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Gene Scene Grades 3 to 7 National Museum of American History

Here’s an introduction to genetics – complete with simple, but relevant examples and quizzes – that will keep upper elementary students engaged in the material. The design encourages students to explore topics in whatever order they choose, and various components all encourage student input and response. This unit is part of the American Museum of Natural History’s “Ology” series that explores different aspects of the life sciences.

A Hands-on Approach to Environmental Quality Grades 7 to 12 Yale University

By planting, tending, and harvesting an organic garden, students learn about environmental quality and their roles in the problem.

Acid Rain Grades 4 to 12 US Government

This EPA page offers information on the science behind acid rain, as well as specific information for students. It also includes examples of mitigation activities, a glossary, and related resources

Acid Rain Grades 4 to 12

This Canadian site offers information on the origins and mitigation of acid rain, including a section specifically for students. Other sections of the site may also be useful to teachers and some students.

Activities from “Genetics: Decoding Life” Grades 6 to 12 Chicago Museum of Science

Here’s a collection of surprisingly usable activities to introduce middle and high school students to genetics, DNA, and related subject areas. Some of these produce interesting results from procedures that require very little skill or equipment. The remainder of the site offers background information, movie clips about DNA and genetics, and additional resource suggestions. Great site for middle or high school biology or science classes covering these topics.

Adobe Acrobat file Grades 1 to 12

This is the Adobe Acrobat files for a Primer on Molecular Genetics

Alaska Touring with Cumberland Valley Grades 1 to 12 Cumberland Valley School District

Here’s an outstanding student-created site that is being built by a team of high school students who visited Alaska during the week of February 24, 2003. The site includes text, images, and video clips from the trip. The content, segmented by subject, was also mapped to the school district’s curriculum so that 1,200 students in Pennsylvania could take a virtual Alaska field trip. Teachers will want to review this one thoroughly because of its many possible uses. You’ll find everything from tsunami warnings to Native culture to reviews of reindeer sausage.

Bet the Farm! Grades 6 to 12 Columbus Science Museum

This farming simulation is no leisure game. It blends biology, weather, and economic concepts to produce a sophisticated simulation of a farming environment. It’s a great exercise to illustrate all the factors that go into any business, and the presentation is sure to hold students’ attention. From the Columbus Science Museum

There’s lots of depth to this one. A thorough preview will help you decide how deeply students should work.

Biodiversity Grades 4 to 7 American Museum of Natural History

Everything Counts is the theme of this elementary unit on how ecosystems, resources, and cultures all relate to one another. The unit’s text and illustrations make their points in simple terms. This unit is part of the American Museum of Natural History’s “Ology” series that explores different aspects of the life sciences.

Bioethics in the Language Arts Classroom : Engaging Middle School Students Grades 6 to 9 NCTE

Teach research skills and critical thinking skills through investigation of controversial issues in the sciences. The write up includes sample student handout questions and a format for research.

Biology in Motion Grades 7 to 12

This site offers an interesting collection of Flash-animated biology illustrations. They range from a cardiovascular simulation to a description of fat metabolism to a fascinating genetic mutation simulation. While the collection is eclectic, the execution is well worth a peek if you’re in search of a “grabber” or two to insert into a lesson unit.

Biology4Kids Grades 6 to 12

This site offers an introduction to three areas of bioology: cells, chemistry, and ecology, along with a set of study materials. Though the concepts are “real science,” the language is approachable and interesting enough to keep students engaged. This site is well worth a look for use as either a self-study or a resource to accompany an introduction to biology. Part of the Kapili.com collection.

Bioservers Grades 1 to 12

This site offers user-friendly tools to launch DNA database searches, statistical analyses, and population modeling from a centralized workspace. These tools may be of particular use to AP students working on biology projects, or for teachers interested in developing simulations for use with their classes.

Bioterror Grades 6 to 12 NOVA

This companion site to the November, 2001 PBS Nova program by the same name offers a look at the history of bioterrorism (it goes back hundreds of years), the question of prevention, and the ways in which scientists search for an develop vaccines to combat these diseases. The site includes several interactive Flash demonstrations that encourage users to do their own experimenting with vaccine research.

Blueprint of the Body Grades 1 to 12 CNN

This CNN special on the complete mapping of the human genome offers lots of resources, images, and interviews discussing the implications for science, business, ethics, and other fields. There’s a lot here, and it may be overwhelming if used as a starting point.

Butterfly Lab Grades 4 to 12

Butterflies have become a popular species study in many schools. This site offers something approaching one-stop shopping for information on butterfly life cycles, behaviors, migration, and species. Surf in as much depth as your students needs or time permit, but there’s plenty of useful information here.

Butterfly lesson ideas Grades 4 to 8

Here’s a whole collection of submissions from other teachers describing science projects involving butterflies. Since migration is part of the butterfly life cycle, there are lots of opportunities here for comparing butterfly counts and data with schools in other parts of the country. In any case, it’s a good resource for lesson ideas. This page is part of a larger butterfly site with other resources.

By the Sea Grades 3 to 8

This is a somewhat different look at seashore environments from the Oceans and Fisheries department that works in Canada’s Atlantic provinces. There is information about shoreline habitats, the impact of development on shoreline environments, and the life forms and ecosystem of shoreline areas. There is also a variety of lesson information.

This site would be a nice comparison to a similar site from a southern or tropical location. How does the environment differ in the two locations?

California Sea Otter Grades 4 to 12 The Otter Project

Learn about the life and ecosystems that support the California Sea Otter at this site dedicated to the preservation of these creatures. Besides being undeniably cute, otters occupy a complex niche in marine ecosystems. Learn more here.

Chemical Backgrounders Grades 6 to 12 National Safety Council

This site offers descriptive, usage, and safety information for scores of chemicals. Chemistry and science teachers may find this information useful in establishing safety or usage guidelines for specific chemicals used in laboratories or other activities.


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