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Animals

Ancient Creature of the Deep
I developed two lesson plans around NOVA's "Ancient Creature of the Deep" program...

Flying Casanovas
I use the example of bowerbird art from NOVA's "Flying Casanovas" program with my senior history and humanities class...

Leopards of the Night
NOVA's "Leopards of the Night" program is one of the most entertaining life science educational programs ever produced...

Night Creatures of the Kalahari
Have students research the animals of other deserts...

Perfect Pearl, The
I really liked the way that the relationship between science and the real world was demonstrated in NOVA's "The Perfect Pearl" program...

Tales from the Hive
Contact a local beekeeping club or a beekeeper and have them talk about their beekeeping experiences...

Treasures of the Great Barrier Reef
In my marine science class, I show NOVA's "Treasures of the Great Barrier Reef" program. I use the program to reinforce my lecture on "Sex in the Sea" or to open or close the unit on Cnidarians...

Wild Wolves
Read "big bad wolf" stories, before watching an edited version of NOVA's "Wild Wolves" program...


Botany

Deep Sea Invasion
I have developed a lesson on the same topic as NOVA's "Deep Sea Invasion" program...

Harvest of Fear
I am an agricultural educator for two counties in Illinois. I have access to a greenhouse where I am growing Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) and non-Bt plants...

Methuselah Tree
Briefly explain the science behind dendochronology. Use the teacher's guide, as well as referring to some of the other resources provided, including the video...


Classification

Curse of T. rex
This learning game can be used with NOVA's "Curse of T. rex" program...

Hunt for Alien Worlds
We have alien (to our students) worlds right here on our planet...

Night Creatures of the Kalahari
Have students research the animals of other deserts...


Ecology

Deep Sea Invasion
I have developed a lesson on the same topic as NOVA's "Deep Sea Invasion" program...

Garden of Eden
Have students list organisms by name, and include who eats them, and who they eat...

Methuselah Tree
Briefly explain the science behind dendochronology. Use the teacher's guide, as well as referring to some of the other resources provided, including the video...

Perfect Pearl, The
I really liked the way that the relationship between science and the real world was demonstrated in NOVA's "The Perfect Pearl" program...

Volcanoes of the Deep
NOVA's "Volcanoes of the Deep" program is an excellent example of life in conditions that we would not consider favorable...

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

What's Up with the Weather?
Have students calculate if there's enough energy (resource) to power the United States or the world on renewable energy sources such as solar, biomass, and wind...

Wild Wolves
Read "big bad wolf" stories, before watching an edited version of NOVA's "Wild Wolves" program...


Entomology

Tales from the Hive
Contact a local beekeeping club or a beekeeper and have them talk about their beekeeping experiences...


Evolution

Ancient Creature of the Deep
I developed two lesson plans around NOVA's "Ancient Creature of the Deep" program...


Genetics

Anastasia -- Dead or Alive
Show the HBO "Rasputin" video before the students begin working on the WebQuest. Have students use the WebQuest to do group work and individual work to prove Anna Anderson's claim of being the lost princess, Anastasia Romanov...

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...

Harvest of Fear
I am an agricultural educator for two counties in Illinois. I have access to a greenhouse where I am growing Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) and non-Bt plants...

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...

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...

Wanted -- Butch and Sundance
I use NOVA's "Wanted: Butch and Sundance" program for either introducing genetics and/or the scientific method...


Microbiology

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...

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...

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

Hunt for Alien Worlds
We have alien (to our students) worlds right here on our planet...

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

Volcanoes of the Deep
NOVA's "Volcanoes of the Deep" program is an excellent example of life in conditions that we would not consider favorable...


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