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Due to current circumstances, this page has been updated but will no longer be added to or maintained until further notice.

There is a vast amount of information about all aspects of science to be found on the internet. This includes educational and other material covering all levels of interest and capability. This is especially important as a result of the implementation of the Australian Curriculum in Science.

This page provides information for the Biological Sciences [also known as Living World]. They are listed under a sequence of topics from Foundation to Year 10. This page will be expanded as time permits.

Other topics can be reached via the Introduction page, whether maintained or archived.

There are Science Resources pages that contains helpful information and ideas.

Biological Sciences

Characteristics of Living Things

Living Things have External Features

Life Cycles

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Living Things - Adaptations

  • Adaptation [and Survival]
    Full lesson process including resources [including videos], worksheets and useful links. Multiple lessons : What it is; Different Adaptations; Case Study; Plant Adaptation; Understanding of the strategies humans have implemented in special cases. Scienceweb Australia.
  • Adaptations Teaching Unit
    Developed by the Queensland Museum.
  • Updated ! Animal Adaptations Resources ‘Introduce students to the study of ecological adaptation through lesson plans, worksheets, and group activities’.
  • Habitats and Adaptation
    ‘A research activity to find out about how animals and plants are adapted to suit the environment they live in’. UK.
  • Living things have Structural Features and Adaptations
    Scootle. 300 items covering Classroom Resources and Teacher Reference Materials.
  • Plant and Animal Adaptations
    ABC Splash, Australian Science Teachers Association. ‘provides students and teachers with a range of resources about plant and animal adaptations. Resources include videos, images, lesson plans, assessment opportunities, supporting materials and background information, online resources and links’.

Living Things in their Environment

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Living Things - Classification

Living Things - Cells as Basic Units

  • Cells are the Starting Point
    A presentation from Biology4kids.
  • Cell Biology [BioNinja]
    ‘Introduction to Cells; Ultrastructure of Cells; Membrane Structure; Membrane Transport; The Origin of Cells; Cell Division’.
  • Cells
    ‘Cell theory; Using a Microscope; Organelles; Cell structure and function; Scientific discoveries’. Lesson plans, resources. Scienceweb Australia.
  • Updated ! CELLS Alive !
    The living cell. Cell biology, microbiology, immunology, microscopy, interactive areas, view photos, video clips.
  • Cells are the basic units of Living Things
    Scootle. 200+ items covering Classroom Resources and Teacher Reference Materials.
  • Cells to Systems
    ‘This area includes practicals that explore the properties, structure and function of tissues from complex organisms, as well as differentiation of cells to produce those tissues. It also includes observations of simpler organisms such as microbes’.
  • Introducing Cells
    ‘Students learn that all living things are made of cells. They use a microscope to look for evidence of plant cells and animal cells’. SEP Lessons, USA.
  • Multi-cellular organisms & Specialised Functions
    Scootle. 300 items covering Classroom Resources and Teacher Reference Materials.


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Living Things - Ecosystems

Living Things - Body Systems

  • ACLS Guide to the Human Respiratory System
    ‘The respiratory system is a vital part of the human body for it supplies oxygen to the different parts of the body which is necessary for survival’. Text presentation with embedded links to meanings, descriptors and more.
  • Human Anatomy []
    ‘With hundreds of interactive anatomy pictures and descriptions of thousands of objects in the body, will help you discover what you want to know about human anatomy’. 12 body systems are covered.
  • Updated ! Human Anatomy [Physicaltherapists]
    Provides links for multiple human body systems [8 in all]. Multiple area are covered for each.
  • Human Body Facts
    KidsKonnect. As well as a general listing of systems, scroll down to collections of links for each of the major systems.
  • New ! Human Body Lesson Plans : Body Systems, Functions and Anatomy
    ‘Human body lesson plans designed for high school, middle school, and elementary school science teachers are downloadable here’. Check specific areas in the listing provided.
  • Human Body Systems
    California Science. Covers several body systems. Videos, vocabulary games, summary and quiz, translated summaries, more.
  • Human Physiology [BioNinja]
    ‘Digestion and Absorption; The Blood System; Defence against Infectious Disease; Gas Exchange; Neurons and Synapses, Hormones, Homeostasis and Reproduction’.
  • List of Systems of the Human Body
    A very simple listing. Each link goes to a new page with extensive information and further links. Wikipedia.
  • Multi-Cellular Organisms : Internal Systems
    Scootle. 240+ items covering Classroom Resources and Teacher Reference Materials.
  • Organs and Organ Systems
    Overview article with embedded links to 11 separate body systems. Each provides information plus links to additional topics.
  • Updated ! Organ Systems
    ‘The human body is made up of several organ systems that work together as one unit. Ten major organ systems of the body are listed, along with several organs that are associated with each system’. Links to further information.
  • Skeletal System
    ‘2D Interactive and 3D Rotate & Zoom’. Extensive overview section as well.


  • Updated ! Body Maps
    ‘Explore the Human Anatomy in 3D’. 3600 views of parts and systems [options at top of graphic]. Other options.
  • Circulatory & Respiratory Systems
    ‘Follow the circulatory and respiratory systems as they deliver oxygen and remove carbon dioxide from cells, and help make it possible for our bodies to function’.
  • Human Body Systems Videos for Kids
    TES Connect, UK. Links to other, specific system videos.
  • Human Body Videos for Kids
    ‘These free science video clips feature information on the human heart, brain, eyes, skin, immune system, respiratory system, more’.
  • The Digestive System
    ‘Takes us through the bowels of the human digestive system and explains why it’s all about surface area’.

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Living Things - DNA and Genes

  • Cellular Life and Genetics
    BrainPOP. A number of sections are free, e.g. Cells, DNA, Heredity. Others require a subscription.
  • DNA and Genes
    Scootle. 140+ items covering Classroom Resources and Teacher Reference Materials.
  • DNA from the Beginning
    ‘An animated primer of 75 experiments that made modern genetics. The science behind each concept is explained by : animation, image gallery, video interviews, problem, biographies, links’.
  • GeneEd
    ‘Genetics, Education, Discovery’. 10 sections from Cell Biology to Top Issues in Genetics. Teacher Resources, Labs & Experiments, more.
  • Genetics [BioNinja]
    Chromosomes, Genes, Alleles and Mutations; Meiosis; Theoretical Genetics; Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. An Advanced level with three units is found here.
  • Genetics Teaching Resources
    TES. Extensive listing. Filter using the options at the top of the list or the menu on the left. UK.
  • Hands-on Activities for Teaching Biology
    ‘Most of our activities can be carried out with minimum equipment and expense’. Has sections for Cell Division and Genetics, Molecular Biology [DNA, etc.] and also Evolution.
  • Learn Genetics
    Multiple sections. 8 topics under Genetics and related topics from other sections. A separate site, entitled Teach.Genetics is being developed here.
  • Online Genetics Education Resources
    National Human Genome Research Institute. Extensive listing of annotated links to resources suitable for multiple levels.
  • The GENETICS Project
    University of Washington Genome Sciences Education Outreach. ‘Instructional materials for teaching genetic concepts at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels’.
  • Updated ! The Virtual Genetics Education Centre - University of Leicester
    ‘An award-winning hub of evaluated genetics teaching resources for teachers and learners in schools and higher education, health professionals and the general public’.


  • DNA, Chromosomes and Genes
    ‘Explains the relationship between DNA, chromosomes and genes. To best understand this video you should make sure you have watched my ‘What is DNA ?’ video’ [see below].
  • Heredity and Genetics
    Khan Academy. 9 videos on related topics.
  • The Genetic Code
    ‘This video explains how the ‘language’ of DNA actually works’.
  • What is DNA ?
    Also has a video on What is RNA ?.

Living Things - Theory of Evolution

  • Activities for Evolution
    Nuffield Foundation. ‘Here are activities to help with the teaching of this topic’. Teacher notes and students sheets for every section.
  • Evolution and Biodiversity [BioNinja]
    ‘Evidence for Evolution; Natural Selection; Classification of Biodiversity; Cladistics’.
  • New ! Natural Selection Lesson Plans : Adaptation, Evolution Evidence
    ‘Darwinian evolution lesson plans designed for high school, middle school, and elementary school science teachers are downloadable here’.
  • New ! Evolution for Students
    PBS America. ‘For high school biology students the Evolution project offers online lessons, videos and a library of multimedia resources for use in coursework, special projects and independent study’.
  • Evolution Resources
    Scootle. 200+ items covering Classroom Resources and Teacher Reference Materials.
  • NSTA : Evolution Resources
    Article, weblinks, books, other resources.
  • The History of Evolutionary Theory
    Science NetLinks. ‘Introduces the concept of evolution by natural selection from a historical standpoint and examines the evidence and arguments that support this theory’. Includes student activities.
  • Theory of Evolution Teaching Resources
    TES. Extensive listing. Filter using the options at the top of the list or the menu on the left. UK.
  • Updated ! Understanding Evolution
    ‘Your one-stop source for information on evolution’. Evolution 101, Teaching Materials, Resource library.


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General Information

  • Anatomy Atlases
    Atlases, strong on imagery. Cover all parts of the human body.
  • Biointeractive
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Animations, virtual labs, lectures, virtual museum, video clips, more.
  • Biology4Kids
    Cells, studies and methods, microbes, plants, invertebrates, vertebrates.
  • Biology Videos
    An extensive collection of videos from CrashCourse covering Multiple topics in Biology.
  • Encyclopaedia of Life
    ‘Brings together information about all life on earth - text, images, video, sounds, maps, classifications and more - all freely available on-line’.
  • Human Biology Guide
    Revision notes [printable], teacher resources, background information, more. Topics cover many of those included above.
  • Updated ! Human Body [National Geographic]
    ‘The human body is an amazing machine. Find out how it works from head to toe’.
  • Science4Fun
    The site ‘has a wide variety of interesting science topics that are full of articles, and easy to do science experiments. All the content of the website is written in simple English with a lot of pictures to help you understand the concept easily’.
  • New ! Scientific Method Lesson Plans
    Scientific method, Laboratory techniques, more..
  • The Visible Body
    ‘The best human anatomy visualisation tool available today. The Visible Body includes 3D models of over 1 700 anatomical structures, including all major organs and systems of the human body’. Now also available through a series of apps.

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