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Six Star Science Teacher-Recommended Collection: Cellular Transport

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Description Collection Description
A collection of resources that help explain the processes of osmosis and diffusion, as well as allowing students to extend that knowledge outside the cell.

How were the items in this collection used?
I used this collection to enhance my lessons on diffusion and osmosis, as well as show them how different solutions (hypertonic, hypotonic and isotonic) affect water movement.

Who used this collection?
This collection was used with the students in my applied biology and chemistry classes.

Student-centered instruction
Students are given the chance to design experiments in some of the lab activities. They are also in charge of their learning by using the interactive marble game to understand how diffusion works.

Valuing diversity
There are activities in the collection that will allow students of multiple learning styles to succeed, because there are visual activities, hands-on tactile activities, as well as information pieces for students who need to read the information. There are also opportunities in the labs to group students randomly to utilize their strengths.

Integrating technology
There are a variety of activities for students to do using the Internet (animations, interactive games) as well as opportunities for students to create their posters and graphs to share the data they collected using technology.

Authentic assessment
The activities give students many different opportunities to share their knowledge in different ways. They have the chance to make a poster to share their data in one lab, a graph in another lab, interactive results in a different activity. There are several opportunities for students to demonstrate their skill knowledge as well as their content knowledge.

Utilizing accurate and timely content information
The resources contained in this collection make it easy for a teacher to incorporate information on dialysis and health concerns and food preservation. Because students are given opportunities to design experiments, they would be able to look to current research to pull in ideas for their experimental design.

Reflecting on teaching and learning
This collection really helped students understand the concept of osmosis and diffusion to a deeper level. By completing the introductory activities students gained knowledge on how diffusion and osmosis occur, and then they were able to take that knowledge and apply it to a seemingly unrelated topic (food preservation). This took their learning to a different level. The activities in this collection can easily be adapted and used in different combinations. This makes the collection very usable and effective.

Please enter suggestions for colleagues.
This collection offers a great deal of flexibility in planning to make lessons in osmosis and diffusion more engaging for students.

Type of Resource Annotated Collection
Format Multiple Formats
Pauline Schork, Clinton High School
Grade/Age Levels High School lower division (Grades 9-10)
High School upper division (Grades 11-12)
Learning Time 4-6 hours
Language English
Type of Review Reviewed by Partner Organization

Resources in Collection
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Web Site Links
Cell Transport Animation
This is a good resource for students to see how different molecules move through the cell membrane.


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Very cool lab-based studies for students with some insightful material to guide your teaching on transport.  I learned alot and gained some better insight into teaching the material. 

—Dan Bartsch, Billings Senior High