In this module students observe the relationship among cells, tissues, organs, and systems. They prepare wet slides and observe the differences between animal cells and plant cells. Using a combination of software, a mitosis board, and pop beads, students observe and simulate the four stages of mitosis. Students demonstrate an understanding of cell organelles.
The cell is the basic unit of structure and function in all living things. All organisms are made of cells,. and all cells come from other cells.
In this module students explore cell organelles and cell function in a balanced combination of activities. Analogy and art are two methods used to facilitate their understanding of the subject and create interest. Students investigate the process of diffusion though a cell membrane and classify information into a concept map. They experience a blend of current technology, multimedia, hands-on activities, and exceptional resource books in this exploration into life's basic unit.
* Identify the structure and function of animal cell organelles through the use of computer software, hands-on activities, and video segments.
* Identify the structure and function of plant cell organelles through the use of computer software, hands-on activities, and video segments.
*Simulate and observe the four stages of mitosis using a combination of software, the Synergistic Mitosis Board, and pop beads.
*Observe the relationships among cells, tissues, organs and systems.
*Prepare a wet-mount slide and observe differences between animal cells and plant cells.
*Identify the movement of materials across a cell membrane after completing an investigation into the process of diffusion
*Use a computer to demonstrate an understanding of cell organelles by completing and illustrating an activity involving the use of analogies.
*Apply their knowledge of cells by creating a concept map
*Expand reading and research skills by using books, software programs, and interactive multimedia to complete module research challenges and applications
*Increase knowledge of cell structure by reading available module resource material during specified time segments
*Enhance mathematical skills by solving problems related to cell structure
*Experience teamwork, time management principles, and cooperative and collaborative learning in a self directed system designed to increase motivation and self-confidence
Students conduct three critical activities as they complete this module. During "Plant and Animal Cells" students demonstrate proper microscope technique while completing the activity, illustrate an example of plant and animal cells, answer questions on a worksheet, and explain differences between animal and plant cells. During "Mitosis" students correctly label the four phases of mitosis; place chromosomes in each of the four phases; explain how, through the process of mitosis, one cell becomes two daughter cells; and explain the purpose of mitosis. During "Cell Diffusion" students correctly answer question on a worksheet follow the procedures for completing the experiment, explain the importance of a selectively permeable membrane, and list one example of diffusion.