A Tour of the Cell: Self-education based lessons, tutorials, experiments, and activities for youth

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This site shows 3D descriptive models of plant, animal and bacteria cells. This resource is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course which contains units on Exploring Life; The Cell; Genetics; Mechanisms of Evolution; The Evolutionary History of Biological Diversity; Plant Form and Function; Animal Form and Function; Ecology; and Astrobiology.
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Interactive 3D Cells

by Alison Loomis

Learn about cell structure and function by viewing QuickTime movies and interacting with 3D worlds. This resource is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course which contains units on Exploring Life; The Cell; Genetics; Mechanisms of Evolution; The Evolutionary History of Biological Diversity; Plant Form and Function; Animal Form and Function; Ecology; and Astrobiology.
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This tutorial gives a overview of cells for kids. Topics include: Cell Membrane Membrane Proteins Cell Walls Connections Cytoplasm Nucleus Chromosomes Centrioles Ribosomes Mitochondria Chloroplasts Endoplasmic Reticulum Golgi Complex Vacuoles Microfilaments Microtubules Lysosomes Peroxisomes This resource is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course which contains units on Exploring Life; The Cell; Genetics; Mechanisms of Evolution; The Evolutionary History of Biological Diversity; Plant Form and Function; Animal Form and Function; Ecology; and Astrobiology.
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This exercise is designed to review the scientific method and introduce you to the cell as the fundamental unit of life. You should understand the activity of science, the concept of testing what we believe to be true and changing our minds when we are proven wrong. The cell is an appropriate place to start a course of biology--to understand life in a useful and meaningful way, you have to understand the cell. We will show how an experimental approach has allowed great progress in understanding the lives of cells. This resource is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course which contains units on Exploring Life; The Cell; Genetics; Mechanisms of Evolution; The Evolutionary History of Biological Diversity; Plant Form and Function; Animal Form and Function; Ecology; and Astrobiology.
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8 Exercises on Cells

by Alison Loomis

As the site describes it, this resource is "These are NOT interactive, on-line lessons, but rather may be printed for use with prospective and practicing K - 8 teachers. Each lesson has six parts, including a biology lesson, knowledge mapping exercise, and glossary for students and for teachers, a teachers' guide for both the biology lesson and knowledge mapping exercise, and a table of persistent alternative ideas." EXERCISES 1. What are cells made of? 2. Dynamic Cell Simulation Introduction 3. Simulation Set-UP 4. Harvesting Energy from Glucose in the Mitochondrion 5. Reading the Genetic Code in the Nucleus 6. Preparing tRNAs for Protein Synthesis 7. Protein Synthesis on the Ribosome 8. Connections and Review OBJECTIVES Once you have completed these exercises you should be able to: 1. Explain and apply cell theory. 2. Describe the appearance and function of the major components of a cell, including: cell membrane, cytoplasm, and the following membrane-bound organelles: nucleus, rough and smooth endoplasmic reticulum, mitochondria, chloroplast, and vacuole. 3. Describe the appearance and function of some subcellular structures, including ribosomes. 4. Describe how respiration supports protein synthesis which includes copying of DNA into RNA (transcription) and translation of RNA into protein (see Figure 1). 5. Understand the roles of some important enzymes and macromolecules in protein synthesis, including RNA polymerase, transfer RNA, messenger RNA, and ribosomes. This resource is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course which contains units on Exploring Life; The Cell; Genetics; Mechanisms of Evolution; The Evolutionary History of Biological Diversity; Plant Form and Function; Animal Form and Function; Ecology; and Astrobiology.
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Journey Into the Cell

by Alison Loomis

From this site you can look at some of the basic organizing components of living organisms. This resource is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course which contains units on Exploring Life; The Cell; Genetics; Mechanisms of Evolution; The Evolutionary History of Biological Diversity; Plant Form and Function; Animal Form and Function; Ecology; and Astrobiology.
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