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In this optics activity, learners examine how polarized light can reveal stress ...

In this optics activity, learners examine how polarized light can reveal stress patterns in clear plastic. Learners place a fork between two pieces of polarizing material and induce stress by squeezing the tines together. Learners will observe the colored stress pattern in the image of the plastic that is projected onto a screen using an overhead projector. Learners rotate one of the polarizing filters to explore which orientations give the most dramatic color effects. This activity can be related to bones, as bones develop stress patterns from the loads imposed upon them every day.

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Physics
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Activities and Labs
Provider:
Exploratorium
Provider Set:
Science Snacks
Author:
California Department of Education
National Science Foundation
NEC Foundation of America
The Exploratorium
Buried Bones
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This fun Web site is part of OLogy, where kids can collect ...

This fun Web site is part of OLogy, where kids can collect virtual trading cards and create projects with them. Here, they learn about paleontology with a hands-on activity. The activity opens with an explanation covering how fossilized bones are usually very delicate and buried deeply in rock fossils. Students are then given step-by-step directions for working with a friend to create two make-believe dig sites by burying bones in plaster of Paris. The activity ends with three discussion questions: What was surprising about excavating the bones? What strategies did you find worked well for removing the plaster? How would you have worked differently if you had no idea what was buried inside?

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Archaeology
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Activities and Labs
Provider:
American Museum of Natural History
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American Museum of Natural History
Exploring Bone Mineral Density
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In this activity, students will explore two given websites to gather information ...

In this activity, students will explore two given websites to gather information on Bone Mineral Density and how it is measured. They will also learn about X-rays in general, how they work and their different uses, along with other imaging modalities. They will answer guiding questions as they explore the websites and take a short quiz after to test the knowledge they gained while reading the articles.

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Engineering
Life Science
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Kristyn Shaffer (Primary Author)
Megan Johnston
TeachEngineering.org
VU Bioengineering RET Program,
Inner Strength
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In this activity about endoskeletons (page 8 of PDF), learners observe, compare ...

In this activity about endoskeletons (page 8 of PDF), learners observe, compare and contrast different kinds of chicken bones, and relate their chicken bone observations to human bones. The bones must be prepared a day ahead of time. Learners also use a poem to identify the major bones of the human body and discuss the importance of bilateral symmetry. This guide includes background information, extensions, and data sheets.

Subject:
Anatomy/Physiology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Images and Illustrations
Lesson Plans
Unit of Study
Provider:
Baylor College of Medicine
Provider Set:
BioEdOnline
Author:
Barbara Z. Tharp
Kimberly Chang
Nancy P. Moreno
Muscles and Bones
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Muscles and Bones offers teachers 10 activities that help students understand how ...

Muscles and Bones offers teachers 10 activities that help students understand how the body's muscles and bones work. The activities in this guide help students explore important questions related to muscles and bones in living things; such as: Do you know which foods have lots of calcium for your bones? What are you doing to keep your muscles strong? and How do your bones and muscles work together?

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Nutrition
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Provider:
Baylor College of Medicine
Provider Set:
Baylor College of Medicine
Video Gallery: Velociraptor
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This gallery of online resources is from the Museum's Seminars on Science, ...

This gallery of online resources is from the Museum's Seminars on Science, a series of distance-learning courses designed to help educators meet the new national science standards. Video Gallery: Velociraptor is part of the Dinosaurs Among Us: The Link to Birds seminar. This brief video looks at how the dinosaur is closely related to birds and includes a printable PDF transcript.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Reference
Video Lectures
Provider:
American Museum of Natural History
Provider Set:
American Museum of Natural History
Written in Bone: The Secret in the Cellar
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Forensic scientists are recovering buried clues of the lives of early colonists ...

Forensic scientists are recovering buried clues of the lives of early colonists and discovering the stories written in their bones. Using graphics, photos, and online activities, this Webcomic unravels a mystery of historical and scientific importance about the life of a recently discovered 17th century human body along the James River on the Chesapeake Bay. Students can analyze artifacts and examine the skeleton for the tell-tale forensic clues that bring the deceased to life and establish the cause of death. Teacher resources are included. Note: Turn off pop-up blocker to successfully experience all site features.

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Arts and Humanities
Anthropology
Archaeology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
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Video Lectures
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Smithsonian Institutions
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Social Sciences Gateways and Resources
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