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Explore Learning Ecosystem Resources - Explore Learning

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Explore Learning offers several resources for teaching and learning about ecosystems. Choose from several different topics including food chains and various kinds of ecosystems. Choose...more
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Explore Learning offers several resources for teaching and learning about ecosystems. Choose from several different topics including food chains and various kinds of ecosystems. Choose any link to obtain complete lesson information including lesson materials and assessments. Some materials are available in other languages. Most items are available to account holders only; signup is free.

tag(s): animals (320), coral (12), ecosystems (91), food chains (26), ponds (9), population (64)

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Take advantage of the many free resources shared on this site for teaching about ecosystems. Ask students to create infographics sharing information they learn. Canva, reviewed here, offers free resources for creating infographics. Have students create animated videos sharing information about ecosystems using Powtoon, reviewed here.
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California Chaparral Institute - The Chaparral Institute

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Learn about California's most extensive ecosystem with information shared by the California Chaparral Institute, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of native shrublands throughout...more
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Learn about California's most extensive ecosystem with information shared by the California Chaparral Institute, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of native shrublands throughout the world. Choose from links to learn basic facts about the chaparral, preservation efforts, threats to the biome, and the institute's preservation plan. Other items on the site include information on animals found in the chaparral.

tag(s): animal homes (62), animals (320), biomes (139), habitats (108)

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Include this site with your other resources for teaching about biomes and habitats. Before introducing this site, find out what students already know about chaparrals using a virtual bulletin board like Webnotes, reviewed here, to record student responses. Instead of sharing a list of links with students, consider using a bookmarking tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here, to organize and share information through one easy-to-use link. At the end of your biome unit ask students to create a multimedia presentation using Sway, reviewed here. Sway offers tools to easily create professsional looking presentations including images, videos, and more.

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The Taiga Biome - borealbiome

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Discover basic information about the taiga biome on this site. Choose from the different links to learn about plants and animals, locations around the world, and changes occurring due...more
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Discover basic information about the taiga biome on this site. Choose from the different links to learn about plants and animals, locations around the world, and changes occurring due to human impact. This site also includes a short video with images of animals found in the taiga. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): biomes (139), forests (34), habitats (108)

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This site contains basic information to use as an introduction to taiga biomes. Include it when sharing other resources with your class. Consider using a bookmarking tool like SearchTeam, reviewed here, to consolidate and share resources in one place. As you and your students progress throughout your biome unit, use a video response tool like FlipGrid, reviewed here, to share student ideas and information learned. Instead of assigning a written or oral presentation at the end of your unit, ask students to create an animated video using My Simpleshow, reviewed here. MySimpleShow offers easy tools to create animated explainer videos.

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Temperate Rainforest Facts - temperate-rainforest-facts.com

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As advertised in the title, this no-frills site offers just the facts about temperate rainforests. The home page features basic information about rainforests along with facts about...more
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As advertised in the title, this no-frills site offers just the facts about temperate rainforests. The home page features basic information about rainforests along with facts about the canopy layers. Choose from additional links to learn animal and plant facts.
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tag(s): biomes (139), habitats (108), rainforests (21)

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Include this site with your other resources when teaching about biomes and habitats. Instead of asking students to take notes or create flashcards, learn vocabulary using online games like Baamboozle, reviewed here. Baamboozle allows you to quickly create games for teams of two and automatically keeps score during gameplay. Upon completion of your unit consider having students create online books using a tool like Book Creator, reviewed here. Book Creator includes many features to create interactive books including adding video, text, audio, and images.

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Temperate Rain Forest Biome - Earth Eclipse

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This site features facts and information related to temperate rainforests. Scroll through to learn about changes due to climate change and deforestation. Other portions share the climate,...more
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This site features facts and information related to temperate rainforests. Scroll through to learn about changes due to climate change and deforestation. Other portions share the climate, locations, plants, animals, and other data related to rainforests.
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tag(s): biomes (139), habitats (108), rainforests (21)

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Information found on this site provides an excellent starting point to find basic rainforest information. Share it on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector as you discuss biomes and as a way to access students' prior knowledge of the subject. Instead of using classroom dictionaries, use an online dictionary like the Miriam Webster Dictionary Page, reviewed here, to look up vocabulary terms. Include this site with your resources for your biome unit, consider saving bookmarks to share with students using a tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here. Instead of having students write reports at the end of your unit, ask them to use Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create custom maps featuring locations and facts about biomes you studied.

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What Eats? - whateats.com

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Find out the diet of different animals in What Eats? Type in the name of an animal to view a description of what it eats, and what eats it! Other ...more
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Find out the diet of different animals in What Eats? Type in the name of an animal to view a description of what it eats, and what eats it! Other portions of the site describe different kinds of food webs, types of animal diets, and even an African food chain in Spanish.
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tag(s): animals (320), food chains (26)

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When introducing your animal unit, add an extension to your Internet browser like Sticky Notes, reviewed here, to project and share student's ideas as you begin discussing animals and food webs. Edit, add, or delete notes as needed as you move throughout your unit. Add a link to What Eats? on classroom computers. As students learn about specific animals or food webs, ask them to create interactive images using ThingLink, reviewed here, to add text, links, and additional information. Have younger students use a tool like WriteReader, reviewed here, to create an online storybook sharing information learned. WriteReader includes tools for sharing student writing along with correct spelling underneath. For older students, try a book creation tool like Story Maps, reviewed here, to add additional information including map locations.

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Encyclopedic Entries - National Geographic

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Think of this site as a digital, illustrated encyclopedia of environmental words and terms. Choose any entry to find beautiful images along with complete encyclopedic entries and additional...more
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Think of this site as a digital, illustrated encyclopedia of environmental words and terms. Choose any entry to find beautiful images along with complete encyclopedic entries and additional resources. Use filters to search by keyword, grade level, or subject.

tag(s): continents (51), ecology (133), environment (322), oceans (166), space (226), weather (205)

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Take advantage of the information on this site for use throughout the school year. Consider choosing an entry each week to share with students and explore further. Use a bookmarking site like Symbaloo, reviewed here, to share other links on the same topic. Ask students to locate information on Google Maps and create a story to tell about their topic using a site like Heganoo, reviewed here. Heganoo allows you to create interactive maps including images, videos, and more to tell a story.

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Ecosystems, Organisms, and Trophic Levels - McGraw Hill Education

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Explore a variety of biomes in this virtual lab as you search for organisms living in each environment. Answer field observation questions to discuss the found organisms and their relationship...more
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Explore a variety of biomes in this virtual lab as you search for organisms living in each environment. Answer field observation questions to discuss the found organisms and their relationship to its ecosystem. Follow the directions to choose questions about the tundra, taiga, desert, freshwater lake, and rainforest. This virtual lab also includes a journal containing additional information along with diagrams of food webs and more.

tag(s): biomes (139), ecosystems (91), organisms (20), rainforests (21), tundra (20)

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Include this virtual lab as part of your lessons on ecosystems and biomes. Instead of just completing these online activities, take student learning a step further and have students write blogs to share and discuss the information learned while completing this virtual lab. Edublogs, reviewed here, provides a free blogging tool for students and educators. Personalize learning even more by using Skype, reviewed here, to conduct a class interview with a park ranger or scientist studying ecosystems. Consider using a class Twitter account, reviewed here, and following favorite scientists using Daily 140, reviewed here. Daily 140 allows you to enter "handles" of up to three people you want to track. Each day receive an email with a list of all new people they have followed and tweets they have favorited.
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Virtual Lab: Communities and Biomes - McGraw Hill Education

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Create and maintain a marine biome with this virtual lab. During this lab, you set up a reef tank and collect data over a (virtual) 12 week period. Along the ...more
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Create and maintain a marine biome with this virtual lab. During this lab, you set up a reef tank and collect data over a (virtual) 12 week period. Along the way, participants learn about using water testing strips to check ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite levels in the tank and monitor ph levels. Other activities include viewing the effect of adding rocks and fish to populate the tank. Throughout the activity, use the journal and tables provided to record data, and answer question prompts.

tag(s): biomes (139), habitats (108), marine biology (36)

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Include this virtual lab as part of your lessons on biomes, specifically the marine biome. Have students complete the journal entries and fill in tables then print to include with your end of unit assessments. Take this activity a step further and have students write blogs to share and discuss their work in maintaining a proper marine environment. Edublogs, reviewed here, provides a free blogging tool for students and educators. Learn even more about marine biomes through a Skype call, reviewed here, to a marine researcher. Alternatively, you might find a webcast on marine science and a scientist to follow at STEM in 30, reviewed here.
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Cabinet of Curiosities - Philippe Cousteau Jr.

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Cabinet of Curiosities is a site created by the grandson of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau to introduce STEM careers to young people. Links within the cabinet take users to eight...more
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Cabinet of Curiosities is a site created by the grandson of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau to introduce STEM careers to young people. Links within the cabinet take users to eight different categories including short video explanations by professionals within the field. Click on any image within the cabinet to view a short description of an item used for a STEM career and one or more videos. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as ClipGrab, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): anthropology (12), careers (146), communication (13), ecology (133), engineering (133), marine biology (36), oceans (166), STEM (193)

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Bookmark and save to use when exploring career options with students. Ask students to use information found on this site and others to create an infographic sharing information about a chosen career. Canva, reviewed here, offers many templates for creating infographics. To increase student knowledge of options within STEM careers, have groups of students create a weekly podcast sharing different career fields. Buzzsprout, reviewed here, is an online tool to use when creating and hosting podcasts.

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OK2Ask: Free Microsoft Tools to Make Learning Accessible and Inclusive - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Making a learning environment accessible for everyone is critical to a successful...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from February 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Making a learning environment accessible for everyone is critical to a successful inclusive classroom. Today's classrooms are diverse and include English Language Learners and students with learning challenges, whether they have been identified or not. Every teacher needs to be able to create and deliver content in a way that is accessible to each student. Fortunately, teachers already have free technologies at their disposal to assist with this. Join us as we explore strategies and tools that facilitate an inclusive learning environment. Participants will: 1. Understand the importance of accessibility; 2. Explore Microsoft tools that can be used to create accessible materials; and 3. Identify an easy new habit, hack, and/or tool they can adopt to help make the material accessible for their students. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Accessibility (3), differentiation (45), Microsoft (39), Special Needs (35)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Make the Most of Your TeachersFirst Membership - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Inspire technology integrated lessons for student learning based on web-based...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from January 2018, opens in Adobe Connect. Inspire technology integrated lessons for student learning based on web-based resources. Learn about the features and benefits of your free TeachersFirst membership. This session will briefly share how to find and use resources on TeachersFirst to help you save time. Remember, it is OK2Ask questions at any time! Participants will: 1. Explore TeachersFirst membership features; 2. Identify and share resources to support classroom instruction; and 3. Prepare to use the features of TeachersFirst membership to maximize student learning. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Chaparral Biome - Blue Planet Biomes

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Visit this site to learn more about the chaparral biome. Choose from links on the page to learn about the animals, plants, locations, and climate in this biome which is ...more
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Visit this site to learn more about the chaparral biome. Choose from links on the page to learn about the animals, plants, locations, and climate in this biome which is found on most in continents. Be sure to check out this site for an excellent starting point to learn about one of the world's lesser-known biomes.
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tag(s): animal homes (62), biomes (139), habitats (108), plants (176)

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Include this site with your biome unit. Be sure to check out TeachersFirst interactive Biomes of the World Unit. This is an online research project for elementary and middle school students.

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Biomes of the World - Arizona State University School of Life Sciences

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Explore and learn about biomes through this interactive resource from the biologists at Arizona State University. Choose a particular biome to read and listen to information describing...more
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Explore and learn about biomes through this interactive resource from the biologists at Arizona State University. Choose a particular biome to read and listen to information describing the definition and characteristics of the biome. The show/hide words portion of each section provides definitions of vocabulary included in each part of the site. Other information on the site includes worksheets and coloring pages to print.

tag(s): biomes (139), deserts (18), forests (34), oceans (166), rainforests (21), rivers (24), tundra (20)

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Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts describing each different biome using the scientist's audio from the site as a model. Use a site such as Podcast Generator, reviewed here. Have students use a mapping tool such as Zeemaps, reviewed here, to create a map of biomes from around the world (or country) with audio stories and pictures included!
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Top 10 Animal Adaptations - Animal Planet

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This slideshow takes viewers through a list of 10 animal adaptations beginning with living in communities and ending with nest parasitism (using another species' nest for laying eggs)....more
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This slideshow takes viewers through a list of 10 animal adaptations beginning with living in communities and ending with nest parasitism (using another species' nest for laying eggs). Each slide contains a short description of the adaptation.
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tag(s): adaptations (18), animal homes (62), animals (320)

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Include this slideshow with any unit on animals. Create an online bulletin board using Padlet, reviewed here. Add a column to your Padlet for each adaptation and ask students to add animals to each category of adaptation. Ask students to create reports on animals and their adaptations, then use Flipsnack, reviewed here, to turn their PDFs into an online book. There is even a page-turning effect! If you only have a word doc or image use PDFaid, reviewed here, to convert them to PDF format.

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Biome Challenge - Diana Dell

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Test your knowledge of biomes with this 12 question quiz. The quiz begins with a question with a $500 value and moves up in difficulty to the final question worth ...more
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Test your knowledge of biomes with this 12 question quiz. The quiz begins with a question with a $500 value and moves up in difficulty to the final question worth $1,000,000. Use the three hints provided with each question, if needed, to choose the correct response from the four provided options.

tag(s): assessment (117), biomes (139), ecosystems (91)

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Use this site as either an activator to assess how much students know about biomes, OR as a review tool assessing what needs practice before an exam. Have students complete the activity individually on classroom computers, either simultaneously - or as a learning center or station. Be sure to post the site on your teacher wiki or webpage too, allowing students to review before an assessment both in and out of the classroom. Have students create their own quizzes using Quia or another quiz creation site such as Bamboozle, reviewed here.
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Biomes Jeopardy Review Game - SuperTeacherTools

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Review information about biomes with this Jeopardy-style game. Play using different options for teams or individuals. Choose the play live option to receive a code to join a game or...more
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Review information about biomes with this Jeopardy-style game. Play using different options for teams or individuals. Choose the play live option to receive a code to join a game or play directly from the game board by clicking on question and dollar amount options.
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tag(s): assessment (117), biomes (139), game based learning (137)

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Use this game as a quick assessment of prior knowledge at the beginning of your biome unit. Share a link on classroom computers and your website for students to play on their own to review concepts. Have students create their own Jeopardy game using Jeopardy Labs, reviewed here, to share and review facts before a unit test on any topic.

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Virtual Lab: Ecosystems, Organisms, and Trophic Levels - Glencoe

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Explore biomes and ecosystems in this virtual lab while seeking out various organisms found in each environment. Go further in the exploration to answer field observation questions...more
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Explore biomes and ecosystems in this virtual lab while seeking out various organisms found in each environment. Go further in the exploration to answer field observation questions seeking relationships between inhabitants of the ecosystems. Begin research by choosing a biome, then clicking on an organism. Earn points for correct answers throughout the lab. Be sure to check out the journal including descriptions and information about the inhabitants of each biome.

tag(s): animal homes (62), animals (320), biomes (139), ecology (133), ecosystems (91)

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Add this virtual lab to your biome and ecosystem unit resources. Have students explore the site as part of a science center or on their own as part of a flipped lesson. Ask students to choose one biome to explore in depth, and then share locations of these biomes around the world using Google Earth, reviewed here. Challenge students to create an annotated image of that biome or ecosystem including text boxes and related links using a tool such as ThingLink, reviewed here. Have them color-code the text or sources where they learned new or different information about the biome they explored.
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Genes to Cognition - Cold Spring Harbor Labratory and DNA Learning Center

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Genes to Cognition is an interactive focusing on neuroscience, specifically cognitive disorders and processes. Select an area to begin exploring topics including autism, ADHD, and depression....more
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Genes to Cognition is an interactive focusing on neuroscience, specifically cognitive disorders and processes. Select an area to begin exploring topics including autism, ADHD, and depression. Each item opens up to a web of information to explore further. Information is color-coded to make searching for specific items easier for you. Be sure to also check out additional features on this site including a 3-D brain and teacher features with classroom-related materials correlated to science and psychology standards.

tag(s): adhd (27), autism (17), brain (66), cells (99), genetics (87), psychology (64), Special Needs (35)

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When discussing cognitive disorders, use this resource first to obtain information. Be sure to explore the tools to understand how different subsets have an impact on other sets. Include this site when discussing anatomy and physiology, disorders that have an environmental and genetic component, and when discussing reactions within the body.
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Colorscope - CNN Creative and Dr. James Fox

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Discover how different cultures perceive and use color through a series of videos and articles from CNN Creative. Scroll through the home page to view options for colors then select...more
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Discover how different cultures perceive and use color through a series of videos and articles from CNN Creative. Scroll through the home page to view options for colors then select a color to watch the video. Learn interesting facts such as which color is the world's favorite and why yellow makes us happy.

tag(s): colors (78), cross cultural understanding (125), cultures (108), senses (31), video (272)

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Include this colorful series with lessons about our senses, cultures, and art. Use information from the videos to understand and analyze images from around the world including typical forms of clothing worn or great works of art. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to demonstrate cultural uses of color.

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