From Molecules to Organsims
1 Engage( Attention Getter)
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Have student’s hypothesis what cell type they expect to see and confirm the answer with Build-a-Cell.
- 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"?
- 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.