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Structure and Function of Cells, Organs and Organ Systems

Process of phagocytosis after injury to skinIn this activity, students analyze multiple examples of the relationship between structure and function in diverse human cells and in the digestive system.

Students learn that cells are dynamic, with constant molecular activity.

Students analyze examples that illustrate how organelles work together to accomplish cellular functions and organs and organ systems work together to accomplish functions needed by the organism.

Finally, students evaluate the claim that structure is related to function in cells, organs and organ systems.

The Student Handout is available in the first two attached files and as a Google doc designed for use in distance learning and online instruction. The Teacher Notes, available in the last two attached files, provide instructional suggestions and background information and explain how this activity is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.

StructFunctCellOrganSHO.docx8.44 MB
StructFunctCellOrganSHO.pdf1016.69 KB
StructFunctCellOrganTN.docx1.53 MB
StructFunctCellOrganTN.pdf686.15 KB


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2021 revision

The 2021 revision improved the wording of some questions in the Student Handout and clarified some points in the Teacher Notes.

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2020 revision

This activity has been revised to coordinate with our new analysis and discussion activity “Introduction to Cells”, to include a video of activity inside the cell, and to include a culminating question that develops students’ ability to construct a scientific argument.

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2019 revision

To enhance student understanding of important concepts, I have revised, replaced and reorganized multiple questions in the Student Handout and made related revisions in the Teacher Notes.

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7th grade Science

This was a great resource for our Cell task stations for students to grasp an understanding of cells. It was a great springboard from their 6th grade science class and learning about the body systems. Thank you.

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Learning objectves

Do these lesson have learning objectives listed some where?

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Learning Goals Provided in Teacher Notes

Each activity has Teacher Notes which provide learning goals (i.e. learning objectives). These Teacher Notes also provide suggestions for implementation and background biology.

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