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Immediate plans to release our final two Biology Unit Bundles:
·        Reproduction (Sexual and Asexual) Unit Bundle
·        Genetics Unit Bundle

New Projects:
·        Earth Science Quiz and Exam packs for each Unit of study
·        Earth Science Test Prep Bundles for each Unit of Study
·        Earth Science Unit Bundles

Future Projects:
·      Chemistry for High School Lesson Plans, Chemistry Assessments, Chemistry Units, and Chemistry Test Prep Bundles.
·      Physics for High School Lesson Plans, Physics Assessments, Physics Units, Physics Test Prep Bundles.
·      Environmental Science for High School Lesson Plans, Environmental Science Assessments, Environmental Science Units, Environmental Science Test Prep Bundles.

All New Curriculum Projects to be posted in our TpT store.

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© Lisa Michalek
The Lesson Guide

Science Internet Resources #2 - December 2011

Science Objects Collection is a two-hour, online, interactive inquiry based content module to help teachers better understand Cell Division and Differentiation: Continuity of Life, Variation and Specialization of Cells, and Multicellular Organization.

Experience an up-close look at a tropical montane cloud forest using video clips and facts describing each different forest environment.  He site includes background information and lessons on water, weather, soils, ecology and science processes.

Chemical element videos created by high school students depicting an element from the periodic table of elements.

Science video games and simulations for classroom use.

The Nature PBS series offers video-enhanced lessons for students featuring episode clips and exploring various topics.  The website also includes behind-the-scenes interviews with scientists and interactive games for students.

The interactive science units teach high school students how to use scientific instruments meaningfully while stretching students’ imaginations and developing critical-thinking skills.

Lab Safety Training Videos with up-to-date information to help teachers improve laboratory safety.

More than 200 podcasts of engaging experiments requiring nothing more than typical kitchen equipment.

Gizmos science and math simulations targeted for use with students in grades 3-12.

A blog that is a one-stop shop for K-12 technology resources including lesson plans, teacher downloads, video creation resources, e-bo0ks, educational apps, resources lists and tips for blogs and websites.

A website for K-12 educators where members share successful projects, trade resources and connect with others interested in protecting the environment.

A film series presenting different visions of American society in the future exploring social issues and science fiction.

An online physics tutorial of 14 topics with graphics, animations, and assessment opportunities.

The Marshmallow Challenge

Connect your middle or high school science, technology, engineering, and mathematics classes to NASA exploration and discovery by joining the NASA Explorer Schools (NES) project.

Train ‘Like’ an Astronaut, an international fitness and nutrition education program for students ages 8-12. Students will practice scientific reasoning and teamwork while participating in hands-on training missions targeting strength, endurance, coordination, balance, spatial awareness, and more.

NASA’s annual publication highlighting innovations and examples of how NASA technology is used to improve everyday life.

Interactive games that teach K-5 students about which fish are safe to eat and an interactive map that teaches about the fish in your area.

An interactive, animated website for ages 8-11 encourages students to take an interest in their backyards learning about nature and wildlife as they complete games and earn patches.

The USDA offers food safety information for K-college students and teachers.  This website includes booklets, puzzles, word searches, activity downloads, curriculum materials, articles and other resources to introduce safe food practices.

This website introduces nearly 50 different career opportunities through video interviews, career profiles, tools to rate potential career choices, and an interactive game.

A monthly e-newsletter that informs high school teachers and students about the latest biomedical research.

All Links have been verified and are working as of December 23, 2011.
© Lisa Michalek
The Lesson Guide

Animal Kingdom: Mammals Unit Bundle - 8 files

This product includes the Animal Kingdom Mammals Unit Bundle - 8 files.

This topic contains a PowerPoint presentation, Notes Outline, Homework Assignments, Quizzes, and Unit Exam. In total, there is 1 PowerPoint Presentation Lesson Plan, 1 PP Notebook for Smartboard, 1 Notes Outline, 2 Homework Assignments, 2 Quizzes, and 1 Exam.

This bundled product includes the following topics in the Animal Kingdom Mammals Unit Bundle - 8 files:

This PowerPoint Lesson Plan contains 47 slides on the following topics of The Animal Kingdom - Mammals: Characteristics of Mammals, Hair, Mammalian Teeth, Body Temperature, Respiratory System, Heart and Circulatory System, Parental Care, Today's Mammals, Diversity, Reproduction, Monotremes, Monotreme Characteristics, Marsupial Characteristics, Placental Mammal Characteristics, Domestic Animals, Modern Placental Mammals, Order Rodentia, Order Chiroptera, Order Insectivora, Order Carnivora, Order Pinnipedia, Order Primates, Order Artiodactyla, Order Artiodactyla, Order Perissodactyla, Order Cetacea, Order Lagomorpha, Order Sirenia, Order Proboscidea, Order Edentata, Order Macroscelidea, Order Scandentia, Order Pholidota, Order Hyracoidea, Order Dermoptera, Order Tubulidentata.

© Lisa Michalek

Animal Kingdom: Reptiles and Birds Unit Bundle - 9 files

This product includes the Animal Kingdom: Reptiles and Birds Unit Bundle - 9 files.

Each topic contains a PowerPoint presentation, Notes Outline, Homework Assignments, Quizzes, and Unit Exam. In total, there is 1 PowerPoint Presentation Lesson Plan, 1 PP Notebook for Smartboard, 1 Notes Outline, 3 Homework Assignments, 2 Quizzes, and 1 Exam.

This bundled product includes the following topics in the Animal Kingdom: Reptiles and Birds Unit Bundle - 9 files:

This PowerPoint Lesson Plan contains 66 slides on the following topics of The Animal Kingdom - Reptiles and Birds: Reptiles and Birds, Characteristics of Reptiles, Class Reptilia, Bony Skeleton, Ectothermic Metabolism, Water Retention, Watertight Skin, Scales, Watertight Eggs, Amniotic Egg, Reptilian Lungs, Reptilian Heart, Reptilian Reproduction, Internal Fertilization, Oviparous, Ovoviviparous, Modern Reptiles, Lizards and Snakes, Order Squamata, Lizards, Snakes, Snake Body Structure, Snake Feeding, Rattlesnake, Rattle, Pit Organ, Jacobson's Organs, Reproductive Structures, Turtles and Tortoises, Turtle Evolution, Crocodilia, Crocodiles and Alligators, Tuataras, Order Rhynchocephalia, Characteristics of Birds, Class Aves, Feathers, Avian Skeleton, Avian Skeleton and Muscles, Endothermic Metabolism, Avian Heart Structure, Avian Lungs, Avian Respiration, Avian Digestive System, Avian Excretory System, External Avian Structures, Adaptations of Birds.

© Lisa Michalek

Animal Kingdom Fishes and Amphibians Unit Bundle - 9 files

This product includes the Animal Kingdom Fishes and Amphibians Unit Bundle - 9 files.

Each topic contains a PowerPoint presentation, Notes Outline, Homework Assignments, Quizzes, and Unit Exam. In total, there is 1 PowerPoint Presentation Lesson Plan, 1 PP Notebook for Smartboard, 1 Notes Outline, 3 Homework Assignments, 2 Quizzes, and 1 Exam.

This bundled product includes the following topics in the Animal Kingdom Fishes and Amphibians Unit Bundle - 9 files:

This PowerPoint Lesson Plan contains 57 slides on the following topics of The Animal Kingdom - Fishes and Amphibians: Fishes and Amphibians, Modern Fishes, Agnatha (Jawless Fishes), Chondrichthyes (Cartilaginous Fishes), Osteichthyes (Bony Fishes), Characteristics of Modern Fishes, Gills, Single-loop Blood Circulation, Vertebral Column (Backbone), Gill Filaments, Gill Slit, Countercurrent Gill Flow, Circulation of Blood, Tubular Heart, Chamber-Pump Heart, Sinus Venosus, Atrium, Ventricle, Conus Arteriosus, Kidneys, Nephrons, Urine, Reproduction, Claspers, Jawless Fishes, Lampreys, Hagfishes, Parasitic, Cartilaginous Fishes, Calcium Carbonate, Teeth of Shark, Skates, Rays, Bony Fishes, Lateral Line System, Sensory Cells, Cilia, Brain, Gill Cover, Operculum, Swim Bladder, Buoyancy, Ray-Finned Bony Fishes, Teleosts, Lobe-Finned Bony Fishes, Lungfishes, Coelacanth, Amphibians, Class Amphibia, Order Anura (Frogs and Toads), Order Urodela (Salamanders and Newts), Order Apods (Caecilians), Legs, Lungs, Double-Loop Circulation, Partially Divided Heart, Cutaneous Respiration, Skin Breathing, Amphibian Lungs, Circulation of Blood, Frogs and Toads, Reproduction in Frogs, Tadpoles, Metamorphosis, Salamanders, Salamander Reproduction, Caecilians.

© Lisa Michalek

Free Science Internet Resources - December 2011

The Scientists Teaching Science program is an OITE resource that provides NIH trainees with both an introduction to best practices in science education and an extended, in-depth examination of pedagogy; or the art and science of teaching.

Disney's Planet Challenge (DPC) is a project-based learning environmental competition for classrooms across the United States.

Online postings that address high-interest topics and can be used as discussion starters in science and social studies classes and afterschool science clubs

A monthly newsletter that offers skill-building activities, lesson plans, and teaching ideas in core subjects for preK-8 teachers

Middle School Science demonstrations to excite students about challenging science concepts

An online workspace where teachers flesh out and implement the ideas generated during the weekly Twitter science teachers’ chat, #SciChat.  The wikispaces includes member-contributed resources such as lesson plans, podcasts and vodcats, and resource-sharing sites.

Master teachers from 11 high schools developed science lesson plans based on the research of conference speakers.

A curriculum guide for students in grades 6-8 that explores the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for the whole body, including the eyes.

20 science activities for parents and kids to do together - Designed for children ages 6-12.  Each activity includes background information, procedures, and additional resources.

“Make Waves – Discover Science” poster series -  Each poster includes a guidebook with definitions, suggested activities, additional resources, and career profiles to help K-12 teachers incorporate the topic into the classroom.

Use this website to incorporate the latest environmental health and science news and research into high school science lessons.

Teachers can access lesson plans, activities, links, and ideas to enhance the teaching of science in grades 5-8.

Spellbound, How Kids Became Scientists - A video series that tells the story of scientists whose childhood curiosity about everyday things helped them launch careers in the lab, win Nobel Prizes, and make other achievements. Their curiosity, mentors, role models, and other early childhood experiences may point to approaches that can be used today, and tomorrow, in encouraging young people into careers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

Organized lists of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics resources for high school students - including interactive games, videos, lessons, and other multimedia experiences

“The Moon around the World” highlights the many aspects of the Moon through animations, fact pages, images and interactive games.

The USA Science and Engineering Festival’s monthly blog for middle and high school students, teachers, and parents

A collection of web-based curriculum resources in core subjects such as science, math, language arts, social studies and Spanish targeted for teachers and students in grades 6-12.  Resources include interactive tools, inquiries, web lessons, virtual labs, and video and audio tutorials in each subject.

A web-based visualization tool that allows space enthusiasts of all ages to explore the solar system in 3D

K-12 educators will find tools, resources, and ideas for teaching Earth science, space science, mathematics, and robotics.  The website also includes information for students about science, technology, engineering, and math programs and opportunities.

Hands-on science activity from NASA Quest challenges student teams to build a balloon rocket and use it to carry a paperclip payload.   Students learn about the processes involved in scientific experimentation.  This site includes student data sheets, background information, procedures, discussion questions, assessments, and extensions.

EPA database that can help K-12 educators learn about chemical safety and the effects of various toxins on humans and the environment.

A student’s Guide to Global Climate Change.  Information is presented via video, animations, interactive graphics, and “expeditions” in which students can learn how climate change will affect places worldwide.

A collection of resources for grades 6-12 that engages students in the voyages and discoveries presenting standards aligned lessons exploring the reasons for modern ocean exploration, background information for teachers on key topics and links to resources and lesson plans from the Ocean Explorer website.

“Inside Life Science” takes readers inside the science of health.

“The New Genetics” is a science education booklet explains the role of genes in health and disease, the basics of DNA and its molecular cousin RNA, and new directions in genetic research.

This initiative invites K-12 educators to create People’s Gardens in their communities and schools and to register them in the project database.

A website designed to inspire students to become the next generation of conservation leaders and assume the stewardship of our nation’s public lands. 

A collection of selected videotaped lectures that were given at USGS facilities - All of these lectures should be suitable for viewing by the general public and upper level students (grades 8 through university). Most videos are in MP4 format and are typically 60-90 minutes long (60 minute lecture plus question/answer).

A video produced by the U.S. Dept. of Education spotlights the successful teacher-training program.

All Links have been verified and are working as of December 4, 2011.
© Lisa Michalek