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Introduction to the cell theory by visual presentation & art activity. Students familiarize themselves with cells = life.
Time Required: 40 minutes Plus: ttime to upload images to Class gallery
Overall Expectations: To be able to describe the basic process of cell division students should be able to conceptualize that the cell = life.
Specific Expectations: Students should be able to relate any living organism to a cell. The students should have a general idea that the advancement in microscope technology influenced the development of the cell theory.
1. Teacher leading discussion on Biology and the cell. Encourage students to share how they relate biology terms to their knowledge and experiences. Provide a comfortable and safe learning environment.
2. Slide show of life in the background while the teacher briefly describes the history of the advancement of microscopes and its impact on the development of the cell theory.
3. Slide show – of cells. Teacher asks students what they see in these images. Teacher points out some basic structures of the cell.. but does not focus too much on a specific feature. The purpose is to familiarize the students with different microscopic images of cells.
4. Asks the student to take a photocopy of one of the cells they just viewed on the PowerPoint and relate it to something that is alive. This is taking the tangible into the abstract with art. Teacher demonstrates with a few examples.
5. Students draw on top of blown up black and white copy of cells ( student chooses 1 of the 6 images).
6. Students scan and uploads images on to their “Class Gallery” in their TIGed Virtual classroom
7. Every student must comment on the images created by their classmates (minimum 2 comments on 2 different images).
This activity focuses on the concept that cells are found in things that have or are living. Teachers should provide students with more elaborate explanation of Hooke's discovery and the influence that the development of technology (microscopes) have had on science, and in particular, to studying cells.
Digital projector PPT 1 – Cell Theory & Life PPT 2 - Cells = LIFE Prepared photocopies of images of cells. (see attached jpegs) Drawing tools.
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