Lesson Plan

From Molecules to Organsims

By observation students will be able to distinguish what makes up a living organism wither they are single cellular or multicellular.
Ivan B.
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My Grades 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Science
  • The student will be able to distinguish the different type of cells that make up a living organism.  
  • Through investigation, they will be able to determine what cells are and how they play a role in the living organism.
  • The student will be able to determine the differences between a single cell and multicellular type of cell.
Grades 7
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1 Engage( Attention Getter)

Activity: Other — Wet Lab: observe/dissecting
  • Provide a species (frogs, worms, mice) so that students will be exposed to different types of cells.
  • Using the computers have students investigate the different types of cells within the digital realm
Student Instructions
  • The student will be able to choose which species to they want to investigate and what organ/tissue they would like to focus on.
  • Students will choose a cell of interest they want to learn more about.

2 Explore

Activity: Other — Wet lab
  • Have a lab set up with pre-dissected animals or have the students dissect them (depends on time restrictions).
  • Have students work in small groups of 2-3 per station and have them take turns dissecting and identifying what organs and tissues they are seeing.
Student Instructions
  • With step by step instructions, students will dissect the organism and look at the internal organs and choose which one they want to take a closer look at. 
  • Have the students work together in their groups with the assistance of Build-a-Cell and identify what type cell(s) they are seeing.

3 Explain

Activity: Other — Small group
  • Have the small groups get together with another group that had the same species but a different organ. Having them talk to each other about what they learned.
  • Have the group's fact check each other by using Build-a-Cell.
  • Going around listen to the conversation and assisting and answering the question that the Build-a-Cell may not have the answers to.
Student Instructions
  • For a few minutes, the students will take turns talking to each other about what organ/tissue they chose and what cell it’s made up of.
  • Using Build-a-Cell to confirm what they learned from the other group and to visualize the type of cells that particular organ/tissue is made of.

4 Elaborate

Activity: Other — Small Groups
  • Now have students from different species may be similar organs come together.
  • Doing so have the student’s hypothesis what type of cell they might expect to see.
Student Instructions

Have student’s hypothesis what cell type they expect to see and confirm the answer with Build-a-Cell.

5 Evaluate

Activity: Assessing
  • Have the students from the same organism come together and explain to the class what organ/tissue they observed and what type of cell or cells make up that organ/tissue.
  • Make an exit quiz for the students based on the species they chose to test their understanding.
  • Have an open discussion of what they learned with the teacher asking a basic question, such as “what did you learn about the organ/tissue and what type of cell(s) did you learn about"?
Student Instructions
  • Students will put together a quick five-minute presentation about what they learned using the Build-a-Cell app with the use of species itself.
  • Take an exit quiz on the material they just have learned.