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Lesson Plans (5) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (1) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Assessments (4) Any activity or resource teachers use to help gauge student progress.
Informational Materials (5) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Interactives/Games (13) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (11) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
and/or acquire a skill.  Examples include, but are not limited to, online tutorials, experiments, 
demonstrations, and hands-on activities.
Teacher Tools (1) An extensive set of online resource tools teachers can use to enhance student learning or increase teacher productivity often useful across grade levels and/or subject areas (Aligned to professional learning standards instead of content standards).


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Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: What's in a Cell?
Description: This lesson focuses on the function of organelles through technology integration. The students will identify the various organelles by using an electronic game. Then, they will construct a Prezi (online presentation) and present their findings to the class, which will include a diagram. Also, the students will differentiate between eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells and define the meaning of those terms throughout the course of the Prezi.


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Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Building A Cell: Edible Cell Project
Description: Students will create an Eukaryotic cell from materials that they can eat.  Students will need to have a lesson on the types of Eukaryotic cells and its organelles before they complete this assignment.  Students will construct these projects at home and present them to the class. Pictures will be taken of the students and their Edible cell. 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: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Organelle Matching Game
Description: The student must first have an understanding of the cell, the cellular organelles, and their functions. Afterwards, they will create an organelle matching game using index cards. This will be a reinforcement activity to complete a unit on cells. 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: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Science (9 - 12)
Title: Inside the Cell
Description: This lesson is intended to familiarize students with different categories of cells. Emphasis will be placed on the comparison and contrast of plant and animals cells and the structures within them.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
Title: Plasmolysis in Elodea Plant Cells     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students microscopically detect the presence of chloroplasts, cell walls and cell membranes of the common aquarium plant, Elodea. Students then determine the effects of different salt solutions on the Elodea plant cell structures.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



ALEX Podcasts


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How to Make a Wet-Mount Slide
Overview:
A one-minute presentation of step by step instructions for making a wet-mount slide.


Web Resources


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Cells Alive
http://www.cellsaliv...
This site contains photographs and models of all types of cells and cell activity, including some movies of cell functions and other learning activities.

Assessments


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Microscope Parts Quiz
http://nhscience.lon...
Students enter the name of the microscope parts and are assessed.

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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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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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Chloroplasts and Pigments
http://www.ucmp.berk...
This page, part of the University of California at Berkeley's Photosynthesis web site, features information about plant cells and the photosynthesis process. This resource is referenced in the Science NetLinks lesson titled "Urban Ecosystems 4: Metabolism of Urban Ecosystems."

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Cells Alive- Comparing Plant and Animal Cells
http://waynesword.pa...
Comparing plant and animal cells with interactive parts of each cell

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Inside a Cell
http://learn.genetic...
Interactive parts of the cells. It covers the jobs of the different organelles. It also has teacher lesson plans.

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

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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Cells Alive- Comparing Plant and Animal Cells
http://waynesword.pa...
Comparing plant and animal cells with interactive parts of each cell

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Oil Immersion Microscope
http://virtuallab.nm...
This virtual lab walks the student through the parts of the microscope, how to set up the microscope, both low and high focusing of the microscope and conducting an oil immersion. The student views bacteria found in a yogurt culture. The student is also taught the clean up of an oil immersion lab.

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Microscope Tutorial
http://virtualurchin...
This site offers a basic microscope tutorial on microscope parts, focusing the microscope, adjusting the diaphragm and moving the specimen. The students can also compare viewing specimens under different types of microscopes.

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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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Get in the Lab! Bacterial Identification
http://www.hhmi.org/...
Teachers or students can enter this virtual lab to collect, study, and record different bacterial samples.

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Compound Microscope Tutorial
http://www.udel.edu/...
Students learn how to control lighting, pick a slide, switch objectives, adjust focus, and learn microscope parts with this virtual microscope. This is a great introduction or practice before letting them use a real microscope. Requires Flash 6 plug-in.

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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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Cell Diagram
http://www.cellsaliv...
This site contains interactive animations providing graphic roadmaps to the organization of these cell types, plant/animal and bacterial.

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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.

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Solve the Outbreak
https://itunes.apple...
Become a disease detective working for the CDC and solve the next outbreak. This game engages the student in epidemiology. Task include figuring out how it started, how its spread and how to stop it.

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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Cells Alive- Comparing Plant and Animal Cells
http://waynesword.pa...
Comparing plant and animal cells with interactive parts of each cell

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Inside a Cell
http://learn.genetic...
Interactive parts of the cells. It covers the jobs of the different organelles. It also has teacher lesson plans.

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Oil Immersion Microscope
http://virtuallab.nm...
This virtual lab walks the student through the parts of the microscope, how to set up the microscope, both low and high focusing of the microscope and conducting an oil immersion. The student views bacteria found in a yogurt culture. The student is also taught the clean up of an oil immersion lab.

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Compound Microscope Tutorial
http://www.udel.edu/...
Students learn how to control lighting, pick a slide, switch objectives, adjust focus, and learn microscope parts with this virtual microscope. This is a great introduction or practice before letting them use a real microscope. Requires Flash 6 plug-in.

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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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Cell Diagram
http://www.cellsaliv...
This site contains interactive animations providing graphic roadmaps to the organization of these cell types, plant/animal and bacterial.

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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.

Teacher Tools


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Compound Microscope Tutorial
http://www.udel.edu/...
Students learn how to control lighting, pick a slide, switch objectives, adjust focus, and learn microscope parts with this virtual microscope. This is a great introduction or practice before letting them use a real microscope. Requires Flash 6 plug-in.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Science
Title: From Cell to DNA     
Description: This tool, created by Science NetLinks, features an animation that takes students through a tour of a typical human cell, moving from larger to smaller cell structures. It briefly describes some of these structures and describes how DNA strands are constructed. While this page links to the overview of the tool for grades 9-12, you can access reviews for additional grades and benchmarks using the navigation tools at the top of the overview.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Protein Synthesis: At the Ribosome     
Description: This tool, created by Science NetLinks, presents a brief animation that demonstrates the process by which messenger RNA (mRNA) is translated into protein. mRNA is generated from DNA and is the template for protein synthesis. While this page links to the overview of the tool for grades 9-12, you can access reviews for additional grades and benchmarks using the navigation tools at the top of the overview.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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