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Curricular Resources in Life Science

Below are the CLN "Theme Pages" which focus on specific topics within Life Science. CLN's theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational resources within a narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.
Biomes Theme Pages

Endangered Species Theme Page

Gardening for Kids Theme Page

Genetics/Biotechnology Theme Page

Gerbils-Hamster Theme Page

[The] Human Body's SensesTheme Pages

[The] Human Body's Systems Theme Pages

Oceanography Theme Page

General Life Sciences Resources

Here are a number of links to Internet sites which contain information and/or other links related to Life Sciences. Please read our disclaimer.

For resources on the Environment, please see the our curriculum pages on Social Studies

Ask an Expert: Life Sciences
CLN's "Ask an Expert" page has about 100 links to specialists in the field who can serve as a valuable source of curricular expertise for both students and teachers. Questions/answers on Life Sciences may be found in our "All Subjects" section at the top of the page, the "Science" section, as well as the general "Reference" section.

"ERIC" stands for the "Educational Resources Information Center" - a U.S. federally funded national information system that provides a variety of services and products. "AskERIC", the Internet-based equivalent, contains two major components which may be of interest to Science teachers: (1) the AskERIC Q&A service enables teachers to send a message requesting educational information. The Center staff will search the ERIC databases and respond within 48 hours. (2) The AskERIC Virtual Library contains hundreds of lesson plans, access to the ERIC database and ERIC Digests, topical guides to Internet Resources, and archives of education-related listservs.

Biological Timing Online Science Experiment
K-8 students can participate in two scientific experiments focusing on the concepts of biological clocks by viewing and downloading actual experiments as they are collected at the University of Viriginia. They can then analyse the data, form hypotheses, suggest variables for new experiments, and share conclusions with other students and scientists. Teachers can download background materials.

A site on the basics of Biology with information in the form of text and diagrams on cell structure and function, the chemistry of biology, and how the world of biology is studied, and cell structure and function.

[The] Biology Project
A wide range of tutorials and online problem sets designed for high school and university biology students by the University of Arizona. Content coverage includes: Biochemistry; Cell Biology; Chemicals & Human Health; Developmental Biology; Human Biology; Immunology; Mendelian Genetics and Molecular Biology.

Like a biology textbook, this site is organized into units and then into chapters. However, the content in each chapter is a series of links to external web sites which provide the explanatory content. In some cases, these links are to traditional web sites; however, others are to high tech sites where students options range from watching multimedia presentations to manipulating the content (e.g., explore a cell).

Birds: A Virtual Exhibition
The Royal British Columbia Museum is pleased to bring its collection of bird calls, images and top scientific information to the public through the creation of the Grace Bell Collection Web site. This website is part of a series of "Virtual Exhibits" on Canadian birds being created by museums across Canada, through partnership with the Canadian Heritage Information Network (or CHIN).

Bridge: Biology
A meta list of links to Biology web sites. Annotated links are organized within approximately 30 categories organized under one of two main headings - Organisms or Habitats.

Cell Intelligence
Are cells intelligent? In this web site, this question is explored through two lines of reasoning that are explained by text and graphics.

Cells Alive
A collection of animated gifs and Quick Time Videos of cells of the immune system, bacteria, and parasites. Note: Graphical browser and QT readers required.

[The] Froggy Page
Everything you wanted your students to know about frogs, including pictures, sounds, tales, songs, scientific information and jokes.

From the Ground Up
There are five lessons in this teachers' guide on food, agriculture and sustainable development: history of agriculture and description of sustainable development, soil, agriculture and chemicals, the real cost of food, and everything's connected. Available for downloading are lessons, background essays, and worksheets.

Fundamentals of Physical Geography
Although this online textbook from Michael Pidwirny, Okanagan University College, is intended for postsecondary students studying introductory physical geography, much of it may be applicable for high school students as well. Contents include over two hundred pages of information, more than three hundred 2-D and animated graphics, an interactive glossary of terms, a study guide, links to other Internet resources, and a search engine. See the Table of Contents to directly access such sections as Meteorology and Climatology, Hydrology, Biogeography and Ecology, Geology, and Geomorphology.

[A] Future for the Grizzly
The B.C. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks and 'Orca Bay' (a sports and entertainment information service) have put together a Grizzly Bear web site with an educational focus. You can learn facts about where and how these bears live, find out about the environmental issues that have an impact on them, learn what to do if you should ever encounter one in the wild, investigate the BC Government's Strategy for Preservation and even "ask Dr. Grizz" if you have additional questions.

Great Plant Escape
The Great Plant Escape consists of six lessons designed to introduce 4th and 5th grade students to plant science and increase their understanding of how foods grow. The lessons include multidisciplinary activities (math, science, language arts, social studies, music and art).

Heart Preview Gallery
This site provides a virtual tour of the human heart. The user can select "things to see" (e.g., movies, diagrams, x-ray images), "things to do" (on-line activities), "things to hear" (beats, murmurs), "things to learn" (teacher resources, activities), and "places to go" (other heart-related sites on the Internet).

Hidden Killers: Deadly Viruses
There are four main sections to this web quest site on viruses: Virus Basics (general information); Human Defenses (how our body fights viruses); Virus Profiles (includes histories of some specific viruses); Military (bio-weapons). You'll also find recent news, a conference on viruses, vocabulary, games, and a feature article - all on viruses of course.

Interactive Frog Dissection
The Interactive Frog Dissection was designed for use in high school biology classrooms. The intent of this program was for it to be a valuable preparation tool or even a useful substitute for laboratory dissection.

Microbe Zoo
Descriptions and explanations of how microbes live in dirt, food, space, animals, and water.

Multimedia Medical Reference Library
Geared for medical students, physicians and patients, this site is an incredible reference tool. You'll find a vast amount of information about physical and mental health, diagnoses, medications, nutrition and more.

Nanoworld Image Gallery
Microscopic images from the University of Queensland that can be viewed and/or downloaded. Topics include: blood, cellular ultrastructure, digestion, hair, insects, materials, microbes and diseases, parasites, plankton, pollen and spores, reproduction-animals, reproduction-plants, tissues-animals, tissues-plants, and more.

New York State Regents Examinations
The N.Y. State Regents Examinations are a set of subject-based standardized tests for N.Y. high school students. Here are two resources, from different organizations, that can help teachers and students prepare for these or other similar standardized exams.
  • New York State Education Department Download PDF formatted copies of recent Regents Examinations and answer keys from this page.
  • Regents Exams Prep Centre: Biology The Prep Centre, developed by Oswego County high school teachers, is intended to help Grade 12 teachers and students prepare for the N.Y. Regents Exams. Teachers can access sets of sample questions that are organized by subject and then by topic. Alternatively, students can attempt the questions, view the correct answer, or follow a link to a tutorial on the curricular content in the question if they need assistance.

Noah: The Animal Search Engine
If you're looking for web sites on animals, you can use "Noah" a search engine dedicated to finding such resources.

[An] On-Line Biology Book
Modified lectures for freshman-level biology.

Strange Science: The Rocky Road to Modern Paleontology and Biology
Today's knowledge about biology and paleontology is often taken for granted. This web site uses historical paintings and images to demonstrate some of the weird ideas that scientists and scholars in these subjects previously held.

Virtual Frog Dissection Kit
Disect a frog online! Includes the Virtual Frog Builder game to test your knowledge of frog anatomy.

[The] Visible Human Project
Information from the Visible Human Project has been put on the web by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. The project provides anatomically detailed, three-dimensional representations of the human body.

Worm World
Advertised as "the yuckiest site on the Internet", Worm World has lots of information for kids about worms. Included are "worms as recyclers", an art gallery, the body parts of a worm, sounds of worms, jokes about worms, and more.

WWW Virtual Library: Ecology, Biodiversity and the Environment
A meta-list of links to sites.

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