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Arthropod Brochure in Microsoft Word
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This podcast demonstrates how to create a brochure about a specific arthropod. The podcast defines arthropods and their characteristics. The podcast explains how to set up a tri-fold brochure in Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010.


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Moncots and Dicots: Do you know what they are?
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This is a podcast describing the two classes of Angiosperms, Monocots and Dicots. The podcast provides real examples of how you can view a leaf and identify a plant as moncot or dicot. The leaf examples are native to northern Alabama. The podcast can be used in class to introduce the topic or as a review of the topic.


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Sloths
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This podcast describes sloths apperances, habbitats, mating behavior, and their everyday behavior.


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Dauphin Island Sea Lab Field Trip
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This podcast gives a brief overview of our field trip to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.  This incredible weekend excursion provided 35 8th grade science club students a chance to explore a barrier island, view marine life hands-on, and study ecological and evironmental elements of the Gulf of Mexico.  The students participated in several activities such as trip to the local estuarium, a boat trip on the sea lab research vessel, a salt marsh trip, shark dissection, and a plankton study.  The students learned a tremendous amount about the Gulf of Mexico and Dauphin Island.  The trip was amazing and the students still talk about it today!


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How to Make a Wet-Mount Slide
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A one-minute presentation of step by step instructions for making a wet-mount slide.


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Biotic and Abiotic
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A "still picture" podcast of biotic and abiotic things found at home and at our school.  This podcast was created by 7th grade science students.


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Britannica Online School Edition:  Science Learning Materials
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Using the Britannica Online School Edition database, a part of the Alabama Virtual Library, to explore the Science learning materials available.


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Water Pollution
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For this activity, stream table models are utilized. Students introduce pollutants into the sediment in the stream table. Then they introduce water into the stream table and observe the sediment and “downstream” waterway.This demonstration shows how ground pollution and upstream water pollution can be carried downstream to other bodies of water and land. The “ground” in the stream table model has been polluted with green food coloring (before the water is added). As the water passes over the polluted area, the pollution contaminates the stream, surrounding land and the larger body of water at the end of the steam. After polluted water has entered into larger bodies of water (seas, gulfs and oceans), it can be spread to other areas by the Coriolis effect. The Coriolis effect is caused by the rotation of the Earth. The effect deflects objects moving along the surface of the Earth to the right in the Northern hemisphere and to the left in the Southern hemisphere. The resulting movements can cause pollution to spread far beyond its source and affect other parts of the world.


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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, Science
Title: Traveling Dust     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear how microbes may be carried across the globe in clouds of dust. 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: Smallest Thing     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the challenge of selecting the smallest living creature, based on how we define such an organism. According to Mike Conrad of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the smallest creature is about one five-thousandth of a millimeter in diameter and is a parasitic bacterium called Mycoplasma genitalium. 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: Seal Cam     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about how nature photographers have recruited Weddell seals to help them shoot film under the Antarctic ice. 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: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Health, Science
Title: Blood Cholesterol     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about whether donating blood could actually be good for you. In the interview, Kirsten Alcorn, Medical Director of the Washington Hospital Center's transfusion service, discusses whether or not donating blood can help you get rid of cholesterol. 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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Homeostasis in the Human Body
http://www.bbc.co.uk...
Overview of homeostatic systems in the body.

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How the Body Works
http://kidshealth.or...
This site allows students to choose different body parts and body systems to learn about them. Quizzes, articles, and movies are included.

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From Seed to Plant
http://www.teachertu...
This video demonstrates the life cycle of a plant from the seed stage to the plant, while identifying its parts and describing its functions.

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