Goal: cells are
the basic level of the living world and its different structures have
different functions that work together to maintain homeostasis.
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Cells have particular structures that perform specific jobs. These structures
actual work of the cell. Just as systems are coordinated and work together,
must also be coordinated and work together.
Each cell is covered by a membrane that performs a number of important
functions for the cell. These include: separation from its outside
environment, controlling which molecules enter and leave the cell, and
recognition of chemical signals. The processes of diffusion and active
transport are important in the movement of materials in and out of cells.
Inside the cell a variety of specialized structures, formed from many
different molecules carry out the transport of materials (cytoplasm),
extraction of energy from nutrients(mitochondria), protein building
(ribosomes), waste disposal (cell membrane), storage(vacuole), and
information storage (nucleus).
Knowledge: 1. Key terms and vocabulary
1. Each cell has tiny structures called organelles such as
nucleus, mitochondria, ribosomes etc.
2. A cell is a basic building block of all living organisms;
it can be unicellular or multicellular.
3. All cells have the basic chemical composition; they are
composed of macromolecules and organelles.
4. Living cells only come from other living things.
5. Cells can perform various processes such as active and
passive transport, photosynthesis, cellular respiration to maintain
Skills: Next Generations science standards
As per UDL core principles my action plan will be divided
into 3 main areas:
teaching hand signals, more academic choices, positive reinforcement, group
learning: think pair share, Graphic organizers, short videos, etc.
Possible examples: KWL charts, articles of the organelles(
different reading levels as per the needs of the children), interesting and
engaging do now (bell ringers), tapping into previous knowledge, critical
thinking questions, optimizing their motivation by positive reinforcement, short
videos on organelles of cells and making students write 3-5 facts for their
Key words and vocabulary, highlighting, pair and share, Illustrate through
different media, different visuals to preset the information, hands on
activity, access to computers with internet
Possible examples: to compare cells with a real life
scenario where students can choose from variety of choices as in city,
country, TV show, factory, or their favorite music band.
Representation: Use multiple media for representation for cell analogy
project, Cellular respiration and photosynthesis project ( story board,
cartoon strips etc)
Possible examples: students will be able to work in their
predetermined groups ( learners of different cognitive abilities such as
writer, reader, artist, researcher), to create a product on their choice
where they compare cell organelles to a specific scenario of their choice.
They could create a poster, a story board, a music band of organelles, a
model representing organelles and their functions.
groupings of the students, Extra time, 1:1 teacher working with students,
different expectations in terms of template for the projects etc. Differentiated
tests and at times homework assignments.