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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Science Internet Resources #2 - January 2012


Play a virtual coral reef game and discover the fascinating creatures that live on a coral reef, play fun games that show you who eats who, and learn what you can do to keep coral reefs healthy.

Resources and activities to extend hygiene messages and prevent the spread of germs in your classroom.  Lessons for students in grades K-5 included with a take home activity to share with families to help prevent the spread of germs at home.

A collection of more than 50,000 educational materials including lesson plans, units, and activities sponsored by the National Education Association.

The Encyclopedia of Life provides over 1 Million images through a community to provide global access to knowledge about life on Earth.

Lesson plans, educational videos, activities and puzzles that encourage environmental stewardship for grades K-5 and explore the unique ecosystems found across the United States with an interactive map.

Rich and challenging science units, lessons and assessments to boost math and science achievement among Spanish-speaking students in K-3rd grade.

Students in grades 2-4 explore the differences between reptiles through a video enhanced lesson based on the PBS series NATURE.

A series of 4 eight-minute videos in which 16 Nobel Laureates share their opinions on why chemistry is important.

Teachers can access lesson plans, games and information about energy, fuel cells, edible cars, model cars, electrify, hybrid engines and teen driving for grades K-12.

Take a fun microbe personality quiz and find out which microbe is most like you, for grades K-12.

High School science Oceanography Jeopardy game.

Listen to recordings and interviews with scientists on a wide range of science topics that are appropriate to share with middle and high school students.

Make Goofy Putty with your 5-8th grade students and learn about measurement, mixtures, solutions and polymers.

Climate change curricula for high school students.

Learn the best practices for teaching global climate change to middle and high school students through these self-paced lessons for teachers from PBS and NASA.

K-12 science lessons and web resources for teachers, students and families.

Humans in Space Curriculum includes units exploring the themes NASA engineers consider when planning human explorations into space for grades K-12.

A computer simulation program for grades 6-10 in which students assume the roles of NASA engineers and launch a shuttle from their own classrooms. Teachers can access lessons to help students prepare for the launch experience.

In NASA’s Station Spacewalk Game, students in grades 5-8 are virtual astronauts on the International Space Station.

Interactive games and animated clips to introduce K-5 students to the Air Quality Index and how pollution is measured in the air.

Lessons and articles to promote environmental health literacy among high school students.  Educators can access learning modules for grades 9-12 with cooperative, critical-thinking activities and real-world examples.

The Forest Service is committed to connecting kids with nature and the outdoors by providing students, parents and teachers with youth-oriented information and resources related to natural resources and the environment.

Students ages 7-12 learn about nautical charts through interactive games and activities.  This site also offers multimedia resources, video clips and interviews with ocean scientists.


All Links have been verified and are working as of January 31, 2012.
© Lisa Michalek

Friday, January 27, 2012

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Free Science Internet Resources - January 2012 via The Lesson Guide


Free access to more than 600 items including: Are appropriate for middle and early high school students, test student understanding in the earth, life, physical sciences, and the nature of science and test for common misconceptions as well as correct ideas. This website also includes data on how well U.S. students are doing in science and where they are having difficulties and “My Item Bank,” a feature that allows you to select, save, and print items and answer keys.

Access games, resources, learning modules, and career information materials science and engineering.

a collection of online Earth system science activities. Each activity, or chapter, introduces one or more scientific data sets and analysis tools that enables users to explore some aspect of the Earth system.

This website provides students, teachers and families with information and resources about the career opportunities in the pharmacy field.

Students in grades 2-6 build a car and learn that moving air pushing against an object can make the object move.

Through this Interactive, students work as a medieval architect and build various arches and supports, learning about the forces involved along the way.

A series of online games exploring drugs of abuse (inhalants, Ecstasy, opioids) and their effects on the human body.

Educational games focused on science, math, and critical thinking for grades 2-12. Each game includes a teacher’s guide and glossary.
 
Biology lectures, short talks, seminars and full-length videos.

Multimedia learning series for middle and high school students featuring videos, documents, images and lesson plans.

Modules for grades 6-12 containing lessons that include real scientific data covering El Nino, Sea Levels, Water Quality and Ocean Acidification.

Experience the International Space Station (ISS) in real time allowing visitors to access ISS data, explore the mission control console center in 3-D, watch the construction of the ISS, and learn about the countries that created it.

Create or redesign a game for ISS astronauts to play in space.

Case studies and lesson plans exploring environmental projects around the world.  Included are videos, PowerPoint presentations, narratives, student worksheets, and teacher keys.

Fire Safety Website including resources for K-6 classrooms with games, take-home activity, resources and students can send a question to a real firefighter.

Follow the course of blood through the heart and body; learn about the structure of the heart; and find tips on how to live a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Satellite Meteorology course was developed for middle and high school science classes. Satellite Meteorology provides scientists and educators with exciting tools for investigation, inquiry, analysis and stewardship.

The Chemical Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - the Journal of Chemical Education has worked to assimilate the 17 stories into a standardized format along with PDF supplements for classroom distribution of the stories and problems separate from their respective solutions.

This guide introduces middle and high school students and teachers to the hobby and science of model rocketry.  The guide presents information and activities about rocket history, with instructions for building various model rockets from simple to more challenging models.
 
Lesson plans, informational brochures, and fact sheets to aid in student understanding of coral reef ecology with more than 10,000 downloadable images.

Unit Plans to provide students a more-in depth opportunity for learning to access and use authentic satellite data.

An interactive website for elementary and middle level students and teachers to learn about four different types of hazardous waste and how to clean up each type.

Elementary and middle school students can learn about everyday chemicals found in the home.

Emphasize the importance of maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle with these education materials from the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service’s Eat Smart. Play Hard. Campaign. Resources include lesson plans, posters, activity sheets and a website for parents and caregivers.

An activity for students in grades 9-12 that introduces that basic principles of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and provides practice opportunities in locating specific features on a topographic map.

Explore how Earth’s climate has changed in the past and how it may change in the future.

A two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach.

This site presents facts about America’s current energy system in four main topics.

Winning activities and accompanying materials from NASA’s Top Stars contest.

This polar bear and artic climate unit has interdisciplinary lessons for upper middle school students; links to educational materials and games, posters, quizzes, videos and information on how to connect your classroom with the tundra.
 
A few activities that researchers and teachers at IceCube developed along with other Antarctic related activities.

An organization dedicated to the conservation of nature through wildlife film and photography.  Teachers can access more than 40,000 digital wildlife images and 6,000 wildlife films.

Learn about citizen science initiatives that students can participate in.

An educational kit for students in grades 4-7 about how to care for small pets, such as rabbits, hamsters, and guinea pigs.

This website presents Earth Science exercises for K-12 classrooms that use Google Earth.

A two-hour, online interactive inquiry-based module that discusses how the body makes use of nutrients in food after it is digested into simpler substances.

A collection of teacher-submitted technology lesson plans for all levels and subjects.

More than 50 games and activities and interactive adventures that introduce U.S. National Parks and describe what makes these places special can be found on this website.

A lunar adventure game where users assume the role of an exploration team member in a futuristic 3-D lunar settlement to inspire, engage, and educate students about agency technologies, job opportunities, and the future of space exploration.


All Links have been verified and are working as of January 15, 2012.
© Lisa Michalek
The Lesson Guide

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Genetics, DNA, RNA, and Genetic Engineering Unit Bundle - 17 files


The topics of Genetics, DNA, RNA, and Genetic Engineering are included in this bundle. Each topic contains a PowerPoint presentation, Notes Outline, Homework Assignments, and Exam. In total, there are 3 PowerPoint Presentation Lessons, 2 PP Notebooks for Smartboard, 2 Note Outlines, 1 Homework Assignments, 1 Laboratory Assignment, 1 Unit Vocabulary Transparency, 4 Test Prep Question Banks, and 3 Exams.

This bundled product includes the following topics in Genetics Unit Bundle -17 files:

This presentation Lesson Plan has 27 slides on the following topics: What is Genetics, Variation, Species and Chromosome Number, Chromosome Arrangement, Gregor Mendel, The Gene-Chromosome Theory, Alleles, Inheritance of Traits, Mendel's Experiments, Genetic Terms, Punnett Squares, Gene Linkage, Crossing-Over, Incomplete Dominance, Inheritance of Sex, Sex-Linked Inheritance.


This is a 9 page presentation Lesson Plan on the topic of the Genetics of Alcoholism. This presentation includes extensive notes to be read during the presentation.

This presentation Lesson Plan has 20 slides on the following topics: Chemical Basis for Genetics, Nucleotides, Nitrogenous Bases of DNA, DNA Structure, DNA Replication, RNA - Ribonucleic Acid, Mutations, Human Genetic Diseases, Genetic Engineering, How to Clone a Sheep.


© Lisa Michalek