“By academic freedom I understand the right to search for truth and to publish and teach what one holds to be true. This right implies also a duty: one must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be true.” ~Albert Einstein
Biology is the study of life and the changes that take place with and around all living things. For an excellent introduction to the subject, see:
BIOLOGY4KIDS.COM is a free website that teaches the basics of biology to all ages. It has sections on cell structure, cell function, the scientific method, classification, microorganisms, invertebrates, plants, vertebrates, animal systems, and other life science topics. Activities and quizzes are included.
Biology Movies – A selection of free Biology movies for kids on assorted topics: Human Body, Biomes, Food Chains, etc. In order to successfully complete each online video, your student must watch it, and then answer the quiz questions with 80% or higher accuracy.
KidsBiology – This biology site for kids includes an online biology textbook (note: the first chapter is on evolution), biology games, a section on the human body, and an animal database.
7th Grade Life Science – Cell Biology, Ecosystems and Biomes, Energy and Classification, Genetics and Reproduction, Evolution. The content available on the Georgia Department of Education’s Shared Resources Website is available for anyone to view. Courses are divided into modules and are aligned with the Georgia Performance Standards.
A collection of Life Science links based on state standards for middle school students:
Cell Biology Projects
Cell Reproduction Projects
CellCraft (cellular biology) – Build a cell, fight off viruses, survive harsh worlds, and save the Platypus species in this game that turns cellular biology into a real-time strategy game. CellCraft was made possible by a grant from the Digital Media & Learning Competition. The goal was to make a truly educational game that was also genuinely fun to play. Download the game for free at www.cellcraftgame.com.
Immune Attack (cell biology, immunology) – This computer game was created by the Federation of American Scientists to teach high school students the basics of cell biology and how the immune system works. The game involves navigating a nanobot through a 3D environment of blood vessels and connective tissue in attempt to retrain a patient’s immune system to fight bacterial and viral infections. Along the way, you will learn about the biological processes that enable macrophages and neutrophils – white blood cells – to detect and fight infections. Each subsequent level features a different infection, and a different cell type the player must train. The game is freely available to download at http://www.fas.org/immuneattack.
Biology – Parallel Alternative Strategies for Students (PASS) volumes written by Florida educators are free, ready-to-use resources in PDF format that may be reproduced or used as a workbook. The student volumes are presented in an easy-to-understand format for students seeking a standard diploma.
General Biology Online Textbook – From Wikibooks; also available as a printable PDF version.
Introductory Biology Online Textbook – By Michael J. Farabee, Ph.D., Estrella Mountain Community College, Avondale AZ.
Online Biology Textbook – Web-based reworking of the popular introductory, college-level biology textbook by John W. Kimball, Ph.D. “It has always seemed to me that the many parts that make up the subject of biology are related to each other more like the nodes of a web than as a linear collection of independent topics. So I believe that the power of hypertext will be better suited to learning about biology than is the linear structure of a printed textbook.” So although some of this information has been drawn from the sixth edition of the author’s text Biology published in 1994 by Wm. C. Brown, every effort has been made to adapt the material to the opportunities provided by an online text.
Biology Videos – These online videos cover topics seen in a first year high school or college biology course. Use these videos in conjunction with whatever biology textbook/curriculum you choose. From Khan Academy, a not-for-profit with the goal of providing a world-class education to anyone anywhere, completely free of charge.
Marine Biology Learning Center – Online Science Courses– Marine science educational resources brought to you by the Marine Biology Learning Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing insight and leadership to the stewardship of our ocean planet.
Molecular Biology Web Book – An online textbook at a basic college level written by a Christian, who also includes an interesting section on “Scientific Evidence of the Soul.”
Intimate Strangers: Unseen Life on Earth – A video documentary on microbiology for high school and college classrooms and adult learners; 4 one-hour video programs. This PBS documentary provides an overview of the microbial world and offers a clear and exciting picture of the field of microbiology. Meet scientists across the globe working to investigate the microbial world in diverse locations from a termite’s stomach to a hospital operating room to an African village – and even outer space. These programs increase the microbial literacy of students, the general public, and biotechnology workers. Produced by Baker & Simon Associates in association with Oregon Public Broadcasting and the American Society for Microbiology. 1999.
Unseen Life on Earth: An Introduction to Microbiology – A video instructional series for high school and college classrooms and adult learners; 12 half-hour video programs and coordinated books (see image at left). Peer into the microbial world with this comprehensive microbiology series. This series helps students understand microbial functions and how microorganisms affect everything from medicine to environmental issues to global politics. Dynamic visuals – such as animations and scanning electron micrographs – and case studies including DNA testing and dramatic battles against dangerous viruses illustrate the work and effects of microorganisms. Students gain an enhanced appreciation of the field of microbiology as they meet scientists carrying on their investigations in the lab and in the field. Unseen Life on Earth is designed for general microbiology courses for majors and allied health students. It is also useful as a resource for life science courses in college and high school. Produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting in association with Baker & Simon Associates and the American Society for Microbiology. 1999.
The Biology Corner – The Biology Corner is a resource site for biology and science teachers. It contains a variety of lessons, quizzes, labs, web quests, and information on science topics such as: Ecology, Genetics, Anatomy, Cells, Scientific Method, and Evolution. You can also view class curriculum for courses in: AP Biology, Freshman Level Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Introductory Physics. These class pages include powerpoint presentations, review guides, reading worksheets, crossword puzzles, and other resources. You are free to use any of the worksheets and lessons for your own class, and you can even modify them for your needs.
The Biology Project – An online interactive resource for learning biology, from the University of Arizona Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. Includes General Biology Lesson Plans for middle and high school science teachers.
Dennis Kunkel’s Microscopy – This Scientific Image Library contains over 4,400 light microscope pictures and electron microscopy images of Algae, Arachnids, Bacteria, Crystals, Fungi, Insects, Invertebrates, Medical, Miscellaneous, Plants, Protozoa, Vertebrates, and Viruses. Lots of fascinating photos!
The Flying Turtle – Explore the stuff that makes us all go. Follow the Energy Flows to discover how the same basic principles influence and control the way things work in nature, living organisms, and human technology.
Life Science Projects – With these exciting Life Science Projects you can learn about the world around you by studying insects, plants, your senses, bacteria, and much more. Fun ideas like leaf chromatography, making a butterfly garden, and experimenting with bee memory are sure to provide some science fair project inspiration, too!
The Microbe Zoo – This site takes you on a virtual tour of the world of microbes and shows you how they affect our everyday lives.
Smile Program Biology Index – A collection of almost 200 single concept lessons. These lessons may be freely copied and used in a classroom but they remain the copyright property of the author. The Biology lessons are divided into the following categories: Anatomy & Physiology, Zoology, Botany, Microbiology, Genetics, Environmental Studies and Ecology, Biochemistry, General Biology and Miscellaneous.
Strange Science: The Rocky Road to Modern Paleontology and Biology – The knowledge we take for granted today was slow in coming, and along the way, scientists and scholars had some weird ideas. This site shows some of their mistakes, provides a timeline of events, gives biographies of a few of the people who have gotten us where we are today, and lists resources you can use to learn more. NOTE: Although this site claims to focus more on the history of science than on evolution, it has a lot of heavy-handed evolutionary references and treats evolution as a scientific fact, not “just a theory.” And while this site includes an interesting collection of obscure frauds and forgeries, it does not highlight some of the more notorious evolutionary frauds.
The Tree of Life Web Project – This site provides a “family tree” of all living things. Organisms are classified according to modern biological taxonomy.