SALI: Teacher Links
Generally Helpful Sites
Submitting data for SALI activities: Some SALI activities provide the opportunity for students in classrooms across the country to compare their data with each other. Click on the appropriate link to submit your students’ data.
Submit data for Activity 3
Submit data for Activity 7
Submit data for Activity 59
Submit data for Activity 62
Submit data for Activity 64
Use this site to enrich your knowledge about scientists presented in SALI. Includes Darwin, Lamarck, Mendel and Pasteur. Entries have links to related scientists. Eric Weisstein’s World of Science is written and maintained by the author as a public service for scientific knowledge and education.
Unit A: Studying People Scientifically
Activity 2: The Pellagra Story
Pellagra Video – with closed captions
This video segment from A Science Odyssey profiles Dr. Joseph Goldberger and his search for a cure for pellagra, a poorly understood disease that ravaged the American South in the early 1900s. You may right-click on the above link to save the video and view it in full screen. It is recommended that you have the latest version of QuickTime installed to properly view this video. This video is from the Teacher’s Domain.
Activity 3: Testing Medicines: A Clinical Trial
Find out about ongoing clinical trials, protocols and risk analyses. This site has an extensive glossary and is a good resource for student extension activities. Site created by WebMD, a professional organization that provides health information on the Internet.
Activity 10: Evaluating Clinical Trials
The optional video for Activity 10 is no longer available.
Unit B: Body Works
Activity 12: What’s Happening Inside?
Extension Activity: “Human Reproduction”
This SEPUP extension activity includes both teacher and student pages for a reading on human reproduction, including the male and female reproductive systems and development of the embryo.
Activity 25: Healing the Heart
For Activity 25, new versions of the Student Book and Teacher’s Guide that do not require the video are available here in pdf:
Unit C: Micro-Life
Activity 33: From One to Another
Bubonic Plague Video – with closed captions
This video segment from A Science Odyssey recounts the tactics employed by San Francisco’s health officials to prevent bubonic plague from reaching America’s West Coast. You may right-click on the above link to save the video and view it in full screen. It is recommended that you have the latest version of QuickTime installed to properly view this video. This video is from the Teacher’s Domain.
Activity 50: Fighting Back
Video on Penicillin – with closed captions
In this video segment from A Science Odyssey on the Teacher’s Domain, learn what led British researcher Alexander Fleming to the chance discovery of antibacterial properties in a mold extract he later named penicillin. It is recommended that you have the latest version of QuickTime installed to properly view this video.
Video on Producing Penicillin – with closed captions
In this video segment from A Science Odyssey on the Teacher’s Domain, learn about the team of scientists from Oxford University that conducted tests on penicillin, in addition to the mass production of this new drug. It is recommended that you have the latest version of QuickTime installed to properly view this video.
Unit D: Our Genes, Our Selves
Activity 62: Analyzing Genetic Data
Activity 68: Investigation: Searching for the Lost Children
Activity 69: Evidence from DNA
Activity 70: Finding the Lost children
Activity 71: Should We?
Extension Activity: “Life Cycles of Animals and Plants”
This SEPUP extension activity includes both teacher and student pages for a reading on the life cycles of various groups of animals and plants.
This site presents an example of the societal implications of DNA testing. It provides documented cases of post-conviction DNA testing which yield conclusive proof of defendants’ innocence. Good discussion of the limitations of DNA testing. The Innocence Project is an independent non-profit legal clinic and resource center, maintained by Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.
Activity 63: Show Me the Genes!
The optional video for Activity 63 is no longer available.
Unit E: Ecology
Activity 73: Introduced Species
Sea Grant Nonindigenous Species Site
This is a good resource which includes a comprehensive collection of research publications and education materials on zebra mussels and other aquatic introduced species. The search engine is friendly with direct links to species discussed in Activity 73. The Sea Grant Nonindigenous Species Site (SGNIS) is a project of the National Sea Grant College Program and is maintained by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network.
Activity 74: Observing Organisms
Activity 83: A Suitable Habitat
Capitalize on student interest in L. variegetus at this site which offers laboratory support including videos of locomotion and blood pulsation. Contains information to guide student extensions in experimental design. E-mail contact available. Site is maintained by Charlie Drewes, Ph.D., Iowa State University.
Activity 75: Classifying Animals
Activity 76: People, Birds and Bats
Discover Life can help you guide your students in classification of living things and in the use of population maps in ecology, as well as to report local findings. Includes an IDnature guide that builds sorting skills.
This site is maintained by the Polistes Foundation which is comprised of scientists whose primary goal is to increase the number of people gathering reliable data on species and their distribution.
Unit F: Evolution
NSTA Position Statement on the Teaching of Evolution
This document clearly states the importance of teaching evolution in schools as a major unifying scientific concept, provides background information, and appeals to teachers, administrators and local leaders to take informed and active positions on this issue.