Central Bucks School District: Biology Readings
"And it is a strange thing that most of the feeling we call religious, most of the mystical out crying which is one of the most prized and used and desired reactions of our species, is really the understanding and attempt to say that man is related to the whole thing, related inextricably to all reality, known as unknowable. This is a simple thing to say, but the profound feeling of it made a Jesus, a St. Augustine, a St. Francis, a Roger Bacon, a Charles Darwin, and an Einstein. Each of them in his own tempo and with his own voice discovered and reaffirmed with astonishment the knowledge that all things are one thing and that one thing is all things -- plankton, a shimmering phosphorescence on the sea and the spinning planets and an expanding universe, all bound together by the elastic string of time. It is advisable to look from the tide pool to the stars and then back to the tide pool again."
John Steinbeck in Log from the Sea of Cortez
Readings to help our student learn biology in Central Bucks
Unit 1: The Molecules of Life
Article A: Seeking Life - With recent missions to Mars pointing to the historic presence of water, and thus the tantalizing possibility of life, K.C. Cole investigates whether water is actually a necessary requirement. This article first appeared in the Los Angeles Time and is feature in
Article B: The Chemistry of Amino Acids - This lesson/article is developed by The Biology Project from the University of Arizona.
Unit 2: Cell Physiology
Article D: XX What Mitochondria Have Told Me
Unit 3: Cell Energy
Unit 4: Genetics/DNA/RNA
Article H: The 2% Difference
Article I: Who's Your Daddy?
Article J: Genome in Black and White
Imperfect, Imprecise, but Useful
Unit 5: Embryology or Developmental Biology
Article M: Zebrafish: Bridging the gap between Development and Disease - This article comes to us from the journal of Human Molecular Genetics. Just click on the FREE full article on the right hand side, top.
Article M:O (Optional Replacement for M) - Have We Entered the Stem Cell Era? - Jen Atkiss recommends this article that explains current and potential applications of stem cells, and provides a word of caution that much more research needs to be done to develop a deeper understanding of how they will react in a recipient. This can be used in place of the Zebrafish article.
Unit 6: Microbiology
Article P: HHMI Bacterial Identification Lab - This interactive lab comes to use from the people at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. They offer incredible resources for the life science educator.
|Molecules of Life||Big Ideas, Enduring Understandings, and Essential Questions|
|Cell Physiology||What are Enduring Understandings?|
|Cell Energy||What are Essential Questions?|
|Genetics||Examples of Essential Questions. Science & Chemistry EQs Physical & Life EQs|
|Bacteria and Viruses|