Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code

Celebrating 60 years of discovery into DNA and the human genome, this site offers resources for middle and high school students and teachers for understanding the human genome and learning the history of the human genome project.  It includes a virtual tour of the “Unlocking Life’s Code” exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. 

There’s sections with learning tools for students, resources with lesson plans for teachers, and a curriculum guide. Especially noteworthy is the talking interactive glossary of genetic terms with illustrations and 3D animations, a self-quiz, and guidance on citations for research papers.

CK-12 Biology Interactive eBook

This high school level interactive ebook for iPad and Kindle is aligned with common core standards, and guides students through numerous biology concepts.  Cell biology, genetics, evolution, ecology, microorganisms, fungi, plants, invertebrates, vertebrates, and physiology are covered.  To improve comprehension and understanding, the ibook includes clearly labeled color illustratiions, video shorts and website links to activities and references. It is available for free at the iBookstore.

In addition to the ibook version, there is also a free Kindle version of cK-12 Biology ebook.

Online Biology eBooks for K-12

These free biology ebooks are digital textbooks called Flexbooks, and are written for middle school and high school students.  Several have teachers’ editions, quizzes and tests, and supplemental workbooks and journals.  There are also many biology study guides for students.

Biology 101

An online biology study guide for High School and College Students. The site consists of visually appealing biology study guides, flashcards and practice questions.

As Many Exceptions As Rules

This STEM science teaching blog resource focuses on biology core concepts. It reinforces core concepts in biology using fascinating examples of organisms that do not follow established biological rules. Through these exceptions, knowledge of core concepts are redefined and strengthened without focusing exclusively on the overused examples and mundane teaching patterns. A more detailed rationale for the form of the blog is given in the initial post. Each story is explained in plain English, with definitions and etymology of important terms. Teaching resources, including classroom activities and laboratories are included in each post.

Excellent content but difficult to navigate by topic in current blog format.