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ScienceMaster's Biology & Life Science Home Page

ScienceMaster is a company that provides this free Web site as a collection of several high quality educational Web sites. Resources include articles, Web pages, and curriculum guides that focus on a variety of life science subjects aimed specifically at kids. One notable feature is the Learning Galleries which emphasize the use of images to explain a number of scientific topics. In addition to...
Biology in Motion

Produced by Dr. Leif Saul, a biology teacher and Web site/ game developer, Biology in Motion has two new interactive education activities. Organize-It introduces an alternative way to test biological understanding by organizing concepts hierarchically. This exercise intends to "remedy some of the shortcomings of the traditional multiple-choice quiz." Users can choose self-tests from a variety of...

This link, off the main Science (American Association for the Advancement of Science) site, provides users with information on the most recent developments in science. The Current Stories section covers headline subjects while the Week in Review section allows users to quickly browse stories from previous weeks. First-time users must register (free) for one year of limited access.
Traits of Life

Traits of Life, a new collection of exhibits and demonstrations at San Francisco's Exploratorium, offers a fascinating look at the "fundamental elements common to all living things." Culminating from 3 years of research and development, the Traits of Life collection follows four themes: cells and DNA; reproduction; evolution; and energy consumption. This companion Web site offers cool interactive...
Exploratorium: Traits of Life

Designed to complement the redesigned Traits of Life exhibit at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, this fine site allows visitors to view a photo gallery of the new exhibit, investigate some provocative online exhibits, and explore a host of links that are germane to the nature of biology. The exhibits constitute the core of the material available at the site, and are divided into four thematic...
Biodiversity of Mexico: Fauna, Flora and Ecology

Designed as a vehicle for showcasing the extraordinary biological diversity of Mexico, this well-designed site is rather user-friendly, and provides a host of material about the flora and fauna of the country. Visitors can dive right in by looking through the "Animals," "Plants," or "Places" sections of the site. Within each section, visitors can read brief essays, search for various animals or...
San Diego Natural History Museum: Glow: Living Lights

The San Diego Natural History Museum (SDNHM) has recently added a downloadable Teacher's Guide to its Web site for Glow: Living Lights -- "the first-ever museum exhibition to explore the phenomenon of bioluminescence." The 48-page Teacher's Guide is loaded with great lesson plans for grades 3-6. The activities may be used without a visit to the actual exhibit, although the Teacher's Guide also...
Idaho State University: Biology Resources for Active Learning

The Department of Biological Sciences at Idaho State University offers this website as part of a project "to enhance teacher preparation in the sciences by emphasizing inquiry and experimental approaches to science teaching." The site offers one or two lesson plans (mostly at the high school level) for the following subjects: the cell; molecular basis of heredity; biological evolution;...
University of California -- Santa Cruz: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

This website presents a Behavioral Ecology course developed by Dr. Barry Sinervo, Professor of Biology at UC-Santa Cruz. This site is well-organized and contains a Syllabus with links to a semester's worth of Lectures on subjects such as Genes and Behavior, Natural and Sexual Selection, and Learning and Cognition. The Syllabus also includes links to corresponding Study Questions for each Lecture....
Okhotskia: International Sakhalin Island Project

This website presents the International Sakhalin Island Project (ISIP), "an international collaboration of American, Russian, and Japanese scientists to survey the plants, lichens, mosses, liverworts, fungi, insects, spiders, freshwater and terrestrial mollusks, freshwater fishes, amphibians, and reptiles of Sakhalin Island." The website was developed primarily "to provide easy access to project...
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