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Encyclopedia of Life

Found In: Science, Social Studies, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) houses information and pictures of all known species of animals, plants, fungi, protists and bacteria. EOL has more than a million webpages and more than 1.5 million images. One way to become familiar with EOL is to jump in and explore the pages, images, podcasts, multimedia, collections and tools. For a formal introduction, visit the Introduction and Overview. Here users can find tutorials and examples.

And then there is the search function. A search for “tiger” produces a main entry with tabs that encompass everything on EOL pertinent to tigers:

  • details,
  • media,
  • maps,
  • resources,
  • literature, and
  • links to subspecies and related species.

EOL’s search function is an especially good one for suggesting reasonable alternatives for misspelled words. A real plus for a site aimed at young users.

Tools and Applications

The Tools and Applications section provides information and tutorials for features that can be used by teachers and website developers. Two of these features, Field Guides and Collections, are especially useful for teachers and students.

  • The Field Guide tool provides a way to organize and customize species information for specific interests or projects.
  • The Collections tool lets users collect or group anything on EOL.

Teaching Resources

The Teaching Resources section shows teachers how content and tools on EOL can be used to structure lesson plans, plan class activities, reinforce concepts, and introduce biology topics. The page introduces popular tools and content and features educator guides for collections, field guides, photo sharing, and podcasts.

High School Biology

A program for high school biology educators is the HHMI High School Lab Series, a discovery-based lab series and professional development workshop designed to modernize biology labs and lesson plans with inquiry, real-world research, biotechnology, microbiology, and symbiosis. See “Using the Wolbachia Bacterial Symbiont to Teach Inquiry-Based Science: A High School Laboratory Series” (PDF icon PDF, 392 KB, 6 pgs.) for more details.



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