CELLS 2nd edition (paperback)



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I am trying to do less packing and shipping.  Please use your favorite book seller. You can shop online, or you can contact a store like Barnes & Noble and have them order it in for you.  If these options don’t work for you, contact me at ejm.basementworkshop@gmail.com.

You can also purchase the Cells student text at these booksellers. (You only need the student text if you have multiple students. You automatically get a copy of the student text included in the full curriculum book.)

Here are some links, for your convenience:

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Cells_2nd edition chap 1

Cells_2nd edition chap 2

Cells_2nd edition chap 3

Cells 2nd edition Activities for Chapter 1-3


TO SEE PHOTOS AND SAMPLES ON PINTEREST:  https://www.pinterest.com/ellenjmchenry/cells-curriculum/

Target age group:  ages 10-15

Topics covered:  The history of the discovery of cells, the molecule structure of phospholipids and phospholipid membranes, the cytoskeleton and its functions, motor proteins, ATP and the mitochondria, how the electron transport chain works, amino acids, proteins, DNA discovery, translation, transcription, mRNA, tRNA, ribosomes, chaperone proteins, lysosomes, enzymes, endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi bodies, docking proteins and protein synthesis inside endoplasmic reticulum, the structure of the nucleus, the nucleolus and how ribosomes are made, histones, nucleosomes, rRNA, cell metabolism, overview of digestion, chylomicrons, fatty acids, glucose, the Krebs cycle, acetyl-CoA, phagocytosis, pinocytosis, exocytosis, glycolysis, mitosis, meiosis, and overview of common body cells such as epithelial (skin, capillary, goblet, villi), muscle cells, neurons, bone cells and blood cells.

Length of student text:  102 pages (some color diagrams included)
Length of teacher’s section (extra activities): 108 pages  (which includes pages of patterns for games or crafts)

Activities include:  Edible fluid mosaic model, paper membrane model, membrane simulations, phospholipid ornament, motor protein pen craft, “Motor Protein Relay Race,” paper model of ATP synthase, “Electron Transport Chain Relay Race,” paper DNA model showing all atoms, tRNA cookies, hands-on activity about transcription and translation, “Roller Coaster Review” game, “Translation Relay Race,” lysosome simulation game, edible Golgi body models, DNA extraction lab, some virtual DNA labs (online), make a cell “mini-mural” from scratch, cell bingo (with challenging review game), “Respiration Relay Race,” mitosis flip book, “Jeopardy” review game, “Supply Chain” board game about protein transport in neurons.

Video links:  An extra feature of this curriculum is that it incorporates free supplemental videos. You can access most of the links by using my YouTube channel: www.YouTube.com/TheBasementWorkshop, then find the “Cells” playlist.  (Sometimes you have to click on “Show all playlists.”)

— You can still use the curriculum even if you can’t access the Internet links.  The links are really terrific, but they are not so essential that you can’t do the curriculum without them.
— The concepts covered in this curriculum are considered high school level; however, they are presented in a manner that makes them accessible to younger students.  The activities that go along with the text are a key part of making these concepts understandable to younger ages. Yes, it is worth it to gather the materials for the crafts and the labs!
— You’ll notice that quite a few of the activities are group games such as relay races.  This curriculum is ideal for doing with a group, but these group activities can be modified for use with just one or two students.  Don’t shy away from using it just because of the group activities.

— If you are teaching grades 8-10, check out module 1 of my Mapping the Body with Art ecourse.  It’s not identical to this Cells book, and goes into more detail about cellular respiration, does a quick review of prokaryotes and has lessons on egg, sperm and zygote.

Extra student booklets:  Now you can get extra copies of the student text section of this curriculum.  If you are doing this unit with multiple students and would like each student to have their own booklet, you can order extra books through Amazon.  Just use the Amazon search feature and type in “cells by ellen mchenry.”  Both the full curriculum and the student booklet will come up at the top of the page.

Additional information

Weight 1.1 lbs