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Cells and Systems

Type : Virtual School Program
Grade : 8
Duration : 60 minutes
Capacity : one group, maximum 35 students
Price : $200 per group
Language : English only

All living things are made up of at least one cell, but not all cells are the same! Explore the similarities and differences between plant, animal and bacterial cells. Learn about microscopes and how we use them to study the microworld. Plus, investigate how body systems work together in multicellular organisms and how these systems respond to different stimuli.

Schedule until December 17, 2021:

10 a.m. or 1 p.m.
October 19, 21, 26 & 28
November 2, 3, 5, 12, 16, 18, 19, 23 & 25
December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14 & 17

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Curriculum Connections:

Strand : Understanding Life Systems
1.1 Assess the role of selected technologies (e.g., the development of the electron microscope, the ability to infuse dyes into cells, in vitro fertilization) in enhancing our understanding of cells and cellular processes
2.2 Use a microscope correctly and safely to find and observe components of plant and animal cells (e.g., using an onion slice or a prepared slide of a protist) and make accurate drawings of their observations
2.5 Use appropriate science and technology vocabulary, including organelle, diffusion, osmosis, cell theory, selective permeability, membrane, stage, and eyepiece, in oral and written communication
3.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the postulates of the cell theory (e.g., the cell is the basic unit of life; all cells come from pre-existing cells; all living things are made up of one or more cells)
3.2 Identify structures and organelles in cells, including the nucleus, cell membrane, cell wall, chloroplasts, vacuole, mitochondria, and cytoplasm, and explain the basic functions of each (e.g., the nucleus holds all the information needed to make every cell in the body)
3.3 Compare the structure and function of plant and animal cells
3.5 Identify unicellular organisms (e.g., amoebae) and multicellular organisms (e.g., invertebrates [worms], vertebrates [frogs]), and compare ways in which they meet their basic needs (e.g., nutrition, movement, gas exchange)
3.6 Describe the organization of cells into tissues, organs, and systems (e.g., groups of cells with similar functions combine to make up tissues; groups of tissues with similar functions combine to make organs; groups of organs work together as organ systems)
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