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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (7), or Science (7)
Title: The Barn Owl Pellet Lab
Description: The Barn Owl Pellet Lab includes hands-on, inquiry-based activities. During this lab activity, students will dissect two Barn Owl pellets. The dissection allows students to compare the data collected from the two pellets. The student worksheets that accompany this lesson require students to: make predictions, perform mathematical calculations, construct a graph, classify bones into types, separate bones by prey type, and draw conclusions about the owl’s environment based on the dissection findings.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (7), or Science (7)
Title: Modeling Meiosis and Gamete Formation
Description: This module includes hands-on and inquiry-based activities related to the processes of meiosis and gamete formation. Using yarn and pop beads, students will simulate the changes in chromosome pairs during the various stages of meiosis. The students will use Playdough to model the formation of the sperm and egg cells. Students will denote the differences in cytokinesis and explain the reasoning for the differences.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (7), or Science (7)
Title: Osmosis and Diffusion Lab
Description: This lesson plan includes several hands-on, inquiry-based lab activities exploring the concepts of osmosis and diffusion. The lesson plan is divided into three modules. First, the teacher will demonstrate osmosis and diffusion using gummy bears, salt, celery, food coloring, and hot and cold water. Next, students will participate in a hands-on lab activity that will demonstrate diffusion using various concentrations of corn starch and Lugol’s solution. Lastly, students will demonstrate the process of osmosis using dialysis tubing, sucrose solution, cornstarch, phenolphthalein, ammonia, vinegar, and universal indicator solution.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (7), or Science (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Human Body Inc.: What's an Arm and a Leg Worth?
Description: In this technology-based project, students will take on the role of a legal defense team and prepare the court defense for a body organ that is currently an employee of Human Body Inc.. Due to recent cost increases, the Human Body has had to fire workers. Assuming the role as lawyer, students' responsibilities are to conduct research, collect and analyze material, and produce an informative and explanatory multimedia presentation (PowerPoint, PhotoStory, Keynote, etc.) defending their body organ's position in the company and what would happen if their client were fired. In addition, they are to create a brochure, highlighting the trendy spots, the exciting activities, etc., of the body system in which the organ works, convincing the corporation of the importance in keeping their client. The students will present their case at an administrative hearing to the Human Body Committee (whole class), the corporate group who will decide the ultimate fate of the body organ.


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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



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Subject: Health
Title: Coping with Changes     
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to understand how the nervous system allows us to learn, remember, and cope with changes in the environment. The activities in this lesson introduce the nervous system, both in parts and as a whole. By learning about the whole system, students understand that the brain, spinal cord, and nerve cells are at the root of all other body functions.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science
Title: Nearsightedness     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students develop an understanding of why scientific investigations may yield varying results. Students examine the nature of scientific research in the context of research pertaining to myopia--or nearsightedness--a common condition that normally first appears in school-age children. Myopia provides an interesting context in which to examine the scientific world view, because though it is a very common condition, it is a topic about which there is still some scientific debate.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Health, Science
Title: Sanitation and Human Health     
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to develop an understanding of the impact of improved sanitation on human health. In this lesson, students learn something about the ways that sanitation technology has helped people by examining the history of sanitation in the context of disease outbreaks and comparing the quality of life in those times to that of today. By the end of this lesson, students should recognize that advances in health and human life expectancy have resulted in large part because of technologies that we now take for granted, such as modern waste-disposal, sanitary food handling, and refrigeration.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science
Title: What Happens in the First 9 Months?     
Description: The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to familiarize students with the stages of human development during pregnancy. This lesson provides students with the chance to explore human development using Internet resources that contain text, drawings, photos, and video about human development.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Health, Science
Title: Reading in the Dark     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the possible effects of reading in low light. 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
Title: Talking Lights     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about ideas to use the imperceptible flickering of fluorescent lights to transmit coded information. Such technology might be used to help blind people navigate unfamiliar buildings. 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: Snow Goggles     
Description: The aim of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to illustrate how the scientific method can be used to solve different kinds of problems. As part of this lesson, students build snow goggles similar to those used by the Inuit peoples. Students also create their own version of the goggles to improve upon existing designs and compare the process used to invent snow goggles with that employed by designers of the MESSENGER spacecraft.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: The Beat of Your Heart     
Description: This unit of five lessons, from Illuminations, gives students the opportunity to explore applications involving their own heart. The lessons, which span grades Pre-K-8, focus on measuring and data collection.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



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Subject: Science
Title: Science NetLinks Weekly Science Updates     
Description: Science NetLinks Science Updates are short audio clips about a variety of subjects related to science. Each clip is accompanied by a transcript and classroom lesson ideas. Science NetLinks is a member of the MarcoPolo consortium.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Title: Frog Guts
Digital Tool: Frog Dissection App for iPad
Digital Tool Description: Frog Dissection allows students to virtually dissect specimens with dissection tools. 3D images help students visualize the internal organs. App also includes information on frog types, life cycle, anatomical comparison of frog to human and interactive quiz.

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Title: All Systems Are GO!
Digital Tool: All Systems Are Go - Science Net Link
Digital Tool Description: This tool can be used to complement instruction on body systems and function, as well as systems in general. This activity focuses on four systems: digestive, circulatory/ respiratory, skeletal, and nervous. The focus of this activity is how organs in one system work together to make that system function. 

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Title: Circulation
Digital Tool: Schoolhouse Rock - Do the Circulation
Digital Tool Description: Schoolhouse Rock video that gives a quick refresher of the function of the heart and the roles of its components.

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Title: Body Builder
Digital Tool: All Systems Are Go!
Digital Tool Description: In this online activity, a fictional character named Arnold is missing a number of body parts. You are presented with a body system and a variety of organs. You should drag and drop all the organs that belong in that particular body system to Arnold's body. Once all four systems are complete, a clothed Arnold will appear.

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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.    


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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



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Subject: Health, Science
Title: Reading in the Dark     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the possible effects of reading in low light. 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
Title: Talking Lights     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about ideas to use the imperceptible flickering of fluorescent lights to transmit coded information. Such technology might be used to help blind people navigate unfamiliar buildings. 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: Skin Deep Project     
Description: This page, from Science NetLinks, offers an introduction to the Skin Deep Project, a collaborative effort between Science NetLinks and Neutrogena to develop standards-based teaching materials and educational components that explore the science behind skin. Some lesson overviews appear on this page, and more lessons will be developed as the project continues. The lessons, aimed at grades 6-12, help students take a closer look at the natural body armor and what can be done to keep it in top shape.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Thinkfinity Interactive Games
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Subject: Health,Science
Title: What s Bugging You?     
Description: This E-sheet, from a Science NetLinks lesson, is used by students to explore foodborne illnesses. After reviewing some introductory questions, students read information from a Web site about food safety and foodborne illnesses and then assess their knowledge.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Health,Science
Title: All Systems are Go!     
Description: In this tool, created by Science NetLinks, a fictional character, Arnold is missing a number of body parts. Students are presented with a body system and a variety of organs, which they drag and drop into Arnold s body. While this page links to the overview of the tool for grades 3-5, 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: 3,4,5