I thought it would be useful to gather together useful virtual labs. They are not my creation and I will give full credit to the creators and just place a link to their sites. Often virtual labs are created for fairly technical aspects of biology but I've found a few that are useful for ESS.
I know some teachers struggle to resource the practical nature of this course or are less familiar with techniques as they come from different backgrounds. You can use these to supplement your own knowledge or your practical scheme of work.
Lizard Evolution Virtual Lab (topic 3)
Stickleback Evolution Virtual Lab (topic 3)
Environmental Science Investigation - salmon and global warming (topic 2 and topic 7)
In order for this lab to work you need to have adobe flash player working on your computer. It is often blocked and you need to allow it to play in your browser. How to do this varies from browser to browser.
Once working, at the end of each activity, you need to click "home" to be able to navigate to the next activity.
There is a nice drag and drop food web activity but unfortunately you will need to explain the all the arrows are pointing in the wrong direction, ie what is being eaten rather the flow of energy.
My students will do the following labs: 1,2,3,4 and 9. The other sections include very advanced biology and increase the length of time required.
Ocean Acidification (topic 7, topic 2 and topic 3)
Classifying Arthropods (topic 2)
Dinosaur Dig (topic 3 and 2)
Plant transpiration (topic 2 - hydrological cycle)
Population Biology (topic 2)
Tracking Grizzlies (topic 2 - Lincoln Index and topic 3 - conservation biology)
Model Ecosystems (topic 2 - a great practical application of ecological pyramids and energy conversion efficiency)
These are for AP Biology but the dissolved oxygen lab is appropriate.
Photosynthesis simulation with different colour lights (topic 2 though more biology than ESS)
Measuring the rate of photosynthesis (nice and simple - good for ESS - could link to turbidity for an IA introduction). (topic 2)
Studying Photosynthesis (only 5 minutes for free from Gizmos) (topic 2)
To be assessed:
Virtual Biology Lab - Netlogo simulations for biodiversity studies
Golabz.eu - a collection/curation of simple simulations of labs suitable for topic 2.5
Tracking Grizzlies - needs flash enabled
Investigation of environmental benefits of different types of tree. From The Open Science Laboratory
Variation in vegetation: the heather hypothesis. From The Open Science Laboratory
Sorting out Soils. From The Open Science Laboratory
Measuring levels of nitrates in spring water (SXHL288). From The Open Science Laboratory
Pesticide Analysis. From The Open Science Laboratory
Eating for Energy (in Bats). From The Open Science Laboratory
Phet Labs from University of Colorado
Scratch MIT virtual enzyme lab
Scratch MIT yeast population growth
Google app Science Journal