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The Biology Classics

Understanding the amazing phenomena of life requires an intimate acquaintance with living things. This program introduces students to four classic organisms, classic not only because they are featured in science textbooks, but because studying them broadens our concept of what it means to be alive. These narrated observations can be used by classes everywhere that living organisms are studied.
  • Title ID 129-BCL
  • Science, Biology
  • 1 Program
  • 2 Supplemental Files
  • 10th Grade through Post Secondary
  • Released in 2006 by BioMEDIA Associates
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The Biology ClassicsRunning time is 29 minutes

Chapter List
Chapter 1: Paramecium
Paramecium: Observations show how it moves, feeds, digests and assimilates nutrients, achieves water balance, deploys defensive weapons, reproduces and engages in the sexual exchange of genetic material. The narrated observations utilize state of the art microscopy, techniques to present a compelling new picture of Paramecium's life.
Chapter 2: Hydra
Hydra: Observations of Hydra show feeding behavior, detailed microscopy of stinging cells used in capturing prey, two digestive processes (cellular and extracellular), locomotion, reproduction by budding, development of sex organs, and symbiotic guests, both external and internal.
Chapter 3: Planarians
Planarians: The cross-eyed flatworm, Planarian, is both scavenger and predator depending upon opportunity. Observations show food-seeking behavior, the flatworm's feeding method, locomotion (produced by a carpet of cilia), internal anatomy and reproduction through the remarkable process of regeneration.
Chapter 4: Daphnia
Daphnia: Daphnia is a classic study in arthropod behavior and anatomy. In living subjects we examine: eye, brain, jaws, intestine, swimming legs with gills, its beating heart, and two kinds of eggs, those that hatch directly into female daphnia, and resistant eggs that carry the species through periods of freezing and drying.

Supplemental Files

MARC Records for BCL
MARC records for the Full Series BCL, The Biology Classics
Biology Classics - Teaching Guide