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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.


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.


Subject: English Language Arts (7), or 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.


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: Science NetLinks Weekly Science Updates      Add Bookmark
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.
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Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: Cells 1: Make a Model Cell      Add Bookmark
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.
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Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science
Title: Smallest Thing      Add Bookmark
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.
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Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: Cells 2: The Cell as a System      Add Bookmark
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.
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Grade Span: 6,7,8



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