Unit 3 Assignments
Science Skills
Cell Structures

Science Skills
Human Body

Cell Theory
 Bundle 3 Why are bones so hard?
MS-LS1-1  Evidence Statement
Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.
Graded Packet
All living things are made up of cells, which is the smallest unit that can be said to be alive. An organism may consist of one single cell (unicellular) or many different numbers and types of cells (multicellular) (LS1.A as in MS-LS1-1).
All living things are made up of cells, which is the smallest unit that can be said to be alive. An organism may consist of one single cell (unicellular) or many different numbers and types of cells (multicellular) (LS1.A as in MS-LS1-1). Within cells, special structures are responsible for particular functions, and the cell membrane forms the boundary that controls what enters and leaves the cell (LS1.A as in MS-LS1-2). In multicellular organisms, the body is a system of multiple interacting subsystems, which are groups of cells that work together to form tissues and organs that are specialized for particular body functions (LS1.A as in MSLS1-3).

Quia Practice Quiz: Cells & (Espanol)

Take every day before sleeping!

Vocabulary Review Activities

 BrainPop Animations and Practice QuizesBrainPop

PearsonPPT-ThumbCells Slideshow

Vocabulary - Glossary

Discovering Cells: Chapter 1 Section 1: Pages 14-22:

Protists: Chapter 3 Section 1: Pages 80-89:
Forces & EnergyLeveled
Guided Rdg

Reading Essentials Booklets

Science Skills Handbook
Appendix: Pages 202-214:
Process Skills Packet

Labs & Videos
Forces and Motion
Gizmos Paramecium

write up an experiment

Microviewers Activity

Microviewers Slides pptx

Microviewers Worksheet docx

Unicellular & Multicellular Web Quest
  1. Microscopic Unicellular & Multicellular Life Web activity Drawing Worksheet
  2. Slides PowerPoint
  3. Multicellular PowerPoint
  4. Forces & EnergyTextbook - Protists
  5. Brainpop- :
  6. Microscopy UK Website - Life In Pond Water
    1. Amoeba, Paramecium in Protozoa
    2. Euglena, volvox in Algae
    3. Hydra
    4. Daphnia in arthropods
Wacky World of Cell Theory


Final Assessment

PE_Cell_Theory & ESP

Microscopy Slides-Modified

Microscope Activity

Brainpop Microscopy

  1. Biology Corner Virtual Microscope
  2. Virtual Electron Microscope
  3. Virtual Labs - Gram Staining
  4. Stanford Microscope Tutorial

MMS 6th Microscopy pptx

Discovery Cells


Bill Nye Cells



and quiz
Living Versus NonLiving
Unicellular versus Multicellular

Living Vs. Non-Living PowerPoint

  1. Student Guide

Life In a Drop of Water Video
Unicellular and Multicellular Organisms

Diversity of Protists Video
Unicellular Eukaryotes

MonkeySee What are Bacteria?

Common Bacteria

Flu Attack! How A Virus Invades Your Body
Study Jams
  1. Plant Cells
  2. Photosynthesis
  3. Animal Cells
Plants Enrichment
  1. Bill Nye Plants
  2. Brainpop Seed Plants - also see related videos
  3. Study Jams - Plants With Seeds
  4. Textbook Chapter 5 page140
    1. Guided Reading 5.1
    2. 5.2 Gymnosperms (evergreens)
    3. 5.3 Angiosperms (Flowers)

Discrepant Event




New situations/applications

project to share
Reading & Math Work

  • Build-A-BookBuild-a-Book
Math and Data Math Logo
Projects by Learning Style and Media Type
Silver Sensing THinking Hand Sensing-Thinking (Mastery)
  1. Create a diagram that shows cells and their parts.
Silver Sensing Feeling Heart Sensing-Feeling (Interpersonal)
A time when you...
  1. Show how __________________are parts of  humans.
Intuitive Thinking-Head Intuitive-Thinking (Understanding)
Playing with facts

  1. Create a diagram that compares or contrasts different types of cells.
Silver Intuitive Feeling Intuitive-Feeling (Self-Expressive)
Creating new possibiliteis

  1. Show how new protists might behave and describe their possible structure _______.

  1. Make a video or animation of cell structure and function  (see options above.) Narrate, subtitle, or text page to show this week's concepts.

  1. Create a PowerPoint, ToonDoo, or other graphic that shows one of the projects above.

garagebandPodcast Audio

  1. Make a radio show, podcast, or song about cells (see options above.) Narrate, subtitle, or text page to show this week's concepts.
ArtistMusicianLive Presentation Project

  1. Make a poster, play, song or cartoon showing your understanding of cells in their many forms.
Essential Vocabulary & Concepts 
Picture Core Knowledge or Concept
CorkCells Characteristics of Living Organisms (Life Processes):
  • Get Energy (food)
  • Use Energy (to move, eat, digest, reproduce, etc.)
  • Grow
  • Respond to changes in their environment
  • Reproduce
  • Get rid of waste
CorkCells Robert Hooke first saw cork cells (left) through a microscope and descirbed them in his book Micrographia in 1665.
Cell Theory:
  • All living things are composed of cells. (at least one)
  • The cell is the basic unit of living things.
  • All cells are produced by other cells
  Unicellular organisms are made of a single cell: Examples protists, algae, bacteria.

Multicellular organisms are made of more than one cell: Examples animals and plants.

Colonies: Some organisms, like Volvox and other algae live in colonies of similar cells. They can exist as a single cell, but live and reproduce in organized groups.
Animal Cell Animal Cells have cell membranes and burn sugars from food they consume through cellular respiration to produce energy.
Parts of animal cells
  • membrane - made of fats acts like a baggy holding the cell together. It has special proteins that let specific things in and out of the cell so it can survive.
  • cytoplasm - the liquid that fills the cell.
  • Organelles - the little organs (parts) of the cell that include:
    • nucleus - the inner membrane that protects the DNA (chromosomes) that make all the protein machines.
    • mitochondria - the energy center that burns sugars for energy.
    • microtubules / cytoskeleton - the tracks that move things around and give the cell shape.
    • endoplasmic reticulum - the structure that helps make proteins from DNA instructions.
    • more explanations at http://waynesword.palomar.edu/lmexer1a.htm
Plant Cell Plant cells have a rigid cell wall and produce sugars in their chloroplasts through photosynthesis.
Parts of Plant Cells
  • Almost everything an animal cell has.
  • cell wall - a rigid outside wall that gives plants shape and makes them rigid. Made of sugars called cellulose (wood and fibers.)
  • Large central vacuole- stores chemicals and fills the volume in the rigid cell walled structure.
  • Chloroplasts - turn light, carbon dioxide, and water into oxygen and sugars to store energy.
Kingdom Protista Protista (eukaryotes) are unicellular (single-celled) organisms.
  • Some, like euglenoids have both plant and animal characteristics.
  • Some, like paramecia and amoeboids, behave like animals.
  • Some, like algae, behave like plants.
  • Diatoms are organims with shells.
  • Some, like volvox, live in colonies that may have led to more complex multicellular organisms like cyclops, hydra, and daphnia..
  • Protists tend to have larger cells than those found in multicellular organisms, but they are usually smaller than multicellular organisms.
bacteria Bacteria (prokaryotes) are usually simpler single-celled organisms with cell walls and a nucleoid with DNA rings called plasmids. They are usually much smaller than protists and both animal and plant cells.
HIV Virus Viruses are not like cells. They are protein and membrance packages that carry RNA instead of DNA and have few working parts. Viruses use host cells to reproduce by attaching themselves, injecting their own RNA and taking over the host cell. The host cell burst when hundreds or thousands of viruses have been made and are ready to take over other cells.
Viruses do not eat or grow, so are often not considered as living things by definition.
Some Types of models that are used to represent ideas and systems are:
  • Computer simulations
  • physical models
  • analogies
  • drawings or diagrams
  • mathematical representations


Robert Hooke