The Cell - Basic Unit of Life.

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"Ne te quaesiveris extra."


The existence of life is nothing but extraordinary. The complex interactions and relationships that need to occur in every living thing is simply amazing. From the largest redwood in California to the fleas on your pet, all living things are composed of cells. It is through these fundamental building blocks that life is possible. In this Unit, the students will discover: the classification of various cell types, the complexities and interactions that occur within a cell, and finally, structures and functions of cell parts.


Ned Day One

Ned Day Two

Ned Day Three

Ned Day Four

Ned Day Five


Final Project


Standards of Learning for the Unit

BIO.4 The student will investigate and understand relationships between cell structure and function. Key concepts include
a) characteristics of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells;
b) exploring the diversity and variation of eukaryotes;
c) similarities between the activities of a single cell and a whole organism; and
d) the cell membrane model (diffusion, osmosis, and active transport).

BIO.5 The student will investigate and understand life functions of archaebacteria, monerans (eubacteria), protists, fungi, plants, and animals including humans. Key concepts include
a) how their structures and functions vary between and within the kingdoms;

BIO.6 The student will investigate and understand common mechanisms of inheritance and protein synthesis. Key concepts include
a) cell growth and division;

i) exploration of the impact of DNA technologies.

Cross Standards of Learning for the Unit

C/T 9-12.6 The student will use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources.
· Integrate databases, spreadsheets, charts, and tables to create reports.
· Use available technological tools to expand and enhance understanding of ideas and concepts.


C/T 9-12.7 The student will evaluate and select new information resources and technological innovations based on the appropriateness for specific tasks.
· Design and implement a variety of search strategies to retrieve electronic information.

C/T 9-12.8 The student will use technology resources for solving problems and making informed decisions.
· Use technology resources such as educational software, simulations, and models for problem-solving, and independent learning.

C/T 9-12.9 The student will use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences.
· Determine the most effective tool, format, and style to communicate to specific audiences.
· Practice self-directed use of advanced technology tools for communicating with specific audiences.


GOVT.1 The student will demonstrate mastery of the social studies skills citizenship requires.

g) select and defend positions in writing, discussion, and debate.


LS.2 The student will investigate and understand that all living things are composed of cells. Key concepts include
a) cell structure and organelles (cell membrane, cell wall, cytoplasm, vacuole, mitochondrion, endoplasmic reticulum, nucleus, and chloroplast);
b) similarities and differences between plant and animal cells;