Biology 20

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Biology 20 from LearnAlberta Biology 20 contains learning resources that address topics from the senior high school biology curriculum: Energy and Matter Exchange in the Biosphere; Ecosystems and Population Change; Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration; and Human Systems. The resource includes a virtual microscope, image collection, and several interactive Gizmos licensed from ExploreLearning.

Use this resource to locate magazine articles, science experiments, science encyclopedia articles, images, audio & video clips, illustrations, graphs & web links related to a wide range of science study: earth science, science history, life science, space, physics, math, chemistry, biology, natural science, environmental science, biotechnology & more.

Biology 20 Distributed Learning Project Resources

Inquiry Into Biology Student Edition This links to the McGraw-Hill Ryerson web resources for their new Biology text for 2007. You will find a Student Resource Centre and Teacher Resources.

Inquiry into Biology e-text The McGraw Hill student e-text is available online until Thanksgiving 2007, after that, schools that have purchased the edition will be sent usernames and passwords to access the online text.

Essential Study Partner  This is an online learning resource dealing with general and human biology topics pertinent to Biology 20. All topics are interactive and include: cells, genetics, evolution, ecology, diversity, animals, and plants.

Alberta Biology 20 Student Centre for Thomson Nelson with web links, interactive quizzes and review questions. Username and password required. (Authorization required.)

HippoCampus Biology

The Biology Corner - a variety of lessons, quizzes, labs, web quests, and information on science topics.

smallnew.gifBioInteractive - free resources for science teachers and students, animations, videos, interactive and virtual labs.

Encyclopedia of Life

Unit A: Energy and Matter Exchange in the Biosphere

Home Sweet Home The goal of Home Sweet Home is for Alberta students to make a collective and personal commitment in working towards an Alberta future where environmental sustainability is addressed, and to celebrate their collective commitment to making a difference

Energy Transfer in the Biosphere

Web Quest At Risk Species 
Investigation: Ecology of an Endangered Prairie Ecosystem 

VLE Dependent and Independent Variables 
VLE Ecosystems, Organisms and Trophic Levels
Interactive Climate Map 
Agroclimatic Atlas of Alberta

Cycles of Matter

Web Quest Constructing Food Webs 

VLE Assessing Water Quality 

Water Watch The goal of Water Watch is to engage students, teachers and community members around Alberta in an investigation of the sources, uses and conservation options for Alberta's water resources. 

The Water Cycle Instructional media from Alberta Learning. A Flash animation of the water cycle with definitions of evaporation, transpiration, condensation and precipitation.

Biogeochemical Cycles A Netsplore Activity where students demonstrate an understanding that specific chemical elements of the biosphere are cycled through the biotic and abiotic components of the biosphere.

Unit B: Ecosystems and Population Change

 How do we balance the economic needs of citizens with the environmental needs of an ecosystem?

 "We need jobs! This will help us!" 

"This will ruin the environment!" 
"If this goes ahead, our livelihood will disappear!"

 A power plant in Tomohawk?

  • A provincial park beside Red Deer?
  • A bitumen mine in Ft. MacMurray?
  • A gas plant near Grand Prairie?

 In this project, students will take one role of a researcher to tackle the big question: At what point does the environmental impact of a new project outweigh its economic benefits for the environment and the area's citizens?

Theory of Evolution

Unit C: Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration

Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration

Photosynthesis Lab   Students will use the ExploreLearning Photosynthesis Lab to study the effect that the variables of light intensity, temperature, colour and carbon dioxide have on oxygen production in a plant. 
Photosynthesis and Respiration Activities, labs and links from Awesome Science Teacher Resources VLE 
Plant Transpiration 
Electron Transport System and ATP Synthesis 
Cyclic and Noncyclic Photophosphorylation 
Electron Transport System and ATP Synthesis 
Electron Transport System and Formation of ATP 
How Glycolysis Works 
How the Krebs Cycle Works 
How the NAD+ Works 
Virtual Cell Animation Collection 
Energy Within the Cell Detailed descriptions of cellular respiration and photosynthesis. 
Cell Biology Animations Beautiful Flash animations with detailed analysis of cell functions and processes

The Cell - a freely accessible, easy-to-search, public repository of reviewed and annotated images, videos, and animations of cells

Unit D: Human Systems

Winking Skull Outstanding diagrams for all parts of the human body. 
The Medical Animation Library 
Human Anatomy Online 
Interactive Human Body 
Biointeractive Virtual  Labs The Virtual Labs Series produced by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute includes cardiology, immunology, neurophysiology, bacterial ID and transgenic virtual labs. 
Survivor Students will examine the role of medical transplant technology in prolonging the life of a patient suffering from a disease with terminal consequences.
Google Body Google Body is now open source and hosted by Zygot Body
Build a Body excellent site to assemble the different parts of a body, Digestive, Respiratory, Skeletal, Nervous, Circulatory, etc.

Digestion and Human Health

VLE Enzyme Controlled Reactions 
Diseases of the Digestive System Students are asked to research a digestive disorder in order to create three page report and presentation. 
Cyclic and Noncyclic Photophosphorylation 
Three Phases of Gastric Secretion A Biochemical Pathway 
Energy for Activity 
Energy Sources for Prolonged Exercise 
Enzyme Action and the Hydrolysis of Sucrose 
Feedback Inhibition of Biochemical Pathways 
How Enzymes Work 
Proton Pump 
Canada Food Guide Web Quest What Are You Eating?

The Respiratory System

The Respiratory System - get body smart
About Your Lungs 
Breath Sounds These are breath sounds that doctors, nurses, respiratory and physical therapists hear with a stethoscope when they auscultate the chest of a patient.

Circulation and Immunity

The Circulatory System as a City - Imagine your body as a city, with the various parts of the circulatory system transformed into city departments.  What would your circulatory system look like? How would your city's systems function?  

VLE Blood Pressure 
Cytotoxic T-cell Activity Against Target Cells 
IgE Mediated Hypersensitivity 
Constructing Vaccines 
Monoclonal Antibody Production 
The Circulatory System - get body smart
About Your Heart 
Immunology Lab This animated virtual lab deals with the diagnosis of disease based on immune response. You will use (virtually) enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to detect antigens to a disease.

Excretion and the Interaction of Systems

The Urinary System

The Muscular System and Homeostasis

VLE Earthworm Dissection 
VLE Muscle Stimulation 
VLE Virtual Pathology 
VLE Virtual Frog Dissection 
Function of the Neuromuscular Junction 
Sarcomere Shortening 
Action Potentials and Muscle Contraction 
Bone Growth in Width 
Breakdown of ATP and Cross-Bridge Movement During Muscle Contraction 
Myofilament Contraction 
Osteoporosis 
Sarcomere Contraction 
Sarcomere Shortening 
The Muscular System