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Structure and Function of Living Things
Comparing Plant and Animal Cells

Comparing Plant and Animal Cells

This learning tool is called “Comparing Plant and Animal Cells” and comes from Harcourt School Publishers. Students can click through the different parts of an animal or plant cell. Lines then appear pointing to that organelle on both the animal and plant cell. A short description of each organelle also appears, as well as audio reading off the words. Flash required.

DNA: The book of you

Your body is made of cells, but how does a single cell know to become part of your nose, instead of your toes? The answer is in your body’s instruction book: DNA. Joe Hanson from TedEd compares DNA to a detailed manual for building a person. Works on all decives.
Comparing Plant and Animal Cells

Digital Morphology at the University of Texas

The site is called Digital Morphology from the University of Texas. The library is a dynamic archive of information on digital morphology and high-resolution X-ray computed tomography of biological specimens. Browse through the site and see spectacular imagery and animations and details on the morphology of many representatives of the Earth’s biota. Works on all devices.
Inside a Cell

Inside a Cell

This is a fun interactive tool called “Inside a Cell” from Learn Genetics. Zoom in on different parts of the cell and learn about their functions. You can also look inside of a plant cell! Works on all devices. Flash is required.
Micro-organisms from BBC

Micro-organisms from BBC

The name of this “learning tool” is called Micro-organisms. With this interactive students identify 6 places where micro-organisms are at work in the scene. The students must try to classify them into useful and harmful types. Only one computer in your classroom? The make sure to click the Full Screen button in the lower left to expand the image. Flash is required.
Organs Game from BBC

Organs Game from BBC

This tool is called the Organs Game, just choose the body system and then the gender and you are on your way. The web arm of the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) is called BBCi. They have a science page called BBCi Science. They have developed some tremendous learning tools for science. Flash is required.
Tissues of Life

Tissues of Life

This “learning tool” 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. Flash is required.
Cell Size and Scale

Cell Size and Scale

This is a nice interactive tool from Learn Genetics to put things in perspective. Find out how big cells are compared with other objects, molecules and atoms. Try it out!
All Systems Are Go!

All Systems Are Go!

All Systems Are Go! is a “learning tool” brought to us by Science NetLinks. Students are presented with a body system and a variety of organs. Students drag and drop all the organs that belong in that particular body system to Arnold’s body. Once all four systems are complete, a clothed Arnold will appear. Flash is required.

Learn.Genetics Website

Learn.Genetics Website

Learn.Genetics is a fantastic website from the University of Utah. The main areas it focuses on are; genetics, human health, cell biology, neuroscience, ecology, and science tools. If you are a biology or life science teacher, don’t miss this site.
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KEY CONCEPTS

Structure & Function (LS1.A)

  • All living things are made up of cells. Cells are the smallest unit that can said to be alive. An organism may consist of one single cell or many different numbers & types of cells. (MS-LS1-1)
    Inside cells, special structures perform particular functions, & the cell membrane forms the boundary that controls what enters and leaves the cell.(MS-LS1-2)
    In multicellular organisms, the body is a system of interacting subsystems. These are groups of cells that work together to form tissues and organs, and a work together for a particular body function. (MS-LS1-3)

Information Processing (LS1.D)

  • Each sense receptor responds to different inputs (chemical, mechanical, electromagnetic), transmitting them as signals, through nerve cells to the brain; resulting in behaviors or memories. (MS-LS1-8)

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