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The Secchi Disk
This Great North American Secchi Dip-In website offers a comprehensive guide to Secchi disk use. It features links to a series of pages that answer questions such as: what is a Secchi disk; what (or who) is Secchi; and why are Secchi disks black and white. The links also include information such as considerations in Secchi disk design and procedure, monitoring methods, and evaluating eutrophication by Secchi depth.
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Squid Lab
This online handbook features a downloadable PDF of pre-and post-visit activities for the Squid Lab, a traveling outreach program hosted by the National Aquarium in Baltimore. The hands-on activities and student sheets may be incorporated into any life science classroom. The Squid Lab begins with an overview of the cephalopods, with a particular emphasis on squid. The overall anatomy of the squid is also discussed to provide students with a preview of what they will see when the dissection begin
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Pseudo-nitzschia
This Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) website provides comprehensive scientific information about Pseudo-nitzschia, an important toxin-producing species associated with Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning. Information is organized into the following categories: taxonomy, morphology and anatomy, chemistry, toxin production, reproduction and life history, motility, ecology and natural history, identification methods, field work, and acknowledgements. The website also has a link to general
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NCBI More Information: Similarity
This page summarizes the basic concept and vocabulary of sequence similarity searching. It is included for those new to the field who may not appreciate the importance of this technique in biology, who lack the vocabulary to understand the BLAST guide and tutorial or who require a basic rather than a sophisticated understanding of the methods involved. Sections include introduction, premise, terms, general approach, the BLAST algorithm, quantification, gaps, significance, and databases. Users ca
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Invertebrate Anatomy OnLine
This online laboratory manual features original anatomical descriptions of 112 species for use in invertebrate zoology teaching or research laboratories in North America. The collection was prepared over a period of many years to facilitate and encourage the study of invertebrate animals. It is a smorgasbord of species intended to provide a selection suitable for courses taught in most parts of North America. Many species, or their close relatives, also occur in other parts of the world, especia
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Glow: Living Lights
This 48-page Teacher's Guide accompanies the "Glow: Living Lights" exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum. In PDF format, the guide contains 12 lesson plans that explore the chemical compounds and adaptations of bioluminescence, symbiosis, fireflies and other "glowing" terrestrial animals, dinoflagellates, ocean submersibles, blue vs. bright red light, the organization of life, defense, mating, and predator/prey mechanisms of bioluminescent organisms, human applications, and potential r
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Oceanography Activities
This set of online oceanography activities helps students learn about ocean waves and El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO). The wave module addresses wave anatomy, global and local waves and their relationship to wind, and the properties of tsunamis. Activities in the ENSO module include simple calculations, discovery learning, satellite imagery, simulations, animations and drawings to present relationships between atmospheric and oceanic processes. Multiple choice self-tests are included. Provid
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An Assessment of Hillslope Stability Using the Factor of Safety
In this homework assignment, students consider the balance of forces on a hillslope using the Factor of Safety by calculating shear stress and shear strength for an example hillslope and formulating an expression for the factor of safety in an Excel spreadsheet. Students then use this spreadsheet to conduct a sensitivity analysis for the purpose of assessing which variables are most important in determining hillslope stability. A series of short answer questions guide students through this proce
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What Do Maps Show?
This online teacher packet for upper elementary and junior high school students has four lessons on reading and using maps. The packet includes a teacher's guide, four printable activity sheets, and three maps in PDF format that can be downloaded and printed on 8.5" x 11" paper.
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Self Driven Particle Model
Learn how simple rule-driven dynamical systems can produce complex dynamical behavior, like 2nd order phase transitions, criticality and clustering. This simulation will guide you through a tutorial that introduces the model incrementally and depicts the computation of the order parameter, critical parameter and critical exponent.
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Band Structure
Explore the origin of energy bands in crystals of atoms. The structure of these bands determines how materials conduct electricity. Teacher's guide available.
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George Washington: A National Treasure
This Teacher Resource Guide is designed for incorporation into history and social studies curricula. It will introduce your students to some of the events and issues that shaped George Washington’s life. The activities should enhance your students’ knowledge of Washington and expand their horizons about this complex and interesting man.
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ARC Guide for Educators and Students
This is a searchable database of the cornerstone documents of our government. It has more than 100,000 digitized copies of the National Archives most popular and significant manuscripts, photographs, maps, drawings and other documents. The guide introduces educators and students to the National Archives' ARC. Searching in ARC to learn more about National Archives' historical documents could enrich a classroom activity, a homework assignment, or a research project.
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Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey
Social studies teachers will find that the film presents an informative, complex and issue-oriented story that raises controversial questions and provides an exciting way to introduce a number of important concepts in 20th century United States and world history. It offers an opportunity to explore the historical background of current events and issues in the news today; the Middle East crisis, the struggle of developing nations to create stable economies and democratic governments, the legacy o
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New York: A Documentary Film
Thirteen's Educational Publishing Department prepares educational kits to accompany certain television programming. These guides are available in print and, electronically, as PDFs (Portable Document Format), through the Web. This Teacher's Guide accompanies the program NEW YORK: A DOCUMENTARY FILM. The guide is intended to help use the film as a supplement to junior-high and high-school social-studies courses. Selected activities may also be used in language arts, music, and art classes. Key th
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Liberty! The American Revolution
The Liberty! Teacher’s Guide is designed to fully engage students in the drama and rich educational information presented in the six-part PBS series LIBERTY! THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. The plans are flexible and can be easily adapted.
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Jazz, A Film by Ken Burns
This is the companion website to the Ken Burns PBS series that aired in January 2001. Explore cities and clubs where jazz developed; listen to excerpts of bebop, cool jazz and other styles; discover what makes jazz jazz and the theory behind the art form often called the purest expression of American democracy. The site provides biographies of nearly 100 musicians, transcripts of interviews that went into the making of the show, a virtual piano, a study guide and more than a dozen lessons.
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Inclusive Education Units
Resources include a guide proposing six programmes for parents, teachers and community workers dealing with deaf children in their everyday life; units to help teachers who already have children with ‘special needs’ in their classes and teachers who have limited experience of such children. There is also a specialized booklet intended to help teachers, school administrators, and education officials to effectively manage students in the classroom by giving non-violent ways to deal with behavi
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Guide to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in Africa
This guide has been packaged for all those who are in higher education with a desire to improve their teaching and learning practices. The main objective is improving the relevance and quality of higher education in Africa through 11 modules covering subjects from new technologies, students with special needs, woman students, etc.
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Guía de educatión en derechos humanos
This guide for formal and non formal educators proposes 20 lessons in order to initiate dialogue about basic universal human rights and individual human rights.
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