This course, you guessed it, is all about cells. You will observe different types of cells, see how they function and work together to create tissues, organs and organ systems –and determine what happens when they don’t function correctly. You will also dive into the processes of photosynthesis and respiration –how they are inter-related and how we need both to survive.
Activities include a cell lab, a kidney dialysis lab (to understand diffusion), a photosynthesis and respiration gizmo, and an activity to calculate BMR, caloric input and activity output.
This is a great course to help learners transition to High School Biology.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Covered:
MS-LS1-1. Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.
MS-LS1-2. Develop and used a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.
MS-LS1-3. Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.
MS-LS1-6. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.
MS-LS1-7. Develop a model to describe how food is rearranged through chemical reactions forming new molecules that support growth and/or release energy as this matter moves through an organism.