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Six Star Science Teacher-Recommended Collection: Exploring Cell Processes

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Description Collection Description
This is a collection of interactive sites, resources, and lesson plans that will enrich lessons to help students increase their understanding of the structure and function of cells by focusing on processes from osmosis to meiosis.

How were the items in this collection used?
I am using this collection as a resource of activities and information to make my lessons/units about cells more relevant, engaging, and informative for students in my general and advanced classes.

Who used this collection?
I have used this collection for my biology students. In addition, this collection can be used by high school life science teachers to explore activities that are related to cell function. Some of the resources provide background information, some link to interactive opportunities for students, and some provide animations and visual applications to help students understand cell processes.

Student-centered instruction
The collection provides several lesson plans that are inquiry based, other resources will make it easier for teachers to build lessons that will help students develop an understanding of cell processes by watching animations, reading research, or reviewing detailed information.

Valuing diversity
The collection offers a variety of resources for students with different learning strengths and needs. By studying cells, students learn about unity and diversity.

Integrating technology
The collection consists of an interactive game, an opportunity to zoom in on specific parts of a spinach leaf, links to various animations, and resources. In addition to working with the resources themselves, there are several articles describing research, which could be the foundation for online classroom discussions.

Authentic assessment
The collection provides several opportunities for assessment. The teacher could use the definitions, diagrams, and animations to develop a traditional assessment. In addition, students could make screencasts while they narrate an animation, students could write reflections on what they learned during an activity, students could “specialize” on one part of a resource and present it to the class, students could post questions after reviewing a resource, then share the questions with their classmates. Students could also video tape processes that they learn when doing a lab, such as the osmosis experiment, which is included in the collection.

Utilizing accurate and timely content information
Most of the activities are current (within the last five years). All of the resources reinforce core topics that are crucial for biology students to understand. The resources in the collection provide ways to offer students and the teacher additional information, extensions, and links to more information and resources.

Reflecting on teaching and learning
The resources I have used in my classroom from this collection have increased engagement. I have received positive feedback from my students about these additions. To date, some of the resources have been used mostly as a resource for me to increase my understanding of information and explore new ways to use laboratory activities to increase engagement. I have found the collection to be useful as a professional development piece and a teaching tool.

Please enter suggestions for colleagues.
The control of the cell cycle game is a bit confusing, but it is a good one for students who need a challenge. They can figure it out and present to the rest of the class. The lab activities can be used to replace some lecture!

Type of Resource Annotated Collection
Format Multiple Formats
Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, United Public School District #7
Grade/Age Levels High School lower division (Grades 9-10)
High School upper division (Grades 11-12)
Learning Time >9 hours
Languages English, Spanish
Type of Review Reviewed by Partner Organization

Resources in Collection
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Web Site Links
Amazing Cells
This website has a number of interactive resources, information, and animations related to cell structure and functions. I will use it in my teaching and as a resource for students.


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This is an amazing collection on the cellular processes.  As I work to flip my classroom and create a more student-centered curriculum, these resources will aid in this endeavor.  I also look forward to using the interactive websites and online resources to increase the use of technology in the classroom. 

—Cathia Acton, The Burlington School

The simulations and videos are fascinating and will truly draw students in and engage them into the concepts of meiosis, mitosis, osmosis and diffusion.  For the visual learner this collection is indispensable and I plan to incorporate this collection in my classes next year.

—Cathia Acton, The Burlington School

I liked how some of the individual resourses were class based while others were student focused.  The Nobel Prize sight has some great resources, however you really need to spend time figuring out if they would teach students the concepts wanted.

—Meghan Wilson, Hartford High School

Great collection of sites - mostly informative and really interesting, a couple of activity-based, sites as well, but all cutting-edge stuff with really relevant information that most textbooks do not have.  What I like the most is the fact the the places/websites are really interactive and made for students and to inspire interest. 

—Dan Bartsch, Billings Senior High