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This collection of resources will help you research information about human body systems. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to know. Some sites may be more challenging reading, while others may offer solid basic information. Be sure to try several sources.  

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The Heart: An Online Exploration - Franklin Institute

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4 to 12
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The Franklin Institute takes viewers on a virtual visit based on the human heart upon their 1954 Giant Heart Exhibit. First, learn the story behind the origins of the Giant ...more
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The Franklin Institute takes viewers on a virtual visit based on the human heart upon their 1954 Giant Heart Exhibit. First, learn the story behind the origins of the Giant Heart Exhibit, then learn about how the heart works through images and easy-to-understand explanations. A final stop provides information on heart health and care and information about the latest medical procedures that have saved many lives.

tag(s): body systems (41), heart (26), human body (93)

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Add this site to your bookmarks to share with students as you learn about the human heart and the circulatory system. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to organize and share your bookmarked sites with students. For example, use categories in Padlet to organize shared information by different body systems, or if working specifically on the heart, create categories for informational sites, review activities, videos, and articles. Enhance learning and ask students to use the timeline feature of Padlet to create a step-by-step visual look at the process of the circulatory system as it moves through the body. Extend learning by asking students to create a human heart model, then use CoSpaces Edu, reviewed here, to build a 3D heart model. CoSpaces Edu offers tools for students to upload photos to create an immersive tour. Share the site's directions with students to explore and learn together, then ask the groups to teach other students how to create with CoSpaces.

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How the Human Eye Works - Animagraffs

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6 to 12
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Do you know how the human eye works? This animated infographic includes detailed images and information sharing the parts of the eye, how light focuses on the eye, movement of ...more
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Do you know how the human eye works? This animated infographic includes detailed images and information sharing the parts of the eye, how light focuses on the eye, movement of the eye, and much more. In addition to the animations, this site includes vocabulary and descriptions that tell how our eyes gather and process light.

tag(s): animation (62), eyes (5), human body (93), infographics (51), vision (44)

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This animation is a "must-use" for science classes! All learners will appreciate the use of animations to learn about how the eye works; however, it is especially useful for visual learners to "see" the process in motion. Provide a link to this site or embed it on your class website for students to use when learning about anatomical features. Include this animation along with videos, articles, and other information in an interactive learning platform such as Crio, reviewed here. In addition to including options for learning materials, Crio includes several formats for assessment, including multiple-choice and open-ended response questions. Upon completion of your learning activities, have students demonstrate learning by creating explainer videos using FlexClip, reviewed here, that explain the process of how eyes work.

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Guts and Bolts - BrainPop

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5 to 12
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Create your own human cyborg while learning about the components and interactions of human body systems as you play Guts and Bolts. Follow the to-do list as you proceed through ...more
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Create your own human cyborg while learning about the components and interactions of human body systems as you play Guts and Bolts. Follow the to-do list as you proceed through the 12 steps required to build and bring life to your cyborg. Each step adds a different body system such as respiratory and digestive with the final step providing life to your cyborg. When finished, complete the game quiz to review what you learned!

tag(s): body systems (41), brain (51), human body (93)

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Introduce Guts and Bolts on an interactive whiteboard or projector, then allow students to explore on their own. Be sure to share a link to this game on your class website for play at home. Have students create a multimedia presentation using Slidestory, reviewed here. This site allows you to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find photos or diagrams of body systems (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo with essential information.

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TED-Ed Human Body Playlist - Richard Byrne/TED-Ed

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6 to 12
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Learn how the human body works with this playlist of videos from TED-Ed. Short videos discuss topics such as Why Do Blood Types Matter? and What Does the Liver Do? ...more
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Learn how the human body works with this playlist of videos from TED-Ed. Short videos discuss topics such as Why Do Blood Types Matter? and What Does the Liver Do? Choose individual videos for viewing, or view all automatically with this playlist. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): human body (93)

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Use videos as an introduction to human body lessons or flip your classroom and have students watch videos before introducing lessons. Share a link on your class website for students to view at home. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Infogram, reviewed here.

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Study Jams - Scholastic

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3 to 8
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Study Jams offers engaging instruction and review activities in both math and science. Some sample science topics include plants, human body, the solar system, weather, matter, and...more
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Study Jams offers engaging instruction and review activities in both math and science. Some sample science topics include plants, human body, the solar system, weather, matter, and more. Math topics include numbers (place value, number lines, estimation), algebra, addition/subtraction, problem solving, and others. Don't miss the "Jams" sure to excite your students to learn new skills in a musical and entertaining manner. Key vocabulary is presented along with a short video explanation of each topic. In addition to the video, there is an option to test your own ability. Each topic can also be printed to use in the classroom and there is a link to related "jams."

tag(s): addition (124), animals (265), climate (78), decimals (87), differentiation (64), division (97), ecosystems (65), energy (126), estimation (33), forces (36), fractions (163), game based learning (159), human body (93), landforms (37), light (46), matter (45), measurement (130), minerals (15), multiplication (118), number lines (33), percent (57), place value (35), plants (137), probability (92), problem solving (212), rocks (36), solar system (95), sound (70), subtraction (108), weather (156)

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Excite your students with the Jams! Share the Jam videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students sing along and learn more about science and math. Especially younger students will enjoy this feature. Create a link to the site on your classroom website or blog for students to use for review and practice at home. Use the many topics available to differentiate for all students in your classroom. Create learning centers using this site or use it on individual laptops. Print out the quizzes for students to take as an assessment.

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Fun Science Demos - Dr. George Mehler & Jared Hottenstein

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K to 8
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Fun Science Demos is a YouTube Channel devoted to sharing engaging science lessons for young learners based on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Choose from popular videos such...more
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Fun Science Demos is a YouTube Channel devoted to sharing engaging science lessons for young learners based on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Choose from popular videos such as Balancing Balloons - Air Has Weight or Muscles Moving Your Bones. Be sure to check out the playlists to find videos categorized by topic. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): earth (173), electricity (61), energy (126), engineering (112), heat (15), human body (93), life cycles (20), magnetism (32), matter (45), minerals (15), moon (65), recycling (45), rocks (36), solar system (95), sound (70), space (203), STEM (222), sun (59), video (240), water (96)

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Flip your classroom and use a video as homework. Have students take notes on the material and write down questions they still have and topics that confuse them. Or, use a tool like playposit, (formerly eduCanon), reviewed here, for students to pause videos and ask or answer questions right on the video. These activities can uncover misconceptions. Show the video to the class, and then discuss the concept at length. To share a single video from this site without all the YouTube clutter, View Pure, reviewed here, and create a shortcut to the View Pure page directly on the desktop. For more advanced classes, provide time for students to choose a video to view and research the underlying concept.

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Mysteries of the Brain - NBC Learn

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6 to 12
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Discover the latest research into the mysteries of the brain with these eight videos from NBC Learn. These 5-minute videos explore topics such as the evolving brain, the emotional brain,...more
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Discover the latest research into the mysteries of the brain with these eight videos from NBC Learn. These 5-minute videos explore topics such as the evolving brain, the emotional brain, and building a brain. Click on the transcript bar of each video to view the written text. Be sure to visit the site at a later time for upcoming lesson plans provided by the National Science Teachers Association.
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tag(s): brain (51), human body (93)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on the brain on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have each group choose a video to use as a launching pad for further study. Have students create an annotated image, including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here.

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Bioman Biology - Brett Baughman

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5 to 10
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Bioman Biology offers engaging interactives and virtual labs for learning biology content based on national standards. Find virtual labs and activities sorted by topics such as cells,...more
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Bioman Biology offers engaging interactives and virtual labs for learning biology content based on national standards. Find virtual labs and activities sorted by topics such as cells, body systems, and ecology. Use the search bar to look for specific content. In addition to the interactives and virtual labs, Bioman Biology offers online multiple choice quizzes over most topics. Optional teacher registration on the site provides the opportunity to assign quizzes and view student scores for games, quizzes, and virtual labs. Registration also has the advantage of students being able to directly submit their scores to you via email. Several activities are also available as downloads at iTunes. Bioman is available as an iOS app and on any device with a modern web browser and Internet access. The older version, in Flash, is still available, too.
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tag(s): body systems (41), cells (83), classification (21), dna (41), ecology (97), evolution (86), game based learning (159), genetics (68), human body (93), meiosis (9), photosynthesis (21), respiration (9), scientific method (47)

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Introduce this site to your class on an interactive whiteboard or projector to review and reinforce concepts. If you are lucky enough to have access to iPads for your students, you could have the activities downloaded as apps to use for stations or early finishers. Be sure to include this site on your class webpage for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Have students create animated movies online using Biteable, reviewed here, to demonstrate biology concepts. Use an online flashcard maker, like Flashcard Stash, reviewed here, to review concepts before quizzes and tests.

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Science Trek - Idaho Public Television

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K to 6
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Science Trek is an integrated web and broadcast T.V. project introducing science topics to elementary students. In addition to the broadcasts, Science Trek provides accompanying material...more
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Science Trek is an integrated web and broadcast T.V. project introducing science topics to elementary students. In addition to the broadcasts, Science Trek provides accompanying material for teacher and parent use. Each month of the school year a new broadcast answers students' science questions and provides additional resources. Currently, there are more than 90 topics available. Choose from any topic to view the web broadcast and explore resources such as games, facts, and glossaries. Some games require flash which is not supported on all browsers.
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tag(s): animal homes (58), animals (265), archeology (22), body systems (41), brain (51), earthquakes (42), ecology (97), endangered species (27), food chains (18), forces (36), fossils (36), gravity (44), habitats (78), heart (26), human body (93), mass (18), moon (65), planets (110), plants (137), rocks (36), simple machines (16), soil (19), sound (70), STEM (222), volcanoes (51), water (96), weather (156)

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Take advantage of the free resources on the site to supplement your current teaching materials in many science topics. Create a link on classroom computers for students to view videos and share a link on your class website for students to view at home. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here. Don't forget to find the standards link within each resource to align to Common Core Standards.
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The Interactive Ear - Amplifon

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2 to 12
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Use this interactive online ear diagram to examine the workings of how we hear sounds. Click each part of the ear to view the name and read about the function. ...more
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Use this interactive online ear diagram to examine the workings of how we hear sounds. Click each part of the ear to view the name and read about the function. Click on the "+" to go deeper into the structure of the ear. You can embed the "ear" on to your website to have it handy!

tag(s): hearing impaired (3), human body (93), senses (18)

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Use this resource during a unit on perception, the senses, or human body systems (nervous system). Use the model to identify problems that can occur with the ear and hearing. Be sure to discuss many current issues such as noise and hearing problems. Students can research the various types of noises that one can encounter and the decibel levels and hearing problems that can result from exposure to the sounds. Research sources of hearing impairment and new technology to correct these problems. Have students create posters about hearing and noise using PicLits (reviewed here).

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All Things Science - All Things Science

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6 to 12
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All Things Science is an aggregator of short, top quality science videos for educational use. Search for specific content topics using the search bar. Browse through recent, top rated,...more
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All Things Science is an aggregator of short, top quality science videos for educational use. Search for specific content topics using the search bar. Browse through recent, top rated, most discussed, or random videos. Interested in seeing how a germ travels with a sneeze and makes you sick with a virus? There is a detailed video on that topic and SO much more. Read short descriptions of videos before viewing. Share using social media links provided, with a direct url, or with the embed code directly onto your website. Free registration on All Things Science allows you to save videos to favorites, add comments, and upload video. Note that videos can be submitted by members, so it is advisable to preview before sharing with young people.
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tag(s): animals (265), cells (83), climate (78), climate change (76), genetics (68), human body (93), medicine (54), scientific method (47), scientists (61), solar energy (33), solar system (95), space (203), video (240), weather (156)

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Save this site to use as a resource throughout the year with any science topic. Embed videos onto your classroom website for viewing at home or independently during class. (Embedding avoids displaying other areas of the site.) Have students create online posters after they learn about the topic individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create similar videos about science topics being discussed in class. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here or on All Things Science, if permitted by school policies.

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Biodigitalhuman - Healthline Networks

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7 to 12
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Use this exceptional tool to look inside the human body in a detailed 3D view. Definitions, descriptions, and common conditions of that structure show in the pop up text. View ...more
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Use this exceptional tool to look inside the human body in a detailed 3D view. Definitions, descriptions, and common conditions of that structure show in the pop up text. View male or female anatomical structures down to the most incredible detail. Use the slider along the bottom to rotate the image 360 degrees. View the videos, health tips, injury or disease causes or symptoms, and other structures. Choose which system to view: urinary, digestive, reproductive, muscular, nervous, or many others. Of course, this site is "anatomically correct."

tag(s): body systems (41), human body (93), medicine (54), reproduction (7)

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Use this resource in an anatomy/physiology, biology, or health class. Use as a resource to understand structure and function as well as common health ailments and their effects. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Provide this link on your website for students to use who are studying human body systems. Assign a different "system" to each student (or cooperative learning group). Challenge students to create multimedia presentations on their system using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Some tool suggestions are (click on the tool name to access the review): Beautiful.AI, Animatron, Adobe Spark for Education, and Synth.

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The Visual MD - Anatomical Travelogue, LLC

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9 to 12
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View The Visual MD site for an unbelievable visual experience about the human body. Learn and understand about health content, and interact for better understanding. View unique 3D...more
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View The Visual MD site for an unbelievable visual experience about the human body. Learn and understand about health content, and interact for better understanding. View unique 3D resources in a format that educates and informs about health and wellness issues: depression, back pain, heart attack angina, hypertension, kidney disease, asthma, and more. Use these fascinating visuals, produced with real human data from medical scans including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computer tomography (CT) ultrasound, and confocal laser scans. View the body as never seen before, with lifelike computer imaging and enhancement. Find important advice and information on many aspects of health care. Search the interactive library, view videos, or read content.

tag(s): body systems (41), diseases (71), heart (26), human body (93)

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Take the discussion in Health and Biology one step further by connecting class content with health issues. Since diseases are breakdowns of processes at the cellular level, students can identify these as well as the body's responses. Many of the topics and materials on this site are advanced for some students, so teachers should keep in mind the maturity level of their students. Use this site to research and present health topics to the class. Answer the questions that students often ask via research on this site. Challenge cooperative learning groups to investigate health topics and create a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Some tool suggestions are (click on the tool name to access the review): Beautiful.AI, Animatron, Renderforest, and Gravit Designer.

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The Body Zone - Science Bob - Steve Galgas

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6 to 9
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This interactive page from the Science Bob site shows how different parts of the body function. Click your way through the brain, digestive system, muscles, senses, lungs and skeleton...more
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This interactive page from the Science Bob site shows how different parts of the body function. Click your way through the brain, digestive system, muscles, senses, lungs and skeleton on this body information resource.

tag(s): body systems (41), brain (51), heart (26), human body (93), senses (18)

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Try using this site multiple times in a life science class or a health class as you have students work their way through the body systems. It would make a great addition to any health or life science class where the human body is being taught. Encourage students to ask their own questions about the human body, and write to Science Bob Q & A reviewed here to get the answers.

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Get Body Smart - Concept Creators, inc.

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6 to 12
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View interactive animations of the human body systems for learning and understanding the complexity of the human body. Click on various systems such as the skeletal system, muscle tissue...more
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View interactive animations of the human body systems for learning and understanding the complexity of the human body. Click on various systems such as the skeletal system, muscle tissue physiology, muscular system, nervous system, circulatory (cardiovascular) system, respiratory system, urinary system, histology, or an overview of all of the human body systems. Turn labels on and off, print or expand the image, and use additional interactives or quizzes.

tag(s): body systems (41), heart (26), human body (93)

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This site is begging to be used on a projector or interactive whiteboard! Share the systems that you are currently teaching. Use this in conjunction with any vertebrate dissection for comparison to the human systems. Use in a health class for great visuals and quizzing of the human systems being studied. Discuss additional issues with systems. For example, discuss the different types of injuries that can occur in the skeletal and muscular system with sports and other injuries. Have students create a multimedia presentation to share with the class about one of the topics learned at this site. Have students create online posters using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or Canva, reviewed here.

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Mad Sci Network - Mad Sci Network/Third Sector New England

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K to 12
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This great reference resource is an attractively packaged compilation of ways to get answers to questions about science. Offerings include a place to ask questions from K-college, access...more
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This great reference resource is an attractively packaged compilation of ways to get answers to questions about science. Offerings include a place to ask questions from K-college, access to a search engine, a list of FAQ's on common topics, a library with links to other relevant sites, a knowledge generator, an archive of lab experiments, and other assistance with science fair projects. The Mad-Sci labs also has a "Guided Tour of the Visible Human" section on human anatomy, with many images of cross-sections and internal organs.

tag(s): air (106), experiments (51), scientists (61)

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Navigate the human body and label parts on an interactive whiteboard, or find the appropriate experiments for all your science concepts. By searching the question archives, you can find answers to questions at all levels. Be sure to include this link on your teacher web page year-round to promote curiosity about science. Teachers of gifted will love this one as a treasury of open-ended ideas on science by scientists.

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Visual Dictionary - Bernard Dery

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3 to 12
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This well-illustrated visual dictionary has five categories of illustrations: biology vegetal, biology animal, human body, music, transport, and clothing. For some reason, the clothing...more
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This well-illustrated visual dictionary has five categories of illustrations: biology vegetal, biology animal, human body, music, transport, and clothing. For some reason, the clothing category is located toward the bottom of the page, near the Contact Us box. Click on one area find many thumbnail graphics. Click on the thumbnail graphic for the full-size, labeled image. For example, the human body category has 69 thumbnails. Click on the eye for an enlarged eye labeled with the scientifically correct terms. Definitions for the terms are at the bottom of the page. You can also search by the actual word. Click the Lexicon button to search all the detailed labels from all the illustrations, like "iris", a label on the "eye" page. The site is also available in French and Spanish, so it would be useful for French and Spanish language classes, ESL, or the general population.

tag(s): animals (265), clothing (5), french (70), human body (93), spanish (94), transportation (35)

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Caution: Since this site was developed in France, the attitude toward nudity is different from that in the U.S. Illustrations under the human body section include nudity and labeling of ALL body parts. However, this is a very comprehensive visual dictionary and not directed just toward younger children.

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Science Snacks - Hands-on Science Activities - Exploratorium

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4 to 8
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Science teachers will find lots of opportunities in this collection of hands-on science projects, each of which illustrates concepts. This page is home to several dozen projects in...more
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Science teachers will find lots of opportunities in this collection of hands-on science projects, each of which illustrates concepts. This page is home to several dozen projects in topics like planet earth, sport science, human body, and mind and perception. While some projects require more elaboate supplies and equipment, others are fairly simple.

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Try this link when you need a hands-on illustration to a principle in your curriculum. If you have gifted students, you may want to share this link with their parents for some at-home enrichment, as well.

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