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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (7), or Science (7)
Title: The Cell of Ozland
Description: The main concept/topic is to convey the relationship between the structure and function of major eukaryotic organelles. The general goal is for the student to understand how the structure of cellular organelles allows them to function. Specifically, the student will be immersed into a eukaryotic cell.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (7), or Science (7)
Title: Modeling Mitosis
Description: The Modeling Mitosis module includes hands-on inquiry-based activities.  This module provides three different methods for learning about Mitosis.  Using yarn and popsicle sticks, students will model and explain what happens in each of the various stages of Mitosis.  Students will prepare and examine slides of their cheek cells and compare them to those of other students. This will demonstrate  the relationship between structure and function of cells and, also, the similarity of the same types of cells within the same species.  The students will observe prepared slides of onion root tips and whitefish blastula to discover the differences in mitosis in plant and animal cells.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (7), or Science (7)
Title: Osmosis and Diffusion Lab
Description: Osmosis and Diffusion lab includes hands-on inquiry based activities.  The module is divided into three parts:  a. teacher demonstration of osmosis and diffusion using Gummy Bears, salt, celery, food coloring, and hot and cold water; b. hands-on student labs to demonstrate diffusion using various concentrations of corn starch and Lugol’s solution; c. hands-on student lab to demonstrate osmosis using dialysis tubing, sucrose solution, corn starch, phenolphthalein, ammonia, vinegar, and universal indicator solution.


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Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Credit Recovery Science (7)
Title: Cells! Cells! Cells!
Description: Students will learn about both POP Art and science in this pattern project. Working in conjunction with a science teacher in your school, students will view cells through a microscope and use visual diaries to create pattern templates. Templates are then used in simple and bold coloration to implement a POP inspired work of art.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (7), or Science (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Is the Cell Membrane Semi-Permeable?
Description: As part of the study of the cell, students will perform a three day hands-on inquiry to determine if the cell membrane of an egg is semi-permeable. Students will work individually or in groups as they explore the functions of the cell membrane. Students will create a lab report using the scientific method. The program Excel or any other comparable program will be used to assist students with developing graphs and charts in for the data section. The Internet will be used to assist student in exploring illnesses associated the malfunctioning of the cell membrane.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (7), or Science (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Cells
Description: Students will research prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. The students will then research plant and animal cells, comparing and contrasting the two. Students will also research the major organelles and the function of each. Students will then construct a slideshow presentation with accompanying brochure to communicate the information.


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Subject: Science
Title: Cells 2: The Cell as a System     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students begin to understand the cell as a system by exploring a more familiar and tangible example of a system--a factory. Throughout the lesson, students compare the factory to a cell, beginning to understand how both can be thought of as a system.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science
Title: Smallest Thing     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the challenge of selecting the smallest living creature, based on how we define such an organism. According to Mike Conrad of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the smallest creature is about one five-thousandth of a millimeter in diameter and is a parasitic bacterium called Mycoplasma genitalium. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Cells 1: Make a Model Cell     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students compare a plant and animal cell and then make a model of a cell. They select items to represent various cell structures and justify their choices by describing how the items they have chosen represent the actual parts of a cell.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science
Title: Science NetLinks Weekly Science Updates     
Description: Science NetLinks Science Updates are short audio clips about a variety of subjects related to science. Each clip is accompanied by a transcript and classroom lesson ideas. Science NetLinks is a member of the MarcoPolo consortium.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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The Cell Theory Rap
Overview:
The cell theory is one of the basic principles of biology.  The discovery of the cell was not possible until the invention of the microscope. Credit for the formation of this theory is given to Theodor Schwann, Matthias Schleiden and Rudolph Virchow. The cell theory states the following:1) All living things are made of cells, 2) cells are the basic units of all living things and 3) all cells come from existing cells. The students used iPads and Garage Band to create a rap song about the cell theory.


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Dauphin Island Sea Lab Field Trip
Overview:
This podcast gives a brief overview of our field trip to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.  This incredible weekend excursion provided 35 8th grade science club students a chance to explore a barrier island, view marine life hands-on, and study ecological and evironmental elements of the Gulf of Mexico.  The students participated in several activities such as trip to the local estuarium, a boat trip on the sea lab research vessel, a salt marsh trip, shark dissection, and a plankton study.  The students learned a tremendous amount about the Gulf of Mexico and Dauphin Island.  The trip was amazing and the students still talk about it today!


Thinkfinity Podcasts


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Subject: Science
Title: Smallest Thing     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the challenge of selecting the smallest living creature, based on how we define such an organism. According to Mike Conrad of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the smallest creature is about one five-thousandth of a millimeter in diameter and is a parasitic bacterium called Mycoplasma genitalium. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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