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MATH practice Link - description Rating Reflex Math
Different games to help you with your math skills!
 
 
  NCMS Link - description Rating Cool Schools
Thanks to Mrs. Kassay and the students and staff who took part in this! AND of course, to the TV personality and station behind it all! :)

 
 
 
 
Contests! Link - description Rating PA Stats Poster Contest
What a great way to learn about data collection and graphing! Students get to choose a topic that is of interest to them, learn about it, follow the guidelines to enter the contest, and maybe earn CASH!

 
 
                                 
Fun ways to learn!
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50 states!
This is a fun way for you to learn where the 50 states "fit" into the US! Thanx to Mrs. Antonacci, our library aide for sharing this great site! Check it out!


Win With Words
For those of you who can't get enough words - - check this out! Whether you want to build your vocabulary for writing, if you enjoy competition and want to compete once you are in high school, if you want to prepare for taking the SAT/ACT tests for college entrance, or if you simply enjoy learning about words - - this site has all types of information!

Scale of the Universe
This is a cool site to show the relative size of various items and organisms. Get an idea of how big - or how small - we are! It all depends upon what you are comparing humans to!

PSSA fun practice from Mrs. Pugliano!
THANK you to Mrs. Pugliano for sharing this link! Cool ways to practice skills for the PSSA

Cool PSSA practices
Link from Mrs. Pugliano to help practice PSSA skills/content!

It's My Life
Thanks to Mrs. Pugliano for sharing this! All sorts of great info on friends, family, school, money.....etc! There are also games and other fun things to do!


 
 
 
 
Great Homework Tips for Student & Parents! Link - description Rating Great HW ideas!
Great ideas here! Although the title is for ADHD students - these are GREAT ideas for ALL middle school students (and helpful hints for parents too!) Check out the slide show and see what may help you! (Thanks to our NCMS Nurse Mrs. Kambic for sharing!)

 
 
                                 
Great Research References! Link - description Rating Messiah College Link
Link to Messiah College for help with online resources, the college library, and appropriate formats for various research topics.
Diana Hacker's Site
Check out this site to find out how to write research papers in various formats. The site also has various content areas for research.
IZZIT current events - All Topics & Content Areas!
This site has all different types of topics and content areas. Find out about a boy robot, fast food legal limitations, the history of our economy, artificial intelligence, plus games, contests and more!
Science Careers
Thanks to Mrs. Schaffner and Ms. Marszalek for sharing this great site!

Photographic Periodic Table


PSSA preparation & practice
As we approach the PSSA testing time - students/parents may want to help with getting ready to do your best! Check out this site! Some resources are only for teachers....but many will be helpful for students!
PTC
This is the link to the article about the PTC taste test.
PA Environthon Site
A hands on science EXPERIENCE! Miss M has had the opportunity to take teams of students to participate years ago....check it out!

National Geographic Site
Be sure it is OK to use photos from this site!! Many are copyrighted!

The Discovery Channel Site


University of Cal - Paleontology Site

Seriously Amazing (Smithsonian Institute)
All different types of cool "stuff"! Check it out!

Frog Dissection Tutorial
This site takes you through the steps of a frog dissection. It provides a lot of background information about frogs and their living habits as well. You can use this to go through a hands on dissection, or watch the videos to experience dissection virtually.

Arkive
The focus of this site seems to be on many endangered species; has great footage and photographs (not necessarily copyright free!) But take a look!(Thanks to Elias C and Seth W for finding & sharing this with us!)
Frog Online Dissection
Online examples, video tutorials, virtual dissection. Includes background information and terms as well!

Frog Oral Cavity
Shows picture with labels of key structures in the mouth of the frog!
Pros & Cons
This site clearly offers both pros and cons of all types of issues. The "down" side is that there are typically only a handful of Life Science issues! If you use this source, be sure that you understand the content! There is some assumption of background and vocabulary knowledge!
The Week
The site describes itself as, "THE WEEK’s voice is multi-perspective and neutral in tone, giving our readers all the facts and shades of opinion to let them make up their own minds. More than the news, more than one opinion, THE WEEK acts as an impartial observer of events and their ramifications." The challenge may be the vocabulary used as well as assumed background knowledge. Be sure to understand and/or clarify the content!


Time Magazine "for kids"
Self described as, "a news magazine geared toward students in grades K-6" that "offers age-appropriate news stories and features."


Biography Site! Biography.com
Find easy to read information about scientists!

Mitosis Youtube video
The beginning starts a bit slow....but later is helpful in learning, reviewing the phases of Mitosis - and helping to see that it is a cycle!!


Biology Corner
WOW! Looks like a LOAD of great info and resources! Awaiting email reply for details about the author, but site says it's a teacher who is posting this content! Really great that there are grade level tabs at the top as well! Don't only use the 7th grade tab - just be aware of the levels you are in!

Declan's Cell City Animation!
This is an alternate project completed by Declan (2014). He did a great job of using a city as an analogy for the cell and its organelles. Check it out! You may have to "join" scratch to access the project - check with your parents before joining any site!

Roman Numeral Converter!
This is a great site to use when trying to convert Roman numerals (letters) to Arabic numbers (the kind we use!) Especially helpful when trying to figure out how to cite sources!

PA Birds - NCMS Library
This is the link to the PA Birds site on our NCMS Library page!

Pacific Northwest National Lab site

Science Education at Jefferson Lab
A lot of general science information and resource links.
Wordsmyth
Great resource for looking up definitions and example sentences; also has different levels of definitions!
eNature
Great website; has the link to get to the blog too! The Paw Paw and Bats/Spiders & Owls articles for the Do Now were also from this site.
PBS learning media - EARTH A New Wild
Directly from the PBS site: "Explore the wonders of the natural world through EARTH A New Wild, the thrilling PBS series exploring the crossroads between nature, conservation, and society. Through EARTH, discover how human beings shape the world around us, and how nature and wildlife adapt to live by our side. Dive into the Ecosystem Explorer game to experience three amazing animals and the foodwebs they inhabit, and together with five videos exclusive to PBS LearningMedia, bring this thrilling new look at biology and wildlife into the classroom like never before."

Bio Kids
Site sponsored (in part) by University of Michigan. Search "pill bugs" to find out more!!

The 6 kingdoms site....
This site has some great general characteristic info on kingdoms AND each of the 6 kingdoms. There are terms that are used that you will need to look up to understand and apply - but this may help you determine some of the appropriate terms for your animal project! THANK YOU to Mrs. Mortelliti for finding and sharing this site!
Lake Tobias
Great local attraction - with some unique animals - AND some information that may especially be helpful if one of these is your animal of choice! OR - just check it out and maybe arrange a visit with your friends/family!

Read Works
Great site with great articles on various topics and at different reading levels! Check out the tab on the left side of the Wolf Den homepage to go directly to some of the downloaded articles!
Science News For Students
Founded in 2003, Science News for Students is an award-winning online publication dedicated to providing age-appropriate, topical science news to learners, parents and educators. It’s part of the Science News Media Group, which has published its flagship magazine since 1922. SNS is a program of the Society for Science & the Public (SSP), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. SNS — which is free to use — helps to fulfill the Society’s enduring mission to inform, educate and inspire.
EPA site - for "kids" -- water facts of life
This site is helpful for the "need" of water for organisms; but you can also check out the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) government site for all types of other info! (THANKS TO Kurt S - from the Red Robin group (2016-2017) for finding this helpful link!)
Environmental Protection Agency
Helpful site for many environmental/ecological issues and contents! Go to this site - put "kids" in the search window - then check out all of the various topics that come up specifically for kids! (THANKS TO Kurt S - from the Red Robin group (2016-2017) for finding this helpful link!)

PROFILE of intelligence....not what you may think!
Although this video looks specifically at "horse intelligence" - - it brings up human intelligence as a comparison! It's not just about linear intelligence any more - AND it's NOT just about how "smart" you are in academics! I love that this discusses a "PROFILE" of intelligence!! There are many ways to be "smart"!!!!
Hanover Eagles - Male/Female
It's not very obvious how to distinguish between male and female eagles; this video of the Hanover Eagle pair is really helpful!

Decorah Eagles - Mom/Dad
Another video to help us learn how to tell the difference between the male and female eagle.
Charles Darwin Biography

Famous Scientists

Galapagos Map
Map we looked at when working on the postcards.
Galapagos Islands - google trip!
We watched this video when learning about Darwin and the Galapagos Islands. Google went to the islands to video and take pictures of the islands for their Google maps! It is a short video (~7 min) showing the landforms and various scientists working together in the various habitats throughout the islands. Views of both flora and fauna!
Notable Biographies

About Darwin.com
A host of information about Darwin! If you look at the line at the top it has links to get to the contact and the about us info for the website. Although it was created by a "lay" person - he took a lot of time to contact experts and to compile information from a list of worthy cites.

Making a poster....check out these hints!
The only reason this link is not a "5 star" is bc it's a college site and some of the language is obviously at college level! BUT there are great ideas and hints that will help you if you are planning a poster!!! This does NOT mean that you should just copy a poster idea and believe that alone will meet the requirements of YOUR class poster!!!
Poster ideas and hints...
This is a great site - but it IS on a college site....and therefore some of the content and vocabulary is obviously going to be beyond what middle school students have had the chance to develop....BUT there ARE great ideas and hints!!! Just copying an idea and using it for your content is NOT the way to go!! Get IDEAS here and be sure to APPLY them to the expectations of your specific class content!!!
Planning a presentation!!??
See what this college professor has to say to his students....notice, some of the same types of fears and anxieties you may have are the same as college students....and beyond!!!

Creating a presentation and preparing to share!
GREAT helpful ideas from a college professor....who expects that his college students will have some anxiety and fear.....just like middle school students!!! It's a natural human feeling when you are going to be in front of an audience....especially an audience of your peers!!!

Live Science
Thanks to Gabe M for finding this site! Use the search to find various articles!
US gov't site - Plant info
Good info - language a bit "stuffy" - - higher level vocab, may be challenging to understand.


Info about the organisms in YOGURT!
From the livestrong webpage.....how are some bacteria HELPFUL!? ;) You will find TWO primary bacteria that are used to make yogurt....pick ONE of these to use as your organism!


Penn State's homepage....
Thanks to Tanner D for finding and sharing this page!! This is the homepage for our very own PSU! They have numerous agricultural programs and many many helpful info pages for various organisms....especially helpful for Animal kingdom.....common names & scientific names - and MANY more helpful tidbits!!!

Britannica Encyclopedia
GREAT online encyclopedia - - use THIS instead of WIKIpedia

Arizona-sonora Desert Museum
Found by Marsden D! Great site with info about desert plants, like the cholla cactus and many others! AND various desert biome animals too!
Temperate Deciduous Forest
NatureWorks side - NH public TV station sponsored.
Wildlife Journal JR - Animals A-Z


Biology 4 Kids
This link takes you directly to the site map - it's an alphabetical listing! A lot of info available...on all types of topics!

Serratia marcescens
Disease in our wastewater....from bacteria!!? YUCK!!
Painting with Bacteria!?
Totally bizarre!!! Using Serratia marcescens to paint!!??
Bacteria invading our intestines!? (E. coli)

Microbes and so much more!!
Wow!! A LOAD of info here!!! From bacteria and other micro-organisms to fungi....to....everything!! Good and bad bacteria...plus.....well, check it out!!
Botulism...what is it and more from the CDC

Botulism....good, bad, ugly and ... ?? From the Mayo Clinic

MRSA and more....

Web MD
This site may have some medical terminology BUT there are still helpful bits of info - especially when trying to find info about bacteria!
Giant Microbe Site
This is the website that has the Giant Microbes - the plushy toys loaned to us by Miss Rundall. Although it's not necessarily a "science" site - but the information seems to be accurate AND easy to understand! Thanks to Lauren C for finding this!
Chesapeake Bay Site
This site has a variety of plants, animals and other great info!

University of Rhode Island site
Thanks to Allison F for finding this site! This will help with the sea lettuce! And likely other organisms as well!

Encyclopedia of Life
A LOT of incredibly helpful info! All types of organisms are covered and this site is sponsored by extremely reputable organizations!

Smithsonian - Nat'l Museum of Natural History - View the list of science branches on the RIGHT side of this page!

The Strange Science of Decay
This is the link for the DECAY DVD watched in class!

Everyday mysteries
Library of Congress......search it and see what you can find!!!

University of Kansas
Thanks to Katie and her daughter Brooke for sharing this site with me! This is from the site: "Resources for Science Classes Online Learning: Resources for Science Classes Science is all around us, and it can be fascinating, but it can also be hard. There are so many different areas of science to learn about. If you're fascinated by how the body works, nature and animals, then life sciences are probably your favorite science classes. But, if you like to learn about things like force, energy and the makeup of things down to the molecular level, then physical sciences might be more your thing. Whatever your favorite science subject is, there are resources, including online science magazines, videos and interactive lessons available to help you further your science education. If you're struggling to understand a science concept or if you need a little extra practice to ace your science class, you may want to try some practice worksheets or free quizzes to test your knowledge and discover areas where you need to spend a little more time studying. You can even find some online games that can help you learn science concepts while you have fun. There are also instructions for experiments of all kinds, so you can get some hands-on practice."

 
 
 
Quotables and other "stuff".... Link - description Rating Angela Lee Duckworth UPenn article
This is the young lady who is conducting research about GRIT and its influence on "success". Used with one of the GRIT quotes for Do Now (Tues 10/27/15)
Grit Trumps Talent and IQ
Another article about Angela Lee Duckworth and her research on the impact of GRIT.
 
 
 
After Life: The Strange Science of Decay Link - description Rating The "box" at the Edinburgh Zoo
This is the site that has information about the After Life box that was on the decay DVD we started watching in class on Monday 4/18/16....check out Miss M's notes under the Document tab too!
 
 
                                 
Animal Links Link - description Rating More info about Monarch butterfly parasites and diseases.

ZeDonk video clip
This is the video clip we watched about the ZeDonk when introducing the Persuasive Advertisement related to genetic engineering/selective breeding! There is a Science World article that goes with it!

Animal Diversity Web (U Mich)
Awesome site for animal lovers (and for animal project work!) From the University of Michigan.... Thanks Josh M for sharing this!!!!

Cetacean Society
You may need to find out what "cetacean" means so you can figure out whether or not this is a helpful website to use on your animal project - or maybe just a site that you'd be interested in! (Thanks Hollis for finding and sharing this site!)
Strange Animals!!!
Absolutely LOVE the diversity of nature! Check out these weird organisms!!!!

Osprey BLOG
Learn about the osprey who star in the osprey cam link!

Osprey Quick Facts
From National Geographic; quick facts about osprey!

Osprey facts from Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Cornell University Ornithology Site!

Osprey World
David Gessner is the author of six books of literary nonfiction, including Return of the Osprey and the forthcoming Soaring with Fidel (Beacon spring ’07). Return of the Osprey was called a “classic of American Nature Writing” by the Boston Globe, and that paper also chose it as one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2001. Gessner’s essays have appeared in many magazines and journals including The Georgia Review, American Scholar, Orion, The Boston Sunday Globe, The Harvard Review, and the 2006 Pushcart Prize Anthology, for which the essay “Benediction” was selected. He has taught Environmental Writing as a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard, and is currently a Professor of creative nonfiction at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he also edits the literary journal of place, Ecotone. He is currently at work on a novel of place about Cape Cod and several nonfiction projects.

PA Birds site - NCMS Library
This is a link to the PA birds page on our NCMS Library site!

PA Birds - NCMS Library
This is the link to the PA Birds site on our NCMS Library page!

Cornell Ornithology Site
From Cornell University - Ornithology Site (BIRDS!)

Isopod info from fcps.edu
Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, VA
FOSS science isopod info


Tree Octopus
Caution: things are not always what they seem!

Defenders of Wildlife Site
Great site! AND may be helpful for many animal projects!

Pill Bugs anatomy
Figure to show the anatomy of the pillbug


Sloths - babies having a "conversation"
Adorable!! Shows some basic sloth behaviors and introduces humans to the ability to vocalize; what are they "saying" to one another!!??

What a wonderful world......nature style!
Another amazing sharing of nature footage from the BBC!
Brahma Chickens - "king of poultry"
This site is from the Livestock Conservancy organization. Other animals also on their site! BUT this one is the largest chicken - about the size of a human toddler!!!
Channel Islands Homepage
A cool place to visit with some interesting animals. Check it out! Some great resources to help you with your animal project as well!
Avian Biology link - Eastern Kentucky University
Everything you want (or need?) to know about Birds!! From behavior, parenting and nesting skills, anatomy and physiology....and the big question from class, "Do birds pee?" +2 bonus points for anyone who gets to this site and can answer that question from class... You will find the info in the link....but you must be able to show me where/how you found it ON THE LINK! ;) Write it down.....

The Eastern Woodrat

WWF - World Wildlife Foundation
This address should take you directly to their species list! ALL types of animals....from all types of habitats!!!!

National Geographic KIDS - animal link
WOW! Great info - typical of National Geographic - BUT on a level that all of us can read and understand!! FUN....even though it's educational! ;)

Animal Fact Guide
This site was created by animal lovers! One of them is a middle school teacher so the reading is appropriate for us! Some of their references include WIKI but they also have other notable & reliable references that they cite. Easy to use, super pictures and great info!
Great Websites for Kids - sponsored by the American Library Association!
One stop....well, nearly!! This site is put out by the ASSOCIATION FOR LIBRARY SERVICE TO CHILDREN and has several pre-approved, kid friendly sites!! This specific link will take you directly to the "animal" tab - but "shop around" and you will find some other interesting (and helpful!) info!!

Ranger Rick
This content has been around for YEARS!! From paper notes to magazine to online....it has to be great to last this long!!!!

KidSites.com
Another place to find many different sites for reference!!!

Learning Reviews
This is another site with many different places to find great info that is understandable at our level! ABOUT THE FOUNDER: Heidi Reina, M.S. Ed., is an educational technology integrator, former teacher, and consultant. She writes website and app reviews to make sense of the wealth of free interactive learning content online. Follow her on Twitter or .

Best Kids Websites
This site claims that there is a tough process to put a site on their page! AND they have several categories to choose from - this link will take you directly to their ANIMAL site list.

The Seahorse Trust
Fundraising organization to support and educate about the seahorse! What an interesting animal!

A-Z animals
As you can imagine - there is an entire alphabet of animals on this site - with loads of info for each!

Chesapeake Bay Site
This site has all types of plants, animals and a lot of other great info!

eSchoolToday
Although this site is designed by tech and art folks - they seem to go to great lengths to cite the original sources. It is user friendly and has all types of great tidbits in a language easy to follow and understand!

Kids Discover
You will need to sign up for an account to get to any of the info on this site. You may sign up for low costs - but the free stuff will get you a good start! ONLY send personal info or $ IF your parent/guardian are willing to send their info! Use your bz school account to create your free account!
Idaho Public TV site
Science Trek -- animals and their habitats.....
Crocs vs Gators
This site is by a zoologist! MUCH more than just reptiles....
National Zoo Site!
GREAT SITE for animal project/presentation! Thanks Brianna G for sharing!

Animal Project/Presentation site!
GREAT site! Elementary level - but makes it easy to understand! Only parts of the site are free though!

Sea World Site! USE FOR LAND ANIMALS TOO!
Whether you have a land animal or a water animal - you may be able to find helpful info for your animal project/presentation here!!!

Blue Whales
This is a tease! Love the footage - wish there was more! Check out the sightings of once endangered Blue Whales!
PA Butterflies!

Moraine Preserve - Butterflies!

Butterflies & Moths
This site allows you to put in our specific regional information and will provide SIGHTINGS of various species of butterflies and/or moths. You will see a list of scientific and common names - BUT make sure you do additional research to be certain that these organisms are NATIVE to PA! Just because there are sightings does not guarantee that they are native species! (Thanks Miranda for sharing this site!!!)
Smithsonian Wild Site


San Diego Zoo Site


Animal Planet Site!
May be helpful for animal project! (thanks to Patrick in MOD 7!)
Read 4 Real - Wolves!
Students may use this for additional research related to the Wolf Den Letter! Please include this on your NOTES page with the reference info if you take notes on it! OR just read it for fun if you have enjoyed getting to know more about wolves!

 
 
 
                                 
Archae Link - description Rating UC Berkeley Archae

Archae: The Hidden Domain of Life
Intro video

American Society for Microbiology

Microbiology Online
The Microbiology Society is a professional body for scientists who work in all areas of microbiology. It has over 4,000 members worldwide who are based in universities, industry, hospitals and research institutes.
Your Dictionary - Archae Examples

You Tube Video - - Archaea - "The Hidden Domain"
Student created - several characteristics and examples listed toward the end of the video. Great review of the domains and classification in general. Entertaining - solid example of how to share information.

 
 
                                 
Bacteria Link - description Rating Your Dictionary - Bacteria Examples

Microbe World - Bacteria

Live Science - Bacteria

Medical News Today - What is Bacteria

UC Berkeley Bacteria

Channel 1 - 9 Facts About Bacteria

Smithsonian - Nat'l Museum of Natural History - Ocean Portal
Tiny bacteria living on angler fish!

The Strange Science of Decay
This is the link for the Decay DVD we watched in class!!!

 
 
                                 
Biomes & Ecosystems Link - description Rating KidsKonnect
General description of biome at basic level. Easy to understand - but most other content requires a membership fee.
eSchoolToday
Although this site is designed by tech and art folks - they seem to go to great lengths to cite the original sources. It is user friendly and has all types of great tidbits in a language easy to follow and understand!

Blue Planet Biomes
This site is sponsored by an elementary school in Mass! Info on biomes, plants, animals....
Kids Discover
You will need to sign up for an account to get to any of the info on this site. You may sign up for low costs - but the free stuff will get you a good start! ONLY send personal info or $ IF your parent/guardian are willing to send their info! Use your bz school account to create your free account!
Nature.org
Animals of all types!
Planet Pals
Easy to understand and navigate! Created years ago by an educator and endorsed by numerous educational institutions!
Smithsonian - Nat'l Museum of Natural History - Ocean Portal


The World's Biomes

World Biomes - Kids Do Ecology
Kids Do Ecology Program National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis 735 State Street, Suite 300 Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3351

NASA Earth Observatory - Mission: Biomes


National Geographic - Biomes & Ecosystems

Science for Kids: biomes & ecosystems

Habitat; Biome; Niche

Reintroducing Wolves to Yellowstone
The IMPACTS of returning the wolves to Yellowstone! OR....how wolves can change a river....and a national park.....for the GOOD!

 
 
 
                                 
Biomes & Ecosystems Link - description Rating KidsKonnect
General description of biome at basic level. Easy to understand - but most other content requires a membership fee.
eSchoolToday
Although this site is designed by tech and art folks - they seem to go to great lengths to cite the original sources. It is user friendly and has all types of great tidbits in a language easy to follow and understand!

Blue Planet Biomes
This site is sponsored by an elementary school in Mass! Info on biomes, plants, animals....
Kids Discover
You will need to sign up for an account to get to any of the info on this site. You may sign up for low costs - but the free stuff will get you a good start! ONLY send personal info or $ IF your parent/guardian are willing to send their info! Use your bz school account to create your free account!
Nature.org
Animals of all types!
Planet Pals
Easy to understand and navigate! Created years ago by an educator and endorsed by numerous educational institutions!
Smithsonian - Nat'l Museum of Natural History - Ocean Portal


The World's Biomes

World Biomes - Kids Do Ecology
Kids Do Ecology Program National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis 735 State Street, Suite 300 Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3351

NASA Earth Observatory - Mission: Biomes


National Geographic - Biomes & Ecosystems

Science for Kids: biomes & ecosystems

Habitat; Biome; Niche

Reintroducing Wolves to Yellowstone
The IMPACTS of returning the wolves to Yellowstone! OR....how wolves can change a river....and a national park.....for the GOOD!

 
 
                                 
Black Plague Link - description Rating Eyewitness to History

PBS

HIstory Learnings

Black Plague PDF

How Stuff Works

CDC -black plague info

CDC - about

CDC - mission

 
 
                                 
Cells
Link - description Rating
Cell Organelle Match Game
This link will take you to a site that will allow you to practice identifying the organelles of a cell. What type of cell is it? How do you know? You may also want to check out the "HOME" page on this same link to see what other helpful items you may find! Thanks to Mr. T for sharing!!


Rap tune - Cells & Organelles
Not all of the information needed for class is here; and this is only a part of the content....but it's a start! And fun way to learn! Watch & listen - then think about creating your own rap!


Respiration/Fermentation Demo
Review of respiration and using yeast cells to show fermentation



Ideas for making cell models
Helpful hints on how to make cell models!


Making a plant cell model
Another helpful site - this one specific to creating a plant cell model


Cell information....content....and suggestions for MODELS!
All types of information (including some that we do NOT need to know yet!) Only focus on OUR selected content! Activities, content, and ideas for making models!!!


Pictures, pictures and more pictures of cells (MODEL IDEAS!)
Great picts.....get some ideas! Many of them look similar....BUT great ideas!

Plant cell model idea....and more!
This is just one of many videos on Youtube! If you start here - then check out any of the related videos that also come up with this one - you will have a great start!


Love this model - using imagination, yet easy (and cheap!) to make....
LOVE this example!! This student used handy, everyday things....that are in most classrooms and homes....or at the dollar store!!!! SUPER creative!!


AWESOME page - all types of help!!!
This site is AWESOME!!! It has all types of content AND information about making cell models - - including inexpensive and CREATIVE ideas!!!! ONE of my FAVORITE sites!!!!


Mitosis - short video
Short video shared in class to show the phases of mitosis and some of the basic differences between this process in plants and animals.

 
 
                                 
Garden & Plant Links Link - description Rating Fasciated Dandelion PHOTO



Dandelion info.....pictures too!

Fasciated Dandelion info....includes TMI



Bizarre Dandelions!



Various fasciated plants!

Forestry Link - Native Plants

Penn State Gardening Link

George Weigel

more on native plants!

more on gardening! Sustainable....

Highland Garden Home Site
This is the garden shop where Miss Erica works!

Non-profit - butterfly info!
Thanks to Jordan S for finding this site for u!

PA county map
This will allow you to locate the various counties of PA - including CUMBERLAND where NCMS is located!


Penn State article on PA native species for the garden!


PA Native Plants - Sunny Hummingbirds

Native Landscaping Conference LINKS
This is the link to a conference that was held at Millersville University - this link provides several OTHER links that may be helpful!
Plant Conservation Alliance

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Missouri Botanical Garden; Center for Plant Conservation

The Nature Conservancy

The New England Wildflower Society

Green Landscaping With Native Plants; US Environmental Protection Agency

Monarch butterfly parasites!
Find out what is causing part of the problem with the declining Monarch butterfly population!
iConserve PA
Various conservation information, background information on native plants and pictures to assist in identification.
Curt Weinhold PHOTOGRAPHER galleries
GREAT picts - but should CONFIRM proper identification with a science source!


Aphids on Milkweed
This is a "forum" (if you aren't sure what that means....you may need to look it up!) be sure that it is solid scientific information! This part shares information about the red aphids that are on the milkweed in the garden (Fall 2013)


Comparison of Oak trees
Link to assist in using the details of oak trees to determine the species of Oak.

PA Birds - NCMS Library
This is the link for the PA Birds site on our NCMS Library site!

Project Feeder Watch - Cornell University Ornithology
This is the project that Miss Amy discussed when she shared the TOP 20 - most common birds seen at feeders in PA & NY

Birds, feeders, feed, etc....
From the Project Feederwatch (Cornell University) webpage; shows common regions, common feed, types of feeders, pictures with names of commonly spotted birds at various feeders in various regions.

Identify trees by leaves!
Ohio Public Library Information Network is the main page - trim address to www.oplin.org/tree or www.oplin.org for more options! A couple of students in Fall 2014 used this as a source for their projects - GREAT help!

Greenwood Nursery Site
All types of information about gardening, landscaping, plants, etc!
US National Arboretum
Great site for information about various plants, trees, etc! Some of this may be challenging level of reading - but use the "search" and find a LOT of great info! Be sure that you understand what you are reading!
Ava's Flowers Link
This link was actually shared by Terry from a youth library program! They found the Wolf Den Garden & Plant links helpful for their program and wanted to share their own helpful reference that they located! Very cool how the internet can make the world a smaller place and how folks can use it to share educational items! Thanks to Terry and the kids at the library! ;) (Just heard from Terry - they are located in Washington State - near Vancouver! Very Cool to be connected!)

Photosynthesis & Leaf Anatomy/Physiology
Walks viewer through the process of photosynthesis and the anatomy & physiology of the leaf. Interactive checks along the way to see if the viewer understands!

The Photosynthesis Song!
The British version.....catchy tune about the important process of photosynthesis!
Anatomy of a leaf
This will help to understand the basic anatomy (and physiology) of a leaf as it relates to photosynthesis!

Fermentation & Pickles
Cucumbers....which ARE from plants! Can be "pickled"; this demonstrates the process of "fermentation"!

Arbor Day website!
ALL types of GREAT information about Arbor Day and plants....and planting....and....
Simple identification
Focus on New England plants - but there is more here! Keys - discovering "groups" of plants too!
US Department of Agriculture Site

Mountain Nature - Field Guide for the next Millennium
MountainNature.com is designed to make identification fast and easy. If you know the common or Latin name of the plant you are seeking, simply use the quick search lists below. All of the plants in our database can be selected in this manner. If you would like a more interactive approach to identification, use one of the other keys provide for your convenience.
Desert Ecology
Desert Ecology is the joint venture of Dr. Jim Deacon, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK and Dr. Sharon von Broembsen, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA. This site is one of two mirror sites for Desert Ecology and is located at Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. The other mirror site is at http://go.okstate.edu/~svonbro/desertecology/ and is located at Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA.
Chesapeake Bay Site
This site has all types of plants (and animals) and great info!

University of Rhode Island site
Not only plants - but a lot of other info related to restoring the environment! Sea lettuce will be found here!


Smithsonian - Nati'l Museum of Natural History - Botany
All types of content!! This link is for plants - BUT there will likely be other topics of interest too! Thanks Kurt S for finding this site for us!

Smithsonian - Nat'l Museum of Natural History - Plants & Algae

 
 
                                 
Genetics Links Link - description Rating Genetics Interactive Site!
This site was located by Mrs. Beardsley! It has all types of background information - some review of what we've done in class, other information that is new! Check out all of the tabs!

Kids Health



National Institutes of Health



Genetics Home Reference


Medline Plus

National Human Genome Research Institute



Buzzle.com



List of Genetics Disorders



Great Site found by Jared!


Librarian Genetics Website Link
Mrs. Guistwhite, our NCMS librarian, has shared the info that she also shares with AMS students to assist in gathering science -worthy internet sources! This link will share various links that have great content, AND she even highlighted the various Genetics Disorders that will be assigned in class!

NCMS Library Home Page


White Deer Herd!
Check out this example of albinism!

Zedonk

Gene Therapy

Mayo Clinic - Gene Therapy

What is the X chromosome
Info from the National Institute of Health - a bit challenging with vocabulary, but does have some helpful info!


The Y chromosome
Same site as the one with the X chromosome info! From the National Institute of Health; again, some vocab is extra challenging!


Read Works
Great articles on various topics and at different reading levels! Go to the tab on the left of the Wolf Den homepage to easily access some of the downloads of the articles!
The Zedonk!
Check out this video/article about the hybrid animal cross between a donkey and a zebra!!
Ms. VanEtten's edpuzzle video on genetic engineering


 
 
                                 
Fungi Link - description Rating Health Hype - Fungi

Center for Disease Control - Fungal Diseases

Biology for Kids - Fungi

Medical News Today - Fungi: Hazards & Health Applications

Easy Science for Kids - Fungi

Encyclopedia Britannica - Fungus

Microbe World Fungi

Fascinating World of Fungi

Arkive - Fungi

Encyclopedia of New Zealand - Fungi

Types of Fungi in Eastern US

Strange Science of Decay
This is the link to the Decay DVD we watched in class!

 
 
                                 
Protists Link - description Rating Live Science - Protists

Encyclopedia Britannica - Protists

Microbe World Protists

Biology for Kids - Protists

Easy Science for Kids - Protists

 
 
                                 
Web Cams!! (Explore.org - many dif't live cams!!) Link - description Rating PA Falcon Cam!
Live video, recent still shots, information, etc about the Falcons that are living and raising their young in Harrisburg!

The PANDAs at Smithsonian Zoo
This link will get you to the PANDA page of the Smithsonian Zoo! In August 2013 a baby panda was born at the zoo! This link can also connect you to the "Panda Cam" where you can try to catch glimpses of the Mama Panda caring for her baby!

Osprey Cam - Chesapeake Conservancy
The Chesapeake's favorite osprey couple, Tom and Audrey, are coming back from their Journey to South America this past winter. Watch the Osprey Camera to follow these beautiful birds as they return, begin building their nest on an all new platform, and get settled in.

National Geographic Facts - EAGLE


Cornell Ornithology Site- EAGLE


Hanover Eagle Cam!!


Wolves of Yellowstone
This is what happens when man messes with the balance of nature - and the how things change when it's returned! This is from the PBS learning media site! Gray wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park in 1995, which have since resulted in a trophic cascade through the entire ecosystem. After the wolves were driven extinct in the region nearly 100 years ago, scientists began to fully understand their role in the food web as a keystone species.

GRAY Seal Pups on Seal Island Maine

Eagle Cam - Santa Cruz Island, CA

The Aurora Borealis - Manitoba, Canada

Vampire Bats!

Orca Cam! Cracroft Point, BC

Hanover Eagle Cam - PA Game Commission
This site is sponsored by the PA Game Commission.....there are 2 camera views at this site! One that is similar to the other live cam we have been watching - the other is a view from ABOVE the nest.

PA Elk Cam

 
 
                                 
Wolf Info! Link - description Rating Sub page of National Geographic site!
Thanks to Meryam for sharing this link! September 2012

Wolf Country
This looks like a great site! Some great pictures and the information that I did proof is accurate. However, I did not find a "contact" link; I did also not find information about who is maintaining the site. It's a good idea to confirm with other sites that you are confident will have accurate information! (Thanks to Meryam for sharing this site!)
The Wolf Center
This particular part of the site focuses on typical questions, myths and answers about wolf behavior. Start here then check out the other tabs on this awesome wolf site!

Wolf Conservation
Wildlife Biologist site; this link connects you directly to the "behavior" tab of the site. Look around the site for additional information!

Wolf as a symbol
The Native Americans had a special connection to wolves. Read this site to learn more about what the wolf meant to this group of people.


The Hidden Life Of Wolves - Jim & Jamie Dutcher
This video is used in class to share about wolf behavior and pack hierarchy. Additional information included on this video to update information about wolf populations, how they have added to Yellowstone and other natural areas, myths, and concerns.

What is a Wolf Pack Mentality?
GREAT article on behaviors, hierarchy, etc!

Wolves of Yellowstone
See what happens when you mess with nature....this shows the impact and how much we can change so much when we change what nature was created to be. See the many positive changes that happened when the gray wolf was reintroduced to Yellowstone! From the PBS learning media site: "Gray wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park in 1995, which have since resulted in a trophic cascade through the entire ecosystem. After the wolves were driven extinct in the region nearly 100 years ago, scientists began to fully understand their role in the food web as a keystone species."

Wolf Sanctuary of PA - Lititz, PA
Recently applied to volunteer here in the summer! I hope it works out! I was able to take a group of students to visit this place many years ago - and recently re-connected with them through a "pop up" on Facebook!

 
 
 
 

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