GradesK to 3
tag(s): life cycles (25)
In the ClassroomShare the Gallery with the class on a projector during lesson discussions.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomIntroduce the site on a projector or interactive whiteboard before asking students to investigate their own animal choices. Older students can do comparisons and contrasts to better understand the taxonomy and can also read about naming of species. See the teaching link for more ideas. Play the sounds on your computer speakers, especially if the animals are unfamiliar in your part of the world. Sounds require Quicktime. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..
This site also has a very public message about its authorship (college students) which can prompt a good discussion about reliability and appropriateness of sources. Reinforce critical evaluation of sources and information literacy in your science class, too!
Grades2 to 8
Be aware: the site says that it is "currently under construction" but all information and links work, they are simply adding additional material. There are some unobtrusive advertisements at this website.
In the ClassroomPerfect for a web quest or research tool for a project/report. Place on your classroom homepage or desktop to correlate with your weekly/daily theme. Lower elementary readers will need help with some of the text, but there are also pictures.
Grades3 to 8
In the ClassroomAssign students to explore a section and complete the genetic journey then use the computers to organize data and graph their D.N.A. findings. Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to share and compare findings.
Grades7 to 12
tag(s): dissection (11)
In the ClassroomThe site could be displayed on the LCD projector to teach as a whole-group lesson or lab. Students who opt out of actual dissection activities may be able to use this site instead.
Grades9 to 12
In the ClassroomThis site would be very handy for a research project or upper-level web quest. Include it on your teacher web page as you assign independent projects for both in and out of class. The pages are text-intensive, so an weak readers will need and alernate source or reader-partner.
GradesK to 8
In the ClassroomAs you study animals or read a selection about them in your language arts class, set up this site as a center. Teacher about scientific observation by having students "observe" the animals' behavior at specific times of the day or for a certain period of time. How often does a gorilla scratch? Look up the weather in Cincinnati to determine whether it has an impact on the animals' behavior. You don''t have to be there to conduct an "experiment." Search TeachersFirst for other webcams if these are not the animals you want.
Grades5 to 10
tag(s): trees (30)
In the ClassroomA good reference resource for outdoor outings involving leaf collecting or as a reference site during your botany unit. There are portions of the site where items and memberships are for sale, so preview and alert your students to avoid these areas.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomUpdate this project a little and have students deliver their reports via an interactive infographic using Canva, reviewed here, or a podcast which will give them practice on oral reporting and editing. Use a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here. Student groups can present their reports to the class or post the to the class wiki or webpage. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
Grades2 to 6
In the ClassroomUse this Webquest to introduce the connections between major social studies and science concepts. After students work in groups to investigate the different areas, bring the class together to share. Guide a class discussion to show how the different areas are linked and work together. Use the Relationship Wheel (see Teacher Guide) as a bulletin board to support understanding. The site information says it can be used in grades K-4, but non-readers cannot do the tasks without a reader! For independent workers, it is better suited (and quite applicable)for grades 2-6.
If you do this at the start of the school year, you can revisit the overarching connections as you begin study of each sub-area so you are connecting to prior knowledge every time. Teachers in later grades could even recall the overarching questions as they continue with the study of these topics. Be SURE to put the link on your teacher web page for students to revisit throughout the year.
Grades9 to 12
tag(s): engineering (133)
In the ClassroomDivide students carefully into well balanced groups so that they learn not only the topic of genetic engineering, but also the process of researching, analyzing, and presenting findings.
This site would make an excellent "hands-on" activity in a biology class where students can experience both scientific research and policy-making on a first hand basis. If your students are also studying government, they should have an even better sense of the processes involved.
Grades3 to 8
tag(s): migration (58)
In the ClassroomUse an interactive whiteboard or projector to take your students on this migration adventure. Follow the Bald Eagle as they migrate north. This site provides National Standards (K-8), lesson plans, literature connections, interactive activities and more.
Spring migration news is posted weekly, so plan some activities to coincide with the actual migration.
This is a great site to involve students in observing while at home during migratory seasons. They may end up following migrations long after we finish talking about it in class.David, VA, Grades: 4 - 8
GradesK to 12
tag(s): amazon (9), architecture (84), bridges (13), cells (99), density (24), engineering (133), environment (322), forces (48), friction (13), heart (40), human body (133), latitude (14), light (54), longitude (14), map skills (80), marine biology (36), mars (41), medicine (68), motion (70), pollution (65), robotics (26), rockets (18), simple machines (36), space (226), STEM (193)
In the ClassroomBookmark this site as a resource for finding STEM lessons and activities for all grade levels. Collaborate with your peers using a bookmarking tool like SearchTeam, reviewed here to share all of your resources. SearchTeam offers users the ability to add notes to shared resources making it easy to discuss and add comments to items shared. Instead of having students write journal entries during science or maker lab activities, use a video response tool like FlipGrid, reviewed here to have students respond to essential questions and comment on their peers' observations. As a culminating activity to a unit, ask students to create an explainer video answering essential questions to the unit topic. My Simpleshow, reviewed here is an easy to use tool for creating animated video explainers.
Grades1 to 6
tag(s): embryos (4)
In the ClassroomIf you are unable to hatch your own chicks, rent a projection screen and teach your students about the embryology of chicks via this website. The resources page provides lesson plans, standards and more for teachers.
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomInclude a link to this one among the resources on your teacher web page so stumped students have somewhere to turn while reviewing or doing homework. You must be a member to edit the dictionary, add posts to the forum, or suggest a resource (membership is free). Perhaps you want to set up a class account so you can add entries together from a projector in class.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomMake this a reference link from your teacher web page or use the site as a different way to introduce content so students can move at thier own pace.
Grades6 to 10
tag(s): cells (99)
In the ClassroomSome of the interactives would make good interactive whiteboard or partner-shared review games. The entire site should be a link from your teacher web page for students to use in at-home review.
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomSeveral of these interactives would be terrific on an interactive whiteboard or projector. The quizzes would be a great way to review on the whiteboard before a test.
GradesK to 8
tag(s): human body (133)