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Structure and Function of Living Things
Amazing Cells

Amazing Cells

The Genetic Science Learning Center provides over ten interactive explorations, videos, and engaging readings. Students can use these tools to investigate topics like the complexity and dynamics of cells, how cells communicate, and cells in perspective.
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Animo Acid Basics

John Kyrk has produced some of the most incredible animations for biology and biochemistry. These animations show motions and interactions between molecules, atoms, and cells.
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Centre of the Cell Games

This collection of games and interactives entice students to develop an effective drug, build an organ, fight bad bacteria, and so much more! There are fifteen different selections for students to learn a variety of aspects about cell structure and function. These web interactives were developed by the Centre of the Cell organization and the University of London.
Inside a Cell

Gene Expression - The Basics

Express yourself through your genes! See if you can generate and collect three types of protein, then move on to explore the factors that affect protein synthesis in a cell. This is a downloadable simulation that requires Java.
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Cell Simulation

Students are tasked to build a typical animal cell and a typical plant cell. This simulation provides detailed information about each organelle and structure. Once the cell simulations have been correctly completed, this site explores the similarities and differences between these two types of cells through an interactive Venn diagram.
Organs Game from BBC

Virtual Labs

In this virtual lab, students investigate the function and and name of animal and plant cell parts. Engaging comparisons are utilized to discuss how living cells are similar to factories.
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Tissues of Life

This is a complete web site called Tissues of Life. Here students get to play, explore, meet, and visit all different ways to learn about the four major types of tissue in the human body. This cleverly designed site was developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota. A great site for students to interact with super healers and tissue invaders.
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Structure & Function (LS1.A)

  • Systems of specialized cells within organisms help them perform the essential functions of life. (HS-LS1-1)
  • All cells contain genetic information in the form of DNA molecules. Genes are regions in the DNA that contain the instructions that code for the formation of proteins, which carry out most of the work of cells. (HS-LS1-1)
  • Multicellular organisms have a hierarchical structural organization, in which any one system is made up of numerous parts and is itself a component of the next level. (HS-LS1-2)
  • Feedback mechanisms maintain a living system’s internal conditions within certain limits and mediate behaviors, allowing it to remain alive and functional even as external conditions change within some range. Feedback mechanisms can encourage (through positive feedback) or discourage (negative feedback) what is going on inside the living system. (HS-LS1-3)


Our team from Temple University has developed this resource for all K-12 students and teachers of science. These vetted learning tools align to the NGSS. Find one we should include? Just fill out the form.

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Many of these science resources require Java and Flash. Click below to download.

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