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Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or 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: 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: English Language Arts (7), or Science (7)
Title: Shrinking Cell
Description: Students explore the form and function of cell organelles by using the interactive CELLS Alive website. Students create their own cell models by drawing them, writing an essay to compare and contrast plant and animal cells, then making a hands-on project model. 7th grade students make models of both the plant and animal cells using permanent markers and #6, square, clear, plastic, nacho tray, and #6, round, clear, plastic, salad trays, or lids. The CELLS Alive website is used for reviewing the organelles of the cell. After punching holes for hanging the models, the teacher shrinks the plastic cells in a toaster oven. The student models are displayed in the classroom.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project, funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: 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



ALEX Podcasts


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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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Podcasts


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Introduction to Cells & Cell Structure (video)
http://www.brainpop....
This animated video from BrainPOP explores the basics of cells and cell structure. There are also links to a related activity, game, and quiz.

Assessments


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Labeling the Plant Cell
http://www.neok12.co...
The parts of the plant cell can be interactively labeled and point are generated for each correct response.

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Labeling the Animal Cell
http://www.neok12.co...
The parts of the animal cell can be interactively labeled and points are generated for each correct response.

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Mitosis Flash Cards
http://www.neok12.co...
This site allows students to use flash cards are to test their knowledge on mitosis and the phases of mitosis.

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Know Your Cells
http://www.sheppards...
On this interactive site, students can play and interactive game by labeling the parts of a plant, animal, and bacteria cell. They can also take a quiz that gives the definition and they pick the correct word.

Informational Materials


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Identifying Eukaryotic Animal Cell Organelles
http://www.wisc-onli...
In this animated object, learners are introduced to the structure and function of animal cell organelles.

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Cells and Organelles
http://biology.clc.u...
This website is an interactive site where students demonstrate knowledge of facts learned from direct instruction

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The Cell Theory: A Historical Perspective Webquest
http://www.schools.m...
Students research contributions to cell theory, construct a timeline of events (the webquest references Inspiration software for this, but any online timeline generator or paper and pen can be used), cite their sources, and answer conclusion questions.

Interactives/Games


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Virtual Plant Cell
http://www.life.uiuc...
This web page has an interactive eukaryotic plant cell that students and teachers can manipulate to see its component parts.

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Virtual Electron Microscope
http://school.discov...
Students will understand the following: (1) how microscopes have contributed to our knowledge of life science and (2) the basic differences between plant and animal cells.

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Eukaryotic Cell Organelles
http://www.cellsaliv...
This interactive website allows students learn the parts of the plant and animal cell. The eukaryotic cell interactive animation allows students to learn the cell organelles and their function.

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Introduction to Cells
http://www.neok12.co...
Flash cards are used to quiz students on the cells and the basic components of cells

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Mitosis Flash Cards
http://www.neok12.co...
This site allows students to use flash cards are to test their knowledge on mitosis and the phases of mitosis.

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Control of the Cell Cycle: Online Game
http://www.brainpop....
Hosted on the BrainPOP website, this online game was developed by NobelPrize.org as an engaging and immersive way for students to study cell-cycle stages. As Cell Division Supervisor, you must ensure that each cell-cycle stage occurs in the correct order so that millions of cells can divide!

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Virtual Cheek Cell Lab
http://www.biologyco...
A link to a virtual cheek cell microscope lab to accompany the questions. A handout is provided. This activity requires flash player.

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iCell
http://hudsonalpha.o...
Explore cells and all their components in 3D. Rotate cells for different views. Available for PC, Mac, Android, iPad, and iPhone.

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Know Your Cells
http://www.sheppards...
On this interactive site, students can play and interactive game by labeling the parts of a plant, animal, and bacteria cell. They can also take a quiz that gives the definition and they pick the correct word.

Learning Activities


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Virtual Electron Microscope
http://school.discov...
Students will understand the following: (1) how microscopes have contributed to our knowledge of life science and (2) the basic differences between plant and animal cells.

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Cheek Cell Lab
http://www.biologyco...
Instructions and evaluation questions for a cheek cell microscopy lab and general cell theory are provided.

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Virtual Cheek Cell Lab
http://www.biologyco...
A link to a virtual cheek cell microscope lab to accompany the questions. A handout is provided. This activity requires flash player.

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The Cell Theory: A Historical Perspective Webquest
http://www.schools.m...
Students research contributions to cell theory, construct a timeline of events (the webquest references Inspiration software for this, but any online timeline generator or paper and pen can be used), cite their sources, and answer conclusion questions.

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