of science information. Talk about a one stop shop! It is easy to search - just type and enter!

tag(s): data (148), resources (112)

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Use this as resource when researching for scientific papers, getting ideas for experiments, or just staying apprised of the latest scientific research on a specific topic.

If your students are doing scientific research you might want to supply them with links from Science.gov using Diigo-Education reviewed here.

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Would like to see better search features within subject categories. Kathleen, VT, Grades: 0 - 12

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Science Geek - Mr. Allan

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7 to 12
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Find terrific resources for chemistry and biology classes at this informational site. You'll find PowerPoints, procedures for labs, and general notes. This site was originally designed...more
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Find terrific resources for chemistry and biology classes at this informational site. You'll find PowerPoints, procedures for labs, and general notes. This site was originally designed to be one teacher's online classroom spot. However, the resources are very helpful in teaching chemistry, biology, and science in general, and this teacher is willing to share.
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tag(s): chemicals (40), genetics (90)

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Use the printables in your classroom when students do not have easy access to the internet. Try something more adventurous by showing a chemistry video on your interactive whiteboard. To use this site even further, have students try out a virtual lab tool as an alternative to a hands on lab assignment. Assign groups to different (specific) topics and challenge the groups to present their lab and results by creating a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Make this link available as an alternate way to look at concepts when students are "stuck" or confused.
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Johnson explorations - McGraw-Hill

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Use these interactive simulations to learn some of the basic parts of science concepts. Explore the simulations on this site such as "Cell Size," "Mitosis," and "Oxidative Respiration."...more
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Use these interactive simulations to learn some of the basic parts of science concepts. Explore the simulations on this site such as "Cell Size," "Mitosis," and "Oxidative Respiration." Change levels that control the amount of activity to learn about cellular processes. Click on each simulation to view an introduction. Click "Skip Intro" to go to the simulation. Change the sliders to alter how the simulation proceeds.

tag(s): animals (276), cells (102), mitosis (11), photosynthesis (33), plants (145), respiration (17)

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Use these activities for inquiry. Share the activities on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Provide very little information and allow students time to play with the controls and identify what they notice. Use the terminology in the simulations to connect to content in class. Derive a hypothesis, carry out group experiments, and draw a conclusion with these simulations. Understand the science concept in motion with each of these simulations.
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Read information about anatomy topics such as "Cells and Tissues" and "Muscles." Find labeled picture in the "Anatomy Galleries." Be sure to check out the related resources section....more
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Read information about anatomy topics such as "Cells and Tissues" and "Muscles." Find labeled picture in the "Anatomy Galleries." Be sure to check out the related resources section. Be warned: some of the cat dissection photos are not for the faint at heart!

tag(s): brain (72), heart (43), structures (24)

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When comparing structures among various organisms, use this site to find great pictures, labels, and information useful to a Biology or Anatomy course. Create pictures in class similar to those on this site to place on a wiki, blog, or site to share with other students and to discuss comparative anatomy among animals.
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