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Anatomy and Physiology

Bioterror
Review with students the terms bacteria, toxin, antibiotic, and vaccine...

Brain Eater, The
While infectious diseases are generally caused by living organisms, some scientists suspect that Mad Cow Disease is caused by a non-living protein molecule...

Cancer Warrior
What exactly is cancer and how does it spread? Discuss with students their initial ideas about what cancer is and how it works...

Coma
The brain is one of the most complicated organs of the body, subject to much study and misunderstanding...

Cracking the Code of Life
To help students understand terminology, review the concepts of and relationships among DNA, genes, protein, chromosomes, and traits...

Deadly Ascent
Draw a chart on the board that shows the relationship between altitude and atmospheric pressure...

Eighteen Ways to Make a Baby
To get students thinking about the possibility of genetically engineered children, have each student make a list of all the characteristics they would want a son or daughter to have...

Everest -- The Death Zone
Ask students what they know about the potential dangers and physiological challenges of mountain climbing. What conditions (such as terrain, temperature, air pressure, oxygen level, and weather) might climbers face?...

Killer Disease on Campus
Discuss the meaning of vaccine. Ask students to raise their hands if they have been vaccinated for any diseases...

Life's Greatest Miracle
Review the male and female human reproductive systems with students and examine how the systems function...

Marathon Challenge
To give students an appreciation for a marathon distance, have them plot on a map the route for a marathon race in your area...

Mystery of the Senses -- Hearing
Assign students to research an aspect of living with deafness, such as the founding of educational programs for deaf students, the development of American Sign Language...

Mystery of the Senses -- Smell
This program explores the importance of smell in forming memories around events or places. Ask students to share the memories they associate with smells...

Mystery of the Senses -- Taste
As a class, discuss the range of foods we are conditioned to believe are acceptable, delicious, rare, and off-limits...

Mystery of the Senses -- Touch
This episode explores some of the ways that humans use touch to communicate. As a class, discuss when and why people touch each other in daily life...

Mystery of the Senses -- Vision
As a class, brainstorm a list of activities in students' daily lives that would be different if they were blind...

NOVA scienceNOW: Mirror Neurons
The brain has many regions that perform different functions. Have students use a map of the brain and brain stem to locate these regions: frontal lobe, parietal lobe, occipital lobe, temporal lobe, cerebellum, and brain stem...

NOVA scienceNOW: Obesity
Introduce the key components of a generalized hormone-receptor system...

NOVA scienceNOW: Profile: Judah Folkman
Watch profiles of scientists and identify the traits that helped them succeed

NOVA scienceNOW: RNAi
If your class is studying the structure and function of animal cells, have students make a cell model...

NOVA scienceNOW: Stem Cells
Review stem cell-related vocabulary. Students should understand the following terms...

Odyssey of Life, Part I -- The Ultimate Journey
Distinguishing fact from theory can prove challenging. It is, for example, a fact that life on Earth has changed over geologic time...

Odyssey of Life, Part II -- The Unknown World
Microorganisms help decompose dead plants and animals into substances that can be used again. Ask students what they know about the role microorganisms play in this important process ...

Search for a Safe Cigarette
What do students think happens when cigarettes burn? How do their ingredients affect the body? What makes cigarettes addictive?...

Stranger in the Mirror
People with visual agnosia must put together small pieces of information to make sense of their environment. It is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle without the cover picture...

Surviving AIDS


Development

Life's Greatest Miracle
Review the male and female human reproductive systems with students and examine how the systems function...

Odyssey of Life, Part I -- The Ultimate Journey
Distinguishing fact from theory can prove challenging. It is, for example, a fact that life on Earth has changed over geologic time...


Disease

Bioterror
Review with students the terms bacteria, toxin, antibiotic, and vaccine...

Brain Eater, The
While infectious diseases are generally caused by living organisms, some scientists suspect that Mad Cow Disease is caused by a non-living protein molecule...

Can Buildings Make You Sick?
Explain to students that this program deals with the issue of air quality. Ask students to suggest some tests people might conduct and some locations where investigators might go to study air quality...

Cancer Warrior
What exactly is cancer and how does it spread? Discuss with students their initial ideas about what cancer is and how it works...

Cracking the Code of Life
To help students understand terminology, review the concepts of and relationships among DNA, genes, protein, chromosomes, and traits...

Dying to Be Thin
Ask students to write down anonymous answers to the following questions: Have you thought about your weight in the last day? week? month? year? almost never?...

Dying to Breathe
Ask half of the class to observe the patients featured in the program, and to focus their observations on the first set of viewing questions...

Ebola -- The Plague Fighters
Briefly discuss with students what they know about viruses, such as the common cold and the flu...

Killer Disease on Campus
Discuss the meaning of vaccine. Ask students to raise their hands if they have been vaccinated for any diseases...

Most Dangerous Woman in America, The
Review the following terms with your students: bacteria, contagious, epidemiology, infectious, and quarantine...

NOVA scienceNOW: 1918 Flu
Compare bacteria and viruses...

NOVA scienceNOW: Killer Microbe
Assess student understanding of bacteria and antibiotic resistance

NOVA scienceNOW: Pandemic Flu
The avian influenza virus (called H5N1) that is currently circulating has caused outbreaks in poultry populations since mid-2003 in the following countries...

NOVA scienceNOW: Profile: Judah Folkman
Watch profiles of scientists and identify the traits that helped them succeed

NOVA scienceNOW: Profile: Naomi Halas
Play a game to understand the size of a nanometer...

NOVA scienceNOW: RNAi
If your class is studying the structure and function of animal cells, have students make a cell model...

NOVA scienceNOW: Stem Cells
Review stem cell-related vocabulary. Students should understand the following terms...

Search for a Safe Cigarette
What do students think happens when cigarettes burn? How do their ingredients affect the body? What makes cigarettes addictive?...

Stranger in the Mirror
People with visual agnosia must put together small pieces of information to make sense of their environment. It is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle without the cover picture...

Surviving AIDS

World in the Balance
Ask students to estimate how many people live in the United States (about 290 million)...


Medicine

Bioterror
Review with students the terms bacteria, toxin, antibiotic, and vaccine...

Brain Eater, The
While infectious diseases are generally caused by living organisms, some scientists suspect that Mad Cow Disease is caused by a non-living protein molecule...

Cancer Warrior
What exactly is cancer and how does it spread? Discuss with students their initial ideas about what cancer is and how it works...

Coma
The brain is one of the most complicated organs of the body, subject to much study and misunderstanding...

Cracking the Code of Life
To help students understand terminology, review the concepts of and relationships among DNA, genes, protein, chromosomes, and traits...

Deadly Ascent
Draw a chart on the board that shows the relationship between altitude and atmospheric pressure...

Dying to Be Thin
Ask students to write down anonymous answers to the following questions: Have you thought about your weight in the last day? week? month? year? almost never?...

Dying to Breathe
Ask half of the class to observe the patients featured in the program, and to focus their observations on the first set of viewing questions...

Ebola -- The Plague Fighters
Briefly discuss with students what they know about viruses, such as the common cold and the flu...

Eighteen Ways to Make a Baby
To get students thinking about the possibility of genetically engineered children, have each student make a list of all the characteristics they would want a son or daughter to have...

Everest -- The Death Zone
Ask students what they know about the potential dangers and physiological challenges of mountain climbing. What conditions (such as terrain, temperature, air pressure, oxygen level, and weather) might climbers face?...

Killer Disease on Campus
Discuss the meaning of vaccine. Ask students to raise their hands if they have been vaccinated for any diseases...

Life and Death in the War Zone
Ask students to brainstorm the kinds of medical personnel they think the armed forces employ...

NOVA scienceNOW: Brain Trauma
Discuss students' experiences related to sports injuries

NOVA scienceNOW: Personal DNA Testing
Research and categorize medical conditions that affect human health

NOVA scienceNOW: Profile: Judah Folkman
Watch profiles of scientists and identify the traits that helped them succeed

NOVA scienceNOW: Profile: Naomi Halas
Play a game to understand the size of a nanometer...

NOVA scienceNOW: RNAi
If your class is studying the structure and function of animal cells, have students make a cell model...

NOVA scienceNOW: Stem Cells
Review stem cell-related vocabulary. Students should understand the following terms...

Surviving AIDS

Survivor M.D.: Tattooed Doctor
To begin, ask students if they ever considered medicine as a career choice. What attracts them to medicine? What kind of life, both professional and personal, do they believe a doctor has?...


Nutrition

Dying to Be Thin
Ask students to write down anonymous answers to the following questions: Have you thought about your weight in the last day? week? month? year? almost never?...


Public Health

Bioterror
Review with students the terms bacteria, toxin, antibiotic, and vaccine...

Brain Eater, The
While infectious diseases are generally caused by living organisms, some scientists suspect that Mad Cow Disease is caused by a non-living protein molecule...

Can Buildings Make You Sick?
Explain to students that this program deals with the issue of air quality. Ask students to suggest some tests people might conduct and some locations where investigators might go to study air quality...

Dying to Be Thin
Ask students to write down anonymous answers to the following questions: Have you thought about your weight in the last day? week? month? year? almost never?...

Ebola -- The Plague Fighters
Briefly discuss with students what they know about viruses, such as the common cold and the flu...

Harvest of Fear
Review with students the difference between traditional plant breeding and breeding done through genetic engineering...

Killer Disease on Campus
Discuss the meaning of vaccine. Ask students to raise their hands if they have been vaccinated for any diseases...

Most Dangerous Woman in America, The
Review the following terms with your students: bacteria, contagious, epidemiology, infectious, and quarantine...

NOVA scienceNOW: 1918 Flu
Compare bacteria and viruses...

NOVA scienceNOW: Pandemic Flu
The avian influenza virus (called H5N1) that is currently circulating has caused outbreaks in poultry populations since mid-2003 in the following countries...

Search for a Safe Cigarette
What do students think happens when cigarettes burn? How do their ingredients affect the body? What makes cigarettes addictive?...

Surviving AIDS

World in the Balance
Ask students to estimate how many people live in the United States (about 290 million)...


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