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Cell Biology

Cells are the basic unit of life. In biology, the cell is the basic structure of organisms. All cells are made by the division of other cells.

Lesson 1 (or “Day 1”) Material
Lesson 2 (or “Day 2”) Material
Lesson 3 (or “Day 3”) Material
Lesson 4 (or “Day 4”) Material

4:49 Parts of the Cell

2:08 Parts of a Cell and Their Functions

8:14 Everything You Need to Know about CELLS – Mfilms EDU


Compare Contrast and Debate

Kick-Off Debate Background: 

While all living things are composed of cells – and therefore are similar in many ways – the cells of plants and animals differ in several significant ways. Some might argue that cells should be introduced to students through the common aspects of all cells, and later introduce the differences. Others might argue that introducing all of the aspects, irrespective of whether an aspect of plant or animal cells, is the most appropriate way to introduce cells to students.

  • Position A: Common aspects of cells should be introduced first – and later introduce distinct attributes of plant/animal cells.
  • Position B: All aspects of cells should be introduced initially – and later distinguish between plant/animal cells.

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Special Notes and Notices

Instructor Emphasis:

  • Science & Engineering Practice: Develop and use models.
  • Cross-Cutting Concept: Structure and Function.

Emphasize HS-LS1-2  Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms.

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