The BEN portal of the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Pathway supports biological sciences education. The BEN Portal provides access to education resources from BEN Collaborators and is managed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Over 15,099 reviewed resources covering 77 biological sciences topics are available. BEN resources can help you engage student interest, shorten lesson preparation time, provide concept updates, and develop curricula that are in line with national standards for content, use of animals and humans, and student safety.
Browse these and other resources in the BEN Portal.
Teach.Genetics : Teach.Genetics, a companion to the popular Learn.Genetics website from the University of Utah’s Genetic Science Learning Center, offers tools and resources to help educators bring genetics, bioscience, and health alive in the classroom.
Mitochondrial DNA Clarifies Human Evolution : This article and associated material/lesson plan can be used to identify the structure and function of mitochondria and to understand mitochondria’s role in evolution.
A Beginner’s Guide to the Study of Plant Structure : A variation of this resource can provide guidelines for conducting a laboratory exercise in botany and plant structure. Students will become familiar with the standard techniques of light microscopy, including staining, sectioning, and drawing.
Resources for AP Biology Teachers:
Renewable Energy Curriculum Units : The Modeling Photosynthesis Unit provides detailed information on structure, function and application of photosynthesis, as well as a multi-day lesson plan on photosynthesis modeling.
Building The Tree of Life : This brief article provides excellent background and history on the concepts of genetic mapping and the creation and evolution of phylogenetic trees .