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African American History -- 12 Free Readers
Category: Social Studies
Tags: black history month black history books on black history african american history famous african americans famous black people

The following free readers on African-American History are for grades 4 - 6. 

(For addtional free readers, see:

Free Biography Readers 

Plants - Flowers - Trees 

Free Animal Science Readers

Free Genetics Resources
Category: Science
Tags: genetics dna what is a gene dna structure dna models

The University of Utah's Genetic Science Learning Center offers two sites for learning the basics of DNA:

LearnGenetics: Here, you’ll be presented with an animated tour of DNA, videos that explain how genetic traits are passed from one generation to the next, and a look inside of a cell. You can see how cells compare in size to molecules, atoms, and other objects, and build a DNA molecule.

TeachGenetics: The companion website to the one above, here, you’ll find ready-to-use “print-and-go” activities with instructions, worksheets, visuals, and answer keys. For example, you can download Have Your DNA and Eat It Too which includes instructions for making edible DNA with Twizzlers and mini marshmallows.

More Readings, Videos and Activities: 

Glencoe textbook chapters on: Mendel and Meiosis; DNA and Genes; Patterns of Heredity; Genetic Technology.

Punnett Squares Virtual Lab

Make a Monster Traits Activity and Instructions

Howard Hughes Medical InstituteLearn about DNA, stem cells, and genomics and chemical genetics, among other topics. Most topics feature videos, animations, interactives, and articles. In the “Classroom” section of the site, you will find activities and teachers guides.

DNA From the BeginningReadings, animations and videos covering topics in Genetics.

BrainPop on Heredity

MLK Day: Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights Resources
Category: Social Studies
Tags: martin luther king day

Resources focusing on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., and civil and human rights: 

  • Free Books:  

Other Resources:

The corresponding Understanding Race website presents interactive information that, "looks through the eyes of history, science and lived experience," to "explain differences among people and reveal the reality – and unreality – of race."  Lesson plans for middle and high school age learners can be downloaded.

  • This collection of resources from Scholastic explores African American inventors, the Underground Railroad, the history of jazz, and people who played pivotal roles in civil rights: 

  • This collection of resources  ​from ScienceNet Links that explore such topics as the dynamics of groups, stereotypes, segregation, and the achievements of African Americans. 
  • Interactive from PBS LearningMedia:

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