AMAZING CELLS: SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS


From the structure and function of organelles to communication on a molecular level, these materials explore the inner-most workings of cells in a dynamic and realistic way. Integrate the Print-and-Go activities below with the online activities available in the Amazing Cells section on Learn.Genetics to provide a good picture of what a cell does during its "resting phase." Tour the information on the rest of this page for teaching tips and background information.

VIDEO TOUR OF AMAZING CELLS

Presented at NSTA Regional Conference, Portland, Oregon on Nov. 20, 2008

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CELLS ARE COMPLEX & DYNAMIC

The cell's interior is structured in a way that streamlines cell function.
Cell organelle structure and function in action.

INSIDE A CELL: WORKSHEET

An optional fill-in-the-blank table to use in conjunction with the Inside A Cell interactive activity on Learn.Genetics.

Students navigate the inside of a cell to see the organelles in action and learn their function. An answer key is provided.

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DIRECTING TRAFFIC: HOW VESICLES TRANSPORT CARGO
INSIDE A CELL

BUILD-A-MEMBRANE

Cut, fold, and paste biomolecules to create a three-dimensional cell membrane with embedded proteins.


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BUILD-A-MEMBRANE IN ACTION

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MEMBRANES ORGANIZE CELLULAR COMPLEXITY

CELLS IN PERSPECTIVE

In 1665, Robert Hooke coined the term cell to describe the structures he could see in cork with some of the first microscopes. Since then, technology has given us an increasingly complex view of the basic unit of life. Convey the idea of scale and the relative size of biological structures including the cell. Visit Learn.Genetics for the interactive Cell Size and Scale activity and Real Cell Videos.

COFFEE TO CARBON

Students use copy-and-cut cards to place biological structures in order by their relative size from largest to smallest. Great for use as a formative assessment or anticipatory set.


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THE EVOLUTION OF THE CELL
CELL SIZE AND SCALE
REAL CELL VIDEOS

BEHIND THE SCENES

Master Teacher Workshop Slideshow
See the Master Teachers at work developing the curriculum for this module.

FUNDING

Funding for this project was provided by a Science Education Partnership Award from the National Center for Research Resources, a component of the National Institutes of Health.

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CELLS COMMUNICATE

Cells communicate through signals, aided by pathways made mostly of proteins. A cell's response depends on the signal itself, as well as the cell type. A look at cell signaling pathways from different facets including specific signals and responses and a systemic view of signaling pathways in action.

AN EXAMPLE OF CELL COMMUNICATION

The Fight or Flight Response 3-D movie is a close look at some of the cell signaling and responses that take place throughout the body during the fight or flight response. The dynamic ways in which cells communicate with each other through molecular signals is depicted without focusing on anatomy, vocabulary or chemistry.

Two companion pieces describe events taking place in the movie, each with a different degree of detail. The Cells Communicate Movie Play-by-Play (Preview and Download this printable below) is a detailed scene-by-scene explanation of the molecular interactions taking place in the movie. Use this as background information, as a reference, or as a guide during the movie for higher-level students. How Cells Communicate During the Fight or Flight Response is a closer look at what happens during the fight or flight response using the organs, cells, and chemical messengers depicted in the movie. Great for students who would like a deeper understanding of cell communication during the stress response, but do not need to know it at a molecular level.

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THE INSIDE STORY OF CELL COMMUNICATION
THE FIGHT OR FLIGHT RESPONSE
HOW CELLS COMMUNICATE DURING THE FIGHT OR FLIGHT RESPONSE

PATHWAYS WITH FRIENDS

Directed by instructional cards, students kinesthetically model cell communication by acting as components in a cell signaling pathway.

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THE INSIDE STORY OF CELL COMMUNICATION

DROPPING SIGNALS: WORKSHEET

An optional fill-in-the-blank table to use in conjunction with the interactive Dropping Signals activity. Students drag several types of signals to various cell types and record the cell's response. An answer key is provided.

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THE INSIDE STORY OF CELL COMMUNICATION
DROPPING SIGNALS

WHEN CELLS DON'T COMMUNICATE

Students research and prepare a report on diseases that are the result of problems in cell communication.

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WHEN CELL COMMUNICATION GOES WRONG

DEALING SIGNALS

Use standard playing cards with your students to introduce cellular interactions such as cell to cell recognition and signal and receptor specificity.

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THE INSIDE STORY OF CELL COMMUNICATION