Posts Tagged ‘biology’

Free Biology Lessons & Lab Animations

March 31st, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, March 31, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Biology Place

(www.phschool.com/science/biology_place/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site, sponsored by textbook publisher Pearson, offers free biology lessons and lab animations. This multi-media resource can be used in conjunction with any basic biology textbook or curriculum, or as a fascinating exploration for the incurably curious.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu of three items: 

  • BioCoach – This section is designed for reviewing and enhancing biology information gleaned from textbooks and classroom lessons. However, the animations and interactive aspects really help all learners (including those outside classroom walls) to visualize and understand biological concepts including: 
    • Biomembranes
    • Biomolecules
    • Cardiovascular System
    • Cell Structure and Function
    • DNA Structure and Replication
    • Meiosis
    • Mitosis
    • Plant Structure and Growth
    • And more!
  • LabBench – This is an interactive virtual lab that helps students further understand basic biology concepts. References are made to actual classroom lab activities (for example, an instruction to look at a slide under a microscope). However, the virtual lab offers a picture of what you would see if you were viewing the slide through a microscope. So, while you might not have the hands-on experience, you can still learn a lot. You can even take a quiz at the end of each lab to see what you retain. There are 12 labs in all that include: 
    • Diffusion & Osmosis
    • Enzyme Catalysis
    • Mitosis & Meiosis
    • Plant Pigments & Photosynthesis
    • Cell Respiration
    • Molecular Biology
    • Genetics of Organisms
    • Population Genetics
    • Transpiration
    • Circulatory Physiology
    • Animal Behavior
    • Dissolved Oxygen
  • Glossary – Get definitions of biological words, terms, and phrases.

This is a good resource for introducing biology concepts, supplementing any study of biology, and it can be used to refresh your memory about biology course material as well.

Hands-On Biology Activities

February 4th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, February 4, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Serendip – Biology

(serendipstudio.org/sci_edu/waldron/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website that offers FREE hands-on activities for teaching biology to middle school and high school students.

These activities were designed by a graduate student of the Biology Department at the University of Pennsylvania who notes, “The expression ‘hands-on, minds-on’ summarizes the philosophy we have incorporated in these activities — namely, that students will learn best if they are actively engaged and if their activities are closely linked to understanding important biological concepts.”

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction followed by the lessons with Student Handouts and Teacher Preparation Notes available in either PDF or Word formats. (You can also access the activities by clicking on the “Table of Contents” menu on the right side of the screen.) The activities cover a broad range of biological topics and are presented in one *possible* effective sequence for learning biology. Here is a sample of activity titles: 

  • Is Yeast Alive?
  • Introduction to Osmosis
  • Photosynthesis Investigation
  • Mitosis, Meiosis and Fertilization
  • Dragon Genetics
  • DNA
  • Moldy Jell-O
  • Regulation of Human Heart Rate
  • How do we Sense the Flavors of Food?
  • And so much more!

As noted at the website, most of the activities can be carried out with minimum equipment and expense for supplies. Sources for the equipment and supplies you’ll need are provided in the printable “Teacher Preparation Notes.”

Free Science Lesson Plans

October 8th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, October 8, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

EduRef

(eduref.org/lessons/science)

Age Range: 3-18 (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website consists of contributions from teachers sharing their favorite science lesson plans.

When you get to the site, you can get right to any lesson plan listed. Or you can choose a category from the right side bar including: 

  • Agriculture
  • Amimals
  • Biology
  • Earth Science
  • Engineering
  • Genetics
  • Paleontology
  • Physics
  • Space Sciences
  • and more

Each lesson plan has an age range along with: 

  • Overview
  • Purpose
  • Resources/Materials
  • Objectives
  • Activities and Procedures
  • Tying it all Together

You can even print out the lesson plans to refer to as needed.

Free Science Broadcasts, Videos, and more

October 1st, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, October 1, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Friday

(www.sciencefriday.com/episodes/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Science Friday website is a companion to the weekly science talk show, broadcast on PBS.

Each week, the host Ira Flatow, a science journalist, moderates a panel discussion among expert guests on science topics that are in the news such as: 

  • NASA To Launch An Eye In The Sky For Asteroids
  • Why AI Is A Growing Part Of The Criminal Justice System
  • Widening The Lens On A More Inclusive Science
  • SciFri Book Club: One For The Birds
  • Where There’s Thunder, There’s Lightning Science
  • and many more

When you get to the site, scroll down to the topic of choice where you can listen to a segment or the whole episode. Or scroll all the way down to choose by topic: 

  • Physics & Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Space
  • Health
  • Biology
  • Nature
  • and more

But that’s not all…

Use the menu at the top of the page to: 

  • Explore – Read Articles, Listen to Audios, Watch Videos and more
  • Educate – Scroll through the educational resources or choose by grade level, duration or subject

There is a lot of rich content archived at this site that can be used to explore science topics in depth – or simply to spark conversations to peak interest in science.

As always, we recommend that parents preview this site to determine if the content is suitable for their own children.

Beautiful Images of the Biological World

September 3rd, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, September 3, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Exquisite Beauty of Life

(www1.udel.edu/biology/Wags/histopage/wagnerart/wagart.html)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

This website, created by Roger C. Wagner, vividly demonstrates how computers can be utilized to enhance biological images, such as electron micrographs of molecules and cells, and models of biological entities.

When you get to the site, click on the text above any of the photos to see a collection of stunning computer-enhanced images. The photos are categorized according to the method of enhancement used. (Click each link for a brief explanation of what that enhancement entailed.)The photos include: 

  • Colored Electron Micrographs – Color was Photoshopped into gray-scale photos taken by electron microscopes, with positively amazing results.
  • 3D Models of Biological Structures – These models were constructed using 3D imaging software. (Click the link for a full description of how they were made.)
  • Confocal Microscopic Images – More advanced students may wish to read up on this time-consuming process as described on Wikipedia, but everyone can enjoy the clear detail and radiant color of the resulting images.
  • Anaglyph Stereo Images – Get your red-green 3D glasses ready to see the beautiful stereoscopic images that resulted.
  • Imaginary Life Forms and Imaginary Worlds – These fantastic creations showcase what computers can do to enhance anything that can be imagined and sketched.

Build Your Knowledge of Biology

August 6th, 2019

It’s Tuesday, August 6, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Biology Q&A

(https://www.biology-questions-and-answers.com/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website helps build biological knowledge step-by-step through an intelligent sequence of questions and answers. This Q&A format discusses all branches of biology.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction. Then use the menu in the middle of the page to explore over hundreds of questions and answers divided into biology branches that include:

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Zoology
  • Physiology
  • Botany
  • Genetics
  • Ecology
  • And More!

Each of these branches are then subdivided into specific subjects. For example, under the heading “Microbiology” you’ll find the following subject areas:

  • Bacteria
  • Protists (Protozoans and Algae)
  • Fungi
  • Viruses

Explore the site to satisfy your interest or curiosity in any given subject area. Or enter your question in the search form to find related answers in the archive.

(PLEASE NOTE: Since our review, you can only ask 5 questions for free. After that, it is $9 per month or $39 per year to access the site.)

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