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BUILDING BIG: Home Page

BUILDING BIG: Home Page
Explore large structures and what it takes to build them with BUILDING BIG™, a five-part PBS television series and Web site from WGBH Boston. Here are the main features of the site: Bridges, Domes, Skyscrapers, Dams, and Tunnels. The Labs Try your hand at our interactive engineering labs. The Challenges Take on the challenges of building big. Wonders of the World Databank Explore our databank of big structures. Local Wonders Investigate big structures near you. Who Builds Big? About the Series Learn more about the shows, and see a chat with David Macaulay. Educators' Guide How to use the Web site, with hands-on activities. Shop Building Big DVDs and books from David Macaulay available at ShopPBS.org. Site Tour Learn more about the features in this site. Site Map The whole site at a glance. Web Credits Feedback Help Related:  Staff ResourcesScience Resources

Build a Meerkat 1. Brainstorm different organisms’ special body parts. Ask students to think of animals with unique or interesting body parts, such as a turtle’s shell, an elephant’s trunk, a whale’s blow hole, and others. Project the provided Three-Column Chart on the board. List their ideas in the first two columns of the chart for the class to see. Ask: What do you think are the purposes of these body parts? 2. Discuss what animals need to survive in different environments, listing students’ ideas on the board. 3. Project the Clan of the Meerkat image of the three meerkats standing. 4. Divide students into pairs and provide materials for each pair. 5. Have students arrange their meerkat models on a table, representing a meerkat family or clan. Take away the dark coloration on the stomach.

Home Physics Critter Catalog Here is information about many common animals found in Michigan, and a few that live in other places. You could find many of these animals in or around your schoolyard. Remember that this is just a little bit of animal biodiversity. There are many many other kinds of animals in other places. Mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish are all vertebrates - they have a "spinal column" made up of many bones. While vertebrates are more familiar to most people, there are many, many more species of invertebrates. For simplicity's sake, we have presented six main groups of invertebrates, distinguished by the number of legs they have.

Edheads - Activate Your Mind! Search, Collect, and Share | SMILE La Montagne Mouvement - Le livre gratuit de physique Comment bougent les objects, les animaux, les étoiles et l'espace vide ? Pourquoi bougent-ils ? La lévitation est-elle possible ? Quelles sont les questions qui demeurent irrésolues en physique ? Traduits avec passion et engagement par Benoît Clénet, voici les trois premiers volumes en langue française, tous gratuits : (Benoît Clénet a aussi traduit le livre À la recherche de la matière noire par Robert Sanders.) Vous pouvez lire les volumes, sans les télécharger, en bas de cette page. Voici les fichiers en anglais: Le projet Motion Mountain publie un livre de physique gratuit racontant, de façon aussi amusante que possible, comme furent trouvées, au cours de 2500 ans de recherche, les réponses à ces questions. S'il vous plaît, envyoez-moi vos suggestions d'amélioration par courriel. Le texte est publié par une association sans but lucratif de droit allemand. Merci d'avance pour votre soutien, également au nom de tous les futurs lecteurs !

Plants & History Ever since Early Man rubbed two sticks together to make fire, plants have played a vital role in the history of mankind. The cultivation of grain changed nomads into village dwellers, wooden boats allowed civilisations to explore new lands, and precious spices were used from earliest times to trade between nations. Later on, it was Christopher Columbus’s search for new spice routes that led to his discovery of the Americas and their colonisation by Europeans. Plants have been used as medicines, but also as instruments of death. A plant allegedly even influenced the laws of physics! Plants have had far-reaching effects on many civilisations, the impact of which we still feel today. See the top 10 plants that we think have made the biggest difference to this category.

Exploratorium | The Museum of Science, Art and Human Perception Build-A-Body Overview Learn about the body's systems with this drag and drop game. Choose organs from the organ tray, and place them in their correct position within the body to create organ systems. Build-A-Body is a drag and drop game where players are tasked with assembling an organ system from a set of organs. How to play Build-a-Body Choose organs from the organ tray, drag and drop them in their correct position within the body to build each system. Teaching with Build-a-Body Build-a-body is an awesome tool to introduce and teach concepts of human anatomy and human physiology. Early Childhood Education with Build-a-Body Where does my food go?

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