The Biology Corner
Biology is the study of life and living organisms, from the smallest bacteria to giant sequoias. Biologists use observation and experimentation to gain an understanding about the natural world. Branches of biology include anatomy, biotechnology, botany, cell biology, ecology, genetics, medicine, microbiology, molecular biology, and zoology. Many people entering the field of biology become specialized in a particular area.
As a course, biology encompasses four main themes:
1. The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life
2. Biological systems utilize free energy to grow, reproduce, and maintain life functions
3. Living systems store and transmit information essential to life processes
4. Biological systems interact with each other, and those interactions possess complex properties.
The Biology Corner is a resource site for biology and science teachers and students. It contains a variety of lessons, quizzes, labs, web quests, and information on science topics for all levels, including introductory life science and advanced placement biology. You can find lessons related to biology topics in the links listed under “topics” on the sidebar as well as specific curriculum for biology classes taught in high school.
Spotlight Lessons: Anatomy
Start the year off with lessons on comparative anatomy. While many schools are moving away from dissections, it still remains a memorable experience for young students of biology. Alternatives to using real specimens are available online and as plastic models.
Next Generation Science Standard: Unity and Diversity (MS-LS4-2) Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships.
Frog External Anatomy and the Frog Dissection - examine the external anatomy of the frog, students also open the mouth to expose the esophagus, glottis, and eustachian tubes, then expose the major organs of the digestive, urogenital, and circulatory and respiratory systems.
Frog Dissection Alternative – this project uses internet resources, virtual frogs and models to complete a unit on anatomy
Fetal Pig Dissection – this dissection appropriate for students, the fetal pig has the advantage over the frog of being larger and having more easily visible structures.
Virtual Pig Dissection at Whitman College – an excellent pig dissection that can be completed online
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