Lesson details




Levels of organization within organisms

Technology and Engineering



Classify cells as plant, animal, protist, or bacteria

Recommended Technology: 
  • Internet access
  • Devices to access internet
  • Interactive whiteboard
Other instructional materials or notes: 
  • Microscopes
  • Website for the engage section: Using the Microscope. (n.d.). Retrieved February 7, 2017, from https://www.cas.miamioh.edu/mbiws/                           microscopes/Usage.html
  • Video- parts of a microscope
  • Using a microscope The parts and how to focus. (2016, September 12).-Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrZxPVmhZzM
  • Prepared slides with plant and animal cells
  • Using the Microscope directions handout
  • Using the Microscope Lab Sheet handout
  • Blank slides (optional for students if teacher prepares cheek or onion slides in advance)
  • Cover slips
  • Forceps
  • Cells Alive website: Cells Alive. (n.d.). Eukaryotic Organelle Cell Model. Retrieved February 07, 2017, from http://www.cellsalive.com/cells/                               cell_model_js.htm
  • Kahn Academy “Scale of Cells” Scale of cells. (n.d.). Retrieved February 02, 2017, from https://www.khanacademy.org/science/biology/                                                 structure-of- a-cell/introduction-to- cells/v/scale-of- cells
  • Kahn Academy Khan Academy. (n.d.). Retrieved February 02, 2017, from https://www.khanacademy.org/science/biology/                                                                            structure-of- a-cell (for 1:1 orwhole class review or extension)
  • Eye droppers
  • Bottles of water (if preparing wet mount slides)
  • Photos of animal and plant cells
  • Variety of informational texts (both digital and print)
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Colored pencils, pens, markers
  • Learning Why: Medical Lab technician: Medical Lab Technician | Kids Work! (n.d.). Retrieved February 02, 2017, from https://www.knowitall.org/                         interactive/medical-lab- technician-kids- work

Don’t “Cell” Yourself Short

Multiple days
Lesson type: 
Traditional Lesson
Lesson overview: 

In this introductory lesson, students will use microscopes to examine plant, animal, and bacteria cells to lay the foundation for further study. Additional instruction is needed for students to master the standards.

Essential Question: 

How can I use a microscope to learn more about plant, animal, and bacteria cells?

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