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An open source collection of self-education biology links (consisting of lessons, tutorials, experiments, labs, activities, and other resources) for OLPC children across the globe. The biology topics covered include life, the cell, genetics, evolution, biological diversity, plants, animals, ecology, and astrobiology.


  • Science > General
  • Science > Biology

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • K
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12


student-facing Biology self-taught OLPC one laptop independent self-directed learning self-education autodidacticism autodidact automath life the cell genetics evolution biological diversity plants animals ecology and astrobiology



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Public - Available to anyone

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Creative Commons Attribution 3.0
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SOC.1.1.1: Social Studies

Compare the daily life of individuals in the community with life in the past. Describe local people whose actions showed courage, honesty and responsibility. Use narratives, oral histories, folklore, video images and biographies to share the information.

SOC.1.1.2: Social Studies

Measure time using clocks and calendars. Order events sequentially on a timeline. Distinguish between fact and opinion.

SOC.1.1.3: Social Studies

Discuss the origins and significance of American songs, symbols, people and events associated with national celebrations and holidays.

SOC.1.2.1: Social Studies

Provide examples of good citizenship in the school and community. Identify rights and responsibilities of citizens and know the Pledge of Allegiance. Give examples of rules and laws in the school and community.

SOC.1.3.1: Social Studies

Identify and map human and physical features of the school and neighborhood. Understand the use of cardinal directions. Identify continents, oceans, cities and roads on maps and globes.

SOC.1.3.2: Social Studies

Compare cultural similarities and differences found in the local community. Give examples of natural resources found locally. Describe how people use these resources and how they interact with their environment.

SOC.1.3.3: Social Studies

Observe and record daily and seasonal weather changes, and explain how these changes influence activities in the school and community.

SOC.1.4.1: Social Studies

Identify and compare goods, services and jobs in the school and community. Explain how and why people exchange goods and services.

SOC. Social Studies

Identify basic components of maps and globes (i.e., cardinal directions, map key, symbols)

SOC. Social Studies

Identify current event sources (e.g., news publications, Internet, radio, TV)

SOC. Social Studies

Compare past and present family life (e.g., housing, transportation, technology) over time

SOC. Social Studies

Define chronological terms for broad categories of historical time (i.e., long ago, yesterday, today, tomorrow)

SOC. Social Studies

Identify the people and events honored in United States holidays (e.g., Thanksgiving, Independence Day, Veteran's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Columbus Day, Labor Day)

SOC. Social Studies

Describe the interaction (e.g., survival, First Thanksgiving) of Native Americans with the Pilgrims

SOC. Social Studies

Differentiate between wants and needs

SOC. Social Studies

Describe ways (e.g., money, bartering) wants and needs are met

SOC. Social Studies

Apply good citizenship (e.g., respect, cooperation, honesty, responsibility) in the school environment

SOC. Social Studies

Explain the purpose for rules in home, school, and community

SOC. Social Studies

Identify Earth's geographical landforms (e.g., islands, mountains, plains, hills, bodies of water)

SOC. Social Studies

Identify the similarities and differences (e.g., family members, clothes, food, style of homes, jobs, celebrations) among families around the world
Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 2, as of 2008-09-22.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 2
Appropriate Pedagogy: 2

Reviewer Comments:

This resource is a comprehensive collection of external links to problem sets, games, animations, text pages, and lesson plans. The resources are organized in a logical order, but are somewhat tedious to navigate as the activity type or educational level is not immediately clear and there are some dead links. The intended audience of the resource is unclear. If intended for teachers, additional pedagogical information (objectives, timelines, assessments) would be helpful. If intended for students, many of the sites are too sophisticated to be used independently by learners. The educational level is listed as grades K – 12, but this is misleading. For example, many links come from “The Biology Project” (www.biology.arizona.edu) designed for college biology students. However, there are some excellent resources, such as the “Do it Yourself Strawberry DNA” or the UC Berkeley evolution site. Cells Alive has excellent animations and the PBS resources are clear and easy to use. Overall, every biology teacher will find useful pieces in this collection that can be adapted for use in an existing curriculum, but it seems unlikely that this resource can work as a full course on its own.
Christine Mytko
September 22, 2008

There are some really great resources in here. I wonder if there is an easy way to separate them out for age-appropriateness. I don't see a lot of elementary resources, and the few I do see are mixed in with college-level stuff.

Jodie Green

Ive not checked all the links yet, but a good looking list and well organised. cheers, Jodie.

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