FOURTEEN NEW LEARNING RESOURCES in science & social studies
have been added to FREE. They're described below.
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"Cell Biology & Cancer"
features five activities for helping students understand key
concepts about cancer -- that "cancer" is a group of more than
100 diseases, that it develops due to loss of control of cell
growth, that it is a multistep process, & more. The
relationship between biomedical research & improvements in
health are examined, as are the advances in cancer research
made in the last 30 years. (NIH)
"Emerging & Re-emerging Infectious Diseases"
explores factors associated with disease emergence & re-
emergence & considers the human activities that can increase
or decrease the likelihood of outbreaks of infectious
diseases. Students play the role of epidemiologists looking
for clues to solve the case of a mystery disease, watch
simulations of herd immunity & the impact of vaccination
programs, & assign limited funds to three proposals submitted
to address a major infectious disease. (NIH)
"Human Genetic Variation"
offers activities exploring how genes & the environment
influence human diversity, what role DNA sequences play in
genetic differences, & more. Students are invited to assume
the role of employees at a pharmaceutical company developing
new drugs. A game helps show the links between genetic
variation, environmental factors, & disease prevention. A
family's case study on genetic variation testing exemplifies
difficult moral & social questions for society. (NIH)
"NIH Curriculum Supplement Series"
offers web-based instructional modules based on cutting-edge
scientific discoveries. Topics include cell biology & cancer,
infectious diseases, human genetic variation, sleep disorders,
neurobiology & addiction, chemicals & the environment,
alcohol, the brain & hearing, the mouth & tooth decay. Most
modules are for middle & high school. Each includes inquiry-
based activities & extensive background materials. Each was
field tested by teachers. (NIH)
"Science & Invention"
looks at inventors & inventions that changed our lives: the
telegraph, photophone, animation, sewing machine, ice cream
cone, nuclear fission, flight, & others. It includes Thomas
Edison's journals & failed inventions, & Alexander Graham
Bell's notebook entry describing the first successful
experiment with the telephone (March 10, 1876). George
Westinghouse, James Smithson, Benjamin Banneker, & Samuel
Morse are among others profiled. (LOC)
"Mapping My Spot in History"
helps students become proficient at observing & interpreting
maps, learn architectural & cartographic terms, appreciate
their own role in affecting history, & contribute to a
panoramic map of their town. (LOC)
invites students to read personal accounts of natural
disasters in the U.S. during the late 1800s & early 1990s --
the great Chicago fire (1871), the Johnstown Flood (1889), the
San Francisco earthquake & fire (1906), the Titanic (1912),
the 1918 Flu Epidemics, the Dust Bowl (1930s-40s). Students
research a disaster & create a presentation in which they
assume the role of a witness to the event. (LOC)
"On the Homefront"
features posters & images illustrating some of the ways
American's at home contributed to war efforts overseas during
World Wars I & II. The images are presented in 5 categories:
volunteer work, civil defense, conservation, economic
initiatives, & patriotic support. (LOC)
"Reporting America at War"
explores the role of journalists in covering America's wars.
The website, companion to a PBS documentary, offers a teachers
guide with lessons on press censorship, message control, the
power of pictures, finding the right words, & works by Ernie
Pyle & Edward R. Murrow. The documentary examines the
challenges of reporting from the front lines & the role of the
correspondent in shaping how wars have been understood &
"Seventeen Moments in Soviet History"
begins with the Bolshevik seizure of power in 1917 & ends with
the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. It includes the
Kronstadt uprising (1921), the death of Lenin (1924), the
liquidation of the Kulaks as a class (1929), the year of the
Stakhanovite (1936), the end of rationing (1947), the virgin
lands campaign (1954), Khrushchev's secret speech (1956), the
first cosmonaut (1961), the intervention in Czechoslovakia
(1968), & Chernobyl (1986). (NEH)
"St. Louis Virtual City Project"
explores the history of the city & region known as the Gateway
to the West. The site includes lessons on comparing life in
the 1850s & 1950s, advertising St. Louis, the Dred Scott
Trial, Chinatown, the German & Irish experience in St. Louis,
the Arch, & "exploring a decade." Currently, content for two
decades is available: the 1850s & 1950s. (NEH)
"Tell About the South: Voices in Black & White"
provides a study guide to accompany a film telling the story
of modern Southern literature. The film explores the
interrelationship between white & African-American writers &
features many Southern writers -- Ellison, Faulkner, Hurston,
O'Connor, Percy, Warren, Welty, Wolfe, Wright, & others.
Interviews with contemporary Southern writers are included.
"The People ... Native Americans"
offers more than 30 collections of photos, essays, & other
resources for learning about American Indians. Topics include
daily life for Native American women in the late 1800s, the
Wounded Knee Massacre, Custer's Last Stand, & Pocahontas.
Resources include a tribe locator, recordings of Native
American music, & an exhibit of flutes. (LOC)
"There She Is: A History of Miss America"
accompanies a film that tracks the contest from its inception
in 1921 as an exuberant local seaside pageant. The website
includes a transcript of the film & learning activities
related to history, geography, economics, culture, & civics.
The film offers insights into various topics in American
history -- the Jazz Age, the Depression, World War II, the
Baby Boom, feminist & civil rights activism of the 1960s, the
women's liberation movement, & others. (NEH)
LOC -- Library of Congress
NEH -- National Endowment for the Humanities
NIH -- National Institutes of Health
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