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.
Summer Project: NGSS
Has your state adopted the Next Generation Science Standards?
The Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric for Lessons & Units: Science provides criteria by which to measure the alignment and overall quality of lessons and units with respect to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The purpose of the Rubric is to (1) provide constructive criterion-based feedback to developers; (2) review existing instructional materials to determine what revisions are needed; and (3) identify exemplars/models for teachers’ use within and across states.
The rubric that can be used to evaluate a specific lessons, provide criterion-based observations and suggestions for improvement. It’s my goal this summer to look at the resources on this site and determine their quality and alignment with NGSS. Though many of the worksheets are meant as part of a unit, and not stand-alone documents that are meant to accomplish the long term goals, each resource is part of a larger unit of instruction that can be evaluated.
Students shown below are working on a lab on cellular respiration, which is part of a larger unit on Cellular Biology.
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