Cells Are The Building Blocks Of Life

The largest animal ever to live on Earth, the blue whale, is made of cells; the tiniest bacteria is a single cell; and you, you are made of trillions of amazing cells.

Here are a few things all middle school students should know about cells by the end of the school year.

Cell Biology
1. All living organisms are composed of cells, from just one to many trillions, whose details usually are visible only through a microscope.
As a basis for understanding this concept, students know:
a. cells function similarly in all living organisms.
b. the characteristics that distinguish plant cells from animal cells, including chloroplasts and cell walls.
c. the nucleus is the repository for genetic information in plant and animal cells.
d. mitochondria liberate energy for the work that cells do, and chloroplasts capture sunlight energy for photosynthesis.
e. cells divide to increase their numbers through a process of mitosis, which results in two daughter cells with identical sets of chromosomes.
f. as multicellular organisms develop, their cells differentiate.

You will study a variety of cells under the microscope and on the Internet. Your job is to learn how they work and how we can protect them.

Cells Alive and Other Cells Links

Here a few links about cells that I would like you to explore. Fell free to find new cell links and add them to the collection.

1. Exploratorium Life Science

2. Microscope Imaging Station

3. Virtual Microscopy

4. Structure and Function of Living Things

5. The Cell Games Etc.

6. The Evolution of Organelles

7. Fractals

8. The Virtual Plant Cell

9. Interactive Cell

10. Golgi Body Movie

11. Human Body Cells

12. Biobus Bacteria Dividing in a Pond

13. How the Golgi Body Works

14. Images in Science Museum Quality

15. Glow-In-Dark-Surf

Caught In Action In Science 7 Lab

Your mission is to show off your lab skills and get "Caught in the Action".

Cells In The News

Find articles about cells in the news and share them with the class and online.

Favorite Cells Paparazzi

Add your best photo or movie, of your favorite cell or virus, to the collection.

Q1 Mission: Research and Build the best 3D Cell Model On Earth

Blurb - Make Your Own Book

Play Immune Attack and Other Cells Games


Cell Command