Chapter 1: An Introduction to Life on Earth
The following Web sites are just some of the interesting resources related to biology. As you link to the sites, compare and contrast the information on the site with what you have learned in class, from the textbook, and from other sources you have read. Be sure to share interesting sites with your classmates.
1) What Are the Characteristics of Living Things?
Learn about the scientific field of astrobiology and how scientists are searching for new forms of life on Earth and beyond. **May be good for Web investigation.
Learn about NASAs policies for detecting life on other planets.
Search for Extremophiles
Use this site to learn about the search for extremophiles.
Learn about life-forms being found deep below the Earths surface.
Learn about methane ice worms. Are they living or not?
Are Viruses Alive?
This Web site discusses the debate surrounding the idea of whether a virus should be classified as a living thing or not.
What Is Life?
Use this Web site to explore the characteristics of living things.
2) How Do Scientists Categorize the Diversity of Life?
This site provides extensive Web links to take you to sites related to many of the organisms on Earth.
Three Domains of Life
Explore the different types of life on Earth at this excellent site from the University of California Museum of Paleontology.
Tree of Life
This tremendously useful site summarizes the most current understanding of the diversity of life on Earth and the relationships among the species.
3) What Is the Science of Biology?
This Web site provides excellent basic information on the scientific method.
This excellent Web site provides a firm basis for discussing the scientific method. You can use the background information provided to develop your own hypotheses.
The Scientific Method in Everyday Life
This Web site gives a real-life example of how to solve everyday problems using the scientific method. Try it for yourself!
4) Evolution: The Unifying Theory of Biology
Creationism vs. Evolution
This site contains information that explores the ideas and some of the differences between the theories of evolution and creationism.
This Web site clearly and succinctly describes some of the major concepts related to evolution.
The Evolution Project from PBS has a multimedia approach for learning about and teaching evolution.
5) How Does Knowledge of Biology Illuminate Everyday Life?
Circle of Life
This page has dozens of links to help you explore how knowledge of biology is relevant in everyday life.
This online adventure from Nova examines how you can use living things to learn about the history of the Earth.