The Biology Corner

Frog by Rick Takmajian

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.

First Day Activities

Many of us will be starting the school year soon, time to contemplate what you’ll do the first few days to set the tone for the entire year.  I like to start off with group activities that allow me to circulate, listen to them talk and get a sense out of who they are.    Here are some ideas for the first day of school:

First Day Activities – a collection of ideas for the first day of schools, icebreaker activities and introductions

21st Century Problems – discuss in groups problems facing the world today and propose solutions, science starter

Meet and Greet Scavenger Hunt – first day activity for students to get to know each other

Saving Sam – this activity asks students to save Sam, the gummy worm from drowning

Introductions – this graphic asks students to fill in information about their favorite movies, sports, and other questions to help you get to know them

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