Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Study Guide 2016- History of Cells and Structure and Function

Cell History and Structure Function 2016

Cell-related Topics:

You should be able to explain...

1. How are cells classified?
Describe the classification of cells based on:
Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic
Plant vs Animal

2. What makes up cells?
Compare and contrast the structure and function of organelles found in plant and animal cells.
Know the 12 organelles on the Spreadsheet
Be able to list the function when given an organelle.
Identify the organelle by the structure.

3. What are the parts to the Cell Theory?
Understand the three parts of the cell theory.
Who were the scientists responsible for the cell theory?

4. What is the History of Science surrounding cells?
Who founded the first microscope?
Who was the first scientist to coin the term “cell?”

Monday, January 25, 2016

Plant and Animal Cells - Same, But Different

Here is a link to the Macro to Micro section on Cells.
Please read the article "Plant and Animal Cell: The Same, But Different" on pages 83 - 85

Click here to access

Inside a Cell Video

Scientists at work!

Here are some images of onion and skin cells taken from our digital compound microscope from today's lab. The cells have been dyed with different materials to allow for easier viewing.

Plant - Iodine:


Skin Cells -                               x100

                                                 x 400

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Cell Organelles- Structure and Function

Cell Organelle Group Work
Essential Cell Organelles
Cell wall
Cell membrane
Nuclear membrane
Endoplasmic reticulum
Golgi body

Do the following for each organelle for which you are responsible:
  • Indicate whether it is present in an animal cell, plant cell, or both
  • Describe where it is found in the cell
  • Describe what the organelle looks like (structure)
  • Describe what the organelle does (function)

Cells Alive Link

Biology 4 Kids- use the links on the right hand side.

Here is another resource for you to use as you work to finish finding the structure and function for the different organelles of a cell:
Science Explorer p 16-22

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Cell Theory and Text Reading on Cells

Click here to access the Reading - Structure of Life 
from Sciencesaurus.

Link to Cell BrainPop Video


Click here to access the Reading -Discovering Cells
from Prentice Hall p. 6-11

Click here to access the Question Document on Discovering Cells.


Cell Unit- Standards

NGSS Standards Assessed

Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function. 


Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Science Current Event Product Descriptor and Links

Your assignment should follow this format:  
Title of Article
Source (indicate newspaper, magazine, or web)
Date Article Written

First paragraph:  (Communication in Science:  Summary Writing)
Take dot jots while reading the article to gather information, so it will be easier to write this paragraph in your own words.  
Using complete sentences, write a brief summary of the article you read using the  5 “W’s (Who, What, Where, When, Why) and 1 “H” (How) graphic organizer.  This paragraph should tell the main idea of the article you read, as well as supporting details in order for the reader of your blog entry to have a good idea of what it was about.  
Second paragraph: (Writing Reflections)
Using complete sentences, write a reflection about the article. Use these questions to help you in writing the reflection.  Why did you choose this article?  What grabbed your attention?  How did you find it?  What did you learn?  Do you agree or disagree with the author and the ideas the scientists have come up with?
How does this article connect to what we are studying?  How is it affecting scientific knowledge, technology, and/or society? (IF AT ALL)  What are some of the benefits or limitations of science in this news event?  IF it’s being used to solve any types of problems or needs, what are they?  Did you make any inquiries (have any questions) before or after reading about, listening to, or watching this event?  
How did you check for the validity/credibility of information you received from the resource?  Do you believe it is reliable?  Why or why not?  How did you feel reading/watching/listening to this news?  

Click here to access the Current Event Graphic Organizer.

Current Event Rubric

Exemplars and correct/ incorrect formats.

Student News and Science
Science Daily
Dogo News
Discovery News
CNN News
Science News
BBC Science
National Geographic Science
Medical News Today
US News - Sports Medicine

Study Guide for Chapters 1, 5, and 9.

Study Guide for  Macro to Micro Quiz
Lessons 1, 5, and 9.

1. Taxonomy - Scientific Naming (Chapter 1)
  • How are flowering plants classified?

2. Monocot vs. Dicot - Bean vs. Corn Seeds and various plants (Chapter 5)
  • What are the three main nutrients found in all fertilizer?
  • What are the main parts of a seed (bean or corn) and what are their functions?
  • How do plants get their nutrients?
  • How can you tell if a flowering plant is a monocot or dicot?
    • Based on stem, leaf, seed, root system, secondary growth and flowers.
  • What are the structures and functions of germinating plants?

3. Structure and Function of a flower (Chapter 9)
  • What are the male and female parts of a flower?
  • What are perfect and imperfect flowers?
  • How do flowering plants reproduce (life cycle of a flowering plant)?
  • What part does each structure of a flower play in its growth and reproduction?
  • What are some different ways that flowering plants can be pollinated?
  • What happens after pollination of a plant?

4. All Living Things… Flower Specific (Chapter 1)
  • What do plants need for survival?  

5. Wisconsin Fast Plants. (Chapters 5 and 9)

  • What was special about Wisconsin Fast Plants?
  • What has to happen for pollination to occur in WFP?
  • After pollination what happens to the flower? Pistil?
  • Describe the life cycle of a flowering plant from seed, to adult plant, back to seed.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Flower Dissection and slideshow Lesson 9.1

Students started to look at flowering plants today to understand the different structures in a flower.  This will allow them to begin to classify the plants into the categories of perfect or imperfect which links to the ways they can reproduce.  

They took pictures with our digital microscopes and took cross-sections of the pistils of some plants.  

Here are some of the images they took.

Monday, January 4, 2016

9.1 Dissecting the Perfect Flower Google Slidehow

Complete the following reading by Friday December 18th.
Lesson #9 - "The Wonder of Flowering Plants"
p. 116-119

9.1 -Parts of a Flower Slideshow
Click here to access the Product Descriptor.

Students creating slideshows of parts of a flower.