This is an archive of favorite classroom activities submitted by high school biology and life sciences teachers participating in the Access Excellence programs. Lots of practical, hands-on biology labs and activities. Lesson plans and labs for biology and life science classes. Excellent classroom resource for biology teachers.
Franklin High School's Links to Biology
This web page at Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans, La. contains a very extensive list of links to biology sites on the World Wide Web. The list is sub-divided into different biology topics for easy use. A great resource for anyone interested in any biology topic.
California State University has really outdone themselves with this web page. An excellent resource for studying biological science. This page has some excellent graphics of plants. Extensive links to biology websites are included.
Hypertextbook Home Page
The ESG Biology Hypertextbook Home Page is a fantastic biology resource!! It is a wonderful on-line textbook full of awesome images. A great resource for anyone learning about biology. Lots of good activities and graphics that other biology textbooks do not have.
of Wisconsin Microscopy
The Microscopy Resource is a national resource that provides instrumentation and skilled personnel to enable outside users to study a wide range of microscopy techniques. Lots of interesting graphics here. An excellent resource for biology teachers to show their students some very interesting microscopes.
The Biology Place is an excellent resource for any biology class. Lots of great information on current topics in all areas of biology. Lots of on-line student activities in the biological sciences. Highest recommendation for all biology teachers.
Eric Chudler has created this excellent web resource for "elementary and secondary school students and teachers who would like to learn more about the nervous system." Included are activities and experiments to facilitate learning about the role of the brain and spinal cord in the human nervous system.
Teaching Home Page
This site is the Biology Teaching Home Page in Hong Kong. Topics and concept maps include cellular respiration, photosynthesis, transport in plants, moveable joints, and a variety of human systems (good for Anatomy and Physiology students). These concept maps are easy to understand and may make the traditional "tough" topic of cellular respiration a bit easier for students to understand.
The National Health Information Center's page for clearinghouses of information on different types of diseases and health concerns will be valuable to anatomy and biology teachers, as well as students who are researching these topics. The hyper-text links send you to another page with the web address of the clearinghouse and a way to send email. Teachers can also access a variety of datasets through this site.
National Center for
Science Education (NCSE)
This website tracks the efforts of an organization to defend the teaching of evolution in the science classroom and promote public understanding of this theory as fact.
Howard Hughes Medical
Institute Holiday Lectures on
BioRAP - Biological Research
for Animals and People
Seeing, Hearing, and
Smelling the World
HELIX - Health Care Education
Learning & Information Exchange
Developmental Biology Cinema
This web site is a storehouse of radiological human anatomy images. Great graphics that would enhance any biology class.
LUMEN Histology Home
This site has a wonderful histology slide collection! Lots of great graphics of just about all anatomical structures in the human body. A great resource for teachers and students to view anatomy images.
The Digital Anatomist
An excellent anatomy site! Great graphics of a cadaver's brain and thoracic section. A neat anatomical atlas on the web.
The Visible Embryo is an on-line tutorial that is fantastic resource for learning about embryology! Great graphics!
The Visible Human
The ultimate cadaver site!! The folks at this lab took a dead man, chopped him up in every possible cross-section that you can imagine, photographed all the pieces and put them up at this web site for your viewing pleasure. This site is a favorite of my students!
The Whole Brain Atlas is an excellent anatomy resource to learn about the brain. Great information on brain structure, brain functions, and cerebral diseases. Graphics are phenomenal! Highest recommendation.
This Web site is an online graphical resource for medical and surgical communities. An excellent resource to use in an anatomy class.
B-EYE: The world through the eyes of a bee
This Web site simulates looking at objects/designs from a bee's perspective.
The Heart: An
Interested in flesh eating plants? If so, check out this site. You can access a database of over 3000 carnivorous plants to learn about their characteristics and habitats. Also, learn about what happens to folks who transport these plants illegally.
Center for Aquatic
The Center for Aquatic Plants is an excellent botany resource. You will find great plant graphics here, but don't expect any sound bites! Lots of great botanic information.
The Internet Directory for
The Internet Directory for Botany contains a very comprehensive list of botany web sites.
The Tele-Garden is a unique interactive web site. You can control a robotic arm to plant, water, and measure plants. You actually control the arm in real time! An excellent resource for students to observe the growth of plants.
Straw: Plants and Water Stress
Cell Biology Course
This site is essentially an on-line textbook on cell biology. An excellent supplement to a classroom biology textbook.
Dictionary of Cell Biology
This is an on-line dictionary for biology that works like a key-word search engine. A good resource for biology teachers and students.
Expressions: Image from the Microscope
Molecular Expressions contains an incredible photo gallery of all kinds of "science stuff" taken from various microscopes. This unique graphics gallery can be used by all science teachers to liven up a class.
This web site contains a virtual interactive cell. Biology teachers and students will enjoy cutting and zooming in on the different layers and organelles of the cell. Lots of information and quicktime movies.
DLC-ME: The Microbe
If you are interested in learning about microbes that are in the food you eat, outer space, the ground, oceans, or atmosphere, then you must check out this awesome site. A great resource for all students to learn some neat things in a fun, interactive environment. (You will have to use the "Go" pull-down menu to return to Shaleo Enterprise's list of web sites.)
The Microbiology Resources for Students web site is an excellent resource for students interested in learning about careers in microbiology. Information on this site includes what a microbiologist does, their salaries and education, and grants and fellowships.
The Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis is an interdisciplinary research and service facility dedicated to the understanding of the structure and composition of all materials at atomic, molecular, cellular, and macromolecular scales. Comprehensive image bank full of great electron microscope shots of lots of neat biological stuff. Great images!!
This site has many electron micrographs of viruses. You will see fantastic images and movies of viruses! Lots of them are in color. The virus images at this site make for great decorations on any biology class's bulletin board.
Electromagnetic Images of Viruses
Linda Stannard of the University of Capetown offers electromagnetic images of both animal and plant viruses on her web site. She also provides annotations that tell information such as the size of the virus and the structure. The pictures are excellent and now students will know what the common cold virus looks like!
3-D Interactive Cell
This site has a great three-dimensional representation of a cell! Students get to see an inside view of common organelles like mitochondria and the Golgi apparatus.
Talksaver Introduction to Cell Biology
This site presents essential ideas of genetic and molecular biology. Good section on contemporary issues.
Classic Papers in Genetics
Here is a web site where you can actually download those classic genetics papers of Mendel, Sutton, Morgan, and others. A great resource for teachers and students to learn and read about the history of genetics.
Consolidated Linkage Map for
The Consolidated Linkage Map for the Zebrafish is a good resource for teaching and learning about genetic linkage and chromosome maps. Good graphics of mapped chromosomes.
Down's Syndrome WWW
The Down's Syndrome WWW Page is an excellent resource to learn about Down's Syndrome. This web site contains information about this genetic disorder, treatments available, information on support groups, and many recently published articles dealing with a variety topics relating to Down's Syndrome. A great resource for a student doing a genetic disorder report on Down's Syndrome.
Human Genome Program
The Human Genome Primer is an excellent genetics resource to learn about DNA, protein synthesis, genes, and genetic mapping. Lots of excellent graphics to accompany the text. A valuable resource to facilitate learning about genetics with high school students.
National Laboratory's Human Genome
This web site contains an overview of the work being done at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Human Genome Center. Maps of chromosome 19, FISH images, DNA sequencing, instrumentation for the Human Genome Project, and other genetic biotechnology information can be found here.
The Natural History of
The Natural History of Genes provides teachers with a hands-on genetics science curriculum. This web site explains experimentation kits that bring disease genetics, conservation genetics, human diversity, forensics, and DNA into the real world for students. A fantastic web site for studying genetics! Great images!
OMIM Home Page
- Online Medelian Inheritance In Man
This web site contains a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Included are textual information, pictures, and reference information. This site contains links to NCBI's Entrez database of MEDLINE articles. Excellent search engine.
The Internet Pathology
This web site is an excellent lesson on genetic disorders. Case studies of inherited metabolic disorders, chromosomal abnormalities, infections, and neoplasia that may occur in the pediatric age group. Great graphics!
The Rutgers Student Scientists home page based at the Waksman Institute at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is designed for high-school and college students interested in doing active scientific research at their own school or college, as well as teachers who want to expand their educational resources. The highlights of this wonderful web page include a fantastic on-line genetics tutorial and an on-line molecular biology quiz.
The Human Genome
The Human Genome Project is an international research program designed to "construct detailed genetic and physical maps of the human genome, to determine the complete nucleotide sequence of human DNA, to localize the estimated 50,000-100,000 genes within the human genome, and to perform similar analyses on the genomes of several other organisms used extensively in research laboratories as model systems." An excellent resource for teachers to show actual current biotechnology research.
Virtual FlyLab allows you to be a research geneticist. This web site is an interactive simulation in which you design matings between male and female fruit flies carrying one or more genetic mutations. After mating the parents, you view the images of the offspring flies. Virtual FlyLab is a unique way to learn about genetic inheritance.
This is a homepage that contains links to a wealth of information about rare genetic diseases that are usually mentioned in general biology texts. There are links to pages which describe symptoms, treatment, and support groups. Students can also chat with affected families and health professionals. An excellent source for up-to-date information on rare genetic disorders.
The Gene homepage says the network is "dedicated to rescuing teachers and other students from terminal boredom by helping them do real science with modern research organisms." There are links to experiments and an excellent photo gallery. Students can also chat with scientists and teachers.
DNA From the
A multimedia primer on the basics of genetics and heredity.
Project: Human Biology
Hello Dolly: A
MCET's Human Genome
University of Michigan's Museum of
Zoology Animal Diversity Web
This is an excellent resource for learning classification of animals! Includes all taxonomic nomenclature, descriptions of classifications, geographic range, natural history, conservation/ biodiversity, economic benefits, references, photographs, and image sources. There is also a page where one can listen to frog calls and angry cries of the big brown bat. Included are U of M Bio 108 lecture notes and handouts. Good test questions for AP biology. Excellent resource for taxonomy!
The BIOSIS Home Page is an excellent taxonomy and nomenclature resource. "Users will find access to primary services for biologists, such as organism name and nomenclature related services being developed in conjunction with production of the Zoological Record."
The Cephalopod Page
The Cephalopod Page is a fantastic web site full of information of squid, octopi, and other mollusks. An excellent taxonomy resource that can be used to study classification. Great "kalamari" graphics!!
The Cyber Zoomobile is an awesome site for all students to learn about animals. Good educational commentary is combined with hundreds of hyper-links, transforming ordinary text into visual images of animal behavior. "Learn about distribution, individual characteristics, life cycles, reproduction and sex, endangered species status and many other interesting aspects of life on our planet. Information "buttons" provide worldwide links to search engines; zoos and wildlife parks; animal related educational materials; scientific research; veterinary medicine; recreation and eco-tourism; mammals; fish; invertebrates; primates; dinosaurs; wildlife rescue and rehabilitation; classification and Federal and State Agencies."
Life, the Universe
What a web page! A very extensive web page on biology that just about has it all. A fantastic resource for teachers and students alike who are interested in classification, zoology, botany, paleontology, and lots of other science stuff. Highly recommended.
Tree of Life Home
The Tree of Life contains information about the phylogenetic relationships of organisms, links to biological information available on the Internet in the form of a phylogenetic navigator, and illustrations regarding the diversity and unity of living organisms. This site is a great resource for studying classification, taxonomy, and phylogeny.
TreeView is a simple graphics program for displaying phylogenies on Apple Macintosh and Windows PCs. This software, which is free to download, offers teachers a unique way to teach classification and taxonomy by having students create their own taxonomic trees on a computer. Highly recommended!!
The irus databases on-line is a comprehensive database of viruses. Included in this database is a complete history and comprehensive information about the taxonomic classification of viruses. A great resource for biology teachers teaching about viruses.
Wild-Flowers is a storehouse of information that has lots of graphics and links to many interesting botany related sites. A great site if one is interested in learning flower taxonomy and classification.
Flowering Plant Gateway
Virtual Tour of the Dinosaurs
Bugs in the News! has very interesting biology articles that relate to insects. Quite an interesting variety of current entomology news clippings and information.
Yucky Bug World contains wonderful information about cockroaches. Included are anatomy, physiology, environmental responses, habitat, and niche information about the cockroach. This web site has a great humorous slant to it that makes learning fun! Great graphics! An excellent resource to use in the classroom to learn about entomology.
- Interactive Frog
This is the ultimate site for your students to view a frog dissection. My students enjoy watching the quicktime movies. This site will definitely make your students ooh and ahh.
http://netvet.wustl.edu/e-zoo.htm>The Electronic Zoo
Animal-related computer resources including veterinary medicine, agriculture, biology, environment and ecology, medicine, animal-related WWW, gopher sites, FTP archives, TelNet sites, and electronic publications. An excellent resource for K-12 biology and animal sciences. Lots of neat stuff here!
This is a doozy of a site if you are interested in the biology of worms. It is a research laboratory studying developmental neurobiology and the extracellular matrix. They use the nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans, as a model animal for genetic and molecular biology studies. Great graphics! An excellent zoology resource.
The Animal Information Database is an excellent resource to learn some neat facts about animals and careers in zoological parks and marine science. Sea World-Busch Gardens Information on educational programs including teacher's curriculum guides and Shamu TV.
Entomology for beginners is a great site to introduce insect anatomy and metamorphosis to a young person. Good for the elementary and middle school child.
This project uses sensitive satellites in space, miniature transmitters on birds, and rapid email communications to investigate the travels of albatross on the open ocean.
Cornell Laboratory of
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