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1.1: Overview

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12

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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Donated to CK-12 Foundation under the Creative Commons Attibution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC-BY-NC-SA) license. This license allows others to use, distribute, and create derivative works based on that content.




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

1 Building Blocks of life

2 Cell Parts and Their Functions

3 Cell Activities

4 DNA and the Genetic Code

5 The Health of Cells

GroupWork Activities


Additional Resources


Text Authors

Mary L. Kiel, Stan Ogren, Ellen Porzig

Activity Authors

Stan Ogren, Ellen Porzig, Geraldine Horsma, Marjorie Gray

GroupWork Authors

Nicole Holthuis, Julie Bianchini, Heidi Ballard, Rachel Lotan

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

Photo Credits TE

94 (top left), CNRI/Science Photo Library/Photo Researchers, Inc.; 94 (top right), D.W. Fawcett/Photo Researchers, Inc.; 94 (bottom left), Biology Media/Photo Researchers, Inc.; 94 (bottom right), Dr. Jeremy Byrgess/Science Photo Library/Photo Researchers, Inc.; 96 (middle left), David M. Phillips/Visuals Unlimited; 96 (middle right), David M. Phillips/Visuals Unlimited; 96 (bottom center), David M. Phillips/Visuals Unlimited

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 1-57039-688-4

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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