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Lesson Plans (17) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (4) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Assessments (1) Any activity or resource teachers use to help gauge student progress.
Informational Materials (3) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Interactives/Games (2) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (2) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
and/or acquire a skill.  Examples include, but are not limited to, online tutorials, experiments, 
demonstrations, and hands-on activities.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Play It Safe!!!
Description: Students will learn and demonstrate lab safety rules. They will work in groups to create a script and digital video of themselves acting out the incorrect practices of lab safety. The video will then be uploaded for access.  Students other that the ones acting will note on paper the  lab safety rule that was violated and suggest the proper safety rule.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Surface Water Testing
Description: In this environmental science lab you will chemically test a nearby creek or pond for dissolved oxygen, pH, alkalinity, hardness and turbidity.  This is a field test and will determine the water quality of standing body of water.  The lab will also test for the presence of coliform bacteria. 


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Barf Biology (An Extended Owl Pellet Dissection)
Description: As part of the study of the biosphere, the students will create pyramids using owl pellets.  In groups, students will dissect owl pellets to aquire information about owl consumption.  Groups will then create an ecological pyramid, a number pyramid, and a biomass pyramid.  These creations will be composed into a vodcast to be shared on school tube.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Plants, Pigments and Colors
Description: In this hands-on, inquiry based lesson students will see the role of pigments in the in the process of photosynthesis. Students will use the process of chromatography to separate plant pigments. Students will then see the function of these pigments in helping plants maintain life.


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Subject: Science (8 - 12)
Title: The Legend of the Mummy’s Curse- Fact or Fiction?
Description: This is a technology-based, hands-on Biology lesson used to introduce the scientific method to students. Students will make a prediction on whether they think the curse is true or false. Students will listen to a podcast describing a scientific investigation of the curse. Students will then research the Mummy’s curse using the internet and answer questions about the investigation.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Introduction to the Light Microscope: The Virtual Microscope
Description: This is a Microscope Internet Lab that can be used as a virtual lab for a whole class or as a make-up lab.   The virtual microscope is a little more complicated than the microscope that are used in the labs but it will not be difficult to use.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title:  Body Tissue Lab
Description: Students will complete a virtual lab on Human Body Tissues.  This lab can be found by going to http://wps.aw.com/bc_marieb_ehap_8/25/6525/1670654.cw/index.html and clicking on "Histology" under the "Chapter Features."   In this lab, students will be in groups of two in a computer lab.  Students will go to the website listed above to view and draw specific body tissues that are outlined in the student e-lab that they will have to download.  At the end of the assignment, students will make a portfolio of their tissues.  Students will be assessed using a e-rubric that they will also have to download.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Exploring the Halogens - Group 17 Elements
Description: In this lesson students will review the location of the halogens on the Periodic Table. In addition students will use a lab investigation to explore the chemical and physical properties of the elements in this group. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Something's Fishy: A Lesson in Biological Sampling
Description: Determining the population in a larger area by tagging. By using proper scientific method and careful sampling procedures, students learn how biologists work in the field to collect data about a population. Students will also calculate their percent error.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Toilet Paper Strength
Description: This investigation creates a scientific problem for students to solve. Students will use the scientific method to determine which brand of toilet paper is strongest. The lesson familiarizes students with the strategies of the scientific method. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Safety in the Science Lab
Description: Students, working in groups, write and produce a video on laboratory safety. This can be done as an interdiciplinary activity with the English and/or drama departments.


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Subject: Science
Title: Bacteria Ballistics     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the possibility that microbes from Mars may have once seeded the Earth. In this interview, you'll hear about an unusual experiment that could help provide the answer. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Introduction to Natural Selection     
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to develop an understanding of natural selection, specifically, how it unfolds from generation to generation. It is an introduction to natural selection and is suited to any student who is just beginning his or her discovery of evolution.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Glowing Wounds     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a Civil War legend of soldiers' glowing war wounds that may actually be based in fact. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Health
Title: Adolescent Sleep     
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to discuss, summarize, and express alternative positions regarding a study on adolescent sleep. In this lesson, students examine the arguments for and against changing the school start time for high school students based upon the findings of the scientific research study.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: A Mendel Seminar     
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson, constructed around Gregor Mendel's 1865 paper, is an advanced lesson in history, scientific inquiry, methodology, classical genetics, and plant biology. In this lesson, students are guided through a thorough discussion of part of the paper Mendel wrote about his pea plant experiments.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Plasmolysis in Elodea Plant Cells     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students microscopically detect the presence of chloroplasts, cell walls and cell membranes of the common aquarium plant, Elodea. Students then determine the effects of different salt solutions on the Elodea plant cell structures.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



ALEX Podcasts


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How to Light a Bunsen Burner.
Overview:
We show you the correct and safe way to light a Bunsen burner.


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How to Test for Sugar
Overview:
This four minute podcast is a step-by-step illustration of how to test for sugar using Benedicts solution.


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Subject: Science
Title: Bacteria Ballistics     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the possibility that microbes from Mars may have once seeded the Earth. In this interview, you'll hear about an unusual experiment that could help provide the answer. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Glowing Wounds     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a Civil War legend of soldiers' glowing war wounds that may actually be based in fact. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Web Resources


Podcasts


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Chemistry 101: The Scientific Method
http://www.gpb.org/c...
This is a GPB Television Podcast on the Scientific Method

Assessments


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Lab Equipment Quiz
http://www.sciencege...
Online, interactive, lab equipment quiz provides immediate feedback to students. This quiz also contains equipment used in the chemistry lab.

Informational Materials


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Educational Resources on Photosynthesis for Teachers and Students
http://photoscience....
This web page, from Arizona State University, features an extensive list of links to resources that discuss photosynthesis at varying degrees of complexity.

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Human Genome Project (by the U.S. Dept. of Energy)
http://genomics.ener...
Information about the Human Genome Project, Microbial Genome Research, Image Gallery, and Biomass to Biofuel Report.

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Scientific Method at an AP Level
http://biology.clc.u...
This site contains both informational content about the scientific process and how to write and proof a scientific paper. Examples of actual scientific experiments leading to major discoveries are included, as well as the opportunity to test your writing of a hypothesis, with feedback. It leads into writing scientific papers.

Interactives/Games


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Carbon Transfer through Snails and Elodea
http://www.classzone...
Students set up an aquarium with snail eggs on Elodea plants. Different lab tests are carried out, with results recorded in an online lab notebook, to identify the transfer of carbon throughout the environment. Evaluation questions can be filled out online or on paper and submitted to the teacher.

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Lab Safety Tutorial
http://www.baruch.cu...
This website offers a tutorial to lab safety. It covers a tour of a virtual biology lab, a look at some of the lab equipment, safety rules and a short quiz at the end.

Learning Activities


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Carbon Transfer through Snails and Elodea
http://www.classzone...
Students set up an aquarium with snail eggs on Elodea plants. Different lab tests are carried out, with results recorded in an online lab notebook, to identify the transfer of carbon throughout the environment. Evaluation questions can be filled out online or on paper and submitted to the teacher.

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Scientific Method and Writing a Scientific Paper
http://biology.clc.u...
Student groups perform a literature review and design an experiment, following all steps of the scientific method, to answer a proposed question, analyze their "data", and write a conclusion and bibliography section. A grading sheet is included.

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