Ch 3: Cell Lesson Plans

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This chapter provide you with a variety of ideas and activities that you can incorporate into your biology lesson plans. View the corresponding lessons on related biology topics to brush up on your vocabulary or share the engaging videos with your students.

Biology Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Our professional instructors put these lessons together to offer teachers a resource for developing high-quality biology lessons plans. Follow along with these lessons to see lesson plan suggestions for topics ranging from the systems of the human body and genetics to marine biology and plants. Additional topics include:

  • Homeostasis
  • Punnett square
  • The carbon cycle
  • Five senses
  • Food webs
  • Viruses
  • Evolution
  • The cell cycle
  • Ecosystems
  • And more!

Each lesson plan unit includes corresponding lessons on those topics that you can use to review key terms and ideas, or you can incorporate the videos and quizzes into your teaching.

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  • Curriculum standards: These lessons covers the biology topics required by many educational standards.
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This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning biology lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific biology topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your biology class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related biology lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important biology concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant biology-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

42 Lessons in Chapter 3: Cell Lesson Plans
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Life Science Lesson Plan

1. Life Science Lesson Plan

There is so much to learn under the large umbrella of life sciences. Your students will enjoy their introduction to life sciences as they watch a video, create branches of life science posters, and complete a worksheet.

Cell Theory Lesson Plan

2. Cell Theory Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help to prove the principles of cell theory to your students, as well as provide them with a solid background in the idea. Find a comprehensive video lesson on the topic, followed by an activity and related lessons.

What is Cell Theory? - Definition, Timeline & Parts

3. What is Cell Theory? - Definition, Timeline & Parts

Many scientists and the discovery of the microscope contributed to new ideas about living things. One important idea is cell theory, which draws on the work of many scientists in the past to describe cells and how they are organized in living things.

Animal & Human Cells Activities & Games

4. Animal & Human Cells Activities & Games

As you develop your unit on animal and human cells, it's important to find engaging activities that will get your students thinking. Use this lesson to find activities and games for your class.

Active & Passive Transport Activities

5. Active & Passive Transport Activities

Active and passive transport describe two different ways that ions and other substances can move across cell membranes. This lesson offers activities that can help students make more sense of active and passive transport.

Diffusion in Biology Activities & Games

6. Diffusion in Biology Activities & Games

Comprehending diffusion will help students understand more complex biological processes. This series of games and activities allows students to observe diffusion in a fun, hands-on way that will boost their desire to learn about science.

Osmosis Activities

7. Osmosis Activities

Understanding osmosis is often challenging because the atoms and molecules involved are too small to see. This series of activities allows students to observe the results of osmosis, which will help them comprehend the science behind what is taking place.

Using a Microscope Lesson Plan

8. Using a Microscope Lesson Plan

How familiar are your students with the parts of a microscope? A video lesson delivers the facts about compound microscopes while a brief activity solidifies understanding. To take instruction further, take advantage of our suggestions for related lessons and additional activities.

Introduction to the Compound Microscope: Parts & Uses

9. Introduction to the Compound Microscope: Parts & Uses

The compound light microscope is a useful tool in any biology laboratory. In this lesson, you'll be introduced to the parts of a compound microscope, as well as understand the function of each of those parts.

Microscope Lab Activities

10. Microscope Lab Activities

This lesson provides several labs that can be completed with the use of microscopes. Some labs are basic and some are geared towards advanced students.

Biology Essential Questions

11. Biology Essential Questions

This lesson contains the essential questions an instructor needs to create, and organize, a yearlong biology course. Essential questions are the big ideas students should master after completing the course.

Treatment Methodologies for HIV

12. Treatment Methodologies for HIV

This lesson will delve into the basics of HIV therapy. You will learn about cocktails, protease inhibitors and reverse transcriptase inhibitors, as well as how they work and how they are used.

Protein Synthesis Activities & Games

13. Protein Synthesis Activities & Games

Protein synthesis is one of the hardest parts of biology. This series of activities gives students the chance to explore protein synthesis by being creative and using hands-on methods.

Protein Synthesis Project Ideas

14. Protein Synthesis Project Ideas

Teaching your students about translation and transcription, the steps of protein synthesis, has never been more fun! Use the projects in this lesson to jump start the excitement level of your instruction.

Stem Cell Research Activities

15. Stem Cell Research Activities

Stem cell research is a topic that's frequently in the news and hotly debated. These activities can help your students understand this topic better, and will have them debating with their classmates about the value of stem cell research.

Cancer Cell Cycle Lesson Plan

16. Cancer Cell Cycle Lesson Plan

Most people know someone that has or had cancer. Your students will have fun while they learn more about the process of cancer development as they watch and discuss a video, read and discuss a text lesson, and complete a group project.

The Cell Cycle Control System

17. The Cell Cycle Control System

The cell cycle is an important process that occurs in your cells. But, it's also important that controls are in place to regulate this cycle. Here, we'll learn about the cell cycle control system and how it ensures proper cell division takes place.

Apoptosis in the Cell Cycle & Cancer

18. Apoptosis in the Cell Cycle & Cancer

Learn about natural cell death, called apoptosis, in normal cells and cancer cells, as well as treatments that are being developed to treat cancer by controlling apoptosis.

Cell Diffusion Lesson Plan

19. Cell Diffusion Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about cell diffusion through the performance of a demonstration. Further, students will learn associated vocabulary and use domain-specific words to draw a comparison between cell diffusion and the experiment.

What Substances Pass Through the Cell Membrane by Diffusion?

20. What Substances Pass Through the Cell Membrane by Diffusion?

In this lesson, we'll discuss the structure of the cell membrane and how this influences diffusion. Then, we'll give three examples of substances that can move by diffusion alone through the membrane.

Osmosis Lesson Plan

21. Osmosis Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach students about osmosis. A video lesson outlines key concepts, then students get busy with an experiment and simulation and finish up with a quiz.

Osmosis: Definition & Examples

22. Osmosis: Definition & Examples

Water moves across cell membranes by osmosis to try to equalize the concentration of solutes on both sides of the membrane. In this lesson, learn how osmosis works and examine some examples of its importance in biology.

Active Transport Lesson Plan

23. Active Transport Lesson Plan

Our cells depend on active transport to move substances against their concentration gradients. Your students will learn about this process as they watch a video, create flip books of the process and take a quiz.

Active Transport in Cells: Definition & Examples

24. Active Transport in Cells: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we'll learn how substances are transported across the cell membrane against the concentration gradient. This might seem like an uphill battle for the cell, but all it takes is a little chemical energy and a few integral membrane proteins to kick off some active transport!

Protein Synthesis Lesson Plan

25. Protein Synthesis Lesson Plan

Protein synthesis is so very important to our bodies and your students will learn about this important process as they watch a video, read a lesson, create protein profiles and take a quiz.

What Is the Purpose of Protein Synthesis?

26. What Is the Purpose of Protein Synthesis?

This lesson will cover the basic steps of protein synthesis. Once we review, we'll look at some key examples of why protein synthesis is important in animals, plants, and bacteria.

Protein Synthesis in Cells: Process & Importance

27. Protein Synthesis in Cells: Process & Importance

The DNA of the cell contains the blueprints for all the proteins in the body. These blueprints become proteins with the help of RNA and ribosomes. Follow along with this lesson to learn about the two major phases of protein synthesis: transcription and translation.

Endocytosis Lesson Plan

28. Endocytosis Lesson Plan

Cells transport substances across their membranes all the time. This lesson will help to introduce and get your students familiar with endocytosis as they watch a video, create endocytosis cartoons, and take a quiz.

Endocytosis: Definition, Types & Examples

29. Endocytosis: Definition, Types & Examples

Discover how cells 'eat' and 'drink' without having hands or a mouth! Read about the various ways in which cells accomplish this, and take a quiz to test your understanding.

Cell Theory Activities

30. Cell Theory Activities

Cell theory is the scientific theory stating that all living organisms are made up of cells. This lesson offers activities that help students understand the history, function, and importance of cell theory.

Cells Lesson Plan for Elementary School

31. Cells Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Learning about cells is an important part of biology, and this lesson plan allows students to explore the parts of an animal cell through a reading and a lab. Key terms are then reinforced through a fun game.

Animal Cells: Lesson for Kids

32. Animal Cells: Lesson for Kids

Cells are found in all living things. Animal cells are even found inside of you! However, not all cells are the same. In this lesson, we will look at animal cells and will learn about some of the parts they contain and what functions these parts perform.

Lytic Cycle Diagram Lesson Plan

33. Lytic Cycle Diagram Lesson Plan

Teach students about the lytic cycle virus with this lesson plan. Students will watch a video lesson, play a vocabulary game, and do an activity to reinforce key concepts.

Stem Cells Lesson Plan

34. Stem Cells Lesson Plan

There is so much potential and controversy surrounding the use of stem cells. Your students will enjoy learning about stem cells and how they are used in medicine as they read and discuss a lesson, create stem cell flow charts, and take a quiz.

Serial Dilution in Microbiology Lesson Plan

35. Serial Dilution in Microbiology Lesson Plan

This lesson plan introduces the concept of serial dilutions in microbiology. Example problems and activities encourage students to apply the concepts learned in the video to practical scenarios. Throughout the lesson, discussion questions are presented to build upon students' prior knowledge and extend student learning.

Lipids Digestion & Absorption Lesson Plan

36. Lipids Digestion & Absorption Lesson Plan

Lipids are digested differently from other food components. Your students will learn about lipid digestion and absorption as they watch a video and create lipid digestion and absorption flipbooks.

Passive Transport in Cells Lesson Plan

37. Passive Transport in Cells Lesson Plan

This lesson plan introduces passive transport to secondary students. Students will explore the material through a video lesson, demonstrations, discussions and a hands-on, group activity.

Cell Biology Activities for High School

38. Cell Biology Activities for High School

The many parts of a cell are difficult for students to learn using rote memory. This lesson offers fun, interactive activities to encourage your students to engage with cell biology.

Cell Theory Project Ideas

39. Cell Theory Project Ideas

You're looking for ways to help your students learn about the cell theory. Look no further! The projects presented here are fun, creative ways to help reinforce the principles of the cell theory.

Cell Division Project Ideas

40. Cell Division Project Ideas

Cell division can be challenging to learn. You can help to make the process of learning easier and more interesting by having your students complete projects that reiterate cell division concepts.

Cell Unit Plan

41. Cell Unit Plan

Educate your middle school students about cells with this useful unit plan. As they learn, they will utilize their analytical, communicative, and cooperative skills with the aid of hands-on activities and projects.

Life Science Investigatory Project Ideas

42. Life Science Investigatory Project Ideas

Investigatory projects begin with a question and follow the scientific method to draw conclusions. The following investigatory projects support life science instruction.

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