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Human Biology: An inquiry-based guide for the middle school student.

Developed by the Program in Human Biology at Stanford University and

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Letter to the Teacher

Unit Planning

Content Overview

Unit Activities and Key Ideas

Teacher's Guide Overview

Assessment Overview

Getting Started

Teaching Timelines

Safety Tips

GroupWork Activities


Additional Resources


Activity Index

Text Author

Robert B. Blair

Activity Authors

Heidi Ballard, Susan E. Schultz, Geraldine Horsma, Marjorie Gray

GroupWork Authors

Heidi Ballard, Susan E. Schultz, Nicole Holthuis, Julie Bianchini, Rachael Lotan

Principal Investigator H. Craig Heller, Project Director Mary L. Kiely


[Enrichment 3-1 Resource 1/Food Web Game]

Adapted from Maumov, N. P., The Ecology of Animals, Copyright 1972 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.

Used with the permission of the University of Illinois Press.

Bird, R.D. “Biotic communities of the aspen parkland of central Canada.” Ecology 11 (1930):356-442, and Cohen, J. Food Webs and Niche Space. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1978.

[Enrichment 3-1 Resource 2/Food Web Game]

Niering, W. A. “Caroline Islands.” Ecological Monographs 33 (1963): 131-160.

Adapted from Teal, J.M. “Energy flow in the salt marsh ecosystem of Georgia.” Ecology 43 (1962:) 614-624.

[Enrichment 11-1 Resource 1/Expedition to the Kalimantan Rain Forest]

Copyright © Summer 1994, The Amicus journal, a quarterly publication of the Natural Resources Defense Council, 40 West 20th Street, New York, N.Y. 10011. Reprinted with permission. NRDC membership dues or nonmember subscription: $10.00 annually.

Everyday Learning Development Staff


Steve Mico, Leslie Morrison, Susan Zeitner


Fran Brown, Annette Davis, Jess Schaal, Norma Underwood

Additional Credits

Project Editor: Dennis McKee

Shepherd, Inc.

ISBN 1-57039-676-0

Stanford University's Middle Grades Life Science Curriculum Project was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The content of the Human Biology curriculum is the sole responsibility of Stanford University's Middle Grades Life Science Curriculum Project and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the National Science Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, or The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

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