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Anatomy and Physiology

Brain Eater, The
If you wish to find out how to make your own inexpensive (I bought my materials at a discount hardware store), easily made, yet highly effective demonstration model...

Cancer Warrior
I use NOVA's "Cancer Warrior" program as a starting point for a discussion of how gene expression, mitosis, chemical communication, and regulation all combine to produce cancer...

Coma
I teach grades K-4 in a gifted program. Next semester we will study the brain. I plan on using NOVA's "Coma" Web site in several ways...

Cut to the Heart
I used the school's LCD to display the Web site and used the site as a springboard to teach the objective...

Ebola -- The Plague Fighters
To help your students understand what viruses look like and how they reproduce, you can make models in the classroom...

Everest -- The Mystery of Mallory and Irvine
Immediately prior to beginning our mini-unit on Everest I located a man who was a climber and he brought in slides and his climbing equipment...

Killer's Trail, The
I developed three lessons based on two PBS Web sites. First, my students studied the relationship between DNA and proteins with the "A Science Odyssey" Web site's "DNA Workshop" interactive...

Life's Greatest Miracle
Provide students with the Developmental Chart student handout and then watch the video in class. Then provide students with the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Fact and Case Studies student handouts...

NOVA scienceNOW: RNAi
While watching the program, or afterward, create a flow chart that shows the steps scientists have taken that have led to understanding how RNAi functions in the cell...

NOVA scienceNOW: Stem Cells
This lesson plan utilizes the students as narrators and a cast of characters as they deal with the upcoming event of birth...

Science Odyssey, A: Matters of Life and Death
I developed three lessons based on two PBS Web sites. First, my students studied the relationship between DNA and proteins with the "A Science Odyssey" Web site's "DNA Workshop" interactive...

Special Effects -- Titanic and Beyond
There is no official place in my curriculum for this material, but I'm going to make room in the schedule for NOVA's "Special Effects -- Titanic and Beyond" program...

Surviving AIDS
We are studying viruses and bacteria in class. I showed the NOVA "Surviving AIDS" program today and the kids really stayed focused...

Universe Within, The
I show the immune system section of NOVA's "The Universe Within" program and have students define the following terms as they watch the program...


Development

Life's Greatest Miracle
Provide students with the Developmental Chart student handout and then watch the video in class. Then provide students with the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Fact and Case Studies student handouts...

NOVA scienceNOW: Stem Cells
This lesson plan utilizes the students as narrators and a cast of characters as they deal with the upcoming event of birth...

Secret of the Wild Child
I introduce the notion of language acquisition and lead to a discussion of language and the ways in which we use it in verbal interaction...


Disease

Bioterror
Right after 9/11 I used NOVA's "Bioterror" program as a springboard for discussions about the anthrax scare. Now I use it right before our virus/bacteria unit to begin discussions about anthrax and other featured viruses and bacteria...

Cancer Warrior
I use NOVA's "Cancer Warrior" program as a starting point for a discussion of how gene expression, mitosis, chemical communication, and regulation all combine to produce cancer...

Cracking the Code of Life
Cracking the Code of Life is divided into 16 sections online. If students are watching online, the divisions are clear on the Web site. If watching a videotape or DVD, the breaks are easy to follow...

Life's Greatest Miracle
Provide students with the Developmental Chart student handout and then watch the video in class. Then provide students with the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Fact and Case Studies student handouts...

NOVA scienceNOW: RNAi
While watching the program, or afterward, create a flow chart that shows the steps scientists have taken that have led to understanding how RNAi functions in the cell...

Search for a Safe Cigarette
We have incorporated NOVA's "Search for a Safe Cigarette" program into a cross-curricular plan that includes material from the history of tobacco to the economics involved with the industry...

Surviving AIDS
We are studying viruses and bacteria in class. I showed the NOVA "Surviving AIDS" program today and the kids really stayed focused...


Medicine

NOVA scienceNOW: RNAi
While watching the program, or afterward, create a flow chart that shows the steps scientists have taken that have led to understanding how RNAi functions in the cell...

NOVA scienceNOW: Stem Cells
This lesson plan utilizes the students as narrators and a cast of characters as they deal with the upcoming event of birth...

Surviving AIDS
We are studying viruses and bacteria in class. I showed the NOVA "Surviving AIDS" program today and the kids really stayed focused...

Warriors of the Amazon
We're teaching an integrated unit on tropical rain forests...


Nutrition

Terror in Space
I use the following recipe to introduce the idea that space food is probably something that doesn't need to be cooked or put together and needs to be simple and nutritious...


Public Health

Life's Greatest Miracle
Provide students with the Developmental Chart student handout and then watch the video in class. Then provide students with the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Fact and Case Studies student handouts...

Search for a Safe Cigarette
We have incorporated NOVA's "Search for a Safe Cigarette" program into a cross-curricular plan that includes material from the history of tobacco to the economics involved with the industry...

Surviving AIDS
We are studying viruses and bacteria in class. I showed the NOVA "Surviving AIDS" program today and the kids really stayed focused...


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