What is Visible Biology?

Welcome to the next stage in Visible Body’s evolution! From virtual animal dissections to units on energy, cells, plants, and genetics, Visible Biology is a visual guide that immerses students in 3D models and simulations of biological concepts and processes. Use the labs, lesson plans, eBooks, and other free learning resources on this page to integrate Visible Biology into your curriculum!

Animal Structure and Function

The new interactive sea star, earthworm, frog, and pig models in Visible Biology let students explore animal form and function in a whole new way! Students can examine the internal and external structures of both invertebrates and vertebrates by manipulating the dissectible 3D models.

They can also isolate different body systems quickly and compare body systems across organisms using the content in the Evolution: Animal Diversity unit.


With our 3D models of DNA and our simulations of DNA coiling and supercoiling, students can visualize the building blocks of life with ease! Our interactive mitosis and meiosis simulations walk students through the complex processes of somatic cell and sex cell division

Monocots and Dicots

Ah, the diversity of angiosperms. Have students stop to smell the roses by engaging with our 3D models of monocot and dicot stems, roots, and leaves, as well as tons of free content to seed the gardens of their minds

  • Plant a seed with our lab activity on monocots and dicots! Students will answer pre-lab questions, label the different parts of a plant, including dermal, vascular, and ground tissues

  • Check out the Biology Learn Site! Review types of vascular plant tissues and the key parts of monocots and dicots, or have students refer to our visual glossary if they can’t remember certain terms


Photosynthesis and cellular respiration are tough concepts for students to comprehend. Use the interactive 3D simulations in Visible Body with your students to explore the main steps of photosynthesis and cellular respiration, go over their similarities and differences, and discuss how they interact with each other to create an "energy cycle" in living organisms

The World of Cells

Dive into the world of cells with interactive 3D models of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, as well as simulated slides that allow students to explore the cells and structures contained in a drop of blood.

With the lab activities in the Cells unit, students will label the different parts of bacterial, plant, animal, and blood cells, as well as compare and contrast structures and functions.

Small structures require small and concise learning modules! On the Visible Biology Learn Site, students can explore 3D models of cells, study detailed images, and familiarize themselves with various organelles and their functions.

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