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 Discover! Life in the Environment Volume 1: Life Science

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Discover! Life in the Environment Volume 1: Life Science

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Take a multimedia journey to understand life on Earth. Plants, animals and humans. Explore the biosphere. Find out how plants work. Learn about the biology of humans and animals. Explore life in the oceans and find out how productive environments function. Learn about evolution. Find out how changing populations impact our planet. Life Science features clearly written text, more than 90 beautiful photographs and illustrations, interactive exercises (to “learn by doing”), over a dozen video clips and animations, and a half-hour video documentary – Life Science: Good Muscles and Bones. A student athlete explores the structure of muscles and bones with help from NASA experts.

Discover! Science Library

ScienceSchoolHouse’s new Discover! Science Library for grades 6-8 and 9-12, has the following features and components:

  1. Interactive multimedia tutorials: Each CD includes up to 200 screens with text and pictures/illustrations plus interactive exercises and lots of video clips.
  2. All core text is fully narrated (with an on/off option). All vocabulary checked for age appropriateness. Built to pedagogically correct standards with appendices for advanced research.
  3. 3D Virtual Laboratory: Select samples, instruments, tools, planets and natural environments. Design and perform dynamic, discovery oriented experiments, then analyze and plot data to confirm or deny hypotheses. Each student learns by doing science and being a scientist.
  4. One 30-minute, high-resolution, digital video on each CD, with content indexing and one-click navigation.
  5. Quizzes for the students and Test Banks for teachers.
  6. Teacher’s Guides and state and national curriculum correlations on the CDs and our website.

System Requirements

Windows 98 / 2000/ ME / XP / Vista, Pentium II, 32 MB RAM, CD-ROM Drive, Multimedia Capabilities

Macintosh OS X (native); G4 or better; Multimedia Capabilities

On this CD:

3D Virtual Laboratory

Quizzes and Test Banks

Manual

Interactive Exercises

  • 1_2 Biosphere
  • 1_3 Ecosystem Structure
  • 2_7 The Hydrologic Cycle
  • 2_21 Bonding Roundabout
  • 5_3 Form Follows Function
  • 6_1 Secchi Disk
  • 8_1 Evolution
  • 9_1 How Populations Change
  • 9_2 Resource Limitation and Carrying Capacity
  • 9_3 Predator and Prey Relationship
  • D_1 Timeline
  • D-2 Earth’s Orbit
  • D_3 The Sun’s Intensity

Movies and Animations

  • 1_1 Biosphere
  • 2_10 Water Molecule
  • 2_20 Plants in Space
  • 2_21 Atoms
  • 5_2 Carbon Cycle
  • 5_7 Cardiopulmonary System
  • 5_9 Cardiovascular System
  • 5_10 Renal/Endocrine System
  • 5_14 Moving in Water
  • 6_1 Biodiversity
  • 6_2 Phytoplankton
  • 6_5 Shark!
  • 7_1 Wetlands
  • 7_3 Estuaries
  • D_10 Iceberg Flip!
  • D_11 The Sun Radiates Energy

Interactive Multimedia Tutorial Tables of Contents

Chapter 1: Life On Earth

  • 1-1 Biosphere
  • 1-2 Where We Live: Biosphere
  • 1-3 What is an Ecosystem?
  • 1-4 Biomes
  • 1-5 Classification

Chapter 2: Types of Life on Earth: Plants

  • 2-1 What are Plants?
  • 2-2 How Plants Work
  • 2-3 The Plant Body Plan
  • 2-4 Structure of Leaves
  • 2-5 Leaves Collect Sunlight
  • 2-6 Stomata
  • 2-7 Roots Collect Water and Minerals
  • 2-8 Stems and Transport
  • 2-9 Moving Water Upwards
  • 2-10 Transpiration
  • 2-11 Parts of a Flowering Plant
  • 2-12 Plant Sexual Reproduction
  • 2-13 Life Cycle
  • 2-14 Pollination
  • 2-15 Fertilization
  • 2-16 Advantages and Disadvantages of Sexual Reproduction
  • 2-17 Plant Asexual Reproduction
  • 2-18 Advantages and Disadvantages of Asexual Reproduction
  • 2-19 What are Fruits Anyway?
  • 2-20 Adaptations of Plants
  • 2-21 Structure of Atoms

Chapter 3: Biological Levels of Organization

  • 3-1 Biological Levels of Organization
  • 3-2 The Cell Level
  • 3-3 Types of Cells
  • 3-4 The Animal Cell
  • 3-5 DNA
  • 3-6 RNA
  • 3-7 The Plant Cell
  • 3-8 The Tissues Level
  • 3-9 The Organ Level
  • 3-10 The Organ System Level

Chapter 4: Cell Division

  • 4-1 Cells Divide and Grow
  • 4-2 Mitosis
  • 4-3 Interphase
  • 4-4 Stage 1: Prophase
  • 4-5 Stage 2: Metaphase
  • 4-6 Stage 3: Anaphase
  • 4-7 Stage 4: Telophase
  • 4-8 Mitosis and Cell Division in Plant and Animal Cells
  • 4-9 Meiosis
  • 4-10 Interphase 1
  • 4-11 Stage 1: Prophase 1
  • 4-12 Stage 2: Metaphase 1
  • 4-13 Stage 3: Anaphase 1
  • 4-14 Stage 4: Telophase 1
  • 4-15 Stage 5: Prophase II
  • 4-16 Stage 6: Metaphase II
  • 4-17 Stage 7: Anaphase II
  • 4-18 Stage 8: Telophase II

Chapter 5: Types of Life on Earth: Animals and Humans

  • 5-1 How Animals Work
  • 5-2 Sources of Organic Carbon
  • 5-3 Animal Senses – Sight and Sound
  • 5-4 Animal Senses – Smell, Taste and Touch
  • 5-5 Digestion – Breaking Down Food
  • 5-6 Digestion – Absorbing Nutrients
  • 5-7 Absorbing Oxygen
  • 5-8 Respiratory Structures
  • 5-9 Circulation
  • 5-10 Getting Rid of Toxic Waste
  • 5-11 Human Reproduction
  • 5-12 Reproduction in Animals
  • 5-13 The Importance of Diet
  • 5-14 Moving in Water
  • 5-15 Moving on Land
  • 5-16 Ethics

Chapter 6: Life in the Oceans

  • 6-1 Light and Life
  • 6-2 Phytoplankton
  • 6-3 Primary Production
  • 6-4 Food Chains
  • 6-5 Food Webs
  • 6-6 Trophic Levels

Chapter 7: Productive Environments

  • 7-1 Types of Wetlands
  • 7-2 Wetlands Under Threat
  • 7-3 Estuaries
  • 7-4 Mixing in Estuaries

Chapter 8: Introduction to Evolution

  • 8-1 What is Evolution?
  • 8-2 Evolution and the Fossil Record
  • 8-3 What are Fossils?
  • 8-4 Patterns of Evolution
  • 8-5 Extinction
  • 8-6 What is a Species?
  • 8-7 Phyletic Speciation
  • 8-8 Geographic Speciation
  • 8-9 Phylogenetic Relationships

Chapter 9: Changing Populations

  • 9-1 What is a Population?
  • 9-2 The Growth and Regulation of Populations
  • 9-3 Predator Prey Relationships
  • 9-4 Other Threats to Populations
  • 9-5 Infectious Diseases
  • 9-6 Non-infectious Diseases
  • 9-7 Viruses

Note: Appendices A, B and C are common to all Discover! titles.

Appendix A: Scientific Method

  • A.1 The Need to Know
  • A.2 What Makes Science Different?
  • A.3 Induction
  • A.4 The Scientific Method
  • A.5 Hypothesis and Deduction
  • A.6 Experiments and Observation
  • A.7 Acceptance of Hypotheses
  • A.8 Theories and Laws
  • A.9 The Cycle of Scientific Inquiry
  • A.10 Scientists Build Models
  • A.11 Scientific Theories and Revolutions
  • A.12 Scientists Doing Science
  • A.13 Open Communication
  • A.14 Ethical Responsibilities
  • A.15 Role of Technology
  • A.16 Science and Society

Appendix B: Measurement Systems and SI Units

  • B.1 The Need for Common Units
  • B.2 Some Old Units of Measurement
  • B.3 Problems with Different Measurement Systems
  • B.4 The SI (Metric) System
  • B.5 Basic Units of SI
  • B.6 Derived Units
  • B.7 More Derived Units
  • B.8 Decimal Multipliers
  • B.9 SI Prefixes
  • B.10 Scientific Notation
  • B.11 Large and Small Numbers
  • B.12 Exact and Approximate Numbers
  • B.13 Precision Measurements
  • B.14 Significant Figures
  • B.15 Scientific Notation and Precision
  • B.16 Accuracy and Precision
  • B.17 Dangers of Many Digits
  • B.18 Working with Scientific Notation

Appendix C: Careers in Science

  • C.1 Careers in Science
  • C.2 Careers in Geology
  • C.3 Careers in Oceanography
  • C.4 Careers in Atmospheric Science
  • C.5 Careers in Astronomy
  • C.6 Geological Field Safety

Appendix D: Life on Planet Earth

  • D.1 Introduction
  • D.2 The Earth’s Location
  • D.3 The Sun’s Heat
  • D.4 The Small Window of Livability
  • D.5 Molecules of Life
  • D.6 Organic Molecules
  • D.7 Simple Sugars
  • D.8 Polysaccharides
  • D.9 Water, Water Everywhere
  • D.10 Water is Special
  • D.11 The Need for Sunlight
  • D.12 How Common is Life?

xMedia Movie

Good Muscles and Bones (28 minutes)

A student athlete explores the structure of muscles and bones with a little help from NASA experts. Includes an activity for the class and the opportunity to pause at appropriate points for questions and discussions. Also explored are plotting of data on graphs and the types of plots to chart an individual’s progress in building good muscle and bone.

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 01:53 A Good Education is the Way
  • 02:27 Dealing with Stress
  • 03:07 Three Types of Stress
  • 03:07 Good Stress
  • 03:37 An Athlete Working on Leg Strength
  • 03:59 Using Data to Track Progress
  • 04:45 Questions About Data
  • 05:11 Explaining Data
  • 05:59 Organizing Data
  • 06:34 Scatter Plot
  • 08:26 NASA Experts Examine Athlete's Data
  • 09:32 Questions on Muscles
  • 09:46 Skeletal - Smooth and Cardiac Muscle
  • 10:31 Change Your Workout Plan
  • 11:16 Astronauts’ Muscles
  • 12:51 Warming up Muscles
  • 13:50 Middle School Activity on Good Stress
  • 14:36 Three Types of Plots
  • 18:47 Bone Structure and Function
  • 19:35 Questions on Bones
  • 20:02 The Skeletal System
  • 21:14 Bones Store Minerals, Blood and Tissue
  • 22:06 Looking at a Femur Bone
  • 23:13 Keeping Bones Healthy
  • 24:20 Bone Density Loss in Space
  • 24:20 Credits
  • 28:26 End

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