Mapping The Body With Art: Module 1: BIOCHEMISTRY and CELLS

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This module is the first part of a full year high school course in anatomy and physiology.  It can take as little as one quarter (8-9 weeks) or as along as a semester, depending on how many hours per week you work.  (To do it in a quarter you’ll need to spend 4-5 hours per week; for a semester, only 2-3 hours per week.)

Here is a video overview of the course:

In this module, we will start with a water molecule and a carbon atom and work our way up, constructing amino acids, proteins, sugars, lipids, membranes, organelles and then, finally, a complete human cell (after we take a look at eggs and sperm).  We’ll also meet some prokaryotic cells (bacteria) along the way, since they are the most abundant cells in our bodies.

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The template pages and information pages you will need for each drawing are posted as links on each lesson page.  You can print the pages one lesson at a time.  However, if you would like to download all the information and template pages ahead of time, here are links you can use:

Module 1 templates

Module 1 info pages

If you are sure that you want the info on the back of the template pages, this file will give you just that if you tell the printer to print double sided copies:

Module 1 pages to print double sided

QUIZZES: If you would like to print hard copies of the quizzes that appear after each lesson, here is a file with all of the quizzes for module 1, plus the answer key.

NOTE ABOUT PENCILS: I use Berol Prismacolor pencils in the videos.  These are the very best pencils and I highly recommend them.  If you would like to purchase them from Amazon, you can do so right here from my site.  (Amazon has the best prices unless you can get a 40-50% off coupon at a craft store.)

To buy a set 48 pencils (about $30), use this link:

Unable to provide a link to a set of 24 (less than $20).  Just use the above link and then look for associated products.


ACTIVITIES for module 1

The activities are quite varied and range from online games to kitchen labs and cut-and-assemble board games.  You don’t need to do all the activities.  You can choose which ones suit you and your situation.  As time goes by, I will likely be posting more activities when I come across good ideas.  That is the upside of an online course– I can update at any time.  I will try to remember to post additions to this list, but I apologize ahead of time if you come to activities on the lesson pages that were not listed here.

This list is primarily to give you a heads up if you see a lab that you want to prep for ahead of time.  Most labs use household supplies that are easy to find at your local stores.  If there is anything you need to purchase from a science supply store ahead of time, I will use bold type to draw your attention to it.  Some of the activities listed are also (blue) hot links that will take you right to the download page.

Some lessons lend themselves to activities better than others, so not all lessons have a lot of activities.  When activities are lacking, just go on to the next lesson.

1) online lab about water molecules, an activity with paper molecules you print and cut out, lab about drops of water on a penny  2) lab about drops of other things on a penny, oil and water experiment,  3) disappearing bottle demo with glycerin (you can just watch the video of it, or you can try it yourself), drying flowers with glycerin, triglyceride craft project,  4) phospholipid ornament craft (needs clear plastic ornament from a craft store or online), NeverWet demo to watch (you can purchase the kit if you want to try it yourself), 5) bubble lab, watch a liposome lab on video,  6) the classic egg membrane diffusion experiment,  7) online video game called Cell Defense, edible or non-edible model of a cell membrane,  8) just supplemental videos,  9) just supplemental videos,  10) fold a paper protein model, print and play a game about aquaporin, take a quiz on lessons 1 to 10, check out an international online research game called Fold It,  11) classic enzyme lab using meat and hydrogen peroxide (but skip this lab if you will be going on to do the other modules because I use this lab in the lesson on the liver), Enzyme Game, motor protein pen craft12) make a model of the glucose molecule,  13) make a paper model of transfer RNA,  14) Translation Taxi game (assembly time required but well worth the effort),  15) online games, DNA song video, crossword puzzle, DNA extraction lab (very optional), 16) supplemental videos,  17) online lab about Gram staining bacteria,  18) ATP pop gun craft project (optional),  19)  supplemental videos,   20)  Cellular Respiration Game  (lots of pages to print and some assembly time required but don’t skip this game), ETC Relay Race  21) gummy worm meiosis lab,   22) Cell Bingo,  online memory match cell parts game,  online cell puzzle from Cells Alive, online cell quiz,  23) online mitosis memory match game, three virtual online labs, mitosis flip book,  24) online labs from Univ. of Utah website

NOTE: I apologize for the lessons not being in numerical order. Believe it or not, there isn’t a way for me to change this on the back end. Sorry for the inconvenience. Please do the lessons in order: 1, 2, 3, etc.


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