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Cells by Mind Map: Cells
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1. Microscopes


1. Engage students by asking them to think about how large some things are. Have students order from biggest to smallest: bacteria, hair, white blood cell, virus, red blood cell, pollen (you can do this as a class). 2. Show 'How Big?' from 'Cells Alive'. 3. Teacher uses doc camera to demonstrate how to use the microscope by going through parts and focusing on a letter 'e'. 4. Students label diagram to practice recognition and terms.

letter 'e'

1. Students prepare a hypothesis in the form of a drawing of what they think they will see when they look at the letter 'e' under a microscope. 2. Students cut out 'e', not 'E'. 3. Prepare a wet mount and place on stage so it is the correct way around. 4. Prac sheet "Looking at the letter 'e'" contains the discussion questions.

onion cells

Look at onion cells with and without stain and compare what is visible.

cheek cells

Look at prepared cheek cells and compare to onion cells.

2. Cell structure and function

What is a cell?

1. Students use ipods to

cell as a factory

  1. Brainstorm with the class what kinds of processes go on in a factory and write the list on the board. 2. Show 'Cell as a Factory' cartoon. 3. Put cut-outs on board and use them to review content of video. 4. Have students complete cut n paste activity.  

parts of the cell

1. Have students make a simple 2D representation of a plant and animal cell on A4 paper that they can then cut out and put in their workbooks. Use the document camera to help students to follow what you are doing. 2. While you are doing this, create a table on the board that compares the organelles found in plant and animal cells.

Cell signs

plant cell and labels display

1. Create a display on the pin board of a generalised plant cell and have students put labels on the different structures. 2. Pin up different pictures of different types of cells around the generalised cell.

dictogloss activity

3. Levels of structure

'Taking a closer look'

Use 'taking a closer look' powerpoint and finish with students preparing a concept map.

Types of cells

Powerpoint on different types of plant and animal cells.

6. Project

5. Revision

4. Test