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Lesson Plans (8) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (1) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Assessments (2) Any activity or resource teachers use to help gauge student progress.
Informational Materials (2) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Interactives/Games (8) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (8) 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: English Language Arts (9), or Literacy Standards (6-12) (9 - 10), or Science (9 - 12)
Title: Creating Voki to Describe the Digestive System.
Description: Students will create a digital presentation using a Voki on the digestive system, organs, and accessory structures. This is a part of the unit on digestion and metabolism, and is performed at the beginning of the unit with additional content afterwards, especially on metabolism, nutrition, and digestive disorders. It involves the use of technology to research, create, and display a presentation. It may be completed individually or in small groups. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or English Language Arts (10), or Science (9 - 12), or Social Studies (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Biodiversity survey: Local ecosystem and food web investigation
Description: This is a hands on lesson in which students will explore their local community to identify living things. It can be used as part of a unit on biodiversity and energy transfer within a biology, zoology, or environmental science course, or as an enrichment assignment for AP biology or AP environmental science. This interdisciplinary high school lesson provides students with real life experience towards mastering objectives in art, English, science, technology, social studies, and math.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: What is in a Biome? 
Description: As part of the study of the biosphere, the students will create a lesson and provide a three dimensional model of teacher assigned biome.  In groups students will use lap tops to acquire information about assigned biome.  Groups will then create lesson presentation and a three dimensional model explaining identifying characteristics of assigned biome.


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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: Creating a Life Form
Description: In this particular lesson, the students will create an unknown life form and planet. The creation of the life forms will begin at the chemical level and be explained throughout the levels of organization to the level of organism. The life form has to represent the basic characteristics of life such as reproduction, growth and development, response to stimuli, etc.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 - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: It Takes a Rookery     
Description: In this Xpeditions activity, students explore the notion ofcommunity. They first study emperor penguin and other animal communities then apply what they have learned to determine how they can better participate in their own communities.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: Symbolic Analysis     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students use iteration, recursion, and algebra to model and analyze a changing fish population. They work to find additional equations and formulas to represent the data.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Let Me Hear Your Body Talk
Digital Tool: Science Interactive Body
Digital Tool Description: This interactive tool allows students to explore the body organs in both male and female. Organs are rotated by the student or teacher and placed in the correct position.    


ALEX Podcasts


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Diabetes: A Serious Matter
Overview:
This podcasts unveils the roots causes of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.  Furthermore, the podcast was intended to cover the curriculum requirement for AP Biology by exploring the etiology and the effects of both types of diabetes.  The podcast allows the learner to compare and contrast the two types of diabetes with regard to cause and effects.  Diabetes is a serious disease and the number of type 2 form of diabetes is rising at an alarming rate.


Web Resources


Podcasts


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Virtual Cells
http://vcell.ndsu.no...
The "Virtual Cell Animation Collection" demonstrates the basic functions with the cell. Versions are available at the website for iPhone and iPad. Flash is required to view video clips.

Assessments


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Immune System: Problem Sets
http://www.biology.a...
Immunology assessments on an introduction to immunology.

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Know Your Cells
http://www.sheppards...
On this interactive site, students can play and interactive game by labeling the parts of a plant, animal, and bacteria cell. They can also take a quiz that gives the definition and they pick the correct word.

Informational Materials


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Cells Alive- Comparing Plant and Animal Cells
http://waynesword.pa...
Comparing plant and animal cells with interactive parts of each cell

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Virtual Cells
http://vcell.ndsu.no...
The "Virtual Cell Animation Collection" demonstrates the basic functions with the cell. Versions are available at the website for iPhone and iPad. Flash is required to view video clips.

Interactives/Games


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Cells Alive- Comparing Plant and Animal Cells
http://waynesword.pa...
Comparing plant and animal cells with interactive parts of each cell

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Introduction to Cells
http://www.neok12.co...
Flash cards are used to quiz students on the cells and the basic components of cells

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Get in the Lab! Bacterial Identification
http://www.hhmi.org/...
Teachers or students can enter this virtual lab to collect, study, and record different bacterial samples.

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Cardiology Virtual Lab
http://www.hhmi.org/...
Teachers or students can enter this virtual lab and enter the world of cardiology.

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Cell Membrane Channels
http://phet.colorado...
Insert channels in a membrane and see what happens. See how different types of channels allow particles to move through the membrane.

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The Brain: Genes to Cognition
https://itunes.apple...
Have you ever wondered where the prefrontal cortex is located or what exactly the subiculum is? Now is your chance to find out with this website that allows you to rotate and zoom around 28 interactive structures of the brain. The app itself opens with an image of the whole brain with its various regions in different colors. You can select specific structures by touching the Structures icon. Once you've chosen a structure, you can get more detailed information about it by touching the Info icon, which provides information on functions, disorders, brain damage, case studies, and links to modern research.

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Virtual Cheek Cell Lab
http://www.biologyco...
A link to a virtual cheek cell microscope lab to accompany the questions. A handout is provided. This activity requires flash player.

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Know Your Cells
http://www.sheppards...
On this interactive site, students can play and interactive game by labeling the parts of a plant, animal, and bacteria cell. They can also take a quiz that gives the definition and they pick the correct word.

Learning Activities


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Cells Alive- Comparing Plant and Animal Cells
http://waynesword.pa...
Comparing plant and animal cells with interactive parts of each cell

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Virtual Cells
http://vcell.ndsu.no...
The "Virtual Cell Animation Collection" demonstrates the basic functions with the cell. Versions are available at the website for iPhone and iPad. Flash is required to view video clips.

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Immune System: Problem Sets
http://www.biology.a...
Immunology assessments on an introduction to immunology.

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Cardiology Virtual Lab
http://www.hhmi.org/...
Teachers or students can enter this virtual lab and enter the world of cardiology.

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Cheek Cell Lab
http://www.biologyco...
Instructions and evaluation questions for a cheek cell microscopy lab and general cell theory are provided.

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Virtual Cheek Cell Lab
http://www.biologyco...
A link to a virtual cheek cell microscope lab to accompany the questions. A handout is provided. This activity requires flash player.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: It Takes a Rookery     
Description: In this Xpeditions activity, students explore the notion ofcommunity. They first study emperor penguin and other animal communities then apply what they have learned to determine how they can better participate in their own communities.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: From Cell to DNA     
Description: This tool, created by Science NetLinks, features an animation that takes students through a tour of a typical human cell, moving from larger to smaller cell structures. It briefly describes some of these structures and describes how DNA strands are constructed. While this page links to the overview of the tool for grades 9-12, you can access reviews for additional grades and benchmarks using the navigation tools at the top of the overview.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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